Posts Tagged Under: Corporate Culture

Gamify Your Workplace

While Emily Blunt may have been positively enchanting portraying everyone’s favourite nanny on the big screen last year, who can forget Julie Andrews’ classic words from the 1964 original:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

In that very short sentence, Mary Poppins was able to convey a powerful message of work engagement that as is typical with rebellious children, would go on to be ignored for decades to come. In fact, only now is the true hidden wisdom behind those words being rediscovered today.

This is thanks to gamification.

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Our Annual Intermission

Just like every good knife must occasionally be sharpened, from time to time, developers too must also refresh their talents. This is why every year (at the end of May or beginning of June) our services are temporarily suspended to enable Software Planet to treat staff and employees to a week-long getaway of team building and bonding activities.

During this time period, which actually coincides with our company’s anniversary, it is important to be aware that we will only be available for critical support requests — which of course isn’t to say that our customers don’t stand to gain!

After all, first and foremost, this event is all about facilitating communication and strengthening corporate culture through dynamism and creativity.

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InCamp 2017

Every year, Software Planet Group’s inCamp internships provide graduates with the chance to be taken under the wing of some of our very best mentors. We are constantly seeking to improve our internship experience and are pleased to report that this year’s programme has blown all previous inCamps out of the water.

And so, without further ado, here is an overview of everything our interns have got up to so far:

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SPG Meetup: Angular on Fire

Over the last year, Software Planet Group’s Ukrainian Meetup events have slowly been gaining momentum, and we have yet to tire of experimenting with new and exciting formats that will hopefully serve to make them even more beneficial to the local student community. This time around, our five-day long “Angular on Fire” event was chock-full of fun and knowledge, as many students dipped their toes into grownup programming for the very first time.

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How to Create a Vibrant Company Culture

Within any organisation, corporate culture is widely regarded as one of the most important guarantors of success. Although the term has existed for quite some time, bolstered by highly dynamic corporations such as Facebook and Google, it has only recently begun to be seen for its true potential. The reason behind this long-time dormant status boils down to its inherent nature — while a culture may be positive or negative, weak or strong, it is simply an innate part of every business, often making it nigh impossible to pinpoint.

For clarity’s sake, however, a corporate culture is the collective beliefs and ideas within an organisation which affect how a company does business and how employees behave. In spite of the concept’s newfound prominence in the media, a global 2016 study revealed that only 12 percent of respondents believed their company was driving the right culture. But this raises the all-important question: what exactly constitutes the “right culture” anyway?

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Cherkasy: Where It All Began

On the western bank of the Dnieper River lies the beautiful city of Cherkasy, Ukraine. Seventeen years ago, at the start of the new millennium, seven visionary freelancers from the area came together to form what eventually became InterLink, Software Planet Group’s very first development centre in the country. Having observed the potential of the Java programming language, the young pioneers decided to invest their hours into learning the technology, as the industry possessed very few Java specialists at the time. As a result, they soon found themselves being flooded with requests to develop software solutions for American and Israeli firms.

Today, our development centre in Cherkasy employs more than 100 professionals split between two separate locations — each including departments of graphical design, quality assurance, technical support, HR and project management. While our main office concerns itself with enterprise development and serves major customers like Xerox and Nokia, our second building is devoted to smaller companies, including a range of Silicon Valley startups.

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A Tech Talk Tale

Software Planet Group have a proud and thriving knowledge sharing culture. Throughout the year, we participate in several events with this very goal in mind. While our InCamp internships give young graduates the chance to practice their programming skills under the guidance of experienced mentors, our periodical Tech Talks allow the same instructors to take centre stage and share their wealth of knowledge among colleagues.

This year, at our Ukrainian development centre in beautiful Cherkasy, SPG’s latest Tech Talk started with a bang. The event was kicked off with complex mathematics — Machine Learning Algorithms, to be exact. As we heard, more and more businesses are scrambling to get hold of machine learning tools, as these are poised to be the next must-have technology to retain relevance in the coming market.

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Software Planet Group: Who We Are

Finding an ideal provider of desktop and web services can be an extremely daunting task, but we think you should know why big brands such as Nokia, Xerox and a host of Silicon Valley startups have decided to make us their official suppliers. Though we may be new to the United Kingdom, having set up shop in Surrey just under two years ago, Software Planet Group (SPG) have been invested in meeting our customers’ needs in Europe and across the globe for more than 15 years. We provide web services and cross-platform desktop solutions, from consultation and conceptual analysis to design and implementation.

Ever since the beginning of SPG, we have distinguished ourselves by working in partnership with our customers and constantly updating our technical skills. We are proud to have been one of the first businesses to join the Agile development movement back in 2004, and were also one of the first 10 European software companies to fully adopt Extreme Programming. In practice, this means we employ various techniques to break down big projects into simple, bite-sized tasks that greatly accelerate product development. At the same time, throughout the process, we are committed to the highest degree of testing and quality control available today.

On a technical level, SPG specialise in business consultation and assessment, strategic planning, system architecture and design, user interface design/UX, system administration, DevOps and quality control; but above all, we specialise in keeping you informed. Should you

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