What was the scope of their involvement?
We began the project by identifying deliverables and setting deadlines with their team. About 6-8 weeks into the engagement, we co-hosted a day of hands-on training, where our staff had the opportunity to learn about their work. Afterward, we selected a group of our developers to participate in more in-depth training. The idea was to have these individuals distribute their knowledge of the new system to the rest of our team.
7Factor Software implemented a variety of development tools, ultimately establishing a build server with updated pipeline management. They introduced us to Docker and Concourse CI, which made up the backbone of our new, cloud-based system. They used Hashicorp’s Terraform to create a scriptable environment with a flexible infrastructure, and added Hashicorp’s Vault for sensitive data storage. They leveraged two AWS products, Kinesis and S3, to build out our development pipeline, and they integrated Datadog for cloud monitoring and container management.
What is the team composition?
We communicated with Jeremy (Founder, 7Factor Software) and two other individuals who were assigned to our project.
How did you come to work with 7Factor Software?
When I started in my current role, 7Factor Software had already completed a project for us, and a second one was in progress. I had the opportunity to meet with Jeremy and learn more about his company. I was impressed by his wealth of knowledge, and, after meeting with my leadership team, I reached out to gauge his interest in a third project. I knew that his team would be an ideal partner based on their track record of success and familiarity with our organization. After an initial discussion, we negotiated a price, and then decided to move forward with the project.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent $140,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The engagement lasted from September–December 2018.