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The Maritime Skills Academy

A leading cruise, commercial and superyacht maritime crew services provider

Solution:

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SERVICES

Industry:

Ecommerce, Education

Business size:

Small Business

Outcome

Based on our expertise with user experience design and mobile-first website development, the Computools’s team delivered a high performance, streamlined online platform, to renew their digital presence and provide the ability to sell and manage courses. The solutions developed by the team allowed the client to increase profits and attract more consumers.

Several key options we solved:

  • Implemented customizable search tools.
  • Implemented a mobile-responsive design.
  • Integrated payment options.

Business
challenge

weaknesses

  • An outdated, slow website with a cumbersome architecture
  • The minimal feature set and zero online payment capabilities
  • Poor user experience and interface design for mobile devices

strengths

  • World-class training center suitable for delegates from around the world
  • Courses for all maritime niches, from the cruise industry to shipping and construction
  • Meeting the requirements of Coastguard Agency, MNTB, and international standards

Project
Description

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An outdated website was the only lacking aspect of the client’s business model.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.

Digital Platform & Technology

Digital platforms and project technologies are determined by the tasks that need to be performed and the functions that should be in the finished product. Large-scale online platform development projects require an integrated approach and many solutions. We are always ready to satisfy all requirements.

Communication Framework

Using regular Skype calls and email reports, we established efficient two-way communication. 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.
Skype
Jira
Slack
Email

Specification

Using a behaviour-driven development approach, Computools team created a detailed system requirements specification based on the user stories and the business process map.

Search for courses by: Keyword search (as you start typing the courses start appearing) or filter by category. Categories are as follows:

  • Course Academy
  • STCW 5 Part Basic Safety
  • Sea Survival & Lifeboat
  • Updating/Refresher
  • People and Leadership Management
  • Security
  • Superyacht Essential Training
  • Fire and BA Courses
  • Radio Communications
  • Medical Courses
  • Marlins English Testing
  • Shore side Courses
  • Commercial Fire Fighting
  • HSE Fire Courses
  • HSE Medical Courses


Within each category are the individual course listings.

Team

Upon screening its in-house talent pool, Computools selected software engineers experienced in WordPress, PHP, and JavaScript. Their expertise enabled rapid development pace and quick results.

Backstage

To keep the Computools's engineers in sync and establish a brisk development pace, the team upholds the routine of regular meetings. Brainstorming sessions laid the foundation of the online platform development project, while dev meetings ensured seamless creative cooperation and outstanding results.

Whiteboard Meeting

Inspired by the client’s bold vision of revolutionizing the food supply chain, Computools engineers put their minds together to devise the optimal development strategy and approach. Their brainstorming sessions are held without laptops, phones, and criticism.

Brainstorming

Inspired by the client's bold vision of revolutionizing the food supply chain, Computools’s engineers put their minds together to devise the optimal development strategy and approach. Their brainstorming sessions are held without laptops, phones, and criticism.

Dev Meeting

Regular dev meetings increased the team's productivity by combining the engineers' experience to solve the occurring issues. The developers could flexibly adapt to the client's changing requirements, factoring them in during the website development discussions with all members of the distributed team.

Internal Communication Flow

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.

Project Management Methodology

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.

Project timeline

01

CONSULTING

Defining Scope
  • Customer’s Business Process Analysis
  • Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Setting Goals
02

Product DESIGN

Digital Transformation Initialization
  • Business Process Mapping
  • Interactive Prototype Creation
  • Digital Platform & Technology Selection
  • Defining Specification, Tasks & Deadlines
Project Management Flow
  • Expertise-based talent evaluation and team formation
  • Establishing Internal Communication Flow
  • Choosing Project Management Methodology
Development Flow
  • Development Methodology
03

Product Engineering

Implementation
  • Environment Setting
  • Tasks Assignment
Application Build
  • User Interface Designing
  • Code Creating & Refactoring
  • Testing & Fixing
Application Launching
  • Environment Setting of Client’s Server
  • Migrating Users’ Data To A New Application
  • Client's Employees Training
  • Application Launch
  • Guide For Users
  • Continuous Measuring & Support
  • Measuring Digital Transformation Effect

use link below to find
code sample

https://github.com/computools/wp-example

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