Project summary

Thanks to SPD Group’s expertise, the partnership has been pleasant. The team is able to take ownership of the requirements, and their experience with R&D makes them a valuable partner.

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Project length: October 2019–Ongoing
Project category: Development

Feedback was provided by the Founder of Livescience. Here are the key takeaways from the review:

Introduce your business and what you do there.

“I’m the founder of Livescience, a lab iOS solutions company.”

What challenge were you trying to address with SPD Group?

“During a business trip to Ukraine a year ago, I was looking for a company to develop middleware software for us. Our startup is developing an industrial IoT solution to help laboratories be free from the mandatory, tedious documentation effort with the help of our RFID sensors.

60% of our effort goes into developing the startup and the other half is our own natural financing by individual software products which we also have SPD Group as the preferred supplier.”

What was the scope of their involvement?

“SPD Group helps with programming Java applications. They also do technical consulting regarding the architecture of the middleware like where we put what function but mostly the rear development.

They also have a bit of an average degree of bringing their ideas as well. For one application, they used C#, and they also do front- and backend development, doing the full stack of the solution. The team first had to interface with our ID hardware.

They did the data collection, reformatting, and stored the data in databases. They also developed a frontend that accesses the data. For the RFID readers, I didn’t want them to have to read all of the documentation.

I provided some sample code of what we had done with previous partners to ensure a better start. SPD Group mostly developed from scratch and didn’t just do modifications to the elements I brought.”

What is the team composition?

“I only work with the R&D team where there are three individuals.”

How did you come to work with SPD Group?

“I was looking for a company in Ukraine because I wanted a nearshore company. I wanted us to be able to work together. With COVID-19, this changed a bit.

My partner and I took a business trip, compared seven companies, and had on-site visits regarding their expertise, working style, and prices. SPD Group turned out to be fast in understanding what we wanted.”

How much have you invested with them?

“We’ve spent about €10,000 (approximately $11,900 USD).”

What is the status of this engagement?

“We started working together in October 2019, and our engagement is ongoing.”

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

“I’m quite happy with them because they have a good R&D mindset. SPD Group has a team that is really used to doing these types of innovation projects. We have two internal developers who are mainly doing the specifications.

We have a shared repository and see all of their comments directly. Additionally, the efforts they log and bill to us seem justified. That’s what we regard as success.”

How did SPD Group perform from a project management standpoint?

“We interact directly with the developers because we’re quite technology-focused, but we do the project management.”

What did you find most impressive about them?

“They’re the only company I found that had an R&D team.”

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

“You can challenge SPD Group. They have good ideas. You don’t have to throw the specifications over the fence; you can collaborate by telling them the functions and what the user gets from the system, and the team will provide a larger portion of the value chain by taking the requirements on their own.”

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