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Monthly Posts: November

Allevo User Group XIX

Yesterday we held the 19th edition of this event dedicated entirely to our customers.

The agenda consisted of 5 topics. The first, presented by Allevo's Professional Services Director, Sorina Bera, was a report for qPayIntegrator's support services. She conducted a complete analysis on the issues raised by our customers in 2011, taking into account different criteria like the platforms on which they occurred, the severity, the time for response and so on. Key points of her speech were 1. speeding up the acceptance testing for the patches delivered by Allevo on the customers' test environments and 2. historic cases. The ideal case is when these patches are promoted on the live environment in less than 60 days. Also, historic cases are to be reevaluated on both sides and each of Allevo's customers will receive during the following week a full report customized for their own institution.

Next point of the agenda was presented by Allevo project manager, Andreea Darlea. She announced the release of qPayIntegrator 3.0 in April 2012. The v 3.0 release means upgrading to Oracle 11g & WMQ 7 and the qPI-SEN functionality, namely the SCT / RON business flow (SEPA credit transfer on RON). We will deliver this release of qPayIntegrator to all our banking customers, which means there will be a thorough testing of all business flows.

Then after, our new business analyst, George Marcu, outlined qPayIntegrator's new functionality set for banks: Target2, treasury, statement, SEN (SEPA Romania); and also for corporations.

Then after I presented the competences achieved by Allevo and its team members in 2011. We counted an impressive number of 46 certifications, on top of those we already had:

-          1 at company level (ISO 9001:2008 recertification)

-          1 at application level (SWIFTReady Workers' Remittances 2011)

-          6 for SWIFT Alliance, Gateway & SNL, all v 7.0

-          28 IBM on several products

-          6 database (3 Oracle 11g & 3 SQL Server)

-          4 others (linux, project management etc)

Afterwards I outlined the 19 events of 2011 Allevo has either organized, sponsored or simply participated at, excluding other types of dinner events, award ceremonies, partner events and so on and so forth. To wrap the following slide up, we had 12 participations abroad, 8 with stand & product demos and 10 with speech within a conference. We've been very active in remittances conferences & workshops, we've changed our visual identity becoming Allevo, we've marked the 4th consecutive participation as exhibitors at Sibos and the only 2 gigs awaiting us this year are SOFE in London and our most expected Christmas party, marking down the end of a terrific year.

Allevo 2011 calendar

For 2012 we have in mind 14 events, the ones foreseen so far, the most interesting of which (except for Sibos, of course) is "Throwing FOSS into the Financial Arena". We intend to organize this as a round-table event where we are going to invite key persons who are going to create a very interesting debate on the way free and open source software can penetrate this very rigid financial industry.

Allevo 2012 calendar

These event lists were followed by a short overview over Allevo's online presence - the new website launched this June, the blog, the Facebook page, the LinkedIn page, the Google+ page and the Twitter stream. Oh, and, speaking of Facebook, don't forget to check out the photo album of yesterday's event.

Concluding this section of the agenda, I revealed what we have in mind for 2012: continuing the branding process at product level (the well known Esfera, FMA & qPayIntegrator are about to get new names, logos & become Allevo brands) and the so-called qPI-Open, which, in short, means creating an open source version of qPayIntegrator. This was one of the first times we had a chance of discussing this idea with current customers of our product and of getting their opinion on the matter. I hope they weren't only polite when saying it's a bold and interesting approach.

Allevo seminar in Chisinau

About a month ago our services team took a trip to Moldova to assist local banks with upgrading SWIFTNet to version 7.0. But other than that, it's been a while since our last business visit over there.

Allevo seminar in Chisinau collage

We were glad today to gather representatives of 14 different banks (Moldova summing up 15 authorized banks all in all). Ion Stirbat, our Sales Director introduced Allevo to the new faces at the table and explained both to new and old acquaintances who we are, our rebranding story, what we do, what we're specialized in, who our customers are, and what our main product portfolio consists of - qPayIntegrator, FMA, Esfera.

Ion Stirbat introducing Allevo

Then after, Corina Mihalache took over the floor and went into further details of our solutions specifically designed for banks. She revealed all features of qPayIntegrator, the accounts reconciliation functionality, the solution for workers' remittances, built on top of SWIFTRemit, and last, but not least, PAYaaS.

Corina Mihalache - demo of qPayIntegrator

We're thrilled we tightened up the relationship with the land beyond the Prut river and we're looking forward to a very nice collaboration.

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