Business and IT
Valk Solutions empowers retailers with omnichannel cloud solutions. A specialist in retail automation since 1989, the company develops and provides cloud software for retailers, webshops, and kiosks, including in-store and online point-of-sale systems. It also owns Countr, an international POS solution for retail, hospitality, and public transport. Valk Solutions has 20,000 clientele and processes more than 3 billion euros in sales revenue for retail organizations annually.
Updating Outdated Software
Customers rely on Valk Solutions for seamless payment systems. Any interruption impacts their business processes: if payments can’t go through transactions stop, and shoppers look elsewhere. In 2017, Valk knew its version management process—a labor-intensive, manual process—was not only outdated but prone to multiple errors. A year later, the company welcomed more than 800 new stores to its omnichannel cloud platform ASPOS. It was time to rapidly adopt a new system. With Xebia’s guidance, the company migrated its software towards Azure DevOps, looking to effectively track and control changes, and deliver releases faster.
Upgrade to Reap the Benefits
In order to grow, Valk Solutions knew it couldn't put off updating its system. Once Valk Solutions’ manager of Software Development Joke Huizinga convinced the company to move to VSTS, it didn’t look back. Using Agile tools allowed Valk to create a new framework, migrating its old database into Azure DevOps. With VSTS (now known as Azure DevOps), Valk Solutions didn’t have to manage any infrastructure. That's’ because Microsoft takes care of the machines VSTS runs on.
Using VSTS, Valk Solutions improved quality control and transparency. It now has immediate insight into customer status and use.
Green Light to Change
With Xebia’s know-how, experience and skills, Valk Solutions updated its version and release management system, increasing operational reliability. The Xebia-designed platform made the process more Agile, so able to keep pace with other platforms that are constantly growing in complexity. The company’s infrastructure is now entirely cloud-native, ensuring short release cycles that take roughly one-tenth of the time. Valk is also in the process of adding release management, databases, and back-end systems.