Evrone developed Ruby on Rails code for the backend of a machinery search engine. Their work focused on a lead processing system that was indexed by Google and used rule-based systems to qualify leads.
The original code developed in 2014 is still being used today. The developers communicated effectively and met all deadlines. There were minor miscommunications, but these were not major problems.
"They had more experience than I had expected for the price we were paying."
Introduce your business and what you do there.
I’m the CTO and one of the founders of a search engine for used machinery. We’re almost 4 years old, and we have 30 employees.
What challenge were you trying to address with Evrone?
We originally hired two developers from Evrone to build out part of the Rails application we were working on. At the time, we needed a backend application to process the leads that we received.
Over time, the scope of our work with Evrone expanded. Eventually, we got to the point where they were handling all of the development I couldn't do personally, and that continued until we were able to hire internal developers. That was about six to nine months after we contracted with Evrone.
Using Evrone was a stopgap for us when we didn't want to slow down the process by waiting to hire more people. We had raised a million dollars in funding at the time, and instead of slowing down to hire the right people, which we eventually did, we wanted to hire a consulting company that could give me experienced developers right away. That’s what I got from Evrone.
What was the scope of their involvement?
Evrone provided us with two developers, and they focused primarily on the backend and general Ruby on Rails code. They were able to handle all the things I asked them to make. The core of the changes they did involved the lead processing system. As a search engine, we were indexing Google, and we had all of these users coming from Google looking for machines. When users found the machines they were looking for on our website, they generally wanted to submit leads. The system was basically a way to collect user information, and then use logic to process or not process the lead. We implemented a rule-based system where we would try and determine if someone submitting a lead was legitimate, not a bot or a scam.
We also implemented functionalities with geolocation codes, and we integrated with a number of APIs. There wasn't anything too fancy.
How did you come to work with Evrone?
My co-founders and I needed to hire development talent right away. One of our early investors was a Russian venture capitalist, and one of their analysts recommended Evrone as a development shop. I went through the interview process with them, and I talked to the two developers that would work with us. I liked them, and they did a good job, so we moved ahead quickly from there.
Evrone had members who could start working within a week or two. We didn't talk to any other companies at the time.
How much have you invested with Evrone?
I think we invested $100,000 over the six to nine-month period.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together around November 2013, and we stopped working with them around May 2014.
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
Evrone’s developers were senior and had high-quality code. They were much better than an average developer. In fact, the code they created is still being used today, so everything went really well. I didn't have any issues; everything was as expected.
How did Evrone perform from a project management standpoint?
They did everything they were told to do. They also communicated effectively and met all their deadlines. We had daily calls with them either in the mornings or late evenings. To coordinate, we used Google Docs and a platform they created that they used to track their employee times. There were miscommunications a couple of times, but that’s normal.
What did you find most impressive about Evrone?
They had more experience than I had expected for the price we were paying. At the time, it made financial sense. We were able to get developers that would have cost three times as much in the US.
Are there any areas Evrone could improve?
The biggest improvement they could make might be in the language skills department. English was not their strength. But as far as development skills go, everything was good.