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Please describe your company and your position there.
I’m the CTO at Reorg, a financial media, data, and technology company. We have an editorial team that writes about complex topics within the legal and finance world. We also have a technology platform that houses the content that are editorial team writes and several database and workflow tools that our clients use. We offer a variety of products that cover a wide range of needs, including distress debt, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, pharmaceutical patent litigation, and other complex topics that investors, lawyers, and financial institutions would be interested in.
New York City, New York
What challenge were you trying to address with Arcanys?
We have an in-house development team that’s part of a larger technology team. We’ve also had an outsourced team in Ukraine since the inception of the company. We were looking to add another set of developers to broaden the kinds of projects that we could work on. Also, from a geographic perspective, we wanted to give ourselves a footprint in Asia to have somewhat of a 24-hour operation going.
What was the scope of their involvement?
We treat our three developers from Arcanys as an extension of our in-house team. We don’t siphon them off to certain projects, and there’s no middle person that manages communication between our outsourced developers and our in-house team. Our in-house team gives them a variety of tasks, from small bug fixes to large, multi-month projects.
Most of their work has been done in PHP using the Laravel framework. They also use MySQL for work on our primary database and MongoDB for larger data sets. They’ve helped with implementing ElasticSearch on our frontend search function, as well as development in Vue.js for the frontend framework.
What is the team composition?
The team is composed of three full-time developers. We have a person here who directly manages those three developers.
How did you come to work with Arcanys?
I did a pretty extensive search and worked with a firm that matches companies with outsourced developers. I was introduced to several different firms and did interviews with the people that I'd be working with at those firms. I happened to find Arcanys outside of that.
I was looking at and doing interviews with a bunch of different firms, and Arcanys was the one that stood out the most. I gave each potential developer a test, and Arcanys scored better than everyone else. Also, from a communication perspective, they were really good.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve invested about $300,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them during July 2017, and the relationship is currently ongoing.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
I don’t have any quantitative evidence, but we’re in the process of releasing a large project that they’ve been working on. It’s an internal workflow tool that they built for us. So far, the launch has been going very well, and I consider that a testament to the great work that they put into the project.
How did Arcanys perform from a project management standpoint?
The person on our team who manages their developers is a developer himself, so communication tends to be very good. They’re much more responsive than other outsourced teams that I’ve worked with, and that helps quite a bit. The time zone difference is challenging, especially for the person on our team who manages them, but they have regular calls and use Slack to stay up to date.
Usually, the developers will send a nightly update describing what they did during the day. That way, we know exactly what they did for us each day. Most of this communication happens over Slack, which has worked very well for us.
What did you find most impressive about them?
I’ve been impressed by their ability to learn new technology on the fly. From what I know, Arcanys is a great place to work, and it seems like they heavily invest in their employees. This shows in the work product that they provide.
Are there any areas they could improve?
I don't think so. Their work is generally very, very good. The toughest part is probably the time zone, but I'm not sure that there's any viable solution there. We’re figuring out ways to make that work as much as possible. But I'd say, for the most part, they’re excellent.
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