Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.
We worked together to develop some specific and then some more open-ended functionality. Essentially, our app is a ride-sharing app.
The scope was to find someone who could go from end to end, so everything from both architecture design to graphic design, through development for iOS and for Android. Especially on the Android side – to find someone who could also be able to give extensive testing follow-through on the variety of device profiles on Android, which is somewhat of a nightmare. Not with AppInventiv, but it can be a nightmare, and has been in the past for me, developing other apps with other companies.
But the scope was beyond just end-to-end development for iOS and Android platforms. The other piece was to find a company that was well versed in any and every API [application programming interface]. I wanted to make sure it was a company that, if they didn't have expertise, they could quickly get up to speed with any API. Those were my requirements.
How did you come to work with AppInventiv?
I like Indian developers, but with Indian developers, a lot of times I have to really specify the exact functionalities; otherwise, I may not get what I was looking for. I have a bias toward Indian developers, and not necessarily a bias against U.S. developers, but cost was an issue as well. U.S. developers still tend to be much more expensive than Indian developers.
I started to develop a short list in terms of actual companies that looked like they could do the end-to-end development for multiple platforms, who could follow through on testing, and so forth. I went back and forth with my short list of companies by emailing and then, ultimately, through Skype conversations, I chose AppInventiv. At some point, you choose them based on what you look at with the apps that they've done in the past, the breadth of apps that they've done, the quality of apps that they've done, and so forth. As companies provided me with their reference apps, I looked at those and ultimately arrived at AppInventiv.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
I plan to continue with them as we do enhancements, and I haven't tallied everything, but we're probably in the $40,000 to $50,000 range right now. That's easily on the low end since that would have been double for U.S. developers. Of course, there's others that try to lowball you with unreasonable estimates just to land your business.
What is the status of this engagement?
We completed this about a month ago [June 2015]. The development time was about two to three months. The work is ongoing. The bottom line is, they performed. I've worked with so many developers that will get it 90 to 95 percent of the way there, but haven't been able to do the testing part. We've completed testing, and we basically have a version two that we're starting to put the requirements together for.