The product is a mobile app used on a tablet device to take photos, notes, annotations, and audio notes, then "Smart-Pin" them to specific areas of a floor plan while walking through a building. Automatically, professional looking PDF and web presentations are created and can be shared with anyone.
We first hired Movel to provide assistance in creating a mobile strategy. When you're ready to drop a six-figure budget, you want to ensure that your investment is built on a rock-solid ground. That's why we approached Movel to conduct an early MVP [minimum viable product] feasibility study. Movel uses a five-step MVP design process with the result of the blueprints of a well-designed iPad app.
Through the MVP study, Movel worked to identify key aspects of our solution: market segments and personas, app flow, wireframes, mockups, project plan, and implementation road map.
Once this was ready, Movel created the app wireframes and mockups, and our developers started the work. Movel used Sketch, Omnigraffle, and Framer to deliver the design artifacts.
When the coding got underway, Movel assisted with security testing and assessments of the iPad app and the backend infrastructure. They performed threat vector analysis, penetration testing, and ensured all iPad data was stored in an encrypted local storage.
We've looked for companies specialized in mobile apps. But, not just apps. We wanted someone who understood the importance of the whole platform – front end and back-end.
We came across Movel because they are very active in the Washington, D.C., tech community, and I had attended couple of their Meetup events. From those events, it was apparent that not only did they know the latest in mobile UX [user experience] and security, but they also were willing to share it with the community. This was one of the things that set them apart for us.
Movel's engagement was in three key areas: the design of the user experience, including the app mockups and the user flow diagrams; development of the Google Glass app; and performing security analysis and testing on the overall platform – front end and back-end
Initially, it was three months and was at a five-figure number. Later, we retained Movel on a continual part-time basis. They are still consulting with us.
We first hired Movel in 2014. They have been instrumental in the success of our mobile apps, and we're still engaged on a retainer basis.