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Altoros Has Joined a Hi-Tech Park in Eastern Europe

Alex Khizhniak

Read about the main achievements of Altoros during Q3 2008.

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Altoros is now officially a member of Belarus Hi-Tech Park. It is a government-supported environment aimed at helping promising software companies to adopt the latest technologies and grow faster. The association exists starting from 2005 and has established strong ties with other similar organizations around the globe. For Altoros, it is a good chance to find new partnerships (both commercial and technology-driven) and become even more dynamic and mature at the same time.

 

New technology expertise

Between July and September, Altoros technology-specific teams also completed a number of projects and gained new technology expertise.

  • .NET Framework
    Altoros’ .NET team is currently working on a .NET-based “Training Diary” project for active sports-loving and devoted people. This web-based service lets sportsmen plan their training strategies and store the data on the workouts they have already performed, planned, or skipped. The application also has the Coach functionality, which enables users to train sportsmen, track their workouts, define training plans and strategies, and analyze statistics to boost training efficiency. Sportsmen can be divided into teams and either have their own coach each, the community coach for a few teams, or a global coach, who trains any sportsman within the instance of the Diary.

    In the future, the team also plans to develop the desktop version of the Diary and introduce more community features to enable user communication via forums, blogs, file exchange, groups, etc. In the course of development, aside from .NET Framework 3.5 (WCF, ASP.NET), Altoros’s team will use Windows Server 2003/2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008.

  • Ruby on Rails
    Altoros completed the first stage of a Ruby on Rails-based mobile advertising project for INTXT Exchange. The project provides a wide range of advertising options, enabling clients to create and manage advertising campaigns, view reports, and submit payments online. The advertising partners can also set their own publishing properties and receive payments. With this system, anyone can register to receive advertisements via SMS to his or her phone and get paid for looking through the received ads.
  • Windows Mobile
    Altoros team released the Beta version of its Windows Mobile-based logistic application. The project is designed for technicians, allowing them to see their workorders and items needed to complete the job, handle their balance on several stocks, and register time and mileage for the workorders on their PDA. At the same time, managers in the office will be able to control workorders and see where each technician is located at that very moment. Among others, the team used .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and SQL Compact Edition 3.5 to develop this system.
  • Adobe Flex
    Our dedicated team of Adobe Flex developers launched the public version of Apatar On-Demand data integration solution. Apatar On-Demand is a hosted pre-built service that synchronizes data between Salesforce.com CRM and desktop QuickBooks accounting software. It makes it possible to set recurring or one-time synchronization of account, contact, order, and opportunity data, while preserving links between tables in both Salesforce.com and QuickBooks. The team implemented Flex 2/3, Action Script 3, FlexUni, and other technologies to deliver Apatar On-Demand.

 

Supporting technology community

Altoros organized the latest Belarus .NET User Group meeting, which was held on September 11, 2008, and featured a keynote speaker from Microsoft. The meeting garnered the attendance of more people than ever before in the two-year history of the user group. Almost one hundred applications were received and 64 specialists took part in the conference. Sergiy Baydachnyy of Microsoft Ukraine delivered a technical review of the latest additions to Internet Explorer 8, after which Andrei Varanovich (Microsoft MVP) spoke on the key capacities of SharePoint 2007.

 

The case of the day: a subsystem for entries

Here, we would like to share with you some technical challenges our team encountered and the creative solutions we came up with.

Every time one tries to create a WorkItem through the WorkItemTracking API in TFS’05, TFS’05 SP1, and TFS’08, the GCHandle error occurs, which is an obstacle for many .NET developers worldwide. Our .NET team solved this challenge by creating an IIS Application Pool for each tire of the app. After that, our team granted IIS Application Pool user the rights to write in YOUR CACHE FOLDER catalogue and in places where the access to the WorkItemStore API was required in the configuration.

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The digest is prepared by Alex Khizhniak and Olga Belokurskaya.

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Microsoft Reviewed IE 8 at Belarus .NET User Group Meeting Supported by Altoros

Alex Khizhniak

Altoros Systems supported the latest Belarus .NET User Group meeting, which was held on September 11, 2008. The meeting garnered the attendance of more people than ever before in the two-year history of the user group. Almost one hundred applications were received and 64 developers took part in the conference. Sergiy Baydachnyy of Microsoft Ukraine delivered a technical review of the latest additions to IE 8, after which Andrei Varanovich (Microsoft MVP) spoke on the key capacities of SharePoint 2007.

“Themed meetings involving leading software development companies make it possible not only to learn the news of the IT industry, but also to get a glimpse of what the industry will be like tomorrow, as well as to make a contribution to forming it,” noted Dr. Nikolay Susha, Rector of the Minsk Institute of Management. “I hope that the past meeting of Belarus .NET User Group was our first, but not last, step in this direction.”

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The Legendary Designer of Yahoo! to Collaborate with Altoros on the Largest RoR Project

Olga Belokurskaya

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Hillman Curtis, considered by many to be the leading designer of our time, will take part in designing our major Ruby on Rails project. Previously, Mr. Curtis was involved in a multitude of design initiatives for companies such as Yahoo!, Adobe, AOL, and others. He was a Design Director for Macromedia before opening his own studio Hillmancurtis, Inc., and published four books on Flash and web design.

Mr. Curtis will join our 30+ Ruby on Rails experts to work on the largest Ruby on Rails project known today. For one of our customers, we are creating a “life organizer” in the form of a social network that features a set of integrated web apps. These applications will include personal time management tools (ToDo lists, blogs, wiki, files), project management tools (calendars, real-time alerts and notifications, timesheets), and social networking features (chats, contacts, etc.).

“I’m happy to start working with the team of development, marketing, and strategic planning professionals and would love to see this project grow,” commented Mr. Curtis.

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A Sneak Peak at the Development Kitchen of Altoros, Q2 2008

Olga Belokurskaya

This Spring and Summer have been pretty fruitful for Altoros. Learn what’s been happening lately at Altoros, including new interesting projects and achievements.

 

TechZulu Interviews Renat Khasanshyn of Altoros

On May 15, 2008, Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Altoros, attended Web 2.0 Expo in New York and gave an interview to TechZulu, an independent media covering the technology industry. Watch the video to learn how Altoros’s development center works.

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An Employee Performance Assessment System to Improve Software Project Management

Alex Khizhniak

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Chicopee, MA—On March 4, 2008, Altoros finalized the development of innovative employee performance assessment system. The proprietary metric-based tool enables customers to be in control of software quality in real time during the development life cycles. Performance management system allows to assess distributed software engineering team members by several key criteria, such as technical, personal, project metrics, and so on.

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The First Meeting of the Belarus Java User Group Featured Speakers from MySQL AB

Alex Khizhniak

The first meeting of the Belarus Java User Group was held on February 7, 2008, at the Belarusian State University in Minsk, Belarus (Eastern Europe). Speakers from MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database vendor, conducted the presentations on MySQL’s Connector/J for Java, MySQL cluster, and MySQL replication.

62 Java developers were able to attend the conference, while the organizers received more than 120 registrations. Altoros, a global software delivery acceleration specialist, and Apatar, a provider of open-source tools for data integration, were proud to organize the event.

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How to Integrate Independent QA Testing to Shorten Development Cycles

Olga Belokurskaya


Our experts released a white paper that addresses the issues of software quality assurance. Quite often companies find it difficult to give up the valuable time and strategic focus for internal test efforts. The problem escalates as development projects grow. This white paper provides a “How To” guide, tips, and best practices for integrating independent quality assurance and testing strategy across the product life-cycle.

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Altoros in the Media, 2004–2005

Andrei Yurkevich

Check out the most significant media coverage featuring Altoros in 2004–2005.

 

A panel on best practices in offshoring

In December 2004, Renat Khasanshyn, CEO at Altoros, took part in the panel entitled “Best Practices in Offshore Outsourcing” together with representatives of the major IT companies (such as IBM) and educational organizations (such as Duke University). The speakers recognized the potential impact of offshoring on the U.S. economy–read the article by the Herald Sun for more details.

“The outsourcing trend will benefit businesses globally, technology entrepreneurs say at forum. The businessmen weighed in on the practice as part of a panel entitled “Best Practices in Offshore Outsourcing,” sponsored by the Research Triangle Park-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development.”

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2003 in Review: New Office in the Boston Area and New Projects

Andrei Yurkevich

Chicopee, MA—On December 1, 2003, Altoros opened a new office in Chicopee, MA. The main focus of the new facility is providing industry-specific application aevelopment and outsourcing services for the Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare sectors.

“The new Altoros Boston office is keenly focused on delivering application development outsourcing services for Financial Services, Insurance and Healthcare sectors,” said Renat Khasanshyn, Sr. Account Executive.


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Altoros to Develop a B2C E-commerce Solution for PriMed

Renat Khasanshyn

Tampa, FL—On September 4, 2001, Altoros signed a long-term contract for the development of B2C e-commerce solution with PriMed, Inc., the leading supplier of the PriMed Nationwide Health Plan.

“Since the first day of co-operating, Altoros proved itself as a highly qualified team of professionals. We want to note that, apart from such obvious things as quality, terms, and discipline, the team was distinguished in understanding the importance of customer satisfaction. Our company opted for Altoros’s “local management — offshore development” model. The engagement was structured to maximize the strength of Altoros’s two-tier approach: strong on-site project and architecture management and an offshore production/development team at their development center in Minsk, Belarus. As a result, our company achieved business objectives and goals and increased customer service levels with the new system Altoros delivered.” —Edward Thomas, President, PriMed, Inc.

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