What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
Security is an important consideration for us, and we’re working with a US-based company that scans entire code structures for vulnerabilities. Data breaches are a concern for any company, and we’ve been fortunate to not experience any. I put it on their expertise and diligence.
They succeeded in getting us onto AWS, a platform that could handle our rapid growth. We took a small site with a small number of users and employers and put it into a world-class infrastructure that’s helped us scale. I believe we’ve quadrupled in size in terms of employers since we started working with Kodius.
Our database had 18,000 job seekers in 2016, and we have since grown to a database of 110,000 candidates. Kodius has built a platform that’s allowed us to scale up our job seekers by a factor of five. We’ve monetized our searchable database.
How did Kodius perform from a project management standpoint?
We run scrum projects with them, with sprints every two weeks. We use Jira to track stories, which give Kodius the full brief. We touch base with them daily, as part of our development cycle, to get updates on releases and other matters.
From my perspective, no sprint has been significantly delayed, the story points attributed to each ticket have been done accurately, and the execution has always been within budget. They make accurate estimates of time and cost.
We’re communicating through an extreme time difference. They’ve made it work well and smoothly. Kodius can work easily with anyone, without having to be in physical proximity. We didn’t know if we’d truly be able to understand each other, but that’s ultimately been fantastic. It’s been a real pleasure working with them.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They understand what we’re trying to achieve as a business, and they support us in that respect. There have been a lot of instances where they spotted the business issues that we missed. They thought two steps ahead when we only thought one step ahead. They proactively seek out and suggest things that can be beneficial and drive our business further.
They’re not simply someone executing an order from us–they look at things in a holistic way, in order to understand our business goals. This really comes through in the entire process with them.
Are there any areas they could improve?
No, nothing comes to mind.
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
Clients shouldn’t keep their cards close to their chest. If we give Kodius a detailed brief and immerse them in what we’re trying to achieve, we’ll definitely be better for it. They can add a lot of value in areas we hadn’t thought of, so we don’t look at them as just an execution team. They’re a team that can understand our business and help it grow.