This afternoon, just after a great burger lunch, it was time for all our four team to present their solutions to the rest of the group, the judges and the client, Ricoh. It was a tough race and the outcome was certainly remarkable for the amount of effort and great participation every team showed.
The client case, offering Ricoh a solution so customers could help themselves better over the web, was tough and challenging enough for every team. This resulted in four very different solutions which all had their own great insight. All teams offered the group with a presentation in which they showed how their solution would help improve Ricoh’s business processes and all teams had great working software to show.
The first team to show us their insights was Team ‘Cayenne’ of Thomas Drevers and Barry van de Graaf with the technologies Cayenne, Wicket and the Solr search engine. They had a working environment which used an extensive search on the Ricoh knowledge base. This search was completed with interactive chat functionality between the Ricoh customer and the end user that needs help.
Second in line where Marco Heerebout and Jos van Otterloo with their ‘Today-Project-Team’. They used Ruby on Rails to create a completely different approach to end user responsibility: incentives. They showed us how Ricoh can offer new insights to end users in order to create enthusiasm for self-service.
The third presentation was by DOA, Developers On APEX, the team that consists of Michel van Zoest, Maarten van Luijtelaar and Peter van der Neut. The team used, as their names states, Oracle’s Application Express for the solution. They had a solution that offers a great, interactive solution tree to the end user. Problems are categorized and the customer got insight in the process of self-service.
The team even showed an mobile APEX app on the iPhone to the judges and Ricoh executives. A brilliant move.
Last, but not least, was the ‘Fusion Insanity’ team of Edwin Biemond, Romano Londt and Martin Schaap. Using the complete Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Stack, they offered an interactive and multi-editable survey solution to the Ricoh end user.
With a clear insight in the ADF flow Edwin Biemond showed that business processes where at the basis of their solution. The team had some useful graphs to show how effective the solutions offered to the end users will be.
With all the presentations done and some tough questions from the audience the time had come for the judges and gentlemen from Ricoh to retreat into conclave. This took a while…
When the jury returned with the final scores for every team, one of the Ricoh executives first took the stage to thank us! He and his collegue got some great new insights in possible solutions for this very real business problem. They where very glad with the creative approach the Whitehorses teams showed and the fact that the teams all had their own insight and analysis of the situation.
And now it was time for the finale! The Cayenne team got in fourth place, the Today-Project-Team in third. Then there was a great surprise: both the DOA and the Fusion Insanity team got a tie: they both have won!
Two very insightful and useful solutions! Up to next year, thanks for all the team, the organization and of course our beloved client Ricoh for their enthusiastic participation!DeveloperDerby 2010: The Big Finale,