What was the scope of their involvement?
Working with OpenSource Technologies has helped me refine and develop which products I can offer schools. Right now, the backend and reporting side are hosted on a responsive WordPress site. We're hoping to build an independent app for iOS and Android during the future phases of development.
There were several details to consider and things to build out along the way. Anytime we had problems, they helped me solve them. The team developed the whole database, which has the capacity to import lists of schools’ student bodies and track related reports throughout the year. We had a working prototype shortly into the project, which we refined over the last few months as we reached the finish line. I shared this version at several educator trainings and schools where I've given speeches to get feedback along the way. Several useful comments we received helped shape the final product.
What is the team composition?
I worked most closely with three individuals. The company’s CEO, Manish Mittal, was my main contact at the beginning, and helped facilitate the project throughout. Our project manager, Vijay Kumar, was very hands-on. He and Durgesh Soni, the main developer, are not only technically proficient, but also understood my objective. I'm always thinking about the end user, and loved how well they grasped the project from a human perspective. They didn't use inaccessible "tech speak." Rather, they were practical and user friendly, and helped create the kind of experience we wanted for schools.
How did you come to work with OpenSource Technologies?
I had already been working with mental health professionals who’d recommended levels of interventions for bullying prevention that applied to discrete scenarios. I needed a vendor to develop the software, which ultimately led me to OpenSource Technologies. We found them via a search on UpWorks.com. I interviewed three of the 15 development teams that applied, and they were the only ones who met all our requirements. After our interview, I knew they were the right firm for the job.
How much have you invested with them?
The project cost between $10,000-$20,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
I hired them mid-August 2017, and we just wrapped up our six-month project.