The number-one app in the store thanks to a hardworking and committed team
After the conceptualisation phase, it was time to find the best possible people to create the app. One front-end dev came from Nord, another from Gofore. The back-end developer was recruited from SC5 and the UI designer from Gofore. Aki-Jaakko Saukkonen from Digia was responsible for the product.
The schedule was tight and the resources were limited. However, from day one, the intention was to ensure that the app would work on different platforms and phone models. The team decided to exclude Windows Phone. The only rational solution was hybrid development that would kill two birds with one stone: that is, ensure functionality on both iOS and Android. The app was made with React Native.
As no strict requirements had been specified, the development work was even more agile than usual and bolder decisions were made. Features that would not yield real added value were scrapped without regrets. The team members all the while kept their eyes on the big picture: why are we doing this? The team was highly committed to creating a good end product instead of counting hours.
“The expertise that Digia provided, both in the case of the product manager and developers, was first class over the entire life cycle of the development project. Without Aku-Jaakko, the conceptualisation phase would’ve been extremely challenging to carry out. His contributions as product manager over the weeks raised the team to the next level. It was a pleasure and honour to witness the expertise, speed, ownership and initiative of Ville Touronen, Digia’s front-end developer, and Christoffer Lindqvist, the back-end developer who came on board in August, especially in such an agile and rapidly changing development environment,” said Sauli Böhm, who was responsible for the development project at Frank.
“On its very first day of release, the Frank app claimed the number one spot on the App Store in the applications category. During the first week, the number of users rose to more than 20,000. This shows that the development was user-focused and the quality of the released product was top-notch. Digia deserves ten points for its performance,” says Böhm.