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Growing internationally through smart coding

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Urszula Kwaśniewska, director of the BPCC's Kraków office, looks at a Przemyśl-based IT company with its sights set on global clients.

Passion, determination, client satisfaction – these three attitudes reflect the nature of the Order of Code in the best way. Although today the company employs only 22 specialists and its headquarters are located thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, it has the power to go international from the city of Przemyśl in south-eastern Poland. While working on numerous demanding projects, the company currently relies only on internal resources and its knowledge.

The success of the company is based on its people. All specialists working for Order of Code – programmers, testers and project managers, are people who constantly raise their qualifications and their knowledge of the IT impact, but they also have a real impact on designing the products and services at the same time.

Passion

It all started with the passion that drives Wit Więch, the founder of the company. Having gained professional experience in Poland and abroad (including a time working for Microsoft), he decided to open his own business in his hometown of Przemyśl. He'd been in touch with Edinburgh-based travel-fare aggregator Skyscanner, which at that time was in its very early stages of development. As Mr Więch was an active traveller and user of flight search engines himself, he had developed such a search engine on his own. Skyscanner accepted the offer from Mr Więch and together opened the first foreign branch of the company, based in Przemyśl.

Ever since 2005 the team has been working on improving the service of the engine and promoting it on-line. It also created new solutions that facilitated the process of translating the service into many languages. As the number of tasks increased, the Przemyśl branch had grown to 20 people. By that time Skyscanner had offered them positions in Scotland. Part of the team had accepted the offer. The other part, including Mr Więch, decided to stay in Przemyśl and set up in business themselves as Order of Code.

Determination

For the next few years, the new independent firm continued cooperating with Skyscanner. Order of Code was involved in implementing R&D projects for the British company.

Today Order of Code offers a broader scope of services, cooperating with clients from all around the world – mainly Europe and North America. It is also focused on regional development, mainly within the IT cluster that operates in the east of Poland.

The scope of services of the Przemyśl-based company has increased significantly. The company offers prototyping and R&D, extreme-problem solutions, big data, analysis and optimisation, advanced testing, application development, SEO and consulting. The big advantage of the company is being able to offer bespoke services in IT solutions. The employees, the real artists in their profession, create their own solutions, only rarely getting inspired by ready-to-use elements designed by other creators. It is a pledge of adopting a project that is being created to the needs of a client. It is an ongoing learning and creation process.

Among many projects currently being undertaken by the specialists from Order of Code, there's one that deserves special recognition and that is computer analysis of natural language. The aim is to teach the device (be it smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC) to understand the context of words spoken by the user, not only from a script. Undertaking difficult challenges at the company's headquarters is on the agenda every day, and every one of them – even the smallest success – becomes a source of satisfaction.

Client satisfaction

Client satisfaction is built on a solid feedback from the clients. They appreciate the professional approach of all employees with whom they have contact during the projects, and the fact that they themselves take the initiative.

Eric Percival – project manager at British company Calnex Solutions, the world leader in test and measurement solutions for monitoring the performance Ethernet synchronisation, says: “Order of Code proposed and implemented a new design to complement our new web-based user interface. The requirements for this product have been far more demanding than before, since it now needs to work within a real instrument as a core part of the product as well as supporting all the legacy capabilities. They worked closely with us during the design and development, leading to a successful implementation”.

The task given to the programmers from Order of Code was not easy. The preparation of software analysing data from a so-called 'paragon' – a device used for testing electronic equipment – was necessary. Engineers from Calnex developed their own software, but it did not meet the necessary requirements, it worked slowly and it was difficult to make any modifications in it.

After many years of cooperation, the Polish company's developers managed to write new algorithms for calculating statistics, thanks to which the calculation of statistics turned out to be 50 to even 100 times faster than before. In this way, analysis of measurement data taken from tested telecoms devices was taking 15 minutes instead of 24 hours as before. This gave the Order of Code's client a considerable advantage among competitors and significantly contributed to a significant increase in sales, including to such giants as Huawei, Cisco or Samsung.

Among the testimonials for Order of Code is one written by Gareth Williams (an originator of Skyscanner), which highlights the additional advantages of cooperation: “A professional approach, detailed analysis and an effective solution provided by Order of Code helped us significantly reduce unwanted traffic and consequently saved us a lot of money”.

This testimonial refers to the project implemented after disconnecting the Polish team from Skyscanner. Przemyśl-based specialists attempted to solve the problem of unauthorised 'web scraping', the theft of data from Skyscanner's website. In this case, Order of Code used solutions with elements of artificial intelligence to detect suspicious movements on the site generated by automatically acting bots, and managed to effectively block them. Skyscanner could then use fewer servers to handle actual traffic by users. It brought savings estimated at nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year.

Recently Order of Code has also carried out projects in the field of big data. An exemplary task was the lossless processing of data generated by up to 500,000 measuring devices. The solution provided for aggregation of data, monitoring of various types of remotely control devices, has been implemented in one of the largest energy companies in Poland

All of this would not have been possible without having the job satisfaction of a harmonious and creative team. Mr Więch was recognised by Lewiatan – Confederation of Polish Employers, which presented him the "Business. Good Choice" award for promoting partner relationships in the workplace.

The future of Order of Code looks bright. The growing interest in the company's services requires the recruitment of more specialists. To find the best talents, the company organises competitions for young programmers and funds prizes for the most talented IT specialists.

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