What was the scope of their involvement?
I already had previous experience working with Existek, so I started the engagement by working with one of their developers. I’ve added more resources as my business continued to grow. Right now, I have four full-time developers from Existek. They are providing several kinds of development, mostly for custom-tailored web solutions. They also do app development and Excel integrations—everything that’s related to the products we deliver to customers. The products are administrative systems on the backend for the customers—internal websites as well as customer portals. On the backend, there are a lot of statistics. They help integrate information from Excel and different Android apps, which is mostly what our solutions focus on. We’re using Microsoft .NET, Excel, and AngularJS.
We also create Android apps. As the product manager, I work with the product owner to provide business requirements. For the Android applications, we get data from the backend and use reader technology to scan things and gather information, then report back to the main server.
I’ve been working with the Existek developers for four years. I don’t provide the detailed specifications, but they can work from any specifications. We work our way through the different features. I have the ideas and layout, and they basically design every page. They’re not designers, but we come up with a layout that they use for all the pages and modules they develop. I provide the design, but they make it look good.
How did you come to work with Existek?
I had worked with Existek since 2010 when I was with a previous company. I didn’t consider any other companies at the time.
How much have you invested with Existek?
I spend around $200,000 per year on their services.
What is the status of this engagement?
Our current relationship began in April of 2013 and is ongoing. We’re currently working on a global solution that will roll out worldwide.