What was the scope of their involvement?
Our company is itself a service company. UPTech would fit into our projects as a subcontractor and just become part of our team. For example, one of the projects that we engaged them with was a mobile app, which involved writing iOS and Android apps using all the latest frameworks and technologies. Also, in some cases, they needed to do some work on the back-end. The other challenges involved needing to work with legacy code and having to work in this time zone.
There are basically two models of projects. One is where an individual resource works as a remote dedicated person and is involved and engaged in the client's process. Then, there's outsourcing, where someone just comes to us and wants us to make something. We go away, we make it, and deliver it. We used the first model with UPTech, and their people shined. It made it much easier to work from a remote situation.
Please describe some of the key features in the mobile apps that they designed for you.
One app required very slick, smooth animations. It involved a lot of rapidly changing UI [user interface]. They designed a very modern interface using the latest in both design practices and code practices. The app had a high level of complexity, good performance, and appearance. They designed and developed the app in a very short time window.
Another app that we worked with them on was for designing clothes. It was done on iOS, but not on Android. We faced a real challenge because of a lack of documentation. There were no Android-specific designs, and many developers would be stuck just constantly asking questions. UPTech was very good at just jumping into a situation with a lot of uncertainty, asking the right questions, dealing with the social challenges of the project, and getting to work.
How many projects have you worked on with them?
At this point, I would say six projects.
How did you come to work with UPTech Team?
I reached out to them through Upwork. It was an emergency. I needed help over some holidays, and we went from there.
How much have you invested with UPTech Team?
We have spent less than $50,000 working with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
Our work with them began in January 2016 and is ongoing.