What was the scope of their involvement?
We provided Mono with a system requirements document (SRD) that described the project’s specifications, including expectations regarding design, workflow, the scope of effort, and sprint breakouts. Following that guide, Mono completed most of the design and development work for this specific project. It was a collaborative relationship—there was a lot of back and forth.
The end product is a web-based consumer-facing real-time funds movement application in the Azure environment using a software as a service (SaaS) model. It’s a multitenant solution for financial institutions. The system will pull relevant information related to a consumer from its backend servers, render that data, and run a set of custom steps to complete authorization.
Our relationship started with that application, but we’ve continued to work with Mono on multiple projects, including both in-house development and client-facing projects. Their work spans both front- and backend systems.
What is the team composition?
Mono provides a steady stream of about eight developers for our projects. Depending on the workload, they’ll scale up the team to around 10-14 resources. We always have a project manager, who manages the development process. There’s very little overhead; our internal developers communicate directly with their team without an intermediary.
How did you come to work with Mono?
In the past, we’d worked with offshore groups all over the globe. For this specific project, we were looking for a vendor closer to our time zone. We came across Mono, and their location fit what we were looking for. Also, they had some experience working with cloud technologies, so we reached out. After a couple of Skype calls with their CEO, we decided to give them a shot. We started with a small engagement. That was successful, so we moved into the main project.
How much have you invested with them?
In total, we’ve spent over $1 million.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in May 2013, and it’s an ongoing relationship. We have visited their facility on number of occasions to connect faces to names, making our collaborations more efficient.