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Pulse App - team management platform

A custom solution to manage a software service company

Expertise

The Pulse App is a time management platform that the OceanoBe team is currently working on. We are passionate about software development and believe that having products developed in-house catering to our specific needs is a great opportunity for learning and growing our tech skills. We hope that this will showcase to our customers how we transform passion and vision into great products.

Analyze

Pulse App has been a project in the making for quite a while now. We pondered over the idea to buy a management tool but, in the end, we decided that an in-house custom build app will cater best to our specific company needs. Needless to say that this was and is a tremendously great opportunity for team members to be innovative and bring out new technologies upfront. In the beginning, the purpose of this app was to help our day-to-day time management and annual leave tracking, but as it turns out the future holds many more exciting features and plans.

Ideate

Capturing a skills matrix and capabilities was easy enough, given our expertise in the field of custom software. A small team of frontend, backend and QA was formed and we began laying out the blueprint of our future work. One of our major objectives was to use new technologies and have a very modular app that will suit our needs. We then laid out the initial functionalities including login, project management, time management, log for timesheet, annual and medical leave, history access, and so on.

Test

Once the UX design was set, our cross-functional scrum team started developing the app. As this is a greenfield project the team had the option of testing and selecting new technologies and setting the desired environment. Having full ownership over a project encouraged innovation within the group, which set a high bar for standards and results.

Idea to solve

One of our core values here at OceanoBe is “freedom to innovate” and Pulse App was just the ideal project where we would deploy our creativity, skills, and innovative ideas. In the beginning, we started the project with 3 people but as it developed more team members joined reaching a total of 8 engineers bringing expertise in:

  • Front end: Angular 12 with nx-workspace, NGRX.
  • Back end: Java 17, Spring boot, Hibernate, Microservices, Docker.
  • DB: PostgreSQL, Liquibase.
  • Automation QA: Selenium WebDrive and RestAssured with Java.
  • Tools: GIT, GitHub, Jira, InteliJ IDEA, WebStorm.
  • Browser compatibility: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Since this was a custom project designed to suit our needs, everyone was deeply involved and determined to reach the best outcome possible.

Problem statement

Setting out to create a custom software management system was not without any difficulties. From the initial market screening, we realized that other solutions out there did not suit us. We embarked on creating from scratch a flow that will cover all our team needs and fulfills the management requirements, having in mind a great user experience, after all, this is a tool used every day. Since we used only new technologies in the development process, we also took our time in the research phase to make sure we delivered the right functionality with the proper setup and avoided the rework. In the end, our strategy paid off and the end result reached the expectations set.

Outcome

By now Pulse App, our time management tracking system has passed the MVP and beta testing phase. OceanoBe is currently using its features and testing its capabilities. Our management team has also benefited from using the platform’s features having now access to a user-friendly interface. But more importantly, the platform allowed our team members the opportunity to interact, innovate and explore new ways of doing things.

The Pulse App time management platform doesn’t stop here. As you read this we are entering the development phase and we are ready to add on new features that will improve our daily activity. Our objective is to create an application that will be useful not only for OceanoBe team members but to other software companies.

Here at OceanoBe, we are a team of passionate and creative people dedicated to providing the best software solutions. That is a core mentality that we applied during our development of Pulse App. What started from a company need, developed into something much more. Having autonomy and product ownership was the ideal setting for creating an innovative software hub that allowed us to learn and perfect our hard and soft skills. We are excited to see what the future holds.

Sergiu Lazur, Product Manager
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