Making Software Projects Easier to Understand
The Cube, Athens, May 8, 2019

VENUE CHANGE: please note the address of the venue, The Cube, has changed since our last SFDE event.

It is now 6th Floor, 73 Aiolou str, Monastiraki. See map




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Ulysses Systems
23 Akti Miaouli str.
Piraeus, 185 35, Greece
Phone: +30 2104190800


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EEST
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The Cube 
6th Floor, 73 Aiolou str
Athens 10551

Driving Directions

Our 6th Software for Domain Experts forum on May 8 explored better ways to reduce the complexity of organisational software projects.

How can we deliver organisational software which is easy to use, satisfies the cybersecurity requirements, without getting overloaded with complexity?

One idea we explored is to develop an intuitive common reference for what the software will do, which can be used by the entire software project team, the customers / users, and which will work throughouth the lifecycle of the software.

This would require modelling of what the organisation does and might need to do, what the software needs to do, what the customers / users do, how the software should be constructed and how it should function.


Speakers include

  • Dimitris Lyras, director, Lyras Shipping and Ulysses Systems, and CEO, Ulysses Learning
  • Dr. Andreas Mitrakas, Head of Unit – Data Security & Standardisation, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
  • Polizois Kokkonis, senior product manager, Nokia Networks
  • Prof. Dimitrios Soudris, National University of Athens
  • Christos Lytras, managing partner, hippocampus.io, an innovation consultancy
  • Stefanos Christakis, ERP Project Manager,  Euronav
  • Alexandros Karagiannis, HEDNO (Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator) 



9.00 Welcome coffee

 9.30 Chairman's introduction - why do we need to make software projects easier to understand?

Chairman: Dimitris Lyras, director, Lyras Shipping and Ulysses Systems, and CEO, Ulysses Learning

9.40 Stefanos Christakis, ERP Project Manager,  Euronav

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Bridging the gap between business and IT – efficient digital transformation and innovation

10.10 Christos Lytras, managing partner, hippocampus.io, an innovation consultancy

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Starting Up – A Structured Way from Idea to Product
A structured approach to deliver a solution to an existing customer problem
- Define a problem and how it involves or affects end users
- Define a spcific user group willing to pay for the product
- Identifying and outlining the most promising concept solutions
- Validating the solution
- Identifying key solution features to get buy-in from key stakeholders


10.40 Dr. Andreas Mitrakas, Head of Unit – Data Security & Standardisation, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)

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The EU cybersecurity certification framework and its impact on organisational software projects
- Expected impact on Intellectual Property Rights and product liability
- Limits of protecting personal data under GDPR

11.10 BREAK

11.30 Polizois Kokkonis, senior product manager, Nokia Networks

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Trying to hit a moving target? Understanding is the key for responding to change


12.00 Christoforos Kachris, National Technical University of Athens

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Design of Energy and Performance Efficient Hardware Platforms: Challenges and Opportunities


12.30 Tasos Makris, IT and usability consultant, Gourdomichalis Maritime

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Athens metro ticket machines and usability

13.00 Maria Symponi, HEDNO (Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator)

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WiseGRID EU project: ICT solutions for Energy Distribution Grid
- Using a Common Information Language for communications between software companies and domain experts in the utilities sector
- How modeling languages and common information models like CIM can facilitate heterogeneous system integration
- Enabling proprietary operational systems like SCADA to communicate with open architecture IT systems (IT/OT convergence)
- Enabling the utility industry to minimise costs, offer operational visibility and avoid vendor lock-in

13.30 Discussion

14.00 Lunch and Close

 Call for speakers - do you have interesting ideas, experiences, talks or opinions on these topics you are able to present? Please contact Karl Jeffery on jeffery@d-e-j.com to discuss further