Do you have any stats or metrics that you can share about the results of the project?
The one thing that I really liked about them was their level of expertise in the quickness and the responsiveness. We never saw them resolve. They stayed at their desk and we worked remotely. So that worked out really well. I would say they were everything I expected. There weren’t any surprises. Once things were tricky, they were clear when things were clear and when things were tricky. I should say that we built like two or three custom objects for some tricky situations. Those custom objects worked really well. We since then have developed a couple additional custom objects.
Since building on Salesforce, how do you feel about its performance and you feel you made the right decision?
Yes, absolutely. Adoption was fast and furious, going from Google Docs and Excel spreadsheets and being able to close commissions in a couple of clicks and having no fights anymore was a big success. The whole company now has adopted Salesforce. Since then, I also got the company to buy Zuora. So, we have implemented Zuora for our subscription management system. That’s proven to be very effective. We bought a couple additional apps as well. ClearSlide, we use for integration or tracking. We’re doing integration with it that’s standard as well. Yes, it was the right decision at the right time. It was quickly and effectively picked up by the users.
The other thing I’ll say that was really helpful that ForceBrain did a fantastic job at documenting not only the technical aspects of things and how it was done. They also put user documents together that we continue to use today. Whether on the data loader, adding custom fields beta, or adding reports on the dashboards, it’s really been great. Their augmentation of bit information has been pretty good.
We don’t really have a need for them at this point. We would use them again. We’re a pretty knowledgeable user, and we had a pretty great lead. My biggest need was I needed it done very quickly. That was accomplished.
Can you talk just a little bit more about the performance? Do you feel like their deliverables were on time and within budget?
Yes, definitely. For me, they were under budget, and they were in front of schedule. It’s because my ability to give them the project, the timeline, and expertise to make decisions on the fly in an authoritative way. I would say for guys like myself, they were fantastic, and they came way under budget.
When I tried to introduce them to the enterprise sales team, which is really just the vice president for sales, who’s unfamiliar with Salesforce, its paradigm, and its use to interface with directly with ForceBrain as we had and the developers we had. They didn’t find ForceBrain to be that useful which, as I found out right afterward, it was primarily because they were asking the wrong questions and they needed basic education and that’s not really why we chose ForceBrain.
They came under the budget and closed the project down really quickly. I had 30 percent of the budget still available when I was done. That’s why I used them for some support stuff for the enterprise team.
Did you find anything unique about them in comparison to others that you may have worked with in the past?
They were really flexible and nimble. I’ve dealt some with the other guys. They weren’t real sales oriented. They were really just nuts and bolts, more like a services team, and I’m talking about their sales. ForceBrain was active, effective, and efficient. They didn’t try to sell me. So, I found it refreshing because I knew what I wanted. I knew that I could do things fairly inexpensively. I just wanted them to hand over a couple of really quality system admins to work with.
We did, for example, one thing we needed their expertise on is we had no idea how to do the interphase between our application and Salesforce. But, we expected them to give us a solution and to evaluate the solutions out there, and give us one that would be the lowest cost and give us the right bang for the buck. And you know what? They were very quick at coming up with Jitterbit and two other alternatives. We selected Jitterbit. So. I was really pleased when I pushed them to come up with the solution, so we didn’t have to do the research.
Do you think there was anything that they could have improved on or that you would like to see them do differently?
Yeah, I think the thing that they could improve on was recognizing the different audiences they’re talking to. As I would say, their implementation consultant, when they would talk to me was extremely quick, bright, fun, and energetic. But, when he would talk to a sales executive in our company who’s very unfamiliar with Salesforce, I just don’t think the level of communication was strong. But again, it wasn’t my expectation. If the person who made the decision and brought them in, but when I did come over to another team, I published it, and they’d evolved. Of course, I’m an executive as well. So, it’s based upon another executive
It does on a certain level. Because I think when people present themselves in sales as saying, I know Salesforce really well. I’ve been using it for eight years. What you find is that they don’t really use Salesforce, and they have an account for years, but they only go occasionally into it. There’s a difference in knowledge when somebody says they’ve been using it and they know it. When I say I know it and I’ve been using it, I actually implemented custom objects. I have actually rolled it out to multiple teams where in the case of our V.P. of sales, he didn’t do any of that. I know him personally. He just had other people do all that. He just saw the results. So, I usually look into that nuance. I mean, it’s OK. It’s a minor knit, I would say. On a scale from one to ten, what I’ll give ForceBrain for what they needed to have done, I needed have done, I’ll give them nine out of 10.
Thank you, do you have any further comments about ForceBrain?
I would say that I chose ForceBrain to augment from knowledge, experience, and to bring to bear the technical skill set. They delivered on all fronts associated with that. I also wanted them to be low cost and to be highly flexible, and to be able to deploy very quickly. They delivered on that as well. I’m extremely pleased.