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 Skills Future initiative. Two driving forces were behind this movement.
Singapore’s workforce has seen an increase in skills obsolescence due to economic restructuring and technological advancement, a change in the profiles of the resident workforce as well as the need to continuously upgrade the skillsets of older workers.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) similarly identified the need to introduce and reinforce the concept of education career guidance as a key focal point of the initiative. The MoE operates primary, secondary and pre-university schools.
To bring this initiative to fruition, the MoE wanted to develop a portal called MySkillsFuture to be used by the workforce and students. This project was jointly executed by an IT provider in Singapore,NCS, and an American company, Kuder Inc.
Kuder's assessment product has robust features, but some customizations were needed to meetSingapore’s specific needs.
LaunchIT was able to leverage its existing staff in India, which allowed for few time zone concerns and less extensive, costly overseat ravel. Development was accomplished in India and requirements gathering and implementation were completed in Singapore.
LaunchIT resources converted all the business logic of Kuder's product into a set of web APIs.The resources provided the web APIs to NCS, who developed the front-end model of the portal.
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 orPOST method. All values were provided in JSON format.
Four assessment modules were originally included in Kuder’s product. Three were provided by Kuder, and the fourth was provided by aCanadian company. However, Singapore sought an additional module. LaunchIT created one,Goals and Reflections, from scratch. Kuder has since completely integrated this module into their product.
A project of this size required several vendors coming together, all with unique code bases and business practices. LaunchIT addressed this challenge using a tool called Swagger to test APIs, and used HP LoadRunner and Dynatrace to conduct the 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 stepped up to create a comprehensive Function Specification Document(FSD). LaunchIT carefully read through the MoE'sRFP and analyzed the product carefully to identify the gaps and clearly define the scope of work for Kuder, which highly appreciated by their IT staff.
Coding for the current phase is almost complete. The soft launch for the student modules was in August 2017, and the workforce modules will go live by the end of October 2017.
Kuder anticipates expanding their services. Based on Singapore’s success, Kuder specifically foresees opportunities in other southeast Asian countries.