AROBS declared as a Top Web Development Company of June 2020

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AROBS declared as a Top Web Development Company of June 2020

We are proud to announce that our name has been featured in a  press release listing the Top Web Development companies of June 2020.

AROBS established itself in the last 20 years, as one of the prominent software development companies. Ever since we started our journey in 1998, we are a significant driving force in the Romanian software industry. By combining experienced software development specialists with flexible and well-tuned processes, we are able to deliver software products of high-end quality to our clientele.

Keeping up with changing times, our experts know that AROBS must mark its position in the website development arena. We invest countless hours and resources into becoming one of the most respected website development companies in the industry.

Our client-friendly approach is bringing us strong partnerships and an expanded client-base across the continent.

One of our valuable clients, GIATA, a pioneer in the travel and hospitality sectors, approached us with some complex requirements. The web development project came with its own set of challenges. Our team had to work on various layers and components and perfect new technologies like ReactJS, Kafka, and Typescript. We have the privilege of having a team that loves challenges and hence, we could overcome these challenges to build a great product.

Once the platform was built completely, it could now support larger amounts of data with a dynamic UI which is much easier to use. This acquired our client’s trust and they appreciated us for the productive solution we built for them.

“We chose to work with the AROBS team because you proved to be the qualified developers that we were looking for. We highly appreciated the ‘hands-on’ and always looking forward approach.”
Andreas Posmeck
Managing Director – GIATA Gmbh, Berlin, Germany

Our software services have always been developed around our clients’ needs.

You can find more client success stories regarding our web development projects on our case studies section.

This is the second time that TopDevelopers.co has recognized our excellence. Earlier the analysts at TopDevelopers.co listed us amongst the Top .NET development companies in the world.

We have a more than a quarter of our focus on web and software development services, which is one of the primary reasons for our success in this field. This information along with our corporate video is available on our AROBS’s profile found on Topdevelopers.co. The platform offers a good place to exhibit our specialties to our prospective clients worldwide and hence, you can always find our services, focus areas, and new services updated.

Who is TopDevelopers.co?

TopDevelopers.co is a top-notch B2B ratings and review provider. The list is prepared after in-depth research and analysis about the reliability and industry-specific parameters to address the needs of the service seekers aptly.

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Software-only in the automotive industry

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Software-only companies in the automotive industry

 

Software-only companies are entering the automotive industry. Is this the automotive future? However, there are some barriers to entry. Here are the key takeaways from Deloitte’s automotive software vision.

Amid the Covid-pandemic there has been an increase of possible scenarios about the future of the automotive industry. An industry that is so important that certain countries link a significant part of their GDP to it.

When it comes to imagining the future of the automotive industry, experts agree on at least three forces of evolution. The first is autonomous driving. The second, emission regulation and a shift towards electric vehicles. The third is the need for standardization and security.

The recent Deloitte article is analyzing future strategic options for software-only automotive companies. What changes for these companies, where is their role, and what barriers to entry do they face in the near future? Especially, now that the automotive industry is at a turning point.

The future of the automotive industry – Key takeaways

Technology companies entered the automotive industry and changed its course

The course of classic automotive player’s strategy has changes when big technology companies entered the industry. These companies introduced the concept of software-driven E/E (electric and electronic) vehicle architecture. And now the whole market is evolving with this concept soon at its core. Also, these technology companies pave the way for automotive software-only companies around the world, like software outsourcing companies, that support the biggest players in this shift. There is a need for more standardization and highly qualified talent.

Standardization is not a new concept in the automotive industry. However, keeping up with the pace of change in this competition-based industry is difficult. But the necessity is simple. Players in the industry, whether hardware or software, need to create pieces that will fit in many puzzles. This means independent applications, increased scalability, and outsourcing for third parties that have strong software engineering skills.

Ever-increasing on-board processing power and data flow capacity

New software features and products need increasing processing power. Advanced driver assistance systems, infotainment systems, head-up displays, and battery management systems all require a lot of processing power.

Furthermore, vehicle-connectivity increases as well. Plus, as vehicles level-up with autonomous driving, there is even more need for processing power.

From ECU to DCU to VC

It all started with a closed system, based on function-specific ECUs. Then their number grew with the required processing power. Now a modern vehicle has around 100 ECUs. These evolve into a few DCUs (domain-specific control units) and in the future the electronic architecture shifts toward a central or just a few domain-independent vehicle computers (VCs).

Challenges that software-only companies are facing

  • As the complexity of the industry increases so does the barrier to entry for software-only companies in this industry.
  • The shift from software embedded in hardware systems to independent software is changing the pricing approach, making providers vulnerable to the client’s perceived value of the product.
  • Big investment and a longer amortization which means higher financial risks.
  • Lack of stability and predictability in customer-requests.

These are some of the biggest challenges for software-only companies that are willing to enter the automotive industry. However, as the request for higher connectivity increases so does the need of the automotive industry for software companies.

AROBS and the automotive industry

AROBS is a software development company with a focus on automotive technology outsourcing, with over 20 years of experience. It was listed four years in a row in the Deloitte Central Europe Technology FAST 50.

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Tech cities of the future are in Romania

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Tech cities of the future are in Romania

 

Tech cities, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, and Iasi, are all main cities enlisted in the most recent study by fDi and TNW’s Tech Cities of the Future for 2020/21. AROBS, a leading technology company, has branches in all of these.

The study collected data of 76 locations analyzing five areas: Economic Potential, Innovation and Attractiveness, FDI Performance, Cost-Effectiveness, and Start-up Environment.

This study was created with the aim of mapping potential cities across Europe for business investment. Although large European cities like London, Paris, and Munich are still overall attractions, Eastern European cities are emerging at a very great speed.

Therefore, Romanian cities like Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, and the capital, Bucharest, are topping the lists in numerous categories.

Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca has a long academic history, that transformed this city into an IT hub filled with young people, smart ideas, start-ups, and foreign investment. In 2018, the city was named the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe.

Cluj, Iasi, tech cities

In the above-mentioned study, it ranks 3rd in the Top Ten Tech Cities of the Future 2020/21 – Cost-Effectiveness category.

Cluj-Napoca is also the birthplace and host of numerous IT companies. It hosts the headquarters of AROBS Transilvania Software, one of the very few competitive software development companies with 100% Romanian capital.

Iasi

Iasi is an emerging hub for software development. It’s one of the largest cities in Romania, and just as Cluj-Napoca, has an academic tradition. On the Cost-Effective Tech cities of the future 2020/21 Top Ten it ranks 2nd, ahead of Cluj-Napoca.

Iasi Cluj tech cities, technology company

The city is also home for another AROBS branch, along Suceava, Baia-Mare, Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Targu Mures, and Bucharest.

Bucharest

As the capital of Romania, it is the biggest hub for innovation and investments in the country. With its over 2 million population, it is the main attraction for foreign business.  Bucharest ranks 7th on the Top 25 European Cities of the Future – Overall, outranking cities like Barcelona or Cambridge.

Bucharest tech cities, technology company

 

Conclusion

Software development and the IT sector as a whole has accelerated the growth and attractiveness of major cities in Romania, so much so, that the 3 main cities of Romania, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, and Bucharest rank on top positions on many top-ten categories for cities of the future – as the fDi and TNW’s Tech Cities of the Future for 2020/21 confirms it.

AROBS, a Romanian technology company has teams in all these cities, enhancing the modern characteristics of these cities and actively participating in this revolutionary growth. With almost 1000 employees nationally and internationally, it has gained high expertise in industries as diverse as Automotive, IoT, Life Sciences, Enterprise Solution, and Travel&Hospitality.

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Onboarding remote developers

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Onboarding remote developers – nail it, don’t fail it

The onboarding process of new remote developers and employees has gained a special part of the entire organizational and cultural setting of a company. It defines the first impressions, and if done wisely, can increase the loyalty that the employee will develop in time, towards the company and brand. Nevertheless, switching to remote work due to the pandemic, the entire onboarding procedure of remote developers had to be restructured and readapted for the new given working set-up. At AROBS we’ve been already working with remote teams and employees for some time now on our ongoing projects and managed to adapt quickly, as soon as we faced restrictions. But how can we replace the human touch and sensory experience of walking into your new office and greeting your new peers by transposing everything into a virtual configuration?

Set-up your mindset

Always look at the process from the remote developers’ perspective. Ask yourself a set of questions that could guide you through finding new details that could help make the induction leaner:

  • What would I like to know on my first day at my new job?
  • What technical set-up do I need to actually do my job?
  • Who are the key persons that I should know and go to if needed?
  • Where do I find documents that I need to navigate through my activity?
  • What are the expectations for me in the next weeks/months?
  • What informal contexts could help me get closer to my peers?

Create an environment preview

The first indirect contact of a new remote developer with your company is the image and brand you’ve built on social media and through your website. Unexpected starting point? Agree. But think about the context. The only way we stay connected in isolation is online, and it’s not a new habit to take your daily information from social media. We read the news, search for jobs, why wouldn’t we take a look at how our future workplace is doing on social media? Especially because these channels give you the chance to show the informal part of the organization and make your brand more human, rather than the icy-blue corporation image that we’re used to expecting. Use photos, videos from training, team buildings, or even company parties to create a preview for the working environment. Hence, even though this might seem farfetched as a part of the onboarding, it could be that small preview that could make a difference for the remote developer. Make sure your branding is on point across channels, recommend in advance to your new employee to take a glimpse of your organizational culture, and the traditional “follow and like” us. That will assure connection in the long run.

Furthermore, your website should be a clear window to your activity, expertise and possibilities of a strong career path to future employees.

Provide a home office kit

Since the remote developer can’t go to the office, the office must go to him/her. The logistical matter of the process is very important, especially because the actual connection to the team is depending on it. Make sure the IT department has prepared a laptop with tools, programs, and technical detail needed for everything to run smoothly on the first day. The access to the company resources, passwords, documents is also vital, so it would be recommended that you assign an IT member to keep in touch with the new employee to ensure there are no technical issues. Go the extra mile and prepare a welcome kit with small things that create the office vibe – agenda, mug, pen, funny stickers, a t-shirt, maybe some messages written by the future teammates. Anything that adds thoughtfulness to the message – “Welcome to our team!”

All these should either be delivered to the employee, either provided in safe conditions from headquarters before day one.

Talk informal

Even if we weren’t in this pandemic situation, we all know starting a new job can create mixed feelings. We are so used to just being dragged fast-forward through standard onboarding procedures that sometimes we barely have the chance to mentally adapt. Giving the current situation, the anxiety of a new beginning can be even stronger.Take time to discuss the context. Working from home can imply roommates, children to look after, the lack of possibility to just simply ask a question to a peer.

Just showing that you are aware of the remote developers’ needs can make them feel understood and accepted. That will ease the future communication between parts and create trust, no matter the issue.

Help build relationships

The hiring manager as well as an HR member should be a constant guide for the new remote developers throughout the whole process. People are the most important part. Prior to introducing the new remote developer, the team from top to bottom should be informed about it, about his/her role, and how it will integrate into the team’s dynamic. This way, the team will have time to digest the changes and the first virtual meeting will be more relaxed. Delegate a mentor from the team. Either pick the most experimented one that is a “culture carrier” and company ambassador, either an enthusiast that will assure a positive welcoming.

Also, a list of “go-to” people within the company can be of great help – for technical matters, for HR issues, for administrative parts.

"In AROBS we have implemented the "buddy" system to ensure the onboard of the new employees is a positive and productive experience. We learned that regular one-to-one meeting between the manager and their new hires during their first weeks on the job offers comfort to the new member, as he/she knows to whom he/she can go for any difficulty they encounter. Also, for the learning part, they have a personalized plan on the product/project and the technical part. We wish to encourage their independence on the project as much as possible through this process." - Alina Sârbe, Project Manager AROBS

Draw expectations

Be clear about your expectations related to work – core hours, tasks, delivery, but also related to becoming a part of the team. Until the communication will adjust naturally, every new employee o needs to be prepared and not taken by surprise. It will help avoid misunderstandings, tensions, or any unpleasant situations that might arise. Also, don’t forget to mention that you are also human and might miss some details. That will give a realistic approach and if there will be a slip, the “damage” will be minimal.

Communicate, but don’t overdo it

Create a balance between making the new remote developer feel connected to the team and company, and giving him/her space to settle. It’s hard to reproduce the human energy you can receive in-person, but there are ways to get close to it and build the same feeling of trust. Communicate tasks and everything related to their execution, in writing, on e-mail, or through your internal management tools, so it will be easy to go back to and traceable.Use video calls as a visual layer of communication that pins down the information. The facial expressions, gestures, and all the body language that you can visualize can make a big difference in transmitting a message or task. Use them for formal meetings and also for informal coffee breaks, social talks. Include the new-comer in informal groups and encourage communication outside the job bubble.

Draw a check-in plan, but don’t slip into micro-management. Adapt your frequency to the feedback you’re receiving. The feeling of shadowing can be uncomfortable.

Document the changes

Every change you add to the onboarding process should appear afterward in the company documents and procedures. It will be valuable as a future source and will help you be prepared for other similar situations in the future. Don’t limit the documentation only to how the HR should proceed in the process, also include recommendations for team-leaders, project managers or support departments that will interact with the new employee. Think of it as a continuous flow that will obtain you the feedback you are looking for: “I feel like I’ve been working here since forever.”

Well, that might be a bit too high of an expectation, but why not pursue it?

AROBS is currently working in remote with over 950 employees. We have teams across the country, as well as beyond borders, in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Developing software with remote developers on complex projects in Travel&Hospitality, Automotive, Life Sciences&IoT, Enterprise Solutions, and more, can be challenging itself. Yet, IT outsourcing is by definition a remote option that’s cost-effective and proven to be the best choice for various business reasons. AROBS has already over 20 years of experience and expertise in building strong partnerships and connections with clients all over the world. Thus, we are prepared to create an involvement culture for our new employees, even if they are remote developers, and deliver quality work in our projects.

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Task management software expertise

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Task management software expertise – how to choose the best for your business?

 

Task management software does three main things for a business. It makes sure teams are in sync, meet deadlines, and grow productivity. Hence, it raises profit.

Teams in sync

Most of the problems teams come across are small but with a very big impact. It all comes down to organizing and communication. Two people doing the same task, not knowing the other has already started means not only useless work is done but also disappointment at the end. And disappointment is the biggest motivation killer. Moreso, when it comes to more complex projects this can lead to even failing delivery.

Then there is the issue of priorities. Everybody has different priorities influenced by their skills, worldview, and personality. A team needs to work as a living organism. Whereas if the priorities at the team level are not clear, the team cannot reach its objectives. Everybody is going to be busy working but in different directions.

Therefore, it is so essential to make sure everybody is on the same page, that the energy of the team is focused and that all the team members work in the same direction. This requires very good task management.

Meeting deadlines

It comes with a lot of frustration when the deadlines are not communicated correctly, and tasks must be done at the last minute. This brings poor work quality, inefficiency, and even more frustration. Plus, it brings the morale down. Not just for that one person responsible but for the entire team. Then there is the frustration towards the coordinator who loses grip over its team. These all lead to team erosion in a word where team cohesion is one of the most important factors for a successful delivery.

Growing productivity

Meeting deadline and being in sync boosts team morale and make their work more efficient. This leads to a growth in productivity. A well-organized team with clear objectives with a few members is much more productive than a chaotic team with many members. In a smaller but well-organized team there is full use of the team members’ full potential and skills. There is no use to have a senior on your team if you do not use its know-how. It is no use to have a talented designer on your team if you do not offer him/her challenging projects. Having people use their talents and potential brings a higher retention rate, which means less money spent on training new people.

Hence, once again, it is all about good organizing. And a task management software does exactly this.

What does a task management software do?

A task management software facilitates organization so that teams work at their full potential. Also, it is one of the most important tools for coordinators at any level. They can diagnose problems in the workflow with ease, can have a clear sense of the project’s development, and can intervene in time to assure the project’s success. It also helps them in focusing their energy on strategic decisions.

Since the benefits are great, there is a lot of demand for apps for task management. Hence, there are many products companies can choose from.

Atlassian

One of the greatest creators in this area is Atlassian. With task management tools that are globally popular as Jira or Trello, they are one of the leaders of facilitating a new mindset over what work is.

Task management software Atlassian  

Source: Atlassian website

Adaptability is the key to survival. Hence, Atlassian, recognizing that the way we look at work has changed is embracing the freedom of team members when creating their products. The innovation is in the mindset. It is a team-first.

Unlike classical task management apps where there is a fixed product and teams using it must adapt their work to the tool, Atlassian task management tools work the other way around. The teams have the freedom to work as it is most comfortable to them, then the tool will adjust to their needs.

Find out more about these products, here.

Rindle

Rinde created in collaboration with the AROBS teams. As a product, it differentiates itself from classic task management software through automation. While its design is super simple and intuitive it helps users with its automated processes.

Task management Rindle   

Source: Rindle website

With the use of boards, team members can follow multiple simultaneous projects with ease. Adding rules, coordinators can create workflows to automate processes. This enhances collaboration and at the same time, it makes sure the job is done.

Special triggers help to design the whole process of a project from the start when the management negotiates deadlines. With the help of these triggers, processes are activated, and the project goes on autopilot. All that remains to be done is the execution.

When it comes to more complex projects, a great challenge is having repetitive tasks on multiple projects. With the mirroring feature of Rindle, one can have one task on multiple projects synced in real-time. This saves a lot of time and energy because team members don’t have to copy or duplicate tasks.

Find out more about Rindle, here.

Monday

While Monday seems to be the least popular day in the Gregorian calendar, Monday.com is one of the best management software out there.

Task management app Monday

Source: Monday website

It is integrative with other popular tools that are widely used at work like Slack, Zoom, calendars, or different spreadsheets. Hence, the user can keep all the work in one place. This is always an advantage, especially when the variety of tools used to get work going are so diverse that there is a real danger people spend more time managing tasks than actually doing them.

Top companies like Uber, Hulu, and eBay are using this app to make work more efficient.

Task management software expertise

All new task management software and apps are adapted to the real needs of the modern workflow. With intuitive design and simple interfaces, all these are in the competition for maximized usability.

The simpler they are to use the more work is in the background of creating them. With entire global teams working on these to adapt and constantly test them only a few of these tools become an international success.

However, in the context of this pandemic drastically changing the way we work, these tools become even more popular and eventually essential. The dawn of remote work is upon us globally and any mid or big size company needs a task management software. Furthermore, even small companies recognize the importance of these in their everyday activity.

In AROBS there are specialized teams with experience in creating task management apps. Using the company’s over 20 years of global experience in software development and mixing it with talented professionals working with the latest programming languages the apps created are of international success.

NABU

For a tool that enhances motivation, creating a career path for every member of a company while keeping track of their work, check out AROBS’s very own Nabu.

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Workforce management software NABU

It is currently handling the data of almost 1000 employees.

While innovation moves towards customization, the experience of the individual becomes very important.

The future will be customized.

Choose your software developer partner wisely.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Team cohesion and productivity tips

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Team cohesion and productivity during the remote-work era of the new normal

 

Team cohesion is hard when all your team members are working remotely. And most of the organizations in the European Union are working remotely during these times, plus the percentage shortly will grow even further. This is the case of our teams, as well.

We love to talk, to share, to laugh, to spend time together, to create. This hasn’t changed in the era of remote work either. Even though we are all at home, we connect via video or chat.

Still, there is a big question about any real shift in this new era of normal

What do we do about the feelings of belonging to a community, a group, a team? How do we keep being productive and which tools we use during the new era of #WFH?

We wrote this article in order to answer all these questions. So, this is the #AROBS way of working remotely and still being a team.

Team cohesion makes the dreamwork

Here are some tips that we tried out that can be of great use for you and your team.

We established a routine

We start our mornings with a call. A video call is mandatory since it is very important to see each other’s reactions. We start with setting priorities for the day and check if anyone needs help in implementing an idea. Also, this is the best way for brainstorming, since COVID-19 has thrown us into the new normal.

We created a structure

Hence, we make these video-calls only in the morning, and especially at the start of the week. The rest of the day is saved for implementation. Also, since you need to unplug at the end of the day it is very important to set up a certain place in your apartment for working. This way you can physically distance yourself from it at the end of the day, which helps you mentally distance yourself. All these help you stay balanced, which will ultimately make you more productive.

We move around

Though you work in one place, it is recommended to move around when on breaks. Do some exercise. Trust us, it not only makes you healthier but more cheerful. Also, it strengthens your immune system, which is a great plus in this COVID-19 pandemic.

We reduced stress

There is a lot of newly found stress that comes with all these new challenges . These need extra effort to adapt to, so be more understanding. Prepare yourself mentally to focus only on the things that really matter, whether it comes to your colleagues, whether it comes to you.

We continue to be connected

Since we know each other pretty well, it is much easier to work together. However, talking about tasks-only will be exhausting in the long run. Hence, we share our moods, and things that happened with us the other day. We talk about what we prepared last night or where can you find fresh vegetables brought to your doorstep. (Again, the times we live in.)

We build trust

We started this a long time ago. And now we need to continue it. Building trust is the hardest and the most necessary. You need time and consistency for it. There is no shortcut. We are there for one another. By checking in, consulting each other, by a  mechanism where ideas are detached from people and are being valued for their worth. Meaning, just because you had a bad idea, doesn’t mean you are worthless. It means that the idea was not one of the greatest. But by having a network where you can honestly express your ideas, thoughts, and worries – you build trust.

We are friendly

And always, always, always – be friendly. There are studies that even sheep when made to choose between a person that smiles and one that doesn’t, they choose the ones that smile. It is not rocket science, if you are friendly, you open up, and that also opens the other person up. And that is fertile ground for collaboration.

So how come we need tips for remote work? Does it really change the way we interact? What is the downside of it?

Remote teamwork changes the way we interact

Unplugging

According to a study by The State of Remote work, published in 2019, the most struggling thing about working remotely is unplugging after the work hours are over. Of course, we need to consider that this report was published before the outbreak of the current COVID-19 pandemic and since our lives have already drastically changed.

Loneliness

The second worry is about loneliness. Today, more than ever before. It is not just that you work far from your team, chances are you are also away from your family. Whether you are doing this to protect them or to protect society, spending a lot of time without human contact is hard.

Communication

The third is about communication. Communication is a tough one even in normal times. Many studies show that communication is the key to a successful project and the main reason for the ones that fail. Now, the fact that we are not close to each other physically, it makes things even harder. Especially, when you need quick decision-making and very fast implementation.

And communication is complicated, isn’t it? Part of the productivity challenge of WFH (work from home) comes from the loss of basic human connection that you have with your colleagues, your team and others from throughout your company. Interpreting a mail’s tone versus talking to that person face-to-face is quite different. Then there is the whole package of non-verbal communication.

However, modern tools like emojis and gifs are here to help. We use them often in our internal communication to complete a written message.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is indeed challenging to be teleported to this new normal of remote work. We all need to find our balance. To stay productive and connected at the same time. If you find your own way of adapting to this, you’ll be able to play a positive role in transforming corporate culture for the new virtual era.

Be disciplined and organized during this crisis and benefits will come. Who knows, we might find a new appreciation for everything.

Also, when you have a bigger team, and you need team management you should consider using workforce management software, like NABU. These kinds of tools help you focus on what is really important, the people.

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