In the first weekend of November, part of the Fortech team visited Iasi, the most important city in the the north-eastern part of Romania, with the purpose to meet our team there, to find a location for our new delivery center and participate at Code Camp Iasi.
Started back in 2009, Code Camp Iasi becomes one of the largest IT conferences in Romania, hosting over 1700 delegates at the current edition. Its purpose it to generate interaction among the local IT community and to keeping it abreast of industry trends in software outsourcing. Fortech proudly joined this year’s edition as a Diamond Sponsor and as part of the lineup.
Organizers have proposed a full day agenda. It covered several parallel tracks spanning a rich array of topics around technologies like Java, .NET, Agile, PHP, Ruby, Project Management, or Business Analysis.
One of our Technical Project Managers, Ovidiu Simionica, discussed with the participants about the imminent change of mentality that our local IT industry must embrace. The adoption of the Agile manifesto is just the beginning of the transition from the “coder as a resource mentality” towards the new age of the software craftsmanship. He came up with valuable insights from his 5 year technical leadership experience and 14 year experience in software development.
The subject proposed by Ovidiu is a reflection of the position where Fortech stands today as an organization. A mature organization ready to consider the extension of its operations in new centers.
Calin Vaduva, Fortech’s CEO, also held a presentation about Fortech’s start-up point, back in 2003, and the key drivers that contributed to company’s continuous development. He emphasized the great people who made our growth possible every step of the way and reminded the core values that stand at the base of everything that we have built: respect, reliability, striving for excellence.
Fortech Iasi operations are to be managed by Ioana Sfarlea, who concluded that “ Our plans for 2016, regarding Iasi are to inaugurate the new office and form a team in Iasi of minimum 25 software developers who will allow us to meet the needs of an increasing number of projects. We currently have job opportunities for specialists with over 3 years experience on .NET and Java, Mobile, Ruby on Rails and QA. The passion for IT that we’ve seen at Code Camp and the quality of applicants received so far seems to be good premises for our new team in Iasi.”
With a strong IT Faculty and Computer Science departments in several Universities that attracts a number of about 60000 students (out of which over 14000 at the Technical University) and a track record of successfully working with big international clients, Iasi has a strategic significance for the Romanian IT industry. Merging these with a well represented segment of French speakers, strong telecommunications infrastructure, occupying a place on the top 10 countries with the highest interest speed, makes Iasi a promising destination for software operations.