What was the scope of their involvement?
During our client's project, we helped migrate their platform. They had been using Access forms to manage a lot of their products and inventory in-house, which can be a nightmare for an organization that large. We moved everything over to a Sequel server, with a web interface where macro tools and things like that were converted to stored procedures, creating Sequel jobs on the backend.
Everything was optimized and scaled to support multi-user access, also giving them inventory management of both the product descriptions and ingredients. It was a massive data set that we had to go through. Vibrant Info helped us a lot with that data, actually. They helped us with database design, implementation, and migration, including the data exports and imports from Access into Sequel.
The front end was created through WordPress and PHP. With the backend, we resorted to using a Sequel server because it was more compatible with Access. For the sake of time, they were rushing us to get this done quickly, so that was another factor in deciding to go with Sequel server. This was a good call in the long run anyway, because we ended up migrating everything over.
What is the team dynamic?
I worked with about five developers. At one point, there was one PM and a business analyst. They integrated pretty well with my team.
How did you come to work with Vibrant Info?
I first started doing some work with Rohit, who is the owner of the company. He and I worked directly together at one point on a project a long time ago. He helped me a little bit with some of that work, and I think he grew from that one-person shop to the company he has now. I originally reached out to him through Guru.com as kind of an informed, educated guess. I was looking for specific skill at that point, and he had it. This was about 12 years ago and I’ve been working with him since then.
How much have you invested with them?
A lot of our projects were hourly based. We were paying $20 to $30 an hour, depending on the size and requirements of the work. Last year, we spent about $60,000 and have spent about that amount each year we have worked with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
I started working with him about 12 years ago, around 2005. We are still working together.