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We are a full-stack team of 150+ experts who build complex digital products for clients worldwide looking to outsource software development to professionals.

 

Merixstudio’s key expertise is the delivery of high-quality and performant web applications and cross-platform mobile apps. Based on the needs of our clients, we can support them in end-to-end product development or seamlessly extend their in-house team of engineers.

 

Our tech stack is focused on JavaScript (Angular, React, Node.js), Python (Django, Flask), PHP (Symfony, Laravel), and cross-platform frameworks (React Native, Flutter). We also provide fully-fledged support throughout the whole project’s lifecycle that covers project management, quality assurance, and product design services.

 

Merixstudio collaborates closely with international companies of any size, from global brands such as GS1, Volkswagen, The Independent, Toshiba and HSBC to successfully scaled startups like Moneyfarm, Sendinblue and Burrow, a Y Combinator-incubated company.

 

Our clients recognize us as a one-stop software development company with the ability to create a long-term design and development partnership. In return, we give them the best quality that stems from working with top-tier talents. We seek, recruit and develop the brightest engineers and designers locally creating an outstanding workplace for them. Check it out for yourself!

 

For more information regarding skills, agile teams’ capabilities and engagement models, please go to www.merixstudio.com

 

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
1999
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Poznań, Poland
headquarters
  • Poznan, Malachowskiego 10
    Poznań, WP 61-129
    Poland
other locations
  • 3537 36th Street Astoria
    New York, NY 11106
    United States
  • 115 Mare Street
    London, LND E8 4RU
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

The Juilliard School, Toshiba, GS1, SendinBlue, RingCentral, FOX, Deutsche Post, HSBC, DFJ, Ferratum, Marks & Spencer, SFR, Orange, Credijusto, Volkswagen, The Independent, Tesco, Payback, Moneyfarm, Bronson Laboratories, Herald.ie, Virgin Digital Help, 123rf (part of Inmagine Group), Billabong, Divio, bookingkit, and more.

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Genuine Impact - a risk-management app for DYI investors

Genuine Impact’s founders describe their service as ”the world's first financial terminal, created to empower DIY investors”. The service supports individual investors in their investment decision processes by measuring the risks associated with an investment in specific values. With several charts, biases and plenty of data delivered through the application, the user is allowed to perform quicker and more

valid decisions while investing. Thanks to a perfect combination of technical acumen with risk-management and stock exchange related expertise, this fintech application makes investment easier for individuals. 

Genuine Impact founders were on a lookout for an experienced product design company to finish their efforts leading towards the MVP release.

The scope of work included:

  • Providing an entire branding design for a Fintech company operating in a competitive environment
  • Delivering intuitive and esthetic views and feature designs displaying several biases, charts, and statistics
  • Introducing best business practices and requirements in design processes
  • Anticipating specific guidelines and complex requirements of a highly specialized documentation

More information about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/GenuineImpact

The product design workshop at Merixstudio is an essential step in the custom software development process and a very good way of starting the product development process. Every product design workshop session is different and we always adapt its plan to the client’s needs. The maturity level of your project doesn’t matter here. Product design workshops at Merixstudio will be beneficial for both - new projects and ideas, where

assumptions are not clear yet but also for already designed products that need revision and improvement.

Each product design workshop session consists of doing sketches and mobile or web application mockups, brainstorming and focusing on the business goals or the analysis of user flow. One of the main advantages of participating in product design workshops is time and money savings. Such a session is a crucial way of understanding the application and the users’ needs.

Product Design workshops are also a good opportunity to know the multidisciplinary team that will be working on your project. The engineering team always takes part in it - you’ll have the frontend and backend developers that are able to advise and present a more technical point of view on your project. Of course, the product design team with UI and UX designers is also present at the workshop. The project manager role is also essential here as you will stay in contact with him/her during the whole product development process. Also for us, it is very important to work in multidisciplinary teams. That way we can look at the project from different perspectives and be more creative. Additionally heaving a tech person on the product design workshop will give us insight on how those features will be developed and how much effort will it take.

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Moneyfarm - a leading UK digital wealth management application

Moneyfarm’s mission is to give their customers the best solutions and support to protect and grow their wealth through time. They believe that everyone should be able to protect, promote and pursue his/ her wealth, without having to worry about it. We were very happy to help them in spreading this mission and bringing value to the customers.

There have been over 9-months of close cooperation between Moneyfarm and

Merixstudio’s React development team. We kicked off the project with a few day onboarding processes in their London headquarters where we had a chance to meet the team in person and learn the project’s specifics.

More details about the process & solution:

www.merixstudio.com/work/Moneyfarm

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Autium - digitally automated web and mobile systems for fleet operators

Autium is a UK-based tech startup that provides high-quality fleet management software to corporate entities worldwide. Their key product is a SaaS platform, consisting of a web panel and cross-platform app, designed to help vehicle fleet managers process insurance claims quickly and

accurately. It also helps drivers report to managers the details of the accidents, thanks to the app installed on their mobile phones. The client’s vision is to be the leading automated incident management and notification technology solution.

Prior to the cooperation with Merixstudio, Autium founders had problems with building performant and scalable MVP with other developers, thus they looked for a trustworthy and competent tech partner who could: 

  • understand their product and start a project from scratch, ASAP,
  • develop a web-based software solution and a mobile app to establish an MVP quickly so that Autium founders could start looking for more investors and take the project to the next stage,
  • take care of the full product design process,
  • provide Autium clients with real-time analytics, advanced stats and structured data,
  • develop the product after the launch.

As the project’s budget and deadline were tight, we had to look for an optimal technology mix to deliver the best product in the shortest possible time.

More details about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/Autium

 

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SportsHi - the React Native mobile application

SportsHi React Native mobile app is a great example of a lifestyle-driven business concept. Founded by an after-hour rugby coach living in New York, the application allows the users (Coaches and Players) to schedule their training sessions and games as well as communicate with each other. This project is also a great example of both the lean approach and agile followed development.

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founders were managing the project from their New York-based headquarters, while the development took place mainly in Merixstudio’s office in Poznań, Poland. The 6-hours difference was easily overcome by planning weekly meetups during East Coast morning hours. The daily communication was crucial, as the founding team consisted of a CTO (tech lead), who was collaborating with our Frontend, Backend, and Quality Assurance specialists. In addition to that, the UX designer was overseeing the implementation of the design from the office located in the Big Apple.

More details about the process & solution:

www.merixstudio.com/work/SportsHi

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Burrow - an online marketplace for Y Combinator seeded startup

Burrow is the US-based, B2C e-commerce company which produces and distributes bespoke easy to build uncompromising furniture. Its mission is to create products for the way people actually live their lives. Burrow was named one of the 10 most innovative retail brands in the world by Fast Company, and one of their luxury sofas was recognized as one of the 50 best inventions of the year by TIME. This Y Combinator

seeded company is growing rapidly within the near future with expansion across borders, the sky seems to be the limit.

Burrow had a strict product expansion roadmap, which meant scaling up development and the team. As recruitment locally is usually a long and strenuous process, the client sought to outsource a skilled team to ramp up the development while retaining standards. 

Main challenges we were faced with:

  • to help Burrow to scale up the development and team quickly,
  • to engage the best engineers with specific competencies to extend the client’s in-house team,
  • to significantly increase the performance of the application,
  • to contribute to the launch of the application,
  • to facilitate the maintenance of the codebase.

The key factors were and still are to ensure front-end design requirements are met, without impacting performance.

More details about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/Burrow

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Volkswagen - a non-profit voting system for schools

Merixstudio was responsible for developing the project from scratch covering full-fledged web development consultancy, quality assurance, software development and design services. One of the main milestones to achieve were: creating a full design for the website, implementing a bot-resistant voting system for schools (one of the ways to achieve it was integration with an SMS

gateway for increased verification), allowing schools to submit applications via a website, creating a back-office panel for managing applications and voting process.

It’s worth mentioning that Szkoła Małego Inżyniera is just one of many projects that Volkswagen decided to develop with Merixstudio during our longstanding collaboration. There were, among others, websites supporting their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programmes such as “Niebieskie Granty” - a website for raising ecological awareness in local communities including advanced implementations of JavaScript, Ajax and CSS3, Google Maps API and Drupal CMS. or “Mini Handball” - a website for promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity with Drupal CMS and beautiful front-end JavaScript animations.

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RMS - a Django-based Recital Management system built for The Juilliard School

We supported The Juilliard School in building and launching an advanced Recital Management System (RMS), which helps students and school staff organize recitals. Our role involved backend (Django) and front-end coding. In the beginning, front-end was based on the Metronic theme, but later during the project, we created new designs of RMS and implemented it into the application. Our work in the project included integrations

with external services such as Panopto (using SOAP-based integration), which is a system for scheduling recital recordings, integration of Colleague system (REST API), and integration with Performance Event Calendar previously created by us before. We also developed a canvas-based Stage Composer application, which allows students to use front-end tool to create stage setup - either using one of the predefined settings or custom adjusted ones. The final product requires the input of data such as selection of the stage that students wish to perform on, when and what time of day they want to do it, what instrument are they playing and how exactly the scene is supposed to look (for the last option we are creating the HTML5 based Stage Composer).  The system was also equipped with an internal notification system for students and teachers, tool to create dynamic forms and other mechanisms meant to simplify the whole process of preparing a recital. Full case study: https://www.merixstudio.com/work/juilliard-rms/
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BrandSync - a Django development of a cloud-based application

BrandSync is a cloud-based, PIM (Product Information Management) solution dedicated to both e-commerce and brick and mortar industries -  retailers and producers that covers three major problematic aspects of distribution: gathering and processing products’ data, standardisation and unification of data for all of supply chain participants, and further data circulation (both internal and external). 

The

solution was a dedicated application that enables users to input to the database a precise description of their products. Combined with a great number of products in the base, it allows for a very expanded data exchange between the subjects within the supply chain. 

One of the major challenges was to combine simplicity with flexibility and create as user-friendly tools as possible. The final product has a clear, intuitive interface with custom-made designs that provides the variety of functionalities and makes the high volume data management easy and effective. 

Our technology stack of choice was: Angular, Django (the Python framework), and PostgreSQL. The whole app is hosted on AWS. Additional services and tools we’ve used include: RabbitMQ and Celery, Redis and Elastic. For CI/CD (Continuous Development/Continuous Integration) purposes, we’ve used Docker and Jenkins.

Full portfolio: http://bit.ly/BrandsyncClutch

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A leading international mobile banking application

The whole over one-year long collaboration was based on a partnership between two teams: Merixstudio’s Angular developers from Poznan, Poland and the core client’s team from Bratislava, Slovakia. We kicked off the project with a 4-day onboarding session in the client’s headquarters where we had a chance to meet the team in person and learn the project’s specifics.

Merixstudio’s team was in charge of a

new version of country sites for the company. In greater detail, we were responsible for both the sales pages (available for all users) and transaction pages (available for authorized users only). On the country sites, users can apply for different types of financial products (particular products are dependant on the specific country’s offer), for example, credit line, microloan, prime loan. The transaction part allows a user to manage his product, cover invoices and track cash flow. The underlying assumption was to prepare a generic solution which allows us to create sites that are country-specific. To begin with, we worked on 3 country versions i.e. for Latvia, New Zealand, and Sweden. They scaled up regularly to hit 23 countries.

The whole application heavily relies on the microservice architecture written in Java. Merixstudio’s expert developers to a great extent dealt specifically with API Gateway (used NestJS to build it)  providing a single, unified API entry point across numerous internal APIs.

This was fully remote cooperation put in the framework of a Scrum-driven development.

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Sendinblue - a powerful relationship marketing platform

Merixstudio’s team was responsible for timely implementation of a clear-cut scope that mainly boiled down to empowering users to automate email marketing by generating custom forms and pages. Taking into consideration the scale and complexity of the whole application as well as a number of inherent dependencies, the team decided to pay a special focus on the testing process and to double QA

efforts. Except for unit tests by the dev team, this mainly referred to QA functional testing i.e. writing numerous test cases and performing intensive manual testing, automated functional testing with WebdriverIO, JavaScript, Mocha, Chai as well as functional API testing with Postman.

The team headcount varied from 7 to 10 people in its peak time and the composition included scrum master, UX designer, QA specialists, front-end and back-end engineers. The team functioned as an independent and self-managing unit, however, maintained collaboration with the other stakeholders located in both Europe and India which make them successfully handle the workflow with an almost 5-hour time zone difference. The whole development was supported by an agile methodology incorporating Scrum practices and adjusting them to the current project needs.

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Selfmade Energy - Europe's first solar price comparison portal

Selfmade Energy is a Django-powered comparison service that allows homeowners to find out which solar system installers boast the most competitive offers in their region. After providing basic information about their household, e.g. ZIP code or roof size, the user receives offers from three photovoltaics (PV) system installers and chooses the vendor that suits their needs best. 

Dr. Tim Rosengart, the founder of a

Berlin-based startup, was looking for a tech partner who would help him disrupt the local renewable energy market. As Germany is leaving the fossil-nuclear age behind, paving the way for photovoltaics (PV) will play a central role in a future shaped by sustainable power production. In order to cover all energy needs from renewable energies, a massive expansion of the installed PV power is necessary.  Dr. Tim Rosengart wished to show the German citizens that the installation of the solar panels – although often perceived as expensive – can lead to significant savings in the long run. 

Being a proactive member of the Berlin startup ecosystem, Merixstudio approached Dr. Rosengart offering to bring his idea to life with tech expertise, ownership, and outstanding design skills. 

The scope of our work included:

  • suggesting best tech stack choices based on the client’s expectations and prospective users’ needs
  • building backend and frontend of the web application
  • delivering clean and intuitive designs
  • providing branding design for a startup whose aim was to disrupt the renewable energy market in Germany

More information about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/Selfmade-Energy

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bookingkit - Europe’s leading SaaS solution for the digitization of tours and activities

bookingkit is one of the leading Berlin-based companies from the leisure industry, highly recognized in the sector. The company operates as a neutral Global Distribution System (GDS) to provide travel agencies and marketing networks access to tours and activities in the form of a digital inventory. It is also a web-based and integrated solution (software as a service) for providers of tours and activities.

We were

approached with an idea depicting how they would like to change their platform’s architecture to enable scaling it even further. The chosen solution is based on sharding - creating a number of instances sharing the same codebase but with different datasets derived from the source and divided by the chosen factor.

Such an approach, similarly to Microservice architecture, creates certain challenges like:

  • providing API access allowing data consumption, 
  • creation across all the instances like it would be a single application.

That can be achieved for instance by creating an API gateway in front of the application instances, and that is what we aimed for.

In addition, a solution had to:

  • meet certain performance criteria in terms of response speed,
  • be flexible to allow for further development of the main application, 
  • scalable to support the growth of the user base and possibly the number of instances.

All of this has to be highly available - bookingkit is working with demanding partners such as Trip Advisor or Get Your Guide, which means their services have to be available 24/7.

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Hospitality & Wellness Mobile App

Tourism & accommodation is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. The increasing demand for unforgettable experiences results in solutions that allow users to gain better access to attractions and activities offered by the providers. That’s why one of our UK-based clients came to us with a plan to develop a modern, UX-friendly mobile app for luxurious Spa enthusiasts, looking for relaxation at one of the best

resorts in England. 

The specifics of such a modern product came with the following issues to solve:

  • choosing the appropriate tech stack for front-end and back-end development,
  • enabling a comfortable and intuitive booking of many services like massages, facials as well as rooms and other attractions via mobile app,
  • anticipating the modern standards of the wellness experience.

The project has been preceded with a remote scoping session, during which the client introduced our full-stack team (frontend, backend, quality assurance, project management) to the requirements, graphical assets, timelines, and roles.  Rough deadline stimulated both teams to introduce the best agile practices, and maintain constant communication using Slack, Jira, and Google Hangouts. With several dependencies, every team member was highly involved to overcome technological challenges and the effectiveness has been secured by an experienced project manager.

Due to tight deadlines, Merixstudio software development team has been urged to provide a very detailed estimation to confirm the ability of on-time delivery. Both parties agreed that this particular endeavor requires a higher team capacity than recommended for projects of this size. 

Merixstudio has integrated three 3rd party APIs during the process, performed Behaviour Driven Development, and series of API tests. The designs have been delivered by our partner, although dedicated User Experience designer supervised the user flows and supported the engineering team evaluating each view, feature and user flow.

A combination of the tourism industry expertise and most modern engineering delivered a future-proof mobile app for streamlining the process of booking deluxe services of UK-based resort.

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Netvico - an intuitive digital signage content management system for all businesses

Netvico is a Stuttgart-based, boutique digital agency delivering top-notch solutions for all kind of industries and branches. Their portfolio includes highly tailored work for such recognizable clients like Volvo, IBM, Adidas, Porsche, Schwerin, and DHL.

Their core service, PlayEverywhere is a Digital Signage/Digital out of Home content management system (CMS). It is successfully

introduced in various locations, such as shopping malls, industrial plants, office spaces, and even ski resorts. The service is suitable for different kinds of users - shift managers, store supervisors, PR & marketing specialists to maintain daily based communication. PlayEverywhere allows them to display Corporate Identity (CI), advertisement and other interactive content on various types of screens, including 4k monitors. All kinds of the audience may benefit from Netvico’s service; industrial workers, shoppers, tourists, and office workers. 

Main challenges to overcome:

  • from a corporate perspective, the main difficulty was related to Netvico’s demand for top-quality talent. Netvico was on a lookout for a team of experts who will learn their business core and thus continue further development of the CMS, including creating new features
  • the second aspect of work was caused by business circumstances and engineering. Netvico provides it’s services for different kinds of clients, using various types of screens and monitors in different contexts. Some of them are interactive and required WebSockets to maintain communication between the content provider and the final user via smartphones.

Netvico also offers solutions for touchscreens and dynamic environments, like industrial plants, where the contents need to be adjusted several times during the day. PlayEverywhere has to anticipate all these conditions, hence the demand for intuitive navigation best performance.

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Snappt - AI-enabled fraud detection software

Merixstudio’s involvement boiled down to two key stages namely onboarding and development. Since we dealt with a legacy project, we agreed to kick-off the project with a 2-week pre-development phase during which the team got familiarised with the project’s priorities and codebase, drew up a plan (research, scope, estimates) for integration with Yardi - a 3rd party property management software, and scoped out a

new application’s flow that needed refreshments and better UX. Afterwards, we scaled up a dedicated software team so that we could efficiently develop new features. The key milestones were: building out a new application flow based on the designs delivered by the client and integrating the application with 3rd party Plaid that analyses bank deposits to validate your users’ income and employer information. These were subject to change and adjustments which made us employ a fair amount of flexibility throughout the development.

We followed the Scrum methodology with 2-week sprints that served as a framework for the delivery of new features. Although, the challenging time zone difference, we kept close and transparent communication with Snappt’s US-based stakeholders (e.g. thanks to the weekly planning sessions on the videocon with clients, daily updates on a project’s Slack channel, Jira).

The long-term partnership with Snappt has been based on different degrees of collaboration - since the project’s start, there were various full-time jobs intermingled by less intensive maintenance time.

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Process General - high-profile US-wide database of legal cases

We improved the usability and findability of data by redesigning Information Architecture and simplifying user paths. The whole process was initiated by UX audit that identified the specific areas that needed refinement. This gave us a fair ground for working on accurate planning and execution of product development - this, however, was shaped with a client during online Product Design

Workshops. During 3 online sessions, we discussed: the value proposition, main assumptions, and priorities for development, re-definition of target users, Information Architecture structure, the scope of features to be developed, and technology and solutions that will be used. The key objectives were to increase findability, usability, increase esthetics, decreasing bugs and not working features.

We proceeded with an intensive iterative wireframing of the new solution in a multidisciplinary team of UX, PM, and Python developer so that the feedback loop is shortened and the solution is robust from the early stages. The wireframes were eventually implemented with customized Material Design which let us speed up the process. Other goals to achieve were integration with Pacer, an electronic public access service of United States federal court records, to automatically download documents and introducing the mobile version of the app. During the development, we followed Scrum practices and organized work in one-week sprints that served as a framework for delivery of the new features. 

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Study Bee - an advanced learning management system for Google Classroom

Studybee is a  Sweden-based startup that builds a lightweight learning management system for both teachers and students. It enables teachers to grade students' assignments and assess students' progress directly in Google Classroom where the actual learning takes place. This decreases administration job for teachers and, as a result, gives them more time for teaching. Also, students can view assessments and

receive feedback in Google Classroom.

Merixstudio’s key responsibilities were building an A-to-Z Chrome extension from scratch, implementing a browser-based logging functionality, fetching data from Google Classroom API, building a dedicated admin panel using out-of-the-box Django Suit, defining different grades’ types, managing grades (thanks to an advanced digital class register), Google Cloud integration.

We also executed UI/GUI tests, functional tests, and E2E tests. We wrote test cases, and we tried to cover all the scenarios including positive and failure path and boundary cases. We wanted to be sure that the extension was working as expected and according to the specific requirement.

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Logo Creator - ML-powered logo maker to instantly create custom logo designs

The project boiled down to creating a proof of concept version (POC) of the Python application in order to demonstrate its feasibility and verify a practical potential of the concept.

In brief, the main user flow looks as follows: user inputs name of the business, selects industry, chooses a few pre-designed styles from templates, picks up colour schemes. These several steps were supposed to lead to

the automated generation of a logo with a watermark.

A fundamental job that determined the success of the project was designing the model of logo generator's engine.

This came down to the following flow:

  • at the beginning of the process, a batch of logos with random parameters was created,
  • from this batch, those which broke some base design principle were filtered out i.e. those without sufficient contrast between colours,
  • finally, a Machine Learning classifier, trained on examples hand-labeled as good or bad, filtered out those logos that didn’t reach a certain quality.

The model used as machine learning classifier was a neural network created in TensorFlow. This framework exposes to programmer low-level API that allows having better control over the architecture of the neural network.

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Levatis - a SaaS platform for managing the employees’ activities and schedules

There have been over one year of close cooperation between Levatis and Merixstudio’s Angular team. We kicked off the project by integrating with the client and team in their headquarters in Vienna where our developers travelled for a few day onboarding processes. In this early stage, Merixstudio’s team performed a code review to test for application performance and code quality. This was a prerequisite for

assessing the general health of the application (including main pains/gains) indicating remedial points (including the suggested action points and recommendations). The next step was implementing new features such as a time tracking tool, CRUD views for projects, and human resources planner.

The division of work’s scope was quite clear-cut. Merixstudio took ownership of front-end development in Angular, whereas Levatis in-house team took care of back-end written in Java. The whole development was facilitated by agile methodologies.

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Divio - enterprise content management with Django

Django CMS is a simple and developer-friendly system with a powerful and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. The application supports content management - it’s been built around the needs of marketers (offering multi-lingual publishing and built-in SEO tools) as well as developers (offering easy integration with other Django applications).

The client reached out to us with a need for quick

scaling up their existing software development team in order to accelerate velocity and enrich the team with new skills. Initially, Merixstudio’s team kicked-off the project as a development extension of the Divio team, however, with time they have been given greater ownership and trust being recognised as core developers and consultants.

During the development, we remained in close contact with the external team not only remotely (via Slack, Jira, Skype videocons) but also on-site visiting Divio’s headquarters and Divio clients's branches in the crucial phases of the development.

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Walaro - django-based web app for warehouse space leasing

Our approach was to create the MVP of the solution to get the product to early customers and let the client achieve business KPIs in a timely fashion. Functionalities and priorities were discussed with the client and multidisciplinary team during the two-day in-house Product Design Workshop. This helped us to forge product requirements and tailored solutions having been focused on users and

business needs. Design Thinking was a strategic and practical process that made us achieve it.

Thanks to the outcome of the workshop, we were able to proceed smoothly with the wire-framing and graphic design phase during which we were in close cooperation with a development team so that we design tech-viable and effective solutions. Apart from the UX/UI visual assets, we crafted marketing materials that client used for talks with investors, encouraging operators to use the application and, consequently, unlocking the potential of the B2B-oriented part of the platform.

On the basis of a prior product design process, we crafted and launched a responsive web-based application on the Python Django framework. The whole development workflow was individual and adjustable to the current project’s needs. We were inspired by Agile development and followed selected Scrum ceremonies fine-tuning their frequencies to the changing environment and team size. 

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Bronson Vitamins - a leading US e-commerce solution for medicines

The collaboration with Bronson Vitamins started more than 10 years ago and since then it has been a strong partnership based on a series of different projects intermingled by less intensive maintenance time. Initially, we provided support in customizing Magento solutions and adjusting the e-commerce platform to the unique users (e.g. elderly users who browse the web using smaller screens) and business needs. We

created a new fully responsive version of the store with a goal of optimizing online sales channels as well as redesigning the layout. All these combined resulted in growing traffic from mobile devices.

One of the recent milestones we worked on was a UX audit which was a precondition for complete re-design of the layout and making the new site fully responsive (RWD). UX audit was to capture relevant information that would support the process of redesigning in a smart way i.e. adjusting to the users by noticing and understanding their behaviour patterns, annoyances and mistakes. During this process, we relied mostly on data gathered via Hotjar. Within 2 000 sessions, we gathered: 1 411 desktop, 214 tablet, 375 phone unique sessions. This served as a solid ground for identifying less-than-perfect places and needed UX tweaks and in the later stage, wireframing of the new service and creating final UI design.

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Omnigame - superior gaming solutions for a leading Danish online casino

Merixstudio supported Omnigame in turning their UI design into powerful and superb casino games played by thousands of gamers. Throughout nearly two-year-long cooperation, we developed four state-of-the-art slot games. 

The core game developed was Grand Prix - single-seater fast-paced auto racing wrapped up with sleek graphics and smart animations. The game incorporated both skill and

excitement that gave players an experience that was very close to driving a race car on the World Championship. It consisted of three smaller ones that were supposed maximized players engagement and encouraged to heavy use of the game.
To enhance the animation effect, we used Spine - 2D skeletal animation software. Spine facilitated the efficiency and workflow both for creating powerful animation and for integrating it into games’ design. One of the key assets of this solution is the smaller size (standard animation requires an image for each frame, however, Spine-fuelled animations store only the small bone data - attaching images to bones, then animating the bones) and smoothness of the animations (Spine animations use interpolation so animation is always as smooth as the frame rate - they can be displayed in slow motion with no loss in quality). 
The whole software development was in very close collaboration with clients’ in-house team, especially their proxy Product Owner that used to set priorities and direction for the development. We kicked off the project with two frontend developers and a project manager and kept this set-up for most of the collaboration time. This was long-term cooperation covering both intensive full-time development and maintenance.
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Up your eGame - a premium community platform for gamers

The Client reached out to us with a rough product idea and an outline of its key objectives. Prior to kicking-off the development we needed to get to the stage when we have a clear shape of the product and the solid action plan, therefore, we decided to begin with an online Product Discovery Workshop participated by the founders and multidisciplinary Merixstudio’s team.

In the workshop, we focused on

verifying the basic assumptions of the product and making sure that we have a perfect understanding of its goals, business model, users, and value proposition. After identifying loopholes, generating new ideas and adjusting them to specific users and business needs, we had a proper ground for crafting the final solution. In the end, we had the service described in the form of story map capturing the product shape and logic, defined MVP’s scope and development roadmap. It seems easier said than done - in fact, the process was very intensive and required effective management due to the number of stakeholders involved as well as time difference and the potential feedback loop it could cause.

Next, we proceeded with working on the MVP version of the project starting with wireframing that was kept 4 sprints ahead of the proper development. As regards the management, we followed the Scrumban methodology accompanied by Scrum events such as Daily, Review, plus ad-hoc Plannings, Refinements, and Retrospectives. Throughout 1 year of development, the team headcount varied from 2 to 9 people in its peak time and the composition included product owner, UX and UI designers, QA, front-end and back-end engineers.

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Humanitrack - a non-profit community platform supporting humanity's missions

Humanitrack is a platform for uniting communities to collaborate with the world, to formulate a plan and to push progress. Humanitrack is a progress tracking tool and accelerator for an unlimited number of long-term humankind goals, for example, all of the UN's Global Goals such as radicating thirst and hunger, extending lifespan, increasing quality of life, greatly reducing the cost of green energy or

stabilizing the climate.

Merixstudio was initially occupied with developing an MVP for a platform yet our role has later evolved into developing a polished early beta version. A priority for the client was tobuild a working MVP of the platform on a budget without sacrificing any of the necessary features. The MVP needed to be exceptional as the platform and community around would define the client’s company as well would serve as a foundation for testing the core user base. Merixstudio was also responsible for designing the UI (using Material-UI) as well as the DevOps operations.

The team headcount in the peak time was 8 - it consisted of a project manager, QA specialist,  three frontend developers, a Python developer, a DevOps engineer as well as a UI and a UX lead. We followed SCRUM-driven development.

One of the most significant milestones to achieve was designing the highly-engaging platform’s mechanics and finding ways to encourage users to return and keep them engaged on the website. To take advantages of our possibilities and work out the best possible solutions, we decided to run an open user-centred design thinking workshop as a part of the World Usability Day Poznań 2018.  We selected 14 UX-enthusiasts as well as invited Humanitract‘s founders to collaborate during an intensive day-long workshop session. See the full coverage.

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Happy Scribe - a high-end dynamic SaaS platform

Happy Scribe is a high-end dynamic SaaS platform for researchers, journalists, podcasters, and media production companies. It uses state-of-the-art machine-learning models to transcribe audio/video files uploaded by users automatically. Happy Scribe is used in a plethora of different industries, whether it be in education all the way through to the entertainment.

We were tasked with,

among other features, the development of a simple and functional player for video or audio. Apart from simply playing the material, users can also control it by clicking on text to jump to the specific point in audio or video simultaneously. 
  
The next thing we were responsible for was making the transcribed text as clear for users as possible. That’s why we introduce speaker Identification, which allows users to set the identification to differentiate between speakers.

Another problem we needed to tackle was how to help users to easily navigate the text when playing the transcribed file. We achieved that by adding the function of highlighting the text (similar to karaoke), which is synchronized with the spoken word. In addition to that, we introduced comments, which also are based on highlighting particular parts of the text.

One of the most interesting features we implemented was also a confidence Heatmap, which defines the value in the audio/video file transcribed into text. 

Full portfolio: http://bit.ly/HappyScribeClutch

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Everclassic

Everclassic is a leading Danish online marketplace for vintage, Scandinavian design including furniture, ceramics, art, and other design objects. It is a large-scale platform including both online auctions and a marketplace. One of the main challenges for Merixstudio was to successfully take over the project from a team from Ukraine making it smooth and downtime-free. The key milestone achieved by Merixstudio was developing an

English version of the website to help our partner thrive on the international market. This was proceeded by completing the unfinished legacy tasks such as rewriting Zend to Phalcon as well as Magento integration and performance optimization. The team composition was flexible and adjustable to the current project’s needs. We kicked off with one back-end developer and PM, then, on peak time scale up to four team members adding a front-end developer and QA specialist. The Client and Merixstudio’s manager shared the responsibility for the project management distributing it between the product-vision and process-coordination parts. Stack: Magento 2, Phalcon, Laravel, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript Full protfolio: http://bit.ly/EverclassicClutch
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Competenz4u

Competenz4u is a SaaS startup for students in Austria who want to improve their math skills.

The client took the initiative to create a modern e-learning web application that combines his incredible flair for sharing knowledge and powerful Python development capabilities.

We've built fully responsive user experience and gave children access to affordable maths

training videos via a recurring monthly subscription fee.
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FLAVR

FLAVR is Belgian startup for hobby & professional chefs who want to sell homemade meals.

In the first two months, we were able to ship the MVP of the application, while after four months we finished working on its final version. What is especially noteworthy, in this projects such functionalities as Filters Module, Notifications, Follow chef, Admin Panel and System of

discount coupons are used.
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Playism

Playism is an indie-focused PC game digital distribution platform from Osaka, Japan. 

The scope of work involved design & development of high-profile, database driven multilingual, responsive web shop application (marketplace for indie games). One of the key project challenges was data migration from the old system (user accounts and products). The platform is

hosted on scalable Amazon deployment space - AWS Elastic Beanstalk, fully utilizing its scalability features. 
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U project

U project (U Multi-touch Whiteboard) is an interactive app built for Digitaria International, headquartered in Luxembourg, company specializing in satellite telecommunications and multimedia software platforms. 

The purpose of the app was to fill in the gaps of existing e-learning platforms. To make it happen, we

created a software-hardware-networking platform that facilitates content distribution and teacher vs students interactions via Multi Touch Interactive Whiteboards supporting up to 10 touches simultaneously.

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Cross-Platform App Dev for Digital Cloud Platform

"Their communication was wonderful."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Aug. 2020
Project summary: 

After going through a brainstorming meeting, Merixstudio developed a cross-platform, iOS and Android B2B mobile app. The team handled the project from ideation to execution.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Doha, Qatar
Founder, B2B Mobile App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio's work has received positive external feedback, and the app is suspected to garner regional success. The team was communicative and transparent, and their management of the app was relaxed.

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 digital cloud app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

I had an idea for an app and needed someone to develop it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started out with a brainstorming meeting for Merixstudio to understand my needs. During the design stage, they did exactly what I wanted but also enhanced the appearance. They developed a cross-platform app for Android and iOS. They did everything from brainstorming until completion. It’s a B2B app.

What is the team composition?

I worked with 11 teammates.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I checked out five companies in the US, Europe, and Qatar, and Merixstudio offered the best price.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $76,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from October 2019–August 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

My friends say the app is very nice. I think it’s going to be one of the top apps in this region.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Merixstudio let me join their Slack for communication. We also used Jira. Their communication and management of the app were easy-going. Everything was transparent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication was wonderful.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The team told me there was a three-month warranty after the release but it wasn’t free. Some companies offer a couple of months of free maintenance. This is an area they could improve.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Work with Merixstudio because they do good work. When people see my app they ask who built it.

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

Wireframe Demonstration for Investment Management Firm

"This has been a highly collaborative partnership throughout and the project has been delivered within budget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - July 2020
Project summary: 

Merixstudio developed a wireframe demonstration for a complex fintech operational risk service proposition. The output presented was meant to win over potential clients and investors.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Founder, Investment Management Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio successfully completed the deliverables. The team was communicative, dependable, and ready to take on any challenges of the project. The vendor has the ability to bring complicated concepts to life. With their exceptional service, they come highly recommended by the client.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

The company provides consulting services for risk management and regulatory change. Position: Founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Merixstudio?

To prepare a wireframe demonstration for a complex fintech operational risk service proposition.

What were your goals for this project?

To prepare a professional high fidelity demonstration of the proposed functionality of the tool suite in order to show potential clients and investors.

SOLUTION

How did you select Merixstudio?

We assessed the services offered by 4 different companies and visited the final two companies including Merix to walk through the product and their service offering. Following the final internal assessment of the services offered Merix was chosen for the work to be undertaken.

Describe the project in detail.

An initial workshop was held and a number of further discovery meetings were held with the Merix team. Following the initial discovery meetings, a low fidelity wireframe mock-up was produced.

Regular stand up meetings was held to agree on the screens and functionality for the wireframe ahead of development and walkthrough the agreed work that had been completed. Final designs and changes were agreed to produce a high fidelity demonstration before the project was closed in order to meet our expectations.

What was the team composition?

The initial team consisted of the project manager, front end developer, and UX designer. After the initial discovery meetings and preparation of the draft plan, it was agreed that the UX designer would only be required for the build, as well as additional input being provided by a graphic designer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Following the completion of the project, video demonstrations have been produced and the initial engagement of potential future clients has commenced.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The team assigned was very competent and a good collaborative working relationship was established. General questions were handled over slack whilst meetings were held to cover off any more challenging aspects of the solution. Regular stand-up calls were held and the UX designer provided some really valuable input into how the information could be presented to simplify some of the complex requirements of the solution.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The final product delivered has exceeded my expectations as has the work and commitment of the UX designer which has brought to life the complex ideas and concepts behind the solution. This has been a highly collaborative partnership throughout and the project has been delivered within budget. And I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm for any similar work.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There are no noteworthy areas for improvement. Overall this has been a very good experience and whilst there were a couple of final tweaks made for the demonstration, we are extremely happy with the quality of the product that was delivered.

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

Web Interface Development for Computer Vision Company

“Merixstudio has a high quality of engineering and design talent that they can deploy quickly.”

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

Merixstudio provides development and design resources to a computer vision company. Their most recent project entailed building a web interface on top of a cloud pipeline that allows clients to manage renders.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Ben Nunez
CEO, Evercoast
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio has played a critical part in enabling the company to process 3D renderings in the cloud in just 1–2 hours. They provide high-caliber resources that not only execute but also offer creative insights that contribute to the project's technical direction. Their rates are reasonable.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Evercoast is a computer vision and 3D software company. We do volumetric capture, where we primarily focus on turning humans in motion into 3D objects for use in VR, AR, and even conventional video. I’m the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We do 3D rendering and have software that captures data off of lots of cameras simultaneously. We then render that content, which requires an enormous amount of compute. Rather than trying to do that locally on a single server, we upload that data to the cloud. We wanted to build a web interface so that our clients could log in and manage their renders inside of the cloud and a web-based interface. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’d built a pipeline that manages all of our computer vision applications, and we initially engaged Merixstudio to take that pipeline and turn it into something that could run in the cloud. They built a web interface on top of it so that clients can log in, manage their renders and output, and preview data. The scope of their services was focused primarily on building a web application that could sit on top of and control all of the hard computer vision stuff that we do as a company internally.

The web app is built on Python and Django, as well as React and Angular. We use Redis, and it all runs on AWS.

What is the team composition?

We have a team of three people engaged at Merixstudio. 

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I’ve been working with Merixstudio for close to 12 years through various companies that I’ve had. I don’t recall exactly how I found them. They were a small company of about 10–20 people back then, and I understand they now have over 150 people. I’ve worked with them on a number of different engagements over the years. 

How much have you invested with them?

The cost has been $250,000–$400,000 over the last two years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them on this particular project in October 2018. It was an iterative release process, so we launched the first part of it without the web interface by the end of November, and we’ve been continually building on top of it since then. The web interface went live in January or February 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work that they did enables us to run a 3D rendering pipeline that completes work within an hour or two, whereas it would take days on a single computer. That’s the nature of running the pipeline on hundreds of computers in the cloud versus a single computer locally.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We don’t use them at all for project management; they provide a small team of people that has really become an extension of our team. We manage their engineering and design resources, so we don’t have a dedicated project manager allocated to our project.

Given the amount of projects I’ve done with Merixstudio over the years, I’ve used them for project management, giving them projects and letting them execute. Their project managers have always been very thorough and communicative. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Merixstudio has a high quality of engineering and design talent that they can deploy quickly. They have very reasonable rates, and the team is direct and easy to communicate with. 

I’ve found that with some offshore companies, you need to tell them exactly what to do, whereas Merixstudio has creative thinkers. They help us think through things and contribute to what the best approach is. That balance of being able to execute but then also contribute to the technical direction of what they’re working on has been helpful.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I really don’t have any suggested areas for improvement.

Any advice for potential customers?

I’d say that depends on the resources that the company who’s leveraging them has. I’ve found that what works best for us is having direct access to the engineering resources to be able to direct and work with them. However, in a lot of cases, companies don’t have the bandwidth to be able to do that as effectively, so engaging a project manager from their side would be much more important.

Pay attention to the time zone; being in New York, there’s a decent overlap of time throughout the day that we can work with them. However, if you’re somewhere like Los Angeles, you’re going to have a narrower window of time to overlap.

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

Internal System Rebuild for Independent Insurance Agency

"I had a great relationship with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Sep. 2019 - Mar. 2020
Project summary: 

After going through a storyboarding and journey mapping process, Merixstudio took an internal agency management system that was originally developed in ColdFusion and rebuilt it using Python.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Draper, Utah
CTO, Independent Insurance Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although Merixstudio was unable to finish the project due to external circumstances, they still created an exceptional product. The team did a great job of maintaining clear, open, and frequent communication, and their ability to understand the insurance industry made for a great partnership.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of an independent insurance agency

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We built an agency management system originally. The challenge we had was that it was built in a language that was dying, so we couldn’t find resources to help us fix or enhance it. We were looking for a software development company to help facilitate the rebuilding of the entire management system from the ground up.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Merixstudio did everything. They took a lot of the concepts from the original software and went through a journey mapping and storyboarding process. We looked at the existing issues and identified priorities before deciding what to enhance and tweak. The old language was ColdFusion, and the new one was Python.

What is the team composition?

They had a project manager, a QA team, UI/UX designers, and front- and backend developers.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We got burned quite a few times before working with Merixstudio. We were going to go the traditional route but decided that it wouldn’t work because we wanted the customization. We then looked at local development companies and engaged with a software company from Arizona, but it didn’t work out well. 

I looked at developers across the world, and I found that Eastern Europe typically ranked in the top five. We came across Clutch and started looking at all of the development shops in Eastern Europe. We liked Merixstudio’s approach and the opportunity to meet with them in Poland for the first workshop. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $350,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from September 2019–March 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I had a great relationship with them. Because of circumstances outside of their control, Merixstudio ended up not finishing the project. From what I saw, it was an incredible application.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Overall, they did quite well. Their communication was good and we had weekly meetings. We also talked 2–3 times per week outside of that using Slack and Jira. Merixstudio also used Confluence, as well as a wireframing tool. Our only challenge was that there were a few times where the budget was expanded. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’re in the insurance industry, and it’s quite unique. Merixstudio was able to grasp the industry as a whole, as well as its nuances, and then add value. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could’ve kept the project in line by identifying priorities and helping us. Everyone needed to be kept in line with the plan, which goes both ways. They had the expertise, so if they had been able to do that, we could’ve finished the project within the budget.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Understand your role and responsibilities and stick to them. Have clear and open communication, which the team is good at. Also, identify your objectives and what you need to get the software to function.

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

Frontend Dev for Furniture Startup

"We are now able to launch new products in a matter of days."

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

Merixstudio provided outsourced frontend design for a startup. Their team analyzed technical capabilities and provided coding and engineers that could build out the frontend of the entire product. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Kabeer Chopra
CPO, Burrow
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio made it possible for the product to be launched. Their team is very knowledgeable, talented, and effective. Their engineers had great project management and ability to manage content. The state of development was great. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Burrow, a direct-to-consumer start-up that makes clever furniture for modern life. Burrow’s mission is to build products for the way people actually live their lives. Burrow was named one of the 10 most innovative retail brands in the world by Fast Company, and the Burrow sofa was named of the 50 best inventions of the year by TIME.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Merixstudio?

We operate a fairly small team of engineers but needed to expand our capabilities drastically as we were planning on launching into multiple new product lines. We didn't have the time or resources to recruit and train new engineers so we needed a way to quickly expand the teams bandwidth.

What were your goals for this project?

In order to achieve our targets for the year, it was imperative that we hit our product expansion timelines. We needed the new resources to be ramped up quickly, adhere to our coding standards, while ensuring that front-end design requirements were being met without compromising code maintainability and performance.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We considered a total of 16 companies for this specific task. Each of the companies were taken through several rounds of interviews to assess for culture fit, technical capabilities and prior experience in our business and technology stack. The interviews were held by our our directory of engineering, members of our engineering team and myself (CPO). The eventual selection was based on the likemindedness of the approach that Merix Studio had, their experience in very similar verticals, quality of engineers, and competitive rates.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

One of the larger projects that Merix Studio took on shortly after joining was helping us single-handedly re-tool our front end and move from a legacy state management system to a cutting edge state management solution that drastically improved performance and code maintainability. Obviously this was a very open ended task, however, they were able to create a detailed work plan and progress along the desired timelines. Apart from such larger projects, they are as essential part of the team that is involved in day-to-day projects and decisions.

What was the team composition?

We had a team of 5 engineers & 1 project manager. Our internal team contributed 3 engineers while the other 2 were from Merix Studio

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Prior to Merix Studio joining our team, it would take us months to launch new product lines on our e-commerce application. After integrating with them and updating our infrastructure to support the new state management framework and a headless content management system, we are now able to launch new products in a matter of days and provide our e-commerce team a way to do so without the need of engineers!

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We utilized a part-time project manager from Merix Studio, along with our own internal product manager to co-ordinate resources and prioritization. For daily communication needs we passed all requirements through technical documentation and sprint planning on Hive. Daily communication was done through Slack with video calls on Microsoft Teams. We did not face any issues with the time difference or notice any language barriers.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team at Merix Studio is very talented and knowledgeable about the current state of development and best practices, apart from picking up our approach they have also become critical advisors in helping us think through long lasting architectural decisions.

Are there any areas for improvement?

My only suggestions here is that we should have built a more standardized requirements and approach process with the team. Just doing a simple hand-off isn't good enough, it requires a constant open channel between the team members.

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

Custom Software Development for Advertising Agency

"Merixstudio had a really talented team that was able to learn our product’s concept and nuances quickly."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Feb. 2020
Project summary: 

Merixstudio provided end-to-end development to a custom, interactive gaming website for a full-service ad agency. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
VP Marketing & Operations, Advertising Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website launched against a tight turnaround, meeting the client’s deadline, budgets, and requirements. Merixstudio delivered high-quality code thanks to their understanding of the product and highly skilled team. Their project management systems stood out. 

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 VP of marketing and operations at a full-service ad agency. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We wanted to develop an interactive gaming website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Merixstudio did everything in building the custom website from scratch: from design to UX to backend development. We had a few calls about the scope of the project about what to include or not include along with the timing and budget. It was a collaborative effort. The site includes login and gaming features like tallying a user’s account and progress.

What is the team composition?

We had a team of five people from their side, including a main project manager.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We put up a proposal online. We did some research, and Merixstudio showed up highly with their ratings and rankings. After considering 3–4 other agencies, we went with Merixstudio because they had the best resume and reviews and beat out a lot of North American companies in their communication and ability to follow up.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent close to $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project ran from October 2019 until February 2020. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was a pretty tight deadline for the scope of the project, but Merixstudio delivered on time and on budget. We’ve seen growth in userbase, and user feedback on the site has been great: it’s been a fun experience for users who have signed up. 

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent. We had one of the best project managers we’ve ever dealt with. He communicated well and set expectations so that there were no surprises. He sent us reports through Jira and showed us timelines and budgets through Excel. He even got to understand the product fairly well despite being new to the industry at the beginning.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Merixstudio had a really talented team that was able to learn our product’s concept and nuances quickly. The code was great, and if we ever ran into any issues, the team was able to pivot and adjust along the way. They have good developers and a solid system in place to give the client confidence in working with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I’m trying to think of something, but in most cases, they did what we wanted them to do. I don’t really have any feedback on that side of things. 

Any advice for potential customers?

When you create a brief, make it as detailed as possible so that Merixstudio can understand your project and dissect it more easily. They’ll still come back with a lot of questions, but if you prepare in the beginning and know exactly what you want, you’ll have a successful project at the end of the day.

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

Web & Mobile App Dev for Fleet Software Co

"Their entire team took time to grasp what we wanted to deliver at the beginning, which was fantastic."

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

From the ground up, MerixStudio developed a web-based software solution and a mobile app to establish an MVP for a software startup. The team integrated administrative features into the backend using Django.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Luke Withers
Founder & Managing Director, AUTIUM
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

MerixStudio delivered a functional product that fulfilled the project specifications and performed well in initial tests to the satisfaction of internal stakeholders. The team adapted communication methods to meet the needs of the partnership. Their transparency results in 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 founder and managing director of a software startup that provides technological solutions to any corporate entity that operates a fleet of vehicles.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MerixStudio?

We hired a developer who built an MVP that had issues. We weren't satisfied with the quality of the code. We also had issues with scope creep. We decided to pull away from that developer despite having spent a fair amount of money upfront. We needed to find a long term partner who could deliver for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

MerixStudio started the project from scratch. Their team helped with the design, wireframes, and review process of the product. Ultimately, they built the software solution, which is a web-based platform and a mobile application for iOS and Android. Their team also implemented an admin panel that allows us to manage the system using Django. They built the solution and still support the product, fixing any bugs and making any changes needed. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with 5–6 different individuals including designers, front- and backend developers, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with MerixStudio?

We conducted a formal RFP and went out to a number of developers, MerixStudio being one of them. We whittled down our options and eventually selected them. One of the biggest contributors to our decision was the amount of time that their team spent trying to understand our product. Their team was slightly more expensive than other options but they were the only business that was reluctant to give us a fixed price until we completed a discovery session. That’s what we wanted because we learned from our previous experience. We liked their approach of coming to understand the problem that we wanted to solve. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around €100,000 (approximately $107,500 USD) with MerixStudio.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project around June 2019 and we’re still working with MerixStudio.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They delivered all of the requirements within the established timeframe. The quality of their work’s good, so the testing went well and few bugs came through. We realized that the flow wasn’t quite what we wanted it to be, so we also made a few adjustments. We started testing with clients that signed up for a pilot program.

How did MerixStudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team uses a range of different systems such as Slack, which we use for ongoing and daily communications. We also work with Google Sheets for items such as estimations. At the start, we ran into a couple of issues because it was difficult for our team to work with 3–4 different platforms. We talked with MerixStudio and ended up using Slack and Google Sheets as our main forms of communication. As well, we had sprint review calls every two weeks, so communication was good. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

MerixStudio invested time to understand the problem that needed to be solved and the industry problems. Their entire team took time to grasp what we wanted to deliver at the beginning, which was fantastic. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

It seems that you can’t avoid scope creep in any project. In any other industry, you bid for work and adjustments are absorbed in your original fee. This isn’t specific to MerixStudio, it’s the industry. In other industries, you wouldn’t pay for adjustments or time to fix errors. One of the reasons that we chose them is because their team was committed to giving us a more accurate cost upfront. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take the time upfront to get their team to understand exactly what you want to achieve. Go into as much detail as possible about the product at the beginning of the project. Make sure to get clarity on the cost and why there's a buffer. 

5.0
Overall Score It’s a good partnership that’s worked well.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

B2B Platform Development for Software Company

They’re experts in their field, but they’re also humble.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio is helping to create a B2B gamification platform for an established online casino. Utilizing APIs along the way, the team is coding in React and leveraging AWS Firehose to develop the product.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Malta
Alexis Wicen
CEO, Unibo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio has continued to deliver clean, high-quality code that’s easily transferrable. They ensure that they set off on the right foot by deeply understanding the client’s needs. The team consists of humble experts who strike the delicate balance between taking orders and taking initiative.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of an online casino, and we’re currently building a B2B gamification platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We’ve been in the online casino business for a while and wanted to create an innovative platform with unique functionalities to distinguish us from other competitors.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first met and had workshops with Merixstudio to discuss our goals, particularly from a technical perspective.

They developed both the front- and backend of the platform, utilizing APIs along the way. They utilized AWS Firehose to absorb and process the technical platform. Essentially, they worked on a backend system with a front- and back office. They utilized React, among other technologies.

The platform features loyalty and gamification functionalities. It allows for tournaments, missions, and jackpots. They constructed the platform for largely transactional events.

What is the team composition?

Magdalena (Business Analyst, Merixstudio) was my initial point of contact but I interfaced primarily with Piotr (Senior Project Manager & Team Leader, Merixstudio). We had 4–5 full-time members on the project, but the team size can scale up to about 10–15 depending on the task at hand.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We were looking at various software development firms, and they were recommended to me by a friend who had been a previous client of theirs. They seemed to strike the perfect balance between being “yes-men” and taking their own initiative.

How much have you invested with them?

I’d say $550,000–$800,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in January 2019, and it’s still underway. We’re almost finished with our MVP product.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve been very happy with the quality of their work. They write very clean code, meaning that other developers could pick up the project from where they left off. Their effective project management drives the project forward.

We don’t have any metrics to share about the product since it’s just about to launch, but we’ve gotten great feedback about its design. If the functionality is delivered flawlessly, it’d really be too good to be true.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management is strong. They’ve recently been slightly delayed, but that’s somewhat due to the third-party company they have to work with to execute this platform. There have been some issues between their communication with them, but I believe that’s mostly due to the third-party’s end. Generally, we’re very happy with their work.

We used various tools. We communicated through Slack and held sprint reviews every two weeks. We maintained daily communication with everyone on the team.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re experts in their field, but they’re also humble. They try to understand the client’s needs to make sure they can go in the right direction.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I really can’t think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you hold a workshop before you engage them so both sides understand the scope and feasibility of the project.

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

Development Support for Digital Product Company

“If they were my employees, I’d say I had good employees.”

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

Merixstudio provides development outsourcing services to a digital product company, particularly for a digital signage product. They offer daily support.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Stuttgart, Germany
Marcel Scherer
Head of Media & Development, Netvico
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio has delivered high-quality work. Flexible and trustworthy, the team strives to help improve the development process for internal stakeholders. The project manager is a professional and dedicated scrum master who maintains impressive knowledge of all methodologies.

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 product owner, UI/UX lead, and head of media and development at Netvico, a digital product development company. We plan, develop, and design digital projects and products. We also have our own digital signage product.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We wanted to accelerate product development, but we were having trouble finding suitable specialists, developers, and QA people.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Merixstudio is helping us develop our digital signage product. They’re developing on the spec that our developers created from scratch. Our teams work together daily.

What is the team composition?

There’s one scrum master, two full-stack developers, and two QA people.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I was happy when Merixstudio contacted me via LinkedIn. The contact was quite good; I liked everything that they said to me, plus the size of their company and the projects that I saw on their website. We went to their office in Poland to meet more people rather than just communicating via email. We had an initial workshop, during which we did a small development of a feature for our product; it was really good and delivered on time.

How much have you invested with them?

My company has spent $110,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2019, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality is good. I don’t measure their work by anything other than the feeling I get.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

The project manager is really professional. He knows all of the methodologies and even brings some that I don’t know. He’s a dedicated scrum master, and we learn from him. 

Before we start development, I explain the feature that we want, and Merixstudio provides an estimation. We use Jira, through which I can see everything that’s in progress or why something isn’t in progress. We use Slack, Google Hangout, daily meetings, video conferences, etc. to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Merixstudio is flexible, and I trust them. If they were my employees, I’d say I had good employees. We had some things that we needed to change and make better, but they’re very flexible and want to help with the process.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there’s nothing for them to improve.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I’m very satisfied.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UI/UX Design & Rebranding for Financial Research Startup

"They have consistently over-delivered and provided us with clarity and confidence."

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

Merixstudio provided UI/UX design for a financial research startup. Their team was also responsible for rebranding and advertising campaigns.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Alister Sneddon
CTO and Co-Founder, Genuine Impact
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback from the users and the community of the startup has been overwhelmingly positive. Merixstudio provides instant feedback and consistently communicates to facilitate a successful working relationship. Their team is committed and transparent.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CTO, and one of three co-founders, for a financial research startup. We specialise in helping DIY/retail customers make better investment decisions with an iOS and Android app. As a small startup, pre-seed funding and less than five full time employees, efficiency and cost-consensus decisions are absolutely key. My responsibilities cover all agencies and deliveries for our app and website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Merixstudio?

After our pre-seed funding, we needed a new look and a massive overhaul to our user experience. We looked around for an agency that has experience both in the financial space, as well as a proven track record of fast high quality delivery. We didn't just want a developer and experience which drew on a whiteboard, we needed an outside perspective and to give the agency space to innovate in ways we couldn't think of. With that in mind, the challenge was to produce a new brand, new look, and new experience, from an agency with some experience in the financial space.

What were your goals for this project?

We had a very hard deadline which had to be hit. We also required additional services as we went (from design into building frontend components, as well as creating our first advertising campaign.) The main goal was the delivery of high quality designs ahead of the deadline. This goal was hit, which then allowed us to get additional services and work in an extremely agile way. Our customer feedback on the new designs has been incredible. It has raised the bar for what our customers expect as well as given us a fresh new look to approach investors with.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We contacted nine different vendors, and interviewed six. Originally we were heavily focused on locally based agencies rather than anyone offshore. However, Merix went over and above to prove not only the ease of communication but also their commitment to winning the project. We were very impressed with not only the quality, but the flexibility they could offer us. Everything was managed in an extremely professional way without putting up barriers.

Describe the project in detail.

I produced two specification documents, one for design and one for development. The documents outlined required data, experience points, and 3rd party interactions. We described the flow and the information the user needed to view, but left a lot of room for "what is the best way to display this" as we wanted the external input. This meant we had a very agile approach in terms of what was expected versus a detailed requirement document. For the rebranding we agreed to leave parts until the end of the application design, allowing us to create a brand based off our new look and feel.

Merix contributed to our approach but sharing their knowledge about what yields the best results. We were also surprised at the openness and transparency of the team, as well as the approach to project management. We had direct slack communication with the whole team as well as regular formal updates from the project manager. Everything was documented and recorded, there was never a situation where we asked for information or clarity and there was a delay in collecting the information, it was always on hand. We had daily communication both through slack as well as invision for the designs.

When it came time to create the designs as reusable code elements, we were given access to the GIT repo on Gitlab and a testing environment to see all progress. Nothing during the project was hidden from us.

What was the team composition?

Project manager across any teams we interacted with, a business development point of contact, a UX/UI designer, and a team of three developers/QA personnel. The teams were kept small and focused, allowing for maximum communication and buy in on our project. For the first phase the main team was the PM and designer. As we moved into development we got the extra resources. Merix were very open around the team costs, their individual hours and deliverable, and the pros and cons of expanding or reducing the team size.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have received fantastic and encouraging feedback from our users and our community. The frontend elements which have been passed onto our app developers are also of extremely high quality, we have had little to no additional recoding of their output. The integration of their code into the application has been faster than expected. Both the board and our investors have also expressed their excitement at the new brand.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The communication and the tools used by Merix were both excellent. The ability for us to provide instant feedback and to work closely with their team as if they were in our office was fantastic. We could easily provide feedback, see new designs, and work through any changes. The structure of the work and process around delivery and communication was clear.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their commitment to going over and above expectations stands out. They have consistently over-delivered and provided us with clarity and confidence. Working with a remote agency can have it's drawbacks, Merix are aware of the limitations and actively work harder to make sure they can offer the same level of quality and transparency as your own inhouse teams.

Are there any areas for improvement?

During one phase of the project, we were given different proposals for alternative approaches which slowed down the overall project. Pitching for a bigger project during the existing project did cause confusion which was then resolved. That was the only time we became worried about the delivery, as they had been excellent up to that point. Even with that distraction everything completed before the deadline.

5.0
Overall Score Excellent agency to work with, high quality work at a very good price. Clear communication and very welcoming. They went above and beyond.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a few situations where team members were unavailable but this was communicated and didn't impact the deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Extremely cost effective given the high quality and speed of delivery.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Extremely high quality, the designs and the code were to spec and better than expected.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very happy to refer them for similar projects, I expect the quality is the same on larger or longer projects.
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Business Entity Name
MERIXSTUDIO
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Poland
Id
NIP: 7772427860
Date of Formation
Dec 1, 2010
Last updated
Oct 4, 2019
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