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We very much appreciated the effort and design Rubius put into the “People’s Choice Best Paper” voting app for Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2016.
Working with the team at Rubius has been a great experience. Their focus on strong English skills has allowed us to discuss projects efficiently and they are very accommodating when it comes to communicating at a time convenient to my company. In addition they have really strong technical skills and work hard to offer multiple solutions to problems and help choose the best fit for my company’s needs.
The Rubius team allowed us to increase software quality and reduce QA cycle time by implementing a testing automation system. The flexibility to work on our desktop, mobile and CAD integration projects has been extremely valuable. Their capable engineers have become an extension of our team.
Rubius has far exceeded my expectations of what a software development firm could do, working with them has been amazing! They hire only the best software engineers from Russia and you can tell by their professionalism and quality of code. However, what’s striked me the most is how their account management makes us feel like our project is the most important one in the company.
We have been happy with your team. We looking at incoming projects to see which can be passed through to you.
We have worked with Rubius for the last couple of years. Their team is oriented to doing it right from the first time. They have taken our hardware and connected it with the code to the world – without me having to tell them how to do their job.
I have been working with Rubius very smoothly and the code quality is excellent.
During the long period of our partnership, Rubius team repeatedly demonstrated the high level of professionalism in the development of ASCON software products and their adaptation to the tasks of the ultimate user.
We have partnered with Rubius on the early stage of our startup project, and now it looks like one of the best decisions we made. Rubius technical staff have a holistic view of the entire project, offering solutions and implementing them on the highest level.
Augmented reality application for equipment placement and layout design using MS HoloLens
Mobile application for railway shipments ordering with automatic container selection
Cloud platform for engineering construction calculations based on the visual calculations concept
Defects fixation system for engineering constructions based on BIM models
Mobile application of bonus system OkeyCity for Android and iOS platforms
Implementation of C# language wrapper for C3D geometric kernel
Module of three-dimensional solid-state modeling for ESPRIT CAM-system
Integration of CAM ESPRIT module and CAD KOMPAS-3D
Monitoring system of CNC machines with in real time for tablet computers and smartwatches
An interactive 3D map for iPad and touch tables implementation
Framework for 3D-applications development
The sixth edition of DevPRO, the annual conference of professional developers and IT specialists, took place in Tomsk on May 12. The conference was organized by software development company Rubius, in collaboration with Tomsk State University, IIDF and the Tomsk branch of Google Developer Groups. DevPRO’18 attracted 700 IT specialists from 150 Russian and international companies, twice as many as last year. Conference attendees came from 16 cities across France, the Netherlands, Russia, the United States and Ukraine.
The conference was held at a new location: the modern building that houses the Institute of Economics and Management of TSU. Among the international companies with speakers at the conference were IBM Watson (France), Logistics Pro (USA), Bija Company (USA), Evolution Gaming (Netherlands) and DevExpress (Netherlands). Russian companies represented at the event included Avito, Alfa-Bank, SimbirSoft and HeadHunter. Business consultant Mark S A Smith (USA) opened the conference with a powerful speech on technology marketing and what the future holds for today’s IT companies.
Presentations at the conference were divided into five categories: Trends, was dedicated to AI and blockchain technology; Web, covering to web app development; Enterprise, devoted to high-load systems and test-driven development; Management, on productivity and team management; and Mix, which covered interfacing, software testing automation and the tools of successful IT entrepreneurs. Also included in the conference was a roundtable meeting with leaders of Tomsk IT companies, who discussed recruiting policies and human resources management “from the inside” and spoke on what employers will expect from future employees.
Rubius’s Pavel Haustov was voted the best speaker of this year’s DevPRO. He spoke on how to create a powerful neural network-based AI, able to learn on its own how to beat the computer in Mortal Kombat on the game’s hardest difficulty setting.
At the IT companies’ exhibition, participants tested their IT knowledge in a quiz with Plesk’s Telegram bot, solved simple logical puzzles with Sidenis, raced with SibEDGE, talked to Rubius’s robotic IT bear, and examined the projects from young inventors from Digital Technology school.
During breaks, participants socialized, competed in Mindflex Duel, rode hoverboard and waveboard, and took photos with the conference’s mascot, Sasha the Developer.
As DevPRO’18 came to a close, there was a prize drawing, with prizes including an electric kick scooter from Space-O Technologies; valuable gifts from Center of Financial Technologies (CFT), Sidenis and Aspirity; and licenses from Parallels and JetBrains. An informal part of the conference took place at the Ethno bar and restaurant, where attendees and speakers discussed the conference results together and sang their favorite karaoke songs.
Next year, Rubius is planning to put on an even bigger conference: two days instead of one, more well-known speakers and hotter topics.
Planyway is going to Silicon Valley! We made it to the finals of Global Pitch Russia. This unique event created by Sberbank, IIDF and Fort Ross Ventures supports Russian IT startups. Out of 260 applications, the experts selected only 22 with the potential to grow in the American market. In June, we are going to the USA to meet top Silicon Valley investors.
Planyway already has users in 190 countries. 20% of them are from the USA, 10% are from Brazil and 8% are from the UK. We hope that assessments and recommendations from global experts will help us make further progress in conquering foreign markets.
At the Startup Sauna accelerator program in Finland, we called the Tomsk team every day. To do so, we used special booths that allow a user to work without distractions.
We thought that a booth like that might come in handy in our office. Failing to find anything like it in Russia, we decided to make one ourselves.
Several months later, after various designers and engineers finished their work, we finally received our booth, which we call Qubius. It is a comfortable space for calling a client, focusing on your work or simply resting in silence.
The Qubius design was such a success that we’re now launching mass production of the booth in preparation for selling it in Europe and the USA.
On March 15, Rubius opened a representative office in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The new office will support existing clients and promote software development services in the Kazakh market.
“We have been working on joint projects with Kazakh companies for a long time,” said Sergey Koshevoy, CEO of Rubius. “For example, KAZ Minerals is one of our key clients for Rubius Project Manager. We hope that the representative office will further strengthen our cooperation”.
Moreover, Rubius will take part in the Digital Kazakhstan program and join Astana Hub, an initiative to create a “technology park” of international IT startups. Digital Kazakhstan is a state program to encourage economic development in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the 2018–2022 period. The program will provide a powerful impetus for technological modernization of the economy while raising the standard of living in the country.
The Rubius team won the grand prize at the Open Innovations Startup Tour in Krasnoyarsk. Experts there selected the 30 most interesting products out of 119 applications, three of which were ours – Planyway, Qubius and Edustrator.
Planyway took first place in the IT category, and went on to win the competition-wide final. Representing the Planyway team, Sergey Dorofeev took home the grand prize of 300,000 rubles, plus an invitation and flight to the semifinals of the Startup Village competition. Kirill Kaem, senior vice president of innovation at the Skolkovo Foundation, said that Planyway is a product “made to Silicon Valley standards”.
Qubius, our new office booth for phone calls and conversations, took second place in the Industrial category. It was represented by Egor Vodnev, who received an invitation to the Start SUV finals and Startup Village semifinals.
Edustrator, a web service for administration of educational institutions, was awarded a special prize. Maria Dorofeeva, its founder, was invited to the IIDF part-time accelerator program.
As a result, we had three days packed full of meetings with investors and experts from Skolkovo, interesting startuppers from all over Siberia, representatives from Krasnoyarsk industrial enterprises and, of course, pitches – a lot of pitches!
“A recipe for success is a team. Sergey Koshevoy, Planyway’s creator, had an amazing idea. Our programmers and designers helped him to bring it to life. Our marketing team leveled up the product and helped to prepare the presentation (we’d been working until 3 A.M. on pitch day). What’s important at a startup is people. Then, the idea and the product itself. Then – and only then – money,” explained Sergey Dorofeev in an interview with Startup Tour.
In 2017, Rubius’s turnover grew by 40%, with the proportion of foreign projects at 52%. The average pay increased by 10% – a nice bonus to the household budgets of Rubius employees.
Geography. We opened a comfortable, new development office in central St. Petersburg and got closer to our partners in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Europe and the United States. We traveled to clients in the US, South Korea, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland and Kazakhstan. Here in Tomsk, we also received guests from Italy, the US and Finland. All in all, Rubius took part in more than 30 industry events around the world!
Our products. The sales of our own products increased by 32% compared to 2016: 444 licenses to new customers were sold. Rubius DrEAM has been registered in the National Software Registry at the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. We released a new product called Planyway – a calendar and timeline for Trello. It’s already gained more than 65,000 users from 190 countries! Planyway was named the #1 Product of the Day on Product Hunt, one of the largest sites for startups. Rubius Project Manager (RPM) took first place in the “Best Project Management System” rankings in Russia. The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration included RPM and Planyway in its list of modern IT solutions for effective management. Students of the Academy will learn about these tools. This year, we went through accelerator programs at Startup Sauna (Helsinki), the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (Moscow), StartupLab and Unicorn (Tomsk). In addition, we’ve developed two new products (that are secret, for now) that are already in closed beta testing… Keep an eye out for announcements in 2018!
Office and bonuses. Our office now has an area of over 1000 sq. m. It’s not only larger, but more comfortable: we have new wooden tables, a big coffee machine, a hoverboard, a waveboard, and bicycles. We’re saving time: you can take a yoga class, get a massage, or get your hair cut without ever leaving the office. We even have a rec room with table tennis and air hockey table. For their good work in 2017, all our employees received a nice pre-new year bonus, as well as voluntary health insurance policies with 300,000 RUB of coverage. We’re happy to take good care of our employees’ health!
Education. We held DevPRO the largest developer conference in Tomsk. This year, it was visited by almost 500 people from 122 companies in Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk. For the first time, we also held a DevPRO conference in Krasnoyarsk (together with D2D), which had more than 300 participants. We continue to support programming contests in Tomsk financially and logistically, as well as conducting technology seminars and teaching at Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk State University and Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics. Together with Ernst & Young, we ran a business school for economics students at Tomsk State University. We were included in regional and federal councils on the development of entrepreneurship and human capital; the first of our proposed initiatives will see the light of day as soon as next year.
Rubius Academy. More than 230 people are studying English and German at Rubius Academy; 55 of them are children. Sidenis, Stels, and Promotion became new clients of ours. Our teachers have received University of Cambridge certificates, giving them the right to teach in any country in the world.
We’d like to thank our clients and partners for their trust, interest in our products, and pleasant working relationships. With 2018 just days away, we wish you all a very happy new year!
On December 21, shortly before voting ended, browser extension Planyway managed to pull ahead of Facebook’s Facial Recognition tool and 22 other products from American and European companies. Planyway extends the functionality of Trello, the popular project management application with about 25 million users worldwide. It can also sync with Google, Outlook and Apple calendars. Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt and serial entrepreneur, tweeted about Planyway the following day.
“Launching Planyway on Product Hunt showed that our product is needed, and that many people like it. The number of unique visitors to the Planyway website tripled in just one day,” said project manager Sergey Koshevoy of Rubius, the company that develops the extension. As of December 26, 929 people have given Planyway their votes.
Planyway already has 65,000 users in 190 countries, with companies like Siemens, Intel, Uber, Google, Netflix and Stanford University among its clients. According to an estimate from Russian business news portal vc.ru, Product Hunt’s readership amounted to one million people by the end of the year.
The new office will be creating BIM solutions for design and construction, virtual and augmented reality products, as well as mobile and web applications. Its first customers are companies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Europe and the USA. The opening of the new office will allow Rubius to strengthen cooperation with our current strategic partners, including ASCON, LO CNITI, CDSK and other Russian and foreign clients.
Rubius developers in St. Petersburg have already begun creating a server for retail chains in New York, as well as a program module to optimize BIM models for 3D printers ordered by a Finnish company. Moreover, Rubius – together with longstanding Russian partner LO CNITI – has launched a new project based on augmented reality technology.
At the opening of the new office, LO CNITI director Andrey Lovygin said, “Together with Rubius, we are developing a mobile client to search for and identify equipment, based on augmented reality technology. It will help manage equipment repair and maintenance while monitoring process effectiveness within the company. Rubius has proven its ability to solve high-level technical tasks on more than one occasion, and I am sure this project won’t be an exception. In addition to that, we can start working on projects in the fields of machine learning and big data analytics.”
Geographic growth will allow Rubius to launch new projects with Renga Software, a joint venture of ASCON and 1C that deals with software development for building design with the use of BIM technologies.
“Now, with the time zone difference out of our way, our cooperation will be much easier,” said Yevgeny Shyvalov, CEO of Renga Software. “Following our customers’ requests, with the help of Rubius we can start working on applicable, field-specific solutions on the basis of Renga.”
Rubius’s office in St. Petersburg is its second one in Russia. Rubius also has representative offices in Moscow and New York.
Each year for good reasons smartwatches become more popular. According to the Strategy Analysis agency, 22 million were sold during the first quarter of 2017 up 4 million from 2016. Each global giant Apple, Sony, Samsung, Fitbit is working on its piece of the smartwatch solution.
Rubius, the Tomsk IT group, after in-depth assessment, feedback and experience from the market, developed the secure industrial smartwatch solution. Rubius with LO CNITI in 2015 released the first application of its kind for Apple Watch to monitor CNC machines. At the same time Rubius completed several projects for large industrial enterprises where smartwatch technology was applied. These two events were the main catalysts that fussed into our solid secure smartwatch.
Rubius CTO Anton Kudinov says: “The attempts to use mobile technology for production tasks have been made long before. However, smartphones and tablets are not the best options for it. As a rule, a worker employed in production needs both hands to do his job: he cannot hold his gadget, let alone type something or operate it somehow. Smartwatch is handier in this case: it displays the necessary information, notifies, contacts the control center, and so on.”
The majority of the smartwatches focus on everyday life management apps such as alarm clock, messenger, physical activity, etc., and these applications come installed, which is great for life use. However, they are a needless drain on the power for the work environment so for a client it means that the final cost of the device will be unreasonably higher. Also, to use smartwatches for specific purposes, for example, at military sites, Rubius has to make sure that there are no bookmarks, any prohibited base elements, or ways to transfer data via unsecure communication channels (as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). The company can only guarantee this with its own product but as a benefit the final cost for clients is considerably lower with Rubius Smartwatch.
Rubius smartwatches use functionality and technology that keeps it technically ahead of the leading brands. It is designed to track location of staff on industrial enterprise grounds and monitor their actions. The main watch feature is a combination of several technologies (for example, NFC and iBeacon) and know-how yet to be disclosed.
Rubius developer Anton Vaytulevich points out: “The combination of two technologies – NFC and iBeacon – helps to monitor where a specialist is and was, what operations he performed, and whether or not they were correct. At a facility, either iBeacon or NFC can be used depending on the goals of the control center. NFC helps to track location within the accuracy of 30 centimeters (otherwise 6 inches). A staff member only needs to bring the watch up to the equipment or tool with a NFC tag and after that an operator is notified about this. The cost of NFC tags are quite low so you can place and use an infinite amount of them.”
iBeacon is used when you need to know the total number of staff present at a facility and locate each person within an accuracy of 3 meters (10 feet). The gist of it is there are special beacons placed around the facility. When a watch gets within the beacon range the control center receives data about the watch’s owner location.
Technologies used in the smartwatch and its unique software allows it to deal with a variety of additional needs that the user can elect to use. Rubius developers added to their watches a heart rate monitor and other matrices to control the emotional state and physical activity of staff members. This function is highly used in the area of passenger transportation to monitor the driver or pilot state of being as well as hazardous production areas or military sites.
Anton Kudinov adds: “Smartwatches increase the level of work safety within an enterprise. In case of emergency, during a fire, for example, they help locate any person and check his status, as well as to make sure that everyone is evacuated.”
In the last few months, the Military gave high marks to the most recent Rubius prototype and are in the process of purchasing them in volume from Rubius with completion of the product data sheets and integrated testing under real-life conditions which are planned in late 2017 – early 2018.
At the IX International Forum ATOMEXPO 2017, Rubius company together with the Siberian Chemical Combine presented a 3D application for chemical production lines. The application mixes reality with the smartglasses Microsoft HoloLens.
Once inside a room, the user puts on the glasses and sees the real settings and objects around him. Then the application adds a full-sized 3D model of the production line combining the digital image with the real world. Users can check whether the equipment fits the room, and examine its configuration and technical specifications. The application can visualize models from: KOMPAS-3D, AutoCAD, SolidWorks and other well-known CAD tools.
“Mixed reality completes the classic approach to production design. Designers can see all the elements of the production line, as well as join, arrange and move things around. It prevents possible designing and equipment placement issues, and helps bring a project to the client and facilitates approval faster,” Rubius Chief Technology Officer Anton Kudinov says.
The application was demonstrated to the Director General of the State Corporation “Rosatom” Alexey Likhachev, the President of the fuel company “TVEL” Yury Olenin, the Rector of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI Mikhail Strikhanov, and the Vice-President for SNF and RW of ASE Group of Companies Grigory Sosnin.
Whats more, the application can be used for training staff on how to properly use the equipment before it’s assembled, as well as for demonstrations of operations sequence during the repair and maintenance processes. Specialists can view the inner working of the equipment, assemble and disassemble it according to the maintenance requirements. Smartglasses combined with the Rubius application reduces costly errors made during assembly of equipment, in both the factory and field.
Rubius released Google Chrome extension allowing you to use Trello as your week planner.
It has interface like Google Calendar but you can manage your schedule right on the Trello board. You can drag cards to the calendar to specify time or create a new one right here. All cards with due dates will be shown on the calendar.
At the top of the calendar you can create all-day or multi-day events. It allows you to plan longtime tasks and display your project timeline. Event takes the card label color. Also, you can display the archived cards to view the history of accomplished tasks.
If you want to use Trello not only as task lists but for planning your time as well, Planyway extension will be a real find for you.
Each New Year we take stock and make plans. In 2016 it was not so easy for Russian businesses due to the intensified sanctions and a general decline in the economy. Despite this, Rubius Company showed strong growth in all areas.
Main results for 2016. Rubius increased its revenue by 25.5%. The staff grew to 100+ people, including 10 PhDs in Engineering Science, which indirectly shows a higher intellectual level of ongoing projects. The average annual salary increased by 22% that allows us to attract more qualified and efficient professionals.
Abroad. The share of foreign projects increased from 54% to 65%. Teams of Rubius programmers visited South Korea, Germany, and the United States, where they implemented complicated projects at Сustomers’ workplaces. This year we also hosted programmers from the United States to share their experiences in the development of joint projects.
Our products. Rubius own products sales increased by 17.5%. In 2016 we attracted 32 corporate clients including one more distributor in Southeast Asia. We released a new product, Rubius DrEAM – an enterprise asset management system. Rubius Project Manager (RPM) became one of the standard packages in the Unified Register of Russian Software and is being implemented by state institutions. We made presentations at major specialized conferences: Project Management Institute, Downstream Russia, Virtual Reality Developers Conference (San Francisco), VIII International IT-Forum. Rubius joined the National Association of Software Developers “National Software” (alongside with 1C, ABBYY, ASCON).
Victories. Rubius was, rated first as the most interesting exporting Tomsk IT-companies by popular vote. Our team won the Hackathon “Open Data of Tomsk Region”. One of the Rubius developers became the 178-th on the list of best programmers in the world according to Codeforces and a Rubius designer took first place, out of 31 participants, in the Web Design UI Challenge. We are proud to have professionals of such a high level on our team.
Education. We conducted the largest yet Tomsk DevPRO Conference for developers together with Microsoft with 450 people participating. There was a meeting with 80 frontend developers of Tomsk JS. Many of our staff continue to teach at Tomsk technical universities (TPU, TSU, and TUSUR).
Rubius Language Center (RLC). More than 200 people from 12 companies study English, German and Spanish at RLC. We received our state license for educational activity, which allows us to issue state certificates. RLC teachers and trainers organize business games and workshops on conflict management techniques, public speaking and team management for employees of companies that have English language clients. This year three groups of children, up to 3 years old, started studying at RLC. Five new teachers two of which are native English speakers joined our team. More than 1,500 people watched our video about the secrets of doing business abroad within one month.
Office and new bonuses. The company now occupies two floors, it is just under 9000 ft2. We created an open terrace with a swing off of the second floor. Our employees gather there for lunch in the summer, and in the winter they build SnowGeeks. We put in a new kitchen, lunch hall, climate control, storage room, etc. The Rubius team is environmentally conscious and recycles. We have extra crafts: one of our team made a really cool levitating logo. We now have a massage and nap room for the employees. The Company doubled its staff bonuses for sports and pays those who teach at universities and institutes. We gave a Christmas bonuses to all our full-time employees. We continue to strengthen family values: we gave extra pay to employees for the 2 weddings and 5 births this year.
Thanks to our customers, partners and employees together we have this fantastic cooperation and with our continuing goal to strengthen your business and products, Rubius looks forward to a new fruitful year.
Rubius developed a mobile application “OkeyCity” for Okey bonus system. The bonus system was created by Loymax and it brings together 13 of the largest retail chains in Tomsk. KFC restaurant chain, INTERSPAR supermarket chain, “Children’s World” store chain of children’s goods and others are among its clients.
Since September 2016 the application has been available on Google Play for all users of Android devices. The users can:
- Receive notification of promotional events and their venues
- Control bonus points replenishment and spending
- Track history and list of purchased goods
- Save time at store – make electronic a shopping list
- Combine data from multiple bonus cards
Previously to see any information you had to go to their site but now there is a more convenient app for your smartphone where you instantly receive notifications.
The application helps companies to:
- Increase sales – targeted customers are always aware of all promotional events at the store
- Strengthen the credibility of your business – transparent charging and spending scheme of bonuses makes the service open and honest
The application is developed based on today’s cross-platform technologies, which allow us to simultaneously create any application for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. This reduces development costs for all customers and the execution time of the project.
At the forum “White Nights of CAD 2016” in St. Petersburg, the company introduced Rubius DrEAM – equipment maintenance and repair management system and a platform for building MRO application systems.
When developing Rubius DrEAM, the years of Rubius experience in the development of asset management systems, oil and gas and chemical industries were taken into account. This rich experience includes OGK-2 – the division of Gazprom, Tomskgazprom, Vostokgazprom and Sibmetakhim.
Rubius DrEAM is designed for automation of services responsible for the proper technical condition of the equipment, and solves the following main tasks:
- Certification of equipment
Rubius DrEAM allows keeping configurable passports and taking into account equipment specifications, service standards, as well as defects, failures, shutdown and downtime. For clarity and quick navigation the hierarchical structure of the equipment may be represented as a tree, tables, lists, and even 3D-model.
Rubius DrEAM automatically calculates the graphic plans of repairs, inspections and maintenance on the basis of regulations or information on the actual operating time of the equipment. Schedules can be planned for month, quarter or year. The system allows synchronizing the work of related services (mechanical engineering, power engineering, technology, etc.) and it automates permits to work issuing.
- Execution and Control
Owing to electronic journals and summary of work on the implementation of plan execution, reports can be followed in a real-time mode that helps to monitor the progress of the plans. Mobile workstation offers users an opportunity to report on the work performed and to be notified with upcoming or overdue tasks, it, also, automates the inspection of equipment and introduction of flaws and failures information.
- Analysis and Reporting
Integrated analysis module enables to create plan-fact analysis of execution plans, helps to plan the needs for material and technical resources, calculate the most optimal project terms. The module construction of reporting allows users to create standard and configurable reports and export them to Excel or Web.
Rubius DrEAM integrates with ERP-system and inventory control systems for generating the applications of material and technical resources. The applications are calculated on the basis of norms of materials and equipment, flaw statements or norms of emergency reserve. In addition, all electronic archive of technical standards with reference to the equipment and tasks is stores in the system.
According to Anton Kudinov, technical director of Rubius Company: “Due to the data by A. T. Kearney’s consultancy the need for such systems grows in the years of crisis. This is not an accident. MRO automation reduces costs by an average of 25-30% of the equipment, increases equipment readiness for exploitation by 15-17%, and reduces excess of inventory by 21%. In this case the payback period of such systems does not exceed 1-2 years.”
Use Rubius DrEAM to increase the availability and relevance of information, performing discipline of employees and optimization of business processes of your company.
June 8 – 9, Rubius Company took part in “VIII International IT Forum Featuring BRICS and SCO countries” in Khanty-Mansiysk. The forum aims at sharing the best practices in the development of the information society and promoting high-tech projects. Over 2000 people from 38 countries have taken part in the business part of the Forum this year. Rubius delegates made presentations in the main program of the Forum and showcased their software products.
During “Open Region” panel discussion Anton Kudinov made a presentation on “Big Data Processing for the authorities (BigData)”. Search for violations of the law by the example of the analysis of publicly available information on the public procurement website was demonstrated. A number of violations, such as replacement of characters, understated terms or inflated costs, as well as purchases from a single supplier for no reason were detected by Rubius system.
Sergey Koshevoy made a presentation on “IT Infrastructure for Digitization of Electronic Archives” at “Electronic Archive: Present and Future” round table. He presented a service, designed to digitize paper manuscript archives. Automation system for operators in cases where the automatic recognition of archival documents is not possible was demonstrated.
Anton Kudinov also made a presentation on “Development of Information Systems for Fuel & Energy Complex” at “Peculiarities of Information System Development in Oil and Gas Industry” round table. Many years of practical experience in automation and development of corporate geographic information systems for production management and fixed assets of oil and gas and chemical industries were summed up.
Rubius Company introduced its own software products in the booth:
- Rubius Electric Suite – 0,4-10 kV Transmission Lines and Storm Protection software
- Rubius DrEAM – Equipment Maintenance and Repair Management software, a platform for building application systems for maintenance and repair
- Rubius Project Manager – Project Management System with calendar-network planning, progress of work monitoring and resource management
Rubius booth was visited by special guests of the Forum: Natalia Komarova – Governor of Ugra, Nikolai Nikiforov – Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and Faith Muthambi – Minister of Communications of South Africa.
As a result, Rubius Project Manager will be implemented in a number of federal regions of the Russian Federation by the state authorities according to preliminary agreement.
On May 24-27 Rubius took part in the Annual Forum of the “White Nights CAD” in St. Petersburg. During 19 years, “White Nights CAD” has been serving as a meeting platform for software developers and representatives of industrial and design companies. This year, the Forum was attended by representatives of 89 companies from 47 cities of Russia, in total more than 250 people.
Rubius presented reports and software solutions in the “Engineering and Instrumentation” and “Industrial and Civil Engineering” sections.
Anton Kudinov, the company’s chief technology officer, spoke on “Management of maintenance and repair (MRO)”. He told about the problems of maintenance and repair of systems and the effects of their implementation. System for MRO and a platform for building MRO application systems – Rubius DrEAM were presented to the audience. This product was of great interest to industrial enterprises, system integrators and software implementation experts.
The research and development (R&D) director, Ilya Novoseltsev presented his report “Implementation of planning systems in design institutes,” in which he spoke about the difficulties design organizations faced in the implementation of corporate project management systems. Particularly, Ilya showed the possibilities of the project management system Rubius Project Manager, which is included in the Russian software register and is specifically designed for project organizations.
As a result of the meetings, the beta testing agreement was made with a number of design organizations. There was also made an agreement on DrEAM distribution between Rubius and “ASCON-Production solutions” Moscow.
On the 23-d of April the IV annual conference of professional developers DevPRO organized by Rubius Company in collaboration with Microsoft Innovation Center and Tomsk Polytechnic University took a place in Tomsk. Now DevPRO is the largest IT-conference in Tomsk. Over 400 people took a part in it this year. 89% of them are professional developers and managers of 68 Tomsk companies. The remaining 11% – students and teachers of Tomsk universities.
There have been two sections at DevPRO this year. The executives from lead Tomsk IT-companies share their experience in software development and quality assurance management, team building, end etc. In particular, Rubius Company founder Sergey Dorofeev presentenced “Soft skills for software” report about soft skills importance for developers. In technical sections lead developers presented their real-life experience in automated frontend testing, 3D-visualization, Xamarin, AngularJS and NoSQL technologies usage.
The reports were alternated with Siberian coffee breakes with berry drinks and pancakes. The official program was completed with drawing of original IT T-shorts, genuine space food and posters with Yuri Gagarin.
After the reports on OpenSpace section the participants share with the collogues and experts with their real-life experience in management, quality assurance, mobile, desktop and web applications development.
At the end about 80 most active participants moved to a restaurant nearby and continued their discussions informally.
We invite you to DevPRO 2017!
In December Rubius delegation took part at “CIS & CEE Downstream Project Management” conference. It is the largest annual conference held in Milan, Italy. The participants of the conference – the leading mining companies, refinery and petrochemical plants, construction contractors, design institutes and technology providers. This year’s conference was attended by over 140 delegates, 85% out of them were the first executives.
Rubius Company experts presented a report on the introduction of the features of project management systems in the design institutes. The report generalized practical experience in introducing software project management, the main problems and ways to overcome them.
At its booth, Rubius company presented Rubius Project Manager – project management system, which allows you to significantly increase the efficiency of planning and execution of projects to make it transparent, verifiable and measurable. That helps to significantly save company’s money and to raise the profitability of businesses and projects.
In addition, a great interest among the participants was caused by the accumulation of experience in the development of control systems maintenance and equipment maintenance (Plant Maintenance) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).
The conference concluded with a tour to ENI refinery in Sannazzaro. The representatives of the refinery were shown Rubius products for automation of shipment and transfer of end products, as well as solutions for staff training and management service based on NFC-tags.
As a result of the conference the preliminary contracts for the supply of Rubius Project Manager to the design departments of several large holdings, as well as custom development of specialized corporate systems for refineries were made.
New Year is the time to sum up the results and approve the new plans. Overall, 2015 was not easy for the Russian market due to the general decline in economic activity and an unstable ruble, which affected all the sectors of the economy.
Despite this, Rubius Company showed strong growth in all areas:
- In 2015, Rubius Company increased its turnover by 107%, which is another doubling (7th consecutive year since its foundation). The turnover from international projects increased by 258% and amounted to 54% of the total turnover. The sales of our own products managed to increase by 20%. The average salary in the company increased by 22%, which is pretty good for such a difficult year.
- Outside of Russia. Rubius delegation visited Korea and took part in the Global Mobile Vision 2015. There were two visits to China. Rubius experts participated in the conference “CIS & CEE Downstream Project Management” in Italy. DPLabs team took part in the annual meeting of the European division of DP Technology in Milan. As a result of the trip, DPLabs team was given the development of important components of ESPRIT CAM. The team of another (secret for now and very interesting project) greatly expanded team and became a part of a distributed team Tomsk-California-Florida. Being in Tomsk (amid cedar Taiga and human size piles of snow), we are developing the world-class projects.
- Our products. We committed a real breakthrough in the development of Rubius Project Manager (RPM) – functionality doubled and the speed of the database grew significantly. Among the new RPM users there are 14 major enterprises, including Moscow Nipi Gradplan Company and Central Aero-Hydrodynamic Institute. Rubius Electric Suite (RES) was purchased by 17 new companies, including one Sibur department, Severstal and Rosatom. Every year the interest to our products continues to grow.
- Victories. Rubius employees became the winners of city chess tournament, the regional award in the field of entrepreneurship “Business triumph of 2015”, took I place in Hackathon SmartHack and III place (of 29 teams) in the competition for business programming “SibKod-2015”. The head of the Language Centre took the II place in the All-Russian and III place (out of 280 participants) in the international competition of professional educators. We are proud of our employees and their achievements!
- Education. Rubius employees taught at TPU, TSU and TUSUR. This year, we were amid the experts of the competition of innovation projects in TPU, we participated in the jury of Microsoft Hackathon. We organized the III Conference “Development Professionals” (DevPRO), more than 250 participants from Tomsk, Kemerovo and Novosibirsk. It was a huge success. Now DevPRO is the largest IT-conference for developers in Tomsk. Education project seminar.rubius.com (together with TPU) got a push forward. It was attended by more than 200 developers. We are building a professional IT-community and world IT-center here in Tomsk.
- Rubius Language Center. Among the new corporate clients of Rubius Language Center (RLC) this year are 4 Tomsk Companies: INTEC, Universal Terminal Systems, SibHitecCenter and Avantel. Now, the center is training more than 180 people. Two professional teachers and three native speakers joined RLC team. Spanish courses and English language courses for children from 3 years started for our clients. We are delighted to contribute to the expansion of Tomsk IT-companies to foreign markets.
- Office. The company occupies two floors of the business center (660+ sq. m.) There is a new spacious kitchen, lounge (nap-room) and a conference room. A professional florist is taking care of the office flowers. The most popular stuff is table football (the gift from the partners). We plan to arrange a summer terrace on the roof of the building next to the kitchen in order to be able to come up to the terrace with a cup of coffee and discuss a new revolutionary idea with colleagues, sitting at a table in the open air on a sunny day.
- Marketing. We completely redesigned the external image of the Company. Our new website www.rubius.com was developed. Our flagship products – Rubius Project Manager and Rubius Electric Suite got their websites and a new corporate identity. We are actively covering in social media our events and provide an opportunity to touch upon our internal culture.
- Team. Rubius puts a lot of efforts into making a creative atmosphere, finding and training new employees. This year, the team has grown to 80 employees; some of them work in Novosibirsk and Moscow. There were a wedding and the birth of two children in Rubius!
We are grateful to our customers and partners for the fruitful collaboration. We hope that the cooperation with Rubius helps to strengthen your positions and we believe that our business and our friendly relations will continue in 2016!
Rubius Company has won KOTRA (Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) program and took part in Global Mobile Vision 2015. This largest exhibition of mobile and telecommunication industry takes place for the eighth time in Seoul, Korea. At the conference, meetings and negotiations with equipment and mobile technologies manufacturers were held.
After the exhibition, the development of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) system based on C3D geometric kernel (let us remind that Rubius Company is C3D authorized developer and has already used it in the similar ESPRIT ExtraCAD) was discussed.
The main achievement of the trip is an agreement with a company specializing in the automation of business processes in the largest multinational holdings. Rubius Project Manager, a project management system, has aroused great interest. The works to adapt Rubius Project Manager for the Korean market are being done.
On the way back the company’s representatives visited several cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao and Urumqi. This is the second trip of Rubius Company management to East Asia. Back in August, the official Rubius representative office was opened in Shanghai.
At the request of LO CNITI the world’s first application for Apple Watch for a CNC machine was designed in Rubius company. The first version of Monitoring CNC app for iOS and Android mobile systems was designed in Rubius Company back in 2013. The new version now supports watchOS allowing you to have up to date information on a company’s equipment stock anywhere in the world right on your wrist in real time.
When the program is launched, the watch displays a list of accessible equipment, a number and designation of each machine tool, a status of a particular tool (cycle, accident and malfunction). When choosing a machine tool, Apple Watch screens display data about an operator and a current task of a particular machine.
Future versions of the app will provide users with technical data from CNC machine tool systems, such as spindle speed, feed rate and current coordinates.
This application is a part of Monitoring СNC-a MES/MDC-complex (Foreman) hardware and software, represented by the St. Petersburg company LO CNITI.
Rubius Company presented a new version of Rubius Project Manager 4.1 – project management system. In the new version, particular attention was focused on promoting of functionality, as well as on performance and usability of the system.
Here are some features of the new version:
The possibility of creating a basic plan (approved version) and its comparison with the current plan is implemented. A graphical comparison of the current terms with the basic one draws conclusions about deviations and the overall progress.
When working with the project, the information is displayed only about the resources from the pool, rather than all the resources of the company, which speeds up the system performance and the speed of the plan performance.
The possibility of the rates assignment for each employee in a particular project is implemented. It allows calculating the project profitability when the company changes the value of its services, while continuing to carry out long-term contracts at the old rate or in the case of working at a higher rate with certain customers.
Reports on time spent (actual work) function is allocated in a special module, “Report on the task”. Due to this, the users do not need the installation of the planning module.
Standard set of reports is extended. The reports on all the plans and time sheet of employees are available. It allows keeping track of each employee’s workload for all projects, identifying the drawbacks and overloaded staff.
The set of tools to work with a Gantt chart is expanded. Now you can add a milestone (zero duration of work), which allows marking and tracking important events of the project. The support of the links such as: start-to-start, finish-to-finish, start-to-finish with the support of the lead/lag time between the tasks execution is implemented. Auto binding/unbinding of the tasks functions are added. To bind a large number of tasks simply select them in the table and choose the command to bind, which greatly accelerates the process of planning. Automatic scaling of the project schedule is performed. Now, when loading a Gantt chart or by user’s request the entire schedule fits into one screen, allowing you to see the status of the project as a whole.
A series of functions and combinations of “hot” keys appeared which appeared to be a significant work simplification. Plan search by its title is implemented, which speeds the navigation in the list of plans. Fast editing of a text to a table of plans has become possible just by pressing F2. Copying resources between the objectives of the plan with the help of keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V is implemented, which speeds up the appointment of executors. Copying of the resources between tasks of the plan by using keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V is added, which speeds up the assignment of executors.
Interface settings are improved. Also, saving of user’s settings interface that provides maximum ease of use every time you start RPM is performed. The ability to show/hide individual columns is added in the list of plans. Hiding the individual columns allows displaying only the necessary information about the plans, which speeds up the downloading of the list of plans.
Bidirectional data communication with MS Project is performed. Export of the actual values and the types of resources from an RPM to MS Project is added, as well as import of plans from MS Project to RPM. Now MS Project users can switch to RPM just in a few clicks, saving all the important information.
It is important to note that the functionality implemented is made in accordance with an approved Rubius Project Manager development plan, calculated by the end of 2016. According to the plan, network planning tools, accounting material resources, physical volume accounting, a risk analysis module and “what-if” module analysis of different options plans will be implemented in the newest versions.
Rubius is 10 years old! From a small start-up in the basement of a building at TUSUR, we’ve grown to become an international company with our own products, serious customers and the coolest development team of more than 100 people – and that’s a cause for a celebration!
On the birthday of the company, the staff from all the offices – Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tomsk – gathered to commemorate the occasion at one the most popular recreation center. Sergey Dorofeev, Sergey Koshevoy, and Anton Kudinov spoke about the company’s plans for the future and new perks for the employees: Rubius now has a stylish electric scooter, a free taxi, a Yamaguchi YA-6000 Axiom massage chair and a few delicious treats in the kitchen. The employees, in return, presented the management with a Panasonic HC-V770 video camera.
Those who have been in the company for a year received warm, branded sweatshirts as a tradition. You can’t miss them in the streets!
Afterward, there were free activities for everyone who came, held on the river, under the sun, inside spacious gazebos with snacks and in a huge area for socialization and entertainment. On three courts, teams played bumper ball, volleyball and football. Brave men mastered rafting on the river, tried to saddle a horse and learned to walk again on jumping stilts. Outdoor shooting went on until the evening; in a large gazebo, there were board games and a Sony PlayStation 4. The festivities ended with a hot sauna and songs by the fire. It was the best corporate party in Rubius history!
In Tomsk, Rubius took part in EdCrunch, an international educational conference. The conference brought together about 800 people, including 150 leading Russian and foreign experts.
Five Rubius specialists were invited to serve as experts and moderators on panels dedicated to machine learning, digital technologies in education and occupations of the future. Together with other experts, they discussed the creation of effective learning environments and VR/AR applications in engineering education, and shared their experiences working with our partner, Tomsk State University. On the “Competencies of the 21st Century” panel, head of Rubius Academy Olga Maltseva spoke on how to create courses of advanced training with registration up to two months before their start dates, and what today’s IT specialists should be taught.
At the EdCrunchPark exhibition, we presented Ustrator, a web service for administration of educational institutions, and demonstrated augmented reality-assisted training using HoloLens. Anyone had a chance to try to work at our AR training ground and see the convenience of this technology.
The Tomsk IT community has reached two significant milestones: we officially opened GDG Tomsk (Google Developer Groups) and organized the largest meetup in Tomsk dedicated to machine learning and computer vision. Thanks to the meetup’s open format, we managed to gather 120 specialists and hear presentations from 6 speakers.
At the meetup, we discussed issues relating to named entity recognition and clustering, improving the accuracy of real estate valuations using satellite imagery analysis, use of current machine learning systems for travelers tracking, advanced algorithms for detection and face recognition, use of VR in preparing training materials and various projects we could work on together.
The problems addressed and the level of the discussions have shown that machine learning has been rapidly growing in Tomsk, and we have competent specialists who are ready to share their experience.
We would like to thank Enbisys, Econophysica, Technika dela, UNIGINE, Elecard and Tomsk Machine Learning community for their active role in the meetup, and Boiling Point Tomsk for the provided space and live webcast. Thanks to them, such meetups are now possible in Tomsk.
Rubius team is back from CodeFest conference in Novosibirsk.
Twenty-four guys left Tomsk and Moscow offices in search of new knowledge and experiences. We listened to presentations, and communicated to speakers and colleagues from other IT companies. It’s rewarding to know that trending technologies discussed at the conference – Vue.js, Xamarin, React Native, Realm and .NET Core – are technologies that Rubius already uses successfully in our production.
Carrying on a Rubius tradition, we dined at a nice café, shared our impressions with one another and celebrated the achievements of our colleagues who had earned Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer credentials just a few days before the conference.
Rubius analyst Yevgeny Miroshnichenko gave a talk at Boiling Point – Tomsk titled “Requirements engineering: how to understand the customer and not mess up the project”. He shared his experience on how to work with customers in order to draft the right requirements for a project and make it a success.
Together with the audience, he analyzed the examples of real project requirements and found inaccuracies in them. Yevgeny also recommended some standards, guidelines and resources for self-education.
170 people from 67 companies and universities registered for the seminar. Yevgeny also fielded the questions from the participants, on some topics such as how to build effective communication with customers and how to take into account all their interests.
New perk for Rubius employees: private medical insurance with 300,000 rubles in coverage. It includes examinations, tests, and treatment at Tomsk best clinics.
Here’s how we stay healthy at Rubius: we have a ping-pong table, pull-up bar, massage center, and bonuses for physical activity. Healthy employees are more proactive and creative in solving complex problems.
We want to get as many talented students as possible into IT. That is why we designed and constructed a huge world map out of 100 most advanced technologies in the industry. You can find it in a lecture hall of Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR).
Our entire team contributed to the map. We wanted to show that IT has no borders, and that globalized products can be created right here in Tomsk. What’s important is choosing the right tools for the job.
Thanks to Pavel Senchenko, Dean of the Faculty of Control Systems at TUSUR, for supporting this initiative!
Our beloved SnegoGeek got a true friend – a snow SnegoDog with a tablet in his chaps. In the mornings, making a cup of fragrant coffee, we feast our eyes with their easygoing look and smile automatically in return.
December 14 we held a meetup on ASP.NET Core in the “Boiling Point – Tomsk” – a modern framework for web applications. Leading developers of DP Labs team (Rubius subdivision) Artur Drobinskiy and Anton Finko shared their experience of its using in Enterprise and Startup projects. The guys told about the pros and cons of ASP.NET Core, cross-platform (Linux, Mac, Docker), competitors, alternatives and troubles that you can encounter when working with this framework.
More than 60 developers from 20 companies and universities came down. The participants actively asked questions which flew into the backroom discussions.
Some days ago we invited the students from TUSUR (Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics) to look around the company. They asked a great number of questions such as what technologies and tools we use, and what will be in trend in the nearest future. Some students even stayed to meet with our developers, designers and QA-engineers. One of them, Sergey Saprunov, told us that they were really impressed with how everything works in Rubius.
– To be honest, the event was exiting. We visited the office of one of the largest IT companies in Tomsk and saw its working environment (it is really awesome). They told us about the projects and specialists required to do the job. It would be great if they turned that event into the Career Day.
Rubius invites students for job training every year. Quite often some of them stay with Rubius team after it.
Sergey Dorofeev gave several speeches at the official opening of “Boiling Point” in Tomsk, a space for creative communications and brainstorming. Sergey shared his view on what Tomsk is missing to become an identifiable brand in the IT business world, as well as his experience in participating in Russian and European acceleration programs.
“Boiling Point” is a 600 square meter center designed to meet the latest global trends in the organization of creative space, where businessmen, experts, and students meet and work as one team.
Sergey donated the book called “Good to great” to the “Boiling Point” library, mostly because it had a significant impact on the management approach at Rubius during its early years. So we hope more people could find it useful.
When you are proud of the company you work in, you want to wear sweatshirts with its logo and drink only from branded mugs. And this year we tried something new – branded cars! Thanks to guys, they became the pioneers and brought our idea to life!
As most know, for several years Rubius has been working on the augmented reality so no great surprise when Sergey Dorofeev and Anton Kudinov were invited to talk at the World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 in Sochi about new educational approaches to engineering.
Sergey and Anton came equipped not to lecture but to let our future engineers experience real augmented solutions. With about 50,000 participants from 185 countries, Microsoft HoloLens were busy demonstrating Rubius leading solutions for designers, architectures, equipment repair as well as the virtual training grounds.
With many countries already investing $50+ billion in this method of education, Sergey and Anton with experts from British Higher School of Art & Design, TSU, TPU, Lektorium project and Zillion.net discussed the prospects of this new educational method in Russia with an unexpected conclusion. They all agreed that such things as online-training and augmented reality applications at less cost help students study better, quicker and give easier access to knowledge but it doesn’t develop the desired soft skills required by employers. Mentoring that traditional university preserves along with the synergy and encouragement that grows the minds from the interaction of talented students is still a very important role in the development of soft skills.
The Festival was abundant with professionals from different fields and countries, thousands of students, multi-faceted presentations, warm bright entertaining sites that welcomed everyone to Sochi.
Hope to see you there next year.
Our co-worker from DP Labs Anton Morozov did a great job at the conference DevFest Siberia 2017. He did more than just sitting and listening to presentations: he studied and put into practice his knowledge about Web Sockets, Web vulnerabilities, image steganography, encrypted disks, PGP signatures, Bitcoin blockchain, capturing Wi-Fi packets, Edgar Allan Poe cipher, Morse code, one-time pad encryption, Kasiski’s method and hacking CAPTCHA. More than this, Anton had to bypass the real lock with picklocks. Nothing illegal! All that was within Blacklight quest.
Only 15 most stouthearted players had gone to the end. They were awarded with books and IoT devices. Anton and one other participant from Tomsk were named the winners in a number of independently completed tasks and contributed to the overall progress. They got a Grove Starter Kit Plus, a modular electronic platform for quick prototyping, from DEF CON 25 Hacking Conference in Las Vegas.
Anton, we are so proud of you, You Rock!
Last weekend twelve of us from Rubius attended the conference DevFest Siberia 2017 hosted by Google Developer Group in Novosibirsk. This event gave us a chance to acquire new knowledge, discuss a lot of crucial issues and we just had a lovely time.
For two days we listened to 30 amazing presentations, visited informative workshops and got to know developers from other companies. Our colleague Anton Morozov participated in the thrilling quest Blacklight and won, receiving a special prize from the conference organizers.
Also, we visited Yandex office in Novosibirsk where there was a friendly chess tournament, we discussed Machine Learning trends and invited them to DevPRO’18. We passed the rest of the evening sharing our impressions and future plans in a fine restaurant.
This last Saturday, our tight knit company threw an exciting and active outdoors Family Day.
For us, Family Day is the day when our employees take their soulmates, children, and pets to spend time in the open fresh air of the Siberian countryside. Not a corporate event where every step you take is planned but refreshing time to gather together and do the simple things that we find funny.
We rented a recreational area not far from Tomsk and as an annual tradition Sergey Koshevoy made pilaf. To make sure that everyone got a plate full of his signature dish we found a gigantic 28-liter wok pan and it must have been blessed because the vast number of people that came back for seconds were not turned away.
While Sergey was sweating over the hot flames, people busied themselves by setting the table, others ran off to play volleyball, badminton or football. Children were biking here and there, running across the woods and looking for mushrooms, and some of them started roasting marshmallows over the campfire before lunch.
By evening, most of us were exhausted and found a place around the campfire at some grilled fish, pork, and chicken, we drank mulled wine, sang at the tops of our lungs to a guitar, while our children humored themselves by throwing twigs into the fire.
We’d like to thank everyone who was with us on this Family Day, it was amazing!
At Startup Sauna Accelerator in Finland, we worked with startups from all over the world. They are all dreaming of going Unicorn and getting all the benefits of a large, VC backed startup. Many of them were dreaming of having their own personal massage therapist. And you know what? They gasp with surprise when they learn that Rubius has already a massage therapist for the team.
But massage for us is a way of keeping healthy, not just image. Getting a massage perfectly relaxes the muscles of back and neck and improves blood circulation. This is especially important for developers because they spend most of the day at their computers. It’s really cool that the guys in the office can get a massage with a 50% discount.
You don’t have to sacrifice health or rush somewhere at the end of the day – the best massage therapist of the city is already working for Rubius.
Rubius 9th birthday was celebrated, with its teams from Moscow and Tomsk at a picturesque recreation center on the banks of the Ob River, in July.
It started with the team leaders giving the highlights of June. Startup Sauna in Finland; business trips to both the USA and Moscow; the cooperative beginning with Rosatom Corporation; new-user growth with our products and a few other items. The coolest message that was delivered during the presentation is that 46% of Rubius annual revenue come from new customers that were recommended to us by our existing customers and this is why we like working for Rubius, the company that really reflects high quality as its main value.
After the highlights, we got down to the quest, team building on the lawn. The games intertwined our corporate values and gave cases from the life and times of Rubius in a fun playful way while developing and answering questions as we played in teams. The quest ended with the secret rites of initiations for newbies (less than a year in Rubius). We presented them lapel pin that symbolize being a part of the Rubius Team. And as each year stylish corporate sweatshirts with a Rubius logo we given to those who made it through the year.
The employees gave a gift to the management but really to the whole company – an air hockey table. Now in the game room there is a nice and useful perk for all of us.
Then the fun really got going. The Old Russian tradition of the banya (dry sauna) was stoked and the guys were sitting in there and beating each other with birch branches. Volleyball games commenced and did not end until the sunset. The center had an obstacle course and the superhuman seemed to come out of most everybody. The barbeque lured everyone at one time or another. Some humored themselves by watching the events. Some took it easy on the swings or walking. Most everyone chatted up a storm.
By evening things began to settle down and we built a fire and guitars appeared and we sang and laughed until dawn.
We met Aspirity team from Krasnoyarsk at DevPRO’17 conference. It turned out that we are like-minded in the way we think and work.
At the end of May they came to Tomsk to exchange experience. We walked Aspirity through our office, shared our approach to recruiting staff and providing relaxed and creative environment for our team as well as our budgeting and accounting system.
Aspirity team held open seminars for us and the other Tomsk IT companies. They talked about marketing, Kaizen-based company management, introducing company regulations, and development of young professionals. Later that night we had a great time in a café telling funny stories about programmers’ life.
Aspirity even shot a movie about their trip. You can watch it in the Aspirity and Rubius group. We are glad that a fortuitous meeting at DevPRO has turned into such friendship and cooperation: we already work on common projects, exchange peculiarities of corporate culture, and share knowledge.
The creative and informal atmosphere in Rubius gives a handle to come to work with pleasure. That is why from time to time you can find nice “perks” in our office.
Recently the guys have offered to get a professional ping-pong table, and the heads supported this idea. Now, during the breaks, we have really hot team tournaments for a challenge prize – a toy cow. Some guys hold it for a week! We even have a special chat where ping-pong fans share the latest news and schedule of the tournaments.
By the way, ping-pong is a very useful entertainment. It is a dynamic game in which a small ball helps eyes to relax and brain to switch to another activity. After a game the productivity increases, the tasks are easily solved and the guys are cheered up!
The efficiency of the activities of any project-based enterprises directly depends on the effectiveness of each of its projects and the current field of project management has not encouraged efficiency well. In the last few years, our experts have investigated the issue of efficiency, studied those who develop PM tools, considered possible development strategies and concluded that to gain the efficiency that we needed we had to create our own project management tool and this was the beginning of Rubius Project Manager (RPM).
RPM is a software tool for project management with the functions of calendar-network planning, monitoring the progress of work and resource management.
The following key benefits are:
- Project portfolio management
- Collective work on the plan
- Tracking the load of resources for all projects
- Automatic collection of work and adjustment of plans
- Current status of project implementation
- Typical projects and work directory
- Integration with EDMS and other systems
It is a packaged solution with extensive project management functionality taking into account the business processes of each customer who have their own peculiarities. Rubius works to always meet their client’s needs, offering their product adaptation services for businesses.
One of those customers is FAVEA. The client wanted to have advanced features for importing projects created in RPM, in MS Project in MPP format. Now we import the following:
- Export of RPM Plan Structure
- Supports MS Project 2003, 2007, 2010 editions
- Supports manipulating projects in MPD (Microsoft Project Database) format
- Export of Plan Resources
- Supports modifying base settings and data like Schedule type, Start and Finish dates and Currency format settings etc.
- Supports access to all root structures like Calendars, Tasks, Resources, Resource assignments and Relations etc.
- Supports access to all basic and advanced properties of Calendars, Tasks, Resources, Resource assignments and Relations etc.
- Supports reading and managing Tasks, Recurring Tasks, Resources, Resource Assignments, Relations and Calendars etc.
- Export of calendars
- Define weekdays for the calendar
- Define exceptions in calendars
- Export of task colors
- Supports access to all basic and advanced properties of Calendars, Tasks, Resources, Resource assignments and Relations etc.
- Export of additional plan information
- Update custom properties of MPP Project files and write them back to original MPP format
- Supports working with projects in XML format at lower level and gain full control over the document without using Aspose.Tasks engine
Due to the tight deadlines for tasks implementation, it was decided to use a ready-made component that handled all the problems.
Having carried out a comparative analysis of the developers’ components represented on the market, we chose Aspose.Tasks, Aspose Company.
Aspose.Tasks for .NET offers Project management APIs that enable .NET applications to not only read and manipulate Microsoft Project® documents but also write Microsoft Project® documents in both MPP and XML formats – all without using Microsoft Project®. As with all Aspose file format APIs – Aspose.Tasks for .NET works well with both WinForms and Web Form applications.
Our developers were fully satisfied with the analysis of Aspose.Tasks component functionality. Microsoft Office Automation was an additional benefit of Aspose.Tasks. Aspose.Tasks Product Family APIs are built using managed code that do never need Microsoft Office or Microsoft Project to be installed on the machine for working with MS Project files. It is a perfect Microsoft Office automation alternative in terms of supported features, security, stability, scalability, speed and price.
The implementation of the Aspose.Tasks component went quickly and smoothly. It was facilitated by a well-written reference with real examples and a FAQ section on the website, availability of projects demonstration on the GitHub and an active forum. Aspose support pleased us with quick and competent answers to our inquiries. All of these things accelerated the process of implementation.
During the process of implementation, our team used all the component features. Not every development component has so many customization capabilities. Configuration flexibility and functionality of the component helped to achieve the goal of exporting in MPP format.
The Aspose.Tasks component is the first component from the Aspose line that has been successfully implemented in Rubius Project Manager.
It should be noted that Aspose has a large number of functional components for solving various applied problems. We will definitely consider the possibility of integration in our future products and custom projects.
Rubius along with Microsoft Innovation Center and Tomsk Polytechnic University hosted 480 IT specialists from 122 companies from Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk.
DevPRO is a unique event in Tomsk, it is a non-profit conference organized by developers for developers. It grew this year to 18 presentations given in three different halls with speakers presenting at the same time. The speakers were from the United States, Germany, Montenegro, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk all sharing their knowledge and expertise ranging from the release of new products, 3D-visualization, Machine Learning, user interfaces, microservices, architectural approaches, security, databases and professional development of developers.
Participants were able to rate and comment on the presentations in real-time via a mobile application. The most favorite report turned out to be from the Rubius co-founder Sergey Koshevoy on the history and creation of the product Planyway.
At the conference participants plunged into virtual reality at the Unigine booth, assessed the potential of mixed reality in Microsoft Hololens glasses presented by Rubius. Several booths were set up by partner companies CFT, GOC “ASUproekt”, TomskASUproekt, Sidenis and Space-O Technologies so participants could get more acquainted with these companies.
During the breaks between speeches, people could ride on a Gyroscope, play Tanchiki using their smartphones as joysticks, and take pictures with the new mascot of the conference “Sasha the Developer”.
At the end of DevPRO’17 prizes were given away: a Quadrocopter from Space-O Technologies, virtual reality glasses from C3D Labs, and other cool and useful gadgets from e2e4 and Rubius.
Later an informal after party of DevPRO’17 continued at a restaurant, and the most persistent participants tried their hand at the intellectual IT-quiz into the following day.
Next year, Rubius plans even greater things by organizing DevPRO in a more spacious place and invite speakers that are even more famous.
We completed a huge project for one big and outstanding company.
After a retrospective, we visualized the TFS server logs with a history of commits in the form of a graph. Each peak is a separate file, which contains hundreds and thousands of code lines. Although the video lasts only 3 minutes, about 13 800 hours of painstaking work of the whole team is behind it! Refactoring at 35th second is especially eye-catching.
We congratulate our UI-designer Nadia Nashirbanova with a victory in the three-week marathon on web design by WDI school!
A lot of participants fell by the wayside. There were only two days to complete the tasks. Quality of problem solution, layout and visual communication were evaluated. Nadia took the first place and it is no coincidence – her interface design is simple, functional and has pleasant color-grade.
We wish new creative victories to you, Nadia!
SnegoGeek is back again on our summer terrace! We set up a tradition to make an IT-colleague out of snow right before the New Year. Everyone did their bit: a sales office brought a scarf and gadgets, a system administrator – fairy lights and a power unit for the heart, the administration provided a basket and a hat, and executive staff – a nose, glasses, and a mustache. Then we were waiting for a fair-weather day and made the snow sculpture.
A sound mind comes with in a sound body. Inactive life of a programmer needs some recreational activity to improve blood flow and allow oxygen to that brain. With that coding is two times better and faster. That’s why we doubled sport bonuses.
Since .November 1st, 2016 workout for all Rubius employees in Powerhouse Gym, one of the best fitness center in Tomsk, is totally free. There’s just one simple condition – you have to visit the gym at least two times a week. The gym is near our offices so many programmers manage to do sports during their break. Also, every month the company pays extra bonuses of 2,000 rubles for swimming, working out, dancing or doing any other sport activity on a regular basis.
Rubius developers became a winner of the “Tomsk Region Open Data” hackathon. In just 24 hours participants had to develop a mobile or web-application based on open data.
Three of our developers came up with the idea to create an application that informs entrepreneurs about forthcoming inspection. 24 hours later a web-application under the working title YurInfo was represented to the jury. It aggregates all the information about companies including inspection schedules with the function of notification about the ones that is to come.
Intelligent search finds any registered company by its name, registration or taxpayer identification number, and opens its card that contains information about passed and future inspections, company requisites, its purchases as customer and supplier, founders data and their declared income. Furthermore, users can subscribe to get information on forthcoming inspection.
The purpose of such comprehensive information is to remind entrepreneurs about planned inspection and protect them from dishonest partners and contractors.
Also the app visualizes inspection schedule in the region during the year and shows the most popular inspection services as well as companies repeatedly falling under inspection.
As the result the app got a deserved victory in the category “Best Open Data App” and was highly praised by representatives of the Analytical Centre under the Government of Russian Federation.
In the nearest future YurInfo will be submitted to the II all-Russian Competition “Russian Federation Open Data”. However you can see more information about your company right now by following the link hackathon.rubius.com
Congratulation, guys! We are so proud of you!
We all are inventors and magicians in a way. The main point is not to lose craving for bringing all our ideas to life. Sergey Dorofeev since his childhood has loved to experiment with magnets and electronics. However, over recent years he did not get around to new experiments. It would have gone that way if fate had not brought him to Alexander Kalagansky – craftsman and inventor. A few months of hard work, dozens of samples in trash, prototyping, decor and experimenting with lowering of magnetic balance for autorotation. And here go! We have Rubius flying logo!
Initially it was planned that Rubius cube would have the effect of levitation and it would transfer energy over a distance using Tesla coils. In that case, the cube would have glowed from within. After several attempts, Alexander managed to assemble a working sample, which could start a diode over a distance of 10 cm. However, soon we noticed that after long time use of the wonder-device, it brings headache and decided not to take any chances on its users’ health.
At the same time, it turned out very impressive! Now no one cannot pass by this magical attribute in our kitchen. Everyone can feel like a magician and put very the heavy cube on the central magnetic axis, making it levitate. However, it is not as easy as it seems at a glance. One has to become skilled in the art of magic.
If you want to see it with your own eyes – come round!
September, 3 Rubius held the mass Tomsk frontend-developers meeting of JS community. More than 80 people gathered in the largest office of Rubius company and all the seats were occupied.
After the presentations, the participants actively asked questions and raised hot-button issues. Particularly heated debates were around the technologies that are “dead”, and the ones that have right to exist. But all agreed that time-tested solutions, and not just well-promoted technologies should be used in production. The discussions continued in the kitchen and a summer terrace during the coffee break and after the event. Meetup format allowed the young and experienced developers to catch up, share best practices, as well as find a mentor as was advised by Sergey Andreev in his report.
Rubius company celebrated our eighth birthday! In late June all staff members from Tomsk and Moscow gathered at the picturesque recreation center on the banks of the Ob river to celebrate this event.
When everybody arrived, traditional Middle Eastern dish – pilaf was being prepared on the open fire, and cakes and juice of Siberian berries were waiting on the table. By tradition, the event started with the summing up of the month events. The heads presented completed and new projects, as well as the results of the visit to the United States and meetings with American partners in June.
A team quest that requires ingenuity, creativity, logic, teamwork, and sometimes the engineering approach to business started after a celebratory dinner. The best and most friendly team was awarded with brain puzzles.
Badges were presented to all new employees (less than a year work experience) in a festive atmosphere. The badges are the symbols of belonging to a large and friendly team of Rubius. Sweatshirts, loved by everyone, were presented to those, who rose to two and more years of work experience. The employees did not come empty-handed too and presented to the heads hi-tech clocks in Rubius corporate style. They now adorn the kitchen, meeting rooms, offices and classrooms of Rubius Language Center.
After the official part everybody played mind games, volleyball, and football, swam in the Obi, went to Russian bania, competed in shooting, and just communicated with each other.
When it got dark all were waiting for fireworks. And after it, everybody gathered around the fire, where they had been singing well-known and popular songs with a guitar until dawn!
Rubius developer Pavel Khaustov entered the top-200 of the world’s best programmers according to Codeforces.
He was 178 among 25,000 participants in the rating. Besides, he is in the top 7 on competitive programming, relying on the international website CodeChef.
So why does he take part in competitions on a regular basis? Pavel explains: Brain rusts idle. If you do not solve complex, non-trivial tasks, it might happen to you. Olympiads teach you to come up with an optimal code, quickly implement it while avoiding bugs. Also, to keep an entire program in mind, think of extreme cases in advance and bring a task to a working solution, even in stressful situations. Needless to say that they require good knowledge in math. All these skills and knowledge come in handy in real life conditions. Creating new computer vision algorithms for image segmentation? Pasha can. What about you?
In December, there was unusually warm weather in Tomsk. The guys decided to stretch their legs at lunch, and shazam!
The charming SnowGeek appeared on our summer terrace (on the roof, next to the new spacious kitchen). Now he will delight us every time we have a snack and will leave us only in May. But for some reason, it seems that he will definitely be back next year! Above there is the photo with the author.
In December, the whole DP Labs team (a division of promising development of DP Technology Company in Rubius), together with their families took part in the annual meeting of DP Technology European divisions from Russia, Germany, Italy and France.
This year, the corporate event Xmas Party has been held in the foothills of the Italian Alps on Lake Como.
DP Labs was given the development of a strategic task inside ESPRIT CAM kernel. This technically difficult task will require serious architectural design and use of advanced technologies in the field of calculating, processing, and visualization of 3D-models. The project details can not yet be disclosed, but the results will be available in ESPRIT 2016.
The informal part of the joint celebration of Christmas and New Year was held at the lakeside restaurant. Special for our foreign colleagues, we prepared a humorous video about the stereotypes of Russian software development.
After the main event Tomsk team visited DP Technology development office in Florence. Some of the employees stayed there for a week, sharing their experiences and traditions of development with the Italian colleagues, while those who wanted, went off on a journey around Italy.
Rubius Company continues a series of public workshops on software development and implementation.
In November, on the basis of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Rubius Company founders – Sergey Koshevoy and Sergey Dorofeev shared their practical experience. November 21, Sergey Dorofeev made a presentation on “Soft skills of employees as the key to successful development of IT-company”. Sergey explained why social skills (soft skills) are valued in the company no less than professional skills of programmers (hard skills). On the example of a famous Soviet cartoon Sergey showed how real team looks like and what functions manager and team lead should perform. The reasons why many companies shift to Agile project management which is fully based on the soft skills of the team were considered. November 28, Sergey Koshevoy in his report “PM skills: Theory vs. Practice” spoke about the processes of project management in Rubius. He considered in detail the stages of project and focused on different approaches to project management depending on the size of project and customer. Sergey told about the way Rubius forms teams for new projects, relationship between programmers and QA engineers, as well as the differences between American and Asian customers. The seminar was attended by more than 160 people, among them there were students, professional developers and managers of companies.
At the end of both workshops, the participants actively asked questions. A lot of them were interested in statistics and specific figures about Rubius: the ratio of contract and their own projects, the company’s turnover, staff. In fact, to answer all of them, the speakers took more than an hour.
Rubius Company founder, Sergey Dorofeev won the regional award «Business triumph of 2015» among young entrepreneurs.
Sergey was acknowledged the best in «Scoop» category for the entrepreneurs, whose experience in business is more than 5 years. During the two stages of the competition, the jury was assessing the performance of the companies, personal achievements of the entrepreneurs, as well as the social responsiveness of businesses.
Sergey had a story to tell on each stage: Rubius Company is highly active in the world market and its annual turnover doubles. The company pays employees a variety of bonuses and the annual salary increase is of at least 30%. Sergey himself is actively involved in charity work, especially in his neighborhood, interacting with Tomsk administration on the improvement of the city. Sergey was awarded with the trophy and 200 000 rubles for the development of the business. The regional award «Business Triumph» has been held in Tomsk since 2014. More than 160 people were struggling for the prestigious award during this time.
November 28, 2015 we invite to take part in a public seminar by Rubius Company and Tomsk Polytechnic University.
The report to discuss will be presented on the following topics:
«PM skills: Theory vs. Practice»
From the report you’ll learn:
- How Rubius work on projects
- The interaction of developers and project managers in the company
- How to form a team to work on a new project
- Transformation of the classical techniques of «project management» in their implementation
- «Pitfalls» in the development of IT-projects for foreign customers
- Advantages of the project work in the Rubius company
All these will be told by Sergey Koshevoy, Rubius CEO.
Time and place: November 28, 2015 (Saturday), starting at 12:20
307 aud., 10 builing, 2 Lenina ave.
Teachers and students, heads of IT-companies, programmers, project managers, as well as all who are interested in the sphere of IT are invited.
Register online: http://seminar.rubius.com/
We invite you to take part in a public seminar by Rubius Company and Tomsk Polytechnic University, which will be take place on November 21, 2015.
The report on the following topics will be presented for discussion:
«Soft skills of employees as the key to successful development of IT-company»
From the report you’ll learn:
- What is Softskills and why social skills are often more important than the programming skills?
- What primarily draws attention of Rubius Company hiring employees?
- Why has the whole world come to the flexible development methodologies (Agile) and eXtreme Programming (XP) and how to attract professionals who can work in this format?
- What is the secret to success of programmers, who receive much more than their counterparts?
- Relationship between the employee and the employer. The features of the labor market in Tomsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg and abroad.
- How to inspire creativity in a company?
- What do we pay attention to, while communicating with a potential employee?
- How does Rubius dmanage to double turnover each year for 7 years?
This tells Ph.D. Sergey Dorofeev, founder Rubius.
Time and place: November 21, 2015 (Saturday), starting at 10:25
307 aud., 10 builing, 2 Lenina ave.
Teachers and students, heads of IT-companies, programmers, project managers, as well as all who are interested in the sphere of IT are invited.
Register online: http://seminar.rubius.com/