Tea Auction

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Client – Tea Auction

Client is one of the National Mobile Service Provider in Sri Lanka. Client wants to lead Sri Lanka towards an information communication and knowledge rich society through their services. Their R&D facility, will be committed to contributing towards the development of society through multi-dimensional innovations and will collaboratively work with like-minded institutions, entrepreneurs, SMEs, students and tech enthusiasts to harness the best technological solutions. They will work closely on domains that cover NFC solutions, digital connected life solutions, M2M (machine to machine) solutions, location & tracking solutions, cloud platform services and IOT (Internet of Things) related solutions. Client is conceptualized towards creating value based, futuristic solutions through faster and stronger collaborations that would enhance further opportunities in knowledge and technology.

Project Timeline

2012

2017

Client Requirement

In high level, the requirement is to automate the 130 year old tea auctioning process in Sri Lanka. Main objective of this solution is to bring both tea buyers and brokers together while removing all the paper based transactions made through the tea auctioning process. Therefore the paper based system has to be replaced with a system that posses a way to organise all the data that allows them to be access and manipulated easily.

Tea valuation is done in three consecutive inspection cycles, two weeks prior to a weekly tea auction where each cycle is used to evaluate different characteristics of the same tea lot. During each inspection cycle, a tea lot shall be tagged with a special remark, resulting in multiple aggregated remarks at the end of all three inspection cycles. When the inspection cycles are completed, process of grading valuated tea lots has to performed by the tea buyers.

Challenges in business process

Both brokers and buyers have their custom build solutions to manage tea auctioning/buying process. These independent systems have proprietary data formats for both input and output of data. Since brokers and buyers need to be in the newly built general auction platform, it was a requirement to bring all these independent parties to common formats. It was because of the resistance due to the fact of major change disrupts their familiarity and doesn’t want to learn their jobs or change the way they do things. Getting everyone agree on the generalized format was challenging and had to get the top management of those companies involved in making these changes happen.

Challenges in technology

This project features processes that allows users to make live transactions and get real-time feedback. During the live auction, buyers should be able to see sale quantities and average prices for their scheduled purchase list. All the qualifying Standards are shown at the point of purchasing a lot. Which means changes made to the lots required to be seen by all the users connected with the live auction. Real-time updates to variety of applications sits on heterogeneous devices (such as iOS, Android, and different browser clients) was a challenge but correct selection of technology and strategic implementation of features lead to produce a reliable and stable solution. Furthermore team was challenged due to multi-tenancy environment and assure no risk involved in terms of information leakages among/within buyers and brokers.

Challenges in delivery

One of the main challenge was to deliver what client and their stakeholders actually expected as a final product. Even though the requirements were elicited thoroughly and precisely, commercial product was released deployed to production in stages. Special care was taken followed an incremental approach when onboarding new brokers and buyers. It made sure day to day operations of the stakeholders are flawless and guaranteed the business continuity.

The application should posses the capability of accessing the system by many users simultaneously. Therefore the reliability and responsiveness of the application were major concerns of the project. Other challenges were handling interconnected dynamical services dependency of the application and distributed traffic management (load balancing) in terms of the transactions.

Final outcome

Since 2014, Tea Auction solution has been used to manage the Sri Lankan tea auctioning process which worth US$ 1.5 billion annually. The success of the solution as a whole has lead to bring in further stakeholders connected with the platform and Fidenz is currently working on enhancing the platform further.
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