We think business, then development

At Magora we design mobile and web B2B and B2C applications and bespoke software. We integrate them into fully-fledged business solutions, establishing a strong online presence for your company and maximizing your ROI.

What we do:

  • Internal Enterprise utilities
  • Consumer-facing services
  • MVPs for startups

We care about your business goals; development is only part of the whole process. Our work includes services to assist you with:

  • Product strategy
  • UX/UI Design
  • Development
  • Implementation
  • New customer acquisition

We pay special attention to work with particular industry verticals. Magora team can present you sizable portfolios for our priority directions such as Transport & Logistics, Medicine, Real Estate & Property Management and others.

We have forged our vision and gained our experience on a long path: magora-systems.com/about/

If you're based in Russian Federation, please, visit our Russian website: magora-systems.ru/

Among our clients: Unilever, Danone, Cisco, Mandara, Toyota, Yandex, Sberbank ...

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2010
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Magora
    The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St.
    London, LND E1 6JJ
    United Kingdom
    +44 20 7183 5820
other locations
  • Magora
    3 AMP Tower, 50 Bridge Str.
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Australia
    +61 285 203009
  • Magora
    47-49 700 Marata Str.
    St. Petersburg, LEN 191002
    Russia
    +7 812 243 1172

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Industry Leaders: InnovoCare, BrandSkout, Danone, London VIP Group, VPS, Blue Cielo; Startups: ShowApp, Jurni, Organic Response  

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Full Case Study

Russian Version.

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.

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 Core Power Golf.  

Russian Version.

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.

Russian Version - PlanDo.

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.

Parking Guide

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

Full Case Study

 

Bang Track

A mobile recording studio. 

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

Reviews

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Mobile App Dev for Voice Services Company

“We’ve had very good customer feedback for the platform, which is the best compliment we can get.”

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

Magora developed a mobile app for iOS and Android to accompany the client’s web platform dealing with VoIP connections. Client’s emphasis was on high-quality sound, ease of use and reliability.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Switzerland
CTO, Voice Services Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Client needed clean code with no bugs, and Magora did a good job of providing QA. Magora is good at assessing user needs and offers better and simpler solutions and ideas based on requests. Magora provided a more reliable solution than most alternatives in the VoIP space.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We have developed a web-conferencing platform which allows remote communication of different users. I am the CTO of the company. I am in charge of sourcing the people who can develop different pieces of the platform, and fitting everything together.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

We needed to develop the mobile app which accompanied the web part we built in-house.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Magora developed our app for iOS and Android. Our platform deals with VoIP connections. A high-quality sound from one app to another and to the web interface is important. Ease of use and reliability were extremely important. We needed clean code with no bugs, and Magora did a good job of providing QA.

We’ve developed different audiences for audiences and speakers and also have a database for collecting user stats in terms of usage and overall quality which we access through a web interface.

Magora has the ability to offer better and simpler solutions and ideas based on our requests. We have worked with developers who tended to overcomplicate things, but Magora is good at assessing user needs and they ask a lot of questions. They haven’t blown up the project cost.

How did you come to work with Magora?

We looked at different developers on Elance and found good references for Magora. I contacted the company and they came across as professional. Their costs were acceptable, so we gave them a chance. After the first project was completed to our satisfaction, we gave them a bigger project.

How much have you invested with Magora?

The total cost has been around $100,000 to $150,000 until now. The spending has varied depending on the issues we encounter on the mobile apps. We don’t use Magora on a full-time basis.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project is ongoing. We’re continuing to work on the apps’ maintenance and updates, depending on the newer iOS and Android operating systems coming out. It’s a part of the process.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve had very good customer feedback for the platform, which is the best compliment we can get. I find that we provide a more reliable solution than most alternatives in the VoIP space, so I’m happy with Magora’s work.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate on a daily basis and use Trello for project management, which is a tool with several cards, each one corresponding to one task. We exchange several emails daily and also comment on the Trello cards. They’ve kept schedules quite well, and I’m overall satisfied.

I’m quite used to managing remote teams, and it’s surprising how well this can work. I don’t even meet the in-house developers every week. Compared to the cost of a team in Switzerland, for example, it makes sense to use offshore developers.

There has been interaction between Magora’s team and our own developers, but I’ve acted as a link for the most part. We also try to keep our platforms separate and have them communicate through APIs. There is not a lot of need for interaction between teams.

What did you find most impressive about Magora?

It’s quite easy to communicate with the developers. With larger teams, there is usually a project manager who will handle everything, but I’ve talked to the developers personally as well. Most of them speak English well, so the communication has been easy for everyone on our side. We haven’t had the need to rely on a single person from Magora.

Are there any areas Magora could improve?

The cost is always something we want to reduce. Magora isn’t a cheap company relative to Eastern European developers, but there’s always a compromise between price and quality. We are happy with them, so we’ll continue to use Magora.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Magora?

On the client side, there is a need to keep some control over what is being done and to set priorities. There’s a lot of work to be done in terms of updates and bug fixes, so it becomes easy to get lost. We use Trello specifically because we need to set priorities. This is true for any external developer, especially for bigger projects.

5.0
Overall Score As the project progressed, Magora has learned more about what we wanted, and we learned how to work with them. If there were any issues in the beginning, they polished them out.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Their delivery times were solid, and, in cases where more work was required, we were notified in advance.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I wish they were less expensive. We have spent more than we wanted, but I don’t question the value we received.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality is good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They would be my first choice for a recommendation.

Android Development for Dairy Product Corporation

"Their employees are very professional, and we had no issues."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Mar. 2017
Project summary: 

Magora designed and developed an iOS and Android app for product quality reporting for grocery stores and merchandisers, used by employees and managers to communicate with quality departments.

The Reviewer
 
10,001 + Employees
 
Russia
Information Systems Manager
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora is highly responsive and professional; they know the importance of timeliness. Their app has gathered many reports, speeding up and easing the quality reporting process, and improving product quality overall. There were no major issues or delays.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am an information-systems team leader for a large Russian dairy corporation with an international presence. I am responsible for the mobile applications for our sales team, among other systems.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

Our company is responsible for any damaged products on store shelves and the overall presentation of the packaging. The packages, represented on the store shelf, should be without any damage; the product should be fresh. Product placement should be done according to the corporate standards.

We decided to organize the app to meet product freshness goals. The app would work as a hotline for all the merchandisers, sales representatives and managers to let them report any disorder quickly and easily. So, this application was done as a solution for all our needs. It was utilized for employee-feedback collection around issues with our products and store supplies. This information would be collected from personal devices and sent to the quality department, with the aim of creating action plans for fixing defects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Magora handled the design and development of our Android and iOS app. We discussed some best practices on the mobile app area, based on which Magora created several design options. We chose one which fit our brand based on an internal business discussion. The app itself is basic, with no QR codes or other scanners. It allows users to take photos, write descriptions of the issue, and send them online. I acted as the manager of this project.

How did you come to work with Magora?

We created a tender for the selection of a supplier. Magora was chosen because of their speed, professionalism, work quality and ability to answer questions in a timely manner.

How much have you invested with Magora?

Our project was one of the first in its category. It wasn’t expensive, but the cost could have been reduced if we had expertise on our side. All the work was done by Magora, and we had no options for cost-reduction.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Magora in October 2016. We finished in February 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are satisfied, and have continued the work with Magora for a second part of the project. The app has collected many reports with photos and descriptions. This information has helped us improve product quality.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

I worked with a project manager from Magora’s side, and also had discussions with the development team. Their employees are very professional, and we had no issues.

What did you find most impressive about Magora?

I found Magora to be a professional team with a reasonable cost. I hope to work with them on other projects in the future.

Are there any areas Magora could improve?

I only worked with a small sample of Magora’s development team, so I can’t say if there is something for them to improve overall.

5.0
Overall Score We were successful.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were delays on both sides.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I will recommend this company to colleagues.

Complementary Development for Tech Product Startup

"They are a serious and dedicated development team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Magora joined a development team to finish and implement a location-based ad channel. They use JavaScript and Node.JS for mobile and Objective-C and Java for web. They also provide some strategic guidance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Belgium
Co-founder, Technical Product Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora delivers on time and on budget, and they are strong communicators. Transparency and structure are core values. Their technical expertise shines, particularly in their development resources, and preliminary quality tests have good results.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a technology startup and we have developed a product which makes it possible to utilize a unique array of location-based advertising channels. I am the managing director and one of the founders of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

We originally developed the core of our system but needed assistance with further development and implementations.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

My team has been in charge of concept development for the platform’s features. We are using Magora for the actual development on a continuous basis. For mobile development, we are using Objective-C and Java. The web portion uses JavaScript and Node.JS. Our platform has some geolocation-based tools integrated.

They have offered to take on the design work, but we are using our own designers for now. Magora is performing business analysis, in order to ensure that we are taking the best approach to development.

How did you come to work with Magora?

We have a lot of experience working with freelancers. For the past five years, we have been using platforms like Elance, which later became Upwork. That is also how we found Magora, after making a job posting. A number of companies applied, and we looked at Magora’s track record. We had a Skype meeting, and it soon became clear that they were a good fit for our job.

How much have you invested with Magora?

The cost of working with Magora will most likely be between $50,000 and $100,000 overall.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Magora in February 2017. We are working intensively with a dedicated team of four to six people, depending on the workload. We plan to have a long-term collaboration with Magora.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Magora is using Bitbucket to upload our code base. We have insight into it and perform quality checks. We plan to start regression testing shortly and will launch the app to 300,000 users. The real tests will happen in a matter of weeks.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

It’s nice to work with Magora. They have great communication skills, getting in touch with us three times per week. The quality of work is good, and they deliver on time, which is an exception among the freelancers we’ve been using. It’s pleasant to work with a team like Magora’s.

What did you find most impressive about Magora?

So far, we’ve been very satisfied, especially since we had been working with Indian freelancers and companies in the past, for the most part. Our experience with those was that they always failed to deliver on time, and had bad organizational structures. Besides technical qualities, Magora has a very structured approach.

Are there any areas Magora could improve?

As of now, I don’t think so. We need to take the platform live in order to really see if all the technology is working perfectly, but the process of working with Magora has been very nice.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Magora?

They are a serious and dedicated development team, so I would recommend Magora to companies with a bigger budget, and which also require more quality and follow-ups. Someone with a small budget should probably go with smaller, more independent freelancers.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Magora is exceptionally good at communication and planning sprints.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We have a burn rate of around $10,000 per week, which is quite high for a startup. Magora is a more expensive company, but the quality is pretty good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    All the work has been done exactly as requested and within a timely manner, so far. We haven’t experienced bugs or other issues.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Development for Food Delivery Concept

"What we have found most impressive about Magora is that they can handle dense work and have an account manager available 24/7."

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

Magora Systems delivered mobile apps for iOS and Android to help a food delivery concept gain traction in the Moscow lunch market. Magora was also responsible for creating a database backend and Android courier app.

The Reviewer
 
1–10 Employees
 
Moscow, Russia
CEO, Food Delivery Concept
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora Systems built multiple highly functional mobile apps that have been received positively by users. There were some project delays and cost overruns, but it ultimately led to a successful end product.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Golod is one of the most ambitious projects in Moscow. The mobile app allows the fastest food delivery in the world. We successfully tested the business model, delivered 10,000 lunches, and are growing quickly!

I the CEO of Golod.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora Systems?

We approached Magora Systems to create mobile apps for iOS and Android. In Moscow, as well as many large cities, food delivery has a one to two-hour wait. We offered a concept to save waiting time: lunch delivery "up to the sidewalk" with a choice of two dishes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Magora Systems was in charge of finalizing the terms of reference, designing a mobile application structure, designing the architecture of the whole system, creating the code, and handling testing.

How did you come to work with Magora Systems?

In order to select Magora Systems, we first compared prices for the services we would receive, their experience in mobile apps engineering, and experience with mapping services.

How much have you invested with Magora Systems?

We have invested between $50,000 and $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work began September 1st, 2015 and ended June 1st, 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They created three ready-to-use apps, including iOS and Android-based clients’ applications and one separate Android app for the couriers. Additionally, they’ve provided a detailed server solution and admin panel with a web interface. We successfully tested the business model and delivered more than 10,000 lunches.

What did you find most impressive about Magora Systems?

What we have found most impressive about Magora is that they can handle dense work and have an account manager available 24/7. Also, their ability to perform the full range of tasks within a company is great.

Are there any areas Magora Systems could improve?

Two project managers were replaced during the project implementation.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We observed the stable and predictable excess of deadlines at each stage of work by 20%.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We exceeded the investment by 30% compared to the original estimates, but with the introduction of additional functionality to the initial project.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would most likely recommend them to a colleague.

Portal Development for Kitchen Faucet Manufacturer

"The platform is functional, fluid, and user-friendly. It was also delivered in a timely manner."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2016 - Apr. 2017
Project summary: 

Magora designed and developed a complex database to log claims and process sales information. Key features included a secure login portal and a user-friendly interface.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Creative Director, Kitchen Faucet Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora was efficient and dependable, making helpful suggestions and executing to specifications. After some initial negotiation around payments, the collaboration went smoothly and the results were positive.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a kitchen faucet manufacturer based in California. The company has been in business since 1999. "Made in America" is kind of our big thing.

What is your position?

I am the creative director of the company. I'm responsible for all our marketing material, the websites, the packaging, store displays, and so on.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

We needed a backend login for our rewards program. All our dealers in the US have sales people working the floors, selling our faucets. As an incentive, we give them commissions; in order to register those commissions, they need to login to our website and enter a claim.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Magora has developed a backend web portal with secure logins and a database for recording claims. We use that information for cutting checks to all the sales people when the program is over.

I gave Magora a rough outline of what I wanted, and they came back with a very detailed business proposal, including suggestions of what would work better. They handled all the coding and also designed the interface.

The second phase hasn't gone live yet, so Magora is also helping me upload the platform to the servers, making sure everything is running right. This was above my initial request.

How did you come to work with Magora?

I had worked with American developers on two occasions in the past, and I'd spent thousands of dollars only to be burned. Someone told me about a website called Upwork, describing it as being almost like a dating website where I could pick out companies. I looked at 10 candidates and found Magora to be the best fit. I gave them a very small trial project, and it went great. We went from there.

I was a little reluctant to go overseas, but I hadn't had much luck with the Americans. From my experience at least, American companies were expensive and unreliable.

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

The cost of Magora's work will be between $13,000 and $15,000 overall. They were dead-on in terms of estimates.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Magora in mid-December 2016. Our deadline was the middle of February or end of March, which Magora hit with no problems. I gave them an additional project for making modifications to the original platform, which is what they're working on now. We plan to finish this third phase by next week.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The platform has around 1,200 users across the US and Canada, and it works exclusively as an internal system. We don't have any relevant metrics yet, but I'm sure that it will work better than it did in 2016. An issue we've had with the initial version was that sales people weren't able to log their claims, so they gave up on the process. The new version will be much smoother, everyone will be happy, and we will hopefully boost sales.

These types of projects can look great on paper, but Magora's work was actually good as well. Everything worked and it was what I was looking for, or even better. The platform is functional, fluid, and user-friendly. It was also delivered in a timely manner. I will definitely use Magora again.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

I appreciated Magora's dependability. We had weekly Skype calls, I was kept up-to-date about our status, and they met deadlines.

What distinguishes Magora from other providers?

Magora is a friendly team, and they all speak English well. They're very professional, too. The reliability was the most important thing for me.

Is there anything Magora could have improved or done differently?

This was a very complicated database, so I should have paid more attention to it in the beginning. There were a couple of things which were misunderstood, which I didn't relay very well. Magora did their best with what I offered, but I made some assumptions about what would be self-explanatory. Magora's team didn't want to deviate too much, though. They made some suggestions, but they didn't go out on their own. In the future, I plan to be more specific up front and make sure that the communication is dead-on from the start.

Do you have any recommendations for others considering working with Magora?

One issue I've had with Magora was financing. Upwork is great because it works almost like a version of PayPal, so I was comfortable in knowing that I wouldn't be giving Magora some money only to have them disappear. However, they did want a big sum up front, 80% of the total over two months. I was a little uncomfortable with that, so I talked them into doing it in thirds as we reached milestones. I was happy with our first delivery halfway through, so I released a new payment, and I've sent Magora the money for our last phase only yesterday. It was a big trust issue for someone I'd never worked with before, so I would suggest working out milestone payments with providers.

5.0
Overall Score I'm definitely going to use Magora again for my main website.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Magora hit every single deadline promised, sometimes a day early. They never made excuses, even over holidays and vacations.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The upfront money, in the context of having never worked with Magora before and having been burned twice before, made me very reluctant. Magora should break up the payments into milestones.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    On a couple of instances, there was a case of Russian versus American approaches, stemming from how we read things and build user interfaces. We've made a couple of tweaks, and I'm probably nit-picky, but this is the reason for the rating.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Portal Development for Automotive Company

"They’ve performed so well thus far."

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

Magora generated a live chat software with cloud-scalable features. In the current development stage, the team adds and updates components to ensure functionality and will transition to maintenance tasks. 

The Reviewer
 
11–50 Employees
 
United Kingdom
CTO, Automotive Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s 3–4 developers are successfully translating a large-scale concept into a practical tech solution for the auto industry. Magora’s proficiency, business savvy, and eagerness to deliver continue to support a strong collaboration. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a director of a live chat provider for the automotive industry. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

I wanted to produce a live chat solution which is on par with the best of the market. It’s a portal solution, so it's inherently complex in every way.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I basically just had an idea when we started the project. They took it from an idea and turned it into a physical, working solution. The technology is cloud scalable, yet it’s on seven servers, so it’s quite a large project for a live chat system. The project involved an understanding of MongoDB, JavaScript, PHP, and various other programming skill sets. It took around nine months to get to this stage. It’s come together quite nicely and is working as expected.

How did you come to work with Magora?

We used an online marketplace to look through different companies. We looked at their feedback and made sure they had done good work in that marketplace. We also spoke to a sales rep to gauge their level of comfort with this kind of solution. We basically vetted them and identified that Magora was compatible with the project.

How much have you invested with Magora?

I imagine it will end up costing around $200,000 with an ongoing cost for features and support.

What is the status of this engagement?

It’s been around nine months, but the work will be ongoing in some shape or form. We’re still in development and the solution is functioning well, but there are still features that need to be added, tweaked, and changed. It’s going to be an ongoing project for the next 6–12 months, and then it will eventually turn more towards maintenance.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I thought that taking it from a concept would be a tricky thing to do because I personally know an awful lot about live chat systems, where the developer may have a broad knowledge of the technologies but not necessarily about what’s really needed from the live chat solution. However, Magora has been very good through the entire process and has understood the end user needs.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

Progress has been quite quick, especially with only three or four developers working. You can see what’s being done, and you feel like they’re working as fast as they can while still getting the job done properly. We use Redmine to track what’s going on behind the scenes and to help me make sense of who is working on what. Everything they’re doing is in line with the wireframe and the documentation I’ve created. Everything is tracked well through Redmine, even their hours and expected completion dates.

What did you find most impressive about Magora?

What I most like about Magora is their ability to take a concept, identify the technologies needed, and produce a working system to the exact specification.

Are there any areas Magora could improve?

At this point, because we’re halfway through, I can’t think of anything that they could really improve on because they’re tracking so well. They’ve performed very well thus far.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Magora?

As always, with any type of development, you need to give the developers as much information about the build before going into it, including wireframes, documentation, or anything that can help the team produce without having to ask too many questions to understand the scope of the project. Our build started early and without much of the necessary information, but Magora made it work. Obviously, the more you support them, the quicker the project will be completed and the solution will be more accurate.

5.0
Overall Score We’re lucky we stumbled across these guys. They really know what they’re doing.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The developers were always there. They’ll sometimes say it will take four hours but it takes them six. However, you can expect it to be done in a certain amount of days. I can’t really fault them on that, though, because you always know what to expect.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve very cost effective. It’s around half of what you’d expect to pay here in the UK.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    What they’ve done works really well. It’s pretty much up there with any existing system, if not slightly better.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Consulting Project for Shared Economy Startup

"Magora has a large team and the flexibility of the core management team was excellent."

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

Magora Systems delivered a requirements analysis consulting project for a startup client that needed strategic development advice to improve the core web application.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
Washington DC Metro Area
Founder, Shared Economy Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora stands out for delivering sound strategic advice with excellent English and communication skills. Furthermore, they maintained daily communication with effective project management.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a startup company working on a gig economy web application. I am one of the owners of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

We needed to perform a requirements analysis for our web application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have worked with Magora on a flat-rate project. The project consisted almost entirely of consultation. Magora was responsible for creating a technical document and scope-of-work for our platform. They handled the technical writing for the document, but there was no actual development done. I've been in touch with 4 to 5 people through the process and have one main contact.

How did you come to work with Magora?

I found Magora on Upwork. I went through a due-diligence process on Google in order to find out if they were a legitimate company.

How much have you invested with Magora?

The cost of Magora's services has been around $11,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Magora in July 2016 and the project was finished by mid-September. The project lasted for 3 to 4 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project was successful. The final documents received from Magora contained fine details about developing the web application and was completed just as agreed. Because it wasn't technically a development project, it may be hard to quantify deliverables.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

Magora has maintained constant, great communication. Their team is not US-based, but English was not a problem at all.

What did you find most impressive about Magora?

Magora has a large team and the flexibility of the core management team was excellent. Each person had a different skillset, which was very useful. If someone lacked certain knowledge, I'd have a meeting with someone else the next day.

Are there any areas Magora could improve?

The constant back and forth was perfect and I've had no problems with our workflow.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Magora?

I maintained daily communication with Magora. I would advise clients to be prepared for the same approach and make the most of the experience. If I hadn't done this, the project would have drawn out. Magora had constant questions for me on a daily basis. If I didn't get back to them quickly, I'd end up stalling the project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I was the reason for some of the hang-ups.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I added things to the scope, which led to a 5-10% increase in costs.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    My expectations were 100% met by the final deliverable.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Various App Development Projects for Lighting Company

"We have been very satisfied with the work that has been completed by Magora."

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

Magora Systems is engaged to create various mobile applications on iOS and Android, and update apps done by a previous developer.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 employees
 
Melbourne, Australia
Software Director, Organic Response (Lighting Company)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora Sytems is complimented for providing better quality and pricing than Australian developers. Magora Systems is recommended for mobile projects.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We make fully autonomous lighting control, which uses distributed intelligence to allow a Sensor Node in each light fitting to make lighting decisions. Our Sensor Nodes collect rich data from a variety of environmental sensors, which may be sent to the cloud for analytics purposes. I am the Software Director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora Systems?

We engaged Magora Systems on a few different projects, with the initial one being the continuation of the development of our iOS and Android apps. Whilst we had existing apps, there were a number of requests for new features and we weren't happy continuing to work with our existing local developers, mostly because the quality of work did not justify the cost. Hiring app developers was prohibitive due to time constraints and the concern that we may not have enough work to justify a full-time position.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It's an ongoing project for which they provided design and programming on iOS and Android. In other projects, they have also provided web development (HTML, JS, Angular) and illustration.

How did you come to work with Magora Systems?

We put out a Job ad on Elance (now Upwork) and reviewed each of the 100+ applications that we received. Out of those, we shortlisted 6 for a call, from which we then selected two that we both gave an identical task to. Magora Systems came back with higher quality work at a much lower price (due to the developer working extremely fast).

How much have you invested with Magora Systems?

Across all projects, we would have spent around $100,000 with Magora Sytems.

What is the status of this engagement?

We first engaged Magora Systems in April 2015 and have worked with them on usually at least two projects at a time since. The app development is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have been very satisfied with the work that has been completed by Magora. Since working with them, we have released 10 updates to our iOS app and a roughly similar amount for our Android app. These include complex features that require an understanding of deep technical details of our lighting control.

The results on other projects were also excellent.

What did you find most impressive about Magora Systems?

An aspect of Magora Systems that stands out, in particular, compared to other off-shore options that we have talked to, is that everyone from the account managers to the developers is very personable, which makes them a pleasure to work with. At every point, we feel that we are dealing with someone who takes pride in their work and is focused on delivering the best quality outcome.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, they tend to work very fast, probably because they hired good developers. This translates into cost savings and faster time to market.

Are there any areas Magora Systems could improve?

The only piece of feedback that I have raised with them is that we have had a couple of changes in project managers, and to a lesser extent developers, which meant that I had to manage more closely than I would have liked. That said, since the nature of the app development was sporadic, I fully understand that they cannot dedicate someone to it full time.

We have not worked with any other contractors that did better than Magora Systems in this respect and I am confident that if we engaged them for a longer continuous time, things would have been different.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Absolutely, and I believe there are two or three projects ongoing with them due to my recommendation.

iPad App for Eyeware Industry Contractor

"What I saw from Magora was more impressive than what we would have been able to produce in-house, within our timeframe."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2016 - Jul. 2016
Project summary: 

Magora Systems developed an iPad application for the visionware industry consulting clients to pursue a profitable business idea that needed a technical solution.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
Greater New York City Area
Software Developer, Eyeware Industry Consultants
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Magora Systems is complimented for providing high-quality resources but was late with project delivery because of planning difficulties and the client feels the cost wasn't fair. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We work as a contractor in the eyewear industry, creating applications for various companies. Our biggest product is a Salesforce automation tool, and we also provide web applications tailored to the needs of our customers. I am a software developer for the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Magora Systems?

We needed to create an app quickly for a new business opportunity, and not enough people in our company had extensive knowledge in that particular area. Because we're a small company, we don't have enough staff to handle big rushes. We have used Upwork for finding additional resources.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Magora developed an iPad app for our company, based on an existing software for a different platform. We provided feed-back along the way for its functionalities. We received daily progress reports and replied to Magora with indications about how they should proceed.

We have used up to 3 developers from Magora's team at one point. In total, there were 5 to 6 people who worked with us over time, including a project manager, and one other person tasked with writing documentation for our app's functionalities.

How did you come to work with Magora?

We posted a job on Upwork, and Magora was one of the companies that contacted us. We looked over their experience in terms of feed-back, ratings, and proposals, and Magora seemed to be the best option.

How much have you invested with Magora Systems?

We contract Magora on an hourly basis, and their software developers are priced at $40 per hour. The total project took 3 months to complete.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Magora in April 2016. Our project has been concluded. If there is a business need to continue the project, we may contact Magora again, also depending on whether or not we'll try to handle the development in-house.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I was impressed with the quality of the code produced by Magora. We've done some iOS work in the past, but no one in our group considers themselves an expert on the platform. What I saw from Magora was more impressive than what we would have been able to produce in-house, within our timeframe.

We don't plan on releasing our app on the app store; it's meant to be used internally by a potential client who wanted to use our programs through an iPad.

How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

We didn't have a hard number in terms of budget estimates, but, based on the number of hours put in by Magora's team; I'm satisfied with the amount of work done. Our project managers were very responsive to my needs, and always asked what they could be doing better. At one point, I mentioned a new tool which we wanted to use, and Magora introduced it into the process. Towards the end of the project, we started using Trello as a task management tool, allowing us to move items around and prioritize them.

What did you find most impressive about Magora Systems?

There isn't anything in particular that stands out. I was overall satisfied with Magora's work. They delivered exactly what we wanted.

Are there any areas Magora Systems could improve?

One of our contracts with Magora was for a QA [quality assurance] engineer. As far as I can tell, Magora performed QA through the developers themselves and handed it to me for approval. I ended up doing the QA as well. We weren't delivering the app to a client, so I didn't mind that very much, but it would have been nice if I hadn't had to do it myself.

We initially had a deadline of July 1st and allowed Magora to add additional developers if they needed to speed the work along. By mid-June, I started to feel that we did need additional developers to hit the deadline, but Magora only added more resources by late-June. I did feel that we had an aggressive schedule, but it would have been possible to hit with multiple people working on it. Unfortunately, it didn't happen, and the project was completed at the beginning of August.

When we started our project, Magora proposed writing a document which would work as a functional spec for how the application was supposed to work and be used as a reference going forward, whenever new contractors would be introduced to the project. Magora started working on it early in the project, and abandoned it after a few weeks. I didn't care too much about it, and it didn't seem completely necessary, but I still hoped that it would be finished.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Magora Systems?

I feel that we would have gotten more work done if I'd told Magora earlier to assign more resources to the project. I advise any clients not to be afraid of asking for more out of the developer.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I was a bit apprehensive of defining a strict schedule for Magora, even though they weren't against the idea. I'm sad that we didn't meet our initial deadline, but there were no particular deliverables set along the way.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    This isn't my department, so I can't provide an accurate estimate.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I can't complain about the work delivered by Magora.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    As long as the client knows what they want, and they are specific about it, Magora will deliver.

MVP Development for Social Network

"Magora Systems picked up my idea straight away. A well-coordinated team of ten people worked hard and efficiently, dedicating themselves to my project fully and completely."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2015-Jun. 2016
Project summary: 

Magora Systems was engaged by a Russian entrepreneur to build a social platform with chat and other functions with key strategy work involved.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
Russia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

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

BACKGROUND

My company is a startup. I am an owner and responsible for creating new ideas and strategic decision making, as well as for the communication with investors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

My project was based on the idea to create a social network for proactive people. I wanted to make it easy for me and my friends to find events of interest according to geolocation. I also wanted the network to be useful to the sponsors of the events. That is why I decided to build a platform that would incorporate all these features.

SOLUTION

The app was finally created as a social network for sharing content and collaboration with followers. It includes the following features:

  • Announcing and advertising events (like a digital billboard).
  • Searching for nearby users with geolocation.
  • Communicating with other users through a built-in messenger.

Instead of simply implementing the ideas I approached them with, the guys developed them into a full-fledged functional product. I was keeping track of the workflow with great interest. They operated with constant self-awareness, good task control, excellent management, and a high level of professionalism. I think that they are a perfect example of an awesome team to work with startups. They develop the project while I think of how to make money out of it. That is exactly the kind of team Magora is.

The app is already on the Appstore and Google Play, we are currently marketing the platform.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Magora Systems picked up my idea straight away. A well-coordinated team of ten people worked hard and efficiently, dedicating themselves to my project fully and completely. Over the course of eight months, not only did they build the app, but they also shared with me their knowledge and experience in IT development.

We have 10,000 users already combined on both platforms in 2.5 months. I am very satisfied because of the business results. They were willing to partner with me to save me money.

They grasped and understood my idea better than any other agency. They are very open and realistic about expectations. I trust Magora because they are reliable, responsive, and honest. On the other hand, I would like to mention that if it is your first time in the IT industry, you’d better start with simple plans and mockups.

5.0
Overall Score I fully trust them and we communicate perfectly well. The result is over my expectation. I am now in a new project with Magora.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The schedule went according to the deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Perfect.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I will definitely recommend working with the company to all of my friends because it gave my project a successful and confident start.