Web&Mobile development company.

We are company Dunice LLC with more than 7 years of market experience and over 300 successfully completed projects.

We help Clients to increase the influx of customers and their profits by developing web&mobile applications, websites and web services.

We're a team of high-skilled web&mobile developers, QA engineers, and designers. We use such technologies as Javascript and Node.js, Python and PHP, Ruby On Rails, etc.

Along with this, we guarantee:

— transparent development process

— direct communication with our full-stack developer

— QA testing

— UX/UI design

— daily progress updates

With us:

You get a full-set team. We lead the entire project life cycle: from the idea to launch and technical support. Our developers are full-stack.

All developers are fully dedicated to your project. They will be working with you as one team.

You have a personal manager. Your manager helps you fast and timely to solve different questions (organization, technical, financial, etc). 

We are always in touch and guarantee the highest level of communication. You get daily activity reports about the work done, plans for the next day and questions if any appear.

We prefer to use Agile approaches (flexible product development) for the implementation of our projects and use sprints in our business processes as well. Agile helps to provide development services in a highly flexible and interactive manner.

We provide regular code review and QA. Our specialists regularly qualify their skills passing different tests and international certifications (e.g. ISTQB).

We provide high-quality product and services and aim to build a long-term partnership.

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2012
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Taganrog, Russia
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Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • TRACY TAYLOR, UPSIDE
  • BRETT ELLIOT, EFL GLOBAL
  • MICHAEL KHAIT, EDCAST
  • CONSTANTINE KIPNIS, FIRETALK
  • DAVID WARR, LANGUAGEGARDEN

Forbes

A mobile version of the magazine, telling about business, politics, sports.
We worked on front-end tasks there. The most difficult task there was a decision algorithm that chooses where to show advertisement, which one and when to hide that back. 

KrugerPark

A luxury African safari experts web portal. This site helps people to book luxury safari tours in Africa. Many different tours are covered here, with full information, images, and reviews. There are also online experts who can help answer all your questions.

EDCAST

EdCast is a platform for personalized learning, it's not just a site with a set of lectures, it's a kind of cloud where the user can integrate all their courses from other training platforms (for example, CrossKnowlege or CodeCademy) and, combining it with our Learning Experience Platform, create an individual training plan.

Learning Experience Platform consists of many parts and algorithms for selecting content for each user according to his interests, skills, and preferences.

This platform also provides for joint corporate training where users in the same groups can share their favorite courses, training cards and videos with their colleagues, take surveys and tests, communicate with other users and watch the activity of their friends.
The project also has a separate panel for administrators. Here, in a user-friendly format, you can update and configure our platform individually for each organization. Starting with the number and names of tabs on the panels...

BIZIT

BIZIT project allows users to share their business cards and create new connections. By uploading or creating a business card to BIZIT, users are able to share their business card via WiFi, Email, Bluetooth, and contacts. 
Users have the ability to expand their network by searching for connections through the Discover page. 
Feel free to review how the app works: https://youtu.be/-BUT1gi8-J4  

OfficeSharing

This project targeted an area of great demand – renting premises together with other people or companies. This service is especially relevant in large cities.

With the help of the application, many users can now easily find office neighbors, indicating, if necessary, the requirements for candidates. Others can pick an office for their needs. The choice takes into account the price, the area of the room, the territorial location, the bonuses offered to neighbors, and much more. The user can contact a person who passes the room, discuss the necessary details, and make an appointment.

The site is successfully launched in production and pleases visitors.

All The Rooms

AllTheRooms.com is, quite simply, a booking site for all the rooms. It’s the world’s largest accommodation search engine, combining sites like Expedia with Airbnb and Jetsetter, as well as some sites you may not even have heard of yet. This search engine will compare the best prices on all of these sites so you know you’re booking your perfect home-away-from-home.

Press Feed

Pressfeed helps reporters to quickly receive material for articles. They place a request for experts to respond to, then get an invoice for the material. Meanwhile, for experts and PR specialists, Pressfeed is a platform for working with the media. By responding to journalists’ requests, they get mentions in the media.

Upside

The Upside business travel venture allows you to book good-value accommodation and transport and provides different gift cards (Amazon, iTunes and so on). The site always shows you the lowest published fares that can be found across the internet for flights, hotels, rental cars and ride shares. And when you book on Upside, you never travel alone – a team of expert travel agents is always watching out for you on your trip, fixing travel problems as soon as they happen.

Visibook

The site for entrepreneurs and their customers. The easiest way to schedule customers and send appointment reminders. Designed for planning any meetings. It allows you to create different calendars for single or recurring events, invite users to participate in the event, exchange messages. Provides sync with Google calendar.

Immo-Atlas

Immo-atlas is a new form of card-based real estate search. The goal is to create transparency in the real estate market and to provide more information about the property. At Immoatlas you will receive current estimates for the value of all residential real estate in the city of Siegburg. So owners have the value of your property and the region always in view. Prospective buyers can find out more about the price level in a region and submit purchase offers for every residential property in Siegburg.

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Scaling Support for Mobile & Web App Developer

“Their availability and positive attitude make them easy to work with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. 2018–Ongoing
Project summary: 

DUNICE provides mobile and web developers to support an internal team’s scaling efforts. They supply resources on an ad hoc basis.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Chief Strategy Officer, App Developer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The additional support from DUNICE made the growth efforts smoother and more efficient. The team was enthusiastic and capable of providing the necessary resources throughout the project, making them a valuable partner.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the chief strategy officer of an application platform based in Europe and the US.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire DUNICE?

We hired DUNICE to support our internal team on various projects.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to scale quickly and deliver projects to our clients on time.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We were drawn to DUNICE’s competitive rates. Their professionalism and timeliness also stood out to us.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They have been assisting our internal team with various mobile and web development projects. When we need more staff for a task, they supply teammates to make our team larger.

What was the team composition?

They provide a dedicated project manager, an administrative individual, and several web and mobile developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their support allows our team to successfully scale and complete projects on time.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We receive daily updates from DUNICE. They communicate proactively, typically via Slack.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their availability and positive attitude make them easy to work with.

Are there any areas for improvement?

It’d be helpful if they provided resources on a 2–4 week cycle and had a more structured process to transfer information between developers.

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

Custom ERP System for Ecommerce Firm

"Dunice completes professional work at an affordable cost."

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

Dunice built a custom ERP platform to handle inventory, shipping, and other services within an e-commerce company. The team hosted the system using a Google Cloud platform and developed on a React framework.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Stan Valo
CTO, Valo Market
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The automation of the new system has benefitted business through efficiency and sales. The ERP is worth the cost. Dunice is experienced and communicative.  Customers can expect a skilled and qualified team that delivers excellent work at a reasonable price.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of Valo Market, an e-commerce company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dunice?

We hired Dunice to build a custom ERP.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After providing their team with the specs, Dunice developed the platform that would handle inventory control, order management, shipping integrations, and API calls. Their team customized all aspects including specific algorithms. The ERP is hosted on a Google Cloud platform using a SQL server and React framework.

What is the team composition?

Five people were assigned to the project. We worked with an account manager, project manager, technical team lead, and one backend and one frontend developer.

How did you come to work with Dunice?

I found Dunice on Upwork. We picked their company because we were satisfied with their proposal.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We engaged with Dunice between February–August 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Thanks to the automation of the ERP, I’ve been able to cut down my staff by 30 or 40 percent. As a result of the pricing algorithms, we’ve seen an increase in sales and expanded our inventory and into new markets. There’s been growth and savings all around. The system paid for itself multiple times.

How did Dunice perform from a project management standpoint?

Dunice delivered every aspect of the project on time and in a professional manner. We used Trello for task management and had Skype meetings almost daily. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Dunice completes professional work at an affordable cost. I’m incredibly pleased with their work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are none that I can think of.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Clients should know what they want technically before signing the contract. The process could take more time than necessary if they’re not prepared.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We were able to negotiate a reasonable price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to two different friends.

App & Front-End Dev for IT Staffing Company

“We really appreciate the quality of engineers they're able to find. They're very easy to work with and polite.”  

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

DUNICE has provided staff augmentation for 10 technical projects so far in an ongoing partnership. The offshores engineers they assign support mobile app builds and frontend Vue.js development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Marcy Ewald
COO, AspireLabs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DUNICE’s high-level engineers reliably produce robust and clean code. Their level of skill at a competitive price point manifests in a valuable ROI. Transparent and responsive, they maintain a synergistic dynamic with the in-house team. They rapidly integrate feedback and produce deliverables. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the COO of AspireLabs. Our company runs an agency that helps companies in the D.C. area figure out their technology staffing needs. These can include anything from supplemental staffing to product development and IT management. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DUNICE?

We didn't have enough technical staff on hand to effectively manage all our ongoing projects. DUNICE acted as our supplemental development management shop. A couple of their overseas engineers worked with us on specific projects. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

DUNICE has been involved in about 10 projects with our team. The number of developers they assign us depends on our internal staff's availability and allocation. We started a long-term project about a year and a half ago, and they're still involved with us today. They've provided a lot of frontend work with Vue.js to help us with several projects. Usually, we provided them with wireframes and designs ahead of time.

The first major product they helped us build was a mobile app that allows professors to get feedback from their students in real time. After we developed the first version, they enabled us to deploy it to the client. We typically build on the eXo framework which produces non-native iOS and Android apps. 

What is the team composition? 

DUNICE staffs us up or down depending on both of our team’s availability and theirs. At any given time, we work with anywhere between 2–5 of their developers. We have kept two specific people that we work with regularly.  

How did you come to work with DUNICE?

We found DUNICE through a recommendation. A person we were working with at the time was using their services.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent upwards of $150,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together since August 2017. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

When we assess the code DUNICE produces, we can easily tell whether it's good or bad. They're very responsive to the quick feedback we provide, both technical and practice-wise. Every time we've given them critiques, they've been able to implement our suggestions. All the code they've written for us has been very high quality and is still fully operational today. 

Our internal team conducts code reviews, and DUNICE makes any necessary changes they suggest. Typically, the work we receive from the higher performing engineers doesn't require any changes aside from implementation- related ones. We've been really happy with the way everything has turned out. DUNICE's deliverables are usually built exactly to the specs we provide and align with what our clients are looking for. 

How did DUNICE perform from a project management standpoint?

We have project managers that work with different engineers depending on which ones are staffed. DUNICE has a couple of great groups of people that work with specific team members. They are very communicative when someone is going to be offline or if they're struggling to map out a project. We mostly use email and Slack to communicate. 

Since we have in-house project management staff, we don't utilize their full suite of services. We trust our team to decide what's most important. Even though we handle much of the prioritization and implementation for them, they've been very helpful in executing on our vision. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

We really appreciate the quality of engineers they're able to find. They're very easy to work with and polite. DUNICE offers a very high ratio of quality to price. We've been pleased with their ability to scale engineers up or out as needed to help our team pick up and drop projects. 

There are so many different places to send overseas work that many vendors race to the bottom by churning out code that looks good but isn't sustainable. That's never been our experience with DUNICE. It feels like they are members of our in-house team. Overall, we've enjoyed our time working together. We would definitely recommend DUNICE to anyone interested in supplemental work. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

The quality of engineers isn’t always exactly the same, so we've rotated some people out of our projects. This is partly because they tend to staff people to projects in languages that they aren't fully comfortable with necessarily, which can show in the code quality and speed. 

The "speed at all costs" mentality they seem to have prioritizes moving parts over providing testing or rework on old criteria. We've been able to manage this on our end and feed it back into the system. 

4.5
Overall Score There's always room for growth. We appreciate having someone to discuss differences between engineers. They've been consistently receptive to our changes.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I think that a couple of their engineers are great at meeting deadlines, but others are not.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    DUNICE has had the best prices and value we've seen so far.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We've been really happy with the output we receive.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already done so. We really like them.

CMS Dev & Maintenance for Internet Marketing Firm

“I’m quite impressed with their WordPress and coding expertise.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

DUNICE implements new frontend and backend features for a marketing platform. They continue to maintain the website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Tel Aviv, ISrael
Product Manager, Marketing Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DUNICE quickly understood industry requirements, delivering satisfactory code within the timeline and budget. They could improve on QA but generally communicate well with internal staff.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I work for a company that builds comparison websites and drives traffic to brands using affiliate marketing. I am the product manager of our gaming department.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire DUNICE?

We needed high-level WordPress developers to help us maintain and improve our site. We also needed help with complex backend services.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I looked for the biggest and highest rated profiles on Upwork. I wanted to see if DUNICE’s developer could quickly understand our business and development environment, which he did. We also needed someone who could communicate fluently in English and was highly responsive.

What was the team composition?

We’re working with a product manager, SEO manager, web designer, and developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s my first time to outsource a full-time task. Fortunately, DUNICE’s team completes projects quickly and with great results. Since they make few mistakes, they help us save time and money.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Everything is going smoothly with the help of Skype and emails. They use project management tools and software, including Jira.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I’m quite impressed with their WordPress and coding expertise. DUNICE offers skilled developers, decent pricing, and excellent communication. I couldn't be happier with them.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No one is perfect, and they could still improve in terms of accuracy. It would be great if they could add QA staff to their team.

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

Front-end Angular MVP for Financial Services Firm

"They seem to be a small team that always wants to prove that they can deliver well." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2017 - July 2018
Project summary: 

DUNICE contributes frontend, AngularJS development to an MVP project. They’ve fleshed out platform specifications, incorporated Google Maps integrations and SMS confirmation, and constructed CSS files.

The Reviewer
 
1,001 - 5,000 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
Innovation Managers, Financial Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Even though some tasks had to be repeated, DUNICE’s deliverables have met expectations, and they are positioned well to receive future work. They were able to rearrange priorities when time constraints called for it and worked with a hunger for success that only the best startups demonstrate.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Respondent 1: We’re innovation managers for a mortgage broker.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DUNICE?

R1: We’re creating a minimal viable product (MVP) and we needed developers to build its frontend.

Respondent 2: There’s a wide range of definitions for MVP’s, but we needed a full-blown web-app with a lot of functionalities.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

R1: We’ve worked with them on two MVPs: a first version that was delivered around November 2017, and a second one, from the beginning of 2018, which ended two weeks ago. We built the backend while DUNICE developed the website’s frontend with AngularJS.

We provided some wireframes – made by our internal designer – and all the platform specifications, but the latter wasn’t fully fleshed out. In essence, we started with a draft of the specifications, discussed it with DUNICE on-the-go, and they were flexible in fulfilling everything.

R2: The site has authentication, user profiles, SMS confirmation, Google Maps functionalities, and layout-related, CSS features.

What is the team composition?

R1+R2: We officially had two developers assigned to us for the first MVP, but they also provided a project manager and a tester, whom they didn’t charge us for.

R1: We needed three people for the second MVP, so we ended up with three developers, plus a project manager and a tester.

How did you come to work with DUNICE?

R1: We found them through Upwork, where the job description listed frontend, AngularJS development and Google Maps integration skills, which was quite important. A few people and companies answered us and we scheduled interviews with them.

R2: We selected three candidates for Skype interviews based on the proposals they sent us, and then chose a partner based on those interviews.

How much have you invested with them?

R1: We’ve spent €50,000 ($58,554 USD) so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

R1: We started working with DUNICE in July 2017. The first MVP was delivered at the beginning of November 2017, after which we paused the collaboration for two months and presented the product internally, so as to decide whether to continue or not. We then began the second MVP in January 2018 and recently wrapped up work in July. We’re about to start the third phase with them after we get final approval.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

R1: The work DUNICE provided was good, but we’ve had to make some decisions and changes on our side. We also had some performance issues, which they addressed, and the product we received meets our performance requirements. They fulfilled everything we requested.

R2: The quality they delivered was very good, and the errors we found while testing ourselves were only low-level. We have had to formulate our requirements more thoughtfully after experiencing some performance issues. Sometimes, when there were multiple paths forward, they didn’t choose the one we would’ve chosen. We’ve had to ask them to reprioritize and repeat some of the tasks, especially those regarding the product architecture.

How did DUNICE perform from a project management standpoint?

R1: Their project management was mostly okay, but there were one or two misunderstandings, possibly caused by us. We also had time pressure at the end – related to the experiments we were conducting on our side – so, week to week, we asked them to stop their current work and focus on other tasks. The rest of the time they would simply let us know what they were working on.

They always responded to our requests, even when we made changes, and they did everything that was required in order to move from one task to another and accomplish them in time. I would say that their performance was fine for 99% of the time, aside from small issues and misunderstandings. Whenever we talked about those things, we would clarify them and there would be no issues afterwards.

We used Upwork for managing our contract, payments, and feedback, and Trello for communicating which tasks should be done when. We couldn’t open our internal Slack to them, so we used Skype for chatting. We also had a few calls through it to let them know our plans for the upcoming three or four weeks. We had access to their test server, so we could see how the platform currently looked without downloading the latest version and running it on our side.

What did you find most impressive about them?

R1: This was our first experience with a remote team we’d never met and we’re happy with the work they’ve provided. DUNICE let us know when someone would be going on vacation, which was convenient. They seem to be a small team that always wants to prove that they can deliver well. In comparison to large corporate companies in this area, DUNICE behaved like a startup – giving all they could in order to work things out and deliver everything.

R2: From my point of view, when it comes to IT contractors, they’re surely one of the better ones. We’ve had a lot more problems with IT companies situated in Western Europe, even when we were close by and spoke the same language. There was a language barrier and a time difference, and we never met their team in person, yet the collaboration still worked well. I don’t know how many developers they employed on this project, but they delivered good work for the time we gave them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

R1: We’ve had to ask them to do some refactoring since they created CSS files for every page, while we thought that they should only create a single CSS file. The latter would’ve allowed us to make additional changes all in one place. It’s something that we addressed with their help.

R2: They could’ve been faster in responding to this specific change request. This was not a mission-critical aspect, and therefore they didn’t put this as high up on the priority list as we would’ve liked.

R1: It was a trade-off between fast delivery and better quality, but it wasn’t a big issue.

5.0
Overall Score R1: We’re going to hire them again.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    R1: The scheduling was good, but we requested a lot of changes. The fault was ours more than theirs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    R1: The work would’ve cost us a lot more in our region.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Django Web Dev for Tour Operator

“They’ve given us exactly what we wanted and more.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

DUNICE overhauled an old CMS and developed a tour operator’s desktop and mobile sites using Django and Bootstrap. They optimized the site for conversions and made the site so the admin team could update it.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cape Town, South Africa
Alexis Boshoff
CEO, Safari.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DUNICE delivered an outstanding website, bringing positive feedback from staff and users. The site is responsive and loads quickly. The team’s flexibility in the provision of resources is a valued asset, especially given their agility to do so quickly. The team outshines their competition.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of a travel operator selling luxury safaris throughout Africa. We sell to an international market and generate our leads online through the website DUNICE helped build. Sales are done offline.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DUNICE?

We were looking for a competent team to take over the development of an old CMS that had been built on an old stack. The site wasn’t optimized for conversions. We were looking for someone who could quickly take what was there and rebuild it into a new framework that was more scalable, more suited to our business, and more current. We were looking to develop a responsive frontend as well.

Because trends were moving toward mobile, we had to make sure that our content would be mobile responsive, optimized for the mobile user experience. This was one of our primary focuses.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

DUNICE developed our site using a Django backend and the Bootstrap framework on the frontend. We chose those technologies for flexibility, scalability, and performance. It’s a full CMS that handles a large product mix of both lodgers and tours. There is a backend on which our admin team can create new products, upload all the features for those products, create tours, and upload images, making sure they are properly compressed and sized. We have a backend dashboard for the content side of our business.

We’ve gone through a number of launches and iterations of the site. We launched a minimally viable product and switched to it from the old version. We constantly iterated through that, developing multiple versions afterward.

What is the team composition?

The size of the team fluctuated up to a maximum of four people. DUNICE allowed us the flexibility to elastically scale and decrease the resources, which is one of the reasons we decided to use them.

How did you come to work with DUNICE?

I found them through Upwork. I did a lot of searching, screening, filtering, and interviewing. I ended up choosing DUNICE based on how they dealt with us and the conversations I had with the developers, the project manager, and the CTO via Skype calls. We’ve interacted with them for some time and worked with them on a couple of projects.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost of their work has been around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with DUNICE in February 2016. It took us three months to launch the first version of the responsive site. We finished the bulk of the work, but we have a resource from their side who continues to work with us on a regular basis.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We iterated through the website’s performance and managed to get it to a world-class level. The feedback from users and internal staff has been great for both the desktop and mobile version.

We succeeded in reducing the page load time to below two seconds. We have a load time of 200 milliseconds for the Amazon page in the U.S, which is quite an achievement.

How did DUNICE perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve worked with them in an agile way. We’ve been working closely with one of their developers since the beginning of the collaboration. I’ve worked closely with them on the product management side, but we haven’t used it much with them. I managed the pipeline and the development process to fit our business needs. We primarily used Slack and Trello to communicate and manage the project, and we had occasional Skype calls.

They were very quick and accommodating in managing their resources and reacting to requests from our side to either scale or bring different resources onto the project. They were flexible and brought people onto the project quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were a pleasure to work with. They checked in with us on a regular basis from the CTO/CEO level to see if there was anything they could do to improve communication and the relationship. This is quite out of the ordinary when dealing with outsourced contractors. DUNICE got involved to make sure that things were working correctly. When something went wrong, they were more than accommodating and remained available.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They’ve given us exactly what we wanted and more. They’ve been the fastest group of developers I’ve worked with. DUNICE stood out from the other development teams and outsourced companies I’ve worked with.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clients have to understand what they want and what they’re passing along. They should also understand development and management processes so they can take on the product management side of development. We can’t expect a development company to know our customers and our product market. We have to put in the effort to make sure that everything goes according to our vision.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They over-delivered on our timeframe.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already.

CMS Dev for IT Services Company

“Their rigorous levels of testing and QA ensures they consistently deliver high–quality products.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
June 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

DUNICE helped develop several platforms using node.js, PHP, and Ruby. Most recently, they developed and designed a publishing platform that integrated with, and allowed user access to, all stored content.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Melbourne, Australia
Eliot Harper
CEO, AttributeValue
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their consistently exceptional results, immediate response times, and ability to quickly begin projects overshadow project management hurdles, and have resulted in overwhelmingly positive user feedback. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of AttributeValue. We provide consulting and development services for Salesforce.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with DUNICE?

I’ve worked with them for a number of years, over several projects, but in every instance we needed cost–effective development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They predominantly provide development work through node.js, PHP, or Ruby, but they have also designed several interfaces.  For the most recent platform, they used WordPress, because of its large selection of plugins. They built a content management and publishing platform, which enabled content creation and assembly, as well as empowered users to subscribe to different subject matter. They set up a git repository with webhooks to store and integrate with all of the content.

What is the team composition?

On the most recent project, we worked with two developers, one designer, and a team manager. However, in the past, we’ve worked with a team of eight people. They easily scale up or down based on project needs. A customer looking for developers with 10–15 years of experience may be wary because most of their developers are quite young, but there is a non–billable experienced developer managing each team.

How did you come to work with DUNICE?

We discovered them on Upwork.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested in the range of $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them June 2012 and while the most recent project has finished, I anticipate having a new project for them before the end of the year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Not only have they always delivered what I asked for, but the overwhelming majority of feedback from users has also been positive.

How did DUNICE perform from a project management standpoint?

The most effective communication method was Slack. We would always get immediate feedback when using that. Towards the end of projects, we would hold daily stand–up meetings over the phone. The team would explain what they were working on, and it gave the opportunity for both teams to ask questions. I met with them at their headquarters three times, and they have a very professional environment. It’s updated with the most recent biometric technology, which gave me an increased sense of comfort for the project’s security.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have an exceptional pool of resources so are able to start projects immediately. Every team we’ve worked with has had the initiative to ask questions, make suggestions, and continue to learn throughout the project. Their rigorous levels of testing and QA ensures they consistently deliver high–quality products.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They understand agile methodologies such as scrums but don’t always apply those principles. I think more firmly applying those would help them and their customers.

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

Frontend Development for Financial Services Firm

"They were extremely capable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. - Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

DUNICE developed the frontend of a prototype on a tight one-week deadline. 

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Justin Maples
Managing Director of R&D, SVB Financial Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

DUNICE completed the project within the schedule and budget requirements. The team asked smart questions, communicated their progress clearly, and addressed issues right away. They were unfailingly responsive and prompt. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We're an innovation bank for technology startups. I work in R&D, experimenting with various projects and testing their future potential.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire DUNICE?

We hired DUNICE to develop the frontend of a prototype for a potential service. 

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to build the prototype quickly and within our budget.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We put out competing bids, but we had also worked with them previously and had a positive experience.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

After reviewing the project requirements and asking a thorough set of questions, they created a frontend prototype within a week. They completed the work, leaving time for me to review, then fixed the issues I found.

What was the team composition?

We had one project manager and one developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They hit our requirements, delivering on time and within budget.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They were extremely capable. They asked the right questions in the beginning and kept me updated on their status.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed by their communication. They not only understood the importance of the project, but were also capable and timely.

Are there any areas for improvement?

From this experience, I have no suggestions.

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