What was the scope of their involvement?
We had OPTASY recode all of our sites. We had them do a little proof of concept in terms of getting a copy of the database and the site, then taking the existing code and launching it through a different host. We wanted to compare hosting performance before we started the recode. Nothing got approved until the last minute, so we started the project on September 1.
Another agency was responsible for design. There are 2 sections to the site, including one for login, profiles, and access to contests. The second, newer section is for videos only. While OPTASY was coding the main login to match the existing site, the other agency was designing the video section.
We handed off the series and episodes designs September 20, which was 3 weeks before launch. The video platform has an initial landing page, then the user is taken to where they can click through the series and episodes. On September 25, we finished the landing page and a gameday module. It was all a very rapid process.
It’s not just a simple site. There’s a Janrain login, which connects directly to the API. We have user accounts and social login, and also a Vimeo API integration for the video section. There are also other basic page layouts. When there is a game day, the gameday module displays videos via a player. We also have original content series and another fan corner. We took different caching per module on the same page into consideration, so everything is cached at a different rate. Game-day videos are a little bit shorter versus the long-term content.
What is the team dynamic?
Adrian [Drupal Developer, OPTASY] was involved due to the timeline. We also had a project manager on their side, 2 backend developers (one of whom was the team lead), and 2–3 frontend developers. We had daily Scrums, and they ramped their resources up or down depending on what we needed. Based on the timeline of the project, we had a lot of things going on at once.
How did you come to work with OPTASY?
I did a Google search looking for someone with a local presence so they could at least come in for meetings. OPTASY had done some work with UFT University and Berkeley, so I checked the reviews. We used the proof of concept as a sort of test, then had an initial SOW [statement of work] just to move the current site to a new hosting platform.
If I’d known about Clutch, I might have been able to get in contact with some of their past clientele. Myplanet, Appnovation, and Therefore shows up when searching for Drupal providers in Canada. I actually received a referral for Therefore, but because of timing and price, we decided to go with OPTASY.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent between $40,000–$50,000 for the first part of the project.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in September, and the project is ongoing.