Could you share any results from this engagement?
We are still in the process of trying to deploy the new intranet. We've worked with all of our departments because each department has their own web pages for the intranet project, which has different needs. I have 12 lines of business here that are very different. Between the police department, and the public works department, and the recreation department, there are many different requirements. Our biggest challenge now is simply deploying the intranet site. We have done the proof of concept. We have established the new intranet site, and we're gradually, one by one, moving our departments to the Drupal site from the existing HTML site.
How did Ameex Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?
I've spent 20 years as a management consultant myself, so I've worked with many agencies, many companies, done major development projects, and run the gamut. Working with Ameex Technologies was the best in my 40 years of experience in terms of the interaction between the consultants and my team, their ability to listen, their responsiveness, their communication, and their results.
They worked with us using our project management tool, so that they could communicate, set up tasks, and complete tasks. That was very helpful because we had a very good open dialogue with them ongoing for every task that needed to be done. If there were issues that came up, everybody on the team was immediately aware. There was a good dialogue, and it was a very successful project.
What distinguishes Ameex Technologies from other providers?
I think the adaptation to our project management style and the agile development methodology that they use was very effective in terms of making sure that everybody was engaged constantly. In many of projects, we find that we talk to the consultant, they go away for two or three weeks, and they come back and deliver something, and it's not what we thought. In this case, there was that constant dialogue and constant feedback. That kind of agile approach really made it go very smoothly so that they didn't spend a lot of time spinning their wheels doing something that wasn't appropriate. They validated their assumptions constantly against us to make sure that they were on the right track.
Is there anything Ameex Technologies could have improved or done differently?
The only problem we had was a bit of a language barrier. Other than that, I don't have a lot of negative to say about the project.