What was the scope of their involvement?
In my previous project with them, we were taking Magento 1.9 Community Edition and moving it to an enterprise edition of Magento 2.0, or whatever the latest release was. MW2 Consulting was in charge of a full data migration and completely revamping the style of the site, changing much of its UX to make it more mobile-friendly.
There was a high level of complexity with that particular project, and MW2 delivered well on the development side, following the aesthetic guidelines as well as making a seamless data migration.
With the current project at James Free Jewelers, MW2 is taking us from Magento 1.7 in a shared environment and migrating it to our own hosting domain while upgrading to Magento 1.9, in addition to performing some extension upgrades and customizations to improve the user experience.
One of the big goals we have with this upgrade is to improve the site’s navigation, making it easier to find products and improving overall load time, which needed to be reduced by 80%. MW2 is also implementing various enhancements within the cart in order to make payment and checkout much easier.
There’s some design revamping that needs to be done as well, which they will end up getting involved with later on.
What is the team dynamic?
I worked with nine people from MW2 on the previous project. We have communicated through email, phone, JIRA, and Zoom for meetings or shared screen experiences.
How did you come to work with MW2 Consulting?
For the first organization, I interviewed 15 different Magento development companies, looking for groups either in the U.S. or Canada. I had previously only worked with groups in this region, as opposed to outsourcing out of the country. With MW2, I found a nice balance from a cost standpoint; not only did they have the advantage of offshore development, but are also located in the core of where Magento code is being developed.
MW2 brought in people from the development team in Minsk, Belarus. They were involved not just during weekly calls but also spent five days face-to-face with us, working on defining the scope of the project. By the time we got the work going, I was comforted by the idea that our project manager was stateside while the coders were in the Minsk offices.
How much have you invested with them?
Between the two projects, when all is said and done, it will definitely be six figures.
What is the status of this engagement?
I started the initial conversation with MW2 in March 2017 and launched the project in April. They have an ongoing relationship with the company I left, and I’m still involving them with the current project.