More than software

intive-FDV is a development studio from Argentina, with offices in NY and Palo Alto, more than 10 years of experience, 90 employees, global customers like Evernote, LiveNation, P&G and also startups like Fanbridge, Cureatr, Stash and many others. 

We are focused on delivery with a very high quality, using the most innovative technology combined with the best practices in each discipline (tdd, pair programming, bdd, ic, etc)

 

 
Undisclosed
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2006
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Santa Clara, CA
headquarters
  • 2855 Kifer Road, Suite 103
    Santa Clara, CA 95051
    United States
other locations
  • Carlos Pellegrini 887, 9th Floor
    Buenos Aires, B 1009
    Argentina

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Evernote

LiveNation

Stash

Cureatr

Fanbridge

Pfizer

MSD

P&G

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iOS and Android Development for Management Consultancy

"They adhere to good work processes, having an agile practice that they actually care about."

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

FDV Solutions collaborated with the client on the refinement and implementation of an iOS app. They worked on the code, Ruby on Rails elements for API integration, additional features, and bug fixing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Owner & Founder, Management Consultancy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The mobile app has not been launched to the public yet, but the initial feedback has been positive. FDV Solutions were able to deliver work within the allocated time and budget. They are reliable and accurate on their estimates.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I am an independent consultant working with various entrepreneurs.

What is your position?

I'm the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with FDV Solutions?

I worked with them on behalf of a client in implementing an iOS app for their company.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

I managed the communication of requirements with FDV Solutions, working directly with their developers in order to manage the implementation of our product. Being a server architect, I developed the APIs [application programming interfaces] that their team was developing C code for.

Early on in the project, we also worked on some Ruby on Rails elements with them for API integration. This included geospatial queries and integration as well as customer-facing web development.

At this moment, bug tracking is handled by my client and me. Our relationship entails that, if we find bugs in their work, they're obligated to make fixes within a period of time. We've almost surpassed that period, so the code is now our responsibility. If we were to need additional feature implementations or found defects outside of this warranty period, we would let FDV Solutions bid on the work and would probably give it to them.

Our product is unusual in that it is a kind of blank version of Uber. It requires both a driver app and a user app. Debugging it involves a deep understanding of our requirements. There is a two-way exchange, and there are web socket elements between the two parts. Because of this, I would want the same developer to work on the code, instead of someone else. Working with FDV Solutions in the future would depend on the availability of our original team.

How did you come to work with FDV Solutions?

A colleague had come into contact with them and introduced us. There was also another project on which I worked, with which FDV Solutions was involved.

They were chosen by my client. I did participate in the selection process. I met with senior members of FDV Solutions and reviewed the project with them. Out of the two or three development shops we considered, we found FDV to be most competitive in terms of pricing and flexibility while also having a good understanding of our business requirements.

With offshore development, language is often a challenge. This was not the case for FDV Solutions. Their internal staff had good English language and general communication skills. They were also located in a reasonable time zone, compatible with our working hours.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The total development cost was around $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted for about four months [since the fall of 2015].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I enjoyed working with FDV Solutions. Given the clarity level of our requirements, they did a better than average job. I would definitely work with them again. We're still in stealth mode for the product. The business is still being built, and it hasn't been released.

How did FDV Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They were always able to deliver their work within the allocated time and budget. We worked primarily through the issue tracker on GitHub. They use JIRA internally for maintaining their sprint backlog. At certain moments, I collaborated with their developers using Trello Board for tracking more idea-based elements.

What distinguishes FDV Solutions from other providers?

Compared to other offshore development operations, I've found FDV Solutions to be much more reliable and accurate in their estimates. There was more integrity within their company than what I've encountered in other offshore shops in terms of representing their staff's ability and skill sets. They adhere to good work processes, having an agile practice that they actually care about.

I've found working with the management there to be an easy affair. The discussions that we've had unfolded well: we adjusted scopes and dealt with various issues. It was a friendly and good experience.

Is there anything FDV Solutions could have improved or done differently?

The only drawback I've had while working with them was having to wake up early as FDV Solutions is five hours ahead of us. 

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Team Augmentation for Marketing Technology Firm

“They do great work, keep up with our schedule and constantly come up with new ideas.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

FDV is providing a staff augmentation team to lend support on various tasks which involve web and mobile development and CRM integration using technologies such as PHP, JS, MongoDB, and MySQL.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Co-Founder & CEO, Marketing Technology Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

FDV excels for their communication and responsiveness which has allowed them to provide satisfactory services even at short notice. The team’s technical knowledge is reflected in their products which adhere to specifications, are completed within deadlines, and are frequently bug-free.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're a marketing software platform in the CRM field. We work in the music, sports, entertainment, and consumer brand categories.

What is your position?

I am the CEO [chief executive officer] and co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with FDV Solutions?

We were looking for someone who could work with our existing full-time engineering team to develop additional code on our website and our product stack. We didn't have enough internal resources to address everything we needed to do. FDV Solutions helped us accelerate our roadmap.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

The technologies we use are PHP, JavaScript, MongoDB, and MySQL. They also provided us data analysis expertise to assist us in building new tools.

Mobile applications were also an important topic. FDV Solutions built our mobile app for Android and iOS, also working with our API [application program interface], to ensure that it would synchronize with the desktop login.

The size of the team they have assigned for our work has varied throughout the years. The typical number is between 7-10 people at any given time, which can scale up whenever we work on something complex, like a mobile app. It can scale down if we're between project cycles. They also help in a recruiting capacity. We started building a dedicated team in Argentina for which they helped us source talent.

We predominantly communicate with the project lead. Communication depends on the project type. If we had very clear specifications, then our head of technology would work directly with their project manager. The ground teams would sync among themselves. I personally got involved in newer products, rather than iterations of existing ones. If we're trying to bring something new to market, our organization will adopt a more inclusive approach. I would work either directly with the project manager or within a small committee.

How did you come to work with FDV Solutions?

The first step for us was to talk to other co-founders, investors and executives at the other portfolio companies. We wanted to know whom we should contract for recruiting and development support. We also had local contacts from previous hires. As we started to triangulate and see examples of work, we eventually reached FDV Solutions. We considered two or three other companies in their region and decided to work with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together for five years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Internally, the biggest feedback that I've received for their work, including how they synchronized to our team, was that their communication was excellent. They do great work, keep up with our schedule and constantly come up with new ideas.

Early on in our relationship, we decided to give them more responsibility because we could have a conversation with them. FDV Solutions could build a specification from the ground up around our ideas, and come back with proactive questions around those specs. We had the same expectations from them as we did from high-end in-house engineers. We realized that they could serve as an exoskeleton to our team, which we could attach quickly and reliably. As our relationship grew, the internal feedback continued to be similar.

There were elements of their design process which we wanted them to modernize. FDV Solutions invested in the resources and training to strengthen that area. They've always been open to feedback.

A second perspective comes from the client side. The best reflection I've received is in the form of satisfaction scores with the technology. There have been almost zero bug complaints on either platform, which is incredible. The apps also have seamless integration with the API, giving us low downtime in terms of latent data. FDV Solutions took the time to create careful architecture in terms of experience and underlying backend. This enabled us to ensure customers that they could use the application from day one, without having it feel like a beta version.

FDV Solutions helped us devise segmentation strategies and build specialized tools around them, for video and other applications. This also had a direct impact on client satisfaction and feedback. As with mobile apps, the feedback was that the solution seamlessly integrated with what we were already providing, and didn't feel like a third-party product.

A third perspective on their work is from an executive standpoint. For me, it was a relief to see a team with strong arms that could hold its weight. My biggest fear in moving our development to outside resources was that this wouldn't be the case. Based on other feed-back and my own experience, it became clear that FDV Solutions are vested into what they're building, they care about the relationship, and will go to where they need to be to make sure that each project is a success.

They were also cost-effective. From the perspective of someone with a fiduciary responsibility, there's always a trade-off between productivity and quality on one end, and price on the other. FDV Solutions strike a balance of offering the same output as an in-house team, but with a discount. It made sense to scale with them.

The benefit of only having a one hour time difference between our companies is also significant.

How did FDV Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They are in charge of project documentation, which is a great service, especially since our in-house efforts are lacking. The tools we use for project tracking are Pivotal Tracker, Trello, Asana and Jira.

They offer 24-hour support. If we need to, we could send something over and have someone develop into the night if necessary.

Our collaboration was initially limited to us giving them work that we didn't have time for. It extended to using them for core projects on which we wanted additional reviewers for code, basically another set of eyes to look at the work from a different perspective. That is the moment when time became an issue. They were always responsive, but we wanted more than that. If everyone had to work until midnight, then that is what they would have to do. FDV Solutions' reaction was excellent. They stepped up their effort and we worked out a structure by which we wouldn't exhaust their developers.

What distinguishes FDV Solutions from other providers?

Their attention to detail is excellent. They have a proactive tendency to reflect what they're working on from a real world perspective. FDV Solutions also has a willingness to learn and improve their skill sets based on feedback. Any team will have its own strengths and weaknesses. Whenever you need a strength, it's best if you can train people for it, rather than hiring. FDV Solutions is continuously improving the bar as a whole. They continue to bring in talent that heightens their capabilities. As a partner, they're a growing pool of resources.

A lot of times, when looking at local or external partners, I found what I would call a PR [public relations] or agency model, whereby the firm will highlight the very smart and seasoned partner who has worked on amazing things and has a global experience, making you feel that he is the person who will be working in the trenches. The reality is that he will disappear. He's basically a business developer. You will then get introduced to his "colleague", and the service will become a code farm, essentially. This happens both in the US and abroad. It creates a lot of slowdown for companies like us.

FDV Solutions, on the other hand, is willing to move fast, and the people you're talking to are actually involved in the project. The quality and caliber of the work is higher than I would expect from any non-internal party.

Is there anything FDV Solutions could have improved or done differently?

There was a period within our first year and a half of working together when we wanted them to improve their design chops. They started bringing in new designers, which solved the problem. The software itself has always been a strength for them. Working with different backend enterprise technologies, they were already on the edge.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer