It is well known that a good education is a main pillar for the future of any society. Moreover, redesigning the educational systems around innovation and entrepreneurship could prove to be a long-term solution which will get us out of the difficult economical situation that most of the countries are facing. The story that I will share with you today is exactly about these three magic words: innovation, education and start-ups. And this is how it goes.
What if teachers worldwide would have a very intuitive tool that helps them take a snapshot of the students’ performance? What if this is made by using technology like tablets or smartphones which are accessible to everyone nowadays? What if this tool was created by creative thinkers who are passionate about education and want to deliver the best
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When reading the article headline I’m pretty much sure most of you will be thinking that Boston and its lobsters swept me off my feet and consider me a day dreamer who would better return to his Château des Hauts in France before losing his marbles. But I will stick to my guns writing this article. I will nevertheless not go further than this as other companies must probably have taken the same path and exceeded our operations in volume. I really have been thinking it through and discussing with specialists: over the years, Pentalog has become the world’s no. 1 startup incubator! And I am just about to tell you why. One of Boston’s finest experts in charge of conducting one of the world’s biggest startup competitions shares my view, as well as
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Following the audits conducted in our Orléans headquarters, and Brasov and Sibiu delivery centers, the Afnor auditors confirm our ISO certification!
The audit allowed them to identify many strong points, which highlight:
- a rich prospecting and customer-focused system based on a rather exhaustive process that is constantly evolving,
- high level activities regarding recruitment, collaborator integration and training, which is seldom a characteristic of other companies,
- diverse and evolving tools implemented to support our processes,
- real and visible activities of continuous improvement, which allow us to achieve better results with less effort.
But this year 2 observations have also been raised for the first time. They highlight some gaps we had already found during the internal audits and to which the auditors wanted to draw our attention:
Read more « ISO: we maintain our certification but with 2 observations »
- the first one concerns the lack
Believe it or not, recent studies show most SMEs have never heard about SEPA! This clearly indicates how little has been said about this topic, not to mention the obvious lack of concern of some companies. But what makes them so resistant to change? This project is remarkable from so many points of view and brings real progress at both technical and functional level.
What does SEPA mean?
SEPA (“Single Euro Payments Area”) is a European project dedicated to the changeover to euro coins and banknotes. The main purpose is to homogenize the means of payment in the Euro Area: the same protocols and formats.
As of February 1, 2014, this new format – available since 2008 and based on EBICS (IP protocol using XML messages through the HTTPS standard) protocols
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After having recently met the President of Syntec (French Federation of Consulting Engineering Firms), I cannot stop thinking about the continuous drop in revenues registered by the traditional IT services companies, also confirmed by a drop in their sales figure. This is particularly surprising in the context of the high pressure exerted by digital innovation at international level. Both software editors and human resources are overbooked in most countries worldwide. Nevertheless, the underlying causes are deeper than they first appear.
I have also noted, among other things, how the generalization of Agile methods can profoundly change the client-provider relationships in software or web development activities. Working closely with software publishers and web companies in particular, Pentalog has already engaged on this path for several years now.
Whoever has implemented or monitored the Agile projects
Read more « How Agile and Kanban methods favor re-insourcing and offshoring and turn traditional IT services companies into transit areas for new market entrants »
Sie haben sich bereits prinzipiell dafür entschieden, Ihre Projekte auszulagern und z.B. in Rumänien entwickeln zu lassen, um auf hervorragend ausgebildete rumänische Software-Entwickler zurückgreifen zu können in Kombination mit einem eindeutigen Kostenvorteil gegenüber Deutschland. Fragen Sie sich nun, bevor Sie diesen Schritt endgültig gehen, ob Ihre Meilensteine auch mit Sicherheit gehalten werden, denn Sie haben von einer höheren Fluktuation in Rumänien und Moldawien im Vergleich zu Deutschland gehört?
Wie meistens im Leben kommt es darauf an, vorausschauend zu planen. Wenn man folgende Punkte bei der Projektdurchführung berücksichtigt, unterscheidet sich die Planungssicherheit nicht von Projekten, die in Deutschland durchgeführt werden. Pentalog unterhält nicht ohne Grund Niederlassungen in 5 rumänischen Städten und einem moldawischen Standort. Die örtlichen Gegebenheiten unterscheiden sich und Pentalog ist stolz darauf, Sie bei der Wahl des für Sie am besten geeigneten Standortes
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Rue de la Paye is one of the French leaders on the online payment operations outsourcing market. The company has about 50 employees located across 3 sites (Vichy, Paris and Bucharest) and 5000 customers.
The agreement signed by the Parties stipulates that, in exchange for shares, Pentalog will transfer a Technical Manager to Rue de la Paye and will fund a significant part of its IT activities in the next few years. Therefore, Frédéric Lasnier and Eric Gouin will provide Rue de la Paye with their experience, as well as with new strategic options by becoming members of the company’s committees.
For Pentalog, this operation implies much more than a simple participation. Rue de la Paye is an important step towards the extension of the Group’s Cloud strategies, which have attracted the management’s
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Is IT reshoring the new buzzword on the ITO market? Although not common yet at global level, the concept of IT reshoring, meaning when companies decide to bring back home their IT activities (mostly outsourced to India), is becoming a real trend. Daimler, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, American Express are just some examples of companies that decided it’s more viable to bring IT operations back to the U.S. from India: “We want better control over our IT activities to remain competitive”. Some leaders also evoked a so-called “patriotic choice”, but I believe that the reasons they resort to reshoring are actually more practical than that.
In practice, the related constraints – cultural gap, language problems, different time zones, wage inflation, turnover – can sometimes happen to make an offshore outsourcing operation a less positive
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