Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.
We’ve worked with TechJini on both Android and iOS apps. They have provided good, stable developers for augmenting our own teams. We haven't given TechJini full projects to develop on their own. Much of our work is fast-paced, so we've found that it works best to have them work in parallel with us.
TechJini has provided frontend development, project management, and quality assurance (QA) services for us. Their project manager is our primary point of contact during projects for escalating concerns, sharing code, and receiving updates on progress.
TechJini has built out a number of different features for us, including a store locator, social media integrations, wish lists for mobile commerce apps, and a range of other features. Their QA analyst tests every build, making sure that it's performing as expected.
For smaller projects, TechJini will assign two developers, one project manager, and one QA tester. We also have a bigger ongoing project which involved six developers with one project manager and a QA resource. The team sizes have ranged from four to eight people who have augmented our team of 12–14 people.
TechJini communicates using the same tools as our own team. Our time zones are different, so we try to make sure that we are in communication during the morning hours in the US, which is later night in Bangalore.
Our first project with TechJini was for Lands' End, starting in the summer of 2016. We have a software-development kit that allows an app to talk to other parts of our ecosystem, which TechJini successfully implemented into the app.
How did you come to work with TechJini?
I was not involved in the initial search, but my understanding is that we did a survey of various offshore companies. TechJini had a combination of competitive pricing, a local presence in New Jersey, and good examples of past work, specifically around mobile-app development. There are many consulting and recruitment companies out there, but they don't all have mobile expertise, which is our sweet spot.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
The cost of TechJini's work has been between $70,000 and $120,000. In terms of cost, TechJini's development team has a third the price of our team, so we've had some substantial savings.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with TechJini in September 2016. We have two active projects with TechJini, and I've shared a potential third one with them for later in 2017.