Valcori is an online procurement platform that connects buyers and suppliers in the most efficient way

Full service procurement platform providing visibility and control over your entire supply chain through software. ValCoRi leverages the power of technology to streamline the entire sourcing workflow for mid to large companies.

Procurement Fundamentals

Procurement is the process of finding, agreeing terms and acquiring goods, services or works from an external source, often via a tendering or competitive bidding process. The process is used to ensure the buyer receives goods, services or works at the best possible price, when aspects such as quality, quantity, time, and location are compared. Corporations and public bodies often define processes intended to promote fair and open competition for their business while minimising risk, such as exposure to fraud and collusion.

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From Zero To One

Procurement procedures require significant flexibility for the end user of a generic online platform. We spent hours and hours defining (and separating) core functionality. This all started from a solid business understanding of the sector and the typical processes. Over the course of multiple weeks we worked towards a functioning prototype including all sector-specific specifications and use cases.

Business Analysis

We talked to industry thought leaders in the field of procurement. We bundled these insights into a document to showcase our findings and present those to the client. The outcome served as the basis for the user stories.

Prototyping

We translated the user stories into a clickable prototype that included all functional specifications. Many iterations followed to fine-tune all screens and create an appealing user interface.

Architecture

We created a future-proof (technical) architecture that would allow us to handle the deep complexity. We opted for the full-stack Symfony framework and public cloud infrastructure.

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A Visual Hierarchy

Simplifying the interface and making it user-friendly is one of the rules we strictly follow in the development process. It’s our responsibility to help users recognize the appearance of a product and create it aesthetically beautifull.

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About ValCoRi

Procurement often needs to take difficult decisions and can be torn between hard-to-reconcile or to reach goals. To begin with, procurement costs or expenses may need to be lowered in order for the company to remain competitive. But at the same time the company also needs to build up and coordinate an effective, long-term supplier network, one that not only guarantees reliability and quality, but also facilitates jointly developed innovations to safeguard the future. These short term and long term goals need to remain in balance.

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Distributed Agile Software Development

We set up multi-disciplinary teams in geographically-dispersed business locations. We focus on leveraging the benefits of Agile Development principles on a global playing field.

Agile Software Development

product owner

  • Represents the product’s stakeholders and has a focus on the business side
  • Accountable for ensuring that the team delivers value to the business
  • Defines units of work and adds those to the product backlog
  • Indicates priorities based om importance and dependencies
Agile Software Development

delivery heroes

  • Delivering shippable product increments every 2-week sprint
  • Consists of 3 to 9 team members.
  • Multi-disciplinary teams who self-organise within a sprint
  • Decision capabilities at the implementation level
Agile Software Development

scrum master

  • Ensures that the scrum framework is followed
  • Helping the team to determine the definition of done for the product, with input from key stakeholders
  • Coaching the team, within the Scrum principles, in order to deliver high-quality features for its product
  • Coaching the development team in self-organisation and cross-functionality

Our DevOps Approach

Our software delivery team took full-cycle ownership from application logic to performance monitoring: build & run. A single project team was responsible for the development, infrastructure, installation, testing, packaging, deployment and bug fixing. Our philosophy of continuous delivery kept all stakeholders aligned throughout the process.

Development

Software Engineering

Building the application layer on top of the database infrastructure. Front- & back-end code development based on a standardised framework and internal reviewing mechanisms. We handle a one-click deploy philosophy during which all automated tests need to get passed.

Operations

Business-IT Alignment

Capturing functional requirements that are in-line with the business objectives. Making sure these are translated into our SCRUM methodology process. We focus on regular (pre)releases to ensure that features keep moving in the right direction and all stakeholders remain aligned.

Quality assurance

Shipping Reliability

We write automated tests for all aspects of the platform. Continuous testing and continuous integration (CI) ensures reliable releases to staging or live versions. Performance monitoring tools are configured as an additional assurance that the whole system is stable.

Our toolset

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Valcori In Numbers

4
dedicated people in the SCRUM team
250
pages prototyped
in Invision
20
product status and
review meetings
9
months of total
throughput time

Stef Brismoutier

General Manager at ValCoRi / Progressio

Quotes Working with Panenco was a blessing. We were able to rely on them fully as a trusted partner for the entire route from the conceptualisation stage until the finished product.
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