What was the scope of their involvement?
GoodCore came in and stabilized the existing platform. They pretty much saved our product. After that, we moved all of our development resources over to their firm, and they pointed out a fair amount of problems that would affect the longevity of the product. After a year of working with them, we decided to have GoodCore rebuild the entire platform.
We maintained the existing version, and started redesigning and rebuilding the product from scratch as a version two. The second version is still being used, and we’ve since moved on to building the third iteration, which will be released in 2020.
The second version was a ground-up rebuild of the product. The third version is similar, but with newer technologies and greater functionality. We’re looking to add features that we couldn’t implement on the previous iterations.
The current product is an HTML5 browser app, and GoodCore is working on a mobile-friendly interface for version three. The entire platform—which is already compatible with any browser or device—will now also conform to different screen sizes for tablets, phones, and other mobile devices.
The team is also building big data features for some of our larger clients. We host BriefingSource for over 50 clients, many of which are Fortune 100 companies. These companies are massive and have pretty extensive wish lists for what they want our software to do.
Part of the reason why this project has been going on for so long is that, when we onboard new clients, they have new ideas for what they want our software to do. We’re constantly evolving the tool and working with GoodCore to build new features into the platform. They’re developing for us year-round.
In terms of specific technologies, they’ve been using the LAMP Stack for version two, which is hosted in AWS. The new version is being built on React. The project is not just development; they’ve been helping with creating design requirements as well.
What is the team composition?
We started with a three-person team, and that team has since grown to about 12 members. We have some project lead folks and a couple of QA folks, and the rest are developers.
How did you come to work with GoodCore Software?
A coworker of mine referred me to GoodCore. They suggested GoodCore as an option to help me get out of the situation I was facing with our previous development team.
How much have you invested with them?
We've spent over $1,000,000 with them since 2012.
What is the status of this engagement?
The project began in 2012. That’s when we were first introduced to GoodCore and started working with them on version one. We began version two in 2013 and version three in 2018. We’ve been working non-stop with them since that first project. We’re hoping to release version three sometime during the first few months of 2020.