Software Product Development for AGR Software — driver for digitalisation within the energy industry


about the client

Industry:EnergyLocation:Global with HQ in NorwayClient since:2019
JavaScript, ReactJS, Redux, Backbone,
Highcharts, Handsontable, NodeJS, KoaJS,
MongoDB, Docker, Jenkins CI, GitLab.
Services used:Dedicated Teams

1 500+ users
20+signed organisations
covering world’s largest
energy companies

The Background

AGR Software develops iQx™ platform that helps E&P companies to digitise their well delivery process. Harnessing three decades of well operations experience, the company is focusing on streamlining collaborative project delivery and empowering decision making around the fundamental considerations of any engineering project – time, cost and risk. AGR Software is part of the global energy services consultancy AGR which has an operating history dating back to 1987.

iQx™ applications are used for all types of drilling & well projects, including exploration, development drilling as well as intervention and abandonment.

he iQx™ team has been noted as a Gaselle company
The iQx™ team has been noted as a Gaselle company by the leading Norwegian financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv three years in a row. This is an award that recognises the most successful and fastest-growing Norwegian businesses.

The Challenge

The software applications on the iQx™ platform are built around improving collaboration within project teams, time and cost planning, time and cost tracking and knowledge-sharing. All their products are designed to plug-and-play any time anywhere and can be integrated to other E&P software.

To further improve and scale the iQx™ platform, in 2019 the AGR Software team saw the need to build more full-stack and operational muscle. They needed a staff augmentation partner who could find the right talent and support their development needs on modern tooling and frameworks. It applied for both development and delivery, backend and frontend. This is where Skelia came into the picture.

The Strategic Partnership

Skelia consistently provides AGR Software with the best candidates. Over the past year, Skelia managed to build a strong and reliable development team for AGR Software in its Kyiv office. The two companies have a beneficial relationship built on trust and professional experience exchange.

During the initial stages of the cooperation, AGR Software provided multiple sessions to integrate the Skelia team with the complex processes in the Energy industry. To fast-track their learning curve, Skelia team also joined multiple existing projects to familiarize with the product as well as the stakeholder companies. Within a few weeks, Skelia’s team had learned about most of AGR Software’s applications and services.

Today, Skelia team supports the existing iQx™ applications and has recently helped in creating a new reserves and resources reporting software for the mother company of AGR Software. For the new solution, Skelia’s dedicated AGR team did everything, from setting up the applications’ fundamental structure to deployment and continuous integration system configuration. Our tasks also involved:

  • Electrical designing the system from scratch;
  • Creating documented API;
  • Developing integration system;
  • Developing a version control system for the documents;
  • Developing web-app for user collaboration;
  • Collaborating with the product team and different development sub-teams;
  • Further support of the product.

The Skelia team comprises of:

  • 4 Frontend Developers
  • 1 Tech Lead / Backend Developer
AGR Software provided

The Results

Skelia’s dedicated team has become an integrated part of the AGR’s Software team, successfully supporting the existing applications on the iQx™ platform and ensuring the continuity and reliability of operations.

Over the last year, the applications within the platform have undergone significant development with improved functionalities and scaling method. It has enabled the applications to be ready to implement on any type of the well in any place in the world.

Furthermore, Skelia’s dedicated team takes part in the development of AGR Software innovations to drive digitization within the energy industry. Within the first year of collaboration, we helped to successfully develop a new cloud-based data storing system. The launch of the new functionality was very successful, and the global energy companies are seeing a great potential in integrating their regulatory reporting processes with the new system. AGR has ambitious plans for the future development of the product.

Øystein Andersen

AGR Software has a strong development team in place who focus on backend and architectural upgrades. We needed a reliable and talented partner to help us with front-end development to fully extract the potential of our applications. Skelia proved to correspond to our expectations. Their dedicated team has become an integrated and valuable part of our organization and we appreciate them as our long-term collaboration partner. Skelia’s supporting functions impress with their professionalism not to mention their extraordinary ability to find and retain the right skills for our needs. Skelia had the sole responsibility for developing a new software for us and they delivered it with great results.”

Øystein Andersen,
VP Software

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