Software house working with startups

Coding is great fun, but it is even better when it creates value. We are BinarApps, software house focused on working with startups.

  • Over 40 people, working in one office.
  • 95% of our customers get back to us with subsequent assignments.
  • Over 64 projects completed.
  • Apps for responsive web & native mobile platforms.
  • Proudly based in Łódź, Poland.
 
$1,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2014
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Łódź, Poland
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Discountif, Xplenty, Nomadic.uno, Fitogram, Agenda, ScooopeMae, Canada Post, Eyethere, Interior Factory, Skilltelligence, Robert Kupisz, Bluebirds&Co.

Interior Factory - Platform to facilitate communication between architects, furniture manufacturers, and clients

Project background

Platform to facilitate communication between architects, furniture manufacturers, and clients. Users can browse rooms, apartments, and furniture designs to comment and follow their favorite designers or makers. Architects can quickly publish their projects, find new clients and future business partners.

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Designer panel for publishing architectural projects
  • Manufacturer panel for publishing products collections 
  • User-friendly disk for items bookmarking
  • 3D model viewer in browser
  • API integration for 3D model converter 
  • Przelewy24 payment service integration
  • CMS system

Robert Kupisz - On-line shop run by one of the most talented fashion designers

Project background

Online shop for well-known polish fashion brand QΠШ created by Robert Kupisz – one of the most successful fashion designers. Fully responsive bootstrap-based layout covers customized Spree e-commerce engine.
 

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Re-writing the engine from scratch
  • Courier, payment gateway, and interactive kiosk integration
  • RAKS (warehouse management - accounting system) integration

BlueBirds&co - Personalized women's clothing – the one and only in Poland

Project background

The Bluebirds & Co. is a fashion brand, and online design tool, allowing customers to match clothing with custom sewing techniques (zips, reversible sewing) and detachable accessories (collars, bows, tassels). Bluebirds & Co. is a traditional Polish family business, and Winner of the “Pomysł na firmę” Award 2014.
 

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Clothing creator – personalize your clothing with predefined components 
  • Payment Gateway Integration
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Spree customization

Skilltelligence - Obtain current market data via mobile application

Project background

Skilltelligence is a web platform for real time market research. It allows customers to run a specific task, which is being performed by a number of users with a use of a mobile application. The data is then collected and presented in a form of list results and data charts. It is also possible to export data for further processing

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Web based administration panel for user and job management
  • REST API for a mobile application (BuzzBee)
  • Payment gateway integration (PayPal)
  • Data statistics presentation module
  • Google Cloud Messaging integration.

Fitogram - Best place to find place to keep fit

Project background 

Web- and mobile-based system that helps people find the best place to keep fit.

Scope of BinarApps work 

  • Expanding the business model with B2C functionality
  • Writing a full test suite
  • Integration with Mail Chimp and Mandrill
  • New registration system for business partners
  • Expanding the user request system
  • Widget for partner websites ***
  • Refactoring

Eyethere - Crowd Source platform for creating and receiving video on demand

Project background

An app for playing short videos from around in the world. Users can access the platform via form, to request a video from particular place. You can also make videos for other users. 

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Mobile app API
  • Mobile app for iOS
  • Development of client's ideas from the ground up, along with giving insight on technical aspects and terms
  • Mobile app graphic design

Nomadic Uno - Inform, guide, and gather all commercial events in one smart application

Project background

Location-based, data analytics, and marketing solution for trade shows and conferences. With a little help from iBeacons, our following customers.
 

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Major refactor
  • iOS Application Development
  • Back-end side Development
  • New feature frontend and API
  • Server management

Xplenty - Big Data not just for nerds

Project background

Israel-based platform. Xplenty is easy-to-use cloud service that helps in quick transformation of structured and semi-structured data into business insights. In 2014, Xplenty has raised $3 million in a Series A round of financing. 
 

Scope of BinarApps work

Next version of API
Hook System
Slack integration
Pagerduty integration

Discountif.com - World’s first “bet-commerce” platform

Project background

Discountif is a UK-based platform providing clients with new way of buying products and services online. It combines the thrill of betting with the benefit of every special offer you can find on Amazon. Namely, gambling and shopping in the most interesting combination.

Scope of BinarApps work

  • Crawler in Amazon
  • CMS
  • KYC system
  • Compliance with UK Betting and Gaming Commission
  • Payment Gateway Integration
  • Integration with Betfair

Reviews

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Platform Dev Support for Business Management Software

"Binar::Apps is invested in the work and feel like they’re a part of our group."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Binar::Apps provides staff augmentation, assisting with the full development of a freelance management system. They’ve handled requirements gathering and work specifically with React and Node.js.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
CTO, Technology Design Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the platform isn’t launched yet, their help in identifying bugs or other issues and the overall quality of the code they produce are highlights of their work. Binar::Apps’ daily communication, proactive approach, and helpful suggestions continue to impress.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of a company that’s creating a freelance management system for enterprises.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar::Apps?

At the time, I was basically the entire tech team. Since we were a startup, we needed to find good developers, but there’s a shortage of talent where we are. We began looking for a remote development team that would work for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I handled development initially, just to get the code up and running. We didn’t have full specifications for the product when Binar::Apps started working with us, so we looked at what we were trying to build and worked together on creating a rough architecture of the system. It’s been an agile process.

What is the team composition?

We hired developers without having a product spec, as we weren’t buying a product, but rather resources. They assigned three full-stack developers for React and Node.js work.

I work with Binar::Apps on a daily basis. I handle development as well, and we also have an in-house designer. After the design of a spec is done, we review it as a team and they work on identifying any loopholes or components that aren’t functioning properly.

How did you come to work with Binar::Apps?

Lukasz (Head of Growth, Binar::Apps) was visiting our location, and we met him by accident at an incubator when we were in the process of researching outsourcing companies. I reached out to almost 15 other companies, stationed all the way from Europe, to Asia and China. I had interviews with key account managers and different candidates and went with Binar::Apps based on the results of those.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around 1.6 million Norwegian Krone ($189,328 USD) so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in October 2017. The collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re planning to launch the platform within a month, so we don’t have any statistics at the moment. It’s difficult to put a number on it, but I’m happy with the quality of code. I work with it on a daily basis and I find that it’s extremely structured and it follows our best practices.

How did Binar::Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

I communicate with their development team directly. They’re integrated into our Slack, and we have daily video standups and workshops; it’s like having our own team, but with an office in a different city. For financial discussions or issues with the team, we can go to Lukasz or to our key account manager.

They’re proactive in case there’s a holiday or a major issue we need to know about. Communication has been smooth for everyone, especially since they speak English as good as I do. We also have quarterly meetups, in which I or someone else from our office will either fly to theirs for a workshop or we will fly them to our location.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The most noteworthy aspect about the collaboration is that they don’t just look at specs and implement them as they stand. Binar::Apps is invested in the work and feel like they’re a part of our group. They care about the product, they challenge our opinions, and they strive to deliver high quality. With other developers and companies we’ve been in touch with, we would hand out the spec and hope to receive something good in return. With Binar::Apps, it feels like we’re hiring our own developers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. We’re happy with our setup.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

If the client wants them to feel like team members, they should include Binar::Apps in the whole process. Our workshops with the team have been really good. They provide good feedback, which should be encouraged and listened to.

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

App Dev for Video Production Software Company

"The user feedback has been good so far and the stability has improved."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Binar::Apps provide resources to augment the team of a film software company, working with Swift and Ruby on Rails for iOS applications.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Norway
Audun Vaaler
CEO, Drylab R&D
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The ongoing collaboration runs smoothly, with their resource well integrated and working effectively with the in-house team. They applications have improved as a result, with the team communicating efficiently and regularly.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO/CTO of Drylab R&D. We make software for professional film and television production running on iOS, macOS, and web.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar::Apps?

We wanted a way to augment our in-house development to speed up the process and improve its quality.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We're a very small team and we wanted to increase our team size in such a way that the new people would work like they are part of the same team.

They work on a variety of projects, including an iOS app for directors to track production. We have an application that ingests the clips and metadata from the camera and distributes, organizes, and collects that metadata and clips to the iOS app via the Cloud. We also have a web interface that manages users and productions and a web version of the viewer apps. The technologies used are Swift and Ruby on Rails.

What is the team composition?

We have three senior developers and a tester. Currently, we don’t have a project manager as we work very tightly ourselves.

How did you come to work with Binar::Apps?

We did a lot of research and met with them in-person as well. They give a very solid impression. The city in which they are located has a renowned film school which was an additional component in our decision. We felt that because we work in film, it might lead to some interesting things in the future.

How much have you invested in them?

We've spent around €200,000 ($235,474 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in April 2017 and the work is ongoing. Our goal is to increase the number of people working on the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're currently in a beta testing phase which has been ongoing for the past couple of months. The user feedback has been good so far and the stability has improved.

How did Binar::Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

We have daily stand-ups and keep in touch very closely. Once we know what we want to do, the team is very involved in planning. The collaboration has been working very well. We use Slack for communication, GitHub for tracking user stories, tasks, and source control. We also visit each other in-person relatively often. It's quite easy to get from Oslo to Poland, and they visit Norway once per year, so we see each other every month or two.

What did you find most impressive about them?

In comparison to the research we did on other companies, Binar seem very solid and professional. They're relatively expensive compared to what we would pay for developers in Norway, but they bring high quality and flexibility. It's good to work with people who already have an understanding of what we want to achieve.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We've had three testers since we started with them and it takes time for a new tester to become productive in the system, especially because it's relatively specialized and complex. It would be good if the testers stayed longer.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It depends on the company, but considering the quality that Binar delivers and their price level, work closely with them and treat them as an extension of your existing team and a very close partner. That is what we have done and it's worked very well for us.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They don’t do the project management so if deadlines slide, it is more our fault.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Application and API Development for Analytics Engine

"Binar Apps’ team is agile and has little overhead, compared to other companies we’ve worked with."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Binar Apps handles maintenance, bug fixes, and feature updates for an existing data collection site. They focus on APIs, backend, and frontend work using Ruby on Rails and AngularJS.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Co-founder, Data Collection Software
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Binar Apps is responsive and agile. They provide quality code and QA testing to ensure there’s little back-and-forth, and they make themselves available during emergencies despite time zone challenges. Though they could be more proactive about quick turnarounds, they keep things moving forward.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We provide a data collection and collaboration platform. It’s available in the form of mobile and web apps. I am the CTO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar Apps?

We needed Ruby on Rails and AngularJS web development. We had been working with a Polish company for this task, but, after a while, we became dissatisfied with their performance. We started looking for someone else with a focus on quality, and making sure that the code we received was in good condition. The number one requirement for us was the technical skill of the team, but we also cared about their attitude, responsiveness and project management.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an existing product. Binar Apps was asked to perform maintenance work, do bug fixes, as well as add new features. Most of their work is on our APIs and backend and frontend. Binar Apps isn’t providing any mobile development for us yet. We provide all requirements, details, and mockups, and Binar Apps will work on them. They have internal QA which goes through the code, making sure that what they’re delivering is functional. Once we receive features on our side, we do our own testing, and go live. All the work is done for our core product, the data collection platform.

How did you come to work with Binar Apps?

I found Binar Apps on an online platform. I interviewed a number of companies, and had a one-month trial with Binar Apps. They gave us an initial discount and developed a feature for us. That was a good indicator of whether or not we could work together, while also assessing their technical skills. We started working on a regular basis from there.

How much have you invested with Binar Apps?

The cost of Binar Apps’ work has been $50,000 through April. We have an hourly collaboration.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Binar Apps in November 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Binar Apps’ work is a part of our product, and we did have customers before their involvement. They do contribute, but our success isn’t a direct result of Binar Apps’ work.

We’ve recently released a new data-saving feature developed with Binar Apps, so I don’t have any feedback for it yet.

How did Binar Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

We are not using a project manager with Binar Apps, which is a requirement from many other development companies. From my experience, one wasn’t really necessary since we would be doing that work on our side at the end of the day, in terms of providing all the requirements and making sure that everything was on time. Binar Apps’ lead developer is our main contact, and we have weekly status meetings, as well as daily emails. The performance has been good, but we have had to clear our expectations in the beginning and familiarize Binar Apps with the project. I think that, overall, things have gone smoothly. It all depends on what we develop, since some features can be more challenging than others.

Binar Apps has responded quickly to any emergencies we’ve had, and they were always available. We have a time difference, so they’re finishing their work day when we’re starting ours. It hasn’t happened often, but there have been instances of issues coming up which needed to be fixed right away. I was able to get a hold of one of Binar Apps’ owners, and he got everyone involved, resolving our situation.

What did you find most impressive about Binar Apps?

The process is quite good. Binar Apps’ team is agile and has little overhead, compared to other companies we’ve worked with. This is one of the best things about them, and there is also a lot of testing and QA being provided at no charge to us.

Are there any areas Binar Apps could improve?

I can’t think of anything.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Things have gone slower than we would have liked, at times. During the past four or five months, we have been developing only one feature, with most of the work consisting of small improvements and bug fixes. It’s hard to provide specifics, as such.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Binar Apps is on-par with other companies at their level. I’ve researched the market, and find that there is one range overall, but the quality can only be determined after working with a team for some time.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend Binar Apps. We are happy with their performance and the overall collaboration.

Front & Back-End Development for Event Location Services

"It was important for me that Binar::Apps' members would be able to think for themselves."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jun. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Binar Apps analyzed an existing code base and then suggested and executed feature enhancements as they rebuilt the product from the ground up.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto, Canada
Wojtek Hoch
CEO, Nomadic Uno
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Binar Apps team demonstrated through their proactive communication and problem-solving, as well as dedication to process and quality, that they were truly invested in the success of the app and the company behind it.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Nomadic Uno is a location-based service for events, conferences, and festivals. We provide this through a custom app with GPS and SMS functionalities which are coupled with a proprietary backend that collects data, performs analytics, and provides custom content, based on a user's location. We're located in Toronto, Canada. I am the CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar::Apps?

I needed a great backend and frontend development team which could not only execute on the platform I already had but also take it to the next level and deliver it to the market quickly, without a lot of guidance. They needed to look at the code and the business, and determine what needed to be done regarding feature sets.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Binar::Apps reviewed our existing product, which was an MVP [minimum viable product] at that stage, learned how it was built, and what its limitations were. Together, we determined what the backend software should be from a reliability, usability, and scalability points-of-view. The second part implied looking at the frontend app which delivered the service, with the same objectives of assessing the code for reliability, scalability, and so on. Binar::Apps was involved in rebuilding the entire application from the ground up.

The backend was built entirely using Ruby on Rails, while the customer-facing app was developed for iOS.

How did you come to work with Binar::Apps?

I'm very fond of Polish developers since that's my native country, so I reviewed a few groups, looking at how skilled they were. Binar::Apps is based in my city of birth, and had an office almost exactly across the street from where I used to live. A part of the decision came from my gut, but I did go through a due-diligence process, looking at their approaches to development, project management, and QA. It was important for me that Binar::Apps' members would be able to think for themselves, rather than execute what they're told. Based on those criteria, we decided to work together, and I've been pleased so far.

How much have you invested with Binar::Apps?

The cost of Binar::Apps' work has been between $60,000 and $70,000 for the three projects we've worked on together. I'm looking forward to doing more business.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Binar::Apps in June 2015. We have several engagements and will continue the relationship in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our first project on the mobile app and its location-based technologies made the system much more robust. We were able to showcase it to several prospects, which will ultimately convert into paying customers. The project is ongoing, and I have confidence that, as we proceed, Binar::Apps will have my back and deliver things which will make us stand out for our clients.

Binar::Apps was proactive in stepping in and making changes on the fly, based on our interactions with customers.

For another project, Binar::Apps not only delivered what was in the scope, but also beyond that, troubleshooting things proactively. It was a great success story, and it made us look good in front of clients.

How did Binar::Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

Binar::Apps is a very process-focused group, which is a great help for me since I'm not. They kept me focused on specific priorities, in order to get our objective across. We used Taiga for project management.

What did you find most impressive about Binar::Apps?

I've been in business for many years and across different companies. Binar::Apps is the first group of developers with whom I feel a kinship. I can describe what I need to do, and I'm confident that Binar::Apps' team will poke holes in it, rather than simply doing what they're told. They're committed to making my business better by actively participating in the development. It's a huge thing for outsourcing companies. Binar::Apps makes things happen, instead of offering excuses.

Binar::Apps' team also has good English skills, which means that I can interface with them directly, and so can my clients.

Are there any areas Binar::Apps could improve?

Nothing is glaring. Time management could have been better since there is a time-shift between our location and Binar::Apps'. A team which was committed to the same hours as us would be an improvement. With another company, we needed to adjust our hours, for contrast.

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

Web Development for Sporting Retail Rewards Platform

"...after their work, we had 300 visitors a month to our site."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
3.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2014 - Jun. 2016
Project summary: 

Binar::Apps was hired as an outsourcing partner to develop a MVP and CMS for an existing B2C website built on Ruby on Rails.

The Reviewer
 
Startup
 
Msida, Malta
Project Manager, Sporting Retail Rewards Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The work that Binar::Apps did producing an MVP helped the company raise enough money to transition their business model from B2C to B2B, seeing an increase in traffic and significant sales in under a two-year period. Project management was easy and efficient, utilizing Slack and Trello.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We offer a rewards platform to retail sites, and our rewards are sporting events. We're totally B2B now, but had started in a B2C model. I'm the product manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar::Apps?

We needed a development team to develop an MVP [minimum viable product] because we didn't have any resources in-house. The goal of our partnership was to have something to show investors and test our algorithms.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a CMS [content management system] for us and our product, which was a B2C website built in Ruby on Rails.

How did you come to work with Binar::Apps?

Some of the founders had personal connections with Binar::Apps.

How much have you invested with Binar::Apps?

The project cost between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in March 2014, and both the MVP and version 2 was completed in June 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The MVP allowed us to raise money for the next phase in the company. With version 2, we were able to prove the model and business model further, and we made the switch to B2B. We did make a few sales online, but the results were internal. Since we were a startup, we didn't have any metrics to start with but, after their work, we had 300 visitors a month to our site. We generated 20,000 pounds worth of sales during the year-and-a-half testing period.

How did Binar::Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

We collaborated mainly on Skype and used email to have documentation. We also used Slack and Trello for planning. The project was managed by two teams and by using these tools.

What did you find most impressive about Binar::Apps?

It was our first experience working with a remote team, and I felt everything went well.

Are there any areas Binar::Apps could improve?

Communication is always very important when working with a remote team, so more attention on communication would always be good.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Because of being remote and the communication barrier, I feel there were some misunderstandings.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    As a startup, no one has the right price. However, they accommodated us as much as they could. I felt sometimes we lost traction on the budget, but that was expected.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I don't have anything to compare them to since I was very new at that time, but I was very impressed with them.
  • 3.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ruby on Rails Development for Online Booking Service

"They're very serious, applied, and hardworking."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Binar::Apps has been involved in an ongoing partnership since mid-2016, maintaining the code, database, and servers for a Ruby on Rails platform with a database and React front-end. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Geneva, Switzerland
Founder, Online Booking Service
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The partnership has yielded significant and continual improvements to the application, with the load time declining dramatically, and the client base doubling. Their communication has remained constant, and the owner has been integral in their work, diligently overseeing the team's time and efforts. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We're a Swiss SaaS [software-as-a-service] company that provides our clients a service that allows them to add online booking to their services with several other services like scheduling meetings and appointments, ratings, making promotions, sending reminders for meetings, and so on. I'm the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar::Apps?

It's very important that our service works all the time, and we were in a period where the person who used to handle the IT was no longer with the company, so I needed someone to do that work and make it better by adding new features.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have a Ruby on Rails platform with a database with a React front-end. They maintain the code, database, and servers and receive any alerts when the servers go down. Our backend is very complex because clients have many appointments, and it needs to load fast and because those need to sync with other calendars.

How did you come to work with Binar::Apps?

This was the first time I used an outsource company, and it was important that I have a firm that cared about my business. I spoke to the CTO of Binar::Apps [Maciej Krasowski], and he was very responsive. I knew if the boss was that responsive, he would expect that from his employees as well. The first meeting I had with the team, they had already set up some things, which was comforting to me.

How much have you invested with Binar::Apps?

We have spent between $50,000 and $200,000 during the course of our relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in April 2016, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The loading time of our application has gone down drastically, which is very good. The application is very stable, and we've doubled our client base. I'm happy with the progress we've made. We will continue to move forward and build on what we have. We haven't received any calls that the system is down, which means everything Binar::Apps has done has worked. It's important for them to make the client happy. They're very serious, applied, and hardworking.

How did Binar::Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Trello and Slack to communicate. They are very responsive, and their English is very good. They're very polite and open-minded.

What did you find most impressive about Binar::Apps?

One of the directors is very involved, but he doesn't take any credit for what the team does. When he sits in on the meetings, he lets the team take on the responsibility. He delegates responsibility to them and trusts them, but is also available to them when they need him. You can have a nice website and good references, but the quality of the team that's going to work on the project is very important.

Are there any areas Binar::Apps could improve?

They're specialized in Ruby on Rails backend and Angular, but I think there are other technologies that are very interesting that they could have more expertise in. I want to use the best technologies to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I always want things done faster.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I haven't worked with anyone else, so I don't have anything to compare it to. It's expensive, but I feel like I'm getting a good value.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality is good, but sometimes they're overly cautious, and I would like it to go faster.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would always prefer to have someone working onsite, but if someone was in the same situation, I would refer them.

Application Development for Non-Profit Connection Platform

"As a startup, we need things quickly and they were able to meet our needs."

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

Binar::Apps was hired to support a marketing platform that connects merchants, consumers, and non-profits. Their work consisted of React JS and React Native UI development for their web, iOS and Android apps.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
CTO, Non-Profit Connection Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cost and quality were two qualities that set Binar::Apps apart from many other companies considered operating in the U.S. market. Their team is agile and scaling, with the capacity to constantly improve and innovate their own business to meet the needs of their clients. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m CTO of a marketing platform for merchants that drives repeat and new customers from cause-driven buyers. We provide a marketplace where the supporters of non-profits can raise money for their particular causes by going to merchants who have designated a percentage of that purchase to go back to the non-profit that the consumer is designating to benefit. We want to make it so that schools and children don’t have to sell wrapping paper and cookie dough to raise money for their PTO. They can go online and create an account, register their credit card, and then go to the merchants that are Boosterville merchants and make purchases with those cards. When they make those purchases, a portion of the sale goes back to the consumer’s non-profit. Our business is mostly in the US.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Binar Apps?

I needed to find a firm that had expertise in React for the mobile web app, as well as the iOS and Android apps I wanted to create.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I was building out the backend of the apps so I just needed a firm that was focused on the UI using React JS and React Native. I gave them a published documentation and endpoints for all the APIs on the backend, so they built out the frontend using the APIs I’ve built. I have a dedicated developer assigned to this project and sometimes we use their web design skills as well.

How did you come to work with Binar Apps?

They were recommended to me by a friend. We chose them because of cost. They were also willing to do a proof of concept project to validate that they had the skill set and could deliver.

How much have you invested with Binar Apps?

[confidential]

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in June 2016 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their cost is significantly less than anything I found in the US, without degradation of quality. The skills of the resource I have are great. Based on their partnership, we were able to deliver the first version of our app and launch and we’ve secured our Series C funding.

How did Binar Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m not using their project management because he’s augmenting my team.

What did you find most impressive about Binar Apps?

They come from the startup industry and their team is young. They like learning new things. A lot of the companies in the US want you to fit in the mold. You define the project loosely and they do the whole project instead of augmenting the client’s team.

Are there any areas Binar Apps could improve?

I’ve been very satisfied.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    As a startup, we need things quickly and they were able to meet our needs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Development for Market Research Cloud Solution

"They provided great business input which was invaluable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Binar::Apps was hired to develop an Android mobile application to manage a directory of thousands of people to acquire market information integrated with a Ruby on Rails database and ongoing maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Warsaw, Poland
Lukasz Glowacz
COO, Skilltellligence
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The responsiveness and quality of services solidified the desire for the engagement to be an ongoing partnership. Binar::Apps provided invaluable strategic input in addition to their primary coding services that have ultimately impacted the trajectory of the business.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a cloud-sourcing solution to perform market research. We specialize in providing companies with information on their market presence, of the prices on the shelf position, and of the company materials.

I’m the co-founder and COO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BinarApps?

We needed a mobile app developed from scratch and we needed the system to manage the thousands of people in the field that gather market information.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed an Android mobile app that our auditors use to recover required information. They developed the backend which manages sending information to those people and collecting research data from the market, which then aggregates the data and presents it in report form. They developed the whole database system in Ruby on Rails. We continue to add new functionality and each new release requires maintenance. We also have requests from our clients for specific changes.

How did you come to work with BinarApps?

One of the greatest differences we saw compared to other companies was the project management. They not only understand coding but also business. They provided great business input which was invaluable. They took our ideas made them better.

How much have you invested with BinarApps?

The project cost was between $50,000 and $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in October 2015 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The mobile application is rated at 4.5 in the Google Play Store. We have several testimonials on the website.

How did BinarApps perform from a project management standpoint?

We were asked to provide them with the requirements and we had a few sessions that led to creating a joint understanding of what is to be delivered. We had several pre-release sessions where they provided us with the new functionalities and we tested it. We did a lot of Agile testing. They let us provide any change requests as needed. If we required additional functionality, they would price it out and give us a timeline of when it could be done. We use tools like Trello and Slack, where we track the progress.

What did you find most impressive about BinarApps?

They’re not only coders but they understand business. They provided us with a lot of valuable input. They’re very responsive compared to other firms I’ve worked with. They’re a well-organized business.

Are there any areas BinarApps could improve?

Sometimes, when we have a large amount of work to do and we don’t warn them that it’s coming, it takes a while to assign resources. This is normal with any firm.

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