Aplana Software Honored with Two Microsoft Awards

Aplana Software, Inc., software services and outsourcing company, won the prestigious Microsoft Development Partner award in 2 categories at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. The awards recognize development of entertainment web-portal MUZ.RU and Traffic Services solution based on innovative technologies.

Aplana was winner for Central and Eastern Europe in the category ‘Web Development Partner of the Year’ for development of the largest entertainment Web-portal of legal digital music in Russia MUZ.RU ( www.muz.ru ) for Russian Investment Group IFD Kapital. MUZ.RU is an online music store and at the same time a Web-broadcasting system based on user defined playlists. The solution was, built using Microsoft Commerce Server and Silverlight technologies and is prominent in the marketplace due to advanced features developed by Aplana specialists. The music store, built into Windows Media Player 11; includes two types of music subscriptions; digital content protection built using Microsoft DRM technology, and allows access to songs and 30-second track samples before buying.

The award ‘Software-plus-Services Development Partner of the Year’ for Central and Eastern Europe was given to Aplana for a Traffic Services solution developed for ITIS, the UK’s leading provider of real-time road traffic information. The unique set of services can be used by third-party applications or for visual representation of traffic information on a map. The Aplana developed solution calculates isochrones (places of equal journey time to the same location) and displays them on a map with characteristics such as start location, time of day, day of week, and desired time of trip taken into account. These services are based on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The solution was developed with proactive use of Microsoft technologies; Visual Studio Team System and SQL Server 2008. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) was used along with a set of Web-services based on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

The awards were presented to Aplana at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC09) on 13-16 July – a premier annual event for industry partners, which took place in New Orleans.

This is the third year that Aplana became a winner of Microsoft’s Partner Program Awards. Other awards include ‘Winning Customers Award’ and ‘Customer Experience Award’ in 2004 for reengineering of HotSOS, Hotel Service Order Optimization System, which is implemented in thousands of hotels in over 50 countries by MTech Co. and ‘Smart Client Development Partner of the Year’ in 2008 for development of an online store for digital music built into Windows Media Player 11 for the leader of digital music sales in Australia.

“We are very proud of these 2 awards Aplana received for efficient software development for our partners based on advanced technologies and in-depth R&D by our engineers”, says Victor Weinstein, CEO of Aplana Software, Inc. “Five Microsoft awards prove that at Aplana we innovate around core technologies and provide our customers with smart hi-tech products and solutions.”

To learn more about Aplana and our delivered projects visit www.aplana.ru/en/information.htm

About Aplana Software

Aplana Software, software services and outsourcing company, provides software solutions with high business value based on advanced technologies. The company provides a full cycle of software development services: from business analysis and project design to programming and ongoing support services for global customers. Aplana removes the complexities of launching a remote R&D Center. With over 200 of the finest software engineers, Aplana delivers to its customers software solutions of the highest quality, confirmed by ISO 9001:2000 certification for software development and maintenance processes. To learn more about Aplana and our delivered projects visit www.aplana.ru/en/information.htm