Translating your ideas into software

Machinery (Mašinerija d.o.o.) is an independent design and software development agency run by experts motivated to deliver beautiful, well thought out and performant apps. All of our developers have Master’s degrees in computer science / software engineering and will work on your product in the latest stable technologies. We work mostly with clients from U.S.

and we offer a full service working on your product - from business analysis, UX design concepts, interface design, programming, quality assurance and project management.

Our clients are our partners - small and big companies who need professionally designed and developed software, be it mobile&web applications, backend systems or APIs. When working with you, we get involved with your product to the fullest. We are driven to make our clients happy and to make apps that stand out. To achieve that, we are not only working relentlessly on your product, but we are also regularly attending talks, meetups and conferences across the globe, connecting with the best minds in business.

Check out our web page for more info about our awesome team and the projects we worked on: http://www.machinery.agency

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2013
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Zagreb, Croatia
headquarters
  • Zagreb 10000
    Croatia

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Meeteor LLC -  iOS app, QA for the entire product, UX and UI design and team management.

Living Scriptures Inc - iOS app, backend, payments

Toptal LLC - we are Toptal partner, providing work for many various clients in Toptal network. 

iOS & Android apps - Simple Cycle

Simple Cycle is a simple and beautifully designed mobile application for tracking periods. It was made in React Native, sharing same code base for iOS and Android.

The main features of the app are period and sexual activity tracking with several reminders - the features were decided based on a big survey we took asking women what is important to them when using period tracking apps. It turned out most of the women just

wanted to track their period, nothing else. http://simplecycle.masinerija.com/

iOS and web applications - Huxly

Huxly is a startup from New York for who we designed and developed iOS app and web (React) platform that enables Huxly combine objective news and interactive exploration of how society interprets it.

Out team did UX design, user testing, UI design, development and testing. 

iOS application Meeteor - better meetings

A startup from New York commissioned us to design and develop iOS application (and some parts of web) for their product Meeteor - Meetings made simple. 

For such complex tool, a seamless UX, accompanied by clean and beautiful design, was of high importance.

Everything in the app was custom made - from custom networking to custom UI for iOS. Instead of providing just a nice UI on top of API calls, we have

implemented the MVC-N architecture, which improves the UX considerably, by having a local, structured representation of online storage. We also solved the synchronization issues that were arising from such a setup, and developed a custom networking framework. Translation of JSON models into CoreData objects is automated through protocol oriented programming, removing the need to manually map JSON into CoreData. This results in an app which always has up to date data displayed and all edits are up to date on server.

We experimented with various UX approaches with the objective to engage user as little as possible to perform a task. As a result, we developed a system where user can fill out forms in the animated tables which provided a more streamlined approach where user can edit the text field directly on screen, rather than via an input box on top of the keyboard (solution which is used in most messenger apps).

We also improved and customized iOS text editor in order to enable advanced text formatting like bullet lists.

iOS application 3 Kinds of Ice

Spotnight Limited commissioned us to develop mobile-only social network. Their 3 Kinds of Ice iOS application shows you London's most remarkable experiences in a completely visual way - with a fully customized UI in a form of a booklet, content is presented through a story - each place shows its uniqueness through amazing photos, videos and clever stories.

The application has been gamified to resemble Tinder dating

application - you need to fall in love with a place to be able to explore more about it and even get some perks by receiving secret passwords from the places you have saved.

***Awarded Best New App 2015*** by Apple's UK App Store.

Almost every piece of the application has been customized. Since the content’s most strong suit are lots of beautiful videos, we have built a system for smooth 3D transitioning of video layers. This enables users to easily browse through a story and never stop video animation while turning a page of a story booklet.

The biggest challenge, besides fluid animations, was optimizing downloading of content so that user doesn’t get distracted from the content by loading bars and waiting for the next piece of content, disrupting their story enjoyment, which we accomplished by building a sophisticated networking and cache logic.

The application also had the social network element with following your friends, liking, commenting and receiving notifications about friends’ engagements or notifications about merchants deals and announcements.

Reviews

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App & Web Dev for Media Startup

"Once Machinery takes you on as a client, they care about you and your product."

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

Machinery built an iOS app and a website for a media startup. They integrated existing design and development work. Using Ruby on Rails, the team built features such as an interactive map and polling abilities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Marko Vucemilovic
CEO, Huxly News LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Delivering results iteratively, Machinery built high-quality products that have yet to experience issues. They managed the project systematically and fostered collaboration, incorporating ideas to create more satisfying platforms. The team exceeded expectations to establish a valuable partnership.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a media startup. We launched a platform called Huxly News, which is an interactive app and website that allows people to compare their opinions related to trending news on a map.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Machinery?

We had the ideas for our platforms, which were ironed out with our design team. We needed a partner to build our app and website. We worked with different providers to execute the platforms and the results were a mess.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Based on the work previous service providers delivered, Machinery developed our iOS app and website using Ruby on Rails. Their team listened to our ideas for the platform and realized them. They helped create a concept with thorough logic to ensure the platforms would run smoothly. We designed the majority of the platform, which their team integrated with their designs. They developed the platforms with features that enable users to share opinions on an interactive map. Their team integrated capacities for users to vote according to one of the three different takes on each news story posted. We’ve kept them on to make ongoing changes to the app.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Lora (CEO, Machinery) and Zoran (CTO, Machinery) in particular. Lora has run the operation and Zoran has focused on programming. They have about six or seven people on staff.

How did you come to work with Machinery?

After failed attempts with other service providers, we found Machinery. We worked with different developers that didn’t deliver anything. We went to Eastern Europe to find more affordable and competent vendors. We asked around and found Machinery through a reference. I went to Croatia to meet their team in person and felt that they were legitimate.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $110,000 with Machinery so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the engagement in November 2017, and continue to work together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Before Machinery came onboard, development dragged on through failed attempts. Once they took over, we saw the product being built every month. Machinery delivered a quality product. We haven’t experienced any bugs. We’ve paid an extra retainer to keep them on in case any features break down, but nothing has broken down. It’s like buying a Mercedes off the assembly line; you can just drive it. They did an amazing job.

How did Machinery perform from a project management standpoint?

Machinery has proper project management in place. They took our ideas, listed them, and put a team together. Then, in collaboration, they developed our idea. To communicate, we used Slack, Skype, and emails daily. Their team delivered platform features regularly. We saw the results of their work every day. If Machinery says they’ll do a task, they’ll complete it. Their team held dynamic dialogues with us. Their team will work long hours to deliver a product. If something doesn’t work at 2:00 am, they’ll fix it. To help deliver a product, Machinery will hire a freelancer. They have a network of educated people to support projects.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Once Machinery takes you on as a client, they care about you and your product. Their team went well beyond the basic contract. They’re excellent at listening to their clients. Their team is extremely technically competent. They have impressive organizational skills. I would recommend them to anyone because of the professionalism they bring to the job. I’m very grateful to have found them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Like I mentioned, if you buy a Mercedes Benz, don’t drive it into a swamp and expect it to function as a monster truck. It’s a great car; but it’s not for that, right? It’s the same for Machinery. They’re a specific team that works on specific projects with great technical know-how and a professional approach to running a project.

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

iOS Development for Karaoke Platform

“This success reflects the quality of the product that Machinery delivered.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June 2017 - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Machinery completed the development of an iOS mobile app, then tested and deployed the platform on the App Store. As part of the project, the team added new functionalities and fixed performance bugs.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CEO, Karaoke Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app measures five new downloads a week; its quality encourages users to return to the platform. Machinery was responsive and available, showing strong attention to technical details. Their creative input and timely work ethic were highly appreciated.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO and Founder of KaraokeBars LLC. We provide a platform that connects users with the nearest karaoke bar in their area, including verified show times and dates.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Machinery?

We had a half-built mobile app, so we needed a development company to complete the platform and deploy it to the App Store.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed to finish the app, test it, and deploy it.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Machinery via Toptal, a global network that connects freelance developers, designers, and other specialists with businesses.

Describe the project in detail.

We provided Machinery with our iOS code repository, several features we wanted to implement, and a list of bug fixes we needed them to correct. The team fully cleaned up the system and updated its functionality on time, then helped us release our high-quality on the App Store.

What was the team composition?

We worked with one app developer from Machinery.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Without any promotional efforts on our end, the iOS app secures roughly five new users each week. Our analytics also show notable usage rates after the initial installation. This success reflects the quality of the product that Machinery delivered.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The Machinery developer was always responsive and available to assist with issues and requests. I'm very happy working with Machinery.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

With a high-level of technical ability, the developer was very detail-oriented and communicative throughout the project. In addition to meeting all deadlines and staying within estimates, Machinery offered creative input that we hadn’t considered previously.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, everything ran very smoothly.

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

App Dev and SDK Branding for DIY Repair

"The engineers quickly understood the intent of our project, and its importance."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Machinery developed a native iOS and Android apps and customized an SDK to adhere to prescribed brand standards.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Monterey, California
Mary Nelson
CEO and President, Tin Lizzee Online Appiance Repair
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is unique amongst its competitors and was produced to specifications. Machinery was highly communicative and worked impressively within custom, pre-planned guidelines. They were accessible through multiple channels of communication and quickly internalized a shared vision.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We provide DIY appliance repair through chat and live camera to save people time and money.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Machinery?

Our business is based around a software development kit (SDK) from a vendor, but we needed it to appear branded with our look. We needed an app built for Android and Apple that accomplished this.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create an app that seamlessly integrates our branding with our vendors camera-sharing SDK.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found them through a freelance clearinghouse, and they provided several resources for us to choose from.

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

Our native app was built completely to our specifications.

What was the team composition?

We worked with two engineers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app is a vital part of our business model, and, crucially, sets us apart from our competitors. It accomplished everything we requested.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was done through daily situation reports, real time updates, and strict adherence to our planning guidelines. Communicating through Slack, Skype, and other media channels kept us in close contact.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The engineers quickly understood the intent of our project, and its importance. They quickly became team members as much as outside consultants. Their ability to work closely with us and share our vision was impressive.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

I can’t think of any areas where we wish they would improve. Their team couldn’t have controlled anything that impeded our project. All of our issues were outside the scope of their work.

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

iOS App for Film Festival

"The team was responsible, and quite enthusiastic about our app."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
2012 - 2013
Project summary: 

Machinery designed and developed an iOS app for an animation festival. Key features included scheduling, adding the festival mascot into photos, and creating stop-motion videos using multiple photos.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Daniel Suljic
Artistic Director, World Festival of Animated Film
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app was well-received even if it was not widely used. The team kept the project moving through regular communication and critical status updates. Machinery's responsiveness and ability to turn constructive feedback into high-quality, on-time deliverables are hallmarks of their work.

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 am the artistic director of Animafest based in Zagreb, Croatia. As one of the leading international animation events, we bring great programs and guests to the festival every year.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Machinery?

We wanted to develop an app for festival guests, allowing them to create schedules and access information about venues and films.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Machinery developed our iOS application. It provided scheduling functionalities and information for international visitors about venues. Users also had the ability to edit our festival mascot into their photos. There was also a game featuring the mascot, and a functionality for creating stop-motion videos using multiple photos. Users could share their creations on Facebook and other platforms.

What is the team composition?

Our designer communicated directly with their designer, while our production team and I communicated with Machinery’s project manager.

How did you come to work with Machinery?

One of my colleagues was familiar with the local developer network. She mentioned Machinery to us, and we got in touch.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent less than $10,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While the festival attracts 15,000 guests, it only lasts for a week. As a result, the app has limited use. I don’t know exactly how many people used it, but it was likely around 5,000. We didn’t receive any negative feedback, and we did see people posting stop-motion videos. I’ve used the app myself, and I do like it.

How did Machinery perform from a project management standpoint?

We had an initial in-person meeting with their entire team to discuss the functionalities of the app. Most of the communication was over phone and email. The day-to-day dealings were the task of our production team and I was made aware of any issues. Everything was delivered on time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We haven’t worked with any other developers, but we’ve collaborated with printing companies and other providers. Compared to those, we haven’t experienced any issues with Machinery.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, Machinery adhered to our agreement.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I'd recommend them. The team was responsible, and quite enthusiastic about our app.

5.0
Overall Score I wish that more companies in Croatia were like them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    There were no complaints from my production team on cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They provided what we asked for.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer them if I had the chance. They deserve it.

Makeup Tutorial App Development

"They satisfied my needs and expectations from the beginning."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2013 - May 2014
Project summary: 

Machinery developed multiple makeup tutorial applications for iOS and Android. The team also offered general advice on app development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Bojan Mandic
Owner, Mamazone Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The applications were well received and surpassed the goal of 90,000 downloads in three years. The developers met deadlines and provided detailed solutions to unforeseen issues as they occurred.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the owner and managing director of Mamazone, a marketing and advertising consultancy company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Machinery?

I hired Machinery to develop a series of makeup tutorial applications for iOS and Android, and provide general consulting on app development.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to achieve 90,000 downloads between 2013–2015.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I received a recommendation from a friend. After two meetings, I decided to hire Machinery.

Describe the project in detail.

Machinery developed makeup tutorial apps that include video tutorials created by a professional makeup artist. The applications feature ten professional, easy-to-follow HD videos, followed by a list of the makeup products used.

What was the team composition?

Machinery provided a team of developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We achieved our goal of 90,000 downloads, and have reached approximately 140,000 downloads to date.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our workflow was easy and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were extremely precise, stuck to deadlines, and provided solutions for any challenges that arose. They satisfied my needs and expectations from the beginning.

5.0
Overall Score I was very satisfied with their work.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were precise and easy to reach.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Food Guide

"Machinery delivered exactly what we had envisioned."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June - Sept. 2014
Project summary: 

Machinery developed the mobile version of an online food and drink guide. Designed for the iOS platform, the app provides users with location-specific gastronomical information.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Morana Zibar
Editor, Taste of Croatia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A smooth, effective workflow and daily communication facilitated the quick completion of a first draft. With an immediate and clear understanding of the project’s intent, Machinery delivered an elegant, unique, and user-friendly app that has generated positive reviews and feedback.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

An online tourist food and drink guide, Taste of Croatia also serves as a platform uniting food and drink writers and tour guides. We offer writing and consulting services, help workshops, and local food events. As one of the founders, I am also a content editor and writer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Machinery?

We hired Machinery to develop and design the Taste of Croatia mobile application. The app would be a location-based guide providing users with gastronomical information.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to improve the accessibility of our existing online guide for the iOS platform. We wanted mobile phone users to experience our web guide in a simple, practical, and well-designed format.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Through prior contacts, I knew Machinery to be a young and ambitious company with good references. They were eager to take on interesting and original projects.

Describe the project in detail.

It did not take Machinery long after our initial meeting to grasp the project’s concept. Once we agreed on the basic design, timeline, and our needs and preferences, the process was smooth and cooperative. Clear, productive, and daily communication allowed us to quickly develop the first draft of the app. With some final fine-tuning, Machinery delivered exactly what we had envisioned, even suggesting some technical improvements.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a project manager and a chief developer, both of whom were also the company's founders.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app was among the first of its kind in Croatia. Since day one it has attracted a lot of attention with positive user reviews and feedback.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The Machinery team was always at our disposal with easy, clear communication and a smooth, effective workflow. They had no problems with deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

In a short amount of time, they managed to interpret our goals for this project and translate it into a product nearly identical to our ideal version.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Although small last-minute issues are to be expected with a new mobile app, most obstacles were addressed prior to launch.

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

iOS App Dev for Collaborative Work Platform

“I’d pay lots of money to be able to keep working with them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Machinery developed an iOS app to replicate an existing web app and performed the QA testing for both versions. They designed the UI/UX and coded the app with relevant collaborative work functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York City, New York
Mamie Kanfer Stewart
Founder, Meeteor
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Machinery effectively led the project by offering their expertise and developing the app to the best of their ability. Extremely collaborative, they integrated with an existing technical team to decide timelines and deliver objectives. A personable approach made in-person meetings enjoyable.

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 Meeteor Software. We’re a collaboration platform that develops healthy team cultures within organizations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Machinery?

We hired them to build our mobile app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our collaboration software is a system of folders where users create meetings, manage tasks, capture decisions, and store documents. Machinery built a replication of our web app for iOS. While the API was created by our in-house developers, Machinery collaborated with them and developed everything related to the iOS app itself. They did all the UI/UX designs, mockups, and were responsible for coding it. The app enabled users to plan an agenda, take notes, attach documents, send reading invitations, etc. Actions performed on the app could be seen through other technologies integrated with the web platform. They also handled the QA testing for both the mobile and web app.

What is the team composition?

The team consisted of several people including a UX designer, a UI designer, and three other developers.

How did you come to work with Machinery?

We got connected with their CEO through an agency and she did some really impressive work for us. We decided to build a mobile app and she mentioned her team is capable of that. We investigated her team’s previous work and it was top notch as well. We already knew we liked working with her, so we moved forward with Machinery.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $200,000 and $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February 2016. The engagement ended in August 2017 when we decided to shut down the software.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Machinery needed little oversight from myself or the technical lead and was able to quickly mimic our web app in a way that worked on mobile. The UI/UX design was great; they really understood what the app was about. We received lots of informal feedback from users who liked the software and experienced very few crashes. It was important we didn’t have issues rolling out new features and they did an excellent job QA testing everything. They delivered high-quality work.

How did Machinery perform from a project management standpoint?

I didn't have a lot of interaction with them from a project management perspective because they worked with my technical team. Some of them participated in our regular company meetings to review the project’s status and their process. I only heard good things from my technical team about how they were wonderful collaborators. They came into our offices twice and were such lovely people to be around. They really contributed to our overall company atmosphere.

Our technical team used Trello to manage development and Slack for communication. They also used our own collaboration tool for meetings, utilized Google Docs, had weekly stand-ups via video conference, and used an agile methodology.

We wanted everything to be bug-free, so they worked with our technical team to set the timelines. On occasion, schedules would get backed up with our team trying to get the API in order, so Machinery could release what they needed. Issues would arise on both ends and impact the timeline.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Collectively, they’re a really solid mobile team. They work well together and seamlessly integrated with the rest of my team. In total, we had people from five different countries and multiple time zones all trying to communicate using English as a universal language. Machinery navigated those complexities extremely well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I was delighted with the work they did. They do a fantastic job and I loved having them be part of our company in some way.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Instead of assigning specific tasks, we relied on their expertise to make the best decisions possible regarding design and development. Giving Machinery that responsibility and accountability pushed them to contribute. We also did our part to bring them into the team and work closely. We treated them as if they were part of our company and not as a contract development shop. Those factors lead to a successful project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were very good at meeting schedules.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’d pay lots of money to be able to keep working with them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have.

iOS Dev and Support for Video Streaming Platform

“I’m happy with the experience.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Integrating with an existing team, Machinery helped develop and continually supports a video streaming iOS app. They provided backend enhancements via Ruby on Rails and host the video content using AWS Elastic.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Utah
Project Manager, Video Streaming Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They helped deliver an app that users enjoy. With well over 10,000 downloads, the iOS version is quickly outpacing its Android counterpart. Machinery’s developers are responsive and proactively ask questions to improve the final product. They’ve become true development partners.

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 a project manager for a video streaming service.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Machinery?

We needed to supplement our team with additional developers to facilitate the transition to video streaming.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Machinery helped with the backend development of our iOS app on Rails and used AWS Elastic to house our video services. We work together as if they’re a part of my in-house development team. As a result, we go through the project’s scope and I assign them to tasks to fulfill as needed. They continue to support the app and other development projects.

What is the team composition?

I only interacted with the two developers assigned to us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $100,000 thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2015 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

With over 10,000 downloads, the iOS app is more successful than the Android version. People seem to love it.

How did Machinery perform from a project management standpoint?

There’s open communication whenever needed via slack. We have weekly development meetings and use Pivotal Tracker integrated with Hubstaff to clarify how long specific tasks take to complete.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We continue to work with them because their developers are responsive and open to communication. They ask questions right away to avoid derailing the project. We consider them apart of our team as opposed to an outside resource.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any negative criticisms. They’re always willing to learn more and push themselves.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Our progress has been really smooth, so it’s difficult for me to recommend a different approach.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Some projects aren’t deployed on time, but that’s usually not their fault.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re more expensive than other developers I’ve found.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There have been a few bugs, but that’s to be expected.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m happy with the experience.

iOS App for Croatian Museum Guide

“The job was a success and I have nothing bad to say about Machinery.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Feb. 2015 - Mar. 2015
Project summary: 

Machinery developed an iOS app that acts as a guide for users regarding museums in Croatia. They also tested for bugs and made improvements.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Jelena Bračun
Visual Artist, Independent
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is visually appealing and successful in terms of functionality, contributing to its procurement of 2,000 downloads. An effective workflow and diligent approach are hallmarks of Machinery’s work.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m an artist and educator who had written a book about Croatian museums and wanted to develop an application.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Machinery?

I hired them to develop an iOS app to act as a guide for the best Croatian museums.

What were your goals for this project?

I needed the app the be functional but also visually appealing.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I interviewed Machinery and thought they were a good match.

Describe the project in detail.

I delivered all of the materials to them after we agreed on the project. They developed the platform and I provided the content, after which we tested for bugs and made improvements. 

What was the team composition?

I worked with Machinery’s CEO and CTO who both acted as supervisors and developers. I also worked with another developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app has about 2,000 downloads. I’m very pleased with the visual appearance and functional performance, as well as with the collaboration as a whole.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our workflow was extremely effective and they finished the app by the agreed-upon deadline.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were very responsible and hard-working.

Are there any areas for improvement?

The job was a success and I have nothing bad to say about Machinery.

5.0
Overall Score They're great developers.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were no setbacks.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We agreed on a very favourable price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I was extremely satisfied with the collaboration and their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them.