Overworked and under-budgeted IT departments, staggering under the weight of an ever-growing project backlog, are common in the enterprise world.
We get that because most of us at Polyrific have lived the experience at one time or another. That said, we manage to keep a relatively small staff in relation to the amount of projects we complete each year.
How do we do it? By automating as much of the software development life cycle as possible. Over the years we have learned some impressive tricks for automating tasks that are repetitive and error-prone. Doing this frees up precious development and technical resources to work on higer-value work.
This type of automation normally manifests in a custom internal application, but sometimes it is just a matter of configuration. Here are a few things that we can help you automate or implement:
In addition to custom devops automation services and consulting, we are also proud to offer our Catapult Digital Development and Engineering product. Catapult runs on your own resources and not only accomplishes the commom devops tasks mentioned above, but also generates custom code libraries for each project in your backlog in a manner that fits your specific needs and implementation case. It doesn't do all of the development and engineering work for you--no system does at this point in time--but we garantee that it will shave at least 70% off of your development and deployment time.
Each Catapult implementation requires on-site consulting, engine customization, and deployment assistance. This process takes up to two weeks and, once completed, is like adding a new team of engineers and developers to your roster.
There are two components to Catapult that we can either install on your own network or host for you: the Catapult Cloud Interface and the Catapult Coding Engine.
The Catapult Cloud Interface is a secure web application that your team will use to configure and create new applications. This component allows your team to configure important options such as source control repositories, deployment locations, data models/entities, branding options, development team members, and so forth.
The Catapult Coding Engine is an application that runs in the background on a virtual machine or spare server. The engine automatically writes the code for applications created in the Catapult Cloud Interface, checks the code into the specified source control repository, adds the specified developers to the source control repository, creates dev, QA, production, and admin hosting instances on your preferred cloud hosting provider (optional), and deploys the relevant code to each site.
Catapult allows you to rapidly start a project by consuming high-level information about the application and then producing a detailed codebase. We call this “meta-programming”. For most applications, the meta-programming portion can be completed in just a couple of hours and the final code base is ready within 20 minutes thereafter.
The code produced is usable immediately, but in most cases you will have your development resources add a few final touches. We estimate that ultimately Catapult decreases development time by 80%. So, if it takes your team about four months to produce a typical app for your organization, using Catapult will likely decrease your time-to-delivery to just a couple of weeks!
Catapult codes to your particular styles and standards. There will be a brief initial provisioning period during which a team of our expert developers and analysts will get to know how you like to get things done within your organization. We then configure your Catapult Engine specifically to meet your organization’s coding standards so that every application codebase you produce is written exactly the way you like.
Said no one ever. In reality big ERP systems are not very easy (or affordable) to customize and this results in forcing your business stakeholders to change their processes to accommodate the ERP’s mode of operation. We think this is backward, which is why Catapult was created in the first place. Catapult creates your applications by producing well-written code in today’s popular programming languages so your developers can easily customize the code as they see fit.
Great, using Catapult will multiply the output and productivity rate of that team many times over. Catapult will create for you tremendous productivity gains regardless of how you apply them.