Helping companies become data-driven

Keyrus is an international data and digital consulting company with over 3000 consultants worldwide. We make data accessible and meaningful for our clients and strive to enable a more data-driven world. 

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
1,000 - 9,999
 Founded
1996
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New York, NY
headquarters
  • 252 W 37th St, Suite 1400
    New York, NY 11222
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

AB InBev, Smile Train, Remy Cointreau, Heineken, Goodwill Industries International, Northwestern Mutual, Dannon

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Data Analytics for Educational Products Distributor

“They exceeded our expectations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - July 2019
Project summary: 

After reviewing an existing workflow, Keyrus developed a data analytics tool that helps identify counterfeit items that enter the inventory. 

The Reviewer
 
1001 - 10,000 Employees
 
Westchester, Illinois
Compliance Manager, Educational Products Distributor
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new automated process allows the in-house team to save a tremendous amount of time. Keyrus went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their excellent project management made them easy to work with.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a compliance manager at an educational product distributor. We're the country's largest retail operation for college campus bookstores.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Keyrus?

One of our products is college textbooks. There's an issue of counterfeiting in the industry that we wanted to address. We needed a vendor to help us develop a data analytics tool to monitor the counterfeiting activity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have to control how many items enter our inventory at different locations and how many are identified as counterfeit. We also have to monitor our suppliers. Keyrus developed a tool that helps us aggregate all of that data and push it into a usable format. We had a workflow in place, which had been developed by our analysts. Keyrus reviewed that workflow and found a significant amount of issues with the product that our in-house analysts had built. They ended up rebuilding the whole thing, automating the process with Ultra. We can now easily get the data we need just by clicking a button. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked with two members of their team.

How did you come to work with Keyrus?

We found Keyrus through a Google search. They had a fair price and they were willing to start as soon as we were ready, so we chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $18,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

We worked with them between March–July 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

Keyrus automated the process that had been performed by our analysts, enabling us to save a significant amount of time and money. We can now easily get the report that used to take hours to compile.

How did Keyrus perform from a project management standpoint? 

We had daily phone calls and they always kept us up-to-date with the progress. If they ran into an issue, they waited for us to address it and didn't charge us for extra hours. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They exceeded our expectations. We're very happy with the services they provided. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don't have a technical background, so it'd be good to have someone who speaks both tech and non-tech languages to help us communicate a bit better.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Ask them questions and schedule regular meetings to make sure you both understand what direction you need to be heading.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IT Strategic Support for Large Beverage Company

“They provide really strong service at an extremely reasonable rate.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
June 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Keyrus provides big machine learning algorithms and produces metrics on how those machines are operating. They also work on business intelligence and develop visual tools to represent data models.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Ontario, Canada
IT Director, Beverage Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Keyrus has a high level of support behind them, and their success bodes well. The team is punctual and brings fresh UI ideas to the table. They offer stellar service at a reasonable price point. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of BI (Business Intelligence) and architecture at a spirits and alcohol company. My team consists of developer resources and technical leaders who execute projects from data warehousing, BI, and other reporting needs. We also handle integrations through traditional methodologies, as well as APIs.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Keyrus?

By hiring Keyrus, we were looking to scale our BI team, specifically. Historically, we’ve worked with niche, independent vendors, that brought in contractors in a non-scalable way.

We needed to be able to scale our BI team to deliver faster, newer reporting on our projects for our business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve taken a project-driven approach with Keyrus. They work on some of the more strategic initiatives we’re working on. The goal is to have them engaged on projects where we need focus; we don’t want them flip-flopping between too many competing priorities, so we can have a dedicated team.

Specifically, the projects they’ve been working on with us have been in two buckets: One is around machine learning, so they’re helping us deploy machine learning algorithms. We’re using their resources to build decision trees built in Python, do data cleansing and learning, and to generate outputs from various input data sources. They’re required to produce some accuracy measurements to give us a sense of confidence as to how good the machine is operating. We share those metrics all the way up to our executive level.

The other stream is on our power BI deployment. We’re moving away from a traditional BI model, and away from our Oracle BI reporting platform. We’re moving into deploying power BI as a more modern, visual tool. Keyrus’ expertise in that modern space has helped us a lot.

They come with strong developer resources, as well as strong project management resources to deploy reporting. They also help optimize our data models, and we want to continue to accelerate that. We’re just building upon our partnership and upon the knowledge that they come to the table with; they know the beverage and alcohol space fairly well. For that reason, they’re able to accelerate a little quicker, when it comes to deploying new data models on that platform.

In the past, working with other vendors not keen on our industry, we experienced a longer data education process. Keyrus, however, helps us accelerate the process and we use them to deploy what we call “self-service BI,” in terms of training and enabling our business to build their own reports. With this process, the business doesn’t have to always come to IT to build new reports.

What is the team composition?

There are four key people on our team. The first two are a project manager and a lead developer, who have the largest time commitment.

We also have an account executive, who serves as a main point of contact if we have an escalation; she also joins our weekly calls and any upcoming work is typically discussed with her.

Lastly, we have an SME. That person is someone is that’s familiar with the alcohol and beverage industry. They’re also the lead of the data science practice areas. Not only do they assist me in contextualizing the nature of the data, but they also come in when we need their machine learning expertise.

We also have a very specific data scientist person that we’re not engaging right now because that part of the project is closed, for the time being. They do very specific Python programming and all of the data cleansing for the machine learning engine.

How did you come to work with Keyrus?

We heard of them through an affiliate. We’re a global company, and one of our other branches used Keyrus in their region. They put their North American representation in touch with us, and we went with them. At the time, we were unhappy and in-between BI partners; we shifted to them without too much of a competitor search.  

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested over $500,000 with them.

The first year was around $150,000. In the last year, we used a lot more budget because we have those two initiatives that have ramped up recently.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in June 2017, and our engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We’re using Microsoft Excel to see a detailed schedule of what was completed. We also have a budget tracker to monitor their time. 

Although it’s a little early to discuss tangible results, the outputs from the machine learning project are being deployed right now. It’ll be used as a measurement for our distribution partners, in terms of what we’re asking of them as targets, for the upcoming fiscal year. It’s very promising and has the buy-in from the executive level, so it has a good amount of support behind it.

On the BI side, we’re rolling out a new corporate reporting portal. Keyrus was able to reimagine it based on our business process but also brought UI experts to the table to improve how people interact with it.

How did Keyrus perform from a project management standpoint?

We run in an agile format. Over a six-week timeframe, we’ve been able to build, and get user input, and roll it into each sprint. Ultimately, we hit the date we were aiming for, which shows maturity in how things are managed, and how they’re able to react to our needs. It’s also helped IT form a strong bond with the business here.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They provide really strong service at an extremely reasonable rate. In my opinion, that’s why they worked for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We attempted to do the project management internally; however, the work suffered because our internal resources were spread very thin. The blame was really on both sides. It shed light on the fact that we needed stronger project management representation from Keyrus’ side. Maybe some of the projects we had might’ve run smoother if that were the case.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice to another organization is to be realistic and to look at that their own capacity limitations. They should speak with their account executives at Keyrus to put a team in place that will be effective for your specific needs and challenges.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Data Warehouse & Database Dev for 3D Printing Company

"They translated nebulous requirements into concrete tasks and schemas, which was a great help..."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
3.5
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Keyrus produced a data warehouse using Amazon Redshift. The solution can be used to analyze sales and marketing data. They also built a structured database for customer data as well as three dashboards.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
Business Analyst, 3D Printing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solutions have enabled more efficient data reporting and supported the development of internal strategies. The team’s effective project management style allowed them to adapt to changing circumstances. Their engineering and visualization skills were noteworthy.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the data analyst at a 3D printing company. I produce dashboards and reports for all internal departments and conduct ad-hoc and custom analysis to highlight trends and recommend action.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Keyrus?

We needed a data warehouse to connect our various systems to produce actionable intelligence, particularly around sales and marketing.

What were your goals for this project?

Produce a data warehouse in our Amazon Redshift environment that could be queried for analysis of sales and marketing data, build a basic structured database to store user's printer data, and build 3 dashboards for leadership.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were brought in by my predecessors.

Describe the project in detail.

Discovery was completed when I joined, and we were moving into initial development. We determined the business logic, rules, and limitations that the data warehouse would need to implement and circumvent. We then developed dashboard prototypes and validated the numbers against departments. After production and adoption of the dashboards, there was ongoing support to extend functionality and fix issues.

What was the team composition?

A project manager, 2 BI engineers (primarily writing SQL queries and building Mattilion pipelines) and one data visualization expert.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

This allowed automated and more accurate reporting of basic metrics across the organization as well as performing ad-hoc investigation to develop strategy and tactics.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

PM work was well done, kept in focus with enough flexibility to handle changes as challenges were surfaced. Most of the high-level task reporting were handled with a Trello board and Google Sheets were often the reference documents.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They translated nebulous requirements into concrete tasks and schemas, which was a great help (as was their project management). Their engineering team and visualization expert were great at what they did, able to execute impressive work quickly once the tasks were properly defined.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Sometimes the core understanding of the business needs were difficult to be heard.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Very good for phase I, but future phases when work was morsporadic was more challenging to schedule
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They left us with a robust product, but some unfinished tasks
  • 3.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I don't have enough experience with other vendors to compare