CONSTRUCTING A FOCUSSED TEAM
AND GETTING TRACTION
One of the main contributions from INGENO was to create the right conditions for the
spark to happen. Becoming a SaaS company today is not that technically difficult. It’s
more of a human challenge. The bene t from a technological shift to Cloud providers
and Software as a Service (SaaS) relies mostly on changes in mindset, responsibilities
JDA already had many talented teams of developers and, in hindsight that was part of
the challenge. As everyone wanted to be involved, it became hard to focus on what was
really important and get traction everywhere at the same time.
INGENO proposed pairing 2 of our Ninjas with no more than 8 developers selected
across different teams from JDA. The team had the right
mindset, were willing to change the way things are done and were eager to learn.
AN EMPHASIS ON EXECUTION
Instead of doing exploratory work or building a prototype, the initial effort was
to tackle a real project. Built from the ground up in less than 4 months, the team
delivered a production quality, SaaS enabled segmentation engine for JDA’s new
Retail.me product line. Using java technologies from Google Cloud Platform, a
microservices architecture, a NoSQL datastore, big data distributed processing and
deployment tools like Docker, this product can process terabytes of daily data and
deliver real value to JDA’s customers.
The technological choices were important but, what had the biggest impact was
transitioning the team to an agile approach using Test Driven Development (TDD),
continuous integrations and deployments. Learning that small is beautiful and simple is
gold became gradually ingrained in how the team approached each feature.
BUILDING ON SUCCESS AND DELIVERING INNOVATION
In hindsight, JDA realized that reading about SaaS and the Cloud online is not enough to
get traction, pick the right approaches and start executing successfully. It takes a lot of
maturity to ask and work with outside help. They’ve shown that, with a small and
focused team who is willing to learn and let go of past habits, it’s really possible to
deliver real bene ts in short amounts of time.
Working hand in hand, JDA and INGENO were able to deliver a game changing project.
In turn, this sparked a new mindset, putting innovation at the center of JDA’s vision.
INGENO continues its partnership with JDA on other projects. This initial success now
provides traction and allows other teams to build on this new expertise.O delivered high quality results on a daily basis, based on their Test Driven Development and Continuous Delivery methodologies.”
Any management concerns in working with a remote development team were quickly eliminated with use of various collaboration technologies and the fact that there were no language barriers, no time zone issues and no cultural challenges. The ease of communication enabled a natural transition for the requirement input to INGENO handoff and in return the feedback loop via management update calls for alignment on delivery and budget burn.