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Expanding or upgrading your own product range – or reducing manufacturing costs – means taking a digital opportunity and a risk at the same time. Driving digitalization forward instead of standing still, yes. But going down previously unknown paths in agile project management?
A development partnership with an experienced software service provider who reliably accompanies a project and provides stability is an immediate advantage in this situation.
Which advantages a co-creation approach offers? And what does connecting teams look like in practice?
L-One founder and CEO, Lionel Born, and Head of Software Development, Feras Tanan, answer these questions in a five-minute video. We summarise the most important questions and answers.
Lionel Born and Feras Tanan answer questions on how L-One develop innovative software and describe how connected teams can create cutting-edge Software (duration: 00:05:53 minutes).
(00:00:48) What does the future of IT development look like?
Experienced software developers are hard to recruit. Competition between companies looking for developers has been growing in Germany for years. The solution: connecting in-house teams with remote teams to accelerate software development1, 2.
Why digitalisation needs to be pushed now is obvious. What we are good at here, be it engineering, mechanics or even device development, no longer stands a chance on international markets without a connection to digital ecosystems, without an intelligent inner life.
(00:01:06) How can software development be accelerated? What do local companies need?
A few years ago – our projects and products at L-One were growing – we needed additional developer power ourselves. We looked for developers here in Darmstadt: We found Feras (Tanan)! You have to be fast in recruiting. You always have to have the best qualified team of developers and that’s why we set up an office in Damascus.
(00:00:19) Why we work with developers from Damascus University?
Damascus University is one of the largest universities in the Middle East, one of the most prestigious universities with degrees recognised in Germany. The Bachelor’s programme is based on three different departments: Software Engineering, AI and Information Systems.
(00:01:25) What makes us different from a recruiter?
We are not a recruitment agency, but a software company. We know the whole development life cycle of software and that’s how we train our people.
(00:01:31) Why is on-the-job training so important?
We train our people in technical skills, in English skills and make sure they have fluent communication with our clients. We come into our clients’ projects as software development partners.
(00:01:48) How are L-One projects done?
Clients come to us because they know we have highly talented and skilled people. It’s very convenient for our clients because the time difference is only one hour. So they are one hour ahead of us. Compared to other offshore locations, this is very convenient.
Whether you work with in-house or remote developers makes little difference today. The office in Damascus has a very good fibre-optic internet connection.
We don’t just develop frontends and backends, we gather domain-specific knowledge. What our developers do all day goes far beyond programming.
(00:02:34) What makes the L-One developers stand out?
It’s not just about developing the tasks as they come from the client. Our developers also tend to ask the right questions. And go the extra mile.
First and foremost, L-One is a software company. We know what developer or what kind of developer a particular project needs.
ABOUT L-ONE SYSTEMS
As an IT service provider, L-One has been delivering first-class software for more than ten years. Founded with the aim of providing each customer with an optimal software product, a matrix team structure ensures technical expertise at L-One today.
Combined with a co-creation approach, a collaborative creation process is initiated that provides each project with the development model that best suits the client.
(00:03:06) What are your favorite projects?
Our favourite projects are those that are long-term. As long-term partners of our clients, our developers have the opportunity to dive deep into our clients’ IT projects and build and share knowledge.
How do the customers benefit from this? (00:03:20)
The client can take away much more from our service than just software development service. For example, we have customers in robotics, where a lot of experience is needed when niche technologies are used. Customers come to us because they know that on the one hand we have highly talented and experienced people. On the other hand, we have a large and versatile team, so we can get into product development very quickly.
The idea was to deliver first-class software from the very beginning. That’s why we needed first-class developers. We therefore increased our staff in Damascus. We are already in our third office because we are a sought-after employer.
(00:03:59) How can emerging companies benefit from L-One?
For young companies and small businesses, it is risky to hire large teams for rapid software development. It is much more affordable and also safer to outsource or contract out whole projects or parts to remote teams.
(00:04:17) How can a company grow with remote developers?
When you want to scale, when you want to hire multiple employees, you face a lot of challenges with HR and with feedback processes. We have the right processes that have been optimized over time. We trust those processes and we have the right people running them.
What we actually offer are custom-fit development models.
(00:04:36) What will the future of software development teams look like?
In order to scale, many companies will outsource software development3. They will connect external teams with their in-house development. This is something we can deliver with our team in Damascus.
ABOUT LIONEL BORN
CEO, founded L-One in 2010. As a digital pioneer, Lionel is passionate about developing innovative software. Value engineering is at the core of his vision. He combines knowledge of software development with knowledge of the business environment and has the know-how to dive deep into the domain of our project partners. Lionel believes that both teamwork and precision in software development are key competitive advantages.
Lionel founded his first company while studying business informatics. With L-One Systems, he equips startups, scaleups and SMEs with customised software solutions. Since 2017, the automated processing of text data (Natural Language Processing, NLP) for AI applications has been part of the portfolio.
ABOUT FERAS TANAN
Head of Software Development, with L-One Systems since 2016.
Feras extracts development tasks from software goals and economic requirements. As an experienced system architect and NLP expert, Feras supervises both projects and teams and ensures well-structured and precise development processes.
Born in Damascus, Feras completed his studies in software engineering and information systems at the University of Damascus as the best among more than 350 students in his year. He received a DAAD scholarship to complete his studies with a Master’s degree in computer science in Darmstadt.
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