pgt technology scouting


The company was founded April 2009, with focus on IT-related consulting, knowledge transfer and software development.

In this regard the company provides services in the areas of

  • technology scouting and coaching
  • training
  • technology spikes, prototyping, development bootstrapping
  • consulting and reviews

Where We Come From

The tag cloud around the company activities would probably enlist many of the successful technologies that emerged from the OSS movement and the Java macro cosmos.

Sets of technologies often don’t fit together and architectural concepts are often undermined by bad technology decisions and by misunderstanding (and therefore misuse of) frameworks. Neither starting by choosing a technology stack, nor starting from an architecture blueprint targets the main problem that one won’t fit-up to the other – unless it is taken care for it from the beginning.

The inhouse architect needs to have an indeep knowledge of company proceedings and product requirements. The need for overall and indeep technology knowledge is not part of the profile of many software architects.

Lost in Space?

It has become even harder to keep up with all new technologies in the java and java ee world. The clean distinction between rich clients and web clients is no more, architectural and semantic shifts happening everywhere.

Agile development, eda, soa, non invasive frameworks, lightweight  runtimes, ajax, springframework, jpa, complex event processing, gwt, mashups, twitter, blogging – where to start?

Technology Coaching

If you have teams, projects and time – and all you need is knowhow, than coaching and training could be an option.

We can provide technology training and coaching tailored to your needs and to the needs of your team.

Java Programming

  • Java for beginners and Java update training
  • Java Design (Patterns, Effective Java, Refactoring and best practices)

Java EE – Java Enterprise Edition (formerly known as J2EE)

  • Enterprise Java Beans
  • Springframework
  • Java Message Service (JMS)
  • Web development (Servlets, JSP, JavaServer Faces, Spring MVC)

Open-Source Tools and Technologies

  • Tools, libs: ant, maven, slf4j, log4J, jUnit,  …
  • Java EE products, runtimes: Tomcat, jBoss, Glassfish, Jetty, …

Technology Scouting

Modern Java frameworks provide the foundation for the development of enterprise ready applications. Many of the OSS frameworks available today are the result of best practices on different layers of an application. The integration across layers is out of their scope, often left as „todo“ for the software architects or developers:

The main goal of technology scouting is to help to identify technologies that could fit into the architectural requirements. The technology scout does fill in the gap between the „non technology knowing“ architect and the „non architecture respecting“ developer.

Technology Spikes and Prototyping

Once the technology stack is setup, it is time for a proof of concept  (POC).  The integration of different frameworks requires indeep knowledge of the frameworks in question. This knowledge is not required on the day to day work, and that’s why an expert can help on a short term basis.

  • How do we integrate the frameworks
  • How do we achieve the defined architectural goals?
  • What are the imposed build infrastructure requirements?

This is where prototypes and technology spikes come into question.

The prototype is often only required as a proof of concept, can make use of mocked elements and mainly show that defined architecture goals and the technology stack play well together.

The technology spike is used to demonstrate the integration of the technologies and frameworks across all layers. It is used as a project bootstrap (iteration zero, spring zero) and will be used for the knowledge transfer. The technology spike can be used to ramp up the project from the one person team consisting of the technology scout to the full team size.

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