How robots impact our economy

robots economy

The future where robots help humans in daily jobs and their everyday lives is not so far away anymore. We are facing the man and machine times, and robots already work in sectors such as industry, education, healthcare, service and so on. We are living in an amazing burst of innovation and we can already see robots that tidy up a room, deliver items around offices or, more impressive, mind control robotic arm.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come a long way from just being a buzzword and became a key competitive advantage for most businesses. New breakthroughs in AI are driving robotics even further. Driverless cars, cognitive surgical robotics, assistive exoskeletons are just a very few examples of what`s going on in the robotics industry, the only field that`s growing faster than expected.

According to the International Federation of Robotics, global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years. “The new World Robotics Report shows that a new record high of 381,000 units was shipped globally in 2017 – an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. This means that the annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114 percent over the last five years (2013-2017). The sales value increased by 21 percent compared to 2016 to a new peak of US$16.2 billion in 2017”, shows their latest press release.

The developing of extremely complex, independent and revolutionary humanoid robots is evolving faster than ever. The newly developed systems are aimed to bring efficiency, to help in difficult or risky tasks, or solve hazardous problems. Without aiming to cover every industry or sector, AXON Soft is presenting you a couple of breakthroughs that are already changing the world as we know it.

The future is here

Boston Dynamics prides itself with building machines that both break boundaries and work in the real world. And, for sure, they make a worldwide impression. A couple of weeks ago, the company launched a video showing the new features of Atlas, their most agile and advanced humanoid robot. The latest video shows Atlas performing parkour tricks.

“The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms, and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace.  (Step height 40 cm.)  Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately”. the video’s description states.

More recently, they posted a video with Spot, a small four-legged robot dancing. The robot that twerks and looks back conquered the Internet with almost 5 million views in three weeks.

Breakthroughs in healthcare

Robots make a great difference in healthcare. They improve patient care, reduce costs and waste, and offer levels of measurability and traceability that no human being could achieve. Healthcare robots are transforming the medical act as we know it. Minimally invasive procedures are taken for granted by most of us, although a couple of years ago they didn`t even exist. But innovation doesn’t stop here. Prosthetics have advanced in recent years.  At the beginning of 2018, Johnny Matheny became the first person to live with a mind-controlled robotic arm. Johnny Matheny, who lost his arm to cancer in 2005, is testing the $120-million prosthetic developed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Through this year, he learned to play the piano with his mind-controlled robotic arm.

Exploring polar regions of the Moon

LUVMI is a small lightweight rover, being designed to explore polar regions of the Moon. An international consortium of 5 partners from science and space industry have come together to design LUVMI – Space Applications Services (Belgium), The Open University (UK), Dynamic Imaging Analytics (UK), Technical University of Munich (Germany) and OHB System AG (Germany).

“LUVMI is a lightweight, low-cost alternative weighing no more than 40kg. It will be able to analyze rock samples faster than a conventional rover and with less contamination”, states on their website.

The system consists of a mobile payload support platform that can carry a number of instruments for the analysis of the lunar pole environment and it will drive into a Permanently Shadowed Region (PSR), believed to hold vast stores of water.

Let`s get social

SoftBank robots like Pepper or NAO already conquered the audience with their friendliness and positive attitude. They are being used in all kind of services, from tourism to finance or education and their applications are unlimited.

All barriers are questioned by the limitless possibilities offered by AI. For instance, reinventing traditional footwear with connected sneakers that integrate wearable technology is just one of the kick starters that got our attention. Hardware and software technologies are engineered directly into the shoe itself, creating an interactive Smartshoe that is constantly evaluating and providing you with personalized feedback regarding health, smart connectivity and so on.  Not surprisingly, the Smartshoe includes auto-lacing, temperature regulation with heating, and more.

 

This aticle was written by Axonsoft. Read more here.

5G service – faster download speeds and more complex mobile internet apps

5g service

The fifth generation of wireless technology is closer than we imagine. It was one of the main topics at Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) that just ended in Barcelona and not only. For Romania, Orange tested 5G this summer near Cluj, in Floresti. Next year Romanian authorities will organize the auction for 5G and till 2025, one-third of the Internet traffic will be supported by it. But what should we expect from the next generation of Wi-Fi technology?

5G stands for the fifth generation of the next wireless mobile standard and it`s expected to bring three major changes. First of all, it will bring greater speed in order to move more data, lower latency that will assure more responsiveness, and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once.

5G requirements

According to an analysis made by GSMA  (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) a couple of years ago, the industry initiatives that have progressed with work on 5G identify a set of eight requirements:

  • 1-10Gbps connections to endpoints in the field (i.e. not theoretical maximum)
  • 1 millisecond end-to-end round trip delay (latency)
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • 10-100x number of connected devices
  • (Perception of) 99.999% availability
  • (Perception of) 100% coverage
  • 90% reduction in network energy usage
  • Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices

Enabling innovation

The high speed, low latency and low power that 5G will bring should allow IoT to reach new picks and take on new challenges that were too hard to achieve with 4G. Personal identification tags, infra-red sensors, and high bandwidth video are just a couple of examples of products that will benefit from an explosion in growth thanks to 5G. Although, the leading industrial players don`t expect amazing changes regarding the Industrial IoT. In an interview  conducted by IoTSWC, Richard Soley, Executive Director of Industrial Internet Consortium explains why 5G is not about Industrial IoT:

” An amazingly large number of people believe that 5G IS Industrial IoT. It’s not, it’s just an enabling technology — an important one, but one of many. In many IIoT implementations, wireless solutions don’t even appear (in many industrial scenarios, you have systems that don’t move and must operate in an environment with high RF interference, so wireless solutions just don’t figure into it). That said, there are important applications of IIoT (I suspect especially in transportation) that are going to depend on the high throughput and low latency of 5G moving forward”, believes Richard Soley.

This article was written by Axonsoft. Read more here. 

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Baia Mare | 17 November

partners baia mare

Codecamp Baia Mare will take place on November 17. Don’t forget to register HERE

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, an universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro are, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the word, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to a wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and  security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to support the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer  the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

NTT Data

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

Two programming aficionados, Daniel Dines and Marius Tarca, both Romanian, started writing the history of UiPath more than 12 years ago founding DeskOver – a software outsourcing company. The firm was building automation libraries and sharing them with developers from all over the world and software development kits for other organizations such as IBM, Google and Microsoft to embed in their own products. Our code was and is still used on literally millions of machines around the world, part of different products.

In 2012, the team has realized the market fit with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and started orienting resources towards building a platform for training and orchestrating software robots, and one year later they launched the first UiPath Desktop Automation product line based on Microsoft Workflow Designer – specifically targeting the RPA market. It was was the year the company initiated its first RPA journey with Sutherland and Dell to automate business processes. Already hundreds of processed were being automated using UiPath.

In 2015, DeskOver became UiPath, and concluded its first partnerships with several global BPO & Consulting Firms such as: Cognizant, Capgemini, Symphony, NIIT, Genfour, Virtual Operations, Symphony. Hundreds of processes began to be automated using the UiPath RPA tool. A stream of international recognitions followed suit – Aecus recognized UiPath as a Prominent Technological Innovator, Horses for Sources positioned UiPath in the Winner Circle of their RPA blueprint.

In April 2016, UiPath oversaw the launch of Front Office and Back Office Server suites, and also made available the Studio Community Edition reaching 10,000 active members in 6 months.

2017 was clearly the year of global expansion for UiPath. In April, the company raised a $30 million series-A funding led by Accel to assist with company expansion and product development, focusing on Artificial Intelligence capabilities. UiPath continued to grow – teams scaling up and new locations opening globally: Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, Paris. UiPath Academy was born allowing thousands of people worldwide train with the UiPath RPA platform solution. UiPath’s footprint in the automation industry kept being acknowledged with several honouring titles – a global Leader and Star Performer in RPA (Everest Group), and – based on superior technology – as RPA industry leader (Forrester).

UiPath debuted its UiPath Forward event series in New York, which then continued to London and Bengaluru amassing more than 2000 customers, partners, analysts, thought leaders in the field of RPA to discuss its future and the impact on work and society.

At the beginning of this year, UiPath became a unicorn company! It raised $153 million Series B funding led by Accel, with Capital G (former Google Capital) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as co-contributors. UiPath became the only RPA vendor to be named a Leader and Star Performer for two years in a row by the RPA PEAK Matrix survey conducted by Everest Group.

Half an year later, UiPath raises a new $225M funding Series C led by @CapitalG and @SequoiaCapital, becoming one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in history.

UiPath is currently the enterprise RPA platform with the widest rate of adoption. More than 1800 enterprise customers and government agencies use it to rapidly deploy software robots.

UiPath’s presence extends now to 16 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 1700 people.

 

Edurom

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

 

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We are a software consulting company that delivers user experience, development, integration, and QA services for enterprise and consumer-facing applications. We build solutions for mobile & tablet, desktop web, digital publishing, interactive forms, and connected devices.

Here at Ensemble, it’s plain and simple, we make software. But it’s clear that our employees are the ones who make each of our projects a success. We’re proud of what we do, and we’re committed to giving you the correct tools to do your job, and do it well.

Our work with industry leaders such as Adobe®, Microsoft®, and Amazon® has built up an expansive portfolio and extensive experience in mobile app development, digital publishing, connected TV & consoles, enterprise solutions, digital marketing and cloud & infrastructure.

Since 1995, we have been building a strong company foundation, with each of the core members of our management team having been with the company for most of this time. We also always aim to promote from within first to ensure that we retain our greatest asset – our employees.

 

JetBrains

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

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We began working in 2001, and during these years we never stopped thinking bigger. Under the name Programming Pool we specialized and created web-based applications for various service industries, and we’ve had the opportunity of working with clients from all over the world.

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Chișinău | 17 November

partners chisinau

Codecamp Chișinău will take place on November 17. Don’t forget to register HERE

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, an universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro are, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the word, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to a wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and  security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to support the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer  the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

NTT Data

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

Two programming aficionados, Daniel Dines and Marius Tarca, both Romanian, started writing the history of UiPath more than 12 years ago founding DeskOver – a software outsourcing company. The firm was building automation libraries and sharing them with developers from all over the world and software development kits for other organizations such as IBM, Google and Microsoft to embed in their own products. Our code was and is still used on literally millions of machines around the world, part of different products.

In 2012, the team has realized the market fit with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and started orienting resources towards building a platform for training and orchestrating software robots, and one year later they launched the first UiPath Desktop Automation product line based on Microsoft Workflow Designer – specifically targeting the RPA market. It was was the year the company initiated its first RPA journey with Sutherland and Dell to automate business processes. Already hundreds of processed were being automated using UiPath.

In 2015, DeskOver became UiPath, and concluded its first partnerships with several global BPO & Consulting Firms such as: Cognizant, Capgemini, Symphony, NIIT, Genfour, Virtual Operations, Symphony. Hundreds of processes began to be automated using the UiPath RPA tool. A stream of international recognitions followed suit – Aecus recognized UiPath as a Prominent Technological Innovator, Horses for Sources positioned UiPath in the Winner Circle of their RPA blueprint.

In April 2016, UiPath oversaw the launch of Front Office and Back Office Server suites, and also made available the Studio Community Edition reaching 10,000 active members in 6 months.

2017 was clearly the year of global expansion for UiPath. In April, the company raised a $30 million series-A funding led by Accel to assist with company expansion and product development, focusing on Artificial Intelligence capabilities. UiPath continued to grow – teams scaling up and new locations opening globally: Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, Paris. UiPath Academy was born allowing thousands of people worldwide train with the UiPath RPA platform solution. UiPath’s footprint in the automation industry kept being acknowledged with several honouring titles – a global Leader and Star Performer in RPA (Everest Group), and – based on superior technology – as RPA industry leader (Forrester).

UiPath debuted its UiPath Forward event series in New York, which then continued to London and Bengaluru amassing more than 2000 customers, partners, analysts, thought leaders in the field of RPA to discuss its future and the impact on work and society.

At the beginning of this year, UiPath became a unicorn company! It raised $153 million Series B funding led by Accel, with Capital G (former Google Capital) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as co-contributors. UiPath became the only RPA vendor to be named a Leader and Star Performer for two years in a row by the RPA PEAK Matrix survey conducted by Everest Group.

Half an year later, UiPath raises a new $225M funding Series C led by @CapitalG and @SequoiaCapital, becoming one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in history.

UiPath is currently the enterprise RPA platform with the widest rate of adoption. More than 1800 enterprise customers and government agencies use it to rapidly deploy software robots.

UiPath’s presence extends now to 16 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 1700 people.

Ness Technologies

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

ISSCO

ISSCO is the brand behind successful IT projects delivering in the West innovative technologies assimilated along 15 years of worldwide software development experience. ISSCO is widely known on the international market in Western Europe doubled by a prolific activity on the Romanian market, thus we are a perfect and healthy combination of OUTSOURCING and DEVELOPMENT OF OWN SERVICES AND PRODUCTS.

Outsourcing is a core component of their business, they work selectively for valuable customers on software development projects, building up specific teams that develop new solutions on explicit requests. In this approach, they use both latest technologies and current methodologies focusing on team involvement in architectural decisions. Their internal projects focus on their own products and solutions, which they develop and sell globally focusing on the needs of both small business and those of corporation solutions from scratch:
● Software development
● Mobile applications
● Hosting
● Quality assurance as a Service
● Cloud solutions;

ISSCO focuses daily on Company values, stimulates its team to work in a professional tempo to performance and valuable experience! The implementation of their successful projects would not have been possible without the involvement and sustained effort of a 45 developers team working in both Iasi and Bacau offices.

Now they are opening an office in Chisinau too and eager to welcome newcomers in their team!

They are also present in the social life of the community that they serve through active participation in social charity events.

Amdaris

AMDARIS is a rapidly expanding multinational Software Development Company. With offices in the UK, Romania and Moldova, they combine deep technology expertise, solutions architecture capability, development and program management skills that deliver best-in class Solutions that help Enterprises scale and meet their software challenges. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner, meaning they are industry recognized as being “best-in-class”, and are in the top 1% of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem.

AMDARIS delivers projects and programmes, working on products or platforms for clients ranging from tech start-ups, through to global multi-billion dollar businesses.

Their Abilities

They are able to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing product design, project management, develop & build, through to automated testing, deployment, integration and ongoing support and Lifecycle Management.

  • Their delivery models include:
  • Augmented Development Resource (Including Teams, Complete Software Development function Agile, Waterfall or Hybrid
  • Blend of On-Site and Near-Shore

Operational excellence, governance and quality underpin everything they do. As an ISO9001 and ISO27001 company, their enterprise clients see them as a safe pair of hands.

 

Edurom

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

 

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Tacit Knowledge is a global consultancy focused on digital retail, owned by global technology company Pitney Bowes. Tacit have worked at the nexus of commerce and content since 2002, applying Silicon Valley innovation and know-how to global retailers and brands. Tacit is now part of Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of shipping, mailing, data and ecommerce. Tacit and Pitney Bowes provide the platforms and services to allow brands and retailers to connect and engage with their customers.

 

Mixbook Moldova is the development branch of a Silicon Valley company, headquartered in Redwood, California. For over 12 years Mixbook has delivered an intuitive and user-friendly online tool which helps consumers turn memories into digital masterpieces, which will accompany them for a lifetime.

The Moldovan branch is in a continuous search for experienced engineers and devs to add to the team. The branch is conveniently placed in Chisinau’s center, in a brand new office that is filled with nothing but good people and good vibes.

Ellation creates experiences for passionate communities to connect through the content they love. The company operates at the intersection of technology and media, and is redefining the next wave of media interaction and consumption. Ellation is a product, design, engineering, marketing and content company aimed at people looking to bring communities together, build sustainable business models for content creators, use technology to increase engagement, and access content globally.

 

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Stefanini is a Brazilian company with over three decades of IT expertise, ranging from IT infrastructure outsourcing to software applications development and maintenance, focused on making the digital transformation dream a successful reality for our clients. They have a direct presence in 40 countries, through 77 offices, enjoy working for over 500 clients.

They’ve been on the Romanian market for 13 years, building a team of over 1 600 people in their offices in Bucharest, Sibiu and Târgu Mureș. Since 2016 they have been also present in Chișinău with a team of around 90 people delivering great services.

Their “big enough, yet small enough” approach makes us flexible, responsive and agile. Stefanini has career opportunities for professionals interested in a vibrant, passionate, team-oriented workplace.

Learn more about them on https://stefanini.com and join them on facebook.com/stefaniniromania/.

Endava is a public technology company, with over 17 years of experience of working with some of the world’s leading Finance, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, and Retail companies. Through the Digital Evolution, Agile Transformation and Automation solutions, Endava helps its clients be more engaging, responsive and efficient by supporting them from ideation to production.
Endava has 4,700 employees located in offices in North America and Western Europe and delivery centers in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Colombia.
Along with investing in long-term customer relationships, Endava recognized the importance of providing rewarding and challenging careers for people and, by doing so, has established itself as the employer of choice in certain regions.

 

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Positioning Statement GAUS makes recruitment work without CVs. IT companies that need to employ Junior Developers can use GAUS to access intelligently pre-matched warm leads, that are ready to get hired. Unlike general recruitment tools, GAUS uses already available social data, aligns the expectations with an interactive chatbot and combines that with machine learning algorithms and recruitment know-how gathered from over 10.000 interviews to provide high accuracy matches. In this way, we transform the rigid selection process into a simple, effective and pleasant experience.

Starlab is a fast-growing IT company which is providing SMART and Innovative IT Service & Solutions. We develop on a healthy mix of next generation and experience that are based on Silicon Valley atmosphere. Founded in 2012, we have been providing Technical Support for the biggest telecommunication companies in Moldova as well as assuring development of the Epicor ERP system. Since September 2017 StarLab developed products for external market and today we’re proud to have the trust of our international clients such as Porsche and Ness. We believe that our people are the ones who are driving and evolving the company thanks to their responsibility, optimism and desire for challenge. We know that with the right people on board everything it’s possible!

 

JetBrains

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

 

Jivy Group is a group of people and companies working together in the startup nation.
Jivy Group develops software products for a variety of startups in different industries such as gaming, social networks, trading industries, media complementary products, ad networks, online gambling and more.

 

Tester vs Developer – The never-ending battle

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Testers and Developers sometimes seem to be like two people from two different planets. A lot of things have been said about testers and developers. One thing is that they have different ways of thinking, and guess what? They really do have different ways of thinking, but is this making one better than the other? We shall see.

I can bet that everyone has heard these questions at least once in their life, mostly if you already work in the software development field.

  • Is better to be a software developer or a tester?
  • Is development superior to QA?
  • Why QA and not DEV?
  • Developers and Testers are like oil and water?

And this list can continue over and over.

The first question that a newbie in this domain would ask is: “What`s a tester?”, now dear testers don’t be offended because some of you put the same question before starting to work as a tester, I also did that. This is a very normal thing, let`s do a small exercise to explain you why:

  • Think about some movies that are about software developing, writing code, developers, hackers and so on.
  • Now think about a movie that is about testing and quality assurance.

Probably it was much easier for everybody to remember some movies related to development than to testing.

Because being a developer seems to be so popular and cool, sometimes being a tester can look less important, but is this true?

In order to resolve this myth, we have to know both the tester and the developer.

As I mentioned at the begging of this article, the tester and the developer have different ways of thinking. It is quite obvious that testers look at the product from a different perspective than programmers do. The developers think about how they can create the application and the testers about how they could break it. By saying “How they could break it” it does not mean that a tester will spoil the work done by the developer. It means that the tester will take the user role and apply all the possible and impossible scenarios on the application. This is done so that the application will not break when it’s released in the live environment. In some cases, for both developers and testers, it’s hard to understand the peculiarities of each other’s work.  That’s why sometimes developers don’t understand why the testers break their application and the testers don’t understand why the developers create such a faulty application.

A developer works hard to develop a product, which he handles with so much care and gentleness; a tester works hard to break this code handling it in the worst possible cases and scenarios to test its strength, resistance power and defects.

So, when a developer finally hands over his much-nurtured sprint to the merciless team of testers, ready to execute the ‘out of the box’ testing, they silently demolish the code…

Developers are often seen to possess parental attachment to the code they create. How many times did anyone heard these statements: “This is an edge case, the users will never do that” or “I know my code, it wouldn’t do that”?  Well, guess what? The code actually just did that! It might sound a bit silly, but a good programmer knows how to be more objective and accept the fact that testers have to do terrible things to their code, because, if they don’t, someone else will definitely do it!

Often the developers don`t know how their code is going to be handled at the other end of the boundary wall, and they aren’t ready for the millions of “edge cases” that testers will find.

Being in the development environment, which usually resolves around positives scenarios of how to make things work efficiently, they often lack the ability to switch to “what can go wrong” mind state. From here, another thing that we hear many times is “This is not reproducible on my machine”/ or “I cannot reproduce this”?

As we already know, every project has a deadline when the product has to be released in the “wild” and this leads to some questions:

  • How will this never-ending battle between the Creator(developer) and the Destroyer(tester) end?
  • What is the purpose of this battle?
  • Who is right or wrong?
  • Which one is better?

After the developers and testers start to understand each other better, they can learn to work together. This is a progress and at the end, only by working together, they will reach their common purpose.

As humans, we`re going to make mistakes, it’s what make us humans, and most of the times, the most effective way of learning is from a mistake. Often it is much easier to detect a mistake in the work of someone else than to see it on your own. That’s why developers and testers complement each other.

Both do mistakes. It is not important who does most of them. What is truly important is that they find the solution to fix that problem, together, as a team.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. We know that progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.

I think that now you are ready to find the truth about this battle:

Developers and testers are not enemies, they are in the same team and they fight for the same purpose: To deliver a Quality Product!

The real never-ending battle is to deliver a Quality Product!

This article is written by Programming Pool.

4 ways to make sure your Augmented Reality app works for your users

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One of the biggest challenges for digital designers is creating something that actually works well for the people who use it – because these days User Experience (UX) is king. And with more and more companies beginning to use Augmented Reality, in everything from retail and marketing to architecture and medicine, that challenge is stepping up a notch. The blending of the digital and physical realms means that a user’s experience is becoming more complicated.

However, this also brings some great opportunities, as it will force designers to be more involved in the process of discovering how users behave and will give us a much fuller three-dimensional understanding of a user’s reality – which could be great news for UX design all round. So if you want to make the most of those opportunities, and make sure that you’re developing an Augmented Reality app that really works for your users, here are some of the things you and your designers need to be aware of…

This isn’t just digital upping its game – it’s a whole new hybrid

AR involves a completely new type of interaction – it’s not simply physical, it’s not simply digital. It involves both elements equally. So designers will need to be much more open to users and prioritise communicating with them, gaining early feedback and not waiting until the product is almost on the market. It really involves a complete change of mindset, not just a bit of adaptation.

It’s about doing, not seeing

With AR, users aren’t just looking at screens – they’re performing actions. So the design focus needs to be on influencing user behaviour, helping users learn and working out how you can best enable them to gain the skills they’ll need to take physical action.

Environment is everything

When you design for AR you have to think about how to construct digital elements that will overlay on physical elements – think Pokémon Go on steroids. And, although you’ll have some knowledge of it, you can’t completely control a user’s environment and context. So you need to think about how the elements you’re designing can be adapted to different environments.

You’ll need to up your skills

AR is very different from regular software products for mobile or desktop, because it comes with a 360-degree interface – or, if you prefer maths terminology, a ‘z-axis’ – a graph in three-dimensional coordinates that’s usually oriented vertically. When you combine all the axes the result is a 360-degree representation. Designing like this isn’t as complicated as it might seem at first, but it will require a bit of new learning and plenty of practice – so make a start now.

Don’t be put off though – although AR presents new challenges for UX, there are a lot of skills gained in standard digital UX that can still be put to use for AR, and you’ll find a lot of familiar patterns, interactions and gestures. For example, the most common actions a user will employ during their interaction with the app will still involve things like rotating, tapping, swiping, speaking and facial expressions. Also, just as with websites, anything the user needs to use often must be put in an easy-to-spot and easy-to-reach place. Like when you create a search option on a website and place it in the top right corner, because that’s where users are used to finding it. So it’s not all completely new and different from designing web interfaces.

Ultimately, it’s important not to be frightened by AR and to instead see it, and indeed everything related to Artificial Intelligence, as a positive thing for UX. Because all these things are being created for the user’s benefit and are designed to reduce their cognitive load – i.e. make their experiences easier and better. So UX design should naturally embrace those opportunities and not oppose them.

This article was written by Andreea Zenovia Popescu, UX consultant at Stefanini. Read more articles here.

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Bucharest | 10 November

Codecamp Bucharest will be back on November 10. Don’t forget to register HERE

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, an universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro are, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the word, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to a wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and  security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to support the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer  the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

NTT Data

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

 

Two programming aficionados, Daniel Dines and Marius Tarca, both Romanian, started writing the history of UiPath more than 12 years ago founding DeskOver – a software outsourcing company. The firm was building automation libraries and sharing them with developers from all over the world and software development kits for other organizations such as IBM, Google and Microsoft to embed in their own products. Our code was and is still used on literally millions of machines around the world, part of different products.

In 2012, the team has realized the market fit with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and started orienting resources towards building a platform for training and orchestrating software robots, and one year later they launched the first UiPath Desktop Automation product line based on Microsoft Workflow Designer – specifically targeting the RPA market. It was was the year the company initiated its first RPA journey with Sutherland and Dell to automate business processes. Already hundreds of processed were being automated using UiPath.

In 2015, DeskOver became UiPath, and concluded its first partnerships with several global BPO & Consulting Firms such as: Cognizant, Capgemini, Symphony, NIIT, Genfour, Virtual Operations, Symphony. Hundreds of processes began to be automated using the UiPath RPA tool. A stream of international recognitions followed suit – Aecus recognized UiPath as a Prominent Technological Innovator, Horses for Sources positioned UiPath in the Winner Circle of their RPA blueprint.

In April 2016, UiPath oversaw the launch of Front Office and Back Office Server suites, and also made available the Studio Community Edition reaching 10,000 active members in 6 months.

2017 was clearly the year of global expansion for UiPath. In April, the company raised a $30 million series-A funding led by Accel to assist with company expansion and product development, focusing on Artificial Intelligence capabilities. UiPath continued to grow – teams scaling up and new locations opening globally: Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, Paris. UiPath Academy was born allowing thousands of people worldwide train with the UiPath RPA platform solution. UiPath’s footprint in the automation industry kept being acknowledged with several honouring titles – a global Leader and Star Performer in RPA (Everest Group), and – based on superior technology – as RPA industry leader (Forrester).

UiPath debuted its UiPath Forward event series in New York, which then continued to London and Bengaluru amassing more than 2000 customers, partners, analysts, thought leaders in the field of RPA to discuss its future and the impact on work and society.

At the beginning of this year, UiPath became a unicorn company! It raised $153 million Series B funding led by Accel, with Capital G (former Google Capital) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as co-contributors. UiPath became the only RPA vendor to be named a Leader and Star Performer for two years in a row by the RPA PEAK Matrix survey conducted by Everest Group.

Half an year later, UiPath raises a new $225M funding Series C led by @CapitalG and @SequoiaCapital, becoming one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in history.

UiPath is currently the enterprise RPA platform with the widest rate of adoption. More than 1800 enterprise customers and government agencies use it to rapidly deploy software robots.

UiPath’s presence extends now to 16 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 1700 people.

 

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Were you aware that Harman designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets?

For example, did you know they engineer the infotainments systems for BMW (iDrive), Mercedes-Benz (COMMAND), Audi (MMI), Chrysler (Uconnect) and many more?

More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems.

But HARMAN stands for more than just great sound. We help create great lifestyle experiences for today’s connected generation.

HARMAN’s innovative and highly integrated infotainment technologies offer automakers the most complete solutions for advanced navigation, intuitive user interfaces, integrated audio, device connectivity, cyber security, and connected safety, just to name a few.

From Boston to Berlin to Bangalore, HARMAN is delivering a dynamic in-car experience for an increasingly connected world.

 

UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions is the Group’s global services company created from the integration and consolidation of 16 Group companies and is dedicated to providing services in the sectors of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Back Office and Middle Office, Real Estate, Security and Procurement. It is one of the first service companies to be created at European level and its aim is to consolidate and reorganise those operational activities necessary for the correct functioning of the Groups’ business by leveraging on a more flexible delivery and an improved response time.

The company includes about 10.600 people and oversees activities in 11 countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, New York and Singapore.

 

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Ubisoft is the 3rd largest video game publisher in the world committed to enriching player’s lives with original & memorable entertainment experiences. Ubisoft hosts a vibrant community that has been continually enriched by its international dimension over the years.

 

eMAG is a pioneer of the e-commerce market in Romania and they aim to become the biggest online shop in Central and Eastern Europe. With 4 offices in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland, eMAG has a clear drive for an always improving customer experience. They bring value to their customers by saving them time and money, and they continuously invest in services based on technologies developed in Romania and Poland.

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METRO SYSTEMS Romania offers complex IT solutions for the retail industry, such as Design, Quality Assurance, Support, Delivery & Deployment, Application Operation and Infrastructure Operation. METRO SYSTEMS GmbH provides information and technology management services for METRO.

METRO SYSTEMS develops and implements commodity and logistics management solutions, information management and archiving solutions, database systems with customer information, cash register systems, e-commerce solutions and intranet systems as well as administrative systems. Since 2006, the year of the establishment of METRO SYSTEMS Romania, the number of employees has steadily increased to more than 900, and the company continues to expand. METRO is one of the largest and most important international commercial companies. The company operates in 35 countries and has more than 150,000 employees.

 

Edurom

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

 

Appsbroker

Appsbroker is Google’s largest partner in Europe, helping drive Google Cloud and Apps adoption at major enterprises across the globe and helping hundreds of thousands of people embrace SmarterWorking. Their SmarterWorking solutions leverage the power of Google Cloud to help modernize and streamline big business functions; helping teams collaborate and transform ways of working.

Appsbroker delivers digital transformation strategies that unlock real business value. Whether it’s hidden in data, corporate knowledge, people, or processes; Appsbroker’s SmarterWorking solutions, built on Google Cloud, are leading the way in business transformation.

 

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SparkWare Technologies, an 888 company, is a software research & development center operating in Romania since 2013 as part of a multinational listed group, developing products and solutions in the online entertainment domain. SparkWare Technologies provides an end to end offering including an online platforms infrastructure, backend, back office tools, payment processing, CRM, risk management and multiple SW clients using various technologies such as HTML5 .Net/ C#, C++, etc. We are a dynamic, creative and quality oriented company, providing our employees with a challenging and rewarding experience with plenty of opportunities for both internal and external training and a culture that encourages experiencing with different technologies and a possibility of working on different aspects within our solutions range.

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The future of IT industry? Simply brilliant… someday the car you drive, will be piloted by a very clever software, software which will be tested by us or someone like us and in that day you will be thankful that we are  software quality testing experts and we did a great job! Together we can automate and innovate more because we strongly believe that brain can be used for creation and machines for execution! Our 12 years background in software testing, quality assurance & training plus our customers testimonials – are our best arguments! So what exactly do we do? we test your software and make sure your customer will have a pleasant experience, we automate testing and make sure you save time and money, we optimize quality assurance process and make sure you are faster and efficient. iQST is always looking for combining the advantages and best practices of all of the methodologies we use. We focus on creating an efficient, transparent, predict-able, and controllable QA process. We are specialised in testing and QA and we will keep learning more and more in this area so you can count on our expertise.

 

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

 

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We are a Brazilian company with over three decades of IT expertise, focused on making the digital transformation dream a successful reality for our clients. We help mid-size or large companies to  run, grow and digitally transform their IT. We offer offshore, onshore and nearshore consultancy services, ranging from IT infrastructure outsourcing (with helpdesks, desktop and data center services), to software applications development and maintenance, and system integration.

We have a direct presence in 40 countries, through our 77 offices located throughout the world, offering support in 35 different languages. We work with over 500 companies across financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, technology, public sector and utilities. That includes 300 multinational companies. In fact, right now we have over 25,000 professionals making businesses more agile, flexible, responsive and innovative: our core values.

We’ve been on the Romanian market for 14 years, and since then we have built a team of over 1600 colleagues in our offices in Bucharest, Sibiu and Târgu Mureș.   

Two years ago, in March 2016 Stefanini also opened a delivery center in Chișinău with a team of around 90 people at the moment, but continuously growing. The company included Chișinău on its map because it found here strong emphasis on people education, good Russian and English skills, high interest in developing technical knowledge and a great desire to work hard and progress within the IT field and programming area.

Our “big enough, yet small enough” approach makes us open, flexible, responsive and agile. If you are somebody who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, who likes to experience the newest technologies but, at the same time, keeps a grasp on the well-established ones, then join us in the conversation about relevant software development.

Stefanini has career opportunities locally and around the world for professionals interested in a vibrant, passionate, team-oriented workplace.

 

toptal logo

Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bridgestone, Pfizer, and Axel Springer, and has ongoing a broad range of opportunities for extraordinary developers, designers, and project managers.

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Positioning Statement GAUS makes recruitment work without CVs. IT companies that need to employ Junior Developers can use GAUS to access intelligently pre-matched warm leads, that are ready to get hired. Unlike general recruitment tools, GAUS uses already available social data, aligns the expectations with an interactive chatbot and combines that with machine learning algorithms and recruitment know-how gathered from over 10.000 interviews to provide high accuracy matches. In this way, we transform the rigid selection process into a simple, effective and pleasant experience.

The importance of neuroscience in the User Experience process

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With the evolution of technology and user needs, the concept of User Experience has begun to have a different meaning in the process of creating a product, either physically or digitally, involving several areas of activity. In order to create products as close as possible to user needs, in addition to the ongoing research that they are doing, neuroscience has begun to be a new area of interest to the UX Designers, precisely because it provides a much more solid foundation on that they can build.

Let’s think a little bit… how our brain is working?

Before moving on, let’s do a simple exercise with something that we do daily to see how our brain works and how, in fact, “the magic” through which the information processing is happening. So, let’s take a website, for example. The eyes will receive visual information from the website and turn it into electrical pulses, then the information will be transmitted further through the optic nerve to the visual processing center, which is medically known as the occipital lobe. It then passes into the parietal lobe, where it is separated and analyzed, but it still has no significance, which will happen once it passes into the frontal lobe. If information gains meaning, it will then be stored in the long-term memory.

Image source: http://www.thinkerlife.fun/brain-anatomy-diagram/brain-anatomy-diagram-mesencephalon-midbrain-function-and-structures/

The frontal lobe

The frontal lobe is located in front of the cerebellum and is the largest, in size, of the lobes found in a healthy human brain. This is the center of our emotional (“How did I experience something?”) and cognitive networks (“This is how I experienced that.”).

Some of the most important functions of this lobe, which could facilitate the experience of a user with a physical or digital product, include:

  • reward and motivation. When the user uses a product that gives him a reward (gamification process), he/she will become faithful to it, precisely because most of the dopamine-sensitive neurons are located in the frontal lobe. Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter when it comes feeling the pleasure (e.g.z when you eat a slice of your favorite cake), reward (e.g. when you have a badge in the application you use daily for counting your steps), attention (e.g. when the content you read is one that complements your knowledge of a particular subject) etc.
  • decision making. The decision-making process should be facilitated, especially for digital products, through the clarity of the reasons for choosing A, B or C. The more users have to choose from, the more they need information about. If A, B or C are ambiguous or the information it is not presented in an easy way, the more the user will try to find alternatives which will fit his/her needs. Let’s take an example, two websites on which similar products are sold, a site has review sections and the ability to see products at 360 degrees, and the other does not. When there is a similarity in products, the user will choose to use the site which provides more information to help him/her decide.
  • predicting the consequences of the actions. The more a product triggers a series of possible actions the user already knows or predicts, the more the product will be used by the user. This is happening because he/she is more comfortable with how to use it. These predictions may include patterns which are models that repeat and build the chain of experiences that a user can have. For example, a pattern with which the user is accustomed is to navigate a website and find the company/product logo on the left side or find the search item on the right side, etc.

The parietal lobe

Located behind the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe plays a key role in sensory perception and integration. Here, the information separation and language processing take place.

Linked to linguistic processing, one of the examples in this way, which has a negative impact on the processing, is the inconsistency of language in a digital product. Let’s take, for example, the Romanian language requires diacritics, and on some website, this thing is applied in combination with words without diacritics, also written in Romanian. In addition to being visually disturbing, users may feel a frustration that comes naturally from language processing because in many cases they have to spend more time reading (a few milliseconds, sometimes even seconds). For example, “will fall” (translated without diacritics: “va va cadea”) vs “will fall” (translated with diacritics: “vă va cădea”).

An example of an application that combines many of the parietal lobe functions is nightwalk.withgoogle.com. This includes visual and auditory information as well as spatial orientation and visual sign processing.

The temporal lobe

Located between the parietal and occipital lobes, the temporal lobe plays a key role in the processing of the auditory and the assignment of a meaningful audio or signal. But besides these vital functions it has, also deals with both memory and emotion.

A software product must provide a balance in terms of memory and emotion. For example, a website that has a clear structure provides the information the user needs, will also provide through this, trust to the user.

The occipital lobe

The occipital lobe records the characteristics of what we see and then passes the information to the other lobes to interpret it.

One of the most common practices that make reading difficult is the use of decorative fonts. Even they are not far from serifs or sans-serifs, are quite difficult to be interpreted by the visual cortex because it doesn’t find the forms as fast as in other situations.

Another handy practice helping read and then memorize is related to the text alignment. Even the justify alignment is more visually appealing, after several studies, the reached conclusion was that those forms created in the left alignment, are helping the reading process to be done more quickly. Also, the memorization of the text is easier when you have shapes in the text. However, text scanning, and not only, means another help for the brain. So, one of the easiest solutions to implement is to use as descriptive subtitles as often as needed.

“The enemy of memory isn’t time; it’s other memories.”
― 
David Eagleman, The Brain: The Story of You

David Eagleman, the Doctor in Neuroscience and the author of “Incognito. The brain’s life” said in a lecture once: “One brain neuron is as complicated as New York City.” Therefore, by taking this recital in mind, adding the cultural influence that a user can have, as well as his own patterns that he/she follows, it is becoming increasingly clear that the most in-depth research is which can help us develop products that are best suited to certain needs/requirements. Reducing cognitive load (like reminding, thinking, making decisions at every step) helps the brain not to make an effort so much that at the end of the day the user can have time and psychologically/physically availability, for example, do not have tired eyes, do not have headaches, etc. Even if it can be a rather difficult task, especially if we are assaulted by unnecessary information, extra actions, etc., we can start taking small steps, for example, replacing where possible the scrolling with the click because the effort that your brain will have will be minimal.

This article was written by Andreea Zenovia Popescu, UX consultant at Stefanini.

5G as The Backbone of Future Mobility

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As a leading automotive supplier, the HARMAN Connected Car team knows an important technology when they see one. After all, we were responsible for the world’s first single DIN radio/navigation system produced more than 20 years ago. But there is another paradigm shift on the horizon and it’s going to take a totally new type of connectivity for automakers to keep up—it’s going to take 5G.

The automotive industry is now at a critical intersection: communication, information, and control are all demanding new technology to support their impacts on everyday life. The car will need to adapt, so connectivity during transport is on par with connectivity at home and in the office. As it stands, the current 4G LTE network cannot provide the data rate or latency needed to keep a car connected to more demanding services and infrastructure networks. Essentially, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication won’t be possible without 5G, which can enable data rates up to 20 Gbps and ultra-reliable, low latency communications with only 1 ms delays. It will also allow for Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC) which sets the foundation for an IoT-powered future where a car can interact with millions of connected devices, from VR gadgets to smart traffic projects.

Not only will 5G be necessary to handle the technical requirements of future mobility, it will be needed as the role of the automobile changes. We see a future where many people will turn to car-sharing services to use a vehicle on-demand – and that vehicle could be entirely autonomous. Because this change won’t happen overnight, ensuring these types of vehicles interact safely with the legacy cars and trucks owned and piloted by human drivers today will be critical to the success of future mobility. 5G is currently the only network that can support a smooth transition period.

Another area where 5G benefits connected cars is safety. With the speed at latency of 5G, ADAS features become much more effective – including the ones already available today such as blind spot monitoring and lane departure control. As autonomy increases, cars will also need systems to manage cooperative driving, traffic congestion, pedestrian warnings, traffic light and speed advisories, and even fuel and charging station discovery. 5G provides network connectivity and communication capabilities that allow these systems to function properly to create an interactive vehicle ecosystem.

In as little as four years from now, the cumulative number of next generation internet-connected cars could reach 220 million. Each one will need control units that have never been seen before – such as HARMAN’s own Telematics Control Unit (TCU). This first-to-market 5G-ready control unit supports a host of functions, such as Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) which allows for seamless software updating, and V2X. Together with Samsung’s experience with telecommunications, the system can help enable 5G as the backbone of future mobility.

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Why Convertible Cruising is NOT the Same Without HARMAN

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In the summer, linen replaces wool, menus switch soup for gazpacho, and when reaching for car keys drivers prefer convertibles. Open air vehicles are all about the x-factor: they trade structural rigidity, weight, and storage space for the enjoyment that comes with dropping the top. But another component to that x-factor is music. HARMAN understands the value of being able to bring your beach playlist with you on a summer day—many JBL speakers are wireless and waterproof, made with outdoor activities in mind. In convertibles, HARMAN adapts its audio systems so don’t have to worry about losing sound quality when they lose the roof, after all music makes driving fun cars even more fun.

Convertibles equipped with HARMAN systems are practically synonymous with summer vacations. For example, the Audi R8 Spyder, also known as Iron Man’s two-seater of choice, is remembered from the movie with Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark speeding along the Pacific Coast Highway. The updated R8 Spyder has a Bang & Olufsen Sound System featuring 13 active loudspeakers, including two in each headrest so owners can blast AC/DC and channel their inner Tony Stark, even at high speeds with the roof retracted.

Acoustically, a convertible presents a challenge to the acoustic engineers, like Greg Sikora, Senior Manager, Head of Acoustic Systems Engineering Europe, for HARMAN who is tasked with tuning it.

“Without a roof, low frequencies, also known as bass, leak out from the cabin, and wind, engine and road noise flows in freely, and we have to accommodate for that,” said Sikora.

To address these difficulties, HARMAN devotes special attention to the convertible versions of cars equipped with our sound systems. Sikora explains HARMAN’s problem-solving process.

“Each automaker wants a customized experience for their drivers that reflect their unique brands and models,” explains Sikora. “HARMAN has the strongest and most diversified brand portfolio in the world that we tap into and then we work with our customers’ engineers to design audio systems – from sound and visual marks to user interface and integration.”

Specific to convertibles, HARMAN accounts for how the audio experience changes once the car is moving. Static tuning is important for red lights and parking lot speeds, but when the wind and engine rushes in at speed music can get washed out. In a clever approach, HARMAN systems automatically boost frequency bands most compromised by wind and engine noise when the car begins to travel faster, so drivers don’t have to reach for the volume knob every time they merge onto the highway.

In cars like the R8, the sound system is optimized for performance with the top down thanks to separate sound profiles for that style of driving.

Sikora attributed some of his team’s progress to ever-increasing computing power: “Thanks to improvements in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) memory and power that have compounded over time, cars can now include more tuning sets and offer more sophisticated noise compensation algorithms. In addition to the wide array of tone profiles available on modern cars, convertibles make adjustments to each when the roof is down.”

Sometimes, HARMAN engineers have to tackle inherent compromises with convertibles. In the case of the Audi A5, the convertible version was robbed of trunk space where the original subwoofer was positioned to make space for the folded roof. To make sure the experience isn’t compromised, HARMAN engineers introduced a new subwoofer design which features two subwoofers in separate locations.

When people think about their summer travels, they want to rev the engine, and blast the perfect soundtrack that makes them sing out loud as they speed down the open road. HARMAN’s attention to detail – on display in the R8 Spyder – powers this perfect scene , made even better when you’re lucky enough to hit the highway with the top down!

For more information: https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/solutions/automotive/audi/r8-spyder