Pioneers in mobile applications development

iLeaf Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has been developing applications since 2007. iLeaf’s years of experience helps us provide quality products to our clients. Our development team treats each project with delicacy, thoroughness, and sensitivity. This includes ongoing conversations with clients to make sure our results matches our clients expectations.

The application market has grown. And we have grown with it. iLeaf is well-versed in all aspects related to this tech sector. Our competitive edge is our specialization in certain areas like In fitness, social networking, entertainment, communication/chat, eCommerce, education, utilities, travel, wearables, games and more.

We understand that developing an app or website is daunting. There is a huge disparity between having an idea and making that idea a reality. That’s why we hold your hand every step of the way--from the initial stages to the polishing the final touches.

Technologiles we work with

Mobile:
iOS(iPhone, iPad Apps)
Android
React native

Web:
JavaScript Technologies:
MEAN Stack,
Node.js, Ember.JS, Angular.js
CoffeeScript, Handlebars,Sails.js, Meteor, Jade, Socket.io, Backbone.js,
jQuery,

HTML5, CSS3, BootStrap, SAAS, LESS, Responsive frontend development

PHP:
Laravel, Yii PHP Frameworks
Magento, PHPFox, Prestoshop

Backend:
NoSQL - MongoDB, CouchDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL
Cassandra, SQLite,
Cloud Based Applications, Apache Solr, Amazon Web services, Heroku, Rackspace

Google Maps, Earth, Twilio, payment gateways, and many more

Domains
Social Applications, Enterprise Social solutions, Healthcare, Travel, Fitness, BigData Analytics, SaaS Development

 
$5,000+
 
< $25 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2007
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Kochi, India
headquarters
  • iLeaf Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    Infopark, Kakkanad
    Kochi, KL 682030
    India
    +91 9446126403

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Nexercise

Huddlon

Mudano

MomenToGo

 

Swiper for Android Wear

Swiper has been designed and built as a standalone game for the new Android Wear watch! This game fits the Android Wear form factor and experience perfectly. Works with both square and round Wear watches and adapts to the Motorola 360 round interface!

You have 30 seconds to swipe the card in the right direction as fast as you can! Red card - swipe right, Green - swipe left, Blue - swipe down, Yellow - swipe up. The game keeps track of your top high scores for you to compare with your friends. Super challenging and addictive!

TWO CHALLENGING CARD DECKS INCLUDED
Deck #1: Swiper Deck
Level: Beginner
Description: The default Swiper deck of cards includes Red, Blue, Yellow and Green cards

Deck #2: Bad Arrows
Level: intermediate.

Deck #3: Bad Words
Level: Intermediate
Description: This deck has the wrong color written on the card! Can you ignore the bad words and still swipe the card in the right...

Canvazone

Canvazone is a professional social network app, that will be using a unique algorithm to make it easier for creative professionals to connect and collaborate in the industry. Also allowing them to own and control their published content. The users get the opportunity to monetize their content by partnering up with advertisers and brands through influencer marketing. They get access to all analytical data of their followers, which gives them the possibility to optimize posts for maximum extent. In addition, they can use this data to strategically plan tours, sales & marketing.
The photo and video posts are uploaded in a flexible grid-like timeline. It is flexible in the way it’s being uploaded: multiple photos/videos in one post, resized and ordered, limited solely by the user’s creative mind. It’s a creative way to express yourself, while giving fantastic advertising opportunities to brands and advertisers.
In addition to that, the feed is 100% customizable...

Propose

Popose is an iPad application. This app is great for fashion design students, fashion professionals, and fashion enthusiasts who need to create inspirational boards and sketches on the go. You can import croquis sketches to the pad and quickly sketch designs using tools suck as charcoal, pencil, pen, paint brush and marker. You can create mood boards to show the inspiration behind your sketches. You can also make tech sheets for quick send off. There is also an organize feature that allows you to flip through your pad and mood boards to mix and match your work to create the perfect presentation board. You can export your sketches, boards and presentations to email or to social sites for peer review and discussion!

Tarot Euroresidentes

Tarot is a card game. Check tarot cards and get answers to the issues you care about or care about.

6 different themes, about 100 more than 900 questions and possible answers.

Topics *** ***

* Work / Study
* Love
* Money
* Health
* Family
* Friends

6 game modes *** ***

* Circulation: Ask a general question, choose three cards from the deck and get a response Tarotista.
* Tarot 2014: Get your prediction for 2014.
* Letter of the Day: Choose a letter to find out which day you have today.
* Your Letter: Find out when your letter as your date of birth.
* Arcana: Check the meaning of the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot.
* Information: Learn about Tarot and rolls.

Quick Save

Quick Save lets you repost your favorite Instagram photos and videos.

1) Repost / Save / Share any Video or Photo of yours.
2) Repost / Save any Video or Photo you’ve posted.
3) Repost Images & Videos.
4) Favorite / Save Photos so you can repost them on another day.
5) Browse by Tags to find Interesting pictures and Videos to Repost.
6) Browse by User to find interesting pictures and Videos to Repost.
7) Browse by Following / Followers to find awesome pics and vids.
8) No Watermark at all.

Best Instagram Photo & Video Saver - It’s simple and Free.

Please Note: An Instagram account is required. This app is not associated with Instagram.

Vlipus

Vlipus brings back communication the way it is supposed to be, face to face. It offers individuals, groups and organizations to easily talk, share, communicate, and collaborate with each other in real time but with the convenience of texting.

Students and organizations alike will be able to communicate with each other like never before, sharing and collaborating on things and events which are happening in their organisations, classes, and the school as a whole. Students will be able to ask questions, know where the parties are, know where a particular food truck is, or simply give a friend a shout-out.

We can't give it all away yet. We welcome you to join the Vlipus revolution and make real conversations with your family and friends.

Awesome VideoFuze Editor - A Better Video Collage Maker

VideoFuze helps you create remarkable video collages with ease. You can even enhance the collage with music from your own playlist! Want to tell a story by playing the videos in a sequence? Just push the sequence to ON and the app will not only run your videos in a sequence, but will also auto time the video for Instagram saving you a lot ‘cropping time’ as you publish. With the in-app sharing feature you can share your video collage with ease on Facebook and Youtube as well.

Making your VideoFuze is super addictive and completes in just 3 simple steps:
1.Select a collage of your choice and pick a video from your camera roll, or shoot one for each frame.
2.Add background music if needed.
3.Share your story on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, or just save it to your camera roll to watch on a rainy day.
YES, it’s that simple! In just 3 easy steps, you can become the next Steven Spielberg! OK, maybe not… but you can still have tons of fun while your...

MeMeYourPhotos

MemeYourPhotos is a free app that lets you turn your photos and videos into memes that you can share via Instagram, Facebook, Imgur, text, and e-mail. The app is available on iOS.

Memes are like inside jokes, and so are the photos on your camera roll. We created MemeYourPhotos to give you the ability to bring out the humor in your photos and videos.

Timekiosk Livebooking

Timekiosk Live Booking is a free app which will allow its users to book appointments with any Saloon in their area which are powered with "Timekiosk Software System".

Timekiosk Live Booking also allow the user to book appointment for the family members.

Timekiosk Live Booking app will also allow the user to get reminder notifications & messages regarding their appointment.

Timekiosk Live Booking app will automatically sync with the "Timekiosk Calendar" of the selected saloon which makes the appointment "confirmed" right away.


Key Features:

> Easy registration process
> Search saloon at your area
> Sort & Store prioritized saloons & specialists
> Easy navigation between treatments & services
> Easy navigation of date & time slot
> Immediate booking confirmation with reference number
> Automatic Booking reminder notificatio

Taximity

Taximity is a ride sharing platform, similar to Uber, where users can post their free seats up for grabs and riders can look for seats.

Our efficient route boxing algorithm finds you a route not far away from your current place. Search for route from A to B and also select the route you want to go on. Yathra has you covered.

Know Drugs

KnowDrugs shows the latest drugchecking / pill testing results from around the world and provides information on substances their effects and risks. The app offers offers a directory of drug counselling services practicing harm-reduction and addiction prevention.

Earigami

Earigami is a fun voice-texting app that lets you say it how you mean it by recording and enhancing audio messages to send to your friends in just 3 easy steps.

1. Search for and add your friends on Earigami to start chatting with them.
2. Record an audio message (up to 9 seconds)
3. Filter your message by adding Earimojis, which are background sounds. You can trim the Earimojis, such as clapping or a barking dog, to make them as short or as long as you want.

SharkTower

SharkTower is a project management tool app, which will let the user track the task that are being assigned and to update the tasks based on their status. As this is an enterprise application, this is not being uploaded to the store. The application is compatible for both ios and android.

Instamatch

Matchmaking between Friends.

Select 2 of your Friends and Match them, so they can go out on a date.
Rate and comment on the couples your Friends created.
Match three couples and you are guaranteed a place in heaven.

Zomongo

Save on all your favorite brands in the palm of your hand with the Zomongo ZTV app.

ZTV gives you valuable coupon offers from your favorite brands and loads them right into your mobile device! No work necessary. Unbelievable savings, only a click away. Start saving today on all your favorite products.

Foodilog

Foodilog is here to help foodies & restaurants share and make the most of their dining experiences!

Foodilog helps you easily find great restaurants & dishes!
• Restaurant listing & Menu Information = EASY NAVIGATION!
• See what other Foodilog users thought & their pics.
• Pictures are worth 1,000 words!

One-click posts to networks you select: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Weibo!
• Apply filters to make your photos look great.
• Automatically include all user inputs in the comments/descriptions of social posts!
Don’t worry! Dishes with no photo are excluded from your Social Media posts!

We want to hear what you didn’t like too!
• Smart decisions don’t come from one-sided views.
• Fellow foodies want to know what to order AND what to avoid!

We make it easy for Restaurant to engage & learn from you!
• Free Foodilog engagement tools for restaurants.
•...

Roomvine

Roomvine lets you chat, share information and meet people at the same place as you.

Connect with people around me and engage in anonymous chat with Roomvine! Roomvine is private messaging app that allows you to talk to strangers around you. You can use this app in events, campus, dorm chat, talk to nearby friends, meet people near me, and to find dates. Since your real name is hidden, there is no awkwardness and you can talk more openly. There are many other features that make this chatting local app so fun to use. Read more to find out why you need to install Roomvine on your phone!

Sometimes we feel like engaging in random chatting and talk to strangers to get to know them. We want to expand our social circle or perhaps we just want to talk and meet people around me. If you’re new at college you might want to join in a dorm chat to make friends. Sometimes we want to get to know people near me to find dates and meet nearby friends. Technology has made it...

Allmand

An app designed for those who need to light large areas for construction, special events, mining, energy production or any number of other applications.
Simply locate the area that needs to be lit on the satellite image, define the boundaries of the area and then virtually set up portable light towers to determine the placement, quantity and light configuration that most efficiently illuminates the work site to the desired level of illumination, measured in foot-candles (fc).
Visually compare on the same image the light output and illumination area of Allmand 1250 watt metal halide light towers versus the typical 1000 watt configurations offered by other manufacturers.
After determining the number of towers needed, sales, rental or other specific information may be requested, or the Allmand website with full specs, sales literature and parts/operators manuals may be accessed directly from the app.
The Android app even includes a “hidden” flashlight mode on...

Entrade

EnTrade is a trading application. It does not provide signals for all products in the market. Currently, EnTrade provides signals for roughly 30 Futures and FX products. Futures products include Indices, Soft Commodities, Energy and Metals. For the list of products, please download the EnTrade App, sign up and have a look at the disclaimers page.
Notifications should be received on your mobile phones within a minute from the time the EnTrade team receives a signal from its models. In the event you decide to follow the signal, you can then place the trade via your own trading systems or brokers.
EnTrade app has a Trade History page that displays its past 100 trades for you to get a feel on the signals generated by its models. The EnTrade team is open and transparent about past trades so potential users can decide better, whether this app suits their trading style.
Last but not least, EnTrade employs stop loss strategies. There is no trading strategy that works 100...

AIMS (Ancillary Inspections App)

AIMS is an iPad application for the inspections of Non-Powered Ancillaries (NPA's)

Radio Zürisee

Radio Zürisee one of the strongest private radio stations in Switzerland and served more than 220,000 listeners the best earwigs.

Radio Zürisee apps allows anyone to enjoy anywhere, anytime on the radio with the greatest variety of music and news.

In addition, there are current podcasts to simultaneously hear a live video stream directly from the Radio Zürisee Studio and local weather forecasts from Meteo SRF.

*** Features ***
- Player with title display and Covers
- Live Video Stream
- Last played
- Podcasts
- Local weather forecasts
- Push messages
 

Huddlon

Huddlon offers you a simple way to create and share memories with your family and friends.

Whenever you have a planned or spontaneous gathering with friends and family and you want to keep memories thereof, start a "huddle", invite friends and family, Et Voila!

Each guest will receive an email invite. Guests who accept the invite can use the Huddlon app to post pictures that they snap to the huddle you created. They can keep each particular picture public or private.

Ultimately, all public pictures are combined in a collective album that you, the creator of the huddle, can curate. Every guest has access to the curated album and can share it with any one.

Bounts

Bounts is a free Fitness Rewards App.

Create a bounts account and link your favourite exercise apps and devices to start earning bounts points. The bounts shop has real world rewards from the high street to international brands.

Backed by the University of Oxford and the European Space Agency with the goal of motivating people to get fit.

Every activity you complete at the Gym, leisure centre or tracked on a fitness app or device counts on your bounts score.

Convert your bounts into high street vouchers, discounted sports equipment and much more. All for just exercising. Best of all its free.

Checkin at venue and with instructors:
- Scan the special QR codes at venues
- Link your gym membership 

Easy Blog

Easy Blog Jr is the easiest blog uploader available. Designed by teachers for early childhood and elementary classes, its simple interface ensures that children as young as 4 are able to easily post photos, video and voice-over-photos to a Wordpress or Edublogs blog. Older users can also publish text based posts. For Google Blogger users, check out our Easy Blogger Jr app.

Key features:
- Create and post photo, video or text
- Designed for shared iPads
- No reading or writing required
- Record voice-over photo
- Dyslexia friendly font
- Young user friendly interface
- Easy teacher setup
- Audio prompts and guide
- Simple, intuitive steps
- Custom designed camera
- Left and right hand option
- Teacher tutorials
- Works with any WordPress and Edublogs blog

MELD

MELD is a dating mobile app designed for the black professional. MELD aims to connect and bring together sophisticated black professionals on one platform for dating discovery. Imagine a mobile platform where singe professionals and/or members of professional organizations such as National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Bar Association (NBA), National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE), National Medical Association (NMA), HBCUs, and others come to MELD to connect.

1. First time Sign-In with both Facebook and LinkedIn (WE WILL NEVER POST TO YOUR ACCOUNTS)
2. Set up Search criteria
3. Scroll through profiles by either swiping screen up OR pressing the "PASS" button
4. Indicate you "like" a profile by pressing the "MELD" button
5. If "likes" are MUTUAL, you will be matched and can start chatting
6. We respect our users' privacy. MELD will not be sharing who has liked or not liked your profile. MELD will only share who you have matched with...

Unipocket

College is not all about studying!
It’s more about parties, new & old friends, spontaneity, fun, delicious food and more. Those who experiences are for sure more valuable than statistic lectures!
UniPocket is your university app and a platform for the whole social experience with following features:

+ Events
+ Meet New ...
+ ... Friends around
+ Daily lunch deals
+ Uni Chat
+ News

Ykings

Ykings PBT is an advanced form of bodyweight training including static & dynamic bodyweight skills. Download the free version and get a glimpse at what Ykings PBT is all about. Encounter free full body workouts and access to specific skill trainings. All workouts and exercises vary in intensity and difficulty & are appropriate for beginners as well as advanced athletes. Get fit, strong and skilled at once.

Reviews

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Outsourced Frontend Dev for Software Company

"iLeaf did a brilliant job on every project we’ve worked on together."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

iLeaf developers filled in at this software company when the work demand became too high. They provided support in many areas, but the majority was frontend work. The project is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Project Manager, Software Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

iLeaf’s support helped the development speed to increase. They have a firm grasp of the work requirements and work autonomously and efficiently. They have proven that they can be relied on for punctual quality work. With attention to details and great communication, they make a great partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a project manager for a software innovation company developing complex projects for Fortune 500 clients. We have been in business for a year and are constantly growing worldwide.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf?

We had too many project requests to handle internally and decided to outsource a part of our work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our first project with iLeaf was a React Native lifestyle application. We also contacted them for a ReactJS frontend project for the speaker platform of one of the biggest German worldwide publishers.

We are working on a few other projects, mainly using ReactJS, React Native or GraphQL databases for authentication. We’ve used Stripe as a payment provider, Zero as a verification and signup third-party tool, Facebook app events, branch.io (which is a deep-linking service), and common React-Bootstrap frameworks for app interfaces. Most of the work with them is frontend.

What is the team dynamic?

For the React Native project, we had around 5 developers from their team. I’ve been in contact with their project manager. We’ve used a single developer on a project for our own company’s website. We’re also using a single developer for the latest project.

We typically start with a requirements document outlining the entire project, which also serves as a backlog. Based on it, we make an estimate and hire their team. We use Skype, GitHub, the Google Docs suite, Upwork, a tool for frontend changes, and taiga.io (a tool for Agile development, especially scrum).

How did you come to work with iLeaf?

A colleague of mine found them through Upwork.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost of their work has been around $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with iLeaf in April 2017, and we have an ongoing relationship. Our React Native project took 5 months to complete.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

iLeaf did a brilliant job on every project we’ve worked on together. They can understand our clients’ business demands and work as a self-organized team without continuously double-checking or asking for the meaning of various user stories and requirements. This has helped us increase our development speed.

How did iLeaf perform from a project management standpoint?

Their developers were able to self-organize based on our briefings, and there weren’t many questions about the scope of the work. It was delivered within perfect timing and with good quality. Overall, I’m very happy with the communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’m impressed by their business understanding and sharp sense for details.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could provide a better sense of what our kick-off dates are. This isn’t really a negative point, just the advice I would give to iLeaf. So far, I’ve been satisfied.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I haven’t worked on enough projects with iLeaf to give them a 5.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their pricing is completely fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality is very good, especially for the last 2 projects.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have done it.

Web App for IT Company

"They’re always very helpful and happy to send across a ten-page deck for anything that we’re discussing."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

iLeaf Solutions collaborates with an in-house team, offering backend coding on a web app that helps corporations manage their grant offerings. iLeaf has been integrated as full-time developers on the team.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Fort Worth, Texas
UX Architect, IT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The database architecture that iLeaf developed has been very well received. The team effectively leverages project management tools to mitigate the challenges of working across time zones. They document their work, and over time they’ve addressed any weak areas in their performance.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My current company is in the field of corporate social responsibility. I’m a UX architect, but I also head up the development of a grants management solution that we offer to enterprise corporations and foundations. The product helps them manage their corporate grant offerings to individuals and nonprofits.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

Our core application is maintained by an engineering team of 20 in-house. We knew we needed to get into the grants management space, but we didn’t necessarily have the resources here to accomplish the task.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It’s a multi-tenant web-based application with responsive web—not necessarily trying to conquer the native app side of things right this moment. A lot of the BA work and design and frontend development is handled on our side, and a lot of the core application coding is what we rely on the iLeaf team for. We needed a team that did Node.js application development. We were looking for something that aligns, as best we could, to the tech stack we’re using internally. For the most part, iLeaf was able to accommodate that and help us get going. There was a year of research that went in before we even had iLeaf come on board.

On our original engagement model, we would put together a spec of work that we felt would take them anywhere from two to three months. They would analyze it and we would come up with a SOW [statement of work] so that everyone was in agreement on what we were going to do and about how long it would take. Then we would start knocking it out. We just changed to a different model, though, and brought on a team full-time. We’ve now moved to more of a dedicated model where we have three developers, a project manager, and a QA resource on their side.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

It really goes back several years before I even joined the company. I had startups of my own, and we were doing a native iOS application with a lot of geolocation based stuff. We had outsourced work to an individual in China who stopped returning our calls.

We did another round of interviews. We came across iLeaf and I discussed the possibility of working with Jaison [CEO]. They were able to pick up that source code and we were actually able to get that app finished up and pushed out in the market. We worked with Jaison on that a handful of years, so my history with them goes back pretty far.

When we didn’t have the resources in-house, I recommended them to our CEO. It’s been about a year now, and they got our grants manager app to a production-ready state. When it comes down to it, they’ve always been reliable.

How much have you invested with iLeaf Solutions?

I think $10,000–$50,000 is an acceptable range.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in March or April of 2016. We’ve launched the product to clients. We ramped things up to a dedicated team model, so we are looking at fairly continuous aggressive development until at least the beginning of 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Our engineering team had some hands-on experience in database architecture and general guidance, so there’s been a lot of collaboration there. Everyone’s happy from a code and architecture perspective. The company and the clients that we serve are generally happy with the look and feel and functionality of the app.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve definitely been really good about communication. We’re both working on opposite ends of the day so I’ve never really had any complaint about availability, whether that’s us chatting with them at night or them chatting with us in the morning. Tools like JIRA, if utilized well, make everything extremely easy. They’ve been proficient at leveling those tools.

As we’ve gone along and gauged a little bit of our velocity, we’ve been able to stagger our deadlines. We made the beta that we needed to push out on time and moved it to production when we needed it to move, so everything was generally done on time.

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

Communication and general documentation. They’re always very helpful and happy to send across a ten-page deck for anything that we’re discussing. They’ve been great.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

Not necessarily. For this project and the team that we have here, we’ve addressed a lot of things and just seen the improvements in them. A lot of that’s just on communication and how we handle all the different tasks and everything. We had some comments about midway through, and everything’s settled out just fine.

5.0
Overall Score They’ve saved me quite a few times.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything’s been met on time.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They’ve always been good.

iPad App Dev for Education Company

"They don’t just execute our requests; they add value to our business."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

iLeaf Solutions develops an educational app with a universally appealing UI/UX, leveraging native iOS features along with extensive custom coding to create an interactive product. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Philip Cowell
CEO, Yufi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to the team’s trustworthiness and flexibility, the feature-rich app now incorporates complex capabilities like device syncing and blog integration. iLeaf Solution’s ability to hit the ground running and strategic use of management tools continue to support a productive relationship.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Yufi is an educational technology, limited liability company registered in Hong Kong. Now four years old, we specialize in creating apps and software that allow younger users (as young as age four) to post work to their blog at school. We are a small startup company with four initial investors and co-founders. I’m the CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

With iLeaf Solutions, our objective was to develop an iPad application that was a blogging platform for students of different age groups. The most challenging part was the UI/UX and the usability, as it needs to be appealing to all user types. Also, the platform supports features such as in-app viewing of blogs, commenting, privacy controls, and syncing between iPads.

In the search for a quality mobile development team, we reached out to iLeaf Solutions. They had a good understanding of our industry and product goals, which made them an ideal development partner. They hit the ground running and impressed us with their professionalism and technical expertise. As a startup, we change directions. The ability to accommodate those changes while continuing to execute within tight timelines was really a challenging task that they addressed well. They felt like part of our team and addressed all of our requirements in a well-optimized manner. iLeaf’s engineers have played an essential role in the evolution of our product. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The project involved building a feature-rich iOS native app with challenging UI/UX features. It’s basically an education app with multiple sub-platforms that create an interactive informative system. The app needed to be able to support multiple user roles and connection scenarios. It also needed a robust backend with a well-designed database and web services to support the logic, data feed, and user actions within the app.

The app was designed in accordance with the features that Easy Blog was seeking to build, including supporting multiple sub domains, user roles, and the unique blogging feature that allows people to create a narrative through written content, photos, and video. Native iOS features were leveraged along with extensive custom code to make the application work. For the backend, WordPress technology was used, along with custom design and implementation to achieve the desired functionalities and behavior. iLeaf was involved from the conceptualization to implementation of the project, resulting in a robust, scalable application.

They utilized WordPress, PHP, and MySQL for the web application. They used Objective-C, Swift, and Core Data for the iOS application.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

We were looking for a development partner we could trust with our big ideas and limited resources. It was through a reference that we reached out to iLeaf. We had a slow start with some pilot tasks, and they delivered with outstanding quality in a timely manner. We had a bad experience with outsourcing previously where we ended up with a poor delivery and coding standard. iLeaf helped us by reviewing the existing code base and addressed the drawbacks, equipping us with a stable first product. They became our official development partners from there.

How much have you invested with iLeaf Solutions?

We have spent between $50,000 and $150,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

This is an ongoing project. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

In the initial stages of the engagement, a Time and Materials development model was adopted where 100–120 hours per month per resource was utilized. But, as the project development appreciated, iLeaf suggested that a DTM [dedicated team model] was more effective to achieve our anticipated goals, and now that’s what we have in place for our projects. The team is a combination of project management, mobile development, web development, QA, and UX/UX professionals. Our initial release was with very minimal features, and currently we have seven feature-rich applications in stores.

We had no hesitations in suggesting iLeaf Solutions to some of our acquaintances who had mobility development requirements, and we always hear good news about their collaborations.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

A good project management process is the key to any software project’s success, and iLeaf does this exceedingly well. We are extremely happy with the project management process at iLeaf. The Technology Project Managers understand the ins and outs of the software infrastructure, and they direct us in the right path. They are familiar with several project management tools and processes that make the project development process efficient and effective for us.

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

iLeaf has made the necessary effort to understand our business. They don’t just execute our requests; they add value to our business. The team always has a positive attitude and can pull it together quickly to meet last-minute changes and deadlines. Their team’s technical expertise, customer focus, and flexible approach are truly commendable. Throughout the course of the project, iLeaf has focused on the benefits of the solution to the customer's business. Their iterative development approach to mitigate risks has been one of the best that we’ve witnessed. The key to our successful interactions has been their project manager's ability to understand our needs through regular meetings and effectively translate these requirements to the tech team.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

No. They are capable, and we are pretty happy with their professional approach. 

5.0
Overall Score Apart from their dedication, our iLeaf programmers have really given us a sense that we’re working as a team. Their communication is excellent, and their flexibility has been a real asset to us as switched jobs mid-task. They are a pleasure to work with.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Although at times iLeaf has found it difficult to meet deadlines, I think this is due to someone underestimating how complex a job may be or facing unforeseen huddles. iLeaf’s ability to finish projects in a timely manner is within industry norms.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Without iLeaf and their pricing, our project would never have left the ground.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    To reach our goals, Western-based companies were simply out of the question with the prices they charge. It’s no exaggeration to say that our complex project would’ve never been achieved without iLeaf.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web & Mobile App Dev for Events Social Media Platform

"There was never a time where I needed a resource for something and they couldn’t get it for me."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2015 - Nov. 2016
Project summary: 

iLeaf Solutions created a social events app (iOS and Android) using a small-scale prototype to implement new specifications and designs. The team also developed a frontend web version from scratch. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
President, Events Social Media Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After an initial soft launch, the app has attracted user interest during the currently restricted beta period. iLeaf Solutions successfully met demanding technical requirements in delivering a functional solution, completing all tasks on time and at a competitive price point.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The company is creating a platform that helps users organize events and keep memories of those events by taking pictures or short videos. I’m the president.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

iLeaf Solutions helped me create the applications, using my designs and the like, for both the Android and iOS platforms. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For the iOS app, there was an app that was already existing. However, it was only doing 60% of what I wanted it to do. I redesigned the app completely using an outside designer, and then I provided iLeaf Solutions both with the design and the code at the time when I started working on that. I explained to them what the app should be doing. They worked a specification and started development for iOS. Then, when the iOS app was almost ready, we did the same with Android. The same designer that did the iOS also did the Android equivalent. There wasn't any code to start with for the Android version, but they already had the iOS code, so they recreated the code or the platform for an Android platform. iLeaf Solutions didn't have any creative input in the look and feel. It was more that they were implementing the design created by other designers from a programming perspective. I also created a web version of the platform, and the designers of iLeaf Solutions did that one from scratch. It was a frontend web app developed on ReactJS.

As to the specific functionalities we wanted for the apps, we needed to be able to communicate through a JSON API through the backend. We needed to be able to take pictures. The way it works is a user sets up an event and invites friends and family or whoever they want, and then all those invitees or guests are able to take pictures and post them automatically to the backend (S3). Then, all those assets are used by the person who actually sets up the event to curate an album that's going to be publishable, both through the platform and emails. They needed to be able to, in terms of the app specifically, have the app work with the backend but also take and send pictures directly. The pictures didn't go through the backend, so the backend would provide the URL for S3. They would be able to put that directly to S3, work on the security aspects in terms of logging in and off, and also restrict access to the images.

I want to say around probably five or six people that were at different times involved with the project on different things. I had at least two on iOS, one on Android, and one designer for the web interface. Sometimes, they would also have someone, on an hourly basis, help me with AWS [Amazon web services] tasks or issues that I had because I did the backend myself. They had enough resources for whatever I needed, and I just requested the resources on an as-needed basis.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

It was through a recommendation. They had already worked with a friend of mine. He had worked with independent developers before, and he wanted a company that had more resources and could move faster. He was really satisfied with their performance, so he told me about them when he knew that I was looking for similar services. I started working with them, did a few tests, and was satisfied with the quality of the work. That’s how I decided to proceed with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September or October of 2015. I had a few things I would want to change on a piecemeal basis, but they wrapped the last task in November or December of 2016. That one project has been completed, but there are a few others that I’m starting right now; we're in the initial processes of getting those going. Those are not entirely completed; it's just that for now I've stopped investing in the development, but it's operational/working. There are a few more things I want to do but I’m postponing until the end of the year. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

I don’t have any measurable results at this point because I did a soft launch of the app. That's why I want everything to remain private because there are many things that are happening right now. I still have a full-time employer who is in a different industry, but it's a very regulated industry. I was basically asked by my employer to stop working on it. I didn’t go ahead and launch everything publicly with marketing and whatever is needed. I stalled that for now. It's still going to happen by the end of the year. That's why I was saying earlier that there may be some more to do toward the end of the year, but I had to stop everything, and that's exactly why I want it to remain private.

In terms of all the functionalities that I was expecting the apps to be able to do, they met those standards. People were able to use them in the way that I expected them to be used. Everyone who has seen it was very enthusiastic about it and really liked it, but that's a very limited sample from word of mouth. It's basically friends and family who all used it before I shut it down. It was basically in beta and was restricted, so I had to allow every single person who’s going to the platform to join. I was getting interest from many people—maybe like 50 people talking about it—but then I had to stop before I could really launch it.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

I think they do quite well, and I tend to be a little demanding. Because I was on my own, working on the project from the company standpoint, sometimes I would be a bottleneck, but they really performed well from their part. They were able to meet the deadlines I set for them for the various milestones and the eventual wrapping of the project.

In the beginning, I had to set expectations on response time, keeping me up to date where they were, and letting me know if there were any hiccups during the project. It did not appear that it was going to be the case (maybe I'm just too demanding). But, once I communicated that and set those expectations, their response time was very quick. As I said, whenever there was a bottleneck, it was mostly on my part because I was doing many things at the same time and didn't have the time to focus.

We communicated with Skype and email. I would mostly communicate with the project manager on an ongoing basis, with Jaison [CEO, iLeaf Solutions] every once in a while (when needed), and sometimes with developers.

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

I've worked with independent contractors, both here in the US and abroad, and I would say that they are extremely reliable. Some of the things that I really appreciated because they really fit my profile are their flexibility, helpfulness, and resourcefulness. I would spend weeks where they needed me to provide something, and I just couldn’t because I don't have the time, and I wouldn't be penalized for that financially. For someone who's trying to build something on the side, that's a very important trait. I really appreciated that. There was never a time where I needed a resource for something and they couldn’t get it for me. I think that they have some relationships with some other firms that do different things: if I needed something that was not necessarily in their area of expertise, they would find a sister company or a partner on their end that would help me get what I needed.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

Nothing really comes to mind right now. Not all the developers are very fluent, but I saw it more as a cost of doing business with outsourcing or offshoring. Most of them are fluent, so I was able to communicate directly with them, but sometimes I just had to make sure that the project manager was also there. Sometimes, I needed to communicate something directly to the developer because I wanted it to go faster. Those calls could take a little bit longer because it would take more time to communicate since English may not have been the developer’s first language. Although they would all understand me and speak, they weren't as fluent as I would have liked. Those processes or calls may take a little bit longer, but I saw that as normal. It wasn't a big problem for me. 

5.0
Overall Score There are some hiccups. It's not perfect, but personally I was absolutely fine with some of the small drawbacks. When I look at their cost, efficiency, ability to meet the deadline, and so forth, I think the small things don't really matter.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They had developers work on weekends sometimes when needed.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re very cost-efficient, and I'm comparing it to other developers that I've worked with abroad (some in Europe) or in the US.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're always on time and did everything to deliver what I needed when I needed it.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've done that already, and I keep working with them.

Android Dev for Radio Station

"It’s a smooth and easy communication process, and iLeaf Solutions remained responsive and fast."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. - July 2014
Project summary: 

iLeaf Solutions supplied Android development expertise for a radio app, supporting music streaming and podcast functions by transferring source code to Java to replicate the iOS product. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Zurich, Switzerland
Director of Marketing, Radio Station
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Android app has achieved an impressive download count with a 4.5-star user rating, thanks to iLeaf Solutions’ high-quality code. Their rapid responsiveness and effective project structuring contributed to a successful engagement. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a large Swiss radio station in the German part of Switzerland. I’m the head of digital services. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

We try to handle as much development as possible without the use of an agency, but there are certain areas for which we don’t have the right abilities. In our case, we needed an Android application and don’t have any Java developers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

iLeaf Solutions wasn’t involved in the creative process. We showed them our iOS app and requested a replica for Android. We gave iLeaf Solutions our source code, which they transferred to Java.

Our app is mainly used for listening to the radio station. A second functionality is providing podcasts for news and shows through which people can listen to prior broadcastings. There is also a forecast tab that shows weather conditions, as well as a Twitter feed. We also needed an integration for push notifications.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

I found iLeaf Solutions on oDesk; the company’s descriptions, as well as our conversations with their principal, seemed promising. I had worked with them before this on a private project. They did a very good job there, so we decided to give iLeaf Solutions a chance on our radio app.

How much have you invested with iLeaf Solutions?

The cost of iLeaf Solutions’ work has been between $3,000 and $4,000 overall.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with iLeaf Solutions in 2014. The project had a 3-month duration. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

We didn’t have an Android app before the one built by iLeaf Solutions, so I couldn’t reference any measurements for comparison. We were very pleased with our download count, as well as with the Google Play rating. I believe that the app has around 4.5 stars.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

We are satisfied with iLeaf Solutions, but we did have some issues with overcoming the work style differences. We’ve had a bit of a trial period in order to see what everyone’s work style was. It was our first time working with an agency from another country, so there was some experience to be gained on both sides in working across different locations, time zones, and languages. It was interesting to figure out.

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

We are very happy with how everything turned out. It’s a smooth and easy communication process, and iLeaf Solutions remained responsive and fast. They’ve done a great job.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

Overall, we’ve very happy, and I don’t think there’s much room for improvement on iLeaf Solutions’ side. One tiny area with which we’re still struggling is exchanging code. We do post on GitHub, but we would have liked something similar to TestFlight on iOS for our Android beta APKs [Android package kits]. We usually receive deliverables via email, but that means that we have to upload the work on our servers manually. It’s not a big issue at all, though. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost is fair, but the communication can be difficult at times. Even though we may lose some time, iLeaf Solutions is fair in calculating hours.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    iLeaf Solutions has delivered quickly, and the quality of the code is very good. The project is well-structured.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Application Dev for Social Media App

"iLeaf Solutions has been stellar in delivering within our schedule and keeping costs low."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Assigned resources from iLeaf took over the ongoing development and maintenance of an existing iOS/Android app, which allows people to create location-based social networks.  

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Pakistan
Founder, Social Media App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Strengths include the ability to identify areas for improvement and anticipate UX issues, as well as strict adherence to deadlines and budgets. The project team can still become more competitive in terms of design.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We provide an application that allows people in the same vicinity to interact with each other as well as with local businesses. It’s a social network centered around location, more than on a contact list, as would be the case for Facebook. I am the founder and CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

We needed help maintaining the app and continuing its development. We had decided to let go of the full-time team and needed some reliable, high-quality developers who could work as needed.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The product requirements and specs remained my responsibility. When I determine that a feature needs to be implemented or adjusted, I will create product documentation and design, to some extent. iLeaf Solutions would then create high-fidelity designs, come up with technical solutions, and implement them on Android and iOS. They have worked exclusively on our main application.

There has been a lot of optimization involved in the project. iLeaf Solutions has performed a complete QA analysis of the product and identified a lot of hidden bugs and stability issues. They upgraded it to the latest version of Swift and made improvements on the geolocation accuracy. iLeaf Solutions changed our user interface based on my updated requirements, simplifying certain modules. During the first three or four months, iLeaf Solutions worked on identifying what should be changed and maintained in the application. It wasn’t working well when it was first brought to them, but iLeaf Solutions managed to improve its reliability.

They assigned three full-time engineers for iOS and Android, as well as a project manager who interfaced with me. He is the principal of the company, and I can get in touch with him whenever I have a problem. We have also engaged QA resources and a designer, although I do tend to do all the design work myself.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

We interviewed around 12 shortlisted companies. iLeaf Solutions seemed to be the company that best met our requirements in terms of technical ability, eagerness and price points.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with iLeaf Solutions around December, and we have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

The only thing I could attribute to iLeaf Solutions is timely delivery and the ability to maintain price points. They haven’t had a role in our growth or user retention since they’re not involved in those aspects. iLeaf Solutions has been stellar in delivering within our schedule and keeping costs low.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

Our three key performance indicators for iLeaf Solutions’ team include the ability to deliver within an aggressive timeline and budget. They have analyzed our problems and discussed solutions with me. We agree on implementations, and I am kept up to date on the progress. We achieved our timelines on 98% of occasions.

We tend to use Trello internally, but it hasn’t been needed in the collaboration with iLeaf Solutions so far. We work on set sprints and maintenance, but there’s no ongoing backlog that would need to be tracked.

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

The main challenge for us has been proactively identifying instabilities and improvement areas. iLeaf Solutions has done better in this task compared with previous teams. Their agility has been good, and the team understands what it means to be a partner rather than an outsourcer who bills the client as much as they can. I appreciate the fact that while I don’t have a very lucrative project, iLeaf Solutions has still done it with full dedication. They never gave me the impression of being deprioritized. They’re out there with anyone I’ve worked with during the last five years.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

As with 80% of the development firms out there, iLeaf Solutions could always do more on the design front. Their skills are good, but everyone outside of Silicon Valley is one step behind. It may not be realistic advice, but it’s what I’ve been pushing my employees and partners to do. You have to be neck-in-neck with competitors if you want to be a good software company. I would say that iLeaf Solutions is within the 80th percentile, but they need to get to the 90th.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Absolutely.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would give iLeaf Solutions a maximum rating, but, realistically, I want them to keep focusing on me.

Android App Dev for Exercise App

"They were good with deadlines. They would send me a new build every day with a status report if necessary."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2012 - Dec. 2015
Project summary: 

iLeaf Solutions designed and developed an exercise gamification app for Android based on an existing iOS product. They integrated with Android Wear and Google Fit, and offered insight into Android standards.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Silver Spring, Maryland
Boomie Odumade
Co-Founder, Nexercise
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

iLeaf’s suggestions helped get the Android app featured in the Google Play store, leading to more users. iLeaf’s work had significantly fewer bugs than the iOS app; onlookers were shocked at the quality of the code and the relationship. iLeaf integrated with wearables before it was common.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Nexercise was an app that motivated and awarded the user for exercising. I was the co-founder and VP of engineering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

We had developers working on the iPhone app but I needed help to develop the app for our Android client. I managed the development, the QA, and the deployment of the product. Another developer and I did some of the backend coding on the server.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The iPhone app already existed so we were trying to duplicate the functionality of that for the Android version. There wasn’t a lot of wireframing at the beginning of the project because we knew what we needed to do. We expected them to give us advice on what Android standards were and they did do that.

There were some Android-only features that we ended up implementing and some of those helped us get featured in Google Play. iLeaf was instrumental in both the design and development of some of those features. I did the final deployment to be able to check on things. There were a few times when it was taking longer for Google Play to propagate which I told them. I did the deployment around when I knew they’d be able to confirm. I would deploy before going to bed and would have iLeaf confirm. If there were any issues, they would look into it and fix it before I got up. I know we were one of the first apps to interface with Android Wear and also interfaced with Google Fit for a competition.

At the peak of development, we had three Android developers and a full-time tester who would test both our iPhone and Android apps.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

I was looking for an individual Android developer. I found Jaison on an online platform and thought he was an individual developer but it ended up working out well that they were a company because we could add more resources if we needed to. They were always quick to oblige if we needed more developers. Part of our agreement was that I would have direct access to the developers and they agreed. After that, the next three years were great.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September 2012, and the work was completed in December 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We had way fewer support tickets on the Android version than we had on the iPhone version. We got featured in Google Play twice which leads to an increase in users. While we were actively developing the Android app, it was really outperforming our iPhone app from a usage and user standpoint. We attempted to do a corporate wellness feature but I don’t remember what all the comments were. Google Play will not feature you if you don’t follow a certain set of standards. Last year in June, we took the app out of the App Store. Before that, we stopped innovating and were only fixing critical bugs for nine months.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

I opted to talk to the developers directly on Slack and Jaison agreed. He was part of the channel, too, and if we needed him we could bring him in. I also communicated with them by email and, on occasion, Skype. If they didn’t reply to my requests within hours, they apologized for the delay. They were very dedicated.

My company was part of Techstars, which is an accelerator, and during the accelerator, we wanted to get a brand-new version of our iPhone and Android app out. iPhone was so far behind that rather than ask the accelerator for another two weeks, my cofounder asked if iLeaf could work through the weekend and we can release the Android version in a couple days while the iPhone version has another week or two. I asked the team and they agreed to do that even though it wasn’t their fault. They were good with deadlines. They would send me a new build every day with a status report if necessary. Nineteen times out of 20, they did it, and the time they didn’t, there was some technical issue that they were trying to resolve.

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

I had some previous experiences that did not go as well as this project did. When we were in the Techstars program, a number of the other startups were shocked that I was able to have such a good working relationship with an outsourced team. I think that’s a credit to them of how much they went above and beyond and how dedicated they were whenever I asked for anything. When I would thank them for the work they were doing, they would say it’s their responsibility.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

In the beginning, I asked if they were familiar with Bitbucket and the source code control and they said yes but somehow they did something that messed up our repository. I was very upset but they came in over the weekend to fix it. That’s when I asked for direct access to the developers. The relationship didn’t start out that good but they learned from their mistakes and made it one of the best working relationships I’ve ever had.

5.0
Overall Score I want to work with them again; I just need a business idea.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met the deadline 99% of the time. If they were not going to be able to meet the deadline, they communicated clearly beforehand so there were no surprises.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We had this built before and I know how much we spent on that. By the time we spent the same amount with them to redo it, we were in a much better place and then we decided to keep innovating.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They take ownership and are part of the project. Their work has consistent quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them all the time.

iOS Product Trio for App Development Company

"What is noteworthy about iLeaf Solutions is that they will continue to work on a task until the problem is solved."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

iLeaf Solutions developed three apps by assisting with wireframing suggestions all the way to beta testing. The team continues to support the product trio through design improvements and version updates. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CEO, App Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps have been well-received by users, blog reviewers, and technical experts, earning 5-star ratings and thousands of downloads. iLeaf Solutions' flexibility, intuitive understanding, and proactive workflow strengthen the ongoing relationship. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company develops apps. I’m the CEO. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with iLeaf Solutions?

We needed to outsource the development of three apps while staying within our budget. We wanted to find talent that could develop the apps in a timely manner. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We initially hired iLeaf Solutions in 2014 to clean up the mess that other engineers had made on one of our apps. The app wasn’t even opening and was crashing all the time. They did a great job with that; after we launched that app, we moved on to creating a scheduling app on iOS, which was pretty complex. There were a lot of features that were hard to understand, and I was impressed with how they understood what I wanted and gave suggestions to make the app better.

The third app was an iOS app that is like Snapchat for your voice. All of the apps were coded in Objective-C. We developed the wireframes in-house, and they would look at them with us to make sure they were intuitive. Sometimes, they weren’t, so I’d work with them to find open source to make it more intuitive. They had creative insight into the UX after we received the build, noting if the mockups we made would fit in reality. The head of iLeaf Solutions is Jaison; we worked with a PM and a frontend and backend engineer. Depending on the contract, they also brought in a beta tester. If you want to have them beta test the product, you can, but sometimes I think it’s better to test it yourself since you know what your product does.

When we finished the first version of an app, we would write all the things that needed to be done in the second phase, which would sometimes require us to start from scratch. We would discover those in beta testing.

How did you come to work with iLeaf Solutions?

I found them on Upwork. In their profile, they referred to themselves as something like “engineering rock stars” or something that had a sense of humor. I feel like when you’re developing, you need to have more than a robotic approach to it. Some developers are black and white, but because iLeaf Solutions had humor in their profile, I was drawn to it and felt that they would have these sensibilities and would understand things that weren’t 100% obvious when they developed. They seemed to have a profile that wasn’t just for-hire nine to five; it was more human.

How much have you invested with iLeaf Solutions?

We’ve spent between $10,000 and $50,000 per project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2014, and the work is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

The last app we made was the biggest app, with thousands of downloads. The app was featured in EK Magazine. We got five-star ratings from app bloggers. The apps were received well by everyday people and also by those who specialize in reviewing, testing, and experiencing apps.

We have something built into the apps where users can send us feedback. We also have automatic crash reports where the user can send the report immediately when the incident happens. We also get feedback where the users give suggestions on how to make the app more intuitive or improve the design. Sometimes we agree with them, and sometimes we don’t; but, we try to accommodate those suggestions when we develop the next version.

How did iLeaf Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They did really well. We use Skype to communicate and worked on fixed contracts. Usually, developers will say they’re only getting paid for a certain amount of hours, but iLeaf Solutions would still work overtime. With fixed contracts, I know exactly how much I’m spending, which is advantageous to me. However, when bugs arise and more hours are needed, it’s not as advantageous to iLeaf Solutions. Nevertheless, they’re still willing to work beyond what is required to get the job done. Sometimes, they were working at 2:00 in the morning. Most developers would say, “That’s not my problem. I’ve put in my hours.” But, the value proposition for iLeaf Solutions is, “Let’s get this done because we can’t move on until we do.”

What did you find most impressive about iLeaf Solutions?

Nothing goes as planned when developing apps, and things take longer than they should because bugs arise and take weeks to resolve. What is noteworthy about iLeaf Solutions is that they will continue to work on a task until the problem is solved. I know a lot of engineers who will give up or say it’s out of budget.

Are there any areas iLeaf Solutions could improve?

When you have the timeline set, you try to follow it as closely as possible, but things don’t always go as planned. We had some delays, but that is expected with any agency. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They worked hard and put in their hours to try to meet deadlines. Sometimes, we bit off more than we could chew.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They look at what I present to them, test it, and find ways to do it better. They think of scenarios that I haven’t even thought of yet.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer