What was the scope of their involvement?
e-Legion’s scope of service has been building our app and giving us the SDK. We have controlled the app store launching process using our own engineers, in order to maintain full control.
One of the tabs in our iOS and Android apps is called Investor. It presents individual rules of dynamic data, such as the number of shares bought by a certain millionaire investor. We tested its limits ourselves by scrolling down on the list rapidly. It can retrieve data at phenomenal speeds, and the app has come to be known as the fastest in its region. This is a good test for any app, namely if it hangs after scrolling down, and how much data it can actually display. I can say with confidence that ours is the fastest app of its kind on the planet. Every row is dynamic data, which is a testament to the high-level engineering provided by e-Legion.
How did you come to work with e-Legion?
The credit goes to Clutch, as that’s where we started our search. We were looking for the top-three agencies in Russia, after having come to a point of completely giving up. We had bad experiences and learned many lessons along the way in terms of people bluffing us, producing landmines and all kinds of bugs. The second time around, we got very serious, raised a new round of investment, and went to Clutch. We knew that we had to give up on finding talent in Asia; the US would be too expensive, but we knew that the best-quality talent outside of that country would be Russia. We looked for the top-three companies ranking on Clutch, and called each one. We arranged for a Skype video session, listed the same scope of services, and asked for a pitch. After four or five rounds of interviews and rigorous questioning aimed at making sure we wouldn’t be blindsided, we chose e-Legion.
They have a native English-speaking person in charge of testing and ticketing. This has helped a lot because most of the Russians have a cold and motionless way of speaking English. Our contact softened the whole process, and reassured us every step of the way. The other two companies had native Russians who didn’t speak English very well, and we couldn’t really tell if they were interested in our business or not.
We asked for very detailed scoping so that we wouldn’t underestimate or overestimate our budget. This is a key constant for us, and we needed to make sure we’d have no surprises along the way. There was a baseline cost-per-hour in US dollars, and we began to understand their thinking during the scoping process, namely how deep-reaching their concern for our project was. There were many tell-tale signs telling us whether they were really concerned with us, or just pitching another project.
One of the other two companies gave us a very high cost, without even learning what the project aim was. They were calling a bluff, trying to test whether we had the budget to pay them. The other company didn’t make it clear at all who we’d be working with.
e-Legion was the only consistent group. They dove deep and asked quality questions that blindsided even our own engineers.
How much have you invested with e-Legion?
The cost of their work has been in the six-digit range, and we anticipate passing seven digits in 2018.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with e-Legion in November 2016. We plan to remain with them forever. e-Legion has a good team which can deliver upgrades consistently and maintain a healthy backlog of change requests. We have a fantastic relationship.