What is SAFe? The IT community in Cluj is starting to find out

What is SAFe Agile

What is SAFe Agile? The IT community of Cluj is learning it

The first SAFe community Meetup powered by AROBS took place on Monday, September 16th. 70 eager participants that now know more about this world-leading work frame in their niche. A complex methodology that large companies around the world are currently using and others here in Cluj-Napoca are adopting as we speak. Its core competencies enable enterprises to successfully respond to volatile market conditions, changing customer needs, and emerging technologies*. The presentation held by our speaker, Neru Obhrai – trainer and consultant in SAFe methodology- gave us an overview as well as specific answers to the audience’s questions.

Are you really Agile?

This is one of the questions you should ask yourself. Many companies consider themselves Agile in their work methodology. The work-frame is so complex and has so many steps that you might only have the illusion that you are following them accurately. So, you should revise if you are really making the right steps.  Furthermore, in this process, being part of the local SAFe community can be of help. Aside from this, if you are using the Agile method, SAFe framework comes as a rather natural step forward for planning and working on larger projects.

Managing teams around the world

SAFe is a Scaled Agile framework that upgrades your work methodology when your company and projects expand to a superior level. When we’re talking about large teams, over 50 members and most probably dispersed in different countries, adopting SAFe becomes only natural. It provides a lean experience for the development team during the project’s complex processes. The benefits are statistically known to be: productivity increased up to 20-50%, quality increased with 50%, time to market is faster – up to 75%, and most importantly, employee engagement and job satisfaction.

It’s only the beginning

In the also called “Silicon Valley of Europe” that is Cluj, embracing the methodology and joining the SAFe community by the local companies is already a must. Knowing and predicting this, AROBS wishes to grow the community inside the IT environment. This will support the knowledge-sharing regarding this framework. We are all looking for the best practices, for evolution, and for building and delivering successful projects. Nevertheless, this first meetup covered the basics as well as the questions of early and late adopters of the methodology that attended with interest and curiosity. Here’s what they concluded after the meetup.

-“I’ve heard about SAFe framework and this session really gave me a good overview of how the SAFe methodology is structured and the available learning resources. I think it was one of the most educational meetups in the BA spectrum this year. Looking forward to the next meetups and their topics.”

-“Some details about SAFe I didn’t know before.”

-“It is almost mandatory to have a coach in SAFe when you start.”

These are just a part of the feedback on our latest event about SAFe with Neru Obhrai.

As the last testimonial concluded, it is important that you receive specialized guidance in implementing the methodology for easier and leaner adoption. We wanted to offer the community a valid source of information and we plan to continue that way with future events.

If you want to be part of the SAFe Meetup community, look for it HERE and join.

AROBSMures – happy 5th!

5 years of AROBSMures

AROBSMures- happy 5th!

AROBSMures, we are ready to celebrate, because it’s all about the people.

They made it possible that in just 5 years the team growth is over 8 times. Starting with a handful of young automotive specialists we are marking this year with almost 90 automotive engineers.

Cheers for the perseverance, for the hard work and for the dedication!

Let the celebration begin, cause it is your anniversary, #AROBSMures!

Read the whole article, HERE.

Entrepreneur File – Voicu Oprean (Part II)

Voicu Oprean

Part II of the interview with Voicu Oprean, Founder&CEO of AROBS made by Ovidiu Mâțan, the founder of Today Software Magazine about the very beginnings of this industry in the birthplace of AROBS.

Read part I, here.

Apart from the activity in AROBS you are also an investor. Can you speak about some of the start-ups or companies in which you have recently invested?

I would like to mention Soundmix – a software solution that launched a social network, where the fans of electronic music can watch together live streams from their favorite DJs and festivals. With Soundmix you may experiment live electronic music from DJs, festivals and night clubs, and you may discover unique and exclusive content.

There’s also Ebriza, that totally transforms what we know now as cashier, sales and management software: they can be accessed online, non-stop, from any device, and you can see in real-time the company’s activity, inventories, and sales. Moreover, Ebriza integrates businesses from HORECA, retail or services with their suppliers or service providers, applications for orders or booking by means of a marketplace open to all developers.

In addition to IT, I also invested in businesses dealing with bioproducts distribution, such as Managis Bio.

I am also a mentor and a coach for many start-ups, entrepreneurs in the business area. I am willing to meet anytime with entrepreneurs for interesting projects, in any field, but mainly in the software.

What is your advice to someone willing to develop his/her own product/start-up?

Firstly, he or she should never stop learning. That’s what I also do, I have an EMBA from Wu Wien and I attend courses both at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Secondly, he or she should continuously develop their technical and business skills. In this regard, I would suggest my winning formula to be applied in business:

[IQ + EQ + TQ + BQ] to CQ power

Curious about what the formula means? Check out the whole interview on Medium: the whole Part II and Part I.

If you read this and think about joining our team and work in the travel industry, healthcare software development, IoT, automotive or enterprise devision, go check our Career page.

AROBS Has Teamed Up for Excellence with Clutch.co

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AROBS Has Teamed Up for Excellence with Clutch.co

As an 850-employee company that has been thriving since 1998, we at AROBS like to think we’re especially equipped to handle your custom software needs. 

We’ve built everything from web and mobile products to fully-fledged enterprise applications and IT products for a wide range of industries.

Our offices in Romania, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and Belgium let us work well with your international needs.

We also have unique insight into the software product market ourselves. We sell our own proprietary software for consumers’ use, including a fleet management solution, a mobility optimization suite, and an automotive electronic product brand.

As a result, we have a good idea of what challenges our customers face — not only in the technical field, but in the business world as well.

But we want to go further to prove ourselves to you.

That’s why we’ve decided to extend our testimonials page and join Clutch, a data-driven resource that collects reviews from actual clients and ranks B2B providers on their demonstrated ability to deliver.

One industry where we repeatedly demonstrate our ability to bring success to enterprise-level and midsized businesses is in travel and hospitality.

travel software hospitality solutions

The online travel industry is estimated to reach almost $818 billion by 2020 — a remarkable show of resilience for a market that underwent rapid digital changes following the decline of the travel agency. For 18 years, we’ve worked with travel companies and completed 14 projects with 7 currently underway.

One of those ongoing projects started all the way back in 2013. That fall, an online travel portal named Splendia reached out to us to build a new platform and migrate their content from their legacy systems. Over the course of our partnership, we’ve completed between 15-20 IT resources for their company, including the new portal. 

Since we started working together almost 6 years ago, Splendia has seen a “successful strategic platform migration with more connectivity [for] availability providers and traffic sellers.” Their platform now offers “better service,” leading to “added company valuation,” according to Splendia’s CTO.

We’re thrilled to play a part in Splendia’s success and to receive a near-perfect score on Clutch. Our team is always striving to improve our skills and make our client experiences better than before.

Discover more of our projects and capabilities on The Manifest, a blog resource and sister site of Clutch that guides buyers through the vendor selection journey. You can also find developers like us on Visual Objects, a portfolio-sharing platform where it’s easy to find businesses that meet your needs.

Ready to get started on your next big software idea? Let’s talk today.

 

Walking Month — counting steps

AROBS Walking Month

Walking Month — counting steps for a good cause

Walking Month is a campaign that aims to make us healthier by walking. At the same time, it raises awareness and money for a good cause.

We are officially joining the viral campaign where companies all around Cluj-Napoca, Romania, are inviting their teams to count their steps.
AROBS donates the participation fee of every team member to create the first-ever social ambulance in Transylvania. This will offer medical care to people in rural areas.

During Walking Month, between 16th of September and 15th of October, every step will be counted. Then, the average number of steps/company will be compared and the company with the highest average will win.
So, we are starting our extra walks, full-on, with our very best. Parents who run after children, youngsters who run after their pet dog, marathonist and team members who just enjoy a walk in the park.

Read more here.

Interested in healthcare software development? 

Read more here, to find out what can we do for you.

AROBS – the culture is global

AROBS, together with other leading software development companies is a catalyst for change. Working with the latest technologies these companies facilitate technological progress in automotive, telematics, IoT, travel and hospitality and life sciences, with specific healthcare software development.

AROBS

AROBS Transilvania Software, or AROBS, is one of the few software companies in Romania with 100% Romanian capital. It is a fact that the company prides itself in. It all started with 10 friends in a small apartment, over 20 years ago. Today it is delivering software products and customized software to over 14 countries all over the world.

Recently AROBS incorporated a company from Belgium and The Netherlands, that today belong to the AROBS Group. Along with these Western countries, AROBS is present in Hungary, Germany, Serbia, The Republic of Moldova and Indonesia.

Besides AROBS’s specialist’s expertise in automotive, IoT and travel software – a lot of energy is placed the newest healthcare software development. The life sciences business line is responsible for gathering and raising the most competent specialists. They are as good at developing and testing software as having business knowledge.

Therefore, the attractive force of the employer brand has to be powerful.

Culture starts with education

Competition on the market gets higher, software companies invest in their workforce and possible workforce since they are young. Certainly, recruitment sometimes starts at universities. These youngsters enter the company and implicitly the job market through internships.

But it doesn’t stop there. Every employee can benefit from on-going training on hard or soft skills. Education is continuous. It is also multilingual.

The culture is global

Ultimately, we are European by heart, international by culture. This international spirit makes communication possible. Since most of the healthcare software clients come from the Western hemisphere, even more specifically from the US – language has huge importance.

Entrepreneur File – Voicu Oprean

Voicu Oprean

With over 20 years of experience, AROBS Transilvania Software lead by Voicu Oprean is more than the usual software development company. Highly skilled professionals are mixed with extensive business knowledge, specialized in automotive engineering, Healthcare software developmentCloud applications development, and IoT. None of these would exist today if it weren’t for Voicu Oprean, Founder and CEO.

Read below an interview by Ovidiu Mâțan, the founder of Today Software Magazine about the very beginnings of this industry in the birthplace of AROBS.

Voicu Oprean, you are known as the CEO and founder of AROBS, a Romanian company founded in 1998. Let’s go back in time a little. What was is it like to create a company back then, and what was your idea in the very beginning?

I founded AROBS in 1998, 21 years ago, when I simply became unemployed. I had recently returned from the States and I was working for an Italian company, and the owner — an Italian — thought that my wish to complete my Master’s degree studies was not compatible with the job I had at the time.

I created AROBS because I wanted to do what I liked, programming, but under conditions very different from those that I used to have in the Italian company.

I started by myself in my parents’ flat, then I moved with ten other colleagues in a 3-room flat (the Romanian version of the American garage). We made an extraordinary team, we would work together, eat together, visit each other’s family. We had a very strong bond.

Presently, some of them are still by my side, in the large AROBS family that now accounts for 800 people in Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Serbia, and Indonesia.

One of the successful products developed by you is TrackGPS, a solution for car fleet monitoring. What are its strengths? Has it succeeded in being seen as an important solution on and outside the Romanian market?

We built a product that, when it was launched back in 2008, arrived on a relatively competitor-free market. Our intention for the TrackGPS product and our goal for the future development phases is to offer complete telematics services, reduce fuel costs by up to 25%, and reduce the costs related to fleet maintenance by up to 15%, and also to improve the employees’ productivity by up to 40% within 6 months after installation.

Our desire for improvement brought us to the first place on the Romanian market and made TrackGPS a strong competitor on the external markets where we operate, Central and Eastern Europe, respectively, and it also assures us a remarkable presence in Asia.

At the same time, we are preparing for the very near future, when all the new vehicles will have, in one way or another, much more sophisticated embedded telematics and monitoring solutions.

Meanwhile, we develop analytical solutions using the current data. It’s not only about GPS monitoring, we use our expertise in big data and cloud programming also for our products for the Romanian market and the Central Eastern European market.

Many investors are primarily interested in obtaining quick benefits by providing IT services. How do you see this approach of creating your own product in terms of resources needed for development, but also in terms of benefits?

As I said before, AROBS has been on the market for 21 years, and one of the main segments of the company is for software services. Also, two-thirds of our turnover comes from software services, for industries such as Automotive, Travel & Hospitality, IoT, Life Sciences and Enterprise Solutions.

Approximately one-third of our turnover comes from the development of our own solutions: Optimall Suite, TrackGPS, Mpost, TraficOK, and others.

Our first product, Optimall, was launched in 2003, after three subsequent failed attempts with other products, that taught us some valuable lessons. We never gave up, we launched Optimall, and today it is a reference product for business optimization along with the suite of SFA, WMS, BI, etc.

Then, we started again with TrackGPS that we launched in 2005, and today it is at the top of the telematics industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

Because we like products, we didn’t stop there. We continuously created and tested products. We encourage our colleagues to come up with new ideas, that we want to support financially and/or with other resources.

Recently, we purchased important companies in Romania and Hungary: SAS Grup and Slyshield specialized in telematics products, UCMS in HR solutions, Softmanager CRM+ in business optimization.

We are always open to investing in the initiatives of other entrepreneurs that come to us asking for help.

Read the second part of the interview.

 

Choose your fleet management system

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SAS Grup – how to choose the best fleet management system?

What does a good fleet management system mean? What are its features? How it behaves or who has this kind of system? These are the most frequent questions of the companies that own vehicles. The answer comes from SAS Grup.

SAS Grup is the first manufacturer of GPS monitoring solutions in Romania. For over 17 years, they manage to meet the requirements of hundreds of clients through the fleet management services, especially through cost-effectiveness.

Which are the advantages of our clients?

Once a part of SAS Grup family, the clients benefit from a free consulting program, with more annual or semi-annual training sessions to learn how to use the GPS system properly and effectively.

The telematics web application developed by the SAS experts is faster, secure, complete and very easy to use. Using OLAP technology, all information is processed even before the clients’ requests, to be ready for report delivery.

Custom made application

The solutions provided by SAS Group are customizable. The starting point is the basic solution and from there you can add software or hardware features so that in the end, any request will have a perfect result.

Cost efficiency

The Fleet monitoring services help you to make costs more efficient, save time, monitor any route, any unnecessary stationary or fuel consumption, as can be confirmed by our customers.

Customer feedback

As an example, Boromir, one of the biggest bakery company in Romania, chose to be our client and recommends us as trustworthy people. From them, we found out that by using our GPS monitoring system brought to Boromir company a dramatic change in costs related to the car fleet. It helped them to effectively manage the vehicles and make a correct diagnose when something went wrong.

ALS Automotive chose as well to work with us. They are satisfied by the quality of the services provided by SAS Grup, the application responds speed, as well as the fact that it is very easy to use. Moreover, for ALD Automotive, the solutions that we propose are considered to be optimal and at a decent price.

Ambient appreciates the quality of the after-sale services. For the people of Ambient, the fact that SAS Grup offers consulting, maintenance services and even training is extremely important. This motivates them to continually trust our services and stay by our side as a trusty client.

SAS Grup is a proud part of AROBS Transilvania Software since 2018.  https://www.alarma.ro/GPS-auto

Process automation. Ep. 1

process automation

Process automation. Ep. 1

Horsepower

Do you like cars? If you don’t, stick with me, you will. And if you do, let’s take a moment to appreciate those who saw the benefits of process automation. Ready? Good!

In the early days of car manufacturing, in the late 1800s, everything was done by hand, direct human involvement. To produce one car, took a relatively long time and effort. Think about it, it took thirty American manufactures to produce 2500 vehicles in 1899. But then Henry Ford entered the scene.

Well, the luck struck us all. Because he wanted to produce a larger volume of cars and at lower prices than the European competitors, he had an idea. Of course, nothing helped more than the low prices of raw material and the lack of skilled laborers. So, he decided to mechanize the whole industrial process. And, guess what? In 1913, the US produced 485.000 of the total of 606.124 motor vehicles. After that, the idea was adopted by other American automobile manufactures and the whole world eventually.

But what is process automation?

It is a process, which involves the use of technology to automate the process to sequentially transit from one task to the next with minimum human intervention. If a company wants to stay profitable, it is mandatory to automate processes in order to stay relevant and competitive.

What are the benefits of process automation?

Among the many benefits, you will find higher production rates and increased productivity, a more efficient use of materials and products have better quality. Moreover, it improves safety, which means that the employees are working in a safe environment, it protects them from the hazards of the factory environment. Another benefit of process automation consists in reducing the weekly worked hours, leading to happy employees and reduces corporate turn over.

Process automation at CoSo by AROBS

CoSo by AROBS is highly specialized in process automation. For more than 26 years, it has been its main activity. A 15 process control engineers team make sure that any application is perfect when delivered to the client. CoSo can provide knowledge on various technology, such as PLC, ESD and DCS, ATEX, Wireless ISA S88/Batch and SIL.

Manual testing (2)

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Manual testing — an indispensable testing method. Part 2

In the first part of this article, we spoke about what manual testing means and how to do it. We also know that all the IT companies in Romania work with tester teams, in order to deliver bug-free products to their clients.

We established that manual testing is a process in which the QA Analyst is testing the software using the functions and features of an application. Doing so, they use pre-defined test cases based on test scenarios.

To actually do manual testing means to understand the requirements, to write test cases in order to guide you through testing the software and to log bugs. A very important aspect that has to be remembered about the test cases is that they have to be accurate, economical, traceable, repeatable and reusable.

The second part of the article is about the need for manual testing.

Why should we manual test?

The human perspective. Because humans use the software, therefore, humans should be involved in testing it. The tester puts himself in an end-user position, so is more likely to find and solve any usability issues and allows him to understand the problem at an emotional or conceptual level. In user experience, there is no replacement for the human eye.

Bugs can be found where you least expect them. Testing the software manually, allows the tester to find bugs even if they don’t necessarily look for them. This is a very important aspect, considering that automation testing can’t find a defect if it wasn’t programmed to do so.

Automated tests can contain errors and you can’t always rely on them. It is true that they can save time with repetitive jobs. Also, automation may be too expensive for small projects. But for large projects and big products, the higher costs can be worth it. It is a great opportunity for continual checking progress but not enough.

Even though it requires a lot amount of work, manual testing is absolutely necessary in software development. It is important to have a good user experience and a high-level quality, all leading to positive customer experience.

The last topic will be about following a career in manual testing, so stay tuned for more!

In the meantime, do you think that a career in manual testing suits you? Join our team of testers.