A drop in frequency on the synchronously interconnected Continental Europe system was registered on January 10, 2019 at around 21.00 and the causes of this drop are still under investigation by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). ENTSO-E gave this information on Wednesday, January 16. The frequency drop was sufficient to alert the TSOs but did not at any moment endanger security of supply, the network said.
A mismeasurement on lines between Germany and Austria was identified and corrected by TenneT Germany. However, this mismeasurement cannot explain the frequency drop on January 10. The investigation, which is still on-going, is reviewing the significant variation in European production around 21.00 which coincided with changes in trade between different countries.
“Given the current automation process of Ukraine’s new electricity market, this incident forces us to seriously think about the quality of software and the timing of its testing. The synchronous area of the integrated power grid of Ukraine is much less than ENTSO-E and the consequences of software errors and inconsistencies more serious than just stopping the trade,” Chief Expert on technological systems, Head of the commercial accounting management group of national energy company Ukrenergo Oleksandr Karpenko said on his Facebook page.
As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at the end of December 2018 approved an action plan for the harmonization of the united power grid of Ukraine with ENTSO-E.
GlobalLogic IT company, the largest software designer in Ukraine, expects that the Ukrainian IT market would grow by 20% in 2018, to over $4 billion, Head of the company’s office in Lviv and Vice-President for Engineering at GlobalLogic Denys Balatsko has told Interfax-Ukraine on the sidelines of Lviv IT Arena 2018. “Assessing the IT market in Ukraine is quite difficult, since most of the companies on it are not public and do not make their financial statements public. We know the number of people working in this industry – according to recent data there are about 120,000. According to statistics released by the state, the amount of funding coming to Ukraine from the sale of IT services abroad is about $3.5 billion, but there is still an internal market, so I think that the figure of $3.5 billion is rather understated,” he said.
According to Balatsko, this year the market is developing very dynamically, and there is very high demand for qualified personnel. “The market growth this year will be about 20%. We are growing faster than the market. I hope we will reach 30% plus by the last year,” he said. The head of the GlobalLogic office in Lviv said that the company estimates that the IT market of Ukraine is experiencing a significant shortage of qualified personnel and engineering talents.
“We are working with universities, helping them to make the program more modern, so that students when graduating higher education institutions could start working right away, and companies do not have to spend half a year on their training,” Balatsko said. He also said that the second significant problem of the Ukrainian IT market is a lack of a mature product industry with a rather strong IT outsourcing market.
GlobalLogic Ukraine is the largest software developer in Ukraine. It has offices in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv and Mykolaiv.
GlobalLogic Ukraine, an IT company, the largest software developer in Ukraine, will open the second office in Lviv on October 12, 2018.
This was announced by the head of the company’s office in Lviv, GlobalLogic Vice President for Engineering Denys Balatsko on the sidelines of the Lviv IT Arena 2018 conference.
“This is a separate building, which was built according to our wishes and allocated completely to our company. Today, about 300 of our engineers have already moved there, but the official opening will take place on October 12,” he said.
According to Balatsko, departments for the development of medical software and embedded solutions will be located in this office.
In the opinion of the company, the question of availability of office premises equipped with serious IT infrastructure is acute in Lviv.
“Now we see a very high demand for office space and companies are often looking for a place where they could find room. There is not enough quality office space,” the expert said.
GlobalLogic Ukraine is the largest software developer in Ukraine. It has offices in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Mykolaiv.
National Energy Company Ukrenergo and state-owned enterprise (SOE) Energomarket in December 2018 will launch software required for the operation of the retail segment of the new power market, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion has said. He said that the terms are outlined in the plan of the implementation of the law on the electricity market verified by the heads of the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry, the National Commission for the State Regulation of Energy, Housing and Utilities Services (NCER) and the parliamentary committee for fuel and energy complex.
“The first stage of the reform related to the retail market segment will start already in December 2018. Two months later, Ukrenergo and Energomarket will launch the required software, and NCER will approve the last part of the acts needed to effectively launch a new market,” Kistion wrote on his Facebook page.
The deputy prime minister added that the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry, in turn, is obliged to forward the bills on the rules of ensuring the supply of electricity to protected consumers and the rules of holding a tender for the construction of generating capacities, the introduction of energy efficient measures to the government in the shortest possible time.
As of late 2017, 80% of software in Ukraine installed in PCs has no licenses, and since 2015 (the year of the previous study) the figure decreased by 2%, the BSA | The Software Alliance has said in its 2018 Global Software Survey. According to the document, the commercial value of unlicensed software declined by $21 million or 19.4% over the period.
In the Central and Easter Europe (24 countries), the amount of unauthorized software as of late 2017 was 57% (a decline by 1%).
According to the association, to cut the risk of malware attacks and increase profits, companies in Ukraine should check software in its IT infrastructure and get rid of unlicensed software.
President and CEO of BSA Victoria Espinel said that companies should introduce Software Asset Management (SAM) to get full control over the software installed. This would allow organizations to reduce a risk of cyber attacks causing serious aftermath for business and could increase profits.
The 2018 Global Software Survey: Software Management: Security Imperative, Business Opportunity estimates the volume and value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers in 2017, across more than 110 national and regional economies. It also reveals key attitudes and behaviors related to software licensing, intellectual property, and emerging technologies based on a global survey of more than 20,000 respondents.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 60 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the action plan to support software industry of Ukraine for 2018.
According to government resolution No. 344 dated May 23, the plan includes designing of software for e-health and support of the implementation of the dual education projects on the basis of universities to practice software engineering under the bachelor’s programs.
The plan envisages the promotion of the increase in cybersecurity, popularization of the introduction of protected operation systems designed in Ukraine, harmonization of international standards in the sphere of information protection and information security.
In addition, Ukraine will invite representatives of leading analytical agencies to analyze information technologies for establishing connections and analyzing the potential of development of newest information technologies.