Premium Mobile and Web Applications

648 Group specializes in premium design and development of web and mobile solutions for innovative companies and organizations.

 

o Founded in early 2000

o Started as a digital marketing agency, transitioned into a smart design and development shop and matured as a premium software development company

o Developing and consulting for major companies in Europe and North America

o Working on projects across 5 different time zones every day

o Extensive experience with the development of custom applications for multiple markets 

A couple of recent testimonials:

“The app looks great and is the realization of the blood, sweat, and tears of a lot of stakeholders, not the least of which is you and your 648 Group team. Thanks for doing such a stupendous job and for hanging in there from the first phase/iteration, through the wireframing—which turned out to be not only worthwhile but also essential—through the search for acceptable wayfinding, etc. I think that this app with its one-of-a-kind features, e.g., Shopping Helper and Boarding Countdown, along with its intuitive ease-of-use, can quickly become very popular, if not the standard for all future airport apps worldwide. Thanks again for all you did for us.” 
Doug S., Innovation Manager

“648 have been fantastic at understanding our complex requirements throughout various projects, asking the right questions, coming up with suitable solutions in critical situations and providing comprehensive as well as timely support. I would highly recommend working with 648 anytime.” 
Automotive, Project Manager

For project inquiry, please contact us: http://648group.com/project-inquiry

To schedule a time for a Free Consultation: https://calendly.com/val-balanescu/intro-call

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2004
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Bucharest, Romania
headquarters
  • 648 Group
    Regina Elisabeta 28
    Bucharest
    Romania
    +40 (786) 648 648
other locations
  • 648 Group
    15 Brookline
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    United States
    9496368648

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Atlanta Airport, Ford Europe, Zeno Group (Netflix), Swissper Enterprise, Edwards Lifesciences, Raiffeisen Bank, Grady Hospitals

Netflix Stream Team

A mobile destination for the latest Netflix news, assets and ways to connect with other Stream Team members.

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 100 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Swissper Messenger

Swissper Messenger is a tool focused primarily on secure data transfer and privacy. A project for the enterprise telecom industry.

iFLY ATL - Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

The iFlyATL app, built by 648 Group is user oriented and helps travelers navigate as simply as possible through the huge and humming airport. It was a big project that had to be developed over 4 platforms, according to customer needs & best practices in the business: ASP.Net for the Custom CMS app, Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android, together with a desktop app for the Push Notification. Involving teams spanning across the US and Europe (the software development team is based in Bucharest - Romania), this is the combined success of the joint effort from its inception to its launch.    The app combines beautifully the well defined user experience with innovative features like boarding countdown, shops and dine easy finding, state of the art gallery tours, as well as the standard features for an airport app, like the the flight information...

FAST Apps

Client: PHM

 

Complete accessories tool for enhancing customer experience across dealerships in 22 European Markets. It includes custom CMS, developed on Zend Framework, together with native mobile apps optimized for iPhones, iPads, Android Smartphones and Android Tablets.

SERVFLO

ENHANCED DINING EXPERIENCE

Native Mobile Apps
Custom CMS -Zend Framework

More details here:
http://goo.gl/DWcHG0

RipNet Lacrosse

Lacrosse Social Network
iOS and Android Applications
Custom CMS with Lithium Framwork and MongoDB
Custom Advertising Module

More information:
http://goo.gl/rSTqvP

Partners 1on1 Program

The famous Partners 1on1 Program, now digital, by Dr. Mike Fabarez! 

Native Apps for iOS and Android platforms
Custom CMS - Zend Framework

More information: 
http://goo.gl/KyjQny

Zunak Deals

Centralizes all online and mobile advertising by linking to the ad platforms of major sites including Facebook, Google, MySpace, AdMob, and more.

Utilitas

Cloud utility analytics and smart bill management platform.

  •  Meter Reading and Billing Analytics
  •  Usage Consumption Tracking and Trending
  •  Combines Usage and Billing Information

Shapes

Kids App. Helps children recognize shapes, match objects and better understand the world around them. The app built by 648 Group has a custom Mobile CMS, a custom API, and is integrated with Facebook and Twitter.

TAVR Mobile Tools

TAVR Mobile Tools. 
iOS  & Android native. Integrated with Localytics, Crashlytics, Hockey Apps & AFNetwokring. 

Our customer needed a way to convey information, educate and promote their technology and the ensuing knowledge base in a digital, portable format.
More at: http://goo.gl/k6ilTh

Samsung BADA Apps

Built for Samsung Romania, the BADA Apps Suite developed by 648 Group contained: Smart Exchange, a Tax Calculator, a weekly agenda of events, and a Financial Reminder, and many more features.

 More information: http://goo.gl/g6blbT

Cirque du Soleil

Native iPad App, Cirque du Soleil is a professional tool for sales representatives and partners. It features an innovative navigation system, shows availability, seating maps & custom presentations for each show.

Bloom

Bloom is a beautifully designed Native iOS Application, built by 648 Group  as part of the Bloom Beautiful Essence: it is the digital version of a book, presenting daily reflections, personalized themes for each  month, and motivational messages for each day of the year.

Prayer Journal

Users will be able to create lists of prayers, groups of users and keep records of answered prayers. Each user has an account to administer, and will be able to choose to have private prayers and recurring prayers.
More at: http://goo.gl/6eUvqC

Hooray my Name

Hooray my Name offers educational content with a personalized twist. It is a native iOS App, built for iPad.

SmartStop

Find the storage unit that suits you. Also available are: Truck rentals, Self Storage, Vehicle Storage, Personal Storage, Space Estimator, Business Storage, Auctions.

More at: http://goo.gl/099jFo

VP Factory

CLOUD-BASED Video Platform

users can publish video content on their websites, blogs and social networks and manage it from one place. Ideal for businesses that need to start right-away.

More at: http://goo.gl/LIiRla

Subwayz

Subwayz was built with simplicity and convenience in mind: it would help you find the nearest Subway shop, with ease and speed.

ING Credit Advisor

ING Credit Advisor has both functionality and a fresh look. it contains a Credit Calculator, a Facebook Application and the ING widgets.

e7Sports Online Sports Events Scheduler

Online Sports Events Scheduler: a custom sport management application that can accommodate different competitions.
Flexible user interface, Permissions system & Scheduler. 
More at: http://goo.gl/iMOhZb

CircuSpeed

CircuSpeed is a web-based solution that allows retailers to bring their weekly circulars into the online environment, turning them into customized selling devices, that can be easily published across the web and analyzed for their performance. 
More at: http://goo.gl/lPKczM

Eurotire

A fully configurable platform.

Real time stock updates, Multi-level user access, Live order tracking . 
More at: http://goo.gl/gxTCGQ

iFlyer

WEEKLY CATALOGUE

Turn your flyer into a selling device by linking each product on the page to the one in your online shop:

  • Realistic Turn-Page Effect 
  • Multiple Views
  • Mark Products
  • Detailed Product Description
  • Share

Dunkin Donutz

Dunkin Donutz was built with simplicity and convenience in mind: it would help you find the nearest Dunkin Donutz shop, with ease and speed.

Grady Health

Technologies used:
PHP, MySQL, Zend Framework, CMS, HTML, CSS, Javascript. 
Main functionalities: 
Patient package builder, Events calendar, Newsroom, Locations & Directions.

More at: http://goo.gl/bgLoD3

Ads2G

Social Media Ads Optimization

A software solution which allows companies and organizations to manage social media advertising campaigns.
More details: http://goo.gl/iJe2LW

ADA Computers

ADA Computers is a Premium Siemens Provider. The project is a custom Joomla integration together with a User Tracking Analyzer and Knowledge base System. Part of the project was to create and deliver all the necessary marketing materials and manuals.

iFLY ATL - Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

The iFlyATL app, built by 648 Group is user oriented and helps travelers navigate as simply as possible through the huge and humming airport. It was a big project that had to be developed over 4 platforms, according to customer needs & best practices in the business: ASP.Net for the Custom CMS app, Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android, together with a desktop app for the Push Notification. Involving teams spanning across the US and Europe (the software development team is based in Bucharest - Romania), this is the combined success of the joint effort from its inception to its launch.    The app combines beautifully the well defined user experience with innovative features like boarding countdown, shops and dine easy finding, state of the art gallery tours, as well as the standard features for an airport app, like the the flight information...

Reviews

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Software App Dev for Religious Institution

"648 Group gave us the ability to be more adaptable as the year goes on."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
Project summary: 

648 Group's team developed an application for Bible studies to provide church goers with an easy way to access the material and move away from the printed versions of journals and many other manuals. They provide additional features and ongoing maintenance. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Alison Viejo, California
DIrector of Technology, Compass Bible Church
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team did a great job of communicating their approach and understanding of problems. The church saved recurring costs and they can easily add information on an ongoing basis. 648 Group gave the organization ability to be more adaptable. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Compass Bible Church is an expository preaching Christian church. I am the director of creative technology.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 648 Group?

As a non-profit, we didn't necessarily have a business challenge but were rather looking to provide a service for people. We had been printing prayer journals which were costing us several thousands of dollars per year. By going to an online version, we were able to reduce those costs, while also making the material more customizable to the people using it.

The second goal was related to our weekly Bible studies. We used to print many notebooks which we wanted to make available online.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We brainstormed with 648 Group on key ideas and concepts, regarding on what the software needed to do, and what the price point for those functionalities was. We didn't have unlimited funds and weren't developing software which we'd be able to sell to generate incoming funds. 648 Group did have the idea of creating a public platform in mind, but we didn't undergo that. Our main involvement in the project was giving 648 Group the structure of usable features.

How did you come to work with 648 Group?

648 Group attends our church, and we found out what their team did. We did shop for quotes from other people, but 648 Group came in at the lowest price for us. They knew our culture well, which gave 648 Group a heads-up in terms of what they could do.

How much have you invested with 648 Group?

Our two projects combined have had a $30,000 cost.

What is the status of this engagement?

There is ongoing maintenance, and we have rolled out a 2.0 version of our Bible study application, adding some additional feature requests to it.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

648 Group's work allowed us to move away from the printed version of our journal and many other of our manuals. We have saved on that physical world recurring cost, and we can easily add to the information already present on our platform, on an ongoing basis. 648 Group gave us the ability to be more adaptable as the year goes on. In the printed world, we would have had to do revisions and add supplemental information for people to put in a binder. Here, we can add it as we go, while preparing lessons.

How did 648 Group perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Basecamp for tracking all problems and tickets, as we were working on ironing out kinks. The majority of 648 Group's developers are based in Romania, so they can work while we're sleeping. When there wasn't a need to talk to them directly, they did a great job of communicating their approach and understanding of our problems through Basecamp. I sometimes felt that other development companies didn't read the entirety of our emails, judging by their responses. 648 Group was able to reword issues and gave clear timelines for them.

What did you find most impressive about 648 Group?

I've only worked with 648 Group on two projects, and I haven't had many other collaborations with different developers. Their communication was a key strength for us.

Are there any areas 648 Group could improve?

The main area of improvement would be along the lines of the initial scope of work. 648 Group can become excited around all that they can do, but we had limited funds. It's not necessarily a bad thing to make all those suggestions, but it's also important to make features as tightly as possible.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    648 Group occasionally missed deadlines because of their other work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    648 Group provided many features at a great price. We always shop our projects, even if we have a good option, and found that 648 Group had great value.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There was a bit of a language gap in dealing with 648 Group's Romanian team. I often had to find the right person to understand my explanation and relay it to the rest of the team.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would want the client to know about the issues I've mentioned, in order for them to decide if they have the resources and patience to deal with 648 Group.

Various Devs for Video Surveillance Company

"Since we were successful in our first project, we gave 648 Group the work for subsequent projects."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

648 Group worked on three different projects, including an e-commerce web UI design using PHP, changing an SDK's programming according to specifications, and a customized frontend using Raspberry Pi. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
President, Video Surveillance Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The ongoing collaboration had several finished milestones. 648 Group was always responsive and provided a great experience during each project. The team was always good at meeting the set expectations and deadlines. They were cited as best suited for e-commerce applications.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 648 Group?

We have worked on three different projects with 648 Group over the years, one of them being a web interface design for our hardware.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

648 Group took our base SDK [software development kit] and converted it, changing its programming to our specifications. We provided designs and suggestions; the product was based on a graphical user interface but was modified based on how it needed to work for our customers.

Our second project with 648 Group involved building a basic PHP web interface for our e-commerce site. We used it as an online catalog for the company's products.

Our third project is for an embedded system using Raspberry Pi technology. 648 Group has written a customized frontend which will control cameras, solar products, and other devices. It can also record telemetric data and incorporate it into a database, which is accessible through one IP address. We use wireless technology for interfacing with the boards.

Our technology has ranged from basic PHP to WordPress. We're using a Linux distribution for our Raspberry Pi development.

We have used 1–5 developers from 648 Group, depending on the project. They have done a good job of managing our frontend, so my interactions have typically been with one or two contacts. From a project management standpoint, the relationship has been clear; 648 Group manages the people writing the actual code.

How did you come to work with 648 Group?

I had experience with several firms, both from the US and from India. I first heard about 648 Group through a colleague around five years ago. I put together a statement of work, went through a bidding process, and asked for quotes as well as directions and advice on how the different groups would go about solving our issue. 648 Group came across as being experienced with the type of project we were working on, so we saw them as a good fit. Since we were successful in our first project, we gave 648 Group the work for subsequent projects.

How much have you invested with 648 Group?

The cost of 648 Group's work has been between $50,000 and $100,000 overall. Our first project was within a $15,000 range, while the second was a little smaller. The third project was the largest, and it's still ongoing.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with 648 Group around 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We are still using a variation of the very first project which 648 Group worked on, which was the development of a graphical user interface for controlling our product. It's been a long time since then, encompassing many product development cycles. We've done some work on it using our internal team as well, but the initial structure continues to live on in products which we're still selling. Also, our e-commerce website is still being used, and we have no issues with it.

Our ongoing project has had several finished milestones. The first part of the system has been developed and is operational. We have gone through troubleshooting and bug fixing for it, and we're currently adding customer-requested functionalities.

How did 648 Group perform from a project management standpoint?

648 Group is always responsive. We've used different tools like Basecamp, in order to keep track of milestone and deliverable progress. 648 Group has kept our contacts down to a couple of people. For someone looking to follow a roadmap and schedule, this approach is very easy. 648 Group uses an Agile methodology, giving us updates every two weeks. I have found that, whenever I have a question or issue about a new release of our firmware or feature set, I can enter it in our documentation, and 648 Group will keep track of it. We have checklists which we can follow, making sure that the work is being taken care of and corrected.

Are there any areas 648 Group could improve?

With any complex development project, there will be a need to adjust processes when something unforeseen comes up. 648 Group has done this well, and we can discuss issues. There is an ongoing improvement with respect to our processes, and we can work together in making changes in order to ultimately arrive at the desired outcome.

5.0
Overall Score I've used 648 Group on three different projects, all slightly different. We've had a great experience each time.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The only slips were on our end. 648 Group has been good at meeting the deadlines we set ahead of time, but with any complex development project, there will be unexpected things that come up. Additional pieces of data from our end can cause dates to slip.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    648 Group is not the least expensive company, but they're not off the charts either. I give them a very good value for the dollar spent based on the research I've done on similar development options.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    648 Group was always good at meeting the set expectations and deadlines.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would have no hesitation in recommending 648 Group to anyone, depending on the application itself. They are best suited for e-commerce applications.

Web Dev for Utilities Company

"The work produced by 648 Group was innovative, with a modern look and feel."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

648Group built a more modern PHP website for the company, and also developed platforms aimed at bringing customers into the cloud. They also provided backend database support and hosting for the solution. 

The Reviewer
 
1–10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Marc Sciocchetti
General Manager, Utilities Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The work produced was innovative and the look and feel of the platform was professional and cutting edge. They were always willing to meet deadlines. The company saw additional customers being brought forth by the innovative solutions built. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our group provides utility billing for municipalities and water, gas, and electric companies. I am the general manager of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 648 Group?

We needed to modernize our web presence.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have worked on several projects with 648 Group. They built a modern PHP website for our company, and also developed platforms aimed at bringing our customers into the cloud. They also provide backend database support and hosting for our solution. We have worked with several developers from 648 Group's team, but I don't know the exact numbers.

How did you come to work with 648 Group?

648 Group was a personal reference from another business associate. We felt that they were a flexible company and were willing to work with us.

How much have you invested with 648 Group?

The cost of 648 Group's work was around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with 648 Group in 2013. It's an ongoing project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We haven't measured our results per se, but we have seen additional customers being brought forth by the innovative solutions built by 648 Group.

How did 648 Group perform from a project management standpoint?

We used a collaborative website similar to Dropbox for sharing documentation. 648 Group assigned a project manager for our work.

What did you find most impressive about 648 Group?

648 Group has in-house staff for graphics work, so the look and feel of our platform was professional and cutting edge.

Are there any areas 648 Group could improve?

Some of 648 Group's staff is offshore, so there was a communication barrier. Once we started working with them, we were able to clarify things.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with 648 Group?

It's always good to know what you're looking for and provide some direction to the developer when it comes to IT projects, rather than allowing the partner to handle development alone and deliver something outside of the agreement.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    648 Group was always willing to meet our deadlines. We drove the project plan.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    648 Group was willing to work with us on our budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The work produced by 648 Group was innovative, with a modern look and feel.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web and Mobile App Dev for Radio Station

"648 Group is nimble in their area, they have great creativity, and they've performed well. I'd highly recommend 648 Group."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2014 - 2017
Project summary: 

648 Group created a platform for reading and studying the Discipleship program, as well as for writing responses and notes within the iOS and Android apps and website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Laguna Hills, CA
Focal Point Radio Ministries
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

648 Group came up with the most creative and robust solution, and it's been working great for the organization and its users. 648 Group's ability to think outside the box and create solutions for customers' needs made them stand out. The team was prompt in responding to any issues and questions.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Focal Point Radio Ministries broadcasts the sermons of Pastor Mike Fabarez through 700 radio stations across the US. We also have an online presence in the form of a website and other discipleship resources. I am the executive director of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with 648 Group?

We were developing a website and tablet app for one of our discipleship programs called One on One Discipleship. There was no out-of-the-box platform available, so we needed to design it from scratch.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

648 Group created a robust platform for reading and studying the Discipleship program, as well as for writing responses and notes within the app and website. The two platforms sync with each other.

The applications are available on iOS and Android. I am not sure what technology was used for the website. 648 Group assigned a whole team for our work, but I only dealt with two or three of their members, including Val Balanescu [Founder & CEO, 648 Group] and the creator of the platform.

How did you come to work with 648 Group?

I had known 648 Group's owner for some time and had seen some of their work. When the time came for us to develop an app, I had a couple of choices. 648 Group came up with the most creative and robust solution, and it's been working great for us.

How much have you invested with 648 Group?

The cost of 648 Group's work was between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with 648 Group in 2014. The project has been completed, and the apps are available in app stores. We continue to use 648 Group for improvements based on user requests. We are keeping the apps up-to-date with operating systems, on both Android and iOS sides.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Most of our comments have been verbal. The users of our apps have appreciated the switch from paper manuals to an online system. It creates a better user experience for our Discipleship program. People have liked the ability to add and modify notes, giving their friends access to them. The program is designed for people to use it as disciple-es and as disciple-ers. Paper manuals are limiting in terms of available space on any page.

Features like highlighting and Bible verse searching on both the apps and the web version of the program allow people to find what they're looking for quickly. Unlike a paper manual, on which they'd have to browse through pages.

How did 648 Group perform from a project management standpoint?

648 Group had an online progress updating system which allowed me to check in on their team, as well as make comments and recommendations. If I found any bugs, I could comment on them as well. It was easy and economical to use. I could access it at any time of day, and 648 Group was prompt in responding to my issues and questions. I'd usually see an answer in 24–48 hours, depending on its nature. Issues requiring developmental fixes were given timelines.

What did you find most impressive about 648 Group?

The best thing that 648 Group is able to provide is the extremely creative team which can think outside of the box, and customize the project to what we needed. That being said, I know that 648 Group was looking at existing platforms which we could use, but, in our particular case, we needed a more robust solution which required some customization. 648 Group's development team built our platform from scratch, and it has been utilized by the church in other areas specifically because it's such a robust platform. 648 Group's ability to think outside the box and create solutions for customers' needs, was what made them stand out.

Are there any areas 648 Group could improve?

I can't think of anything offhand. There were minor hiccups along the road, but I was very pleased with 648 Group's work.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The delays were more on our side, in terms of getting back to 648 Group with what was needed for the project.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It's hard to say because we built a custom solution. Had we used an existing platform, the cost basis would have been lower, but, given the nature of our project, we needed more than an off-the-shelf solution.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We had a couple of minor delays, but 648 Group performed well and completed the work in a timely fashion. We got the product we wanted.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    648 Group is nimble in their area, they have great creativity, and they've performed well. I'd highly recommend 648 Group. I would use them again for any project.

Multiple Developments for Marketing Agency

"The project managers from 648 Group communicate effectively and deliver projects on time and underbudget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

648 Group has developed multiple projects for the marketing agency. They've recently developed a CRM using the Zend Framework and built the frontend and backend of the platform. 648 Group also collaborated in the development of an iPad app for Cirque du Soleil in 2011. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Irvine, California
Technology Director, Tech Solutions Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

648 Group performed well in project management and always fell in-line with the budgets for the scopes of work. The iPad app built by 648 Group is still being used six years later, a good measurement of success. The CRM was used for around two years and the business was sold because of an aspect of the software.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the director of IT for HEILBrice, a marketing agency. The company's team has fluctuated from 30–60 employees. We recently moved our headquarters to Newport Beach from Irvine, California.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 648 Group?

We needed to develop several WordPress websites.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked on multiple projects with 648 Group. The most recent one involved developing a CRM [customer relationship management] software for a client using the Zend Framework. We build the frontend and backend of the platform, allowing the client to manage the communication between the corporate office and the field team working with potential clients.

We also worked with 648 Group on a sizeable project for Cirque du Soleil, building an iPad app for them in 2011. I communicated with 2–3 people from 648 Group's team, including their owner and some project managers. I rarely spoke with the developers.

How did you come to work with 648 Group?

Back in 2008, 648 Group's principal was working in Irvine, where I was also located.

How much have you invested with 648 Group?

The cost of our CRM project was between $50,000 and $75,000. The iPad app had a budget of between $75,000– $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I don't work for the company anymore and haven't kept up with their involvement. I believe that the company for which we built the CRM software was eventually sold. The iPad app built by 648 Group is still being used.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

The iPad app built by 648 Group is still being used six years later, which is a good measurement of success. The CRM was used for around two years. That business was sold because of one small aspect of the software.

How did 648 Group perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Basecamp for project tracking, which was a very effective solution. They always fell in line with the budgets we set for our scopes of work.

What did you find most impressive about 648 Group?

I appreciated the communication. Our project manager and 648 Group's principal reached out to me whenever we had an issue, communicating effectively. We were always able to resolve problems and come up with a solution for our clients.

Are there any areas 648 Group could improve?

There's nothing I could put my finger on.

5.0
Overall Score They delivered whatever they promised. They communicate issues early on, making sure that the clients are aware of them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their rates are higher than using single developers. For what they provide, I give them a maximum rating, but they would not fare as well if compared to freelance developers.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The project managers from 648 Group communicate effectively. They deliver projects on time and under budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer