Dansk SymbioseCenter help match companies in symbioses, to help create growth, jobs and to reduce waste in production. For example a company might have flamingo as a waste resource, and another company might use flamingo in their production. Dansk SymbioseCenter help match these companies for the benefit of both parties.
The problem at hand
Dansk SymbioseCenter have from previous projects gathered extensive information for 340 companies about their waste resources, production needs, and all this information has been stored in more than 100 excel sheets of varying formats.
Until now, it has been a manual process to go through all these excel sheets to find information about the different companies, and find symbiosis matches. Since the amount of companies in their program is increasing constantly, Dansk SymbioseCenter would like the have all this information stored in a database and to have an easy to use interface to give them an overview of the data and to enable searching and filtering of the data. A long with displaying data it should be easy add new companies to the database, but just as importantly, it should be possible to automatically import all the data they currently have stored in their different excel sheets.
Processen med udarbejdelse af databasen er forløbet virkeligt godt. Ignite Studio har fra starten af projektet været yderst engageret i projektet, og har haft målet og brugbarheden af det endelige produkt i sigte. Samarbejdet har fungeret perfekt og produktet, databasen, vil fremover være et vigtigt værktøj i vores daglige arbejde.
Creating value, not just solving a contract
Dansk SymbioseCenter had a problem that needed solving, and a team of enthusiastic people with their minds full of ideas. But they didn’t have a solution for their problem, yet. Ignite Studio and Dansk SymioseCenter entered from the very beginning into a very open collaboration where the problem at hand and the end users needs were covered in detail. This allowed Ignite Studio to have a clear idea of what needed to be fixed, and an end goal that was aligned with Dansk SymbioseCenter.
With this joint goal in mind, Ignite Studio and Dansk SymbioseCenter held very energetic workshops where all ideas were discussed and everything was open. In collaboration we agreed upon a definition for the project and a set of features that should be implemented to give the most possible value to the end user.
During the implementation of the project, we held regular meetings where the implemented functionality was tested and discussed, and the backlog of features was sanity checked. A truly successful agile process, that ensured that we kept focus on the important parts and Dansk SymbioseCenter got the most bang for the buck.
Ignite Studio and Dansk SymbioseCenter chose to keep a pragmatic approach to the solution and therefore save money on design and spend all available funds implementing useful features. Therefore, a standard Foundation theme was used to implement a clear and easy user interface without too much hassle.
For the backend Ignite Studio wanted to go cutting edge and implement a system on the newly released .NET Core, which is the newest edition of the Microsoft backend platform, and unlike previous versions, this one can be hosted on Linux servers, which reduces hosting costs for the customer.
In the end we have provided Dansk SymbioseCenter with an internal tool that will greatly reduce the amount of manual labor they have, and a task of finding matches that would previously take hours of search, has now been reduced to mere minutes.