We are currently developing a next generation Adeona PIM system, and while the foundation will be familiar, many things will be changing. Over the years we have learned a lot from PIM in general as well as from our clients, and we are using these insights in the development of a new product version.
Adedona PIM 2017 – highlights:
The architecture has been updated to match growing needs and to adapt to different environments in the best ways possible. It’s scalable and supports larger amounts of data, and is available for deployment both as a cloud based service as well as on-premise/private cloud service.
2. Information model
The information model of Adeona has been updated, and while most of the features remain the same, we are introducing some new ones as well. Based on the customer feedback, we have developed upgraded features and information models that support business needs better. Related workshops still continue.
3. REST API
Everything works via a single interface, and the REST API is available for both internal system use as well as for external systems and developers. All the data within the system is available via uniform interface, which will help with e.g., integration and building data-driven applications.
Search functionality and finding relevant information are key features in systems with a lot of data, and this is one thing we have really focused on. All the information saved in the system can be fetches swiftly and easily by using the Elasticsearch search engine which indexes all the information in real time. For example, a web store can use the PIM system as a search engine, streamlining the whole project.
5. User interface and usability
All admin access is web browser based, and the new user interface is fast and straightforward. The powerful search feature is used in many ways, and managing especially large amounts of data was taken into consideration during the planning of the user interface.
We are developing the product together with our clients, and the workshops related to the new version were held in March. We gathered together with our clients to go through some key uses of the system, and got familiar with the user interface and the functionalities.
Workshops will continue in the fall, so feel free to join us!
In December we got some new blood in our team, when Outi joined us as a Support and Delivery Specialist. Her interest towards Canter spiked once Tuomas tipped her off about the open position, and after having worked at Canter for four months she has learned all sorts of new things to supplement her interest towards solving customers’ issues.
Before joining Canter this Kajaani-born engineer has worked at Ericsson, F-Secure and Synchronoss Technologies Finland in multiple positions. At Canter her job description is multifaceted, and being familiar with the technologies and people is of huge help.
Even in short time she has learned a lot:
I have learned lot about product information management, as well as where and how the information is used. My job has been diverse and I have been able to do lots of things.
Canter’s band, Kettle BEast, has also been able to strengthen themselves after Outi joined us.
Right off the bat I was accepted to the company band, Kettle Beast. It has helped me tremendously in adjusting to the workplace as we’ve been able to spend time together in a non-work fashion as well.
During her free time Outi hangs around horse stables and takes part in events as volunteer, and she says she’s enjoyed her time at Canter a lot.
Colleagues are happy and helpful, and the work has been pretty much what I expected them to be. At Canter people want to work as a team, and I feel that both colleagues and clients are really seen as people here. Sometimes it’s good to make sure that others are happy, even if that’s not expected of you.
Our leading software architect Tuomas started at Canter in 2011. Tuomas is an electrical installer and IT engineer who takes care of the development of our new product version (and many other things) together with our CTO Janne Costiander.
Canter is a small company with a relaxed atmosphere. Every once in a while I used to explore work options elsewhere, but kept returning here. The best thing about being here is being able to impact upon your own job and the way that things get done.
Before coming to Canter, Tuomas worked as a self-employed web developer. Work and hobbies slotted together nicely for the dad of twins under the age of one.
My hobbies are self-employment, programming and disc golf. Before having children, I had more exercise-based hobbies but I have had to cut them down during the last year.
Learning new things, pro-activity and the desire to develop are some of the most important things for Canter. Tuomas also has his own action plan.
I want to keep developing as a manager and team leader. I also want to develop my language skills, and thankfully I can practice my communication skills daily. I am interested in new programming techniques, too.
Among the employees, general job satisfaction in the workplace is highly valued. Tuomas describes his co-workers:
We have a great time together at work, and everyone is really friendly and willing to help wherever necessary. The atmosphere is relaxed and filled with humour.
Canter is taking part in a DAM Helsinki 2016 seminar organized by CommunicationPro Oy at the BANK event center on 23 November 2016.
The seminar will bring together top international speakers and the most knowledgable experts in the DAM development field. Canter’s CEO, Patrik Palatz, will be speaking about fitting together publishing automation and quality content. In addition, the seminar will include talks on new technologies, visual solutions, brand management and diverse case stories.
The seminar will take place on 23 November 2016 from 8.30am at the Bank event center.
More information: www.damhelsinki.fi
Our own Front End Developer, Lotta, has worked with Canter for three years. The media technology engineer came to work with us through a classic recruiting process, after having worked earlier as a web developer and freelancer.
My typical workday consists of client projects. My duties are versatile: a work week may include e.g. design and implementation of the client’s product information intranet interface, InDesign layout automation, image processing, and client training. I am additionally somewhat involved with font product development.
At Canter product development and the new product version under development permit learning new things.
The best things in my job are versatility of tasks and the possibility to do a wide range of different things. On the other hand it’s challenging, but also rewarding on the other, when you are regularly allowed to step outside of your comfort zone. I have learned new techniques and working methods, and I have a good flow completing projects even on a tight schedule. Through product development you are able to learn new techniques constantly.
Work life and flexibility are important things to the mother of an almost two year old daughter.
In my case it is important that Canter enables flexible working hours and opportunities. Combining family life and work is a breeze.
Lotta encourages job seekers to apply at Canter.
Working here, attitude is of utmost importance. Many things were unfamiliar also to myself at the beginning, but here you also have an opportunity to learn things with the help of experienced colleagues.
We are looking for colleagues to Lotta and us others. Find our other open positions here.
Our Customer Relations Manager Katri has enjoyed working for Canter for over five years now. The Engineer with a post graduate degree in Communications Technology, had been working as a project manager and done some coding before joining Canter. She was drawn to Canter because of the development opportunities and to be able to take on new challenges.
We have a really small organization. Usually there is a possibility to affect things, if you choose to do so. In a small organization, the advantage is also to be able to do many different things. The versatile job function is what I enjoy most in my work.
Working for Canter educates and develops every day.
Dealing with different customers, my understanding of their business functions has increased a lot. Our product interfaces with many areas of business, so by these projects, I have been able to understand comprehensively the customers’ organizations. It is a continuous learning from the smaller customers to the larger customers. Also to be familiarized to different corporate cultures is interesting.
When asking about future goals and visions, thoughts are targeted towards product development.
I am eagerly waiting for our new product release to be used by our current and new customers. I believe that it will enable even more comprehensive customer work and bring many new and interesting projects.
Katri has a clear message for a potential job seeker:
By doing you learn a lot and it is not worth hesitating to apply. You can go a long way by using your common sense and with an active and independent work attitude, combined with your previous know-how is the best way to develop. When adding lots of sense of humour to this, no doubt that you will feel at home with us.
What are the best things in your work?
We have wonderful and fun customers and the best colleagues, with whom it is great to work with, year after year. We have a good time at work. Our new office is comfortable and enables you to work in different environments. And as our official quiz-director, I have to mention the excellent quizzes and competitions that we have regularly with our staff.
We are looking for new reinforcements, so have a look here to see our open positions.
Last spring, we got a new employee at the office with Abel starting with us as Full Stack Developer. Abel has now been working with Canter for half a year, and we interviewed him and asked him about his thoughts of the new job and work environment. The developer, who formerly worked at Aalto University, where he also graduated, says he has been well received at his new job.
I knew nothing of Canter before I was contacted and started actively looking for information. I arrived at the interview and ended up working here. I was very positively welcomed and immediately got to working with new, interesting challenges.
When asked about his goals, the answer is prompt.
At the moment, I’m working with our next-generation product version, and the goal is to take this project further according to the project timeline together with Janne and Tuomas. I have learned plenty of new things in a short time, and this type of work and learning fits me like a glove. I like it that I have the opportunity to develop every day.
Getting to know the new work environment and workmates has also been smooth.
The people here are very extrovert and helpful to each other, which is something that helps solve even the greater challenges quickly. What has been surprising is that we also have some people who are very talented musically, and that I admire greatly :-)
Would you like to be part of our growing and developing team? We are looking for new reinforcements, so have a look here to see our open positions.
Specialised in energy-efficient solutions for the global market, Helvar will centralise its product information management with the Adeona PIM solution.
The lighting technology company publishes product information on its website, in printed product catalogues and in brochures, price lists and Excel spreadsheets targeting various resellers and market segments.
In the past, the company’s product information was scattered across different systems: on the website, in printed catalogues and in local area network shares. The major challenge has been managing the different language versions, which, with the eight languages to maintain, is not a surprise. Although the majority of the content is the same regardless of the language, it still needs to be updated separately for online publishing and for the printed catalogue. In addition, images and other documents had to be copied to the website and also to a separate media bank service.
The new media bank was published in April. Now the images and documents are automatically updated by Adeona PIM and the changes are reflected both on the website and in the media bank. In addition, automation can make industrious steps easier, such as updating product information in price lists and product catalogues with finished layout.
Are you interested? For more information about our PIM solutions, please contact:
Manager, Customer relations
+358 40 167 8971
Helvar is an international lighting technology company specialising in energy efficient components and solutions for lighting and lighting control systems. We aim to bring continuously more intelligent, easy-to-use, reliable lighting solutions for the different needs in the marketplace. Strong growth in LED and lighting controls will continue with a growing emphasis on the opportunities digitalisation will provide, the internet of things (IoT), human centric lighting and energy efficiency being key elements in the future of lighting.www.helvar.fi
Canter provides their clients with Adeona product data management solutions. With Adeona, it is possible to save all the information centrally in order to update and share them faster. Getting your product to the market becomes faster, and the results can be seen in the increase of customer satisfaction. You can read more about the company at:http://www.canter.fi/en/company/
Here at Canter we believe in working in the spirit of cooperation, having open dialogue and supporting the future career paths of all of our team members. We aim at helping our current talented experts grow and find their own future paths because things go well when everybody is clear about their own direction and also supports the growth of the company and the service we provide to our great customers. Competition for experts is growing more heated every day and for years we have supported the young inexperienced future experts in their efforts to enter the workforce and to grow with us in building powerful work experiences and in developing their own career paths.
At the beginning of this year I received a great opportunity to participate as a volunteer with the Finnish Mentors (Suomen Mentorit) in order to help our future experts enter the workforce and find their own paths. Although I did have some previous experience with working life related mentoring, this was the first time ever that I had a chance to mentor freshly college graduated youth full of enthusiasm, talent and potential. Mentoring is a bit similar to active participation in the modern work culture in the fact that whether one is mentoring a new graduate seeking for their own professional direction or an already seasoned professional, it is the mentor’s duty to help the seekers find the direction they want to be headed toward in their careers and to empower the talent to make their own choices in regard to their own future. Many times in working life it is the superiors of an expert who decide their career path without talking with the expert and this often leads to weakened motivation on the part of the expert as well as diminished work performance and huge loss of human potential. Fortunately there are already many businesses, like Canter, that encourage the expert’s own choices regarding their career path.
Mentoring is one way to help future experts enter into the workforce. The future of our country is in the youth and it is of utmost importance that those with more experience offer their assistance to these beginners and challenge them to think about the direction that they want their careers to take and support the youth with their own visions and expertise so that the young do not choose a career path full of pitfalls. It is perfectly clear that once a young person finds the right path for them, they are more motivated and achieve better results and give their personal best to support the development and economic growth of our country.
Besides all the larger improvements and developments needed in our society, every single one of us within the workforce can help and support the youth by, in example, having conversations with them and by sharing our own visions and experiences with them. This will help our youth in becoming our future experts and will ensure our society’s ability to compete successfully in the international marketplaces.