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EVOLUTE

Software Distribution at the Edge

THE CHALLENGE

Moving software to the Edge

Distributing software to the edge is a difficult task with bandwidth constraints or unreliable connections.

Containers help but traditional containers are quite large (8GB+), requiring days or weeks to reach the edge.

The energy company has hundreds of remote sites requiring software updates, representing millions in potential cost savings.

THE CHALLENGE

Go to the Edge

Evolute’s container size is below 1GB, making them perfect for the Edge.

The challenge was adapting Evolute’s Docker/Kubernetes container management platform for software distribution at the edge without compromising the core product.

THE APPROACH

Competitive review

Competitive review of other container management platforms yielded two solid competitors.

Not adapted for Edge distribution.

Slow and unreliable.

THE APPROACH

Workflow Analysis

We interviewed users to gather the desired functionalities.

We determined the necessary steps and all the required actions.

We mapped the workflow to visualize and inform the design.

THE APPROACH

Wireframes

We identified the common patterns between the core product and the Edge workflow requirements.

We created a new product section building on the common patterns.

We constructed all the wireframes required to support the distribution workflow.

THE APPROACH

User validation

Using Invision, an online prototyping tool, we validated the approach with users.

We received an enthusiastic reaction with 100% “would buy” responses.

THE RESULTS

Impacts

We provided Evolute with a full definition of the new features and how they complemented the core product vision.


We defined how the features will integrate and provide a great user experience while solving a complex edge distribution problem.


We saved Evolute tens of thousands of dollars in development cost by focusing the work on the key elements.


The new features also opened up a $1m+ revenue opportunity for the company.

I like the simplicity and ease of use. Every step is clear and I always know what I need to do. There is nothing like this on the market.