What was the scope of their involvement?
Intrepid is an interesting manufacturing case study. Everything they build is handmade and custom, and they’ve got a really long wait time to get the boats. One thing they wanted to do was support that time frame between someone signing the contract and someone taking receipt of their boat. They wanted to be able to have ongoing communication so the owner could see the boat as it’s being fabricated. We built all the tools to support that, where the sales people could send progress reports. That was very well-received by the owners and sales team.
I did a similar size project before this with devartis for an ad agency called Walrus, where we did a site that featured case studies and work for that agency. It was built on the same framework. The only difference was that the Intrepid site has a forum, and we built a social sharing tool for owners of the boats to share images and videos, showing the boats in action.
The application's backend was written using the latest version of the Django web framework and PostgreSQL as the database server. The Build a Boat module was written using HTML5, the CMS pages were built on Django, and the forum was migrated from a .NET platform to Django Machina. They also took care of setting up automated testing as well as the cloud services for the different environments.
The new site was fully responsive and included a mobile version as well, optimized for phones, increasing the accessibility of the site and organic traffic.
What is the team dynamic?
How did you come to work with devartis?
I had worked with them in the past on a project I did for an agency for Walrus. I found them in the first place four years ago when I was interviewing different development shops in South America. I did a video conference with them, and they did some smaller test projects for me. I liked what they were doing and I built a relationship with the managing partner, Fernando [Aramendi, Co-founder, devartis]. I gave them the Walrus project when that came about and we had a lot of success.
I’d done other projects with other developers in between Walrus and Intrepid, but this CMS project for Intrepid made sense; it was the right size for devartis. I needed it to be built on a robust web framework. The other ones I’d done were on WordPress, but this needed to be more of an enterprise site.
How much have you invested with them?
The project was a fixed bid, so there were no cost-related surprises. The cost of the initial development was just under $42,000, and then there were additional phases that cost around $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
I awarded them the job in December 2016, but we really started in January 2017. We had a hard deadline of March 31, 2017 to get it live. We did some incremental development after that, but that was the primary development timeframe. We are not currently engaged in a project.