Construction fleet management software company

Construction

Modernized client’s IT organization and created a trusted integration that prepared additional project phases for maximum success

Client needed to simultaneously modernize applications to meet customer demands and reorder IT organization to become more agile and implement QA best practices.

Outcome

The discovery phase aligned expectations, defined mutually agreed upon work processes, modernized most aspects of the client’s IT organization and created a trusted integration between the client and Catalyte teams that prepared the full project scope for maximum success.

A leading provider of fleet management software designed for bulk material supply companies needed to completely rewrite its main Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. These IIoT offerings were a combination of Windows Desktop applications, web-delivered components and an Android application which pulled telemetry data from trucks in the field. It had reached a point where scalability was compromised, which in turn greatly hindered developer productivity and application efficacy.

Examining current systems to recommend future progress

To meet the client’s business goals, Catalyte proposed rearchitecting and digitally transforming the existing IIoT system into a web-delivered, cloud-deployed mobile application. A full rewrite would allow the applications to scale and increase usability, stability, adoption and performance.

A total rewrite of the system would take two years or more. To create a path for success, Catalyte embarked on a 10-week preliminary discovery phase. During this phase, Catalyte worked closely with the client to holistically investigate all aspects of its development organization. This included:

  • Business processes and customer workflows
  • Requirements gathering and writing
  • Software development methodologies and processes
  • User experience (UX) methodologies and processes
  • QA testing
  • Project management
  • Architecture

Roadmap for application modernization

Catalyte identified areas of improvement that would modernize every aspect of the software delivery lifecycle and product management. Among these improvements were:

  • UX workflows, from initial user interviews to wireframes and prototypes
  • More precise requirements writing to provide developers with specific and actionable user stories
  • Separation of development and QA manager to allow greater focus on both aspects of the application/project
  • Full DevOps AWS cloud native environment
  • Automated QA testing
  • Agile development practices 
  • UX design and development deliverables
  • Modern operations best practices

Beyond discover to integration and implementation

Beyond the modernization of processes and the creation of a comprehensive project development roadmap, Catalyte delivered fully automated CI/CD during this phase. The discovery effort also aligned expectations, defined mutually agreed upon work processes and helped form a better, more trusted integration between the client and Catalyte engineers.

By taking the time upfront to consult with the client and implement best practices that fit within its culture or modernized its development capabilities, Catalyte solidified client trust and demonstrated it was a partner for long-term success.

Key points

Agile coaching and transformation: Implementation of agile best practices into in-house development organization.
 
Modernization of QA practices: Transition from manual to automated testing.
 
UX: Introduced user-centric approach.
 
Keeping all stakeholders happy: Balanced user, business and technology needs in every phase of SDL

Key technologies/skills

  • Agile training
  • DevOps
  • QA automation
  • Enterprise architecture
  • UX integration into agile process
  • Agile training
  • QA automation
  • UX integration into agile process
  • DevOps
  • Enterprise architecture