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Being Open to Innovation in a Small Company. Frank Cooper. Cooper Software Background. Founded in 2005, Opened a Swedish Office earlier this month. Privately owned; 20 Staff. Systems integration specialists (Microsoft and Oracle Experts).

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cooper software background
Cooper Software Background
  • Founded in 2005, Opened a Swedish Office earlier this month.
  • Privately owned; 20 Staff.
  • Systems integration specialists (Microsoft and Oracle Experts).
  • Niche: Professional technical services\solutions to the IFS ERP Market (grown rapidly to be largest independent IFS consultancy in the UK).
  • Award Winners; Best Young Company at Scottish Enterprise Business Excellence Awards.
  • ISO 9001:2008 Accredited.

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delivering our services
Delivering our Services
  • 90% of our revenue comes from Project Engagements.
  • Framework approach based on best practice, is essential.
  • Software re-use where ever possible.
  • Part of our project delivery methodology is to assess if the eventual solution has a potential wider use.
  • Recognised the wider opportunity with MiView.
  • Limited experience developing a product or taking one to market.

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MiViewTM

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MiViewTM

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miview delivery process
MiView Delivery Process
  • Repeatable, structured approach to delivery.
  • Focussed on solving immediate business problems while exploring wider business issues.

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what experience did we need
What experience did we need?
  • We were embarking on taking a packaged offering to market – this was new.
  • It presented many new challenges, which we had to prioritise and overcome.
    • Licensing Model
    • Sales Campaign
    • Market Research
    • Usability Testing
    • System Testing
    • Setting up a Support Infrastructure

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how did interface assist us
How did Interface assist us?
  • Introduced via Scottish Enterprise, pilot initiative called the “Commercial Breakthrough Service”.
  • Interface, understood our MiView challenges & introduced us to UWS(Specialists in Software Reporting Applications)
  • We decided to focus the assistance from UWS:
    • Usability – is MiView user friendly and easy\ intuitive to use?
    • Testing – is MiView robust?
  • Interface coordinated the initial sessions and provided the access and support required to establish the feasibility project with UWS.

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what did the study achieve
What did the study achieve?
  • 20 days of University time over 9 months.
  • The work that was carried out by UWS was valuable:
    • Usability
      • Established that MiView was sufficiently innovative and there is a market?
      • Evaluated the existing feature set, identifying some gaps
    • Is the Application Robust Enough?
      • Focussed testing of the application to evaluate the different Automated Software testing tools that are available
      • A recommendation of the tools and process that we could use to automate as much testing as possible.

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a longer term relationship
A longer term relationship
  • We benefited and enjoyed the experience that UWS provided. (Thomas and Robert)
  • We looked at ways in which we could extend this relationship.
  • We also became aware of the KTP programme
  • Recruitment of a complex role, to move MiView from a concept to a product:
    • Business Analyst; Market Researcher and Product Manager
    • Tap into the UWS experience and knowledge base to support how MiView evolves going forward.

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what now for miview
What now for MiView?
  • MiView is a watershed for Cooper Software:
    • Many bespoke sales of the system.
    • We have delivered our first complete packaged offering – our first true productised engagement. (this is the future)
    • Agreement to embed the MiView reporting engine as the reporting tool for a Global software provider. (as is this)
  • With a web based reporting tool that can be used by any business, of any size across any technology – the potential is incredible.
  • In these early stages, we need to take care that we do not lose focus and we prioritise.

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being open to innovation in a small company
Being Open to Innovation in a small company?
  • We continue to Innovate, its what we do.
  • We already have other potential products and offerings in the pipeline.
  • Being Innovative is not enough on its own:
    • Professional: Quality, Processes, Experience, Planning
    • Ambition, Drive – Lots of Hard Work
  • Leveraging the right balance of expertise and support from the resources available:
    • Plug the gaps
    • Continue do what you are good at
    • Be prepared to put the effort in to make it work

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why we engaged with uws
Why we engaged with UWS
  • UWS possessed expertise in automation tools that was lacking in-house
  • Little to no business justification for performing the feasibility study in house due to lack of skills and lack of knowledge with available automation tools

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benefits we received
Benefits we received
  • An better understanding of how our product was placed to allow test automation
    • Implementation of certain developed features actually prohibited or hindered automation.
  • An clear indication of what tools would not be suitable
    • A massive benefit due to limited resources in house, we could now understand the tools that would be no benefit and not waste time

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outcomes from feasibility study
Outcomes from feasibility study
  • Automation tools now considered and detailed in the Test Strategy
  • We will be looking to further investigate UWS’ suggested automation tool when setting up our new testing environment.

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building a relationship with uws
Building a relationship with UWS
  • Investigated the KTP Programme
  • We were looking for a very specific individual to support us on MiView:
    • Part Business Analyst
    • Part Marketeer

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vision and scope
Vision and Scope
  • Specification; can be used internally or by other external resources if required.
  • Business Case.
  • Infrastructure and Systems Assessment
  • Targeted ROI.
  • Document of Scope, Priorities and Stakeholders.
  • Summary Requirements & Quotation.

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support and aftercare
Support and Aftercare
  • Remote Connectivity (leased lines)
  • Helpdesk & Service Management
  • Oracle Servers & Performance Management
  • Build and Commit Servers
  • Automated Test Stations & Supporting Methodology
  • ESCROW Agreements
  • Web Server Hosting

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MiViewTM
  • MiViewTM delivers:
    • A coherent web-based reporting environment for all data sources and all users.
    • Personalised reports, visual dashboards and plasma displays.
    • Easy monitoring and tracking of Key Performance Indicators.
    • Reports that are refreshed and delivered on a scheduled basis.
    • Integration of disconnected IT Systems into a single reporting platform.
    • Automated and trigger based report delivery including mobile.

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