What was the scope of their involvement?
Our application has a lot of complex assumptions and is based on actuarial calculations and data. We had quite a few sources of data, so DCSL Software had to build an admin portal and the main client portal, which is what the user sees. It wasn’t a straightforward task.
From the beginning, we had most of the calculations we wanted to do because they had already been done by a third-party consulting and actuarial company. DCSL Software translated that into a web application and also came up with a design so that it would be really easy to use and appealing for the end user. They also built an admin portal that we could use to manage the portal and data in the background.
When an employer logs into the app, they have a map. They offer things like medical and life insurance. They can see the countries where they have employees who are part of employee benefit programs.
They can select one of those countries and can download detailed reports about the levels of health and wellness in that country. The PDF report is prepared by a third party. After selecting the country, they have seven sliders that all relate to wellness programs, including a smoking cessation program, an exercise program, sleep, and healthy eating. It can also tell them the likely level of healthy behaviors for a given country.
There are a few buttons where they are able to adjust assumptions. For example, there are claims adjusted to the level of the country from the report, drawn from publicly available data from various reputable sources. They can also adjust it to their own claims. We have uploaded the medical claims we have received over the last couple of years for that country and workplace. It then gives them information that is more targeted to what they are experiencing in their workplace and not necessarily the whole country.
We initially took a couple of months to understand exactly how to do it because there were a few options. We had workshops and design discussions. We then had eight sprints, and each sprint was two weeks. It was a fairly long project, but we weren’t in a huge rush. We gave them the time they needed to get it right.
What is the team composition?
We had a software engineer, two developers including one for the map, and a project manager. We also had two designers that were involved.
How did you come to work with DCSL Software?
I believe we found them through a Google search. We came to them with a brief and had a couple of meetings to discuss the brief. They then came up with a proposal, including all the technology they would be using.
We had spoken to four companies about the brief. At least three of them pitched for it and we selected DCSL because they were the most engaged and they provided the most detailed technical proposal. They had a fairly straightforward approach in terms of how to bring it to life.
How much have you invested in them?
We spent approximately £50,000 Sterling (Approximately $65,229 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked on this project together from September 2018–February 2019.