2020 In Review
2020 was challenging for businesses across many industries and locations. Despite tough global trading conditions, Haulmont has seen success through expansion into new offices, exciting new contract wins and product launches.
Here is a round-up of our highlights from 2020.
Haulmont has grown to nearly 500 employees and to support this growth, we opened an additional office in Samara, Russia and moved to a larger space in Voronezh, Russia.
To support our employees professional development we have also opened a new training centre which aims to develop both hard and soft skills for developers working across a wide range of international clients.
As Haulmont grows and we increase our portfolio of globally-recognised brands, we have started work to ensure that we meet the rigorous information security standards expected, by working towards our ISO 27001 accreditation.
Having launched CUBA Marketplace in 2018 and incorporated CUBA Studio into IntelliJ IDEA in 2019, this year we launched Jmix. Jmix is the rebranded, latest major release of CUBA Platform; J for Java and ‘mix’ representing the mix of technologies, tools and frameworks in one platform.
Jmix key features include:
- Spring Boot as a core technology
- Decomposition into separate pluggable modules (data, security, audit, etc.)
- A new approach to data model definition
- Database versioning based on Liquibase
- Deployment approach utilizing Spring Boot features, allowing better integration with cloud environments
For more information, visit our Jmix Blog.
Jmix is now in Preview and we are aiming to release the stable version in the second quarter of 2021. CUBA Platform will be supported long-term whilst we provide a migration path to Jmix via compatibility APIs. Jmix will be a robust foundation for future product development.
The team also released a brand-new product: JPABuddy is an advanced plugin for IntelliJ IDEA intended to simplify and accelerate the development of application’s data model and related functionality.
Meanwhile, CUBA licence sales increased by approximately 25% in 2020 and the maturity of the platform was recognised as Sber - the largest bank in Eastern Europe employing over 10,000 software developers - signed a large scale agreement to adopt CUBA Studio to speed up the development of in-house applications.
Despite the global situation, interest in ECM systems has remained high with many organisations actually accelerating their implementations to facilitate remote working for staff. As a result, we gained approximately 80 new customers including winning a tender to provide an ECM platform to a government organisation in Russia - the largest contract in the product’s history.
We have also continued working with a large Russian bank which has 20,000 employees using THESIS, as well as internationally recognised brands such as NOKIA and Nissan.
In 2020 we developed some exciting new Custom Solutions including:
- Corporate portal for Rosenergoatom
- System for State tax committee of Uzbekistan
- Smart roads in Samara using neural networks, Big Data, 3D and HD maps
- Educational portal for Higher School of Economics, one of the leading Russian universities
- System for Eurasian Resources Group, one of the world largest groups in the field of natural resources extraction
Customers that have been with us for many years such as The Keyholding Company and CDER Group have benefitted from custom development to help them respond quickly to the changing global situation. Our clients were able to adapt to ‘the new normal’ market conditions faster than their competition, rolling out new services and pivoting their customer proposition thanks to their agile IT systems. As a result we have seen good growth in many of our custom solutions clients and this success was recognised as we won the ‘Digital Transformation of the Year’ at Computing Magazine’s prestigious Digital Technology Leaders Award for our work with The Keyholding Company.
Undoubtedly 2020 has been a challenging year for the taxi industry with Covid-19 travel restrictions causing significant downturns for transport-related businesses. But there is now light at the end of the tunnel as we see some parts of the world (such as New Zealand and Australia) move back towards near normality, plus the roll out of vaccines means we can expect some normality by spring 2021 in other parts of the world including the UK.
In September we launched with Loxea Avis Fleet, a taxi company with a head office in the Ivory Coast and branches in eight other countries. Also in 2020, new projects were launched in the UK, Switzerland and several African countries.
Our founding client, Addison Lee, has coped well during the crisis and used the time to roll out key strategic technology initiatives including new courier-focused offerings built on our Shamrock platform. Haulmont was also instrumental in the development and implementation of a brand-new smartphone app for drivers, based on Sherlock and delivered in just three months by a mixed team featuring Sherlock and Shamrock developers. 2021 looks set to continue this trend as we work closely with the inspirational new management team at Addison Lee to continue their journey and build on our joint reputation for technical excellence in the taxi industry.
Due to lockdowns it has been a difficult year for children’s clubs and other users of our CRM system designed specifically for the sector. Paraplan was the only platform on the market in Russia offering clients free access from April until late June to support loyal customers through a challenging period.
The number of Paraplan customers has since increased by approximately 30% and we have begun working with clients across Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Latvia and Thailand. One of the main successes of the year was a contract with a large franchise of 500 clubs across Russia and CIS countries.
New product features for 2020 include payment in personal accounts, support for various currencies and telephony integration.
In 2021, we intend to continue our expansion into new markets across the globe.
Undoubtedly 2020 was a difficult year for businesses worldwide and across many industries, so we have been proud to see our technology help our clients to adapt to thrive in such challenging conditions.
In 2021 we look forward to supporting our clients as they emerge from the crisis and continuing our own growth as a company by adding new clients and releasing new products and updates to our key markets.