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Mammoth Data is a Big Data consulting and analytics firm specializing in new data technologies like Hadoop and Apache Spark. We bring together data science and engineering expertise to help companies design, architect and implement modern data architectures.

By turning structured and unstructured information into real business intelligence, we’re able to transform companies into data-driven organizations.

Headquartered in downtown Durham, North Carolina, Mammoth Data was founded in 2008 as Open Software Integrators (OSI) by Andrew C. Oliver, an open source software developer and evangelist. The company rebranded as Mammoth Data in 2015.

To more about Mammoth Data, visit mammothdata.com, follow us @mammothdataco, connect with us on LinkedIn, email [email protected] or call 919-321-0119.

 
Undisclosed
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2008
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Durham, NC
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    345 W. Main St. Ste 201
    Durham, NC 27701
    United States
    919.321.0119

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Education Nonprofit Development

"They consistently met their commitments, and we were satisfied with the results of that."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Open Software Integrators built a Mac data platform to manage K-12 educational data for a non-profit using Mongo and Java. The goal was to store data for later development to aid in teaching methods. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
Atlanta Metro Area
CTO, Education Non-Profit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team was great at meeting commitments and deadlines. Open Software Integrators communicated through bi-weekly meetings. The team could improve on DevOps web services, but was great at development in general. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

We are a nonprofit focused in the K-12 [kindergarten through 12th grade] education space. We aim to store, clean, and aggregate a wide range of student information for states and districts, then make the data available to district-approved third parties to develop tools and dashboards so the data could more easily be used by classroom educators.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m the chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Open Software Integrators?

We had a series of contractors that were building Apple software. They were one of the contractors that were managing our DevOps [development and operations] infrastructure as well as doing Java and Ruby development for us.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

We're building an operational data store, a platform to manage educational data in the K-12 educational space. OS Integrators was involved in the coding for building applications that were around that, as well as the operational data store itself. They used Mongo and Java.

They also managed our non-production Amazon Web service infrastructure. We had a few other instances running.

What was your process for selecting Open Software Integrators to work with?

I didn’t select them. They were selected by my predecessor.

Is the work ongoing?

As a nonprofit, we are in the process of shutting down the foundation. We were funded by the Bill Gates Foundation, and they pulled the funding on us. As of September [2014], we will no longer exist. OS Integrators finished their engagement in March. We let them go in March because funding was starting to dry up, and then it was pulled completely in April. We didn't do that because of OS Integrators' performance, but we severed the relationship in March. At that point, I had one scrum team in Durham from OSI working for us.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

That figure is confidential.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Were you satisfied with Open Software Integrator’s performance?

Yes. Their developers, especially on the Ruby side, definitely knew what they were doing. They were helpful and worked independently because they were in Durham, and we're in Atlanta. We were in the midst of building our team here too. It was a little chaotic because a lot of new people were coming in. We finally got enough product managers and architects to send up there to work with them. They were working quite independently for a long time.

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

We used Scrum, so we did two-week sprints. They were very good at meeting their commitments on the sprints. We had an every-other-Wednesday demo of their software. They consistently met their commitments, and we were satisfied with the results of that.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

They are focused on open source, and we are a completely open-source platform, so that aligned very well with what we wanted to accomplish.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

On DevOps Web services side, such as Amazon, they were OK, but they weren’t great. On the development side, they were really good.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    For development, I would definitely recommend them again.

Video Game Developer Multiple Engagements

"I am often jealous because I have open positions, and I want people like them to be on my team." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
1,000,000 - 9,999,999
Project summary: 

Open Software Integrators stabilized a failing registration system for a large video game company. Now, the team works on rebuilding the system and general content management on an as-needed basis. 

The Reviewer
 
1001-5000 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Sr. Director of Marketing Technology, Video Game Developer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team successfully fixed the registration system, which went from supporting 1 game title to 16. Open Software Integrators is great at learning new technologies quickly and excels at working on big, time sensitive projects.  

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

I work for a video game company.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I am a director of marketing technology. My team and I are responsible for all the consumer-facing initiatives. That includes all of the marketing sites, promotional sites, and initiatives. It's across different platforms, mobile and Web. My team does all the design and development, and we collaborate with agencies, marketing companies, and different studios within the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Open Software Integrators?

We originally brought them in because we worked with a digital agency on our login and registration system that would be used across all of our titles on the Web. The digital agency had built something that was incredibly buggy and failed to meet our expectations. It couldn’t support a lot of traffic in addition to all of the bugs and issues.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

We brought OS Integrators in to stabilize the existing application as much as possible so we could get through our busy season in the fall, with the launch of our games. Also, we wanted them to help us re-architect and rebuild all of our authentication systems. We continued to work with them beyond that. We work with our content management system, Adobe Experience Manager. They helped us come up with an approach on how to build the site, how to best leverage the template, and the components within Experience Manager to make sure we have reusable code and reusable components. Now, the things that we build require less work because we can use similar code.

For login and registration, we just change the theme based on the game. The underlying architecture and all the code is exactly the same across titles. If we need to make an update, we make it in one place, and it carries all of the titles.

This applies to our consumer site because they use the same underlying templates and components, when we need to make an update or a change, we change it in one place. This allows us not to always rely on developers. We have a lot of content producers that update content on a daily or weekly basis for all of the consumer sites. We're able to post that to marketing, HR [human resources], and PR [public relations], so they can manage and own their own sites. That’s what they worked on with us. We use them mainly for development, architecture, and design.

What was your process for selecting Open Software Integrators with which to work?

I had spoken with another firm, and they were a third-party service provider for them. When we needed somebody else, we asked them for a referral and specifically asked for their team if they were available.

Do you have ongoing work with them?

The contract just wrapped up at the beginning of May. In marketing, we do everything on a project-by-project basis. As projects come up, I have eight developers on my team. As we need additional support, we reach out to OS Integrators to get that additional support because of the quality of their team.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

The budget varies by project. Through the past three years, we’ve spent between $500,000-$700,000 cumulatively per year.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

As far as the login and registration goes, after they came in and rebuilt everything, we went from being able to support one title to supporting 16 titles. We hit every one of the load testing benchmarks that we were required to meet. It was 500 log-ins a second, and 50 registrations a second. We hit those benchmarks with no problem. Prior to their involvement, the site could not support that kind of traffic.

In terms of the consumer site and the CMS [content management system], I have a team of eight. We manage 34 websites, including all development. The OS Integrators team comes on and helps to augment us. They’ve allowed us to be able to support all of these sites with such a lean team because of the architecture, the components, and the templates that were built. They are so flexible, and we reuse so much that people aren’t spending a lot of time doing development for the same things repeatedly.

Every one of our sites has a video player, so every time we needed a video player, an agency came in and built a new video player. Every year, we would create 10 to 12 new video players. When OS Integrators came in, they created only one video player that has worked across all our consumer sites. We’ve been able to spend time working on bigger initiatives as well as working on cooler, bigger ideas because the basics are covered.

Is there anything unique about Open Software Integrators that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

I’ve worked with 10 to 15 different agencies and consulting companies. OS Integrators has high-quality resources, and I am often jealous because I have open positions, and I want people like them to be on my team. We worked with people who had experience and that were certified partners with Adobe and Experience Manager. We stopped everything that they did. The team at OS Integrators, while they had no experience working with the CMS, came in and understood the technology and what needed to be done. They understood how to build it in a better way than people who were Preferred Partners.

They also helped out on a project with SalesForce for us to integrate our login and registration application with SalesForce authentication. One of the members of their team was educating SalesForce consultants on how their product works, and they had no prior experience with SalesForce. They are so smart that they are able to figure it out.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

No. Everything that they’ve done, we're still using today. Since they built these things for us, we’ve gone to responsive design, so we’ve redone some things. We're still using the foundation that they set and the things that they’ve built for us, and we still carry them through all of our projects.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very likely. I’ve recommended them to several other people.