What was the scope of their involvement?
We have worked on at least 10 to 15 projects together. The biggest project we have worked with them on is a multi-case long-term program. The platform is designed to perform facility inspections where you design ad hoc forms of any composition, and then use them in the field for remote data collection and aggregation of business intelligence.
It is a platform for remote data collection, audits, and inspections. It is a very robust platform and includes a fully integrated workflow engine for customizable business logic. The robust workflow engine allows someone to make dynamic business rules based upon the data captured. They also built a reporting engine, so that we can do ad hoc reporting and create report templates, and then tie the report engine to the workflow engine so that you can generate reports on demand.
It is deployed on Android and iOS and is used nationwide. We have actually gone further and implemented virtual reality features into it such as 3D walkthroughs with clickable assets. There is .NET on the backend with a lot of stored procedures on the SQL Server side and Transact-SQL. We have MongoDB for our ObjectStore. On the frontend we use jQuery and Angular, and the mobile app is in Xamarin with some native components such as mobile Xamarin Plus Native.
We have a lot of program specific projects around this one large project, and we will have a product development roadmap, as well as multiple simultaneously executed customization projects tied to very strictly timeboxed initiatives. They are presently building an Excel generation tool which allows you to create any Excel template you want and generate it from the workflow engine.
What is the team composition?
We worked with 4–12 people. The average staffing size was around 7 people. We have a project manager, a fractional business analyst, 2 QA people, a fractional UI/UX [user interface/user experience] person who also does some design work for us.
Fractionally, on the mobile side, we have between 3–5 mobile developers, and 2 architects (with one on the workflow side and the other on the portal side), developers, and a customer service representative.
How did you come to work with Lvivity?
I found them through a crowdsource labor site. Petro Kovalchuk’s [CEO, Lvivity] English is excellent which helped a lot. Their engagement at the beginning of the project gave me a lot of confidence as there was complete transparency around who was doing what. I was able to directly interview and skill test the team members. In the initial meeting, they demonstrated a very high level of not only technical expertise, but business savviness too.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in July 2015, and the work is ongoing.