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Scaling up a travel platform operating in 34 markets

Migrating eSky’s backend from Zend to Symfony cut the system’s market adoption time from 2 months to 2 weeks and earned the company 10 awards for product innovation.

About eSky

eSky in a worldwide online travel agency now present in 50 markets, providing booking for 1030 airlines and 1.3M hotels and flats.

Travelers using the company’s search engine can secure a flight, a hotel, a car, and insurance that are essential for having memorable experiences on a trip. At least 180M users per year visit eSky’s domains that rely on the backend The Software House helped to transform.

Country

Poland

Industry

Travel & transportation

Timeline

07.2014 - 09.2017

eSky in a worldwide online travel agency now present in 50 markets, providing booking for 1030 airlines and 1.3M hotels and flats.

Travelers using the company’s search engine can secure a flight, a hotel, a car, and insurance that are essential for having memorable experiences on a trip. At least 180M users per year visit eSky’s domains that rely on the backend The Software House helped to transform.

1030

registered airlines

50+

localized domains

1.3M

hotels and flats available

The challenge

eSky started as a booking platform operating in Poland. The company was launching localized domains for new countries in the portfolio, where each website connected with one system for the booking engine created in PHP Zend.

The engine processed enormous volumes of information about airline, hotel, car, and insurance availability.

Booking information had to be displayed in 18+ languages and currencies with 13 filter categories changing the search.

The management soon couldn’t service increasing waves of users or connect new domains to their system without performance issues that caused a loss of the customer’s interest.

An internal technology audit found out that PHP Symfony could carry the weight if eSky had access to developers who mastered it.

Partnership goal To modernize a leading travel platform in preparation for future scalability

Before

An outdated backend and the lack of Symfony developers prevented eSky from scaling up into lucrative markets

After

Under The Software House’s lead, eSky’s platform regained stability and became ready to service new millions of users

eSky

The Software House hand-picked professionals who joined eSky's team under a hybrid model

We worked on

Team formation

eSky’s stack update required more Backend developers on board.

The Software House filled the talent and knowledge gap in weeks where the company would have needed months to do so. The line-up included 11 PHP developers.

Our partnership

For over 3 years, our joint team was rebuilding the system’s back-end components in Symfony. The newer version of the product allowed eSky to enter markets 22% faster.

Technology choice

Angular 2, Typescript (frontend), PHP Symfony (backend), Kakunin, BabelSheet.

What eSky achieved

The Software House started by introducing eSky’s developers to the basics of Symfony for the teams to sync. The entire backend in Zend needed an urgent rewrite. After our lead developer presented the migration plan, 13 of our professionals begun working on 3 out of 4 of the platform’s components.

First, we re-integrated static pages with travel content with the backend.

We continued with the optimization of eSky’s transaction process in the BBD (behavior-driven development) methodology.

Transaction functions that needed updating included the quick search, the booking offer list with prices, the order form, and the confirmation page.

Our third project involved rewriting the “Deals” module with pricing alerts for airlines.

The team’s last massive undertaking was dealing with the hotel booking process.

We needed to develop under rules set by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard so that eSky acquires a critical certificate needed for credit card processing. They did.

The public’s opinion of the platform

After the much-needed update that finished in 2017, the platform’s performance and ease of use won eSky 10 product-related awards in the following years.

   Page of the year 2018

  2018 +Digital Enterprise award

  (Two) Internet Effectiveness award for 2018

   e.Comm award 2018

   e.Comm award 2017

   ekomersy 2017 award

   Best Online Travel Agency 2017

   Good Design 2017 award

   APG Airlines award for 2017

eSky

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