Mobile App & Website Development for Fitness Social Platform
- Mobile App Development
- Feb. - Sep. 2019
- Willing to Refer
"I appreciated their willingness to look for ways to further improve our product."
- IT Services
- Stockholm, Sweden
- 1-10 Employees
- Online Review
An online social platform hired Vilmate LLC to design a professional custom website and mobile application for both iOS and Android devices.
Thanks to the efforts of the Vilmate LLC team, the company now has a fully functional website and a mobile application available for use on mobile iOS and Android devices. The company appreciated how the team manages to identify and address all the impediments to project implementation.
The client submitted this review online.
Please describe your company and your position there.
I am one of the co-founders of Formsatsningen, a Swedish online social platform that motivates people to lose weight through a combination of competition, social support, and reward.
Formsatsningen is a fitness tech start-up company that aims to revolutionize the way people approach weight loss. Through the introduction of unconventional yet effective motivational techniques into the weight management process, Formsatsningen puts an emphasis on the sense of community and reward-driven competition.
This means app users not only can give and get support encouraging one another to reach their goals but they are also awarded an opportunity to win prizes and money.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
For what projects/services did your company hire Vilmate LLC?
Our product vision suggested that everything had to be built from scratch. In particular, we searched for a software development vendor to design a professional custom website and mobile application for iOS and Android devices.
Along with the project vision, we had also prepared design and software requirements specifications and therefore needed a trusted partner to do the job and deal with developing a website and an iOS and Android app for us in accordance with the requirements presented.
What were your goals for this project?
First and foremost, the goal for the project was to transform our business idea into reality. We wanted to create a hassle-free, high-quality app with multi-device compatibility and a smooth UX, and a website that would be easy to navigate and use.
Our primary focus for the project involved building an application in such a way that it's launch would demonstrate a high level of user engagement.
How did you select Vilmate LLC?
In the meantime of going through the process of evaluating different vendors, we discussed our ideas with Vilmate. Based on their prompt responses to our queries and proactive involvement with our team, we concluded that they looked like a good fit.
They gave an impression of being driven and excited to work on our app, as well as willing and prepared to work quickly to meet the deadlines we set. We also found them very reliable and transparent which was important for us.
Describe the project in detail.
Initially, we held a series of meetings with their development management team. We thoroughly discussed our vision and project requirements, explored the project idea, and finally agreed on the contractual terms for the project implementation.
Based on these findings, they estimated resource requirements, prepared a project proposal, planned the development cycles, and put together a development team. As we brought in a UX designer who designed the application, they took the outlined ideas and product specifications and started turning them into code.
Every piece of software had to be designed and developed from scratch, so they began with building the software development infrastructure and selecting the technology stack, which ultimately included .NET Core, Angular, Cordova, and Microsoft Azure.
The application for iOS and Android was developed in the form of a mobile web app where users could register, login, create their own customized groups, and join existing ones.
They also can participate in group chats to share their photos and videos, receive support, encouragement, motivation, and extra tips from group mates. On the Formsatsningen app, users can easily set weight loss goals, track progress, and check the statistics.
On top of it, the application allows executing payment transactions conveniently and securely from the dashboard, and more. The Vilmate project team ensured that the app had all the necessary basic functionality and some powerful features that helped it stand out.
Meanwhile, the website that they delivered became one of our key marketing tools for app promotion.
What was the team composition?
Throughout the project, the team consisted of 2 back-end developers, 1 front-end developer, and 1 QA engineer. They were very well organized and hard-working. Vilmate did an amazing job putting together such a qualified team for our project.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?
As a result of our collaboration with Vilmate, we now have a fully functional website and a mobile application available for use on mobile iOS and Android devices. Once the development team approved the app for beta testing, we received a rather prompt response from users, which allowed making all the necessary tweaks to the app just as quickly.
The team has always managed to promptly identify and address all the impediments to the project implementation. So, the bottom line is that they delivered a clean and straightforward app and built a user-friendly website at the scheduled time.
Currently, the Formsatsningen mobile application is stable and in active use within Sweden.
How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?
Once the project started, the workflow was excellent. Although there were no project managers involved, we had regular direct back-and-forth communication with Vilmate’s team.
It also meant that team coordination, organization, and management were part of our duties. However, they have professional people working for the company, and so was the approach to our new website and application implementation. They kept to the project schedule, and we are happy with the overall experience.
What did you find most impressive about this company?
It is understandable that you might have qualms about whether a relationship with a remote outsourcing partner like Vilmate can work. However, from our experience, I can say that we’ve never had any major problems.
Their rates are really reasonable, and communication with the team is consistently effective. I can trust them, and they provide excellent service quality. Considering that it was our first venture into the app development world, they’ve taken care to ensure everything is transparent and kept us informed at every step of the development process.
I appreciated their willingness to look for ways to further improve our product. They are a knowledgeable team of enthusiastic mobile and web developers who put their minds and hearts into the project. And it is always nice to know that the team is as invested in the project as you are.
Are there any areas for improvement?
I can’t really recall anything specific. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, and any service provider can strive to achieve more. Vilmate is a wonderful team that provides exceptional value for the work they deliver.
Service & Deliverables
On time / deadlines
Value / within estimates
Willing to Refer5.0