Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
The designs are significantly better than I expected and are better than what we could have produced on our own. We have an accelerated development cycle, which is just what we were looking for.
It’s been a significant investment for a small company like ours, but it’s also been a huge saving if we add up the cost of the mistakes that we would have made without their help.
How did 47Billion perform from a project management standpoint?
In a way, they’ve been a project and program manager because they’ve taken ownership to ensure that it’s coming together.
We’re using Glip as a communication and task tracking tool. We also use Jira and RingCentral meetings a lot. We’re also doing Daily Scrums. The communication has been excellent and the workflow has been good. It continues to improve each week because we actively discuss ways to improve and accelerate development and quality.
We’re working directly with the owners of 47Billion; they don’t take on many projects. They really try to wrap their heads around a project to understand not just what we’re doing or what we’re delivering, but why we’re delivering it, and how we’re delivering it. The designs, the execution, the engagement, and the extraordinary architect on their team, Animesh [Owner, 47Billion] are all positively brilliant.
What distinguishes 47Billion from other providers?
We had bids from 43 companies and 10 of them stood out to us. Of those, we hired the four strongest, and of those, 47Billion was by far the strongest and delivered very engaged results.
They’ve done an excellent job staying focused on the result and they’ve helped us improve our processes internally. They’ve not only brought on resources, but also intelligence and management skills. I’m very pleased with the results and I expect that we’ll be working with them indefinitely.
Is there anything 47Billion could have improved or done differently?
I think they’re pretty stellar. Communication is not flawless, but I don’t know how they would improve specifically. They took on some new technologies when they started this project and embraced them, but it would have been nice if they had deeper experience and training in our specific stack. That’s not something they could proactively plan, though.