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Jan. 13, 2016

IBM Premier Viewing of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens

iTechArt has recently become an IBM MobileFirst Platform partner. IBM gladly invited us and other successful IBM MobileFirst partners to attend an event - Premier Viewing of the new Star Wars movie.

Keeping up-to-date with the latest tech trends is challenging. One of iTechArt ways to get up to speed on tech innovations is active participation in events, meetups and conferences. Interaction with top IT experts is a great possibility to share thinking on the newest developments and define strategies to outpace the competition. We are glad to acknowledge that iTechArt vision is meaningful and progressive for other experienced attendees. Before the new Star Wars movie there was a socializing session with insights on the brand new IBM MobileFirst platform from IBM and its official partners’ presentations; IBM MobileFirst and Cloud presentations. We appreciate the opportunity to join this engaging and informative event as well as look forward to attending new ones coming up.

 
           

                                                                                           

iTechArt has been always working hard to get certifications and establish partnerships that are vital for supporting our clients and helping them launch best-in-class products. The recent IBM MobileFirst Platform partnership is aligned to our strategy of the company status enhancement as a leading mobile application development provider for enterprise-level businesses. iTechArt has no doubt that the status of IBM PartnerWorld Partner will open a new series of our success stories. 

About IBM MobileFirst Platform

IBM MobileFirst Platform is standards-based mobile middleware, categorized as a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) and a mobile application development platform (MADP). The components of the platform are designed to address the full application lifecycle — integrating advanced testing and quality management, end-to-end security, seamless data access and scalability, and contextual experience support—to produce a more engaging and effective user experience.

 

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Dec. 7, 2015

We are now a PartnerWorld Partner to IBM - IBM MobileFirst Platform

iTechArt is glad to announce that we are now a PartnerWorld Partner to IBM. Teaming with IBM puts the power of one of the world's most respected technology brands and innovation leaders behind the company.

iTechArt has been always working hard to get certifications and establish partnerships that are vital for supporting our clients and helping them launch best-in-class products. The recent IBM MobileFirst Platform partnership is aligned to our strategy of iTechArt status enhancement as a leading mobile application development provider for enterprise-level businesses. Please see more about our expertise following the link.

The IBM MobileFirst Platform is standards-based mobile middleware, categorized as a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) and a mobile application development platform (MADP). The components of the platform are designed to address the full application lifecycle — integrating advanced testing and quality management, end-to-end security, seamless data access and scalability, and contextual experience support—to produce a more engaging and effective user experience.

With the IBM MobileFirst Platform one can collect in-app usage and crash analytics; apply sentiment analysis to app store ratings and reviews; more easily manage app iterations and release cycles. As for security, you can analyze app code for vulnerabilities; protect enterprise data from exposure to mobile exploits using advanced user authentication, app authenticity, local data encryption, and app scanning. Besides, it offers developing proximity-aware mobile apps to create relevant, contextual mobile experiences that connect insights from digital engagement and physical presence. You can also access and manage mobile data through the IBM Cloudant module, which empowers organizations to store, sync, scale and connect to data in enterprise systems. 

IBM MobileFirst Platform supports a wide range of development approaches, including native, hybrid and web approaches. Therefore, you can identify the best approach for each situation, according to skills, time and functionality, without being limited by a specific approach to mobile application development. Developers can use the tools of their choice: the provided command line interface (CLI) enables integration with tools such as Xcode, Android Studio, Xamarin, and more.

iTechArt is one of the first companies that implemented and published an app on the App Store. We started working on the Android apps since the OS first stable release. Leveraging such JavaScript application frameworks as ReactJS, AngularJS, Backbone.js, and Ember.js, we create cross-platform, customized, visually rich mobile solutions. With hundreds of mobile applications developed and released, iTechArt is placed among the technology leaders in Mobile Native development and Mobile Web Development sectors. We are sure, that the status of IBM PartnerWorld Partner will provide us and our clients with new opportunities for future ever-high achievements. 

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Nov. 16, 2015

R gains a following with iTechArt

R programming language has become one of the most popular tools for statistical computing, visualization and predictive analytics. Today it's a choice of such prominent companies as Google, Merck, Bank of America, Pfizer, Facebook, LinkedIn, Shell, and many others.

iTechArt philosophy to keep pace with perspective programming languages brought about quick R appearance in our toolbox. The company values possibilities of our specialists’ internal development. Thus, the first step towards leveraging the language was Machine Learning Club opening. The club unites specialists, passionate about data, who are sharing the goal of R expertise growth in iTechArt. Our enlarging experience resulted in the company’s successful performance in a variety of Kaggle’s Data Science competitions. Club members demonstrated their profound skills and out of the box thinking during Bike Sharing Demand, Search Results Relevance, Grasp-and-Lift EEG Detection and other contests.

Such high-level commitment to fast-moving technological advances is accompanied by iTechArt R assistance. The engineers developed Trading Control for WallachBeth, a leading provider of institutional execution services. The solution helps to analyze market data and manage trading ladders. Another value-creating tool delivered by our team is Aprenita Portfolio Analyzer. Aprenita is a specialized funding source with the latest approach to lending. It offers an easy and seamless funding solution geared towards mobile developers. Portfolio Analyzer forecasts future revenue of mobile company based on information gathered from market and user analytics. Today proper data analysis is the cornerstone of profitable companies. iTechArt considers this while bringing fresh R initiatives on our clients’ boards.

About R

R programming language is a free, open source tool for development in the numeric analysis and machine learning spaces. It’s available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. R is extensible and offers rich functionality to build tools for performing customized operations. The language includes a library of several thousand user-contributed packages for running calculations on data and developing predictive tools. Besides, R has an extremely powerful graphics system, enabling to produce eye-catching graphs and charts for presentations and reports. Currently it’s expected to remain a significant challenger to traditional statistical and analytics platforms. 

Predictive analytics with R empowers businesses to make decisions based on precise, forward-looking insights. This area of data mining is the driving force of retail, financial services, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and other domains. Today’s data-centric world suggests that the ability to predict the flow of business processes is an overwhelming advantage. R is the fastest platform for predictive analytics thanks to a variety of pre-built tools available. It allows generating classification, clustering, association, and a number of other predictive models. Single click sharing of analytic solutions guarantees decision makers the easiest way to get actionable advice. 

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Oct. 7, 2015

Our customer, Kids Academy, releases a brand new flagship app for iOS and Android

It's our greatest joy to witness the success of iTechArt's customers. Especially, when we realize that we have been with a company since its first steps and over the years have become an integral part of its growth. Not long ago, Kids Academy reached 10 million downloads worldwide. Today it impresses with a new accomplishment.

Kids Academy is the team behind a range of top educational apps. It was founded in the end of 2011 with the first application released in July 2012. The company brings value through education for children aged 2 to 6 teaching them upper- and lower- case letters, word-letter associations, phonics, and spelling. iTechArt partners Kids Academy since the earliest stages of its rapid development. The dedicated team Kids Academy built at iTechArt consists of 3 software developers and 2 QA engineers. During the time of our beneficial partnership, iTechArt has developed a bunch of visually-rich and kid-friendly applications, popular among little users as well as top rated by Children’s Technology and Parent Reviews.  

Nowadays, children spend a great part of the day, interacting with their smartphones and tablets. Kids Academy enables them to do something meaningful, vital for their all-round development during this time. Undoubtedly, playing games is the best way to memorize new information. Hence, the progress children make with the help of company’s applications is revealed at once. Over 10,000,000 kids around the world get tons of fun and knowledge playing Kids Academy apps! 

This time, the company has released the long-awaited version of their flagship app – Preschool Education Center.

For Android devices:

Preschool Education Center. The free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada. The featuring is editorial and indicates high quality and value of the app.

As the name suggests Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app for kids and toddlers. The app covers all aspects of early childhood education from the alphabet and reading to writing, building vocabulary and developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method, the app offers a number of fun games for mastering essential learning skills through play.

Get the app free at Google Play.

For iOS devices:

Kids Academy has also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games, adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets.

The update boasts a bunch of cute little monsters that will teach your kids about money and how to count it. Besides, Kids Academy TV now has a 24/7 Live Zoo channel offering web-cam views on real-life animals.

Get the app free on the App Store.

Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

Finally, Kids Academy now provides a way to expand practice beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets and Printables for Kids. One can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math (the library is being constantly updated). Download, print out and get start practicing with good old pen and paper in seconds!

Head over to http://www.kidsacademy.mobi/worksheets, entertain and educate your kids!

iTechArt highly appreciates the opportunity to influence the development of ever-important domains. We are proud of our clients’ prosperous performance and are willing to assist you in achieving your goals and bring cutting-edge solutions to your fields of interest. Let’s make a difference together!

 

 

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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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  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.