What was the scope of their involvement?
We have around 20 in-house developers working on other parts of our business, but only 2 of them focus on the live events part. Acropolium provides the rest of our needed resources. We started with only one resource, but we currently engage a team of 4 from their side. The team size has remained constant for the last few years.
We have worked on many projects with Acropolium over the course of our 9-year relationship. Our exhibition-management software is one example; it provides a front-end website aimed at attracting visitors to our events. At the same time, the software manages exhibitors, who log in to a portal and can complete several forms.
Acropolium has primarily provided web development, but have also provided design. A few years ago, we worked on a publication project for which Acropolium handled the ground work, including design, wireframes, and user-journey suggestions. We accepted their input and built Acropolium's design. As a general rule, though, we organize wireframes on our end, thinking about marketing aspects and design, and leave web development to Acropolium.
Our software is very complex, with hundreds of individual features. The most valuable feature has been the ability to create searchable exhibitor lists. Another feature is our event planner, through which people can select interest areas and mark them on a map; when they visit our exhibits, it becomes easier to manage whom they're visiting, where, and what time.
How did you come to work with Acropolium?
Acropolium was referred to us with perfect timing, while we were looking for a partner.
How much have you invested with Acropolium?
The cost of Acropolium's work has been around $500,000 overall.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Acropolium around 2008. The work is ongoing.