Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.
We set up a two-week work period. We assigned issues to our own local developers and then created workflows for each of the developers and assigned issues directly. All of the work we were doing was reasonably straightforward and much of it was query on queries on PHP or to create widgets or similar things.
We did have them do a number of integrations with some third-party software. They were a bunch of other APIs [application programming interfaces] that they connected through where they had to read the API documentation and follow the instructions.
Nothing was particularly complicated. We outlined the issues and advanced after making sure that they were entirely comfortable with what they were doing. Whenever we were happy with their work, they would just repeat the process.
Initially, we had them do a number of issues that were predominantly development of a larger module. Within that, they understood our system and knew it slightly better than our own developers did. After they had written a number of sizable issues, we did go back and have a number of iterations within that. I guess you could say that was ongoing support. It wasn't the type of thing that required special skill. Magora's work was just to save our own developers time.
How did you come to work with Magora Systems?
Through a number of different projects, I've come across customers through Elance. I had used another firm in Russia near where they are. Whenever I came to additional jobs that we were doing, we decided instead of going to the original firm, we'd put it out to the open market and see what bids we get.
We initially selected one of the Indian contractors and, within 48 hours, we realized it was a terrible mistake because of the language issue. We went back to the Russian developer I was working with, but they didn't have the availability when we needed it.
We came across Magora through Elance and appointed them for a contract for around –six to nine months and totaled $30,000. Magora was our third choice, but it turned out to be a lucky find. We tested them on a couple of issues up front to make sure they were good enough and understood the requirements clearly. Then, we just started assigning them more and more.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
It's between $30,000 and $35,000 total. We have worked together for around a year.
What is the status of this engagement?
The work is ongoing and growing is size and cost.