Building technology that works!
"We were looking to build an innovative product with a creative, lean, and responsive partner. We discovered Teamscāl. From day one, the Teamscāl approach has resulted in rapid, timely, and quality delivery, starting with quick and creative prototyping, to help create a market-validating MVP, which allowed us to raise capital and bring a full product to market. Dineable is now scaling up and is proof-positive on the promise implied by the name: “Partner with a great product team that can get you to market and help you scale." - Mark Surkin, CEO.
How we went about things
Teamscal began by listening to the CEO describe his vision for what is known today as Dineable. Questions were asked, topics were discussed and in the end, Teamscal understood the business model in order to design and match the right technology. Building a prototype came next.
The collaboration with the client never stops, and the primary role of our project management team was to facilitate the various parties involved to ensure the right product was built. This led to a successful prototype being delivered, which in turn assisted the client in being able to secure the funding they required to scale up accordingly.
Building technology is never straightforward, and at times our team needed to R&D ideas or new tech in order to solve specific requirements and challenges. It was important to have correct processes in place with accountability, while building and running consistent user testing that would ensure expectations were met on all deliverables.
How we got smarter
The Dinable platform was predominantly built using the Laravel framework for PHP. Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. The front-end user interface also incorporated the use of HTML and CSS.
MySQL was the preferred option used for managing the database deployment. MySQL is a relational database management system based on SQL – Structured Query Language, and commonly used for a wide range of purposes, including data warehousing, e-commerce, and logging applications.
Teamscal is certified in using Amazon Web Services (AWS), which served as the preferred server environment for this project.
Moved from having an idea to prototyping
We met with entrepreneur Mark Surkin, CEO of Dineable, who was seeking a suitable partner for a very unique and exciting idea. Mark required an App that connected people directly with the food industry to provide improved and safer catering opportunities. A prototype product was discussed, a team was assembled and the project was underway. When the prototype was ready for live testing, that testing enviroment helped the Dineable team understand just which functions were important, and which ones to discard. This analysis was very important for Mark and his team, in understanding the clear direction Dineable needed to take. It led to some innovation that paved the way for a unique product that has since been successfully delivered to the open market and growing in popularity. Dineable offers a unique app that brings people together, wherever they may be in a virtual catering format. By simply selecting the desired food from an extensive menu option, one can arrange for snacks, beverages, and full meals to be delivered to the door in time for any type of event. Reaching this stage required innovation, cutting-edge technology, and bold leadership. We provided all of this, and more as we assembled the right team of people to listen, understand and build the product according to Dineable’s overall strategy.
The Solution & Outcome
Conformity doesn’t produce winners
To build a prototype app in order to assess all of the moving parts. The use of this prototype allowed the client to understand what features were important to keep or add, and what became obsolete. With an improved prototype, the client was able to scale up to a market-validating minimum viable product (MVP) that could be used to secure the required capital funding. This allowed for a full-scale product to be developed, and subsequently launched on the open market with immediate success. Dineable has continued to grow and evolve through the on-going technical support of Teamscāl. The development team has scaled at different times to match the business outcomes, and remains an integral part of the App’s on-going success. Dineable has experienced significant market growth across the US, bringing people together through improved virtual catering in the midst of a global pandemic.