Cleveroad worked with a farm in Israel to grow its immature lemon tree retail business through an Android application that makes growing operations more efficient by controlling facilities remotely.
Cleveroad built a robust Android application that automates key processes like fertilizer and water calculations and reporting functions. The application is simple to use and was delivered on time in a costly manner.
"The app does everything that I need. With it, my team is able to control all the necessary processes on my farm."
Introduce your business and what you do there.
I’m a farmer and a co-founder of a farm. I would kindly ask you to keep my company name anonymous. There are 15 people in my team. We are a flower and food seller—I have land where I grow flowers for export and vegetables, like marrows and eggplants. Recently, I put my thinking cap on about growing lemon trees.
What challenge were you trying to address with Cleveroad?
I am continuously learning, and I try to use contemporary technologies in the agricultural sector. As you know, we have a very complicated situation with the climate here. All the watering is automated, same with fertilizing, humidity control, and many other things. Our machinery is equipped with GPS systems and we wanted to gather all that information. Inspired by new technology, I decided to order an Android mobile application that would make our work more efficient by letting us control our facilities.
What was the scope of their involvement?
For about a week, I discussed the product with the Cleveroad account manager I was communicating with. I wanted the app to help us analyze different situations, make necessary calculations, and do scheduling. Cleveroad proposed development strategies and told me about the methodologies they used. Afterward, I got the final estimation with the scope of work planned. Their designers got to work and showed wireframes of the future app within a week. After everything was approved, the designers and developers got to work on producing the actual app.
How did you come to work with Cleveroad?
As I have said, I'm a very contemporary person and IT technology is something that interests me. I know that Ukraine is excellent in this field but the companies there don't charge too much. So, I decided to look for a contractor from that region. After doing some research and receiving great feedback from Cleveroad, I decided to work with them.
How much have you invested with Cleveroad?
The Android app cost $20,000 in total.
What is the status of this engagement?
The project started in July 2016. The estimated time to complete this project was 18 weeks, and it's in the final testing stages. There are also plans to expand my business, which may mean adding more facilities. I plan to stay in touch with Cleveroad in case my app needs to be upgraded.
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
As we agreed, Cleveroad developed a ready to use an app for me within 18 weeks. The app does everything that I need. With it, my team is able to control all the necessary processes on my farm. The app sends reports on my email about certain statistics. It even has a built-in calendar and a fertilizer calculator that are very simple use. I’m totally satisfied with what we have done together.
How did Cleveroad perform from a project management standpoint?
We held regular Skype meeting and I received progress reports and demo versions of the app. They adopted a really responsible approach.
Are there any areas Cleveroad could improve?
I would say they can improve their communication skills a little.