Dextra Technologies is officially an AWS Select Consulting Partner

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aws dextra technologies select consulting partner

Dextra Technologies is officially an AWS Select Consulting Partner

Dextra Technologies has been recently recognized as a Select Level Partner of the AWS Partner Network, validating the experience that our company and world-class engineers have in the implementation of reliable and secure AWS solutions. It also confirms that we have AWS accredited professionals with a thorough understanding of the AWS platform and cloud expertise.

AWS Consulting Partners are companies that support customers of all types and sizes to accelerate their journey to the cloud by assisting the design, development, and management of workloads on AWS.

The journey

In 2014, our team assessed the best cloud service providers, and the research placed AWS as the leader, which is why we have offered solutions using AWS from that moment onwards. 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the leading cloud platform to date, designed to be the most flexible and secure. The APN (AWS Partner Network) is dedicated to helping its partners in developing successful AWS-based solutions and take full advantage of the benefits AWS has to offer.

Over the years and as we implemented more projects, our solutions became more and more specialized. A couple of years ago the number of projects to move into the cloud already indicated that we should enhance this practice. 

In 2019 our team approached AWS and expressed our interest to provide our engineers a deeper involvement in the use of their platform and to become their partners to keep up to date with their best practices and expertise and to be able to offer better solutions to our clients.

Organizations looking forward to being an AWS Certified Partner are required to demonstrate professional experience using AWS solutions. It is necessary to register projects (which AWS calls opportunities) in which they have implemented AWS cloud so they can be validated by an AWS expert team.

At the end of the process, our knowledge and expertise with the technologies and tools of this platform are backed up by the AWS certifications that our engineers hold.

Benefits of becoming an APN Partner

As an APN Partner, Dextra Technologies gains access to technical resources that help us better serve our customers. Thanks to our extensive experience we are well-positioned to assist your organization at any stage of your cloud adoption journey and to help you achieve your business goals.

For instance, being part of this network means that we have invested significantly in our AWS practice. This also implies that we possess extensive experience in deploying customer solutions on AWS, have trained and certified technical consultants, provided expertise in project management, and demonstrated success deploying solutions on AWS.

The process was not easy, but it was certainly very rewarding. This accomplishment reflects the efforts of the entire team to keep supporting our customers’ digital transformation journey.

What’s next?

What’s next for us as an AWS partner is to keep offering our cloud expertise and unlock new opportunities with a cloud-first strategy approach. Besides, our engineers will continue to specialize in serverless and workload migration solutions in the AWS Cloud.

Moreover, the Dextra Technologies Talent Development department is also updating the career plans of our engineers to achieve this objective and to stay current with industry-recognized credentials.   

Our team of highly skilled engineers can help you with cloud application migration and modernization, IoT, mobile-cloud integration, and much more. Contact us to find out more about our services and how we can assist you. 

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COVID-19: One year into the crisis.

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COVID-19: One year into the crisis.

Looking back at lessons learned.

It’s been a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and we know it has not been easy for anyone. From the very beginning we were facing an unknown challenge for which there were no recipes. Most importantly, we have all been concerned about the health of our family, our colleagues, and our own.

At Dextra Technologies we had the caution, agility, and resilience to handle and respond to this situation to the best of our ability. It was very useful and practical to have designed a plan divided into phases, which allowed us to be one step ahead of the situation from the very early stages of the crisis.

Taking strong measures and in time, long before they were formalized by the government, gave us the advantage of protecting all members of the Dextra Technologies community. Today our team is as healthy and productive as ever, and most of us keep working from home, which tells us that we are doing things right.

At the same time that we implemented the plans to protect our health, we had before us the challenge of keeping ourselves operating, thus helping to mitigate the economic impact on our community.

Although being in the software industry puts us in a privileged position, moving quickly to this level of remote work was not easy and we did not have much margin for errors given the deliveries that we have been committed to. Together as a team, we identified the limitations to make the new scheme of activities possible and we worked hard on creative solutions to solve them. Being already at home, we have all demonstrated our sense of responsibility to maintain our focus and achieve our goals.

At the beginning of 2020 when COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world, and countries took steps to deal with the crisis, Dextra Technologies’ executive team started planning and working towards the implementation of a fully remote work model even before the virus arrived in Mexico. This anticipation was key to reach almost 100% of it by March 13th and restrict on-site activities to only those who had direct dependence on specialized hardware.

Dextra Technologies already had a remote work model, which was originally functional to support the Home Office model and minor eventualities, which was a great advantage and allowed us to maintain productivity. The solutions with specialized connectivity hardware were also generated so that dependencies did not represent an impediment in our services.

We took great care of the execution of our processes, our people, our clients, our reputation, and our methodologies and were still able to grow our projects and get more clients under the nearshore model. This helped us to not only continue working as usual but to keep all our team complete, preventing layoffs or reducing compensations, which makes us very proud since we know not all companies were fortunate enough to do it.

Even though nearly all of our staff continues working remotely, we aligned ourselves and the offices to the health protocols and guidelines put in place by the Mexican government and health authorities last year. We also increased communication with our employees, and we all know how to stay safe and take care of one another outside and inside the office.

Seizing opportunities

This year has taught us many lessons, and we have helped each other in this process of adapting to a different way of working and looking for options to maintain close communication with each other and with our clients. We have also detected areas of opportunity in infrastructure and improved some work processes and tools. Last but not least, we have been very conscious and careful to protect the intellectual property and confidentiality of our clients.

This crisis has brought us a unique opportunity to strengthen and improve ourselves. The results we have achieved so far have been excellent. Compliance with work plans and commitments has been maintained with an outstanding level of quality and productivity. 

We know our clients are very happy with the results as they have shared their positive feedback in regards to our strategy, which further strengthens their trust and commitment to Dextra Technologies as they know that they are also being supported during this time, which is also challenging for them.

The Dextra Technologies team has shown that we truly live by our core values. This past year they have proved their integrity, respect, teamwork, resilience, and focus on delivering increasing value to our clients.

For instance, Dextra Technologies had the honor to receive the award as one of the Best Mexican Companies in 2020 for the ninth year in a row, validating our ability to embrace change and our drive to succeed even in the face of adversity. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies program is a global initiative that recognizes private companies with advanced management ideas and exceptional business performance.

Our CEO, Daniel Chávez, shared with MEM (Mexico’s Best Managed Companies program by Deloitte) our response to this crisis. In this quick video, he summarizes the 4 key actions the company took to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. 

To conclude, we would like to say thank you to our whole team and business partners for their efforts, their support, and for making this possible. Despite these challenging times, it is certain we will find ourselves as a reinvented company and even a stronger community. Congratulations on the results achieved, let’s keep this up!

 

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Dextra Technologies Company Culture

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PEOPLE AND COMPANY CULTURE

At Dextra Technologies, we believe in our people, we focus on delivering value to our customers, we are always honest with everyone, and now, more than ever, we adapt to the challenges of an ever-changing world. 

We are a team that inspires honesty, respect, and trust, within our company and towards our customers. Honesty is strict and absolute, trust is earned, respect is bestowed, and loyalty is proven. All of us at Dextra Technologies are an important part of this organization, therefore it is vital to comply with our Code of Ethics, which provides guidance about expected behavior based on the organization’s core values, principles and beliefs. 

The Open Doors Policy is part of our culture. We faithfully believe that this policy encourages oral and written communication with our leaders, opening a channel for shared knowledge, face-to-face interactions, and friendly relations. 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Strengthening our community. 

We strive to create, encourage, and keep our team engaged and motivated. Our efforts are primarily focused on two initiatives: Dextra Cares and Dextra Green. 

Dextra Cares focuses on seven dimensions aligned to our employees’ well-being and to one of our core values. These elements are embedded in our daily life and aim to ensure work-life balance, reduce our environmental impact through programs that incorporate sustainability into business practices, and support nonprofit organizations in the communities where we live and work. 

  • Emotional- Your emotional health.
  • Social- Our commitment to our community.
  • Physical- Your physical health.
  • Environmental- Our commitment to the environment (Dextra Green).
  • Occupational- Your career and growth at Dextra.
  • Financial- Your financial health.
  • Balance- Our commitment to ensuring your work-life balance.

Uses of Wearable Tech and Device Testing

Uses of Wearables and QA

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Uses of Wearables and QA

The fitness wearable tracker market is among the leading promising segments of the wearable industry as it keeps growing every year. Millions of people wear some kind of activity tracker and use the device to watch their health, to see how far they’ve run or how many steps they’ve taken. Consumers love wearables and the information they supply.

Aside from being trendy, there are several astounding stories of fitness trackers alerting people of sudden medical emergencies, as they will monitor a user’s heart rate and detect and report spikes. The information recorded by activity trackers has even helped to clarify police cases in the US.

Lawyers could use as strong evidence against a suspect if the user had their pulse levels raised, the location where they were at a particular time, and even the precise moment when their heart stopped beating. Did a suspect lie, and say they were sleeping, but their heartbeat suggests it was not as stated? Did the victim’s steady heart rate jump at a certain time?

Wearables demand multiple layers of security, and the data currently generated by these devices must be handled with care as it can be evidence-based information and knowledge not only for the individual.

Regarding QA, what’s more important is how the hardware integrates with the software, and how smooth the interaction is. There are several crucial steps to test smart wearable devices, including material, hardware, firmware, and external software integration testing.

QA engineers test functionality. Firmware testing efforts are focused on the software and the integration data layer on the wearable devices. Manual and automated testing teams can continually ratify the precise operation of all the tracker modules like GPS, heart rate monitoring, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, among others. Mobile testing teams can verify the right interaction of the application and the interaction of the data of the tracker with the platform.

Some enterprises invent wearables, and some companies test them under their supervision. Our team is currently developing test automation frameworks as well as testing multiple trackers and smartwatches in development and in the market. Doing the same for a mobile application that serves as a communication bridge between trackers, and the servers, additionally to provide the user with reports of their physical activity.

Contact Dextra today to learn more about how we help one of our clients in the consumer health market to prove and approve their firmware and mobile app. 

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Sourcing Better Testing and Development Solutions in a Post COVID-19 World (Webinar)

Sourcing Better Testing and Development Solutions in a Post COVID-19 World
Sourcing Better Testing and Development Solutions in a Post COVID-19 World

Sourcing Better Testing and Development Solutions in a Post COVID-19 World

COVID-19 has mandated “new” delivery methods. Nearshore was made for this, working from home, remote, and teleworking are already part of our DNA.

Very early in this crisis, we reached out to our clients to work with them on contingency plans, well ahead on any government mandates anywhere. Proactive planning and focus on execution have resulted in consistent delivery. Customers were consulted and informed of staged plans to move work out of offices, dependencies were identified and resolved ahead of time.

Laptop disk encryption, data loss prevention software, secure VPN access to Dextra R&D hardware, and client servers in the US were verified.

It is vital to live by your core values. At Dextra, our team’s well-being is our priority. Employees are being informed with regular corporate updates since the beginning of this health crisis. Teams are fully committed to plans and deliver results with shortened feedback cycles.

If your software provider has a set of values; they should certainly put them into action. They should be transparent and demonstrate integrity and respect for their people, and their clients.

Companies must provide a robust and scalable Telecom infrastructure consisting of multiple and redundant carriers that can pick up bandwidth when others fail. Employees should also have high-speed connections from home along with access to collaboration software.

In this webinar hosted by the Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence (IRPA AI), experts from IT consultancy Strategy Shore as well as Dextra Technologies discuss how remote working will need to be a part of every company’s DNA moving forward.

We remain vigilant but optimistic about the future. Watch the entire webinar below and get to know more about how Dextra’s approach and deep expertise across different technologies have supported our clients before. You can also view the slides here. 

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The in-vehicle experience beyond the driving task

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The in-vehicle experience beyond the driving task

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Since the introduction of the first commercial radio in a vehicle by Motorola in the 1930s companies strive to integrate features or functionalities into a car as consumers have gotten used to in their daily lives as technology developments allow, which extend the in-vehicle experience beyond the driving task.

At Dextra Technologies we are at the core of such evolution collaborating with our partners in Software Development and Quality assurance (QA) for the building blocks that enable such developments:

  • Audio capture for voice commands
  • Audio processing that turn listening to music into an involving experience
  • Image stabilization for cameras that feed advanced driver assistance systems
  • Tools Development
  • User Interface (UI) Development
  • Communication buses
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Mobile Apps
  • Connected vehicle

If you are an engineer looking for a career in this exciting world where all these technologies converge, we are always looking for the brightest minds. We are confident that you will find the challenges that will enrich your professional experience and personal fulfillment.

If you are looking for that partner with the knowledge, expertise, and a proven Nearshore model that will extend your capabilities in the delivery of your services or products, we will make sure to build a model that satisfies your needs.

By HĂ©ctor Vega
By HĂ©ctor Vega

VP of Business Development and CTO

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