Mobile Apps & Web Development

Pieoneers is a top mobile & web development studio based in Vancouver, BC. Our globally distributed team works with established businesses, prominent universities and ambitious startups. We build high-load web applications, Android & iOS apps with superior user experience and UI design.

  • We bring meaningful ideas to life
  • With the best fitting technologies
  • And the best industry practices

 

Client Testimonials:

"You guys have built a rocket ship!"

-Mike Kenzit President, GameSheet Inc. (Sports Software)

“The project was very fluid, and the Pieoneers team remained highly flexible and professional. It was well done all around.”

-Ty Summach, CEO at ProSmart Sports Development Inc. (E-Learning)

 

Mobile App Development:

Native iOS development with Swift and Objective-C, native Android development with Java; React Native mobile app development.

 

Web Development & DevOps:

Node.js / JavaScript / Vue / React

Go / Rails / Python / Django

Postgres / Kubernetes

Contentful / Wordpress / PHP / .Net

 

Branding & Web Design:

Branding Strategy / Mobile App Design / Responsive Web Design / Company Branding & Identity / Content Management Solutions / Landing Pages and Lead Generation

 

Project Planning & Strategy:

Product Gameplan / Development Roadmaps

User Discovery / Interviews

MVP Rapid Development / Prototyping

 

Contact us at Pieoneers.com

 
$50,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Vancouver, Canada
headquarters
  • 950 – 777 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 1S4
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 

University of British Columbia (UBC), London School of Economics (LSE), Smith College, University of Notre Dame (ND), Bulova, Directv, Google, Hootsuite, Seaspan, TEDx, PocketBook International SA, ProSmart Sports, Gamesheet Inc, Booth, IPS

Workrise iPhone App

Workrise offers an innovative machine learning solution for improving employee engagement. The company strives to help bring happiness & productivity to workplaces around the globe.

The Workrise app is designed to track and improve the well-being of a company's employees.

Pieoneers consulted on: product strategy, brand identity, UX & visual design, iOS app design and development, Android app design and

development.

Our Android and iOS apps allow Workrise to reliably and securely collect the data they need to transform the lives and balance sheets of the individuals and companies they work with.

BildList Web Application

Bildlist is the most innovative and convenient way to connect the construction project to the professional. If you ever wondered, who made that perfect roof down the street? Or if you find yourself in an endless quest for the perfect plumber, BildList is the app you have been waiting for.

The BildList application allows service providers to create professional profiles, add job history to their portfolios, and include a

service map of the areas in wich they operate. The interactive map shows all listed projects, with locations, descirptions and images; thus making the discovery process for a homeowner convient and intuitive.

The on-the-go component was critical for the application, since most homeowners want to use their phone or tablet to discover projects completed by contractors in their local area, and make contact without having to open a second app or website.

As a web development project, BildList started with refining ideas and drafting wireframes to identify the product scope. With inspiration and a careful design process, the initial user interface was shaped and brough to life with a few of our favourite technologies, Ruby on Rails, Twitter Bootstrap, and KnockoutJS.

 

UBC Database of Religious History

The UBC DRH is world’s first comprehensive online quantitative and qualitative encyclopedia of religious cultural history.

The DRH is one of the flagship initiatives of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium, based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. It is intended as a platform for unprecedented academic collaboration, reflecting a commitment to rigorous, scholarly standards and

a deep appreciation for interdisciplinary work in the sciences and humanities.

Pieoneers was hired to develop:

  • Product Strategy
  • UX & Visual Design
  • Technical Architecture
  • Workflow Optimization
  • Hosting & Dev Ops
  • Build the application in React, Python, Django

GameSheet Inc.

GAMESHEET v3

GameSheet Inc. revolutionized the game-tracking process by taking it digital. Replacing traditional pen and paper score sheets, the GameSheet iPad app and Web dashboard allows game data to be recorded in real-time, and sent instantly to league officials.

Stats are generated and shared with league and team websites, and parents can follow along with stand-alone Android and iPhone

apps. All the important game data — including official signatures — is stored safely and securely in the cloud.

In addition to rebuiding Gamesheet's technical architechture from scratch, Pieoneers gave GameSheet a complete branding overhaul. The updated branding elements elevate GameSheet's imagery from hockey dad start-up, to advanced game-time essential, with a hockey-inspired colour palette and a bold new logo design.

https://gamesheetinc.com/

 

 

Progressa Web Design and Rails Development

Progressa is a direct-pay lender focused on helping its customers improve their credit score and financial health.

It is a leading fintech company based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Their focus is on offering alternative lending options that aid in debt consolidation through flexible installment loan solutions and repayment plans with progressively lower interest rates. The company serves over 3 million

Canadians.

The client needed to create a brand for their recently launched loan service, while increasing their traffic and conversions. The mobile user experience was a priority.

With its mobile first UI framework, the application offers improved usability from mobile devices, making it possible to learn all about and conveniently apply for a loan right from your smartphone.

Services Rendered

Brand Identity DevelopmentVisual DesignFront-end Development (HTML, SASS, React)Web Development (Rails)Search Engine OptimizationSocial Media Optimization

The Pieoneers team combined crisp modern visuals with a cutting edge mobile-first implementation to create a fast, responsive and customer friendly web application.

SEO concepts and social media practices were laid out and as a result Progressa has achieved elevated standing in their industry and doubled their revenue.

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ProSmart Hockey Learning System

ProSmart is the fastest growing network of minor-league hockey communities. 

The ProSmart Sports iPhone app connects with the ProSmart Learning Platform and provides interactive coaching tools, progressive instructional videos featuring professional athletes, animated practice plans, team communication features, and more.

ProSmart is free thanks to its national and regional partners.

Pieoneers worked

with Native Objective‑C and did Beta Testing with TestFlight to optimize their designs for iPhone and launched them in the Apple App Store.

“The project was very fluid, and the Pieoneers team remained highly flexible and professional. It was well done all around.”

-Ty Summach, CEO at ProSmart Sports Development Inc. (E-Learning)

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Booth™ iPad Application

When you think of a photo booth you might imagine something old school and shabby but only if you've never heard of Booth™. Getthebooth doesn't just look good, it's revolutionizing the photo booth experience by making it interactive and social.

The challenge was to create both a hardware and software solution to extract images from the booth camera, and enable instant photo sharing on Facebook, Instagram and

Twitter.

Pieoneers' solution was to send images from the booth camera, through the built-in computer, to the interactive iPad app, and then to the web server implemented with Ruby on Rails.

The upgraded booth experience is creating new smiles and silly faces that are instantly shared and enjoyed by friends online.

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Newslight Web Design and Development

Newslight is a new way to communicate within your community. It is a social network designed to share information on a community wide basis.

You can use Newslight to share announcements about upcoming events, news in your neighbourhood, the results of your hockey game, or changes within your organization.
It is free to use and free to post. Anyone can use newslight to share information about their

community.

If you find a story that you think is important and others should see, you can light it. The most lighted stories are highlighted on the right hand side of the page.

Reviews

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Web Development for Financial Tech Firm

“They can help fulfill any complex technological need and assist on product strategies and user experience.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Pieoneers developed a mobile web-based financial application. They worked on a one-off website design and completed the project within 3 months.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Nathan Slee
Founder, Progressa
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Pieoneers delivered a user-friendly, mobile-first interface that integrates seamless branding across all device platforms. The team is ahead of the industry curve and keeps up with the latest trends. They employ highly skilled developers, designers, and product professionals.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Progressa is a Vancouver-based financial technology company changing the way credit-constrained consumers can access credit. We are Canada's only "Direct-Pay" lender focused solely on "credit-challenged" consumers. Our online technology platform allows us to provide our customers with a seamless borrowing experience, and our data-driven underwriting approach allows us to work through complex financial situations in a fraction of the time required by traditional institutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Our challenge was to launch a new brand that is easy to trust and remember. We were looking for a web design team in Vancouver that could sit with us, brainstorm and help us create this solid new identity. They have developed a web-based application for us. There was a team of three people from Pieoneers involved in our project. We interacted with two of them for the majority of the time. 

SOLUTION

I first found them during a conference. We considered a few other companies, but we chose Pieoneers because they had embraced mobile-first development, as opposed to their competition, which first created desktop versions and focused on mobile responsiveness afterward. It's a subtle difference, but it was important to us. They were also a local company.

We understood that the majority of our customers need to be able to rely on and find financial help quickly. Pieoneers helped us realize that a growing number of them were using mobile devices and, hence, a mobile-first interface would help them access this information and apply for a loan on the go. At the time, our main system was still in transition and some tasks had to be done on a desktop, such as file uploads. Many of our customers find us through friend recommendations and content shared through social networks. With Pieoneers's help, we introduced seamless branding across all device platforms and social networks.

The project duration was three months. We worked on a one-off website design. Maintenance and other issues are handled by our internal team. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

The reception has been good. There hasn't been much feedback concerning the site one way or the other, which we see as a good thing. The site works well, and we're happy with it. 

They were fine in terms of sticking to the project timeline and cost. We used Basecamp for project tracking. It was a mutual decision, and we were both fine with the software. 

They create products for themselves, so they're more than just a development team. We were confident in the fact that Pieoneers was ahead of the curve, keeping up with the latest trends. This isn't always the case. Some developers don't keep up with technology. 

Progressa is a fast-growing business – we were able to tap into a young and busy demographic. We highly recommend Pieoneers as a team of friendly and highly skilled developers, designers, and product professionals. They can help fulfill any complex technological need, assist on product strategies and user experience.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ongoing Development for Sporting Startup

"They've been a very knowledgeable and reliable resource."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Pieoneers created a suite of solutions that included an iPad-based input app, web-based backend interface, and iOS and Android applications.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ontario, Canada
Richard Berman
Founder & CEO, GameSheet, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is easy to use, accessible, and allows users to modify multiple aspects of the game. Pieoneers was responsive, offered an extended work schedule, and quickly resolved any issues. The team strove to understand company operations in order to best determine how the app should function.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We have developed an electronic game sheet for hockey and lacrosse.

What is your position?

I am the founder of the startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Pieoneers?

We needed development work for our system. We didn’t have the technical skills here to do any of the hard coding, so we needed to find a company that could handle that aspect.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

They helped us develop our solution from scratch. This includes an iPad-based input app that can be used to input data that is then sent to our cloud server. Pieoneers has also developed a web-based backend interface for us to visualize the data that we receive. There is also a mobile app for Android and iOS devices, which displays core statistics from the actual game.

Our development model has been based on trying out features, getting feedback on them and then making necessary changes. As an example: initially, the system had not been set up to handle entering a goal on a game without attaching the name of the scorer. Clients made us aware of this, we got through to Pieoneers, and they quickly fixed it. Whether it was a mistake of the end-users or not, we needed to make sure that the system didn't falter.

Our interaction is done mostly with Shane McCallum, and only rarely with the actual developers. Pieoneers have an extended work schedule, and we were always able to get quick resolutions to any issue as a result.

How did you come to work with Pieoneers?

We had worked with Shane McCallum during his employment at a previous company. We started working with Pieoneers after he came on board. He has been a driving force in terms of understanding our company's operations and how our app should function.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The total development cost is in the range of $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them for over a year. The project was completed in September 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The majority of people using the app tend to be game attendees, who don't actually use the backend. It is clear though that everyone appreciates the ease of access and the ability to modify teams, games, stats, and so on.

How did Pieoneers perform from a project management standpoint?

The work they've delivered was on time and within budget. Whenever we email them with an issue, they respond very quickly. Issues only tend to occur around new releases, when we make a significant modification to the system.

They offer us project management tools, but we've tended to be non-compliant to them.

What distinguishes Pieoneers from other providers?

We've had limited experience with developers, but have been thoroughly impressed by Pieoneers. They've been a very knowledgeable and reliable resource.

Is there anything Pieoneers could have improved or done differently?

I can't think of anything. They've been great.

4.5
Overall Score Our experience is limited to one project manager, but he's been fantastic.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're upfront about timing and are able to tell us what they can accomplish within a given time. Pieoneers has delivered their work ahead of schedule many times.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have recommended them.

iOS Prototype Development for Athletic e-Learning Startup

"It was well done all around."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Pieoneers developed an iOS application for a sports e-learning platform. The team completed the app in six months, managing all pre-launch development and providing post-launch support.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
British Columbia, Canada
Co-founder & COO, ProSmart Sports Development, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is user-friendly, fluid, and has received high ratings. Pieoneers was technically skilled, experienced in their field, and remained both professional and flexible throughout the project. They successfully delivered the app on time and within budget.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

ProSmart is the first education technology company for sports that connects every coach, parent, and player to one central learning experience.

ProSmart's first vertical is the ProSmart Hockey Learning System. This e-learning platform was developed in collaboration with current and former hockey professionals, leading sports scientists, and digital media experts. ProSmart Hockey is full of interactive coaching tools, progressive instructional videos, animated practice plans, team communication features, and more. ProSmart also delivers each user a fully customized experience based on their geographic location, time of year, age of athletes, and role of the individual within a team. I'm the cofounder and chief operating officer of ProSmart Sports.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

In short order, ProSmart has secured a leading position in the world of education technology for sports. When engaging Pieoneers in order to develop our first mobile application – iOS – it further enabled our team to continue solidifying the hockey marketplace and to begin scaling to our second vertical, ProSmart Soccer.

ProSmart's ability to secure partnerships of some of the largest cap companies in Canada during its debut season is a testament to the opportunity we have before us. ProSmart's timing, approach, and their well-rounded team have created a first-entrant opportunity in a financially massive and greatly underserved marketplace. One of our core pillars is accessibility, and moving beyond the web in our first season is certainly a step in the right direction.

SOLUTION

Pieoneers was selected as a vendor because of previous work experience with one of their new technical project managers. Through some basic due diligence, we also confirmed that they held the technical skills and experience required, the timeline was acceptable, and the overall price met our specified budget.

The development of our iOS application spanned six months, and the budget reached slightly more than $100,000. Pieoneers managed the entire prelaunch development – no design – as well as the post-launch support. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

It was great, and the ratings shown indicate that. The project was very fluid, and the Pieoneers team remained highly flexible and professional. It was well done all around. I look forward to future projects of similar scope with Pieoneers in the near future.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Print Design Alternative Apparel Retailer

“They really push the boundaries with design, which is great.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Pieoneers provided branding support and logo designs as part of a larger marketing strategy.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Canada
Product Architect, Online Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the project did not launch due to external issues, Pieoneers delivered design work on a rapid turnaround rate and collaborated exceptionally well. The team quickly incorporated feedback and employed above-average project management methodologies not typical of offshore IT companies.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Could you provide a brief description of your company?

My company is an alternate apparel company for making design prints with political statements, for an alternative culture, that incorporates things that are important online.

You’re the owner and founder, correct?

Yes. I am.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge you were attempting to address when you first approached Pieoneers?

The challenge was to find a market and an audience for our products, and to attract them to our brand. I’ve known them before this endeavor. I knew they had solid design talents, and that’s why I approached them for this project. I knew this was something different from what they’re used to doing for their clients, but I had a very special need. Their typical engagements involve Web design and development, but this was a more traditional design project. 

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of work in greater detail?

I approached them to do branding and logo design. It was for print logos and print design on the T-shirts we were crafting. This particular project didn’t require any digital services. It was more strategic and creative.

How did you select Pieoneers as your solution partner?

I had been introduced to them through a mutual friend. They already have a reputation for great work in design and development, and I was told that they could probably do something for my print logos.

When was this project completed?

Project was completed in December of 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

Sadly, the project did not go through, so there’s not much traction that’s worth mentioning. I think what was interesting is the time or process in which we collaborated on the project. We collaborated very well together, and I liked their reliance on Basecamp. It was very rapid, and that’s what impressed me the most. The speed with which we iterated on designs, incorporating feedback, was outstanding.

When working with Pieoneers, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach and/or development methodology?

I’d say their approach to project management is well outside the range of what’s typically encountered in IT [information technology]. I haven’t had any negative experiences, but I know of many people that have initiated IT projects that failed miserably down the road due to poor project management, and nothing more. Outside of that, I’d say that they’re also very creative. They really push the boundaries with design, which is great.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

I really don’t have criticisms in terms of what can be improved upon. The success of the project wasn’t something that was contingent on their work. I have nothing but good things to say about their work, the process, the iteration of the design, and the quality.

5.0
Overall Score Both the timing and quality of work was great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost was very reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them in the past.

Custom iOS Development Photobooth Rental Service

“We really feel comfortable with their team, their services, and their workflow.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. - Sept. 2011
Project summary: 

Pieoneers developed an iOS application that pulls images from a local server and allow users to promote them on social channels.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Jon Thorpe
Founder & CEO, Booth
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After use in 40 events, the application has processed thousands of pieces of social content and helped secure bigger clients like Proctor & Gamble. Pieoneers offered viable solutions to overcome current industry limitations. Their project management was efficient and streamlined for maximum results.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Could you provide a brief description of your company?

I have a couple of companies here based in Canada. One of the companies is a photography company based in Toronto, Ontario. We have a number of different services, but one of our main things is a photo booth rental. We're one of the largest companies in Canada for that particular offering. We have six units that we operate, plus a few other units for Proctor & Gamble and whatnot. We do rentals every weekend, and most of it is for small- to medium- and large-businesses. P&G is one of our big clients, [along with] Adidas, Nike, TD Bank, and Scotiabank; basically, all sorts of heavy hitters whenever they have events, if they want to do trade shows and such, more so than the weddings for photo booths and stuff like that.

You're the owner and founder, correct?

Yes. That's correct.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached Pieoneers?

For the photo booth rental service, I put out an RFP [request for proposal] to search for a company to do a fair bit of iOS development for us. We were looking for a native application that we could utilize to tie into our photo booths and pull the images from the photo booth using a local server, and then display them on an apparatus so the users could then choose their photos and have them distributed via social media. But, it's a little bit more complex than that, because we wanted to tailor the application for trade shows. We wanted to have capabilities in data collection and all that sort of stuff. Pieoneers helped us devise, design, and develop that application. It's been a great success; we still use it today with many of our clients. It's been operational for at least three years.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of this project in greater detail?

I had them in on this from the ground floor. We reviewed our conceptual design with them, but they were on board for the entire functional build. So, we already had our preset requirements for the deployment. We first came up with the wireframes and the backend logic. Then, we had them code the application and made the necessary modifications. At that point, we really flushed out the UI/UX [user interface/user experience] work. They helped us implement a really intuitive design. The usability and performance testing was also their responsibility, and they continue to offer support and ad hoc customizations.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It ran us about $75,000. It ran a little bit higher than we expected it to be because I added some additional functionality and features to it, such as offline components.

When was this project completed?

It was a six-month project in total. We finished in September of 2011.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the work they've delivered?

We've definitely sent thousands upon thousands of multimedia content through the system. We've utilized it at probably 40 separate events during the past few years. As far as payback for us, it comes more from the leverage that we're able to offer our service to our higher-end clients. It's not so much that we're expecting to make cash off of the development of the application and the rental of it: it's more along the lines of fitting into a marketplace. Proctor & Gamble, when they were looking for a company that can offer a little bit more, we were those guys. That allowed us to book a lot more with those companies, and it's great for our brand reputation. We wanted to be a market leader. We wanted to be the guys that any larger company would go after, and that's exactly what we've accomplished.

When working Pieoneers, is there anything you'd consider unique about their strategic approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

I've run through a lot of different development companies when considering a vendor for this development project. I did a lot of research into which companies were available in Canada. They were a really competent team. They actually understood the problems we had. They were already thinking of solutions for us, which was fantastic. That's one of the main benefits to their development, how efficient and streamlined it was. From the storyboarding aspect, they really wanted to make sure that everything was flushed out before they started any coding whatsoever. Their budgeting was fairly tight as far as the constraints. That was especially important us. We didn't want any large cost overruns, unless it was something that I explicitly requested. As far as being on the ball and being responsive to our requests, they were great.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think Pieoneers could improve as a service provider?

No. I thought they were very responsive all the way through. That's the reason why I've worked with them again. We've had a great experience. That's probably fairly rare when it comes to development projects. At this point, we really feel comfortable with their team, their services, and their workflow. We seem well aligned.

Another thing is their talent pool. Their team is composed of very senior level developers. We've never posed a challenge or problem that they couldn't solve. They have a deep knowledge base to leverage on behalf of their clients, and it makes a real difference.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer