What was the scope of their involvement?
XcelTec has worked on a number of custom applications for us and our customers. The learning management system they made helps with our face-to-face training, giving students access to training modules online. After that project, we moved to working for a non-profit which needed to build an application for their course. XcelTec built that, also in the form of an app which is now on the Google Play Store.
Right now, we are working on another application for a startup that is a social networking platform targeted towards millennials. It’s a contest-driven portal on which people can participate in one or more events. XcelTec built what we call the expression module, which handles the heavy-lifting of allowing people to participate in a contest, opening it up for voting and going through the automatic elimination phases, up to the ultimate selection of one person as the winner. This is what the system does from a user perspective, but, behind-the-scenes, there is a number of algorithms which we’ve built and setup to execute at different times of the day to advance the competition from one stage to another, calculating who has a higher vote, and who needs to be eliminated. All of this coding and infrastructure work was done by XcelTec.
What is the team dynamic?
XcelTec was involved in the above projects from the beginning. We ironed out the requirements together, after which they assigned development teams consisting of a coder, a designer, and a QA engineer. We’ve had the same 3 resources present for most of our projects.
After the business requirements phase, XcelTec builds a user interface and will begin to develop the code. We have an Agile iterative process, such that I am also able to test the work from my end on their staging server, while XcelTec continues building. Their QA team member does a lot of the heavy testing work, before we get into user acceptance testing and ultimately send the software for deployment and production on Amazon Web Services.
How did you come to work with XcelTec?
I had a prior relationship with Vishal Shah [President, XcelTec]. He reached out to me earlier last year, we had multiple discussions, and I decided to give them a shot.
How much have you invested with them?
The total cost has been around $20,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with XcelTec in February 2017. The collaboration is ongoing.