Application Development and Integration

We elevate business performance by aligning business requirements with the strategic intent of the organization, maximizing performance and productivity by ensuring that systems and applications throughout the enterprise are performing properly and efficiently. We implement or create technically designed applications, interfaces and systems which perform at peak levels, develop custom applications including Portals and mobile applications.

We integrate those applications into the business and user community. 

We conduct services in many different verticals including Retail, Energy, Entertainment and Insurance.  Our focus first and foremost is placed on the Client regarding their business needs and available technologies.

Specialties: The MIT Group, Inc., is a business and Information Technologies consultancy employing methodologies which insure customer satisfaction upon delivery and deployment of applications.

 
Undisclosed
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2007
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Oklahoma City, OK
headquarters
  • 4005 NW Expressway Suite 350
    Oklahoma City, OK 73116
    United States
other locations
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Boston, MA
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) - 3000 Store Wholesaler

Danlin Industries- Energy and Chemical Industry

Gabriel Brothers and Rugged Wearhouse - Retailer 

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Custom Database Solution For Chemical Manufacturer

"They are very personable–easy to get along with and easy to work with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

MIT Group built a client database portal for a chemical company. The portal gives users live access to data about specific oil wells, such as lab reports, billing history, and cost analysis.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chief Operating Officer, Danlin Industries Corp.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Staff and clients alike report that the system is extremely usable, citing its navigable structure, easily accessible database, and error-free performance as benefits. MIT Group's transparent pricing, quick turnarounds, and friendly, client-focused culture made working alongside them a pleasure.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're an oil field production chemical company. We manufacture and sell production chemicals and drill chemicals for the oil field. We cover seven different states.

What is your position?

I'm the COO [chief operating officer].

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with MIT Group?

We needed a database system that could be accessed online by our customers, so they could track reports, billing, lab reports, and analysis. That way they could find out exactly all the information they need for each particular oil well we service. We needed a partner with considerable industry expertise. We were trying to build an Excel database. They then came in, and we explained what we needed in terms of requirements and objectives. I had three other people involved in our company give them ideas, and they started building out the solution for us. They were way past our expertise in IT [information technology] work.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The clients needed quicker access. A lot of times, they would call our people to give them information, or text them on the road, and it took three or four hours before they got back to the machines to give them the information. The engineers wanted the information as soon as possible. They have login rights to it, and they can pull up any bit of data about that specific oil well, and the history of it. Some of the wells, we've been servicing for more than 20 years. They could pull out the whole history of the well and what we've done to it chemically for treatment. They'd get live access to their cost for that well at that point in time, per day.

We've not expanded the role of MIT Group to include additional services or work on other projects at this time. Actually, we're just getting everything put back together. We had a major fire, and we lost everything, including reserves we had stored. We will probably use them in the future. They did a wonderful job for us, and they went above and beyond what we expected.

How did you come to choose MIT Group?

We did a local search for IT consulting firms, and they were one of a bunch we identified and approached.

Can you provide a sense of the size of the initiative in financial terms?

I think it was priced between $250,000 and $350,000. The changes, and things we added to it increased the cost, but it was within that general range. I believe they came in below what they had originally estimated, too, which was fantastic.

When was the project completed?

It was completed in 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

One of our main customers was using the system originally. There were three companies that were our competitors, who had the same type of deal out there. Everyone came back saying ours was much more user-friendly regarding the aspects of being able to navigate through it and use it effectively. That was 100 percent MIT's doing. They put it all together and showed us what they thought. We liked it, and we hoped the customers would like it. Once they got access to it, they loved it. It was very user-friendly, and it wasn't confusing. Tasks were easy to perform and information was presented to our users in an accessible and intuitive way.

A lot of our in-house staff members also say that it's very easy to use. They didn't have any issue with it at all. When they issued a bill to our accounting department, or they issue a report for analysis on an oil well, we had an area to submit that. When it was submitted, it fell right into place in the system. We've never had anything be assigned in the wrong well or anything else that wasn't an input error on our part. Each of these locations are identified by a series of about nine numbers, and a couple times we've had a typo, so it went to the wrong location, but that's was nothing that was done by MIT Group.

What distinguishes MIT Group from other providers?

What I would say is unique is the personality of their staff. They're very easy to work with. You'd think you've worked with MIT Group for 20 years, and you have a great relationship with them. We've worked with a lot of companies, and a lot of times people are trying to stick 100 percent to what I'd call the business structure, but they brought in a lot of enjoyment into it, too. Very personable – I guess that's the best way to put it. They are very personable – easy to get along with and easy to work with. They were upfront with about changes that increased cost. They'd say, "We can do this, but in order to do this, it's going to be this." Usually the actual change in cost was very small. They have a pretty good idea of what it's going to cost you before they talk to you. I really appreciate that because I work with budgets.

They were also good in their estimation of project completion. They actually completed it quicker than they said they would. They came in probably about two to three weeks early. That was pretty good. Actually, in our world, that's exceptional and almost unheard of.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you'd do differently?

No. They really handled everything we needed and either met or exceeded our expectations. They did a fantastic job, and I was very satisfied with their performance. Our other employees who were dealing with them kept coming back and saying, "These guys are great." They were able to come down to our level sometimes. If they were talking above our heads on technology and the things they were doing, they very quickly would recalibrate and come back to put that in layman's terms. We all appreciated that. They were able to come down to our knowledge level.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

I would say listen to them. A couple of changes we have made, we should have listened to them. We would kind of go ahead and force it and say, "Hey, we want this," and then some issues would come up. The customer is always right but, sometimes, the customer needs to listen because it isn't his or her own area of expertise. They definitely have the knowledge, and we should have listened to them more. We probably would have saved a little bit of money, too.

At one point, Brad [Johnson, chief information officer at MIT Group] said, "If you do this, you're not going to gain anything. It will just cost you more money," and he was right. I thought they were very fair on everything they did. We're owned by an investment group right now, and they had another deal where they've done this with another company. Once we explained to them what we paid versus what they paid, they really didn't believe us. They paid quite a bit more for almost exact same type of program.

5.0
Overall Score We're 100 percent satisfied.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was definitely cost effective.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them every chance I get.

Custom Develop For Energy Utility Provider

"If we had any problems...they would get online and fix it."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

MIT Group built a custom web solution for a gas and oil utilities provider. The system allows customers to download revenue stubs and billings and store records for tax purposes.  

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Lawton, Oklahoma
Treasurer/Controller at Oil & Energy Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

By enabling customers to quickly access a large quantity of records, the new system has greatly improved staff efficiency. MIT Group promptly addressed any client-facing issues with the system. Their professionalism and familiarity with industry practices were particularly helpful assets. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're an oil and gas exploration and production firm.

What is your position?

I am the treasurer and controller.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with MIT Group?

We wanted our customers to be able to pick up their revenue check stubs from a central location. MIT Group helped us obtain a site where we could download information about revenue stubs and billings from different sites and put it in one secure website where we could store monthly check stubs, where at the end of the year they could log on and pull down their check stubs for tax purposes, or they could give their certified public accountant or accountant that information, and then they could log on and pull down their tax information. It saves us a lot of time. This was about creating a more efficient system for our customers and freeing up some internal resources.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of their involvement in detail?

Originally, we just had them building this site for one of our companies but we have since extended the scope of their involvement to several of our sister companies. We operate numerous companies here. We have an oil marketing firm, and we expanded that same process to our oil marketing firm, but our first project with that firm was to post our revenue at a website.

How exactly did you come to choose MIT Group?

We called some companies in Oklahoma City that we knew of, and got some recommendations. We had some contacts, and we just asked for companies that had a good reputation, who worked in this particular area of expertise. The key drivers for choosing MIT were their technical expertise, their geographic proximity to us, and their familiarity with our business.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in financial terms?

It cost around $15,000.

When was the project completed?

It was completed in mid-2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback from this project?

It keeps our employees from having to provide copies of check stubs and to provide accounting backup services for our customers. They can just log on to a website, pick up their accounting information anytime they need it. For example, if someone is being audited by the IRS, he or she can go back and pick up three years-worth of check stubs, and they don't have to call us.

From a project management perspective, we had some follow-up issues, which they would have to address. If we had a customer that had trouble logging on, they were prompt to respond to the problem. If we had any problems, we would email them and they would get online and fix it. There were several follow-up issues, as there are in nearly any project, and they got right on it and fixed it. The site seems to be working very smoothly right now.

Is there anything that you'd consider unique about their practice?

No. Just that they're local and therefore accessible to us. We're an Oklahoma-based company, and so are they. Also, MIT Group seemed to be familiar with our business and the energy business, which is always beneficial.

In retrospect, are there any areas in which they could improve as a service provider?

Not that I know of. They did a good job for us. I've hired a number of consultants through the years. You'll have follow-up issues anytime you write a program or an application, and these guys were ready to fix it.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

Know what you want to do, and to convey that in a clear and concise manner. If you have clear, concise objectives, then that helps the consultant that you're hiring.

We had a good outline of what we wanted to do, and we knew at several places along the way there were different options that we could take it. At each step along the process, you have to look at your options, stay on track, and weigh the pros and cons of each option, and just continue on your objective. Keep your clarity and not get sidelined. That's what we did, and we've been pleased.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn't have any problem recommending them to another company.

Security Audit & Breach Resolution For University of Central Oklahoma

"They took clear ownership of the project and that really gave us confidence." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

MIT Group performed a security audit and provides strategic consulting as-needed. The initial project involved protocol analysis, penetration tests, and advice for improvement and risk mitigation.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Edmond, Oklahoma
Vice President & CIO, Central Oklahoma University
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The security analysis allowed the university to reduce risks and set new review standards. MIT Group displayed exceptional skill, flexibility, and breadth of talent. They worked long hours and spent time with the internal team to fully understood their unique situation and goals.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

University of Central Oklahoma is a metropolitan university whose primary mission is a Carnegie Master's level classification. We have about 17,000 students. About 80% of our students come from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

What is your position?

I am the vice-president and CIO [Chief Information Officer].

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address with MIT Group?

Initially, we used MIT Group for a security audit, and then for strategic consulting in the security space. They did penetration tests from outside so we could see how our security protocols held up. Upon receiving their report, we worked with them to make improvements and mitigate any risks that we had.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail?

Outside of the original security consulting, I wouldn't say that we expanded their consulting from that engagement. We've used them to bounce ideas like a soundboard. So they’re more of a thought partner at this point, offering their expert opinion on a case-by-case basis.

Last year we used them as an independent consultant when we had a small security intrusion on one of our servers. They were instrumental in helping us identify the root cause and the source. We actually hired three different companies to help but MIT Group was the first company to help identify the initial problem. Their expertise has been invaluable.

How did you come to choose MIT Group?

I had sat as a chairman for our local Chamber of Commerce and there I was able to interact with Larry Davenport [CEO at MIT Group]. We looked at his company and other companies as well. We have a tendency to give priority to Oklahoma-based companies, or at least companies that have a strong presence in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.

We follow Oklahoma State purchasing and consulting requirements, so we have to do a statement of work, we have to do a consulting agreement kind of like doing an RFP [Request For Proposal] for a product. We had probably between seven and ten vendors under consideration for the initial project. MIT Group seemed to be the most capable and offered the best value.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in financial terms?

Probably around $25,000 total.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project?

The initial project was completed in 2010-2011. We've maintained an ongoing relationship with them. I actually speak with them every two months or so.

Could you share any statistics, metrics or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

We found that their network and security personnel were of extremely high caliber. We felt very confident in the job they did for us.

One of the things I really appreciated about them was how they worked with us to really understand our environment and how a university is different from the private sector, corporations or a small business. To me, that brought real value, because it wasn't just another job to them. They took clear ownership of the project and that really gave us confidence.

The result of the security engagement was that we not only were able to mitigate the risks that they found, but also they taught us about things that we should look for internally, and showed us some tools and techniques that we could use to do our own security reviews.

Is there anything unique or special about MIT Group that really makes them stand out?

What was unique about MIT group was that it was a larger organization that acted like a smaller one, which was similar to the philosophy that we have here at the university. They’re very flexible and accommodating, but they’re also still able to leverage considerable resources for their clients.

A lot of people can do security audits, a lot of people can do software development, but when they come in, it's like they're a part of our team. They have no qualms about working Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, late into the night, or the wee hours of the morning. They’re willing to do what’s necessary to meet their clients’ expectations.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or certain things you’d do differently as the client?

Not really. I have been extremely happy with the work they've done for us. I think they've been very fair with their pricing. The documents they've given us as a result of the engagement have been professional. I can't complain.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

I guess I would just say, for any engagement, know what you want. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know, and if you have a trusted partner, you can ask them for advice before you write those specifications. Be open-minded when you come to MIT Group. They have tremendous experience in the field and have some great insights.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They've been very fair with us.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would certainly recommend them.