Advanced Web / Mobile and Custom Solutions

ITRex Group is custom software development company with more than 9 years of professional experience.

We deliver a full spectrum of software development services to clients from more than 10 countries.

Our top clients: 21st Century Fox, Procter & Gamble, Dun & Bradstreet, Dollar Shave Club, Dog Vacay, Jib Jab

 

Team completed more than 300+ different projects and experienced in web, mobile, desktop and especially custom solutions (combination of different approaches and solutions). Main tech expertise includes the following stacks: .NET, Java, Node.js, PHP, Python, iOS, Android.

Let's start:
1. So, you have great idea!?
Let’s mockup it together and ITRex team will share experience and best practices to design, implement and push the application to marketplaces.

2. Or, you need to quickly ramp up your team?
Our guys will be glad to join your team and follow your development methodology. Also, we will be happy to share our vision, ideas and approach to improve the product and flow.

ITRex Group is targeted to establish long-term partnerships with our clients and collaborate at all stages of development.

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2009
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Minsk, Belarus
headquarters
  • 8B/1 Fabricius St, Room No.5/40
    Minsk 220007
    Belarus
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

21st Century Fox, Procter & Gamble, Dun & Bradstreet, Dollar Shave Club, Dog Vacay, Jib Jab

How DogVacay answered the needs of their users with an Android app

DogVacay is a marketplace to connect pet sitters and pet owners for boarding and walking services. The DogVacay app was created for dog people, it’s an online community which connects dog owners and pet parents with more than 60,000 dog sitters who have five-star ratings and are part of our community across the U.S. and Canada. DogVacay was searching high and low for Android developers that could develop an Android app that their users were demanding.

ITRex was able to build the top-rated app from scratch in record time, catch up to the iOS version and keep pace with new features being added.

Challenges:

Android app had to have quite a few functions including connecting pet owners with pet sitters, managing bookings, processing payments and refunds, a full feature chat functionality, video updates and more.

Achievements:

  • over 50,000 downloads in the first 90 days after launching version 1
  • 4.7 rating on Google...

How JibJab launched Android app at Facebook conference in just 4 weeks

JibJab is a digital media company dedicated to making funny things worth sharing.  JibJab was chosen to develop a showcase app for Facebook Messenger's debut at Facebook's annual conference F7. 

JibJab already had an iOS application at the time, so it was just the Android project. They had around four weeks to develop the v1 of the Android app which we helped them with. They got over a 100 000 downloads in just 4 weeks.

See details about JibJab case study

How ITRex helped to Schooldata to start and ramp up development quickly

Schooldata - the product of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.

Development of school info website and data storage. Schooldata is a free product available to the public as an educational search engine that returns data on schools or districts relating to the user’s input.

Challenges:

  1. Setup Agile workflow for product development from scratch
  2. Design and build data storage
  3. Integrate existing infrastructure and API to process data and set up search on Elastic Search
  4. Implementation of Levenshtein algorithm for string distance calculation

Results:

  1. ITRex started development on short notice and ramped up the team in 3 times per client’s request (during 4 weeks)
  2. Agile workflow applied which allows to provide UAT’s in 2-3 times faster
  3. Data storage has been integrated with existing infrastructure and APIs

 

How Dollar Shave Club increased sales with their new Android app

Dollar Shave Club is a monthly membership service that delivers fresh, stainless steel razor blades and other personal grooming products to customers by mail. Dollar Shave Club wanted to be closer to their customers. They learned the needs of their target audience and decided to develop an Android application.

Just 60 days after launching DollarShaveClub for Android, they hit 50k+ downloads and were featured by Google Play.  The app is extremely stable and continues to be enhanced with new features.

See details about Dollar Shave Club case study

Poplidays: web-platform for travelers and admin panel for hundreds rental properties owners

Poplidays is the leading holiday property site, offering properties managed exclusively by estate agents. With Poplidays.com easily book a vacation rental checked and guaranteed services. Poplidays had only their own rental properties it's about 2000 one's until implementation system of processing of orders.

Results

 - Now Poplidays can works with a lot of partners from all over Europe.

 - Developed system by ITRex lets them offer more than 100 000 rental properties to their users. 

 - Developed admin panel in which now works all of Poplidays's managers and partners. It implementation allowed to reduce marketing department and saved money for a client, besides, it allowed reducing time of processing of order from one day till 1 hour!

 - Was reduced the number of required human resources for processing incoming bookings by 4 times.

 - Due to our solutions, the client has increased monthly turnover by more than 550%.

How RadPad became the highest rated app for apartment rentals in the Google Play Story

RadPad is a rental marketplace that enables renters to find an apartment, apply and pay their rent. It allows landlords to list apartments & homes, qualify applicants and accept debit and credit card rent payments. 

ITRex’s developers inherited bad legacy code and had to fix all the stability issues and redesigned the app to look and feel as amazing as the iOS app.

Just 90 days after launching RadPad for Android, they hit 100k+ downloads and made it into the top 50 lifestyle apps, a huge milestone for RadPad. 

See details about RadPad case study

Reviews

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Web Development for Cloud-Based Real Estate Platform

“They were conscientious and kept to the established schedule and budget.”

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

ITRex Group developed a website and cloud-based platform from the ground up. The platform features user-friendly communication functions, allowing relators to easily lease properties.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Millburn, New Jersey
Michael Nachtome
Founder & CEO, CRERAYS
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since its launch, the platform has earned a dedicated user network, leasing more than 20 million properties to date. ITRex Group fulfilled all design and technical requirements, adhered to timelines, and delivered the project within budget.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder and CEO of CRERAYS. We’re a cloud-based platform designed to facilitate leasing for commercial real estate.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ITRex Group?

I approached them to design and develop the entire website and cloud platform from scratch.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to have a fully functional site and communication tool, which, to the best of my knowledge, was the first of its kind in our industry.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I received recommendations for several companies and vetted them. After interviewing the principals at ITRex Group, I found them to be the most honest and intuitive. It was easy to get along with them.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

I provided information regarding my vision and concept for the site. After explaining my requirements, they designed and developed the platform, integrating all of the requested communication tools. They're currently in a support and maintenance role.

What was the team composition?

The team consisted of a senior project manager, a project manager, and associate developers. I worked directly with the senior project manager and project manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Because our business is completely web-based, we needed a functioning site to be viable. The platform works as expected and now boasts a thriving user base. We've helped lease over 20 million square feet so far.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management was great. They were easy to communicate with, and we had scheduled chats on Skype. They were also extremely responsive to my emails.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were conscientious and kept to the established schedule and budget.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

In terms of the development, they couldn’t have done better. However, since they’re a foreign company, it was a little inconvenient to submit payment via wire transfer. It’s not a huge hurdle, but I would’ve appreciated an easier payment mechanism, even to a U.S.-based bank.

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
    I’ve already recommended them and will continue to do so.

Outsourced Development for Enterprise Tech Firm

“They are our preferred vendor for software development.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Subcontracted resources from ITRex Group augment an internal team and expedite the development of digital solutions.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Principle Architect, IT Consulting Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ITRex Group excels at delivering top-notch results within a limited time frame. Their expertise, reliability, and pricing have led to a long-term collaboration.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the principal architect at an IT consulting company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ITRex Group?

During crunch time, we need additional software developers to help our in-house team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They help us with various projects, including frontend and mobile development. We’ve used Java and .NET.

What is the team composition?

Yury (Co-founder, ITRex Group) is my point of contact. We don’t engage their project managers, as we only ask them to provide software developers.

How did you come to work with ITRex Group?

I had a personal relationship with Yury, whom I’ve known for the past 20 years.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent between $250K-$500K on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in the summer of 2013, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve helped us deliver our projects on time, including those that had to be completed within two months.

How did ITRex Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve delivered within the dedicated time frame and budget. We communicate via email and Skype.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are our preferred vendor for software development because of their quality and price.

5.0
Overall Score I have no concerns at all.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s perfect.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Development and IT Services for Healthcare Company

"ITRexGroup developers were experts in their trade. They knew their stuff and learned new skills quickly."

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

ITRex Group provided a 360-degree IT service including custom software development, infrastructure support, and database analysis.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Jeff Block
VP of Process and Technology, PotentiaMetrics, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development ITRexGroup provided was critical to advancing the project to the next level. The team was responsive, were always available, and worked efficiently. Despite a language barrier, they proved themselves to be excellent communicators.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CTO of PotentiaMetrics, an advanced healthcare analytics company. I oversee all technology and software development. We deliver actionable insights to our customers that improve patient outcomes, accelerate contribution margins, and decrease healthcare spending.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ITRex Group?

We primarily hired them to assist with the development of our patient reported outcomes data gathering tool called MyPROSE. We also needed assistance with our infrastructure and database work.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to move the tool from v2.0 to v4.0 and implement critical new features desired by our customers and sales team.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I had a previously-existing relationship with ITRexGroup, having worked with them on other projects. They are a trusted partner for offshore development and testing expertise.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

ITRex Group developed custom software development using PHP and JS. They provided infrastructure support through Amazon Web Services (AWS). They also performed database analysis using SQL Server, MySQL, and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). 

What was the team composition?

We mostly worked with a single developer but had additional resources for database work depending on our need.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

MyPROSE was one of our flagship products, and ITRexGroup was instrumental in moving us forward to the latest part of our product roadmap. Their code was readable and well documented. We are exceptionally pleased with their work and the results of this project.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

This project was critical for our small company, so I directly managed ITRexGroup development resources. They worked quickly and updated us frequently. Their developers and company leaders were universally available. They went out of their way to make sure I have what I need. From our perspective, the whole process was extremely effective.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

ITRexGroup developers were experts in their trade. They knew their stuff and learned new skills quickly. They listened closely to our feedback and worked hard to understand our requirements. They even improved their English language skills to better communicate with us. They were thorough and pushed back on bad decisions. I loved working with these guys.

5.0
Overall Score They are my trusted, go-to offshore development partner.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They make it easy.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We all want work to be cheaper, but they were affordable and well worth the money spent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They worked fast with only a few defects.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have several times.

Android & iOS Development for Mobile App Game

“The quality of the code is solid."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ITRex built Android and iOS mobile applications for a gaming company, working first on the Android application and then bringing in more backend engineers for the iOS version, later also providing QA services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CEO, Lottery Themed App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps built by the team are high-quality, with good coding. ITRex communicated well throughout the project, setting clear deadlines by using Jira to manage the tasks, and providing detailed feedback at all times.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re in the mobile sweepstakes space, gamifying the sweepstakes experience by providing our audience with daily lotto and scratch cards to play and win real cash and prizes. I’m the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ITRex?

We approached them because we were looking to quickly develop our product. They had the resources available and provided us with the opportunity to quickly grow our team offshore and move fast. We had in-house developers but needed additional developers to augment our internal team. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped develop our mobile app for Android and iOS. We started off on the Android app and they did really well. We decided to bring on some additional iOS developers, as well as additional backend engineers. From there, we brought in a QA [quality assurance] and a project manager. It’s been a great relationship. We even recently went and visited the team in person. 

What is the team composition?

It’s ranged from 5–10 people on the team. There are mobile developers, backend developers, project management, and QA resources.

How did you come to work with ITRex?

We found them through a friend in Los Angeles. We selected them because we saw their previous work and they made it really easy to communicate. We trusted them early on and built the collaboration from there. We tried another developer but they weren’t as professional and they didn’t build good technology at all. That’s why we decided to move to ITRex.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February 2016 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality of the code is solid.

How did ITRex perform from a project management standpoint?

They do a great job at hitting our goals and meeting deadlines. We use Jira to manage the tasks and the project and they assigned a project manager to us. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re great communicators. Their communications are always very detailed. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could be more in tune with the top technologies to work with.

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

Frontend iOS Design & Dev for Social Platform

"Their quality of work, attention to detail, and level of their skills are unparalleled and unmatched."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ITRex provided frontend dev services for a new social app, reworking its wireframe and entirely rewriting code. The app was built for iOS, with an Android version forthcoming.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Mostafa Sorkhabi
Founder, Liveseen Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team is attentive, accommodating to concerns, and collaborative with the in-house backend team. Though the app only recently launched, users are steadily coming onboard, and there are plans for updates and new features.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Happenly is a location-sharing social network that allows you to see what's happening nearby and see your friends in real time on a live map. Users can interact with their surroundings, purchase tickets, order Uber or other services, and use Yelp, all within our app. It's a product of Liveseen Inc., of which I'm the CEO and co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ITRex Group?

We couldn't find a solid coder to take on the complexities and the sophistication of our software. ITRex showed us that they could be sufficient and provide us with high-quality work at a reasonable price.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They've taken our project from A to Z. They took our previous wireframe, stripped down the old code, and rewrote it from scratch. They also helped us with design work. The backend work is done here by our CTO, who is a local engineer. They built us an iOS application, and they've told us that they can provide support to transfer over to Android once they're ready.

In Happenly, the user interacts with other users and posts from places such as businesses, restaurants, and live events. They can order Uber, who is our partner, and interact with their friends in real time. We have a private live chat feature for group chats or one-on-one. We have plans to include event ticket and merchandise purchases.

What is the team dynamic?

We have 3 people involved with the project: the project manager, who is U.S.-based and the front person for the company; the project manager lead, who is in Ukraine where they're working; and our lead coder, who is the most important person in this project because he does all the work. We're in constant communication and contact with him.

How did you come to work with ITRex Group?

There was a good list of companies we were considering, as there are many that provide this type of service. ITRex immediately understood our technology and showed that they were capable of handling this type of project without hesitation. They understood it, were available, and were able to communicate not only with us but our CTO as well for the backend, and that synergy was important.

How much have you invested with them?

I've spent around $25,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since August 2016. We're very happy and satisfied with their work. They're going to handle some updates that we want to push.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to validate exactly what we wanted to do by getting the app approved by Apple, and now we're in the App Store. Users are coming on board, and once able to use it and know what to do, they start to use the app for what it does. All these are positives, validation points. From that, we're going to move on and build up from where we started.

How did ITRex Group perform from a project management standpoint?

The time difference hasn't been an issue or roadblock in any way because they're very attentive, always readily available to us via Skype, phone, or email. They are hands-on, efficient, and get a lot of work done in little time.

They also don't waste time. They get back to us not only when it's pressing, but when we have general questions, they respond within the hour, which we like.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their quality of work, attention to detail, and level of their skills are unparalleled and unmatched. The work they've provided so far, regarding engineering and coding, is superb.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They've hit the nail on the head with every problem we've had. My only issue with them is they like to get paid up front. But based on the work they've provided and its quality, we don't mind because they're consistent and provide exactly what we anticipated or requested.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust them: the process, their skills, and experience. Give them a shot. We've been through many bad engineers and teams that were not responsive or skilled enough, and ITRex, for what they charge and the work they provide, is a win-win. Don't hesitate, but go all the way because they've proven themselves time and again.

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

MVP App Dev for Television-based Service

"The app received 4 to 5-star ratings on the App Store and Google Play, [and] won a $15,000 contest."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2015 - June 2017
Project summary: 

ITRex developed an MVP for iOS/Android meant to simulate the experience of viewing live TV. Separate efforts focused on prototype enhancement.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Founder, Showgo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Developers offered thorough feedback and education. The app’s usability accrued excellent feedback on social media and in the press, and won a notable competition. Adhering to the majority of tickets and sprint, following scrum, and putting out regular new releases solidified project success.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and head of product at Showgo. We're no longer operating, but our app let users chat about  TVs they’re watching, and all comments were timed to episodes to prevent spoilers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ITRex Group?

Having never built an app, we needed iOS and Android versions developed from the ground up.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We spent 3–4 months building the MVP, which was sufficient for iOS and met our standards. We then started development work on an hourly basis after iterating a version with ITRex that was created by a different designer.

Showgo recreates the excitement of live-tweeting a TV show, even when watching a recorded episode at a later date. The app features a sync button, akin to Shazam, that “listens” to an episode. After identifying the episode, it provides timed details about exact moments and shows corresponding comments from other users.

The most challenging facet of development was the syncing mechanism, which worked with Gracenote, our audio fingerprinting vendor. Getting the app to listen to, identify, time, and attribute comments to a show was a very technically involved step.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked with a 6–7 member development team. We started with a project manager, a backend engineer, frontend engineers for both iOS and Android, and 1–2 QA's. As our project expanded, we eventually brought on a second project manager.

How did you come to work with ITRex Group?

A friend in L.A.’s entrepreneurship community suggested hiring ITRex Group for development.

How much have you invested with them?

We paid them about $175,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our project lasted a year and a half, from November 2015 to June 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I measured success based on their ability to adhere to the majority of tickets and sprint in our region, and regularly put out new releases. Since I’m not an engineer, it was difficult to assess the quality of their work. I focused mainly on the app’s usability, and occasionally sought the opinion of a consultant.  

User feedback is overwhelmingly positive, especially through social channels like Twitter. Active users gave four- to five-star ratings on the App Store and Google Play. The app was  featured in Entertainment Weekly, and won a $15,000 contest for USC entrepreneurs.

How did ITRex Group perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, they were regimented and organized, but we experienced some difficulty as time went on. I notified them whenever I felt the project was getting derailed, changing hands too often, or the sprints weren't being adhered to. In response, they would do everything in their power to continue functioning at a high level. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team was very efficient and effective, and their ability to observe Scrum was admirable. Their greatest strength is educating customers who have no experience developing an app. Their greatest strength is their patience to educate someone who've never developed an app before. They had the patience to teach me how to write things I’d never endeavored, like tickets and detailed technical specs.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I've had occasional reservations about their rate of progress. To their credit, they mitigated this problem by assigning a new project manager to the team. 

Advice for potential customers?

It would be helpful to have a manager exclusively devoted to product. I struggled with this task, because my attention was spread thin. As difficult as it can be to independently lead a team of eight developers, it’s critical to consistently move forward with them all. If not, they’ll need to seek other contracts, and you’ll lose them. Another suggestion is limiting the scope of work. This is advice applies to everyone not exclusively for ITREX. You can’t expect things to progress smoothly without a flexible team that’s capable of supporting the desired features.

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

Mobile App Dev & Integration for Parking App

"It’s pretty difficult to find people you know and trust, and I would totally use these guys again."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ITRex designed and developed a parking payment mobile app on iOS and Android. They created backend portals and an API integration and now serve as support.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
USA
Founder, Parking Payment App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has over 99% reliability and had the highest number of 5-star reviews for it's market. ITRex successfully managed the difference in time zones. They were trusted to take calls with customers and remain a valued partner to the client.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of a mobile application that lets motorists to pay for parking.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ITRex?

We needed a more hands-on deck and a new version of the application. It’s a mobile web, back-end dashboards, and API integration.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They were taking over the entire work of the product. We signed on a new client; they would implement the technology needed to make sure that they’re good to go. We finalized everything, but they would do a mock up design, new mobile applications, new backend portals, one API integration and make some new developments for the system in whole. Now they are just support. It was a whole new application, available for iOS and Android.

We worked with a project manager, a QA, an iOS and Android developer and a back-end developer. Version 1 that we had was basic, version 2 that we created was pretty complex. We had a vision, and they implemented it, but definitely it was no walk in the park.

How did you come to work with ITRex?

I was referred to them from someone else that used their services. We looked but trusted more a referral than trying to find it on my own.

How much have you invested with ITRex?

We spent more than $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

It’s being a long time, not sure about the date. It started on 2015, but they still do the maintenance and support.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I think it’s over the 99% reliability, which is huge for mobile applications. For our market, we had most five-star reviews on the app store, can’t remember exactly how many, but it was pretty significant.

The difference between the first version of the application was huge. The interface, the functionality, the way we communicated with the (06:57 inaudible), our integrations, pretty much everything was new.

How did ITRex perform from a project management standpoint?

They were really good; they even took phone calls with our clients. The communication was streamlined through one person. The time change is difficult to overcome, but they were very good regarding scheduling.

What did you find most impressive about ITRex?

In the world of looking for outsource development, it’s pretty difficult to find people you know and trust, and I would totally use these guys again.

Are there any areas ITRex could improve?

Not really. The only issue we had was time difference, but you are going to get that anywhere.

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

Development For Hospital Hygienics Company

"[W]hen you hire them, you're actually going to get something valuable."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ITRex Group provided resources to build a company's platform and Android app. The project included JavaScript, back-end development, project management, and as-needed maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Daniel Schuler
CTO, Hyginex
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All services have been satisfactory. ITRex Group impressed by rapidly addressing any personnel issues, completing tasks in a timely manner, and prioritizing complete customer satisfaction. Direct and consistent contact with developers created a transparent, productive relationship.

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there.

The company is in the healthcare industry with a focus on hygienics. We monitor the hand washing of hospital staff to ensure that their hospitals are compliant with all required cleanliness and hygienic standards and procedures. We have many mobile and remote devices and those communicate with each other and then collect that information back into the cloud. Then, we analyze that information and provide data, graphs and so forth on that hospital's performance. I am our company's chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with the ITRex Group?

We needed a couple of developers to build out different parts of our platform and our Android app. We needed developers who could work on a flexible schedule right away. We have many different components, so we needed someone to do a bit of Android work, some JavaScript work and some work on both the front-ends and back-ends of our platform. These tasks change a bit from time to time, so we hoped to get a pool of people who could switch from one specialty to another. We're too small to hire a dedicated person for each goal, so we thought outsourcing would be the best way to go.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Although they have offshore developers in Belarus and Ukraine, I mainly worked with the team and team leader here in Santa Monica. They set up all the contacts for us, and we can reach them via Slack, create tickets and set them up with GitHub. They have made it easy to reach them. They handle weekly reports and billing – all those issues. We worked with four main developers and another one who did a bit of technical work and some management.

One of the big benefits of working with the ITRex Group is that they make sure the right work is being done at the right time by the right people. They bridge the gap between the fact that we're here and their developers are offshore. We still want to be able to get quality work and have some assurance that things are going to work out.

I think that's the biggest value, knowing you can hire the people we need. This is much better than finding individual people directly on Elance [now Upwork] and not knowing if the project is going to be outsourced again, if they're committed to it or what the quality of the work is that they will do.

How did you come to work with the ITRex Group?

I've worked with them previously. When I started as CTO, we needed some developers. We considered getting someone local, but then decided to try outsourcing since it's obviously a less-expensive solution. We figured we'd give it a try and see how it goes. Right now, I think we have three or four people working for us, and it only costs roughly what one and a half or two people would cost here.

How much have you invested with the ITRex Group?

We've spent about $10,000 a month for three or four months.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have the ability to hire a developer full time and, at the end of the month, they bill us. They could work overtime, of course, but we tell them to work 40 hours a week and stop after that. They're available for more hours, but we figured people are more productive when you work only 40.

We don't have an end date. We're just trying to build an entire product. If anything, I think we have greater ambitions to keep building. The more we build, the more we think of what we can build. I think an end date may be when we get big enough that it makes sense to get a couple of local people. Maybe at that time, we would need to scale back how many people we have remotely. I don't really foresee us having to scale that back down to zero, especially because they have a couple of people that are dedicated to us, and they keep on working on the same pieces over and over again, so they know those pieces well.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They're very proactive about closing tickets. Even if I need to have a conversation on Skype or over the phone, they're very good about taking the task I describe verbally, creating a ticket from my description and tracking the progress. It is very easy to see what's being done, and that's quite nice.

In one case, we had a developer who didn't work out. ITRex quickly took care of that and did a good job. They gave us some free time to make up for that problem, so everything worked out for the best. That sounds like a negative, but I think the way the problem was handled worked out well. That's exactly the kind of problem that mitigates any issues working with someone remote.

That's probably the biggest selling point – knowing that when you hire them, you're actually going to get something valuable. You can use the deliverables and not be stuck with something that doesn't give you anything.

How did the ITRex Group perform from a project management standpoint?

In some cases, they'll do the project management. They'll be more hands-on, create tickets and manage details. In our case, we do the project management ourselves because we know what we want. We're involved in creating our tickets and breaking everything down. We don't use them much in terms of their project management. I think we only talk to the management side if we have an issue. We try to minimize that as much as possible.

What did you find most impressive about the ITRex Group?

I think it's the accountability. I've worked in other companies where we've had a consultant come in and do work for us, the work was generally quite bad but there was no accountability for the code quality. We never knew who was doing the work. We never had any contact with the individuals doing the work, and it was all run through a couple of layers. We'd wish we could just talk to the developers and actually communicate with them, get them to understand what we're asking for. We would just end up with something we didn't want and have to rewrite 80 percent of the code anyway. Those were poor experiences.

I think the difference here is we can talk directly to the developers, have daily Skype calls, have them on Slack, communicate with them, and create tickets. It's like working with an individual we know. They just happen to be somewhere else. I think that's why it works. We can keep talking to that person. That person can learn about our business and what we're trying to build. I think that's the only reason it does work. In general, this kind of thing is difficult to pull off successfully.

Are there any areas the ITRex Group could improve?

I think the organization in Belarus isn't quite as accountable or responsive to issues as the group here is. My review is about our group and how they are doing business here. I think they have a sister company in Belarus, and they are a little bit less helpful responding to things. If it came down to just them being over there and us not having any kind of local support, I don't think we'd be able to make it work. It's good enough because they have the team leader here, and that's what makes it work. When we did have that one issue with the developer, Belarus wasn't especially helpful until he actually stepped in and fixed the problem for us.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re pretty on point with that.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're certainly cheaper than having a local developer but, in terms of outsourcing, there are people who charge less.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I think the code delivered is very good. I’m happy with the work that’s being done. We’re creating something we can build on.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer them if I think that’s the kind of thing that my friend or colleague would be able to use. Using an offshore developer is not the right answer for everyone. It requires more discipline.

Mobile App Dev For Dollar Shave Club

"They don't even feel like an offshore resource, but more like a fully integrated team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2015 - Feb. 2016
Project summary: 

ITRex Group developed native iOS and Android apps for a subscription service. The project involved strategization, back-end and feature development, launch, and maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Ashley Lewis
Director of Product Management, Dollar Shave Club
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has been downloaded over 3,000 times, rarely presents issues, and earned a stellar 4.9-star rating on Google Play. ITRex Group is an outstanding remote resource. They communicate seamlessly, accommodate any timeline or workflow, and make on-site visits during more intensive projects.

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there.

The Dollar Shave Club is a razor subscription men's grooming startup located in Los Angeles. I am the director of product management, and I'm in charge of our mobile app development. I oversee everything from the strategy and the business side of things to managing our UX [user experience] design and development processes through to launch.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with the ITRex Group?

This isn't the first time I've worked with them. I originally worked with them at a company called DogVacay. I originally started working with them at DogVacay because finding Android talent in Los Angeles is incredibly difficult. We knew the company needed an Android app that was to be part of the overall business strategy but finding Android talent was proving impossible.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I've used them for both iOS and Android native application development. They provided a little bit of project management, but mostly just engineering talent. They were great thought partners, so when I was trying to strategize on what a feature might look like, they were able to participate from the very beginning all the way through to launch.

I've used them both for ongoing feature development as well as building brand new apps. Both at DogVacay as well as here at Dollar Shave Club, ITRex has been our only developer. They started from scratch, launched the app, and then continue to be our primary resource for maintaining the application.

How did you come to work with the ITRex Group?

The CEO of another company referred me to ITRex while I was with DogVacay. In turn, I actually referred them to Dollar Shave Club, then I ended up joining that startup.

What is the status of this engagement?

They started working for Dollar Shave Club in the summer of 2015. The app launch was in February 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

On the Google Play Store, we have a 4.9-star rating from something like 3,500 users. We get very few negative reviews and, when we do, it very rarely has to do with the quality of the application. The issue is usually us not offering something in the app, which would have been a decision we made on the business side. We haven't had many reviews of the app crashing or not being stable. It's been far and away 5-star reviews.

How did the ITRex Group perform from a project management standpoint?

I haven't really leaned on them for project management except in the beginning when I was using them at DogVacay. Generally speaking, I do my own project management.

In terms of time management, seeing tickets through from the beginning to the end, following a process – that sort of thing – they're very capable. They work well following whatever process I dictate. At the moment, I'm doing two-week scrum cycles, and they work just fine in that project management setting, but it's more something I prefer to handle.

What did you find most impressive about the ITRex Group?

I've worked with a lot of offshore resources. With the exception of the ITRex team, I don't think I would ever do it again. If you think of most of the problems that come with offshore resources, they just don't have those problems. Their English is perfect, the communication is fantastic, and they are flexible working across time zones.

The ITRex Group has even gone so far as to physically bring several developers here from the Ukraine when necessary, especially during crunch time, so they are here in the United States for one-on-one work. They take care of the visas, housing, lodging, flights – everything. In the past, I was the kind of manager that would cringe at the thought of using offshore resources, but for anyone who has those concerns, they don't apply to ITRex. They don't even feel like an offshore resource, but more like a fully integrated team.

Are there any areas the ITRex Group could improve?

No. They take feedback well. Any time I've had concerns, action was taken swiftly. Any problems I might have with them would be little things that I would normally have with any full-time employee. It comes with the nature of managing people. They take feedback well and make changes swiftly. Their price is very competitive, especially compared to onshore resources, so I haven't had any complaints.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    In terms of meeting timelines and deadlines, I think they’re good. You just have to deal with time zone issues inherent in working with offshore resources.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We can’t beat the value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They consistently deliver well-produced products.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I continue to refer them to anyone I know who needs native resources.

Android Development For Entertainment Studio

"I was impressed with how they aligned their resources to our specific needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2015 - Mar. 2016
Project summary: 

Three developers from ITRex Group built a fast-track Android app based on an existing iOS product. They later redesigned the app to include additional features and a more complex architecture.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Mike Bracco
Senior Product Manager, JibJab Bros. Studios
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All deliverables were excellent and required few modifications. ITRex Group's technical skill and extensive Android knowledge were enhanced by robust project management and efficient collaboration with the internal team. The team's accommodating, adaptable approach built a productive relationship.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a senior project manager with JibJab Bros. Studios. We're based in Marina Del Ray, California. I'm in charge of JibJab's mobile app, both on iOS and Android.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with the ITRex Group?

We were looking for ways to augment our in-house engineering team and build out a mobile app. Our team did not have a lot of expertise on Android, so we asked the ITRex Group to help us out.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The ITRex Group developed our Android app. We already had an iOS app at the time, so it was just the Android project. They assigned two to three Android engineers to our project. We had an existing bare-bones app that we put together very quickly in-house. It was minimal in terms of features since we needed to hit a deadline. We had a quick-and-dirty app out there. Then, we needed to circle back after the deadline and re-architect the entire app. We added more features that we didn't have time to build out in the initial push.

How did you come to work with the ITRex Group?

I don't remember the exact connection, but friends of mine in the Los Angeles tech scene pointed me their way. I think that's how I connected with the ITRex Group. Initially, we were on a tight deadline, so we didn't do much searching and comparing prices. They had competitive rates. They also had good word-of-mouth recommendations from people I trusted. It was a quick let's go and do this, especially given our timelines.

How much have you invested with the ITRex Group?

We have invested $50,000 to $200,000 with the ITRex Group.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our deadlines were self-imposed since we had to hit internal targets for release in our holiday season. I could give you the specific timeline, but I don't have it in front of me. The project took about six months in total. It started around May 2015 and then took about a year – more or less. It was from May of last year to March of this year [2016].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The code quality was great. We do code reviews internally, and it was nice not to have to spend as much time back and forth on revisions. The only reason we paused working with them was because we shifted our focus toward iOS. If we hadn't done that, then we'd probably be continuing to work with them. That's also because we had not decided to bring an entire Android team in-house yet. It's more or less similar to our iOS app. Also, there were additional constraints on Android that makes the app less than optimal in terms of features. That had nothing to do with the engineering, per se. It was just Android-specific hurdles and limitations. It had nothing to do with our work with the ITRex Group.

How did ITRex Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They assigned a project manager who was the go-between me and their team of engineers. He did a good job of pairing the talent on their team with our specific needs. He was able to find resources that align with the skill sets required. That made things more efficient. They worked very well with our team, almost like in-house employees. They adopted our tools, like Slack, JIRA, and GitHub. They were able to jump right in and get going quickly. We had weekly sprints, and they would accommodate for the time difference. Those meetings were pretty late in their time zone in some cases.

What did you find most impressive about the ITRex Group?

We ended up having a great, trusting relationship with the ITRex Group. I was impressed with how they aligned their resources to our specific needs. Everything was done in an efficient way so that there wasn't as much ramp-up time compared with external contractors. They also had the flexibility to adapt to our workflow. They were definitely accommodating. Overall, we had a super-easy working relationship.

Are there any areas the ITRex Group improve?

To be honest, I don't think so. I'm not just saying that. We had a great relationship with them. No major issues came up. I don't think I could point to anything specific to say about them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met our deadlines, and the weekly work was completed on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer