From cluttered it infrastructure

And inefficient work processes

toward standardization and growth

Includes 20% cost savings


Used tools & technologies
  • .NET
  • Microservices
  • NodeJS
  • Azure
  • SQL Server
  • MongoDB
  • RabbitMQ

From startup serving every customer on a custom basis, to major player with a standardized product. Hyrde IoT is a fast-growing business enabler that – under the wing of big brother Volker Wessels Telecom – aims to add value to data for its rapidly expanding customer base. Prerequisite for success: high-quality IT infrastructure, processes and codes.

Hyrde offers customers a platform for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which collects data for the purpose of analyzing and improving the business. Three years after its founding, it is time for the next step. “Until now, we have mainly worked on a project basis and provided customization, but we want to move toward more standardization from a unified platform,” says Hyrde director Alexander. “Standard solutions that can deploy in large volumes to multiple customers. This requires, among other things, adjustments in our IT infrastructure.”



Rockstar Richard van Zandwijk joined Hyrde’s team to initiate the necessary IT steps. Among other things, he introduced Infrastructure as Code and enabled the move from virtual machines to a stateless architecture. He also further developed Hyrde’s scrum methodology. He worked on a clear division of roles and took on the role of scrum master himself. “Hyrde is working more and more proactively, instead of just reactively responding to customer requests,” he says. “That needed to come back into the scrum process. You don’t want to fill the sprints with ever new things that were thought up by a customer the week before, but develop a roadmap and look ahead. As gatekeepers, it’s the scrum master and product owners who always ask the question: Is this important for the platform as a whole, or are we back to customizing for that one customer after all? In this way, the scrum process contributes significantly to the desired change.”

Moreover, predictability has increased tremendously. Alexander: “The uniformity now created allows us to assess more conceptually. That saves time and increases predictability. Better estimates are made on the front end and on the back end we are better able to perform the work within the estimated time and budget.”



Thanks in part to the open mindset of the Hyrde employees, their flexibility and will to develop, the first results soon showed themselves. “We have already saved about 20 percent on our monthly IT infrastructure costs in the first few months,” Alexander said. “Moreover, thanks to the new CI/CD pipelines Richard has set up, we can deploy faster and with fewer errors. This has contributed immensely to operational improvement. The availability of features and functionalities has improved and the number of bugs has been reduced. We are less dependent on the knowledge of specific IT people and – thanks to standardized frameworks and templates – can configure much faster. Within the team, communication has improved tremendously. People understand each other better. We can therefore switch faster and there is more togetherness.”

Richard: “There is much less ad hoc work, much more planning and looking further ahead. And that’s a change you see throughout the company, including in sales, for example. Everyone is coming together more and more.” Code quality has also improved. “Hyrde has a very diverse and international development team. By making good agreements with each other and working with code reviews, quality has gone up. One way we see this is in the amount of issues we encounter in production.



“Team Rockstars pays a lot of attention to talent management,” Alexander said. “I notice that in the workplace. Because of the guidance in terms of personal development, knowledge and competencies, Richard not only grows himself, but he is also able to make our team grow along with him. IT professionals who do not have such an organization behind them have less of that. That really is an added value. What is also very nice is that Team Rockstars offers webinars that help me understand IT better and thus talk more easily with my development team. They are very good at creating understanding at the management and executive level about what IT people do and what is needed in the future. Especially in more conservative markets like construction, that helps and is needed.”

“They are very good at creating understanding at the management and executive level.”

Alexander, director at Hyrde