What was the scope of their involvement?
Our client asked for an Android and iOS application. They were not technical, and didn’t allocate enough budget to develop both versions at an acceptable level of quality. The team from 3topia suggested that we develop a React Native application for both platforms. That was acceptable for our client and their budget, and it also worked great for us.
The first feature gives users a list of venues in their proximity. The app sends the user's coordinates to a server, retrieves data from that server, and presents it to the user. The information is available in list form and on Google Maps. Users can see the nearest establishments, click on any one, and see details like working hours, descriptions, galleries, and upcoming events.
I wasn't a project manager until the end, so I don’t know if the map feature was launched to production. 3topia delivered it working well, but it’s possible that the client decided to leave the functionality out of the application.
We assigned our own designer for the project. The client had had a good previous experience with us, and they wanted our designers to work on the application. Even though 3topia was not tasked with design, they worked closely with us and they helped us in this area. They didn’t produce graphics, but they did help us with the design.
The client loved the work produced by our designer, but it was hard to use in production for both Android and iOS. The client also had some ideas that didn’t follow the guidelines of the operating systems. The team from 3topia helped us convince the client that there was a better approach. In the end, the client agreed with them.
What is the team composition?
We worked with one developer and another member who helped us with design. We focused on web development, but 3topia imparted valuable knowledge about decisions that needed to be made on the mobile side.
How did you come to work with 3topia?
One of their founders had worked with us earlier in his career. He proved himself as a good developer during his time at Enterwell. He was always responsible, and he handled a bit of software architecture on his own. He didn’t need anything to be drawn or specified for him in too much detail. He knew how to work independently.
After some time working with us, he opened his own company with two friends. We maintained a good relationship with them. When our client asked us to develop a mobile application on a tight delivery schedule, we knew that we should call someone we trusted. We needed someone who had proven that they could quickly deliver a high-quality version of what we asked. We required testing to ensure that there would be no embarrassing bugs in the production version.
The partner needed to talk to our client and handle project management on their end. They needed to deliver quality software stories to us, and, in the end, a software product to our client.
How much have you invested with them?
The cost of their work was around 50,000 HRK ($7,940 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
The current project started in January 2018. It needed to be delivered by March 1, but the client was late with their deliverables. We didn’t have any info about the objects that would be inserted into the application.
The development start got delayed, but that wasn't an issue for 3topia. They prepared everything they could based on the information they had. When the data from the client came, they simply inserted it and made corrections. It was a great experience for me. Even though the client was late, 3topia predicted what the app would be and prepared almost everything. When the data came, they only had a few adjustments to make.
Development went as scheduled. 3topia’s part of the work was delivered in March 2018. The client wanted to wait on the website.