CU*Answers announces DHD 4th quarter project volumes

CU*Answers announced its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) volumes are growing as the number of custom projects being completed and project requests submitted continues to grow.

During the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020, 56 custom projects were fully completed, which included nearly 2,500 programming hours. Additionally, 91 custom project requests were submitted, which resulted in 75 custom bids being provided to 56 clients using the CUSO’s CU*BASE processing system. This represented an increase of 10% from the previous period.

Scott Page, DHD business manager, said the DHD is intended to provide an innovative strategy for how CU*Answers works with clients and vendors for developing new software initiatives. As part of this process, clients are encouraged to be the project manager and contract CU*Answers professional services only as desired within the overall project scope.

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


Developer’s Help Desk hits three-year mark

CU*Answers announced that its Developer’s Help Desk celebrated its third anniversary since its formation in 2017. During its first three years, the DHD received 1,605 custom project requests, and completed 726 projects, which encompassed over 30,000 programming hours. The volume of custom software projects completed in year three as compared to year one increased by 42% and the number of applied programming hours increased by 70%.

Scott Page, Developer’s Help Desk Business Manager, said: “It’s exciting to see the continued growth in client and vendor custom software project requests, programming development and completed projects moved into production. Today, the DHD business brand is considerably more established, and the volume of custom project orders being placed through our DHD website and online store is steadily growing. Looking ahead, we believe the number of clients seeking to engage with the DHD team to help fulfill their vision to develop desired new software solutions will only continue to grow.”

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


CU*Answers adds three new 3rd party integrations

CU*Answers recently announced that its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) has completed 88 custom projects during its first fiscal quarter, including 3 new third-party vendor integrations. These vendor integrations included:

  • Sageworks (Abrigo) – CU*Answers has developed a daily data file extract to be delivered, which may include loan, collections and deposit data.
  • Suntell – CU*Answers has developed a daily data file extract to be delivered.
  • American National Insurance (ANICO) – CU*Answers has developed a daily data file extract to be delivered.

Scott Page, DHD business manager, said the DHD team is regularly adding new third-party vendor integrations to its online store of software products and services from which clients may easily place orders. The DHD is designed to provide a unique opportunity for clients and vendors to consider when exploring a new custom software opportunity, and vendor integrations are a direct result of client requests. To learn more about the Developer’s Help Desk, visit them at their website.


CU*Answers DHD client participation steadily growing

CU*Answers announced that the volume of custom programming projects submitted through its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) is steadily increasing. For its recently completed 2019 fiscal year, the team announced that 272 custom programming projects were fully completed, which represented nearly 19,000 programming hours. The volume of custom project requests received also increased by over 15% as compared with the previous 12-month fiscal period.

Scott Page, Developer’s Help Desk business manager, said: “It’s very exciting to see the level of growth of custom programming 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. Per these latest statistics, the volume of participating clients continues to escalate.”

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


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.


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.


DHD to host building custom software overview

CU*Answers announced its Developer’s Help Desk (DHD) will host 2 one-hour web sessions to introduce the DHD’s new strategy for building custom software with CU*Answers.

Scott Page, business manager for the Developer’s Help Desk, said this DHD initiative represents a new road for partnering on project development solutions. Today, more CU*Answers clients than ever are expressing a ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) mentality, and are wanting maximum flexibility and control to be able to manage software development themselves. The DHD strategy is aligned ideally to provide exactly that, and a key component is its CU*Answers Online Store, from which clients can order both traditional off-the-shelf and custom (Design Studio) project services electronically.

In addition to Page, these informational sessions will be facilitated by Brian Maurer, EVP software development, and Kristian Daniel, DHD account executive, and will introduce the DHD toolbox and highlight the unique ways clients can get started on their own custom software project development.

Any credit union is invited to attend, and for anyone wishing to learn more regarding the CU*Answers DHD initiative, visit them online or contact Scott Page at spage@cuanswers.com.

The published dates for the free web conferences are Tuesday, December 5 from 2-3 PM ET, and Thursday, January 11 from 2-3 PM ET.


CU*Answers DHD Boot Camp still open for registration

There is still time to register for the new 2018 Developer’s Help Desk Boot Camp, hosted by CU*Answers, a 100% credit union-owned data processing CUSO. “The DHD Boot Camp is a hands-on Do It Yourself experience,” said Scott Page, DHD business manager. “Unique when compared to other executive boot camps, the DHD boot camp is an experiment in a new style of collaboration between developers at credit unions and developers at our CUSO. It’s an 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?”

Applicants for the DHD Boot Camp submit a project idea that they will then work with CU*Answers staff closely to see from design to development and launch. The boot camp features just two classroom sessions where the entrants will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with design and development teams.

The application period is open until December 18, 2017. Those interested can apply on the CU*Answers website.


DHD business manager interviewed for Get Connected series

CU*Answers recently kicked of a new “Get Connected” webinar series aimed at educating clients about the key roles and individuals working for the 100% credit union-owned cooperative CUSO. Most recently, Scott Page, business manager of the new Developer’s Help Desk (DHD), was interviewed. During the session, Page described how 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.

Page said a primary objective of the DHD is to blend the way in which CU*Answers offers custom software project development services to the credit union industry by combining many of the proven development techniques CU*Answers has employed to great success for nearly 50 years. A key component is the packaging of many of these offerings within the evolving CU*Answers Online Store, from which clients can order services and products electronically.

To facilitate requests, CU*Answers has split projects into three categories: off-the-shelf, Design Studio, and API development projects. Off-The-Shelf projects represent common projects that CU*Answers has previously completed and are normally very familiar with the project parameters and specifications. Examples of these types of projects include converting to a currently supported ATM/debit card, credit card or check processing vendor.

Design Studio projects are a more customized project development strategy for which the participating client is often the architect for designing the project blueprint and building the solution. The DHD is fully available to collaborate in helping make a client’s project vision become a reality. For example, in considering a project, stated clients may optionally wish to contract CU*Answers to engage its expert resources in a variety of ways, including project design/management, programming, quality control, marketing, compliance, back office, and more. Examples of these projects include new 3rd party vendor integrations, SSO projects, data exchange (DEX)/data warehouse file downloads, and more.

CU*Answers API development processes are moving rapidly ahead, with many APIs currently available to credit unions and vendors for free. On-going API development represents an important conduit for allowing third-party servicers to seamlessly integrate their solutions to the CU*BASE® product.

Be sure to check out the next Get Connected session to learn more about CU*Answers and the people who drive the organization forward.