Focused on helping entrepreneurs and startups

Software Development is a complex process that requires many moving parts working together in harmony for a piece of “usable” software to be produced. The complexity of this process is usually the source of surprises and inefficiencies in projects which result is delayed deliveries and cost overruns. These inefficiencies and surprises can be reduced if decisions are made with a better understanding of the software development process and their impact on the project.

We help key decision makers of a software project make better decisions by making the software development uncomplicated. Understanding each moving part and how that impacts the overall project will give them the insight to reduce the risks of the project.

Using our unique approach to software development, which is a mixture of lean software development and agile processes, we can deliver projects on time and on budget with fewest surprises possible. This enables us to increase the success rate of software projects.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Vancouver, Canada
headquarters
  • 370-328 Water Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B1B6
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Craver - Mobile App Platform for Restaurants | OnTimeOR - Emergency Surgery Booking System | PLO Matrix - Training platform for Poker players | Featurette - Marketing Featuresheets for Real Estate | Soratwheels - E-commerce Website for Wheels & Tires | Biba Ventures - Play Tracker for Kids and their Parents | and many other clients listed on our website. 

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VerifyIQ: Automated File Reviews

VerifyIQ is a Web Application that can be used directly by bookkeepers and firms to review the accuracy of the bookkeeping records of their clients. The goal is to find and report the common mistakes using rule-based engine or machine learning algorithms, so that they can be fixed more efficiently by junior bookkeepers while taking less time from senior bookkeepers and the

managers.

PLANINNG

Before we started this project, we held a Roadmap Workshop where we discussed the business plan, technical requirements, features and user stories of the web app. In order to best understand the business opportunity, we facilitated business model canvas discovery sessions in which we dived deep into understanding the opportunity, business model and risks associated with the project. We identified the problem, target market, unique value proposition and the solution.  Through the roadmap workshop, we planned for different phases of the project and came up with estimates for costs and timeline of each phase.

WIREFRAMES

The high-fidelity wireframes were created after the low-fidelity wireframes to implement the design aspect of the web app. The wireframes allowed our development team to have a clear idea of what the end result should replicate.

DEVELOPMENT

On the development side for VerifyIQ we had to keep in mind the scalability of the platform and security of the data. Keeping companies sensitive financial data secure was our main priority. We also had to make sure the platform can handle small and big file reviews and still perform well. The data had to be collected to feed our machine learning engine and the AI had to be trained on that. For back-end we chose to use Dropwizard Framework which is secure and reliable. We also used ReactJS for building a modern and intuitive experience for users.

Full Case-study: https://www.aytech.ca/our-work/verifyiq/

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Craver App Platform

Craver is a mobile app platform for restaurants. With this easy to use and flexible platform, restaurants can design, customize and launch a mobile app for their brand – fast and easy. The restaurants can choose from a wide selection of features that Craver offers such as online ordering, rewards/loyalty, POS integration and etc. depending on their needs. Craver is offered on a monthly subscription which means restaurant owners

don’t have to invest a lot of capital upfront in building their app.
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PLO Matrix

PLO Matrix is an online platform for those wanting to perfect their poker skills. The web application is a preflop learning tool that uses various rake levels and stack sizes. The simulations help users gain new skills and insight into poker. The platform is offered on a monthly-subscription basis and includes various PLO levels based on the user’s chosen subscription.

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Featurette

Featurette is a web application for realtors to easily create feature sheets for properties. Users can choose from a selection of professionally designed templates to create their feature sheets. The templates can be customized with the user’s branding, contact information, photos and etc. without requiring design knowledge. Featurette makes it affordable for everyone to create professional customized feature sheets. 

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OnTimeOR

On Time OR is a web-based solution for booking and managing emergency surgeries in a hospital. This system can be used by the surgeons, desk clerks, hospital administration, health authorities or other government related agencies in charge of operations and efficiency of emergency operating rooms. They can use this system to operate, manage and analyze the efficiency of the emergency operating rooms, their staff and surgeons

and make appropriate decisions to save time, money and patient lives.
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Sorat Wheels & Tires

Mobile Ecommerce Website and Custom Integrations

Sorat Wheels and Tires guides buyers through the vast and sometimes puzzling world of wheel and tire toleration ranges to specific vehicle makes and models. SoratWheels.ca allows the user to create the best product combination to match their budget and preference. Orders are monitored by an in-store specialist to ensure proper fitment.

A.Y. Tech

recently redesigned the UI to improve customer experience, migrated the website to a updated version of Magento and built custom modules to integrate with their CRM.

The website is cleaner, more efficient with shorter load times and friendlier search features.

High-Fidelity Mockups & Prototyping

We created a high-fidelity mockup to finalize the UI design for the site. The new site was to reflect the clients existing branding while ushering in a new, streamlined shopping experience.

Development

Based on the Magento E-commerce Platform, the back-end is using Magento as a core, with multiple additional custom modules, system integrations as well as automation tools.

For the front-end, we created a custom theme using Magento’s template engine and continue to develop additional features for the theme using ReactJS.

Full Case Study

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Rockstart

Rockstart is a desktop and mobile app that connects the music community. Designed to integrate how musicians find bandmates, jam space, equipment, promote events, connect with fans and more.

A.Y. Tech’s role was to design the interface and develop the app, while iterating on user tesing feedback. We continue to improve performance and add features on an ongoing basis.

High Fidelity Mockups

We created

high fidelity wireframes using sketch, to arrive at the polished UI Design for both mobile and desktop versions of the app. In this stage we finalized colour choices, spacing, the image/upload lightbox, upload functions, commenting, music player styling and other pixel perfect details we were unable to tackle in the lo-fi prototype, or had not arisen until this time. It was also at this stage we created the signup flow and a profile creation UI for creating an account, and setting up an accounts for the first time.

Development

The development team worked closely with the design team to match the front end development to the prototype. To do this, we used React, a Javascript framework, and a Google Material UI library. By abstracting out the common functionalities and patterns within the app, we built base structural components and built layers on them to modify them into the app’s UI. In doing so, we created clean, reusable code that separates structure from styles.

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Biba Play Tracker

Biba Play Tracker

Biba Play Tracker uses the smartphones found in every parent’s pocket to unlock new and exciting games every time a family visits the playground. Every gameplay session generates a series of fitness metrics that let parents track their kids’ progress with information that is encrypted, private and 100% secure. The new play tracker app allows parents to see their kids daily activity and what kind of activity,

whether it is low, moderate or vigorous exercise.

We worked with Play Biba through our Roadmap Workshop for Startups, creating wireframes, prototypes, and more.

Roadmap Workshop

Our first step with Biba was the Roadmap Workshop for Startups during which we determined the functionality we wanted from the first release of the app. We held discovery meetings and brainstorming sessions to get familiar with the goals of the project and help fill in any missing pieces. Once we determined the priorities of the project and set clear goals for an MVP we were ready to start prototyping.

Development

The app itself was built React Native, a Javascript framework. We abstracted the common functionalities within the app, built components and layers to modify them into the app’s UI.

We tied into the existing Biba game’s API to sync Biba’s existing game data and generate accurate reporting on game usage as per the requirements of the MVP.

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Web Development for Vet Tech Company

“We lay out what needs to be done, then they work to complete those cards, and then we test them.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A.Y. Technologies developed a cloud-based web app with a landing page using WordPress, React, JavaScript, and Node.js. The platform is also mobile-friendly.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Stephen Booth
Product Manager, Responsive Veterinary Resources
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project has been successful so far. A.Y. Technologies. They’re flexible and are willing to make changes. Working in two-week sprints and managing the project on Trello, the team was efficient. As a result, QA has gone smoothly. They communicate bi-weekly to outline upcoming tasks.

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 product manager at Responsive Veterinary Resources. We’re a company that is writing web applications for veterinary medicine. So, the first product we’re working on helps veterinary hospitals message their staff and their relief pool about open shifts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

We hired them for development. We don’t have our own team, so we needed to outsource that.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It’s an online, mobile-friendly web application. There’s a web page and then a cloud-based app. The frontend that we started with initially is a WordPress site for the landing page. In the app, I believe it’s React and the backend is JavaScript and Node.js.

What is the team composition?

In total, we’ve had seven people working with us on-and-off. The work is divided between architects, frontend, and backend developers.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

We worked with another company for fact-finding and design, then we wanted someone local to do the development work. We thought that would help us manage the work a little better.

I met with them with the layouts and what we wanted done, user-stories, what the app should look like, how it should behave, the colors we wanted to use, and the functionality of the site, and protections. Then I asked ten local companies to provide us with a quote I found a few of the companies on Clutch, including A.Y. Technologies. In a selective bidding process, we selected A.Y. Technologies.  

How much have you invested with them?

It was around $80,000 for the initial development work. Since then, we’ve been working in sprints, which is $15,000 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2019 and its ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve built a good product at a good price. I do all the QA and have been pretty happy with the result.  

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

We do track everything we want them to do on Trello. We do two-week sprints, and we found that’s successful. We lay out what needs to be done, then they work to complete those cards, and then we test them.

I regularly speak with one person about the direction of the product—we speak about twice a week, once online and once in person. The chief architect comes to one of the two meetings as well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their strength is in their flexibility. We’ve pivoted a number of times, and they’ve followed along with those and allowed us to make changes as we go. Their ability to change direction is a major bonus.

I also think that compared to other companies we looked at, they offered a reasonable cost and were still able to complete everything efficiently.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are a few features we didn’t get into. The QA testing would be nice so we can make improvements. Still, we’re getting good value because I’m doing QA work. I suppose other companies with different backgrounds would not expect that they’d have to do QA themselves.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take advantage of their flexibility. That’s their strong point, so talk over how you want the product to function and behave.

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

Frontend Web Design for B2B/B2C Supply Chain App

"There was fantastic collaboration and communication between the teams."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Mar. - May 2019
Project summary: 

Based on provided user stories, A.Y. Technologies designed the UX/UI for a supply chain product. They worked on two modules, handling the format, colors, and custom icons as well as overall user flow.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Nicola Claxton
Co-Founder & COO, yave
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A.Y. Technologies took the time to consult with the appropriate stakeholders from the beginning, which resulted in a well-mapped out project. The final design kit was effective, and the internal team has leveraged it for additional development. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Yave Inc is a software technology company that connects the coffee supply chain through a blockchain-enabled marketplace. I am co-founder and COO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire A.Y. Technologies?

We hired AY Technologies to provide the look & feel for the initial launch of two of our Web-based modules. The design included everything from font, format, and colour, to custom icons and end-user experience workflow.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed quick turnaround on a cost-effective set of Webpage designs. It was imperative that the tools our tech team use were incorporated for smooth back-end integration.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I am grateful to Amin and the AY Tech team for their sponsorship of a Women in Tech event for which we won a sizeable credit for their services.

Describe the project in detail.

Yave team provided a design brief for a series of user stories. Through several conflating sessions we determined an appropriate scope of work to match our budget and still achieve our goals. Fernanda provided us with a tool kit on Zeplin and was extremely responsive with some last minute additions to design product labels for a promotional event.

What was the team composition?

CTO and I worked with Amin and Fernanda from AY Tech. Amin provided valuable initial scoping guidance and Fernanda delivered the designs.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

AY Tech delivered an effective design tool kit which we have leveraged for ancillary development.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

There was fantastic collaboration and communication between the teams.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

By taking the time to consult with us at the outset, Amin and Fernanda were able to provide an accurate scope / quotation / timeframe. On time and on budget to the agreed scope!

Are there any areas for improvement?

At one point months after this project, our designs were archived in Zeplin. However, with one email the account was made available again.

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

Software Development for a Workflow Automation Company

"A.Y. Technologies has been instrumental in getting our application off the ground.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A.Y. Technologies developed an MVP of a workflow automation software, including design, code language selection, scope, and QA testing. They continue to make updates as needed.

The Reviewer
Tom Dvorak
Co-Founder
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A.Y. Technologies delivered a high-quality MVP with minimal issues or bugs. In addition to receiving positive feedback from users, they met deadlines and stayed within budget. A pleasure to work with, their team is also very responsive and accessible. 

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 co-founder of a small automation company that services the bookkeeping industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies Inc.?

We engaged A.Y. Technologies to build an MVP of a software involving workflow automation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

A.Y. Technologies developed a platform hosted on AWS, including the backend and frontend design, coding language selection, resourcing, budgeting, scheduling, and QA testing. We provided wireframes and requirements for certain features.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project manager and a 2–3 developers.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies Inc.?

A mutual friend of mine and the head of A.Y. Technologies referred them to us.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested around $55,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started talking to them around the end of August 2018, went into development in October, and wrapped up the initial scope in November. We continue to work with them to update and modify the app after receiving some feedback from users.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

A.Y. Technologies has been instrumental in getting our application off the ground. They successfully met our requirements and delivered an MVP with little to no bugs. We haven't received any negative feedback from users thus far.

How did A.Y. Technologies Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

In terms of meeting deadlines and staying within budget, they've performed very well. They're responsive and check in with us regularly through weekly video calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

A.Y. Technologies delivered a reliable MVP in a short timeframe. They also met our budget and deadline, which is rare in software development.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would've been nice to get some face time with other team members working on our account.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Software is always more expensive than it needs to be in my opinion.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Bookkeeping Software Company

"The team delivered close to budget and made the project worthwhile."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

They developed the web app from scratch and executed a QuickBooks integration. The cloud-based solution automated processes to ensure accuracy when entering data.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
CEO, Bookkeeping Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team delivered a bug-free app that complied specifications. They overcame minor delays and challenges to create value. Customers can expect to work with a polite, responsive, and attentive team.

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 bookkeeping software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

We wanted to automate internal bookkeeping and accounting processes. We hired A.Y. Technologies to create a proprietary process.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed the web app from scratch and executed a QuickBooks integration. The cloud-based solution automated processes to ensure accuracy when entering data.

What is the team composition?

We worked with three people including a project manager and developers.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

I met Amin (Director of Technology, A.Y. Technologies) through a mentorship program. He was diligent and a very good listener. We didn’t consider other agencies.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $60,000 CAD ($44,940 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between October–December 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re currently testing the app. There are no bugs to date.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They scoped everything out well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I had a great relationship with Amin; he listened to us and understood our team. Amin wasn’t an accountant, but I could still trust him to understand my requests for accounting software.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We made changes during the project, but there wasn’t anything the team could have done differently. Most challenges related to the APIs, particularly the one for QuickBooks. But they fixed that problem quickly.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We would highly recommend them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They over-promised and under-delivered on a few deadlines. But they didn’t miss anything critical.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The team delivered close to budget and made the project worthwhile.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were responsive, courteous, and understanding. I felt heard.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web App Dev for Poker Software Company

"The team has impressed me by delivering everything on time in a smooth process."

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

A.Y. Technologies programmed a web application in Java. The algorithm automated the solution’s classification functionalities. They now do updates and integrations on an ongoing basis.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Peter Ware Dunn
Co-Founder, Siumailand
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is bug-free and has received positive user feedback. The team provides attentive service via on-site and remote communication. They’ve fulfilled all requirements and continue to make the partnership a positive experience.

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 co-own Siumailand, a poker software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

We were creating a new way to classify poker hands, but we didn’t know how to code the web application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an idea of what we wanted to do and A.Y. Technologies did all the work. They took our poker knowledge and formalized it into algorithms via Java to automate the number of different hands. The team finished the app in May 2018, and now does updates and integrations while we work with another poker training site.

What is the team composition?

We work with the owner and he has about two team members working behind the scene.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

My partner in Canada found them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $50,000–$60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2018 and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

People love the app because it’s unique and useful for playing online poker. Users make money from playing and they’re happy. We haven’t had any functionality problems.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

We get a lot of attention from the owner, even when he’s on vacation. The team has impressed me by delivering everything on time in a smooth process. We communicate via email and video conference. My partner sometimes meets them at their office.

What did you find most impressive about them?

My partner and I enjoy our positive experience with A.Y. Technologies.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The team didn’t have any poker knowledge but still made the project work.

Any advice for potential customers?

Just tell them what you want and they’ll deliver.

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

iOS Mobile App Dev for Emergency Room Management Tool

“They’re easy to work with, and they add a tremendous amount of value to the whole development process.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After creating a roadmap for the engagement, A.Y. Technologies began developing an iOS app that helps manage schedules for emergency surgery. They’re currently building the app for a future clinical trial.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
British Columbia, Canada
CEO, Healthcare Software Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the app is still in development, A.Y. Technologies’ work has satisfied all expectations. Ultimately, their structured approach and technical knowledge make them critical partners in the collaboration.

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 and originating designer of a software startup that specializes in medical applications, specifically emergency surgery applications. We target the Canadian healthcare audience.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

I wanted to create a mobile app for emergency surgical scheduling. Although I started the initial development myself, I needed a Canadian partner that could guide me through the process and build the app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When I first met them, I signed up for their four-day roadmap workshop, which introduced me to the development process. We also completed an entity-relationship (ER) model, and they learned more about our business.

Afterward, they started developing the app on Google Cloud Console for iOS, providing the overall infrastructure and some design support. Currently, they’re still building the app, and we’re preparing for a clinical trial in a few months. The app will feature multi-priority scheduling to help manage emergency surgery.

What is the team composition?

I primarily work with Amin (CEO and Director of Technology, A.Y. Technologies) and another person. Amin does the design work and manages the app development. The other person supports the artistic components.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

I found them online and was impressed by their reputation. In particular, I liked their roadmap approach because it helped introduce me to the development process in an accessible way.

How much have you invested with them?

I’ve spent $65,000 CAD ($50,094 USD) thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work began in February 2018 and is ongoing. We’re still halfway through the development process and have a clinical trial in October 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While I don’t have any concrete metrics, from a qualitative point of view, working with them is delightful. They’re easy to work with, and they add a tremendous amount of value to the whole development process. In terms of our current product, its met all of my standards so far.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate through email to manage our expectations and coordinate. Because I’m not based in Vancouver, it can be difficult to meet in person, though we do occasionally meet.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Amin has a strong grasp of the overall app development process. As such, the ER model is key because it allows him to understand my business. It was important to me that they took the time to learn about us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing comes to mind. They do everything the way we need them to do, and so far it’s been great.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

In the long run, it’s worth it to set aside the time to go through your ideas before starting the development. Establish a roadmap and some wireframes to structure the process. This has been a salient aspect of their workshop.

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

Web App Dev for Poker Playing Platform

"The experience has been great and the founder of the company is a great guy."

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

A.Y. Technologies is developing an educational web application that teaches users how to play poker. After the initial design, the scope nearly doubled in size, and cosmetic edits have been requested.

   
The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
British Columbia, Canada
Founder, Mobile App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A.Y. Technologies is competitively priced among software developers in North America. Their team is responsive and flexible, meeting the evolving needs of the project within a reasonable timeframe. However, the cosmetics of their designs could be improved.

   

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 developing an online poker platform.

   
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

We needed to create an online education application that trains users how to play poker. Although I have a degree in Computer Science, I don’t have the software development experience needed to map out the scope of a project like this.

   
SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

A.Y. Technologies created a software roadmap for a web-only app (in HTML), including the frontend, backend, timeline and cost of the project. After a couple months, however, we changed the scope, nearly doubling the size of the project. As a result, they’re catching up to the changes we’ve made and will finalize the project later than originally planned.

After the initial prototype was provided, we decided to hire another vendor to redesign some of the cosmetic components (i.e., color palette). Although we wanted to go in a different direction for the design, we’re still working with A.Y. Technologies to implement those changes.

Beyond contracted services, the team has provided some business advice due to the online nature of the product (i.e., Facebook ads, analytics, etc.), but this does not include marketing.

What is the team composition?

I’ve mostly worked with the founder and one designer. It’s a relatively small development company.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

I posted the job on multiple platforms and googled software development companies locally in Vancouver. After interviewing about 15 different developers, I decided to work with A.Y. Technologies based on their competitive pricing and timeframe estimates and proximity.

How much have you invested with them?

About $35,000 CAD.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working with them since September 2017, and the project is ongoing. We expect to launch the app in February 2018.

   
RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality of their work is satisfactory. The timeline has been pushed back (to no fault of their own) due to the changes we made after they began the initial phase. They’ve met smaller milestones along the way, but their initial prototype was subpar. In order to improve the first design, we’ve reviewed additional demos after requesting adjustments to fonts and animation.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They managed my expectations well. When I changed the scope of the project, they gave me a reasonable timeline despite increased complexity of the project.

Most communication happened through email, but I was also able to visit their office in downtown Vancouver to discuss the project for a couple hours every couple weeks.

What did you find most impressive about them?

This is the first software development company I’ve employed, so I don’t have anything to compare my experience to, but I’m happy with their work thus far. I especially like being able to drop by their offices. They’ve been quick to respond to requests for changes to the project as it progresses.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The cosmetics of design elements could use a little bit of work.

   
5.0
Overall Score The experience has been great and the Founder of the company is a great guy.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re highly competitive for a North American software developer.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would highly recommend them.

Company response

 

   

Roadmap Workshop & Prototype for Design Company

“They’re invested ... and bring integrity, expertise, and value even if they don’t build your software.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

A.Y. Technologies fleshed out a new business idea through intensive workshops, business planning, and software wireframe and prototype design.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Gisele Forge
Owner, Blank Canvas Design Co.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The prototype and business planning documents are valuable tools in finding investors. Workshops focus on evaluating and determining the best idea rather than selling software services, which demonstrates a dedication to customer service and ultimate customer 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 the owner of Blank Canvas Design Co. We specialize in brand strategy and design for businesses and design websites as well.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

I had an idea for a new business and needed help figuring out to how to get started.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I went through their 2-week roadmap workshop, which consisted of six 2-hour in-person sessions with the ultimate goal being to establish if the business was viable. The director and one of the designers guided me through the process by asking relevant questions. They suggested I change the product to custom software in order to be more accessible to potential clients. I agreed and as a result, conducted necessary research, provided numbers on potential clients, and figured out cash flow projections. That took place in the first week of the workshop.

Building on what we found out in the first week, the second week focused on the technical details of how the software would be created, how it would function, and what it would look like. This was done through brainstorming sessions and additional research. They did some UX design and produced the software’s wireframes, as well as a complete list of features I wanted to include.

Once the workshop was over, they produced a low-fidelity, clickable prototype that showed how the software would function for users. Additionally, they gave me a 30-page document that included business planning, technical execution, cost, and revenue projections.

What is the team dynamic?

I worked primarily with the company owner and a designer.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

I know the owner through a networking group we're both a part of but hadn't actually worked with him before I started the workshop.

How much have you invested with them?

The workshop cost $8,000 CAD ($6,231 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

The workshop took place in November 2017. Development is on hold while I do additional research and get funding. Once that’s done, I plan to hire A.Y. to build out the full software.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their consultation and expertise were valuable to me as they helped decide if my idea was good enough to move forward. It’s important for any entrepreneur to figure that out before moving forward with product development. After working with them, I feel I’ve done my due diligence.

Additionally, the prototype and closing documents they provide are concrete assets that assist greatly with acquiring funding from investors.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They were always responsive when I reached out. We used email, Asana for project management, and InVision to display prototypes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They wanted my business to succeed and to be effective, trustworthy partners.I was pleasantly surprised to see just how thorough they examined all angles of my idea before they ever started talking about technical design. They’re invested in every project they take on and bring integrity, expertise, and value even if they don’t build your software.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Look for partners that ask the right questions and are invested in your success. A.Y. takes on a limited amount of clients in order to dedicate more time to the ones they have.

5.0
Overall Score My experience was positive and I look forward to working together on a deeper level.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They scheduled all meetings and promptly completed the consultation.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For a small business, it can be a big investment. However, the value is totally worth the cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work was thorough and of excellent quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to three or four of my clients.

Software Dev for Digital Banking Solutions Provider

"They pride themselves on being an extension of your team, rather than outsourced group."

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

A.Y. Technologies supplemented internal staff in building, testing, and integrating web and mobile image recognition-related features into larger projects.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Founder, Enterprise Fintech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Initial staff feedback is positive as their work helped create a niche business extension. Laudably, they sought to understand the wider business impact rather than just deliver on requirements, but they sometimes failed to communicate when clarity about deadlines or desired outcomes was lacking.

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 founder and CEO of an enterprise software company that services the financial sector. We build a wide variety of tools that allow banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and other financial institutions to provide more digital capabilities to their customers. We offer fraud detection, data analytics, and predictive model tools.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies.

We had seen an increase in traction with many of our significant customers and found ourselves with a real gap in resources. We were building up our teams but felt we needed to move quicker to fulfill our immediate technical challenges on the engineering side.

We were struggling to increase our headcount at a fast enough rate and wanted to bring in a team to augment the staff, as we have many deliverables that are very time sensitive. We wanted someone who really understood our business model, priorities, and fits culturally with what we’re trying to do.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They provide development for a number of web and mobile offerings. Part of our services build on a number of image recognition technologies, so facial recognition algorithms, text detection, and fraud detection. It’s a fairly specific and niche skill set, so it takes time for us to build-up the talent in-house because we have to find people who really understand this particular set of technologies and the problem we're trying to solve. With the help of A.Y. Technologies, we’re able to carve out this out as a specific capability or microservice, where we have them build, test, and then integrate within our broader offerings.

What is the team dynamic?

It’s typically around three people. I communicate with a combination of developers and our project manager. One of the unique benefits of working with them was that we got direct interaction with the individual developers that are writing the code, but at the same time, there was a project manager who was accountable. It was a healthy balance.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

They host a number of technology meet-ups. We met the group and started a relationship, and really respected them as top leaders in a technical capacity. When we came up with this particular gap, we were quick to call them and see if we could work together to solve the problem.

How much have you invested with them?

Just below $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2017, and the project was finished in the last month. We don’t have a new project at this time, but will likely work with them again in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While the services they’ve built have been incorporated into our broader product offering, it hasn’t been released live yet – however, we're very happy with it. We haven't worked with many outsourced companies because of the nature of our products and the expected time expediency. But they made a relentless effort to try to understand our business and our customers.

They went beyond the scope. They didn't just build some code, test the code, and then ship it. They were constantly trying to understand the end solutions for the customer, and really focusing on solving the problem rather than merely executing code. It’s a rare quality amongst third-party developers or consultancy shops. They felt much more like an extension of our in-house team rather than an outsource group.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They did very well. We try to treat them like an extension of our own team and consider them another one of our engineering teams. We integrated them into Slack, which we use for communication internally, and set up a specific channel for them. We also included them in GitLab for code repository and sprint tracking.

They were generally good at sticking to our budget. There was some miscommunication sometimes a few days before a deadline, and I think both sides could have done a better job of communicating hard deadlines. Overall, they were usually on pace with completing the scope of the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They pride themselves on being an extension of your team, rather than an outsourced team. They take the time to understand your challenges and what your business is trying to achieve, rather than just the scope and requirements needed to execute the job. They were always willing to go the extra mile.

Are there any areas they could improve?

More clarity and focus with deadlines. It requires more communication when the deadlines aren’t crystal clear, and if we communicated those earlier on it might have helped. The fundamental reason why we brought them in was to help us to alleviate resource constraints and time-sensitive work. A bit more focus there would be good.

4.5
Overall Score Nothing’s ever quite perfect, but we’re very happy.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Generally well where deadlines and priorities are well communicated.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Once they’re committed, they stick to that budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Maybe slight room for improvement on more QA testing, but it’s quality code.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Definitely.

E-commerce Dev for Auto Parts Retailer

"A.Y. Technologies will find a way to do whatever we need."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A.Y. Technologies conducted full-stack redevelopment for a retail platform, repairing problematic code using Magento, custom engineering, and third-party database integration. They now provide enhancements. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Shirzad Entezari
Owner, Sorat Wheels & Tires
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Within 2 months of launching, the revamped site increased online sales from no revenue to over $30,000 per month. A.Y. Technologies’ straightforward workflow, robust technical skills, accessibility, and enthusiasm continue to add value to the engagement. 

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 owner of Sorat Wheels & Tires, a wheel and tire retail business. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with A.Y. Technologies?

Our website wasn't working very well. I had a lot of ideas for a new website, and the last people I dealt with, for whatever reason, weren’t willing to execute what I wanted. In the end, we got a product that didn’t meet our needs. I knew I had to start over and spend more money to change the site completely. I reached out to A.Y. Technologies and eventually started working with them.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When a customer visits our website, they enter their vehicle information, which takes them to a third-party database that we pay for that gives information (about 5 or 6 parameters). We grab those parameters, go into our database, and search for them using different formulas that either I or the industry generates. The customer receives the results.

A.Y. Technologies provided everything for our e-commerce website, and they built it from scratch. At first, they tried to fix the original site, but there was a lot of cluttered coding. We use Magento, which is a ready-to-go system, but we had to do a lot of custom work because Magento did not have the solutions we needed. However, it also didn’t allow much custom coding.

At the end of our project with our former developer, we found out that he’d decided to write code into the pages. A.Y. Technology had to take that out and make the pages modular, as we could not upgrade the old website the way it was coded. We were stuck with the original Magento version that we were using; to upgrade it, we had to recode everything. If it was modular, we could do an upgrade in 2 hours. While we were working on the website, there was a complete change from Magento 1.7 to 2.0. That took extra time because we had to fix a whole bunch of stuff.

Basically, I would tell A.Y. Technologies what I wanted to accomplish, and they would find a way to do it. Other companies I spoke with would stress their limitations with Magento. I think A.Y. Technologies wrote everything in React and integrated with Magento later. That worked well for us because let us do the custom coding we wanted. Now, when A.Y. Technologies upgrades something for us, it takes 2–3 hours instead of 6 months.

A.Y. Technologies also managed our SEO for a while, and we were getting good results from that. I had to stop, though, because we changed the whole website. I realized that on the old website, we were basically spending the money to direct customers to the platform, but the website wasn’t able to answer their questions. We kept getting phone calls from people saying they had problems using the website. Our business is intensive, and we don’t sell regular products. We need to use a lot of databases to make sure that certain wheels will fit a certain car, for example. So, I stopped the SEO until we fixed the new website, and then we start going back to it. Before, A.Y. Technologies did some SEO for us, as well as blogging. They have other ideas that we’re going to tackle now that the website is ready to go and we’re entering our winter season.

How did you come to work with A.Y. Technologies?

I dealt with 2 other companies before working with A.Y. Technologies, and I had horrible experiences with both. I found A.Y. Technologies through my brother, who knew the owner. The other firms told me that my goals weren’t possible, but A.Y. Technologies told us they’d find a way that was cost-effective. It’s been nice to work with them.

How much have you invested with A.Y. Technologies?

I think we spent about $100,000 in 2016. I don’t know the exact amount. Lately, we’ve been running about $11,000–$12,000 a month, so we’ve probably spent $70,000 so far in 2017.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with A.Y. Technology about 5 years ago. They’ve been working with us on a full-time basis since the beginning of 2016 because we wanted to revamp the whole website. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We went from having absolutely no online sales to at least $20,000–$30,000 in online revenue per month, and the website just went up 2 months ago. It’s very user-friendly, which I appreciate because we spent a lot of time on it. I basically told A.Y. Technologies what to do, and they did it; I know how this kind of website has to work. I will either copy or improve on a competitor’s website. Good or bad, the results are on me, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job.

How did A.Y. Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

A.Y. Technologies performs well from a project management standpoint. In fact, I sometimes think they’re overdoing it a bit. Our project manager writes down everything we talk about and uses software to keep track of projects. During a meeting, he’ll take notes and even delegate the work right away. It makes me want to keep working with them. I can see that they’re not just taking my money and giving me reports afterward; I know about everything they’re working on.

We meet in person and regularly. I sometimes talk to their team 10 times a day. I text and email our project manager, and they also run our email server. If we have any problems, I send a text, and 2 minutes later, it’s fixed. Right before we went live, we were working until 11 p.m., and they’d fix issues for me right away. They’re very accessible.

What did you find most impressive about A.Y. Technologies?

A.Y. Technologies will find a way to do whatever we need. They research each question and get back to us. I like that, especially because I have dealt with other people and spent a lot of money on websites that were nothing like this. I have probably paid A.Y. Technology 10 times more than I paid anybody else, but I've been happy throughout the process.

Are there any areas A.Y. Technologies could improve?

Because of the scope of the work, I never asked how much it was going to cost me. I just didn't want to put limitations on their problem-solving. I knew that what I wanted wasn't something that everybody could deliver. So, I actually don't know how they’d handle a set budget. That’s the only thing I could say. Other than that, I've been happy with them. 

5.0
Overall Score I’ve had the best experience working with A.Y. Technologies.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A lot of work was straightforward, but it did take much longer than expected. They told me when a request was more challenging than usual. Even so, I felt like the project extended more than it should have.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I didn't work with them with a budget in mind. Their costs were reasonable to me, especially when we consider the amount of time they put into the project. I don't know how they would work with a budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I'm excited about everything that A.Y. Technology has done for us. I think the only thing they could improve is their design skills. They’re so strong in coding and development.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended them many times.