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Helping RightScale to Develop the Leading Cloud Management Platform

Ekaterina Vasilega

RightScale is a system that automates the management of hybrid/multi-cloud infrastructures.

Last year, during May 9–13, our teammates participated in the regular RightScale Employee Meetup. The event was held in Santa Barbara, CA, to bring together all members of the RightScale’s international team. Together with other RightScalers, Altoros team enjoyed informal meetings and presentations, while having a chance to speak in front of the community.

The guys have been working in California to help RightScale develop and enhance its Cloud Computing Management Platform, the project that empowers thousands of cloud deployments.

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Altoros Organized Meetups Featuring Engine Yard

Ekaterina Vasilega

During June 8-9, 2011 Altoros organized two conferences that featured guest speakers from Engine Yard, the leading developer of cloud platforms for Ruby on Rails.

Randall Thomas, Business Development Director at Engine Yard, and Wilson Bilkovich, Ruby Technologist for Engine Yard, presented JRuby and the latest EY’s cloud solutions to Belarusian Java and Ruby on Rails developers. The discussions were held using video conferencing services, while other speakers opened the events locally.

Our RoR and Java guys have also actively participated in the events. Sergey Bushik, a Senior Java Developer at Altoros, made a presentation called, “Opening a Fabulous World of Cassandra.” Sergey elaborated on the NoSQL concept, the key-value paradigm, column-oriented systems, and Cassandra integration with Hadoop.

We are very grateful to all of the speakers for finding time in their busy schedules to talk to Java and Ruby on Rails experts and enthusiasts.

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Altoros Lands in London

Ekaterina Vasilega

Tristan Palmer has joined Altoros to lead our new operations in London, England, and across the UK.

Tristan PalmerTristan brings a wealth of technology-related business experience to the organisation and will open the London office, build Altoros’s presence across the country, and act as a bridge between UK customers and the Altoros offices.

London is currently one of the most exciting cities in the world for technology-related business. There are over one hundred Internet and technology incubators and funds, hundreds of startups, banking and finance industries, vibrant fashion, media, and publishing sectors—it is the engine room of the UK.

Altoros is working with Internet- and mobile-related startups and media companies, publishing, fashion and advertising companies, as well as more traditional businesses who need software development resource and acceleration and who recognise that by working with us they can realise significant cost savings, get to market or launch quicker rather than purely manage by local recruitment.

“Altoros is eager to strengthen our business relationships with software development organizations in the UK. We are working jointly on several promising projects at the moment, including the filing system for taxing, built with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Altoros looks forward to even more business opportunities with the UK-based partners in the nearest future,” commented Andrei Yurkevich, President/CTO at Altoros.

If you are in London and the UK and would like to discuss how working with Altoros might work, please contact us by e-mail, phone (+44(0) 203 318 4785, +44(0) 7979 907559), or contact Tristan directly.

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TapMap—a Retail App Developed for Our Customer—Wins iEXPO

Ekaterina Vasilega

One of our customers, TapMap, has been named one of three winners at the International EXPO 2011. The event was held in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Plug and Play Tech Center and hosted technology experts from around the world. The iEXPO featured startups that presented their project pitches to the audience. Our US-based team was excited to visit the event, too.

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Altoros Opens an Office in Denmark

Ekaterina Vasilega

Aarhus, Denmark—Altoros establishes a representative office in Denmark to strengthen the company’s presence in the Nordic market. The office is intended to open up new business opportunities, as well as provide more intensive support to customers and partners.

During the first two months our Denmark branch operated, its team already got a pilot customer. The project is a restaurant booking system using .NET and ASP.NET. The system will enable users to book restaurant tables via desktop, mobile, or Web clients. According to the customer, the company realized that its in-house development was too static and slow. That’s why the company decided to improve the process that was too expensive and time-consuming previously.

“Hiring experienced IT resources, yet sharing the same time zone and cultural understanding with Danish customers is of great use to local software companies,” says Kim Jonassen, the Country Manager for Denmark at Altoros. “Except for the obvious advantages, such as cost savings due to lower hourly rates, it will help our customers expand their in-house development teams and come up with innovative products faster than competitors.”

Kim Jonassen has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry and consulting expertise in the telecommunications and software development areas. He helps Altoros manage software projects for our Danish customers and is excited about further branch development.

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Altoros Was Invited to Israeli Government Organizations

Ekaterina Vasilega

Tel-Aviv, Israel—During December 12–16, 2010, Andrei Yurkevich, President/CTO at Altoros, visited Israel as part of the official Belarusian delegation. The event was aimed at establishing partnership and entrepreneurship opportunities between Belarus and Israel in the field of software development.

The trip was organized by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Belarus High-Tech Park, with the assistance of the Israel Embassy in Belarus and the Chambers of Commerce Federation.

During the trip, the IT professionals held a number of meetings with businessmen and government officials to exchange the experience and discuss the ways for future cooperation. In particular, the delegation visited the Israel Institute of Export, a governmental agency that operates under the Ministry of Trade and Labor to facilitate trade prospects between international and Israeli companies.

They also attended MATIMOP, the government agency that generates and implements industrial R&D programs between Israeli and foreign enterprises. Finally, the delegation discussed partnership opportunities at local IT companies and met representatives of the leading Israeli venture funds.

Today, Israel is ranked second to the U.S. in the number of hi-tech companies (3,500). The extensive experience of the countries in software product development is worth sharing and adopting. We believe the expertise exchange like that will result in technology growth for both sides.

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An Android App Created by Our Developers Wins a National Telecom Contest

Ekaterina Vasilega

Our colleagues, Dmitry Pogrebitsky and Sergey Balashevich, created the Android application that has won the contest held by one of the largest mobile operators in Belarus (Eastern Europe). The purpose of the competition was to choose the most useful and urgent mobile application for Android to help urban citizens in their everyday activities. Sergey and Dmitry created TransPot, a complete guide on public transport schedules. The application was built in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport.

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