Monthly Archives: May 2012

Guidance offer for research tax credit. Must IT and consulting companies be significantly renewed?

Following the reaction on the internet generated by my post about the abuse on research tax credit that some IT companies are practicing, we were wondering, here in Pentalog, on the manner in which we could best help French contractors in their R&D activities that are eligible for CIR.
Given that by now we know very well how the mechanism works, that we are endowed with a state-of-the-art technical management and with one of the most acknowledged potential business partner, a commercial offer by Pentalog on the research tax credit is underway.

There are two logical aspects to be considered as an intellectual service provider: the absorption of the research tax credit in Pentalog R&D (which would actually absorb the fiscal risk of the client) and the classical approach as a certified provider.

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IT offshore press review week 22/2012

It’s a new week, it’s a new IT offshore press review!

- Massive Layoffs at HP Make for IT Outsourcing Identity Crisis (May 24, 2012, CIO)
- Panel: Future CIOs Will have Careers Blending Non-Tech Roles with Traditional IT Duties (May 23, 2012, CIO)
- Japan robot lab readies second prototype for work at crippled nuclear reactor (May 25, 2012, Computer world)
- Why utility is the new ROI for IT projects (May 25, 2012, Computer weekly)
- Spinning off IT dept makes biz sense, but carries risk (May 24, 2012, ZDNet Asia)
- 10 Skills, die CIOs brauchen (May 27, 2012, Computer woche)
- Vier Tipps für den erfolgreichen Einsatz von Cloud Services (May 25, 2012, IT Business)

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IT offshore press review week 21/2012

The main subject was Facebook IPO trading, so we begin this IT offshore press review with this article:

- Reports: Nasdaq Admits Technical Bugs Affected Facebook IPO Trading (May 20, 2012, CIO)
- Offshore Suppliers: Beware of Hidden Costs (May 21, 2012, CFO News)
- Facebook Buys Mobile E-commerce App Karma (May 18, 2012, CIO)
- CIOs Don’t Need to Be Business Leaders (May 18, 2012, CIO)
- Twitter jumps on Do Not Track bandwagon (May 18, 2012, Computer world)
- Consumerization trend creates IT worries, worker benefits (May 18, 2012, Computer world)
- Refer.ly: recommending products for personal profit (May 16, 2012, IT World)
- Cloud meets hardware: The inevitable merger (May 18, 2012, ZDNet)
- Security Think Tank: Outsource only run-of-the-mill security functions (May 21, 2012, Computer weekly)
- Ohne Sicherheit bleibt die

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IT offshore press review week 20/2012

Have you ever wondered what are the 5 outsourcing trends to watch? Smaller deals, new pricing models, multi-sourcing wranglers, increased focus on security and cloudsourcing. Welcome to the new IT outsourcing press review!

- 5 outsourcing trends to watch (May 10, 2012, IT World)
- Facebook proposes more changes to privacy policy (May 11, 2012, Computer World)
- Update: Thompson is out as Yahoo CEO (May 13, 2012, Computer World)
- The 24/7 CIO: Are you really open for business? (May 10, 2012, IT World)
- Inflation negates growth in average IT pay (May 8, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- ’10 years’ before Asia’s biz security catches up to US (May 8, 2012, ZDNet Asia)
- India to set up tech acquisition fund (May 14, 2012, ZDNet Asia)
- Budget, internal resources pivotal in

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One (or two) Pentastock festivals in 2013?

Pentalog has taken the decision to celebrate its 20 years of existence. All those who took part in Pentastock 2010, celebrating 10 years of Pentalog in Romania and 5 years of Pentalog in the Republic of Moldova, remember this extraordinary and boisterous party preceded by a double concert of Bere Gratis and Iris for us only. This first festival brought together about 250 Pentalogians from the Balkans.
20 years ago, almost to the day, the first Pentalogians, still at the University of Orleans at the time, were feverishly preparing to embark on the adventure of their lives (but, I must admit, we weren’t aware of this back then).

During the seminar in Orleans, we announced all the managers that we have decided to start organizing a new Pentastock festival which will

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IT offshore press review week 19/2012

5 tips to attract startup funding; How to rescue your data in the cloud; Facebook IPO will not be derailed; and other subjects in today’s IT offshore press review.

- Crowdsourcing game helps diagnose infectious diseases (May 5, 2012, Computer World)
- Facebook IPO won’t be derailed, analysts say (May 4, 2012, Computer World)
- Java creator: Fears over consequences of possible Oracle trial win may be overblown (May 2, 2012, Computer World)
- Why great companies die – repeatedly – and is Microsoft next? (May 2, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- Forrester: Innovation In Outsourcing Relationships (May 7, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- Emerging markets: The future home of IT spend? (May 5, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- Hostage Crisis in the Cloud: Can You Rescue Your Data? (May 6, 2012, CIO)
- Outsourcing Contracts and Negotiations

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Are French IT companies prejudicing the research tax credit and their customers?

One of the best specialists offering tax assistance to companies told me not very long ago that many French IT companies were not skimping on using the research tax credit, often advised to do so by supposedly specialized cabinets, which are in fact second-rate ones. Consequently, in 2008, 2009 and 2011, which were years of deep crisis, this consultancy received a very high number of requests to actually convert the bench time in research tax credit. Of course, the company rejected them when they turned out not to be genuine research initiatives. This precious resource for many companies must not be prejudiced through such technicalities!

And there is even worse. A number of clients not using their research tax credit for the projects they outsource are not aware that

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Join Pentalog at Solutions Linux Open Source from 19th to 21st of June at the CNIT in Paris La Défense

The Linux Open Source trade show will take place from 19th to 21st of June at the CNIT in Paris La Défense. This 14th edition of the European trade show dedicated to Linux and Open Source will offer its visitors several novelties among which the creation of an Open Source Court, a recruitment space and the Ping-Win Awards. But it is also, above all, an information and exchange space for discovering new releases in the free software world with professionals and communities contributors.

As a European player very committed to setting up Open Source solutions for its clients, Pentalog will participate for the first time in this trade show as exhibitor. Sophie Lelarge, Mickael Hiver, Cornel Fatulescu and myself look forward to welcoming you at our stand, D2,

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