Flander Opened New Outsourcing Centre in Beijing, China to Boost the Growth of Mobile Software Services

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Combination of Onsite, Offsite and Offshore Software Testing Services Brings Faster-than-Expected Growth

Flander is the only software testing service provider in Beijing with the ability to offer ISEB certification for local testing professionals

Flander, a leading provider of mobile software testing and development services, today announced the opening of the company's new outsourcing centre in Beijing, China. The new centre marks a major milestone for Flander in the growth of the company's operations in China, supporting the operation model that combines local and offshore professionals and best-of-breed test automation tools.

The new facility provides the flexibility required by the company's faster-than-expected growth rate. Due to increasing demand for independent testing, Flander's organization in Beijing has grown from 5 to 110 software professionals in just one year. Roughly 40 % of the growth was organic, while the rest is a result of the acquisition of the mobile testing business of China's Hexin Group in June 2007.

"We are strongly focused on developing and growing our operations in China," said Markus Suomi, CEO, Flander. "The combination of our European presence, quality-driven approach and cost-efficient model of onsite, offsite and offshore resourcing is an increasingly attractive proposition for mobile handset manufacturers, software vendors, service providers, and mobile operators alike. With the new facility, we'll be able to offer dedicated and fully secured premises, dedicated servers and qualified professionals for a growing number of clients."

Key benefits of the new outsourcing centre are flexibility and security. Flander can now easily bring in new customer teams in dedicated high-security working spaces suitable for 30 to 100 professionals. Each space is equipped with a fingerprint-controlled lock and monitored with a CCTV video camera system. All critical projects are carried out using dedicated, protected servers.

"Flander is the only software testing service provider in Beijing with the ability to offer ISEB certification for local testing professionals," said Mika Heikinheimo, Managing Director, Flander China. "With the recruitment and training processes in place, along with the new infrastructure, we're able to scale up our operations quickly with local staff. The high quality approach, strong project management and Asian cost level brings great value to our customers and will help us reach the goal of 100 % growth in 2008."

The Flander outsourcing centre is located in Soho Shangdu, the central business district of Beijing, in the western part of the city. Less than an hour away from the Beijing Capital International Airport, the location is convenient for both international customers and companies with a local presence.

Further information:
Flander Group
Markus Suomi, CEO
Tel. +358 50 511 7337
Email: firstname.lastname@flander.com

Flander China
Mika Heikinheimo, Managing Director
Tel. +86 139 10 523 437
Email: firstname.lastname@flander.com

About Flander
Flander is one of the leading service providers in software testing and mobile software development. Flander customers include top-tier mobile handset manufacturers, independent software vendors, operators and service providers. With a track record of more than 10 years in the business and offices in Finland, Sweden and China, the company employs over 360 software development and testing professionals. Flander has earned an AAA rating by Dun & Bradstreet and has certified ISO 9000 and CMMi level 3 processes. Flander customer satisfaction has been above industry average for several years. Website: http://www.flander.com .

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