What was the scope of their involvement?
Techversant handles everything development-related. They've set up test and production servers, moving us from some archaic hosting providers. This is outside of their normal scope, but Techversant put together a team that could help us. We had no experience in this area.
Techversant has installed GitHub for us to set up a production and development environment. They're overseeing project management and testing. We create cases in Basecamp, and Techversant creates design docs and codes the features. After automated testing is done, the work is moved to our local servers and tested manually.
The main technology being used is ColdFusion, but Techversant also uses HTML5, SCORM 1.2 and 2.04, MySQL, Windows Server, and a number of other technologies.
We started with hiring one full-time resource from Techversant but ended up expanding the team to six full-time developers. I was completely immersed in the selection process, acting as the judge and jury. We receive input from a few other internal members, but that decision rests with me. It's not a light matter.
How did you come to work with Techversant?
Our search for a partner lasted for about a year. We went to a couple of websites, doing a widespread cast for our project, in order to see if there was any interest for it. Around 64 sizeable organizations came back to us, after which we went through an evaluation of their feedback ratings, technologies, scope, and experience. We narrowed the option down to four or five companies which could handle our development needs, giving a test project to them. Two candidates said that it was too big for them to handle, while three actually went through with it.
Techversant was great in terms of both features and time. They completed the task four weeks sooner than anyone else, under budget. Every page they touched was improved in terms of speed and performance. The code was reduced and errors were cleaned-up. They've been working fine since then, around four years ago. We moved everything to Techversant.
How much have you invested with Techversant?
The cost of Techversant's services has been over one million dollars.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Techversant in March 2011, and have an ongoing relationship.