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10 years of software outsourcing

Nov 01, 2014 by Oana

Well, it's time to light the candles and make a wish, because this month we celebrate a decade of software outsourcing! If last year I got to interview our CEO Mihai Cernea on software outsourcing, the outsourcing market, Romania and where are we headed, this year I'm going to share with you what means to work in a software outsourcing company from our point of view - the team
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Outsourcing the right way

Jun 12, 2014 by Oana

When you decide to outsource the development of a software product towards an outsourcing company it’s important to get off on the right foot. This means that your requirements and expectations (look and feel of the software) need to be conveyed as clearly as possible to the outsourcing team. ... read more

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Inside the world of software outsourcing services

Jun 03, 2014 by Oana

It's common knowledge by now that outsourcing means to externalize a part of your processes (or an entire activity) towards a specialized company. When it comes to software outsourcing, this means an entire suite of services. So if you are a customer who is searching for an outsourcing company (to which you can externalize part of your internal activities), or a programmer in search of a job, here's what you need to know about the services typically provided by a software outsourcing company ... read more

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Smartphone software development: the high and the low

Sep 03, 2013 by Adrian

Smartphone software development means developing software for mobile devices. Although you may think that this industry was born with App Store and Google Play, the truth is that it has started way before that. [...] The success of some has inspired others to venture into the task of apps development, but few are realizing that success doesn't come over night, and you have to work for it. ... read more

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Remember Martin Cooper? - Part 2

Apr 15, 2013 by Adrian

The first call that Martin Cooper made was to his rival, Joel Engel from Bell Labs…

Motorola wasn't the only company that pursued this dream, the engineers from Bell Labs were also trying to create such a device. ... read more

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Remember Martin Cooper? - Part 1

Mar 23, 2013 by Adrian

Alexander Graham Bell created the first telephone in 1876 and although he wasn’t the first to experiment with such a concept, he was the first to obtain a patent for an "apparatus for transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically", shortly, the telephone. ... read more

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We provide software outsourcing, so we try harder

Feb 26, 2013 by Oana

Yes, we are not a department within your company, but as an outsourcing company we do try harder to meet your requirements, to meet the deadlines and to provide a smooth communication. ... read more

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Testers vs. developers: collaboration is always the key - Part 2

Dec 07, 2012 by AlexI

For a software development company it's highly important to reach the correct testers-to-developers ratio, because this way the number of loopholes will be reduced and many bugs will be prevented, and so the end product will become more stable. ... read more

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Testers vs. developers: collaboration is always the key - Part 1

Nov 28, 2012 by AlexI

Testers and developers are two mandatory components in any software development process, and although some might argue that you can develop a piece of software without involving testers, in order to be a competitive software company you need to have a testing department. ... read more

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A look into Agile development - Part 2

Aug 14, 2012 by AlexI

As opposed to Agile, older methodologies, such as Waterfall, rely on a precise order of phases throughout the whole development process (Requirements, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance) and heavily focus on initial planning. ... read more

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A look into Agile development - Part 1

Jul 09, 2012 by AlexI

By now you've sure heard about the Agile software development methodology, or even used this methodology in your work, so you know how intricate things can be. In order to shed some light onto this matter, I've gathered below the most important notions that a programmer / tester needs to know about Agile development. ... read more

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Super OS - is this the future of operating systems?

May 10, 2011 by Oana

At the end of April, AI (Always Innovating) has launched a hybrid OS which incorporates four different operating systems. I'm talking about Super Jumbo which integrates AI's own OS (Angstrom Linux remaster), Ubuntu, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Chrome OS ... read more

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Chronicle of a death foretold: Digg and Delicious

Apr 19, 2011 by Mihai

"What goes up must come down, eventually" - this old saying couldn't be more right in the case of social networking sites. Sites such as Digg, Delicious, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, which are fighting fearless for our free time, offer (in exchange for our personal information) amusement and a couple of followers. ... read more

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Windows partners with Nokia: the next step in smartphone domination

Feb 14, 2011 by Oana

On Feb. 11, the Finnish multinational Nokia and the American giant Microsoft have announced their partnership and a new smartphone strategy: building Nokia smartphones which will run on the Windows Phone 7 platform. But that's not all, the two companies will mingle other services as well. ... read more

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Web vs. desktop applications: friends or foes?

Jan 11, 2011 by Oana

With a steadily increasing number of households that have Internet access around the world (according to statistics, in 2010, in UK , 73% of the households - almost 19.2 million households - had an Internet connection), in the last couple of years web applications have taken a huge bite from the desktop apps market share. ... read more

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Can IE9 regain the lost market share?

Jul 23, 2010 by Andreea

With the release of the newest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari forcing the boundaries of the web, Internet Explorer has lost plenty of market share. ... read more

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Microsoft's internal war: Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista

Jul 09, 2010 by DanM

When two important products of the same brand enter in competition with one another, the outcome, no matter the result, for sure will be satisfactory for the "mother company". ... read more

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A look at Enterprise 2.0 through Social CRM

Mar 01, 2010 by Doina

Current national or multinational corporations use a a wide-spread organization model, involving several layers of employees. Generally, this extension is governed by the top-to-bottom rule, which works by disseminating information on a need-to-know basis from higher levels of management to lower ones. In this way, normal average workers function according to a set of basic information, without ever grasping where the overall company is headed, or even why. Consequently, people in higher positions of management spend their time planning and processing info, mostly oblivious to trends and actual customer preferences, that could have been easily understood by engaging workers and customers into actual conversations ... read more

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Cloud computing: To each his own part of the cloud

Jan 22, 2010 by Doina

Cloud computing has been with us for a while now, but it started just recently to draw attention to it, particularly because of the large scale Internet applications that client-oriented companies have built as services. Or what we now call SaaS, or software as a service. [...]

From social networks to virtual servers for data storage, anything goes in the cloud. Unfortunately, it still goes in the cloud literally for government policies regarding this matter, in about every industrialized country there is ... read more

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The new Browser War: Google goes Machiavelli on Microsoft

Dec 11, 2009 by Oana

It's been a busy season for the major players on the web browser market, with Mozilla Corp. launching Firefox 3.5 on 30 June, and Microsoft releasing its 8th edition of IE in March. While the former included native integration of audio and video, more privacy features and an overall performance improvement, the latter added accelerators, improved privacy protection, and a compatibility mode for pages designed for earlier version of IE. Along came Google ... read more

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Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google. What's in it for each?

Sep 17, 2009 by Doina

Previous days have found the web filled with rumors, either reliable or not so truthful, about Microsoft finally having closed a partnership deal with Yahoo. Although everything has been confirmed by officials from both parties, the mystery still remains as everybody is now wondering ... read more

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Why is online advertising better

Jun 01, 2009 by Mihai

Marketing, PR and advertising firms are struggling to stay afloat of the new wave of challenges, that came along with the global financial crisis. This is true for US, and it's true for almost every developed or emerging economy - which of course includes Eastern Europe, and Romania in particular. Marketing departments are currently "optimizing" their budgets, to deal with the crisis, and a key note of their optimization strategies is "re-focusing on more efficient channels, such as the internet advertising". Why is internet advertising so efficient, and why is it suddenly regarded as a safe and desirable investment? ... read more

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Office Web Applications and Azure - Microsoft's new bet

Feb 24, 2009 by Mihai

Microsoft has demonstrated in more than one occasion that they can take a raw idea and bring it to its maximum market potential. They did come up with quite a few great ideas themselves - but arguably the most impressive feature that Microsoft has illustrated over the years is the capacity to re-pack an already proven concept into a better shape, that ultimately wins the market. This happened with DOS, Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, XBOX - and might also happen with the new services that MS has recently launched: Office Web Applications and Azure. ... read more

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Monetizing social websites: Trick or treat?

Dec 22, 2008 by Doina

Big social networks (such as Facebook and MySpace) that are currently money consumers, rather than income generators,  are beginning to think about monetizing the huge traffic slices that they've obtained during the past years. But their problem is that nobody likes to pay for something that they've got in the past for free.

Considering that applications such as Facebook, Skype and YouTube were not planned to bring in cash from the beginning, it's rather understandable that the users received the monetization attempts with a bit of distrust and annoyance. On the other hand, there are social networks that were monetized from the beginning, and that enjoy a great deal of success. ... read more

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Yahoo!, come out, come out, wherever you are

Dec 16, 2008 by Doina

In May this year, there was a lot of ruckus caused by a news from the Ziarul Financiar, a local daily paper focused on economical and financial issues. The news stated that Yahoo! will open an office in Bucharest during the third quarter of the year, between August-September.

Well, everything is nice and fine, and I'm sure everyone is interested in seeing as quickly as possible Yahoo! on our native lands, but...I'm not seeing anything yet. No news, no gossip, no rumors. After the news landed, everything turned still and quiet. ... read more

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Microsoft: Antivirus or not?

Dec 09, 2008 by Doina

For the past few years, Microsoft has been subject to some pretty harsh comments and disputes over its embedded (or not) antivirus solution for Windows OS users. With several attempts throughout the years, consisting of the MSAV from the MS-DOS 6 (1993) until the forms of Windows Live OneCare, the Microsoft mogul didn't really enjoyed much appreciation from the public, as regards to antivirus facilities.

In 2003, after Microsoft acquired the intellectual property rights over the RAV Antivirus from the Romanian company GeCad, things started to spur once again. ... read more

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Google office in Romania

Dec 04, 2008 by Doina

On January the 15th this year, Google officially registered at the Romanian Trade Office, the branch Google Bucharest SRL, with the stated activity of “consultancy and providing other software products”. The commercial society is held entirely by Google international Inc., with headquarters in Mountain View, California.

If we know that the local branch has only 5 non-Romanian employees, it is difficult to tell what Googlers have in mind with this branch. While they have previously denied any plans of setting up a business in Romania, now they have already a steady office. When asked by local reporters about their future development plans, the local representatives retained any comments. At present, Kent Walker is the VP and the general consultant of the firm, while John Herlihy is the VP responsible with the online sales of Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa (the EMEA region). Also, Nikesh Arora is the VP in Google Inc. and president of EMEA operations. ... read more

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