What was the scope of their involvement?
We brought them our idea and concept, and they helped us with the scope. They provided suggestions and options, asked us about our needs, and looked at the future that the market and the technology would support. They provided us all that support before fully engaging in the actual development.
They developed iOS and Android native applications that are fully integrated with the backend we built. The mobile devices have digital ID cards that replace or coexist with plastic cards for memberships and user category labels, such as Platinum Gold.
They gave us a mobile platform that integrates with our APIs, and developed some APIs for the mobile applications as well. The applications aren’t just for one use; we can add more functionalities to them. They produced a much better version of our backend.
Our gift card system feeds from our backend, but allows us to have a mobile wallet in the device. Users can buy, share, and use gift cards with our POS. We’re introducing those functionalities to the app. Our system has a loyalty program that now fits perfectly with the mobile components.
Users can use the apps to stay updated on their loyalty points. They can exchange the points for a gift card or make purchases from their phone. It fully integrates with our POS and e-commerce platform. There are a few other modules as well.
What is the team composition?
There were six or seven people involved. We engaged directly with their VP of operations and CTO for the technical elements. We also engaged with their president, who runs the corporate side of the company. Those three led the project. They allocated their lead iOS developer and two others to work on development. We had a designer for the interface, which was really good.
How did you come to work with Two Tall Totems?
I met their VP of operations in a social situation. When we decided to go into mobile, we wanted the best developers but didn’t want to start our own team. They had a lot of experience with mobile applications.
How much have you invested with them?
We invested $75,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked together from October 2015 until February 2017. Now that we’re developing in-house, we stay in conversation with them. We still keep up a good working relationship and use them as consultants from time to time.