I rarely say this about any teams or individuals, but I have absolutely nothing but great things to say about Nisos Technologies’s performance and delivery of work. Everything was delivered before the scheduled date and the quality of work was fantastic
Please describe your organization.
We are an early phase startup company. We have built a platform that optimizes corporate social responsibilities. It’s a platform that allows NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] to provide real-time updates to corporations that have donated to specific projects. Through our platform, NGOs can update donors in the form of hard data feeds and multimedia feeds.
What is your position?
I’m the founder and CEO.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What business challenge were you trying to address with Nisos Technologies?
I don’t have a tech background. The one person I had on board who was acting chief operating officer didn’t have a tech background, either. He had more of an NGO background. Since we didn’t have a chief technology officer, we found Nisos Technology and their founder, Ronnie Guha, acted like a lead developer. We spoke to him and he helped us take a lot of the business side and implement it technologically, and to understand what it would mean to build a platform of this capacity. He helped us make that transition. He led that discussion and then implemented it with his team.
Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.
They were responsible for one-hundred percent of the web development – front end, back-end – everything. Initially, we started out with the idea of a mobile app. We ended up moving away from that idea. It was a business decision more than a tech decision. However, that’s something we still have on the table. We got halfway through scoping it out before we decided to put a hold on it. The web platform is responsive as well.
How did you come to work with Nisos Technologies?
This is my first startup so going about finding the right developers and the right team was a new experience for me. We had other developers we were working with probably three or four months before we came across Nisos. They were fine but there was a clear miscommunication between what I wanted built and what they actually ended up building. It was a lot of saying yes and then building something that really didn’t have the functionality that we wanted. I came across Ronnie on Elance. It was my first time using Elance. I had a few conversations with him. I think, from my end, it took me a few weeks and repeated phone calls and meetings to be comfortable, given the fact that I had a bad experience with my previous developers.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
The project was in the $50,000 to $200,000 range.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started in December 2014. The initial scope of work has been completed. There’s ongoing work, so they’re doing a bunch of stuff for us in terms of design work and making changes on the back-end. We are also thinking of additional details along the way as we’re figuring out our market strategy.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Could you share any feedback from this engagement?
Ronnie was patient along that way while I was doing diligence on him and his team. From day one since we’ve started working, I’ve been nothing but pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and by the delivery and professionalism. He’s been someone we can call on and know for sure the work is being taken care of without fail. He’s constantly delivering in advance of the deadline we put in front of him. Once we hired a CTO, the CTO was actually annoyed by the fact that he wasn’t finding more bugs in the work.
How did Nisos Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?
I rarely say this about any teams or individuals, but I have absolutely nothing but great things to say about Nisos Technologies’s performance and delivery of work. Everything was delivered before the scheduled date and the quality of work was fantastic. There was a lot of them guiding us as to what needs to be done since we didn’t have the tech background.
Is there anything Nisos Technologies could have improved or done differently?
I think everything that we wanted was well delivered. I don’t think there’s been any situation during the past nine months where we’ve been unhappy, disappointed, or felt that someone else might be able to do a better job. I can’t think of anything that I would say needs to be improved.