What was the scope of their involvement?
They provided a team to rewrite some of the base legacy code from past product builds into new technology. We worked with them to write our business requirements in a specific way so that they could develop the functional requirements. Because we had an existing client base that had used our second generation platform, we had certain non-negotiable prerequisites: the product could have no downtime, it needed to conform to a DB2 database without being restricted to IBM tech, and it needed to be open and database independent.
Additionally, the product had to be compatible with various cloud services (e.g., Azure, Google) and be deployable with the customer’s chosen stack. They were able to achieve this by writing the code in Java and choosing particular stacks. We’ve since launched the first version of the product and continue to use Saratoga for R&D. They’re responsible for opening the technology architecture to add new trendy features, which will help us become more innovative and competitive in our markets.
What is the team composition?
They assigned a development team that specialized in technology architecture. Because they lacked any supply chain expertise, we established a competence and domain team to educate them about our industry. Over time, Saratoga has come to understand some of our terminology and processes.
How did you come to work with Saratoga?
Saratoga was a sister company of our shareholders. They recommended Saratoga to us, so we researched them. In the end, we felt that they were able to help us meet our short and long-term goals.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent about £200,000 (approximately $260,000 USD) thus far.
What is the status of this engagement?
Their work began in March 2017 and is ongoing, but we’ve worked with them in other capacities before then. Considering how much we’ve invested to get their domain knowledge up, we don’t intend to end the partnership anytime soon.