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Pentalog becoming a WW nearshoring operator with its new South American facilities

Pentalog has made its decision to launch his first ops in South America by the beginning of 2015. The final place is not yet cleary defined. But the skill indicators meet to our expectations as well as the customers’ demand for South American engineering has been proven for Monica and me.

With that decision Pentalog is becoming part of the very exclusive club of IT consulting companies with facilities on all best coding spots of the world except India (Romania in the EU, Moldova in former USSR, Vietnam and Latin America).

This mix guarantees our customers a best in class technology provision together with a unique combination of time zones. They will benefit from a time shift range reduced down to 0-4 hours max, making Pentalog a WW agile enabler under the best

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IT outsourcing companies: Indian quality ranking much higher than that of Western competitors

According to a survey of 3,700 clients, Indian IT services companies wipe out their European competitors in terms of quality, turning offshore delivery into a superior model. Are you surprised? I’m not, and neither are those working at the core of long distance projects…

The European study conducted by Whitelane Research reveals two things about the quality of IT outsourcing companies. The most striking-one refers to the ranking domination by the Indian providers that monopolize the first 3 positions and occupy a total of 6 out of the first top 10 positions. The second-one is that France occupies 6 positions out of the 22 listed, coming third after the Americans and Indians, but way ahead of European competitors. British and German providers seem to be lagging behind as far as quality is concerned.

I will

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Viable alternatives to reshoring

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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Developing for Android requires more testing than for iOS!

As I pointed out in my previous article, the need to be actively present on the mobile market is more than obvious. In the United States, Android continues to make progress with 51.7% on the American smartphone sales market (according to Kantar Wordpanel Comtech) compared to 41.4% registered by iOS and 5.6% by Windows. This difference is even more striking at European level with 70.4% of Android smartphones (also according to Kantar Wordpanel ComTech).

In 2013, Android runs on 867 million devices across all platforms (Smartphones and tablets), and it is expected to reach 1 billion in 2014. Given such figures, it becomes almost mandatory to create or port your application to Android.

These devices are created under many different models. They vary in display size, processing power, communication capabilities

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What’s the difference between offshore, nearshore and onshore?

We’re talking about one of the Google searches that most frequently lead to our Pentablog. That is why, after so many years, we considered it was about time to write a short article on this topic.

In the 90′s, when the Offshore term first appeared in the IT field, it used to cover indistinctly any form of services production that was outsourced in a different country for reasons related to costs or labour market tightness. This word was equally associated to coast oil drilling and to tax havens, that is territories where certain taxes are levied at a low rate or not at all.

At that time, the countries considered to be offshore were mainly India, a small part of Eastern Europe and Rusia. Later on, as the Internet access became more and more

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How to reduce the integration costs of an embedded software by more than 50%?

This is the challenge that Pentalog took up with its Embedded Systems offer for a major player on the telephony market.

The industrial companies are prepared to entrust nearshore partners such as Pentalog with the validation before production, testing, integration and design of their electronic products … in order to maintain their focus on product innovation and cutting costs.

The characteristics of an Embedded project from innovation to production (embedded system

What are the specific features of embedded development? What are Pentalog’s strong points? What do the industrial companies have to gain from outsourcing? In order to find answers to these three questions, I will tell you a few words about the setting-up of the Pentalog Delivery Center in Sibiu, Romania.

Quality comes first

First of all, the main feature of

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Offshore product testing: the statement of a Pentalog client

Anevia, a solution and service provider for interactive TV and video on demand (VoD) on different supports (TV, computers, mobile telephones) has entrusted Pentalog with the industrialization of its product testing process with the aim of optimizing quality while reducing costs. Since 2009, a dedicated team of 5 persons from our Vietnam-based offshore delivery center has been in charge of these activities.

François Gombault, Professional Services Manager at Anevia, has given us more insights:

Pentalog: Why have you decided to outsource your project?

F. Gombault: We have resorted to an outsourcing company in order to gain  immediate expertise with  product testing and software testing, skills that already existed inside our company, but which required full-time specialists. We had to build up a dedicated team and outsourcing made it possible within a very short

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Pentalog in Boston

After a two-week-trip on the West coast of the U.S (see articles here and here), Pentalog has been reconsidering the idea of a new destination. This time we are planning a trip to the East coast, to Boston (April 30th – May8th 2013).

Capital of the state of Massachusetts, Boston is among the top 10 most economically powerful cities in the world (see table, source McKinsey Global Institute, May 2012).
Boston is a famous higher education center with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering and technological education and research (Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, Boston University). This city is the second technological cluster after California’s Silicon Valley, a complete ecosystem ready to adopt and promote the emerge of products, services and innovative business models.
We consider Boston as a possible destination to

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Relocation, tax spoliation… just of few thoughts concerning the demagogues from all walks of life

In these election times, in France as well as in the USA, this is a popular word. Easy to use and definitely catchy, it reconciles the extreme left, the extreme right, the extreme center and the elderly. It works almost on its own! There is a risk involved, meaning the potential for a lot of foolish economic decisions, but in general politicians and journalists tend not to care about it.

For example, we systematically forget to say that, when an Indian company orders 127 Airbus planes (which will bring 10 billion to the South-West of France and Northern Germany), this happens because there are more and more Indians who can fly due to earning higher incomes. Of course we want to sell these Airbus planes to them! But it would be even better if the

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IT offshore press review week 09/2012

Word of the week: mobility. Today is the first day of Pentalog‘s first participation in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch!

- How mobile, BYOD and younger workers are reinventing IT (February 24, 2012, Computer world)
- Industry giants unite to launch new web-based smartphone tech (February 27, 2012, IT Pro)
- Heads of finance hate big-bang IT projects (February 24, 2012, Computer weekly)
- Your IT career: Making time for continuing education and career development (February 26, 2012, IT World)
- China’s software, IT services industry hits US$292B (February 27, 2012, ZDNet Asia)
- Developers say Android has room for improvement (February 27, 2012, ZDNet Asia)
- Where to Outsource to: Eastern Europe or Asia? (February 27, 2012, ITO News)
- Berechtigungen und

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Situation and perspectives in the Arab world: What are the opportunities for France? – The Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce (National Assembly on January 23)

Last Monday, together with Guy, my father, I attended a fascinating conference at the National Assembly, on this Arab spring which looks down on the change of seasons, as it began almost a year ago (in the middle of winter). The crazy events in this area took place exactly at a time when Pentalog (IT services company) was finally considering entering this new culture.
Everybody is thinking of the fall of Gaddafi, so easily achieved in the end. One may wonder why nobody did it at the time of UTA’s DC10 or of Lockerbie. There were even more legitimate reasons to act in those days, as there were real acts of war against the West. At the same time last year, who would have thought that NATO would declare war on Libya several

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Offshore and nearshore IT services company: Online estimate generator no longer available on the Pentalog site

It was indeed one of the key functions of the Pentalog Group‘s website galaxy and one of our main differentiating aspects in the context of the transparency policy introduced in 2008 with our first free download services catalog. Nothing is ever perfect, but we have thus unified our pricing practices, and pricing on a case-by-case basis, as all consultancy and outsourcing businesses usually do, has never been practiced by Pentalog.

We are equally aware of the fact that, thanks to this practice, we have brought our contribution to structuring offshore prices in Europe, North Africa and the Far East. Many of our competitors used this system to check their prices and adapt them according to the scale of our IT outsourcing company. In this respect, we have played a special commercial

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