BookingSync grew out of a single line of code into a community of 160 investors. In 2014, they raised the first round of investment of more than $1M in a fundraising blitz that lasted only 15 days.
BookingSync is a vacation rental software offering centralized property management with distribution to platforms like Airbnb, Booking.com, and Trip Advisor. It centralizes all marketing efforts, reservations, payments, and so on, and continues with steps like email notifications, generating websites for clients, and providing invoicing.
Booking itself is made through a co-product and many modular apps using our public API. One of the biggest challenges was to build a central app. There’s the main operating system with apps plugged in on top of it. Some of them are made by the BookingSync team, and some by other developers and external vendors. BookingSync needed a robust system in terms of APIs, authorization, record control, etc.
Our work resulted in a growing community of developers building distributed applications with the new API.
The new API allowed a successful migration from a monolithic system to a microservices architecture.
We reduced the time required to build new channels integration to about 30 days.
We used the API to build two-way integrations with multiple channels, such as Booking.com, HomeAway, and Airbnb.
We introduced PCI DSS-compliant architecture for credit card payment processing.
Along the way, we increased our involvement by up to 7 developers during the peak.
We helped improve all areas of the application taking responsibility for the technical side.
The API we've released has around 200 partners currently. Some of them have told us that the system is one of the best they've seen in the industry. We've had fast integrations with partners like Airbnb, for which the process took 34 days. Some of our competitors still have problems after one year, so it was a huge difference. Airbnb has come to value our technical skills, which also speaks to the capabilities of Ragnarson.