Modern technologies allow for a scalable, bottom-up solution that can accommodate small and large projects.
With the user research complete, our application developers and data scientists worked together to build the MVP. We sketched our solution as we started to build it out. The sketches helped solidify a common understanding about the problem we were trying to solve. In some cases, we sketched on pen and paper; other times, we used PowerPoint and other design tools. They weren’t fancy, but fancy wasn’t our goal: we wanted to demonstrate that we understood the solution end-to-end.
We developed the below sketch, for instance, to show how our entire solution would come together. In the middle, we show the distribute ledger we created using Hyperledger Fabric. At the bottom, we show the timeline of contracting actions that occur during the life of the contract. Then the numbered sequence of events show the workflow of what happens during contract closeout, including where we incorporated RPA, microservices, and machine learning.
Finally, our entire effort would not have been possible without enabling technology and processes such as Cloud and Agile. Our Cloud engineering team was able to quickly spin up and shut down sandbox environments for us so we could explore new ideas. Agile helped keep us on track. The key for us was to keep pushing the ball down the field without getting too caught up in needing all the details.
This was a great experiment for us to explore how emerging technologies, such as Blockchain, RPA, and machine learning can help solve real business problems. Starting small and assembling an integrated team really helped propel us forward. We will continue to experiment with these emerging technologies as we work with our clients to solve real business problems.