What was the scope of their involvement?
Restructuring an app is a non-trivial task; it requires a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of whiteboarding sessions. For most of our existence, we had one developer working on the app. We made it with hacked and nonscalable solutions, so we wanted to take a step back and really look at the foundation of the app from a codebase standpoint and make sure that it’s built in a sustainable and a scalable way. We needed a team that was quick, smart, and that’s done app development before. Lickability was recommended to us, so we engaged them and worked with them over the course of two months to re-architect the entire application from the ground up.
We rewrote a lot of things in Swift. When they weren’t in Swift, they were in Objective-C, so there was a lot of translating that occurred. As far as the tools they used, it was just your normal suite of tools that you use to develop an iOS application. We used the latest tools that Apple has provided and upgraded all of our code to adhere to that.
How did you come to work with Lickability?
Before I got involved with the team, there was another product manager who was in charge. Our lead developer knew of the guys who ran Lickability because of their great work on the Tumblr and the New York Times application. They were known people in the iOS community, and that just further validated that we wanted to use them. We also met with a couple of other companies, but ultimately we went with Lickability.
How much have you invested with Lickability?
The project cost was around $100,000 to $150,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We began working with Lickability in July 2016 and the engagement is ongoing. The deliverables lasted until mid-September. We’re still working with them now, but it’s in a different capacity. We liked all the work that they did, and we wanted to keep them on a retainer-like function where we could leverage them for their expertise on certain things or just to help out where we needed resources.