Develop is a company created in 2011 and based on a development of learning management systems. The business was eventually merged into Vardegruppen, and the name Develop was taken into use. 

Develop was launched again in January 2016, after Varde Consulting took over Umoe Consultings department in Oslo. The customers and consultants followed, as well as the story of the company, which stretches back to 1995

This was the year Niklas Data was created, a company specialized in Business Intelligence, which later on changed its name to eNiklas. Umoe AS became an owner in 2003, and the name of the company changed to Bro Consulting. In 2006, Umoe ICT bought Ulriken Consulting in Bergen as well, and the two companies were merged together into Umoe Consulting AS.

The common denominator throughout the history of the company has been a solid focus on system development, solutions for Business Intelligence and business portals/intranet.

Today Develop has the competence and strategy to deliver good solutions and consulting services within Business Intelligence, with related analytical services and system development towards mobile services and Internet of Things (IoT).


Develop has created three solutions for Pepper:

  • The first one is a solution created for specific use in healthcare. Here, blood sugar levels are measured in real time from a device fastened on the patient. Based on the IOT platform from Microsoft Azure and analysis software from SAS Institute values are extracted, then filtered and analysed. This way are only the alarming values sent to Pepper. When such a value is received, Pepper moves to the patient, and tells him/her that they either need to eat, or take their insulin, depending on what their blood sugar is.

  • The next one is a receptionist example. In this case, Pepper is placed in a reception, and if a person enters the room, Pepper tries to recognize him/her. If he/she does, Pepper says “Hi,” and the name of the person. If not, Pepper asks if it is okay to take a picture, and afterwards the person may enter his/her credentials. Pepper will then recognize the person the next time they meet.

  • The last one is a solution for retail, which is created in two parts. The first one is that either a worker or a customer in a store presents a product to Pepper, who tries to recognize what the product is. Pepper will then display the product on the tablet, while telling the person both the price and location of the product in the store. The second part is that the customer himself may ask Pepper about a specific product, and the information is then presented on the tablet.

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