Optibus achieves faster time to delivery since developers are free to focus on code-building tasks, not infrastructure.
Founded in 2014, Optibus is an end-to-end software platform that works with public transportation providers in over a thousand cities all over the world, helping to solve complicated route and schedule planning challenges for their customers. Optibus combines artificial intelligence (AI), optimization algorithms, and distributed cloud computing to make public transportation smarter, better, and more efficient. By running fewer vehicles on more efficient routes, and by better managing electric buses, transit operations can reduce costs and lower CO2 emissions.
“As we grew in terms of numbers of services and teams, this became a real challenge for us,” said Oren Griffin, Optibus’ application infrastructure team lead. “We tried to develop and maintain our own in-house virtualization solutions, but we ended up with several different solutions for different scenarios, and it became very costly to manage them all.”
Oren and his team needed a more efficient way to develop and maintain fast, reliable, and consistent environments for all their developers, so they looked to Velocity to help streamline their processes and improve the experience for their developers.
Working with Velocity has enabled Optibus to spin up ephemeral development environments at the click of a button, replacing their home-grown solution. With Velocity’s self-serve environments, Optibus’ developers can focus on the task at hand.
“Using Velocity, our developers don’t need to worry about creating a database or maintaining data. All of that is done for them. If their specific task is to let's say, build UI, they’re just building UI. They're not focusing on anything else, and that makes them a lot more productive,” said Oren.
Velocity gave Optibus the ability to scale development teams more swiftly and efficiently, and deliver new features to customers more quickly than before. By moving to Velocity’s containerized environment solution, the team realized many benefits including:
When the CTO of Optibus asked developers which technology has made the biggest difference to their daily work, the near unanimous response was “Velocity.”
“The results exceeded all our hopes. We were able to relatively quickly adopt the solution, and more and more developers were surprised by how easy it is and how efficient it makes their everyday work.”
For example, Optibus built a unique script to copy an anonymized database state from production in order to reproduce customer bugs. That script required each developer to have access to a production dump which could take some time to create, especially if there was a big chunk of data. Using Velocity, the Optibus team modified the script to run against their environments. Since the work is done in the cloud, the duplication time decreased significantly and it removed the need for developers to have access to the production dump.
And with Velocity, Optibus’ developers no longer need to install Docker and operate local MongoDB and Redis database installations. They just use their IDEs and the rest is taken care of. One of the software developers on the team, Alex Mundiñano, raved that it “makes their laptops snappier.”
Optibus is continuing to share feedback with Velocity and work together to make the solution even better for its developers. Oren is planning to onboard more departments to the platform, expanding to include product and design teams. “Many others could also benefit from Velocity,” he says.