HomeAway halves development time, lowers cost by 66%+    Introduction 

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HomeAway is the world leader in vacation rentals, with more than 2  million places to stay in 190 countries. To help travelers get the best  experience at their destinations, the HomeAway mobile group formed a  skunkworks team to develop an experimental mobile app that  crowdsources local recommendations to share with travelers. The  company hopes to one day make it available to the general public.     

 

66%+   reduction in development costs    

2x  faster development     

Challenge  Developing apps for global audiences requires significant investment,  from provisioning and maintaining databases to scaling up and handling  app events. Many companies use multiple layers of software to meet  these requirements, increasing the complexity of their architecture and  slowing their development time.     HomeAway mobile designer Joie Chung suggested the team develop an  app that lets travelers search and comment on others’ recommendations  in real time, without a manual refresh. Building upon that idea, the team  also wanted to deliver this experience in areas with no Internet  connection. Finally, they wanted to do all this without the usual service  complexity or long time-to-market.    

     

Solution  Using Cloud Firestore’s data structure and client libraries, HomeAway set  up the infrastructure within a few minutes and delivered a real-time user  experience from day one. By combining the capabilities of Cloud Firestore  with Cloud Functions, they built all the core features without complex  server-side logic. Using Firebase Authentication and Cloud Firestore,  HomeAway also built a seamless log-in with just a few lines of code.     By using Firebase, HomeAway reduced the development time and server  costs of their new app. Initially, the team projected that their new app  would require three full-time developers and two to three months to ship.  Using Firebase, however, they’re now able to ship an app with one full-time  developer after just four to six weeks. With faster time-to-market, they can  update quickly with users and ensure their app’s success. 

  Cloud Firestore is an ideal match for greenfield development. Its features  are production-ready out of the box — flexible, scalable, offline, and  real-time. We were immediately impressed with the capabilities of the  Android client SDK!   

Emery Coxe, Tech Lead, Android Partner Experience, HomeAway 

 

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