Having developed their Boat Paint Guide app internally, AkzoNobel
In addition to their desire to meet user expectations, AkzoNobel also sought our expertise in product development, requesting we consider how they could develop
Accordingly, we worked to investigate how the product could be developed to improve user experience while retaining accessibility.
We formed a dedicated team, including an iOS developer, Android developer, system architect and a designer, who immediately reviewed the platform. The group resolved bugs, updated the user interface and reworked layouts to fit devices ranging from the iPhone 4s to the iPad Pro.
During the review, we suggested AkzoNobel worked towards removing the need for local storage and connecting the platform with AkzoNobel's new API. With the API still unfinished, we wrote a custom Azure function for Version Two, which told the app whether to use old store data or new data through the API. Additionally, we redefined the boat paint calculator function within the app (and journey the user would follow to use it).
Work is currently underway on a third version of the app which will phase out the old server, fully integrating AkzoNobel's API and enabling the provision of live data.
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