What was the scope of their involvement?
I had written this code over the course of about a year, as I was learning it. Thus, a lot of it was not built very well.
When I first engaged App Sapiens’ services, I gave my source code to them and they made some changes to what I had as a demo of what they could do. I liked the result, so I engaged their services to take over what I’d done.
They took all the code I wrote and basically started a new project. They used the same logic mine to talk to our API server and get results and logins, but they redesigned everything else. They rebuilt the app from scratch using better libraries, a more consistent codebase, and cleaner code. Both iOS and Android versions were made at the same time, using React Native and native libraries.
They also redesigned the entire UI. App Sapiens is a very specialized team. They took some problems I had with the app’s navigation, and rebuilt all of it, making it very simple, clean, much more intuitive to the user, and easier to navigate and figure out. It’s just a friendlier interface between our clients and our servers.
What is the team composition?
There were two people working with me in the beginning, and they assigned another after I specifically asked for help with some backend server code. He had more of a background in Node.js servers and gave me some help there.
I’ve been talking to two main contacts, the lead programmer and the CEO. They share coding tasks, and I’ve been relating to them equally.
How did you come to work with App Sapiens?
At the time, I was looking for help, but not hired help. I had previously worked with contractors, and I contacted half a dozen companies and explored lots of websites. I’ve worked with my company for 13 years, and I’d been the only programmer there.
I was looking for help to get by a couple of technical issues with some places where I got stuck, and I contacted one of the members of App Sapiens about a month ago, asking him to help me out. Programmers frequent forums and help each other out. I asked him if he’d be interested in doing more work, and he told me he was part of a company called App Sapiens, and directed me to contact them. I sent them some information about what I was looking for, and they offered to take on the project.
The threshold of bringing a programmer I didn’t know on was a difficult one for me to cross. I looked for help simply because I had too much to do than time to do it. I’d spoken to a few companies and freelance programmers a few months before I found App Sapiens.
When I found their programmer on a forum, we’d gotten to the point where I convinced my boss that I needed some help to do this. Originally, I was just going to hire someone to help me with the UI.
I believe I first talked to Charles (CTO, App Sapiens), but it might’ve been Tom (CEO, App Sapiens). After I’d tried them out and saw how efficiently they could do it and how engaged they were with me about it, I was put over the edge and had them do it all.
How much have you invested with them?
We invested $5,000–$6,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with App Sapiens around a month and a half ago, in early-July 2019. I have a year’s worth of projects that App Sapiens could take on. We released the app because we needed to get something that at least covered the basic functionalities of what we do. However, we have more planned for the app.