Why Yum! Brands Chose Bitovi to Build Its Global eCommerce Platform.
Every day, millions of people order food from Yum!'s four iconic brands: KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Habit Burger Grill. Yum! faced the daunting task of creating an ecommerce platform to support all their brands on web, mobile, and delivery aggregators. To ensure exceptional project management, microservice development, and DevOps, they turned to Bitovi.
"I would absolutely recommend other companies to work with Bitovi. I can't speak enough about the team. They're dedicated, passionate, they roll up their sleeves and dive in and - not just get stuff done, but get stuff done the right way. They knew our big hairy audacious goal to be powering four brands in 50,000 locations in 145 countries. And from day one, they made sure, in partnership with our team, that we got that right."
Scaling Teams & Hitting Timelines
Building Yum!'s global ecommerce platform from scratch was an enormous endeavor. The platform needed to eventually serve KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Habit Burger Grill, which collectively take orders in over 50,000 locations around the world.
And it had to be done while scaling the team to 20x its initial size.
Bitovi helped establish the project's parameters, set timelines, scale the team, and coordinate 15 project "pods" to build various features of the project simultaneously. The Agile methodologies Bitovi put in place was lauded by Yum! as essential for the project's success.
One Platform for Four Brands.
The Yum! ecommerce platform was to be built from scratch, which meant Bitovi needed to provide expert consulting on every aspect: tools, pipelines, development, testing, automation, and deployment.
Complicating the project further was the need to serve four very different brands with different ordering systems. The platform had to support ordering a half-pepperoni, half-sausage pizza as readily as it could choosing sides for your KFC bucket.
Bitovi helped ensure the platform accounted for all of this as well as local pricing, taxes, product offerings, CCPA/OAuth customer registration, and payments.
Simplifying Microservices Development
Microservices were the obvious solution to the question of how to build a complex global ecommerce platform at speed - but microservices come with their own challenges. It can be hard to ensure uniform processes across the product if each developer is working on their own microservice.
Bitovi helped build local development environments and an automation that preempted these problems. This automation ensured that every team was using the same processes, making development more efficient and less susceptible to conflict.
As the platform continues to scale, developers need to be able to make changes and additions easily.
Bitovi helped create a Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment pipeline that the Yum! developer team says works "almost like magic." This repeatable configuration structure helps the team deploy code faster and easily produce new features that customers are clamoring for.
Finally, Bitovi implemented an observability layer to keep a constant eye on each service's behavior. Any issues are caught and reported to a dashboard where a dev can quickly identify the source and resolve it.
"As we were starting with the Yum commerce platform, we had a very small team, and we were new to this very large organization with a global need. We needed to scale up, not just in our people, but our maturity of our technology, the maturity of our processes. It started with: let’s find the right partners to embark on this journey with. So I reached out to Bitovi."
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