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Merixstudio is a creative software house established in 1999, based in Poznań/Poland.

We are a full-stack agile team ready to plan, design and develop your web applications & digital products. We love startups!

 

Merixstudio collaborates with international firms, such as GS1, The Juilliard School, RingCentral, Toshiba, DFJ, SendinBlue, HSBC, Orange, 123rf, Divio, Ferratum, The Independent, Homes.com, Moneyfarm, Virgin, Volkswagen, startups and other creative agencies who don't have the development skills in-house to help them bring their great ideas to life.

 

Our core competencies (and something that makes us stand out) are rich web application development and UX/UI design (with the focus on product design).

The team has more than 100 high-skilled specialists: Front-end developers (native JavaScript, Angular, React, React Native), Python/Django developers, UI/UX designers, QA testers and project managers – all working together from our HQ in Central Europe in Poznan/Poland.

 

We also build our own projects including open source solutions such as Django Trench which is an application for two-factor authentication for Django REST Framework. Learn about the application on our Github profile: bit.ly/DjangoTrench

For more information regarding skills, team and agile approach, please go to www.merixstudio.com

Want to learn more? Let's talk!

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
1999
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Poznań, Poland
headquarters
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.

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.

Merixstudio provided front-end development support for two of MF’s internal teams; among others, the onboarding team with a key focus of unifying the users’ onboarding process. This referred e.g. minimising differences between the flows on web and mobile, doing groundworks for A/B testing on user flow. We also dealt with data analysis and data visualisation ( we used for these dygraphs and chart.js - JavaScript charting libraries).

We followed agile management using “Quarterfall” model i.e. planning in 3-month blocks where OKRs were derived from work prioritised for the quarter. The team incorporated Scrum that served as a framework for delivery and employed its ceremonies that facilitated the 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

App

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.

The whole development process showcased a great advantage of React Native as a multi-platform, JavaScript-based technology, as well as Python/Django as a backend technology. With the development of the Django-fuelled backend running smoothly we were sure that this is the most optimal technology for the projects of such nature. Beyond that, the team worked with of Redux, Web Sockets, and Django REST framework to deliver the application that went live in the summer of 2018.

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

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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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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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Vogue Tyre - marketing website for luxury products

For over 103 years Vogue Tyre is providing custom luxury tires for the most discerning customers. Their perfected design and technology create distinctive products with outstanding performance that needed to be promoted on a website that mirrors this attention to detail. 

We were tasked with creating a site that promotes Vogue Tyre's premium products - Tyres, Wheels, and Accessories. With award-winning animations,

premium design, and original style that highlights the value of Vogue Tyre products the bar was set pretty high for us. 

During the project, our software house was responsible for UX/UI, Front-End Development, and QA. Apart from showcasing great craftsmanship through the high-quality animation, the final product was supposed to emphasize the friendly attitude and the longevity of the company. Did we meet all those criteria? Check for yourself on Vogue Tyre's website.

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

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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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Herb Alpert Presents

Complex multi-site project for American artist prepared in cooperation with our partner from USA. After receiving graphic designs our task was to write HTML/CSS/JS and then develop fully custom content management system for which we have used Django Framework. Project is full of advanced JavaScript. 

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The Old Axolotl

Beautifully responsive, one-page experience for Polish sci-fi writer Jacek Dukaj’s new novel “The Old Axolotl”
The site uses modern web technologies, including Pixi.js, a lightweight 2D rendering library that helped us animate objects in background.
Project was created in collaboration with Platige Image that delivered illustrations and video content.

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Platform Dev for Claims Agent

“Their attention to detail is exceptional. ...  we've seen surprisingly few bugs.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio updated a Python Django platform to version 3.0 and upgraded the frontend. They also added new features, including an electronic proof of claim.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Owner, Claims Agent
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team is impressed with the quality of the code. Merixstudio went above and beyond to meet all needs, while extensive testing and research helped them deliver a top-notch product that didn’t require many iterations.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the owner of a company that acts as a claims agent for larger bankruptcy cases.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

Our platform was outdated and didn't have many features. We needed to have more features in order to take on newer cases, so we started looking for a vendor to update our platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We run a Python Django platform, and we were using version 2. We wanted to move up to version 3 and upgrade our frontend.  Merixstudio helped us overhaul the entire website.

One of the new features they added was an electronic proof of claim. Recently, the courts started to allow electronic filings and electronic proof of claim. We needed to have a very secure platform that is easy to use for our users to send their claims in an electronic form.

What is the team composition?

We work with 5–6 members of their team, including a project manager, UX designers, and developers. I spoke with everyone on the team at one time or another.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

They were recommended to me by a friend who had worked with them previously and was impressed with their work.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent about $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in June 2016, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've been very happy with everything. They do a lot of planning and research and provide valuable feedback. They go through a very thorough process before they take each step, so we've seen surprisingly few bugs.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They do a lot of testing and make sure they're comfortable with the code before they put it out there, which limits the number of iterations we have to go through. We mostly use phone and email to stay in touch.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their attention to detail is exceptional. Also, they have a very good way to explain technical things to someone who doesn't have the background.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sometimes, it seemed that they went into too much detail. But once the project was completed, we realized that that was necessary to make the execution part painless.

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

App & Web Dev for Consultancy

“We appreciate their transparency about their abilities and timeframes.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2018–Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio provides ongoing support to develop and redesign a web-based app. The platform is mobile friendly and allows for various user interactions, including transactions and registration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zurich, Switzerland
Founder, App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app performs as expected and has satisfied requirements, so far. As a team, Merixstudio has provided clarity and stability throughout the project. They deliver the work on time and communicate effectively about their progress.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a company that does administration for AWS and Microsoft Azure. I’m also in the process of developing an app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

I had issues with the original developers I chose from the project—there were too many bugs in the final version. I hired Merixstudio as a partner to redesign and develop new features in the app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We kept the nature of the developed web app, but Merixstudio redesigned the platform and created a new interface. They implemented new features and made the app mobile responsive. Their team built it to allow user registrations, order customizations, and transactions. They created the app using PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.

What is the team composition?

There are five teammates dedicated to the project. They devote front- and backend developers, a tester, project manager, and business analyst.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I found Merixstudio on Clutch and compared them to several companies. I wanted a company that I didn’t need to travel far to visit and weren’t as pricey as other vendors in Switzerland, so I chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between €30,000-40,000 (approximately $34,000–$45,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We hired them in July 2018 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

So far, I’m delighted with the quality of the work. We performed user testing on their deliverables and everything functions well.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate using Slack and their team uses Jira to manage the project. They’ve done a great job with that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We appreciate their transparency about their abilities and timeframes. They always tell us how long certain tasks will take them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We like working with Confluence, so that’d be helpful in the future.

4.5
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 Software Development for AI SaaS Company

“Merixstudio was able to not only code it but deliver it in its entirety.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Resources from Merixstudio integrated with an internal team to develop the web frontend from scratch using an Angular framework. They also developed the mobile UI. The services are ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vienna, Austria
Eduard Rameder
CTO, Sheepblue
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio successfully developed the frontend, earning positive feedback from users and fellow developers who appreciate its stability and the synchronicity between the web and the application. The project coordinator kept the work and communication flowing, and they managed problems proactively.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of Sheepblue, which trains AI on how to schedule people. For people in the US, there’s a work scheduling app. It’s a huge challenge to find the right shift schedule. For example, a single mom may want to be with her kids in the afternoon so she prefers to work in the morning, or a student may prefer to work on weekends. Our mechanism learns those preferences, and, at the same time, understands business needs. It reduces overages in hours and split shifts, and schedules people in shifts that work for them.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were looking for a reliable partner to implement our web frontend with a modern technique. We figured that doing so would increase the quality of our backend processes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Merixstudio developed our web frontend from scratch. We worked together as a team as they integrated into our development. They also developed the mobile UI. They used the Angular framework for development. The communication between the backend and the frontend happens via a RESTful API.

The web frontend is meant to be used by managers to define shifts and manage resources. It has a holiday calendar and off-time management. There are features called “My Shift” and “My Schedule” that are used when an employee needs to interact with their shift and see what shifts would be scheduled in the next couple of weeks.

What is the team composition?

We’re working with a project coordinator who facilitates communication between their team and ours. We had three frontend developers, and we’re currently using two full-time developers.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We already had experience with Merixstudio on another project, so we asked them to work with us again. We compared them with a few competitors and selected Merixstudio for their professional processes and good communication, and the teams they proposed seemed quite good. They were incredibly reliable, the quality was fine, and they were straight to the point when it came to problems or if they thought our specifications weren’t written in the best way. They came up with improvements, and we had effective dialogue on the same level. We had a good experience, so we got back to them with this project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio two years ago. The MVP was launched in the first week of January, 6–7 months after we started the implementation. The engagement is ongoing for improvements and reiterations.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Merixstudio has performed quite well. From the beginning, they assigned a project coordinator who pushed the effort, enforced active communication and involved us whenever they became stuck. We onboarded Merixstudio’s team well, and communication improved after that. 

Merixstudio developed the entire frontend of our platform. Whatever the customer sees as coming from our company came from Merixstudio. Merixstudio was able to not only code it but deliver it in its entirety.

When asked for feedback, our users said that the frontend feels rock-solid, which is a testament to Merixstudio’s work. As software developers, we sometimes experience frustration interacting with applications because they feel too fragile or unstable, or because they feel too different between different browsers and devices, but Merixstudio’s frontend is rock-solid in comparison.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We don’t have a project manager on their team because we’re directing the project. The development and interaction processes are based on Atlassian’s Jira. We use the tool to interact with Merixstudio and hand over requirements, tickets, and specifications. We’ve worked in an agile way, so we didn’t have schedules.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Whenever there was a feeling of something not going well, such as the communication with a team member, Merixstudio had a good sense for it, and they had an excellent process to escalate issues in the best way. They addressed issues right away before they became problematic. They’re quite proactive when it comes to communication or anticipating issues with the team or the timetable. They contacted us immediately and requested a meeting, and stayed in touch for the next couple of weeks until they were sure the problem was covered. This helped a lot.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’re not the least expensive option when it comes to offshoring, but it comes down to paying a price for quality.

When it came to choosing and onboarding new team members, the profiles offered by Merixstudio weren’t conclusive. Every team member had AngularJS skills, but it was difficult to understand whether they were experts or intermediate level. I’d like to choose potential members through a more standardized profile and have an easier way to find the right people without going through several interviews and explaining my needs multiple times. 

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clients should make expectations around resources clear from the beginning. It’s important to know the schedule as well as the number of resources needed on both sides. On one occasion, we didn’t share our plans enough in advance, so we lost one of our more important resources in the middle of the project. On the current project, we shared our plans for the next 12 months, and Merixstudio let us know about their bookings and the availability of different resources. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We didn’t keep strict schedules, but they were absolutely fine in terms of general timeliness.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

MVP & Beta for Innovation Hub Platform

“They have a strong balance of professionalism, talent, communication, and friendliness.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio developed an MVP for a platform that connects individuals, communities, and ideas worldwide. They’ve since gone through multiple iterations and are now working on a polished beta.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Maxwell Hartman
Founder and CEO, Humanitrack
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project is still in the startup phase, but Merixstudio is working hard to incorporate user feedback and implement new features. Although the project costs have increased with the scope, the team strives to provide cost-effective development services. Customers can expect a transparent process.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Humanitrack. We’re a startup in Denmark that seeks to connect individuals, groups, and ideas from around the world into a community of communities. Our platform organizes and validates innovation news to identify new opportunities for all of us to solve.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Merixstudio?

I initially needed resources to build the MVP of our platform. Their role has since evolved into developing a polished early beta.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to develop a working MVP of my platform on a budget without sacrificing any of the necessary features. This would serve as a foundation to test with our core user base. Since the platform and community around it would define our company, the MVP needed to be exceptional.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I needed a large, cost-effective team to build and test the platform, so I searched for development studios outside of Denmark but within the European Union. Merixstudio responded to my job posting, and I liked them from the get-go. Not only were they transparent and clear communicators, but they also understood my vision and were willing to work with my budget.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

In the beginning, I provided them with my ideas, desired features, logo, and wireframes to scope out the project. We then immediately started on v1.0 of the MVP, which involved UX/UI design, back- and frontend development, and finally QA. After adding some additional features, we reworked this iteration for v1.1.

Their team has since released v2.0, adding significant gamification elements, and we’re currently working on v2.1. The latest version will address issues and make the platform more accessible and focused for new users.

The platform runs on a hierarchical management system and features a newsfeed, custom forum, automatic posting through URLs, a commenting system, and notifications. Users can also register on Facebook and make PayPal donations. Merixstudio designed the UI using Material-UI, and the platform is hosted on AWS.

What was the team composition?

The team consists of a project manager, three frontend developers, a backend developer, a UI lead, and a UX lead. We’ve also had different QA specialists who rotated based on availability as well as an AWS specialist who set up and optimized our platform on the cloud.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re still in the startup phases, so we don’t have any metrics yet. However, we’ve tested early versions of our platform with users and are implementing their feedback into v2.1. I’m confident that our current iteration will help onboard our first core users, allowing us to build out content and make further revisions.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project manager is responsive to my needs and understands my financial limitations, often suggesting ways to reduce costs. We coordinate through Slack and Jira, and they have daily Google Hangouts meetings to keep everyone fully aligned.

They’ve also been transparent throughout the process. When I asked about some minor changes that were taking longer than expected, they told me exactly what had happened. Occasionally, we’ve missed a few deadlines, but this was due to holidays, a growing feature list, and unforeseen complications.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Although I’m a smaller customer, I appreciate that they still treat me like a huge client. I had the pleasure of visiting their office and enjoyed meeting their team. They have a strong balance of professionalism, talent, communication, and friendliness.

Are there any areas for improvement?

While the price estimates were accurate for v1.0, the costs have nearly tripled as we’ve continued to v2.1. Furthermore, the AWS quote was grossly underestimated, and I wish we could’ve avoided incurring setup costs for the un-optimized AWS system during the first few months. However, I appreciate that they were willing to handle the AWS setup themselves instead of outsourcing it to a more expensive vendor.

5.0
Overall Score I'm blown away by the quality of their deliverables. They’re a professional and personable group.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Overall, they’re excellent, but there have been things that took longer than expected.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For this level of quality, the cost is superb, though I would have preferred to cut a few corners on QA for the early versions.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They have a thorough QA and UX design process and are agile when executing tasks.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    You can't beat the commitment, communication, and transparency.

Dev Project for Software Company

“They do high-quality work. If there is a problem, they address it very quickly.”

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

Working alongside an in-house team, Merixstudio oversaw the development of an interactive rapid assessment tool and a virtual vending machine that provides HP products for the new program.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Edinburgh, Scotland
Paul Thompson
Commercial Director, Consenna
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team impressed with the quality of the code and the client loves the new software. Merixstudio went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their expertise, professionalism, and proactive approach contributed to the ongoing 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 commercial director at Consenna.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were developing an interactive software and some sales enablement tools for one of our clients. We were looking for additional development resources.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave them the wireframes and they developed for us two different tools in HTML5. One tool was an interactive rapid assessment that helped identify whether or not the business was ready for the new program–the Office of the Future. Merixstudio delivered a customized report with their recommendations based on their findings. The other tool was a virtual vending machine, which would provide the appropriate HP products for the Office of the Future, as well as the pricing. They continue to update different elements of the software on a regular basis.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with about six of their team members, including front- and backend developers and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I did some research online and checked their reviews on Clutch. They had very good reviews, so I chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent about £50,000 (approximately $63,770 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September 2016 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The client was extremely happy with the software and approved it. They even wanted to use it outside the UK.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very professional, proactive, and honest. Our managing director went over to Poland to meet with them at the start of the engagement. After that, we mostly used Skype and phone calls to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They do high-quality work. If there is a problem, they address it very quickly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I'd highly recommend them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I recommend speaking with Kamil (Head of Business Development, Merixstudio). He is very knowledgeable and understands business, so you can write out the scope of the project very quickly.

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

Web Dev & Design for Financial Services Firm

“They help us with many of our core features.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio provides web development services, working on the design and development of a new server-side frontend. They use Angular, Node.js, and TypeScript for the work.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1,000 Employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Head of Web Development, Financial Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team is excellent, comprised of experts that work professionally, assist with complex technical components, and contribute valuable time and deliverables to the overall project. They communicate smoothly and maintain regular updates to ensure the work is properly tracked.

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 head of web development at a financial services firm. We provide services in customer lending, banking, and lending to small and medium enterprises.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were developing a client-side application and server-side component and we needed additional resources to help us deliver them.

That involved joining in the development work on our new platform, which we were over 70% of the way through.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us finalize project of transformation of our core frontend platform to new tech stack, which we were around eight months into.  It’s an extension of our existing solution but involved building a whole platform.

Their development used Angular, Node.js, and TypeScript, focusing on the public website side. They worked on the communication between the internal systems and the client-side frontend. It’s a more technical component. We were also doing a lot of technical work on the frontend side that isn’t visible to the client.

What is the team composition?

There were four people at the beginning and now there are three. We communicate with all of them; they’re integrated into our team.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I found them on Clutch.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in April 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They help us with many of our core features, particularly in terms of specifying them. They’re a very valuable addition to our internal team when it comes to complex technical solutions. They help offload our internal dev leads, which is very good.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

The project management is handled on our side. We’re in constant contact, with daily meetings, and the communication is good. There are code reviews and other things like that to keep track of the quality.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their technical expertize in frontend development is impressive. I visited their office once and saw they have a team of about 70 people, split between front- and backend development. I could really see that they’re specialized in technology, rather than being generalized. It means they know the technologies they work with extremely well.

It also means they have a large team to consult with. They’re professional, which is a rare commodity to find.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In one case they had an employee who was leaving the company and he didn’t perform very well in his last few weeks. There’s not much one can do about that though, and the remaining team members took over and they fixed it. They rectified the situation well.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No.

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

Web Platform Dev for Software Company

"Overall, they’re a good and competent team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio handled the wireframing, design, and development of a responsive web app using Python Django. They also provided support on the business development front and are an ongoing tech partner.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sodermanland, Sweden
Jonas Ekegren
Co-Founder, Walaro Software
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team’s genuine interest in the business idea and revenue model led to the development of a platform that solves a real problem. Merixstudio doesn’t need to be micromanaged and acts more as a partner rather than a one-off vendor. Hiring them early-on in the project will ensure stellar results.

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 one of the founders and CEO of Walaro Software.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were entering the self-storage business, which isn’t too digitalized. We took on a consumer perspective and tried to solve the issues and challenges that someone might have when looking to rent storage space.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We contacted Merixstudio during the early stages of our project. We gave them an overall technical description, based on which they went through all the wireframing and design work, along with the technical development. They built a responsive web-based application on the Python Django framework.

What is the team composition?

We had a business developer and a technical project leader. There were also 2–4 developers working for us at different times.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

My CTO searched on Google, and I believe we found their Clutch reviews. We read about some of Merixstudio’s recent work and decided to give them a call. We were impressed with them from the start, so they were the only company we contacted.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €50,000 (approximately $58,100 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in April 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re quite impressed from a business development perspective. It’s not often that we find a tech team that wants to know so much about our business idea and revenue streams. Their curiosity helped us when we started discussing technical challenges, what problem we were actually trying to solve, and how we wanted to make money through the platform. Overall, they’re a good and competent team.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve performed perfectly. We use Google Hangouts for online meetings, and communicate a lot through Slack. They’re professional, punctual, and always ask questions when they need to be asked.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The expectation when outsourcing a web project is that we have to tell the developers in detail what needs to be done and what to avoid. This isn’t the way Merixstudio works, which impressed us, turning them into more of a tech partner than a vendor. I believe there’s a big difference between the two.

They worked by first understanding our business and revenue streams and then developed the technical platform. I think this is the way to go for companies like Merixstudio.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Actually, no, which is unbelievable. I can’t think of anything they could’ve done better than they have so far in this project.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

As always, it’s important to be a good buyer. I believe Merixstudio is a good team, and they’ll give a lot of business development support, but clients need to be good buyers in order to get the results we’ve gotten from Merixstudio. Contacting them at the early stages of a project will be greatly beneficial.

4.5
Overall Score There’s always some room for improvement.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev for Online Applications Company

“Their developers are talented and possess the expertise we need.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio supplements an in-house development team on a major e-commerce system redesign. Their developers aided in the early planning stages and are currently coding the front- and backend systems.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Urk, The Netherlands
Ruben de Jong
Project Manager, Skrepr
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio’s work has received positive feedback from code reviewers. Throughout the development process, they’ve been well-organized and communicative. They respond well to feedback and are quick to correct any issues that come up.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a project manager at Skreper. We create custom software, websites, and web applications for businesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We needed an extra set of hands to help us reinvent an e-commerce system for a major client.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we started out, I introduced the developers to our project and went over the pieces that had already been completed. We discussed the scope of the client’s existing web store and clarified which direction we wanted to move in for the overhaul. There were no frontend designs or wireframes to study, so Merixstudio was heavily involved in brainstorming the optimal solutions with us before development began.

Once development began, we used React on the frontend, along with things like Redux and Redux Saga. For the backend, we used Symfony, as well as Doctrine ORM as a database management system. Our company also added a proprietary framework that drives within Symfony. Additionally, we applied behavior-driven development and wrote those tests in Behat.

We’re still in a framework-heavy stage of development. In terms of what they’re working on, one of the programmers wrote a code generator from scratch, which, when given a set of data, generated the entire framework of the code necessary for the back- and frontend.

What is the team composition?

We have a project manager, plus two developers working with us full time. We occasionally bring in an additional specialist to review the completed work.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I wasn’t involved with that decision, but I believe our CEO traveled to Poland to meet them in person. I’m not sure if he visited any other contenders, but I know he was choosing between Merixstudio and another company, possibly in Africa.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in mid-October 2017 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform is still in an experimental stage, so our feedback right now is mostly from code reviewers and technical personnel. The response has been very positive.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

I handle most of the project management tasks. Their project manager serves as more of a scrum master, ensuring that the developers there are performing optimally and that we don’t hit any obstacles. In terms of communication, we use Slack actively throughout the day and we also have daily standups via Skype. We also use Skype to have regular sessions for sprints, refinement, and retrospectives.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve worked with two other contractors in the past and Merixstudio definitely stands out from a technical standpoint. Their developers are talented and possess the expertise we need.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They actually ask me for feedback every couple of weeks on how they can improve. Anytime I’ve mentioned something in the past, they corrected it almost immediately. They react very well to feedback. I can’t think of any issues that haven’t been resolved.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I can’t think of anything right now.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re on the expensive side.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Branding & Web Dev for Gaming Community

“Their business development process has been very helpful and prepared us to move forward.”

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

Merixstudio is developing a web-based networking platform for gamers. After a series of business workshops, they designed a logo and landing page. They’re now finishing the MVP for beta testing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
British Columbia, Canada
David Zinnemann
CEO, Up Your eGame
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the platform is still in development, a university has responded positively and is interested in trialing the MVP. Merixstudio took a holistic approach to the project, providing crucial business knowledge and branding services. Their thoroughness and attention to detail distinguish them.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Up Your eGame. We provide a way for gamers and organizations to connect with each other. Our tool helps users build their gaming team and branding.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

After interviewing several potential customers, we got to the point where we needed to create a tangible product. We needed resources to work with us through the ideation phase and then build our web-based platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Initially, they conducted a few workshops with us to see if our companies were a good fit. They didn’t want to enter a project that we couldn’t finish, so we worked through the business development process to ensure that we had clear expectations on both sides.

They then developed the UX, wireframes, and visuals. At the time, we were using a logo that I’d created quickly as a placeholder, so it didn’t look professional. They designed a new logo to build a more polished brand identity as well as a landing page.

Currently, they’re working on developing and testing an MVP of our platform. They use React for the frontend and Django for the backend. They’ve included several details that have improved the feel of our site. Although they’re small, those additions are important to the overall functionality and user experience.

What is the team composition?

The team consists of a project manager, UI designer, UX designer, 1–2 frontend developers, 1–2 backend developers, and a QA engineer.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I researched vendors online and interviewed several agencies to see who would be a good fit. When I described the project, most companies merely provided a quote without going into much detail. However, Merixstudio stood out to us because they required us to do some business development to see if we’d set things up properly. They wanted to look through the workflow and understand what our platform’s experience would be before giving a scope and estimate.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $150,000 thus far.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve recently talked with a university that’s interested in beta testing what we’ve developed and have received great feedback so far. They’re currently using Facebook—which is the gold standard of social networks—but are now keen to switch over to our platform for a period. We consider this a big win for us.

How did Merixstudioperform from a project management standpoint?

The communication is excellent. We have set call times throughout the week and use Slack for any questions or concerns. I also appreciate how detail-oriented they are. If we ask for a certain feature, they’ll discuss the logistics with us, from the budget to the expectations on both sides. They aren’t just an outsourced development team; rather, it’s more of a partnership.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their business development process has been very helpful and prepared us to move forward. After we started the engagement, we joined an incubator to boost our business. During the four-day mandatory training course, we realized that Merixstudio’s workshop had already covered most of the material. They even gave us several tools that the accelerator lacked.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be transparent with your ideas and keep the communication lines open.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They ‘ve been punctual and have delivered everything that they said they would.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Not only were they a good value, they were considerate of our money as well.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve helped out with all aspects of our platform’s quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d definitely refer them.

Web Dev for Small Business Consultancy

“Merixstudio’s work is always well-coded, clean, and organized.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2013 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Merixstudio fills staffing gaps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming. They assisted with the relaunch of a website using Ajax API and developed an external web app. They also helped with an HTML newsletter.

The Reviewer
 
50-201 Employees
 
Eschborn, Germany
Steffen Kroggel
Head of Online-Communication, RKW Competence Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio’s high-quality work is stable and there has been no negative feedback. They deliver excellent updates and ask good clarifying questions when needed. They are customer-focused and deliver satisfaction with their strong professionalism and knowledge of current technology.

 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The RKW Competence Center is a non-profit and publicly funded research and development institution. We work with and for small and medium-sized enterprises on solutions for the challenges of the future - in securing skilled workers, innovation, and corporate development. Another focus is entrepreneurship. We develop practical recommendations and solutions for small and medium-sized companies, which we provide free of charge. The RKW Competence Center is part of the nationwide RKW network.

I’m the head of online communication, responsible for everything that can be seen online from us. My daily business is comprised of quality checks of our code base and planning of new projects concerning further development of our website features and tools.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We have an agency that provides layouts for our website. They consult us concerning usability and the user journey, but they cannot provide HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming. We only have capacity for PHP coding in-house. We had to fill this gap.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve worked on several projects with Merixstudio. The first one was the relaunch of our main website, which involved several templates. The main challenge was the programming of a significant Ajax API. We described what we wanted in detail, and they delivered the corresponding code to us. They also provided quality checks concerning HTML and CSS, using several devices.

The second project was an external web app, also based on Ajax. It provides help to small businesses in the planning of staffing resources. The scope also involved HTML5 and CSS3 coding. They provided quality checks using several devices and browsers.

We worked on a third project for an HTML newsletter. There were several difficulties concerning email clients, which Merixstudio managed very well. They also performed testing. The final product was delivered as fully usable HTML code.

Merixstudio helped us on a recent project with a very tight deadline. We originally planned to get the code from a different agency, which also made the layout. We rescheduled deadlines for the layout again and again, and, one week before the deadline, they told us that they would not have the capacity to code for one year. Merixstudio jumped in and saved us.

We provided layouts and wireframes in most cases along with detailed documentation of what we needed and how we needed it when we had special requirements.

What is the team composition?

I’ve had contact with 2–3 project managers from their team. I saw the developers in the background, but I never had direct contact with them.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I worked with Merixstudio in my former job. We also worked with them when we had some problems in resource planning so they were my first choice. I knew that they provided high quality at a low price so I decided to work with them on projects for RKW Competence Center.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost of their work has been €25,000–€30,000 ($29,246–$35,095 USD). The relaunch of our website cost around €8,000 ($9,331 USD) and the external web app cost around €5,000 ($5,832 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio in 2013. The collaboration is ongoing on a project basis.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The only feedback I get is when things don’t work so it’s a good sign that nobody has reported problems. We have a small internal team with two people working on the code. As one of the people looking at the code and performing quality checks, Merixstudio’s work is always well-coded, clean, and organized. It’s well commented which makes it easy to find specific parts.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Most of the communication is done via email. The project managers always keep us up-to-date. They are fast in responding to emails. They are always trying to understand what the client really wants. They ask the right questions. If we deliver documentation that is not straightforward, they will email us or start a Skype chat to discuss the work. They are focused on doing everything to make the client happy.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I am very happy with them. Merixstudio is a professional company that is always up-to-date with new technologies. They deliver on time, and, if a delay occurs, they always communicate that they will have difficulties meeting the timeline. This is important if we are responsible for delivering on time. We can communicate with the other people involved, which is possible only if we have the right information.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Be open about what you want from working with them and don’t hide information because it seems unimportant. On several occasions, we provided Merixstudio with information that we thought wouldn’t be important for the coding, but it turned out that when they started working on the project, the information became important for understanding why we wanted the product to turn out in a certain way.

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  • 5.0 NPS
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Dec 1, 2010
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Oct 4, 2019
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