Case Study: Full Stack PHP+JavaScript Development for Workhorse and sister company globalHMA

Drew Dorgan
globalHMA/Workhorse Development Owner
On Cooperation with Daxx
In addition to finding proficient developers, we have to stick to the high security standards of our clients. With Daxx, we were able to satisfy this requirement by setting up our own servers and security protocols for our code to make sure it’s secure.
Apart from security, Daxx also helped us solve many other project-related issues. Tetiana, our remote developer, came into a big mess, but she straightened it all out, put it all together so we were able to get other projects done at the same time. It just changed everything in our business.

Tech Talent Market in the U.S.
Developers, are all over the place in the U.S., but Google, Apple, and Microsoft collect the majority of them. It used to be that they were all in California, but now they are across the country in all of the tech companies possible, because you don’t need to be in the company’s location to be able to program anymore. A lot of tech talent is usually going to the government. And the government is willing to pay them a lot of money and let those people work remotely.

Benefits of Dedicated Team Model over Freelancers
I have experience with both approaches, and they are completely different. I don’t think we had met many deadlines on the freelancer side. I had experience of my freelancers going away for long periods of time. In addition, the cost would fluctuate, because if you had to change something, you needed to add more money.
On the other hand, having a remote dedicated developer means having a fixed cost. I know what it is, and I know how to budget for it. It really helps to have someone dedicated on your team, as it allows you to deliver a product both on time and on budget. So far, I haven’t met a client that doesn’t want their product on budget and on time!

Daxx HR Management and Retention
Regarding Daxx, I have to mention that from the HR perspective, starting with the interviewing process and all the way through, I was always confident that my employees there would receive good benefits and have a good standard of living. They were also very helpful.
For example, we wanted to give them a gift card for their new home, and Daxx helped me set expectations to show appreciation. Daxx was especially helpful during the interview process—it was like having your own HR person in-house. We were able to say this is what we want to look for and this is something we prefer. And they found a perfect person. I had this high-level HR help me through the interviewing process, through the hiring process, and then through all of the reviews and everything else. I don’t have to worry about it. I just wait until they tell me about it. And it all works really well!

Why Choose a Ukrainian Developer?
The technical skills of Ukrainian developers are unbelievable. In my opinion, Tetiana is smarter and more capable than the freelance developers I have worked with in the past. She can concentrate on the app in front of her and follow it through. For me, her technical skills are amazing. Public math and science education seem to be so advanced there.

On Collaboration Tools and Methods
When we come to the office in the morning, we check on what Tetiana has done. We use Trello as our management system. She’s working all day, and we can see what she’s completed. Usually, we have 2-3 hours of overlap. Sometimes she stays longer when she has additional questions. So she either waits until I can get to her, which is awesome, or goes home and checks my answers from home, as she has all necessary tools available there too. The next day she comes and does the work we’ve discussed and I really think it helps get things done much faster. During our work day we prepare tasks for Tetiana’s next day. It’s really very efficient because it gives her solid time to work on her own. It also gives us some time to sort through everything that she’s done and see if we have any questions.

Value Delivered
The product Tetiana is working on is almost finished. She came into the project when we thought it was done, but we soon discovered it was full of bugs. A freelancer who had worked on it dropped it and said he was done with it. There’s an Android version, an iOS version, and a huge web database. She cleaned it all up and made it work, which has been wonderful! Then, the client needed the data to come out of the app to put it into their own system. All the documentation from the API was a mess and the developer from the client’s side needed something much cleaner. Tetiana went back through it and rewrote it, adding instructions. It was fabulous!
We also have a custom app that our clients use at trade shows. Customers enter their information when they want to email themselves a brochure or a technical data sheet. They put their information in and send it off. In her spare time, Tetiana rebuilt the whole database with a more beautiful interface.

Impressions from Cooperation with Daxx
At first, I was worried because a person needs to be in the team environment, and I thought she’d be all alone somewhere in a little cubicle. But it has been such a different experience, because it’s actually like having someone on your team. Someone who is right there. There’s so much that Daxx offers, and I think she feels both a part of Daxx family and a part of our family. I think it makes a great work environment for her.
For our business, it has changed everything. Now everything goes much faster, we deliver on time, and we deliver a greater product, so it’s a really good thing for us. If you’re looking to start cooperation with Daxx—don’t hesitate, just do it.

Read the full interview with Drew Dorgan.
globalHMA (sister company)
Global Interactive Marketing Agency
The size of the team: 1 full stack developer
Technologies: PHP (Laravel), JavaScript (JQuery, Vue.js), HTML, CSS, MongoDB, SQL
Promotes businesses globally via three core services: advertising, research, and development of interactive resources.
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