Who choose speakers of ITEM?
Volodymyr Vorobiov
CEO & Co-Founder RubyGarage - Web and Mobile App Design and Development Company
Volodymyr is CEO & Co-Founder Ruby Garage company.

He helps companies setup, manage, and improve globally distributed software engineering departments. He improves clients' bottom line by increasing productivity, raising quality, and reducing costs.

He's also engaged in building a number of technology startups, aimed at the mass consumer segment.
Short Talk
ITEM:
What is the hardest part of Solution and Technology Management?
Volodymyr Vorobiov:
The motto of our company is "Technology Matters". Though we should remember that technology really matters when it brings value to people, organizations, businesses, and the whole world. Of course, in our company we like to play around with new tech toys and experiment with different cool stuff. However, each experiment like that is followed by analysis and retrospective with conclusions. This is our pragmatic approach and it may not suit everyone.
Often, when we launch a new project, it's a challenge not to buy into hype and refuse from the technologies that don't fulfill a task in the most appropriate way. Currently, one in two of our clients want to implement Blockchain in their product. However, very few know how Blockchain works and what problems it solves. Surely, one can add the word "Blockchain" to their company's name and go up in price two times. Though, it has nothing to do with technologies.

ITEM:
In your opinion, what is the key to success in technology companies?
Volodymyr Vorobiov:
After years-long attempts to replace people with automated processes, utilities, and even robots, I've come to conclusion that people are the main asset of technology companies. Today, only people can create innovations and lead their companies to success.
Many startupers and investors claim that company's success is measured by amount of money that companies make or their stock value, not by amount of employees. However, I don't see company's success that way. I think that amount of happy employees indicates company's success. Sure, I can't deny the fact that making money is necessary. Though, money is a tool, not an end goal.
ITEM:
What's the biggest tech challenge The World expects in the next five years?
Volodymyr Vorobiov:
I think the next biggest challenge is an artificial intelligence. I would even say that first, it's AI, and saving humankind from AI later. We apply different AI algorithms in our company to analyze, classify, and predict different issues. Though, we can't beat what IT industry giants do.
I think that most people don't even realize how fast can intelligent machine develop. Can you imagine an organism that self-learns 24/7 and its development speed grows exponentially with every second. Besides, such organism has no boundaries like moral principles and feelings.
Can you even understand what I'm talking about? :)
ITEM:
In the world of IT, where do you see Ukraine?
Volodymyr Vorobiov:
Ukraine is a young country with a lot of talented people. We're starting to learn how to make business oriented at global markets. We're learning how to look for trendy niches. We're fast learners.
Ukraine has excellent chances to make a statement in the IT market and become a European IT leader. While Ukrainians start to wake up to new possibilities, Europeans and Americans are already coming to Ukraine to build their startups here.
ITEM:
Why do you support ITEM conference and help with program and content of this event?
Volodymyr Vorobiov:
People who organize ITEM are my good friends and mates and I always support my friends.
In fact, I want ITEM to have quality content. I want people to leave the event inspired and enlightened. I also want you to create space for people, so they can constantly share their experience and knowledge with each other. I'm pretty sure we can make it :)