The Power of Innovative Solutions

Aptitive is a Chicago based IT consulting firm with solutions focusing on the management, design, and development of data-centric projects. Derived from the words aptitude and innovative, Aptitive believes high aptitude consultants bring innovative solutions to empower companies with technology and solve business problems.

 
$5,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 954 West Washington Ste 610
    Chicago, IL 60607
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Omron
  • One of the worlds leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms
  • Healthstream
  • Americas largest trade association representing over 1.1 million members involved in real estate
  • MoreCare
  • The National Safety Council
  • An American company with a network of movie and video game rental kiosks
  • Adriema
  • Yalber

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ETL Business Intelligence Support for Manufacturer

"They have a strong team in terms of technical skills and they are also easy to work with."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The primary requirements revolve around ETL-based data infrastructure services.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Data Architect, International Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Delivery is generally on time and of more than adequate quality. Aptitive has proven to be a cost-effective partner and flexible as project requirements evolve. A lack of proper documentation prevents the client from supporting projects internally as much as they would prefer.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company is based in Japan. It consists of different business segments, but generally speaking, we work mostly in the manufacturing industry. The segment I work with is specific to American management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Aptitive?

Primarily, we have been using Aptitive in IT business intelligence areas. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Aptitive provides IT services and does development projects for us. Specifically, they have been providing extract, transform, and load assistance using Microsoft SQL Server and SSIS technology. They have laid the foundation of a management center for the business intelligence backend database and architecture. We have gone through 2 iterations to refine the backend architecture in order to satisfy our outbound and reporting needs.

How did you come to work with Aptitive?

Aptitive was already working with the company when I joined about 3 years ago. It was a new company at the time. The person who brought in Aptitive liked their technological knowledge. Back then, the cost was another consideration and Aptitive easily fit into our budget.

How much have you invested with Aptitive?

I would say we’ve spent around $800,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We still have a project going on with Aptitive.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Right now, we really don't have any metrics. Since Aptitive started working with us, we were able to expand our current architecture and quickly support it whenever an issue arose. The quality won’t be at 100%, 100 percent of the time during the process, but we usually find that they are able to pinpoint and correct any issues.

How did Aptitive perform from a project management standpoint?

We worked directly with developers from Aptitive and I worked directly with the team. We don't have a project management office, so we adopted Aptitive’s recommendations. Aptitive used their own project management tool, Asana, and we also worked with them onsite.

What did you find most impressive about Aptitive?

They have a strong team in terms of technical skills and they are also easy to work with. They collaborate well with the team and with our different users. In general, our business community really likes collaborating with them.

Are there any areas Aptitive could improve?

I personally would like it if they could simplify their design. For instance, we only have 2 internal states in my company. What we have come to realize is that when Aptitive finishes a project, it’s hard for us to support their complicated systems. I would like for the deliverables to be easier to manage internally. I’d suggest they put future production support in mind when doing a design. The documentation generally has been lacking in all of the IT projects I've had. Documentation is always the first item to be ignored and the last to be delivered. The design is sleek and smart, but it will be hard for me to find someone who can support it quickly.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are flexible and they are usually agile enough to meet our deadlines.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Initially, we underestimated the complexity of the project, so we need a bit of cost upgrading there.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered the quality we expected on time and on an aggressive timeline.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

BI Resources for Maturation of High Growth Retailer

"We could utilize them from architecture, business and systems analysis, as well as development perspectives."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The fast-growing client needed BI expertise to help them further develop their data infrastructure, including integrations across multiple business processes.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1,000 Employees
 
Chicago Metro Area
Operations Manager, Kiosk Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client was very happy with the quality of the work as well of the knowledge that Aptitive proactively provides. Their expertise was shared with the client's employees and they worked directly with other vendors to assist the client.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company generates revenue for retailers and excites consumers with delightful kiosk experiences. I was the manager of data services, and am currently the infrastructure and data operations manager of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Aptitive?

We needed help with our data warehousing needs, BI [business intelligence] development, as well as data integration.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

One of our projects revolved around the automation of our financial process. Aptitive's team was instrumental in helping us take on the requirements-gathering process, giving us an understanding of what changes we needed to make for our new warehousing system. Aptitive helped us develop new SSIS [SQL Server Integration Services] processes for migrating the data from our source systems into a new data warehouse being built in parallel.

Aptitive assigned 3-4 members on the BI development side, but we also used them for business analysis and development. Aptitive has a broad background, so we could utilize them from architecture, business and systems analysis, as well as development perspectives.

How did you come to work with Aptitive?

We found Aptitive through other resources that knew them. We made an introduction, talked to their team, and realized what amount of knowledge and experience depth Aptitive could bring to our warehousing project.

How much have you invested with Aptitive?

We have spent between $300,000 and $400,000 per year on Aptitive services.

What is the status of this engagement?

I initially started working with Aptitive several years ago, before 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Our project was completed on time and on budget. It was highly complex work, given that we're a rapidly-growing business, with 200%+ growth on an annual basis. We had a lot of data coming in and needed to quickly go about designing a new warehouse, pulling in resources and applications. 

How did Aptitive perform from a project management standpoint?

From a company perspective, our project has followed a typical Agile process. Project management took the lead for overall execution. Gathering requirements, performing an analysis of the existing system, and other details were handled by various resources within the team.

What did you find most impressive about Aptitive?

The overall knowledge and experience that Aptitive's team has around the BI and data services landscape was highly instrumental. They're not just a technical development team; Aptitive has business professionals that can understand how to work with users. This was instrumental in the requirements-gathering phase. From development to QA efforts and helping us get deployed, as well as the post-deployment monitoring, Aptitive had an end-to-end process.

Are there any areas Aptitive could improve?

No. Aptitive should continue with what it does. Not only have they helped with our development, but also shared knowledge with our employees.

5.0
Overall Score Aptitive has simplified my work during the project, taking part in meetings with business stakeholders and finance people, helping them understand our company needs.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Aptitive has been on-time, helping beyond just the development landscape.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Aptitive is not the cheapest solution, but their knowledge and experience merit the cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Aptitive accomplished our task in a very tight deadline, delivering the product that we needed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

DBA Services and SQL Scripting for Lending Analysis

"They're always on target and communicate well."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The client requested support for a series of database administration and SQL Server projects.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Teaneck, New Jersey
Nir Goshen
CTO, Yalber
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Pros included timeliness of deliverables and Apptitive's willingness to go beyond what was initially expected to resolve any issues with deliverables. Their rates matched the client's expectations.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the chief technology officer of a financial services and alternative lending company. We are a B2B company providing capital for those who cannot find it through banks.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Aptitive?

We needed programming services, particularly for SQL Server systems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Aptitive provided outsourced development for a particular scope of work. We have worked with broad definitions at times, but the work has always been project-based. Aptitive has written some complicated storage procedures that required detailed involvement. The work was split between DBA and transactional SQL programming.

How did you come to work with Aptitive?

We found Aptitive through a referral from a personal contact.

How much have you invested with Aptitive?

The cost of Aptitive's services has been between $25,000 and $50,000 in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Aptitive in 2015. Our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Aptitive is a nice group to work with, but I don't have any particular metrics to share. Aptitive proved to be an accessible and communicative company. We started out with small tasks and then expanded our collaboration.

How did Aptitive perform from a project management standpoint?

Aptitive is a very professional and punctual team. They're always on target and communicate well.

What did you find most impressive about Aptitive?

Everything handled by Aptitive was top-notch. If the task wasn't achieved the first time, Aptitive made an effort to discover our business domain in more detail.

Are there any areas Aptitive could improve?

I haven't worked with many other consultants, so I couldn't give any recommendations or criticisms.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Aptitive was on time and on target.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Aptitive's cost is at a market level, compared to their value of services.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Aptitive always delivered what was promised. They deliver results.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Data Exchange and Testing for Informatica Projects

"From a technical perspective, Aptitive has strong resources, whether it's testing or development."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2014 - Jan. 2016
Project summary: 

Aptitive was tapped to provide resources for a series of Informatica projects and general data warehousing and ETL projects.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Enterprise Architect, Fortune 500 Accounting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client was pleased with Apptitive's thoroughness. Their deliverables required retooling at times, but there were never any large issues. They delivered good value at reasonable rates.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. I am an enterprise architect for the company. I was also in charge of the company's BI [business intelligence], data warehouse, and data management practices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Aptitive?

We needed consulting services for the different areas we're managing.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Aptitive has provided consultation on data warehouse, database design, and ETL [extract, transform, load] projects. We have also leveraged Aptitive for the testing efforts around an Informatica upgrade project.

Our other project involved upgrading our Informatica system to the latest version. Aptitive mostly provided quality assurance for this, while my team handled technical aspects.

How did you come to work with Aptitive?

One of Aptitive's founders used to work for another company. I had a relationship with him there and he had worked on our data warehouse in the past. When he built Aptitive, I decided to contact him and leverage the company's consulting services. I had faith that Aptitive could deliver what we wanted.

How much have you invested with Aptitive?

One of our projects with Aptitive alone had a cost between $300,000 and $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Aptitive 3 years ago, and have worked on 2 projects during this time. We have since moved to a single managed service provider, so we stopped our collaboration with Aptitive in December 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Our real-time integration project using Informatica PowerExchange was centered on a billing and a client-facing system which needed to be bridged. Aptitive helped us achieve this. From a technical perspective, Aptitive has strong resources, whether it's testing or development.

How did Aptitive perform from a project management standpoint?

We have our own project managers, so we haven't used the ones from Aptitive. They were able to deliver on time. Any out-of-scope elements were brought to either my or my project manager's attention. Aptitive was collaborative throughout the process.

What did you find most impressive about Aptitive?

The resources that Aptitive provided were quite strong. They vetted the team well, making sure that the right people were put on the job.

Are there any areas Aptitive could improve?

Aptitive only focused on data, so I'm not sure if they're able to expand into areas like business technology or analytics.

4.0
Overall Score It was nice to work with their consultants. Aptitive understood our client needs and delivered a quality product. Anything that could deviate from our initial requirements was brought up.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Aptitive met timelines, but some factors were out of their control.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Aptitive has mid-range costs, but the value they provide is good.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality wasn't perfect, but Aptitive was thorough in its work, meeting our expectations.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer