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Arcadia celebrates 15-year anniversary

04-14-2008 12:45 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: Arcadia, Inc.

Arcadia Inc., one of the leading Russian providers of consulting services and software development services for the international clientele celebrates 15-year anniversary on the 9th of March, 2008. The company was founded by Arcady Khotin in 1993 and is one of the first IT-companies in Saint-Petersburg.

The history of Arcadia is the history of success. Undoubtedly, we faced a lot of difficulties on our way to it. Together we had overcome all the obstacles and became a united team with the common goal. We are proud of the sincere and friendly relationships between our employees. The desire to contribute to the company’s reputation and success is a part of our corporate culture and it allows us to achieve our aims, to be proud of the results of our work and to make plans for the future.

The history of Arcadia is unique and absorbing. Now we would like to refresh in memory how the story began 15 years ago…

The company was established on the 9th of March in 1993 by Arcady Khotin. He is one of the first entrepreneurs in Saint-Petersburg in the hi-tech sphere who succeeded using plentiful opportunities that emerged in post soviet period in Russia. By setting up an outsourcing company performing software development services for the international clients in that complicated and critical period of the Russian history, he managed to create employment for a lot of highly qualified professionals: engineers, programmers and analysts.

Arcady Khotin graduated from St. Petersburg State Academy of Aerospace Instrumentation and obtained a solid work experience in software development, for approximately 20 years he was working as a programmer and project manager, as a director for software development in one of the first joint Russian-American venture “Dialog” where more than 100 programmers were under his supervision.

The newly created company Arcadia consisted of just 5 employees and was located on Khlopina Street,2. The start was difficult, but the experience and the entrepreneurial gift of the company founders played an important part in the establishment and the development of the company.

The first projects were mainly small accounting business applications. The employees of Arcadia were gradually deepening their knowledge in performing of such orders and in a rather short period of time they had obtained a very rare competence in the development of business applications. The increasing flow of international customers became a good indicator of the successful work of the young company.
Bennet-Tec Information Systems, Inc. (USA), operating in selling add-on tools for Visual Studio 6.0 and Visual Studio.NET was our first international customer. Arcadia works with this company for 15 years in a row and values these trust relationship immeasurably.

Important dates

1996 – Planet-Software Inc. (Florida) begins to represent Arcadia Inc. in the USA

1998 – Sergei Baklan becomes the Managing Director of the company

Having a considerable work experience in such global corporations of aviation industry like “Klimov Corporation” and Russian division of Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he was responsible for aviation certification and IT management and also served as Engineering Representative of Aviation Registry, Sergei transformed Arcadia from a development laboratory to a strong commercial software development organization.
Mr. Baklan brings to Arcadia a strong track record of leadership in global high-tech companies and good knowledge of how big corporations work. Sergei’s strong management and people skills helped Arcadia to become a leading contractor for many world-level software houses in Finland, Scandinavia, and the US.

1999 – The establishment of the RusSoft organization
Arcadia along with other 9 leading companies from Russia founded an all-Russian software consortium called Fort-Ross and Arcady Khotin became one of its vice presidents. Being merged with the Association of Russian software development companies in 2004, Fort-Ross was transformed into a non-profitable partnership RusSoft.

2000 – Arcadia++ foundation, the beginning of cooperation with the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics and Optics
The top-management of the company decides to establish an IT recruiting agency Arcadia++ in order to provide employment to talented programmers from Saint-Petersburg. The company has been successfully operating for 8 years already. It helps Russian and international companies to find highly qualified personnel in the conditions of the increasing human resources shortage.
In 2000 Arcadia started to conduct training programs for the students of the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics and Optics (now Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics). This cooperation lasts to present day: the students do practical work in testing as quality engineers. According to the results of the training young specialists have an opportunity to join Arcadia team and become our employees.

2002 – Ardin Software Oy (Vantaa, Finland) begins to represent Arcadia at Scandinavian market. The cooperation with the Polytechnic University

Scandinavia gradually became the key market for Arcadia. It is conditioned by the geographical and cultural closeness of the Northern Europe. Scandinavia possesses highly developed infrastructure and solid experience in the ICT sphere and plays the role of a peculiar "window to Europe" for the Russian IT-companies creating the necessary prerequisites for the initiation of fruitful partnership between Russian and international customers.
The year 2002 was also marked by the beginning of cooperation with other old university of Petersburg – Saint-Petersburg State Technical University. Every year Arcadia provides training programs for the students of the university with a perspective of a job offer for the best ones.

2004 – Scandinavian Group foundation
Ardin Software Oy united over 30 independent IT-vendors into a non-profitable association named Scandinavian Group. ScG is a community of domestic IT-companies oriented at the Scandinavian market. The coordinators of the Group are located in Helsinki, Finland and Saint-Petersburg, Russia. ScG was officially presented at Russian Software Outsourcing Summit 2004 in Saint-Petersburg. The initiator of ScG is Arcadia Inc.

2006 - Expanding of Mobile Monday event from Helsinki to St.Petersburg

Mobile Monday is an informal network of ICT companies which helps mobile industry specialists to share their experience. Being originally founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2000, MoMo takes place every month in different parts of the world. The first Mobile Monday meeting in Saint-Petersburg was held in June, 2006. The founder and initiator of this event in Russia is Arcady Khotin. Arcadia remains to be the main sponsor of MoMo Saint-Petersburg.

Today

Arcadia Inc. is one of the leading Russian outsourcing IT-companies performing consultancy services and software development services for customers from all over the world in various business areas. Our core competence lies in the development of software tools for programmers, antivirus and antispam solutions, e-learning systems and platforms, financial and HRM systems.

The constant growth of the company is the main indicator of its stability and success. The turnover increases up to 30% annually.
The list of our clients includes world-known corporations and companies, third party vendors, government agencies, entrepreneurs, research organizations and software houses who subcontract their work to us.
Our major markets’ shares are represented as follows: USA – 15%, Finland – 36%, Sweden – 32%, Norway – 15%, other countries – 2%.
Today we have F-Secure Corporation (Finland), Bennet-Tec Information Systems, Inc. (USA), It’s learning (Norway), Digital Revolution, Inc. (USA), Daldata Bergen AS (Norway), SoftVelocity, Inc. (USA), Aditro Group (Nordic Countries), UNI-C (Denmark) and others among our Customers.

Our technological and managerial professionalism are key success factors for Arcadia. Continual trainings, knowledge transfer and retention are basic elements of our corporate culture. Over 97% of our software developers hold a university degree at the master’s level, 10% of them hold a PhD level degree in high sciences, such as mathematics, physics, and engineering.

During Arcadia’s 15-year history over 500 projects were successfully realized, an invaluable experience was gained. 85% of our business comes from our key-accounts with long-terms contracts. Arcadia proved itself at the market as a reliable business partner, a Software Boutique with anchor customers. We provide creative and cost-effective software consulting to help our customers meet their IT challenges. It allows considering Arcadia as a unique company able to satisfy the most demanding clients.

Being one of the oldest Russian IT-companies with enormous experience Arcadia doesn’t stop on the achieved results. The number of arcadians is constantly growing and we share our knowledge accumulated during these long 15 years with young specialists. We are deeply convinced that continuity is the key element in software development. Arcadia respects traditions and at the same time aims to be a flexible company ready to comply with the latest modern trends in software development and to constantly improve its production and management processes.

Congratulations, Arcadia!

Ksenia Dinaburgskaya
PR manager, Arcadia Inc.
www.arcadia.spb.ru
e-mail: ksenia.dinaburgskaya@arcadia.spb.ru
+7(812)7124009

Arcadia, Inc.
190013 Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Podyezdnoy per.,12
Ksenia Dinaburgskaya
PR manager, Arcadia Inc.
www.arcadia.spb.ru
e-mail: ksenia.dinaburgskaya@arcadia.spb.ru
+7(812)7124009

Arcadia, Inc. is one of the leading Russian consultants in software development, providing services to the international clientele. Arcadia’s software development team is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the USA, Finland & EU markets, Arcadia is represented by its partner companies, Planet Software, Inc. and Ardin Software Oy respectively.

Arcadia, Inc. is a united team of 140 software professionals with 15 years' experience in developing complicated outsourcing projects.
Arcadia, Inc. provides consulting services in software development, using cutting edge technologies to help our Customers meet their IT challenges. Our software engineers concentrate on specific technological and business domains and accumulate knowledge in their selected areas. In Arcadia business and technological expertise, creativity, and efficiency are combined to deliver maximum value to the Customer.

Our core technological experience includes:

Platforms: Microsoft .NET Framework Microsoft Windows Server Platform, Microsoft Office System
Software Tools & Development Environment: MS Visual Studio Team System
DBMS: Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, mySQL
Testing Tools: Rational Robot, QA Wizard
Configuration Management Tools: Test Track Pro, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, CVS
Arcadia’s team had successful experience of realizing software projects from scratch. We are good advisers and can help a Customer to formulate its needs and requirements, as well as that, we are good performers able to deliver the solution on time and within budget. Besides, Arcadia caters for post-delivery procedures - supporting and maintaining developed software.

A separate current of Arcadian activity is web design and development based on a popular DotNetNuke platform.

In order to summarize, within the scope of software consultancy, Arcadia offers the following options:

-setting up the software development process in Customer’s organization;
-system analysis;
-project management;
-business applications development;
-testing services

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