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In-depth Research on Agriculture Technology Ecosystems Has Been Released by Intellias


Intellias has released its recent whitepaper on the acute topic of “Sustainable Agriculture: From Tech Solutions to Ecosystem” in the light of the global challenges imposed to farmers and agricultural companies looking for a brand-new technological approach to digital farming.

Based on in-depth research, this whitepaper examines proven agricultural technologies and how to combine them into a unified ecosystem that enables farmers to move toward sustainable agricultural practices.

Intellias research provides valuable insights for agribusinesses and technology companies operating in the agricultural industry:

● A clear and explanatory timeline of agricultural technologies demonstrating what has led to the current digital transformation in agriculture
● A detailed and schematic overview of the global challenges farmers and agribusinesses will face in the near future and that are driving them to adopt digital technologies
● A comprehensive list of technology solutions by global AgriTech providers that enables farmers to improve their business operations and their work in the field
● A guide for agribusinesses and technology companies on how to unite separate digital solutions into a borderless ecosystem that provides a new path to sustainable and profitable agriculture
● Research backed by quotes from industry leaders, agricultural surveys, data-driven reports, and real-life use cases

This research addresses the importance of sustainability in light of global climate changes and a growing demand for food and highlights the vital role of digital technologies in solving complex challenges farmers and growers are facing today.

To support sustainable agricultural practices, independent solutions are not enough. Such solutions can solve particular needs farmers are experiencing today; but in the face of severe upcoming challenges, agribusinesses require complex solutions that can unite the benefits of all possible technologies.

As noted in the whitepaper, 41.3% of respondents lack knowledge about actions and measures that can be taken to make agriculture more sustainable. The aim of Intellias’ research is to bridge that gap and show how technology enables sustainability.

The first part of the whitepaper focuses on analyzing factors holding back farming operations and investigating ways that technologies can mitigate the most severe of those factors. In this part of the whitepaper, agribusinesses will get acquainted with customer personas of farmers, learn their needs, and recognize the current gaps in making technologies available at the scale necessary to support sustainable agricultural operations.

The second part of the whitepaper covers recent technological breakthroughs by world-known AgriTech providers. The focus is on combining these technologies in one ecosystem based on proven practices applied by other industries that are already adopting a collaborative approach to technologies.

The Sustainable Agriculture whitepaper is free to download by the following link.

About Intellias

Since 2002, Intellias has been a trusted software engineering partner and R&D services provider for established agribusinesses and AgriTech startups all over the world.

Intellias team of 1600 software engineers has accumulated knowledge within the agricultural industry that allowed the company to create unified farm management systems, horticultural lighting solutions for indoor farms, weather monitoring tools, and a wide range of precision farming solutions. Intellias has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in Europe.

For more information, reach out to Intellias at info@intellias.com or stop by Intellias offices in Germany, Poland, and Ukraine.

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Cloud technology is being rapidly implemented to help UK care homes reopen for visits


OXFORD, UK; 23 July 2020 – Oxfordshire-based tech company Jezzam Ltd has been vigilantly working with care home groups in the UK to help them quickly implement an online booking system that will allow relatives to visit as the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease.

It’s no surprise that visitor slots are already being snapped up as relatives longing to see their family members get ready to make contact once more.

As Covid-19 restrictions have begun lifting, care homes have had to consider many factors when opening up for visits including:

  • Managing visitor numbers
  • Allowing time for cleaning between visits
  • Record keeping to help with track and trace
  • Providing innovative ways for residents and relatives to meet e.g. Zoom calls

Jezzam has made great strides in these areas by providing an easy to use online booking system for relatives with detailed electronic records of booking histories and fully customizable booking options to match individual care home needs.

This system has already resulted in time saving for busy receptionists and other staff and the rapid implementation means care homes can be up and running within minutes.

Commenting on the simplicity and efficiency of the booking process, Andrew Winstanley, CEO, The Berkley Care Group said, “As soon as we opened up for online booking, relatives were filling slots to see their loved ones. Before Covid-19, booking wasn’t something we needed but it’s now become an essential part of ensuring the safety of our residents, staff and visitors. Jezzam has provided us with an effortless way to make a big difference to our resident’s lives.”

When a Jezzam team member suggested online booking might help her see her aunt at Cumnor Hill House, one of The Berkley Care Group’s homes, the team set about making this a reality. Working closely with the Berkley Care Group team, Jezzam implemented online booking for all 6 of the group’s care homes in a matter of hours.

“The Jezzam team has been there for us all the way through the process. The flexibility of the software has allowed us to tailor it to our specific needs. The speed at which we got online booking up and running and the support we’ve received has been absolutely first class,” reiterated Winstanley.

Meanwhile traffic to www.jezzam.com has increased by over 800% compared to the same period last year as the company finds itself servicing entirely new sectors while the crisis continues to transform our working and personal lives. From retail to sports, companies including tennis clubs and bowls clubs, music shops and barbers are now looking to online booking and scheduling to help them resume business as life begins to return to some sense of normality.

About Jezzam Ltd:

Jezzam is a trusted provider of cloud-based booking and scheduling software, enabling their customers to save time and expand their online presence by providing sophisticated, mobile-ready online booking that is beautifully simple to use and fast to set up.

Jezzam supports a diverse customer base ranging from Jet ski experiences, flower arranging classes, taiko drumming workshops, sports clubs, to community hall hire and care homes. Jezzam was selected by the NHS Scotland to manage bookings for employee flu vaccination programs over the past two flu seasons. It is in the top 3 of highest rated appointment scheduling software on Gartner’s Capterra review site.

For further information or PR enquiries please contact
Martin Briggs-Watson, Co-founder, Jezzam Ltd
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Launch of the The Global Technology & Business Services Council


 The Global Technology & Business Services Council launches to globally collaborate, promote and represent the industry

Leading Associations around the world unite to applaud the success of the industry in addressing COVID-19 and set a clear vision for its future.

London, July 16, 2020
In an industry first, the twelve major independent regional organizations representing the technology and business services sector across the world have united to launch The Global Technology & Business Services Council (GT&BSC) to represent the industry globally. These organizations who represent members across their respective regions who are both buyers and providers of services, have united to deliver a global response to the challenges and changes brought about by COVID-19, and present a clear vision for the future of the sector.

GT&BSC, an alliance of twelve international associations representing the technology and business services sector across Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Latin America, Latvia, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States and Ukraine, collectively represent the interests of over 10,000 organisations, including multi-nationals, indigenous tech companies, SMEs, and start-ups.

The technology and business services sector was integral to supporting businesses across the world as they addressed the challenges of adapting to changes caused by COVID-19, demonstrating remarkable agility, commitment and resilience in responding to the crisis; ensuring business continuity for global clients and prioritizing safety of all employees. The sector was central to the rapid deployment of work from home models and digital transformations, providing critical support and “essential services” to various sectors including governments through highly skilled professionals around the world. This is all referenced in the report being published today entitled: “A unified global response for the technology and business services industry”.

The global technology and business services industry delivers strategic value through a global eco-system comprised of over 10 million highly skilled and talented workers around the world, operating flexibly, transparently and collaboratively and utilising best practices to deliver thought leadership, technology-led transformation and continuous business improvement. It is recognised as a significant positive contributor to the global economy, and will be a major contributor to re-energizing many economies worldwide.

Globally, technology and business services will play a key role in evolving nations to the next normal, driving the global economy out of an inevitable downturn and reducing the impact of future economic and social shocks, transforming businesses quickly and making them more resilient moving forward.

The Council members highlighted “We are all incredibly proud of how well our industry responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Partnerships and individuals around the world worked tirelessly to ensure key services were delivered in really adverse conditions, remodelling and reinventing business processes literally overnight.

It is the Council’s firm belief that technology, collaboration and access to a global talent pool will be key to driving business and Governments out of the inevitable downturn. Sharing best practices, thought leadership and collaborating on new operating models on a global stage will accelerate recovery around the world. We are delighted that our entire industry is collaborating in this global way for the first time and believe this will provide significant value to global governments, our members, their customers and their employees around the world”.

The role and objectives of the Council include:

• Promote the industry globally, capturing and sharing the value it adds and the innovations it drives
• Advance industry growth
• Provide a global network to develop and share best practice around the world
• Professionalise the industry, globally, and attract the best talent to work in it including cross border movement of highly skilled workforce
• Work collaboratively on global research programmes and thought leadership
• Represent the interests of the sector to stakeholders including Governments, the media and analysts
• Create a united global forum to develop and share new operating models and frameworks
• Come together as a global community to share experiences and drive change
• Promote the importance of impact sourcing and drive fairness throughout the global industry

Commencing today, the Global Technology & Business Services Council will launch a program of work, with immediate next steps including:

1. To conduct a global body of research to better understand the industry’s global state and prepare a report showing directions of further development
2. To initiate discussions with all potential stakeholders including buyers, providers, governments and analysts to create a voice and point of view that drives change in an era of digital disruption and how we could work together in partnership to create a win-win scenario
3. To continuously publish examples of technological acceleration enabling even stronger resilience to crisis situations and economic recovery
4. To strongly promote the sector, its role in the global economy and the future opportunities it represents

Founding members of GT&BSC (in alphabetical order)
ABSL, covering Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, The Balkans, The Baltics
AIBEST, Bulgaria
ALES, covering Latin America
ASTRA, covering Russia and Belarus
BPESA, South Africa
GSA, United Kingdom
IAOP, United States
ITIDA, Egypt
ITUKRAINE, Ukraine
NASSCOM, India
OM MALAYSIA, Malaysia
SLASSCOM, Sri Lanka

Notes to editors:
The Global Technology & Business Services Council is an alliance of the leading regional associations around the world, representing the interest of the global technology and business services industry. Its purpose is to promote the industry for growth by sharing best practices and thought leadership for the benefit of all its members and their clients and employees. The GT&BSC will lobby stakeholders to secure the best interests for its members. All members of the Council have signed up to the Industry code of conduct.

https://gtbsc.org

For more information contact:

Kerry Hallard, London:
kerryh@gsa-uk.com
Mobile: + 44 7774 690447

Pawel Panczyj, Warsaw:
pawel.panczyj@absl.pl
Mobile: +48 600 904 877

Kim Maneeley, New York:
kim.maneeley@iaop.org
Phone: +1.845.452.0600 ext. 104

 

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Major breakthrough technology in the project management space


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A young Portuguese startup, planless.io, founded by Grégory STOOS a French entrepreneur, has just launched a new “intelligent” project management and collaboration platform offering, to companies all over the world, a disruptive new technology that will change the way companies and teams organize their work.

The project management space is flooded with tools, each one offering its unique way of managing projects and all competing for the best user experience. All these tools offer great ways to organize tasks, centralize information, and collaborate efficiently.

It is a very difficult task for any business to choose the right solution and it is years now that this space has not seen something brand new that could change the way teams organize and manage their work.

Planless.io created a tool that leverages Artificial intelligence to automatically plan work, allocate resources, and manage people’s workload. It is capable to find out, within millions or more possibilities, the best organization in a matter of milliseconds and to recalculate it at any change.

Until today, planning, tasks assignment, and workload management have all been managed manually and are very time-consuming and unoptimized. The rise of Agile methodologies aims to counter-balance these issues with more or less success.

The technological breakthrough proposed by planless.io will not only save a lot of time, make teams more productive, and allow them to focus on working the plan instead of planning the work; it also offers new possibilities in terms of work management that could see the emergence of new methodologies or improve actual ones.

The founder Gregory STOOS mentioned: “I’am excited and looking forward to witness the impact and changes with what we’ve created. The feedback we have from Beta users and our first customers are pretty impressive. They see on average a 30% increase in productivity and efficiency on their work if they were using other tools before and 65% on average for the ones new to project management tools. We’re very excited!”

The company is based in Lisbon, Portugal, and is actively looking for the right investors.

Grégory STOOS: “We are 100% bootstrapped and created this from our sweat and own funds in the last two and a half years. We are now looking to find the right partners to expand globally and put in place all the resources and support needed to help millions of companies benefit from what we have to offer”.

Planless.io not only offers its algorithm to plan work but proposes an all-in-one project management and collaboration platform that enables teams and companies to get their businesses to the next level.

Company website: https://planless.io

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Quantexa’s cloud-based technology helps OFX fight financial crime


Leading foreign exchange and global payments provider OFX deploys Quantexa, utilising Google Cloud Platform, to fight increasing industry financial crime risk and support regulatory obligations

London and Sydney, June 24th 2020 – Quantexa, the leader in contextual decision intelligence (CDI) software and solutions, has partnered with OFX, to deploy a pioneering cloud-based service technology platform that strengthens OFX’s financial crime detection capabilities in international payments.

With increasing regulatory focus on the integrity of international payments, OFX is leading the way with enhanced anti-financial crime detection and investigation capabilities, working with Quantexa. The jointly configured cloud-based solution deployed using Google Cloud Platform infrastructure, uses dynamic entity resolution and network analytics as-a-service to build a complete contextual view across multiple data sources to detect financial crime more accurately. The enhanced capabilities of the solution have empowered OFX to enhance the process for monitoring its customers transactional activity and improving the detection of financial crime.

By creating a 360-degree contextual view of the customer, the platform enables the generation of more meaningful alerts and the ability to spot hidden risks more effectively, with fewer false positive alerts.

The partnership brings together two leading innovators in the FinTech and RegTech sectors to enable more automated, real-time decisioning and to more effectively detect criminal activity across borders.

By enriching internal data with transactional data and external sources, Quantexa’s CDI technology builds a complete network view of customers to reveal hidden connections and suspicious activity. A contextual approach to risk detection empowers OFX to effectively identify complex risk and financial crime, such as money laundering, and enables them to make better operational decisions in a shorter time frame.

Vishal Marria, CEO of Quantexa, said: “We are delighted to be working with such a progressive organisation like OFX, who are leveraging our contextual decisioning technology to tackle an important global challenge, to help ensure international fund transfers are not exploited by increasingly sophisticated criminal networks, looking to move illicit funds across borders. Jointly we have created a solution that is ensuring the integrity of international payments.”

Mark Shaw, COO of OFX, said: “We continuously look for innovative ways to build on our existing prevention systems to keep ahead of financial crime. The bottom line is that this matters because it protects our customers and our communities. Illicit flows can underpin horrendous crimes and all of us in the industry has to play our part in making sure we do everything in our power to ensure we prevent it. Quantexa’s open technology integrates into our IT ecosystem and augments our team’s investigative capability. It has given us the ability to identify wider networks of suspicious transfers, enabling us to react quickly and protect our customers.”

About OFX
OFX grew from the idea that there had to be a better, fairer way to move money around the world. That was 20 years ago, and we’re still driven by the same mission today.

We believe real help from real people counts, and that’s why we offer our clients the best of both worlds – a easy to use digital platform, combined with 24/7 phone access to our Currency Experts (we call them OFXperts). Foreign exchange is in our DNA. We help clients navigate the complexity of FX, making it simple and easy to understand. Because when it comes to money, informed decisions are the best decisions.

Keeping our clients’ money secure is a top priority. We’re an ASX listed company and are monitored by over 50 regulators globally. To date, we have helped over 1 million customers worldwide and have transferred over AU$150 billion. Our clients are all over the globe, so we are too. We operate in offices in London, Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto and San Francisco. It’s global expertise, delivered locally.

For more information, please visit www.OFX.com

About Quantexa:
Quantexa is a contextual decision intelligence software and solutions company that empowers organisations to drive better operational decisions from their data. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s platform uncovers hidden risk and discovers new opportunities by providing a contextual view of all internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across financial crime, customer intelligence, credit risk, fraud and throughout the customer lifecycle.

The Quantexa platform pushes performance to a new level with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Quantexa has thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. Quantexa is a global business with offices in London, New York, Boston, Belgium, Toronto, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.
For more information, visit: www.quantexa.com

Media Contact:
Marie Attfield
Communications Manager
Quantexa
T: +44 7864 762307
E: marieattfield@quantexa.com

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Positive ONE receives Japan Patent for Improved regarding next-generation edge computing, IoT, and AI technologies for 5G and 6G mobile technology


Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2020 — Positive ONE, today announced that the Japan Patent Office(JPO) has issued a formal notice allowing Positive ONE’s patent application directed to its regarding next-generation edge computing, IoT, and AI technologies for 5G and 6G mobile technology.

JPO Patent (Patent No. 6703236): It is suitable for processing big data by 5G and 6G mobile services. Especially for images obtained from multiple cameras, it performs overloaded processing such as image classification, object detection, and gesture recognition. Under that situation, it is an architecture that can realize load distribution to the right place.

“The sgnificant increase in power consumption due to 5G and 6G is a bottleneck. This latest patent solves that problem. It can be applied to the architecture of next-generation edge computers and IoT terminals for 5G and 6G. Furthermore, the key is the power-saving design that makes full use of the high density and miniaturization technology, which is an advantage of PositiveONE. Then, we are currently applying for additional patents to strengthen our rights.” said Shoichi Kudo, CEO & COO, Positive ONE.

“July 2019, Positive ONE applied the Tokyo Metropolitan Government management innovation plan, approved as an innovation business for small IoT terminals. As part of that extension, a patent was granted to implement a distributed system for 5G and 6G technologies. In particular, server systems on the cloud process a lot of data, so the load is already distributed. In most data processing, processing by function distribution and load distribution is performed. Also, with mobile services that connect with 5G and 6G, even in edge computers and IoT terminals, there is a need to handle large amounts of data such as 4K / 8K video. Therefore, if you are not connected to 5G or 6G, in situations such as infrastructure failures, In order to prevent processing stop and delay on edge computers and IoT terminals, It is necessary to have the same or a minimum processing function as the cloud server. In other words, in small edge computers and IoT terminals, the processing capacity is improved, in order to realize low consumption and miniaturization, It is necessary to realize distributed technology that combines small SoCs.”

“By the way, in particular, the server system on the cloud performs a lot of data processing, so the load is already distributed, in most data processing, processing by function distribution and load distribution is performed,” he added.

About Positive One

Positive One has been involved in the development of high-performance products for wireless to wired communication in industrial equipment, network equipment, medical equipment, automotive equipment, etc. Experience of system integration development of high-performance equipment such as next-generation edge computers and next-generation IoT terminals was the driving force, It was decided to create an architecture with this latest patent.

In addition, while focusing on consulting and system integration services such as edge computers related to 5G and 6G mobile services and technologies related to small IoT terminal design, we aim for PoC (Proof of Concept) and product development in cooperation with co-creation partners and CVC (Corporate Venture Capital).

Fields where patents relating to IoT and AI technology can be used

Automotive, surveillance cameras, drones, robots, VR, social infrastructure, digital signage, etc. As a system surrounding a wide variety of image processing, artificial intelligence, many sensors, etc, this makes it possible to realize an availability system that ensures high-speed processing, low power consumption, and reliability.

Also, on many platforms, it is the basis of important architecture. In addition, our technological capabilities enable us to build optimized distributed systems.

Positive ONE’s website: https://www.positive-one.com/

Your Contact:
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poc_sales@positive-one.com
Phone: +81 3 3256 3933

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Intelligent legal technology, Vincent, now available for UK law firms


London, April 2020 – Vincent, a leading AI-powered legal research assistant in the US and Canada, is now available to the UK legal sector. Vincent combines human search behaviour with machine speed, enabling researchers to go beyond traditional research.

Research without compromise, all in a matter of seconds.

Whether you’re looking to maximise your billing hours, build a better argument or simply want to expand your research, Vincent is the ideal tool to assist you.

The starting point for using Vincent can be one of over 120 million legal information documents found on vLex Justis, or your own legal memorandums, skeleton arguments (or your opponents) and more. Vincent then uses these documents to perform thousands of complex search operations, conducting a contextual semantic search that will pinpoint the main legal topics, identify citations, and recognise similar cases, all in a matter of seconds.

The fast, effective search that Vincent conducts will result in legal research time and resources being utilised more efficiently; provide an extra level of confidence when delivering client-facing documents; minimise and mitigate the risk of missing important information; and provide support while working remotely where traditional resources and networks may be less accessible.

Like many countries, the UK legal system is under pressure to deliver the best results using minimal resources and time. Tools like Vincent provide an opportunity for UK Barristers, law firms and law librarians to continue to conduct high-quality legal research without compromise.

A well-trained and trusted assistant

To ensure that Vincent is delivering you the most appropriate results, hundreds of hours are dedicated to training the AI behind Vincent in every legal system it can support. Since Vincent’s original launch in North America, Latin America and Spain in 2018, there has been an ongoing investment into technology to support vLex Justis customers and improve Vincent’s capabilities and accuracy. As recently as April 2020, the Kentucky Bar Association announced unlimited member access to Vincent and Alberta Law Libraries have provided thousands of users with access to Vincent to support their work. John Meyers, Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Association discussed the benefits that Vincent brings to their members:

“For smaller firms, in particular, this will be a great equalizer, enabling them to tap into technology previously only available to the very largest firms in the country.”

A 2019 agreement also made Vincent available to members of the Law Society of Manitoba, and their Director of Legal Resources, Karen Sawatzky, discussed the importance of this:

“The new vLex platform and Vincent now add a “wow” factor, but more importantly, advance our goal of supporting member competence through access to essential legal research tools.”

Preparing Vincent to work with content from the UK was the work of teams from London and Barcelona, bringing together law experts, experienced developers and legally trained editorial staff to ensure the quality of the results it returns. Robin Chesterman, Head of Product Development at vLex Justis, discusses why making Vincent available to the UK was a priority:

“With researchers elsewhere in the world already taking advantage of Vincent, we felt it was very important to make this available to the UK with the launch of vLex Justis. Being able to use your own documents as a basis for a search is very powerful – it gives you more confidence in your research and offers an advantage in litigious matters by analysing an opponent’s skeleton argument to see what they might have missed. Vincent really does have the potential to transform how legal research is conducted.”

Vincent offers for new and existing customers

To mark the launch of Vincent in the UK, vLex Justis is offering free trials of the service alongside online demonstrations and consultations, available for individuals and large organisations. To take advantage of this opportunity, or to request more information on Vincent and vLex Justis products and services, complete the online form available here.

Learn more about Vincent

About vLex Justis

vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis continues to support thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company, vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

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Technology contractor marketplace suspends all service fees


 

 

Prolancer.com helping self-employed and companies at a time of crisis

London, UK; 2nd April 2020 – Prolancer.com, the next generation global remote-working platform, is helping contractors and companies by suspending all service fees during the coronavirus crisis.

From today, Prolancer is:

● Suspending all service fees for users and companies for at least 90 days; this applies to both current and new users of the platform
● Expanding its geographic coverage to support 220+ Countries
● Increasing its capacity to support a growth in user-base interactions

Prolancer enables companies to build and manage virtual teams of pre-vetted, highly skilled developers and business service contractors. Prolancer’s long-term vision is to provide a fair and
balanced work environment, supporting global collaborative remote working.

Prolancer’s Chairman, Sir Hossein Yassaie says:

“There has been a severe impact across the technology contractor community but skills in software development, especially in AI and ML, remain in demand and will have a significant role to play in the post-crisis future.

Every business and every country is impacted by this crisis and it is essential that those of us who can make a difference act quickly. Prolancer can afford to support contractors and businesses to get through this difficult time and to keep developing through the coming
months.”

Prolancer’s CEO, Saman Nejad says:
“We hope that these changes will encourage more businesses and workers to migrate to remote working platforms and help people to alleviate the effects of the current crisis.”

Inside Prolancer
The Prolancer platform uses smart algorithms to connect and match professional freelancers with businesses in a success-driven and fair culture. Its focus is on tech software development, data science and digital marketing.

Businesses can post a job for free and use Prolancer’s built-in project management tools to monitor and manage projects, securely, all in one place. Freelancers and remote contractors can apply for jobs or projects and use Prolancer’s Workstreams to monitor and manage their work. The platform provides secure escrow accounts for project payments.

In the UK, the Government has announced the postponement of the IR35 policy which will now take effect in April 2021. Prolancer is liaising with local authorities and government bodies in the UK to obtain exemptions from the new IR35 for contractors.

Learn more about Prolancer by clicking here or visiting prolancer.com.

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Parents and Teachers are turning to technology amidst school closings

Last week, Boris Johnson announced that schools across the UK will close, to halt the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, thousands of children are now taught remotely. In search of ways to accommodate the new reality faced by British families, many parents and teachers are turning to technology.

Teachers work side by side with artificial intelligence in online lessons

Starting last Saturday, education technology company Atom Learning hosted their first free online lesson, with 958 children attending.

The company has free lessons scheduled throughout the coming weeks, with thousands of parents signing up their children for the lessons.

We have been amazed by the number of parents signing their children up for the free online lessons” says Head of Growth at Atom Learning, David Joerring.

Atom Learning combines teacher made content with Artificial Intelligence to create optimal learning paths for children, by tailoring content to the individual child.

We work with hundreds of schools and multiple Multi-Academy Trusts, and we know it requires additional skills to teach effectively online, which is why in light of the COVID-19 crisis, we are providing unlimited access to online lessons hosted by professional teachers to our thousands of subscribers”. – David Joerring.

Schools are increasingly embracing technology

While many schools have in recent years begun to use the technologies being developed by the UK’s fast-growing EdTech industry, the current crisis has led many more to rapidly adopt new technologies.

Atom Learning is partnering with schools, and provide the schools with free access to their technology.

Atom Learning has proved a very useful platform, both for work that is controlled by the school and for self-directed learning. The tools available on the school platform have allowed us to establish online homework for pupils at a bespoke level of difficulty and timing” – says Tony Chan, Deputy Head at Sussex House School, one of the early adopters of Atom Learning.

Background

Atom Learning is a British education technology company, located in London. Atom Learning is partnered with hundreds of schools across the UK and internationally.

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What is outsourcing?

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Nowadays, we hear more and more often about outsourcing. But do we know what this process means? Most people would doubtless answer “yes”. Outsourcing means to distribute specific internal processes of a company to a third part, by reallocating resources, and it is used in various industries from software development to legal.

We, at AROBS, are in the business of IT outsourcing, from 1998.

But outsourcing is more than what we described above. Outsourcing solves many problems within companies, supporting both managers and employees. This process appeared in the spectrum of business development decades ago. Lately, its advantages have been more recognized, which is why this domain is so evolved and varied, constantly adapting to the needs of partners.

Why outsourcing?

Because it simplifies the work, saving time and money. Interviews, training of new employees, salaries will be the responsibility of the partner. Thus, each company can focus on the principal activity, investing in top quality and performance. The major advantage of outsourcing is that you can choose the partner with whom you want to collaborate to complete your project. You must base this choice on concrete data and thorough expertise. The first thing you will have to make is choosing the type of outsourcing, more specifically, offshore – in foreign countries – or near-shore – for example, neighboring countries, with the same time zone. The most important choice for outsourcing is still to choose the partner – the best orientation is always to specialized companies, with teams of experts.

From small to large, companies use outsourcing, for example, to keep accounting records. However, outsourcing is most often used in IT, providing high efficiency and performance.

Why AROBS for IT outsourcing?

Firstly, for the known performances and high-quality services. Founded in 1998 in Cluj Napoca, AROBS has become one of the best outsourcing companies in Central and Eastern Europe, offering both offshore and near-shore services. AROBS has specialized teams of software developers, comprising juniors and seniors. The quality of provided services is globally recognized by ISO certification, a large portfolio of successful projects and good expertise. Moreover, AROBS will be a reliable partner which will adapt to your needs, providing the best solutions for your company. What about costs, AROBS offers a perfect ratio between price and quality. For more information, visit the AROBS website.