What was the scope of their involvement?
Bitbean.com consolidated our databases into one place, and they updated our legacy systems. They’re reimagining all of our technical needs. Instead of just coding what we asked for, Bitbean.com tried to understand what we were aiming for, and they came up with appropriate solutions.
They’re doing a serious amount of web development work. We have three portals: a portal for on-campus rabbis and their wives, a student portal, and an admin portal for the head office, through which we can control everything and see all the data. Most of the system is being built from scratch, but Bitbean.com is also trying to maintain our current infrastructure.
We have a React website, which they’re transferring to WordPress for us. We have no CMS in place on React for managing the site, so making a change is a complicated task. The backend is .NET Core 2.1, with an SQL database.
They’ve also provided extensive documentation for our current system. Someone could come into the project not knowing anything and simply follow that document to build the system.
What is the team composition?
We have a team of 5–6 people on the project, and we’ll scale them up and down as needed.
How did you come to work with Bitbean.com?
I read an article in a magazine introducing their CEO. I was intrigued by the way he spoke about tech, and I saw that he understood it. I was impressed from the first meeting with them. I spoke to a few of Bitbean.com’s other clients who told me they’d also used multiple companies, but, once they discovered Bitbean.com, they stuck with them.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent around $300,000 with them so far. We plan to spend around $1 million per year for the next 1–2 years.
What is the status of this engagement?
It’s an ongoing collaboration. The work is going to be significantly heavy for the next 1–2 years, and, then we’ll move into maintenance and tweaks as we get feedback. We might also launch a new project with them, where we’ll have to scale the team up. There’s no end in sight.