Liferay Named a Leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals!​

January 21, 2015

For the fifth year in a row, independent leading research firm Gartner has named Liferay as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. Nortal is Liferay Gold Partner. 

For the past several years, Liferay has had the fastest-growing Java-based portal, increasing its market momentum even as other Java portals from established large vendors have slowed in growth. Enterprise initiatives most frequently employ the commercially supported Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition, which is available primarily on a subscription basis. Organizations pursuing project-based portal initiatives and smaller organizations often use the free open-source Liferay Portal Community Edition. Liferay also makes its Enterprise Edition available to independent software vendors (ISVs) as an OEM offering. Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition is now at version 6.2 and boasts upward of 1,700 customers.

Liferay strengths

Even in the face of increasingly large, complex deployments, Liferay continues to build up a pool of satisfied customers. Liferay Portal has often succeeded where portal initiatives using other products were bogged down in cost and complexity. The open-source option can mean greatly reduced costs for organizations with sufficient in-house resources to take advantage of it.

Liferay is focused, agile and able to maintain a faster pace of development than most in terms of adding features such as support for mobile and social computing. Liferay has proved that it can respond quickly to requests for added functionality and other changes in market demand.

Even in the face of substantial growth, Liferay has retained its customers' high regard for its support. Customers rate Liferay among the highest of portal providers in the quality and effectiveness of customer support and professional services.

Nortal Liferay Competence

Nortal is a Liferay Portal Gold level partner and has deployed Liferay projects since 2009. Nortal has developed more than 20 projects involving the Liferay Portal as the core platform.

We have over 50 specialists from project management to analysis, development, QA and visual design who are working with Liferay platform based projects on a daily basis. Besides that Nortal is a regional reseller and 1st line support contact for Liferay clients and developers.

Nortal has certified a number of specialists as Liferay developers and administrators, taken the 1st line support courses as required by the Liferay partnership terms and also participated in Liferay conferences annually to keep up with the latest improvements.

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Nortal Oy starts employee cooperation negotiations

January 19, 2015

Nortal Oy starts employee cooperation negotiations due to a weak project situation resulting from changes in the customers’ purchase behaviour.

The employee cooperation negotiations take place in Finland and affect some 100 staff. Currently, Nortal Oy employs 140 professionals. Up to 9 jobs may be cut, and in addition it is discussed to lay off no more than 55 employees full-time or part-time for a period of up to 90 days.

More information:
Juha Laakkonen
Toimitusjohtaja, Nortal Oy
+358 407 625 480,

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Aurimas Danaitis to Take the Role of Country Manager for Nortal Lithuania

November 03, 2014

Nortal has appointed Aurimas Danaitis as the Country Manager for Nortal Lithuania since November 1, 2014. Danaitis, who has managed Nortal Lithuania's Public Unit for more than nine years, replaced the previous Managing Director Arnoldas Jankūnas.
Arnoldas Jankūnas, one of the founders of Nortal Lithuanian branch said that after almost 10 years Nortal has a strong position in the Lithuanian market. “I am certain Nortal will continue to grow under the very capable management of Aurimas Danaitis, who is a goal oriented leader never afraid to accept new challenges. Nortal today is a highly competitive company with a solid management team and excellent professionals able to achieve very ambitious goals. Aurimas is an experienced manager who knows both the company and the customers well which enables me to take some time off and consider accepting new challenges,” explained Jankūnas. 
According to Aurimas Danaitis, in Lithuania Nortal will continue to focus on eHealth projects and export. "We have successful experience in these segments, and our goal is to continue to increase revenues as well as further develop and grow Nortal in Lithuania. This also means that we will be recruiting many IT talents in the near future,” said Danaitis.
Nortal currently employs more than 80 employees in Vilnius and Kaunas. In order for the company to continue to expand, Nortal will hire experienced professionals as well as talented students. For Lithuanian IT students Nortal annually organizes free trainings after which the most talented students are invited to continue working in the company.

Nortal is the biggest software development company and the second largest Baltic IT services company in the Baltics. In Lithuania Nortal develops and implements solutions in three sectors: eHealth, Public Sector and Private sector. In 2013, Nortal Group turnover was 126.4 million litas (36.6 million EUR) and Nortal also ranked as a leader in IT export in the Baltics (source: Prime Investment report).

Additional Information:
Aurimas Danaitis
Country Manager
Nortal UAB
+370 698 87057

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Nortal and VTT start cooperation in the fast-growing big data market

October 16, 2014

Nortal and Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) will begin developing advanced practical solutions for analysis of large amounts of data, known as big data, targeted at industrial companies. The global big data market is expected to undergo annual growth of up to 27 per cent.

VTT and Nortal see rising potential in big data technologies, and extensive customer interest both at home and abroad. The potent combination of research and rapid business evolution will give the two companies an effective way of serving their customers in the development of digitalised businesses.

Both see the anticipated strong market growth as the starting point for the creation of a new kind of technology architecture, one that will allow digital services to be based on a variety of aspects drawn rapidly, even in real time, from a vast amount of data.

Nortal is a software development solutions provider focusing on industry, with expertise in gathering large amounts of data using the Apache Hadoop platform, supplied by partner Hortonworks. The company also has experience in gathering analysis results, reporting and visualisation for both private and public sector customers.

"This cooperation will strengthen our big data offering and know-how even further. With the support of VTT and Hortonworks, Nortal will be capable of offering and delivering a comprehensive Big Data solution, ranging from data collection right through to visualisation. With the world in sore need of specialists in the analytics of large amounts of data, we are delighted to have VTT as our partner," says Timo A. Rantanen, Nortal Business Area Director.

VTT will be focusing on advanced data analytics and management of large masses of information.

"VTT is a pioneer in real-time data analytics. Our new strategy also emphasises exploiting large amounts of data in the industrial internet. We consider it vital that consolidation of our high-level technological research takes place alongside the customer's business. Cooperation with Nortal also gives VTT an opportunity to identify new research challenges," says Tuomo Tuikka, Head of Research at VTT's Digital Systems and Services.

The parties see a growing number of opportunities in big data technologies, as well as burgeoning customer interest at home and abroad. By combining research with rapidly evolving business, Nortal and VTT will be working together to best serve their customers in digitalised business development.

The major transition now under way is driven by the progress in business digitalisation and the industrial internet. The business benefits are being sought from services related to information processing.

Today's Internet carries more data in one second than was contained in the entire Internet of 20 years ago. On average, business connected with big data is expected to grow six times faster than the ICT market. Research firm IDC estimates that the big data market will grow annually by 27 per cent, which by 2017 would give it a value in the order of USD 32 billion.

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Tietoviikko: Nortal is not frightened by the jackpot

October 14, 2014

Tiina Siltala from Tietoviikko interviewed Juha Laakkonen for their STRAIGHT TO THE POINT column.
October 6th, 2014. 

The system reform of the tax authorities is a giant project for the Estonian Nortal. There were no credibility problems, according to Juha Laakkonen, the newly appointed director of the Finnish branch.

The complete software project for the Finnish Tax Administration is a huge deal for the Finnish Nortal. Are you concerned about implementing the project?
No, we are not. Nortal has provided the tax administration with software systems and has been one of its main partners for decades. This is how we know the tax administration and taxation in Finland. The American Fast, in turn, makes software packages for tax administrations. Its GenTax product is one of the most used among taxation software. I believe that together with the American partner we have the best possible options. 

How can an IT company of Nortal's size get the project to a successful conclusion?
Success always starts from expertise and the fact that project management is working, the project is being implemented by professionals, communication with the customer is sufficient and the project is proceeding as planned. Understanding the customer's business is the key to success in terms of the Finnish Tax Administration as well as in other large projects. You will always meet obstacles in case of larger projects and these have to be openly discussed with the client.

What are the biggest pitfalls of a project?
In large projects, the pitfalls are generated by the fact that the projects are related to individuals. Adequate resourcing of both the supplier and the customer is an important issue. You have to be able to keep people happy and help them succeed. There will be problems if you're unable to arrange these conditions. The most important thing is human motivation and expertise.

See the full text in Finnish in Tietoviikko

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Nortal developed G-Cloud project wins a prestigious award for Oman at GITEX

October 12, 2014

Information Technology Authority (ITA) of the Sultanate of Oman won a prestigious GITEX Cloud Award in the category of Best Virtualization Solution Implementation for its G-Cloud project that is being developed in cooperation with Nortal, an international software development company with an active branch in Oman.

G-Cloud is a platform based on open source technologies that enables the Omani Government and other state authorities to locate their information systems to a central state-managed private cloud and to refrain from maintaining their own IT-infrastructures.

According to Mr Peeter Smitt, the Managing Director of Nortal LLC, by implementing G-Cloud, Oman will take a step further and thus pass many e-governments worldwide. “The cloud solution is designed to be actively used by several government entities in the Sultanate. The first G-Cloud tenant is eOman portal. After migrating to G-Cloud, the portal’s performance and stability has improved and the client is very happy with the results,” said Peeter Smitt.

The GITEX Cloud Award competition is organized by Cloud Confex, the region's leading conference and exhibition dedicated to Cloud technology and was held in parallel with GITEX Technology Week in October 12-16 at Dubai World Trade Center. GITEX Technology Week attracts annually major players of global enterprise and thought-leadership from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia with more than 100 participating projects and initiatives. Not to mention hosting over 500 events, more than 1.4 million visitors and 6,000 exhibitors from every corner of the planet. “Competing with all the Cloud implementations in the region, ITA’s G-Cloud project stood out as one of the top G-Cloud practice,” said Mr. Abdullah Al Barwani, ITA’s Director General for Infrastructure in his speech at the event.
The Information Technology Authority (ITA) signed an agreement with Nortal for the supply, design, delivery, implementation and operation of the G-Cloud in December 2013. Nortal participates in the project with OpenNode, an Estonian company specialized in infrastructure building. G-Cloud project lasts for three years involving both ITA and Nortal's teams in the development. The involvement of the ITA’s specialists is considered as one of the key success factors of the project for the knowledge transfer or the so-called bootcamp process enabling thus the local team to learn and to be ready to take ownership of the end product.

Nortal is an international high-end software development solutions provider in public and private sector. Nortal success is built on long-lasting relationships and delivering the best quality mission-critical solutions to clients in selected industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Nortal has had a registered company and an office in Oman for the past three years. There are approximately 50 people of seven different nationalities working at our Oman projects. And there are over 30 people working daily at our Muscat office. The numbers are constantly growing.

G-Cloud is a government cloud initiative led by Information Technology Authority of Oman, aimed at providing services to public entities in Oman. G-Cloud is envisioned to setup a shared infrastructure including server, network, storage and applications where all government entities IT infrastructure requirements are fulfilled. Having G-Cloud in place, ministries can focus on their core business, reducing the IT budget, increasing their agility and providing the public e-Services at higher efficiency.

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Tartu University Hospital launches Patient Portal developed and implemented by Nortal

October 03, 2014

Tartu University Hospital opened a Nortal developed patient portal called ePatsient​ on October 3rd, 2014. The portal allows patients to book outpatient appointments to see a medical specialist (in the rollout phase, patients can only book initial appointments). In addition to appointment booking, patients can see their health files and analysis’ results, as well as to examine their medical history dated back to the year 2007. Also to control and edit contact information. 

The patient portal’s content and functionality is fully based on the hospital’s information services and data gathered by Tartu University Hospital. As there will be other additions to the system in the near future, the users may therefore and due to the renewal of content services witness temporary and short-term interruptions in the workflow of the patient portal. For example, the hospital wishes to add bookings of paid and repeated doctor appointments as well as booking for another person (parent booking doctor appointments for a child). 

Nortal eHealth Business Area Director Taavi Einaste said that the development of Tartu University Hospital patient portal has been an interesting challenge for the whole team. "A seemingly simple task was made difficult by the size of the hospital and the complexity of its business process. For example, the hospital has more than 10 different types of appointments, the submission of which is managed by different rules such as channel, time or cancellation of the bookings,"explained Einaste. 

See Tartu University Hospital patient portal at Patient Portal can be used by anyone who has an ID card or Mobile-ID. The patient portal enables to: 
  • ​Book appointments 
  • View booked appointments
  • Cancel bookings and to replace them with new appointments
  • Order reminders for appointments 
  • Look at medical records 
  • Pay the bills 
  • Review and update personal information

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Nortal is a leader in IT export and software development in the Baltics, second largest Baltic IT services company

September 29, 2014

Nortal ranked first in Prime Investment report on Baltic ICT Market in two different categories: Top-5 software development companies and Top-5 exporting companies. Nortal also took the second place in TOP 20 Baltic IT services companies 2013 list.

According to Prime Investment and based on the survey results, during 2013 sales of Baltic IT exhibited growth of 8,6 % y-o-y. Growth of total revenues, including sale of hardware, third-party software and services, was only 5%.

Nortal CEO Priit Alamäe said that the slowdown in the overall European economy has clearly also slowed down the growth of the Baltic ICT market in recent years and that within the next 5 years a significant growth in absolute terms can only be achieved outside the Baltics. "Nortal will grow by approximately 15% in 2014, and approximately 65% of our turnover comes from outside the Baltic states. Current trends suggest that this proportion will increase in the coming years. Nortal expects the greatest growth from manufacturing, logistics, healthcare sectors and from the public sector with a geographical focus on the Baltics, the Nordic countries and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries," added Alamäe.

Baltic ICT market news is a semi-annual review of recent corporate developments in the sector of information technology, telecommunications and Internet access in the Baltic States. The report highlights important corporate and M&A events of the Baltic ICT market and provides proprietary ratings of the leading Baltic IT service companies. The ranking has been compiled since 2002.

Prime Investment is one of the leading investment banking companies in the region, focusing on M&A, buyouts, fund raising, corporate restructuring and strategic advisory.

See the Baltic ICT Market news 2014.

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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!

Follow information:
Garage48 FB & e.oman FB
Instagram: eoman_ita

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