What was the scope of their involvement?
Working not just with me, but also with our internal marketing team, they worked with our messaging, layout, and colors to ensure our design would work on mobile technology. Their expertise allowed us to see if our ideas would translate into the right experience for participants.
Larry (CEO, Ballast Lane Applications) was our guide, but he also had a team behind him that made mockups, wrote the code, and managed our applications. Our mobile app had to sync up with our web app, so every time we had a web deployment they made an identical mobile deployment. This required working with our outsourced teams in Kiev and Moscow. Larry was very responsive and build a great working relationship with those distributed resources. Regarding technology, they managed both iOS and Android apps, using Objective C and Java, respectively. Our web solutions run on Angular, React, and node.js.
There was also a small side-project we initiated with a resource that Larry brought in. They developed a highly modern mobile app experience that we used in potential customer meetings and briefings to internal leadership. It showed our company’s direction very well. Larry handled this relationship and did a great job of keeping the resource on track and filling him in about what we wanted and how we needed everything to work.
Finally, they did an integration and design project with one of our vendors, an external service for the portal and helped manage and develop changes needed to support an updated Events portal, the service participants used to sign up for Biometric Screenings.
What is the team composition?
Primarily, I worked with Larry, who had a few developers I didn’t work with directly. There was another person who oversaw the development team, and I talked to them a couple of times to get to know them and their experience.
How did you come to work with Ballast Lane Applications?
I don’t know exactly how we found them, but I met with all the candidates and thought Larry had the right approach. He was easy to talk with, nice, and responsive.
We were a pretty small company, so it was important that we not be a small fish in the large pond of a bigger company. Larry said he would support us with knowledge and responsiveness, and it worked out great.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent close to $200,000 with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked together from March of 2016 until December 31, 2018.