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Odyssey

Odyssey Logistics & Technology

Company

The company provides web-based global transportation management solution designed to manage day-to-day transactional logistics processes. The system is built on Java and various open source frameworks. The system utilizes IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM Operational Decision Manager (JRules BRMS), IBM Process Server (BPM), and Oracle database.

Odyssey Logistics&Technology Corp.is a true multi-modal logistics solutions provider with a freight network of nearly $2 billion covering 520,000 lanes and more than 100 ports. Odyssey offers a broad array of services to support the shipment of cargoes, estimated at over $60B, moving both domestically and internationally working with thousands of carriers.

This selection of services is available to companies in multiple ways, including: Third Party Logistics (3PL), Fourth Party Logistics (4PL), Brokerage, Intermodal Marketing and WIN (Web Integrated Network).

It offers door-to-door intermodal services; less-than-truckload, truckload, and bulk transportation services; international shipping services, which include customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and non-vessel operating common carrier; and sample fulfillment and logistics services, which include sample storing, packaging, and shipping of hazardous and non-hazardous materials for various manufacturers.

The company also provides consulting services, such as market intelligence analysis, supply chain optimization, logistics software tools, and benchmarking assessment; logistics strategy, data analysis, network analysis and redesign, and workflow analysis services; and managed logistics services, which include procurement, car maintenance, rail car tracking and operations, and administration. In addition, it offers warehousing services, such as public or private warehousing, terminals that handle liquid and dry bulk materials, management and storage of temperature sensitive materials, and facilities for order fulfillment and execution.

Further, the company provides WIN (Web Integrated Network), a community of shippers and carriers; and PlatformSM, a Web-based global transportation management solution that provides transportation optimization, carrier selection, execution, visibility, event management, and analytics services. It serves chemical, consumer/retail, energy, food, industrial/manufacturing, medical, and metal industries. Odyssey Logistics&Technology Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut with distribution sites in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Our Role

The company was looking for cost-effective, reliable offshore resources to help build a new online transportation logistics management software (TMS). The platform had to be built from scratch, so we needed to work on its architecture and design. When creating any enterprise application you need to create the UI and the backend and to make sure that it is scalable, flexible and user-friendly.

Scope of Work

HiTech provides full-stack development, manual QA, QA automation, production support, and configuration management. We were responsible for building the platform in Java; it is scalable and flexible and the backend is based on service-oriented architecture principles. It is also using the Spring Framework and Bootstrap for client-server communication.

Odyssey wanted to make the UI simple and intuitive, but the underlying logic is complex, so it was a big challenge. To deal with this, we brought in talented UI/UX people for discussions and brainstorming sessions. This platform uses a Google Web Toolkit for the UI, which uses the same Java as the rest of the platform. As a result, the system scales pretty well.

The Team

Totally a team of 30+ people was assigned to the project, including developers, project managers, QA testers, QA automation, and production support. Odyssey talked to project managers, team leads, software development managers, and also to some lead developers.

All the teams together (development, QA, configuration and support) give life to a competency center, which is our advantage, comparing to ordinary outsourcing/outstaffing companies.