Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
Nineseven is a web development agency specializing in E-commerce. Our main priority is to provide measurable results with the best service for our clients and a great UX experience for their customers. I am the founder of Nineseven and my work, for now, is strategy and business process development.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
I work in the e-commerce market for more than 15 years and the main idea of starting my own business was to create the best way of developing e-commerce solutions without issues that I have got at my previous job. Ten years ago, our local market was pretty bad and I’m happy that I was part of a great team that helped to improve our e-commerce market. Now we support one of the biggest e-commerce projects in our country.
What is your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
We are a distributed resource company. We have an in-house team, and with that, we have built several teams of our developers as separate units. Now we work as a managing company. We design the architecture of e-commerce projects, manage the whole team of frontend and backend developers and control the UX creation process. Our team cover all e-commerce needs starting from design development and ending with external service integration.
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
We have high specialization and it helps us to create maximum optimized processes for e-shop development. This means that our solutions already tested with our customers and the best of them we use in our daily routine. Our team works with e-commerce for years, so our experience covers many typical issues and we can provide an optimal solution without wasting client’s money and time.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive?
We work with all industries that need to sell their products and services, but most of our clients were from the retail, automotive, telecommunication, and finance sectors.
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing a web app.
We should inspect the client’s documentation. The main parameters are project structure and external integrations. Integrations part could be tricky because we should know how your applications share information – format and transport protocol. Our business-analyst can manage it for you. We can develop complete specification for your, with prototypes, integrations, backend and frontend architecture. Using this specification, we are able to roadmap, and detailed cost estimation based on a chosen technology stack.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of a web app?
This is specific from project to project. We can define some decisions that could save development time. The average time for an e-commerce project starts from 4 months.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right platform for a web application?
Key parameters are speed of development and application speed. Our specialization is Magento and Bitrix development. Both of these CMS are powerful platforms that allow us to build e-commerce products fast with high quality. Both of them have a strong community of partners, good support, and many built-in functions. However, if we are developing an e-shop with hundreds of thousands of products with thousands of customers per day, we use frameworks such as Laravel and Yii because they work faster when processing large chunks of data than CMS products.
Which platform and technologies do you prefer to use in development of your web apps?
Backend stack: PHP7+, MySQL, Redis, Laravel framework, Yii framework, Bitrix CMS, Magento CMS.
Mobile solutions: React Native.
Do you offer website design templates or customised website design, and do you have a responsive website design?
All our websites are responsive. This is our service standard. We offer both templates and custom design development. Most of our projects use custom design, but when it’s not the main point, for example with a hi-load project on the framework we could use HTML-templates because the custom design is not the main criteria in that case.
Which Content Management System do you prefer to use (Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal etc)?
Magento or Bitrix CMS, or custom CMS on PHP Framework depending on customer needs.
Do you provide website maintenance services?
All of our projects have a 1-year free guarantee service. In addition, we provide maintenance services for additional cost for example email marketing template development, plugin development, and integration expanding.
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of a web application?
At first, you need to decide how fast we must deliver an e-shop and your SKU amounts. Depending on this, we can decide what backend solutions we could use, and estimate it.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
All of that. For small projects we work on a fixed cost basis, framework projects usually use the Time&Material model.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
According to our experience project budget starts at 20,000$.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2020?
Our projects ranged between 25k USD and 150k USD.