Great Wolf Resort partners with Xcelacore to build testing automation platform.



Great Wolf Lodge

Case Study

Great Wolf Resort partners with Xcelacore to build test automation platform.

Background

Great Wolf Resorts Inc. (GWR) is the parent company of Great Wolf Lodge, North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts. Great Wolf Lodge offers popular, award-winning vacation experiences that celebrate relaxed, uninterrupted time with family and create unforgettable memories.  With GWR’s growth into new markets, their investment into technology was expanding.  As part of this effort, GWR was looking to increase their application development team’s work velocity.  They approached Xcelacore to help them develop test automation platform to increase their team’s efficiency and confidently release new features and enhancements.

Test Automation Platform

Xcelacore assembled a two-person QA team that is working to develop a test automation platform for using Behat, BrowserStack and Selenium.  This will significantly reduce the overall time for regression testing and will improve application quality and team velocity.  The framework is being developed to support integration with multiple email service provider as well multilingual website testing.

Testimonials

“I’ve worked with a lot of offshore partners and so far working with your team has been one of my best experiences.  The communication with the team has been great, and although I haven’t dug into the code at the surface, it appears to be working.  The team has a very positive attitude which is also great.  I greatly appreciate your involvement in the project as well, and I am sure that’s a key component of this.  Thanks again and have a great day.”

– Chad L Ross | Director of Web Development, Great Wolf Lodge

 





David C Cook brand Disciplr partners with Xcelacore to build a new digital platform on Microsoft Azure.



Disciplr

Case Study

David C Cook brand Disciplr partners with Xcelacore to build a new digital platform on Microsoft Azure.

Background

Disciplr, a David C Cook company specializes in providing digital interactive Christian ministry content for children.  The company was formed by its parent David C Cook to capitalize on increasing demand for Christian curriculum content delivered and managed in a robust digital environment.  Disciplr was in the process of building a new digital platform that will be the foundation to its core content offerings.  Disciplr engaged Xcelacore to consult on architecture assessment and document the current platform. Additionally, Disciplr also needed to increase development footprint and build an automated testing platform.

Technology Assessment

This was a 4-week effort where Xcelacore’s team spent week 1 with the Disciplr team to understand the current and future application functionality and did a code walkthrough.  The next 3 weeks were spent on code analysis, identifying gaps and recommendations.  Based on Xcelacore’s recommendations, Disciplr asked to help them with the execution.

Test Automation Platform

Xcelacore assembled a two-person QA team that developed a test automation platform for Disciplr using Selenium.  This has significantly reduced the overall time for regression testing and has improved application quality and team velocity.

Application Development

At first, Disciplr asked to supplement their team with two. Net Azure developers.  Based on the quality and skills of those developers, Disciplr asked Xcelacore to completely take over the entire development of their application.

Now the team works closely with Disciplr product owner to plan, develop, and release application enhancements.  This application is hosted on Microsoft Azure cloud and is based on MVC framework and .Net Core platform utilizing Azure SQL, Azure Search, Azure Blob Storage, and other services.

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Ubid.com was undertaking a new platform redesign and re-launch of their website for ecommerce business and engaged Xcelacore for the delivery.


ubid new site

uBid.com

Ubid.com was undertaking a new platform redesign and re-launch of their website for ecommerce business and engaged Xcelacore for the delivery.

The Challenge

Ubid was undertaking a new platform redesign and re-launch of their website to rebuild their ecommerce business. They needed help in managing the technology transition to the new platform and also marketing help to launch and grow the customer base.

Xcelacore Solution

First, we evaluated the current state of technology and marketing to come up with an integrated strategy to help transition to this new platform and ensure a successful launch. The strategy included: technology consulting on back-end data migration, comprehensive marketing strategy on customer retention and growth and end-user communication. We also managed their social media and email marketing. An additional strategy was put in place to engage the current customers through social media, revamped email strategy as well as re-engaging their dormant customer base through special offers.

The Result

The client saw a 30-40% increase in revenues within 1 month of working with Xcelacore!. Using us as their technology and marketing arm resulted in a 50% savings!