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Aug. 24, 2015

iTechArt presents a dedicated DevOps department

DevOps movement growth is outstanding. Not a big surprise for a practice that improves automation of IT solutions, promotes cooperation between different parts of a team and advances the process of getting feedback from real users.

DevOps stresses the integration of software development and IT operations as well as enables the company to perform faster and more effectively, with constant iterations. Companies that leverage this practice deploy code up to dozens of times more frequently than their competitors. Development, test and operations work in a collaborative fashion during the delivery process, and investigate the ways to reduce costs and risks of changes. DevOps guarantees that fast and responsive operations are kept in sync with the speed of latest software development trends. It has proven to be successful in startups as small as several people and well-established companies with thousands of employees. 

There is a never-ending range of beneficial reasons why the majority of companies consider setting up a DevOps team. It ensures business growth through optimizing the whole system, but not just individual performance. Having Lean and Agile roots, the practice suggests that businesses faster respond to internal and external changes. Besides, automation of technology is critical in DevOps. This incorporates automation to build, test and deploy IT solutions, bringing speed, repeatability and quality while still allowing for control. Companies like Google, Amazon, Etsy, Facebook and Netflix use speed, delivered from their successful DevOps adoption as a way to achieve game-changing business results.  

iTechArt always quickly adjusts to significant shifts in the IT and responds to the clients demand. DevOps wasn’t an exception, thus a new dedicated DevOps department was introduced at the company. Our specialists have profound experience in software development and operations, skills to identify the best approach towards infrastructure automation, collaborative work style. They take on full responsibility for cross-team cooperation encouragement and regular ideas exchange between organizational units. The department members skillfully combine several core project roles such as build engineer, system architect, monitoring specialist, etc.

However, DevOps is more focused on team collaboration and innovative communication techniques, the importance of using an efficient toolset can’t be underestimated. Chef is always popular among our engineers. Automated infrastructure with Chef enables us to reduce time-to-market, regulate complexity and security of systems. Besides Chef, DevOps specialists actively utilize Puppet, Saltstack, Ansible and other high-value tools. We are claimed to be a proficient DevOps partner by such companies as Architizer, Next Caller, ClassPass, Kids Academy, etc. Don’t miss the opportunity to incorporate innovative, advantageous DevOps principles into your successful projects with iTechArt!

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June 26, 2015

Why test at iTechArt?

Software testing and quality assurance processes are vital to guarantee the success of software projects. We are aimed at providing our clients with best-in-class, flawless products. Thus, iTechArt offers a great variety of software testing services, applying our deep expertise.

QA testing is one of the most significant stages in advanced technology development. It's your last chance to identify the errors before the product reaches wide audience. As the public is becoming more and more demanding, even minor defects in the application will immediately push it out of the market. In iTechArt 3 dedicated QA departments of over 80 highly-qualified QA engineers, tech leaders, and managers eliminate the risks of development cycle. A big pool of resources and profound QA management enable us to provide testing services to the companies of every size and domain. Our specialists are glad to offer you Manual Testing, Test Automation, Load & Performance testing to ensure the highest quality of your products. Mentioned options can be either a part of software development project, or an independent test service.

Manual testing is a type of software testing, which is performed without using any automated tool or script. The QA engineer represents the end user and tests the product to identify bugs or unexpected behavior. iTechArt provides both web and mobile applications testing. Web applications are tested on different operating systems and browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari). For mobile testing our engineers utilize a big park of tablets and smartphones running on iOS, Android and Windows mobile platforms. The range of manual testing types in iTechArt is wide: functional testing, end-to-end testing, compatibility testing, system testing (web applications), interrupt testing, conformance testing, connectivity testing (mobile apps), etc.

Manual and automation testing go hand-in hand for consistent testing. The efficiency of automated testing involved into product lifecycle can result in considerable time and money savings. Within iTechArt the most popular framework for test automation is Selenium WebDriver. It is a powerful framework that performs well across various platforms. Among commercial tools we also leverage Visual Studio, QTP and SoapUI. However, the usage of test automation frameworks and tools is highly flexible according to clients’ preferences and applications peculiarities. If the customer wants to let their non-technical personnel to create and run tests themselves, we propose behavior driven approach utilizing Cucumber (Java) or SpecFlow (.Net technologies). iTechArt also offers the following types of automation testing: unit testing, integration tests, acceptance tests, UI as well as web services and API testing, etc.

Performance testing is a testing technique performed to determine the system parameters in terms of responsiveness and stability under heavy load. Among our clients and iTechArt performance analysts the most popular tool is JMeter. It is one of the best leading performance testing tools from Apache open source community. Along with JMeter, Vusial Studio Ultimate 4, NeoLoad, LoadUI and LoadRunner are widely used by QA teams. The scope of performance testing services of the company embraces Performance, Load, Stress, Soak and Volume testing.

iTechArt shares our beneficial QA expertise with a great number of emerging businesses and well-established companies across Europe and USA. We gained the reputation of reliable QA experts in numerous domains: Finance, E-commerce, Healthcare & Sport, Digital Media, Facilities Management, Games, etc. The growing list of our contended clients includes such companies as Gain Capital (NYSE:GCAP), Scivantage, Oracle Commerce, Agility Health, Pixable, Learning.com, etouches and many more. These customers have already witnessed our execution of careful, creative QA process. It’s high time we delivered you impressive quality you deserve.

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May 26, 2015

iTechArt: Effective SharePoint strategy

One of the prime technological focuses of iTechArt is SharePoint development. Undoubtedly, Microsoft created a hit product. The platform works in any industry, accelerating business productivity, and team collaboration. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we assist in SP customization for specific needs of the most demanding clients.

iTechArt embraces a great range of software development departments, managed by seasoned, highly-qualified specialists. One of our special prides is a dedicated SharePoint development group. Today it comprises a talent pool of over 30 professionals, and more than half of them are Microsoft Certified SharePoint developers. Our engineers are aimed at satisfying our clients’ unique goals by innovative and valuable SharePoint solutions for Healthcare, Banking and Finance, Retail, Telecom and other industries. iTechArt’s dedicated Microsoft Certified SharePoint engineers provide customization services for BAE Systems, General Electric, Rostelecom, Vendor Resource Management (VRM), GazpromBank and other well-established companies. Among the services iTechArt offers one can find SharePoint Online Development, Custom development for SharePoint-based enterprise portals, SharePoint server deployment configuration, business processes automation within SharePoint-based solutions, SharePoint consulting and others.

SharePoint development group operates for already 8 years, and during this time we had a chance to work with SharePoint 2003, 2007 and 2010, followed by the latest platform versions: SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 is a modern collaboration platform that provides a full-featured email system with web access, integrated calendaring, and support for mobile device access. One of the recent SharePoint useful and awaited additions is SharePoint AppStore. The apps empower companies to personalize the services of Office 365, hence to create fully customized solutions which meet specific needs of this or that business. Taking into consideration our deep expertise, iTechArt couldn’t help staying away from a new SharePoint trend. Thus, we launched a range of successful, highly-competitive SharePoint apps.

One of the SP apps iTechArt designed and implemented is Survey Management. Survey Management App is an excellent tool to organize and manage surveys within your organization. The App provides opportunities to collect user’s feedback. It includes comprehensive statistics of answers, capability of applying the branching logic and a user-friendly way to view answers. Another novelty of iTechArt is Events Slider. This app helps managing events in your company. It’s a good fit for a variety of events from sport activities to knowledge sharing meetups. In a year after release the apps reached 2000 downloads and got five-star reviews from contented users. Among the organizations, using our SharePoint applications in business processes are American Express, DHL, Cambridge University and Sandia National Laboratories. After realizing the workflow benefits of our applications, the customers started to make requests for iTechArt SharePoint customization services.

We are aimed at further SharePoint expertise growth in iTechArt providing flexible, robust highly scalable solutions. In future we are planning to release apps connected with secure management of document-based transactions digitally. The applications will allow companies to deploy and update digital processes easily without the traditional expense and programming of older enterprise applications required. These are our future ideas, others are yours. Let’s reach new, never-before attainable business goals together!

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April 1, 2015

iTechArt: Front End proficiency

iTechArt is proud of our long-lasting, advanced Front End expertise and a proven track record of over 70 powerful, visually rich and highly interactive Front End solutions. Today, the company's talent pool counts over 150 skilled Front End engineers applying the latest Front End Frameworks and Libraries such as jQuery, AngularJS, ReactJS, Backbone.js, Knockout.js, Ember.js, etc. We realize the importance of knowledge and skill sharing regarding ever-changing Front End Environment. Thus, Internal Front End trainings and meetups are becoming iTechArt regular events with a growing number of seasoned participants.

Front End is one of the most important parts of today’s tech business. It can increase revenue potential and confidence in your company or, on the contrary, reduce your customers’ productivity and their satisfaction overall. Front End is the first to inform your users that you care about your products and services and, of course, care about them. Demonstrating our proficiency in Front End we deliver best in-class innovative and visually rich products.

With the release of HTML5 as well as CSS3, business owners started to reckon on more customized and graphically appealing solutions. Redesigned coding features of HTML5 provide by far greater flexibility than older versions. Owing to embedding audio and video, HTML5 is much more interactive with Web Pages than HTML4 used to be. The latest versions of HTML5 and CSS3 allow interacting with a range of new tools such as APIs, controls, multimedia semantics, which brought the new era of Front End.

JavaScript Application frameworks are becoming more and more popular these days. Client-side templating offers a lot of benefits: performance, clean separation of data and presentation tier, browser and CDN html caching, maximizing code reusability and maintainability. Today, choosing the right framework for your project has a huge impact on your ability to deliver it on time and the possibility to provide remarkable user experience.

iTechArt provides a wide range of startups along with mid-sized and well-established companies with innovative, customized Front End solutions, including Responsive Design solutions, Mobile-optimized websites, Xamarin and PhoneGap based mobile apps as well as visually rich single page websites. Our list of successful Front End collaborations includes such companies as Oracle, Pixable, eTouches, Architizer, Pfizer and many more. iTechArt aspires to continue cultivation of Front End and welcomes new clients to bring into life a variety of projects through our partnership.

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Feb. 2, 2015

iTechArt: Big Data for big results

Today Big Data is changing the face of economy, healthcare, education, sales and many more. Companies all over the world see Big Data as a competitive necessity required to create new products; analyze, understand, and better serve the needs of customers.

iTechArt admits the fact that Big Data popularity is experiencing enormous growth. Nowadays a wide range of businesses perceives Big Data as a previously unknown key to tremendous opportunities. Being an innovative and open-minded partner to our clients, iTechArt immediately started to explore the Big Data world. iTechArt’s investments into this area result in our rapidly growing expertise in Big Data and thus increasing profits of our customers.

Big Data stands for a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that is too large and complicated to process using traditional database and software techniques. Data analytics breaks down the data sets into smaller chunks for efficient processing and employs parallel computing to derive intelligence for effective decision-making. Here we can’t but mention Machine Learning and Data Mining, which made great impact on the Web, both in research and applications. Machine learning is a term that is closely tied to data science and Big Data on the whole. The goal of machine learning is to program computers to use example data or past experience to solve a given problem. Machine learning involves algorithm identification and finessing, whereas Data Mining implies a more static algorithm that is applied to fixed data. The output of machine learning is new algorithms identified through the process. Data Mining seeks to apply a pre-existing algorithm over data.

The demand for Big Data processing technologies is rising rapidly. Only Hadoop market is expected to exceed $50 billion by 2020, according to a recent report from Allied Market Research. Hadoop is one of the most popular platforms for working with Big Data. With the MapReduce model, Hadoop can take a query over a dataset, divide it, and run it in parallel over multiple nodes. Distributing the computation solves the problem of having data that’s too large to fit onto a single machine. For a range of Big Data projects iTechArt engineers use Spark, another fast and general processing engine compatible with Hadoop, along with NoSQL databases (Cassandra, MongoDB, etc.), numerous tools for Data Mining, Big Data search, data aggregation and transfer. 

One of our Big Data clients is Scivantage. Scivantage delivers intelligent and actionable information that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional financial software, helping improve investment decisions. iTechArt was involved in the development of Maxit product, a fully automated, real-time solution that provides accurate, adjusted cost basis reporting through a highly configurable platform. Furthermore, we deliver to our clients Big Data solutions for social networks, natural language processing, bioinformatics, retail, telecommunications, healthcare and insurance. iTechArt is convinced that the future is in Big Data, that’s why we are eager to gain new valuable skills in it and thus help our partners to remain at the top of  loaded with data business world.


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Dec. 22, 2014

iTechArt 2014 contribution summary

As it's time to say goodbye to 2014, iTechArt would like to sum up its results of the past year as well as congratulate our customers and partners with the upcoming holidays.

We witnessed another year of new opportunities, wins, partnerships and events. The company managed not only to preserve our steady growth but to come up with new achievements. In 2014 we went on growing, maturing and continuously cultivating expertise in Social Media, e-Commerce, Event Management and Cloud Computing. iTechArt has established another (3rd)  Microsoft Solution development department. Right now our MS resource pool comprises of over 200 engineers. Moreover, now we operate a brand-new Node.JS Practice Department. Today MEAN stack and particularly Node are growing faster than Ruby, Python and Java combined. Based on Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, Node.js allows developers to build scalable, real-time web applications leveraging their JavaScript knowledge on both Front End and Server Side. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and effective, which makes it perfect for data-intensive real-time apps that run across distributed devices. As we see its enormous potential and since we have always been good at following the latest tech trends, we expect huge volumes of Node work in 2015 and thus many satisfied customers.

In 2014 we experienced a considerable growth which reached 20%. Furthermore, another management level was added, which undoubtedly enables us to govern activities of the company even more professionally and efficiently. Apart from vitality of management level, we never underestimate engineers’ contribution which is actually the backbone of our success. In order to keep our employees motivated iTechArt enjoys holding various internal events. This year we organized several corporate Hackathons, teambuilding sessions, sport competitions as well as corporate technology workshops and meetups. That allows us to have the lowest attrition rate, to retain top talent within the walls of our company. However, our aim is not only to be appealing for existing specialists but to attract new talents. That’s why iTechArt is always on the lookout for ambitious and talented engineers with a positive attitude and commitment to efficiency and quality. This year we signed contracts with the best Belarusian technical universities, gaining access to highly-qualified and creative young talents.

iTechArt has become a reliable partner for a wide range of promising clients. Among our new clients one can find brand-new start-ups, tech-focused mid-sized businesses and well-known enterprise level brands. We are glad to admit that with the help of our company’s dedicated assistance our numerous partners experience growth and prosperity. iTechArt can proudly claim that we finish this year with high results and will aspire to attain new goals in the coming year.

We want to express our kindest greetings on Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let New Year bring you new opportunities and may you rise to new heights. New beginnings will signify new chapter filled with pages of success and happiness, written by the ink of hard work and intelligence. May the joy of the holiday season stay with you throughout the coming year! Finally, remember where you have been consider where you are going but don't forget to enjoy where you are! Happy Holidays!

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Nov. 26, 2014

iTechArt follows FinTech innovations

To stay up-to-date and vital for our clients, iTechArt always tries to broaden the knowledge and skills of its specialists.

At the same time, we are comfortable with sharing our long-lasting, successful experience with our customers, partners, competitors and prospects. Again and again we appear in the center of technology innovations. This time iTechArt took part in one of the most significant events in the FinTech sector - Finovate Fall 2014. Finovate Fall 2014 is a demo-based conference for innovative startups and well-established companies in the field of banking and financial technology. It offered an insight-packed glimpse of the future of e-Economy via a fast-paced and unique format. Finovate Fall 2014 attracted over 1500 leading financial executives, venture capitalists, journalists, industry analysts and entrepreneurs desirous of seeing recent FinTech tendencies. There we had a unique chance to get acquainted with never-before-seen innovations in today's most progressive tech domain.

FinTech stands for the segment of technology, which deals with mobile payments, peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding and money transfer services. Day after day FinTech solutions are becoming more and more popular among customers and thus enormously attractive for investors. Figures speak for themselves. Global investment in FinTech has more than tripled during the last five years – from under $930 million in 2008 to more than $2.97 billion in 2013 and is forecast to reach up to $8 billion by 2018.

iTechArt possess a remarkable experience in FinTech. We provide our clients with high-grade solutions, including Trading platforms, Wealth and Asset management, Advanced monitoring tools as well as Risk management and many others. Operating a dedicated FinTech department, which comprises of over 70 experts, we deliver our services to a wide range of companies: from such leaders of FinTech domain as GAIN Capital (NYSE:GCAP), Scivantage, mid-sized businesses as Kinetix Trading Solutions to VC backed startups as OptionsPlay. iTechArt invests in the development of internal FinTech expertise remaining open to new partnerships and striving to strengthen its position in this highly promising sector.

Our company has been recently invited to join FinovateEurope 2015 in London. It will showcase the cutting-edge of financial technology, whether it comes from established industry leaders or up-and-coming startups, and facilitate networking opportunities to make game-changing connections. And of course we won’t miss the chance to increase our awareness and share our views on the latest FinTech innovations.


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Feb. 21, 2014

iBeacon and modern JS application frameworks, best practices and new approaches, cutting edge solutions and top-notch minds - this is the iTechArt Innovation lab.

As a part of our natural and organic development, we have recently opened a new corporate unit. This time, however, it is not another software development department. We are happy to announce the launch of the iTechArt Innovation Lab!

The world of software is expanding and developing rapidly. It is evolving and transforming all the time. Today it is almost impossible to imagine an e-commerce business without mobile browsers support or a large transportation company without an ERP System. If not to say more - keeping up with the latest technologies is a key part of success in today's business.

“We have been always cultivating the idea of innovations. So, I wouldn’t say that we have just decided to switch our focus from something “Medieval” to the most innovative trends. That’s not true. We were among the first companies that implemented and published an app on the App Store; we started working on the Android apps since the first stable release. Actively using such JS MVC as AngularJS, Backbone.js, Knockout.js and Ember.js Frameworks and creating cross-platform visually rich mobile solutions, we are proud to be among the technology leaders in Front end and Mobile Web sectors”, says Andrei Prohorenko, Head of Web and Mobile division.

Our company continue to grow, get more mature as well as continuously cultivate our expertise and explore the latest technologies and trends. The iTechArt Innovation Lab is intended to support those specialists, who are willing to keep abreast of modern IT trends, wants to stay at the forefront of advanced technologies and love challenges. We have opened an internal meetup for Senior engineers looking to broaden their technology horizons and deepen their existing competences.

Andrei Prohorenko adds, “Right now, we are exploring the world of Low Energy Bluetooth technology paying specific attention to iBeacon, an indoor positioning system promoted by Apple for IOS 7 devices. We’re sure that a combination of an appropriate app and iBeacon is going to change the way retail, m-commerce, event management and other businesses interact with their users and customers via a mobile device.”

iTechArt. Innovation Acceleration through the Proven practices. 

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  Who Works With Us

  • GAIN Capital
    In early 2010 iTechArt was selected as a strategic outsourcing partner by GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc., a pioneer in online forex trading. GAIN operates FOREX.com, one of the largest and best-known brands in the retail forex industry. GAIN Capital provides execution, clearing, custody and technology products and services to an institutional client base including asset managers, broker/dealers and other financial services firms.
  • Oracle's ATG Web Commerce
    Oracle's ATG Web Commerce is the industry's top-ranked commerce solution that powers the world's best brands, and delivers a consistent, personalized cross-channel customer experience. As an Oracle Preferred Vendor since 2011, iTechArt has extensively participated in the development of Oracle ATG Commerce solutions for Visa, American Express and other well-known brands.
  • Kaspersky Lab
    Kaspersky Lab an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions and threat management systems for consumers, SMBs and enterprises. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users.
  • MongoDB
    MongoDB is an open source, document-oriented database designed with both scalability and agility in mind. The world’s most sophisticated organizations, from cutting-edge startups to the largest companies, use MongoDB to create applications never before possible at a fraction of the cost of legacy databases. iTechArt’s experts has been working with 10Gen team on a wide range of large-scale NoSQL solutions as well as Big Data and cache systems building high performance and robust products.
  • Pixable
    Pixable is a mobile startup headquartered in New York City. Pixable developed an application that aggregates and ranks photos across different online photo repositories allowing users access all the photos connected to them in one location. The company raised over $6 million from Highland Capital Partners and Menlo Ventures in 2011 and was acquired for $26.5 million by SingTel in 2012. iTechArt’s dedicated group of Senior Web and mobile Engineers has been an integral part of Pixable software development team for over 3 years.