The approach that they took was very customer-focused. We received frequent updates, and they set up the development to be an open process in terms of their internal discussions and how they figured out the implementation of various aspects
Please describe your organization.
SandCrate is a startup that developed a social networking site where entrepreneurs can connect and build teams.
What is your position?
I’m a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What business challenge were you trying to address with Nisos?
We had built a MVP using an off-the-shelf software named BuddyPress. We quickly ran into the limitations of the system, and reached out to Nisos as a partner that could understand our business needs in developing a professional, top-of-the-line system.
We’d worked with multiple developers up to that point, maybe four or five. Some were better than others, but none really met our needs until we found Nisos.
Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.
They developed a web platform with full mobile responsiveness for a complete social network. It was structured so that we could build mobile apps in the future, but we concentrated on a responsive mobile layout in the beginning.
How did you come to work with Nisos?
We are self-funded and don’t have a large budget. We found many individual developers who were interested on working on the project, but they either weren’t able to understand the business requirements that we wanted to fulfill, or misrepresented themselves in terms of what they could actually accomplish.
We met Ronnie and talked to him, getting his feedback on the business case and letting him know what our plans were. Since he is also an entrepreneur and a business owner, he understood us. He understood the technical parts, as well as the business requirements, and how to interpret our requests properly, so as not to do a lot of work in the wrong direction. That kind of understanding and good communication, combined with fair pricing, thorough expertise in a wide range of different applications, and willingness to use the best technology for what we wanted to accomplish, rather than what they were comfortable with, have led us to choose them.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
The price for the first phase is between $10,000-50,000. The total project cost is between $100,000-200,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started the project in July of 2015.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
The quality of their work is very good. We’ve been working on several mini releases. The final release is taking place now [Dec., 2015], and should be rolled out into production after minor tweaks. This will take approximately two weeks. Everything that we’ve seen so far looks great. It’s a top quality, intuitive, professional site, using current design aesthetics with smooth functionality. I’m overall pleased and have no negative comments.
What distinguishes Nisos from other providers?
The approach that they took was very customer-focused. We received frequent updates, and they set up the development to be an open process in terms of their internal discussions and how they figured out the implementation of various aspects. They didn’t simply disappear for a month, and come back with a result. It was a constant iterative process. It was very open, which gave us confidence that they were heading in the right direction. We also had the confidence to change or expand the scope when we identified an area of concern.
Is there anything Nisos could have improved or done differently?
From my stance, everything has been positive. There will always be areas of improvement for anyone, but from my experience with other developers that have worked on this project, I can’t point to anything specific.