Olive Tree Bible Software’s New Zondervan Study Bible App

Challenge: Creating a Zondervan Study Bible App

Olive Tree Bible Software wanted to take their current Bible software and create a new app for the Zondervan Study Bible. The app needed to contain the full text of the New International Version (NIV) Bible and have several features including a searchable index, a split-screen to view Bible text and study notes together, and the ability to add notes and highlight text.

Olive Tree has a small in-house development team and needed more developers to complete their app within a tight schedule. Olive Tree elected to use Xamarin.Forms to build the app so that a single shared C# codebase could be used to create native UI for both Android and IOS. Olive Tree knew this approach would save time, but their team had little experience with Xamarin development.

Products & Services Used:

  • Mobile development with Xamarin including Xamarin.Forms
  • Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer

Services Continued:

  • Ability to augment existing team seamlessly
  • Work within a short deadline

Industries:

  • Publishing

Solution: Developing an Olive Tree Bible Software App

Olive Tree chose IntelliTect to augment their team and assist with the creation of the iOS and Android apps specifically because IntelliTect has certified software engineers with Xamarin Mobile Development Certification and previous Xamarin experience.

Both Kevin and Kelly are phenomenally good. Thanks so much for letting us have them on our team.
Steven Cummings, Vice President of Operations, Olive Tree Bible Software, Inc.

IntelliTect’s developers were quickly brought up to speed on the requirements and assisted through the release of the iOS app. IntelliTect continued through the final QA stages of the Android app release, at which point, IntelliTect was able to hand development over to Olive Tree to complete delivery and maintain the apps going forward.

Results: Releasing the App On Time

The IntelliTect and Olive Tree teams successfully built and released the apps on a fixed budget and released them on schedule.

IntelliTect provided industry leading development services for Olive Tree on the Xamarin platform. Their level of professionalism and communication was the major contributing factor to us seeing the project through its phases and ultimately shipping the project on budget and on time. Should we ever need app development services in the future, IntelliTect will be our first choice.
David Trotz, Director of Software, Olive Tree Bible Software, Inc.

The skills learned from the IntelliTect team allowed Olive Tree engineers to use the Xamarin.Forms framework that IntelliTect helped build to create the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, and even better, Olive Tree is now positioned to use Xamarin in future app development.

About Olive Tree Bible Software

Olive Tree Bible Software provides excellent Bible software and resources inspiring people to connect with God and the Bible via technology. Olive Tree offers thousands of resources across all major platforms. These resources include commentaries, dictionaries, and Bibles.