What was the scope of their involvement?
We handed over full responsibility to Gorrion. We trusted them, and after they looked at what we were doing, they trusted us in return. We worked with them from a high-level on what we required, and what the end product needed to look like. An app’s look-and-feel evolves over time, and we had an app reference that was old-fashioned, and not particularly appealing.
Gorrion immediately spotted this and asked if there was any flexibility in both the functionality and look-and-feel. I allowed them to go forward with their input, which was one of the best things that we did. The look-and-feel is amazing, and it’s so much fresher and easier to use. Also, the functionality was much more robust, and things were in a more logical place. Gorrion, from the beginning, applied their skills and knowledge to make our app look and feel much better.
As users access the task manager app on their phones, it communicates how they’re using it through the network and stores their unique data on the cloud. It’s voice-controlled, so users can tell the app out-loud to remind them to do something at a certain time, and it will do so in a natural way. It’s not all fixed reminders every hour, but rather a patented reminder system that works along with how the memory naturally functions. The person who came up with the idea and created the app studied psychology, but Gorrion made it look and feel better. It’s on Android today, but it’s moving forward to Apple products.
I’ve done the strategy and planning, and I want to see Gorrion as a core part of that development moving forward. Today, they’ve already started doing the next phase of development, and once we get funding, we’ll continue. Once the phase we’re currently working on is deployed and we’ve acquired even more funding, I will involve them in the next phase as well.
What is the team dynamic?
I see them as an extension of our team.
How did you come to work with Gorrion Software House?
We searched online, and also reviewed a number of companies in the U.K. on how we could approach this implementation, but didn’t have any success. We were seeing companies that were not technically capable, and we didn’t have the budget to engage them.
We hadn’t heard of Gorrion before, but after we found them online, we had a face-to-face meeting to discuss our vision and the background behind it. By having that meeting, we gathered that we understood each other and that they were capable of tackling the project.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent between $10,000–$20,000, but I plan to spend more than that in the future.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in October 2016, and the project is ongoing.