How did you select this vendor?
We selected Bright's through a thorough research (including Clutch) and review process. Our search started with approximately 25 Companies and lasted approximately 2 months. Through numerous discussions held with the various development companies, Brights proved to be the best choice as they are extremely knowledgeable from a technical and operational standpoint, and were quick to understand our platform and business model.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
Our project started with a one week planning phase in which I traveled to Brights’ office in Ukraine and worked directly with the team to explain our vision and the basic functionality of the platform. In this one week planning phase, with the guidance of the extremely knowledgeable Brights team, we were able to create a plan to overcome a number of anticipated obstacles that we immediately identified. Following the planning phase, we jumped into the design phase, where the Brights designers were able to map out the flow and design of our create an account / login pages in just a couple of days.
After we worked together to agree on final designs, the developers began coding the back end while the designers continued to design our Dashboard, Create Prediction Flow, View Prediction Flow, User Profile Page, Leaderboards, Manage Funds, and Notifications pages. The process continued on in two week sprints, with weekly meetings to ensure that we were on track to meet our sprint timeline and to discuss questions and obstacles encountered in real time. When an obstacle was brought to the attention of our team, the Brights team always brought a number of solutions to the table, and a recommendation and supporting explanation for which solution they felt was the best.
As the development of our platform was an evolving process, there were a lot of ad hoc updates requested on the fly, which the Brights team was able to easily manage. As our platform requires some external solutions, Brights was able to easily integrate outside services into the platform, such as payment processors, social networks, mailing services, and more.
In addition to the design, development, and integration work provided by Brights, they also provided assistance with the setup of our Google Analytics account, SEO optimization advice, and a number of marketing and promotional recommendations, which were analyzed by our team, and some of which ultimately integrated into our platform.
What was the team composition?
The team consisted of the CTO, project manager, team lead, designers, front end developers, back end developers, and QA specialists.