What was the scope of their involvement?
We built the backend for a startup client in contract management. We had minimal specifications but no time to figure them out. GlobalLuxSoft worked very well with us in terms of fleshing out the technical specifications, as I was mostly working on the UI design and was the overall product lead with this client. They were able to develop a frontend on top of the backend that we’re developing that addressed all of the client’s specifications and more.
What skills were you looking for in a team?
I’m fairly agnostic in terms of backend technologies. I’ve worked with teams that are more on the Laravel side of things. I’ve also worked with Django teams. Because I support early stage companies, I’m not trying to dive into a specific technology stack but rather to create something nearly from scratch. Most of the projects that I’ve worked with GlobalLuxSoft have been in Ruby on Rails. We’ve also done some Node development. I know that they have other services, but these are the stacks that we’ve done. On the frontend, we’ve mostly used Angular and sometimes View. In my conversations with the team, we’ve spoken about React but haven’t been that excited about it. Also, specific team members do have quite a bit of expertise in Angular. When we were testing a project, we decided to see what View could deliver for us, and the team did half the project in that. On my end, I use Decouple backend frameworks and quick frontend prototypes, mostly in Angular.
How many resources have been assigned to your project?
Usually, I try to work with them in putting together a team of a backend developer, a frontend developer, and a QA person. We usually end up going with Eastern European resources. The prices are fairly low, so I can actually afford a dedicated QA person. For shorter timelines, we add another person on the backend. Because I have a little expertise in the frontend, we generally don’t add an extra person there. Depending on the project, we may also bring in someone who exclusively creates templates in HTML and CSS.
How did you come to work with GlobalLuxSoft?
They were recommended to me. I was looking at several vendors in Eastern Europe. I’m from Russia, so most of my technical networks tend that way. It’s not an issue culturally for me to work with teams from Russia and Ukraine. I’m pretty aware of the price gap. The specific project that we worked on was a startup, and we were way over budget and developing with 2 US firms. GlobalLuxSoft rescued the project at the last minute.
How much have you invested with GlobalLuxSoft?
I’ve spent between $50,000 and $200,000 per year with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in November of 2015, and the work is ongoing.