What was the scope of their involvement?
They completely rebuilt the iOS app in the new language with technology stacks that remain in use We knew exactly what we wanted it to do. We knew we had the right APIs and how those would be used. The pseudo-code from the older product had some ideas in it that were reusable.
They studied what we were asking for and went through a very careful process of designing and testing the requirements without writing any code, so we knew their work would meet our expectations. After all the bugs and change requests went through, they started helping with maintenance.
We share access to the source code for the product. For the most part, we can maintain our own software and they are open to that and don’t try to control it. We benefit enormously from having our own in-house developers. Their ability to offer a hybrid support and maintenance package is a really big positive for us.
What is the team composition?
There were probably six people involved in the project. There was a business analyst working to control the flow of the project to make sure the processes that they promised were being followed. Behind that individual, there were technical people doing the coding, building the UI, and coming up with the design mockups. The founder was closely involved at the start and at the end.
How did you come to work with The Distance App Developers?
We were looking for a supplier in the UK who had the necessary background. The important thing was that they had credentials in doing apps that worked on iOS and Android. We approached quite a lot of different agencies and some of them just weren’t in a position to take on any more work. Some of them didn’t sound like they’d be willing to deal with the two platforms efficiently and some weren’t very convincing or were too expensive.
We went through a simple selection process. We talked to about 10 different companies and The Distance App Developers came across as much more confident than average and more prepared and competent, with evidence that they knew what they were doing.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent $45,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in September 2018 until July 2019.