2018 Retrospective

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27th December, 2018

A year in review

Posted on: 27th December, 2018

2018 is almost over and we took the time to do a recap of our most successful year so far. Big thanks to everyone who has been on this journey with us. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer!

Products

In 2018 FSD turned eight years. What started as a web development company turned into one-stop software shop that offers complex ERP, Webshop and CMS solutions, as well as web development and design. This year we worked with clients from Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, the UAE, England, Austria, Japan, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Serbia. They come from many different industries, such as advertising, management, automotive, agriculture, gaming, oil industry and many more.

Couple of months ago we came up with the idea of creating a website for our creative digital studio within FSD called digital.FSD. It is a full-service digital agency that offers a wide range of services including branding, web development, web design, digital marketing, providing domains and hosting as well.

People

We hired new employees and our team grew bigger by 18% in the past year. When it comes to hiring, we are not focused on numbers only. People, teamwork and positive work environment are the most important to us. That is why we carefully picked new developers, designers, managers, consultants, system administrators and testers to join our team. We take great pride in friendly and supportive environment where everyone has a chance to learn new skills and advance in their career.

It is always a pleasure to teach and work with young, smart and talented people. Whenever we have the time for mentoring, we are happy to welcome new interns to the team. This year we participated in AIESEC Global Entrepreneur once again. An intern from Brazil joined our marketing team to learn about the latest trends in digital marketing. If you are curious to know what she likes the best about FSD and Serbia in general, you can read the interview with her here.

Knowledge

Besides mentoring, we are also active in the IT and academic community. Our CTO Dušan and CTIO Aleksandar held lectures at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Belgrade and the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. The students were excited to learn more about the well known topic -- blockchain. Our efforts to teach future engineers new skills and technologies didn’t go unnoticed. Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad awarded FSD for knowledge sharing and supporting students’ professional development.

In October, we sponsored the biggest students’ IT conference in Serbia, We are the future of IT. It gathered almost 500 students of Information technologies for four days of lectures, workshops and networking. As a general sponsor of the conference, we had the opportunity to give multiple lectures as well as to organize a hands-on blockchain workshop.

In addition to teaching others we took the time to work on our skills, too. We organized many blockchain workshops with Ethereum in focus, as well as lectures about security, TDD and clean code. Besides development, we are also dedicated to continuous learning and improvement in every other area of our work. Many of us also took soft skills’ workshops to become better leaders, problem solvers or communicators.

Conferences

Like every year, we invested a lot of our education time and budget in visiting conferences across Europe and Asia.

As you may expected, we visited quite a few blockchain events:

Besides Future Blockchain Summit, we have been to a couple of more events in Dubai:

Our web and Webshop teams attended:

The system administrators team went to:

We also exhibited in Hannover, at CeBIT for the fifth time in a row. Largest trade fair in the world was a great place to connect with tech leaders of today.

Overall, it was an amazing year. We want to thank our employees and clients for making 2018 the most successful year so far. Wishing you Happy Holidays and a joyful New Year!