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Custom ERP & GIS Solution for Land Surveying Company

Quality:

4.5/5

Schedule:

4.5/5

Cost:

4.5/5

Willing to refer:

5/5

Overall:

4.5/5

Review by:

CEO - Land Surveying Group

Background

Project summary:

Working with an existing ERP solution, Buildable Custom Software is refining and further developing the software for a land surveyor. It will manage projects from start to delivery and includes a GIS component.

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a land surveying group.

Land surveying detail map

Opportunity / Challenge

What challenge were you trying to address with Buildable Custom Software?

We were looking for a technical partner that could help us organize our business through software. We had an existing custom solution and wanted someone to refine and further develop it.

Land Surveying parcel detail
Land Surveying Dashboard Land Surveying large map

Solution

What was the scope of their involvement?

Buildable Custom Software is refining and developing our custom ERP solution, which will allow us to better manage our projects and resource plan. Essentially, the solution’s purpose is to run our business. It covers all things surrounding the projects that we have running through the firm. As projects scale, we’re able to track them from when we win the project to delivery.

Their team is also building a custom geographic information system (GIS) database application. With the app, we can geocode all of our projects individually onto a map, then leverage that information with different layers of data.

What is the team composition?

My two contacts are Max (Founder & CTO) and Jacob (Software Engineering Manager). Max deals with more of the high-level details to get the project off the ground, and then Jacob works with my team to execute. I’m sure there are more people involved, too.

How did you come to work with Buildable Custom Software?

It was through a very careful process. We’d had assessed a number of good companies when a well-respected consultant of ours recommended Buildable Custom Software. This individual knew their team and thought highly of them. That was a big deal for us. We weighed his comments heavily and took a shot with Buildable Custom Software.

How much have you invested with them?

To date, we’ve spent in the range of $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in July 2020, and the work is still ongoing.

Results & Feedback

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The solution is still being built, so we haven’t started using it yet. Of course, I’ve seen prototypes during our discussions and have been very impressed so far. I also have an in-house project manager who’s heading this initiative. If my project manager is exceptionally happy with the work, then I consider the engagement to be a success.

How did Buildable Custom Software perform from a project management standpoint?

Buildable Custom Software has been very solid on this front. Their documentation on statements of work (SoWs) has been tight, and they document everything in their two-week sprints with great detail.

What did you find most impressive about them?

As a CEO, it’s really important to me that they’re engaged with us — this was actually a huge reason for why we hired them. Max was engaged, and his team struck me as excited to help us solve some pretty significant challenges. If you couple their hard skills around technical coding with their soft skills around their level of care and engagement, you’ll get a winning combination.

I 100% do not feel like we’re just another project for them. They’re dead-serious and care about moving our project along so that we can use this powerful software.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Normally, there are always 1–2 things that can be improved with most companies. However, based on my personal experience, there’s nothing that I would say Buildable Custom Software needs to change.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

This applies to any company, but I would advise potential customers to have an internal person who acts as a go-between to execute the project. As I’ve alluded to, we have an in-house project manager who works deeply between my entire team and Buildable Custom Software. Having that internal point person can really help move these projects along.

Quality:

4.5/5

Schedule:

4.5/5

Cost:

4.5/5

Willing to refer:

5/5

Overall:

4.5/5

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