What was the scope of their involvement?
We’ve worked with them on several projects for different clients at this point, but we generally follow the same process. My team handles the design in-house, and we share a clickable prototype with Yalantis though InVision. They do their own discovery phase to learn more about the client’s business and their technical requirements; then they analyze the UI elements and flow of the prototype. From there, it’s a lot of back-and-forth discussion. We incorporate their feedback on our original design and make small changes until everyone is on the same page. We choose the technology, cloud structure, and hosting services to use, and augment development between our team and theirs.
Once they’ve built the solution, they share it with us for testing. They have a QA person that reviews each element as they work, but we handle the final testing process. After looking the product over, we request any bug fixes, modification, or updates. Yalantis willingly makes the changes and sends us the final version. Usually, they provide a small team for ongoing support. Their team is heavily involved from start to finish in the development aspects of our clients’ projects.
Currently, we’re working with Yalantis to build an application for large education enterprises like public school systems or large childcare chains. When finished, it will be a full suite that connects students, parents, teachers, school board representatives, and the organization’s corporate body.
What is the team composition?
I’ve worked with a variety of people from Yalantis, including project management personnel, developers, analysts, and QA resources. For the daycare platform specifically, we have a fantastic and organized project manager, a smart business analyst, a Node.js developer, two frontend developers, two iOS developers, and two Android developers.
How did you come to work with Yalantis?
I own a different business that runs a local event listings WordPress site, and we were looking to build a corresponding set of native Android and iOS apps. We hired a different company initially, but we weren’t happy in the partnership, so we decided to switch vendors. I searched for an overseas team, and eventually landed on Yalantis. I was very happy with their performance on that first project, so I modified the business model for this business to include the Yalantis team’s assistance. We’ve been working together ever since. They’re just as, if not more, reliable than our local development options.
How much have you invested with them?
We’re paying $275,000 for the daycare project. In total, we’ve probably spent $1.2 million on their services.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working on the daycare project in February 2018, and we plan to launch the beta version late this quarter or early next quarter. The first project we ever worked on with them was in February 2017.