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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    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.

    The client submitted this review online.

    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. 

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    We 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
    CEO, Owner of ShowApp
     
    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.

    The client submitted this review online.

    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.

    App Development for Healthcare Analytics Company

    "Magora is much more invested in the relationship as a whole and making sure you're happy."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Oct. 2015 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora built a web app based off a provided mockup. The team provided full design services and recommendations on integrated technology and functionalities. They are finishing the app’s second iteration.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Austin Metro Area
    Lars Hegstrom
    Cofounder, Innovo.care
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The app has not launched yet but is already functioning well. Magora maintains constant contact throughout the project, providing daily updates and estimations. They remain available for support and are invested in developing a long-term relationship.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    I'm the cofounder of a healthcare technology app that is focused on finding the true cost of healthcare. We do that with a ground up methodology that links physicians' and patients' time with the individual supplies used.

    What is your position?

    I'm a cofounder of the company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What business challenge were you trying to address with Magora Systems?

    We needed to build our application. Finding the true cost of healthcare is simple from an arithmetic standpoint. It's just the number of minutes spent on a patient multiplied by the cost of the physician and the other employees. However, with certain diagnoses, it can get very complicated because there can be thousands of interactions between the patient and the physician. We needed an easy-to-use, intuitive app that could organize all of this information and spit out the true cost at the end.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

    I delivered a Balsamiq mockup to Magora of what I was imagining the app would look like. As they were building out the app, they had many questions about the specific functionalities and how they would integrate with the technology that they recommended. Once they built out the app, they took on the design work, which included the skinning of the app, the colors, the background images, and the icons. The end result is a web app that you can use with your physicians to find out the true cost of healthcare.

    How did you come to work with Magora Systems?

    I submitted a request for a developer on Upwork, and Magora was an applicant. They appeared to be the best, so I selected them.

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

    We spent approximately $15,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Our partnership began in October 2015, and the first iteration wrapped up in December 2015. We started the second iteration in February of this year [2016] and are just now finishing that up [June 2016].

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

    Although we haven't launched yet, we've been happy with app thus far. The functionality has been really good.

    How did Magora Systems perform from a project management standpoint?

    They were helpful and informative, delivering updates and time estimations almost daily. If I ever had a question, they were always available through Skype or email. Their estimation for hours required was a little low, but not too far off. I typically double whatever estimation a developer gives me, and they were only 1.25 times over, which is much better than I've experienced with developers both onshore and offshore.

    What distinguishes Magora Systems from other providers?

    Since they're an agency, it's easy to see that they're much more interested in maintaining a long-term relationship. Some individual developers that I've hired are more like a one-trick pony – they try to turn in a broken product as soon as possible so they can move on to their next project. Magora Systems is much more invested in the relationship as a whole and making sure you're happy. They ask about the future constantly, what features you want, and what your long-term goals are. They're very different from anyone else I've worked with.

    Is there anything Magora Systems could have improved or done differently?

    I don't have any huge feedback for them. Honestly, they did everything I asked for pretty much perfectly.

    5.0
    Overall Score – They've been the best development team I've hired thus far. 
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      – They were always on time.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      – Very affordable for the quality of work they performed.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      – They've done really well.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      – I already have recommended them to other people.

    App Development for Social Media Platform

    "We were especially comfortable with Magora because of the ease of communication and the level of expertise."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Dec. 2015 - Apr. 2016
    Project summary: 

    Using the client's design, Magora built a video-journaling platform for social media users. They completed all of the front-end development in approximately six months.

    The Reviewer
     
    2-10 Employees
     
    San Francisco Bay Area
    CEO & Founder, Mobile App Startup
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The app garnered several thousand users within the first few months of launching. Magora continues to provide front-end development for the app, and is recommended by the client.

    The client submitted this review online.

    BACKGROUND

    I am the cofounder and CEO of Jurni Inc. We currently have five employees and are located in San Ramon, California. Our target demographic is 18-to-45-year-old lifestyle-driven users, such as fashionistas, cooks, health advocates, fitness gurus, makeup artists, entrepreneurs, pregnant mothers, and so on. Specifically, it is for those who are users of Pinterest, Reddit, and YouTube. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    There are several fundamental problems with the content on social media. It is surface level, inauthentic, saturated, and emotionless. The content that is produced is a reflection of who we want to be, not who we are. 

    SOLUTION

    Jurni is a video-journaling platform focused on emotions and experiences. With Jurni, users can record a 45-second Jurni and associate an emotion and topic to that experience so that the user can connect visually to other people in the world going through similar emotions and experiences. Jurni is topical, authentic, emotional, and focused.

    I initially discovered Magora via Elance and have been very satisfied since. We vetted several companies once we got on Elance, but were especially comfortable with Magora because of the ease of communication and the level of expertise.

    We designed the app in-house and went to Magora for all of front-end development items. It took us approximately six months to complete the app with Magora. 

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Although the work with Magora was great, we did have to do much of project management. This is the case with most outsourcing. Luckily, with Magora, it wasn't that bad. Magora covered the agreed scope of the project and contributed toward the successful launch we had. After launching, we accumulated several thousand users within the first couple of months. We are continuing front-end development with Magora as they have been able to hit all of our goals. One aspect I would pay attention to is QA [quality assurance] testing as it may not be the best at times. Make sure to stay on top of the QA process to ensure quality work.

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

    Internal Software Development for Car Service

    "We're very happy with Magora."

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

    Magora Systems improved and streamlined internal operations by building a new core team management system. The team also developed a robust vehicle and job management system.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Technical Operations Manager, Car Service
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Magora Systems performed well and maintained their professionalism despite the project’s large scope and complicated system. The agency provides skilled developers, responsive communication, and quick resolutions to any issue.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    We are in the travel and tourism sector. We have an internal operations department. We have a fleet of luxury cars. We have contracts with several large embassies in the United Kingdom where we provide cars for their VIPs.

    What is your position?

    I am the technical operations manager.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What business challenge were you trying to address with Magora Systems?

    Our goal was to improve internal operations with a new management system for the core team. We have a relatively small team in the office. We have many cars and many drivers on the road, however.

    To streamline the operational side, we needed a system to help us manage the vehicles, know where they are, and be able to respond to jobs more efficiently. We're also working with maps and Google as well on different parts of the system to help facilitate GPS and picking up clients.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

    We're not completely finished. Hopefully in the next month, we should be launching the system. We're doing many tests at the moment. The reality is because of the way the system operates, they can't do many tests on their side. It has to be done in the U.K. because our cars are here.

    We have trackers in our cars. There has been a disconnect with certain parts of the testing. Our team must do the testing in the U.K., which has caused project delays. Magora Systems cannot handle the testing. They've been very good with their part of the engagement. We haven't required support yet for the system. We were involved heavily with the system from the beginning. We're completely aware of how it operates.

    How did you come to work with Magora Systems?

    I like working with Russian firms. I've heard many good things about companies from that area. There were a few companies through Elance that we spoke to. Magora Systems seemed a little more professional. That's something we were looking for.

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

    It was from $200,000 to $1 million.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    It's ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

    We are satisfied. You can tell the scope is quite large. It's a very complicated system. They've been very good. In any development, there's issues, but it's how you resolve those issues. They were very professional and all the issues have been resolved. We're very happy with Magora Systems. I cannot share any metrics now because it's all internal statistics.

    How did Magora Systems perform from a project management standpoint?

    The project is delayed, but that's not Magora's fault. They have managed their portion well.

    What distinguishes Magora Systems from other providers?

    They're very professional [when it comes] to getting the work done. That's the most important thing.

    Is there anything Magora Systems could have improved or done differently?

    I think their costs are high and that could improve. They could possibly lower prices. Beyond that, everything's great.

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

    Staff Augmentation Development for Data Startup

    "They're great, which is the reason I always go back to Magora."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
    Project summary: 

    Magora provided staff augmentation development services by assigning PHP, CSS, and hybrid CSS/Javascript developers. Work included integrating third-party software.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Ireland
    Technical Director, Hospitality Startup
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Magora's developers saved valuable time. The agency quickly gained a comprehensive understanding of the systems used. The team was experienced in PHP and SQL development and delivered efficient, responsive project management.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    We're a startup that provides technical solutions to the hospitality industry.

    What is your position?

    I am technical director of the company. There are eight people in the company. We aggregate data inside the food service vertical. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What business challenge were you trying to address with Magora Systems?

    We have two direct developers and then for some of the work that we had, which was slightly larger than what we could handle in house, we were looking for an external contractor.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

    It was for staff augmentation development services. We had them assign us a PHP developer and then a CSS [cascading sheets style] and hybrid CSS JavaScript developer. The actual tools that they were using were up to them in terms of the developing environment, but we controlled everything through agile methods.

    We set up a two-week work period. We assigned issues to our own local developers and then created workflows for each of the developers and assigned issues directly. All of the work we were doing was reasonably straightforward and much of it was query on queries on PHP or to create widgets or similar things. 

    We did have them do a number of integrations with some third-party software. They were a bunch of other APIs [application programming interfaces] that they connected through where they had to read the API documentation and follow the instructions. 

    Nothing was particularly complicated. We outlined the issues and advanced after making sure that they were entirely comfortable with what they were doing. Whenever we were happy with their work, they would just repeat the process. 

    Initially, we had them do a number of issues that were predominantly development of a larger module. Within that, they understood our system and knew it slightly better than our own developers did. After they had written a number of sizable issues, we did go back and have a number of iterations within that. I guess you could say that was ongoing support. It wasn't the type of thing that required special skill. Magora's work was just to save our own developers time.

    How did you come to work with Magora Systems?

    Through a number of different projects, I've come across customers through Elance. I had used another firm in Russia near where they are. Whenever I came to additional jobs that we were doing, we decided instead of going to the original firm, we'd put it out to the open market and see what bids we get. 

    We initially selected one of the Indian contractors and, within 48 hours, we realized it was a terrible mistake because of the language issue. We went back to the Russian developer I was working with, but they didn't have the availability when we needed it. 

    We came across Magora through Elance and appointed them for a contract for around –six to nine months and totaled $30,000. Magora was our third choice, but it turned out to be a lucky find. We tested them on a couple of issues up front to make sure they were good enough and understood the requirements clearly. Then, we just started assigning them more and more.

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

    It's between $30,000 and $35,000 total. We have worked together for around a year.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    The work is ongoing and growing is size and cost.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

    I can't give you stats off the top of my head. I'd guess there's 10,000 lines of code. In terms of number of hours, I would guess it was around 1,000 hours. They're great, which is the reason I always go back to Magora Systems.

    I think one thing we learned is providing the person that is writing up the issue for the developer to complete specs in such a way that's clear. There were one or two issues where one of our developers had written up an issue and put it across to them, and they had to come back a number of times to clarify just because of the language aspect of things. 

    How did Magora Systems perform from a project management standpoint?

    They are great at managing their group.

    What distinguishes Magora Systems from other providers?

    They're fairly generic capable developers. They do offer a product management service I understand, which can hand hold you through a particular project. We didn't need that. Their PHP developer was very strong for us. He was incredibly quick for the quality of work that he produced. I would say PHP and SQL [structured query language] are right up there for them much more so than any of the other contractors and considerably better than some of our local developers that we pay more for. I don't think they're spectacular on the front end, but for what we needed, they were perfect.

    Is there anything Magora Systems could have improved or done differently?

    Availability was one of the issues we had. They seemed to be busy at times so we had to be sure to give them sufficient notice as in when you needed the issues completed. They're probably slightly pricey compared to some of the other contractors on Elance. You get what you pay for. I think our rate was $30 or $31 an hour. 

    Unlike many other teams, their communication is great. Whenever you have a question, you will have either your project manager or their relevant developer come back to you even outside of their business hours. 

    They're happy to make sure that you're satisfied. I was pleasantly surprised about that. I haven't had that with contractors before. They've been slow to return if they've got other things on. They tend to jump where the money was.

    In our case, whenever we had very sizable amounts of work, they were very responsive, and we'd expected that when we tapered off the number of work for a month or two, they wouldn't be quite so responsive. Even for very simple work, they were on it in no time at all.

    5.0
    Overall Score The next time we have a job, I won't even bother putting it out to market. I'll just go straight back to Magora Systems.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Java Development for Technology Platform

    "They'll share insights and you get the benefit of their experience."

    Quality: 
    4.0
    Schedule: 
    3.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    4.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Dec. 2014 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora provides a variety of services for an existing website, including project management, technical development, keyway testing, code updating, and maintenance. They also administer the website's server.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    New York City Metro Area
    Product Manager, Advertising Tech Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Magora's work has drastically improved the website's workflow and user experience. The team consistently delivers above expectations and offers valuable suggestions. They are committed and responsive with excellent communication skills.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    [We are] an advertising technology company primarily focused on the ad exchange business and content marketing. We build and maintain software that allows us to traffic ads across the Internet. We have relationship with SSPs [supply-side platforms] and DSPs [demand-side platforms] that have advertising and have inventory of where they want the advertising to run. We generate revenue by managing these platforms and earning advertising dollars for everything that runs through our platforms.

    What is your role and responsibilities?

    I'm a product manager. I'm working on the content marketing platform business. That's primarily focused on helping brands and advertisers create content that resonates with their audience and then promoting this content so that it gets maximum reach, engagement, viewability, and readability on the content so that the users get warm fuzzy feelings about the brands and consider our partners when purchasing decisions come up.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their work.

    They ran the site, maintained it, updated code, and changed it to what we wanted it to be. They administer our servers that the site sits on. They do project management for the work we're doing. Magora does project management, technical development, keyway testing, and operations.

    What was your process for selecting Magora Systems with which to work?

    Our CTO had looked at a number of outsourced development companies. He looked at their site and some of the case studies. We talked to them and the price was right, capabilities to meet worked out. We liked the work that we saw them do on other projects. They had the Java skill set that we needed to do our work.

    Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in dollar terms or a personnel work-hour figure?

    It was from $50,000 to $200,000.

    When was the work completed?

    It's ongoing work. We're going to stabilize what we have, and then we're going to ask them to refine it and get it leaner. Our code has been old and antiquated in some ways. We've been working them for five months.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Do you have any stats or metrics to track improvement from the project?

    We've had some various spikes due to house ads that we run. They've helped us increase server and management of that stuff. We're happy with the support they gave us for that. Overall, the improvements that we've been doing with them is more like improvements to the workflow and process of how people use the site. That can't really be quantified. They have executed on the functionality that we wanted.

    Are you satisfied with their performance?

    I am satisfied with the results of their work. They've been very open and communicative as far as what it takes to get things done, why things may not work the way we want it to. 

    Is there anything unique or special about Magora that really makes them stand out compared to other business partners?

    They have good commitment. They've done work when we've had priority zero issues. They've been available via Skype, via text. They've been very communicative. That's very helpful for us. 

    There have been times that they've taken a look at what we're doing, and they've come up with their own suggestions and improvements to help facilitate our goals. They'll share insights and you get the benefit of their experience.

    Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

    There have been hiccups and issues on certain things, but I think it's been more of a result of the fact that the old code that existed was written by a developer who is no longer available to us. So, we didn't have good documentation. There needed to be learning done by the tech team on code that was not documented. So, that presents certain challenges.

    That's why we're going to have them update the code to something much better once we're in a stable place. When we were first starting the relationship, and we were going through the contract negotiation, they had some various concessions that they wanted.

    They wanted some amount of money up front for work we were going to have them do later. They had been burned by people in the past so that made them leery. That process just took longer. Maybe that could be improved or they could have insurance behind them to help with that.

    3.5
    Overall Score
    • 3.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They do good work for what we asked them. It's implemented well.
    • 4.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      Depending on the person's needs.

    Mobile Development for Medical Advice Startup

    "Their coding is very good."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
    Project summary: 

    Magora provided development services for a mobile app. The team used existing designs to write code and create a functional iOS product.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Boston Metro Area
    Founder, Medical App Startup
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The app was downloaded over 500 times despite minimal marketing efforts. Magora delivered clean, high-quality coding. They communicated well, were reasonably priced, and were eager to meet project deadlines. The team was enjoyable to work with and offered a wealth of skills and knowledge.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    [Our product is] basically an app to help people find over-the-counter products based on their symptoms and age. I'm a pharmacist and I came up with the idea.

    What is your role and responsibilities?

    I'm the owner and founder.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What was your goal for working with Magora Systems?

    I needed a mobile app developer to take my designs and create a functional product.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their work.

    They're developing and writing the code, and then I do everything else. It's just for iOS now.

    What was your process for selecting Magora Systems with which to work?

    I went on oDesk.com, and I submitted the project about two years ago. I had a bunch of applicants. I saw that Magora's apps were better than other people that I chose as finalists.

    They had less glitches. The apps that they developed looked nicer than others. They have good communication skills, and they speak English well. 

    Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in dollar terms or a personnel work-hour figure?

    It was from $20,000 to $25,000.

    When was the work completed?

    The main project is done. If I have updates or upgrades, I'll go to them to fix it.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    I didn't have any money left for marketing after I built the app. I did very minimal marketing. I was able to get more than 500 downloads. It came out in September 2014. I've only been able to get personal feedback, but nothing from strangers. They tell me what I could make better.

    Are you satisfied with their performance?

    I don't know about their graphics team because I created all the graphics myself. My mom looked into their code because she's a software engineer, and she said it looked very clean. She was happy with their skills as well. Their coding is very good. 

    If you have a contract with them and they sign it, then they will be doing work according to the contract in a timely manner to make sure the product is done in time. If there is no contract, then it's open and, hopefully, you get it done whenever you need it to be done, but the project can take longer.

    Is there anything unique or special about Magora Systems that really makes them stand out compared to other business partners?

    I've only worked with them and not other teams, but their English is very well spoken. They're eager to finish a project according to time frames. They provide a reasonable quote. They're nice in general as people. 

    What advice would you give to future clients of theirs?

    I would recommend negotiating a contract before starting the project to ensure timely delivery and reasonable expectations.

    Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

    In the beginning, I had trouble getting a response. They didn't tell me if someone was on vacation or sick leave. They did improve drastically on that measure. 

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      If there's a contract.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      After I ask them to fix a glitch, their work is very strong.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Design & Development for Conference Organizer

    "I would say they are the best outsourced firm we’ve ever worked with."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    4.5
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    July 2014 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Magora Systems provided a variety of services in the development of two apps. They completed graphic design, Web design, front and backend development, database development, and maintenance.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Founder, IT Conference Organizer
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Magora Systems performed well by setting accurate expectations for the project and successfully meeting or exceeding them. The agency is recognized for their outstanding Web design skills. They also delivered transparent, responsive project management.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    My company produces technology conferences for developers.

    What is your role and responsibilities?

    I’m the founder and CEO.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What was your goal for working with Magora Systems?

    They’ve developed two applications for us. One is a hackathon management tool. It enables us to manage the attendees and our sponsors of our hackathons online.

    The second tool is an online platform for technology vendors to list their integrations and their consultants and cover new integrations to build out their integration networks.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their work.

    They did the graphic design, the Web design, the front end and back-end, the database, and all maintenance so far.

    What was your process for selecting Magora Systems with which to work?

    I went on Elance. I did an RFP [request for proposal], and I chose them based on their responsiveness, their quoted budget, and their portfolio.

    Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in dollar terms or a personnel work hour figure?

    It was about $70,000

    When was the work completed?

    It’s ongoing. We started with them probably 10 months ago.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

    It’s not launched yet, so no metrics currently.

    Are you satisfied with their performance?

    I would say they are the best outsourced firm we’ve ever worked with. Their project management skills are great – very transparent and very responsive to communication about fixes being urgent. 
    They’re way above average in setting the expectations of how long a big project will take. They have way above average Web design skills. They have their own in-house Web designer.

    Is there anything unique or special about Magora Systems that really makes them stand out compared to other business partners?

    They’re very accurate in their time estimations. Also, their Web design is much higher skilled than other teams abroad.

    What advice would you give to future clients of theirs?

    It’s useful to be semi-technical just because instead of them charging you for project management time. If you’re a project manager, it would end up making the project cheaper.

    Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

    I believe we were their first large project using Angular.js. I didn’t know it would be so experimental. I think it took a few more man weeks than they thought to implement it, but I’m happy with the results. Using experimental technologies is a good and a bad thing.

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