The technology partner for growing businesses
Amsterdam Standard provides IT services to companies in the Netherlands and abroad. We can help you, fast-growing tech start-up or scale-up, to develop software, website and app. We are not a standard internet agency or outsource party. It's a hybrid model which combines best of both to deliver best solutions to our clients. Every project needs a specific team. We select the right employees for the assignment. When our creatives, business consultants and technicians join forces, great results are created.
Edmunda Wasilewskiego 20/4Kraków 30-308Poland
aleja gen. Okulickiego 13BRzeszów 35-206Poland
Rynek 60/10UWrocław 50-116Poland
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MrWork builds talent pipelines for recruitment processes. They provide the direct connection between the company and their target group, helping to attract candidates, creating personalized candidate journeys, and ensure that the right people apply for the company. With MrWork, companies are also reaching the candidates who are not actively looking for a job.
How it all started
The partnership with Amsterdam Standard started in 2015 with hiring just one developer for a part of their existing project. During the next 4 years, the number of developers has grown. Some of the developers were in-house in the Netherlands (mostly front-end) and some in the Amsterdam Standard's Krakow office (mostly back-end). The company was searching for a solution to manage the team in the most productive way.
MrWorks original system was built on technologies created in 2014, which didn't meet the requirements anymore as it was hard to make changes in it. They knew it was the right time to update it.
When it all changed
At the beginning of 2019, multiple significant changes took place. First, MrWork decided to rewrite the system from scratch, based on all the information they learned in these years, and to focus on their SaaS platform. The second decision was to organize the whole team in Amsterdam Standard’s office and (accepted advice) to hire a Scrum master close to them to improve the communication and workflow. And the third thing was to change the technology they used (Angular1) to React and Symphony. Moving to the newest technologies made it possible to find inspired and experienced specialists to work on the project and to deliver the new system according to the highest standards.
The team and the result of their hard work
Currently, the MrWork team consists of 4 full-time and 1 part-time developers and a Scrum Master on the Amsterdam Standard side and the project manager on the MrWork side. Due to the hard work of this team for almost a year, the new version of the system is released. From the beginning of 2020, all the existing and new clients are assigned to the new system.
The major technical changes
For the new system, the team is using the latest versions of technologies and frameworks, they have dedicated time for technology checks on the meetings to keep up with the updates. They fully automated the CI/CD process with code quality tools checks in place.
High code coverage with both unit and functional tests and enterprise-grade log collection and error reporting tools are also in place.
About the platform
Now MrWork is a SaaS solution for the automated job advertisement. The new system is fast, flexible, and reliable. It enables us to interpret any format of the client's feed to the system's setup, making the system very generic.
To exclude the appearance of repeatable content for potential employees, we have generated the smart solution. It consists of the content library which is filled out with the client content and a set of branded advertisement templates. Then the system automatically creates possible combinations and conducts A/B testing to reveal the best performers. This way potential employees always see fresh and engaging content.
Mannenmedia is the one and only digital men's network in the Netherlands. Mannenmedia was looking for a solution that would provide them business intelligence into all their monetizing techniques and platforms.
They needed a dashboard that can be used both internally by Mannenmedia and externally by their publisher clients to provide direct insights into earnings.
Our developers created the API connections between advertising platforms and the dedicated server for the Mannenmedia dashboard.
The developers were active with filtering, sorting, and unifying data in all the different dimensions and macro's in-between diverse advertising platforms. They have used Symfony 4 as a backend framework and Angular as front-end technology.
After 1 year of designing, developing, and numerous calls between Mannennedia and Amsterdam Standard teams, the dashboard was put into production.
Mannenmedia now has the fast, reliable, and scalable dashboard that provides the entire team with both overall and detailed insights into earnings. The functionality of the dashboard saves countless hours in creating reports each month for both commercial and financial teams. An additional benefit is that the Mannenmedia publishers have daily-updated insights into their earnings, so they are aware of what to expect at the end of the month.
Amsterdam Standard has developed a new model together with GoPhoto: the attraction photography technology that increases the interaction with visitors and creates new revenue streams. The idea of the project is that by giving away free photos sales of premium photos will increase exponentially, data from visitors is obtained, a lot of free exposure on social media will be generated and advertising revenue grows. This new model is supported by a number of applications that together form the powerful GoPhoto-suite and provide a full solution for photography at high-traffic attractions:
- GoPhoto camera app
- Photo website
- Print kiosk
- E-commerce platform
Visitors also have the option to purchase and download their high-resolution digital photos online. The e-commerce system is fully automated and can be set up within a few minutes.
- Complete dashboard
The dashboard functions are the heart of the product suite. It allows tracking user and sales statistics in real time, set up automated mailing campaigns, adjust the look and feel of the photo website and manage general settings.
GoPhoto and Amsterdam Standard have together created a profitable business model for high-traffic attractions. GoPhoto won the Innovation Award at The Park World Excellence Awards. Attractions that previously stopped selling photos because the turnover decreased over time have since been convinced by GoPhoto of the new opportunities and revenue streams.
De Nationale AI- cursus (The National AI-course) is a free artificial intelligence course for all Dutch people. The goal of De Nationale AI- cursus organization is to prepare all citizens for the future where we live with AI.
An improved user experience
De Nationale AI- cursus is a brand new course created based on the Elephant Road software.
Elephant Road felt an urgent need for a design and user experience update. The existing courses platform had a difficult user experience, not clear navigation and outdated design. It was considered important to employ a modern, outstanding design for this new course and their renewed website.
The project started in May 2018 with the research and optimization of user flows. The next step was the framework design. Our designers created a modern and intuitive interface for this course.
In total in this project was involved the team of two UX/UI designers, a back-end developer, two front-end developers, an iOS developer, an Android developer, and a project manager.
The existing backend has been improved and new functions have been developed. The front end is built with AngularJS. This course is made as a single-page application, allowing participants to switch to the next topic by scrolling without unnecessarily clicking. Amsterdam Standard has built hybrid mobile apps for the National AI course in the Ionic Framework for both iOS and Android.
Esdec is a manufacturer and supplier of professional mounting systems for solar panels on all types of roofs.
Challenges prior to collaboration
Before Esdec cooperated with Amsterdam Standard, it used a home-made calculation system, which was difficult to use, slow to perform, not user-friendly and, moreover, was based on outdated technology.
From the first contact to placing the order
New calculation tools as part of the customer journey. We have tackled the entire product - from the moment of the first contact to placing the order. We looked at the needs of different users and designed different flows.
What solutions were offered
The calculation tool for the mounting systems for solar panels is already actively used. It has a user-friendly interface and allows users to make the right calculations for both sloping and flat roofs. It is fully integrated with Bing's satellite maps. The calculation tool ensures that users can easily order the right materials for their installations.
"Our communication was smooth, easy, and pleasant."
Amsterdam Standard developed a product suite that automated the tasks of shooting, editing, uploading, and purchasing photos. The suite included an app, website, and dashboard.
"Our communication was smooth, easy, and pleasant."
Jun 3, 2019
The products synchronized seamlessly, performing well and creating a superb experience. Amsterdam Standard impressed with their seamless agile methodology and a broad range of technical capabilities. They were equally adept during every stage, from design to development to implementation.
The client submitted this review online.
Please describe your company and your position there.
I’m the managing director and co-owner of GoPhoto, a software for attraction photography.
For what projects/services did your company hire Amsterdam Standard?
We collaborated with Amsterdam Standard to implement technology, acquire customer data, and automate the photography process.
What were your goals for this project?
Our goal was to make attraction photography easy and profitable. The process is usually too time-consuming for the photographer, who needs to take photos, transfer them to a computer, edit and select them, and post them on a digital platform. We asked Amsterdam Standard to automate all those tasks.
How did you select this vendor?
I knew that Amsterdam Standard is one of the best software companies in the country, so I went straight to them with my idea. After catching their interest, they agreed to work on this project.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
We developed a new technology for photography at attractions. Our app allows users to shoot thousands of photos each hour, connect a photo pass, and upload their photos. Pictures are generated with an existing green screen technology, which we improved for this project.
Then the app transfers photo data from a mobile device or camera to the photo processing server. Customers can review the photos on the website, print them immediately, or purchase them. Our print kiosk software allows visitors to directly view, select, and print their photos in different sizes. The software protects printers from unauthorized use by connecting to the POS system.
The software also has a full-featured dashboard that tracks user and sales statistics in real time, sets up automated mailing campaigns, controls the “look and feel” of the photo website, and more.
What was the team composition?
A project manager, two backend developers, two mobile developers, two UI/UX designers, and one frontend developer were involved in this project.
Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?
They built several applications that form our powerful product suite and offer a total solution for photography at high-traffic attractions.
How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?
Our communication was smooth, easy, and pleasant. Amsterdam Standard used an agile Scrum methodology, so we had weekly meetings to track project development. Each specialist was responsible for completing their own tasks and making continuous progress.
What did you find most impressive about this company?
Amsterdam Standard provided a wide range of services and delivered impressive results in each area.
Are there any areas for improvement?
No, I was satisfied with the results. Amsterdam Standard is a long-term partner I could rely on.