What was the scope of their involvement?
UNITY Group’s engineers mostly develop internal applications for us. The application should drive our production and pre-sale process. Some applications are used in warehouses and quality control centers, and the others are focused around our marketing team. We tightly couple this with our CRM systems to implement the marketing workflows, which generate content that can be presented to the customer.
The stack is mostly PHP 7.0, Symfony 3, NGINX, PHP, FPM, MySQL, Redis, and RabbitMQ. It’s quite modern, and we always use the latest software versions. The engineers now have a pretty good understanding of current technology, which protects our software from growing outdated.
What is the team dynamic?
Our engineering team maintains around 30 different applications in total. We develop in-house, and UNITY Group works with us on a couple of those applications.
We use and manage UNITY Group’s developers full-time, minus holidays. They are not responsible for project management, and we treat their engineers as we do ours. We educate and integrate them fully into our Agile development processes, daily standups, sprint planning, and sprint retrospectives.
How did you come to work with UNITY Group?
I attended an event in Poland that UNITY Group was organizing, which is how I got in contact with them. One of our partners who had a speaking slot at this event supported them as a reference customer, and they got me in touch with them.
We were looking for engineers in the same field we currently operate in. We don’t have a full team at our company or at UNITY Group, but we can mix the teams of engineers from both locations to make it easier to integrate them.
One of the several things that stuck out about UNITY Group was their location, which was close to ours. They are also a mature company compared to many others that are still very new and not stable in terms of process, billing, proper investing, team setup, and internal education structure.
As I was looking for a partner, we recognized the market can be very different depending on what company you’re working with. We decided to go for a mature company which offers a good setup and is professionally managed.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve invested €260,000–€500,000 [$310,017-$596,187], and have a monthly invoice of around €25,000–€60,000 [$29,809-$71,542]. We're around a year into the incorporation right now.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in June 2016. We had the first developer, then we scaled the team up to 3-4 developers until August 2016. Since then, we’ve had one more developer, and an occasional frontend developer when needed. We’ve been working with them for a little over a year, and with a full team for exactly 1 year.