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vm.pl Software House

Software Development for Macmillan Education

Overall rating: 

4.5

Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Project summary: 

Vm.pl developed a complete, dynamic education software package, including interactive content for students as well as tracking and content creation tools for teachers.

Feedback summary: 

Vm.pl is highly regarded for their expertise in the field of education software, and they lived up to that reputation here. Feedback from educators has been positive, and their technical skill shone.

"They deliver high-quality products and, most importantly, have a unique understanding of the educational field."

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the Digital Projects Manager at Macmillan Poland. I am responsible for all digital products Macmillan delivers to public school teachers in Poland (i.e., interactive whiteboard software, online interactive content, and other online solutions like diagnostic tests).

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with vm.pl?

About 8 years ago, vm.pl was one of very few companies in Poland dealing with educational technology. They already had some experience in the field, and that is why they became our main developer and supplier of the IWB software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their job was to develop the complete software: from requirements list up until delivering a master copy DVD-ROM for duplication. They designed the whole user interface, all the teacher functionalities (annotation tools, zooming, tools for own content creation), developed all of the interactive content (interactive activities, audio, video), ran the tests, and encrypted the application. Over the years, the application became significantly enriched and updated with a lot of new functionalities and interactive activity types. All in all, vm.pl developed the IWB software for 4 book series which have been used by thousands of teachers in Poland in public schools, mainly primary sector.

How did you come to work with vm.pl?

I honestly don't remember, sorry.

How much have you invested with vm.pl?

Unfortunately, I cannot share this information.

What is the status of this engagement?

They began working for us 8 years ago and continued until 2015. Currently, we are not planning any future projects together due to change in company policy and market situation in Poland.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Unfortunately, this is very difficult to measure in our case. The software is distributed to schools together with course books and other materials, usually in packs, so there aren’t any specific figures to reflect impact or sales. And as to the quality, there is only occasional feedback we receive from the teachers. In the case of vm.pl products, it was generally very positive.

How did vm.pl perform in terms of project management?

vm.pl delivered all projects according to our expectations and requirements.

What did you find most impressive about vm.pl?

vm.pl is currently one of the most recognizable education tech companies in Poland. They deliver high-quality products and, most importantly, have a unique understanding of the educational field. Their experience is vast: from interactive textbooks to diagnostic portals, data management, and training. What I consider most valuable about vm.pl is their impressive technological background and knowledge; special compliments to Łukasz Borzęcki, their CEO and head of IT.

Are there any areas where vm.pl could improve?

Scheduling and delivery time.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with vm.pl?

Related to the above; it helps to schedule ahead.

RATINGS

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer