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How a trucking company sped up mobile app development

Clint Boulton | April 7, 2017
As it moves away from mainframe software, Paccar has embraced a software platform that lets business workers build mobile workflows for their corporate applications.


RMAD market is burgeoning

Dozens of startups, as well as incumbents such as IBM, SAP and, have built their own flavors of RMAD platforms, Gartner analyst Van Baker told in September. “This is a common need in enterprises across all verticals,” says Baker.

Gartner expects medium to large enterprises to adopt at least three rapid, high productivity development products by 2020, with vendors enjoying on average a 300 percent revenue growth rate in 2017. Such findings underscore CIOs' recognition that they must move faster to help their businesses remain competitive.

Ley and Branson say SkyGiraffe fits Paccar's strategy to adopt more mobile and cloud products, which hastens the velocity of IT service deliver to the business. "Our vehicles obviously don’t stay still and nor do our employees," Branson says. On the cloud adoption front, Ley says she has created a roadmap to migrate to SuccessFactors for human capital management, Microsoft's Office 365 for email and SAP's HANA in-memory database for analytics.

Paccar is also changing its IT organization as part of its ongoing effort to modernize its business operations in the digital era.

Ley says that her organization has adopted "reverse mentoring," in which millennial generation employees advise employees from older generations about emerging mobile technologies. Paccar has also eliminated some cubicles in favor of open workspaces, which are intended to foster collaboration while attracting and retaining more millennial employees.


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