Hire the top 1% of African Software Developers

Devcenter is a smart software development marketplace to hire and manage the top 1% of African software developers to quickly build your Idea. Our process places a huge importance on experienced project architects to help you build better software. 

Through our community of 3000+ developers, Devcenter will match your idea to a quality talent under 72 hours. 

 
$1,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Lagos, Nigeria
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Paga (Fintech; processed over $1Billion in transaction), Access Bank (Top 5 Bank in Nigeria), and Flutterwave (YC, S16)

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Web and App Dev for Visitor Management Platform

“They should get better developers and be more responsive.”

Quality: 
2.0
Schedule: 
1.0
Cost: 
2.0
Willing to refer: 
0.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Using React.js and PHP, Devcenter supported the build of the first version of a responsive web app. They developed features like a payment portal, panic button, user registration, and calling.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Nigeria
CFO, Real Estate Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Based on their assessment of Devcenter’s performance, the client cut the project short after nine months and changed vendors. They felt the team underperformed in terms of responsivity and that the pace was insufficient. The app had slow load times and notable software bugs.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CFO and a co-founder of a company that provides developmental solutions and advisory services. One of our current solutions is a digital portal for community management. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Devcenter?

I wanted to build the first version of a responsive web app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Devcenter developed our app using PHP and React.js. Features include user registration and bill payments. Functionally, users can activate a panic button and make calls.

What is the team dynamic? 

We interfaced with two people from Devcenter who acted as project managers. I believe they outsource all their developers. One of our contacts left their company six months in.

How did you come to work with Devcenter?

We searched for a vendor online and browsed through Devcenter’s side. The projects they had listed looked appropriate, so we initiated the first conversation with them. They were affordable and understood what we wanted.

How much have you invested with them?

The contract was $1.5 million, and we’ve paid around $900,000 of it. Since we weren’t happy with the results, we decided to part ways and moved forward with a different vendor.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together for nine months, starting in August 2017. The project is still ongoing with a different developer we hired to fix the app.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Describe the impact this engagement has had on your business.

There are no metrics to this effect. Devcenter had slow reaction times and wasn’t very responsive. Progress was slow. 

They performed poorly regarding providing documentation and delivering the work. The app they produced was slow, took forever to load, and had bugs.

How was project management handled?

We kept in touch via phone and Slack. We also used Trello boards. I also visited their office on a couple of occasions when I felt things weren’t moving fast enough. Their responsiveness was on and off.

Is there anything that the vendor did well or that you would consider a strength?

No.

In what specific areas can they improve?

They should get better developers and be more responsive.

What advice do you have for clients with similar needs to yours?

After our experience, I couldn’t recommend that a client go with Devcenter.

1.0
Overall Score
  • 1.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 2.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 2.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 0.5 NPS
    Willing to refer