Old lessons put to effective use
For the project, Digia cooperated with usability and user interface firm Idean, which designed the service’s concept, layout and user interface. Digia was responsible for the technical implementation. The service was implemented as a customised solution, as no-one had done anything quite like it before. An existing project template used for several other projects in the past could be used, however, which made the work considerably quicker.
The project was completed faster than expected, and the service was ready in just six weeks.
”Working with such competent professionals was easy. A sensible division of roles and open interaction were vital for a successful outcome: I had a clear picture of what we needed, and Digia’s experts had a vision on how it should be implemented. The implementation was scheduled for the summer holiday period, and the project was completed efficiently despite the challenging season. I particularly appreciate the way in which it was possible to resolve technically difficult questions in a spirit of agreement and harmony. The dialogue and development are ongoing”, says E-business Product Manager Toni Peltovako of Mehiläinen.
“Our colleagues at Digia were developing another application with the same technology choices at the same time. We learned from the experiences of the other team and were consequently able to avoid certain mistakes. It is also worth noting that we put special effort into search engine visibility since the service is a shop and the services have to be easy to find. SEO tends to be a bit neglected in single page applications”, says Lead Developer Ville Ristimäki.
The service was launched in the autumn of 2015 as part of a broader update of the user experience offered by Mehiläinen. Since release, the service has been developed further on the basis of user feedback.