The Altai Territory, Enterra’s homeland, is not just the breadbasket of Siberia, but also a rich source of different news, which abound here as fine as grains. But due to the rapid pace of life today you can’t catch all of them, unfortunately. That’s why we have developed a special news aggregator for Altai. We hope that it will become a real Aladdin’s lamp for those who are always busy but want to be kept up-to-date of the latest news.
Since its foundation in 1939, the Bus station, located in Barnaul, Enterra’s hometown, has significantly stepped forward. Now it is not just a small station with three benches, a couple of stalls and booking offices, but a whole complex for passengers with its own infrastructure. However, for the full “modernization” one important detail lacked – a mobile application, allowing to make the process of buying and selling tickets easier. The development of such application, helping to buy tickets to suburban buses quickly and painlessly, has become our task.
FailConf – a conference, dedicated to the brightest failures in business, was held in Barnaul for the very first time. Of course, with the prefix “IT”. We were lucky to visit the conference as co-organizers within the Innovation Support Association and listen live to the nonfictional stories of defeats, failures and unfortunate mistakes in the big business world. As a result, we have decided to combine the stories from the conference and from the usual practice in the big one. We are happy to introduce your four fail-stories. Two of them have a sad end, and two – a happy one.
Open Innovations Startup Tour, the largest CIS road show in search of the innovation projects, took place in Barnaul for the very first time. During the Tour, experts of Skolkovo Foundation and successful entrepreneurs talked a lot on what to do and what not to do if you want to launch your own startup. They paid specific attention to IT. We were there as co-organizers within the Innovation Support Association, assessed the local IT-startups, and, of course, listened to the experts’ advice attentively. Now we are ready to share what we have learned.
We hope that our plan helps you to move off the dead center and finally get your brilliant idea from the table’s drawer, where it has been dusting for a long time.
One of our customers has decided to start an online reservation service for restaurants in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, with long-term goal to cover all Russian major cities. We have created the app for restaurants who will use this service. Read more to know how it works.
This post is a long and exciting story of the way we have created anti-hacking and anti-cheaters HTML5 game system, what challenges we have met on this way, how we have overcome them and what results we have after all. You all know the main problem: eventually (very soon, in fact) someone creates a bot that automatically wins the game. In our case, a bot was easier to write, since the game code was publicly accessed, and more likely to worth trying: the game was for real prizes, like iPad, show tickets, USB flash drive, etc.
We hope that the post will be useful for HTML5/Flash games developers, which take care of the security; those who pay for these games development; those whose job is to find and eliminate bots among all.
A big part of modern applications for mobile platforms (iOS, Android, etc.) has a server part. An application with out-of-date data loses its usefulness. It is important to provide a constant data update between server and device. Situation is the same for offline applications that also need to work without internet. Completely online applications don’t work (or are useless) without internet (i.e. Foursquare, Facebook). There are their own specifics, which go beyond the current article.
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Askhat Urazbaev, Agile Coach, ScrumTrek
|I often meet different Russian and foreign teams in my work. Frequently I am asked if there are any differences in the Russian way of work and the influences on the development.
There is a book about peculiarities of the Russian way of work itself called “The Russian Management Model”, written by A. Prokhorov. The main idea is that Russians by nature can work only in two modes. In a high pressure environment they can move mountains and their motivation is very high. In the stable relaxed mode, when no one pushes, Russians work kind of bad and don’t give themselves over to their work.
The book is great, it really explains many moments in Russian history. Its conclusions are rather one-sided, and they are not quite flattering for the country itself. However, in fact not everything is that bad. Russian specifics are not counterproductive, they give advantages and disadvantages.
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