Aaron: Absolutely—overall this was just a really awesome activity. It was a good opportunity for the whole company to see the range of people and talents we have in El Salvador and a venue for people to showcase their strengths. We saw lots of really creative problem solving combined with some very polished presentations and videos. All four teams did a fantastic job; I’m really proud and honored to be part of the same company as all of the people we have in El Salvador. They’re amazing team members and who are really smart and dedicated to producing quality work. Hats off to all of them. The contest was so fun and inspiring.
CH: What were some of the different apps developed?
Aaron: One team came up with an IT asset management system. They did an excellent job practicing the methodologies we use, using best practices PRPC DCO (Direct Capture of Objectives) capabilities. That’s really important for our clients because it illustrates how we fully leverage the capabilities built into PRPC and enable success through our adherence to best practices and methodologies.
Another team using PRPC and other technical capabilities actually turned on a coffee machine from a cell phone. This was such a great example of creativity on the part of our El Salvador team members, thinking outside the box, and using the technology we have to solve all kinds of problems.
Then we had a social app that integrated with the camera on your smartphone and shared photos you took among your network so people could see where you were and who you were with. This was a great app and in particular we were impressed with Iliana Ramirez’s presentation skills in showcasing it. She was very clear, had an excellent command of English, was easy to understand and didn’t use a not a lot of confusing technical jargon which is fantastic from a business perspective.
And finally the winning app was a book loans application. This was a non-traditional way to solve a practical problem for the office down in El Salvador. It was an interesting use of PRPC software, and both Dalia Portillo and Hector Ramos rocked it in their presentations. Dalia held a Q&A session and was excellent there—she addressed all points that came up, and really impressed all of the judges with her ability to control the flow of the conversation.
CH– So in the end, what were the prizes and who won what?
Aaron: Originally the prizes were set to be a Samsung Tablet for each team member, and a trip the PegaWORLD in Orlando in a few weeks for the “MVP” of the team. But the judges were SO impressed with two different presentations, that in addition to awarding prizes to the book loans team (Dalia was chosen as the team member to go to PegaWORLD), we also invited Iliana to join us at PegaWORLD. Both women were fantastic presenters—polished, well spoken and comfortable, and we wanted both of them in Florida to represent Rulesware in front of clients, partners and Pega.
CH – Now that the contest is over, what next? Will you run another contest one day?
Aaron – Absolutely this kind of exercise where we get to think through interesting problems and we love that. Maybe we’ll use another contest to solve internal business challenges, or maybe even work it in as a part of our recruiting process so candidates can really show off their problem solving and presentation skills. There’s definitely a future for this, big potential.