Experts in web & custom software development

Gecko Dynamics is a web & custom software development company, specializing in development of SaaS applications, Business Process Management systems, refactoring & recovery of poor-code projects and development of mobile applications. We deliver high-performance and stable software solutions since 2002.

What you may find important to know about us:

  • Custom software development, web development, mobile development, developer leasing and IT consulting services
  • Over 15 years of commercial experience with over 100 success stories
  • Multi-years experience in enterprise technologies, security and development of large distributed systems
  • Company that puts quality higher that marketing brochures and nice look in the web
  • Worked with Nokia, Air Canada, PepsiCo, Cinepolis, CamTran and many others

What we provide:

  • End-to-end solutions for both web & mobile, as well as pure software engineering
  • Team profficient in Java, .Net, Angular, React.js, PHP, HTML and others
  • Cost-cutting, yet high performance technologies for mobile such as React 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, PepsiCo, Cinepolis, Spectrum Wellness, Jonas Software, Cam Tran, RegisterSigns

Spectrum Wellness

A brand-new platform brought to the market by Spectrum Wellness – Ireland’s leading company in providing employee-tailored health & wellness plans to medium & big enterprises in Ireland. The platform aim is to provide clearer overview of the purchased plans to its clients and partnered companies, as well as to enhance their management by consolidating all information in one place.

 

Spectrum

Wellness reached out to Gecko Dynamics seeking an urgent action on developing the frontend part of their brand new platform, which was scheduled to hit the market by the end of 2018. That happened, because Spectrum realised, that the in-house development team is out of its capacity and will not manage to release the complete product by the end of the year, and therefore needed an urgent help with getting the things delivered, as the whole marketing campaign was landing at the same time. Gecko Dynamics took up the challenge and has worked closely with Spectrum Wellness development team on a frontend part to help delivering the product within the required time.

Gecko Dynamics team was set to work closely with Spectrum in-house development team on the frontend part of the application. Therefore, there were 2 teams in 2 locations working on the same product, which required strong communication between the teams and properly distributed scope of work to both teams. It is worth mention, that both teams were working under pressure of fixed deadline and the work was necessary to progress within the requested pace.

Utopian Hotel Collection

Utopian Hotel Collection (https://www.utopianhotels.com/home) is a platform enabling users to book their stays in luxury hotels grouped by the highest rankings of standards.

Duration: April 2018 - August 2018

Client's country: United Kingdom

Technologies used: Javascript, Angular, C#, .NET

The client reached out to us after the previous dev company failed to deliver in terms of quality

and deadline, which makes it a legacy project. In particular, the client complained about the slowly working website and constant crashes, as well as layout full of bugs. At a glance it may not sound as a very unique situation, but in the addition the client decided to set up his own development team and needed a company that will refactor the whole application, repair it, implement outstanding features and prepare it for the upcoming team who were meant to kick off from September 2018. Therefore, our job was to not only finish what the previous team failed to deliver, but also to prepare the application and its code in a way that will make it easy for the new team to start working with it.

We started with thorough analysis of the current technological situation and code audit, which discovered a lot of inconsistencies and errors in the code and overall architecture, which were causing constant crashes and were also slowing down the site. Following the audit results, we had to refactor the major part of the application, implement the outstanding features, prepare everything for the new team and conduct a step-by-step handover.

Rubica Survey Builder

Rubica Survey Builder is a custom survey creator developed for Rubica – British Change Management company to support one of their key business goals which is measuring various aspects of change management by surveying the staff.

Duration: March 2018 - November 2018

Client's country: United Kingdom

Technologies used: Java, React.js

 

Rubica Change & Analytics Ltd. is a

British company which primary expertise is conducting the change management across the companies, measuring the impact they create and leading the further development basing on the received results. Rubica needed a tool that will optimize one of their main business processes related to the change management expertise, which is surveying the employees of their clients on various aspects of their work life and assessing the correct conclusions.

Gecko Dynamics developed a surveying tool allowing Rubica to create custom surveys with various types of questions and basing on multiple custom design layouts. The system has been launched shortly after the development successfully conducting the first surveys with multiple clients and providing Rubica robust statistics allowing to evaluate the data and assess the correct conclusions.

 

 

Kofein

Kofein is a SaaS platform 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 take orders and send it electronically to the kitchen
  • Integration with various billing systems, payment gateways, external platforms and APIs
  • 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 address

    Web app for shops and sellers - separated from the main admin panel

    • Registering the shop, creating its profile and adding the products
    • Managing the orders and their history
    • Basic statistics and reporting

    Admin panel for super-admins and call-center employees

    • Ability to manage the registered shops database and view their data
    • Chatting with users and deliverers
    • Reporting
    • Overview of the registered users and deliverers

    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 search for other members and see their full connotations with various associations
  • Online purchases of subscription plans (event / membership management)
  • Extensive billing module
  • Various roles of admins and users enabled for the customers
  • 3rd party software and systems integration
  • Payment gateways integration, e.g. CSI Pay, PayPal
  • API for external entities serving various purposes, e.g. signing up for event from the external source or app, member authentication in external platforms, etc.
  • Admin area to manage the clients and their plans
  • 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
    • Member Portal
    • ERP sub-system
    • Hardware integration – automatic locks, entrance gates, membership cards
    • Importing data from integrated hardware to track members’ behaviors
    • Staff management
    • Much more

    Turning more and more successful, in 2012 Volo Innovations has been acquired by Member Solutions Inc. and continues to grow. It is currently one of the leading SaaS systems for fitness club management in US and Canada, being used by over 1,000 fitness clubs across the 2 countries.

    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:

    - Instant and easy access to all projects, KPI’s and critical customer information direct to shop floor

    - Jobs management tool including specifications, drawings, time standards, completion measurement and various checklists

    - Project & Issue management tools including workflow from origination to resolution

    - Production and financial overview & forecasting

    - Internal audits

    - Optimization of winding schedule

    - Friendly interface which employees quickly learned

    Reviews

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    Web Development for Ukrainian Domain Registrar

    “Their service was impressive.”

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

    Gecko Dynamics developed a domain registration platform on Java. Services included business and technical analysis, UI/UX design, and development.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Ukraine
    Alexander Loboda
    CEO, Ukrnames
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The platform that Gecko Dynamics built from scratch serves over 600,000 users. Internal stakeholders were pleased with Gecko Dynamics’s performance and deliverables. The team managed the project well and provided top-tier service.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the CEO of Ukrnames, a Ukrainian Domain Registrar.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko Dynamics?

    We needed someone to create an innovative and competitive platform for registrations.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Gecko Dynamics developed a custom platform from scratch based on Java. Gecko Dynamics provided end-to-end services in the business and technical analysis. They did the UI/UX design, development, and testing. The team provided project management and maintenance as well.

    What is the team composition?

    We initially began working with four people; then, we worked with two Gecko Dynamics team members.

    How did you come to work with Gecko Dynamics?

    When I joined my company, they were already working with Gecko Dynamics.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We spent $900,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    My company began working with Gecko Dynamics about 12 years ago.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Our platform serves 60,000 customers. It was a successful project.

    How did Gecko Dynamics perform from a project management standpoint?

    Project management was very good. My company did all of the documentation and mockups alongside Gecko Dynamics.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Their service was impressive.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, there’s nothing I’d have them improve.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      They weren't inexpensive, but it was good value.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They delivered quality work.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Mobile & Web App Dev for Large Healthcare Provider

    "They go the extra mile and provide alternative solutions."

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

    Gecko Dynamics supported the development and implementation of frontend web applications in vue.js, HTML, and CSS and applied the designs.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    Dublin, Ireland
    Project Manager, Spectrum Wellness
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Collaboration between both project teams resulted in successful QA, a key factor being ongoing constructive communication. Feedback from internal stakeholders has been positive. Expect a communicative partner who can provide design consultation and deliver quality software.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the project manager at Spectrum Wellness, a new web- and mobile-based digital wellness platform.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Gecko Dynamics?

    We had a challenging project timeline with an internal development team that had limited bandwidth. In order to achieve the project's delivery goals and meet the launch dates, we required an outside software company to support us.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Gecko had ownership of the frontend web applications in vue.js, HTML, and CSS for three web portals for Spectrum Wellness. They applied the design for the three web portals and the iOS/Android mobile applications.

    What is the team composition?

    Our team is composed of me as the project manager, the head of head of design, and the head of product. The three of us worked closely with Gecko Dynamics' account manager and project manager throughout the duration of the project.

    How did you come to work with Gecko Dynamics?

    The managing director, head of product, and I sat down and searched for suitable companies based on the skillsets we required. Gecko Dynamics matched our needs in relation to skill base, location, and cost. Gecko Dynamics is a remote partner, so we arranged a face-to-face visit. This allowed us to set expectations for the work and provided Spectrum Wellness with reassurance as we could see previous projects that Gecko Dynamics had completed. This meeting proved pivotal in deciding to work with Gecko Dynamics and also provided a human feel to our partnership.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We’ve spent $45,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in September 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    From a project management perspective, I’m very satisfied with their work. Senior stakeholder feedback from our managing director and heads of product and design has been positive, and they trust and like what Gecko Dynamics is doing for us. We will continue our relationship with them going forward for any necessary software support.

    How did Gecko Dynamics perform from a project management standpoint?

    Both companies established communications touch points from the start—weekly review calls, twice weekly project management calls, and instant access via Slack and email for questions that needed to be answered immediately.

    Initially, things took a little longer than I personally wanted them to. It was my first time managing an outsourced software project, and Gecko Dynamics reassured me they needed time to understand our requirements and code base.

    After a couple of weeks, they picked up the pace, and I’ve not had a problem based on timescales since. Once we established this working relationship, we negotiated any unrealistic timescales and came up with appropriate deadlines.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Gecko Dynamics has delivered high-quality work, and they’re very responsive. If we have a question or vice versa, we tend to share knowledge instantaneously and make sure we have the right people to answer the question on both sides. They’ve also given us options when we’ve given them a design and it doesn’t sit with the functionality. They go the extra mile and provide alternative solutions rather than just going with the flow and accepting what we’ve given them.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, we’re completely satisfied.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Since it’s a remote solution for us, meeting the company face-to-face is an advantage. Clients should have that initial meeting time for them to talk, show their work, and set an expectation for delivery.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      Without a doubt, I’d recommend them.

    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.

    The client submitted this review online.

    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.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    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.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    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.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    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. 

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    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.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    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.

    Content Transfer for Instructional Bike App

    “They were responsive to my questions and proposed great ideas and solutions.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Less than $10,000
     
    Jan. - Apr. 2019
    Project summary: 

    Gecko Dynamics moved an app’s content over to a server so that the content could be updated without having to change the app that was available on the app store.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Whistler, Canada
    Sebastian Johnson
    Founder, Trail Tips
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    They successfully executed the content transfer. The highly skilled team’s attentive and accommodating nature facilitated a smooth collaboration. Customers can expect a helpful and insightful partner.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    I’m the founder of Trail Tips, a mountain biking instructional app.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

    I hired Gecko Dynamics to move my app’s content over to a server.

    What were your goals for this project?

    I wanted to update my app’s content without having to update the app on the app store.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    I emailed a few different developers, and Michael (Head of Business Development, Gecko Dynamics) was friendly and helpful. Gecko Dynamics seemed like the best fit for our work.

    Describe the project in detail.

    We had a preliminary Skype call to discuss the project, and then Gecko Dynamics completed the content transfer from my app to a server. They implemented any changes or tweaks that I wanted.

    What was the team composition?

    We worked with Michael and Igor (Project Manager, Gecko Dynamics).

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Gecko Dynamics completed the content transfer, and they were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable throughout the process.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    The workflow was great. Michael was my initial point of contact, and then I worked with Igor, who managed the development team. Even though the project has ended, Igor told me I could email him if I have any questions.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    They were responsive to my questions and proposed great ideas and solutions.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    No, I don’t have a single bad thing to say.

    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