What was the scope of their involvement?
We had a meeting to assess what we do and what my ideas were. Umber Design handled it very nicely. They inquired about our product, its functionalities, and our target market. After they got all our information, they considered the aspects of where our product would be pitched and who would be using it, and then they provided us the consultancy services related to UX and UI.
The backend is My SQL, and the frontend is Laravel. Umber is giving us the UIs which are HTML, and they are doing the coding in the CSS. Our job is to provide them the screens, tell them the functionality of the screens, and the meaning of each and every field. The screens are then integrated into our software.
What is the team dynamic?
Mainly I was talking to Shetall [Principal Consultant, Umber Design] but also Tushar [Software Engineer, Umber Design]. They had their internal team I suppose as well.
How did you come to work with Umber Design?
They came through reference. When we decided to search for someone who would give us the frontend designs to our ERP solutions and the screens, we assessed 3 - 4 different companies. I had a meeting with a firm which is near to Pune. First of all, they showed very little interest and their price was very high. The second firm we assessed over the telephone, but it was not very comfortable. The third firm was Umber. We had a meeting with them to judge how they would design our screens. I was pleasantly surprised that they were not keen to just know about the screens. They were keen to know about the product first, the philosophy, the culture, and the target segment. They had a complete idea about the product, and then they started. This is what was very appealing about Umber Design. We agreed on a price and we started working together.
How much have you invested with them?
We have spent 900,000 Rupees.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in September 2016, and the project was completed last month. Their work may get extended with additions of modules. The product will probably be launched in September but we plan to continue working with Umber.