What was the scope of their involvement?
We’ve never embarked on this kind of mobile app development project before, so Exploding Phone Limited held our hand through the entire process. From the project brief we created together, the team built wireframes and storyboards for how the platform would look and feel. They then developed an app for PC, iOS, and Android platforms. The Android version came at their suggestion and we’ve found it to be sound guidance. The app integrates data feeds from our SAP ERP, feeding orders from the app and stock files from the ERP into each other continuously. Exploding Phone Limited also built a CMS to create unique templates and ordering profiles for each customer, allowing them to have an app experience customized to their business’s needs.
Outside our original scope, we’ve also developed a B2C app with Exploding Phone Limited. It includes features such as easy access to discounts, credit checking, and a fully-integrated payment system.
What is the team composition?
The team consisted of a variety of members, but I interacted with two people on a frequent basis. Andrew (Managing Director, Exploding Phone Limited) was particularly helpful and communicative on the contractual side. He remained involved throughout the project, but only when necessary.
How did you come to work with Exploding Phone Limited?
We initially looked abroad for partners on this project, but we ultimately came up with a list of ten local firms. As we looked at these firms’ websites, Exploding Phone Limited impressed us with their history of building custom apps instead of relying on templates. They had an agile work style that we liked, and they came up with features that we hadn’t thought of from our single-page document of loose requirements. Plus, they were local so we could spend time getting to know their team and have meetings at our office or theirs.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent about £47,000 (approximately $62,000 USD) on the B2B app and £12,000 (approximately $16,000 USD) for a second app.
What is the status of this engagement?
The B2B project app lasted from January–July 2017. We’ve completed other projects with Exploding Phone Limited since then.