Together with my product management team, I am currently out speaking with our customers to gather input for future product roadmap priorities.
It’s always great to meet up with our customers, but in particular, what’s been so rewarding this time is hearing one amazing story after another from our customers on the huge time and cost savings they’ve achieved with the Kapow Web Data Server.
Let me share two of their stories.
First, I talked to a large telecommunications company, a long time customer of ours, who has been using Kapow on 80 data automation projects. One project, with expected revenue of $4.9 million over 3 years, included the assembly of 129,000 listings into a directory, all to be finished within 6-8 weeks.
Performed manually, one listing took 15 minutes to complete, so one person was expected to complete 30 listings per day, or 1200 listings in 8 weeks. Basically 100 employees were required to finish the project on time using traditional manual order-entry methodologies.
Using Kapow they successfully built data automation “robots” that took 44 data fields from the source application, transformed it into 69 target fields, and then automatically loaded them into the target system. The Kapow robots completely automated the interaction with the source and target application Web front-ends, as well as automatically performed all the advanced transformations to convert the source data format to the target data format. With robots they were able to complete 5000 automatic listings per day with a 95% success rate and finish the project in only 4 weeks.
This resulted in an astonishing total savings of $1.3 million and at the same time eliminated the risk of the project not getting done in time.
The second company, a business information provider, was extracting energy related data from a dozen government web sites using manual cut-and-paste. With Kapow they built automated data acquisition robots that saved 2868 hours per year of manual labor for each data source. For 12 data sources this resulted in an astonishing savings of 34,416 hours per year.
I love to hear these stories and it’s always very satisfying to hear a customer tell you directly how much they like and benefit from your solutions.
By: Stefan Andreasen