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Agile Software Development

There are multiple benefits to using cloud-based applications, especially in strategic sourcing. Among them are reduced costs, lower I/T resource requirements, no upgrades, access to extended resources and information, and interoperability with other systems.

One of the most significant benefits is the ability to quickly respond to changes and new developments by making rapid improvements. The key way to do this is through Agile Software Development. Cloud application development is fast and flexible. It is different from traditional software development in that it enables our team to consistently deliver new features to our customers.


Like many cloud-based software companies, Scanmarket employs Agile software development methods. Agile methodology is based on iterative, incremental development and enables rapid, flexible response to change. Agile lends itself perfectly to cloud application development, and to the way we work at Scanmarket.
Supporting a single cloud platform eliminates unnecessary work. This enables our team to realize the full potential of Agile development methods. Every customer gets every release, eliminating all backward compatibility, operating system, and protocol issues.

"The tools are proving to be very successful, and simple to use."

- BARRY WILMER, PURCHASE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, NISSAN
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Agile Software

Scanmarket’s smart technology learns from users. Agile methods let us take what we learn and drive feature development based on clicks and navigation patterns, so we can respond quickly to changing customer needs and market demands.

Scanmarket’s Platform Development Team is able to deliver updates every 3 weeks, with dozens of new market and customer driven features - not simply patches and bug fixes.  

The key components of Agile Software Development are:
  • Inclusion of User Stories and personas in roadmap development so that the end product reflects the needs of the end users
  • Incremental development to roll out improvements rapidly in small packages rather than waiting for large, infrequent releases
  • Iterative development to make repeated changes to the same components as the development teams learn more about requirements
  • Team-based development groups so that the institutional knowledge remains with those who are involved over time
Above all, Agile is about being able to respond quickly to changes in situation, needs and market conditions. Think of it like the Zara Stores of software.

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