How we developed the research support of tomorrow for Scania

(RedBridge)

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Scania's research and development department is making extensive tests every day, in order to create the best trucks on the market. RedBridge developers and architects had a leading role in creating a modern tool for their information gathering and analysis.

During the testing process, which is part of Scania's research and development process, they collect very large amounts of information. The tool for collecting, processing, and analyzing the test results needed to be renewed. Scania wanted to leave the old mainframe environment and create a modern solution with a uniform user interface.

Heavy-duty developers

RedBridge accounted for some of the heaviest development competencies in the project, including a software architect and a developer who had crucial roles, according to Rim Yaacoub, who has been project manager at Scania for the entire program that lasted six years. She says the collaboration worked incredibly well.

- We had a very smooth dialogue. It was a complex application we came up with, and such a mission requires a little more seniority, and we got it.

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Several systems and connections

During the testing process, information is being processed between many different systems, and there were many connections and dependencies to take into account when creating the new solution.

- It was no easy match but we got the skills we needed from RedBridge to solve our needs. The availability of consultants was great. They had a pragmatic attitude and were always prepared to change and improve the solution even more when needed, "said Rim Yaacoub.

Stable change work

Many at Scania had been working in the old tool for almost 20 years. Such changes can mean significant thresholds, and Rim Yaacoub says they knew it was important to make the transition smooth and to ensure that the employees recognized how to work in the new look.

- When we realized that we needed external support, we found RedBridge. Their consultants helped solve our challenges with forward-looking software architecture, integrations and usability. It became a very agile and good way of working where developers and claimants could work together, do demonstrations and communicate with users in a good way.

Open Source a good decision

RedBridge also contributed to Scania choosing open source for its solution.

- Now in retrospect, this is something we are very happy about, says Rim Yaacoub.

Altogether, 3,500 people work with the test system daily. Most of them are in Sweden, but also hundreds of employees in Brazil. They have now received a valuable and effective solution that facilitates entire life cycle management, from ordering, building, unpacking, testing and finally scrapping the items. Everything so that Scania will be able to continue bringing the best trucks to a demanding market.