• Will Modern Technology Change the Way We See POS Devices?

    26 April 2016
    By Vasily Bernstein, Payments Systems Expert

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    What has changed?

    For decades, POS workplaces have been built on standard PCs. Starting with DOS, then moving to other operating systems, COM-ports have been replaced by USB, but the situation hasn’t changed much: industrial PCs are put inside a specially designed computer casing.

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  • On-demand Interactive Data Science with DC/OS

    19 April 2016
    By Yuri Gubin, Software Architect, DataArt

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    Whether you are a journalist, a researcher or a data geek, in order to start working with large data sets, you have to complete laborious tasks of setting-up an infrastructure, configuring an environment, learning new unfamiliar tools and coding complicated apps – with DC/OS you can start crunching those numbers within minutes.

    Let’s start with a problem of analyzing a set of data and take a road safety data from Great Britain, 1979-2004. While the data set might seem small, some of the analysis might require distributed processing and we should have an environment that allows our processing jobs to scale horizontally. To achieve this, we’ll be running a DC/OS cluster on top of a cluster of virtual machines. We’ll be using AWS EC2 in this scenario, but the same solution can be ported to other public and private clouds.

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  • Getting started with packages in DC/OS

    19 April 2016
    By Yuri Gubin, Software Architect, DataArt

    Why would one create a package?

    Once you get familiar with DC/OS, the open source project that was created by Mesosphere you get access to packages certified by Mesosphere. There are several ways to deploy your service into DC/OS: (1) use dcos marathon command in CLI; (2) use Marathon REST API directly; (3) deploy your service as a package. Using package approach makes your solution consistent with the environment and gives other benefits.

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  • Currency Conversion

    18 April 2016
    By Vasily Bernstein, Payments Systems Expert

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    Anyone who has been abroad knows that currency conversion occurs whenever you pay with a credit or debit card. However, many don’t understand why charges are relatively high. To help explain the issue, let me explain how your payments happen overseas.

    As soon as you return from your trip, you can compare receipts in foreign currency with your billing. A quick check will show that you have paid 5% more than you expected for the conversion. How did that happen?

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  • The Next Big Things at the Wearable Technology Show

    31 March 2016
    By Roman Chernyshev, Senior VP, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, DataArt

    The Third Annual Wearable Technology Show was held at London’s ExCel conference center on 15th-16th of March. There were over 140 exhibitors, nine tracks and more than 40 product launches to keep technology executives on their toes.

    Healthcare & Life Science, Travel & Hospitality and Betting & iGambling Practices of DataArt exhibited at the event and demoed many of our concept products, examples of how technology brings business value. Here are some of them: KidPRO uses gamification to motivate and engage young patients while managing their own healthcare or participating in a clinical trial. MedAR is an augmented reality app that recognizes medications and provides all relevant information about it. Pills Adjutant simplifies medication adherence. Tiredness Checker helps users check their tiredness level. SmartBet and WatchSlots apps bring quick bets and slots to your wrist.

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  • The Hype at the Scope Summit

    15 March 2016
    By Daniel Piekarz, Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice at DataArt,

    The Scope Summit was held on February 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami and attracted a record 1200+ attendees. It brought together the leading senior-level industry representatives and provided a great platform for networking, in-depth discussions and insightful keynotes.

    My focus was in the area of advancing clinical research with technology and innovation. One of the most interesting talks was by Craig Lipset, Head of Clinical Innovation at Pfizer, who applied the concept of Gartner’s Hype Cycle to clinical trial technologies.

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  • DataArt Wins THack for the Second Consecutive Year

    09 March 2016
    By Charlotte Lamp Davies, VP of Travel and Hospitality, DataArt

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    About 100 developers from all over the world gathered in Berlin to participate in THack – one of the most prestigious hackathons organized in the travel technology space. The event, organized by Tnooz, took place at the betahaus co-working space over the weekend of 4-6 March and was supported by HomeAway, Skyscanner and Xapix.io.

    Participants were asked to develop solutions to these four travel challenges:

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  • The Need for Speed, the Drag of Regulation and Fintech Showcase at Intelligent Trading Summit.

    17 February 2016
    By Sergey Kharchenko, Trading Technology Expert

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    Attended by executives of large investment banks and technology firms alike, the Intelligent Trading Summit covered a wide array of topics, from what constitutes competitive advantage in today’s trading industry to the possibility of turning regulatory pressure into an opportunity. DataArt, represented by its financial services team, was among the attendees.

    Kee-Meng Tan, Head of Electronic Execution Strategy at BNP Paribas, got the Summit off to a bright start by introducing key topics which found much resonance in the following panels.

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  • Healthcare Industry Expects Predictive Medicine Instead of Reactive Medicine

    19 January 2016
    By Roman Chernyshev, Senior VP, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, DataArt

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    Roman Chernyshev, the leader of Healthcare & Life Sciences practice, shares his view on medical wearables, “smart artificial limbs”, conservatism of the industry and Big Data in medicine.

    – Who are the leaders in the medtech market – start-ups or corporations?

    – It’s quite a difficult question to answer. Medicine is very slowly adapting to new technologies due to the inevitable conservatism. There is huge potential here, a collection of new ideas and technologies promising to turn everything upside down and modify medicine, however this updating will take a lot of time. All innovative ideas tend to pass through a series of long stages. From origin in startups and academic institutions where they are formed, but have no great influence on the industry, to acknowledgement of their potential by big players, who have the resources for a change of a visual environment and transfer of innovations to the mainstream.

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  • The good, the great, and the fascinating at the Phocuswright Conference

    07 December 2015
    By Greg Abbott, Head of Travel and Hospitality Practice at DataArt

    DataArt’s Travel & Hospitality Practice’s team, represented by Greg Abbott, Charlotte Lamp Davies, Roman Peskin and Alex Shchedrin, exhibited its latest technology solutions at the annual Phocuswright travel Conference in Hollywood, Florida. With a record 1700 of the most influential leaders from 30+ countries in attendance, The Phocuswright Conference consisted of The Battleground, Travel Innovation Summit, Center Stage, workshops, and the exhibitor showcase. The theme for the 2015 Conference was – I, Traveler: Embracing Post Mobile.

    Speaking at the center stage, Expedia CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi talked of the new breed of competition from alternative accommodations, as a “fact of life” and Expedia’s response to it by a 4 billion acquisition of HomeAway. Khosrowshahi said “We believe in home vacation rentals, we believe in taking that from a listings business to a transactional business”. A major deal with SilverRail to power Expedia’s global entry into the growing rail sector, was announced at the Conference. Khosrowshahi commented on Expedia’s intention to invest in air and rail is key to differentiation from other competitors and would allow the company to up- sell related products like hotels and activities and boost consumer purchase frequency.

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