Always a better way of doing things.

Dotsquares head office is based in Albourne (near Brighton and Hove), United Kingdom with international offices in USA, Australia and has in-house development centres in Jaipur, India. We work very closely with all our clients, always looking to forge long term relationships, and offer offshore outsourcing services which reduce costs, enhance organisational flexibility and improve business and IT performance.

By taking your IT project offshore you can take advantage of a fantastic price that will not be matched by onshore competitors and allows you to cut down on the costs whilst maintaining a quality that even onshore companies struggle to match. We take the pain out of your IT projects and let you concentrate on the business you know best: Your own.

The idea behind Dotsquares was conceived in 2000, and the company was set up in Feb 2002. Dotsquares is a company dedicated to supplying IT services to businesses.

Our web developers have over 5 years extensive experience of handling complex projects. Our developers have worked for more than 1000 clients all around the world creating more than 2000 website applications for them.

You can extend your in-house staff to our offshore development centre by hiring the services of dedicated developers. You can start with a single developer and scale-up to a full-fledged project team.

Dotsquares is a member of the Agile Alliance which is committed to advancing Agile development principles and practices.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
2002
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Albourne, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Dotsquares
    Unit 2, Albourne Court
    Albourne, SXW BN6 9FF
    United Kingdom
    +44 1273 575190
other locations
  • Dotsquares
    897 Waverley Road
    Glen Waverley, VIC VIC 3150
    Australia
    +61 425 672 323
  • Dotsquares
    Level39, One Canada Square
    Canary Wharf, LND E14 5AB
    United Kingdom
    +44 208 0901819
  • Dotsquares
    4-RA-5, Jawahar Nagar
    Jaipur, RJ 302004
    India
    +919829029555

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Partnership for Australian Web Developer

"I feel that the blended project manager/developer model is the one clients should be going for."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Originally engaged on a small Wordpress project, Dotsquares is now the go-to developer for another dev shop. One key project was a GPS-based property app featuring a huge database, maps, and filtering tools.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sydney, Australia
Director, Web Development Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Dotsquares created a hybrid engagement model that served both parties well. Although individual developers could test more stringently, Dotsquares’ communication skills mitigate the risk of missteps. Each resource is skilled, and the team is personable.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a software and web development company based in Sydney, Australia. We’ve been in business for 15 years. I am the director of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dotsquares?

We had a staff of 60 at our office in the Philippines. I was getting tired of working with that region and started looking for an Indian team to assist us with software projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I originally contacted Dotsquares for a small project developing a WordPress plug-in. We’ve since built a relationship over time, and Dotsquares has come to handle most of our high-level projects.

Dotsquares is involved in software work, and anything which requires more complicated development. We generally handle simple WordPress sites inhouse, mainly because of cost reasons.

We’ve built an app for a large multinational, during which Dotsquares has worked with us through the design and development phases. They’ve provided ongoing support for it over the last two and a half years. It’s a property app which searches a large database and has geolocation abilities, as well as a number of other features.

Our client had produced monthly PDF reports for the last 15 years, containing a list of property sales in Australia, and all the related data in that realm, like sale-price descriptions and technical items. The report was provided to clients at no cost, but the company wanted to start monetizing, so they started to invest money in developing an app, through which they would continue to provide those PDF reports on a monthly basis, but also turn a 15-year database into a searchable product.

Uploading the PDF component wasn’t exactly rocket science, but Dotsquares mainly focused on extracting all the information out of past reports, cleansing it and building the search components of the app, which had seven core filter criteria, apart from location. Users could filter states, prices and other information, and retrieve a page which had all the property information, as well as browse a map. The app showed detailed information for selected properties. The app was built for the iPhone and iPad separately since we wanted to create a more extensive, landscape version for the iPad, where most users tended to be. The client also contacted us for building an Android version four months later. I worked closely with Dotsquares in order to figure out what the design components should be.

How did you come to work with Dotsquares?

I was referred to Dotsquares by a friend. I got along with their principal and found that we had similar interests. Many of my relationships with offshore staff had been limited to the employer-employee level. With Dotsquares, I was able to cut through those barriers quickly, and have good, meaningful conversations.

How much have you invested with Dotsquares?

The cost of Dotsquares’ work is between AU$50,000 [$37,500 USD] and AU$80,000 [$60,000 USD] per year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our property app has around 2,000 users.

How did Dotsquares perform from a project management standpoint?

Dotsquares has several different operation models. I had been working with our Philippines team, and didn’t have a good grasp of the differences with Dotsquares’ team. We started with a developers-only approach, but I needed a project manager as well, someone who could make sure that things were understood, so we included one in our model. It’s around 20% more expensive, but it’s far superior to only working with developers. When working with a team like this, I am looking for overall the skills of a group of people. I was given a balance of support and understanding of what the concept of a project was, mixed with the development services.

We started a very large project with Dotsquares three or four months ago, double the size of what we’d done previously. It’s using four developers, a tester, and a project manager, and it has been running quite well. The key to any project is to get the team working well, and have good interactions. The early phase will always need a bit more finessing, and we’ve had to find our groove a bit, but the last month and a half has been smooth sailing. I feel that the blended project manager/developer model is the one clients should be going for.

We use the Agile methodology, and I’ve appreciated Dotsquares’ ability to scale, adding more developers as-needed. We were running one or two weeks behind, but we’ve managed to overtake that lag by getting good assets on the job.

As with any team, whether internal or hired, we need to find our groove. This is as much my own responsibility as it is Dotsquares’. I’ve needed to pick up my game and deliver things to them more quickly so that we’d meet our deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about Dotsquares?

The main reason for shutting down the office in the Philippines was communication. That was just as important as development itself to me, since anyone can develop things, but if we’re not communicating, the work isn’t done. Dotsquares’ biggest pro is that the communication is right up there. At no point have I felt like I was in limbo, and this has definitely been the key criterion which got me hooked and kept me there. Even if things aren’t working right, for whatever reason, there’s still communication. Dotsquares has always been clear on what is going on, either through Skype calls or email.

Are there any areas Dotsquares could improve?

Unless we kept on top of things, developers tended to report that something was done, when it wasn’t. I would say that Dotsquares’ project management, although not flawless, is very good, but, when we get to the developers’ level, we see the same issue as with all freelance development, namely being told that something had been done and tested, when it wasn’t. Things can be rectified, but it’s annoying, and it requires me to allocate additional time and energy to a task.

4.5
Overall Score The communication is great between us, and I can understand what Dotsquares’ internal needs are, in terms of money and time.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A perfect rating would mean 100% on-time delivery, every time. I do give Dotsquares a 5 for availability, but they haven’t nailed all our timelines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Dotsquares is more on the pricier side, but the value is certainly up there. What they produce for the cost is 10 times better than for other shops.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Dotsquares has always delivered to a high standard, and I’ve never heard anyone say their code was bad.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Water Accounting Software Testing & Java Development

"They worked in a collaborative fashion to understand our requirements and deliver under tight time pressure."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Dec. 2016
Project summary: 

Dotsquares provided functional and security testing for a cloud-based water accounting solution as well as Java development resources that contributed to an R&D effort.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Adelaide, Australia
Service Delivery Manager, Software Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Dotsquares responded to tight timelines with flexibility and quickly on-boarded resources. They offered and implemented testing tools best practices. Communication was consistent and estimates were delivered in line with expectations.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a software development company focusing mainly on product development for water markets.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dotsquares?

We wanted to have a testing resource to provide independent testing for the products built by our in-house team. We were also looking for Java developers who could undertake some R&D work, adding extra capacity to our team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Dotsquares has been involved in the testing of our water-accounting product and the provision of Java resources to fast track an R&D scope of work. We had a tight timeline to which we needed to respond quickly, so the first task for Dotsquares was to put together a test campaign. We invested some initial effort to get their team up to speed on the product, after which Dotsquares prepared a series of test cases for the new product. We ran the campaign for a couple of months, and also asked Dotsquares to undergo some security testing, after that part of the development was completed.

On the Java side of things, we engaged Dotsquares for some R&D tasks. They needed to have experience with payment gateways and similar components, to build an integration with our payment and accounting system, QuickBooks. For this work, Dotsquares maintained their own development environment.

Dotsquares also developed an internationalization proof-of-concept, converting their code to alternative language, in this case, Hindi. We worked with them using an Agile development methodology, with two-week sprints. The scope of each sprint was agreed to in advance and concluded with a demonstrated.

We worked with two Java resources, a test analyst, as well as project management and business analysis resources from Dotsquares.

How did you come to work with Dotsquares?

I was working for a different organization two or three years ago. Dotsquares had already been engaged by them for the development of a CRM solution. I worked with them through that process, and, when I moved to my current company, I looked Dotsquares up, since we were looking for an outsourcing organization.

How much have you invested with Dotsquares?

The cost of our project was between AU$30,000 and AU$40,000. [$22,000 to $30,000 USD]

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Dotsquares in October 2016. The project wrapped up in December.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We worked in two-week sprint cycles, and the key metric has been Dotsquares’ ability to deliver what they said they would. This was my experience with them in the past as well. We were able to leverage from Dotsquares quality practices and recommendations for the use of testing tools. This included artifacts to capture requirements and estimates. Dotsquares provided regular communication and were able to deliver to estimates. Dotsquares is good at putting together estimates and meeting them.

We’ve have launched a new product, and have sold the product to two beta clients. Dotsquares contributed to this successful outcome.

How did Dotsquares perform from a project management standpoint?

The project manager successfully set the scope, ensured delivery, and provided regular communication. We met with the project management resource from Dotsquares' side on a regular basis. The developers and testers took part in those meetings as well, but we generally dealt with one contact. I always try to bring the whole team into the same environment during these projects, to increase collaboration and provide a positive team atmosphere.

What did you find most impressive about Dotsquares?

As with any new resource, you have to invest time upfront in education them, but the Dotsquares team was flexible given our time constraints. They worked in a collaborative fashion to understand our requirements and deliver under tight time pressure. They were keen to make sure they were adding value and continued to work with us to improve service delivery. The test campaign did identify a number of issues - their security testing in particular captured issues for us to resolve before we shipped the product to clients.

Are there any areas Dotsquares could improve?

It’s always challenging to bring a new team to a project, and require them to respond quickly. Nothing stands out in terms of improvements from their side.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Dotsquares was able to provide resources in very short timeframes, and made themselves available for the regular meetings we set up.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value for money was the main reason for engaging Dotsquares. They’re certainly more affordable than local developers in Australia.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They certainly stuck to what they promised to deliver, and had good quality processes in place, in order to ensure that all requirements had been captured. QA is a part of Dotsquares’ own process.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I brought Dotsquares to my new company specifically because there was preexisting trust with their members.

Dedicated Resource Partnership for Development Shop

"I would compare them to developers in the US, but we are able to save around 65% on the cost."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2009 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Initially engaged on a user interface project, Dotsquares provides ongoing development and design services on multiple internal and customer-driven projects. Key strengths include Wordpress, Magento, and PHP.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Founder, MegaChip
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Dotsquares is a versatile, competent development partner. Their code is of superior quality, and they're able to spin up new resources quickly. They deliver complex work with ease, especially when requirements are well defined from the onset.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an Indianapolis-based internet marketing and software development company. We provide services ranging from website design, development, and hosting, to enterprise and cloud-based app development.

What is your position?

I am the founder of the company. I spend time with customers and ensure that our services are delivered for highest satisfaction.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Dotsquares?

We needed some help with frontend UI programming.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Since our first UI project with Dotsquares seven years ago, we've established a long-term relationship. We've spun out and worked on some PHP projects. Dotsquares is our development resource at this point in time, and we work with them on a monthly and weekly basis.

We've worked on smaller projects consisting of WordPress, Drupal and e-commerce Magento deployments. We've also used Dotsquares for PHP projects like smaller CRM applications, inventory software, and so on, as well as for larger applications requiring one year of development or more. These include everything from server to HR software for clients.

We have developed our own software-as-a-service application, namely a marketing app used by manufacturers. It has been in development for a year.

Dotsquares has provided us with a team that has remained unchanged for the most part. The same three lead developers have remained a part of our work. This consistency is one thing that I like about them. We also work with an IT-services provider who helps us with Amazon Web Services and Rackspace server maintenance, security, and new deployments. From time to time, we will use graphic designers, UI engineers, and database developers, as well as Android and iOS developers on an as-needed basis. The core team works with us full-time.

How did you come to work with Dotsquares?

We found Dotsquares online. They were fast and responsive in addressing our issues.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The cost of Dotsquares' work is above $150,000 per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Dotsquares in 2009.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Typically, Dotsquares works eight or nine hours per day, depending on the project scope and definition, and on how much handholding we require. For smaller projects, we don't have a very elaborate approach, but we want to be more disciplined on larger ones in order to make sure that all requirements are caught correctly on the first go. Dotsquares has been fairly good to communicate with over Skype and phone calls. In terms of work output, I would compare them to developers in the US, but we are able to save around 65% on the cost, according to an estimate we made three years ago.

How did Dotsquares perform from a project management standpoint?

Dotsquares provides daily reporting. I am also in contact with the team daily, or even twice a day. We also have an internal project management system through which we can ensure that our own clients are happy. We used to employ a project manager on Dotsquares' side, but we don't anymore. I can inform Dotsquares' management whenever we need more resources, but I can also ask the development team for this. Dotsquares will typically involve a sales rep, a project manager, and other resources, but our relationship doesn't require this. Any new resources we need are spun up quickly.

What distinguishes Dotsquares from other providers?

Dotsquares' team takes responsibility for the project, and doesn't come up with excuses, which is good for me. Being able to communicate is important, and making sure that a project is well-defined (especially for larger ones), and that its requirements are captured correctly. My team can come up with alternatives and suggestions for me to consider. I am a pseudo-developer, which means that I was one 20 years ago, but I don't do any coding at the moment. It's easy to communicate with Dotsquares to make sense of more complex programming issues.

Is there anything Dotsquares could have improved or done differently?

We could do a better job of prioritization by tweaking our workflow, which is an ongoing process at the moment.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Dotsquares will typically finish on time or before. If there are any questions, they ask them well in advance so that we know if an issue will cause a delay.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Because of the quality of the code, the number of times when we had to rework has been small, which makes Dotsquares' work cost-effective.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    From a programming standpoint, once an application is well-defined, the code will generally look good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I haven't actually recommended Dotsquares, because we generally take on those projects ourselves.

Bespoke .NET CRM Automation & Web Apps for Travel Agency

"We work with 16 or 17 developers from Dotsquares."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Dotsquares provides extensive .NET-based back-office systems development and management for an online travel booking platform.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
London, England
Daniel Ox
Co-owner, Ocean Holidays Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client has scaled their business with much better margins because of their leverage with Dotsquares' deep bench of talent. Their developers align with the client's preferred systems and methodologies, ensuring a strong partnership. Support is readily available whenever called upon.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a co-CEO of Ocean Holidays, an online travel business based in the UK. We run 3 brands—3 websites—and we sell holidays to UK consumers traveling mainly to Florida. I head up all the IT and technology side of the business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dotsquares?

We needed an outsource agency for some of the projects we were building.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I’ve worked with Dotsquares on various applications, including travel websites using XML technology. These sites allow people to book travel products online—flights, hotels, transfers, and car rental. We’ve built a CMS and CRM back-office system to automate processes in-house. They’ve built internally-facing web apps for our users on the road.

One of the largest projects we built was an end-to-end CRM system that sits at the back of our whole business, across all of our brands. It’s a .NET application that allows us to maintain all of our customers’ contact and inquiry information. We have all of our conversations and phone system integrated with that. The first project was an online booking website for high volume, low-value holidays. We have a team of UK project managers and we work with 16 or 17 developers from Dotsquares.

How did you come to work with Dotsquares?

I was introduced to them by a colleague who had heard about them. Their CEO came to meet with us in London.

How much have you invested with Dotsquares?

We spend £220,000 per year on Dotsquares’ services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them 9 years ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve grown our business in the last 4 years by at least 25% year over year. You need to have the best technology in travel in order to progress. The systems that have been built with Dotsquares have enabled the company to scale without adding so many human beings because the technology has automated a lot of the process. We launched the project 8 weeks ago and we’ve had a 20% increase in conversion rate. We’re really pleased about that.

How did Dotsquares perform from a project management standpoint?

They have a project manager with the teams that sit under them. Our project managers in the UK work directly with the developers. We use a tool called LinkIt by our choice, a cloud-based board system where we can have visibility of all the projects that are going on. We use Slack for live chat.  

What did you find most impressive about Dotsquares?

They’ve allowed us the flexibility to work with our style. We drive the developers directly and we trust them.

Are there any areas Dotsquares could improve?

The cultural difference in the design may not sit well with developers sitting in another country, that’s why we keep the design development in the UK.

5.0
Overall Score We’re really close to them.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re always available in an emergency. There is scope creep sometimes, but that’s from our side as well.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s a 60% to 70% cost savings compared to the UK.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There’s always room for improvement when working with outsourced teams.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Hosting & Development Resources Partnership for Travel Site

"Dotsquares' team will actually provide input for what they think will improve our system."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Dotsquares was initially engaged for web hosting, but their partnership has expanded to include web development and app development.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Guildford, United Kingdom
Gavin Boswell
Founder, U.S. Rent A Car
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is highly pleased with the value derived from Dotsquare's technical resources. Their milestones have been consistently on time.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of the company. Our main focus is attraction tickets for the Orlando area. We service the UK and European customers as an online reseller.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dotsquares?

We needed to develop a booking engine, a database, and a bespoke hosting solution. We wanted to have developers on hand for any requirements.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Dotsquares initially provided hosting for our company. This snowballed into other projects, including app development and website maintenance.

How did you come to work with Dotsquares?

Dotsquares was recommended to us. Because the company is based in Brighton, I was able to have a quick chat with Dotsquares' owner at the time. I found him to be honest and transparent, so we decided to have an initial collaboration for hosting.

How much have you invested with Dotsquares?

The cost of Dotsquares' services has been around 60,000 GBP.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Dotsquares 10 years ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

When we started working with Dotsquares, our turnover was around 3 million [Great British] pounds. We now have over 30 million pounds in revenue. Without the platform that we've built alongside Dotsquares, that wouldn't have been possible. Their work is of a high standard and competitive.

How did Dotsquares perform from a project management standpoint?

Over the course of our collaboration, Dotsquares has remained extremely helpful and available at any time, regardless of the difference between our time zones. We handle most of the project management on our side, keeping in touch with the developers via Skype. Dotsquares does have a project management platform available. But because we have such a good relationship, having known many of the developers in our team for over 7 years, we tend not to use the tool. We speak directly to each member every day.

What did you find most impressive about Dotsquares?

The developers I've worked with in the past pretty much stuck to what they knew, without suggesting anything. Dotsquares' team will actually provide input for what they think will improve our system. They may not be good ideas at times, but that doesn't matter. I appreciate the fact that they're confident enough to throw them out there.

Are there any areas Dotsquares could improve?

Everyone could work cheaper, but that's not really relevant. There's nothing specific about Dotsquares that springs to mind.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Dotsquares always hit deadlines and was always available.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Dotsquares is the best value that we could get.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    A 5 would be perfection, which I can't attribute to our work with Dotsquares. Sometimes, shortcomings can be down to our mistakes in not communicating exactly what we required.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I don't normally recommend companies, but I'm 100% confident in the fact that whoever uses Dotsquares will get good service.

Web Development for Railway Ticketing Ecommerce Platform

"Dotsquares is committed to us as a customer."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A railway ecommerce firm partnered with Dotsquares to reinvent their open ticketing platform.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Operations Director, International Rail
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The code quality has been very good and the client enjoys a close-knit partnership. Communication is sometimes complicated by cultural differences but has not been a problem.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We sell tickets for any sort of rail travel around the world through our own custom-built system. It's a broad solution allowing us to connect to various rail company APIs. Users can make live bookings online using it, via a number of different websites.

I am the operations director of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dotsquares?

We had been put in an awkward position by our developer at the time because they were not available and we needed to make a change to our system.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an existing platform, and went through a due-diligence process with our company at the time, identifying a few core problems. Dotsquares started work on a completely new instance of the system, with many more features, which allowed us to have a more scalable solution. It's completely bespoke.

The size of our team has varied, but we're currently using 5 developers from Dotsquares. As part of our agreement, we can add and remove developers on an ad-hoc basis. At most, we've used 8 resources.

How did you come to work with Dotsquares?

We found Dotsquares through Google. We had a meeting with them, during which Dotsquares explained what they did. It seemed to be a good progression from where we were to where we wanted to be.

How much have you invested with Dotsquares?

The cost of Dotsquares' services has been around 100,000 GBP [approx. US$121,000] per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Dotsquares in March 2012.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform being developed by Dotsquares is the system we're using in order to manage all of our customer orders. It is core to the running of the company, and we wouldn't have been able to achieve the success we’ve achieved without it.

How did Dotsquares perform from a project management standpoint?

Going from a UK-based shop which we could visit whenever we needed, to a Skype-based remote collaboration with an Indian developer implied a bit of a learning curve. We have different cultures, and we needed to make sure that we were asking for exactly what we needed to develop.

Dotsquares has a custom project management tool which they're also licensing. We've used it to track milestones, bugs, tasks, and so on. The relationship is managed by 2 people in our UK team, while Dotsquares assigns a project manager for their developers.

What did you find most impressive about Dotsquares?

The quality of Dotsquares' work is fantastic. Any errors have come down to communication problems, rather than coding errors. Dotsquares is committed to us as a customer. We have a great relationship with the Indian office and visit them for a week once a year.

Are there any areas Dotsquares could improve?

I can't think of anything at the moment. Dotsquares has performed exactly as we expected.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Dotsquares is great in terms of availability. They've shifted their day slightly in order to suit more UK time, so we've usually found that Dotsquares is still in the office at 9 PM their time. We could also have 24/7 availability, if we wanted it.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to what we were paying, Dotsquares offers extremely good value for money. I don't have a comparison for other offshore providers, though.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of work offered by Dotsquares has been very good, but the timings on deliverables could be improved. It isn’t at a bad level, though.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer