What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
The crawler is part of a much bigger data pipeline where we needed to crawl the website, get the data, process it, expose it, and send it to our customer so they can see what had changed in his data. Without the crawler, we couldn’t build inside this pipeline.
Datum Brain developed a wonderful distributed web crawler that scales how we wanted and has all the features we wanted. We’re very happy working with them and are going to hire them for another contract. The finished solution is reliable and functional.
How did Datum Brain perform from a project management standpoint?
Project management was good. Fahad kept me informed whether things were going well or not. If any issues came up that could affect delivery time, he quickly communicated it. They delivered on time and budget.
What did you find most impressive about them?
When we first hired them, I clearly remember Fahad telling me he has a plan A, plan B, plan C, and plan D, and that I didn’t have to worry. He applied Plan B and it worked well.
Are there any areas they could improve?
He could communicate more. Most of the time, he gave us enough information to see how things were going. Sometimes I had to go to him to ask for details about certain things. Overall, it wasn’t a big issue.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Trust them. They respond very well to trust. If a client wants to micromanage them and have them say exactly what line of code they have written and when, then I don’t think it will work out.