The CITCON experience 2016

What is CITCON?

CITCON or the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference is a world-wide series of free Open Spaces events for developer-testers, tester-developers and anyone else with an interest in this subject.

This conference brings together people from every corner of the software development industry to discuss Continuous Delivery and the practices (e.g. Continuous Integration and Testing) that go along with it.
This includes everything from Test Driven Development to Continuous Deployment, from code metrics to post-release monitoring. Attendees include developer-testers, tester-developers, devops and other people looking for cross-functional solutions to make software better!

We were there!
Colleagues from Pentalog had the opportunity to join the 11th European Edition of this event, which took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, alongside attendants from countries such as: Finland, UK, Hungary, Croatia, Germany, US etc. They’ll be taking you

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Mobile FastTrack, Brasov 2016

Mobile technologies are changing the way we interact with the world. Everyday there are thousands of new people and services joining this complex entity worldwide. Pursuing this idea, a strong and active mobile community is the right way to go when you work in IT!

The first weekend of April brought together a group of passionate developers that managed to learn, share ideas and today, as a result, is able to innovate. The output of this endeavour was Mobile Fast Track, an event that combined two very different ideas: competition and knowledge sharing. A total of 38 colleagues from Iasi, Chisinau, Bucuresti and Brasov joined their coding forces in order to discover the mobile world in a fun and challenging environment.

Saturday morning we kicked off the event with knowledge and experience sharing covering the

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Winter is coming for startups… Smart offshore outsourcing reduces burn rate and enhances execution speed

This is not a news anymore. Grey clouds have overwhelmed the permanently blue sky of Silicon Valley and fast expands over East Coast and Europe. Journalists have been pouring articles about failing ventures into the columns of gazettes from everywhere.

VCs started to predict a severe downturn, just hoping that some of the unicorns will reincarnate at least in smartmules. It is what it is, investors only bet on miracles.

Well, the worst is never certain and it seems that very early stage funding activity resists as of now. Later B and C series as well as urgent bridges seem to be more affected than seed and Series A. But we need minimum to end up with the 2 first quarters of the year to derive a tendency for 2016 and 2017. If finally

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3 ingredients and 1 challenge that made BEST Hackathon awesome

As a rule of thumb hackathons are always an excellent opportunity to learn new stuff, get out of your comfort zone, get hands-on with new technologies, meet awesome people with whom generating great ideas becomes so much fun!

We, at Pentalog, have plenty of experience organizing hackathons, but we have to admit that the latest hackathon we got involved in, made us work hard and accomplish quite a lot from the time we accepted to support BEST Chisinau and till the official event closing. The final moments of the hackathon, helped us get over the fact that we were exhausted (and believe us we weren’t the only ones!) and brought us the pride of having spread our values: to share the knowledge, to provide valuable content and contribute to the IT specialists’ growth.

Our biggest

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Agilizza: the easiest way of being Agile…at least in Boston!

Being Agile has never been easier. Pentalog’s Office in US organizes meetings in Boston, MA. They are called Agilizza. Learn more about these very special…and agile…events!

Being Agile

Does Agile sound familiar to you? How meaningful are Agile approaches to you in your everyday business life? How do you increase your agility, how do you share your agility skillset?

Imagined by Chris Hote

Based in Boston ,MA, Pentalog US VP Chris Hote imagined recurring events, as friendly as personal meetings. These recurring events are known as Agilizza.
Agilizza is the contraction of Agile and Pizza. They are a series of events focusing on sharing pragmatic hints with startups and SMB managers so they can act with more agility in an open-minded manner.

An enjoyable learning and motivating experience

Thus Agilizza is a way of sharing

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The amazing experience of a hackathon


Since the first use of this concept to the day, hackathons have provided a really powerful vehicle for getting new people into the tech world. They are the perfect opportunity to dive in and learn a ton. It doesn’t matter how basic or advanced your skills are, a hackathon will always be a great place to learn something new.

Still having a hard time believing in all the advantages a hackathon brings? Here’s what people who took part in such events think:

A hackathon is an ideal opportunity for enthusiasts that would like to develop their coding abilities, algorithmic skills and software design skills that can be further transformed into commercial products and services. Following the coding marathon you have the opportunity to find out new programming best practices, principles and paradigms. You can

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6 solid reasons to attend hackathons

“What is all this buzz surrounding hackathons and why should I attend one?”
If the above question ever popped in your head, and you happen to be a an IT enthusiast, then we’re happy to tell you – you’re in the right place!

In recent years, hackathons have experienced a significant growth in number and uptake across the globe.

There are different types of hackathons, usually characterized by a marathon-like process of intense concentration and work, all boiling down to the same aim: designing a simple solution for a complex problem in a limited amount of time.

You might think “OK, this sounds stressful!” but think about it, whenever evolution/innovation happened it always emerged out of a stressful context. The time constraints of hackathons force you learn to solve problems fast and focus on what’s

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Leverage your prime IT offshore nearshore with Yourshore #Romania #Vietnam #Moldova

Yourshore is the white label of Pentalog that can help IT services companies and web agencies around the world create their own Offshore/Nearshore solutions.

Now that Pentalog is increasingly emerging as a multiservice digital platform going from online assessment of IT skills to startup funding and to consulting, we decided to implement a white label program for all IT services companies and agencies interested in creating an Offshore or Nearshore centre.

I’m a little late on this announcement although our subsidiary Yourshore is operational for a while now. Youshore is your Nearshore or Offshore operation in three countries that are perfectly suited to your strategy: Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Vietnam.

In the last few years, we launched two similar operations in test mode: one with the Ausy Group with which we created a

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Launching of Pentalog.com new website: Contest is done. Result is out!

New Pentalog.com website was launched on December 2015, and Pentalog decided to run a Twitter contest. Pentalog is proud to announce the results for this special competition.
Congratulations to Nabil Benfadel, a young French entrepreneur.
Nabil has a strong start-up spirit and already participated in French Tech Loire Valley‘s events. We are very happy that he could benefit from this operation.

 

You were dozens participating to this contest and Pentalog would like to thank you all. We had people from London, Boston and all kinds of profiles (moms, marketers, developers…even contests addicts!).

How did we manage this contest?

Pentalog chosed LikeABird as partner. For the managing of this contest we used specifically Like A Bird APPS, a strong tool to manage contests on social media.

Our teams were satisfied

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Pentalog, career builder: myth or reality?

Many of us are excellent in their thoughts and experience. What are the key factors that trigger our professional growth? In my opinion, the most important role belongs to a reliable professional partner who offers a challenging growth environment, which has a professional community willing to share and support growing talents, who has a huge experience in carrier plan definition and who has excellence in guiding the professional growth.

At the beginning of this year, let’s do a retrospective of our contribution to the ATIC community and to the career of our colleagues during 2015.

  • January.

    We started the year in the Guepard style: moving fast to the scope. Our ambitious people expanded their knowledge with Android and Selenium experience – 5 hands-on trainings with coaches.

  • February.

    We continue the year with another exceptional training:

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7 problems, 8 teams, 5 hours, 1 Hackathon @ Pentalog Moldova

Wikipedia says “Hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects”.

This is the most classical definition, and is very similar to what we do in the IT sector on daily bases. In the same time, it is good to train the set of skills that is not bothered by your daily JIRA tasks. You are asking yourself, what am I going to talk about ? Before I answer that question, I suggest you, to take a minute and make the list of 5 skills that are in list of ‘non-bothered’. Hopefully you have the ‘algorithmic mindset‘ skill on your list, if

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Startups: Historically, all bubbles come up from a sudden rise in the level of idiocy

Let’s be clear: I’m not a bringer of bad news. I strongly believe that the digital world is turning everything upside down. It is even snatching away key players’ most precious asset from them: their clients.

I cannot bring up this subject without putting things into perspective. For me, there’s no technology bubble or usage reinvention bubble. The only bubble threatening my environment is the one represented by the startup environment market, I mean including this abundance of rather average offers for acceleration, co-working spaces, VCs and especially BAs, government aid, students and their schools, books, etc.

Basically, if you’re 20 and you’re not an entrepreneur, you’ve failed at life. If you’re not a BA by 50, then you’d better shoot yourself down.

In the beginning, I used to love the surge in entrepreneurial intentions

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