Nortal Joins the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program
August 25, 2014
Nortal, one of the first large-scale IT development houses providing Big Data solutions in the Nordics, announced today that it has joined the Hortonworks® Systems Integrator Partner Program
to deliver Big Data solutions powered by the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP)
. Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of open source Apache™ Hadoop®. Nortal’s customers can now benefit from easier integration with Hadoop to enable data-driven business models.
By joining the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner program, Nortal will strengthen its ability to implement enterprise-level Big Data solutions including the Hortonworks Data Platform, the industry’s only 100-percent open source Hadoop distribution, explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise-grade deployments.
Nortal has been building Big Data services and teams since 2013 with a focus on creating state-of-the-art Big Data application development services and integrating them into the existing business processes of its customers. The integration of Hadoop combined with Nortal’s expertise in software development empowers Nortal customers to uncover the value of hidden data sources, helping base their business decisions on net new data insight.
Juha Laakkonen, Nortal Finland Managing Director believes that Big Data can offer businesses a whole new perspective as well as additional value necessary for future growth: “We are convinced that more data can lead to more accurate analysis and decision-making. By adding pattern search and data mining to Big Data, we get a set of results that allows us to understand how our customers behave when they buy something. Big Data helps us to analyze data, to find a pattern and eventually to create a more efficient business model based on the expanded information. We are proud and happy that Hortonworks has accepted Nortal for the partner program to offer data mining solutions to enterprises worldwide,” said Laakkonen.
According to Jari Lahdenperä, Nortal Business Development Manager, Big Data has been the IT buzz word for the last couple of years. “Data is the most under-leveraged source for existing businesses, and companies are constantly looking for ways to use data to develop data-driven business models. It is about capturing, storing, analyzing and modeling to establish predictions, recommendations and other data science outcomes. I truly believe the combination of Hortonworks’ Hadoop platform and Nortal’s expertise in software development offers a unique opportunity to our existing as well as new customers,” explained Lahdenperä.
Hortonworks Data Platform was built by the core architects, builders and operators of Apache Hadoop and includes all of the necessary components to manage a cluster at scale and uncover business insights from existing and new big data sources. With a YARN-based architecture, HDP enables multiple workloads, applications and processing engines across single clusters with optimal efficiency. A reliable, secure and multi-use enterprise data platform, HDP is an important component of the modern data architecture, helping organizations mine, process and analyze large batches of unstructured data sets to make more informed business decisions.
”We welcome Nortal to the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program and look forward to working with them to provide data-driven applications powered by HDP to their customers,” said John Kreisa, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Hortonworks. “Nortal’s long-standing experience delivering high-value enterprise solutions creates a natural expansion to add Hadoop integration services as companies of all sizes are adopting Hadoop to support their Big Data projects. With Nortal we can expand our efforts to bring the power of Hadoop to the Nordics.”
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Nortal to Partner with Garage48 and ITA to Help Organise SaS48H in Oman
August 25, 2014
Garage48 joined forces with Information Technology Authority (ITA) in Sultanate of Oman Sas Programme and Nortal to organize the very first Garage48 format hacakthon Sas48H in Muscat, Oman hosted in picturesque Almouj Golf Muscat from 18-20 September. Nortal partners Garage48 with talented IT specialists and local startup enthusiasts to participate with ideas and technical know-how!
According to Peeter Smitt, Nortal Managing Director in GCC and Head of International Unit Nortal is a proud parent of several spin-offs that have developed and offer innovative solutions worldwide. "And that is why Nortal wants to take part in making the first Sas48H a success in Oman. The format of Garage48 has well-proved itself by bringing together people with new ideas and the technical know-how to make these ideas a reality. The timeframe pushes the teams to really consider business development and its pain points right from the beginning. Events like Sas48H will not only promote entrepreneurship in the society, it will truly encourage people to become entrepreneurs. Estonia with its inspiring experience of Garage48 and the highest number of startups per head in Europe is a living proof of that," said Smitt.
The Information Technology Authority’s (ITA) Sas Programme for Entrepreneurship promotes startups innovative ideas and solutions in information and communication technology (ICT) field through the first of its kind in Oman - Sas48H contest. Sas48H event is a weekend event held for 48 hours and focuses on the development of new web services and mobile services. The event targets programmers and mobile app developers, web developers, designers, visionary entrepreneurs/project managers, and marketers.
Registration is open, come & join us!
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Financial Results of 2013
July 02, 2014
Nortal EBITDA grew to EUR 947 thousand in 2013 compared to minus 3.7 million euros in 2012, while consolidated revenue decreased to EUR 36.6 million (EUR 41,8 million in 2012).
In 2013, Nortal business in Finland, Oman and Lithuania was profitable. Although Nortal Estonian business performance was still slightly negative in 2013, the restructuring process that begun in 2012, is showing positive results and the last quarter of 2013 was clearly profitable with a continuous positive trend. Part of the negative results can also be attributed to Nortal business in Russia, but the first half of 2014 has led to an increase in turnover across the company, and Nortal is profitable.
Nortal will focus increasingly on raising competence in following business areas: telecommunications, e-government, e-health and industry, logistics & energy. The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 witnessed many landmark agreements for the company - Nortal signed three major contracts in Oman worth a total of approximately EUR 20 million, also the Finnish Tax Administration contract with a total value of EUR 226 million and a number of contracts in Lithuanian health sector, including the Lithuanian central health information system. In Finland the industry, energy and logistics areas are showing strong improvement and growth. In Estonia Nortal has won major contracts in the field of e–government and has started first significant projects in manufacturing automation and optimisation.
Nortal is a valued employer across its markets, and in recognition to this for the third time in its history Nortal was awarded the title of most family- and employee friendly company in Estonia (Nortal shared first place with Ericsson).
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Nortal Launches its Tech Blog
June 02, 2014
Nortal technicians have been creating software at Nortal for a long time. Having gained a unique set of experiences from numerous projects in multiple geographical locations, it is time to share it with others. Nortal launched its Tech Blog for developers, QA or for any other role involved in IT and software.
Priit Liivak, Head of Engineering at Nortal said the content would be kept as technical as possible. “Expect to see code snippets, stack traces, graphs and all other nitty-gritty details that matter. We will keep technical aspect in mind for every post being published in the blog. We also hope to learn as well - with the help of the readers’ feedback we can validate ideas and acquire new ones,” explained Liivak.
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Visit Nortal stand at the Nightless Night OuluHealth Ecosystem meeting on June 11th 2014
May 27, 2014
You're welcome to visit
Nortal stand at the Nightless Night OuluHealth Ecosystem Meeting on June 11th
We are excited to
share our experiences from the eHealth sector and X-Road (Estonian
‘’Palveluväylä’’) with you.
The Nightless Night
OuluHealth summit will provide the opportunity to discuss connected health
issues with members of ecosystems from several countries, represented through
the networks of the Future Health program of Finland and European Connected
Professionals from health, information and communications
technology, medical technology, bioscience and pharmacy are brought together to
share ideas, build networks and discuss research and development possibilities.
More info: http://oulu.com/en/nightless-night/ and http://www.nortal.com/what-we-do/industries/healthcare
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Nortal is once again the most employee- and family friendly company in Estonia. Along with Ericsson Eesti AS
May 22, 2014
On May 22nd, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, Bonnier Group business newspaper Äripäev and family magazine Pere & Kodu announced Estonian companies that are the most employee and family friendly (this year for the 14th time already). Nortal AS and Ericsson Eesti AS shared 1-2 place and were therefore announced the most employee- and family friendly companies in Estonia in 2014. Nortal has previously been awarded the same title twice – in 2008 and 2010.
Nortal HR manager Jüri Saarma said that this title is most of all a recognition to all Nortal employees. "Only us and we ourselves can influence the type of company Nortal is today, tomorrow and the day after. We influence Nortal with our daily work, state of mind, thoughts and ideas and by giving feedback," said Saarma.
Nortal CEO Priit Alamäe also believes that the company's internal vibe and mindset is by 95% shaped by its employees. "This is a recognition especially to all of our good people who come to work every morning with a positive energy level and who brighten up their colleagues' days as well. The job of a manager is to listen to the people and to provide them with the best opportunities to succeed," added Alamäe.
The companies were evaluated both by the CEO and/or the HR manager and the employees of the company. The TOP of the employee- and family friendly companies was determined by adding up the scores of employee-friendliness and family-friendliness. The end result took into account the two sub-indicators: the family-friendliness and work environment as well as employee development opportunities or employee-friendliness.
In the rankings the CEO's or HR Manager's estimations were of 40% importance and the employees' estimations of 60% importance.
40 companies participated in the contest. Participation was voluntary.
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Juha Laakkonen to take the Position of Country Manager for Nortal Finland, Member of Group Management
May 05, 2014
Nortal has appointed Juha Laakkonen as the Country Manager for Nortal Finland since September 1, 2014. As of today, May 5th, 2014 Juha Laakkonen, the former CEO of Lappset Group Ltd joins Nortal as the Head of Industry & Logistics Business Area.
"While Europe and Finland are still in the economic downturn and most of the manufacturing happens outside of Europe, the companies like Nortal help our industries and public sector to stay competitive by implementing more efficient daily routines and advanced, innovative technological solutions. I am excited about the new challenge," says Juha Laakkonen.
Nortal Finland current CEO Jorma Kallio will move to work at Nortal key customer projects as well as the business development activities until further notice, after which he will retire.
"I am happy and proud Juha is aboard. He is goal oriented leader with a passion to take Nortal to new markets and to acquire new customers. I leave the operational responsibilities with him in confidence," said Mr. Kallio.
Juha Laakkonen, 44, worked as the CEO of Lappset Group Ltd since 2008. His educational background comprises double degrees; IT engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration. Laakkonen is a former Finnish national champion of decathlon and an Honorary Consul for Iceland in Lapland.
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Nortal to Create the Central Electronic Health Information System for Lithuania
April 17, 2014
Nortal is designing a Central Electronic Health
Information System for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania and
for the State Institution Registrų centras (Registers Centre). This will be a
one-stop point for residents of Lithuania and health care specialists to access
health services electronically. The Central Electronic Health Information System
(CEHIS) will consist of health care specialist and patient websites, which will
permit rapid sharing of information. This will reduce the patients’ waiting
times and the number of documents to be filled out and it will make it possible
for both patients and doctors to focus all their attention on effective
electronic services are implemented in the health care establishments, this
will improve service to clients and their access to service. This will give
reality to the principle “one citizen – one electronic medical case history”.
of Lithuania will be able to use CEHIS to electronically access, without
barriers imposed by time, geography or institution, their medical case history
information. People will be able to log on to the system and see messages about
their health tests, prescriptions, inoculation records and referral records.
They will also be able to request the certificates they require, to register
with general practitioners or to communicate remotely”, said Vice-Minister for
Health of the Republic of Lithuania, Erikas Mačiūnas, listing the benefits of
CEHIS. “An electronic health report will replace the current paper cards, and
when essential information is required about a patient, the doctor will be able
to access it in the blink of an eye.”
The number of documents to be filled out by
hand and patients’ waiting times will be reduced
Once the Central
Electronic Health Information System is introduced, health care professionals
will be able to repeatedly use patients’ medical information and they will be
able to provide health care services faster and better, including writing
prescriptions electronically. With information exchange systems improved, doctors
will be able to devote more time to patient care. Since patients will be able
to do many things on the CEHIS website, they will be able to avoid spending
long periods waiting to see doctors.
E. Mačiūnas continued: “At present, statistical data shows that there are
6 General Practitioners per 10,000 of the population; therefore, a patient’s
time with the doctor needs to be spent as effectively as possible, not filling
out forms, but in examination and consultation. Using the Central Electronic
Health Information System, participants in the health care sector will be able
to cooperate, and important information exchanges will be developed: CEHIS, the
electronic prescription service and a database of medical images – which will
reduce duplication of tests for patients who have been attending consultations
in various health care service institutions. This will ensure a fast search of
information needed about the patient and access to the latest databases and
catalogues of recommendations concerning diagnosis and treatment”.
The system is being developed on the basis of
started its activity in the health care sector by installing and maintaining
national electronic medical record systems, patient information systems and
self-service health care websites for clients in Finland and Estonia.
understand the value of such an information system for all residents of this
country; therefore, we use our extensive experience and accept the responsibility
of creating a new, unified access point to the electronic medical records of
citizens of this country. We have put to work on this project the best Nortal employees
in Lithuania and Estonia, who are experienced in the health care sector”, stated
Nortal Manager Arnoldas Jankūnas. He also remarked that in the process of
designing systems that are going to be used by all Lithuanian citizens, priority
must be given to designing systems that are convenient to use, that provide
clear and simple information delivery and are attractive.
added: “In the course of designing a system, we do everything we can to make it
convenient to use both for young people, who almost always access data
electronically using a mobile telephone (which is why the CEHIS website is
adapted for screens of varying sizes), as well as for older people (which is
why large amounts of information are presented as clearly as possible, using a
modern and convenient to use method of presenting separate blocks of
information of varying sizes)”.
planned to have the Central Electronic Health Information System operational by
Mobile telephone: +370 6169 0876
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The Go Live of a Modern and Functional Lithuanian Railways Website
April 14, 2014
A new and modern website
created for Lithuanian Railways. It is adapted for screens of varying sizes,
showing large quantities of information in an easy and understandable manner,
while the extended functions enable visitors to the website to quickly and
conveniently perform their required actions.
The Lithuanian Railways
website was designed and set up by Nortal.
The website has been
improved with added functions.
Arnoldas Jankūnas, the Manager of Nortal, says that when talking about electronic
service, priority must be given to the ease of using the website, its design,
its outstanding features and its creation of opportunities for interaction. These
days it is no longer exceptional to design a website that adapts to the size of
the equipment being used by the client; this has become an essential feature.
“When designing the Lithuanian Railway website we made sure that the
website was functional and we also designed it so that it changes depending on
the day and the time of the year”, said A. Jankūnas. “A well-designed
website creates positive emotions in visitors, which is equally as important as
its functionality. I am pleased that Lithuanian Railways invites its clients to
use a Lithuanian website that is comparable to one of the websites of the major
In addition to other new features, Lithuanian Railways clients will be
able to use the interactive station map, an events calendar, links to social networks
and the electronic form-filling capacity. Plans for the near future are to integrate
ticket purchase. All the information on the website is designed to be usable by
people with disabilities.
Clearer presentation of information
for private clients and business clients
The basic activity of Lithuanian Railways is the transportation of
passengers and freight. Therefore, information is presented on the website
according to the characteristics of the visitors and it is divided into
sections intended for passengers and for business.
“In order to ensure effective service for clients of Lithuanian Railways
and to increase client satisfaction, we have tried to present large amounts of
information as functionally and as simply as possible. For example, a client
seeking passenger train timetable information is not encumbered with
information about freight transport.”
For the Lithuanian Railways website a solution was adopted that is modern
and convenient to use, incorporating the use of separate blocks of information
of varying sizes to present all the necessary information.
You can visit the new Lithuanian Railways website at: www.litrail.lt
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Medical Professionals from Oman and Estonia Discuss Innovation in Medicine and Next Generation E-Health
April 10, 2014
Muscat, Oman – April 10, 2014 – To support the annual ICT exhibition COMEX 2014, Nortal held an e-health seminar “INNOVATION IN MEDICINE. NEXT GENERATION E-HEALTH” at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Muscat. The speakers included Mr. Margus Tsahkna, Chairman of Omani-Estonian Parliamentary Group; Mr. Mart Einasto, Member of the Executive Board of Tartu University Hospital; Mrs. Kati Korm, Head of IT Development Departement at Tartu University Hospital, and Mr. Taavi Einaste, Head of eHealth Business Unit at Nortal.
In his opening words, Mr. Margus Tsahkna, Chairman of Omani-Estonian Parliamentary Group reflected on the similarities of Oman and Estonia, and also on the need to be smart and efficient. “Due to its size, historical and geographical reasons, Estonia was forced to be smart. We believe Estonian e-solutions can be of use here in Oman, and let me assure you, the Estonian government is behind the Estonian companies such as Nortal that export their know-how and expertise to Oman,” said Mr. Tsahkna.
Mr. Mart Einasto, Member of the Executive Board of Tartu University Hospital spoke about the trends, developments and challenges in health sector. Mr. Einasto emphasised that the hospitals must develop different high tech areas to help drive and drigger the change in global health care. “The worldwide trend of aging population and rising costs should drive us to be more innovative and effective. Also, while the prevention in healthcare and personalised medicine offer new business oportunities today, we need to think one step ahaed. We are convinced that National Medical Record is one of the solutions to drigger innovation,” stated Mr. Einasto.
Mrs Kati Korm, Head of IT Development Departement at Tartu University Hospital gave a presentation on Estonian e-Health experience from hospital IT perspective. Mrs Korm stressed that the success of a medical IT-solution depends mainly on the fact whether the system is beneficial to all counterparts - the government, doctors and patients. “The Estonian National Medical Record is a success-story because the features of the system benefit all parties – it offers more information for clinical decision making, avoids duplicate tests and images, and it exceeds the public expectation on using more modern technology including apps for smartphones and tablets,” concluded Mrs. Korm.
Mr. Taavi Einaste, Head of eHealth Business Unit at Nortal spoke of how to enable smooth cooperation between hospital information systems and National Health Registry. “We were happy to learn that although hospital information systems cannot be directly transfered from one hospital to another, the similarities between for example Tartu University Hospital and Sultan Qaboos University Hospital are bigger than the similarities between Estonian and Finnish hospital systems. Operating in different countries and validating our experience from Estonian success story into international projects enables Nortal to take the good experiences but also to capitalise on the weaknesses from Estonian medical systems, to build even better solutions for our intenational customers. So we have a lot to offer for Omani healthcare sector,” stated Mr. Einaste.
The audience of approximately 30 people included representatives from Ministry of Health, the Royal Hospital, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, and Armed Forces Hospital. The audience was additionally interested in data security and privacy issues, as well as standardisation of medical data.
Next Nortal eHealth seminar on National Medical Record is to take place in October, 2014, in Muscat, Oman.
Estonia is the first country which has implemented a nationwide electronic health record system that also gives full access to citizens.
Tartu University Hospital is the largest provider of medical care in Estonia. In several fields (such as kidney, bone marrow and liver transplantation and congenital heart disease surgery) it is the only medical institution in Estonia with specialists at such a high level. It also plays a substantial role in both the undergraduate and post-graduate lives of students, as well as in the development of the country's medical science. Tartu University Hospital is the biggest hospital to use Nortal Healthcare Information System.
Nortal is an international high-end software development solutions provider in public and private sector. Nortal’s history in medical IT dates back to early 1990s. Nortal eHealth provides innovative and productive solutions to hospitals, laboratories and healthcare authorities. Supported by its international presence and targeted acquisitions, Nortal offers a comprehensive portfolio of medical IT products and solutions to its partners on various markets.
For additional questions or comments contact:
Fahad Amur Al-Hajri
Business Development Manager
+968 9933 6766
Head of eHealth Business Unit
+372 6515 7471
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