Rocket fueled app development

We’re World class at making cool mobile and web apps, but we only succeed if you succeed. We’ve grown through recommendations from satisfied customers so the overall customer experience is just as important to the final product. We strongly believe in: communication, transparency, honesty and clarity of pricing.

When you partner with Applikey, you’re not just hiring a design and development team, you’re hiring a guide that can walk with you through the steps to launching your successful app project.

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$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2012
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
headquarters
  • AppliKey Solutions
    Symskaya 72
    Kharkiv 61058
    Ukraine
    +16504339005

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Flender, Slipshare, Stylu, Toonight, Resupply

Designer Wardrobe

Designer Wardrobe is NZ’s premier marketplace and community for buying, selling & renting pre-loved designer fashion - at up to 90% off retail! With all your favs (Ruby, Lonely Hearts, Karen Walker + MANY more) to up-and-coming designers, DW is the best way to find something amazing at a great price.

Stylu

Canada’s leading on-demand beauty service that sends professional hairstylists and makeup artists directly to your doorstep. Stylu delivers hand-picked, background checked, certified & insured beauty professionals to your home, office, or hotel in as little as 2 hours. You can also book in advance. No need for cash on hand- your credit card will be charged after your appointment. Even the gratuity is included. 

SlipShare

SlipShare is a free app for same day booking of a slip or mooring. Using your boat's specifications, SlipShare provides a marina's availability and price. Detailed marina information, services, amenities and shore options allow users to sort, choose, and book a slip with Immediate confirmation.

 

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iOS App Dev for Golf Solutions Firm

"They care about getting it done correctly. … They go the extra mile."

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

Applikey delivered a mobile application on iOS, designed for golfers in pro tournaments. They remain involved for app maintenance and future development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Orange County, California
Erwin Tallado
CEO, AllCorp Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customer feedback to the app has been positive, with multiple five-star reviews. Approaching the project less as a vendor and more of a partner, Applikey has impressed with their devotion and expertise, as well as their communication skills.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

AllCorp Solutions helps tournament golfers with their golf game in pro play tournaments and to shoot lower scores. I’m the CEO and co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applikey?

We needed an iOS app developed and put into the App Store.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed our iOS golf app.

What is the team dynamic?

We had one dedicated developer, as well a backend for web development.

How did you come to work with Applikey?

We found them through Upwork. After interviewing a couple of firms, we felt most comfortable with Applikey’s communication. Seeing how many hours they'd worked and ratings from other companies lowered the risk of doing business with someone we didn’t know.

How much have you invested with them?

Under $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

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

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're now in the App Store, and people love the app—all five-star reviews so far. Like anything, there’s bugs, but they fix them right away.

How did Applikey perform from a project management standpoint?

Communication is solid and awesome, considering they’re an overseas firm. They all speak English really well. We used Google Docs, email correspondence, and Skype.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They care about getting it done correctly. Because they're vested in making the project successful, it doesn't feel like it was a business transaction but something more personal. They've gone through the whole thought process and included everything they could. They go the extra mile.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They have a lot of holidays in their country. That's the only downside.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're on time. If the technology doesn’t work when they push out a beta buildout, they’ll stay late to make sure it gets done.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS Frontend Dev for Music Platform

“They make us feel acknowledged and are open to suggestions.”

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

Using Swift, Applikey Solutions built out the front end of a music discovery app. They also integrated the interface with existing back-end systems.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Loughborough, United Kingdom
Fabio Di Martino
Co-Founder, Music Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app performed well and looked impressive. Applikey Solutions impressed with their detailed communication, openminded approach, and willingness to share their industry experience. They built a strong partnership by offering valuable recommendations. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a co-director of a small company that focuses on developing apps. The company is based in the UK. It was formed a year and a half ago.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applikey Solutions?

We’ve been working on four different products, one of them requiring the assistance of an external frontend developer. It focuses on music, working in parallel with platforms like Spotify. It makes it easier for any user to find music, mapping it based on popularity and geography.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Applikey Solutions provided frontend development for our app, based on the user interface graphics we provided. They connected the frontend with the backend we created. They used Swift as the main coding language.

What is the team dynamic?

Applikey assigned one developer and one project manager.

How did you come to work with Applikey Solutions?

We first came across them on Upwork, a freelance platform. We interviewed them, liked the team, and contacted them a few months later to develop the project.

How much have you invested with them?

The budget for Applikey’s frontend work was around $12,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We contacted them in April, and they started working on the app at the end of May 2017 after we finalized all development plans. We are coming to the conclusion of this project, but we would like to work with Applikey again.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work has focused mainly on the development of the UI. We’re really happy with the results. The app works as expected, even though there were some changes during the development phase. We’d had a bad experience with another coder before reaching out to Applikey, but we are satisfied with the quality of the code and their communication approach.

How did Applikey Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They communicated well, allowing us to follow the project carefully. We’ve used project management tools like JIRA, but we’ve had a very rich communication in general. We chat on Skype all the time. We set initial sprint deadlines, which changed along the way but not through Applikey’s fault. We also had responsibility on the backend.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Based on the limited experience we’ve had, Applikey builds a good relationship with clients. They make us feel acknowledged and are open to suggestions. They also provide their opinions, which are always valuable to have. I’m not sure about unique characteristics since we have a limited experience. Compared to the others, Applikey’s communication, project management, and coding skills are high.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I think Applikey did well in terms of setting up the project. The only issue we had was with the forecasted hours, which were lower in the beginning. This was due to our side as well.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Even though we’ve had some changes in the plan, this is mainly our responsibility.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re not the cheapest company, but it is worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Application Dev for On-Demand Dog Walking Company

“[T]hey were very approachable and took their time really to listen…. They’ve really provided me with everything."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

On-demand dog-walking company hired Applikey as their technology partner to create an app that would deliver their service to their users. Specifically, the app needed to provide GPS tracking and payment features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Founder, Online dog-walking app
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Applikey was reliable, produced excellent, on-time work, & communicated promptly through a dedicated project manager. Not expecting to continue the collaboration beyond the initial build, the customer continues to work with Applikey now, finding their “not-too-techy” approach a perfect fit.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder of an on-demand dog-walking app. We developed an app, which is a bit like Uber but for dog walkers with GPS tracking, app payment, etc.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applikey Solutions?

We needed someone to develop the app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked with them [Applikey Solutions] through one project manager who was responsible for our project. In the beginning, we had three developers working on it. Since I started working with them over a year ago, sometimes there’s one developer, sometimes two. It depends if it’s project-based or how exactly what we’re working on together. I provided them with mockups that were purely design-based in nature, and they implemented everything. Now they even do my design. They’ve really provided me with everything.

How did you come to work with Applikey Solutions?

I did a lot of research back then when I wanted to develop my app, and they were referred to me by a friend from Switzerland who had worked with them. You’re always more happy to go with a reference, especially if you know they’ve already done good work. They left a good impression from the first time I talked to them. They were very helpful, especially for someone like me who has no clue about technology. When I started, I was pretty clueless, but they were prepared for that. I had my vision and ideas, but I didn’t really understand the other side of it or whether it was actually possible to do it or not. Unlike other companies, they were very approachable and took their time really to listen to what I wanted.

How much have you invested with Applikey Solutions?

We’ve spent $20,000 so far with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in June 2016, and the project is ongoing. Our first sprints have been completed and we thought we wouldn’t continue working with them. That was our plan before we even started, but we continue to work with them because we’re really happy, and it’s working well. They know what we want, and I know how they operate so we’re still working with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Even for an MVP, it’s a highly performing product, so they really delivered. Feedback is good and there’s nothing to complain about here.

How did Applikey Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very good. I had the same project manager from the beginning. They were very professional from this point of view. I have one project manager who’s really product-focused, and another person who’s in charge of all the financials including bills, invoices, etc. It’s a good setup because you know that the project manager really focuses on your product and wants to get the best out of it. She’s reachable all the time, she’s fluent in English, and gets back to me very quickly. In the beginning, my colleague worked with them on a platform that was through their admin but now we communicate through Trello. They’re flexible in terms of how we communicate, sometimes via emails, sometimes via phone, and they’re not too techy.

What did you find most impressive about Applikey Solutions?

I’ve never worked with anyone else so it’s hard for me to say what’s different about them, but from talking to other people who have outsourced in the Ukraine or India, what I really appreciate about them [Applikey] is how reliable they are. I’ve never met them, but I hear they’re more reliable than other companies, and their product is great. I was part of an accelerator at one point, and when I showed investors my product, they were positively surprised at how well it had been done. They had all had experiences with outsourced developers, which were much worse than mine. It was done very well.

Are there any areas Applikey Solutions could improve?

I don’t think I could specify one particular thing. We learned to work together. In the beginning, they had to become familiar with our work style, but there’s nothing I would say now that they should have done differently.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If something was delayed, it was our fault.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I didn’t find cheaper services anywhere else.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I didn’t have any problems. There were a few times we had to take care of a lot of bug fixes, but everything worked great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already referred them a lot.

Application Dev for Law Firm

"In terms of skillset and work quality, AppliKey Solutions' outputs are some of the best I've seen."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applikey Solutions developed a solution for the company's internal team social network using Ruby on Rails, RabbitMQ, and a host of different technologies. The development was completed, and they're currently in QA testing mode. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Founder, Law Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They did an excellent job of making the vision come to life. In terms of skillset and work quality, AppliKey Solutions' outputs were some of the best that the law firm experienced. The team proved their ability to communicate efficiently, delivered the work in a timely manner and within budget. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the chief executive officer and founder of the company. We provide a private social network for teams and events.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AppliKey Solutions?

We have limited bandwidth and capacity in terms of in-house development, so one of our challenges was using our time for managing the platform's architecture and looking forward at the same time. We needed to outsource our technology needs to someone who could help us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AppliKey Solutions has developed our solution using Ruby on Rails, RabbitMQ, and a host of different technologies. We have a robust social network that requires various integrations to work in app or desktop form. During our two-year collaboration, we've worked with three project managers and 4–5 developers.

How did you come to work with AppliKey Solutions?

We talked to various providers and eventually settled on AppliKey Solutions. In order to get a sense of which would be the best fit for our company, we tried working with various developers from India, Pakistan, and Ukraine. After an initial probation period, we found AppliKey Solutions to have the best communication.

How much have you invested with AppliKey Solutions?

The cost of AppliKey Solutions' work has been around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with AppliKey Solutions in the summer of 2015. The development has been completed, and we're in QA testing mode right now. We plan to have an ongoing relationship with AppliKey Solutions. They will be our go-to source for any technology needs.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The metrics we've looked at in terms of the quality of the product are downtime, bugs, or issues of that nature. We have a 99.5% reliability on the platform built by AppliKey Solutions. When bugs did occur, AppliKey Solutions acted swiftly in fixing them.

In terms of skillset and work quality, AppliKey Solutions' outputs are some of the best I've seen. They've done an excellent job of making our vision come to life. We could find less expensive options, but AppliKey Solutions' price is fair for what we've gotten in terms of additional benefits.

How did AppliKey Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate via email for the most part and haven't used any specialized solutions for this purpose. We did use software like Skype for videoconferences and sharing screenshots. AppliKey Solutions gave us daily email updates whether there was a need for it or not. It was important for us to receive feedback and updates for a project like this, and they were excellent in that regard. When dealing with overseas developers, there will sometimes be a time or communication barrier, but we didn't have any of these issues with AppliKey Solutions.

What did you find most impressive about AppliKey Solutions?

There are developers galore on the market, but what separates AppliKey Solutions from the rest is their ability to communicate efficiently. Not only can we reach out to the 2–3 project managers on a daily basis, we can even communicate with the company owner.

Are there any areas AppliKey Solutions could improve?

AppliKey Solutions could leverage more technologies to help with the actual implementation of our scope of work. These technologies could also improve their collaboration with our in-house developers. We rely on them for the heavy lifting, so we haven't pushed the issue.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    For the most part, AppliKey Solutions came within deadlines, but I would reserve a perfect score for people delivering way early.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost could be lower, compared to the service provided.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    AppliKey Solutions has delivered the work in a timely manner and came within budget.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design & Mobile App Devs for Education/Training Firm

"AppliKey Solutions' knowledge was essential in expanding on the deliverables."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AppliKey Solutions built a responsive website and mobile appications which integrated a training portal with videos on physical security and child safety. 

The Reviewer
 
Chicago, Illinois
Founder, Action Education Systems
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Applikey Solutions managed to code the solution within the scope that was wanted. They improved the solution by making recommendations for the design and development process. The developers and project managers were easy to communicate with and consistent throughout the project. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Action Education Systems focuses on changing human behavior by using virtual training platforms and mobile applications. I am a co-founder and VP of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AppliKey Solutions?

AppliKey Solutions took our business from concept to execution, starting out with website design.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I gave AppliKey Solutions my vision, breaking things down to the colors I like. AppliKey Solutions built a responsive website on the backend of which we integrated a training portal with videos on physical security and child safety. AppliKey Solutions did a phenomenal job of designing a cheat-proof testing system which users could take after watching the videos. Once they score, they can print out a certificate. Our system collects analytics for each participating company.

The second thing we did was to build mobile applications for customers. Most companies typically wanted to undergo our tests once or twice per year, but the knowledge was still perishable. The apps parallel that knowledge base, giving users quick, three-question quizzes in order to keep everything fresh in their minds. They also served as a resource for emergency situations and had built-in notification tools.

The mobile apps were developed for both iOS and Android using Ruby on Rails. The website and our three mobile applications each had a different development team. Even though AppliKey Solutions is based outside of the US, communication was very easy. I always dealt with one person, our project manager. All communication from the team came through her, so I didn't have to deal with changing persons each week. Our developers were also consistent throughout the project.

How did you come to work with AppliKey Solutions?

One of our business acquaintances had developed an app using AppliKey Solutions three years before. He found them through Upwork, which was called oDesk at that time. We reached out to AppliKey Solutions, had several Skype meetings with their owner, and went from there.

How much have you invested with AppliKey Solutions?

The cost of AppliKey Solutions' work has been between $50,000 and $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with AppliKey Solutions in October 2014. Everything has been completed, but we are in the process of building the generation two of our applications, after receiving good feedback from customers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We work within multiple industries, taking analogs from customers, turning them into searchable and collectible data, and providing visualizations for that data. I showed AppliKey Solutions my designs and the logic behind the systems. Not only did they code the solution in the scope of what we wanted, but also offered recommendations for how we could show customers the data.

We've developed some marketing tools for schools. This has traditionally been an analog industry, but we can now break things down into pie charts and bar graphs, showing the institutions how well they're performing regarding marketing, meeting parents, conversion rates, and so on. AppliKey Solutions has done some amazing things.

How did AppliKey Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

Not having to deal with multiple people, made the process easier for me. I have one project manager who deals with everything related to my company. We usually have multiple Skype calls during the week. That person has remained with us no matter what the project was, and it's nice to have this level of rapport. AppliKey Solutions' manager knows my company needs and client base.

We use the basic cloud-based tools like Dropbox, Google Docs, Skype, and other communication platforms.

What did you find most impressive about AppliKey Solutions?

I don't know what AppliKey Solutions' client base looks like, but whenever I had an urgent issue, they've made me feel like their only customer. As a growing business getting ready to get our foot into the market, this is exactly what we need. I never had to wait for them to have an available developer. AppliKey Solutions rearranged things and made it happen. It was also nice to have AppliKey Solutions' be available while we were sleeping since we run client databases. Many problems were fixed while remaining unknown to our clients.

Are there any areas AppliKey Solutions could improve?

From my point of view, there is nothing bad I could say about AppliKey Solutions, from their pricing to the service.

5.0
Overall Score From our first contact, the collaboration was there. AppliKey Solutions has made recommendations for the design and development process, making my solutions even better.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Many of the estimates were delivered early. AppliKey Solutions' project manager was in constant communication with me regarding any issues or delays. It was usually a matter of a couple of hours for debugging a new release.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I could guarantee that AppliKey Solutions would do the work faster than the estimate.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I did the design work, but AppliKey Solutions' knowledge was essential in expanding on the deliverables. Whenever they said that something could be done, AppliKey Solutions delivered.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended AppliKey Solutions to a couple of other entrepreneur friends. The company can tell someone what can be made into a reality, and they can improve upon an idea.

Web and Mobile App for Software Dev Firm

"Even though AppliKey Solutions is not a huge company, they conduct themselves professionally and develop quality applications."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AppliKey Solutions developed a high-quality native iOS app and a web app which provide real-time updates on all the latest venture capital and seed funding to the platform’s users.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
John Dukes
Founder, Fundz,LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Project management was a strong area for AppliKey Solutions. The team was generally professional and organized. The overall effort from AppliKey Solutions' side led to a strong and high-quality results. The platform has performed well and received good feedback.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Fundz LLC provides real-time updates on all the latest venture capital and seed funding, as they are filed with the government, via web & iOS apps. I am the founder and owner of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AppliKey Solutions?

I wanted to find an affordable vendor who could deliver high-quality work. Typically, it's very difficult to find good developers without paying a lot of money.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AppliKey Solutions developed a native iOS and web app for my company. The applications were built using 1–2 developers per version.

How did you come to work with AppliKey Solutions?

I did some research on Upwork and various other outsourcing sites, looking for development resources. Most of them were not satisfactory, either because they were independent freelancers, or because they were working as part of virtual companies. I wanted to find a real software company and looked at AppliKey Solutions because of their history, ratings, and because of the interview I had with their representative. We talked about AppliKey Solutions' capabilities and what they could do for me.

How much have you invested with AppliKey Solutions?

The cost of AppliKey Solutions' work has been less than $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with AppliKey Solutions in early 2015. Some of our projects have been completed, but we maintain a partnership with AppliKey Solutions.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

AppliKey Solutions has developed high-quality mobile and web-based applications for us. One of our challenges was in terms of web services API development.

We provide real-time data for companies which have received a round of funding. Getting that information from the source, and presenting it in a fast way can be a challenge, which requires some complex API development. In our case, it's something which is working very well. A piece of software can either be buggy or work well, so the proof is in the pudding. Our platform has performed well and received good feedback.

How did AppliKey Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management is a strong area for AppliKey Solutions. The team is generally professional and organized. They use Trello for project management. The overall effort from AppliKey Solutions' side has led to a strong result.

What did you find most impressive about AppliKey Solutions?

I've interviewed around 100 companies and independent contractors but didn't have confidence in their ability to deliver a quality product. It's an intangible metric, but, based upon my interaction with AppliKey Solutions, I was able to determine that they were candid in telling me what could be achieved. There were no false promises. AppliKey Solutions worked with me whenever I had an issue or escalation. Even though AppliKey Solutions is not a huge company, they conduct themselves professionally and develop quality applications.

Are there any areas AppliKey Solutions could improve?

I have no complaints about AppliKey Solutions.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    AppliKey Solutions has been very good about keeping to schedules and working as quickly as they could in order to complete tasks. They're as good as any firm regarding deadlines, even though this is a tricky issue in software development.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost was one of the primary reasons for outsourcing. AppliKey Solutions is not the cheapest solution out there, but they're much more affordable than using a local firm. For the money, the solution I was able to develop was great.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The proof is in our results. AppliKey Solutions' overall work was good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web and Mobile App Dev for Boat Sharing Platform

"I've appreciated Applikey Solutions' ability to work as an independent group."

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

Applikey Solutions developed an intelligible web user interface using Ruby on Rails, followed up by iOS and Android mobile applications for boaters to book slips online.​

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Stamford, Connecticut
Paul Norton
CEO, Slipshare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client cited the design work and the mobile application as first-grade and rock-solid. He appreciated Applikey Solutions’ ability to work independently, their great service and communications about their goals and deadlines, and orderly workflow.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

SlipShare has built a platform which allows boaters to book a slip online. The concept is relatively new to boating in general. I am a co-founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applikey Solutions?

We had a strong idea, but our company did not have a strong technology person. We have business backgrounds, so we've relied heavily on Applikey Solutions. Our goal was to build a simple user interface, which would be easy to understand, and which followed conventions that both Android and iOS users would understand, in order for them to make bookings quickly and conveniently.

SOLUTION

How did you come to work with Applikey Solutions?

My wife and I won the Startup Weekend in Stamford. A lot of work had been put into our concept so that we couldn't throw it away. I had managed a lot of outsourced projects for various applications in the past, so I felt confident that we wouldn't have to go out and hire people. We interviewed various development shops in New York, Pennsylvania, Boston, Brazil, India, and Ukraine. We hired a short-term consultant for this process. The Ukraine group was particularly appealing in its work method and understanding of our goals. The company was also willing to continue beyond the development phase itself. Our idea from the start was to hire a partner that would serve as our technical backend.

How much have you invested with Applikey Solutions?

The cost of our project with Applikey Solutions was within $10,000 and $50,000. The value for the money we've spent has been phenomenal. I know how much the same work would have cost in New York and Boston.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have an ongoing collaboration for enhancements and changes to the software. This wasn't exactly Applikey Solutions' model, but they've been open to the proposition.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

There were a few bugs we've had to work through, but the design work was first-grade, and the app itself is rock-solid.

We've gone to boat shows and demoed the app to a couple of hundred people on the same day, all of which have loved it, and were surprised that no one had done this before. It reflects the knowledge that we were able to bring to the table as boaters, but, more importantly, Applikey Solutions' skill and understanding of what makes a good app. 

We use Amazon Web Services, and payments are done through Braintree. I've only had to do a bit of research and come up with recommendations for the direction I wanted Applikey Solutions to take. I'm not a technology person, but Applikey Solutions has taken care of this side of the work for me.

How did Applikey Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

I've appreciated Applikey Solutions' ability to work as an independent group. Regarding communication, the toughest part was getting Applikey Solutions to understand what we were doing. Their location is nowhere near a boat, but, once Applikey Solutions' team understood what we were about, we were off to the races. At one point, I was getting ready to visit their office personally, to simplify the back-and-forth, but things came together by themselves.

We employed a basic user story process in the beginning. At one point, Applikey Solutions introduced Trello into the project, which made things very easy. I can manage priorities, it's clear where everything is in the process, and Applikey Solutions is very clear about goals, which were usually met near the deadlines. We had an orderly flow of work.

What did you find most impressive about Applikey Solutions?

I have worked on much higher-level projects, not ones on this scale. A part of why we went to Ukraine was cost, which is a fraction of what we'd have spent elsewhere. Even so, I don't feel that I've compromised on quality. I was prepared for this to happen, but it didn't. The service and communication have been great.

Are there any areas Applikey Solutions could improve?

We've had an adjustment period in the beginning, but that was it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I don't push timelines hard on development projects, but rather work at an incremental pace. There are too many unknowns in this type of work, so it would be unfair to penalize Applikey Solutions for any delays.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Applikey Solutions was in charge of bug checking, so we found very few of them. The time scale was also excellent.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended Applikey Solutions to someone in the business, who has used them for several projects.