Parking app company revved up performance and scalability with new software engineering framework from UST Xpanxion

Case Study

Parking app company revved up performance and scalability with new software engineering framework from UST Xpanxion

By addressing its app performance and scalability issues, the company increased development cycles, improved time to market, reduced costs and enhanced satisfaction for both existing and new vehicle and venue customers.

THE CLIENT

This company provides a popular contactless parking app that helps millions of people locate, reserve and pay for parking on mobile devices every day in hundreds of cities, college campuses, concert venues, sporting events, and airports across the U.S.

THE CHALLENGE

App company wanted to improve development ecosystem

Since the app launched, this company has experienced astronomical 50% year-over-year user-adoption growth. To keep pace with increasing demand and escalating transaction volume especially during peak seasons, the company wanted to improve the application’s scalability. The IT team also wanted to proactively identify and resolve performance issues in the app before functionality went into production—when problems were easier and less expensive to fix.

THE TRANSFORMATION

Company’s IT team deployed software engineering framework focused on continuous testing

To improve app performance and scalability, the UST Xpanxion team designed and developed a pure-Java, open-source software engineering framework following a “shift-left” and “shift-right” DevOps agile methodology. The “shift-left” approach used API layers, so the client’s DevOps team could quickly and easily integrate the app with other applications. Meanwhile, the shift-right strategy concentrated on continuous testing. After integrating the new software engineering framework with the client’s CI/CD DevOps pipelines, tests automatically run with every build and release, creating detailed feedback loops across the application lifecycle. The framework also included:

THE IMPACT

Improved app development speed, quality, scalability and customer satisfaction

By addressing its app performance and scalability issues, the company increased development cycles, improved time to market, reduced costs and enhanced satisfaction for both existing and new vehicle and venue customers. The automated testing in the new software engineering platform provided continuous, efficient processes to quickly identify performance bottlenecks, so issues can be resolved before they reach production. Also, the company’s development team implemented modern, agile DevOps methodologies, streamlined processes and improved release quality. The IT team also has flexibility to add and upgrade critical load-heavy services, like GPS location.

RESOURCES

https://www.ust.com/xpanxion

https://www.ust.com/softwareproductengineering