Everything about Tulip—from our product development process to the way we structure customer collaborations—is geared toward quick time-to-value.
Here are some of the concrete ways we make this happen.
It matters where you start. That’s why we put in the time up front to learn your business and set priorities to make sure that we’re foregrounding projects that actually create value for your business. This prevents slow time-to-value from working on everything at once, and allows you to build capabilities that support your next projects.
Agile Project Design
Agile has a core underlying principle: The faster you sample, the more you learn.
We use this thinking to guide our collaborations with customers.
After identifying a concrete operational improvement with clear business value, we break the design and implementation into two week sprints. Within these sprints, teams are usually building and testing multiple applications in parallel.
Work to identify concrete business and operational case. And then design projects to sample rapidly.
No Code Application Development
Tulip’s emphasis on value is focused on the areas where manufacturing has typically struggled. Software projects are typically owned by IT, vendors, or consultants, not operations teams. This leads to slower project cycles and stressful interactions as teams go back and forth gathering requirements, refining, testing, and modifying.
Tulip is a no code platform that lets operations teams design their own improvements. With Tulip, it’s easy to build apps, and easier to modify them when necessary. Because all of the development happens in a secure platform with roles and permissions, it makes it substantially easier for IT and Ops to collaborate.
In the end, no code development means faster solution development, less competition for IT resources, and a clearer path to value.
This means customers often build a minimal viable product within the first few days of work that they can start testing, iterating and improving.
Internal Capability Building
Tulip is a platform built for the frontline worker. So we take seriously the fact that Tulip should empower workers to excel in their roles. To do this, we work with customers to train their teams to use the platform and to begin to build out new applications on their own.
Further, we don’t take it for granted that agile may be a new working method for your organization. That’s why we take time to coach your team through the agile method. Our goal is to help you develop an app-building skill set as well as an app building process that you can replicate long after the first training.
For some customers, Tulip is truly self-serve. It’s intuitive enough to learn that we never need to help out. Our extensive library of educational materials is enough to get going.
For larger enterprise customers with complex organizational structures, we spend time training key users to manage the platform, identify and prioritize use cases, and train the rest of their organization in app building.
The faster your team becomes proficient in Tulip, the faster the time-to-value. We’re here to facilitate.
We understand that not every organization wants to build solutions from the ground up. And we also think that, for common challenges, you shouldn’t have to. That’s why we’ve built a growing library of configurable solutions, applications, and integrations.
With our application library, you can download an app template and use the no code editor to configure it for your unique processes. Many operations inefficiencies are really clusters of several, interconnected challenges. For these, we offer solutions of several apps built to help you jump start a full operational area (OSD manufacturing, machining, discrete assembly).
We get that digitization can be a risk. Our proof-of-value process is our way of mitigating that risk with. During a proof-of-value, we’ll work with you to design a small, circumscribed project and bring it to value quickly. The timeline for these projects is usually a few months. At the end, there’s no question: Tulip either will have created value, or it won’t have. From there, you can assess risk and move forward or not.