Creating user-friendly software

Competa is based in the The Hague and works for customers across the Netherlands, the EU and now Africa too. We use Agile development methods because that’s the best way to implement business ideas and provide solutions to business challenges. By working with our customers in Scrum teams we create custom software that works, looks good, and is easy to use. We’re very flexible, it’s up to you how we work together, but some suggestions are below.

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On-site

We like to get as close to our customers as possible and we can do this by working on-site with them. Depending on requirements we provide individual developers with specific technical skills, or entire Scrum teams.

Whether you need to deploy one developer or a whole team, we work with you to deliver suitable on-site resources on a flexible interim basis.

In-house

If you want to focus on your business and let someone else sort out the software, we also run projects from our own offices. This can involve junior staff in the Netherlands and/or Africa working under guidance from our senior developers.

Developing software in this way can be very cost-effective but still delivers high-quality products and involves as much customer interaction as possible.

Fair Trade Software

Why not help people in Africa learn modern IT management skills? We can co-develop your project with partners in Africa, and by working alongside us our African colleagues learn how to manage their own projects better. We have been doing this for several years now, and the impact has been tremendous. Using skills and techniques learned by working with Competa, our African partners have successfully completed socially important projects in areas such as HIV and sexual health awareness; pre- and post-natal care in slum areas; and micro-finance for farmers in poor rural areas to name just a few examples. Thousands of poor and marginalised people in East Africa have benefitted from the knock-on effects of this simple and pragmatic initiative.

Working in this way delivers the same quality and costs the same price as conventional development, and you can use a recognisable Fair Trade Software label on products produced. Why not take this opportunity to show your own staff and customers how you help make the world a better place?

NEW FOR 2017 – Sponsor an African developer in CodePamoja!

Many of the Dutch students and interns who helped with the CodePamoja African graduate training initiative are now fully trained software developers who have joined Competa as staff. Customers who hire “CodePamoja NL” graduates will help keep CodePamoja running – we are donating €1 per hour from their hourly tariff to CodePamoja to train more people in Africa. Hire a developer from Competa and we will train someone in Africa for you – and send you the pictures.

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Competa Millman

Since 2011 we have been collaborating with Kenyan partner BTI Millman. We’ve got on so well that in 2017 we decided to merge and form a new company, Competa Millman. Building on our successes with CodePamoja and Fair Trade Software, Competa Millman will be the first African office for Competa, and a demonstration of world-class software development capability for BTI Millman.

Competa Millman will be launched in Q3 2017 – stay tuned!

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