Fred Hoch's Tour de Lithuania

by Brad Wechter
July 14, 2014

Fred Hoch, renowned CEO of Illinois Technology Association (ITA), recently made a visit to the Devbridge office in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Mr. Hoch kicked off his visit with a highly informational and insightful presentation to all Devbridge employees about the happenings and trends in information technology, but the flow of knowledge didn’t stop there.

In addition to presenting his ideas and perspectives, Mr. Hoch also conducted a question and answer session, answering a wide range of inquiries from the folks at Devbridge. Some of the answers he shared included wisdom on a hot item, Google Glass, and its future applications in the medical, logistics and military fields. He pointed out that the potential within these fields overshadows daily use, and that he believes widespread personal use of Google Glass will probably be minimal (except for photoshoots, of course).

Mr. Hoch also shared his knowledge and projections as they relate to the optimization of code, particularly the remaining need to optimize code as computers and computer components get smaller and smaller. Logic dictates that, since optimized code requires less horsepower, it is an essential component when it comes to the shrinking size of computers. Trends of languages and platforms were also discussed, including the longevity of .NET (it’s not going anywhere), and the usefulness of Ruby (Ruby developments typically get re-written in Java or .Net as they are scaled).

However, Mr. Hoch was not in town only to give. He also received a tour of the Kaunas office, and participated on the inquiring side of another question and answer session with Devbridge’s own Marius Damijonaitis. They discussed the size of the office (top three in Kaunas) and the pool of talent, as well the perks of working at Devbridge and other methods of talent acquisition.

Outside of Devbridge, Mr. Hoch was treated to a tour of the city as well as an in-depth look at its history as a military town. From here, he continued his European travels, but not without an appropriate gift: a barrel-shaped bottle of Midus, an authetic Lithuanian mead. Everyone at Devbridge thanks Mr. Hoch for taking the time to visit the Kaunas office and we hope to see him again soon, whether that be in Chicago, Vilnius or Kaunas!

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