IndustryInsurance, Legal
RegionThe Netherlands
Work implementedTechnology Consulting, Custom Software Development, Integrations
Founded in 1985, Hyarchis started out under the name VDD IQware. As a reseller, the company gained experience in imaging and archiving, as well as the management of enterprise content and documents. In 1999, VDD IQware went independent and started developing its own document management system – Hyarchis.Net. After changing its name to Hyarchis in 2013, the company proceeded to package its software into a suite comprising a wide range of products that currently have more than 55,000 users in the Netherlands and abroad.
To get the ball rolling in establishing a partnership, we first had to deal with a few key challenges:
  • Relatively old code base
  • A programming language unique to the platform
  • Numerous different technologies merged into one
To make the partnership a success, a number of goals had to be achieved first:
  • Establishing a long-term partnership
  • Growing our team and increasing delivery
  • Introducing of new processes and practices through joint efforts
  • Bringing fresh ideas to the table regarding the project's future
Created Value
Members of the Toughlex team were given a chance to demonstrate their skills during the pilot week hosted by Hyarchis at its offices in Eindhoven and Amsterdam. Before the pilot week, we set ourselves a few initial objectives:

  • Create MVPs for two projects using Angular
  • Integrate Angular applications with the Hyarchis platform
  • Measure our cultural fit
  • Prepare a mini roadmap for future cooperation

The success of the pilot week encouraged us to continue working together, and we were glad to see that the feeling was mutual. So, what was it exactly that made us so sure about our common future? Let's take a look:
DeliveryDespite the representatives of Toughlex having a week filled with meetings and events, they were still able to produce two working projects that came out pretty well. It was decided that for the new features, a full-blown framework had to be used. For this purpose we chose Angular. Hyarchis had two ideas in mind. One was a document viewer that interacts with the document management system through a user interface that works for desktop, tablet and mobile systems. The second was a more basic infinite scrolling component which could be reused throughout the entire infrastructure. Both projects had working versions by the end of the week.
Cultural FitWe all know that people differ in their personalities, attitudes, and values, and that these factors determine how well different people can work together. Since Toughlex and Hyarchis are both looking for a long-term relationship, it was important to figure out if we are a good cultural fit. This was the main reason for us wanting to work together and get to know each other as much as possible during the week. In the end, we felt that we are indeed a good cultural fit, as Lithuanians and the Dutch are both hard-working people who pride themselves on being rational, highly qualified and responsible.
IntegrationBuilding the pilot projects was not the main challenge during the week. Hyarchis is an extremely large and versatile platform that incorporates various technologies. Introducing a new framework into such a sophisticated platform was never going to be an easy task. Over the course of the week, the representatives of Toughlex got to know the Hyarchis platform and had to come up with the best integration model without creating a lot of additional work. In Hyarchis's line of business, introducing new functionalities quickly and effectively is key. As the pilot week progressed, an integration solution was developed, and it is still in use to this day.
OutcomeThanks to the pilot week, which helped us lay a solid foundation for partnership, today we consider Hyarchis to be one of our key clients. Multiple developers are currently working on the Hyarchis platform and helping them achieve their business goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. And this has to do with more than just programming and marking tasks as completed – Toughlex is also helping Hyarchis to introduce new development processes and guidelines that we agree will be valuable to the client in the long-term.
As already mentioned, the Hyarchis platform is very sophisticated and includes a number of technologies. For this reason, our developers are dedicated to providing assistance with both frontend and backend procedures, whenever this is necessary for the business.

One of the key parts of the Hyarchis ecosystem is its world-class document management system. Given that industry clients often have scores of documents, this component is absolutely crucial. Our .NET specialists are currently involved in further expanding the system with new features and improvements.

However, this platform is not limited to a back-end system with a database – it also needs a user interface, which means a lot of Javascript. Our front-end experts are helping with that as well. While one part of the team is working on improvements and new features with native Javascript, e.g. by introducing TypeScript, the other is introducing Angular and more versatility to the system.
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