What was the scope of their involvement?
648 Group took our base SDK [software development kit] and converted it, changing its programming to our specifications. We provided designs and suggestions; the product was based on a graphical user interface but was modified based on how it needed to work for our customers.
Our second project with 648 Group involved building a basic PHP web interface for our e-commerce site. We used it as an online catalog for the company's products.
Our third project is for an embedded system using Raspberry Pi technology. 648 Group has written a customized frontend which will control cameras, solar products, and other devices. It can also record telemetric data and incorporate it into a database, which is accessible through one IP address. We use wireless technology for interfacing with the boards.
Our technology has ranged from basic PHP to WordPress. We're using a Linux distribution for our Raspberry Pi development.
We have used 1–5 developers from 648 Group, depending on the project. They have done a good job of managing our frontend, so my interactions have typically been with one or two contacts. From a project management standpoint, the relationship has been clear; 648 Group manages the people writing the actual code.
How did you come to work with 648 Group?
I had experience with several firms, both from the US and from India. I first heard about 648 Group through a colleague around five years ago. I put together a statement of work, went through a bidding process, and asked for quotes as well as directions and advice on how the different groups would go about solving our issue. 648 Group came across as being experienced with the type of project we were working on, so we saw them as a good fit. Since we were successful in our first project, we gave 648 Group the work for subsequent projects.
How much have you invested with 648 Group?
The cost of 648 Group's work has been between $50,000 and $100,000 overall. Our first project was within a $15,000 range, while the second was a little smaller. The third project was the largest, and it's still ongoing.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with 648 Group around 2013.