Newspaper Club: Filling in for the developers on one of the UK’s coolest newspaper printing companies.

We worked with Newspaper Club to cover their development needs as they navigated a shift in technical priorities.
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Client
Newspaper Club
Industry
Printing
Services Provided
Modernize Your Rails App Rails App Maintenance Ruby on Rails Consulting Ruby on Rails Development

The Challenge

Newspaper Club, who had worked with Planet Argon on projects in the past, reached out for help to maintain and make small changes to their Ruby on Rails application while navigating a migration to Shopify. Their in-house development team was moving on to other positions, but it was unclear how long the new Shopify solution would take to develop.

The Process

Planet Argon arranged a series of meetings with the current developers to ensure we could gather all of the information we could about the history and current state of the application. Our initial goals were to take over server reliability systems, monitor the back end, and ensure that we could respond quickly to any issue that may have occurred with the application’s code.

Once their developer left, Planet Argon took over all maintenance tasks, and we were able to respond quickly to all their development needs or issues.

The Result

After a few months of maintaining the application and discussing the future with Newspaper Club, it was clear that the Ruby on Rails application was very stable, and with a few upgrades, it could continue to thrive as the company’s main driving software. The planned migration to Shopify was canceled.

Since partnering with Newspaper Club, we’ve upgraded the application's Ruby and Rails versions, made several server updates, and assisted in scoping out improvements to the administrative side of the application.

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Adding a new unknown partner into the mix for a Rails upgrade is a bit of a risk, and we were worried we might be writing a blank check for no return. However, we actually felt very much in control throughout the project...The project was done quickly and effectively.

Adrian Mowat

Head of Engineering

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