Condensing more than 20 years of consistent engineering work into a new digital channel is no small feat. While at it, together with Columbia Road, we managed to build the first online sales tools in a very complex environment and start our digital sales transformation journey with immediate concrete results, and more to come. Fredrik Östling, CDO, Vahterus
Low coupling, high cohesion
The B2B sales tool (configurator) consists of five key configurators with complex thermodynamic calculations using a physics library – and several application-specific sanity checks. In addition, we were after providing more visibility for the proposal base and leveraging the intellectual capital within the sales organisation. Throughout, we had technology-related drivers, but always went back to the business need.
To ensure a technical solution that would support business needs first, make scaling up easy and be sensible from IT’s perspective we decided on a custom-built technical solution.
The configurator is built with .NET Core, with a React front-end, and deployed in the Azure Cloud environment. The software architecture consists of loosely coupled microservices that can also be used by other digital services in the future. This architectural approach makes the solution scalable. Also, the configurator now integrates with several systems from file management to order review and engineering processes.
Interactive 3D model of Vahterus Plate & Shell Heat Exchanger
Established in 1990, Vahterus is a Finnish family business focused on sustainable heat exchanger solutions. Its Plate & Shell Heat Exchanger technology is utilised in various demanding processes in the oil and gas, chemical and process, energy, and refrigeration industries worldwide.
With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Finland, Vahterus has subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, China and the US, and a global network of more than 50 distributors.
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