What was the scope of their involvement?
At the beginning, our needs were very basic. We hired Calibre Consulting to set the company up with Office 365 and SharePoint. The organization wasn't excessively large, but we needed a team with enough background to establish the relatively straightforward process of transferring and exchanging email systems. The partnership grew as I discovered we needed to access a database program for one of their main field test data recording systems.
I don't have a background with that type of work, but the owner of Calibre Consulting had done so quite often in the past. She took on the task of trying to discover what other people had coded for the company over the past 8–10 years because that team was unreachable. From there, the team went on to start adjusting and adapting the program to better fit our current day-to-day operations with the intent of rolling it over into a different SQL database in the future.
The database work entailed a lot of VB8/A coding that's a bit beyond my skill level to explain. The owner deciphered most of what the past tech team had done and make the necessary adaptions. They also worked on coding other apps. The Team set up SharePoint sites and Exchange e-mail specifically into the Access database program.
What is the team composition?
I worked directly with the owner of Calibre Consulting.
How did you come to work with Calibre Consulting?
We work in the same executive office center, which tends to house 1–4 companies in a shared office space. I've worked here since 2011 and have come in contact with the same accounting and IT firms over that time. Calibre Consulting is the most recent team I met. Based on our conversations, they were a good fit for this engagement.
Being located in the same office space was an important factor since it's easy to have discussions with someone right nearby. We built a level of mutual trust and have found an effective way to work well together. I only contacted other companies that specialize in SharePoint sites to assess the available options and price points for various scopes. Even without 20 years of SharePoint experience under their belt, they've accomplished everything I've needed so far.
How much have you invested with them?
We've spent somewhere between $5,000–$10,000 CAD (Approximately $3,800–$7,500 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We started the first step of this project in mid-June of 2018. Some of the work is still ongoing. We're in a bit of a maintenance pattern right now and haven't considered developing anything new, but we have current work underway that will continue at a moderate pace for at least the next three months before we move into the next phase.
At this time, Calibre Consulting has completed the bulk of their work for this piece of the project. They're resolving small items that come up through testing to improve usability in the field.