What was the scope of their involvement?
We had a contract that wasn’t performing well, and it needed system development. Objectivity Ltd. sent over a business analyst to analyze the requirements and worked with that project team. They got a development team involved and delivered a great piece of software. Everybody liked it, and we’ve been working with them ever since.
We developed an in-house asset management maintenance system that we use on all of our big maintenance contracts. We have a contract that looks over all the traffic lights in London, which presents challenges in the delivery model and the way we manage our resources. They developed a completely new module that allows us to schedule our resources in a dynamic way and monitor and report on performance. They used HTML 5. The UI performed well with ease of usability. Our end customer wanted to deploy it themselves for their own purposes. That initial work was a successful project all around. They’ve done quite a bit more work on our maintenance application.
We also have a product for our rail customers based on our management system that a station manager uses to manage TCT via security. We use Microsoft Silverlight. Over 9–12 months, they completely redesigned, redeveloped, and tested that product into new single brands and native applications that allowed us to have a more modern, lightweight UI and more flexible deployment methods.
What is the team composition?
I mainly deal with a couple of people in the UK. They have a main client representative that is Poland-based that interfaces with me when needed. For each project, they have a specific team with a business analyst on that team, who is also a project manager. We’ve never had more than two or three developments going on in parallel. It was probably a 10-person team for the management system. Most of their team is based in Poland.
How did you come to work with Objectivity Ltd.?
We had a tender, and they contacted me, so I went to see them because they were local to us, and I felt that they could meet our requirements. Then, I spoke with a couple of their key customers who had confidence in them. We also went to Poland to meet their management team and see the development facilities, and they made a great impression. They did a great job analyzing the requirement and breaking down what needed to be developed. It was a trial working together, and it worked well.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent over $1 million.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in March 2016, and the work is ongoing.