Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
We successfully blended our teams with theirs for the duration. We don't have any particular metrics to share, but they definitely performed on par with our developers. We certainly considered it a successful project. There's plenty of work that would not have been done without them being involved. They were very flexible in terms of integrating into our controls and processes, in terms of participating in code reviews, so that we maintained the right level of quality. Many different activities we had around the project, they were well integrated into those.
How did Belatrix Software perform from a project management standpoint?
We didn't use much of their project management because they were integrated with our teams. Typically, these types of relationships, you will use the vendor's project management if you are taking a chunk of a project and handing it to them. What we were doing is we had their teams integrated with ours, so it was our own project management, and we just coordinated on the projects there. Everything worked very smoothly.
What distinguishes Belatrix Software from other providers?
We talked to several potential partners, and Belatrix stood out. They had the combination of a good business sense, a good sense of what was important, what needed to get done and good people. The things that distinguish them are their people, team culture, and hard work.
Is there anything Belatrix Software could have improved or done differently?
There are always small things along the way. I can't think of anything large in particular. As I used to say to my own team when we started working with them, any time you go out and add 10, 20, or 30 people to a project, then you're going to have to have a getting-to-know period and that just takes time. Once you get through that, then you start to work together more closely. I can't think of any one thing that was a big negative. They were just small everyday frictions along the way, which we worked out whenever they came up.