I was very impressed with the level of work I got from them. Nisos had the ability to assess my needs, take an old broken-down database and reverse engineer it in order to get it up and running, and modernize it. We were working under a really tight budget and some tight timelines.
Please describe your organization.
The company that Nisos was helping me build out is called vFit Shoes and its part of vFit Technologies. vFit allows consumers to capture multiple images of their feet using an iPhone app, and convert those images into a digital three-dimensional mold of their feet. By uploading that to the cloud, the consumer can virtually try on branded footwear/shoes to determine how those shoes would fit their feet specifically, and make a recommendation as far as what size they would need to purchase when buying shoes online.
What is your position?
I am the founder and Chief Executive Officer [CEO].
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What business challenge were you trying to address with Nisos?
The challenge I faced was basically taking the technology I was already using in store kiosks, and then converting that to a newer cloud-based platform and updating the technology from 2004 to today.
Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.
Parts of it were already built. What Ronnie [Guha, Founder of Nisos] and his team members did at the time was fix a lot of the issues that we were facing with the iPhone app. They also built a cloud-based database for those images to be uploaded, which starts the whole process. The biggest part of their work was that they started building an online comparative shopping site called vFit Shop, using the feeds that we were getting from Zappos, to propagate that online marketplace. So to summarize, Nisos was web developing and fixing the app. They basically re-architected the entire database to work on Amazon Web Services.
How did you come to work with Nisos?
Initially, I worked with several other teams and was running into a lot of dead ends; I was not getting the level of service or the quality of service that I had hoped for. Then, I found Nisos through a job site. Ronnie responded to a job inquiry that I had. After several conversations and discussions, and some initial work, I hired them to take over the entire job.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
The scope of what I had spent was over $10,000. Unfortunately, the Nisos group couldn’t finish what we had laid out for them to build because of my inability to raise additional capital to get us to the next level. So we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place right now, while I’m out trying to raise capital.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working sometime between late 2011 and early 2012. We haven’t done any work for over a year now, due to the funding issue.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
I was very impressed with the level of work I got from them. Nisos had the ability to assess my needs, take an old broken-down database and reverse engineer it in order to get it up and running, and modernize it. We were working under a really tight budget and some tight timelines to be able to come up with a minimum viable product, to be able to show investors and see where it can go. They did a terrific job doing that.
What distinguishes Nisos from other providers?
When I was looking for off-shore development that could work under a tight budget, I valued Ronnie’s ability to communicate and project-manage everything. He was a great bridge into managing that whole process.
Is there anything Nisos could have improved or done differently?
I think at the time, they were lacking iOS app developers. My understanding today, and it’s been a little over a year ago, Ronnie’s communicated back and they’ve ramped up to where they’re a lot better than they were back then. I’ve also asked several people that have done app development and they say the same.