What was the scope of their involvement?
They were involved from the very beginning. It was a huge undertaking—from day one we needed our platform to be able to match our competitor, who has been selling livestock online for thirty years. We needed to build something unique to the market.
There were a bunch of features they developed that made us unique. They built into the apps the ability to assess livestock offline. Some of our users are in remote areas with no internet. Despite this, they still need the app to work to assess their livestock and put them up for sale. The app is able to work entirely offline, then upload the information when the user gets internet access.
They also built a digital signature function, where users could sign online instead of printing paper forms. They can upload videos without having to host them on YouTube, and just give us their content. They have the weigh-scales able to export the weight and fat score straight to the system.
The CRM was uniquely designed to handle all of our weekly auctions. There’s a whole variety of weekly auctions that go up and need to be managed differently. The backend needed to recognize whether a user stopped bidding because of connectivity issues in their rural locale so that it could get them on the phone so they can bid without the internet. There were a whole host of complicated issues on the backend that they sorted out for us.
What is the team composition?
The core team was five people, including our project manager Yaroslav (Java Software Engineer, Ekreative). Yaroslav is incredible. They’ve been working on our project full-time for a couple of years now, and it feels like they’re an extension of us.
How did you come to work with Ekreative?
They were recommended to us by the head of engineering at a major Australian bank.
How much have you invested with them?
We’re about at the million-dollar mark invested.
What is the status of this engagement?
We’ve been working with them since January 2016, and the work is still ongoing.