What was the scope of their involvement?
Evenset is a development partner of ours. They are one of the only companies we work with when it comes to developing for micro projects. We wanted to do backend administration for the system, which would give our call center and administrators within the company access to the flow of data to be able to provide proper customer service, as well as for our other departments to be able to create queries and dashboards of the analytics part. Unfortunately, it was taking up too much of our time, and the limited resources that we had meant that we either had to spend time on the administrative dashboard development, or spend time on the actual engineering challenges. Ultimately, we decided to outsource the administrative dashboard to accompany.
The technology is still relatively new. Even finding the right people that are familiar with the framework and are able to create the web application and have a successful project, is one of the reasons we wanted to work with a development shop. For us, to spend time trying to find the experts is very time consuming, especially when it comes to specialized frameworks like React, or Reactive Native; which are newer framework and newer technology. There is not a whole lot of expert talent out there yet.
We weren’t asking them to be creative, the challenge of this particular project, was that we had kickstarted the project on our own, and our team had been working on the tech stack of the web application for the administrative dashboard. Once we knew we wanted to hand over the project, we had a conversation about whether we should start from scratch, or continue building on top of what we had already built, which was 20%—30% done at the time. When we had a conversation with Evenset, they had reviewed everything and said that for the sake of time, it would be best to develop on top of the existing tech stack. This was a great decision for us as it meant that we did not waste too much of our developer resources building something that ultimately gets thrown away.
What is the team dynamic?
We mainly worked with the project manager; however, I am unsure how many people in total worked on the project. We had a point of contact who kept up with our demands, documented everything and managed the project and milestones.
How did you come to work with Evenset Inc?
Evenset were referred to us by another company who had commissioned them for a project. At that time, we had interviewed a whole bunch of people; from freelancers to another dev shop. One of things we liked about Evenset was the fact that they had delivered finished projects in the time they promised to do it, and the quality was great. Evenset checked off on the list of criteria we were looking for. This was the most important part, as you want to work with a company that is able to meet the deadlines, as well as deliver the project.
Some dev shops either go by hourly fee, or try to lowball the deadline to make the offer very attractive. At the end of the day, you think it will be completed in 2 months, but it ends up taking 6 months. That would really hurt our type of business; we need everything to be more predictable.
A lot of our concerns were wiped out with Evenset, and the part that we cared about the most was whether they understood what we were trying to accomplish with this project, and if they would understand what we had already built. The most challenging thing in finding the right provider for us was the technology stack because it was React, as it was still relatively new last year. Out of 100 developers that work on different technologies, there were maybe 2 or 3 that had enough experience with React to be able to do the project we wanted to do. The fact they had already done projects in that framework provided us with a sense of relief.
How much have you invested in them?
We have spent just under $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Evenset in October 2016, and this project took about 6 weeks. We have a lot more projects ongoing with them.