Python Outsourcing Development Services

AnvilEight provides application development and consultancy services to companies and individuals around the world.

Our main expertise is Python language, Django and React.js frameworks. We also have a mobile application development team which specializes in iOS and Android application using Swift, Java, Kotlin and related frameworks.

Currently, we are 40 engineers based in Ukraine. With 10 years of experience in industry, we are proud to lead in the field of Python development.

 

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
headquarters
  • Kooperatyvna St, 6/8 Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast
    Kharkiv 61037
    Ukraine
other locations
  • 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden
    London WC2H9JQ
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

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RIOT

Description.

The Sustainable Finance Programme Asset Level Risk Analysis Tool is a Python application that allows a user to generate environment risk hypotheses about various economic entities and portfolios of those entities based on a bottom-up analysis of their environmentally relevant assets. The tool relies heavily on geographic analysis and data generated by the Smith school and can facilitate the

creation of various applications, such as interactive web front-end applications.

Technologies

The required technologies are Python, Pandas, Flask, Vue.js.

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EDGE

Description.

Alphabuyer is an e-commerce company that helps customers get the best rates, terms, and conditions for the services they pay for every month. Alphabuyer has deals in electricity, renewable electricity, natural gas, heating oil, home energy efficiency, smart meters and more.

Our role.

Our developers have been working on the project with the system that calls

Edge for more than a year. Our engineers optimize the performance for processing big amounts of customer data, create new features, improve the current features, etc.

Technologies.

The required technologies are Python, Pandas, Django, Celery, MySQL, Postgres.

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Dely

Project description

Dely is a delivery app that consists of two apps: an app for users and an app for drivers.

The purpose of the project was to create iOS and Android apps, an admin panel and a back-end part for apps.

Description

Dely apps implement a request-accept-confirm workflow with two types of consumers: drivers and users. Our developers have built two

different iOS apps, which are connected to the admin panel: one for the users and one for the drivers. Furthermore, we’ve created Android app for users.

The Users App allows to place orders to deliver anything from anywhere in the city range or ship it by any carrier to another city or country. Also, users can place an order to buy from any store in the city to be delivered to him directly or to any person to receive it.

The Drivers App allows drivers to receive order requests, and to accept it.

Our QA engineers tested the apps during all the development process before market release.

Technologies

For the iOS development we used Swift, CoreData, Google Maps SDK, Google Places API, CoreLocation, GraphQL(Apollo Client).

For the Android development we used Kotlin, Retrofit 2, Apollo, Dagger 2, rxJava 2, Realm.

For the back-end development we used Python, Django​, GraphQL, Graphene, ​ ​Celery​, Sentry​, Postgres​, PostGIS​, Google​ ​ Places, APNS, FCM.

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ChronoWiz

Description

ChronoWiz is an luxury timepieces online e-commerce platform. The place where customers can visit to buy watches. The platform also provides a solution to authorized retailers to take part in online sales of watches.

Our team was responsible for such steps of the development of the project: UX/UI design, front-end and back-end systems development, admin panel development.

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DAI

Description

DAI is an online social networking mobile app that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world.

The purpose is to create an app for iOS and Android that allows to search events in any location. Also, it was required to build an admin panel that gives the ability to create the events and to manage users’ profiles.

Our UX/UI designer was

responsible for creating a design for both iOS and Android app.

The admin panel was created based on Django admin.

The Admin panel allows to edit status of a user profile(usual user or user pro). The user pro status gives users ability to create events through the mobile app.

The admin panel also allows to create events.

Technologies

Our back-end developers used Python and Django for the admin panel development.

For iOS development we used Swift, CoreData, Google Maps SDK, Google Places API, CoreLocation, GraphQL, Facebook SDK.

For Android development we used GraphQL, Kotlin, Picasso, RxJava, Dagger 2, Retrofit, Firebase messaging, Apollo, Crashlytics, Google GSM, Facebook SDK.

 

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Maisie

Maisie is a digital marketing geek. The platform helps clients to make it easy to keep on top of their website and digital marketing performance. Maisie monitors a website and digital marketing activity to provide users with handy performance briefs, smart alerts and actionable insights directly into the Facebook Messenger team. 

The purpose of the project was to create an admin panel for the online marketing system and

redesign the website.

How does the online marketing system work?

The system allows users to take care of their online marketing using Admin panel and Facebook messenger. It gives the ability to:

Setup and manage their ads on Facebook and BigCommerce store. (We are planning to set an Instagram, Google & Bing as well after realize).

Determine which products to promote to maximize sales potential

Analyse which ads and channels are performing best, so you get more return from your marketing spend.

Users can receive a marketing performance report and a store performance report through the admin panel and a messenger bot.

Technologies requirements

We used Python as a programming language and Django as the main framework. We also used Celery, Pytz, Redis, MongoDB for creating ads and a messenger bot; Slack Client, Oauth2client, Facebook ads Client, Google API Client, Bigcommerce Client. Our developers used  Bootstrap, Monster Admin and Ajax for the frontend development.

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Crowd Defend - Crowd Funding Platform

CrowdDefend

CrowdDefend is an online platform dedicated to balancing the scales of justice.

What is it?

In a nutshell CrowdDefend is a crowd funding system that allow society to correct the injustice where court doesn't system. Campaigns come from individuals, businesses, or organizations that are in need of funding for legal claims.

AnvilEight's

role

Our team developed both frontend and backend systems. We've implemented search engine and payment gateways to allow people to fund projects they believe in. That was great experience working on such platform. We enjoyed the whole process of development and communication.

Features

  • PayPal and Stripe integrations
  • Search engine
  • Newsletters
  • Admin interface
  • Profiles
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Pole Dance Dictionary - Video Hosting Website with Social Features

Pole Dance Dictionary - Video Hosting Website with Social Features

Pole dance video hosting sites. The Dictionary Universe sites are brought to you with passion for the community and love for sharing with each other. 

Dictionary Universe multi-sites

Dictionary Universe provides with hundreds of short videos of pole dance moves that you can learn. Dictionary Universe

consists of the websites listed below.
  • Pole Dance Dictionary
  • The Circus Dictionary
  • The Workout Dictionary

Those websites are sharing the same user database but not the content. This concept is allows users to navigate across Dictionary Universe without having to login each time.

 

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Decorate Me - Blog About Landscape And Interior Design

DecorateMe

DecorateMe is a blog about interiors and landscape design. This blog is very simple website with basic functionality however it has responsive design and it has mobile-optimized content.

Idea

Originally, the idea was to create a website with useful articles for everyone who love landscape design and interiors. The website is going to provide people useful

information along with the catalog of the companies who provide such services, Right now there are more then 200 articles and 150 companies joined the network. It is built mostly around Ukraine.

Implementation

The approach is very simple. We took Twitter Bootstrap and made design based on it. The most intention was to make the site load fast and looks nice across all devices.

Mobile

Responsive design allowed us to create fast and nice looking version for mobile and tablet devices.

Technology

  • Python
  • Django
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Celery
  • PostgreSQL
  • RabbitMQ
  • Nginx
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Mode Walk - Fashion eCommerce Website

ModeWalk

ModeWalk offers a highly curated selection of exceptional designers who represent the vanguard of European fashion.

Challenges

This was a startup at the time we worked on project. Time and budgets were limited and everyone has to be as efficient as possible to make it successful project, We faced an issue with time zone difference between development team and

client. However we were able to adjust our working schedule as well as put additional hours to meet the client expectations.

Features

  • Authentication via Facebook, email and password
  • eCommerce module
  • Product catalogue
  • Payment with PayPal
  • Content Management System
  • Search
  • Admin interface and dashboard with statistics

Technology

  • Python, Django
  • Satchmo as an eCommerce engine
  • PostgreSQL
  • jQuery
  • Celery
  • Nginx
  • Amazon Web Services
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Cotwins - Research Study Project

Research Study Project

COTWINS is a research study at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at CU Boulder. COTWINS is funded by the National Institutes of Health and overseen by the University of Colorado Institutional Review Board, an independent board of science and ethics experts who ensure the protection and safety of participants within the study. The primary purpose of COTWINS is to use new

technologies to understand adolescents, their development, and behavior. In COTWINS we focus on twins, who provide a powerful and exciting way understand how our genes and environment interact to make us who we are.

Requirements:

Our team was responsible for such steps of the development in the project: frontend and backend systems development, iOS&Android mobile applications creation and plugins for browsers development. The significant part of the project was backend system development:

  • refactor existing source code, bring it to the modern code style standards
  • speed up the database by optimizing SQLAlchemy queries
  • create API for the external service
  • migrate service that allows users to take surveys
  • add Jenkins continuous integration
  • integrate with Facebook and Twitter
  • implement Chrome, Mozilla, Safari extension
  • add new functions to the admin panel
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The Shelf - Content Search Web App

The Shelf

200,000 bloggers listed! Covering fashion, beauty, lifestyle, mommy, food, and travel.

About

The Shelf is a platform for brands and influencers to connect and work with other, a directory for finding relevant influencers, and an actionable content analytics tool to help brands evaluate and utilize the content produced on social

networks.

AnvilEight's role

Our team worked both frontend and backend systems. We've implemented search engine and nice looking frontend. We enjoyed the whole process of development and communication. Our team helped platform to grow and develop amazing features.

Features

  • Bloggers search
  • Blog profiles
  • PR features
  • Campaign services
  • Profiles

Technology

  • Python
  • Django
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Celery
  • PostgreSQL
  • RabbitMQ
  • Amazon Elastic Search
  • Nginx
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Ministry Of Sound - Music Website

Ministry of Sound Australia

Opened in 1991, Ministry of Sound was one of the key locations in the development of house music and super-clubs in Britain in the early 90s.

AnvilEight's role

Our team worked on the eCommerce part of this project. We have integrated Satchmo django plugin into the existing platform. The project itself was built without any kind of eCommerce functionality so

that was quite challenging to add that.

Challenges

  • Legacy code. The project is old and many developers worked on it.
  • Custom requirements. Satchmo framework we used didn't fit perfectly to the project requirements and we had to customize it. It was quite difficult and required deep understanding of the framework.
  • Timing. Our team had limited resources and time frame to fulfill requirements.
  • Communication. The client location was Australia which is 7 hours ahead of Ukraine (where our team is located). However, we were able to manage timezone difference by scheduling regular meetings.

Technologies

  • Python, Django
  • Satchmo Framework
  • Celery
  • PostgreSQL
  • RabbitMQ
  • Nginx
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CMS System Built with Python and Django

CMS System Built with Python and Django

CMS is a web-based set of tools that are designed to create and manage a website and its content. It includes plugins to extend functionality and to make management of a website simple.

Demo

Feel free to play with demo website to see its capabilities. You can also log into the admin panel using credentials:

Username:

demo

Passowrd: demo

Features

Find brief description of the core features below.

  • Owl Carousel
  • Information Board
  • Dynamic Tabs
  • Section
  • Grid
  • Forms
  • SEO and Meta Tags

Technologies

Our engineers have created CMS that is partly based on Django CMS. We've used existing plugins and customized them, furthermore, we've added new features created by our developers.

Additional technical capabilities of CMS are:

  • mobile friendly interface. The CMS automatically scales a website to fit tablets, mobile devices, etc. We created this ability using Foundation framework;
  • two accessible databases MySQL and PostgreSQL;
  • integration with PayPal and Salesforce;
  • exporting data into different file formats.
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Sudz - Car Wash Booking App

Sudz - Car Wash Booking App

Car wash app allows to find an available car wash service, to book certain time and day, to calculate the price of the service, to rate the quality of the service and to contact the consultants in real time chat. You can find and download Sudz app on the App Store.

Functions

  • Registration system
  • Public profiles and
settings
  • Geo-location option(map)
  • Ordering system
  • Rating system
  • Payment system
  • Calculation system
  • Chat
  • Push notification
  • Challenges

    Presumably, there could be two problems with the payment when the service is not provided:

    •     if a car owner books the service but doesn't come
    •     If a car owner books the service and comes, but the wash service is closed

    In these cases, it’s important to identify who should get the money. We've solved these problems in advance. They are solved with a PayPal system. All the money are stored in the PayPal service before each side doesn't determine which side was wrong and confirms it. After that, the PayPal system pays for the service to one of them. Therefore, in cases when a car owner books the service but doesn't come, a client gets to return 70% of the payment and company gets 30%. In cases when a car owner books the service and comes, but the wash service is closed, a client gets to return all money.

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    Credit Calculator- Credit Scoring System

    Credit Scoring System

    The main point of the project is to calculate the credit interest rate for a user. The system is designed to find out the best interest rate for a loan to satisfy both investors and borrowers.

    Each user gets his grade and interest calculated for a range of terms and amounts so he could choose the conditions that fit him best.

    Requirements and

    development

    This is done with Machine Learning which takes the available data about a user and predicts his ability to pay the debt back. Based on the classification given by the machine learning system the simulations are run for thousands of similar users for each combination of term and amount to define how many of them would be able to pay in time, how many would repay earlier (thus not paying additional interest and servicing fee), how many would be delinquent and how many won’t be able to pay at all.

    The system also calculates all the kinds of payments which are included in the loan (principal, interest, servicing fee, etc.) for the user for every time period to see what he pays for. The simulations are run for thousand of users to estimate the probability of receiving a certain amount of money from scheduled payments on each time period.

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    uBid- The Bridge Application

    uBid- The Bridge Application

    uBid is an application for smartphones and tablets allows to practice and improve your skills in the Bridge game.

    Context

    uBid is an app on bidding developed by NewInBridge and is meant for smartphones and tablets. uBid allows to practice and improve your bidding skills. You can bid 24/7 as many hands as you like with multiple partners at the

    same time. Bridge players of distinct levels: basic, intermediate, expert, can enjoy the benefits of uBid. All boards are archived and can be shared with partners, tutors and pupils.

    You can find and download uBid Bridge app on the App Store and Google Play.

    Requirements

    • improve performance
    • update frontend
    • upgrade the project to the latest technologies
    • add new features for editors and players
    • refactor database structure
    • add a newsletter service

     

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    Progressive Click - Affiliate System

    Progressive Click - Affiliate System

    Progressive Click is a big system which allows users make money online whereby a publisher gets the reward for helping a business by promoting their product, service or site.

    Description

    Our client’s project is an affiliate system. The system has five core roles: Progressive Click website (that allows to take a part in this scheme),

    affiliates (that add the link on the own web page to attract users to take part in the system), the landing page (contains offers for the user's registration), the product website (provides services for users) and users.

    The Progressive Click system allows to create the links that affiliates can add on their web page/blog for recommending the other company's product in order to receive commission for purchases made by the attracted customers. Progressive Click also allows creating different landing pages that will attract customers to take part in the system and leads them to the retailer website.

    Requirements and development

    • create a queuing system
    • edit the Pokies Land landing page
    • edit the Arbitrage Options landing page
    • edit the Tax KickBack landing page
    • create the pixel tracking system
    • allow users to reset their passwords
    • add a MailChimp integration
    • integration with HasOffers
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    Anchr- Social Networking Website

    Anchr- Social Networking Website

    ANCHR is a website which enables users to post questions or visuals and get real-time votes and comments about questions that matter to them.

    How it works?

    Anchr is a website where you get to post questions and get answers. It looks like pinterest a bit and you get to input when people are having a hard time choosing. You can post a

    question with images or other interesting visuals, share with specific people or make public, and watch votes and comments come in. The person asking had brought it down to 4 items and then like a poll it had choices. As the other users vote it may help the author to make a choice.

    Challenges and Solutions

    The most challenging aspect of this project were the constantly changing requirements. The reason for this was evident as anchr.co was a startup. Client changed the direction of the platform so many times after release and that called for more flexibility in the way we operated. Lastly, the frontend proved very challenging because of the complexity of design. The solution for these conditions appeared in using Backbone.js. It reduced number of efforts required and added necessary flexibility.

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    Clutter- Storage Management System

    Clutter- Storage Management System

    Clutter is a full-service storage company which provides for users to store and transport their items to the secure storage facility.

    Description

    Our customer is a full-service storage company. The system Clutter was designed to provide an array of opportunities for storing and transporting customer's items to the secure storage

    facility.

    The major objective of the Clutter project is to manage the pick up, storage and retrieval of extra stuff. Our team was responsible for such steps of the solution development life cycle: technical specification creation, admin panel interface development, user interface design, system development, statistical analysis, refactoring of the source code, deployment and further continuous improvement.

    We worked on both frontend and backend systems and helped the platform to grow and develop features.

    Requirements

    • refactor existing source code, bring it to the modern code style standards
    • rework and extend the pricing page to allow users to fill in their personal info and credit card data
    • create admin user interface for managing customers, staff and storage
    • create a system of gathering and displaying statistical information about customers, services, personnel and warehouses
    • create a system for calculating the available storage space, the optimal distribution strategy and staff schedules
    • extend Stripe API

    Reviews

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    Software Dev for Procurement Analytics Platform

    "They’re quite customer-centric and take into account what our clients want."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    4.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    4.5
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    May 2018 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight helps a fast-moving startup scale its software development by providing a team of offsite developers. They assist with Python development, DevOps, and some mobile app work.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    Chicago, Illinois
    Sreeram Venkitakrishnan
    Product Owner, Simfoni LTD
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    AnvilEight's team are excellent partners. They adapt well to the intense speed and continual improvement and do a fantastic job of getting jobs right the first time. Customer-centric and flexible, they always take clients's needs seriously. 

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I am the owner of Simfoni LTD, a SaaS company that improves business procurement through spending management programs and other features.  

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    We want to scale our application and hire a more professional software development team. With more developers, we can build features faster and have more organized project management.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Their team primarily provided all kinds of software development, including backend work, DevOps, and iOS apps. Our applications are based on a Python Django stack, so a few AnvilEight members are specialists in that.

    We hired them in a software development package deal where they provide DevOps, design support, and other services. After we do an internal evaluation, we pass the work we want to AnvilEight. I do the initial requirement documentation and provide wireframes. They come back with an initial prototype, and we go from there. Because we are a smaller team, the speed of development is not fixed. Though we work in two-week sprints, our releases are quite frequent.

    What is the team composition?

    AnvilEight supplies a project manager who discusses the larger tasks and a team of developers that I work with directly. We hired senior engineers, junior-to-mid developers, and senior developers.

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    We went through a typical procurement process. Our team evaluated 3–4 companies. We had them do certain development tests and AnvilEight did the best job.

    How much have you invested with them?

    It’s a monthly contract depending on the usage rate. If we have a busy month, it goes up. Usually, it’s within $8,000–$16,000 per month.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Our engagement began in May 2018 and is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    AnvilEight’s team has been very receptive to our rapid pace of development. Their team has done a phenomenal job getting things right the first time, which is key for a startup. When we release something, it works. They participate in open discussions on which clients we are onboarding and are flexible in understanding the business side of the company. I am very happy with the work they’ve done so far.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    On a day-to-day basis, I call and talk to the developers. I work with the project manager, who discusses larger tasks and manages workflow. We use a software called YouTrack to manage all the ongoing projects.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    I like that it’s a package, so you do not need to have a full-time specialist or developer. For a small company, that helps tremendously. They’re quite customer-centric and take into account what our clients want.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    I think one small challenge is being able to find a correct replacement. We had to change a developer, and finding the second developer has taken some time. I think that’s also related to their availability of resources and the market.

    4.5
    Overall Score
    • 4.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 4.5 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Data Analysis Development for CFO Consultant

    “They’re my first choice for Python web applications.”

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

    AnvilEight developed financial planning and data analysis software using various Python libraries like pandas, SQLAlchemy, and Flask. They also created data visualizations and performed UI design using Dash.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Director, Consulting Firm
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The developers of AnvilEight have mastered Python. Capable of producing high-quality code with a variety of libraries, their software automates and streamlines previously time-consuming tasks. They use development sprints effectively are and accommodating when selecting project management tools.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the CEO of a consulting firm that works with early-stage private companies.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    I reached out to AnvilEight to help me design and build Python-based web applications capable of financial planning and data analysis tasks.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    I had a shell of an application made with some Python libraries that are commonly used for data analysis. Therefore, building the web apps with those technologies was a requirement. AnvilEight didn’t have a problem with that, but they were somewhat inexperienced with a few of the libraries. After working with each technology, they were able to quickly overcome challenges that proved difficult to solve for other developers. Specifically, they utilized the Dash to create frontend data visualizations, filtering functionalities, and performed some UI work. Additional work is being done using pandas, SQLAlchemy, and Flask.

    What is the team composition?

    I work directly with an account manager and several Python developers.

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    Someone recommended them on Quora, so I checked out their website. They were working in the areas that I was most interested. We did a small test project and it went well, so I’ve done more work with them over time.

    How much have you invested with them?

    I’ve spent $10,000–$15,000 thus far.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in September 2017 and the engagement is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    They’ve created software that works. If I didn’t have functioning software tools, the work would have to be manually by me or someone at my firm. Software can always be improved, but I’m very happy with what they’ve developed so far. They’re my first choice for Python web applications.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    I work with the account manager on the scoping of individual sprints and interact with the individual developers on what’s being developed. They’ve been amenable to using the tools that I use most, which is GitHub and Trello for project management, and Heroku for the deployment platform. Working with the tools I already employ is a great convenience.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    The most important thing is that they're Python specialists. I've worked with a lot of different Python developers over the years and have learned Python myself because I find it useful. As a result, I know how difficult it is to write clean and concise python code in open-source libraries. AnvilEight possesses a lot of skill in Python and it definitely shows.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    Within software development, there's always a push and pull between how much can really get done within a particular timeframe and how much actually gets done. Everyone can improve on what’s in the scope of a specific sprint. That being said, they’re better than most developers.

    4.5
    Overall Score
    • 4.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Native iOS Dev for Agriculture Software

    "They do what they say they're going to do."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    n/a
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight provides development support to resolve issues in an existing native iOS app. The team repaired the legacy code, fixed several RAM memory and SceneKit problems, and addressed regular crashes.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Slough, United Kingdom
    Adam Keene
    CEO, Agricision
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The app is now nearly 100% crash-free with increased session times, and the latest version has had zero customer complaints. AnvilEight’s daily communication is responsive and effective. They are straightforward, humble, and reliable, and can be trusted to follow through on expectations.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I am the managing director or CEO of Agricision. We make affordable smart farming technology. Precision farming technology is very beneficial to farmers but it tends to be expensive. We are making a much more affordable and simple version so more farmers can have access.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    I had an in house developer create the original version of the iOS app which is integrated with our GPS hardware product, onTrak. This developer did a good job considering where we were at the time and the budget. However, after we launched, it became clear that there were fundamental issues that needed to be solved.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    AnvilEight took on the legacy code. The app is native iOS in Objective C. They worked to fix some of the fundamental problems we were having. We were facing a lot of RAM memory issues and we were experiencing a lot of crashes after a prolonged use period. The SceneKit that we were using was also causing us problems.

    What is the team dynamic?

    We have one developer who works with me and our CTO. We communicate daily via Slack. We are project managing the app, but our developer does have the support of the rest of AnvilEight developers. If she has difficult specs that she's working on, she can always ask other people in her office for ideas which is helpful.

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    I found them through Google searching for iOS developers. Originally, I was looking for a UK based company and AnvilEight’s site was all in English and they had a London address. As it happens their team is predominately based in the Ukraine but the CEO is regularly in London so we're able to catch up on stuff. They seemed to be efficient so I allowed them to quote and discuss the project further. It turned out well even though I was originally skeptical about using an offshore company.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We’ve spent around ‎£17,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in April 2017 and the project is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    Before AnvilEight came on the average session length of the app was short, indicating that the app was crashing. The Crashlytics showed that there were regular crashes. Now we are almost 100% crash-free. We haven't had a single call from our customer about problems since we released the latest version.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    The communication is very good. We do the project management, so day-to-day direction of the developer is done through us. Our developer is really good. She speaks English well and communicates with us all the time on Slack. She is there every day, and I just talk to her when I need to.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They are very straightforward. They do what they say they're going to do and don't make themselves out to be too big and too clever. Individuals from other companies I've worked with have been told that they're the best thing since sliced bread and really they're completely hopeless.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    The creative direction is always coming from us. Generally, it's us that come up with ideas which they implement very well. It might be handy if they could come up with a couple of ideas. But I think that would be different if they were project managing, so I can't really complain.

    4.5
    Overall Score
    • N/A Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      Our developer never commits anything that doesn't work.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I would definitely refer them.

    Multiple Dev Projects for Luxury Rental Company

    "The team was working at the very forefront of the latest website technology and AWS infrastructure."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Confidential
     
    May - Dec. 2016
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight completed several improvements to a booking website and corresponding apps. They revamped a Django application on the website and streamlined a new set of software functions.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    United Kingdom
    Fmr. Product Manager, Hospitality Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    With its updates and modernization, the new website was chosen as the primary host for a recent company merger. AnvilEight delivered cost-effective solutions that were modular and easy to maintain. The team was professional, disciplined, and detailed in reporting and communication.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I was the product manager of e-commerce at a luxury homes rental company from May 2014 until May 2017. We curate a portfolio of homes all over the world and take care of all the logistics in order to prepare the home before the guest arrives.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    At the time we were going through a phase of continuous improvement for booking flow and landing pages on the website. This is really important because the site is how people will discover, inquire about, and book homes. We needed to improve the checkout flow significantly with a single page web app. Additionally, when people come to stay on one of our homes they're given an iPhone which contains an app that will tell them about activities around the home or city where they are staying. We wanted to modernize this technology.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    For the geolocations app, the team migrated the data set and then put it behind a new set of software functions that would allow people to query to see what's around them for specific categories, such as restaurants or children's activities and so on. Andrey [Founder, AnvilEight] used Amazon landers which functions so the code is not run if it's it's not needed. This means that you can save a lot of money in infrastructure but also make the code very easy to maintain and very modular. This was very useful and is something that the company benefited greatly because the previous engine was very very archaic.

    On the website side, we revamped a Django application and the data was managed in Python. The front end was created using HTML, Javascript , and CSS. We migrated this over to a set of single page apps that would fit as static files in the S3 Amazon bucket server which could be pre rendered and deployed. We were working with a hybrid solution of old code and new code with the page apps. The team was working at the very forefront of the latest website technology and AWS infrastructure.

    What is the team dynamic?

    We had an intermediary company provide us with two full-time, front-end developers and Andrey was one of them. The whole team was composed of about six developers with one in the lead. All developers, except for two were located in London, and one of those two was Andrey.

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    We contracted out some of our work, but we were not particularly happy with some of the people the contractor brought in. The contractor suggested Andrey as a replacement and it turns out that they had already been subcontracting with AnvilEight. We decided it was better to speak directly with AnvilEight.

    How much have you invested with them?

    Andrey’s estimate of $20,000 seems about right.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We worked together probably for the third and fourth quarter of 2016.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    Recently, a larger company acquired us along with several other luxury rental companies. There was long discussions about how to unify and merge all of these services. It was recently announced that all services would be hosted under the umbrella of our company's website. This is is quite telling about the quality of our tech. If it hadn't been for the improvements and the modernization that the team worked on, maybe the outcome would have been different.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    I can only speak to Andrey, but I am quite confident that AnvilEight as a whole would be able to do a good job because Andrey was very good at reporting and very disciplined. Communication was very good. We used Zoom, HeadChat and slack. Andrey was always on time and expressed himself well. He was also very frank and specific which meant that if he had a question, concern, or comment it was and direct and effective. I have worked with several other people from Ukraine before, but he is the best in terms of English and this way of thinking about communication.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    I can speak for Andrey. I knew things would be taken care of quickly and with a high level of confidence. He would give you a detailed plan of his work, rather than just a high level plan or one liner. He was very good at communication and was always happy to jump on a phone call rather than hide behind the Slack.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    I can't think of any other moment and I normally quite picky. I recently moved jobs and if wasn't for the fact that we already have a full team here I would be bringing him on to pick up some other work.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      The other half is just uncertainty of development.
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      Somtimes equivalent subcontracting companies charge the same and but provide very low quality work.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      Code review with him was frictionless.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Python Development for FinTech Software

    "They are very solution oriented and figured out how to make things work for everyone as opposed to pointing fingers and deflecting."

    Quality: 
    4.0
    Schedule: 
    4.0
    Cost: 
    3.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    July 2016 - Feb. 2017
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight partnered with a data scientist to develop the backend of a peer to peer lending platform for a third party client. They used Python to integrate complicated loan risk calculations into the software. 

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    Toronto, Canada
    Oliver Centner
    CEO, UnoAPP
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Ultimately, the third party client decided that continuing to partner with AnvilEight was not worth the cost-benefit tradeoff of outsourcing. However, for the duration of their work together, Anvil was found to be hard working, responsive, and solution oriented.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I'm the CEO of the Unoapp which provides end to end digital marketing solutions.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    One of our clients was trying to establish a peer to peer lending platform. They wanted to build their own origination credit and launch into other markets. They wanted an application to run internal checks and balances for their own risk adjudication and risk assessment of clients and through third parties.

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    A colleague recommended them me to them as Python developers.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    AnvilEight worked on the backend, mostly on the loan calculation and risk in cash flow. So it was all the Python side of things. There was a large degree of complicated calculations and some of them involved using existing Python libraries. They made sure that the calculations ran and then did checks and balances to make sure that the results were coming back correctly. We had a financial data scientist on our who specializes in loans, so he was figuring out the actual math. From that point, we would transfer to the project manager who would work with AnvilEight to integrate it in the application.

    What is the team dynamic?

    There were two people on the team. Originally it started with one person. The project managers would manage everything and would connect, daily, on progress.

    How much have you invested with them?

    While it was one person it cost about $5,000 – $6,000 a month. And while there were two people it cost about $10000 a month.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Anvil Eight started in the Python development in the summer of 2016 and in October they added another person to the project. It lasted for about eight to ten months.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    Ultimately our client decided against launching their own platform. They decided to focus on the existing market for reasons that were more related to US dollar fluctuations rather than anything to do with the actual product itself. In the end, our client felt that the cost-benefit of having AnvilEight in the Ukraine and not locally was not sufficient enough to justify outsourcing the role.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    The project managers would manage everything across a trello board and then they would connect daily on progress as far as cards. We didn't have a sprint process because they were communication every day. Instead, we used agile daily sprints so it was a very close working relationship.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    I think Andrey is great to work with and very on top of things and good about following up with me. When there were frustrations reported by the project managers in terms of progress AnvilEight was very quick to react. They are very solution oriented and figured out how to make things work for everyone as opposed to pointing fingers and deflecting.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    The big reason people outsources is for cost efficiency. In the end, the savings weren't there for the client to justify outsourcing anymore.

    4.5
    Overall Score They were great to work with.
    • 4.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      Generally, if they did miss a deadline, it was in as much the fault of the project manager as it was on the side of AnvilEight.
    • 3.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      I choose this score based on the feedback of our client.
    • 4.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They were generally always top notch.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Multiple Dev Projects for Digital Marketing Agency

    "I just think their work is excellent. They pride themselves in ensuring that their deliverables have clean code."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    June 2016 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight provided Python development across multiple websites. They created databases and developed several API integrations.  They also maintained an existing website. 

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, England
    Gavin Holzman
    CEO, Rule5Media
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The client was very impressed with the quality of the services and attitude of developers. AnvilEight always understood what was being asked of them and consistently produced functional and well-tested code for complex projects.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    Rule5 Media is an online marketing agency I started with a focus on the casino space. We also delve into binary options and taxes in the United Kingdom.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    I found them through an online search of Python developers and saw that they rank quite highly. I had a colleague who was familiar with python speak to them and he vouched that they were really switched on. I also had a number of skype conversations with Andrey and he was absolutely adamant that AnvilEight could deliver on everything that I was looking for, which impressed me immediately.

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    I started off with a Python developer prior to AnvilEight who built the initial framework of my endeavor in this new business. After a while, he began pushing back saying he was unable to meet some of my requirements. But I'd was far enough down the road with the Python development that I then needed to find other Python developers to finish the project.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    AnvilEight did a number of development projects for me. They took over a large website that I had built and ensured its full functionality. They also ensured that all my websites could communicate to an off-the-shelf tracking software through an API integration and incorporated a mobile text messaging tool through another API.  AnvilEight also built a full CMS and an entire database of every lead I have acquired through all of my websites.

    What is the team dynamic?

    Andrey is the main director. He is involved in the high-level understanding of the deliverables. There initially were four developers involved in the rollout of what was required. I had all of them available and responding in the first six to eight weeks. After that, I had a developer whose time was dedicated solely to the project. He was available so he could rectify any issues or take on any new development needs.

    How much have you invested with them?

    They were on a retainer of about £2,500 ($3218). It has been about £30,000 ($38,618) in total.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We have been working together since June of 2016.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    All of my sites have been live and working since the day that I started driving traffic to them. In the event that there has been any downtime whatsoever, AnvilEight sorted it out immediately, within minutes.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    I was impressed with the can-do attitude of the developers. AnvilEight has always said yes to anything that I've requested. I've never had an issue where they've pushed back and said, "No, we can't do that." It's just a matter of time and understanding. This has been an absolute feather in Andre's cap and in the developers’ ca.  Andrey's English is impeccable. The developers that he works with also have very, very good English. There was never an issue in understanding the requirements. Overall I just think their work is excellent. They pride themselves in ensuring that their deliverables have clean code. They take a time to test things end to end. I would recommend them 100%

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    There weren’t any situations where I felt that there was room for improvement needed.

    5.0
    Overall Score They are an excellent development house. They have a very strong team.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They delivered when they said they would on all of the deadlines.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      It's absolutely great. They're very inexpensive.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They met all the tasks that I requested.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I would recommend them 100%

    Software Dev of a Lead Generating Tool

    "[AnvilEight] is very proactive and responsive to my demands."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Jan. 2016 - Feb. 2017
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight used Django and Python to develop a lead generation tool. The software integrates with existing live chat software to create an intuitive database of lead information.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    England
    Director of Operations, Software Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    AnvilEights was responsive and proactive in the development and maintenance of the software. Business processes have increased significantly since its implementation.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I'm the operations director of a lead generation live chat service. Visitors to websites will be engaged in a very friendly chat with one of our operators and the operator will take down the details of in whatever the visitor is interested in. Then we pass those details on as informative work to the company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I'm the operations director of a lead generation live chat service. Visitors to websites will be engaged in a very friendly chat with one of our operators and the operator will take down the details of in whatever the visitor is interested in. Then we pass those details on as informative work to the company.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    We had made an attempt to build the software ourselves, but it failed miserably for various reasons. We liked AnvilEight’s approach to product development, so we wrote the spec for them to run with. We built it together from the ground up. I am not very technical myself, but the system was built with Django. They are very good at Python and they are very switched on. The system integrates with our chat software. It absorbs the data into a database and then it spits it out in a way that we want it.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We have spent a little less than $50,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    They began working in January 2016 and we launched in February of 2017.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    Now we can be absolutely sure that there are no mistakes made in terms of where the leads are going.  Also, the speed that we are getting the leads out is now a lot quicker than it used to be. Certainly, the efficiencies have gone up by a substantial amount.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint and What is the team dynamic?

    We are in communication through Skype. Initially, it was just myself and my team and Andrey in terms of laying out the specification for what we wanted. One of the technical guys in the background is Rustlin, who is extremely helpful. Since the product launched there haven’t been many bugs at all, but when there are any problems they been very quick to go and fix them. They are very proactive. If a lead has not been sent for any reason, even if it's out of hours, Andrey and Rustlin are very quick and available fix the problem.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They're very proactive and responsive to my demands. I'm very confident that if I ever need anything done, especially if it's business-critical, it'll be done quickly. They're very intelligent in terms of their expertise in Django and in Python. And I'm very happy with the software. It works, it does exactly what I want it to do.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    Not particularly. No. I think we have a very good partnership together. It's very open. It's very transparent.

    4.5
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    White-Labeled Dev for Digital Agency

    "They’re reliable and get along easily with our clients."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Confidential
     
    May 2016 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight provides outsourced Django engineering for diverse web builds, creating and maintaining initiatives ranging from a straightforward CMS to integrated payment portals and extensive product databases.

    The Reviewer
     
    London, United Kingdom
    CEO
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Through AnvilEight’s high-quality contributions, each solution has performed spectacularly and attracted positive reactions from third-party commissioning firms. The team’s adaptable workflow, responsive communication, and consistent delivery continue to add value and flexibility.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m a founder of a digital marketing agency based in Southeast England. We work with a variety of clients, ranging from large multinational clients to niche SME firms. We’ve been doing design, digital animation, video, and apps for about 12 years now.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    We had our own in-house Django capability—using 4 Django developers—but, for different reasons, that wasn't working for us. So, we were looking to outsource our Django development. We work with AnvilEight on a white-label basis.

    How did you come to work with AnvilEight?

    We put together the list of candidates from an online search. We reviewed about 5 companies, and AnvilEight certainly came out on top, as far as we were concerned. Some firms purported to do Django but didn't respond fast enough or at all. AnvilEight was very responsive. We actually started talking to them about 6 months before we entered discussions, and their way of working seemed flexible, which appealed to us.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    We predominantly did web development with AnvilEight. At first, we worked on a succinct web build. We handled all of the design and passed the work to them for the actual building. That was for the full CMS. Over time, we’ve outsourced the sites that we had developed before to AnvilEight, and they handle maintenance. Now, they work on new projects as well as maintain the existing websites that we have.

    We work with AnvilEight on a white-label basis. One of the most recent examples is a straightforward web build with a fully functioning CMS in the back. They probably don't use everything as a client that they should be using, but in terms of a simple project for those guys to churn out, it’s perfect.

    AnvilEight built an integrated payment portal like PayPal on a new site that didn't exist. We’ve done it for a single client, and then the portal becomes available to other clients who are sitting on that same CMS. We have another client who’s probably going to use that same PayPal integration.

    AnvilEight also is working on a site with a large product database, which has to be integrated with Salesforce. They are working on data-driven sites insofar as they have product databases built into the backend that are maintained by product managers. They are also about to start working on an iOS app for us, which would be fairly data-driven as well.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We’ve been working with AnvilEight for almost 2 years. 

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We define success by how our clients perceive the work that we deliver. So far, it’s been excellent. We can't attribute any empirical data to AnvilEight, as we deal with all of the marketing for our clients. We drive the site’s performance, content, and strategy. In terms of the actual performance of the technology, it’s been very good; AnvilEight delivers to a very high standard. I expect them to create what we design, and they haven't let us down yet. They’re reliable and get along easily with our clients.

    The initial project we did with AnvilEight was the most memorable due to its size and complexity. For that web build, they were able to help us in pretty much every area. It’s difficult to pinpoint their exact contribution. We obviously spend a long time researching the work, and we know what we want to hand off to them. They have their own internal tech or have outsourced their tech to other companies. If you compare them to a standard internal tech department, they’re a lot more flexible and responsive.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    We have worked with 4 or 5 of AnvilEight’s guys so far, and we have a dedicated resource practically every day. We worked predominately with their chief executive, and he’s pulled together the right team for us. We use Skype and Skype for Business quite a lot. We also use Redbooth for task management across both teams.

    What did you find most impressive about AnvilEight?

    AnvilEight’s communication is good. The key thing for us was making sure that our people were able to deliver stuff in the right format for AnvilEight, and AnvilEight has been flexible in terms of working with our systems. We have groups where everyone can communicate, and that’s been impressive. I can send a message and get a response within 30 seconds from somebody at AnvilEight.

    Are there any areas AnvilEight could improve?

    I’ve been thinking about this. In terms of a major shift for us in our business model, using AnvilEight has gone as smoothly as it could. I’m very happy with them. I’ve had internal tech resources for 14 years or so, and it’s a joy not having internal tech resources, to be honest. AnvilEight gets stuff done and communicates well. In the early days, it took a little while to find the right tools for us to collaborate through, but that’s all good now.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Product Redevelopment for Consumer Gaming Startup

    "I don’t think we could have found a better partner than AnvilEight for the same fee."

    Quality: 
    4.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    AnvilEight created a complete extension of a gaming app prototype based on defined features, incorporating bidding, scoring, chat, and e-learning functionalities. 

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Product Manager
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The finished iOS version demonstrated error-free performance and design, attracting only positive feedback. AnvilEight’s responsive communication, eagerness to learn, and detailed documentation continue to drive success. 

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m a product manager for a small company that’s building an asynchronous app for bridge players. The app has bidding and e-learning functionalities. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with AnvilEight?

    We’d worked with 2 other companies when building a prototype, but we needed a new partner. Few companies can provide a combination of Django Python and native mobile development skills. 

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    AnvilEight has built a complete extension of our app based on the features that we defined. The app features a scoring system, chat, and a sidekick offering instructions when users make a wrong move. 

    We worked remotely, but I also visited AnvilEight twice. We used 3 resources from their team for most of the project, and a total of 6 people were involved overall. We decided that a dedicated project manager was not necessary for a project of our scope, so I arranged for 1 of their team leads to take on this role. AnvilEight works in Agile sprints, and they’ve been flexible in making changes. They want to learn and provide some great resources.

    How much have you invested with AnvilEight?

    The cost of their work has been $80,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working with AnvilEight in early 2016. 

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Marketing is still ongoing, but we plan to make a deal in the US and implement localizations of the app. If the deal is successful, the project will continue.

    Coming up with a bridge app is challenging enough, but incorporating an e-learning functionality for the game is highly complex. The iOS version is almost error-free. We have no complaints or requests on that side. Interestingly, the intricate logic was not our main problem. Instead, we ran into Android-related issues. This wasn’t AnvilEight’s fault. Google, during a large developer convention, recognized that 58% of Play Store apps received low scores due to instability. There are device-specific issues related to the app being able to wake the system from sleep, and Google is trying to resolve this problem through new monitoring tools that have just been released.

    How did AnvilEight perform from a project management standpoint?

    We used Telegram for general communication and YouTrack for more formal matters. AnvilEight’s CEO has allowed me to talk directly to the developers. We have set up documentation for the project, which keeps us from forgetting anything crucial.

    What did you find most impressive about AnvilEight?

    Their team shows great knowledge and commitment. They are willing to learn, improve, and work on items outside of our agreement. I don’t think we could have found a better partner than AnvilEight for the same fee.

    Are there any areas AnvilEight could improve?

    Their testing approach could be improved in terms of criteria, scenarios, and writing requirements. We had some general problems on the client side, not the developer side. Testing for these kinds of apps should never be underestimated. That’s the main factor of success, but the developer also needs to have a lot of technical knowledge. AnvilEight has a section on their website with requirements for requirements, including examples of good specifications. They’re focused on developing their company and aren’t mature yet. This will take time, but the organization as a whole is willing to learn.

    However, this approach attracts a wide variety of clients, including some who don’t know what they need or want. Other firms like us, who know what they want, provide challenging requirements. Agile project management requires a more traditional setup. 

    4.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They’ve been responsive and deadline-oriented.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer