For decades, Continental used a suite of software and application development platforms, used for everything from managing e-mail and internal communications to successfully building hundreds of custom applications to digitize internal processes.
Continental moved to migrate onto modern software, first deciding to move its e-mail and productivity tools to Microsoft Office 365. They were then faced with the reality of hundreds of remaining applications, supporting critical business processes that required modernization and replacement.
As with all software, support for the former platforms began to wane over time, with Continental announcing it would end support for them starting in 2021. It was with this end-of-life date in mind that the Group IT team began searching for a replacement. With a modern application development platform, the team could take advantage of more modern technology, such as Cloud, significantly reducing latency for application users in far-flung locations, and Mobile, offering new opportunities for efficiency and a modern user experience for Continental’s employees and partners.
Beyond the technological benefits a modern platform could provide, Group IT was desirous of more closely following the Agile methodology. With an accelerated speed of development, developers could more frequently interact with business users, and more quickly validate that what they were creating. An embodiment of Continental’s mission to innovate, Sven has instilled in his team a culture of creativity. He encourages his team to find new technologies capable of supporting business-altering solutions.
Sven talks of shipping apps in terms of a garage: “We talk about a garage process, where people become creative developing something new, eventually tapping new opportunities and business then bringing that out of the garage and into production, onto the street.” The team wanted a platform that fostered creative discovery and made it possible to ideate, build, and deploy stable and rich applications. He wanted a garage and a means of getting those solutions out the door and into users’ hands.
Continental found that when it came to modernizing legacy systems and processes, the Mendix low-code platform was where the rubber met the road.