What was the scope of their involvement?
We went with a staff augmentation model instead of having Evozon complete projects independent of us. We treat outsourced hires the same as in-house staff members when going through the onboarding process. This included a skype interview to ensure each individual was the right fit for the team. Once we decided who to bring in, they were given resources and attended relevant meetings depending on their role. After receiving proper context regarding specific products, they were brought in to our continuous improvement process. Our delivery pipeline follows a sort of Scrumban style methodology and they joined the team as developers, quality assurance testers, and business analysts. They pick up items off the pipeline like everyone else on the team.
We utilize Evozon’s strengths across multiple areas and organize by “squads”. They have team members on the BAU squad that makes feature improvements to the core platform and provides bug fixes. There’s also a squad rewriting an existing application with new technology and Evozon is involved in every aspect of that development. The software being rewritten is a workflow application that uses a third-party library, allowing us to create animations and interactions that users experience.
What is the team composition?
There are 2 Evozon developers on our BAU squad. Their additions to our app rewrite squad include a business analyst, a quality assurance tester, and 2 developers. Overall, 8 people have supplemented our staff including designers, architects, and principal developers.
How did you come to work with Evozon Systems?
We conducted the selection process and Evozon impressed us in a number areas including size, flexibility, and high standards of quality. They’re more than capable of scaling as much as we need but are not huge. We didn't want a massive partner who might be working with lots of big accounts and therefore would consider us a smaller concern. However, it was also important they had enough resources to allocate so it wouldn’t take a long time when we needed to bring people in. Additionally, most offshore vendors prefer to provide a specific team to complete designated projects. We didn’t want to work this way and preferred to augment our existing team. Evozon possessed the flexibility to understand what we were trying to achieve, and were willing to make necessary accommodations.
After considering those items and talking through their internal process, we worked with them for a trial period. It became evident they were capable of producing quality work so we continued the partnership.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent $200,000–$1 million.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together September 2016, and the relationship is ongoing.