Developer’s Help Desk marks two-year anniversary

CU*Answers announced that its Developer’s Help Desk has reached its two-year anniversary. In its first two years the DHD completed 378 (custom) Design Studio project requests, which encompassed 16,000 programming hours. The volume of Design Studio projects completed in year one increased by 30% and the number of applied programming hours increased by 40%.

Scott Page, Developer’s Help Desk business manager, said: “It’s exciting to see the growth in client Design Studio project requests, programming development and completed projects moved into production. The DHD brand is considerably more established, and the volume of custom project orders being placed through our DHD website and online store is steadily growing. As mentioned, this is reflected in activities performed during year two as compared to our first year. Looking ahead, we believe the number of clients seeking to engage with the DHD team for helping fulfill their vision to develop desired new software tools will only continue to escalate.”

To learn more about the Developer’s Help Desk, visit them at their website.


CU*Answers DHD project requests growing

CU*Answers announced that the volume of Design Studio (custom software) projects submitted through its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) is steadily increasing.

During the most recent 12-month period, 224 Design Studio projects were fully completed, which represented over 7,600 programming hours. The volume of Design Studio project requests received also increased by over 20% compared with the previous 12-month period.

Scott Page, Developer’s Help Desk business manager, said: “It’s exciting to see the level of growth of Design Studio project requests being received, developed and moved into production. The DHD business model is designed to provide clients a unique partnership opportunity to design, build and manage custom software solutions on their terms.”

To learn more about the Developer’s Help Desk, visit them at their website.


DHD Online Store continues to expand

CU*Answers announced that its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) online store continues to expand and is seeing steady growth in client orders received. The DHD store now features over 175 products and services, and is located within the CU*Answers Online Store. A new section featuring recently completed DHD project development successes has been added for clients to quickly scan for potential tools peers have successfully implemented at their credit unions.

Scott Page, business development manager, said: “The online store continues to evolve, and provides a unique opportunity for better serving our clients. It offers an online retail shopping experience for ordering a variety of off-the shelf tools CU*Answers has previously developed or getting started with a Design Studio (custom) project request. By grouping these project types into various categories, we can offer an even simpler, more streamlined approach for clients to be able to quickly review and determine a potential solution. For many clients, the online store has become a first research point for helping determine a possible business strategy.”


CU*Answers releases new APIs for credit unions and vendors

The CU*Answers Developer’s Help Desk has announced the release of dozens of new APIs to provide new functionality for developers. Clients and third-party developers can shop the DHD’s online store to review additional information and place an online order.

Scott Page, DHD business manager said: “As APIs are developed, they may be used as a bridge by other third-party applications to access our CU*BASE® system, It’s Me 247 Online/Mobile Banking or anything to which CU*Answers allows data access. Our clients can leverage these APIs to create diverse new revenue streams and as a catalyst for do-it-yourself type projects.”

CU*Answers’ API development represents an important strategy to enhance its flexibility for providing additional data to the tools they develop, and as a secure gateway for others to develop products that seamlessly integrate to its comprehensive solutions suite. A major focus for 2019 and beyond is to continue to build its foundation of APIs, both within CU*Answers applications and in partnership with external vendor/partner applications.

To learn more about the Developer’s Help Desk, visit them at their website.


CU*Answers releases newest version of its API catalog

The Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) of CUSO CU*Answers recently announced the release of its Fall 2018 API catalog. API development represents an important process to continually enhancing CU*Answers’ capabilities to remain flexible for providing data in a streamlined, secure manner. This is not only for the tools they develop but provides a gateway to allow others to develop products that connect with and integrate into the CU*Answers product suite.

Scott Page, DHD Business Manager said: “The API catalog lets users familiarize themselves with the APIs that are available through the DHD, including both existing APIs and ones that will be released in the near future. For any credit union looking to order a free API catalog, they may do so directly through our online DHD store.”


CU*Answers opens Developer’s Help Desk Boot Camp registration

CU*Answers, the 100% credit union-owned data processing CUSO, is getting closer to the registration deadline for the 2019 Developer’s Help Desk Boot Camp. The Developer’s Help Desk Boot Camp is a hands-on, DIY experience; a unique experiment in how solution designers and architects from credit unions can take advantage of the expertise of the designers, developers, testers, and documenters at the CUSO to produce a finished product. It’s an experiment in proving out the point of the DHD online store – can credit unions use DHD resources to help them build something new?

Credit unions can nominate a project, including a plan for development and launch. Attendees will work alongside CU*Answers and cuasterisk.com team members to build it, while acting as the general contractor and the visionary. Visit the DHD website to learn more.


DHD custom projects volume growing

CU*Answers announced its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) initiative is steadily growing as the volume of Design Studio (custom software) project requests being submitted continues to rise. During the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, 53 Design Studio projects were fully completed, which represented over 1,100 programming hours. CU*Answers also said that for its recently completed 2018 fiscal year, it had completed 205 Design Studio projects representing over 6,500 programming hours. The volume of Design Studio project requests received increased by over 40% from the previous year.

Scott Page, business manager for the Developer’s Help Desk, said the DHD is designed to provide a new and exciting vision for how client software development projects are handled by CU*Answers. It’s uniquely targeted to facilitate clients who wish to design, build, and manage custom projects in a new, innovative way. For example, he described how clients are empowered to be the project architect, and CU*Answers professional services may be contracted only as desired in the overall project scope.

To learn more about the Developer’s Help Desk, visit them at their website.


DHD project volume steadily growing

CU*Answers announced its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) initiative is steadily growing as the volume of Design Studio (custom software) project requests being submitted completed continues to rise.

For the first fiscal quarter of 2018, 53 Design Studio projects were fully completed, which represented over 1,100 programming hours. The volume of Design Studio project requests received increased by over 20% from the previous period.

Scott Page, business manager for the Developer’s Help Desk, said the DHD is designed to provide a new and exciting vision for how client software development projects are handled by CU*Answers. It’s uniquely targeted to facilitate the process by which clients design, build, and manage custom projects in a new, innovative way.

To learn more about the Developer’s Help Desk, visit them at their website.


CU*Answers DHD offers Design Studio video guide

CU*Answers announced its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) has recently added its newest video guide to the DHD website for building custom software with CU*Answers.

Scott Page, business manager for the Developer’s Help Desk, said the DHD offers a creative new way for clients to design, build and manage custom development software solutions with CU*Answers. An important tool for helping introduce clients to the DHD initiative is a video series helping describe many of the unique services, techniques and strategies rolling out in 2018.

The newest video is targeted to clients looking to partner with the DHD for helping build a Design Studio project and provides a step-by-step guide to assist clients prior to proceeding. The video will help guide a client through the entire process – from conceiving and submitting an initial project idea, to developing a written specification regarding their project, submitting the proper project request/ authorization forms, and getting started.

From there, the video describes DHD processes upon a project request form being received, developing and returning a research and design bid, various timing and cost considerations and much more.

“One of the best features for clients working with the DHD throughout the process is that the client is in complete control of the initial project parameters and is able to partner with CU*Answers only for the level of services they may desire for completing their Design Studio project,” said Page. Any credit union wishing to learn more about the DHD or to review the DHD video library should visit the DHD at their website.


CU*Answers rings in the New Year with DHD

CU*Answers is offering its clients a new solution this year: the Developer’s Help Desk (DHD). This initiative comes in response to clients’ do-it-yourself mentality. Many CU*Answers clients have expressed a wish to play a bigger role in the development of new tools within CU*BASE®, the data processor’s core-processing software. DHD allows clients to do just that by giving them the opportunity to work directly with CU*Answers software developers to build custom software solutions.

“DHD is a great resource that allows credit unions to work on projects that meet their specific needs and that helps them better serve their ever-evolving membership,” said DHD Account Executive Kristian Daniel. By helping clients own the software solutions in which they invest, DHD is just another way that CU*Answers shows its commitment to the cooperative principles on which the CUSO was founded. “Whether it’s working with a new vendor or a process improvement, DHD is here to help clients reach their fullest potential,” Daniel added.


CU*Answers works with Messick, Lauer & Smith P.C. to develop CUSO formation guide

Cooperative CUSO CU*Answers has worked closely with Messick, Lauer & Smith P.C. to develop a new CUSO formation guide aimed at promoting the value of CUSOs and to help those interested in starting their own.

Scott Page, Developer’s Help Desk business manager for CU*Answers said: “CUSOs help credit unions solve problems and often enable credit unions to act bigger than they are. Collaboration aggregates the resources of credit unions to enable each participating credit union to provide more member services more efficiently and effectively. For example, if a credit union has a highly performing lending program and shares the services with other credit unions through a CUSO, the original credit union can spread its fixed costs over a greater number of loans. The credit unions receiving the service have an effective lending platform for a cost they could not otherwise have afforded.”

The guide includes valuable information for anyone considering forming a CUSO, including an overview of legal rules and regulations, organizational and operating considerations, essential CUSO formation documents needed, and more. The document is being offered to all interested parties for free, and an electronic copy can be ordered from the CU*Answers online store.


DHD offers new Design Studio project video

The CU*Answers Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) announced a new video as part of its on-going POV series designed to provide timely information, tips and techniques for how clients may best utilize the DHD team for custom software development.

CU*Answers said that its DHD Design Studio projects represent a true custom project strategy in which CU*BASE® clients are encouraged to formulate and design custom project ideas, but may wish to contract for various CU*Answers technical services for helping build-out their desired project vision.

Scott Page, DHD Business Manager said: “This expanding series of web videos is intended to provide simple, quick hitting tools for clients to instantly focus on key topics of interest. For instance, this first video highlights how simple the process is for clients to initially contact, collaborate and submit a custom project idea. In 2018, we will add many more of these video snippets, featuring a library of topics from which to choose.”

The DHD is organized and is targeted to facilitate the processes by which clients order, design, build and manage custom projects in a new, innovative way. Popular projects already being submitted by clients include 3rd party vendor integrations, custom fee development, SSO projects (eliminating multiple verification) and external data warehouse file exchanges. For more information, visit the DHD at their website.