What was the scope of their involvement?
Flowmatters developed our website using a CMS. The technical requirements came from me. I gave them directions on the admin panel and other components, in terms of how we wanted to administrate it. After this, it was up to them what technology and libraries to use.
What is the team composition?
I initially worked with their CEO, who made up the budget for the first part of the website. I also worked with a project manager and the CTO. I talked with those people in the first 12–18 months.
Then, as the project went on and became more complicated, I started talking to some of the developers directly. I talk to three of them every day, including a full-stack developer.
I know that he specializes in backend development, but he does a lot of other things too. The second developer is more for the frontend, and I go to him for design matters (when I have to redefine something or implement a new module). The third developer focuses on upgrades and maintenance rather than new projects.
I believe they have 25–30 developers. I visited their office this year, but I’ve only talked to 2–3 of them on a daily basis.
How did you come to work with Flowmatters?
I was looking to hire a firm with several competencies, including graphic design, programming, and a bit of consultation. We had an idea of what we wanted to achieve, but we didn’t know exactly how to achieve it.
I looked at a few Swiss companies, but the price was a big obstacle, and I didn’t like their working style (they were really rigid). I speak Romanian, so I tried several companies in that market, knowing that the price would be more attractive.
I looked at about 10 of those companies, and Flowmatters was the only one that had the resources we needed. They knew how to make a good argument, and I saw that we could take it step by step with them. They made a very competitive offer as well.
I told them that we needed the website to be ready in six months, and they were okay with that deadline. I also told them that we wanted a long-term collaboration, given that we had a lot of modules to integrate.
How much have you invested with them?
The total cost would be between $50,000 and $200,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Flowmatters in May 2015, and the collaboration is ongoing.