What was the scope of their involvement?
We wanted to take this application, which is run on an SAS cloud-based platform, to market. But first, we needed to develop a beta site, which we're doing right now. That involved my giving them all of the project parameters up-front and then having them come back to me, with no guidelines as far as the development requirements. We are using Ruby on Rails for coding. We are using several different code types but it’s a very extensive platform with a large database.
They are doing all of the design work and coding so far, and we haven’t gotten to the marketing, branding, and SEO work yet, but we hope to work on that in the future. We had to work a lot on the back end at first before we could focus on the front end now, which is kind of like a Turbo Tax for the design and building industry, but much more visual. We needed help mostly with the UI/UX design. I usually sketch it out and give them the parameters and they take it from there to give me the solutions.
What is the team dynamic?
We interact a lot. I have two people right now that are full-time plus I have a project manager and I'm looking to grow the team pretty quickly. We are already talking about that.
How did you come to work with Techcompose Solutions?
I've actually worked with two other offshore firms: one in Russia, and one in India. I did not get good results, so I was about to give up on the offshore relationship and then I was at a startup event here in Orange County. Someone told me about Techcompose Solutions and said they were great, so I contacted them and they met all my expectations. They’re extremely diligent as far as follow-through goes. We communicate a lot because there are always a lot of questions considering the extent of the database and work, which I appreciate very much.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together during January 2017 and it’s still ongoing. It’s going to be ongoing for quite a while, I believe.
How much have you invested with them?
We have invested somewhere around $50,000 so far.