What was the scope of their involvement?
I can’t speak for the technology used, but we wanted an application which would support both Android and iOS devices, which is what 14 Oranges Software has built. We’ve also looked at developing a Blackberry version, but there isn’t a big enough base for us there.
Regarding functionality, the app is a membership website equivalent being delivered in a mobile environment. It provides basic information, member information which is secured with passwords, renewal and survey capabilities, directories, and conference and event management. As the associations hold regional or national events, they could use the app to replace paper guides, and that's our next focus point regarding enhancements. Because of the nature of our work, one of the requirements was that the application needed to interface with several separate web systems. There is integration at different points, to different servers. Depending on the content or area, the app can feed off different websites for news and event planning. It needed to be quite flexible in this sense. Rather than being a single application with a single target, it was intended to be rolled out, reminted, and reconfigured on a case-by-case basis.
I believe that the UI [user interface] design was done in-house. It happened at two levels: the UI for the mobile application itself and an administrative panel which allows us and our clients to maintain and update the system. There was new work happening in both of those spheres, which were equally important to the success of the solution.
How did you come to work with 14 Oranges Software?
I had known some of 14 Oranges’ principals from earlier work. I was a former colleague of one of them, so it was a natural first call when looking for this sort of solution. I looked at a couple of other opportunities through Google, but, ultimately, there was no one else with a better solution. Given the trust formed through my existing relationship with 14 Oranges, they seemed like a natural choice. Once we got into the process and started talking about our needs, it was easy to commit to them.
How much have you invested with 14 Oranges Software?
The cost of 14 Oranges’ work was around CA$50,000 [Approx. US$36,400]. There have been a few pieces on top of that.
What is the status of this engagement?
We had our first discussions 18 months ago, and we started the development around one year ago. The initial solution has been delivered for the first couple of clients, but our plan was always to have multiple instances of the application reminted. We continue to work with 14 Oranges on not only developing and enhancing the solution but also for marketing and presales support.