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AvioBook – a Thales Group company, founded in 2010 and 100+ employees scale-up – supports airlines as a partner in their digital strategy. AvioBook offers a comprehensive and highly integrated suite of ground and flight applications, systems and solutions that connect all stakeholders and key assets in a safe and secure manner. This, combined with expertise in data and cyber security, gives airlines an edge through greater efficiency and ultimately sustainable, profitable growth.

Case: AvioBook

Ann-Katrien Heijligen, the Chief People & Culture Officer of AvioBook came to us with an urgent need for a JAVA & iOS team. The current recruitment and on-boarding capacities in the countries they were in didn’t allow them to grow fast enough to meet their strategic development objectives.

Ann-Katrien would like to hire 7 iOS & 3 Java developers. Experienced with iOS development (Swift, Realm databases, Reactive programming, RxSwift) or Java development (JEE or Spring framework).



The to hire developers would become part of a hybrid team, therefore they were focussing on collaborative candidates; a mixture of seniorities.

As part of this consideration, they preferred to work in a similar time zone and experience minor cultural differences. Therefore Asia wasn’t an option for AvioBook. Their preference went to Europe.

The goal would be to grow their nearshore development team with 20-30 annually. So, they were looking for a partner with a significant ability to recruit high end developers.

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SHORE teams introduced them to 4 partners: one from Portugal, one from Ukraine, one European wide partner and one Belgium-Belarussian partner.

After some first hesitations on the ability to recruit and scale quick enough with this partner – Cactussoft won the deal. This partially Belgian partner was a great alignment with the belgian roots of AvioBook as well. An extra plus.

So far, client and partner are euphoric about the collaboration and have plans to grow the team further after summer 2022.

"The collaboration is running smoothly. We are very happy with this outstanding match. Thanks!"
Ann-Katrien Heijligen
Chief People & Culture Officer - AvioBook

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