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Authority Partners Podcast

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Ensuring quality, compliance and client satisfaction using automation in audits
Explore the dynamic realm of internal audits, revealing the transformative power of automation with MS Power Platform and Power BI. From ISO certifications to the critical role of CAPA systems, our subject matter experts provide a concise, yet comprehensive, look at how Authority Partners elevates audit processes for enhanced efficiency and client satisfaction. 
20:27 1/22/24
Trust the Machine: A Dialogue on AI Ethics and Data Security
Join us in our latest podcast episode where we dive deep into the intersection of artificial intelligence, ethics and data security. Our hosts, Carlos Julio Tejada, Engineering Manager, and Dino Buljubasic, Head of Infrastructure, share insights on what inspired this crucial conversation and explore real-life examples of ethical dilemmas and security challenges in the world of AI. 
24:07 11/13/23
AI-Powered: From Zero to Hero
Explore a future where AI meets classic storytelling with your hosts, Burak Bolek and Beste Nur Pacci. Explore an app created by Burak, powered by ChatGPT, that spins tales and teaches invaluable lessons. Witness words come alive through AI's magic. We discuss child safety, content appropriateness and data privacy as important considerations. Discover how AI can augment human creativity and envision a bright future for AI-driven tales. Presented by Authority Partners, your gateway to AI-powered creativity. 
16:25 8/16/23
Unleashing the Power of Dynamics 365
 Join us for an exciting episode of the Authority Partners podcast, where we dive into the limitless potential of Dynamics 365. Hosted by the dynamic duo of Onela Pilipovic, a seasoned Senior Account Executive, and Goran Lazic, a highly skilled Dynamics 365 Senior Program Architect, this podcast is your go-to resource for unlocking the full power of Dynamics 365 and revolutionizing your business. 
11:12 6/2/23
Clean Architecture
Clean Architecture is more than just a design pattern, it's a philosophy that can transform the way software is developed. It is a powerful tool for software developers that prioritizes code organization, enabling it to be flexible and scalable as business requirements evolve over time. By emphasizing the separation of concerns, independence of frameworks and platforms, and testability of code, Clean Architecture helps developers create a codebase that is maintainable, adaptable and easy to test.   Who better to guide us through this fascinating topic than two top-notch IT industry experts, Steve Smith and Mirano Galijasevic. They will share their insights on why Clean Architecture is particularly important for larger projects with multiple microservices and explore how it can be applied in different development scenarios.   Get ready to learn more about Clean Architecture and its impact on organizing modules within a single application.
24:12 4/20/23
Feedback Culture: The Key to Unlocking Your Team’s Potential
In this podcast, Talent Management specialists Mirna Dajanovic and Vedrana Biberovic explore the importance of feedback culture in organizations. Feedback culture is a crucial component for growth and development, yet people often struggle with giving and receiving feedback. In this episode, Mirna and Vedrana provide valuable insights on the benefits of giving and receiving constructive feedback, how to give feedback effectively and the importance of specificity when doing so.
08:44 3/30/23
Manual vs Automation Testing: What's the Perfect Ratio?
In this episode, we'll be diving into the world of software testing. This podcast topic is a hotly debated one in the industry: manual versus automation testing. With the growing emphasis on speed and efficiency, automation testing has become increasingly popular. However, there are still some who believe that manual testing is the superior method.We'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches and what the perfect ratio of manual to automation testing might be. Whether you're a seasoned software tester or just starting out in the field, this episode is sure to provide valuable insights.  So, grab your headphones and join us for a lively discussion on manual vs. automation testing!
14:43 3/2/23
Creating Talent: The AP Lab Story
Summing up 2022 with a full podcast studio and one of our favorite topics: AP Lab.Led by dedicated Authority Partners consultants, AP Lab is a 16-week program focusing on full-stack development and quality assurance, covering the entire software development lifecycle.For this session, we gathered our very own AP Lab Alumni, Nerma Hanić, Eldin Cengic and Rabina Jusufovic; AP Lab coordinator and TA Specialist Anela Tucakovic; and current lab trainee Adnan Bucalovic. They talk about the program, why it is structured the way it is and what they think you should know about it.
17:09 12/29/22
How to Implement Automation and Start with DevOps on Legacy Programs
Working on legacy enterprise systems is always challenging. Successfully implementing automation to legacy programs is even more complex. Automation is just an extension of the manual approach.On that topic, our perfect podcast duo, Adnan Mujkanovic, QA Solution Architect, and Imer Muhovic, QA Analyst, Program Architect and Test Automation Engineer at Authority Partners, sat down to discuss how to implement automation and start with DevOps on legacy programs.Curious about it? New episode is available on all platforms, tune in!
22:53 11/30/22
Imer Muhovic & Adnan Mujkanovic: Microservices Testing Made Easy
The truth is, you really can't make testing easy. But you can definitely make it easier. In this podcast episode, our very own QA gurus will discuss the topic "Microservices Testing Made Easy." With widespread serverless and cloud adoption, microservices have become the de-facto standard for creating new applications, yet their testing still poses challenges as integration testing a large number of microservices is never easy. Join us as we share our own experiences with resolving such challenges using contract testing and the most popular framework for it: Pact.
19:30 10/31/22
Erica Olsen & Dino Beslic, Topic: “Strategic Planning”
Every year, the AP management team comes together for strategic planning, presenting it to the whole organization in an effort to connect purpose with direction.In the newest episode of AP Podcast, a special guest and friend of AP, Erica Olsen, CEO and Founder of OnStrategy, joined Dino Beslic, CFO at AP, to talk about strategic planning and why your organization should do it. In this episode, Erica and Dino cover the dos and don’ts of strategy to guide you through the journey of planning and execution.Erica and her team have been AP partners for five years, guiding our teams through our own strategic planning journey and supporting us through planning, strategic reviews and check-ins, ensuring we stay on track. Our CFO, Dino Beslic, brings over a decade of finance experience in private equity and investment banking to the table.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the opinion of Authority Partners.
30:42 5/20/22
Larisa Halilovic, Topic: 'Leadership in hybrid times'
With the new normal, Hybrid work is here to stay, and that’s a fact. Since Authority Partners operates globally in 30 countries, this type of work is standard for us. But, to access the benefits hybrid working brings – better productivity and inclusivity – companies need leaders who have the skills to execute a good hybrid learning strategy.In the new episode of the AP Podcast, we discuss the characteristics of successful leaders, how emotional intelligence is connected to them, how company values are relevant in professional life, how to achieve progress towards leadership, and more.We’ll discuss these topics with Larisa Halilovic, an international team development expert, two-times TEDx speaker, and a leader with over twenty years of professional experience in leadership, management, training, coaching, and mentoring.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the opinion of Authority Partners.
28:51 4/15/22
Amina Karic & Zerina Mandzo, Topic: ‘Women in Information Technology Sector’
As the Ban Ki-Moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations said: “Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.”For the Authority Partners, gender diversity is one of our business priorities. In AP, close to 30% are women. While this is an excellent number for the IT industry, there is still much to do. We are involved in IT girls, the Women mentorship network, Women’s Empowerment Principles program. In AP, do not differentiate between men and women in IT. We are welcoming all IT professionals.  In this Podcast, Amina Karic, Vice President of Operations at AP, and Zerina Mandzo, Project Associate for IT Girls in B&H, are discussing reasons for the lack of women in the ICT sector, how do we shape one voice to fight stereotypes, how important is to engage in encouraging a change of attitude and behavior and more.This podcast is just a small step to inspire and empower more women choosing IT-related career paths.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
29:05 3/18/22
Dino Esposito & Mirano Galijasevic, Topic: ‘Helping Junior Developers to Grow’
Steve Jobs once said: ‘We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.’Is it better to hire people with built-in skills, Experts, or grow Junior Developers or both? Yes, we know this is a million-dollar question, but in this exclusive podcast, Dino Esposito and Mirano Galijasevic agreed to share their experience in this particular situation. It is our great pleasure to have Dino, a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide who authored 25+ books (check his LinkedIn cover) and 1000+ articles in 27 years long career, and Mirano, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is one of the most knowledgeable guys that we know.  In this hot and challenging topic, they will discuss what it takes to grow from zero to hero, how to incorporate new people into a team and make everything run smoothly, is referral system is a good way for anyone joining a company. If this isn’t enough for you, Dino will deep dive into various examples based on his experience. One was when the company CEO invited him as an expert, but the team pushed him out. So, he took some fascinating steps in this challenging situation. Also, you will find out how Dino manages his team step by step.This is your chance to listen to a conversation between two prime movers sharing their experiences.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
35:06 2/18/22
Ena Durmisevic, Topic: ‘Scrum + DevOps, Better Together?’
In today’s world, companies strive to achieve a blend of technology and business by supporting cross-functional and business-oriented teams in working together to deliver a piece of software. But, that kind of organizational change will not make a difference unless the value that these teams are delivering is understood, measured, and reported transparently. But how do we achieve this?Professionals usually ask: ‘Which one should we use, Scrum or DevOps?’. Does it really need to be a single-choice option, or we can do both? We are excited to explore how to combine elements of both to create information technology excellence. Our guest is a professional in this field - Ena Durmisevic, Senior Account Manager at AP.Ena manages one of the largest accounts at Authority Partners, with multiple cross-functional teams of 100+ consultants. She holds a Master’s degree in Management, Information Systems, and Innovation from the London School of Economics, and she is a Certified Information Systems Auditor with Scrum certifications.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
36:28 1/21/22
Erol & Maja Karabeg, Topic: ‘Founders interview: AP Journey to the Next Level of Excellence and Growth’
Let’s wrap this year up with a special edition Authority Partners podcast, with how we love to call them “power couple” who have been working together for the last 30 years. Did you know that AP story started back in their home country - Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Erol opened his first business, software company “Kako?” and Maja joined as the first employee. They both started programming in the early 80s.Yes, they are the Authority Partners founders, Erol and Maja Karabeg.We are excited to share their insights about Authority Partners, straight from sunny California. However, we feel special because Maja will reveal one extraordinary milestone that makes us very proud!You will also learn how AP adapted business strategy according to changes in the information technology industry, why AP consultants place company culture as one of the top priorities, our founders' vision for the next four years, and much more.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
23:23 12/17/21
Dalibor Marijanovic, Topic: ‘How curiosity leads to innovation in digital transformation?’
Creativity is the capability of an individual or team to make something new. Innovation is the usage of that creativity. But what does it take to be innovative nowadays and in digital transformation? What is the difference between innovation and creativity, what kind of innovation exists, and when innovation gives value? Let’s deep dive into these questions and much more with Dalibor Marijanovic, Executive Vice President of Consulting at AP with whom in episode 24 we discuss the topic of how curiosity leads to innovation in digital transformation.Dalibor will also provide some great examples considering digital transformation in the IT industry as well here at the Authority Partners.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
29:44 11/19/21
Steve Smith & Mirano Galijasevic, Topic: ‘Cloud Architecture and Microservices Design Patterns’
Third Friday in this month means - It’s Podcast time!In episode 23 we have two masterminds combined. Steve Smith and Mirano Galijasevic are discussing a hot topic: ‘Cloud Architecture and Microservices Design Patterns’.The benefits of Microservices architecture are obvious to everybody, but properly designing solutions around this architecture is quite challenging and involved. There are many patterns that can be used to achieve this, but when and how to use each one of them requires a high level of knowledge and experience from the architects who are tasked with implementing it.”Steve Smith ( is an experienced software architect, entrepreneur, and trainer. He is co-founder of NimblePros, a small consulting firm focused on helping software teams deliver better software, faster. Steve has published numerous books and Pluralsight courses on software architecture and development. Mirano Galijasevic is a Head of R&D at Authority Partners. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and he is one of the most knowledgeable guys that we know. Mirano firmly believes in working on real-life projects and learning by doing. Even after having 25+ years of experience, he still firmly believes that there is so much more that we can improve when it comes to the technology, we use every day to build solutions for our clients.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
26:44 10/15/21
Burak Atamguc, Topic: ‘The Importance of Strengthening Relationships with Clients’
Would you agree that in today’s world and crowded marketplaces, delivering a service or selling top-notch products isn’t enough anymore? We believe that the actual difference comes with the quality of the relationship we create with our clients.If you are interested in strengthening relationships with clients, go to your favorite podcast platform because we bring you Burak Atamguc, Director of Account Management at AP, to tell your more about it!Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
12:20 9/17/21
Ena Taslaman, Topic: ‘Creating Shared Purpose and Commitment Through Internal Communication’
Communication is an art, and the art of communication is the language of authority. And, at AP, DO must match the SAY!Make sure to listen to the new podcast episode where Ena Taslaman, Head of PR and Communications Department at AP, talks about internal communication playing a big role in company culture.Let's dive into concepts of internal communications, employee engagement, culture warriors, change management, and why employees are the most important audience in AP.Let us take you to another level of excellence! Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
16:26 8/20/21
Amela IvkoviC O'Reilly and Adnan Catovic, Topic: 'Happy, Healthy Programmer'
‘Happy and Healthy programmer’ – does this sound familiar? Well yes, you’re right!We had recently done Dev Talks MeetUP on this theme where Adnan Catovic, an Engineering Manager at AP shared his own experience and how he managed to overcome health obstacles and became a Happy and Healthy programmer but with this Podcast, we are going a few steps further and bringing Amela Ivković O'Reilly, who is a nutritionist, and Member of the Association of Nutritionists of Ireland, Great Britain, and Royal Medical Association of Great Britain. Why are we doing a Podcast also?  Well, because nothing is more important than your health! We will deep dive into ‘The four pillars' which are proper nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and stress control. We are going to talk about how to respect your body, what we eat and what eats us, diet mentality, Digital hangover phase that you might be experiencing right now.Do you know how physical inactivity affects programmers’ life and why we often getting sick when we, at last, go on vacation?Adnan's tips made his life completely different and because of them, he can identify himself as a Happy and healthy programmer. OK, we raised so many questions so without further ado, let’s dive into this episode of AP Podcast, and believe us, you don’t want to miss this!Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
43:03 7/16/21
Lidia Mansur, Topic: “Emotional Intelligence from Business Analyst Perspective”
Hello, podcasters! Yes, we know you've been waiting for the next episode of your favorite technology podcast, and here we go!In episode 19, we combine Emotional Intelligence with the role of Business Analyst. Lidia Mansur, who is obtaining this role at AP, discusses why it is vital to handle emotions and use them to our advantage.Before that, Lidia shares her own experience as Business Analyst and why this role is responsible for bridging the gap between IT and the business using data analytics to assess processes, determine requirements, and deliver data-driven recommendations and reports to executives and stakeholdersDisclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
22:43 6/18/21
Amila Kurtović, Tema: “Feedback kultura u AP-u”
Tražite li novi posao ili spremni ste za napredak u karijeri?Kao i sve velike kompanije, i mi težimo zapošljavanju najboljih i cijenimo izvrsnost, stabilnost, društvenu odgovornost, rast i razvoj.Kako je ovo relevantno za vas? Pa, kada odlučite aplicirati na poziciju koja vam je primamljiva, visina plate I sama hijerarhiska postavka više nije toliko važna. Veoma je bitno da vam ta pozicija dopušta napredak unutar kompanije, kakve benefite nudi a svi želimo  radni dan započeti s osmijehom.Želimo da uživate u svom poslu i osjećate da ste važni!Na mnogo je načina kultura naše kompanije dio identiteta AP-a, stoga je važno da to shvatite. Zbog toga smo među izvrsnim uvidima o AP kulturi koje možete pronaći na našoj web stranici odlučili dublje zaroniti u nju s AP Podcastom.U prethodnoj epizodi 14. razgovarali smo o AP kulturi: Kako znati da li ste pravi izbor za našu kompaniju, a u epizodi 9. dali smo vam savjete i trikove o tome kako se pripremiti za intervju, jednom kada aplicirate. Sada je vrijeme da razgovaramo o kulturi Feedbacka u AP-u, gdje će Amila Kurtović, voditeljica upravljanja talentima u AP-u, govoriti o tome zašto je Feedback vruća tema u današnjem poslovnom svijetu i zašto nam je Feedback važan. Takođe ćete saznati više o našem interno dizajniranom sistemu  Feedbacka o učinku i o tome šta STAR model predstavlja.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
22:00 5/21/21
Amila Kurtovic, Topic: “Feedback Culture in AP”
Are you searching for a new job? Are you ready for the new path in your career?Like all great companies, we strive to hire the best, and we value Excellence, Stability, Social Responsibility, and Growth and Development.How is this relevant to you? When it comes to that one Vacancy you are ready to apply for, it's not all about the paycheck or position. It's also about how you can grow from it, what else benefits you, and if every workday starts with a smile and become an adventure. We want you to do you enjoy your job and feel that you matter!Our company culture is part of AP identity in many ways, so it's essential to get it right. That's why among excellent insights about AP Culture that you can find on our website, we decided to dive deeper into it with the AP Podcast.In previous episode 14, we talked about AP Culture: How to know if we are a match, and in episode 9, we gave you tips & tricks on How to ace a job interview at AP. Now it's time to talk about Feedback Culture in AP where Amila Kurtovic, Head of Talent Management Department at AP, talks about why feedback is a hot topic in today's business world, why it is important to us, and how do we practice the feedback. You will also learn about our self-designed employee performance feedback system and what the STAR model stands for.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
17:45 5/21/21
Ervina Muftic, Topic: “The importance of negotiating”
In the new AP Podcast episode, we are opening the topic about something we all do every day, but in different surroundings and atmospheres with one aim - to get a 'Yes'. We talk about 'The importance of negotiating' where we focus on business goals. This kind of negotiating requires skills different from where our aim is not a business. Negotiation holds the key to getting ahead in the workplace, resolving conflicts, and creating value contracts. In episode 17, Ervina Muftic, Project Manager at AP, talks about the preparation process, good negotiating techniques to adopt, common mistakes we should avoid, and the aim of every negotiation.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
20:03 4/23/21
Aida Beganovic, Topic: “Managing client expectations and constant changes”
TGIF! But it's not just any Friday – it's the third Friday in a month, and that means only one – New AP Podcast episode is out!Yes, Friday is always an excellent time for you to grow together with us and share excellence. It's no secret that AP Podcast is designed to share tips and tricks about everything we know, with only one goal – to grow together and create excellence.Constant learning and improving yourself through AP Podcasts? Why not! Subscription to the AP Podcast is entirely free!Anyway, here's just a quick intro in Episode 16 - Aida Beganovic is a Senior Program Manager at AP with more than 15 years of experience in managing various projects. From automotive to the IT industry, we can say, yes – she knows it, but Aida will say – 'I am always eager to learn.'And so do we! That's why in this episode, we will talk about how to manage client expectations and constant changes to ensure successful project delivery. We all face risks, deadlines, expectations, and changes at some point, but get ready because Aida shares tips on preventing and always being ahead of it.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
18:01 3/19/21
Kenan Hadzirovic, Topic: ‘How AP Lab Transforms Careers?’
Since the Applications for the AP LAB Spring Sessions are open, it’s understandable that we got so many questions about it. Although you can find all the needed information about AP LAB through our website and Social media, we wanted to give you even more. That’s why in the new episode of AP Podcast, we hosted Kenan Hadzirovic, Program Architect at AP and AP LAB Mentor.Kenan holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sarajevo. Still, his career has started with AP LAB, so being at both sides of the internship program gives him a unique perspective to tell you the inside story about how everything works and how AP Lab shaped his career. Kenan will share more details about the whole program, who can apply, how we chose the next AP LAB interns, is previous technical knowledge mandatory, what will the interns gain upon completing the program, and many more. So now it’s time to tune in and dive into the inside of the AP LAB.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
18:19 2/19/21
Hana Kocan Bibic, Topic: ‘AP Culture: How to know if we are a match?’
It’s time for the first podcast in 2021, and we are kicking off this year with a topic about AP Culture where Hana Kocan Bibic, Talent Acquisition Specialist at AP, will discuss why cultural fit is essential and how to know if you are a match.Having an active community where people are culturally fitting is vital for the business entity as it is for an individual as it facilitates satisfaction, growth, productiveness, and success. When you are thinking about joining a company, it’s recommended that you understand their culture and do an assessment of yours to be sure that this is the environment where you will thrive and which you will be able to enjoy.During this podcast, we will talk about AP Culture, define it, go through how we assess cultural fit while being careful of potential risks and mistakes, and share some advice for anyone included in the hiring process in AP.Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
15:09 1/15/21
Emir Karabeg and Greg Kaplan, Topic: ‘College admissions process in the US and the future of education’
In the new Podcast episode, Emir Karabeg and Greg Kaplan, Founders of Artis, talk about the college admissions path to build an Artis application.Artis is the customized college admissions app, available at App store/Play store, provides the strategy to help students gain admission to the school of their choice. It is based on the belief that every family should have a personal plan that tailors the college admissions process to a student's long-term success.This success story began with Greg being Emir's college admissions counselor. Greg is a nationally recognized college admissions expert and author of the book ''Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges.'' Emir founded a cryptocurrency startup earlier that ran successfully until its closure earlier this year. Along with running Big Rock Mining, he taught himself how to code in native applications and have been since. Since their first consult when Greg mentioned the idea behind Artis, they have been working together.The college admissions process in the US is long, difficult, and expensive. Admission rates for colleges and universities in the US have dropped significantly over the past 10-20 years. It’s time for disruption, and it’s time for Artis to change the way we view education. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
27:03 12/18/20
Alen Durgut, Topic: ‘How to deal with Enterprise Software?’
In a today business world Enterprise software is getting infused with such energy that it is arguably the hottest space in tech. The bigger your business grows, the more diverse your software requirements become. The best way to fulfill them is by using software enterprise solutions, but let’s stop there for a second and let’s find out ‘What is the best way to build it?’, and ‘How to maintain it during the long period?’. Alen Durgut, Lead Software Engineer and Program Architect in AP, with 9-year experience in Enterprise, in the new episode of AP Podcast will give answers to these questions but also discuss on ‘What are the challenges that the team is facing?’ and ‘How to organize teams that are working on Enterprise Software?’Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast are the speaker’s own and do not reflect the view of Authority Partners.
26:18 11/20/20

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