Japanese electronics company, one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer printers, as well as information and imaging equipment.
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail
Limited time to scale the internal IT department
Insufficient availability of qualified in-house engineers
Tight project schedule
Labor cost constraints
Market leading company with strong global demand for its products and services
Culture of consistent investment in innovation aimed at consolidating market positions
Fast ink top-up technology for clean and easy refilling
Well-honed logistics and delivery processes
Epson is among the top manufacturers of inkjet, dot matrix and laser printers, scanners, and other electronics. Their award-winning innovations benefit both retail consumers and organisations in the government, medical, finance, and other sectors across the globe. An innovation-driven enterprise, Epson actively generates fresh ideas, aiming to supply the market with revolutionary products. One of such ideas was to provide customers with a hassle-free ink refill system and enable its resellers and distributors to build long-lasting relationships with the clients.
Enter the ReadyInk System - the system which monitors the ink level in eligible printers in real time and automatically notifies both users and resellers of the need to refill the cartridges. The system also orders necessary cartridges and arranges their delivery to the store or the user’s door.
To complete this time-sensitive, high-priority project, Epson’s Tech leaders of Epson entrusted the scaling of the internal IT department to Computools. Upon expertise-based talent evaluation of our software engineers, we assembled the team to complement Epson’s own in-house development talent of Epson. Seamless cooperation ensured the project was completed in time with zero compromises on performance and stability.
In close collaboration with client’s in-house IT department Computools’ experts solved project challenges and achieved the goals. A clearly structured interaction system made it possible to constantly stay on the same page and complete all tasks in full accordance with the requirements and wishes of the client.
Several key options we solved:
Monitoring the ink level in eligible printers in real time.
Auto notifications of the need to refill the cartridges.
Ordering necessary cartridges and arranging their delivery.
Business Process Automation
Digital Platform & Technology
Oracle Database is the preferred relational database for international multimillion dollar enterprises. It possesses outstanding safety features to reliably protect data stored on the database from corruption and losses. Ease of Oracle database administration reduces the need for human intervention and curtails operational costs. The reduced computational complexity of the database ensures efficient resource consumption. Other advantages include cross-platform functionality and ease of updating and patching.
Backend Java + Spring Framework
Spring is a lightweight and transparent framework for Java applications. It ensures quick and cost-effective development due to extensive libraries of pre-built code. Spring Framework’s loose coupling and aspect oriented programming enable cohesive development. The Framework container provides configuration and lifecycle management capabilities while JDBC abstraction layer simplifies error handling by offering an exception hierarchy.
Open and efficient two-way communication is crucial to the success of a digital transformation project. Following consultation with the client, we agreed upon a clear and unambiguous communication framework with scheduled regular face-to-face and online meetings and regular reports by email.Our communication ecosystem also incorporated a structured documents environment and client access to Computools' internal task managing platform. This made both the general project roadmap as well as specific processes transparent and clear for all parties.
In tandem with the client’s in-house IT department, our team developed a detailed specification outlining both functional and nonfunctional requirements for an ink replenishment system. Based on real-life use cases and client’s technology preferences, it enabled us to map out the project’s sprints and releases.
Serial Number check
Goal 1. Check that Serial Number is not already registered and is eligible to participate in the program. 2. Get printer model.
Entry points 1. Register Printer (the user is not logged in). 2. Add Printer (the user is logged in).
Post conditions 1. Serial Number check is passed or failed.
Main Flow 1. The user provides S/N. 2. The system checks that this S/N exists in the database. 3. If the S/N doesn’t exist in the database, the system requests printer SKU from Warranty Checker service. 4. If SKU is received, Serial Number check is passed. 5. The flow ends.
Alternative Flows 1. If Serial Number exists in DB and has registration with Created, Activated or On Hold state. - The check is failed. - The flow ends. 2. If Serial Number exists in DB and has registration with any state other than Created, Activated or On Hold. - The check is passed. - The flow ends.
We screened the pool of Computools software engineers to select the specialists with experience in Backend Java and Oracle Database development whose expertise would complement the client’s in-house team.
Our experts reliably produce quick and high-quality results due to a well-established internal communication and development flow. Face-to-face meetings, video, and audio-conferences establish efficient workflow between the team members that are spread around the globe.
Discussions and feedback sessions finalize every sprint. The exchange of opinions and ideas enables our software engineers to develop innovative solutions and increases overall efficiency.
To choose the most cost-effective and high-performance approach, our software engineers put their minds together in a brainstorming session. At this stage all ideas are welcome without criticism to promote innovative thinking.
Digital collaborative tools ensure our software engineers work in perfect sync
with their in-house counterparts. Well coordinated collaboration at all stages of
the coding and testing process increases the pace of the development.
Internal Communication Flow
Our engineers worked as a part of an international outstaffing team to ensure the timely launch of Epson
ReadyInk software. Email, Skype, Git, and Slack communication channels secured efficient daily communication
between the members of the team. Besides instant messaging platforms, audio and video conferences provided
seamless communication and promoted mutual understanding among the team members.
Monthly feedback sessions were organized to exchange new ideas and ensure long-term improvements in
communication among the international members of the team. Based on stakeholder analysis, we established
the communication management plan in under a week and documented the process.
Project Management Methodology
To adequately address the project challenges and added complexity of working in a globally distributed,
international team, our Scrum Master introduced Jira and Redmine platforms to manage resources, distribute
roles among the team, and follow the tasks’ progress. At the onset of the project, our team outlined the preferred
communication channels, adopted project management, and reporting systems.
The sprint-based project management methodology with daily Scrum meetings allowed us to follow the
development plan keeping to the client’s requirements while staying flexible to overcome emerging challenges.
Client's business processes analysis
Identifying strengths & weaknesses
Setting goals with the client
Deriving Specification, Tasks & Deadlines
Business process modelling
Project Management Flow
Expertise-based talent evaluation and 1 week team forming
Project Management Methodology
System requirements’ analysis
Code Creating & Refactoring
Testing & Fixing
Verification of safety requirements
Item integration and Unit testing
Deploy & Support
Working on product design, we primarily develop its architecture, as this has a great influence on how the design will be built in the future, and how ways of promoting and upgrading the product will be organized.
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