Background


Complicated cashier systems, slow support and long queues for the guests are just a few of the problems that many restaurants are forced to tackle everyday. So what’s the solution? Ancon.

Ancon, with its headquarters in Lysekil, Sweden, is a Point of sales (POS) solution provider for the restaurant industry. It’s supplies everything from cashier systems, where the staff can enter orders at the restaurant, to apps that the guests can use to place order directly.

Their goal is to create the best software platform for the restaurant industry.

Challenge


The company has been on rapid growth mode and needed more developers. The in-house software development team was not big enough to deliver Ancon’s future product roadmap quickly enough. They needed more developers to cut down time to market, but it was difficult to find the required talent in Sweden.

The in-house developers only had the specific skills they gained from working with Ancons projects, but Ancon needed access to a broader skill set to be able to make the new ideas and dreams for the company come true.

The company had a vision for developing an app that allows consumers to order food directly from the mobile phone, leveraging Ancon’s popular POS solution to draw menu data, from a range of restaurants. This project was identified as proof of concept (POC) to trial an engagement with an outsourced team.

Solution


After looking at several companies in different countries, Ancon chose Calcey as its new partner in early 2018. During a phone call, Mikke Selander, CEO of Ancon, briefed Calcey about the app he wanted to build and got to know more about Calcey’s team and processes. After realizing that Calcey needed more details about the project, he traveled to Colombo with his Chief Technical Officer (CTO) where they worked for a week with their new team at Calcey’s office. Calcey helped them visualize how the app would look, brainstormed new ideas and improvement and discussed the overall architecture.

What started as a the development of a mobile app, quickly expanded to become into a long-term collaboration, as Ancon decided to go ahead and build an entire new generation product suite, including a brand new POS, with Calcey.

Since then, the Ancon team in Sweden has worked closely with the team in Colombo to brainstorm and plan how to tackle the various projects, understand Ancon’s existing systems, code base and business and plan improvements. A beta version of the new product suite, currently under development, will be released in December 2018.

Technologies: .NET Core, React Native, React.js, Postgre SQL

Impact


Today Ancon finally has the ability to scale up software development resources when needed, by accessing Calcey’s pool of software engineers. This has drastically improved the time required to bring the new product suite to market.

Previously, Ancon’s developers experience was limited to the technologies that had been exposed to while working on Ancon projects. But today, Ancon has access to virtually any skill they require via Calcey’s team, that have picked up range of skills by working on a broad range of client projects. This has given Mikke the freedom to experiment more efficiently and on a larger scale, and start making his dreams for the company to reality.

Since February, Mikke has visited Calcey’s office in Colombo 3 times, once with his entire Swedish team, so in addition to the positive impact on the company, he has also had the opportunity to experience a fantastic country with a wonderful culture.