What was the scope of their involvement?
ZDEV provided both mobile and web development. We initially built the website using Ruby on Rails backend and AngularJS frontend. That gave us the ability to add the various locations where training could take place and the details about classes. The site had geospatial search, so if someone typed in a postcode, it would set boundaries on the locations returned (on a 2-mile radius, for example). We also had user signups and profiles on the site.
What is the team dynamic?
We started with only an idea. We had a designer whose work was used as a basis for the journey. He had worked on ad campaigns and came up with a beautiful logo and color scheme, but I think that his design lacked any insight into UX. Richard Gill, their founder of ZDEV, helped us by getting another designer onboard. That person had a lot of ideas, especially in terms of what made practical sense in terms of implementation.
Richard came in and sat with us, temporarily becoming part of the company. He helped relieve the effort of developing both the website and the app.
How did you come to work with ZDEV?
I started looking for developers online, using Upwork. That went terribly, so I started looking at different options, and Richard got in touch. I had worked with them before and knew what quality I’d be getting. It was a natural fit for us.
How much have you invested with them?
The total cost of the work was between £10,000 and £20,000 [$13,500–27,000].
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with ZDEV in July 2015. The initial phase ended in September, but they made some enhancements based on feedback after that. The last piece of the work was done in January 2016.