Posts Tagged Under: HR

How We Embrace Automation

Who says software providers don’t have to worry about automation too? At Software Planet, we have often felt the need to turn our skills towards our own company to overcome any technical challenges and make our lives just a little bit easier. After all, how can we claim to stand for digital transformation if we ourselves are unwilling to evolve?

So read on to discover all about the exciting new ways in which automation technology is sweeping over our company — and make sure you’re taking notes, ‘cause this is gonna be good:

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How to Hire the Best Developers

The amateur juggler sits nervously at the dimly lit desk, knowing full well that his clumsy, shaking hands might at any moment knock the candle over, and set the whole tent office ablaze. Breathe, he tells himself. Get it together.

Across the table, the circus director looks over at the strapping young man before him and quickly gathers his notes for the standard interview questions.

“Ok, Mr… Beansley, is it?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Can you juggle more than three items at once?” the director asks, patiently scanning the candidate from behind his tiny, round spectacles.

Phew. He won’t have to lie for this one.

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Integrating New Arrivals

Our customers often inquire as to how in the world our newer developers will be skilful enough to deal with our development process — and really, who can blame then?

After all, how laid-back and comfortable would you feel if the man assigned to the critical case of your tooth extraction were an obvious hatchling fresh out of dental school?

“Let’s see then… I think this, no, erm… this over here is what I need! Right, could you open up your mouth, please? Uh huh… Oh dear. Oh no. That won’t work, will it? Well, maybe something sharper!”

Horrifying, right? Of course, to begin with, the words “comfortable” and “dentist” are hardly representative of a pairing made in heaven; but the point, nonetheless, is you would probably feel a lot more at ease if the drill were handed over to an experienced professional.

Now thankfully, as you probably know, our own situation is entirely different. But just to help to allay those fears, Software Planet would now like to reveal our careful and deliberate process for successfully integrating newer arrivals into the heart of our company.

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Raising Giants: Our Internship Programme

How often do you take the time to invest in your future? For most of us, as life kicks into full gear, the opportunities seem fewer and farther between.

Yet as many of you will also know well, no better time for change exists than in the pivotal years of our youth. This is when a single miscalculated move could quickly spell the difference between a burgeoning career in something you love and a lifetime of hopeless disappointment.

For nearly a decade now, it is precisely this awareness which has formed the basis for one of Software Planet’s most beloved projects of all: our internship programme.

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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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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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