WE THINK BUSINESS, THEN DEVELOPMENT.

Magora is an IT consultant that offers digital transformation services to start-ups and enterprises. We are driven by the desire to create amazing web and mobile applications and it remains our passion since 2010. Magora offers a combination of technology and business expertise to deliver products that achieve their goals. The team at Magora consists of 120 talented people and is distributed across our UK and Eastern European offices.

Our skillset is diverse, but we truly excel in the following:

  • Bespoke software development
  • User experience and user interface design
  • Internet of Things
  • Native and cross-platform app development
  • Team augmentation

Magora's approach is based on the principles of process transparency, radical candour and co-pilot attitude. If we feel that something can be done better, we communicate this in a direct way. This is what our customers like about us, which is proven by our Clutch reviews.

If Magora's expertise and approach is something you are looking for, let’s talk. Contact us at www.magora-systems.com.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2010
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St.
    London, LND E1 6JJ
    United Kingdom
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Danone, Unilever, Toyota, Royal College of Art, Experian, Grant Thornton, EasyGroup, EGIS, Astrazeneca, Vileda, SweetDreamers, Accruent. Startups: SwipedOn, Expensify, Anova, Organic Response, Rotimatic, Carhood, Eurekly, KMA 9x9.
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KMA 9x9

KMA Tech is a technology company that brings game-changing ideas to market. For their latest projects, they selected Magora as their main development partner. KMA 9x9 Grid is an ambitious project that divides the world onto squares of 9 meter over 9 meter and applies mapping intelligence to associate squares with every piece of data coming from any source. Magora has developed the entire solution using React.js and integrated
several sources of data. The first version of the product is already launched and the development team proceeds with adding new features.
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Edit App

AlphaRCA, a research partnership by Royal College of Art and Telefonica, approached Magora to develop an MVP app that offers a new take on battling the smoking habit.

Edit is an app that helps you fill your daily routine with more positive actions than smoking. It's not about quitting cold turkey or feeling like a patient. It's just about trying new things and seeing if they work for you and your

lifestyle.

 

This cooperation has resulted in a cross-platform solution available for iOS and Android that currently undergoes user testing. The data gathered after the initial launch will be used for further development and research.

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Anova

Anova is a technology company that brings participants in the clinical research process together to speed product development, reduce cost and increase clinical trial participation. After a thorough vetting process, they selected Magora as their main development vendor. Our partnership has already resulted in the first version of Anova Onesource platform that helps to match medical research organizations with sponsors. The

development process is ongoing, as we implement additional functionality for biopharmaceutical companies, research physicians, and patients.
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GoFjords

GoFjords is a travel company that offers bus and boat tours across Norwegian fjords. In pursuit to deliver a great experience to travelers, GoFjords approached Magora to create a companion app for their clients. In close collaboration with the client, we have designed and developed a mobile app that enables users to view their itinerary, listen to their travel guide, track points of interest on a map, purchase additional

activities and provide feedback during their tour. Measurable impact of the resulting solution includes increase in repeat clients, client engagement and positive reviews.
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AccessFacility

AccessFacility is a project management platform for initiatives that aim for positive social and economic impact. Magora has been approached by a rural development nonprofit to create this platform from scratch. AccessFacility automates the whole process of developing global projects: grants, funding, volunteers, communication and execution. The website is already serving as a platform for the worldwide growth of the

organisation.
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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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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

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

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

More about the project in the Case Study.

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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

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.  

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PlanDo

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.

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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.

     

    Reviews

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    Backend Development for Car Leasing Platform

    "Broader than just the code itself, the team strived to understand the entire project."

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

    Magora assisted a car leasing solutions company with backend development for their software. They focused on engineering a CMS and CRM tool within the backend of a web platform.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    United Kingdom
    Robert Abrahams
    CEO & Founder, LEASA
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    While still working through the development work, the team has successfully delivered code an implemented solutions according to milestones set at the beginning of the partnership. Their project management skills allowed them to adapt to changes and scope creep during the effort.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the founder of a company that supplies software to car leasing brokers.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    My team is composed of product managers and designers, without any development skills in-house. They helped us on the development front.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    They handled all of the backend and frontend development for the project. We were looking to build a web platform along with a backend CMS and CRM tool. 

    What is the team composition?

    I work directly with a project manager.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    One of my co-workers had worked with them before in a successful partnership, so they were one of three companies that we asked for proposals from. Their proposal was by far the best in terms of what we were aiming to achieve and showed strong attention to detail.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We spent about $40,000 so far.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in September 2019, and our teams are still collaborating. The project will likely be complete by July 2020.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We’re still mid-way through the project, so I can’t comment much on the quality of the code. However, they show attention to detail in their work and have been hitting milestones at the general pace we’re looking for.  

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    We set very detailed requirements from the beginning and documented milestones. In the end, we’re doing more than initially expected, so sometimes there was a bit of scope creep. We communicate via Slack and have a very skilled project manager. 

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Broader than just the code itself, the team strived to understand the entire project. Their attention to detail impressed us. They’ve proven to be understanding of some pretty complex code requirements and data sets. The breadth of their skills and processes is very impressive. 

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    We’ve addressed how we’re going to work around issues with scope creep, and they’ve adapted to our needs. 

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Share as much about our needed deliverables and context early. That way, you’ll get the most out of their services. They’ve been a great team overall for us.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They’ve generally met all milestones that we set upfront.
    • 4.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      Their pricing is good, but we went over budget a little bit.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      The coding and implementation of the design have been great.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Mobile App Dev for Education Platform

    “I learned to communicate more effectively because of the professionalism with which their team operated.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Jul. 2019 - Dec. 2019
    Project summary: 

    Magora worked closely with an educational team in the Altai Republic to create a custom keyboard mobile application that allows users to type in Altai on iOS and iPad devices.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Gorno-Altaysk, Russia
    Adella Kalkina
    Lawyer, Education Organization
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The work delivered by Magora was high-quality and has allowed their client to provide an incredible product for their community, completely satisfying the project’s goals and receiving compliments from users. Their team was professional and communicative throughout their work.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I am a lawyer, and the company I represent is a startup that works in education.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We developed an application for iOS and iPad that allows users to write in Altai, a language in a region of southern Russia, using a downloadable custom keyboard.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Our team is not very familiar with the process of developing an application, so the Magora team worked with us from the beginning to the end to help scope out the technical requirements of the project and then to build out the entire thing.

    What was the team composition?

    They provided a project manager as well as a couple developers, so 2–3 people in total.

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    From our first meetings with them, they were friendly and incredibly helpful, so we knew that we wanted to move forward with them.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We spent a total of a little over $10,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    The project ran from around July–December 2019.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    The application that they helped us to develop is incredibly useful. We have people using it every day already, and many of them often thank us for much the app has improved their ability to type in Altai. We are totally satisfied with the usability that Magora enabled, and it goes a long way in helping to save our culture and language for a little while longer.

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    We were not a particularly easy customer to work with, because we were often guilty of procrastinating and causing delays, but they were always tolerant and helpful to us. I learned to communicate more effectively because of the professionalism with which their team operated.

    We primarily used email, WhatsApp, and phone calls to interact with their team. They were very adaptable to the means of communication that was easiest for us to use, which we appreciated.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Their whole team is highly professional, from their project managers to the implementation of all the technical requirements. They worked hard to ensure we were satisfied with every aspect of their work with us, and it really paid off.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    If anything, I could have improved with my communication and meeting deadlines, so I certainly don’t think there was anything that they needed to do differently.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    It is easy to work with them because they are eager to communicate and find a way to help no matter what you do.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      They were more expensive than some others, but I chose them because their quality was higher too.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Web Development for Clinical Technology Company

    “Their flexibility and ability to move through processes quickly were impressive.”

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    4.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $200,000 to $999,999
     
    May 2018 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora teamed up with a clinical research technology solutions company to create a platform that enables patients to take part in research regardless of location. They used Microsoft Azure for the build.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Martin Walsh
    President, Anova Enterprises, Inc.
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The product has contributed to the growth and improvement of customer engagement and user volume. The team could be relied on for high-quality development work that furthered the mission of the platform. Their communication was frequent and consistent, keeping all parties on the same page.

    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 president and co-founder of a tech company that was created to transform the way that products are developed by pharmaceutical companies and activate sites that allow patients to participate in research wherever they receive care.  

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We wanted to develop apps on our platform to support the management of our research network. It was intended to bring research sites and positions together to support the conduct of clinical trials while increasing access to investigational products for patients in need.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    They were responsible for creating the functionality to support a network environment for participants in the clinical research process. It was essential that they put together a clean UI for effective communication with various stakeholders in the clinical research process. They built the product from scratch, using Microsoft Azure. 

    What is the team composition?

    We were working with project managers. Once the project was initiated, we were handed over to the business development department and had a single lead project manager that coordinated with the development and analyst teams. 

    How did you come to work with Magora?

    I was referred to them by someone who had worked with them previously. 

    How much have you invested with them?

    We’ve spent about $250,000. 

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in May 2018, and our teams are still collaborating.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    They’ve improved our client volume and engagement across the industry. Our plan has remained flexible enough to allow us to change requirements as need through the development process. Their work is consistently high-quality. 

    How did Magora perform from a project management standpoint?

    Communication and reporting have been frequent in our weekly calls and progress reports and priorities discussions. That allowed us to get the key functionality that we needed. 

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Their flexibility and ability to move through processes quickly were impressive.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    We were one of the first clients in our industry to partner with them. While that would have made me nervous, they were easily able to pick up on our requirements and regulations.

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

    E-commerce Development for Travel Events Platform

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

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    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. They worked on the frontend and backend of the site, while also incorporating APIs. 

    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 founder and CEO of easyGuide. We enable locals and tourists alike to discover and book tickets to over 1,000 attractions, activities, experiences, tours, and theatre shows in cities around the world.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Magora?

    We needed to produce a mobile-optimized e-commerce website that connected with multiple APIs.

    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 found Magora after conducting extensive research online. After meeting in person and discussing the project further, they spent time putting together a compelling pitch with great concepts and ideas for us to see.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We've spent $150,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We began working together in 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.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They’re flexible, and meet deadlines.
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      It’s a cost-effective solution, worth the money spent.
    • 5.0 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