How did you select Azul Arc and what were the deciding factors?
One of the things we were trying to do is find a team that would meet our criteria
- Be agile / flexible
- Have all the skillsets we need
- Be priced right
- And most importantly, be true partners with us as we started on this journey, and provide us feedback / push back if certain features we wished for didn't make sense from a technical perspective or made sense to push to a later release to help us manage our budget.
We interviewed around 5 companies ranging from small 3-4 person shops to large (and well known) development firms before we made our decision to move forward with Azul Arc because they met all our criteria and felt like they would be true partners with us on this and we weren't wrong!
Describe the scope of work in detail, including the project steps, key deliverables, and technologies used.
The scope of the work was to take our concept (which was largely in our heads) and put some structure around it and actually build a stable MVP and v1 of the SaaS platform which would serve as a strong foundation on which we could build upon (we did not want to bootstrap an MVP and then rebuild it again from scratch once we had more funding).
We went through all the phases of development right from taking our ideas and putting them down on paper together as a team, building out ERDs, a product development timeline, UI/UX design and then development of the modules in the order we discussed.
There are some cool features that don't exist in the marketplace right now but the platform has all the basics - auto-emails, push notifications to clients, reactive design, client and backend management modules, admin dashboards, advanced analytics / business intelligence, and APIs for integration with boutique studio webpages and softwares, as well as third party vendors that boutique studios use.
The platform is based on a MERN stack and uses React JS for a mobile and desktop experience.
How many people from the vendor's team worked with you, and what were their positions?
The team we have worked with has included two product managers, one UX designer, one creative designer, and 4 developers.