Kuder is a career guidance solutions provider, offering comprehensive tools and resources for career planners at all life stages while supporting collaboration between education, business, and community stakeholders to drive economic success. Over 165 million people worldwide have been assisted by Kuder's services.
Singapore’s government wanted to change the country’s career environment, so they planned a national initiative. Two driving forces were behind this movement - the workforce and students.
Singapore’s workforce had seen an increase in skills obsolescence due to economic restructuring, technological advancements, and changing demographics.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) identified the need to introduce and reinforce career guidance as a key focal point of the initiative.
The MoE wanted to develop a portal, called My Skills Future, to be used by the workforce and students. This project was jointly executed by an IT provider in Singapore and Kuder Inc.
Kuder's product has robust features, but some customizations were needed to meet Singapore’s specific needs. Kuder turned to the expertise of LaunchIT.
LaunchIT leveraged its existing staff in India, which allowed for few time zone concerns and less extensive overseas travel.
LaunchIT resources converted all the business logic of Kuder's product into a set of web APIs. Segregating the existing code required a clearly defined API contract document. The document contained the input and output parameter values and how to invoke the API by the http GET or POST method. All values were provided in JSON format.
The web APIs were then delivered to the Singaporean IT provider, who developed the front-end of the portal.
Four assessment modules were originally included in Kuder’s product, but Singapore sought an additional module. LaunchITcreated this module, Goals and Reflections, from scratch. Kuder has since integrated this module into their product.
A project of this size required several vendors coming together, all with unique code bases and business practices. LaunchITaddressed this challenge using a tool called Swagger to test APIs. HP LoadRunner and Dynatrace was used to conduct performance testing. LaunchIT installed the product in multiple testing environments, including two government data centers, before launch.
LaunchIT’s installation was smooth and errorless. Minor errors associated with other vendors were revealed from LaunchIT’s testing process. LaunchIT quickly provided a solution that was well received by the client and the other vendors to ensure a successful product launch.
LaunchIT believed that evaluation should be an ongoing, thorough process. Though not part of the initial agreement, LaunchIT created a comprehensive function specification document by comparing the MoE's RFP and Kuder's product to identify the gaps and define the scope of work.
Coding for the current phase is complete. The student modules were released in August 2017, and the workforce modules went live in October 2017.
Kuder anticipates expanding their services. Based on Singapore’s success, Kuder specifically foresees opportunities in other southeast Asian countries.