What was the scope of their involvement?
We asked Soren to start from scratch and guide us through the design and layout process. After spending a significant time interviewing us, they presented samples based on their understanding of our needs. Once we approved the designs and functionalities, they went to work developing it. This process included integrating the intranet with Active Directory. Specifically, they had to customize SharePoint to work with our modified staff directory page.
The intranet consists of several features, including a home page that facilitates communication across the entire company. A news and events section hosts information from executive-level staff, notifications of new hires, solutions to operational issues, and details of company successes. There’s also an employee spotlight feature that profiles notable teams members with a picture and a few questions. Additionally, the HR section holds our insurance information and benefits forms in one location. The site’s launched, but we occasionally engage them to develop additional functionalities. In fact, we’re bringing them in fairly soon for follow-up training of our new employees.
What is the team composition?
I don’t know the number of developers involved because Soren’s president was our sole contact.
How did you come to work with Soren Innovations?
We searched locally for companies that provided SharePoint consulting. We interviewed two firms and selected Soren.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent $40,000–$50,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The initial intranet development took place January–May 2016. Our relationship with them is ongoing.