World-class web & mobile apps development

Django Stars a full-service web and mobile development company. We provide our clients with creative solutions to help them drive the business forward and achieve goals.

Today we are a top agile software development house in Europe with over 40 full-time employees (no freelancers), headquartered in Ukraine (Kiev) with offices in the USA (New Jersey) and Germany (Frankfurt am Main).

 

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We focus on the development of complex solutions, that contribute to our clients’ success by becoming leaders in their markets. Django Stars works with startups, established businesses and the world’s leading brands from the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland in the financial services, travel & hospitality, healthcare & fitness, real estate and transportation sectors.

Our services:

  • Web apps: Python, Django, PostgreSQL, Node.js, Tornado, REST API, AngularJS, Scala
  • Mobile apps dev: Android, iOS, Cordova, Ionic, PhoneGap, React Native
  • Software : E-commerce, Cloud, SaaS, DevOps, Scaling, and Deployment
  • UX/UI Design
  • JS development: Backbone.js, Ember.js, React, KnockoutJS, Marionette, RxJS, Angular2, etc.
  • Big Data and Machine Learning: Hadoop, Databricks, Spark, AWS
  • Devops, QA, Technical Consulting

Business domains:

  • Finance & Banking
  • Taxi & Transportation
  • Health Care and Fitness
  • Travel & Booking Engine
  • Real estate
  • Marketplaces
  • Fantasy Sports
  • E-commerce & Retail
  • Online Social / Social Networking
  • Education and E-learning

Our services:

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2008
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Kiev, Ukraine
Headquarters
  • Django Stars
    Kozhumiatska St, 10а
    Kiev 04071
    Ukraine
    +38 091 928 1752
other locations
  • Django Stars
    550 Battery St., 415
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    United States
  • Django Stars
    Mainzer Landstraße 384
    Frankfurt am Main 60325
    Germany

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Developed Cloud Platform for Telecom Startup

"We were very impressed with their attention to detail, especially while creating the UI/UX ... " 

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

Django Stars redesigned a cloud-based platform for integrated messaging, refining the solution from scratch. They continue to incorporate strategic features to meet new B2B objectives.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
Founder & Product Owner, Telecom Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through demonstrated technical skills and thoughtful iterations, the overhauled platform now supports over 18,000 registered users. Project deliverables consistently exceed specified requirements and responsiveness isn't an issue.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are developing a cloud-based platform that allows businesses to integrate a range of messaging services into mobile applications, websites, and business systems to improve customer engagement and create unified workflows. Our startup is based in Ireland. I’m the founder and the product owner. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We had an issue at the time with a number of elements of the system. The project was on the sidelines for quite a while, but we eventually decided to take it to the next level. As a result of this decision, we looked at a few different options in terms of who was going to do that for us.

We were looking for a strong strategic partner with an experienced team of developers and commercial expertise to build the project from its idea stage to full-scale implementation. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We presented our system to Django Stars, and they redesigned the system and proposed a different approach to how it should be built. We followed this advice, allowing them to rebuild the system from scratch. The previous system that we had was used more as a guide, rather than something to build on. It was still useful in terms of demonstrating what we wanted, but we ended up with a new system that they built for us from the bottom up. It was a different platform because it was previously built on .NET; they took it to Python. It was just completely different, creating many benefits from a management perspective and for our clients as well.

They also added a lot of new features. The previous version didn't serve the purpose of the current version. The original focused on a completely different business objective: a platform for sending text messages. The new incarnation is more of a B2B service rather than B2C. The way Django Stars understood our vision was quite incredible.

We delivered the project requirements to them. We didn’t have our own team in-house. We had two people project managing this—myself and my colleague. We both took proactive roles in the process, but their team of 5 manages the project; they’re pretty diverse in terms of their skill sets.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We put out a comprehensive process and identified a number of vendors, one of which was Django Stars. There were 5 suppliers under consideration initially. We narrowed it down to three and ended up with Django Stars as our partner.

What made the choice easier for use was the way they approached the project. Even during the initial few meetings, they gave us a lot of support in terms of how they see this project progressing and what they can bring to the table. That was instrumental in finalizing our decision and making them our partner of choice.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in February of 2015. The work is currently ongoing, as they're still contributing features. The project manager on their side is the same, but they are just starting to allocate their resources now, so some people might change. We're currently going through the next stage of the development process. We recently agreed to a new set of features that they are developing for us. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were very impressed with their attention to detail, especially while creating the UI/UX for both mobile and web applications. The final products have exceeded our original requirements and expectations.

We currently have about 18,000 registered users on the project. About 10% of them are active users of the software, so it's working well. The reception was excellent because Django Stars helped us release 3 or 4 new versions and improved an Android app that we currently have on the Google Play Store. Each time a new version was released, we got very positive feedback from users.

With our external suppliers, I found Django Stars much more responsive. The fact that they have such a diverse team with different skills really helped develop this project on a lighter scale. What we struggled with previously was dealing with people who had a specific set of skills. While their skill level may have been high, they didn't deliver the product we wanted. Django Stars’ response to any queries we had was excellent at all levels of the project.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Throughout the last few months, the people who were on our team at the time when they built the platform were still accessible to us if we need to make any last-minute changes. For example, we recently had a few small issues. I didn't hesitate to get in touch with them, and they were able to provide instant support. It wasn't preplanned; it was a last-minute request, but they obliged and fulfilled it with no problems.

We managed the work through JIRA, Bitbucket, and GitHub, making it a very transparent and easy-to-understand process. We’re on the client's side, and they’re on the development side.

What did you find most impressive about Django Stars?

The level of engagement was excellent in terms of the advice they gave us and the level of support, which helped to create what we envisaged in terms of coding. We got a final product that exceeded our expectations.

Are there any areas Django Stars could improve?

I can’t really find any fault with them, to be honest. I wish we had more of a budget available so we could progress with developing our platform at a faster rate. We have some budget constraints and occasionally have to postpone certain developments. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're a great team of experts delivering high-quality service.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Django Stars for any project size.

Prototype Messenger App for Business Startup

"Django Stars did what I asked for, which is not true for every company."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2016–Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed the functional backend of an SMS solution and then integrated it with corresponding iOS/Android versions. The project team plans to add new features based on beta user input.

The Reviewer
 
2–10 Employees
 
Paris, France
Founder, App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While, in the beginning, there were minor misunderstandings, Django Stars resolved them rapidly and expedited the project without further disruption. 

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there. 

I'm a co-founder of the company, based in Paris, France, which is developing a chat application for Android and iOS, which allows neighbors, work colleagues, students, and other people within the same space to communicate.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed to develop an MVP that we could show to beta users. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Django Stars has mainly worked on the backend of our Android and iOS application based on designs that we gave them.

There have been two backend developers, one iOS and Android front-end developer, and a QA tester from Django Stars' team. We mainly communicated with the person in charge of the project, but for certain requests, we also contacted the developers.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We were looking for an offshore company with a reasonable price, and after looking at some reviews, found Django Stars through Clutch.co. We contacted four other companies in Ukraine and other countries, but we selected Django Stars based on the solutions they proposed to us and the price they offered. It proved to be a good choice.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Django Stars in April 2016. We have an ongoing relationship; they've completed our initial phase, and we're working on specs for a second step.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We are pitching our MVP, and it's been received well.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

There was a delay, but Django Stars delivered what we asked for eventually. We used Skype, Dropbox, and email for the collaboration.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

I am the CTO of another company and have worked with other offshore developers through this position. Django Stars has very good communication and development skills by comparison. Django Stars did what I asked for, which isn't true of every company.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

Even two or three months into the process and after many meetings, Django Stars didn't fully understand our specs and didn't respect them precisely. Ultimately, however, they accomplished everything we asked for without asking for more money.

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

Web & Mobile App Dev for Consulting Services Platform

"The collaboration with Django Stars team was instrumental in making the project a success."

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

Django Stars supported mobile and web development of an (Android/iOS) app for costing and budgeting clinical trials. They defined the architecture, frontend backend specifications and designed UI/UX features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Owner & Director, Clinical Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Following deployment, the initial feedback from users and industry has been very positive. Django Stars proposed innovative approaches, quickly translated concepts with technical precision, and maintained a proactive timeline during development.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

TrialValueapp platform is a venture owned by Rhieos-Ventures, an independent service and consulting firm that enables novel clinical research and healthcare solutions. We provide development resources (knowledge, finance, and expert advice) and tools for that segment.

What is your position?

I'm the owner and director of the company. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

Our goal was to develop a web and mobile application for mitigating clinical trial costs. The solution needed to use a simple workflow, be extremely user-friendly and should work across three platforms, web, iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

They put together a design spec, designed the user interface (UI), frontend and backend of the platform, and developed features and functionalities.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I spoke with a number of web and UI/UX development companies, sharing my vision with them. I chose Django Stars because right from the beginning, they shared their ideas and suggestions on how to design and implement the application in order to meet the key specifications and requirements. 

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Above $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started work in January 2016 and launched the initial version in November 2016. We are currently working on the upgraded version.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The main success factor is that we were able to launch our apps successfully with many built-in functionalities. The main feedback from users, potential users, and industry colleagues are that the platform is game-changing. We do recognize that we aren't done yet, but the collaboration has been very positive. I couldn't have imagined getting to this stage when we only had an idea. Developing the TrialValue solution has been a great learning experience. And the collaboration with Django Stars team was instrumental in making the project a success.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

The project was coordinated by the CTO who coordinated the project. They provided regular status updates and we communicated regularly by email and phone. Overall, this process was satisfactory.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

Django Stars has excellent Python programming capabilities. They have a way of quickly grasping concepts and translating them into foundations for features. Django Stars' team is also quick in the turnaround process.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

I think the development process would have taken less time if the scope, specification and UI ideas was better defined at the start. That, of course, is always the challenge when one tries to build something new and innovative.

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

Developed CRM for Business SaaS Startup

"Django Stars is a nice and friendly group."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Jan. 2017
Project summary: 

Django Stars built a standalone CRM tool to support internal workflows, price estimation, and customer follow-ups. Comprehensive training occurred before launch, guaranteeing a successful handoff. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Naples, Italy
Founder, SaaS Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although costs increased unexpectedly due to overtime billing combined with a 3-week delay, Django Stars negotiated professionally to ensure an amicable resolution and timely launch. 

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there.

We provide a software-as-a-service [SaaS] solution that gives businesses more access and control over their price estimates and sales process. The company was started in November 2016, and I am its sole member. We have a single customer at this time, but we’re ramping up our platform in order to handle more. I’m the founder and product manager of the company. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

Our customer is using the software within the automotive industry to track and manage quotes and follow-up procedures. We wanted to help him implement a better process that would allow more growth, so we looked for a partner who could build a standalone service app for this purpose.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

The scope of the project was building a simple CRM [customer relationship management] tool with a trigger system for quoting and an area that can help users find past quotes in order to come up with subsequent ones. We have three main tabs: one for submitting a customer, one for following up with existing customers and quotes, and a workflow tool.

Django Stars also set up my mailing server and provided training for the application, too. 

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I wanted to become more of a SaaS company, so I researched the most robust platform for my application and found Django Stars. I used Google to find companies that specialized in this technology, contacted Django Stars, and spoke to one of their business analysts, who compiled my business requirements and gave me a quote.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The cost of Django Stars’ work has been just under $13,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I started talking with Django Stars in September 2016. Since I moved to Italy during this period, there’s been a delay in the project. The team was formed at the beginning of October, and we had a goal of delivering the work at the beginning of January 2017, but we had a three-week delay. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I have no results yet since we haven't started using the platform in a production environment. It's being tested, and there have been a couple of logistical challenges on my end.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Django Stars used JIRA for project tracking, and I had access to issues for approval and feedback. Communication was largely done via email between myself and their QA analyst.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

Django Stars is a nice and friendly group. They were always prompt in responding to me, and I was the one usually causing delays.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

The total cost of the project ended up being higher than I expected. I only found out about this when the work was completed. We negotiated and met in the middle, but a better reporting process on Django Stars' side would be an improvement. We went overtime by about 80 hours in one particular month.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Django Stars almost always met our goals.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    This was my first time working on a project like this, so it's hard to give a rating. I feel like I've gotten a lot for my money, but we did go over budget.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There was a language barrier, but the quality was mostly right on, requiring only a few fixes.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    My only hesitation would be in the case of someone with a tighter budget. Otherwise, Django Stars is a great company to work with.

Ongoing Django Dev for Computer Software Firm

"They can handle the full cycle of app development, from the initial steps to testing results."

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

Django Stars developed a custom reporting dashboard for an existing flagship product, which is meant to collect and analyze proprietary business data for security purposes. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Founder & CEO
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Engineers at Django Stars are more than code monkeys. They're adept, enthusiastic technologists capable of solving complex problems and manipulating voluminous data.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We develop security software allowing clients to monitor user activity on company computers and servers. The software protects companies from insider trades, increases employee productivity, and improves overall security. I am the founder and CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed to outsource the development of a web app that provides reporting for the data collected by our software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Django Stars analyzed our requirements and came up with a design from scratch. A development team was assigned to our project, and we were kept informed during all steps of the work. In the end, Django Stars delivered an updated web application that we could then market and sell to end-customers. The app shows the recorded user activity, including visited websites and time spent on each one, accessed programs and files, sent and received emails, and other activities. This is all shown fluidly, using a modern design.

At peak capacity, we've worked with seven people from Django Stars' team.

How much have you invested with Django Stars?

The cost of Django Stars' work was between $50,000 and $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Django Stars in May 2016, and have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I was very happy with their expertise level. Django Stars delivered a quality product, provided testing for it, and made suggestions in order to improve our application.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

The project was done in consecutive iterations, and each milestone was delivered on time and within the specified budget. We were given access to Django Stars' JIRA instance, allowing us to track the status of each task. It gave us a clear overview of the project.

What did you find most impressive about Django Stars?

Django Stars can analyze requirements and design a project from scratch, unlike a lot of others who basically just code for you. They can handle the full cycle of app development, from the initial steps to testing results.

Are there any areas Django Stars could improve?

There isn't much to improve. I've been happy with Django Stars, and continue to work with them on future versions of the application.

5.0
Overall Score I'm very satisfied.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Pro Bono Django Development for Nonprofit Charity

"It's fairly impressive that they're willing to go out of their way and lend a hand, even for seemingly minor things."

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

Django Stars performs periodic maintenance and support tasks for an existing website. The scope includes minor customizations, bug fixes, and ad hoc consultations. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Founder & Director
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Communication is a key strength and rivaled only by their accelerated productivity. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the director of a small UK-based charity organization. We focus on type-1 diabetes, specifically advocacy work around access to medicine. I am in charge of changes to our website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We have recently redeveloped our website using the Django platform. We're able to make basic edits ourselves, but needed help for more specific backend work. There were some existing issues with the site and some things we needed to be customized. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Django Stars has worked on features and fixes for our site. As an example, Django Stars fixed the scroll bar of one of our pages. They also worked on a new signup form as well as a contact form. Our previous ones weren't functioning correctly and, as a result, we weren't able to capture all the data we needed. That was a pretty big issue for us. We're also exploring having translations for the site. We've interacted with 1 main contact from Django Stars' team, but there are others working on our tasks. 

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I used to be part of another group that provided Django training. Django Stars was one of the companies providing help for us. I reached out to Django Stars and asked if they provide pro bono work and could help on some issues with our site.

How much have you invested with Django Stars?

Django Stars has worked with us on an ad-hoc, pro bono basis.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Django Stars in September 2016. We have an ongoing relationship with Django Stars for support.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Django Stars has been a real asset to our organization. They've been responsive and have worked quickly. The work has been fairly minor, so it hasn't led to tangible outcomes like gaining new supporters. That being said, we wouldn't be able to accomplish any of the things they've done without their involvement. It is fairly impressive that they are willing to go out of their way and lend a hand, even for seemingly minor things.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate with Django Stars through Skype and have screen shares when necessary. The communication has been good and clear, with short response times.

What did you find most impressive about Django Stars?

We haven't been working with Django Stars for very long, and the work itself is ad-hoc, comprised of small tasks. It's not in-depth enough to allow me to compare them to much else, but they have done a good job so far.

Are there any areas Django Stars could improve?

None. So far, it's been good.

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
    From my experience so far, I'd be fully willing to recommend Django Stars.

Custom Development for National Educational Agency

"Django Stars is good at listening to what the client wants and understanding those needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2005 - 2016
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed the client’s website and online portal to help connect the Ukrainian government with vocational schools worldwide.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Director
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Django Stars has been instrumental in creating a national platform. Throughout development, they provided valuable input and delivered above expectation. They were also understanding of the client’s government restrictions, consistently stayed on budget and schedule, and accommodated personal meetings.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a Canadian polytechnic institution with an office in Ukraine. We run a number of educational projects in Ukraine, mostly funded by the Canadian government.

What is your position?

I am the director of the institution.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

One of our projects was centered on vocational education reform. A part of this project was establishing a web presence for the educational sector in Ukraine. We decided to create a web portal which would link the government with around 1,000 vocational schools, creating a space in which they could communicate, exchange ideas, share educational materials and so on. It is a forum for exchanging information as well as providing an internal mechanism for reporting.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Django Stars developed a web portal with two faces: a public face which lists vocational schools and colleges, allowing them to post views, material, legislation and press releases, and a back office face on which regulations and reporting mechanisms are posted in terms of financing and grading. Django Stars created that back office through which institutions could provide education management online, which was a huge step forward. Before this we ran as a paper office.

Django Stars provided a team of five people with whom we communicated on various components of the project. I’m sure they had more resources in the form of developers and designers working on the project that I didn’t know about. 

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We are a publicly funded institution, so we had to run a request for technical and financial proposals. We selected the proposal that best fit our needs. We had a general idea of what we wanted to do, but we didn’t have clear ideas of how big the project would be. Django Stars provided a variety of options that we hadn’t considered for a fair price.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The total cost of the development was between $55,000 and $85,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The initial stage of the project ran from 2005 to 2012. It was tested and ran without technical problems. We continue to work with Django Stars in updating the platform. The project is set to conclude in 2016.

We had to computerize around 1,000 educational institutions that were running on paper, giving access to the web portal to every school and making sure that they had their own account.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics or other feedback from this engagement?

In the beginning, Django Stars came up with a huge number of ideas that we hadn’t even thought of. They were instrumental in making our platform a national one. In the beginning, we were considering a very small-scale project. The end result was well above our expectations.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Django Stars always delivered on time and were very precise in estimating the costs for each step. As a public agency, we couldn’t go over budget. Django Stars took extra time in delivering the work and always made sure that they were staying within budget.

We didn’t use any specialized project tracking tools. We worked within the same city and met frequently in order to discuss ideas and to make sure that everything was in order. We also communicated through email and Skype.

Being a government agency, we didn’t always know what we wanted, so it was important to have personal meetings. Django Stars was able to translate the requirements put forth by the minister of education and us. Django Stars was great in terms of accommodating personal meetings, which is important when working with the Ukraine government.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

Django Stars is good at listening to what the client wants and understanding those needs. People who are not very tech-savvy will often tend to be vague about what they want or will simply not know what they want from an IT project. I’ve worked with many IT vendors, and this ability isn’t always there.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

No. We’ve been 100% satisfied with what Django Stars did.

RATINGS

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’ve had a great interaction with Django Stars. They offered great services and pricing.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend Django Stars and have already done so.

Custom Django Development for Serial Entrepreneur

“They provide status updates regularly and incorporate our feedback quite fast.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars was contracted to provide development resources for several of the client’s projects, including their consumer-facing web application.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ukraine
Kostiantyn Poltoran
Founder & CEO, Abone.me & FitFix
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web application created a better user experience and increased conversion rates to 30 percent. The client is highly satisfied with Django Stars’ project management and communication. To ensure client goals are reached, Django provides several metrics every two weeks and makes improvements based on results.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My business in involved in a few projects. One of them is a marketplace for fitness clubs, yoga studios, and pools, where they can place fitness cards for clients to purchase. We sell the cards cheaper than the clubs, so it's more convenient for clients to buy our service. We also offer one card, which allows you to go to different studios and pools.

What is your position?

I'm the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

I've also worked with Django Stars on a fitness website focused on elderly people interested in sport. It features articles and other media offering training tips, and so on. It's a much bigger project than the app, which is secondary to it. The app is just the platform that allows users to interact with the data and content we have. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

We've used them for development of our web app. They handled all the processes, from beginning to release, including wire-framing, concepts, business logic, testing, design, and user experience.

The number of designers they used for us has differed by circumstance. For example, when we'd need a designer, we could use one for a few weeks until we were done with them. The team consisted of four people that were permanently working on the project and other specialists who we might use for shorter periods of time.

There's no specific project manager. The team leader is the one we always speak to. He's the one who leads everyone else. If I want to, I can go to their office and speak in detail with their front-end developer, and so on. Both projects were developed with Python and Django technologies.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

They came through a recommendation from a friend who knew the owner through someone else.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It was $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The website is now totally accessible to mobile users. User experience and interface is great. The work they've done has improved our conversion rates to 30 percent.

They provide me different metrics every two weeks, based on Google Analytics and Yandex Metrics, and always make improvements based on them. They have a content manager who is in charge of Google Analytics, and a team that manages our Facebook and other social media pages. We mostly use Yandex Metrics because there I can see the specific behaviors of users on my site. Google Analytics is used for tracking our conversion rates. The main goal was to increase our traffic [followed by] conversion. We've seen improvements on our end, so we're satisfied.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They always deliver their work on time. They use JIRA and Redmine for tracking progress. I can control the team through those and see what they are doing. They provide status updates regularly and incorporate our feedback quite fast.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

I haven't worked with other providers, so I don't have a frame of reference. Response time is a good factor. If they had been based in another city or country, it would've been more difficult for me.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

The cost could be a bit lower, but the value is very high.

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
    I do recommend them.

Website Development for Russian Rock Band

“...Their attention to detail allowed us to achieve great results and build a successful product.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Django Stars was contracted to redo the client’s outdated website to reflect modernity and enhance usability and functionality.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Melbourne, Australia
Website Administrator, Media Entertainment Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new website received positive feedback and attracted more visitors and the client is very happy with the deliverables. Django Stars’ guided them throughout the development process with a high level of professionalism and transparency, and the client appreciates their accommodation.

BACKGROUND

Our website is the official Internet resource of one of the most successful and popular rock bands in Russia. My role as the website administrator is to look after the promotion and development of the resource, update its rich and fast-changing content, and maintain relationships with website users and visitors. My objective is to ensure the website remains visually attractive, informative, and user-friendly and reflects the band's changing style and creativity vector.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

The band's existing website became outdated, difficult to use and navigate, and did not reflect the new modern "wave" in the band's music. Bi-2 was attracting more of a young audience who preferred using social media, and the website traffic started to decline. It was necessary to revive the website, enrich it with functionality, and gain the attention of younger audience members in order to stay the primary web source of official information about the band. At the same time, the web content was increasing and required more labor to manage. A solution was needed to provide an easy way to publish updates and administer the website.

Our task was to develop a content-based project with rich multimedia content. A great number of visitors were expected in anticipation of events and concerts. Therefore, the project had to be able to handle high peaks of visitors. Also, it had to have cross-platform functionality.

SOLUTION

We began to search for a technology partner capable of developing our custom solution. We were looking for a partner with fresh, transformational ideas and strong technical capabilities to realize those ideas. We initiated a tender for complete website redesign and rebuild and then evaluated proposals.

We met the guys from Django Stars and had a few discussions. Those discussions helped clarify the goals and objectives of the project, the problems and the basic parameters that had to be reached, the technological solutions, tools and, most importantly, the development process. We did not have prior experience in the development and implementation of IT [information technology] projects and did not have much understanding of how it would happen. It was important for us to be able to control the process at every stage, monitor the development, and review all the deliverables.

We chose to partner with Django Stars based on their extensive experience, good expertise in different areas, excellent customer reviews, and good reputation in Django community.

From the very start of the project, we knew what the team was doing, what stage they were at, and what would happen next.

It took Django Stars some time to choose a technology and platform for our project, which would allow to build a fast and reliable solution for our needs. Django Stars team analyzed the successful cases of Disqus, Pinterest, and Instagram and decided to use the same technology.

The Django Stars team took control of the entire scope of activities from planning and development – front-end and back-end – to full support and further improvements. Their Django solutions were smart and agile. We were able to make quick changes on the go without interfering too much with the process and priorities.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

The new website received very positive feedback and acceptance from the users and immediately started attracting more visitors.

We were very happy with the result. Django Stars was very accommodating to our changing requests, guided us throughout the process, and performed the services in a timely and highly professional manner.

The communication as well as the entire process was quite good and transparent. There were some online tools that took more time to sort out, but it was worth it, and the result was good.

As for quality, it is worth noting that the level of service provided was very high. The number of bugs was kept to a minimum, and most of them were not bugs as such, but improvements.

The technical solution was developed on time and with good quality as well as in compliance with all functional and business requirements. The Django Stars team completed their work at 100 percent. They closed all the issues not only from the technical side but also on the business side. Their professional advice, great prioritization skills, their clear focus on the important things, and their attention to detail allowed us to achieve great results and build a successful product.

At the moment, we continue working with Django Stars on further development of the project, and we have plans for many other joint projects.

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

Prototype Development for IT Startup

"Django Stars are good at hiring the right people for the project – that much I know."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars was contracted by Taxofon for mobile and front-end application development.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Ukraine
Project Manager, Taxofon
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though business-side bottlenecks have prevented a full launch, initial user feedback has been positive. The client relies on Django’s skills and considers their project management to be a strong suit. Django handled everything from implementation to quality assurance.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Our business runs a platform that lets users find taxis and busses for transportation. It's a matching service between transportation services and their customers.

What is your position?

I'm one of the project managers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We developed a web service for taxis, and this includes the website front-end, client and mobile apps for the driver, and for the client. We developed the back-end ourselves, but we didn't have the resources for mobile and front-end, so we decided to find external resources that could help us finish our solution.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The scope of the work has included front-end development, mobile development, and QA [quality assurance]. We delegated the front end to Django Stars. They gave us one Android developer, one front-end developer with basic JavaScript and CSS [cascading sheets styles], and one QA specialist. We walked them through our visual designs and the core features of our solution, and they handled developing everything, implementing it and testing it.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

One of our partners previously worked with them on another project, and he was very happy with it. He recommended we approach Django Stars for this project, too.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It is confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them for little more than a year, and we'll continue for at least another year, until we'll have resources for hiring a dedicated team that will work for us on a permanent basis. An internal team is always better than an outsourced one, in my opinion.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We don't have many users right now because we have some business-side bottlenecks, but we are planning to open it to many more users in the near future. Overall, the feedback is good. There were a few bugs, but they were all minor. Our experience with Django Stars has been positive, and we definitely rely on their skills.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

There were some missed deadlines due to the use of an old issue tracking system. In the winter, they hired a new COO [chief operating officer], and he improved the overall experience a lot, and now they're always on schedule. We are currently using JIRA for project management. It's been very helpful.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

I guess I don't have enough experience with other outsourcing providers to judge this. Django Stars are good at hiring the right people for the project – that much I know.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

They could maybe motivate some of their staff a little bit more. The Android developer's motivation was great but, on the front-end side, there were moments when I felt that the developer just worked for money and not for the interest of the project itself. You always prefer having someone who actually cares working on your project. You want them invested so they maintain a certain level of work and quality. That's the only thing, and it was specific to only one developer.

4.5
Overall Score There were a few minor problems but, overall, it was great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Judging by the more recent period with the new COO.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer