Veterans of web & custom software development

Gecko Dynamics specializes in delivering high-performance and stable software solutions, mainly for big web and desktop projects, but also for mobile.

What you may find important to know about us:

  • Over 15 years of commercial experience with over 100 projects developed
  • Champion team, hugely experienced, knowing each and every case on the field of enterprise technologies, security and development of big, commercial systems
  • Company who puts quality higher that marketing brochures and nice look in the web
  • Worked with Nokia, Air Canada, Cinepolis, Cam Tran and many others

What we provide:

  • End-to-end solutions for both web & mobile
  • Team with huge experience in Java, .Net, C, C#, C++, PHP, HTML and other technologies
  • Cost-cutting, yet high performance technologies for mobile such as Reac Native, Xamarin

 

We are not telling you why we are better than others - contact us and find your own reasons why to choose us

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2002
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Cracow, Poland
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Air Canada, Nokia, Cinepolis, Jonas Software, Cam Tran, RegisterSigns

TekeTeke

TekeTeke is an m-commerce digital ecosystem focused on online shopping and delivery in Nairobi, Kenya, developed for the Kenyan enterprise Greenskies Investment as another project in their investment portfolio, consisting of:

Native apps for iOS & Android for regular users (buyers):

  • Browsing for various shops and their products basing on text search and products categories
  • Making the purchases choosing from products available in the shop
  • Paying via integrated mobile payment gateways that are specific and well-known in Africa, such as M-Pesa
  • Setting the delivery address
  • Showing orders history
  • Ability to use promo codes to get the discounts
  • Livechat with the app’s support consultants

Native app for Android for the deliverers:

  • Registering with email
  • Getting the notifications about products ordered by the user and delivery address
  • Navigating to the delivery...

123SignUp

123Signup (https://www.123signup.com/) is a complex SaaS system serving two main purposes - event and membership plan management. The platform is currently serving numbers of various entities and organization such as private companies, various event organizers, universities, local governments and NGOs & non-profit organizations.

The system enables:

  • Event management - sophisticated event management module, from creating, through scheduling, to complex overview of participants and their management
  • Membership management - enabling membership management for various entities
  • Donations module, enabling the users to make a donation for chosen entities and create ad banners
  • Extensive reporting module
  • Website-builder enabling associations to create their own website through visual builder basing on predefined templates
  • Member directory, allowing members to...

Volo

Volo is a complex system for fitness clubs management. Currently it’s one of the leading SaaS products for web-based billing and scheduling among fitness club owners across Canada and US.

Volo Innovations was a startup based out of Vancouver, created by gym owners looking for a solution to manage their gym and its operations. Since they could not find anything on the market that would satisfy their needs, they decided to create a custom SaaS application for themselves and other gym owners.

Gecko Dynamics helped Volo Innovations by developing a whole product (called by itself Volo) from scratch and maintaining its further development & support. Over the next years, Volo became a successful product and one of the leading applications for fitness club management in US and Canada.

System functionality includes:

  • Scheduling
  • Billing & invoicing
  • Integration with various billing systems
  • Marketing
  • Reporting...

Kofein

Kofein is a SaaS system developed for major Ukrainian restaurant chain. It's a complex and complete solution for purpose of management of restaurant chain, as well as singe restaurant. It covers literally all aspects of restaurant management - from resources, through staff, salaries, accounting & invoincing to POS terminals and tablet app for waiters.

Sample modules it includes are:

  • Inventory management
  • Real-time resource management - e.g. when someone orders a coffee, the system automatically reduces the amount of coffee available in the restaurant and notifies when it drops below 10%
  • Accounting & invocing module
  • Complete and advanced analytics, reports
  • Staff management, salary calculations
  • Electronic security and automatic locks
  • Software for POS terminals
  • Panel for cookers - displaying the orders on monitor located in the kitchen
  • Tablet app for waiters enabling them to...

Cam Tran Jive

Jive is a complex business process management tool serving a major role in everyday cycles of CamTran - Canada’s leading manufacturer of oil-filled transformers.

Duration:

2012 - Ongoing

Technologies used:

Tomcat, Java, JSP, Postgres Database, React

Solution provided:

Complex business management tool integrated with CamTran’s internal systems and manufacturing devices.


The main part is focused around creating, managing and controlling Standardized Work Instructions. The project was initially treated as a pilot but after satisfying results it was decided to develop it further and implement a larger package of features and custom software facilitating optimization of CamTran’s business processes. That led to maintaining a long terms cooperation, during which Gecko Dynamics has delivered a system that includes:

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Development & Design Consultation for Hotel Curator

“Their team provided quality services at a moment’s notice."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Aug. 2018
Project summary: 

Gecko Dynamics took over from a previous team and provided outsourced development support fixing a custom application. They also provided consultation for design and business model ideas.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Nicolás Carlo
COO, Mstar Solutions Limited
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The final product fulfilled the end customer’s needs and resulted in a satisfactory collaboration. The Gecko Dynamics’ team was communicative and kept all parties involved in their process. Their honesty and accuracy made for a smooth engagement and produced valuable work.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the COO of Mstar Solutions Limited, a software consulting and development company. We find existing pain points for our clients and offer solutions for the short and long term. We provide custom development serves and contract partners from around the world to help our customers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Gecko Dynamics?

Our client, a curator of luxury hotels, was facing multiple challenges. They needed a comprehensive understanding of their concept and ironing out their business model. The previous development team we used for this client had misunderstood the requirements for their application, so we decided to bring Gecko Dynamics into the project to solve communication problems between the two teams.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted the collaboration to result in a successful project for the client, with no misinterpretations or confusion.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We interviewed several developers. We chose Gecko Dynamics because of the experience, priorities, and general understanding of the project. They also offered strong internal capabilities.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

To begin, Gecko Dynamics provided code review to take over from the previous team. They fixed several aspects of the current application and added the new features the client required. Outside the development services, their team also provided business analysis services, design consultation, and frontend design implementation.

What was the team composition?

They provided one full stack developer, one frontend developer, and the project manager who also served as a business analyst.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our client was relieved and happy to accept the finished product Gecko Dynamics produced. The project had been stuck before their team’s help, so they helped us move forward and collect payments from our customer. Having their support also allowed us to expand into other fields and markets, so it was good for our business.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They were strong communicators and they understood all protocols. All deadlines were expressed in advance and all stages of the project were documented. The project manager frequently interacted with my team and the client, which helped manage overall expectations. We had no communication issues with their team, as they could speak and write in English excellently.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We appreciated their honesty; they dealt with every issue that came their way. They only made promises they could keep, which allowed us to give our client realistic expectations. Their team provided quality services at a moment’s notice.

Are there any areas for improvement?

It could have been helpful if they hired more developers. Their skills were very impressive, but they could better market their services if they expanded their staff.

5.0
Overall Score Whenever we need a team to collaborate with, they are our first choice.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had scheduled meetings and they adhered to deadlines.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their cost is competitive in the European market. Their service was worth the price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    All the work was high quality and aligned with our standards.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’re likely to recommend their services, we had a great experience.

Business Process Management Tool for Transformer Manufacturer

"The systems they’ve built have allowed us to keep our growing teams focused and in sync."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Gecko Dynamics built a custom, centralized database for a transformer manufacturer. The highly visual system allows coordination between workers at multiple production facilities.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Ontario, Canada
Andrew Young
Head of Quality Assurance, Cam Tran
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

By synchronizing production information across all 3 plants, the database system facilitated substantial company growth, leading to sales doubling over 4 years. Gecko Dynamics familiarized themselves with unique industry challenges to produce a customized solution and become a long-term partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the Senior Leader for Quality Systems at Cam Tram, Canada’s largest transformer manufacturer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko Dynamics?

We have three plants across Canada and needed to develop a centralized, online database to coordinate our teams. The solution needed to provide real-time information in a highly visual way for display on television screens to help eliminate our paper-based systems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They worked with me to develop the custom software. We built it in stages, planning work up to six months in advance, and Gecko Dynamics helped me fine-tune the specifications before passing it to their overseas developers.

They installed the software on our servers and we continue to create new updates on a weekly basis.

What is the team composition?

Alexey Mykhalov [CTO, Gecko Dynamics] is my main contact. Because he’s located near Vancouver, we meet face-to-face each week. I also have a secondary point of contact in case of emergency.

How did you come to work with Gecko Dynamics?

We searched for software developers online. Our industry has a lot of unique needs, so we wanted a company willing to create a custom system from the ground up. We liked that Alexey was local, as we wanted someone to visit our facilities firsthand to get a sense of the problems we wanted to solve. Because they use overseas developers, they also offered lower rates than their competitors.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $200,000–$300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2014 and our relationship is ongoing. We’ll be working together for the foreseeable future, as we have lots of work ahead and we’ve been happy with their progress.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve doubled the size of our company and sales since working with Gecko Dynamics. The systems they’ve built have allowed us to keep our growing teams focused and in sync. The quality of our teams has also improved.

Additionally, we’ve seen warranty returns from customers decrease by 50% over the last few years. This can be partially attributed to the database system bringing live information right to the operators, helping them to ensure units are built to the customer specifications.

How did Gecko Dynamics perform from a project management standpoint?

Their level of organization is one of their strongest assets. We coordinate projects through Jira and use a ticketing system to prioritize tasks. I enter new tickets each week, and because their developers are based in Eastern Europe, they’ve already started the new assignments by the time I start work the next day.

They're willing to work overtime during emergencies and respond immediately to any bugs or system failures.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our business has a lot of unique challenges related to geography, customer base, and the industry itself. Gecko Dynamic took the time to understand our company in order to create a solution to fit our needs. They visited our facilities to get a sense of how our operators work and asked the right questions. They watched our employees interact with the system in order to make improvements.

I’ve worked with companies in the past that try to apply predetermined solutions to a project, but Gecko Dynamic’s flexibility guarantees tailored results.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Developers are in high demand in Eastern Europe, so they have some turnover issues. It can be a bit of a headache to get new employees caught up if a developer leaves.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We’ve had to redo certain aspects due to a lack of planning, which has caused some delays. Be sure to plan thoroughly so that the project moves efficiently. Alexey will be more than happy to help.

4.5
Overall Score We continue to expand our long-term partnership because we’ve been happy with their work.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Better planning would improve scheduling.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their competitive rates give me a bigger bang for my buck.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've been very good. We encounter occasional misunderstandings, partly due to a lack of planning on my end.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IT Services for Real Estate Marketing Company

"You can't get the kind of integration and development that these guys provide anywhere else. We toss aside every proposal from other firms."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
June 2010 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Gecko provides IT services to enhance existing products’ UI design, backend coding, and functionalities. Constant functionality updates aim to expand the range of services and optimize profitability.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
David Polisi
Founder, Homebuzz
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Profitability is up with a recent project achieving a 25% increase in monthly revenue. Added features deepen engagement with existing customers and attract an ever-expanding range of new business. While close relationships are a key asset, they’ve created an informality in need of correcting.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder and CEO of Homebuzz, which provides software-based property management services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko Dynamics?

We engaged them to serve as our IT team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their services largely focus on web-user frontend experience and software improvements. They’ve worked on IVR [interactive voice response] systems using phone and text messaging. We employ the IVR system for security, authentication, and informational purposes.

We’ve also collaborated on UI development and design. Often, they’ll design interfaces based on my sketches. They will then code the backend to make the site responsive on multiple devices.

What is the team composition?

We work with 3-4 people, which includes the project manager and 2 developers.

How did you come to work with Gecko Dynamics?

I found them through an online search. They were a good fit because the owner’s ideas and creativity aligned with our challenges. We started by engaging with smaller projects and gradually giving the team larger assignments over time.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $750,000 - $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work started in 2010 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

To give an example, we’re currently working on an after-hours calling service that our clients pay for per building. We’re now able to increase items 25% for monthly recurring revenue because they keep adding service features that grow our revenue and marketability. For example, we may start with texting, then offer call tracking, and finally syndication. We’re targeting our existing customer base while widening our reach through highly clickable features for property managers.

How did Gecko Dynamics perform from a project management standpoint?

We have several points of interaction on a weekly basis: Skype, JIRA, and phone calls. JIRA works well as a tool to log and troubleshoot customer issues. We integrated Zendesk with our JIRA account, but haven’t added new technologies because they necessitate more training.

We collaborate very closely on technology and development issues. And yes over a 7-year period there were unexpected problems that we had to overcome, such as outages, design not being robust enough but our communication and feedback works well with the team to overcome these issues.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They get deeply embedded in an organization and create value. Their team is very intertwined with our company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Due to our close partnership and growing operations, documentation isn’t always processed perfectly. Project handoffs tend to be more informal but it’s also a question of speed to market, so I can accept this. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make the scope crisp and clean. The project also needs to be well-documented and UI designs require excellent mockups. Investment in making deliverables solid will make quotes and schedules more accurate.

5.0
Overall Score The relationship they’ve built sets them apart.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I push hard with deadlines and we sometimes fall behind schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    You can't get the kind of integration and development that these guys provide anywhere else. We toss aside every proposal from other firms.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did a great job covering all aspects of our services, from heavy internet users to other consumers.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

SMS Communication Platform for Mobile Phone Retailer

“I can recommend Gecko as one of the best business partners I’ve ever worked with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2001 - May 2006
Project summary: 

Gecko Dynamics augmented the development of an SMS communications platform. The system sent notifications based on workplace hierarchies and was also integrable with external IT systems. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Katowice, Poland
Adam Boryniec
Co-Founder, GoMobile
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

From 2003–2012, 180 million text messages were sent worldwide through the system Gecko helped develop. Their team offered suggestions that saved both time and money, and the product ultimately helped the client’s company become successful. Transparency and responsiveness are also memorable traits.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was working at GoMobile in Poland when I had my first contact with Gecko Dynamics. GoMobile was a small company of 70 people, and I was the sales director and one the founders of the company. I also worked with them during my time at Xplorex Mobile, where we developed SMS platforms XM SMS Pro and Fun Billboard.

Right now, I work and live in Gdansk, Poland, for a company called Powel. We are a large company, with approximately 450 employees worldwide. I am the Managing Director of the Polish branch, where we have 72 employees. My current company does not currently work with Gecko because we have no need at the moment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko Dynamics?

We were selling our services to the biggest GSM [Global System for Mobile Communications] operator in Poland. Gecko Dynamics worked in collaboration with GoMobile to develop part of the platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The code name was GoSMS, but we were selling it under the brand SMS Enterprise. It was a hybrid platform because it wasn’t completely online. Customers could connect their business processes to an SMS gateway and send automatic SMS notifications to their customers and coworkers.

The largest and most successful project we did was for a Polish airline, LOT. A GSM operator delivered the platform, but we developed it. It was a very nice internal communications system, and it worked there for several years. It was the main crisis communication system in this company at the time used to immediately notify people about any incidents on airport premises.

The app had a certain logic which required a reply using certain characters within 1 minute of receiving a notification. This meant that the notification had been received and that the necessary services were taking place. If nobody answered, the message would be sent to a person higher in the hierarchy and would keep moving up until someone took care of the problem. This was a perfect system because the person who confirmed the SMS was also the person responsible for taking action and involving other people.

We served around 200 smaller and very big enterprises in Poland that were using this SMS Enterprise platform as well.

What is the team dynamic?

We had anywhere from 5–15 team members. My point of contact was usually the CTO, but I spoke with the CEO and several others as well.

How did you come to work with Gecko Dynamics?

I found them through my brother, who lives in Vancouver, Canada. He had his own IT company there, and since I was looking for developmental resources, I asked him for help. He referred me to Gecko and told me they were a great team located in Kharkiv. He had been working with them since the mid-90s.

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost $400,000 USD.

What is the status of this engagement?

I first started working with them in May 2001 and ceased working with them at GoMobile in May 2006. I continued cooperation with Gecko working on some new communication products and SMS platforms during my time at Xplorex Mobile.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had a unique product, and it was a scalable platform. It was a bit smaller than the cloud-based services offered now. It was something that was very transparent for our clients because they could integrate their big IT systems with strict security, and then connect their interfaces through our SMS platform.

It worked for both big and small customers, and it ultimately made our business very successful. We were able to hire more people, and we were making more money. The GSM company was also very satisfied with our services, so we view the project as a triumph.

Between 2003–2012, around 180 million text messages were sent through our systems worldwide.

How did Gecko Dynamics perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management was amazing. The response was really fast, and we used both phone calls and email to communicate. If something was very urgent, I could call any of their team members and receive a quick response.

My experience with working with them has always been very positive. They delivered projects on time, and the code quality was really high. After receiving our specifications, they would suggest technical solutions that saved us time and money, which our customers also appreciated.

Their reaction time was always perfect. They had around 17–20 people in the office in Kharkiv,  and even if the person in charge of the product couldn’t help me, there were several others who could. If we ever had an urgent request or a situation with our customer, Gecko was always very responsive. I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

We visited each other several times, and our day-to-day communication was perfect. We didn’t have to use in-person meetings in order to communicate. Our companies have similar mindsets, which also aided in our great collaboration. Gecko proved to be an extremely reliable, friendly company. I can’t recall any issue where we didn’t agree on something when a conflict arose.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I worked with them for several years, and only had good experiences. When I founded my own company, Xplorex Mobile, with my brother, I didn’t think twice before asking Gecko for help. They were my first and only choice. I continued for several more years in cooperation with them to develop other software solutions involved with SMS communication.

I can’t tell you how they compare to other providers because I didn’t have to find other providers. I’m happy with their service, and with over 10 great years of cooperation, they’ve proved not only to be friends, but reliable partners who I can completely trust. There were times when I couldn’t pay them on time, and they were always understanding.

After 9 years of continuous cooperation, I can recommend Gecko as one of the best business partners I’ve ever worked with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t recall any issues. They communicated well, and we were both satisfied with the collaboration. We have had a very close business relationship, and it’s almost like we work for the same company.

There were some team members who didn’t speak fluent English, but we were able to communicate in Russian, so it wasn’t an issue.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The people who work for this company are trustworthy, serious, and reliable. We trusted each other so much that most of our business was conducted through emails and phone calls. We didn’t have to rely on a written contract.

They know how to deal with other people. If there is an urgent situation, they try their best to understand and take ownership. My customer was also their customer, so I didn’t have to explain to them how important it was to find a solution to a problem. They would even work throughout the evening to fix bugs.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were much cheaper than programmers in Poland at the time.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    This is a great company. I would recommend them.

Custom Software Dev for Market Research Firm

"They are easy to get along with and it was fun working with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2014 - June 2015
Project summary: 

Gecko Dynamics developed a full-stack solution with Java. It was structured to process data while remaining visually appealing and user-friendly. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Jerry Johnson
President, Cascade Strategies
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Timely deliveries and competitive rates combined with exceptional math and technical skills make Gecko Dynamics an ideal partner. Coordination and reliable communications were also noteworthy strengths. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the president of Cascade Strategies, which is a 26-year old market research organization focused on large-scale e-commerce development, predictive analytics, and big data.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko Dynamics?

We needed an agency able to develop websites and interpret the data properly for the following areas: biometric signals, neural signals, GSR signals, and some facial recognition coding. We had one biometric signals project for which we needed help in particular.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For the biometric signals project, they built the frontend and backend using Java. The solution was structured to receive neurometric and biometric data. Building and correcting algorithms to make the data more comprehensible was also a key service.

The front end of our platform needs to be visually appealing and user-friendly. The functions and controls should be intuitive. 

What is the team dynamic?

The team was Ukrainian, but our main point of contact, Alexey [CTO, Gecko Dynamics], lives in Vancouver.  Alexey and I spoke on a daily basis to resolve unexpected issues such as malfunctioning signals or corruption. Eventually, he appointed an account manager that liaised between us and the various team members in Europe.

How did you come to work with Gecko Dynamics?

We used them previously to make a market research tool that did not include biometric signals. However, we chose to give them this biometric signals project based on our past collaboration.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $100,000 to $120,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in late 2014 and concluded around mid-2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This project was not structured to achieve a quantifiable result. For similar projects, we tend to build apps for our clients, but do not see how they use them.

However, it is worthwhile to note that Alexey did build the system a team of political science professors at the University of Texas used to predict accurately the 2016 presidential election when many prestigious polling firms did not. Their success attracted national press attention from major cable news outlets. 

How did Gecko Dynamics perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent. The account manager was instrumental in the coordination between our offices and the developers.

We interacted via conference calls and group emails, but primarily communicated with Alexey. We conducted web conferences on Zoom, Skype, and GoToMeeting. We used MATLAB for many of the algorithms. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were passionate about the work, which isn't always the case when outsourcing. Alexey and his team demonstrated a greater understanding of our mission than other companies had shown in the past. 

They combined superior math skills with existing technical knowledge, which also distinguishes them from competitors. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

The time different presented challenges that could be easily overcome with a local representative, especially for those customers who prefer direct interaction. 

Advice for potential customers?

Customers should consider appointing a dedicated account manager earlier rather than later. Doing so is likely to help manage the development process. 

5.0
Overall Score There were some language barriers, but their jovial demeanor made the collaboration enjoyable. They're easy to get along with and fun.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were typically, but not always, on time with deliverables. Scheduling is a definite strength.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We were pleasantly surprised to discover that they were more competitive by world standards.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We seldom had quibbles about the code performance.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already passed their name along to people.

Web Dev & Design for Software Dev Company

"They’re in it for the long-term relationship and not just the quick project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Dec. 2009 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Gecko Dynamics built a project management system to help a software developer create a complex travel booking platform. They provided front- and back-end development for a variety of other websites.

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

Each of the projects performed well and provided a return on investment. Gecko Dynamics made many projects possible through their solid project management, quick deliveries, and stellar Java expertise. Their transparent communication and sensible scoping made them a long-term resource.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president of a software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko?

We needed help with web development and design.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We built a booking system for one of the largest airlines in the world. It was to allow their clients to be able to interact with a booking system. We built the front end and back end of it in Java. They did 100% of that work and they started it all from scratch.

They also built our content management system that allowed designers to be able to work inside their Adobe workflow. They delivered both a front-end and back-end solution that helped us make a reliable product. We’ve also built over 100 other websites with them using custom development techniques. We’ve done SMS projects with them as well.

What is the team dynamic?

I interface with Alexey [CTO, Gecko Dynamics] twice a week and Sasha [Gecko Dynamics] probably once a week or so. Other employees of mine interface with them more often.

How did you come to work with Gecko?

An old business partner recommended Gecko to me. I was considering other companies, but I chose Gecko because their experience was the unique combination that our company needed.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested over $1,000,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2009 and the work is ongoing, involving multiple projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve been able to stay profitable on every one of the projects we’ve worked on them with. They’ve delivered on time, to the point where we’ve worked with them for a very long time.

How did Gecko perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very good. They give us access to their project tracking tool, Jira. Everything that goes inside of Jira is a transparent view of the work. We can prioritize all the backlog of work and we get to see what they’re working on and setting the timelines. They have teams that work in different locations. Usually, we’re getting responses 24 hours a day.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re the best Java developers in the world that I’ve seen. From an integrity point of view, they’re the most standup guys. There have been situations where there’s been confusion and they’ve been willing to take a loss when they shouldn’t have. They’re in it for the long-term relationship and not just the quick project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t see any need to improve.

Do you have any advice to potential future clients of Gecko?

As with any development project, understand the scope and try to get as involved in the process as possible. If you’re going to own your product, don’t just throw it over the fence. Sit there and work with them on it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Any issues with deadlines have been on our side, not theirs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I would rate them a 6 if I could. They’re amazing. The value they provide is why we’ve worked with them so long.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I’ve never not been happy with their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m willing to drive down the street in the middle of L.A. when I’m tired to make sure they have a good review.