Summary

 

Client

JDA Software is a market leader of end-to-end, integrated retail and supply chain solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide.

Mandate

JDA’s CTO came to INGENO to leverage our expertise at building world class Cloud solutions at enterprise scale.

Results

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. TO BE COMPLETE

DIAGNOSTIC

 
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Challenge

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.

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Objective

JDA needed an experienced team to deliver a successful product using the latest innovative development methods.

 

TECHNOLOGIES: GOOGLE CLOUD, DOCKER, NOSQL DB, BIGQUERY, JAVA, PYTHON, MICROSERVICES ARCHITECTURE

industry: SUPPLY CHAIN AND RETAIL SOLUTIONS

ENGAGEMENT : STRATEGY, ARCHITECTURE, DEVELOPMENT, DEPLOYMENT

 

Results

 

4

months to deliver a production quality Saas

BEST

code quality and velocity

GROWTH

ready solution

Client

JDA Software is a market leader of end-to-end, integrated retail and supply chain solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide.
 JDA Software clients includes 76 of the top 100 retailers, 77 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 8 of the top 10 global 3PLs. 
Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, and with more than 70 of ces around the world, changing the way a company with annual revenues of over 1 billion dollars does software was quite a challenge.

 

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Testimony

 
serge masssicotte
“ We needed world renown
technical expertise
that was critical for our
company and thus had to
meet the highest standards.
INGENO is also helping us
improve our development
best practices. They were
able to produce impressive
results. I have an unwavering
confidence in their abilities.”

- SERGE MASSICOTTE, CTO,  JDA SOFTWARE

 

Case Study

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
and processes.

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. 

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