WE THINK BUSINESS, THEN DEVELOPMENT.

We are consistently among Top 3 Mobile and Web App developers in the UK and Australia by Clutch. Magora is an international IT company with 150 employees on board with HQ in London, UK and two development centers in Eastern Europe. We have successfully completed over 700 projects in more than 30 countries. Our team works with startups and Fortune 500 companies alike: Unilever, Danone, Cisco, HP, Toyota, Motorola.

What we do: * IT consulting and bespoke software development * Mobile (iOS/Android), Web and Desktop app development * UX/UI Design and Clickable prototype * MVP and solution delivery * Dedicated team and out-staffing -- Ready for the next step to develop your own product or just an MVP, even probably just an awesome clickable prototype? Reach out to us directly with your request - www.magora-systems.com You might be interested in our design portfolio as well at www.dribbble.com/Magora

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
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headquarters
  • The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St.
    London, LND E1 6JJ
    United Kingdom
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Industry Leaders: InnovoCare, BrandSkout, Danone, London VIP Group, VPS, Blue Cielo; Startups: ShowApp, Jurni, Tebengan.  Internet of Things projects: Organic Response, Rotimatic. 

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Healthy diet

Our task was to build an iOS app for healthy lifestyle fans. It should be the place, where people could communicate, get tips on a healthy way of life, and buy the right products online. 

Integration with the social nets and the gaming technics should be implemented to support the monetization strategy.

 

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MoPals

The Magora team was assigned to develop a geo-positioning-enabled iOS and Android app for the existing web portal  of a Canadian company. The app enables users to share their location with friends via Facebook and Twitter, upload photos and videos, attain bonuses for checking in and writing reviews of the brands they like. Magora managed to deliver a user-friendly business platform and gained precious experience of successful

collaboration with the client’s team of developers and designers.
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Globi Calls

Globi Calls is a know-how VoiP (Voice over IP) + Server solution created by Magora. It was intented to solve a problem facing an international partner who needed to avoid wasting time and money on international calls within the company, whose personnel were working all around the globe in different time zones. The Magora developers built a new computer integration system consisting of the

classic VoiP telephony and integrated remote servers, one for each continent. Using this system, local connections within the company can be redirected to each other and each incoming call can be redirected to any internal company number at domestic IP-phone rates.
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Hunger

This Magora development project is a food delivery platform intended to provide customers with an easy way to order lunch via an iOS or Android app and have it delivered to them in minutes. The delivery time is automatically calculated based on the customer’s location, whilst the location of the courier can be monitored in real time. The app also offers notifications and an integrated payment system for credit and debit cards.

The platform offers two user roles - courier and customer - removing middlemen between caterers and clients.
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VPN Platform as SaaS

The Magora team developed a virtual private network platform, working as SaaS for our West-European clients. This SaaS solution is intended for the Arab, Chinese and European B2C markets and provides cheap, stable and secure mobile and web VPN access to bypass blocks and guarantee the safety of the user’s private data. Complete solution provides the user's advanced functionality and connection speed.

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Pharm Card

Pharm Card is a software solution that includes an iOS mobile tablet PC app and web-based desktop application, created for an international pharmaceutical company. The Magora team helped to replace the hundreds of Excel files medical reps had to fill out daily with a handy software tool with broad functionality, while the company's top management get full control over distribution and mid-level staff get a convenient tool with

a user-friendly web panel.
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Rotimatic - project with the internet of things background

Rotimatic is an IoT project based around smart kitchen robots, which Magora helped Singaporean business innovators bring to life. In keeping with the client's requirements, the development team built the software architecture with front and back-end components and integrated it with the Rotimatic baking tool. The software works in semi-automatic mode and can update the recipes of a special kind of bread - Roti - once connected

to WiFi. Other options, such as remote sensor diagnostics, temperature/time/ingredient consumption control,  and remote diagnostics are also available.
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Sales Tool

Magora helped a world-renowned enterprise, the cleaning supplies producer Vileda, to build an Android tablet app for a large-scale Sales Tool project. With this software system corporate buyers can cover all their cleaning supply needs, using the intuitive, user-friendly interface to order accessories based on types of surface by uploading interior photos into the system. The intelligent system recognises the photos and

recommends supplies and equipment sets from those stored in its DB.
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Organic Response

App Store

Google Play

Web and mobile apps for a company that installs Smart Lighting Systems.

Check out the Full

Case Study.

Russian Version.

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Tebengan

Tebengan is a web platform for ride-sharing purposes. An intuitive software solution help drivers and passengers reach each other and have the best travel experience.

Full Case Study

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VPS:Vessel Performance Solution

The VPS software is an effective cargo ship performance management application. The app aims at automatization of analytical processes and assistance in decision-making practices.

Full Case Study 

Russian version

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tellMasha App for Danone

App Store

Google Play

tellMasha is a mobile app for a multinational food corporation, Danone. The consumer-facing application enables users to participate and

improve product quality control.

Find out more about this case in our Projects.

Russian Version

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ShowApp

App Store

Google Play

ShowApp is a convenient and multifunctional mobile app that provides

users with information about the exact kind of events they will find interesting. The Magora mobile app and web development team have designed a special algorithm that measures user’s preferences, subscriptions and geolocation before using them to find something that is going to catch their attention.

Russian Version

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Jurni

App Store

Innovative social network. An app that allows users to tell a story. In a video.

More about the project in the Case Study.

Russian Version.

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InnovoCare: Magora’s web app for internal medical staff

We are proud to say, that the bespoke business software we create is specifically geared to solve unique business problems. Now medical administrators can precisely evaluate the cost-effectiveness of every procedure and treatment performed in their clinic, which helps them monitor and regulate their patient base.

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Magora's POS Software

PrognoStore website

Bespoke POS software for small businesses from Magora.

Approach, tech stack, and more details - in our Case Study.

Russian Version.

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Core Power Golf: A New iOS Mobile App Designed by Magora

App Store

Magora's iOS developers and app designers are proud to present a new educational project for iPhone. Core Power Golf was built exclusively for golfers.

Go to our website to learn more about

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PlanDo

Google Play

PlanDo is a social mobile app that helps users find new friends and create fun events.

To learn more about the project check out our Case Study.

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Magora’s Business Web Tool for Brand Owners

Magora has created a web program for online monitoring of retailers’ pricing with an easy-to-read, multifunctional dashboard.

More info in our Case Study.

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Parking Guide

Parking Guide is simultaneously a simple mobile tool with a pleasant, intuitive user interface and quite a complex application.

Full Case Study

 

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Bang Track

A mobile recording studio. 

Find out more about Bang Track by reading the Case Study.

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Estate Rental Management System

Our new project ERMS is a bespoke web software for a real estate leasing company. Magora developed a management system program to automate the company daily routine oparations: monitor local real estate leasing prices and control the profitability of each of the objects.

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SwipedOn

Our new work in portfolio is an iPad receptionist visitor management software for SwipedOn. With this application the New Zealand startup has raised over $1M in seed, been recognised as a market leader.

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StarBuffet

StarrBuffet is a new Magora iOS mobile app development project for a popular self-service restaurant chain. The Magora team helped the client to make workflow efficient and transparent. With the implementation of the mobile app solution, our partner got business process optimisation, decreased labour costs and now continues to increase profits. Tech Stack Backend: Java, Spring, Docker, Amazon Web Services, AWS EC2 (Ubuntu

Server), AWS RDS (Postgresql 9.6), AWS Elastic Load Balancer, AWS S3 (Media Storage), AWS Lambda, AWS SNS/SQS (events from s3 and Lambda), AWS CloudWatch, AWS Route53. Frontend: Angular; AdminLTE; iOS: Alamofire, AlamofireImage, ObjectMapper, RxSwift, SocketRocket, Realm, RxSwift, Core, Foundation, UIKit. Within 2018 the implemented IT system became an indispensable tool for the restaurants of the Star Buffet network. The break-even point was surpassed within the first 9 months. and continues to increase their profitability in 2019.
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Pharmcard: enterprise software development case

Pharmcard is a bespoke software system for multinational pharmaceutical company. The project includes an iOS application, web application and integrated DB of pharmaceutical products price, stock availability, sales volumes, sales figures and trends.


Tech Stack

  • Back-end: AWS EC2 (Ubuntu Server); AWS RDS (Postgresql 9.6); AWS Elastic Load Balancer; AWS S3 (Media
Storage); AWS Cloud Front as cdn; AWS Lambada; AWS SNS/SQS; AWS Cloud Watch; AWS Route 53; Java 1.8; Maven; Spring Boot; Spring Core; Spring Data; Hibernate; Swagger; Lombok; Docker; Ansible.
  • Front-end: AngularJS; AdminLTE; Webpack.
  • iOS: Alamofire; ObjectMapper; Rx Swift; Core; Foundation, UI kit; Realm.
  • Implementation of the software system helps to boost efficiency a lot and lead to 30% ROI increase.


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    ECommerce Development for Travel Events Platform

    “They are quick to assemble the team and produce what we need when we need it.”

     

     

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora built an e-commerce site for an events and activities company.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, England
    Blake Reddy
    Founder & CEO, easyGuide
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The team produced an efficient site that’s optimized for high conversion. Magora always delivers high quality service with an organized and friendly team.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the CEO of easyGuide. We sell tickets to attractions, activities, shows, and more.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We needed to build a website for our e-commerce business.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    They have been in charge of building our e-commerce website, basically from scratch. It’s a custom-built platform connected with APIs. They do full-stack development; frontend and backend. They also manage the entire project.

    What is the team composition?

    There are 4-6 people working, depending on the scope of the project, including a project manager and account manager.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    I did research, and did a Google search. We liked the pitch they presented; they took time and put together material for us to see. We liked the concepts. It was also nice that we could meet in person and get a sense of the company.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We've spent $150,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We began working together August 2019, and it’s ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We have seen an increase in site speed, leading to better bounce rates and higher conversion rates. The site looks good and functions properly.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    Their communication is always on point. We use various technologies to keep track of things. The sprints are defined in detail before starting. They are responsive, and always on time. We speak daily via Skype and have weekly, or bi-weekly calls scheduled as well. 

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They are friendly, yet professional. They have good planning and execution of sprints. They are quick to assemble the team and produce what we need, when we need it.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, nothing really comes to mind. 

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Be sure you have time to work with them and identify what you’re looking for.

    4.5
    Overall Score
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They’re flexible, and they meet deadlines.
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      It’s a cost-effective solution, worth the money spent.
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Custom Web App Dev for Technology Startup

    “They’re flexible and immediately change anything we don’t like.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Jan. 2020 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora provides custom web application development efforts for a technology startup. They're handling design and full-stack development for an MVP using React as well as other coding languages and technologies.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Advisor, Technology Startup
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Although the MVP is still in progress, the partner is happy with Magora's good work so far. The Magora team implements a well-structured project management style, utilizing sprints. They're receptive to feedback and helped bring the MVP from ideation to preparation and now execution.

    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 part-time advisor of a technology startup. We have several products, one of which is a data marketplace.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    Magora’s task was to build our MVP. The main challenge was that the idea for the project was just in our heads, and we wanted them to do pretty much everything.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Magora provided design and full-stack web app development services. One of the challenges was connecting different APIs to our marketplace from different data sources. Their team defined the scope and determined which data sources we could start with. They combined all of those in one place and gave us a nice UI.

    We gave them flexibility but defined what coding languages and technologies to use. Some suggestions came from them and some from us, such as using React on the frontend. The first phase of our project was research and development. Now, they're working on the development phase.

    What is the team composition?

    I communicate with one of their salespeople and a project manager. Sometimes, two developers join our conversations.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    I googled some companies and found their landing page. Magora had a promising expertise level, and we were looking for a London-based company. They have development teams in other countries, but their headquarters are in London. We also picked them because of their price.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We've invested around £70,000 (approximately $85,000 USD).

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working with Magora in January 2020, and the work is ongoing. They’re finishing our MVP development, and we’ll decide whether to continue our collaboration after we’ve worked on sales and marketing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We’re still working on customer engagement so I don’t have any metrics so far. Magora’s work looks good overall. We had some issues with design in the beginning, but they sorted those out. A highlight is that they did a good job of understanding the market and gave us a lot of suggestions and options on the data process.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    This is one of their strongest points. They have everything in a well-structured manner. We use Trello to outline the project scope, provide timelines, and track feedback from my side.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    The way they structure sprints within their project management is their most impressive skill. This has given me a good feeling about them.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, I can’t think of anything. I’m pretty happy.

    Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

    I don’t have any specific advice. They’re flexible and immediately change anything we don’t like.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      We negotiated with different companies in the initial stage, and Magora offered the best price.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Mobile App Development for Restaurant Guide App

    "Magora are like partners, or a part of the team, rather than a hired vendor."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Confidential
     
    Feb. 2020 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora built a restaurant app for iOS and Android devices. Supplying full stack development, they added features such as maps and reviews.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Nikolay Solovyev
    Owner, Restaurant App Startup
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The app has yet to launch, and the project has paused due to COVID-19. Magora delivers high-quality work and a clear level of professionalism. Constant communication has made for a smooth workflow.

    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 owner of a restaurant app startup. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    I needed to develop a mobile app.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Magora did full stack development of the mobile app. Built for iOS and Android, the app is for consumers to use to improve their experience, increasing comfort in any bar or restaurant they visit. There are several complex features, including maps and reviews. 

    What is the team composition?

    We worked with Alex (iOS Developer) and a project manager.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    I searched for vendors that spoke Russian, as this is my native language. I’m very comfortable with their team, and we communicated easily with each other.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We began working together in February 2020. We have taken a break due to the pandemic situation, but plan to resume the project once things reopen. 

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    The app hasn’t launched yet. We only worked together a few weeks prior to COVID-19 causing restaurants to close everywhere.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    The project manager is productive and professional. We communicate mostly via phone and email. We spoke often, discussing each point of the project. 

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    The team is professional. They communicate well, understanding our vision for the app. Magora are like partners, or a part of the team, rather than a hired vendor. 

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, but it would always be nice to have it done cheaper.

    5.0
    Overall Score In my opinion, they’re a first-choice company.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They were very punctual and precise.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Mobile App Development for Mental Health Practice

    "Right from the beginning, the verbal agreements were never executed properly."

    Quality: 
    0.5
    Schedule: 
    0.5
    Cost: 
    0.5
    Willing to refer: 
    0.5
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Nov. 2018 - Oct. 2019
    Project summary: 

    Magora was hired to provide app development services to a mental health startup company. They provided freelancers to work on the various components of the project.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Kuwait
    Founder, Ayadi Health
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The project was delivered with non-functioning code and no support provided from Magora when problems were raised. Their team blamed the client for not being able to use the product and denied multiple requests to reorganize the project or provide discounts on the hours they had billed.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    Respondent 1: I’m the founder of Ayadi, a mental health application startup.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    R1: My target audience was people in the Gulf region that have mental health problems. The app was supposed to be a platform that connected clinicians with patients. I wanted to provide a professional service for the region because there’s a lack of therapists there.

    Because reputation is a big thing there, people didn’t really want to go to clinics. I felt like having an app would be a great idea. I’m monetizing the app by taking a percentage from each session cost. I need to do that in order to keep the service going.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    R1: They first gave me a price, then put me in touch with the Managing Director and we had a meeting. I just wanted to close the deal, but he seemed to be going back and forth. As someone who’d never done this before, I didn’t know the process. Of course, I needed an in-depth explanation, and I feel like they just wanted to close the deal, and didn’t really care about what I was trying to do. 

    I wanted to build the app for iOS, Android, and the web. The mobile versions were native.

    What is the team dynamic?

    R1: I worked with a project manager and a business analyst.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    R1: I found them on Clutch, where they had really good reviews. I reviewed three companies in total, and I felt I wanted to go with Magora. At the end of the day, my background is in psychology, and I wouldn’t say I’m amazing on the business side.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    R1: The project started in late-November 2018. They kept telling me that we’re going to launch, and, at the end, I told them we’re not going to do this anymore. I think I reached my limit and moved by October 2019.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Describe the impact this engagement has had on your business.

    R1: They told us that the app was done and we should do UAT testing. During that time, if the core functionalities of the app were not working, then they’d revaluate UAT testing. The two core functionalities of the app were video and tests, and they weren’t working during UAT testing. When we told them this, they said that it was working, and we should try it another way. I remember going crazy at the time, thinking that I was doing it wrong. I just didn’t understand what was going on.

    I’m not a techie; I just have a passion for mental health, psychology, and helping people. I don’t really know these things, and I doubted myself. I told them to just be honest with me and tell me if they’re having issues. I used that approach more than anything, and I think that that’s why they felt it was okay to continue this. They told us that it was because of our devices, and I kind of believed that.

    R2: We got a very bad deal from Magora. Right from the beginning, the verbal agreements were never executed properly. For example, we were never told that it would be a bunch of freelancers working on our projects, and not Magora’s staff. Basically, Magora was doing nothing but subcontracting the whole project to a bunch of freelancers, which wasn’t good for us in any way.

    R1: They were charging us something like $60 or £60 per hour. I remember that the name of one of the freelance developers came up during a conference call. I looked him up, and he was charging $20 per hour. I asked them why they were charging us this much and asked for a discount, given that the quality was so low, but they told us that that was the usual price of development. I told him I looked him up on Upwork and he was $20, and he told me he had nothing to say about that.

    R2: The core problem was that we were promised a lot and nothing was delivered they committed to deliver. I don’t know how, but they have a very good reputation and reviews, and we were carried away by that. It was a very bad experience. An app that should’ve taken around six months to complete took more than a year and still wasn’t completed. We’ve had to rework a lot of functionalities.

    The architecture was a mess because, since it was made by freelancers, they weren’t coordinating between themselves very well. Different pieces of code were written by different people in different ways.

    How was project management handled?

    R1: Sometimes, people who are in higher positions, especially men, tend to pressure you in a way, when you’re younger and you don’t understand. It’s been two years and a half, and I feel I understand the business better, and I’ve learned a lot of things.

    I just felt like they took advantage of the situation. They saw me as someone that’s vulnerable, and they took advantage of that.

    It’s been two years, and I’m still kind of traumatized. I just moved to another application company, and they’re great. Comparing the two of them, I think everyone should have the same kind of experience I’m having with the new application company.

    Is there anything that the vendor did well or that you would consider a strength?

    R1: Valentine (Senior Product Manager) was the only person I really liked, and who I felt was suffering with us and didn’t know what to do.

    In what specific areas can they improve?

    R2: The freelancer structure was the root cause of all our problems. Neither did the quality come out well, nor were our requirements plotted out and executed in a fashion that we wanted. Everything went haywire because they weren’t committed to delivering what was promised. Everything was a mess.

    What advice do you have for clients with similar needs to yours?

    R2: We also took proactive measures in finding solutions, rather than breaking off. What happened was that many of the issues happened toward the end of the project, and the time and cost for fixing them went beyond any acceptable means.

    We were running out of time, and each change request would increase the cost. We were trying our best from our side to proactively help out, but it really didn’t work. The last six months was just trying to work out things, but it never happened.

    0.5
    Overall Score
    • 0.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 0.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 0.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      Things were good for the first month, but it just went downhill after that.
    • 0.5 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I’ll never recommend them to anyone.

    Software & App Dev for Financial Education Company

    "The cleanliness of their code stands out."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    July 2019 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora augments development resources to create modern products for a financial education company. They built software to store products and an application, integrating logic to support suggestion features.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Waterford, Michigan
    Web Developer, Financial Education Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Magora delivers focused and legible code that supports functional products to the satisfaction of internal stakeholders. The team provides tools to maintain accessibility, which results in a streamlined engagement. They produce deliverables promptly, leading to ongoing collaboration.

    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 lead front- and backend developer for a financial education company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We wanted to modernize our software but our older developer didn't produce scalable or up-to-date products. We didn’t have a team to maintain good development practices.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Magora delivered an overarching program to house all of our individual applications. They also built an application for us including the frontend, which has charting capabilities for all of our recommendations for users. The charts display notifications for when users should act. Their team also built features for recommendations to display in a table format. There’s backend logic to determine a good or bad trade based on rural sets.

    What is the team composition?

    We work with a main point of contact who liaises between teams and communicates fluently.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    We searched Upwork for companies and picked between 3–4 to complete a basic project for us, which gave us an idea of their teams’ skill sets. The project was a basic charting application because that was a big feature of the final application. Magora won out of the top three choices.

    How much have you invested with them?

    So far, we’ve spent between $50,000–$100,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

     We started the project in July 2019 and have an ongoing collaboration.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We wanted clean, well-documented code to read easily. I reviewed their code firsthand to make sure that they used the correct development standards. They do a good job of keeping clean, standard code, which makes us happy. We’re happy with the application their team built.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    We use a program called Mattermost. I also talk with the individual developers, a project manager, and the liaison. We communicate with Trello regarding specific questions about the development. Their team’s good with deadlines, completing assignments when needed to be completed. This helps my bosses who want to leverage the products quickly.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    The cleanliness of their code stands out. When we compared the top three candidates for this project, Magora provided the cleanest code. Their team gets back to us quickly, which is important. When their team sets deadlines, they make them. And when they can’t make a deadline, their team explains the reasons for it.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    The only challenge we face is that Magora’s too in demand. We wanted to start the development of another product in February, but their team was too busy to get it started. It’s a good situation for them but their plate was too full to work on our development request.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Be as descriptive as possible for them. Their team asked questions and tried to understand our project well. They do a good job on the communication front, so answer their questions in a timely manner.

    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

    Mobile Application for Media Distributor

    "Magora understands the entrepreneurial vision."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora developed a mobile application to distribute the client's content to consumers. The team consisted of five Magora employees and a designated project manager. 

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Creative Director, Media Distributing Company
     
    Not verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The Magora team is efficient and reliable with deadlines. They understand how to strategize in regard to what will be successful in the market. There were no issues with workflow or communication. 

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    We founded our company in late 2018 with a simple idea: we want to tell people personal, powerful and positive stories that you won't find elsewhere. Since then, we've worked to build a growing team of writers, cameramen, editors, animators and designers.

    How we work is also simple. We find stories through an expanding network of contacts and work to find the best way to tell them, or we make them up if they are fiction! In order to keep telling quality stories and investing in talent we ask members to pay to see them.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Magora?

    Mobile Application

    What were your goals for this project?

    Increase our number of subscriptions and distribute our content to a wider audience.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    Sent via a colleague / friend.

    Describe the project in detail.

    Application to distribute our content.

    What was the team composition?

    Size of team the team was around 5 including a efficient project manager.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Magora understands the entrepreneurial vision. They can strategize about what will be successful in the market, which is invaluable. They are recommended for all types of projects.

    How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

    Amazing - flawless.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    Super efficient and reliable with deadlines.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    A deeper understanding about issues that may arise as the project goes ahead.

    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 & Android App Dev for Research Studio

    “They came through as more of a tech partner rather than just developers for hire.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    July - Dec. 2019
    Project summary: 

    Magora developed an iOS and Android app for a research studio. After mapping out the product and creating a feature list, the team built the app using Flutter.

    The Reviewer
     
    1000-10,000 Employees
     
    Austin, Texas
    Researcher & Designer, AlphaRCA Studio
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Magora executed a clean build, ultimately delivering a bug-free app that runs smoothly. Internal stakeholders were particularly pleased that the team managed expectations and necessitated minimal oversight. They were proactive about providing suggestions when they saw room for improvement.

    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 researcher and designer at AlphaRCA Studio, a research studio in London. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We needed help developing a mobile app MVP. 

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Magora developed our mobile app for iOS and Android using Flutter. First, we went back and forth on a feature list and product mapping to determine our budget and timeline. From there, Magora took all of our designs and more robustly mapped out all of the different user stories and journeys. We created a really detailed list of everything that needed to be built, how long it would take to develop, and things of that nature.

    Once we made some changes to that list and agreed to it, Magora started building. We had an ongoing back-and-forth about potential changes to the product as the developers worked. 

    What is the team composition?

    I regularly interacted with an account manager, a project manager, and a business analyst/developer.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    We found Magora on Upwork. We put out a request, did some due diligence, and talked about the project with a member of their account management team. They gave us some quotes. We ended up going with Magora because they were a larger agency with a lot more resources than just an individual freelancer. After looking at other projects they’d done and people they’d worked with, they seemed much more capable of delivering a quality build than other options on Upwork. 

    How much have you invested with them?

    My company spent about $25,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Our work with Magora began in July 2019, and we completed the work at the beginning of December.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We just launched the app a couple of days ago. Magora produced a really clean build; our QA team found very few bugs in the app, and it runs smoothly.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    They kept delivering quality work, so I could be hands-off and do other things. I didn’t need to oversee them too much or micromanage anything. I was hoping for somebody who could handle development so that I didn’t have to be too involved, and that’s what Magora ended up being. 

    We were in communication daily. We ran into a time zone challenge now and then, but overall, project management was good. Magora’s team was as communicative as we wanted them to be; I requested weekly updates, but they were more than willing to provide daily rundowns. They managed expectations around time, so there was never any over- or under-promising. They always developed things well and hit exactly what they said they would.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    The efficiency and ease of working with them were impressive. The fact that they met our expectations without us having to be too involved was quite helpful. They didn’t just do exactly what we as the client asked for; they also worked to help make things better. They were proactive throughout the development process and used their expertise to offer advice that would help improve things. As a designer, I leveraged some of their technical expertise. They came through as more of a tech partner rather than just developers for hire.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, there’s nothing I can think of.

    Any advice for potential customers?

    They’re an agency, so they’re constantly trying to allocate their people as efficiently as possible. If you have a good idea of what you want, they’ll move on it quickly. However, if you’re still trying to make decisions, the process could be slower, and they might have to reallocate resources. Go to them with a clear idea of what you want, the budget, and timing, and they’ll be really efficient at getting started.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      To my knowledge, they never missed a deadline.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      They provide good value for cost.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They met all of my expectations.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Platform Dev for Rural Development Nonprofit

    “Their ability to take our ideas and concepts and figure out how they could be accomplished stood out.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    4.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Jan. - Dec. 2019
    Project summary: 

    Magora developed and designed a website for a rural development nonprofit. The platform allows individuals and organizations to create and fund development projects globally.

    The Reviewer
     
    2-10 Employees
     
    Ninole, Hawaii
    Development Manager, Rural Development Nonprofit
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The website received positive feedback from the board, providing a solid foundation for the organization. Magora successfully translates concepts into technical solutions, keeping in mind the business model at hand. The team is personable, adaptable, and talented.

    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 development manager at a rural development nonprofit.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We are working on a new platform that creates a more efficient way of doing international development work and needed development help.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Magora developed and designed the website for our new platform. The website allows development professionals to find work or organizations or create projects that can get funded. There are a lot of opportunities for members of the site to communicate and transact with one another so they can create projects. Their team built the site on WordPress. 

    What is the team composition?

    Our main point of contact was our business development manager. There were two main individuals we worked with but they had a larger team of 7–10 including the technical and business sides.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    We found Magora on Upwork. After going through a selection process, we narrowed it down to three top candidates. What set Magora apart was the feedback they had received on Upwork. We felt that they had the technical qualifications but would also be able to help us think through the business model. Magora had a good sense of how to make sure our model worked so we could generate funding going forward.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We have invested about $45,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Our engagement with Magora ran from January–December 2019.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We are currently in the process of building the community of practitioners that will be using the platform. Our global board of directors has said that the website is a great first step for what we want to accomplish. Before we just had a static website so this is a big improvement. The board thought it was the ideal foundation for us to build upon.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    Magora does a very good job of managing projects. We had a very tight timeframe from the beginning and they were able to deliver on that. Their communication was very prompt. After every call, they would send a summary of the feedback and action items. Magora is open to feedback and adapts accordingly.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Their ability to take our ideas and concepts and figure out how they could be accomplished stood out. Magora consistently tried to understand our vision and translate it accordingly. They are able to take conceptual ideas and make them into something that really works. They would even map out specific examples. We were very pleased with the amount of detail they were able to extract from our concepts. 

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    We did have to provide them feedback early on because they use very technical terms that we weren’t as familiar with. We were looking for a simpler breakdown of the budget and let them know. Within a few days, they were able to provide us with that. At first, we wanted more communication between teams but once we let them know, they provided us with more insight into their process. Overall, it was a great experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Spend more time on the front end describing your overall vision for the website during the data collection phase. Don’t rush into the actual development. Magora shines in their ability to help you think strategically about your business model. Take the time to get the most value out of the experience.

    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

    Web Development for Beer Equipment Manufacturer

    "The professionalism that Magora showed from discovery to delivery was unmatched."

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

    Magora developed a website for a beer monitoring equipment company. The team provided the design documentation, back-end API & Database support, and designed the front-end.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Washington, DC
    CTO, Beer Equipment Manufacturer
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The development has been successfully adopted by breweries and provides advertising opportunities for the client. Magora produces high-quality and streamlined products that fit the specific needs of the client.The team is innovative and talented.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your company and your position there.

    BarTrack creates revolutionary draft beer monitoring equipment, as well as providing managers with an inventory management platform that allows them to effortlessly manage their inventory and ensure that their product is being served at the highest quality while also minimizing waste. I am the Chief Technology Officer and am in charge of all software development for the company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    For what projects/services did your company hire Magora?

    We were interested in creating a digital menu that allowed establishments to display what beverages they currently have on-tap, information about those beverages, and the corresponding price. This digital menu is controlled via our inventory management platform and effectively acts as a customer-facing mirror for the establishment to engage customers and decrease the time it takes to order drinks. Magora was in charge of facilitating all of the front-end development of the project.

    What were your goals for this project?

    We gave Magora freedom in choosing what language would be utilized for developing the project - the core importance to us was having a reactive design that updated the data being displayed in real-time. Some constraints of this project were utilizing an Amazon FireTV's built-in Firefox browser as the engine for this service. The overall goal of this project was to allow managers to engage with customers using a modern approach combined with our existing platform.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select this vendor?

    We discovered Magora through UpWork and engaged with them relatively quickly. Our initial contact with them was very professional and they made an effort to be relatable and showed an interest in understanding the problem so that they could develop a solution that exceeded our goals and expectations. Communication and availability were key determinants in selecting Magora for this project. Magora demonstrated clear written and oral communications and swiftly delivered an initial estimate after exploring the project requirements. They asked thought-provoking questions that led to interdisciplinary collaboration, allowing us to ensure that we delivered the highest quality product to the customer.

    Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

    BarTrack provided the design documentation, back-end API & Database support, and the hardware that the solution would be running on. Magora was in charge of handling the front-end portion that would utilize the API to access the database and then render the information on the hardware for the customer to see. We began our discussions with Magora by explaining the problem, then the opportunity, and finally our solution.

    We began by presenting the information in a mixture of written and visual storytelling to convey our vision to which Magora asked questions to further their understanding. Once we settled on who was handling which elements of the project we established a timeline and work began. Throughout the development process, Magora's team engaged with us to clarify things, as well as to provide us with suggestions and feedback. When it came time to deploy the project to Production, Magora was available on-call to help address any issues that could arise.

    What was the team composition?

    The team's composition was lean with 1 sales / project manager and 2 developers

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    The repeated successful execution of this project in multiple big-name establishments has been an incredible advertising tool for BarTrack since we are branded on the digital menu. Customers and other managers are able to see some of the auxiliary services that our platform provides.

    Our customers have also observed a 10-15% increase in sales for beers that are displayed on Digital Menu as customers are more likely to choose those when they go to order another drink. An added bonus is the ability for managers to customize what logo they want to be displayed, incentivizing them to add bright and visually appealing graphic designs to represent each beverage.

    Beverages that have customized graphic designs pop out more than their generic counterparts and further contribute to driving sales for that particular beverage. Not only are establishments making more money, but they are able to have higher customer throughput since the beverage name, producer, type, style, and pricing are all clearly displayed for customers which drastically reduces the number of time customers spend trying to figure out what they want to drink.

    How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

    This project was very effectively managed with strict adherence to a tight deadline. Magora suggested that we utilize dedicated Production & Development GitHub repositories so that we could make iterations without impacting our current customers. We predominately engaged each other through Slack and were able to effectively communicate and address any questions as soon as they came up. We did not encounter any language barriers and despite having a 7-hour timezone difference we were able to maintain effective communications.

    What did you find most impressive about this company?

    The most impressive thing about Magora was their desire to understand both the problem and solution so that they could make an educated decision on the best path forward. We spent a little extra time in the discovery phase, however, I believe that this paid off in the long run because there were no unaddressed questions and expectations were clearly laid out. The professionalism that Magora showed from discovery to delivery was unmatched.

    Are there any areas for improvement?

    One thing that I was a little uncertain about when we first engaged Magora was paying for work upfront. Typically other companies billed us as they accumulated hours or completed milestones - this is not a big deal, it simply differed from past experiences.

    5.0
    Overall Score Magora is a company who specializes in delivering projects in a timely, cost-effective manner, and takes pride in delivering professional quality work
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      Despite having a 7+ hour timezone difference scheduling was never a concern or issue - Magora was always willing to accommodate an amicable time.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      Overall, I feel that we paid a fair price for the work that was delivered - especially considering the short timeline
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      The quality of work delivered by Magora was exceptional - we encountered virtually no issues thanks to the time invested in discovery.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I would / have referred Magora to a friend who was looking for assistance on their project

    Mobile App Dev for Fitness & Lifestyle Platform

    "I think they are a really great team, but we had different ideas about the end product..."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    4.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    May - July 2019
    Project summary: 

    Magora designed and developed an iOS app.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    Jeff Liu
    Co-founder, Humango
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Due to a lack of alignment at the start of the timeline, Magora could not fully realize the stakeholders’ vision. However, the team was flexible within the resource constraints. They were a responsive group, and they addressed bugs proactively.

    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 co-founder of Humango. Our company is focused on creating a lifestyle comparison platform. We are aiming to create a community where people could be inspired by comparing lifestyles with each other. So far, it’s an iOS app. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We don’t have anyone who is technical on our team that could actually write an app. That’s where Magora played an important role. 

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    They designed and developed the app. It has launched, but our internal team is still working on it.

    During the engagement, we talked with Magora every other week. Each first week, we would talk about the project and the plan for the following two weeks. The following meeting, they would deliver a prototype for us to review. That repeated for two months. 

    We sketched wireframes and flows of how we wanted the app to work, and we delivered that to them. But, we weren’t sure how the process would work since this was our first time working with an app company.

    Mainly, they wanted to know what functions we wanted. Then, they would be the ones to design the wireframes. So, they re-did the wireframes and considered the UX. 

    What is the team composition?

    We communicated through the project manager. They have a team of people with everyone required to complete a mobile app (e.g. UI design and front and-backend engineers).

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    We contacted many different teams who work with apps, and we ended up choosing Magora.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We’ve invested $30,000 with the team.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We worked with them from May 2019 to July 2019. 

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    I think they are a really great team, but we had different ideas about the end product from the beginning. That was an obstacle we had to go through together.

    They wanted us to communicate what we wanted so they could design it. But, that’s where the issue arose. Without providing wireframes, it was hard to communicate exactly what we had in mind. It was also hard to understand what they had in mind. 

    We both understood the aim. But, the same function could be presented in very different ways. So, the solution ended up missing things we really wanted. Basically, we had to trade in stuff. 

    We aren’t proud of the app that was collaboratively made with Magora because there are many things that we gave up. Without those features, the app doesn’t represent our original vision. It’s only half-way there.

    We wanted to create a community, but people on the app can’t talk to each other. While users can see each other’s profiles, they can’t interact. That's a big problem for an online community.

    People like our business idea, but our app doesn’t represent that idea. People are saying, “why is it missing that?” and “what do I do now?” So, now, we’re still working on the app.

    Since it’s our first time working with a developer team, partly it was our misunderstanding. But, these are the consequences we have to face. However, they did perform well when technical bugs arose.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    The project manager did well — they are quite a coordinated team. They responded quickly to the questions that we asked. We used Zoom and Google Hangouts to collaborate.

    They had a set timeframe and deliverables, but there was room for negotiation. This was great, but it was also a downside because we ended up having to give up features.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They are quite organized. I was impressed that they were able to identify errors and bugs in the logic before we did. I think they were constantly thinking about it. This showed that they cared about the project.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    It’s understandable that things will change throughout the process. But, the biggest issue was that we didn't begin at the same starting point. 

    I would hope in the future, they will make sure of the nitty-gritty details of what the other team wants. They should make sure they understand the idea and how it should be presented. The problems were our differences at the starting point, not in the middle.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?
     
    Potential customers should present all the project details to Magora and ensure Magora understands. Then, Magora should say “no,” if they think there is another way to do things.

    This conversation has to happen before anything else starts. The future customer should do their homework and know every deliverable before starting the project. A general idea may be implemented in a way that’s different from how the client originally imagined.

    4.0
    Overall Score I think they are great, but what I mentioned during the review brings the rating down a little.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They never missed anything and always delivered what we agreed on and more.
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      For what we agreed on, they delivered it quick. The communication was efficient.
    • 4.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      They are a good company to go to if you’re based in the UK.