Our projects – some spanning many years on complex projects – cover the entire delivery lifecycle from capturing initial business requirements, through to code development, QA activities – all the way through to release and ongoing production support. All assignments are scoped, sized, costed and carefully tracked to enable clients to maximise value from their IT spend.
Such projects can include anything from end-to-end application development to discrete work packages covering support, testing, business analysis etc.
Our heritage in enterprise level application development underpins our extensive capabilities around the development of B2C, B2B or internal solutions, regardless of the architecture (web-based, cloud, proprietary, GUI etc.)
This ‘digitalisation’ empowers our clients’ and their end-users to self-serve, benefit from better MI and control, improve customer retention rates and dramatically increase operational efficiency.
Employing Agile development methodologies where possible (and appropriate), Jumar has expertise in a wide range of technologies with particular expertise around the Microsoft suite of development languages and platforms including C#/.NET, SQL Server etc.
Jumar focuses on the business problem to be solved rather than employing technology for technology’s sake. This ensures that all solutions are fit for purpose, offer value and are future-compatible.
Our consultative approach to development enables us to truly understand – and deliver on – your business need.
At Jumar, we pride ourselves on listening first – supporting our clients in the creation of their initial vision.
We then create enterprise-level, robust, secure, quality systems – while constantly monitoring, defining and continually improving delivery throughput and quality. We are driven to consistently exceed expectations on delivery throughput, velocity and quality metrics.
For more than a decade, we have delivered innovative software development projects for large corporates, mid-level enterprise clients, SMEs, and Government Departments; not just in the UK, but across the world.
Our capability is driven by a proven set of processes and best practice, which create quality, timely meaningful deliveries.
Jumar’s philosophy is that change is inevitable. We, therefore, support your organisation to proactively shape the IT strategy to best support change, while collaboratively delivering on YOUR desired business outcomes.
For example, we track the cost per ‘story point’. (Story points are ways of estimating the size and complexity of an item in a backlog). This allows us to assess value for money while always remaining mindful of the business case. Because we capture this information, we protect your budgets while maximising delivery.
Our delivery capability, and ability to deliver cost savings, is strengthened by our nearshore and offshore delivery capabilities on the European mainland and in Asia. Jumar adds considerable value to the process by retaining control of the project in the UK, yet still delivering the cost savings of using remote resources.
Many businesses have bespoke IT systems which have, over the years, been extended and integrated with a number of 3rd party components, often with a high level of complexity.
This leads to a significant amount of interdependency, vendor lock-in and frustration amongst those who are subsequently tasked with making changes to those systems to align them with ever-developing business strategy.
The complexity and inflexibility of these systems can lead to the consumption of considerable internal resource in order to be able to fully understand the effect of applying any change to the system.
In our experience, it is not uncommon in such systems that making a simple change in one functional area of the system can introduce multiple defects elsewhere.
This lack of understanding of both the application and its interaction with the databases typically leads to the systems becoming unstable over time. Often, the business IT strategy is to move towards more modern, industry standard technology, but in scenarios where even comparatively simple change projects can have such severe implications in terms of business and commercial risk, any form of major transformation is often considered unfeasible, or even unthinkable.
The solution and benefits
Jumar Solutions has a proven track record in rapidly understanding these complex systems and third-party components – and then supporting and maintaining those systems while a replacement system is developed or a COTS package selected. Alternatively, while the system is now being safely supported, Jumar have experience in developing and executing a robust roadmap for the systems improvement and/or the transition to more maintainable technologies – such as to an industry standard three-tier architecture.
Jumar employs a five-stage process to safely transfer support of an entire application estate to our expert support centres.
The first stage in any engagement is for Jumar to become proficient in all areas of the legacy system (“deep diving” where necessary) and build up an empathy with all relevant stakeholders. Jumar has a track record in flexible delivery management, and can take on responsibility for the running of the system, either in whole or in part.
Jumar’s proven processes in…
- Service take-on
- Understanding current landscape to a very detailed degree
- Service management
…are the result of the company’s long and successful history in supporting (and modernising where necessary) enterprise-level IT systems or all sizes in dozens of countries worldwide.
Ongoing relationships are underpinned by Jumar’s proven ability to provide support for organisations during any transition project – particularly where it involves a major operational and/or cultural change.
Benefits of the Jumar Application Support offering:
- Reduces the total cost of ownership
- Improves performance and stability of the system
- Reduces risks associated with making changes to the system
- Accelerates deployment time of any changes
- Implements software control and release management
- Allows clients to take control of their IT estate
Our modernisation offering is typically delivered in one of two ways, and is dependent on the risk-reward profile of the client.
Our heritage is underpinned by decades of large-scale enterprise-level modernisation of business-critical application portfolios. This acts as a foundation to all of our modernisation projects.
- When addressing a large tightly-coupled estate, incremental modernisation may be preferred. In these situations, we would look to look to use our proven processes to rationalise and simplify the estate by deconstructing the system into more easily manageable components. Each can then be exposed and integrated with more modern UIs, mobile apps, and/or COTS packages.
- Where it is feasible to undertake a more rapid transformation of the system, we would review the existing system and identify opportunities for the proportionate re-use of components to accelerate delivery. The same componentisation techniques, used for more complex estates, would be applied in these scenarios, and the remaining requirements would be fulfilled by a combination of bespoke application and COTS packages where required.
Our standard engagement model will support the creation of a development roadmap, which will balance timescales, commercial constraints and risk to deliver on the required business outcomes.