Invited to participate in the 2016 IBM Collaboration Solutions Developer Competition, Grydan S.a.s. had an opportunity to expand its capabilities with cutting-edge cloud technology.
Working in an IBM Cloud environment, Grydan rapidly developed a new app that incorporates the Weather Company Data for IBM Cloud service to provide planting recommendations for home gardeners.
Accelerated developmentwith the IBM Cloud platform providing a readily available, easy-to-use environment
Managed costswith an IBM Cloud service designed to easily integrate massive amounts of historical weather data
Expanded offeringsfor Grydan customers with robust IBM Cloud hosting options
Business challenge story
An opportunity to innovate with cloud technology
Grydan serves organizations of all sizes throughout Italy, delivering IT solutions to help businesses operate more efficiently. “We often provide CRM, change management, business process and business logic solutions,” says Grydan Owner Daniele Grillo. “We deliver the standard kinds of applications you find within a company.”
When an IBM colleague invited Grydan to participate in the 2016 IBM Collaboration Solutions Developer Competition, the small business had an opportunity to expand its capabilities and experiment with new technology, including cloud-based development infrastructure. “The challenge was to create a new application using IBM Cloud technology,” says Grillo. “Our team’s idea came from a struggle we have in real life, which is growing a kitchen garden.”
A new app inspired by gardening culture in Italy
Inspired by the tradition of passing gardening know-how down through the generations in Italy, Grydan wanted to create an app designed to help home gardeners succeed. “You have to know the right moment to plant seeds,” says Grillo. “You need to know how much to water and how the climate will affect your vegetables.”
Working in an IBM Cloud environment, Grydan developed a solution that incorporates the Weather Company Data for IBM Cloud service to analyze weather data in a user’s region and provide key planting information and recommendations. “In the moment you’re using our app, it pulls in historic data about temperature in your area,” says Grillo. “It will suggest the kind of crops that are viable in your location given the anticipated temperature range from seeding to harvest time.”
Grydan runs its app on IBM Cloud hosting infrastructure in a data center in Europe, providing the offering to users at no cost. “We’re hearing feedback that it’s helping gardeners choose the kind of vegetables to grow,” says Grillo. “Users are surprised to find that an app can provide knowledge similar to older gardening books or people in the region.”
Speed, scale and cost control
As newcomers to cloud technology, Grydan’s developers were impressed by the IBM Cloud platform’s ease of use. “We set up our IBM Cloud environment in seconds,” says Grillo. “You can start coding right away.”
The Grydan team also appreciates the scale, convenience and cost-effectiveness of the Weather Company Data for IBM Cloud service. “We’re using a huge amount of historical weather data in our app that would have previously been very expensive to acquire,” says Grillo. “It also would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to collect in the past, and now it’s there at our fingertips.”
After working with the IBM Cloud platform to launch its app, Grydan anticipates incorporating the technology in future projects. “We’re now looking at cloud infrastructure as something more that we can offer our customers,” says Grillo.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Lomazzo, Italy, Grydan offers a comprehensive range of IT services, including web and mobile app development. An IBM Business Partner, the company founded Italy’s official IBM® Lotus® user group and hosts technology events each year for more than 2,000 members. Grydan employs 15 people and generates annual revenue of approximately EUR 1 million.