- The implementation of the company’s new cutting-edge product and technology program has driven more than 1.000 releases in the last fiscal year, and a record 130 in March 2017, whilst reducing costs for each release by up to 84%
- New product development cycles introduced by the online travel group have sped up and significantly increased the company’s ability to develop and release new products and features
Barcelona, 17th May 2017- eDreams ODIGEO, one of the world’s largest online travel companies, has completed the implementation of a new Technology and Product strategy, an initiative that has already proved successful by tripling product launch rates.
Over the past year, the company has reduced its development delivery times by up to 70%, which has resulted in significant growth in the number of products and releases delivered across its 143 websites worldwide. The rate at which new releases are launched has tripled, with eDreams ODIGEO delivering a record 130 releases in March 2017, totalling at over 1.000 in the last fiscal year.
As part of this new process, eDreams ODIGEO’s 400 in-house developers – one of the largest teams of its kind in the European travel industry – have been organised in 50 autonomous teams, making use of advanced agile methodologies such as Kanban to improve development speed. With this new approach, the company now has the capacity to run up to 3600 simultaneous tests per day.
As a result, eDreams ODIGEO has significantly reduced the time lapse between the ideation and product launch phases, which can now be performed in as quickly as 15 minutes. Development speed and scale are important factors that have allowed the company to produce a wider range of ideas, and innovate much faster than competitors.
By successfully automating its testing process to save significant resources, the company is now able to focus its development capacity on key strategic initiatives aimed at improving the products and services offered to the 17 million customers served by eDreams ODIGEO each year.
Carsten Bernhard, Chief Technology Officer, said: “Thanks to this agility and efficiency, we have been able to significantly reduce the time it takes us to deliver a product from idea creation, to its release. With our scale and speed to market, we not only give our customers better access to a greater range of products, but we are also able to test our ideas with real users more often and more rigorously than our competitors”.
Gerrit Goedkoop, Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Our Technology and Product teams have taken great steps to deliver on our ambition to be the leading lean and agile e-commerce business in Europe”.
About eDreams ODIGEO
eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world’s largest online travel companies and one of the largest European e-commerce businesses. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it offers the best deals in regular and charter flights, low-cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rental, dynamic packages, holiday packages and travel insurance to make travel easier, more accessible, and better value for the more than 17 million customers it serves across 44 markets. eDreams ODIGEO is listed in the Spanish Stock Market.