The global pandemic that began in the spring of 2020 forced many companies to close their doors for customers, and businesses in some sectors remain closed to this day. In order to provide support for affected companies, the Estonian government introduced new support programs.
The programs were to be administrated by the KredEx foundation which now had to quickly create new web-based tools to enable companies to submit both loan and loan-guarantee applications via its self-service environment.
KredEx turned to Uptime to handle the front-end work: not only to create the new web-based application forms and handle the integrations with various state-managed systems, but to also update the design of the self-service system to better match the general design philosophy of the foundation.
The development work was carried out by our long-term partner Uptime, who also helped us harmonize the design of the self-service environment with the new brand image of the foundation.
Sandman is the largest wholesaler of consumer electronics in Estonia. Although the company already had an e-shop for wholesale to other companies, it no longer met new business needs. Sandman turned to Uptime to create a simple and practical business-to-business e-shop that would be convenient for wholesale customers to use. It was necessary to take into account several special requirements for the e-shop arising from wholesale.
The design of the new e-store user interface already existed. Uptime developed the front end using Vue and Typescript. In addition, some design adoptions emerged during the project, which were further designed by Uptime.
The e-store solution has been specially developed for Sandman. As the wholesale platform has many business complexities, it seemed more sensible to make a special solution from start to finish. Sandman also had previous experiences with e-shop, so the customer knew exactly what they wanted and the platform-based solutions did not met exactly the needs.
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We were very satisfied with both the cooperation and the result, and we dare to recommend Uptime as a development partner for other companies as well.
Aripaev.ee is the largest local business media portal and one of the most visited websites in Estonia, featuring business news and thematical portals. The Äripäev newspaper has been published since 1989 and additionally the company publishes magazines, books, handbooks and newsletters, and organizes business conferences. Äripäev is owned by Bonnier Group, the largest media group in the Nordic countries.
Uptime OÜ has been a development partner of Äripäev since 1994. The development of Äripäev’s news portals and theme websites is the latest major collaboration with Uptime, which created two news portals (äripäev.ee, dv.ee) and 19 thematic websites (for example, raamatupidaja.ee, virtuaalkliinik.ee, ituudised.ee, imelineajalugu.ee, etc).
The news display on the web is configurable with the help of the implemented OpenContent product and gives editors the flexibility they need to lock the story, display pictures and galleries, tables, graphs and videos to reach the readers in the most engaging way.
The created technology platform also allows to compile interesting newsletters and supports the concept of “My Äripäev”, where reader can follow the keywords he is interested in and get personalised news list to e-mail address so that the user sees the content he is most interested.
During nearly a 1.5-year project, Uptime has developed 7 back end APIs that each deal with certain business functionality: reading/subscribing permissions, displaying article listings, search, keywords or displaying article content. The front end was built on the principle of a multi-tenant site so that similar sites could use the same code lines for cost-effectiveness – a total of 4 different code bases were built.
It was also important to ensure that all sites were upgraded to a new platform during the development process, because some parts still used the old system.
Not less important was the transfer of articles published since 1997 and the management of the differences between new and old systems.
We are long-term partners with Uptime and have been cooperating since 1994. Thus, the system for editing and publishing new articles was familiar to both parties, and the development was much smoother. We got a more flexible system that was no longer as rigid as the older platform, and thanks to the unified codebase of thematic web sites, creating new products and thematic webs for Äripäev is now much faster and easier.
ABB is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
ABB Estonia was established in 1992. The company’s headquarters and factories are in Harju County, Jüri and nearly 1,400 people are employed here.
One of the factories, ABB Drives needed software to manage employee skills, worktime and training, to take account of working hours, to keep track of costs, and to produce quality control reports. To do this, Uptime developed a solution consisting of four business modules. Some of the modules were quite complicated in terms of business logic and it took some time to complete the details, but the result was good.
Despite of the size of ABB factory, the development achieved a good collaborative model that was suitable for a large corporation, but also ensured some agility to reorganize activities on a rolling basis.
Although there were many active participants on the ABB side, agreements were reached, and choices made very well. The project remained exactly within the deadlines.
Cooperation with ABB will continue with additional developments.
We've worked with Uptime before. This time, many areas were involved in development and cooperation between different parties was essential. The factory's central working time registration and planning system is an important tool for us, so flexible and quick reorganization of things according to the demands of the users was necessary during the development. But finally, we achieved a collaborative model that was suitable for everyone and the project was completed within the deadline.
InfraFly is heavy machinery ordering tool for proffessional users saving their time and making ordering smarter.
Ordering heavy machinery is as simple as ordering taxy or mobile parking by app – everyone can do this quickly and simply. InfraFly environment brings together heavy machinery rental service providers and clients.
The user of heavy equipment rental searching service no longer has to communicate with each bidder separately and repeat questions, what is time consuming, but everyone can get the offer at once instead.
The software development lasted from March to September 2018, when the needs of customer changed thoroughly. An upgraded product was completed, which, in addition to the functionality of the original in about a year ago, now offers fleet management, orders calendar and much more. Two developers were constantly working on Uptime with the application.
Mobile app for Android and IOS was also developed and is publicly available from October 2018.
Uptime is Infrafly's strategic partner and service provider. We are generally very happy with Uptime, and the collaboration has been successful. Developer's contribution to Infrafly's success is immeasurable. The most important challenge for both sides was product design and implementation in a state of uncertainty - customer needs and desires changed every week, if not more often. We solved the challenge - the service is on the market and with optimal cost for the customer, considering the variability of the initial task.
The newspaper Õhtuleht began publishing in Tallinn since 1944. Newspaper became a nationwide tabloid-style evening daily in 1997. In 2000, two competing tabloids merged – Sõnumileht and Õhtuleht for the joint publication SL Õhtuleht.
Company SL Õhtuleht AS belongs to media groups Ekspress Grupp and Suits Media in equal shares.
Currently, the circulation of the newspaper is 45 700, making it the the largest daily newspaper in Estonia. The editor-in-chief is Martin Šmutov, and in addition to the newspaper, there is also a web portal www.ohtuleht.ee, a digital newspaper and mobile apps.
Õhtuleht planned to upgrade seriously their mobiile app and add new features that mobile web does not have: for example, horizontal scrolling between headings and displaying important messages directly on mobile screens.
The new version includes updated header pages, footers, all updated menus, search, commentary, related track links, gallery, and more. The views of the articles are based largely still in HTML, much the same as seeing in the portal’s web view.
The ReactNative was used when making the Project, and this was updated to new versions what came out during the Project. Also some changes were made to Õhtuleht API, whichs needed rework and updating in app development, but eventually it was completed on the latest platforms and developed with the needs of client.
This project will definitely be further developed and refined.
The app is in TOP 10 of Estonian news apps in Apple App Store and has been downloaded more than 10,000 times from Google Play Store.
"The old mobile application was a "container-type" solution that simply showed the content of the web browser on small screen. We found that readers deserve more and we started to look for a possible development partner and a suitable platform about a year ago. Since we had already collaborated with Uptime before, we turned to them and after some set-up, they agreed to start our development of the React Native based mobile application at our request. The work was started over a year ago, and this year we were able to come out with the application. Nevertheless, we are very pleased with the result, as the application is comfortably fast and smooth in comparison to previous one. And since it is a native-type application, the integration of application-to-phone is much better now - for example, social media sharing or watching live broadcasts on Facebook."
Aripaev.ee is the biggest local business media portal and one of the most visited web pages in Estonia covering business news and publishing different lifestyle portals. The business newspaper is published since 1989, company publishes also magazines, books, handbooks, information letters and organizes business conferences. The owner of Äripäev is the biggest northern media group Bonnier Group.
Uptime LLC has been development partner to Estonian media company Äripäev since 1994. Äripäev Infopank (“Info Bank”) is their newest development with Uptime, which involved creating a database with more than 350 000 personal profiles and 310 000 company profiles. The software development project involved the development of different tools which clients can use to make queries on the database and order specially tailored products or overviews.
With Äripäev Infopank tools it is possible to create lists with filters, based on companies and people, to support business marketing and to analyse business segments by volume. Companies can also put together target lists for sales and marketing actions.
At the Äripäev Info Bank there is a data management module that regularly updates the information from the Business Registry, Estonian Tax and Customs Board, other public sources of information and from direct contacts.
Uptime software development for Äripäev lasted 8 months and included a new back-end system with database, data source interfaces and data logic. Äripäev’s data management team now have a new environment for data validation, correction and additions. Infopank.ee website has already been created by Uptime earlier.
"The aim of the Info Bank is to provide business managers and professionals an environment in which business results of their competitors and partners are presented in an easily readable form by analysing financial and material data about companies and individuals, highlighting key indicators, helping our clients make business critical decisions and succeeding. Uptime, in a short space of time, fulfilled our vision of data warehouse with sophisticated details and link-oriented data slots, with which you can carry out a thorough business analysis. We will continue to develop new services and open up the potential of the new system together."
Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) promotes business and regional policy in Estonia and is one of the largest institutions within the national support system for entrepreneurship by providing financial assistance, counselling, cooperation opportunities and training for entrepreneurs, research institutions, the public and non-profit sectors.
In 2006, EAS decided to move on with digital document management system. Selected solution was MS Sharepoint.
The main goal, when Uptime started a software development project with EAS, was to move to fully digital document management system what can handle document management tasks and track history.
For today, solution is used at one of the main digital systems supporting EAS self-service environment, accounting, CRM and project management software. System joins documents arriving from different channels and adds relations with application management, tenders, and other processes of organization. There are over 140 000 documents created yearly in organization, so the important part of solution is desktop created for users where they can find necessary documents for different tasks quickly.
Document management system was made on Sharepoint platform, because this was the most suitable solution for client and Uptime has long-time experiences in Sharepoint development.
"There are no steel cabinets any more in our office and archive rooms are turned to meeting rooms within last 10 years, if we moved to paperless document handling. This has made all business processes significantly faster. It was not easy for developer to follow our organization´s peculiarity. Uptime has not been discouraged of that, they are enthusiastic and respect their promises."