What kind of process did you use for selecting TEAM International, in particular? How did you find the partner and did you develop some sort of shortlist? What were the important traits you were searching for in a partner, and what set TEAM International apart from alternatives?
When we were looking for a partner with the intention of initiating a long-term relationship, we did use a shortlist of candidate organizations. It consisted of potential partners located in Ukraine and also outside. Our research culminated in three different companies. They were each sent an assessment task asking them to solve a generic problem with our company. Based on the results we received back from them, we concluded that TEAM International would be the best option.
Can you tell me more about the scope of the project? I know you said it primarily involved development work, but did it also include design and support? Also, what development models were you using?
We’re doing many projects down here. It isn’t any single project. We’re working on some of the mission critical projects in Denmark, actually. We’re doing everything: analysis, design, development and testing. We began strictly with development work; it consisted of basic bug fixes and troubleshooting. Once it became apparent that our development team could handle more complex work, we increased their duties and eventually began spearheading projects.
What part of the project was TEAM International involved in? Was there any part of it that you did in-house and what part of the project was TEAM International responsible for?
Their responsibilities and involvement depended on the project. Some projects were run entirely down here. Other projects required collaboration between the two development departments we have in Denmark. We also have locations in Copenhagen and one in Holbaek. Some projects required collaboration between three of our locations. It ultimately depends on the scope and scale. As for TEAM International, they’ve worked across the entire spectrum, lending support when and where necessary.
What technologies were used? What kind of programming languages, server, database, platforms, APIs or any kind of unique features were used?
We incorporate the standard three-layered enterprise architecture. A few to mention were .NET development, so we used C++ and .NET. We’re using ASP.NET, 3.5. We also have some planned server development; and some development with Microsoft products. We use Java for our middleware. In one of our largest projects we’re migrating from a Weblogic platform to a JBoss platform.
Can you give me a sense of the size of that initiative in monetary terms or persons per month? How large of a scope was it in terms of cost?
That information is confidential. The costs vary from project to project.
How has TEAM International helped you move in terms of increasing your numbers, in terms of size of persons per month that you hired? How have they helped your company become more efficient?
They increased our development team to 43 persons, for one. That includes a 10 percent cost boost. That’s mainly what they are helpful for. They’ve really helped us identify the right talent down here. They’ve also have helped us setup the correct structure. There’s been a quite a bit of close collaboration with TEAM International. We could not have done it without them.
How recent was the last project finished?
We have finished several big projects so far. We also have some ongoing projects with them. Some of them have been in progress for quite some time. We have several major projects, like the one I mentioned before: the Weblogic to JBoss solution for middleware. This is an ongoing project that’s scheduled to conclude in June. It’s been in progress for a year and half now