Innovative Mobile, Web, and Emerging Technology

DevelopmentNow is a Portland-based creative digital development company founded in 2005. We have years of experience in creating mobile, web, emerging tech, and hardware solutions.

Our process involves discovery and strategic planning, creative ideation, project management, development, hosting, and continued post-launch support and consulting.

Our team has provided solutions using a variety of platforms and languages to best fit our partner goals. We are proud to serve a wide variety of clients in a number of countries, from small entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Zyrtec, Avis, Amerifleet, Kelly Services, Manheim, AT&T, BBDO, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ogilvy, Remy Cointreau, Sherwin-Williams, and Time Warner Cable.

We partner with brands and creative agencies as technology experts, helping them realize what is possible with technology through ideation, scoping, and completion of technological projects. We provide innovative and effective technology solutions to help businesses engage users, clients, and vendors regardless of device or location.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Portland, OR
headquarters
  • 9 SE 3rd ave
    Portland, OR 97214
    United States
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

100+ clients, including Google, Time Warner Cable, OMSI, Avery Dennison, Kelly Services, Intel, Microsoft, Xcite, Avis, Zyrtec, Sherwin Williams, Manheim, Amerifleet, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Remy Cointreau, BBDO, AT&T, HP

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BottleDrop

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) recycles over 1.1 billion containers per year and is committed to reducing litter and making recycling an easy, enjoyable process. This not only benefits the environment, it puts money back in the average citizen’s pocket – with the increase in value for recycling (from 5¢ to 10¢ April 2017) it has never been more appealing.

As successful as this program is, OBRC wanted

to make it even easier to recycle so that more people would actively participate. After realizing that a large percentage of their BottleDrop users were accessing the site with mobile devices, OBRC partnered with DevelopmentNow to create an app to bring this process into the modern, digital world.

In the first month the app usage grew to nearly 10,000 users on both iOS and Android devices. This last quarter, BottleDrop had nearly 30,000 new Green Bag sign ups to their recycling program. In addition, they are developing five new Return Centers and 10 new BottleDrop Express sites. There were also over two million containers redeemed through BottleDrop and the OBRC processed a truly incredible amount of containers – the total weight was equal to 234 gray whales!

How do you make insurance interesting, captivating, and educational?

Creative Agency Citizen wanted to create a technology-driven sales tool that could make Whole Life insurance easier for customers to understand. Our goal was to help Citizen execute an augmented reality (AR) “coffee table” experience to bring insurance to life and engage attendees in conversation at the InsureTech Connect 2017 conference.

For

this project, Citizen asked us to help them create a marker based AR app which would consist of six cards with different life scenarios. Users who visited the booth could pick up the display iPads from Citizen and select the active persona on the app. Then, the user could hold the iPads over the cards that were set up around the booth. Using the iPad’s camera, the app would scan, move, and interact with the card through augmented 3D visuals.
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Time Warner Cable

A Dual ECommerce and Support Experience

American telecommunications giant Time Warner Cable approached the DevelopmentNow team with a tricky two-fold challenge: Create a seamless mobile experience with the functionality of a desktop site, and create a Customer Support portal that will increase user satisfaction and reduce overhead costs.

Time Warner had performed a majority of their sales and service via desktop

site and in-person. Recognizing that many of their users preferred a mobile experience, the team tasked DevelopmentNow with creating a mobile experience that would help increase sales for Small Business, Medium and Enterprise, and Industry Solutions while boosting customer satisfaction and experience. With millions of customers, Time Warner also needed to provide mobile users with an easy way to troubleshoot and communicate with Customer Support.

Expanding User Base and Customer Satisfaction

Time Warner Cable secured millions of dollars of additional revenue from mobile users. The mobile-friendly chat platform, plus a comprehensive content and cross-selling strategy generated millions of dollars in sales while saving Time Warner Cable six figures in customer support costs.

In 2015, the company reported the strongest subscriber growth since 2009.

Over 20,000 unique Time Warner Cable customers visit the mobile experience per month.

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Girl Rising

Inspiring Visitors and Capturing the Story

Girl Rising is a global movement to change perceptions about girls around the world. Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide. 

The team behind Girl Rising wanted their film’s companion site to encourage users to

take a series of actions: learn more about the movement, reserve a screening ticket, and join a community that is rallying around the cause. 

DevelopmentNow built an impressive responsive companion site for the Girl Rising film that had to withstand the estimated traffic load and inspire users to support the Girl Rising movement through storytelling.

Boosting the Success of the Girl Rising Brand

The Girl Rising site that DevelopmentNow built garnered over 300,000 users across the world, including the UK, Netherlands, Australia, and India. The site was able to effectively handle spikes in user traffic, various platforms and devices, and helped the Girl Rising brand effectively reach and promote to a wide audience. With help from the DevelopmentNow-built website, the Girl Rising launch was a huge success. The film was nominated for an Emmy award, as well as an Image Award, and second place at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival.

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VisionME by Netop

Managing a Digital Classroom

Netop needed to design a user experience that created a more connected classroom. The experience needed to allow teachers and students to interact in a live classroom setting with real-time multi-way feedback and learning assessment capabilities.

DevelopmentNow created VisionME, an easy to use and implement classroom tool, helping teachers do more in less time, enhance learning, and

keep students safe. 

Monitoring Student Screens

With VisionME, teachers are able to see what’s happening on all student screens. The distinct teacher and student user experiences worked together to improve the classroom dynamic. Teachers immediately know if someone struggling with a lesson, on social media, or cheating on a test by seeing live views of all student screens on their computer. 

A Top Educational Application

Both the teacher and student versions of VisionME are considered among the top apps in the educational space for classroom use. Scholastic named VisionME as one of its latest and greatest education-friendly tech tools of 2015.  Netop also showcased VisionME at the Bett educational conference in London to over 35,000 attendees from 113 countries.
 

Avery Dennison Color Swatch

Boosting Brand Loyalty with a Frictionless User Experience

Avery Dennison needed an innovative solution to boost brand loyalty and customer satisfaction in a competitive market.
DevelopmentNow converted the company’s physical color swatch books into a mobile app for iOS and Android that allows customers to order color samples directly from the app after carefully comparing selections.  Customers can swipe through

collections to view collection colors, then tap to view an individual color that will fill the screen. Customers can also tap to select additional colors to compare choices, or view more information about the single selected color.

Innovation in a Traditional Industry

DevelopmentNow created JSON to serve the Android and iOS apps that the agency created. With this format, Avery Dennison can easily store and update new color collections as they become available. DevelopmentNow also designed a frictionless user experience that helps customers select and order their color swatches faster, on their own time – no retail store visits needed. Additionally, the DevelopmentNow team built a unique effect to showcase swatches with glitter or filament textures. The effect gives the user a more accurate product experience, and matches real live vs. digital versions of each swatch.

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Citifyd

Igniting Local Startups with the “Airbnb of Parking”

Citifyd, a local Portland digital start-up, incubated within Ziba Design, was looking to ignite a parking concept revolution with the “Airbnb of Parking”. DevelopmentNow was engaged during the initial stage to build a digital solution prototype to provide more choice and control for customers seeking parking while also allowing the company to efficiently manage their

inventory of parking resources in real-time.

DevelopmentNow crafted the initial code for the prototype to allow Citifyd’s parking providers to manage their inventory by setting windows of availability and a custom price. On the server side, DevelopmentNow made sure that this original digital solution was PCI compliant so that customers could be assured that their financial data was safe. Furthermore, because DevelopmentNow understands that startup equals growth, a key priority for the engineering team was to make sure that the system could scale and remain stable during periods of heavy use.

Because parking for popular events can be very competitive, DevelopmentNow’s custom RESTful API guaranteed up-to-the-second accuracy for parking reservations. This let customers rest assured that their parking space would be available when they arrived.

Nobody wants a parking space that’s far away from their destination. DevelopmentNow’s system included a custom algorithm to make sure that customers were shown those parking spaces that fell within an acceptable range of distances from the event.

NurseGrid

Just about everyone knows a nurse.

Whether they’re a friend, a family member, or even a medical professional that helped you through a trying time. NurseGrid is an app that strives to help those whose life work is to save and help others, by alleviating the external stress of scheduling and communication into a simple format. The goal with NurseGrid is twofold: make a simple, engaging app that declutters the chaos of a

nurse’s schedule, and aid communication among coworkers and managers so nurses can keep doing the work that matters most.

NurseGrid is an app that strives to ease the lives of nurses by providing features such as colleague messaging, an interactive calendar, and live updates on schedule changes. NurseGrid approached DevelopmentNow with the goal of expanding their current product to include additional platforms; specifically Android. Having a native Android application would give their application more firepower, and create an expandable foundation for future features.

A Platform to Simplify Lives and Data

NurseGrid Android is up to over 15,000 active users and climbing quickly. Post-launch, DevelopmentNow worked with the NurseGrid development team to hand off the source code in a seamless and flexible fashion, enabling them to provide immediate user support and maintenance.  

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Brickstr

Here is how it works:

  • Find local causes to support
  • Geo locate businesses that sponsor causes
  • Shop at the businesses making a difference in your community
  • Find offers that contribute funding for causes
  • Make purchases that benefit your cause
  • See the impact purchases make for your cause
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Cook4Lyfe

Have you ever found yourself hungry, staring blankly into your pantry? Or flipping through recipes – whether in a magazine or online — trying to find something to make with the ingredients you have on hand? Cook4Lyfe, an about.com Best Recipe App finalist, can help by organizing your pantry and recommending recipes based on what you have on hand.

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Swag'r

SWAG’R is a new way to get what you want, where you are. When you bring up a map of your surrounding area, you’ll see offers from both local merchants and big-name retailers placed strategically nearby. Just head over to them to grab them and stash them in your swag bag, then redeem your in-store savings at your convenience!

There’s no registration or authentication necessary, and you can easily share offers with

your friends via text or iMessage. No coupons to clip, no giant list of offers you don’t need—SWAG’R delivers just the deals you care about, in your pocket, when you need them. Grab that swag!
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Lucid Realty

Research indicates that the traditional real estate firm is tremendously inefficient. The average agent only spends about half of his/her time productively working with buyers and sellers. There are other sources of inefficiency in the industry as well. Lucid's business model and agents are focused on expanding that productivity and passing those savings along to their customers.
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ZingDing: Real Estate Social Networking

ZingDing is a real estate social-local startup that harnesses the power of Facebook and network graphs to deliver true social recommendations in the local real estate and mortgage space. Users can search for properties, Realtors, or mortgage brokers, and be shown results based on their existing relationships and their friends' relationships and activities. DevelopmentNow utilized its proprietary Social Recommendation Engine to
develop the ZingDing site, and allowed its client to join the ranks of businesses seeking to use Facebook and social connectivity to offer products and services in a more targeted and effective way.
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Kelly Services: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Mobile

We took Kelly Services’ existing job search application and mobilized it, building it on a foundation that allows for location-specific results. Then we built an interface that integrates with a number of third-party sites, and combines beautifully with a streamlined but full-featured suite of functions for mobile users. Want to apply for a position, but don’t want to type out your qualifications on your phone? Just tell the site
you’ve got a résumé stored in Dropbox, or ask it to pull in your info from LinkedIn, and your application is populated automatically. As an eager and increasingly mobile labor force heats up the market, this kind of convenience has Kelly at the forefront of connecting people with the jobs they need.
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Time Warner Cable: The Future of Customer Service

Telecommunications giant Time Warner Cable could see the uptick in mobile devices to accessing the web via their networks. They knew they needed to serve the handheld sector, but they faced problems: their internal team was capable but would need time to train on mobile development, but their VPN security setup made outsourcing the project difficult.
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Thermo Scientific Pierce: The Power of Science in the Palm of Your Hand

Thermo Scientific Pierce needed a lab tool to allow researchers to download, modify and execute their proprietary workflow procedures. So we built them an iPhone app, Protein Research Protocols, complete with a built-in library manager, a protocol download queue, and a timer system that can take cues from that library to make sure no delicate reaction runs too long. None of that would be half as useful, however, without the
companion desktop site we made–one that allows users to subscribe, create and share their own protocols within a growing community of knowledge.
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Sherwin-Williams: ColorSnap Bringing Colorful Ideas to Life

Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® lets users draw inspiration from a photo or find new paint for an existing surface, by automatically matching or letting the customer search an extensive palette–all on their iPhone screens. When they encountered problems with the app, however, DevelopmentNow stepped in. Thanks to our quick-response team, their customers were able to get back to exploring the world of color in no time.
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Manheim: Getting an Edge at Auctions

Manheim, the premier auto-auction company in America, came to us for a mobile website that their clients could use to access real time information during car auctions. We knew that in order to make vehicle information easily accessible and keep the data accurate up-to-the-minute, the project demanded a commitment to these details. We delivered a product with all of the vital features of the desktop site, but kept the information relevant to mobile users and enabled access from a wide swath of target devices.

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Web Dev Support for Event Marketing Company

“The embedded app DevelopmentNow created is a game changer for us from a business standpoint.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow created a web-based version of a mobile app using JavaScript, allowing all of the native app's features to be embedded into third-party apps. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Tigard, Oregon
Todd Moritz
General Manager, Volley Media
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DevelopmentNow delivered a high-quality product under budget and ahead of schedule. Their team was very efficient and responsive to client needs, making the entire process seamless. Acting as an extension of the company, they were genuinely interested in client success. 

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 general manager for Volley Media. We've developed a platform that enables users to share live streams in real time either in person or from remote locations. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DevelopmentNow?

We had a business need based on direct client feedback to develop a standalone version of our mobile app that could be embedded into third-party apps, so users wouldn't have to download another app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

DevelopmentNow looked at the use case of our current native app and built a fully featured web platform from scratch, using JavaScript. We provided the original art from the app, and their team helped identify the requirements for building the platform. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked primarily with one developer, as well as an account manager and the CTO.

How did you come to work with DevelopmentNow?

We researched different vendors with extensive development experience on Clutch and talked to a few firms based on recommendations within the community before ultimately choosing to work with DevelopmentNow. 

How much have you invested with them?

We initially budgeted for $100,000, but the project came in significantly under budget because we were able to complete it in fewer sprints than expected. We hope to reuse some of the budget allocations to do additional enhancements on the platform in the near future. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We completed the project in four sprints over the course of just six days between September and October 2018, launching the platform in November 2018. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The embedded app DevelopmentNow created is a game changer for us from a business standpoint. It helped eliminate a barrier between us and some of our larger clients, opening up doors in the marketplace that weren't previously available to us. 

How did DevelopmentNow perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great to work with, completing the project quickly and under our original budget. They had a very streamlined process and were able to deliver exactly what we needed without any drama–it felt like a genuine partnership.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It didn't feel like we were working with an agency, but rather with an extension of our own team. They were very receptive to our needs and on board with the project from day one more so than other firms we considered. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not really. They did a great job and we look forward to working with them on the next phase of the project. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don't micromanage their team; give them all the assets they need and let them do what they do best.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web and App Dev for Manufacturing Tracking Company

"The people working there are extremely intelligent and capable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow developed an application and a website for a software business, including an API that integrates with the user's products and image integrating capabilities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Steven Mast
Owner, Fifth Gear Technologies
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software has around 40 customers who are extremely satisfied with it, working to reduce errors in their work by around 25%. The team used Jira to transparently manage the project, maintaining excellent communication, and flexibly responding to feedback at all times.

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 one of the owners of Fifth Gear Technologies. We create software for the countertop industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DevelopmentNow?

We were looking for a partner to help us develop a barcode and labeling system for tracking parts in the countertop area. We engaged with DevelopmentNow to develop and continue improving the software on an ongoing basis.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They went through an elaborate discovery process in the beginning, establishing the scope and the cost. That involved on-site meetings at our offices. Ben (CEO, DevelopmentNow) was diligent about ensuring that there were no misunderstandings about what the software would and wouldn’t do. We had a laundry list of 10 items and ended up choosing five for the first version.

The solution is intended for tracking countertops and parts through the process. There are two parts to the solution: an app and a website. It was built so that businesses could use the software easily; it has an API that integrates with their products. DevelopmentNow built it so that it would have a clean and smooth transition with what businesses were already using. They also integrated images into the software, so that they could capture those images using a snipping app—it captures architectural drawings and images and integrates them into the software.

What is the team composition?

We had direct communication with the developers. They had project management that oversaw the work, but they kept out of the way in terms of allowing the development to occur quickly.

How did you come to work with DevelopmentNow?

I knew that we wanted to work with a partner from Portland, Oregon, so that we could meet with them face-to-face. I went online and found Clutch, which had a number of reviews for them from past clients. I read those and got a feel for them, and also looked at their work. I liked the type of work they’d done; they had good UI as well as development work. They weren’t just software developers; they were familiar with apps and with making things look good, not just work well.

How much have you invested with them?

The first version of the product cost $50,000–$75,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with DevelopmentNow in December 2017. The first version of the software was delivered in April or May 2018.

We finished our first development earlier this year, then went live with it. We continue to work with them on a weekly basis to improve our software.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We have around 40 customers who are using the software and they love it. It’s reduced the error rate during production by 25–30%.

How did DevelopmentNow perform from a project management standpoint?

There was a lot of back-and-forth throughout; they didn’t just disappear to work on the product. They were transparent about what they were doing. They introduced us to Slack, which is a powerful tool; it allows us to see what they’re doing, give feedback in real-time, and test the product.

For our needs, they were great. They used Jira, which allowed us visibility over everything they were developing. We could see their status and what they were working on at all times. We expressed early on that we wanted to move quickly and get feedback, and they were responsive to making changes. Nothing got lost in translation.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The people working there are extremely intelligent and capable. They’re big enough to handle large projects, but small enough to be flexible, have good communication, and eliminate misunderstandings.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not off the top of my head. They’re great and we couldn’t have asked for more. Our partners feel that we were lucky in finding DevelopmentNow. The alternative could’ve been painful.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

The more time and energy the client is willing to invest in DevelopmentNow, the more they’ll get back, in terms of speed or understanding. They have the people who can do the work either hands-on or hands-off. If the client wants to move quickly and help them, they’re open and transparent with their development process. This allows the customer to decide how much they want to engage.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev for Tenant Reference Platform

“I’m impressed with their communication, their intelligence, their speed, and their honesty.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2017 - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

Working from an existing site, DevelopmentNow rebuilt a Ruby on Rails website with a large database and payment system, among other features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Rob Collier
CEO, Insight Data Services, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While not live yet, the rebuilt site meets expectations and the developers applied skill and creativity to enhance the site. Thoughtful about what should strategically be included in the MVP, DevelopmentNow provided accurate time estimates, worked quickly through sprints, and ensured effective QA.

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 CEO of Insight Data Services, a software as a service (SaaS) business that sells access to data much like selling a credit report.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DevelopmentNow?

We were developing a website to access landlord references by gathering them and making them available for purchase. We needed a firm to replace previous developers that had done a terrible job with the site. They had made changes without our approval and the site was very unstable. We needed someone to assess the current status of the website and devise a plan with us to take it forward in terms of what we wanted and how to get there.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

DevelopmentNow rebuilt our Ruby on Rails website. The site is built on a large database and integrates identity verification, payments, and a feature for electronic signatures via a form.

We discussed the options of starting from scratch or building on the foundation we had. They presented scenarios to us for each option, including timeframes and costs. Once we decided to work with the foundation of the existing site, we worked through sprints. We would develop estimates together about what we could complete in each sprint including coding, reviewing, and QA.

The site is primarily complete though we haven’t officially rolled out yet. We encountered some issues with one of the identity verification processes through testing so they’re fixing it.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project manager, developers, and a QA person.

How did you come to work with DevelopmentNow?

I was looking for firms with great reputations and focused in on three different vendors. I had heard of DevelopmentNow because they’re based here in Portland. I talked to their past customers and decided they were right for the project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $100,000–$120,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2017. We finished the bulk of the work by March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We haven’t gone live yet but I've been very pleased with the developers that I have worked with. They’ve been creative in coming up with ideas optimize the process, giving suggestions for how to do things more effectively. I’m impressed with their communication, their intelligence, their speed, and their honesty.

How did DevelopmentNow perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate over Slack and have weekly face-to-face meetings. They use Jira so I was able to track the development. They gave me access so I could add tasks that needed to be completed. Their time estimates are accurate and we’ve often been able to bring more into a sprint because they were faster than we predicted. We had very few failures in the QA process.

Everyone I’ve worked with at DevelopmentNow has been US-based with English as their first language. Our project managers, developers, and QA people changed over the course of the project but the transitions were always fairly seamless. One developer, for example, had a medical issue that meant he was out unexpectedly for an indefinite period of time. They assigned a new developer quickly and brought him up to speed at their cost, which was appreciated. They communicated well what was going on and we were pleased with how well they transitioned to new people.

The thing I like best about them, besides their skills, is their level of communication. For example, if I’ve had any issues or concerns, I was able to reach out to the CEO directly who would respond quickly. They are dedicated to communication and setting expectations.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Owning, challenging, and treating us like they’re a member of our team. For example, when we were considering features to include in the minimum viable product (MVP), DevelopmentNow would challenge us about what we needed now versus what wasn’t really needed for the MVP that we could put off until a later time. They helped us as a development partner to think wisely about what to develop now and what to do later. They did a really nice job for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Obviously, I'd love to have the team that I started with remain throughout as you develop the relationships. However, that’s really out of their control. You’d always love them to work faster and cheaper. They’ve done a great job of communicating throughout as issues arise. I’m pleased with them. There’s nothing that’s in their control that they can improve on.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Ask to be included on Jira and that everyone uses Slack. That way you can be involved in the QA process as much as you want. Maybe we've been involved more than other companies have been but they've been very welcoming to that.

Work with them to set expectations. Make sure you understand what they're saying and that, when they give an estimated amount of time, it will be accurate. A lot of companies will give you estimates that are far under the time required. DevelopmentNow’s estimates are accurate. They may seem like more than other vendors but they do good work and it ends up being faster with them.

The QA person that I’ve dealt with has really shown me the true value of a quality assurance person. I would strongly suggest people not go through a project without them. If you think you can do the QA yourself, don't. A good QA person is key and DevelopmentNow has great QA.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Android Dev for Healthcare Staff Scheduling App

"It was a tight timeline ... [The project manager] was proactive at coming up with solutions often."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2017
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow built an Android app based on its iOS version. It works with SaaS products so healthcare personnel managers can communicate easily with their staff, and staff can access and adjust their shifts.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Product Manager, NurseGrid
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team at DevelopmentNow is proactive and reliable. They communicate challenges before they become hindrances, and quickly come up with solutions. Their organization and efficiency make them easy to collaborate with, and their skill set is promising for a project of any scale.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

NurseGrid is a software provider making healthcare technology to better manage schedules for nurses and other hospital and healthcare staff. We make two products: one is a free mobile application that nurses and other healthcare clinicians can use on their own to manage their calendar and communicate with colleagues, and our second product is a cloud-based staff platform that a manager at a hospital department or other facility would subscribe to. It plugs into our mobile app and distributes the schedule, makeup dates, and approve slots. I’m the product manager for the app. I make the hard decisions, working on growth and working off our users to build new features.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DevelopmentNow?

Our initial resources led us to have to choose iOS or Android when developing our app, and we chose iOS based on surveys. We've grown quite a bit now, and resources have increased as well, so we wanted to make an Android offering and serve that portion of the market. We have a lot of untapped users there, and we know there's a lot of nurses and other healthcare staff using Android. We contracted DevelopmentNow to create a clone of our iOS app on Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The app is calendar-based. The main feature is a calendar where users can quickly enter and track all the shifts they're working and other events in their life. It has specialized features that support nuances of healthcare staff and schedules they work: shifts that span two days, regular and repeating shift schedules, and shifts at multiple facilities. All those things are accounted for. Our calendar makes it easy to enter those events as well as look at a glance and glean the necessary details about your schedule. Beyond that, we have a second layer of features that include colleague connections, requesting and connecting with your colleagues to send messages and see when one or another are working. Those are the primary components of our app.

There are also a number of features on mobile that were developed as a part of this project that plug into SaaS products, so there was support for our staff’s little features built into the app. The SaaS product is used by the institutions to manage their workforce who then use the app on an individual basis. That interplay between the two products was built into the Android app so users can receive shifts and seek manager approval for slots.

It was a little more complex than porting the app to Android. It was built from the ground up under a tight timeline, so that was the only complication. We had quite a bit of prioritization to get to a certain feature start by our scope of 10 weeks. Although it’s based off what we have built for iOS, all the code is original and native for Android. iOS design patterns and UI elements were adjusted for Android. No additional features or enhancements were done to the iOS version. There were four people involved: a project manager, two full-time Android developers, and a part-time QA engineer.

How did you come to work with DevelopmentNow?

We’re pretty tapped into the startup and tech scene in Portland. We asked around, and DevelopmentNow was recommended to us by a friend of the company. Our only requirements on the code of the project were experienced Android engineers. A bonus we got from their side was some solid QA work. It was part of their offering, but not something that we have planned for as we tend to QA on our side, but that was nice to have that resource included. They exhibited work that they've done for large clients and a number of apps that were live in the Google Play Store, and those things gave us confidence as well as kind of just a good word from friends in the Portland area.

How much have you invested with DevelopmentNow?

I believe it was $80,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The timeline was from the second week of January through the first week of April 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We don’t have user metrics yet, as we did the final code hand off last week, so we haven't actually stepped into the wild. Any of our velocity or development metrics are probably not going to be relevant because they’re super project-specific. The ceiling is pretty high for expected users. In the first few months, we expect 10,000-15,000 users, and ultimately we'll help grow that to a few hundred thousand users.

How did DevelopmentNow perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management was great. Ryan [Brown], the project manager, was fantastic. We have a large enterprise customer who made it our requirement that we have a native Android experience. The start date for that customer was May 1st, so we needed to have something in that timeframe. It was a tight timeline, so we were actively working together to scope things in and out and prioritize. Ryan was proactive at coming up with solutions often. The whole project was on Slack and JIRA.

What did you find most impressive about DevelopmentNow?

The communication was awesome during this project. Not just the project manager, but the developers involved were communicating early and often. That was super helpful. That helped us with a couple of problems in the mud and be more effective.

Are there any areas DevelopmentNow could improve?

Honestly, it was a fantastic experience. The only thing was the challenge of forecasting a budget before it starts. We were close, but not spot-on, from a feature inclusion perspective and a budget perspective. We were extremely pleased with how things ended up.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with DevelopmentNow?

They built an entire app from the ground up for us, so I have confidence in their ability to start an original project from scratch. They're also familiar and up-to-date with everything regarding the latest Android API and OS. They would be a good fit for a project of any scale.

5.0
Overall Score It was fun. They're even taking us out for an end-of-project celebration this week, so that should be fun.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    From day one, communication via Slack and JIRA was fantastic. They set regular meetings each week, and initiated extras, for us to collaborate on issues. We had a weekly sprint planning, and it was surprising how frequently we hit our targets there.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think it was a good value. They worked with us to budget an affordable plan for the timeline and features that we had, and they were making sure they had checked the boxes and delivered the value we expected.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Service is great. Communication from all the project members and quality of deliverables are solid. There were some tricky problems to solve, and they did it elegantly.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I worked with an awesome project team, and I think it'd be great to have them in any native Android project.

Vehicle Wholesale Auction Service Mobile Application Development

"They are very sharp in the mobile space. They really understand mobility."

Quality: 
3.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow built iOS and Android apps and a mobile site to serve as a digital wholesale auction house. The agency provided a proof of concept, completed the build, and delivered the finished code.

The Reviewer
Head of Product Development, Automotive Wholesaler Corporation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DevelopmentNow was responsive and flexible, delivering excellent work with a short turnaround time. They have a strong understanding of how to harness mobile trends and produce effective results. While the agency used to have an informal approach, they have matured and acquired much-needed structure.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

Mannheim is one of the largest automotive marketing companies in the world. We do dealer-to-dealer auctions, and we have multiple channels that the customer can buy and sell cars through.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I am a director of product management in the product development organization. I manage products within the development group, including mobile.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with DevelopmentNow?

In the beginning, we were trying to get a mobile site and application up and running. We needed some expertise, so we could get in the marketplace with a mobile tool and mobile apps. DevelopmentNow helped us build our first mobile tool. We have a development shop. They developed it in iOS and Android, and we have a mobile site as well.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

It was mostly all development work. We used them as an external, third-party workshop, a development shop.

What was your process for selecting DevelopmentNow with which to work?

We went through a few other vendors, and we had a high-level discussion with the president of development. It was a smaller project, and we wanted to see a proof of concept. Our relationship built from there. We worked with them for about a year, and then we brought the development back in-house.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

For the nine months that they worked on the project, it was about $1 million.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

The project was completed in 2010. I’ve been working with them since my company is part of a larger organization. We have other entities within there, and my team is helping DevelopmentNow connect with some of our sister companies. They’ve done some development work with a few of our sister companies.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did DevelopmentNow perform?

We launched the app successfully with the mobile site as well as the iPhone and Android apps. They’re great to work with and very flexible. They had a quick turnaround in some of the development we had to do.

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

Half of our customers are utilizing mobile tools that they had helped building, although we did a lot of work after 2010 and enhanced that ourselves, too. It was what we expected from them.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

They are very sharp in the mobile space. They really understand mobility. They are very quick in their development time frames.

Did you talk to any other companies that said it would take longer to build?

Yes. We had some RFPs [request for proposals] out to other, larger companies. Back in 2010, which doesn’t happen today, we needed a company that would write the code, and we would be able to bring that code back in-house. They were one of the very few companies that would allow us to do that. Most of the companies wanted to keep the code if they wrote it. That was something that we did not want, and it was one of the key factors for sourcing DevelopmentNow.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

They were a smaller shop, so they didn’t have a lot of structure built in. That was back in 2010, but they’ve improved in that area now.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 3.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile Gamification For Advertising Firm

"[T]hey’re not only our hired development team, they’re part of our culture now."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow built the minimum viable product for an app to gamify corporate promotions in specific geographic areas. They provided coding, graphic design, and user experience for iOS and then Android.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
President, Got Swag'r
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DevelopmentNow provides such an exceptional service that their team was integrated as a core partner in the company. Polite and professional, they consistently deliver projects on time and under budget. Their broad technical skill and innovative ideas make them an outstanding resource.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

My company is called Got Swag'r Inc. We are a geolocation, gamification, and data analytics company for promotional offerings. We operate where people gather in large numbers, such as college campuses, sporting events, concerts, and military bases.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I am the president and the co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with DevelopmentNow?

We engaged them to build our MVP, which is the minimal viable product. They did so, ahead of schedule and under budget. We engaged them on our version 2 of the mobile app, which is a diverse gamification tool. That’s where we are with them right now.

What platforms were utilized for the application?

We are currently doing iOS, and probably in the next two months, we’ll engage them to do our Android system. We don’t do tablets; we only do mobile phones. We only address iOS and Android. I’m not saying we won’t in the future, but now, that’s not what our needs are.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

They provided an extraordinarily high amount of expertise in user experience, graphic design, and what I call hardcore development. We met with them once a week and gave them our vision. They provided a report when that part of the project was finished for our approval. We provided the vision and the scope, and they used their in-house resources to build from our vision. It was quite easy for us. They are local to Oregon, and are right down the street from our office in downtown Portland. Everything was in-house about four blocks away from us.

What was your process for selecting DevelopmentNow?

This was a unique situation. For four or five months, I conducted research before we started the company to find the right talent. Through my network, I started communicating with a company called Uncorked Studios; they do a lot of work for Nike. I approached one of the co-founders, and I pitched him on what we were doing. He said that it was a higher level of coding than he thought they were comfortable doing; they did one-off projects. He said he wanted to introduce me to a company he worked with that is hardcore in the coding and back-end development of mobile cloud development. That’s how I was introduced to DevelopmentNow.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

Right now, it’s about $50,000 or $60,000. We’re moving into Phase 2, which is about $15,000 a month.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

We went live on the App Store January 6, 2014. We’re doing a hard launch in mid-March, which is the spring quarter at the University of Oregon. We’re doing a soft launch now, testing it out on campus, and making sure all the bugs are worked out. In doing that, we’ll be putting in high levels of gamification tools into the backend systems so our users can gameify the promotional offerings from our brand partners. Once we’ve reached that hard launch, then we’ll renegotiate with them about the kind of partnership we’ll have. By then, we’ll have some in-house people, and we’ll move around which projects we’ll do in-house and which ones we’ll outsource.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you assess DevelopmentNow’s performance?

They’ve been under budget, and have met or beat every timeline that we’ve put together. I can’t ask for anything better because it’s impossible to get better than that.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

They’ve actually become part of our company. We have such a good relationship, they’re not only our hired development team, they’re part of our culture now. It works well for us. I feel that DevelopmentNow is our development team for Swag'r, not just a bunch of coders who know how to write code. They’re more of a partner than a vendor.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

Perhaps I shouldn’t say this, but maybe some of the employee might want to take a class in social activity. Some of them are hard core and live in their own world, but you need that. I get along with all of them. They’re all polite, businesslike, and they’re a little bit quirky, but I believe that’s what it takes to become a successful developer in today’s market. As a developer in Portland, you’re going to be a little bit outside the corporate banking arena. They understand our vision, they understand how to build stuff, and they’re passionate about it. As I said, the partnership couldn’t be better.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve always beat our timelines, every single time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re not cheap, but they’re cost effective with what they’re doing. The estimates have always been what they are, and cost is cost...It’s how much time you’re putting in...We have good product managers, and we’ve had no issues.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We have a working product with no bugs. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked them to do.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already done that.

Time Warner Cable Mobile Development

"They’ve been very responsive. We have certainly enjoyed working with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow hosted, coded and designed a B2B e-commerce app. They coded a complex, location-specific pricing function and dynamically scraped the web platform to deliver correct information on mobile devices.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Washington, DC Metro Area
Sr. E-Marketing Manager, Time Warner Cable Business Class
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DevelopmentNow jumped into a complex project and delivered excellent work from the start. They boasted impressive turnaround times for both the interim site and the fully scoped mobile site. While their small team occasionally failed to communicate their progress, they were nimble and energetic.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

I work for Time Warner Cable Business Class, which is a commercial services IT provider.

What is your role and responsibilities?

At the time that I worked with DevelopmentNow, I was the business owner of TimeWarnerCable.com for Time Warner Cable Business Class.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the strategy behind your work with DevelopmentNow?

I wanted them to mobilize the online presence of TimeWarnerCable.com for commercial services. They came by way of reference through our residential team. They came in, mobilized TimeWarnerCable.com, and all of our products and services as well as our customer support options.

We were in the process of redesigning TimeWarnerCable.com, and we did not have a mobile presence at the time. It was something that was sorely missed from our overall eCommerce strategy, and we had been meaning to launch a mobile site. They came highly recommended as a shop that could turn this around quickly. That's exactly what they did. They set up an initial, interim page within two weeks. We were able to launch the fully scoped mobile site, which was dynamic within six weeks.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work

The design was influenced by what we called Project Omega, which was the code name for the redesign project that we were undertaking for the PC version of the site. The PSDs were provided, and overall, the look and feel from a brand perspective was given. That being said, they created all the UX and UI design for the m-dot site.

What was your process for selecting DevelopmentNow?

Time Warner Cable is split into two distinct teams or groups. First, there is the residential services where you get your home video and phone service. Then, there is commercial services, which is where I work. That is all B2B work.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

I think it was $65,000 for the mobile site engagement. There are ongoing maintenance fees, and we are continuing to utilize them. They’re minimal. In addition to that, they are also hosting the m-dot site for us. That way, they can actively update the site when necessary.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

It was completed in late August of 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

DevelopmentNow might be able to share some statistics. They’ve been keeping track. We can get it from Google Analytics reports. We have been tracking the efficacy of various portions of the site. My role has since changed at TimeWarnerCable.com, and we were looking at the number of sales and support calls that the site was driving.

How did they perform throughout the work?

I was impressed with the timelines they were able to come back with. We were getting a lot of pressure from senior management to launch that as quickly as possible. They didn't hesitate – they just started right away. They did a great job in getting it completed and ready quickly. It's not an easy site launch by any means. Unfortunately, there is an element of localization that takes place with telecommunication services. In order to show the customer the correct price, the correct support number, or the correct sales number, all that has to be localized. They took geo-localization into account, and they were able to pair that with our existing ZIP code lists. They were able to scrape the public PC version of the site dynamically, and serve up the correct information based on where that user was coming in from. The first stage was who we were and what we do, and here's our phone number for support. We do sales and support. Within the six-week timeline, they did the entire dynamic site.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

They are a small shop, and we typically work with much larger agencies. In this particular case, it worked to their benefit because they were nimble. I was impressed with the timelines in which they were able to turn things around. It's rare that you see that, especially with the quality of the work they did. We haven’t had to touch the site since it's been up and running. With the assistance that we needed with modifying the tool that they gave us, the CMS allows us to go in and update various areas of the site. They’ve been very responsive. We have certainly enjoyed working with them.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

I think the facilitation of the project management is something they could be stronger at in the future. It's an area that they can work on. I think it comes from being a small shop with some young folks. The work really spoke for itself, and they got it done. There were a couple of times where we were left wondering where we stood in terms of the project deliverables. That was the only area where we had an issue.

Would you say they were improving as time goes on, or is that a lingering issue?

They’re not a company that I’m currently working with any longer. My role has changed at Time Warner Cable, so I can’t answer that question. From the coworkers that have taken over that responsibility, I haven’t heard that they’ve had any issues.

5.0
Overall Score Even taking into account the project management piece that we had an initial issue with, they met the project deliverables in the timeline that they specified for the money that they said it would cost. They did a really good job.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Real Estate Marketing Website

"I think that they were the best people that I have worked with about getting the scope of the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
n/a
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

DevelopmentNow redesigned a real estate website into a social networking site for buyers and sellers. They compiled properties into a searchable database and integrated Facebook.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Owner & President, Real Estate Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DevelopmentNow’s product exceeded expectations. The team was accessible by multiple means of communication and delivered results true to their word. Although they can improve on detailing and defining project scopes, they had a good grasp of the project and did what they said they would.

 

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

BACKGROUND

Could you give a bit of background info on your company?

The background info is that we have a tools company for realtors, and what we wanted to do is basically turn it into more of a social networking site to help buyers and sellers connect through Facebook, and that’s what DevelopmentNow helps us do.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the process for selecting DevelopmentNow to work with them?

Personal referral. I had been through a number of developers, and they all were very poor performers. I finally met DevelopmentNow, and they did a great job. Very true in everything they said they were going to do.

SOLUTION

Could you tell me a little bit about the scope of the project?

They totally redesigned the website. They did Facebook integration then they compiled my properties so that it’s searchable. They put all of our properties into a searchable database.

Do you happen to know any of the technologies involved that they used? 

I don’t.

How long ago was the project finished?

Our project was finished by 45 days ago.

Can you give me just a very general cost estimate for the project?

Under $50,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How happy are you with the results of the project?

I think it’s great. Far exceeded my expectations.

Compared to other developers you may have worked with, is there anything that’s special or unique about DevelopmentNow?

They do what they say they’re going to do. They’re accessible by phone and email, and basically they do what they say they’re going to do.

Do you think there’s anything that they could improve or do slightly better on?

I think that they were the best people that I have worked with about getting the scope of the project. After going through it that the scope of any project is the most difficult part, and if there’s anything that we could have done better is to go through that even more. Although, at the time, I thought that go through the level of the scope we were going through is just way too detailed. Not necessary, but looking back on, that’s the most critical part of the whole project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • N/A NPS
    Willing to refer
    Yes. Absolutely I would.