Gold Microsoft Partner in Applications Development

We were one of the first custom software development companies to transfer a client’s business to the cloud, making it available to thousands of end-users. Today we continue to innovate and pioneer the use of new platforms and tools.

Aplana has unique expertise in complex cloud solutions; custom software, mobile, blockchain development; big data analytics. 

We work with leading companies worldwide in industries ranging from transportation, oil, and gas to educational, finance and media, as well as government bodies.

Aplana is the Gold Microsoft Partner, Premier Business Partner of IBM and Oracle Gold Partner.

Originally part of one of Eastern Europe’s largest system integrator companies, I.T. Group, Aplana is trusted and the solid partner for the long-term partner-like model.

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
1999
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Huntingdon Valley, PA
headquarters
  • 2600 Philmont Avenue, Suite 305
    Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Aeroflot, Amadeus Group, BP, Citation, GE Healthcare, GE Money Bank, Sberbank, Home Credit and Finance Bank, INRIX, Holstein UK, Starbucks.

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Web & App Dev for Distribution System

"I felt confident in our decision to choose them, and I’ve never regretted it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

In addition to a web portal with a Google-based cloud backend, Aplana Software Services developed Android and iOS apps that assist farmers in monitoring their water distribution systems for cattle.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Ireland
CTO, AgTech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Aplana Software Services successfully delivered practical solutions that have received positive feedback in early rounds of beta testing. The team is thoroughly communicative and manages multiple tasks with ease. They contribute conceptually when necessary to enhance the product’s final quality.

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 CTO of an AgTech startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Aplana Software Services?

We engaged Aplana Software Services to develop the mobile apps and web portal that we’ve designed to manage the distribution system for water given to dairy cows.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had previously been working with an unsatisfactory offshore team, so I reopened the search for a quality partner. Upon finding Aplana Software Services, I transferred all of the development responsibilities to them.

They built Android and iOS applications using React Native and developed a web portal with a Google cloud backend. The product allows farmers to monitor their water distribution systems from anywhere. Instead of driving to a specific meter, our product is intended to make the process of reviewing water levels and other metrics more convenient.

What is the team composition?

Their CTO leads a team of 4–5 other employees, a group that includes frontend and backend developers and various designers.

How did you come to work with Aplana Software Services?

I contacted an old friend in the industry to ask if he had any good experiences with an offshore team. He recommended Aplana Software Services after having a successful project with them several years ago. We requested a tender and a price estimate and ultimately elected to hire them. I felt confident in our decision to choose them, and I’ve never regretted it.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about €70,000 to this point (approximately $78,700 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in October 2018 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The cloud backend is complete, but the apps need some final adjustments before we begin advertising their presence in the app stores. We’re thrilled with the products they’ve delivered. We’ve conducted some beta testing with about 10 customers in the field, and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback.

How did Aplana Software Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

We adopted an agile methodology featuring two-week sprints during the development process. We still have a couple of stand-up Skype calls per week, and we use a Jira-type board to monitor the backlog of tasks. We operate mostly through emails and Skype, and we’ve never had much trouble communicating that way.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their attention to detail is second to none. Their focus is so refined because they put themselves in the client’s shoes and try to think like the user. In our weekly meetings, they go above and beyond what I’ve asked of them. They regularly come up with new ideas, and I appreciate that passion and willingness to contribute.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’m quite happy with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s natural for us as clients to have a clear path and an idea of how we’d like the product to be, but we found it valuable to be open to new ideas. We liked that Aplana Software Services challenged us a little bit in the development process.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd recommend them to anyone.

Web Dev for Transportation Analytics Provider

"They have a tight-knit, capable team, and those personal relationships have a positive impact on their efficiency."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Sept. 2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Aplana built a complex platform that collects data from multiple sources and automatically compiles the information into reports. They continue to provide web development across multiple projects.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Tel Aviv, Israel
Director of Innovation Europe, Analytics Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Routine satisfaction reports find customers extremely satisfied with the data platform’s efficiency. Aplana offers affordable prices compared with Western European competitors. Their tight-knit team takes pride in their work and immediately addresses any concerns, ensuring a successful outcome.

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 Director of Innovation for Europe with a company that provides traffic information to automotive manufacturers and public-sector agencies. This includes routing and parking information, fuel prices, accident analytics, and the origin/destination statistics of drivers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Aplana Software?

Our web development facility in Israel had become too expensive, so we needed a new outsourcing partner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

With Aplana, we’ve developed innovative and important solutions for our business.

Our largest project was the creation of our core, web-based incident platform, which is used to capture, curate, and publish our data to a variety of customers. It’s a complicated platform that ingests data from multiple sources (XML and CSV feeds, as well as Twitter), some of which produce contradictory information about the same real-life phenomena.

The chief functionality is to merge these reports into a clear, unified picture of a single event. The system automatically generates textual descriptions of these events in over 12 different languages, though we also have complete flexibility to make edits.

Because much of the data is processed manually by our operators, we needed an intuitive UI to ensure a smooth workflow and cut down on operating costs.

What is the team composition?

The size of the team fluctuates depending on the amount of work we need each year, but generally ranges between 8–15 individuals. Aplana is flexible, allowing us to shrink or expand the team as necessary.

How did you come to work with Aplana Software?

They reached out to my boss during a conference.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested around $4 million over the course of our ten-year partnership.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Aplana in September 2007 and our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform they built is currently responsible for the successful ingestion of over 100 different feeds. We asses our client satisfaction on a quarterly basis, and they’re consistently pleased with the data our platform provides.

They also manage to integrate themselves into the team of any new project we assign, working collaboratively to produce the best results.

How did Aplana Software perform from a project management standpoint?

They use Agile methodology. We work in two-week sprints, and they plan extensively through testing and review before implementing the actual functionalities. All work is managed through JIRA, and we have Skype calls at least twice a week.

Problems sometimes arise, but Aplana responds immediately and works to identify how the issue occurred to avoid it in the future.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a tight-knit, capable team, and those personal relationships have a positive impact on their efficiency. Because their team is personally invested in the project, they ensure it meets a very high standard.

In addition to their technical skills, they’re also very creative in their designs and work methodologies.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve never had a problem meeting deadlines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offer high quality at significantly cheaper rates than their European competitors.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Hospitality Industry Solutions Provider

“Their team functions through a combination of stability and forward-thinking.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2002 - 2017
Project summary: 

Aplana developed prototypes, UX, and architectural designs for both the database and services of an SaaS solution used for oversight of workflows and guest services. They also handled project management.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Miami, Florida
Former EVP, Software Development Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Aplana’s contribution to the architecture helped yield Microsoft awards, and thousands of users still access the solution today. They adhered to timelines and budgets, and their collaborative abilities were favorable. A consistent staff with proactive thinking nurtured the long-lasting relationship.

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 former EVP of a software development firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Aplana?

We were having trouble sourcing qualified personnel in the U.S., particularly where we’re located. We needed to quickly finish a project to scale, so we decided to offshore to Russia.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They did some prototyping on architectural aspects. They had input into the architectural design of the application, and they ultimately created the database architecture, services architecture, and the application’s UX. They also handled project management.   

The app is a workflow automation and guest service management tool for hotels. We were a very early multi-tenant SaaS [software as a service] solution.

What is the team dynamic?

Our team members worked with their team members on a daily basis.

How did you come to work with Aplana?

I was introduced to Aplana through an employee who was originally based in Moscow and worked with them in the past. We ultimately decided to work with them after interviewing other companies. We chose them because they were small and nimble as a team, yet part of a much larger organization, which gave them stability. We started with a small project and then moved onto a larger one.  

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $5,000,000–$6,000,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in 2002, and the engagement ended in 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We won Microsoft awards early on for the work we did with Aplana. The architecture is still functioning today and is serving thousands of users on the databases. Everything is based on the foundational work which Aplana implemented in 2002. It has multiple clients, including web and mobile, on multiple platforms.

How did Aplana perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent with adhering to timelines and budget. We’ve had them working with other teams from other organizations and parts of the business, and they’re all excellent team members. They collaborate well with other groups. We had some self-supported solutions pieces in Salesforce that we worked on together as well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very proactive in regards to the technology. They had great consistency with team members, and we had little turnover in the group. Their team functions through a combination of stability and forward-thinking.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had some missteps in cost reduction. We looked at growing some markets, and we were very progressive with them, but they weren’t able to scale those markets.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were consistent in delivering and communicating any issues along the way. Nothing is ever perfect.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We worked very well together containing costs.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality was excellent. They were diligent in testing.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer