Couchbase

Multi-cloud, high-performance DBaaS

Building a Database-as-a-Service for Couchbase

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Theorem designed and built a fully managed and autonomous high-performance database-as-a-service (DBaaS) across multi-cloud environments, for the leading NoSQL database provider, Couchbase.

Building Up and Out Remotely

Building Up and Out—Remotely

We helped a traditionally on-site technology company successfully launch a remote workforce and new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering simultaneously.

Couchbase is an award-winning, distributed NoSQL cloud database. Built on open standards with a memory-first, high-performance design, Couchbase offers the robust capabilities required for business-critical applications on a highly scalable and available platform. When they needed to transform their business from the ground up, they called Theorem.

Objective

Launch DBaaS with a Remote Team

Couchbase planned to expand its offerings of server and mobile solutions by adding a fully managed cloud service. Their goal was to design and develop a new DBaaS (database-as-a-service) that leveraged Couchbase’s server and operator, letting customers easily deploy and manage Couchbase on cloud service providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Couchbase approached their preferred digital innovation partner, Theorem, for help. They originally planned for an on-site engineering team to support the new DBaaS program, but after experiencing Theorem’s Distributed Model firsthand, Couchbase ultimately opted to structure this new workforce as a remote team. No longer limited by geography, the ease of sourcing top talent to flesh out the project team was an immediate win that helped build momentum and support around the new remote model.

Couchbase faced both expected and unforeseen challenges while working on its DBaaS, including:

  • Managing complex software design and schedule pressure
  • Building and maintaining a successful remote team
  • Remaining productive through a global pandemic
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Solution

A United, yet Distributed, Foundation

Theorem’s partnership with Couchbase not only ensured the success of their DBaaS program, but demonstrated to Couchbase leadership how it could be backed by a resilient, distributed team. Elements of this model adopted by Couchbase included:

01

Hiring and Training

A distributed workforce is only possible with the right team:

  • Screening applicants

  • Conducting interviews

  • Making hiring recommendations

  • Co-developing training and onboarding materials for Couchbase’s remote team to work alongside Theorem’s core development squad (during DBaaS’ development)

02

Process Implementation

The complexity of a team and software design requires innovative solutions:

  • Implementing agile sprint cadences, asynchronous reporting, daily stand-ups, and all-hands product reviews

  • Recommending collaborative tools, processes and ceremonies for remote teams

03

Product Development

A core development team that builds the essential experience:

  • Prototyping the Alpha version of the DBaaS software

  • Expanding the UX design and creating WireFrames and initial UI mock-ups

  • Testing core dependencies

  • Training new team members

  • Developing towards Beta and GA releases

Results

Exponential Growth and Sustained Resiliency

Couchbase’s new remote model, designed and implemented with Theorem’s help, proved successful  — its new globally distributed team delivered a world-class product offering under extraordinary circumstances.

With the support of Theorem’s guidance and expertise, Couchbase achieved phenomenal results:

  • Growth of the team from 8 to more than 30 contributors
  • Quality code output increase of more than 10x
  • Successful development of an asynchronous remote culture
  • Adoption of a globally distributed team

How We Help

Theorem works with the world’s most innovative organizations, advising them on product strategy, engineering, design, and culture, then partnering with them to build and launch technology-driven solutions to their most complex problems.

Our mission is to replace traditional consulting with a useful framework for innovation. Our team of expert practitioners brings decades of experience to each project, creating the foundation for responsive enterprises that are ready for anything.

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