Yesterday I wrote a blog entry about my irritation with SmartBear Software over the difficulties and delays I encountered in trying to get update pricing on their AQtime product. The whole situation wouldn’t have irritated me so much if it weren’t for the fact that I really do like the program quite a lot.
The situation has improved dramatically. This morning, first of all, I received several emails from the salesman I’d spoken to a week ago; he was very apologetic and got me the pricing information I’d been looking for. Considering that I was looking to renew a license that was six years out of date, the price was actually quite reasonable.
Even more encouraging than that, though, was the reaction to my disgruntled blog posting. Apparently the folks at SmartBear monitor for any mentions of their company and products, because a short time afterwards, I was personally contacted by Eric Sargent, the Sales Director at SmartBear. He too was very apologetic over the situation, and he went well above and beyond what was necessary to ensure that it was resolved and I was happy.
And I am happy. That they noticed my blog post so quickly tells me they’re actively watching for mentions of their company, and taking immediate corrective action when a customer isn’t satisfied. They took the time to email and call me, where many businesses might have just written me off as a garden-variety internet crackpot. And they more than made up for the irritation I felt. Clearly, SmartBear does care a great deal about their reputation, and they know that it depends on regular rank-and-file coders like me. They treated me very well and made me feel important, and you know what? That’s a nice feeling!
So now I’m looking forward to having AQtime back in my bag of programming tricks, and seeing what cool new features they’ve added in the four versions I’ve skipped. Seriously, the software was pretty amazing in v3, so I anticipate great things in v7. And I’m thinking that a bunch of my projects could benefit from a good bit of profiling. I may not have any glaring issues in my code, but no doubt there are plenty of areas that could be improved upon, and AQtime is the ideal tool for finding them.
So, thank you SmartBear Software, for restoring my high opinion of you!