iSALON

iSALON is a US-based, technology-driven beauty startup, centered around a mobile solution that allows a user to make appointments with beauticians, hair stylists, and other beauty professionals.

It is possible to set up the beauty appointment time, date and location, send a service request to multiple beauty professionals, or make an appointment with a specific beauty expert.

Overview

Challenge

A US-based beauty startup was looking to develop a mobile app that allows customers to make appointments and otherwise interact with beauty professionals. They were referred to Vilmate by a common business associate of ours as a company that has a great deal of mobile development experience (in particular, in iOS) and is also known to have implemented a number of successful projects for Western-European and North-American startups.

The client’s mobile app allows users to book makeup, blowouts, massage, manicure and pedicure appointments. They can send requests to multiple beauty professionals, indicating the place where they need the service and the date and time when they need it. A beauty specialist can use the Beauty Pro end of the app to either accept or decline a request. It is also possible for the user to send a request to a specific beauty professional.

Our client approached Vilmate to implement the project from the ground up and in its entirety.

Solution

Vilmate put together a team consisting of 1 iOS developer, 1 Python developer and 1 part-time QA engineer. The company also wrote and signed off the functional specification and created the design of the application. The team has been communicating directly with the client’s CEO and founder.

The main challenge was posed by the absence of a technical specification. However, our client had a clear idea about the functionality they needed, and having researched into the client’s business situation, our project team got the app’s functionality growing by almost a factor of 2.

The application was released into production in April, 2018. In total, it took 6 months for the Vilmate project team to complete it having implemented 100% of the client app’s functionality.

Technology Solution

  • iOS

  • Python

  • Django

  • Django Rest Framework

  • Django-RQ

  • PostgreSQL

  • Heroku

  • Firebase Cloud Messaging

  • Amazon S3

  • PDFKit

  • Stripe

Result

In Vilmate, the client has been able to find a reliable and highly professional offshore development partner that has helped them define the functionality of their application and has been implementing it in fine quality, on time and on budget.

© 2018, Vilmate LLC

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“The Vilmate team did a great job and, in the end, we got things working exactly as we expected them to.”

As a proficient and extremely reliable partner, Vilmate worked seamlessly to eventually deliver a high-quality project. Communication with the developers has been consistently responsive — and it let us have a clear view of the project status at any time; while the depth of knowledge and skill they exhibited helped turn a clear vision of the future app into a real functioning product.

Iryna Korolenko, Founder & CEO @ iSALON

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