Innovative software development for startups

BusyMachines is an innovative software development company building complete software products for startups and companies of the new digital economy.  We have the technical & product expertise to handle all stages of software development and deliver scalable & high-end technical solutions that use exclusively open source technologies.

How can BusyMachines help you:

  • Product Discovery
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Proof of Concept (PoC)
  • Dedicated Software Teams
  • Extended Development Teams
  • Legacy System Audit
  • Maintenance & Support

 

Our technical expertise:

  • Web app development
  • Mobile app development
  • Backend / Cloud solutions development
  • IoT platforms development
  • Big Data solutions development
  • DevOps / TechOps
  • UI/UX design
  • QA
 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
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Hilversum, Netherlands
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Insignety, RealWorks, Everseen, TaxiButler, SAP, Magnetic.io, CareXS, Aurum, Europeana, Parcer, Pointguard, Moving Digital - See more

Parcer | Smart Mailbox

Parcer is a software platform that connects with an internet-enabled postal box. The platform integrates with a wide ecosystem of eCommerce and delivery companies. The technical challenge consisted in building a communication platform for locking and unlocking a remote ultra-low energy postal box. The answer is a software solution that communicates via a low power IOT infrastructure (ie. SigFox) and that minimises data transfers using smart access codes.

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Insignety | End-to-end software solution for personalised 3D printed jewelry

Platform that facilitates the creation of radically personalised & 3D printed jewelry. Full automated integration with high volume 3D printing systems. BusyMachines is responsible for the complete technical solution: research, software implementation and production infrastructure. We also designed and automated the entire cloud production infrastructure.

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DeviceXS | Cloud IoT Platform

Generic iOT (“internet of things”) platform for businesses that want to manage & collect data streams from smart assets.

The technical challenges of the platform consist in its requirement to manage & communicate with a wide variety of smart devices ranging from simple sensors to complex systems (ie. vending machines, printers etc.). The BusyMachines team handled these challenges by implementing a generic core system that can handle dynamic asset models, events & readings. 

CatchUp | Consumer App for Products & Events Reviews

BusyMachines is responsible for the complete software platform that automates the aggregation, classification & curation of unstructured data. We also implemented the consumer mobile app that integrates with the cloud platform for recommendations based on customer behaviour & preferences. BusyMachines designed and automated the entire cloud production infrastructure.

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iTopLight | Smart Taxi Signs

Software & hardware solution for internet connected smart taxi signs. BusyMachines is responsible for the solution architecture & implementation of the complete software platform and mobile apps. We also designed and automated the entire cloud production infrastructure.

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Placert | Real Estate Platform

Placert adds “soft data” to a house listing by asking the owner and their social network to endorse or add features, share photos and videos, pinpoint interesting spots on an interactive map and share nice memories/anecdotes.

BusyMachines is responsible for the complete development & release of the cross-platform mobile apps that integrate with the cloud platform.

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Aurum Energie | Energy consumption monitoring

The Aurum platform measures the energy usage of homes and businesses in real time. BusyMachines is responsible for the technical architecture & implementation of the software solution. The technical solution optimises for high volume concurrent read/writes, distributed storage and processing big data. We also designed and automated the entire custom production infrastructure.

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CareXS | Secure sharing of medical information

Software platform for the secure sharing of medical information between core participants in the home care process. The platform integrates with several third party medical solutions and hardware devices. 

BusyMachines participates in the design and the implementation of the flexible software architecture. Our contribution is both on the core system implementation and in specific third-party integrations with other medical solutions.

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Europeana Collections | Distributed Web Aggregator

The Europeana platform harvester searches and retrieves digital heritage media (ie. images, texts, videos etc.) from thousands of museums and cultural institutes across Europe. 

BusyMachines is responsible for the development of the Europeana distributed data collector system. We also designed and automated the entire custom production infrastructure.

Reviews

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iOS App Dev for Medical Research Study

“Their communication style and professionalism helped them deal with barriers effectively.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. - June 2018
Project summary: 

Brought in as a third-party, BusyMachines developed an iOS app for a medical research study. They used existing codebase and expanded the app to allow for data retention and transfer for analysis purposes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, England
Alexander Kenney
Co-Founder, KareInn
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished app has caught the attention of many within the industry, leading it to be utilized for upcoming research efforts. The BusyMachines team was alert and dedicated to the project from start to finish. Their communicative nature and expertise fostered a successful collaboration.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the co-CEO of a software startup company, KareInn. We provide software that transforms how care is provided to those in need. I am responsible for the technology needs within our company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BusyMachines?

One of our clients needed help building an app for testing cognitive abilities for a research study in Frontotemporal Dementia. We didn’t have the in-house resources to accomplish this for them, so we hired BusyMachines as an external partner.

What were your goals for this project?

The app needed to be accessible on iPads, contain a series of games for the cognitive ability tests, and store results for researchers to analyze. We wanted the app to be a success so we can ultimately build a strong relationship with other dementia research organizations.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We researched several developers online, but we found BusyMachines after following a colleague’s recommendation.

Describe the project in detail.

Initially, we had a series of discovery meetings to catch BusyMachines up to speed on the project requirements. From there, they gave us their cost and time estimates, and they began the process. We gave them our initial design for the app, outlines for the games, and storyboards showing how the app should function. BusyMachines then took the initial codebase and expanded it to complete the games and develop the data recording function. Their developers built the iOS app using Objective-C.

What was the team composition?

BusyMachines provided a dedicated project manager and a developer; the composition remained constant throughout the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve been able to present the app at industry research events, and it’s been received positively. Additionally, pharmaceutical companies have expressed interest in using the app. It will also be used to help run a research project shortly.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

BusyMachines managed the project effectively—we always felt understood and communicated with. They’ve met all deadlines and give us exemplary communication; language and time differences were not issues.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their communication style and professionalism helped them deal with barriers effectively. We valued how our project manager was proactive at all times and never fell behind.

4.5
Overall Score They provided great service; we’ll use them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were excellent.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Though offsite development is becoming more expensive, but we understand quality work costs money.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There were minor release issues that we needed to resolve.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Software Development for Jeweler

“They’ve proven themselves a reliable and committed partner.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Dec. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

BusyMachines took over the development of a jewelry design software, researching and implementing new features and integrating third-party hardware solutions. They continue to support and update the product.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
The Netherlands
Mark Bos
CEO, Insignety
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

BusyMachines produced an industry-leading software that has generated profitable results. The team follows a structured workflow, appropriately planning timelines and documenting all important information. Overall, they are passionate and professional, easily overcoming challenges.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO and founder on Insignety. Through our end-to-end in-store design process, we enable jewelers to create one-of-a-kind pieces with their customers. We facilitate superb craftsmanship by allowing jewelers to leverage their innovative technology and precious materials in making premium and personalized jewelry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BusyMachines?

We’d developed a prototype for a software platform that allowed users to create their own 3D jewel designs with personal customizations, then provide a price in real time. We needed a capable partner to review the prototype and help us scale it.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to offer jewelry store owners an end-to-end design solution that includes the customers in the process. In turn, we’d provide customers with the opportunity to create unique pieces through a fully automated process.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We considered other firms, but BusyMachines seemed to be the best fit. They had a local presence in the Netherlands and a robust technical skill set. They offered a competitive price for top-notch quality.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

BusyMachines took over the development of our design software. They did research, implemented new functionalities, and automated our cloud production infrastructure. The team also provided analysis and advice when we integrated third-party hardware solutions (fingerprint scanners, measurement devices, etc.) into our process. They continue to support our development needs.

With our software, jewelers use 3D printing technology, high-end digital design strategy, a user-input biometric data to create custom rings. We support the whole process—from the start to the final delivery.

What was the team composition?

We started with a small team, but then we scaled up gradually. Currently, we work with frontend, backend, and mobile developers, graphics engineers, 3D programmers, QA specialists, DevOps people, a project manager, and an account manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Our software standouts in the jewelry industry. We offer the most efficient way for browsing customers to interact with designers and sellers. BusyMachines’ work continues to meet our expectations and generate profitable results. We’re excited to continue working with them.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project manager is our main point of contact, overseeing projects from start to finish. They have a clearly structured workflow. Because they make accurate estimates and plan well, we’re able to meet market challenges and take advantage of additional opportunities.

We use Jira for task management and Confluence for requirements and documentation. For more informal communication, we use email, Slack, and Skype. It’s a seamless process. They’re a close-knit team with admirable skill and dedication.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their management team is passionate about our project. They anticipate challenges not only with our software but with our company’s vision and mission as well. Over the years, we’ve developed a strong professional relationship with them. They understand how to effectively guide us to our goals. They’ve proven themselves a reliable and committed partner.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

Honestly, I can’t think of anything to be critical about.

5.0
Overall Score We couldn’t ask any more from them. They’re the most dedicated partner.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They delivered on schedule about 95% of the time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price to quality ratio is hard to beat. That’s why we’re still working with them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They went above and beyond our expectations, delivering a smooth and user-friendly operating system
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ll definitely refer them.

App Dev for Smart Taxi Roof Light Company

Their team helps us stay ahead of the competition by continuing to make our products better and smarter.”

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

BusyMachines developed a cross-platform mobile app for iOS and Android as well as an MVP for a cloud system that interacts with a smart taxi roof sign. Currently, they’re continuing to refine the products.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Uppsala, Sweden
Dan Lindgren
CIO, Pointguard AB
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Professional and approachable, BusyMachines consistently produces exceptional work. The team is well-versed technically and communicates clearly. Although there were some delays at the start, they quickly adopted an agile approach to streamline the development process and address any concerns.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Founded in 1974, Pointguard AB is a Swedish company that develops and manufactures taxi roof lights. We created a taxi roof sign called the iToplight, which allows users to modify their signs through an app. As the CIO, I’m involved in developing the iToplight apps and the Pointguard Cloud platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BusyMachines?

When we first approached them, we only had a basic Android app to control the iToplight. As a result, we needed resources to build a more functional app with cross-platform support in addition to a cloud platform that could interact with and monitor our product’s hardware through the app.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a clean, cross-platform app that we could easily maintain while also making small, incremental improvements in short sprints. Installation and communication with our hardware needed to be as simple and fool-proof as possible. Furthermore, the app had to be able to communicate with the cloud service, which, itself, needed to be scalable to accommodate a large volume of devices.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A partner company that had worked with BusyMachines for several years recommended them to us. We checked them out, and they seemed trustworthy. In the beginning, we started with a few small projects before discovering that they handled everything from the coding to communication in a professional manner. As a result, we continued to expand their role.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

BusyMachines rewrote our app to be cross-platform between Android and iOS using React Native. Based on our requests, they helped as add various functionalities while also improving the app’s stability and performance. They then collaborated with us to develop a thorough outline of a new cloud platform. Since then, they’ve developed an MVP version and are currently making gradual improvements to the system.

What was the team composition?

Their team consisted of a project manager, app developer, backend developer, and a frontend developer. We’ve kept the developers throughout the project because they have a deep understanding of how the software and hardware interact.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

As with other companies, digitalization is becoming increasingly important for our products and services. Their team helps us stay ahead of the competition by continuing to make our products better and smarter. They’re a reliable and competent software partner.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management is always sufficient. Communication is clear, and their team has all the necessary systems (e.g., Confluence, Jira) to keep us on track with our projects.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

BusyMachines has all of the skills that we could ever need, and they can deploy more resources whenever necessary. Technically competent with excellent English skills, they handle everything in a professional way. They’re also friendly and easy to work with.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

Initially, there were times when the development period took longer than expected before they could present any results for evaluation. However, we later adopted a swift and agile approach, which allowed us to easily report bugs, request small improvements, clarify things directly with the developers, and continuously test and release new versions of the app.

4.5
Overall Score We really like working with them. They provide great services for an exceptionally good value.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re always available, and they’ve met deadlines most of the time.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value for the money spent is very good.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    In general, they quality of the deliverables has been great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’ve already referred them to several partner companies.

Custom Development for Real Estate Marketing Platform

“They strived to deliver.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

BusyMachines built the UX/UI and backend of a bespoke real estate platform. The team was also responsible for managing the project.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Delft, Netherlands
Lex Groenewegen
CEO, Moving Digital
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

BusyMachines’ output satisfied requirements, while the team was motivated and easy to collaborate with. However, they should provide more feedback during the development process.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of a firm that delivers state-of-the-art marketing solutions for the real estate industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BusyMachines?

We hired them to provide custom software development.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to deliver a stable software solution for real estate agents around the globe.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We asked them to do a small trial task, then assigned them bigger projects.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

They provided frontend and backend development as well as project management.

What was the team composition?

We have a “grow as we go” model, so their team scaled with our needs.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We can now serve real estate agents better with our tailor-made solution.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Their lead developer and project manager collaborated really well with our team. Senior staff would get involved when problems occurred.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They strived to deliver.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

They could provide more insights during the development process, say comparing estimates with actual figures.

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