Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.
A big part of why it was easy to work with TI Technologies (aside from what lovely people they are) is because I had very extensive designs prepared and, essentially, a working prototype/ pilot for them to copy and to understand the user experience to rebuild the front end. It made communicating ideas so much easier than starting with just some designs down on paper. In the main, it was a straightforward development task because it was a case of copying the functionality on top, but building a foundation that wasn’t there in the ‘prototype’.
They also introduced a new utility tool which didn’t exist in the prototype, and they were great at interpreting just PSD designs for this, often flagging up potential issues and usercases which the designer had overlooked. The 3 builders for the 3 tools are essentially forms broken down into five horizontal sliding steps using smart type and drop-down menus. There are a few free text fields added in there that are mobile friendly. We have a help text box that is openable or closeable, if you want that as a user. Once you’ve filled in the form and all the steps, you save it, and it saves within the tool. You can also download it as a PDF or you can share it through a link.
The portfolio takes the same concept; adding information into a horizontal sliding form, but you can upload different types of digital content from links to videos to images to different file types. We also have a section where you can add a testimonial, quote, or reference from somebody that you worked on a project with. You save that and then your content appears on your wall- like a living, shareable portfolio. Another feature in that is the user can tag and categorize their portfolio posts as they build them. So from the Portfolio view, you can search and filter your content quite easily and then send a link which contains just that filtered set of content- to remove anything irrelevant for the recipient.
In the UK we have something called a Personal Statement, which is the official term for your application for University. To write your Personal Statement you need to follow certain guidelines and it needs to be in a certain order. Provided you’ve got content on your portfolio, you can easily search and source great examples that you just drag and drop into your Personal Statement. It’s an editing tool, but very visual and intuitive.
TI Technologies did some pretty cool stuff; enabling the user to scroll and select from a mini view of your portfolio and drag content directly into the Builder. The same principle applies when you save the final version of your Personal Statement. Then you can share it by a link to a teacher or parent to check over, or again, download it as a PDF.
There’s also a blog on the site, where we post teaching resources to help teachers learn how to kick start our web-based app in the classroom.
How did you come to work with TI Technologies?
A consultant had worked on a fast growth app and found TI Technologies. They were a fantastic option for me because were able to rebuild what I needed really affordably.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in the summer of 2016 and completed the work in January 2017.