This fall 2014 semester SPOC Automation out of Trussville, Alabama, teamed up with the MIS program to complete their first set of Capstone projects. The Product Configurator team includes:
Richard Doherty: Faculty Sponsor
Brad Strong: Project Manager
Clark Johnson: Business Lead
Olivia Lackey: Build Manager
Chris Sumerel: Test Lead
Morgan Thompson: Development Lead
Steven Washington: Technology Lead
SPOC Automation engineers and packages artificial lift control technologies and the automation technology that increases oil and gas production. These innovative technologies lower lifting costs and save energy. SPOC produces a large quantity of customized products but does not currently have a standardized process for configuring those products for their customers. Because the products that SPOC sells are extremely complex, the extensive knowledge base needed for configuring a custom product is limited to a few executives of the company.
The main goal for this project was to create an intuitive web application that will empower the sales associates to accurately identify the precise product for customers without having to receive guidance from executives. Increased efficiency of the configuration process, allows for higher sales force productivity. The application will display certain questions about the specifications of the customer’s current situation. The user’s input will then be compiled and used to generate their optimal product. Once a product has been recommended, the application will offer pricing and create an opportunity for ordering and sales to occur.
The technologies used for this project include:
ASP.NET, MVC, C#: web application
Microsoft SQL Server: database
Team Foundation Server: source control
This week marks the end of our Sprint 1. By the end of this sprint, the application’s core functionality will be complete. This functionality allows for users to answer a few questions and their answers will generate an optimal product. The team has been working diligently and has fallen into a good rhythm with each other. This project looks to create an interesting and fun semester for the team and the client.