It’s hard to tell in numbers what was the productivity growth Oktopost experienced with Grid Dynamics, but I can certainly say that offshore development helped us extend our roadmap and develop the things we weren’t able to develop earlier.
R&D center for Kwebbl — Dutch Cloud Telephony Platform
Kwebbl is a unified cloud telephony platform company based in the Netherlands. Kwebbl has built a completely new cloud communications platform, designed specifically for Service Providers and IT Distributors. The platform is multi-tenant, user-friendly for resellers and users and its powerful capabilities can be seamlessly integrated thanks to its full suite of APIs. The entire technical team has been based in Kyiv from day one. The team operates as an integral part of the Kwebbl family. As of now, the tech team has grown three times in size.
Due to the challenges in hiring tech talent in the Netherlands, Kwebbl’s founders decided to build the tech team in Ukraine from scratch. That is where Grid Dynamics came along with its Remote Development Center Service.
Solution Provided by Grid Dynamics
Initially, Grid Dynamics recruited a cross-functional team of twelve tech experts that consisted of several front-end developers, a PHP backend developer, a QA engineer, several sysadmins (a.k.a. DevOps), C++ developers, and a UI/UX designer for Kwebbl — basically, a full team for project development. These experts became the core of the tech team and started working on product development. Yurii, one of the developers, became chief technology officer (CTO) of the R&D team after seven years of working for Kwebbl.
Since the project launched in March 2013, Kwebbl has expanded its list of technologies. They started working with Node.js, moved from monolithic to microservice architecture, desisted from C++ “achievements”, and engaged in React Native mobile development. Grid Dynamics recruited tech talents with the technical skills and helped Kwebbl staff the team.
Grid Dynamics provided the tech team with a separate, fully-equipped office and took on responsibilities like paperwork and employee retention, helped organize leadership training sessions, chose effective agile processes to ensure the rapid growth of the team, extended the team with senior experts and hired talented juniors.
Technical experts hired by Grid Dynamics managed to quickly and effortlessly become productive members of Kwebbl’s team. The team works on the core of Kwebbl’s product, and as a result of the growing business and the desire to add more functionalities to the Kwebbl communications platform, Grid Dynamics helped them hire even more experts to join existing members in Kyiv.
Why Grid Dynamics?
Grid Dynamics helped Kwebbl — a Dutch Cloud Telephony Platform with the following:
- find and hire experienced tech talent for project development of a core product, quality control & UI/UX design;
- keep product development life cycle going (by sourcing talent needed through all 8+ years of cooperation);
- set the team in 1 office for easier cooperation;
- provide office & manage legal issues;
- effective retention of the team members.
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We are satisfied with the level of tech expertise, the approach, and proactiveness of our Grid Dynamics developers. I have an emotional connection with Grid Dynamics colleagues because I've known them for years now and we build a lot of great things together.
I don’t know if it is because they are Ukrainians or hired by Grid Dynamics – from the very beginning they were not just interested in the technology and development of nerdy stuff, but they were also interested in our product. This was exactly what we were looking for.