Global SaaS platform for construction environment
Case study

Global SaaS platform for construction environment

SaaS development with trusted IT partner
Get in touch

About the Project

  • Client
  • Country
    UK
  • Ongoing Partnership
    since 2019

 

NBS is a comprehensive SaaS that provides construction specifications from low to high levels of detail, including end products and manufacturers’ data. This indispensable platform, which is constantly being developed and adapted to changing market and user requirements, has supported the work of the construction industry since the 1970s.

Challenges

NBS needed a reliable IT partner to support the development of the SaaS platform for providing construction information, and specifications collected across all legacy services and applications, making the software a single source of data for everyone involved in the built environment, such as designers, suppliers and builders.

  • A key goal of the platform is to support builders and architects in accurately specifying and describing construction elements, regardless of the level of complexity of the project or the number of elements.
  • The SaaS product also supports manufacturers in creating and developing data. The overall goal is to ensure smooth stakeholder collaboration.
  • Further development of the platform also centers on user experience. A SaaS with a long history must guarantee that new specifications can be easily introduced, but it is equally important to maintain existing functions and data from earlier legacy applications.
  • Manufacturers must be able to import legacy data stored in existing MS Word specifications into the platform.

The scope of the cooperation includes comprehensive support for Software-as-a-Service product development in accordance with the growing needs of the industry and users.

Scope & Highlights

12 Hicron's Team Members

working hand-in-hand with the Partner

3 Dedicated modules

constantly developed

1 Agile Delivery Lead

ensuring the smooth flow of information

+4 years of Partnership

development, growth and mutual trust

Our contribution & solutions

  • Hicron’s dedicated team joined the company’s internal team which results in a new cross-functional and highly effective crew capable of growing the platform.

Challenges were approached with close cooperation and scrum-like developer’s work organization. Over the course of long-term cooperation, our team has delivered, among other things, the following:

  • Web Application that provides customers with all construction data,
  • Web Application for management of the data and collecting it from the manufacturers. The application supports collaborative work,
  • Solution based on AWS Lambda for specification management,
  • MS Word document interpreter, which allowed to translate MS Word documents into specification platform format,
  • MS Excel report functionality, which provides users with import accuracy statistics and descriptions of inconsistencies in the source documents.
  • As a team, we paid a lot of attention to user experience and modern user interfaces in the applications by working closely with design specialists. We also focused on the high accessibility and performance of the applications.

The key principle in the project development was high code quality and the platform. As a team, we used various techniques, which were applied in different stages, such as detailed code reviews, unit tests, and e2e tests.

Outcomes

The client has successfully expanded their operations to Australia and Canada, with our assistance in adapting their platform’s features to comply with local regulations for each respective country. Their focus is on mergers and acquisitions.

NBS got & expands a SaaS platform developed using the newest technology stack which allows for a much easier way of supporting and improving the entire stack.

We are ramping up the team we work with, seamlessly integrating with cross-functional staff in different units. Our team contributes to architectural decisions.

Building Importer (and Word Importer) integrates NBS classical application and construction specification documents with NBS SaaS solutions, allowing long-term and new users to migrate from previous data sources.

Entire solution is cost-effective based on Hicron’s smart approach and efficient coding practices.

AWS Lambda solution is cost effective. Billing is based on compute time only, which makes efficient code practices even more significant.

Extras

The client’s company, established in the 70s, has evolved through all phases of the software lifecycle and currently operates as a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. They are among the top three providers of construction software in the UK, with a substantial presence even in government sectors.

As a team, we provide our developers with expertise and know-how.

Testimonials

What our partners say about us

After carefully evaluating suppliers, we decided to try a new approach and start working with a near-shore software house. Cooperation with Hicron Software House was something different, and it turned out to be a great success that brought added value to our company.

With HICRON’s creative ideas and fresh perspective, we reached a new level of our core platform and achieved our business goals.

Many thanks for what you did so far; we are looking forward to more in future!

hdi logo
Jan-Henrik Schulze
Head of Industrial Lines Development at HDI Group

Hicron is a partner who has provided excellent software development services. Their talented software engineers have a strong focus on collaboration and quality. They have helped us in achieving our goals across our cloud platforms at a good pace, without compromising on the quality of our services. Our partnership is professional and solution-focused!

NBS logo
Phil Scott
Director of Software Delivery at NBS

The IT system supporting the work of retail outlets is the foundation of our business. The ability to optimize and adapt it to the needs of all entities in the PSA Group is of strategic importance and we consider it a step into the future. This project is a huge challenge: not only for us in terms of organization, but also for our partners – including Hicron – in terms of adapting the system to the needs and business models of PSA. Cooperation with Hicron consultants, taking into account their competences in the field of programming and processes specific to the automotive sector, gave us many reasons to be satisfied.

 

PSA Group - Wikipedia
Peter Windhöfel
IT Director At PSA Group Germany

Get in touch

Say Hi!cron

    Message sent, thank you!
    We will reply as quickly as possible.

    By submitting this form I agree with   Privacy Policy

    This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our Privacy Policy.

    OK, I agree