We are pleased and happy to announce that Vagabond's long-standing contributor, Kapka Kassabova, has just won the 2018 British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding worth £25,000.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 13:33


"As there is a lot of talk about renovating the renovations, I ordered controlling the controls." Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova on the repair works in Central Sofia

High technologies might look foreign and incomprehensible to the outsider. A conversation with Radomir Milanov, the new Managing Director of SAP Bulgaria, however, is more than enough to understand that innovation and technology can be a source of inspiration, and a passion. Radomir Milanov has 20 years of experience in the field, both in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. A global leader in providing technologies facilitating a variety of businesses and industries, SAP is constantly changing to offer businesses expertise, innovative solutions and a platform to expand their potential, and to reach new grounds. The company opened an office in Bulgaria in 1999, started an ever-growing development center (SAP Labs Bulgaria) and today is one of the leaders on the local market.

Taulia is a FinTech company founded in 2009. Taulia is headquartered in San Francisco, California with various locations across the United States and offices in London, England; Dusseldorf, Germany; and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Tauila delivers innovative early payment, financing and payment solutions that enable its customers to achieve their working capital and cash management goals. Some of the smartest brands in the world rely on Taulia, including Coca-Cola Bottling, Pfizer, Hallmark, John Deere, and many other Fortune 500 companies from various industries. Taulia opened its office in Bulgaria 4 years ago. Today, 50 people work in it. Yana Parvanova, an Engineering Manager at Taulia Bulgaria, reveals more.

Quality House has been providing behind-the-scene assistance and improving software quality since 2004. The company provides testing services and courses to IT companies of all sizes, having worked for both telecom giants and budding start-ups, acting as a natural extension of on-site QA teams or building entirely new ones. Now their CEO – Mitko Mitev – is giving you a quick insight into the Eastern European outsourcing market and why it's worth it.

When innovation is concerned, Methodia is in the front lines. The company offers software solutions not only to companies specialised in providing utility services. It also helps brands outside the field to enter this rapidly developing market, and to make the most of it. Tsveti Kyoseva, CEO, tells more.

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:43


Robotisation has become a hot topic in recent years, as we continue to see new ways in which machines can perform dangerous, tedious or time-consuming tasks. Bulgaria is also a part of the trend, with companies like Giga Automata. The firm develops and implements collaborative robots for use in the industry and at home. Founders Georgi Arabadziev and Georgi Georgiev elaborate on what make their robot, Animoto, different.

Big data real-time analysis is something that any company can benefit from, but as this innovation still requires significant investment and knowledge, few firms are able to make the most of it. Here comes mismash io, a company dedicated to the mission of bringing real-time predictive analytics and all of its advantages to the masses. Paris-born Nassim Bekkat is the company's Innovations Manager.

Do IT Wise is a global independent consulting and software development company, focused on supporting business to thrive on their digital transformation. Do IT Wise partners with one of the leading software vendors in the areas of Enterprise Service Management, Application Performance Management, Hybrid Cloud Management and Customer Service Management, such as ServiceNow, Micro Focus, Atlassian, Cherwell, New Relic, Dynatrace, AppDynamics. Do IT Wise Integration Hub product enables integrations between enterprise service management systems. Currently the company serves more than 50 companies on Fortune 500 list. Established in the USA in 2010, the company opened Bulgarian office in 2013 and moved the headquarters to Sofia in 2017. Marin Marinov, Sales Director, elaborates.

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:43


Melon is a software development outsourcing company based in Bulgaria. It has more than 15 years of experience, and besides two development offices in the country, in Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo, has also another one in Skopje, Macedonia. Currently Melon's team consists of more than 160 highly qualified professionals including web and mobile developers, UX/UI and graphic designers, quality assurance, system support and devops engineers. Melon is particularly good at building teams that closely match its clients' needed technological skillset and experience. The company's CEO, Krum Hadjigeorgiev, elaborates.

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