One Global Trading Group
As a pioneer in the mobility solutions space, and since its establishment in 2004, One Global has gathered
extensive telecom market experience, and knowledge, in Middle East and Africa.
As a result of the company’s expertise in technology, marketing and business, One Global’ outlook focuses on
global Over-the-Top (OTT) markets and industries. As a Microsoft Golden Partner, One Global offers
state-of-the-art, OTT platforms and solutions and services for its customers that can be customized and are
always reliable, scalable and effective.
The recently acquired Payment Service Provider certification, awarded by the Bahrain Central Bank, is further
proof of One Global’ role as a leader in the financial mobile sector. The company continues to stay ahead of the
game by offering its customers innovative payment solutions that are user-friendly and secure.
Business Needs & Challenges
One Global Trading has a team of IT resources between analysts, developers and testers who work together to deliver
custom applications for the mobile market. With the presence of a diverse set of development platforms and technologies
(e.g. iOS, Android, Windows, etc.), the Development Team at One Global Trading is clustered into discrete, diverse groups
based on the chosen platform, as well as the nature of the application being developed. Whenever tasked with developing
a new application, or making modifications to an existing one, the Development Team struggles to find the latest version
of the business requirements, the source of truth for the Source Code, and the architecture of the application to be
This hinders the development of applications and prevents One Global Trading from releasing mission-critical solutions
to its customers in time and on budget. Furthermore, there is no insight into the development activities, leaving key
management decision-makers in the dark in terms of the actual work done and the use of resources.
Characteristics of a viable solution
A viable solution should at least deliver the following:
- Manage a portfolio of several projects, including its resources, tasks, plan and deliverables.
Allow project managers to divide work reasonably between team members, track the progress of work in each project
and report to stakeholders with minimal effort and time.
Streamline the process of Application Lifecycle Management and allow One Global Trading to release mission-critical
software solutions in a shorter timeframe.
One Global Trading selected Sharper Software's Application Lifecycle Management
Services, in addition to the SharperSkills TFS Training in order
to establish a culture of Application Lifecycle Management at One Global Trading. Starting as early as the Requirement
Gathering stage, up-to and continuously improving Release Management, One Global selected the Agile ALM Process as the
Process Template of Choice.
Development Team Skills Assessment
Sharper Software met with the members of the Development Team and performed one-to-one interviews to arrive at
the current skills of the team. Sharper Software delivered a report to One Global Trading's Management, showing
the gaps in the required skill-set and the suggested assignment of roles and responsibilities. This approach helped
beat the one-resource-per-project challenge.
The Microsoft ALM Platform
Sharper Software installed and configured Team Foundation Server on a server platform, as well as Visual Studio
on every development team member's computer. Development Team member computers were configured to connect to and
use Team Foundation Server. This provided the Development Team members with the latest and coolest tools necessary
to perform their jobs with high productivity.
The Development Team attended the
Hands-On Training to learn how to use TFS as the Application Lifecycle Management platform. Using a
Virtual Machine, the team acquired a practical knowledge of the features and capabilities of TFS, without the bore,
hassle and theoretical approach of traditional training. Now, the One Global Trading team is ready to use TFS
for everyday Application Lifecycle Management.