What was the scope of their involvement?
Flexi IT developed our recruitment website. We have developed a separate database for internal use, through which we can track different projects, and organize the interaction between clients and candidates. Our system for this was also a bit old, so we pitched the idea to Flexi IT, and they made a reasonable offer to take on that project upon the completion of the recruitment website. This particular CMS is much more important for us. It stores more personal data, and we need to be careful around its protection and archiving.
We can track the interactions between clients and candidates from first contact. We have a sales system in place which looks at the cost of each deal. Moving on from this, we can take the information to a project site which adds candidates and tracks each one, whether they are still interested, have different location preferences, and so on. At the same time, we have a log for everything, and don’t have to use any other systems for the purpose.
I believe that Flexi IT has a 15 or 20-person developer team. I’m not entirely sure how many worked on our project, but there was always a project leader communicating with me around any questions I might have, and to whom I provide ideas and changes. She has remained constant throughout the project, and is very experienced in the area. She can also develop small items without going to the developer. This has saved us a lot of time. She also provided many good ideas for the website.
There is one key developer who programmed most of the platform, but I’m not sure how many others worked on the background. Based on the speed of work, I cannot conclude that there is only one person doing it. The tasks are too complicated, and there are too many of them.
How did you come to work with Flexi IT?
They initially approached us to see if we would be interested in a web development project, while we were rebuilding our platform. Flexi IT made a reasonable offer and got the job done quickly. Especially for the database, we looked at 20-30 providers over the past 2 years. They all had well-developed systems, but either lacked some of the features we wanted, or had designs similar to our 20-year-old system. We decided to build our own system, and started working on wireframing. We sent those to Flexi IT, and they got working on it. I’m glad that we did it this way because we now have a unique system which no one can copy.
How much have you invested with Flexi IT?
We have invested between $10,000 and $50,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
Redeveloping the entire database took around 6 months. We are currently in the final stages of development for our internal database, which was started in November 2016.