Testimonials > Admical

Admical’s mission is to encourage and support companies and businesspeople to establish a practical role in society through sponsoring. The organisation compiles statistics and looks at the trends of sponsoring in all sectors in order to put its members in touch with the right people. Thanks to the expertise of Lesterius, Admical has transformed all its paperwork into a website.

Charlotte Dekoker, Admical

« Admical is a non-profit organisation that aims to enable businesses and businesspeople to engage in philanthropy. We have really taken a pioneering role in this practice in France, and for the first time in ten years, corporate philanthropy is really taking off in France. Take businesses with more than 250 employees, for example: two years ago, 25% of them engaged in philanthropy. Today 50% of them do. Our affiliates include Total, the French national railway (SNCF) foundation, Accenture…

We already had FileMaker, which we used as a database and client database. The way it works also allows us the autonomy of making small changes of our own, that is to say, we have a bit of autonomy with respect to the software as well. »

David Julot, Lesterius

« This was a project to redesign a solution that had been used by this organisation for many years and no longer met all their needs. So they called us in to analyse their existing tool so that we could improve it and do what we call a redesign. »

Charlotte Dekoker, Admical

« We looked at other software, other database development solutions, but they turned out not to offer the same flexibility as FileMaker. It’s true that we needed a custom solution that was really specific and personalised for our project, so we went for FileMaker because it enabled us to have something customised.

We have a book, “le répertoire du mécénat” that lists the philanthropic foundations and French philanthropists. The goal was to transform this book into a website and a real database that would allow us to conduct multiple cirteria searches to find philanthropists that would be useful for those looking for funding, and also useful for the businesses and philanthropists themselves, which often need to research their peers. So we asked Lesterius to think of a way of transforming this paper document into a website and, in particular, to incorporate it into a website that already existed. Having a technician on site was really great, if only in terms of interpersonal relationships. »

David Julot, Lesterius

« It really did allow the development process to go with the flow, with both them and us staying aware of each feature as it was developed. The relationships involved in this kind of development went through one contact person, and if she received new requests or anything from her colleagues, she needed to validate them first and then say to us, okay, we do really need to implement this type of feature. So if we didn’t pay attention, development might take longer, but you have to see that the fact of developing it internally also allows us to save a lot of time in the validation phase when the application is being tested. »

Charlotte Dekoker, Admical

« What I really appreciated was the way they drew up a schedule so we really knew what the time allowed was going to be used for and genuinely follow it up. We have made changes, mainly to the details, because with large projects like this adjustments often need to be made. What we got did correspond really well to the plans, but it’s true that we have made small changes to peripheral issues and in fact we have benefited from a certain amount of flexibility. »

David Julot, Lesterius

« One thing I really liked — and, yes, it had to do with interpersonal relationships — was the fact that they offered me homemade desserts at lunch time. »

Charlotte Dekoker, Admical

« We have a ritual of bringing cakes in on Fridays, and in fact the developer often brought us cakes on Fridays too, he was lovely. »

David Julot, Lesterius

« We had a really, really great relationship and I think it will be ongoing because their solution isn’t finished and I believe there will be more phases in the future. »