GP Solutions is an established European software development house with a proven track record of delivering exceptional quality in custom software development, IT consulting and support.
The Headquarters of GP Solutions is located in Munich, Germany, the Sales Office is in Miami Beach, USA and the Development Center is in Minsk, Belarus.
Highlights:
•    More than 12 years of experience in software development 
•    More than 100 talented IT-professionals 
•    More than 350 successful IT-projects 

Expertise:
•    Custom Software Development
•    Software Product Development
•    Software Testing & QA
•    Dedicated development Centers

 

 Founded: 
2002
 Employees: 
50 - 249
 Avg. hourly rate: 
$25 - $49
GP Solutions
Südliche Münchner Str. 46
Munich 82031
Germany
49.89.416.1523.30
GP Solutions
1000 5th str.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
United States
1.888.2141.961
GP Solutions
Zheleznodorozhnaya st. 33a
Minsk 220089
Belarus
375.17.301.0397
Key clients: 
  • Air Canada Vacations
  • Blueshift Technologies
  • Tallink
  • Nymbus

and more!

Certifications: 

ISO 9001 Certified Quality Management

Accolades: 

 

Detailed description: 

GP Solutions is a European software development house with a strong focus on online application development. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, we have development center in Minsk with more than 100 skilled and competent experts. Our team maps trends in various market industries and presents solutions for a wide range of business segments.
GP Solutions is a partner of choice for many Financial and Banking Organizations, Travel Industry, Information Technology and new challenging start-ups.

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Reviews of GP Solutions

Developed Booking Platform for Travel Startup

 
Web development
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

The client is a startup developing a dynamic online booking solution for business and leisure travel. Limited technical expertise in combination with an aggressive project timeline required that the client find a partner capable of developing their custom platform. GP software.travel was considered carefully and then contracted to supply a team of developers responsible for building and refining the client's solution.

Feedback summary: 

The client conveyed sincere appreciation for the work completed by GP software.travel. According to the client, GP software.travel proved instrumental to the successful development of their solution. It was noted that GP software.travel brings exceptional industry knowledge and best practices to the table. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with GP software.travel and recommends them highly.

"I don't have prior experience with any offshore developer, so I don't have a basis for comparison. The only thing I could assume applies to GP software.travel is that they're quite devoted to the project."

Founder & CEO
 
1-10 Employees
 
Munich Area, Germany
Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an online platform for curated, spontaneous weekend getaways. The idea behind our solution is making it as easy as possible for users to get information on all the possible options for the upcoming weekend at a glance in terms of destinations. Instead of endless searches for specific objectives, we provide a dynamic portfolio based on seasonality and current events that we distribute to users, customized to their location. We know that, if a user lives in Munich, they'd prefer Munich Airport as their departure point. We give them their best options within their immediate vicinity, which are bookable with the press of a single button, instead of undergoing an endless comparison and research process. We act as an online concierge service. 

What is your position?

I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with GP software.travel?

We had the decision between building our platform in-house and contracting resources. Given the lack of affordable tech specialists in Munich and the fact that travel is a very specific industry, we talked to several companies with knowledge of the field. GP software has a hub technology and inventory system available, which we could use instead of building 100 percent of our solution from scratch. We spoke to several other companies but, ultimately, chose GP software because they fell in love with our project and understood it from the start. It's always important, in my opinion, that the people involved in the project actually enjoy it.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

GP software built our solution using a variety of technologies. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of our product is based on their platform. We have a custom back-end as well as a custom front-end mobile and desktop solution. We mostly worked with PHP and HTML for custom development. Their back-end solution is primarily Java-based. 

Other travel platforms build packages and sell them to anyone, no matter if they live in London or Munich. Expedia simply sells everything, giving an overload of information. We, on the other hand, have a dynamic portfolio through which anything can be thrown into the system. It will then, based on various criteria, select the best products, package them automatically and distribute them. We have 180 different packages online, each with its own sub-components. We distribute the right components to the right users based on location, preferences and other factors. We have the same amount of inventory as Expedia, but the user is not overloaded by it. The distribution of content is the most essential part of our software.

This part of our platform is in constant development. We continually add new preferences that the user can set as well as machine learning functionalities. We aim to achieve a system that learns progressively and builds packages based on user preference.

How did you come to work with GP software.travel?

We spoke to some of the largest and most commonly known providers in Germany. GP software.travel was found more by accident. We did a standard evaluation process and ultimately chose them due to their passion for the project and the fact that they made themselves available promptly. The other companies in Germany had wait times of up to six months before we could get started. GP software.travel was able to help us immediately and told us that we could scale the team as we needed. It was exactly what we were looking for.

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

The total development cost so far has been around $280,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We initially worked on a project basis but, for the last year, we've had a fixed team at GP software.travel. The first prototype of our platform was completed in November 2015. The majority of the automation features were ready at that point. Four weeks ago [March 2015], we launched a version with a fully automated back-end.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We've received positive feedback for the fact that we are the first travel website to offer dynamic packages without any search fields. The front-end is completely different to any other travel site. It is more akin to a magazine. Engagement has been quite good so far. The only drawback has been that the site is members-only, although memberships are free. We haven't gathered significant metrics at this point, due to the short period in which we've been in the market.

How did GP software.travel perform from a project management standpoint?

They've been able to deliver work within budget and time, especially in the beginning, when we worked on the launch of our first prototype and had a clear work scope. When we entered the market, we were confronted with new challenges and feedback every day. This led to changes in scope and, inevitably, to some delays. Also, the more complex the project becomes, the more bugs we encounter.

They've used the same project management tool as us – JIRA. It was very easy to communicate and keep track of everything. The project has been great and well managed.

What distinguishes GP software.travel from other providers?

I don't have prior experience with any offshore developer, so I don't have a basis for comparison. The only thing I could assume applies to GP software.travel is that they're quite devoted to the project. They feel associated to their team, which is very important. Normally, when working with an offshore IT [information technology] service provider, there is a distancing that I didn't see in GP software.travel.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 5
We were satisfied.
QUALITY: 5
COST: 5
SCHEDULING: 4
WILLING TO REFER: 5

Pricing Calculator and WordPress Development for Technology Firm

 
Enterprise application development
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

The client is a travel agency that arranges and prepare travel packages from Northern Europe to destinations overseas. Limited technical expertise in-house required that the client find a partner able to support the development of a custom, variable pricing calculator as well as implement a new WordPress site. GP Software.Travel was carefully vetted and eventually contracted to assume responsibility for the development of the client's pricing calculator and WordPress site. 

Feedback summary: 

The client is very pleased with the work completed by GP Software.Travel. According to the client, the successful development of their variable pricing calculator has resulted in a significant increase in their process efficiency. The client also indicated that internal stakeholders and external end-users have been very impressed with the new WordPress site. The client recommends GP Software.Travel to others without reservation. 

"One thing GP Software.Travel has been very good at is understanding our needs. They were very good at understanding what it was we wanted. They are technically very talented. They can solve any issues we might have."

Managing Director at Aclass A/S
 
2-11 Employees
 
Central Region, Denmark
Overall rating: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We arrange and prepare travel packages from Northern Europe to destinations overseas – that means to Africa, South America, North America, and Asia. We put those packages together with partners at the destinations. We sell it as a complete package – international flights, touring programs, car rentals, and hotels – whatever needs to be included in a full tour. The customer pays one price for a complete package. That's what we put together. Then, we organize it, market it, sell it, and make sure that everything works as planned. In short, we are a travel agency.

What is your position?

I am the managing director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with GP Software.Travel?

The first challenge was to develop what we call a variable pricing calculator. We had a need to build an automated way of calculating selling prices and offerings costs on our web pages. This used to be a manual process, which took a lot of time and effort. We had many prices and many tools, so that was a huge task and it was prone to periodic errors. The original idea was to develop a calculator with some settings, some functions, and prices, and putting in basics so that it could really calculate what the price for a specific tour would be. We needed a calculator that could take all this information, calculate it into a selling price, and then automatically post it on our web pages. That was really the original scope of our collaboration.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They provided all the data, algorithms used for the formulas, and implementing them as well. We are non-technicians. We are business people, salespeople, and marketing people. The technical knowledge of how to do this was very low in our case. We needed somebody who could actually understand the business idea and translate that into the final product, including helping us with defining the scope – what should be included, what should not be included, what's the technical platform, and preparing all the algorithms.

We just described what it was that we wanted, and they went from there. They were very much involved in taking it from the conceptual idea to the result, and then making sure that we program it the way we should so that it worked. They were very much involved in all the technical things.

The second project that they worked with us on was our other website. It used to be in an HTML version, old-fashioned code version, and we needed to have it in a modern platform, a modern content management system. They handled this data migration for us. They programmed the CMS [content management system] and created the platform, templates, pictures, and setups. We said, "This is our website as it is today. We need it on a new technical platform," and that's what they did.

They did all the technical work – the background coding that was necessary to set it up and make it functional. The content management system they deployed was WordPress. Here, my knowledge is limited, whether that needs a second coding language, but the platform was WordPress. That is nothing fancy, but it was the actual task of getting it in there and programming it into that.

We had one project manager on both projects. We have been in touch with her, and with three colleagues on the team that had various tasks. We had a team dedicated to us, but we have always had a project manager that was really our go-to person, and then we had some of her colleagues involved whenever it was necessary. We never met them in person as they are in Eastern Europe and we are in Denmark, but we have frequent Skype calls. We actually feel pretty close to them after one and a half years of collaboration.

How did you come to work with GP Software.Travel?

We identified them online along with some others, I think. We felt confident that they would be a good fit based on their previous work.

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

We have probably spent $200,000 to $250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The most recent project was completed early August this year [2015]. Both of them, actually – they finished at the same time. They were run in parallel. We run 15 websites in five different countries, so we had to organize and synchronize their launches. We also had to move to a new platform system to make sure they did everything at one time. They had to run in parallel throughout the process, so that was an additional layer of complexity.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We don't have any specific statistics, and that's probably on our part. When we started the project – especially the pricing calculator project – we had no idea how long it would take and what it would really cost. That was not their fault, they made some good estimates, but we changed a lot of the scope along the way, so the project turned out to be bigger than we actually thought it was going to be. We didn't have any benchmarks at the beginning. We just had the idea and we said, "We need this because this is smart, and this can help us." Then we just started.

We don't really have any benchmarks or targets on what we should end up with, compared to what we actually did end up with. It was definitely more expensive than I had expected, but the result is also different than we originally expected. The calculator can actually do many more things than we originally thought was necessary. I can't share that with you because I don't have it.

Our marketing team consists of four people who are working with it on a daily basis. The feedback from them is that WordPress and the new website work great. It's a lot easier to work with. We save a lot of time because we can just upload directly into this platform. That was great, and the pricing calculator saves us an enormous amount of time in not having to complete the task manually. This was done through our colleagues in the office, but they don't do it anymore because the pricing calculator is doing it automatically. There's no question about it that this has given us some big savings and big efficiency increases, apart from the fact that we have a sharper pricing tool for our clients. We've had many benefits out of this.

How did GP Software.Travel perform from a project management standpoint?

They have their own project management tool, which we have access to but, honestly, we never really used it, because we were relying on GP to control it, which they did. We were just describing what we wanted, we had some milestones in place, and they followed those. It was only when we came with new ideas and new requests that they had to change the timeframe. They managed it, and we were not involved in the project management, they took care of it. They had their own project management tool for this process.

What distinguishes GP Software.Travel from other providers?

One thing GP Software.Travel has been very good at is understanding our needs. They have not had a need for us to write a 50-page requirement specification. We have been able to explain on the phone or on Skype, and say, "We would like a pricing calculator that can do this, this, and this." They were very good at understanding what it was we wanted, and very shortly thereafter, they came back with some test versions of this and said, 'Is this what you have in mind?'

They are technically very talented. They can solve any issues we might have. I've also worked with other development companies, and it's not often that you work with somebody who understands what you need from a business perspective. "This is what I want, and this is what I need for my business." There have been no misunderstandings. They have been very good at understanding, "OK, this is what you need. Great. This is what we build." I think that really distinguishes them.

I'm not a tech guy, I can't really judge the quality of the technical work. I can say that the solution works, and they have given us what we asked for without really having to spend time on describing it in detail. I think this has been great for us. It saved a lot of time in the process by simply having been able to explain to them what we wanted and then have them deliver it. I don't see that very often in IT [information technology] development companies.

Is there anything GP Software.Travel could have improved or done differently?

One point, which is not a big point, but it's there. I think once you go through a program for a client like us, I think it's very important for the development company to make sure that they test the product thoroughly before they actually send it back to us. We can't check it, and we can't see it, so once we start to use it, we will trust that it works.

There have been a few cases where there are some minor things in the system that don't really seem right, a doc doesn't scan right, or a number is not where it should be. We only find out when we start working with it. I would like to think that they could maybe do a little more on the testing part before they actually gave it back to us. They should really focus on testing, but the functionality of the system is 100 percent.

There have been a few issues where we have seen, "OK, this doesn't work 100 percent. When you push this button, nothing happens." There are a hundred buttons in there, but when you push one of them it doesn't happen, because there was one tick in the programming that wasn't ticked off, or whatever it was. Small things, but still things that I would like to say, "Check it before you go live, and then send it back to us." It's a small thing, but it's still there. If I have to point out one area they could improve, it's to make sure that they do thorough testing before they send it back to us.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 4
QUALITY: 4
COST: 5
SCHEDULING: 5
WILLING TO REFER: 5
Claus Palmgren Jessen

Custom Development Jizo Russia

 
Application development
 
1,000,000 - 9,999,999
Project summary: 

The client is a Russian-based technology firm that specializes in custom solutions for companies operating in the travel industry. The client sought a qualified technology partner to develop and deploy a custom solution. GP Software was chosen as the solution partner based on their previous experience and demonstrated technical capabilities. Once commissioned, GP Software began to collaborate closely with the client on their development project, which involved the following: User requirements gathering, project scoping, strategic oversight, custom functional development, wireframing and template design, information architecture, user interface/user experience and performance testing, training, maintenance, and ongoing support.

Feedback summary: 

The client remains very pleased with the work delivered thus far by GP Software. The client indicates that GP Software remains instrumental to their ongoing technology projects because of their flexibility, consistency and superior project management. GP Software received further praise for their ability to draw from an extensive repertoire of experience working with players in the travel industry. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with GP Software and recommends them to others. 

"We're pleased with their work and continue to use their development services on a regular basis. They have a lot of experience working with technology solutions for the travel industry. It's really their main skill set."

Andrei Antipov
CEO at jizo.ru
 
2-11 Employees
 
Moscow Region, Russian Federation
Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

[Our company] provides value to OTAs [online travel agencies], airlines, and other travel suppliers as a trusted and efficient channel to promote their products and services to a highly targeted audience focused on purchasing travel. Our goal is to deliver value through innovative technology, which has not been provided by others in the growth sector of the Russian travel market. We show travelers the advantages of planning their trips through [a] metasearch [engine]. 

What is your position?

I'm the chief executive officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

The first challenge of the project was its deadline. The project had to be launched within around two months after the contract was signed. The project scope included back-office system development and creation of the original user-friendly interface to give the website a competitive edge.

The user interface is very specific due to its special way of displaying search results by visually explaining to the visitor how the ticket price is dependable on the departure and arrival time, number of stops or connection time, turning search process into an easy and funny experience.

Another challenge was to allow [our] clients to compare airline tickets prices by aggregating results from a number of Russian major ticket wholesalers and show a side-by-side comparison of the best deals, redirecting the visitor to the vendor's website to book the best found offer.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail?

They've been responsible for building the core functionality and the visual presentation, too. We've provided them with basic mockups and details documents explaining our specific requirements, and they've build out the solution from there. The GP team also provides us with ongoing maintenance and support. 

When was this project completed?

We launched the site back in 2011, but like I said, we continue to use them for support and ad hoc improvements. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their work?

I don't have any figures or statistics to share, but I can tell you that the site functions and performs very well. We haven't had many issues with defective code, and the number of support inquiries we've received since launch has also definitely improved. We're pleased with their work and continue to use their development services on a regular basis.

When working with GP Software, is there anything you'd consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

They have a lot of experience working with technology solutions for the travel industry. It's really their main skill set. A lot of the challenges we went to them for were things they've already solved in the past, solutions they'd already tested previously. Being able to draw from that past experience and use it to guide the development process is very effective. 

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 5
QUALITY: 5
COST: 5
SCHEDULING: 5
WILLING TO REFER: 5

Portfolio

Stylish minimalist User Interface Development

Best web-design  trends 2016 implemented:

  • long scroll content

  • the hamburger menu

  • background HD video

  • material design with rich animations etc.

  • responsive web design

  • packages search&book flow implementation

  • online payment system PayOne integration

 

ERP-class Travel Managemet Platform

GP software.travel developed an inspiring online booking software that allows to manage inventory of direct contracts with suppliers, aggregate travel offers from GDSs and other multiple suppliers, sell them via preferred distribution channels and accept payments online.

XML-API Integration for ACV

Air Canada Vacations - leading Canadian tour operator. GP specialists integrated new travel suppliers into Air Canada Vacation’s system using in-house turnkey solution – unified XML gateway GP HUB.

Content Management System

Our client is a travel agency providing fixed price outgoing packages to Africa that cover flight, accommodation, transfer and other expenses. The agency has 5 customized websites for different regions. Specialists from GP software.travel helped to create a general CMS for all of them in order to simplify and streamline content management process. The solution of CMS is based on WordPress and customized precisely according to the client’s needs. Implementation of a new CMS allowed performing content management simultaneously for all websites, as well as saving time and reducing expenses for it. CMS connects solution for automated price updates and supports mobile versions of the websites.

Development of Business Trip Planner

GP specilaists developed a comprehensive online business travel planner integrated with booking facilities.

Web Solution for Booking Cruises

GP's specialists participated in development and support of the web portal for booking cruises www.tallinksilja.com. This fast and reliable booking engine supports the company’s bonus program and includes the option to choose a different route on return.

With invaluable assistance from GP the user interface of a B2C solution received extended functionalities for booking additional travel services (e.g. catering). The web portal was optimized for viewing in numerous web browsers including Internet Explorer 8, as well as for use on touch-screen devices (tablets, smartphones).

Electronic Bank Cards Service from scratch

Iqcard provides full range e-banking services for Visa and MasterCard distribution and handling. We developed secure, scalable and user-friendly banking software that includes advanced internet banking functionality and budget planning tools. 

Travel Meta-search Website

The project was developed and launched in less than 2 months. The resulting solution is a client-server application that includes GP HUB for supplier integrations (to date, over 40 integrations with various kinds of suppliers – websites, CRSs, OTAs) to provide data on flights availability and pricing.

As part of the solution, GP software.travel provided efficient dynamic caching for fast search under heavy loads. The architecture of the application enables displaying search results in less than 3-5 seconds.

GP's developers also created unique interface that represents offers and prices in the form of a 2D matrix.