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A leading cruise, commercial and superyacht maritime crew services provider
Mobile-responsive website with ecommerce capabilities
Course Academy in Dover helps marine operators meet the stringent safety standards, reduce accident rates, and saves lives through extensive training. The academy strives to become recognised as the standard bearer for marine industry and fire safety training. With a team of expert trainers and state-of-the-art facilities, CA takes on the challenges of the demanding industry.
An outdated website was the only lacking aspect of the client’s business model. Poor performance and no online payment options resulted in inferior user experience and business losses. The CA leadership turned to Computools for design and development expertise. Our team created the new mobile-responsive online platform with user-oriented features and multiple integrated payment options.
An outdated, slow website with a cumbersome architecture
Minimal feature set and zero online payment capabilities
Poor user experience and interface design for mobile devices
World-class training centre suitable for delegates from around the world
Meeting the requirements of Coastguard Agency, MNTB and international standards
Courses for all maritime niches, from cruise industry to shipping and construction
Using regular Skype calls and email reports, we established an efficient two-way communication crucial for the success of client’s digital transformation. Computools task management platform coupled with a well-documented development process enabled the client to track the project’s progress. The established communication framework ensured the client could introduce new requirements and have them implemented within the project's tight timeframe.
In a strategic meeting with the client, we charted and analyzed existing processes. Together we determined the website’s bottlenecks be removed. We also identified the strongest features to be transferred to the new online platform.
With the client’s requirements in mind, the Computools team mapped the new website’s user flow. An intuitive, user- friendly online platform combined the best features of its predecessor with online payment capabilities, increased speed, security, and performance.
Equipped with the client’s requirements and solution modeling results, the Computools team created a detailed yet flexible development plan. This roadmap enabled our developers to proceed with the first stages of project implementation.
Computools software engineers suggested the use of WordPress CMS in view of its easy and quick setup, high performance, and tight security. With the WooCommerce plugin, the client’s website turned into a seamless and flexible platform for course registration and multiple payment options for customers.
PHP was selected for the project’s backend to ensure stable operation and minimum downtime. This server-side scripting language enables high performance critical for a seamless user experience. With cross-platform functionality and an immense library of extensions and modules, PHP upholds the rapid pace of development.
This open-source SQL database ensures security and provides on-demand scalability for high-volume websites and business-critical systems. High performance and uninterrupted uptime make it a sound solution for the client’s website with a course catalogue.
The latest version of the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework unlocks the potential of mobile-first websites. Bootstrap 4 enabled the Computools software engineers to quickly prototype and build the client’s website using an extensive library of pre-built components, a responsive grid system, and a variety of jQuery plugins.
Using a behaviour-driven development approach, Computools team created a detailed system requirements specification based on the user stories and the business process map.
To keep the Computolls engineers in sync and establish a brisk MVP development pace, the team upholds the routine of regular meetings. Brainstorming session laid the foundation of the project, while whiteboard and dev meetings ensured seamless creative cooperation and outstanding results.
Computools team suggested Jira as the primary task assignment and progress tracking tool and as a part of an efficient project management approach. Regular video and audio conferences with the client’s team ensured all challenges were addressed in good time. Skype calls helped solve urgent matters, while Email was used for reports and tasks sharing.
Scrum project management methodology with 2-week sprints ensured continuous delivery and fast-paced development. Through a close cooperation with the client, the Computools team suggested innovative solutions and received new requirements. The team finalized every sprint with testing and the demonstration of newly implemented features.
Computools team implemented the reliable continuous integration and delivery system and established a version control system. User stories and use cases established in an SRS were used to perform automated integration testing. Team Lead participated in code reviews and helped refactor it to achieve stable release. This approach enabled rapid development pace and successful project implementation within the client’s deadline and budget constraints.
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Based on our expertise with user experience design and mobile-first development, the Computools team delivered high performance, streamlined online platform. The Digital Transformation of the business processes met the client’s objectives:
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