This will provide all of you PRG Members and shareholders some additional information about the plans for November. It’s a supplement to the public blog article I posted yesterday.
Termination of Voimeet Engineer
I’m very disappointed to announce I am terminating our first female software engineer who is from the Ukraine. She appeared very competent during the first several days when she was retained at the end of September. But after missing the first deadline, for completion, which was October 10, I granted her more time for completion because our other engineer, working on the One-Step and Income Tool projects was also behind schedule. I made the mistake of paying this engineer a portion of the project twice during October because I continued to believe in her. I ran out of patience this week and had an IT firm check her work. I confirmed that the only thing she did was install a framework for our application and nothing else. Today I drafted her termination letter. I’m just going to have to lose the moneyt we paid her. We’ll pay this new firm only a little more than the balance due for the work done by the Ukranian engineer, so it’s a fair deal I got with them. The new firm is scheduled to start next Monday, November 10. The anticipated completion date will be on or about November 20.
Larger IT Firm To Develop Voimeet In Record Time – Only 10 Days
The new IT firm is an India-based company that lost the bid for the One-Step and Income Tool project. The company is Dialyma IT. They have about 75 full time engineers and appear to have plenty of resources to deliver on time and within the budget to which we have agreed. They have also agreed to give us extended terms and wait for payment for part of the project since we are low on cash at the moment. This is greatly appreciated.
The Future of Voimeet
After intense discussions with Dialyma, I have decided to greatly expand the Voimeet application. The first thing we’re doing is creating the initial application, modeled after Google Hangouts, similar to what you have already seen. But we’re building it on a completely different platform. For this we’re adding new servers Friday in preparation for beginning the project Monday. But this is only the beginning. We’re going to build a full-blown conference and webinar system from this base. We’ll model it after a service called “Uber Conference” . We’ll still offer the FREE version even with this greatly expanded system, but we’ll also monetize our conferencing tool in a similar fashion to what you see at Uber Conference. The free version will have limited functionality – as does our current plan for Voimeet. But the paid version will be very robust.
One-Step and Income Tool Progress
Friday I’m scheduled to begin testing some of the modules for the Income Tool and the One-Step Registration Process for Voifone. I expect these tests will be successful. Guy has proven to be a very dedicated and hard-working individual. He works nights, days and weekends just like we do. He and I discuss details of the project many times every day. We are his ONLY project. Although it’s a very big task for just one engineer, he’s ambitious, hard-working and so far appears very competent. He’s a native of Senegal, educated in Paris with a degree in Computer Science, and immigrated to England where we worked for a large tech firm before deciding to become a freelancer. We’re his first major project. He appears to be very ambitious and wants to prove himself to us. Excellent work attitude.
One year ago this month we retained Daani IT Solutions in India to host and provide our entire MLM back office. They have maintained it for the past year in a relatively acceptable fashion. However, it has been frustrating to work with them. They are a bit slow to respond, but generally competent when they do. Also their servers are slower than we want. We recently discovered some difficulty working with them on the One-Step Registration process because they were very proprietary and hesitant to provide direct access to our own data. We finally got what we needed but it wasn’t easy. They slowed the delivery of the One-Step Registration by about 2 weeks.
Guy has agreed to build an entire new MLM back office for us from the ground up after he completes the current project. I expect it will take him 3 to 4 months to complete that project. In the meantime, I have already paid Daani IT Solutions through the end of this end of this year, and sent enough to also cover the first Quarter of next year, provided they don’t install the PRG Tracking Tool that I had ordered from them. I paid them about a month ago and they still haven’t started work on the PRG tracking tool, so I’m going to re-direct those funds for basic hosting in 2015,which will cover the first Quarter. That should carry us through the transition period in a seamless fashion.