Tuesday, March 17, 2015

9 Months: Is It Enough for Softeq’s Web Team to Make a Baby?

Long time no see: it’s been 9 months since we had a conversation about the development strategy of the Enterprise Web Solutions team with Paul Filipovich, who heads Softeq’s Web Development Competency Center. Quite a symbolic period it is, recalling Fred Brooks’s statement turning into the old gray hair joke: 9 women can’t make a baby in a month. In other words, people involved into a grand project need to take their time in order to gain momentum.

As well as any weather forecast — some time the weather is in line with expectations, another time it is not even close to what was promised. Now it’s our turn to check up whether our Enterprise Web Solutions team implemented all the envisaged objectives fully.  

In Web We Trust
By virtue of having at its disposal a collection of low-level and mobile specialists of great skills and insight to complement web and desktop development competences, Softeq has been destined to build high-performance end-to-end enterprise-class software solutions. Interviewing Paul Filipovich in early July, we wanted to find out how the Enterprise Web team in particular is going to rock it.

Paul stated that many clients, especially larger companies and Fortune 500 we work for, prefer comprehensive packaged offerings from a trusted vendor having an established service record, instead of allocating smaller tasks to various vendors: one delivering the web part, second — mobile apps, third graphic design and UX etc. It is not for nothing, taking into account the specifics of solutions in demand.

In our case, most of custom software solutions under development are large, scalable and content-heavy ones, handling a large amount of mixed data, receiving and processing it on multiple levels. Softeq’s unique tech differentiator is the expertise of building robust sensor-to-web solutions from scratch when raw data is retrieved from industrial sensors, smartphone’s cameras or drones and then transferred and processed on the web, in the cloud or in any third-party system.

Eternal Sunshine of the Zealous Mind
Quite a number of projects were in the pipeline at the moment of our discussion back in July. For instance, Paul described some features of the JBoss-based SaaS solution intended to process, analyze and store data collected from temperature and humidity sensors installed in labs. All the changes in statistics and dynamics’ indicators come easily accessible through a powerful sensor web interface.

Among the custom projects of highest importance for the Web Team, there was also re-factoring, modernization and functional enhancement of a high-load eGovernment platform. Softeq’s dedicated team was planning to deliver significant improvements to the electronic filing, case flow, complex workflows management and financial reporting and other features that would enable the client to efficiently operate in line with current federal court practices.

Half a Kingdom for a Pro
Above all, Paul was anxious for the manpower of the Enterprise Web Solutions team. He noted that the department would expand, gaining maturity and maintaining high skill level through continuous internal trainings and scrupulous knowledge management and experience sharing. Back then, the team’s key experts were certified SCRUM Masters, Java engineers, Microsoft and more. Thus, Paul emphasized that doubling the resource base while re-integrating the team’s best practices was a matter of high priority for the Enterprise Web Competency Center.

Sounds quite ambitious, doesn’t it? In view of this, didn’t it come above the Web Team’s ability to fulfil all the goals set? Subscribe to our blog to stay tuned or make sure to come back soon — we will reveal the whole truth in a few days.