Making Magic with CloudOn – A Behind-the-Scenes look at our teamwork
When good programmers work on a bold project, you know, great “s#@! gets done”. This was my final thought after having a chat with our Mobile Solutions team about the CloudOn project.
For those of you who are not acquainted with CloudOn (where have you been?!), it is a mobile productivity solution that allows users to create, review and share Microsoft Office® documents from any device. It is optimized for iOS, Android devices, as well as the web, and offers seamless integration with your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive account(s).
iQuest has been working with CloudOn since autumn 2012. A team of 8 has been involved in the front-end development, engaging in tasks that cover two of CloudOn’s strongest differentiators:
- Using Microsoft Office’s native interface to edit and create documents, and
- Enabling individuals to easily share files in a way that keeps the content intact while including the context and conversation that typically gets lost along the way.
Driven by CloudOn’s vision, the technologies and a gratifying partnership, our team is fully committed to and excited about our continued work. In other words, we are hooked!
When the team was asked about what they like most about the project, they jokingly said: “the post-release lunch”. What can I say; hard work pays off one way or another.
In fact, several team members got out of their pigeonholes by learning new technologies during the project. Others have enjoyed contributing to the architecture development or working on optimizing the fundamental code base. Every challenge has been a great learning experience for the team, whether individually or through sharing knowledge across the two continents.
“Whether it’s Cluj-Napoca, Brasov (Romania), Mountain View (USA) or Herzliya (Israel), there’s an obvious feeling of synergy between the two teams. It’s very easy and fulfilling to work with passionate people who also have such rich technical backgrounds.” – Alpar Katona, Project Team Lead.
To date, working with CloudOn has meant around 22,000 hours of coding, conversations & meetings, cups of coffee, and, of course, twice as much fun – all of which has been built on a couple of routine rules: “1) Don’t write sloppy code, and 2) Think long-term! It helps your work and it benefits the product”.
Both teams are truly engaged and are looking forward to continuing to sharpen CloudOn with new ways of thinking and high quality work. After all, we are aiming to create (as one of the guys said) a “bulletproof” product.
PS: Stay close, iQuest and CloudOn prepared a contest for you!