Established in 1961, with 35 member countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
Through an extensive network of specialists, OECD measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. Publishing more than 250 new titles per year, OECD sets international standards on a wide range of issues, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.
The OECD provides a meeting place for thousands of experts where different government institutions can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. As the main challenge, Helmes is supporting and developing a set of applications – a contact and management system – that will support OECD’s core function – hosting different forums.
There are additional four teams from Helmes working with the OECD Headquarters in Paris on many different systems:
We use a hybrid team model, where developers are located in Estonia and France. Usually, the most mission-critical projects require our developers to work on-site for security reasons. Also, each new team member is required to spend 3 weeks of the knowledge transfer period in Paris.
Helmes is providing resources for profiles like scrum masters, developers & lead developers, quality assurance, deployment, stress testing, and analysis, while OECD provides team lead, product owner and business analyst roles.
"Competent, forthright and proactive; our interaction with Helmes has grown steadily over the last three years and they are now our main software development partner in the network and dissemination management area"
Even though custom software development is our passion, we do care about many other things as well. We contribute to the following initiatives.
In April 2014, we started and continue the annual Collective Investment Program „Something Special“. We place 5% of our profits into the fund every year for the use of which the employees can present proposals and vote for the best proposal. As a result of the ideas presented by the employees and voting, currently ca 50,000 euros of the fund’s resources have been equally allocated to two intended purposes:
We have teamed up with other Estonian entrepreneurs to set up a philographic fund, which aims to offer seed capital for innovative solutions, principally in secondary education in Estonia, with a target spend of over €1 million, which it already has to hand, over the next three years.
Developing students’ knowledge in the sciences, creativity and their ability to work in a team, which are the key competences of modern economy, are a focus of the program.