Bayer joins ITDS’s Client portfolio! How did we manage to build project teams for a global leader in 4 just weeks?

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Bayer joins ITDS’s Client portfolio! How did we manage to build project teams for a global leader in 4 just weeks?

group-767 Author: Anna Szczerbak, ITDS Polska

We are pleased to announce that we are now working with Bayer – one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world!

What are the project objectives?

The project required us to provide two teams, each consisting of 5 IT Engineers (Frontend, Backend, Fullstack, Mobile Developers and QA Engineers), as well as a Scrum Master. They became a part of the Bayer’s Crop Science Division – a team responsible for creating a mobile application and a web platform from scratch, which is the essence of the BayG.A.P. program.

What is BayG.A.P.?

BayG.A.P. is an educational platform for smallholder farmers worldwide. Its aim is to support them to get connected to the food value chain, e.g. as providers for stores such as Lidl, Carrefour, Auchan, Spar, etc.

It is safe to say that this is our contribution to the creation of a sustainable food value chain around the world.

Thanks to the platform, and the support of qualified trainers (Bayer’s Farm Advisors), farmers have access to presentations and practical tasks, are able to participate in discussions and acquire certified skills on Food Safety, Crop Protection Products, Integrated Pest Management and other important issues. All of these activities aim to help them in obtaining the right documentation allowing for product sale on a bigger scale – local or even global.

How did we meet our Client’s expectations and what were the biggest challenges?

Bayer’s requirement was to be delivered teams that will create a mobile application and a web platform from scratch (a greenfield project) for smallholder farmers worldwide. The pilot project will be launched in India.

The project has presented numerous challenges from the very beginning. Niche technologies that the team members had to specialise in and the need to recruit them from the market were just some of them. Additionally, the candidates were expected to work from an office located in Warsaw, while nowadays every IT Specialist wants to work remotely.

The final challenge was the short deadline for launching the project.

What gave us an advantage over other companies specializing in outsourcing IT Engineers?

Our team’s close collaboration with the partners at Bayer allowed us to select the right solutions, tailored to their needs and the specific project’s requirements. Basing on our many years of experience, we recruited team members and assessed their technical competencies very efficiently. Our newly-recruited Engineers started working on the project within just 4 weeks. Our engagement and in-depth understanding of the Client’s expectations resulted in establishing the cooperation with Bayer. We hope it will involve new projects in the future.

Anna Szczerbak, Executive Director at ITDS Poland: Initiating the cooperation with Bayer brings me great satisfaction. I am proud of the fact that  ITDS can engage in the BayG.A.P. initiative, which is so in line with sustainable growth values. I am certain that the quality of services provided by ITDS and the unique competencies of each of our Engineers will result in further projects and a long-term cooperation with Bayer.

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