Services Marketplace – a 360-degree solution for your digital upgrade

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Services Marketplace – a 360-degree solution for your digital upgrade

 

Though the pandemic context puts us and the business environment under a lot of pressure, we have to admit that it is also an undeniable catalyst for transformation, reinvention, and discovery of new concepts and ways of doing business. A result of such combination of factors is the birth of the digital marketplace for services. A scaled and improved, business to business version, of a freelancers’ marketplace, if you like to call it that way. A virtual software services store, where you can find 360-degree solutions for your company if you’re looking to do all your “shopping” by taking just one ride to the market. The network that gathers predefined valid software solutions, along with teams of specialists that can help you customize them and implement them, project-based or under a longterm collaboration. From the position of looking at a future built on remote work from home, ongoing online connection, and unexpected business transformations, we dare to say that a digital marketplace is the next Amazon of software services.

Services marketplace – a new business wave

 

Time is money. No matter how pulled out of a movie and cliché that might sound, at this moment, while the world economy struggles not to suffer a fall down, it pretty much defines how business decisions are taken. As aftermath, companies prefer now to go straight to one source to solve their problems or help them make a digital upgrade of their services. To draw yourself a better picture of it, imagine walking into a giant marketplace and leaving afterward with all your items on the list checked. Efficient, time-saving, budget-friendly solution.

Only now we are talking about a virtual marketplace for services as a new business concept. A place that might become an accelerator for the digital transformation of companies that need to take things to the next level. An upgrade required by the change spiral we’re drawn into. If the end consumer’s behavior is switching, affected by self-isolation and social distancing, this naturally determines the need of new strategies in the business area.

Hence, the right answers and tools lie in a place where in-house teams, freelancers, software solutions, IT outsourcing providers, and other specialists in tech can provide ready-to-use or custom software, even if they are in remote work from home. Having access to all these from a single source speeds up the adaptation process and keeps you on the clock with market changes.

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Examples of services marketplace

We envision that there will be different approaches to this relatively new wave. Some services marketplaces will be niched on certain business areas, some will address the public sector and others will be open-source for all business environments. Below we have a few examples.

One of the pioneers in this area is actually the UK government who created the Digital Marketplace – a central hub dedicated to the public sector to have easy access to IT services and solutions.  It was previously named “CloudStore” and follows the basic principles of cloud-based solutions – on-demand services, application resources share via a cloud computing infrastructure. The initiative wants to create more efficient ways to deliver public services. Not to mention the cost savings and economic growth. Even more, being administrated by an official authority, the solutions are safer and more secure.

Another recent example is the European Union’s hackathon #EuvsVirus. It took place online, and is not only a consequence of a global, across generations challenge we’re facing, but also an event that managed to gather thousands of specialists in technology, software development, innovation and entrepreneurship and make them work for the same goal. Bringing them all together generated a series of new ground-breaking ideas meant to solve problems caused by the pandemic, at a community and cross-countries level.

Nevertheless, the best of them gained access to a platform and network where investors, foundations, medical units, and several other stakeholders might be interested in buying, financing, and using these new apps and software solutions. This too can become a services marketplace dedicated to a common cause – the pandemic fight, but adressing varius areas of impact: health, finance, retailers.

Similarly, Overpass, one of AROBS’ fruitful collaborations, is an example of a niche marketplace for telemarketing. We’ve worked with them closely to create the best-optimized platform that offers an end-to-end process that delivers an all-in-one solution for creating a virtual call center. You can read more about our ongoing partnership in our testimonials section.

Of course, all these platforms rely on technology development that has undoubtedly surpassed any human projection of the future, with its limitless power to provide solutions.

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The benefits of this “one-stop” marketplace for services

 

If previous to this COVID-19 era, going this path was maybe a commodity solution, as we said earlier, now it’s a matter of being cost and time effective. And the more these changes determined by the pandemic install in our day to day lives, the more everything around us: health system, economy, communication need to change and adapt. This kind of marketplace for services can be the best option to ride the wave of change, and not letting your business be washed away by the wave.

In other words, it gives you:

  • Agility – finding solutions quickly when you need them
  • Time – the buying process takes less, consequently so does the implementation
  • Lower costs – you optimize your budget
  • Safety – most of the solutions are compliant with standard security measures

In conclusion, give this new concept a try, and you might just be a step ahead already from your competitors.

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FASTPATH AUTOMATION- The UiPath RPA agency at CoSo by AROBS

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FASTPATH AUTOMATION – THE FASTEST LANE TO AUTOMATION

 

Fast. This is the word of the day. Not just today, every day. Nowadays, everything in the world seems to be moving faster than ever and there is a constant need for faster and better results with zero mistakes. To meet these expectations, humans need help. Therefore, we have just the right solution! We deliver software robots at the new UiPath RPA agency – FastPath Automation.

The birth of a new brand

 

Being a part of the future is something that anyone wants to be. We took this step forward and we created FastPath Automation, in partnership with UiPath. The brand was born to fulfill the need for automation of the processes, to eliminate errors and to improve the quality of work inside a business.

FastPath Automation is the dedicated brand of CoSo by AROBS for the UiPath RPA projects. It is, as we like to call it, the UiPath RPA agency inside CoSo by AROBS. We have a dedicated team that managed to implement RPA projects in areas such as transport&logistics and insurance.

Silver UiPath Certification

 

CoSo by AROBS has more than 26 years of experience in process automation. Our experts provide knowledge and experience in software development and RPA and they can deliver any kind of solution for any type of project.

That is why UiPath considered CoSo by AROBS a very valuable and reliable partner and rewarded us with the Silver UiPath Certification for The Netherlands.

Accuracy. Predictability. Profitability

 

There are many reasons why anyone should choose to work with software robots, but the most important ones are related to the good flow of the business and the power over the entire operation.

The FastPath Automation software robots are very easy to work with because they can merge with the existing system, meaning that you do not have to invest in implementing a new one. Once installed, our software robots are reliable employees, constantly executing operations they were created for without any breaks, delivering error-free results.

 

FastPath Automation is here to increase the speed of your business, to improve the accuracy of the entire activity and to boost your profitability.

For more information visit us at www.fastpathautomation.com.

Let the robots do the work for you!

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Reinvention and acceleration – the travel technology market is ready!

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The travel technology market is ready for reinvention and acceleration!

The travel technology, the entire travel industry will reinvent and accelerate: any OTA Software, any Property management system, everything will change.

Everybody in tech knows that the best time to update, change, improve any application of any kind is when the users are at low numbers. The travel and hospitality tech industry is on the verge of a large reinvention and acceleration, because the game changed and we look at a period of time with many changes ahead of us.

This blog post is the second part of the article Claudiu Mailat, business group manager in the Software Services Division @AROBS, published earlier on his Linkedin profile. Please read it beforehand. 

The facts as of today in Travel & Hospitality

 

The pessimistic data are coming from the World Tourism Organisation, IATA and many others. IATA declares that no longer expects a “V-shaped” recovery for the airline industry as the effect of COVID-19 pandemics continue to spread. Brian Pearce, the chief economist of the industry group IATA, estimates the carriers will lose about $252 billion in revenues this year and that without government help, several “might not be able to last” until next year.

In the USA, by April, the airlines had already drastically cut their fleets and airlines will tread with extreme caution in putting planes back in service, unless they are sure passengers will fill them. Most analysts believe the industry’s recovery could take at least until 2022. 

European governments have rushed to rescue flagship airlines, with Germany offering loans to Lufthansa, and Italy’s government taking control of Alitalia. Even the most glittering heavy hitters will not escape the pain. “We will be permanently affected, with questions about changes in travellers’ behaviour,” Air France CEO Anne Rigail said recently.

What about ­corporate travel? So long as there is some risk to travellers, companies might hesitate to dispatch their employees, especially while trying to cut costs in a recession. 

European Union Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has claimed that the pandemic is costing Europe 1bn every month, while the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that worldwide tourist arrivals could fall by as much as 30% in 2020. 

Some important information sources, like The Economist, are talking about deglobalization.  

Travel industry without globalization sounds kind of restrictive.

Is there any hope at all for the travel technology? Will we travel and vacationing again? Will we just be staycationing?

Jeremy Gutsche, of TrendHunter.com, published on Forbes a very interesting opinion: Post COVID-19 people will want to live their bucket lists as much as possible, supercharged tourism (Exoticism in travel that ensures more through escape from reality) will boom. We may even mix in a sense of gratitude and add volunteerism on these vacations. 

Another optimistic view, by Jennifer Leigh Parker, also published by Forbes, says that private vacation rental companies stand to benefit in a post-COVID world, compared to large chain hotels with hundreds of rooms and shared communal spaces built to encourage large gatherings. Of course, consumers will re-enter the travel market with lots of caution and social distancing habits. At least, this is the argument Airbnb is making to investors. Coronavirus might be the best thing (or the worst thing, depending on your perspective) that ever happened to the cruise business, which has, for decades, skirted the labour laws and environmental regulations that typically apply to income tax-paying industries. The cruise business will not sink.

The time for acceleration and reinvention in travel technology – any OTA software, any type of property management system,  – is right now. Our teams, at AROBS, will work on any solutions, we have the talent, the expertise, and the resilience to create improved versions of any travel technology app,  you name it, from OTA software to property management system apps, ready to be used in the era of the new normal.  

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AROBS business software solutions for the Romanian market and our new concept: AROBS360°

 

Business software solutions are more needed than ever.

Amid COVID-19,  business-adaptability is a must on the Romanian market. Many restaurants developed delivery, print shops are producing medical equipment and flower shops are selling on social media. When most of the resources are going to the medical system, Romania has slowed down for a couple a weeks. Hence, the most responsible actions are the ones that encourage economic activity. At the same time, these businesses are supporting civil society, keeping jobs and supporting families.

AROBS, born in Cluj-Napoca, is one of the few businesses that is 100% Romanian owned. Once again, it aligns with the need of Romanian society with all its solutions. One of the lessons learned during the lock-down is that businesses need digital tools, apps, application to survive and thrive. 

AROBS360°: all the necessary business software solutions

Therefore, we gathered all the benefits our software products for the Romanian market have to offer for small, medium and large
company. AROBS360° , our new concept was born. AROBS offers all the necessary business software solutions to grow your business. Because 365 days a year, AROBS solutions ensure the digitization of your business.

UCMS supports social distancing

The HR solutions company, UCMS is a part of the AROBS Group and it helps its clients with optimization of all HR processes through two solutions.

dp-Payroll offers the complete solution for salary payments and is constantly updated with the latest legal changes in this domain. Due to automatization, employees do not have to go to the office or the HR department for any paperwork. Also, the people in charge can send paychecks automatically to employees without any extra mailing service.

True HR is a self-service solution for employees where they can download important paperwork like absence leaves, when in need.

Read more, here.

Optimall offers free consultancy for businesses in FMCG + keeps the shelves full

In this hard period, any Romanian company that is in the FMCG industry can benefit from free consultancy from the Optimall experts. With over 16 years of experience, important know-how, and 6 solutions for business optimization, Optimal is ready to give back.

Full shelves

As consumption of food has accelerated optimization for supply management is more important than ever. Optimall automates warehouse activity, sales force, and transportation. Hence, not only businesses from this sector but the whole society benefit from this effort.

Read more in Romanian, here.

TrackGPS makes sure your package arrives at you

The most popular AROBS product contributes to your package arriving at you as fast as possible. Since most people stay at home, the demand for delivery has grown significantly. Hence, many delivery companies need to extend their fleet. The bigger the fleet the more important the tracking. TrackGPS offers the best solutions for tracking, route, and cost optimizing. It is the no. 1 fleet management solution on the Romanian market.

Free services for ambulances

TrackGPS also offers its services for free for all the state-owned ambulances in its portfolio. The over 1400 ambulances, hence, can reinvest this cost in saving lives amid COVID-19.

Find out more, here.

Alarma brings bread to your table

Alarma.ro is one of the main fleet management solutions on the Romanian market as well. With the most accurate GPS monitoring, it assures that goods arrive at the destination in safety. Given the COVID-19 pandemic transporting essential goods is even more challenging. The biggest players in the bakery sector, like Boromir, Vel Pitar, Pambac, and Șapte Spice have chosen Alarma.ro.

Next time you go out for bread, think about the people who made it all possible.

Find out more in Romanian, here.

Nabu business software solution helps you with your employees

COVID-19 has accelerated trends and mindsets regarding how we look at work. Companies that have the possibility are offering employees the opportunity to work from home. For this, they need workforce management software.

Nabu, developed based on over 20 years of experience in software development does just that. With the help of Nabu, one can easily monitor employee activity, clocking and at the same time if facilitates opportunities for progress for employees. Furthermore, with the Company pulse feature the management gets important data about the company, based on which it can make informed decisions.

The updated version will be out soon.

Software services digitize your company

Software services developed for the global markets are a catalyst to the digitization of companies of any sizes. With over 20 years of experience and expertise in industries as Automotive, IoT, Life Sciences, Travel and Hospitality, Enterprise solutions the know-how is now available for Romanian companies as well. These must align with the digitized future if they want to remain competitive.

For consultancy, read more, here.

Distribution helps local commerce

The distribution division was born out of the need to keep a part of commerce with electronic devices in the country. With the brand Smailo in the last decade, commerce with tracking devices and even beauty electronics has grown significantly.

Furthermore, through the effort of these people key hospitals in Romania will be equipped with 50 respiratory devices, strengthening the medical system in the fight against COVID-19.

Read more, here.

With software products and humanitarian actions, AROBS is actively contributing to the health of the Romanian business ecosystem. In the following weeks, many hospitals will be equipped to fight the pandemic in a collective effort of the businesses in AROBS Grup.

In tough times like this, the protection of the civil society and the business ecosystem is about #solidarity.

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The AROBS’ software development teams toolbox – part 2

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The AROBS’ software teams toolbox – part 2

After the extensive discussion about the communication tools that we published in the first part of our article, here on our blog, we will talk about the heavy-duty tools for software team management and for organizing software dev teams.

The research followed the same procedures: we simply asked our colleagues leading the teams of AROBS and wrote their answers.

Thus, we found out that the teams use a combination of Project Management software products and Integrated development environment tools.

Even though we’ve already switched massively to remote work from home, they are still building complex software engineering and development projects for global industries and clients.

The Project Management software products that made it on the list

 

Is a web-based Kanban-style list-making application, that’s a subsidiary of Atlassian. The software teams can build their task boards with various columns and move the jobs between them. Normally, columns include job statuses: To Do, In Progress, Dev-Done, UAT, Closed and completing tasks in rest of the Definition of Done (DoD). The basic steps that are necessary in organizing software development teams and completing tasks.

Trello also includes many different functionalities for work and personal use, including real estate management, software project management, college bulletin boards, lesson preparation, bookkeeping, web design, gaming (of course!), and many more.

It’s a proprietary issue monitoring product developed by Atlassian that allows pest monitoring as well as organizing development teams’ work. Jira is written in Java and uses the Pico inversion of control container, Apache OFBiz entity engine, and WebWork 1 technology stack. For remote procedure calls (RPC), Jira supports REST, SOAP, and XML-RPC. Confluence is used for content management and organized using spaces, pages and blogs. The users can write, edit and comment and finish the work together.

Is A Microsoft product that offers version control (possibly with Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git), reporting, software team management, project management (for both agile software development and waterfall teams), automatic builds, laboratory management, testing and release management capacities. It covers the whole application lifecycle and empowers DevOps capabilities. Our colleagues use it on various projects and strongly recommend it for the DevOps teams. Azure DevOps can be utilized as a backend to numerous integrated development environments (IDEs) but is tailored for Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse on all platforms.

Is provided to organizations that seek greater control over SharePoint’s behavior or design. This item is installed on clients’ IT infrastructure. It receives fewer frequent upgrades but has access to a broader set of features and customization capabilities. There are 3 variants of SharePoint Server: Standard, Enterprise, and Foundation (free) that was stopped in 2016. These servers could be provisioned as ordinary virtual/cloud servers or as hosted services. Here, me must mention the most embraced feature of them all, Office 365.

  • NABU Timesheet workforce management Applications

Nabu Timesheet is an AROBS in-house developed platform with various workforce management functionalities that you might find very useful in organizing teams during this period, and not only. It addresses different needs for different niches of business.

Time & Attendance – Having proper data will tell you all you will need to know about your teams’ use of the work time and presence. Additionally, the system will prepare all of the data for invoicing.

Performance evaluation – Give workers a clear career direction – that drives satisfaction for them and retention to the business.

Company pulse – Be the information wizard and see it all on your own. Make data-driven decisions. Confirm employee satisfaction and more. Check the pulse of your company with a couple of clicks.

Is a dispersed version-control system for monitoring changes in source code through developing software projects. It’s created for organizing developers teams, but it can also be used to monitor changes in any almost any group of documents. Its aims include speed, data integrity, and support for distributed, non-linear workflows.

  • Integrated development environment

An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that offers comprehensive facilities for development teams. An IDE normally includes at least a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger. Some IDEs contain the essential compiler, interpreter, or both. Some even offer features for database integration and special plug-ins that work with the frameworks used in the projects.

Is an integrated Development Environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer applications. It’s developed by JetBrains (previously called IntelliJ) and is available as an Apache 2 Accredited community edition and in a proprietary business edition. Both may be used for commercial growth. 

Is a cross-platform IDE primarily for internet, JavaScript and TypeScript development. Many of JetBrain’s other IDEs include the characteristic set of WebStorm through plugins. WebStorm brings you intelligent coding Help for JavaScript and compiled-to-JavaScript languages, Node.js, HTML, and CSS. It offers code completion, powerful navigation features, on-the-fly error detection, and refactoring for all these languages. This, as well as IntelliJ IDEA above mentioned have powerful support for short-cuts that help speed the development process.

Big, complex projects usually migrate to cloud applications. These are two of which that our colleagues interact on a daily basis. AWS is considered to be flexible, cost-efficient, scalable, elastic, secure and experienced.  Azure offers benefits for business of all sizes, security, reliability and performance that on-premises. They both support many other programming languages, frameworks and tools.

Nevertheless, your knowledge, experience and constant learning will add the perfect layer that makes all these tools work together.

In AROBS working in a multi-cultural environment and complex projects with teams spread around the world, has always implied using these long-distance communication tools. So, intuitively, we’ve started The Toolbox for organizing software dev teams with communication apps that have become the best channels to reach our teams and get the pulse on a daily basis.

Moreover, after getting passed the communication layer, we were introduced the more technical tools, the must-have, for our teams, in order to keep the level of productivity in the same parameters as before the self-isolation period.

We brought to your attention the most used and popular of them, as our colleagues recommended. Hopefully, they will come in handy for you, if you’re in a management crisis.

Help your team adapt to these new changes we are all facing and share these tools with them.

You can find the first part of The Toolbox here.

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