Appinventiv managed the entire development process of an iOS and Android application using React Native. The product allows users to donate to churches and connect with other members in the network.
Appinventiv successfully delivered the applications, which have drawn promising initial praise. The development team is engaged and organized thanks to a practical project management approach. They have proven to be a results-oriented partner by always looking for solutions.
"Appinventiv is quick to provide a solution rather than focus on the problem."
Introduce your business and what you do there.
I’m the owner of Pickles. We focus on empowering communities from 2 million members upward. Our first target was churches, and now we’re expanding into other types of communities. We provide platforms and manage content data, membership, and all the things a community needs to get organized quickly.
What challenge were you trying to address with Appinventiv?
We engaged Appinventiv to manage the entire lifecycle of development. We needed an outsourced firm because the costs in my country are among the highest in the world.
What was the scope of their involvement?
I came up with basic user stories and explained them all in a PowerPoint for Appinventiv. After they had all of the necessary documentation, they used React Native to build applications for iOS and Android.
The product is a church community platform with about 12 million people in South Africa. It manages all the tithes and donations that go to the church, which are usually cash donations. The churches were looking for a way of bringing a digital solution to sort those contributions. We also expanded the platform to serve as a means to connect members of the community. For example, if a user is looking for an electrician or a doctor, he or she can crowdsource recommendations from anybody else in the network. The app also provides relevant content, as determined by user settings. There are also tools where the users can chat among themselves or donate to the church.
What is the team composition?
There are 11 people on the entire team, but I only communicate with 2–3 of them.
How did you come to work with Appinventiv?
Following extensive online research, I connected with a few India-based companies. I had one company put together a demo app, but the organization and services didn’t meet my standards. I ultimately selected Appinventiv based on their online reviews. I also received promising referrals about them on LinkedIn.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent between $100,000–$120,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
Our engagement began in December 2018 and remains ongoing.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We have received very positive feedback on the applications to this point.
How did Appinventiv perform from a project management standpoint?
They have an internal rating system for every milestone that puts a bit of pressure on developers to maintain quality and ensure that every task is addressed. We use Basecamp, Skype, and email to communicate and trace the development process.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Appinventiv is quick to provide a solution rather than focus on the problem. They don’t waste any time turning around problems. If I don’t know what to do, they give suggestions to choose from. They’ve also been available at all times to work through issues.
Are there any areas they could improve?
It’s not a big issue, but if there’s a change in the scope, they should give better flexibility between the proposal and the wireframes and design. The developers are focused on the wireframes while the business analysts are focused on the scope. They need to pay attention to the changes in scope and have them reflected in the wireframes.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Be clear on all of the details and features you need in your app before discussing the price.