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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.

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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.

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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React Web Dev for Transcription Start Up

"Since its launch, we haven’t faced any specific issues with the software."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Merixstudio developed a web-based software solution, working on the build based on wireframes and API documentation. The software incorporates an online editor tool to facilitate audio transcription.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
André Bastié
CEO, Happy Scribe
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software has been well received since its launch, performing properly and with no significant bugs reported. The team performed well throughout the project, working along established sprints and picking up the pace of work as the development went on.

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 Happy Scribe. Our company provides automated transcription tools for journalists.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We're a startup and we were looking for a company that could be reactive. We needed a team that would be able to address our problems and issues on the go.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were developing an online editor where people could see what the machine had transcribed for them and make some changes along the way. A big part of the work was about aligning the audio file with a text file.

Merixstudio developed the solution as web-based software. We provided wireframes, API documentation, and all other information required. They worked strictly on the development side.

What is the team composition?

There were two resources on their side and two resources on our side. Initially, there was only one person on their side, but they onboarded another one.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We interviewed quite a few agencies and found Merixstudio. We decided to go with them because we found them to be flexible and the pricing was advantageous as well. We interviewed them about technology, in order to determine if they’d worked on any React projects. We found that they had produced good-quality work in the past and thought they would be a good match for us.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around €14,000 ($16,500 USD) in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio at the end of January 2018. The development was completed in mid-April.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since its launch, we haven’t faced any specific issues with the software. We haven’t identified any significant bugs that would affect the end user.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Their performance was good. Most of the sprints were set by us, then the project manager applied those sprints. We were in direct contact with the developers. It was just a matter of establishing the connections and making sure that everything was fine. We only used Slack for communication, talking to their resources directly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I don’t have anything specific to say in this regard.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The beginning of the project was a bit slow to start. We could have released the software earlier if everyone was onboarded from day one. This is something that they could improve as nothing really happened during the first two weeks.

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

Software Dev & Staff Augmentation for Software Company

“They have a wide variety of expertise and rich information, and they can do things we can’t do.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio supplements internal development efforts for third-party customers, building out games and touch-screen interfaces, and enhancing design capacity on other projects.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Brussels, Belgium
Manager, Software Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The quality of Merixstudio’s work and knowledge of internal business processes fosters consistent, long-term engagement across diverse dev project types. Occasionally, technology hinders communication, but the amicable team always provides status updates and delivers fresh ideas when called upon.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the COO of two companies. We have recently split one company into three different parts, two of which are involved in software development and digital signage.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We didn’t have any internal software developers and needed dev help.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They have a wide variety of expertise and rich information, and they can do things we can’t do. Basically, we are not a software development house; we are people who work on projects for customers, and sometimes, those customers need development. We don’t put ourselves into the market as being software developers, but they are.

They provide additional development staffing (and perspectives) when we need it. They’ve designed and developed games for some of our customers, as well as kiosk and touch applications for in-store communication and sales.

For example, last year, we ran a bigger pilot project for a customer. The challenge was that the client needed it done quickly, but we didn’t have any free developers, so we got Merixstudio involved. In a very limited time, they developed the first designs and software. Afterward, the software was deployed fully throughout the customer’s network. After approving the pilot, the client gave us time to recreate the app from scratch as it should be: stable, secure, manageable, and client server-based. Now, we’ve started building a new version from scratch, and Merixstudio catapulted us into that.

They try to optimize the results that we are trying to achieve. They sometimes have valid input that we can inject into our code for smaller problems that we have or benchmarks we want to achieve. For example, on the last project we developed internally, we weren’t completely satisfied with our results, so we gave Merixstudio the chance to develop it for two weeks to see if they could come up with something that performed better and was more secure.

What is the team composition?

We have a range of resources. We started out with mainly C# and C++ developers, more in the Windows .NET environment. Now, we’re working with a couple of experts in web technology. Our biggest project with them featured 5–6 people. Merixstudio has become more and more involved in our day-to-day development.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We had a choice between hiring people and looking for someone to help us out. We didn’t want to hire someone for a single project and lay them off. We looked for insourcing and, because our graphics manager knew them previously, we contacted them.

How much have you invested with them?

Over the past year, the most recent project cost between $50,000–$100,000

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio around 2011. The collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our clients don’t know that Merixstudio is involved. They just give us the project, and how we handle it is up to us. I don’t have any specific inputs from the customer side, but I think they’ve performed perfectly.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They really invest the time—too much at times—for me. I have told them that they don’t have to email me about every step, but they are very keen on keeping us updated. Their English is perfect, but the  distance between us often limits our communication. Everyone has to translate, and some people are scared of this, but I haven’t had any problems with it so far.

Primarily, we keep in touch by email since it allows us to attach everything we want. We also have talk via phone and Skype, but the quality of their video feed can be horrible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We don’t often work with third parties, but I’m happy with what they do. This is the reason we haven’t looked at other companies. We like to team up, and we like to be loyal. They know us, they know who we are and what we do, and they know our hardware and software. As soon as something new comes up, we don’t have to introduce ourselves, and it saves a lot of time. I have no intention to look for other partners. I am very satisfied with their pricing and quality. Additionally, the people from Merixstudio are extremely friendly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their internet connection needs improvement so we can have better video quality during calls.

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

Catalog Platform Development For Brand Management Company

“So far, we’re extremely happy with the platform’s performance and scaling.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio built a complex platform from scratch using Django and Python for the backend. The platform needed the capacity to manage a lot of data and scale up easily. The work is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dubai, UAE
CEO, Brand Catalog Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio built the platform in the latest technologies, providing the scalability and reliability needed. With 300 clients using the platform already, feedback is good. The team impressed by delivering before deadline, which is especially appreciated because it resulted in a reduction in costs.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of a product experience management platform. Brands upload information about their products such as images, videos, and ingredients through a content management system for use by retailers and whoever needs access to the brand content.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were building our platform from scratch. We’re based in Dubai, a region that doesn’t offer resources for our technology stack. The options we have are likely 2–3 times more expensive. The platform would be quite complex, and we wanted the ability to scale it up easily and to use the latest technologies. Many of the companies we approached in our region insisted on PHP, SQL, and Oracle, but this was not what we wanted. We had an older, basic version in place, and already knew the limitations of those technologies. There was a lot of big data to handle, so we needed a scalable, reliable and easy to use solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We developed the platform using Django and Python for the backend. These technologies are not available in the Middle East. The platform is currently in production, and we plan to have the website live in two weeks or less. We have another year of development left, and we will start working on integrations with Box, Dropbox, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Carrefour, and hundreds of other platforms in April 2018. APIs are a big part of our roadmap.

What is the team composition?

We’ve always had at least 1 full-time project manager and around 4 resources working on the project, 3 full-time and 1–2 part-time. We also have 1–2 quality testers working part-time.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We researched 20 different companies from Poland, Russia, and Ukraine using Clutch, and narrowed the list down to six Polish groups. I went there and met each one. Merixstudio was second or third choice on paper, but we also relied on intuition. Through talking to them, I became comfortable working with the team. We were starting a two-year project which would cost over $500,000 within the next six months. They would serve as an extension of our team in Dubai so we needed to have synergy between us. This is why our evaluation was largely based on whom we felt most comfortable with and who had the same ideas and way of thinking as us.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, the billable work cost around $340,000. We are committed to another $160,000 by the end of 2018.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio in January 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

So far, we’re extremely happy with the platform’s performance and scaling.

We have 300 clients on board already even though we haven’t started advertising. The feedback we’re getting for the overall concept, the interface, and the performance of the platform is quite positive. Most of our clients are either major brands or Fortune 500 companies.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We are using JIRA and Slack along with email and phone calls for communication. There is a weekly call for aligning things and checking the status of bugs, and we also have a strategy call every 2 weeks. I’m not always a part of the weekly call; it’s handled by a couple of people from my team. I participate in the bimonthly strategy call, along with our CTO depending on where we are in development. We always have open communication and are always looking at the progress of the project. They have good communication skills and provide responses quickly when we need something.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We are currently in phase 4 of the project, for which we expected delivery in mid-March. Merixstudio delivered in two weeks, which equates with a reduction in cost. For every phase, we have a 2–3 hour scoping session during which they define what our requirements are and send them back for our feedback. They provide the defined scope of work along with a budget correlating with it. Based on our timelines, project management, and scheduled sprints, the delivery was scheduled to be complete in March. I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the first version will be ready by the end of January. I expect to have another 2 weeks of debugging, but the major development will be finished. Merixstudio is sometimes faster than what they promise, which is an advantage.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Because we’ve been working together for almost 14 months, we’ve come to know each other. There was some miscommunication in the beginning, and things were not as smooth as possible, but this was sorted out. They’re good at understanding customer needs and converting weaknesses to strengths.

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

Web Development For Design Online Store

“Merixstudio has done well blending themselves into our work culture and understanding the scope.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Summer 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio employed PHP development for the English version of an existing e-commerce platform. They also collaborated with two other partners for a full Magento integration, and continue to provide services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jacob Kam
CTO, Everclassic.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio’s communication is exceptional, and their geographical proximity is favorable. They also understand the context of projects quickly and accurately. However, creating a more flexible workforce would allow them to better accommodate shifting needs.

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 online marketplace for vintage, Scandinavian design. We’ve been in the market for about 3 ½ years. The website was previously only in Danish, but we just introduced an English version.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We had a partner for a couple of years in Ukraine, and we decided to look for a development partner closer to Scandinavia. We wanted to find a culturally different vendor and to be able to fly less than an hour to reach them. We wanted to develop an English version of the website to bring our design to foreign clients and buyers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we decided to go with Merixstudio, we didn’t have a very well-defined project scope. We just decided to change our primary partner. We started out with a few, smaller tasks and then eventually moved all the PHP development responsibility to them. We don’t specify the project before development.

We’d had a live, functional website for about 2 ½ years, but Merixstudio helped continue the development which we’ve had a continuous need for. We are in active development basically every week of the year. They helped us finish the rewrite from one framework to another, and also helped build a completely new, English version of our website.

Our site is quite complex because it has both online auctions and a marketplace. We introduced a new web shop, and also have a lot of different logistics going on. They helped us develop the website in three parts.

We did a full integration with Magento with a Danish and Polish partner, so Merixstudio had to collaborate with them as well.

What is the team composition?

We handle most of the project management ourselves. Their team consists of both a full-time and part-time PHP developer. We have a part-time person responsible for CSS styling as well. For the past two months, we’ve also had a QA person.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We researched companies working with PHP and the current framework in Poland, and found a couple of reachable vendors in cities with direct flights from Copenhagen. I spoke with these companies for a period of time, and also had them look at our code to provide their perspectives. Based on that, we decided to go with Merixstudio.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend between $10,000–$15,000 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in the summer of 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I can’t say they changed our website’s performance. So far, we’ve only added a new part to the website, which we’ve just launched.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We handled most of the project management. We’ve been very pleased with the person Merixstudio assigned, and most of the communication goes through him. It’s worked out fairly well. We use Jira for all tasks, which is vital for our website development. Everything has to be in a workflow. We don’t utilize Scrum methodology, but our process is similar.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The communication has been very good, and very similar to working with someone from our own nationality. They’re also similar to us culturally. In comparison to companies in Ukraine, Merixstudio has done well blending themselves into our work culture and understanding the scope and context of what we’re doing.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would have been great if they could’ve introduced a more flexible workforce. That way, if we need extra resources, we’d be able to get some help without making a greater commitment. They started a process in December adding some developers who could be assigned to shorter tasks or projects without making a monthly commitment of hours. They’re in the process of creating a more flexible workforce, but it’s definitely something they need to improve.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve been good with that.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There’s always room for improvement.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

HTML5 Game Animation For Online Casino

“I really can’t give them enough credit for their professionalism.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Dec. 2016 - May 2017
Project summary: 

Merixstudio worked on the frontend of an online casino, developing the HTML5 platform to ensure the games can run on all browsers at a high speed. The team also did some creative design and development work. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Rasmus Fincke
CEO, OmniGame
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The redeveloped site has received positive feedback, with all work completed to a high standard. They were an extremely professional team, with excellent communication, work ethic, and quality of work, and were happy to revise elements of the work until it was satisfactory. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of OmniGame, which is an online casino. We develop and design our own games.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We needed help with our site’s frontend, with the HTML5 animations. At the time, it was an easier option to outsource the work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Initially, Merixstudio set up a small team for us. They were given the Photoshop files and general designs of the games. The games need to be able to run in any browser. The site is in HTML5, so the games can work on all types of tablets, phones, and desktops. Our demand was that the games need to be able to run in the most recent browsers and, hopefully, run 60 frames per second on most computers.

They also brought some creative ideas to us, did some creative design and we implemented some of their ideas. They did some software development too — they got the essence of it from us and then built around that.

What is the team dynamic?

We work with three people: a project manager, one lead programmer, and an assistant animator.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We found them through a Google search.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in December 2016 and the project ended in May 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are very happy with the feedback we have received so far.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They have performed very well from a project management perspective. Their work and their communication are very professional.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication is very good. I really can’t give them enough credit for their professionalism. Some of the development teams in Eastern Europe have a little bit of a bad reputation, but Merixstudio put that entirely to shame. Their work ethics are similar to Scandinavian work ethics, and we have been very satisfied working with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They have been very accommodating. If there was anything we were unhappy with, they changed it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Apart from a couple weeks of delay, which was partly our own fault, they were on time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It could be cheaper, but you get what you pay for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    If there was something we weren’t satisfied with, they would improve on it until we were.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommend them.

Web Development For Distribution Company

"Merixstudio has a skilled team."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2012 - 2013
Project summary: 

Merixstudio built a web application that allows customers to book electronic repair services, including product pickups and post-repair deliveries. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Warsaw, Poland
Antoni Warszawik
Sales Director, ELMARK Automatyka
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After launching the app, the company was able to dramatically improve their communication and documentation, which resulted in higher customer satisfaction. Merixstudio's tight project management, quick turnarounds, and technical expertise 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.

ELMARK Automatyka is a pure distribution company. We import technical automation products to Poland and sell them to our local customers. I’m a sales director, and I also sit on the board of directors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We've been selling goods for many years. These goods are very complicated because they are dedicated to the industrial environment. Because of that, we have to keep an online service center for most of our customers. Our customers asked for a solution to register their needed service as soon as possible. They wanted to use our own forwarder to pick up the goods and deliver the service. Then they can repair and ship the goods back to customers.

We wanted to make an online web solution. When I saw that other companies had similar services to ours and the solution we were looking to build, I started looking for a company that had built this kind of application in the past. I found Merixstudio who had done so for other customers. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I have some experience on how to take care of RMA procedures and all the services. We know what kind of process should be introduced to the online service. I met with a Merixstudio representative, Slawomir Wilczynski, several times and showed him our needs. I showed him how the procedures look, how we work on our customers on repairs, and communicated our needs. We prepared some diagrams detailing how the repair process should look. 

They prepared some mockups of how the system would look. When I approved everything, we started on the design of the website. They prepared the layout of the service and executed on it. Finally, they prepared for us a special testing and production environment so that we could check everything out before it was published on the public webpage. We were able to prevent some errors because of that. They took care of everything from the beginning to the end. They used PHP and Zend for the development.

What is the team dynamic?

There were 4 or 5 people working on this project. They have a dedicated team leader, Slawomir Wilczynski, and he was responsible for all of the communication. He was the middle person between ELMARK and Merixstudio. They also have a dedicated person to take care of the layout and another person was responsible for the testing. 

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

Before we hired them, I met with several other companies. I had some experience with another company that worked with us on our e-commerce application. I vetted a few companies for this project. During the discussion about the project, Slawomir had the best vision of the application. I was impressed by him and the materials that he provided about the project. They offered a reasonable cost as well.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent close to 50,000 Euros.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together 5 years ago, and the project took less than a year to complete.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They made a very good application. Before the application was built, we had to do things manually. We had many problems communicating with our customers because they didn’t put additional information about the repair. We were never prepared for repairs. Right now, we know what repairs are coming our way. We also had some problems with distributors because every customer used their own. Now we use our own delivery service, so we can be sure that the package will not be damaged during delivery. We can track all of our shipments. 

Our customers are very happy because they don’t have to worry about the delivery. We can follow the communication between the delivery man and our customer. Everything is done automatically. We improved a lot, and we raised the satisfaction level of our customers. 

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They use JIRA for project management. There were some delays, which is normal. In the few cases when we had problems, they were very helpful in solving it as easily and quickly. I didn’t find any problems that Merixstudio couldn’t solve. I would work with them again in the future.

It was not possible for them to keep the schedule because I changed so many things during the process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Merixstudio has a skilled team. They’re a good company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could dedicate more people to me. I always expect a quick response and faster delivery, but they have a limited number of employees. They have other projects they are working on.

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

Web Dev for Polish Manufacturer

"They are quite strong in both graphics and coding, so could handle whatever issue we had for them."

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

Merixstudio designed and developed a website to be used across multiple domains and languages. The team created both graphics and coding, along with all wireframes and the sitemap. 

The Reviewer
 
Poland
Tomasz Hlebionek
Managing Director, Polish Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Due to the flexible nature of the team, the website has been successfully implemented with various European vendors. Merixstudio has a helpful team that provides strong support services. They are responsive and work quickly on any project they are given. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the managing director of a manufacturing company operating in local Polish and European markets. There are no official statistics, but we are one of the biggest companies in Poland in our field. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

The goal was to spread the word about our company. When we started collaborating with them, we were struggling to reach the first page of search engine results and we wanted to start investing in online marketing. For me, it was also important that the web page is optimized for Google crawlers so as not to have any issues in terms of spamming or internal errors. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we brought them on board, we had just finished rebranding and had a new logo and rules for presentation. We asked Merixstudio to create a new website adhering to the new guidelines from our design book. They first designed the site graphics and then created the communication wireframes and architecture—how the information would be presented and which sites would be linked to ours. Finally, they wrote the code and implemented the site.

We are using one of the most popular CMS solutions. I wanted to use an open-source environment, so we adopted Drupal. Merixstudio also made some Java implementations. Our website is not custom built, but the layout and content are very clear. 

Some of our distributors are maintaining domains by themselves, so we also wanted to be able to easily migrate the site to different domains. For example, we wanted clients in the French or Czech markets to be able to read the information on their own sites, in their own language. Merixstudio also created a zoom functionality for us.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We needed someone who could help us with both graphics and coding. We researched a few options and the information on Merixstudio suggested they were reliable and had all the necessary tools for us to achieve our goal of increasing our online presence.  We also saw in their portfolio that they had worked with some large Polish companies, which was good for us as a company in Poland. It also proved that they were reliable since they were trusted with sensitive tasks like online marketing. In discussing the project with them, Merixstudio communicated very well and responded quickly when we had questions or asked for an offer, which ultimately helped us make the decision to go with them.

How much have you invested with them?

The initial cost was between €8,000 and €10,000. [$9,500 to $12,000] It’s hard for me to determine the overall cost since Merixstudio performed multiple small implementations. It is probably €25,000 [$30,000] or above.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We changed our server last month, and have had around 1 million hits per month, from several hundred thousand people, although not all visitors are clients.

All of our separate domains with their own translations for the external market where our services are present have been easily implemented by the local manufacturers as a result of the work. 

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

The first project was a long time ago, but they were helpful from the very beginning. Merixstudio introduced and trained us on Drupal. Our contact people within Merixstudio have changed over time, but their current project manager has been working with us for a long time, and we have a very good relationship. The support has been strong from the very beginning, and it hasn’t changed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Since we’ve been so faithful to them, I don’t have much comparison with other companies; they’re very good in terms of support and communication, so we haven’t even considered leaving them.

Not only does Merixstudio provide good service, they implement changes quickly. If we ever had a critical situation, they acted immediately and were reliable. They are quite strong in both graphics and coding, so could handle whatever issue we had for them. One thing we appreciated is that they were always flexible about the tools we wanted to use; they never refused a request. If something was too difficult, or if there were alternative approaches, Merixstudio presented those solutions. They were always open and helpful regarding the ideas we wanted to implement. As far as I know, Merixstudio has a team that can work with all open-source CMS solutions.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could go back to having direct phone lines for their project managers. They recently changed it to a general hub, which, in my opinion, is a downgrade. The new system is working, but the previous one was better. 

4.5
Overall Score We can never reach 100% in real life.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • N/A Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Not applicable, because we have never looked for the cheapest solution. I believe that Merixstudio is accurate, but I have no comparison point with Western companies.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended them to anyone having problems with the internet in general.

Browser Extension Dev For Curriculum Tool

"They’re flexible and like to work with you."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2015 - July 2017
Project summary: 

Merixstudio developed a curriculum tool to aid teachers with assignments. The team worked with an in-house designer to create a Chrome extension, performing all development, QA and project management.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Malmö, Sweden
Founder, Curriculum Tool
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team worked on a tight deadline to complete this complex project. The beta version received 20,000 users in 3 months and has received great feedback and ratings. Merixstudio provided good code, although sometimes were less communicative than others. 

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 product is a professional curriculum tool where you can put on assignments for students. I’m a co-founder, product owner, and project manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We needed to find a skilled development team that could manage to do a beta version for our Chrome extension. We didn’t have an internal development team and we had a tight timeline so we needed an agency to help us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had our own designer and Merixstudio did the development with JavaScript and Django. The extension allows teachers to follow up on assignments based on the curriculum. In the end, there’s grading on the whole course. Merixstudio was responsible for the development of the system.

The tool is on top of Google Classroom. A core functionality is handling assignments. It lacks some features. The tool is an assessment tool to assess assignments and make grading at the end of the course. We used the API that Google provides almost 100% so it sticks really tightly to that tool. It slides out on the side, so if you click on a course or a classroom or a subject, it’s actually on that subject in our tool as well. It scales out from the right, so it’s like a toolbar to the right if the teacher needs it and the teacher can hide it whenever he or she wants to hide it. The teacher uses the curriculum and puts what should be graded on that assignment. This is an assessment tool to make grading at the end of the course.

It’s a feature that Google likes because it really needs to be localized to each country because each country school system has its own complex way of dealing with the assessment process. We started with Sweden and now we are launching it in the UK.

How many resources were assigned to your project?

It depended on the work. For two months we had three developers, QA, and a project manager. We have internal designers so we didn’t need a designer.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I know that Polish developers have a really good working culture and have a really good knowledge, and I know the culture. It’s close to Sweden, so the flight fare is low. I found them on Clutch and saw their high rating.

How much have you invested with Merixstudio?

We spent $100,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2015. They were done with the first part of the project in August 2015, and then we continued with production. It’s quite a complex product, so it’s still in development. We had the base version launched last fall, and now we’re developing for the UK market. We’re launching the commercial version this year [2017]. During a period, we didn’t have much money and when we had and needed resources they couldn’t keep up with developers. It didn’t fit our way of working. Sometimes we needed five or six more so it was a little bit problematic. Together we decided to make a fresh start with a new company. Everyone left like good friends, so we’ll most certainly be back. It’s just that we needed a new start with a different view.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched a beta version in August and had 20,000 users in three months. At a tech show in the UK, the largest ed tech exhibition in Europe, we got some feedback that this is very professional features, and the company that we’re working with now says this is the best product at the tech show. Then we got into the list of the 40 most promising products out of 700. It’s lacking some features, which is what we’re working on right now to make it really good. It looks promising.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, it was great management. But then we had some problem internally money wise. So it was difficult for them to have standby developers. So once in awhile, we got fresh developers that needed to learn the system from the beginning, this was not optimal for our development process. We had a really good developer all the time. It was just some communication wasn’t that good. 

What did you find most impressive about Merixstudio?

They’re flexible and like to work with you. They listen and they welcome you in. We could go down there anytime we wanted to have workshops. They’re really good at English and easy to communicate with. We used Slack and Trello to communicate and JIRA for bugs. The communication was good, and we could see all the iterations.

Are there any areas Merixstudio could improve?

We had lots of amazing things but maybe it could have been even more amazing. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect. It worked out well. They could be better on securing resources over longer time and be able to go down on development in some periods, to speed up in other, and still have the same resources.

4.0
Overall Score They’re a good company.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It’s an exploratory feature. It’s not like a normal webpage, so I think it was hard to estimate some parts. We got the beta out by the deadline. We managed to make the MVP for that.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Sometimes we had developers that would get into the project for three weeks and then leave. That wasn’t cost effective, but at the end of the day it’s cost effective.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them for a website. It depends, but I know they’ve got the skills and I know they’ll do the job, and they’re really professional.  

Web Dev for Photography Startup

"I feel 100% secure with Merixstudio."

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

Merixstudio managed backend development for a digital photography-sourcing platform on an accelerated timeline, repairing major errors from prior vendors and creating new features. They now provide updates. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Varberg, Sweden
Founder, Photography Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through Merixstudio’s dedication and quick rescue efforts, the website launched by the deadline and attracted positive feedback at a startup competition. The team’s transparent communication, consistent workflow, and integrity foster a sense of trust and achievement.  

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 business developer of a startup digital platform that connects photographers with businesses that are supporting sustainable development. We offer a complete service for companies that need new images to optimize their visibility.

We help companies find the right photographer online by viewing portfolios worldwide. Companies can also work together by choosing images, obtaining approval from the photographer, paying for the images, and receiving the images via delivery. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We had problems with our previous developers. I think they accepted our project because they wanted to do something slightly different. They did not manage to launch our platform on time, and we had so many problems with the code that they had produced, that it was more or less a catastrophe, to be honest. We realized that they didn’t have the knowledge to make the site usable, which was a big problem because we are completely dependent on the site functioning properly. The platform is our only source of income, so we really needed to launch it quickly. After a delay of around 6 months, we were getting desperate. I took a big risk by firing the previous developers and starting over with Merixstudio. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Merixstudio was responsible for actually launching the site. They solved all of the bugs in the project rescue, as I just handed over a mess of code to them. Not much of the code was working. I told them not to worry about improving the design. I just needed all the functions to work to support users right away since we needed to show the product at an upcoming competition.

They created some new features, including a newsletter and a world map. We also have a “pic of the day” function to support user engagement. I had a design ready for them, and they executed it just as I wanted. They primarily focused on the technical backend, as the frontend was basically finished. We used Laravel and PHP code, which was set up before Merixstudio came on board. I appreciated that the developers were eager to use Laravel.

Merixstudio was the right fit for this project. They took over the work in a professional manner and actually launched the platform after just a couple of weeks. The site launched on the same day that we attended a startup competition. I was totally impressed by them. They solved all the bugs and came up with their own ideas as well.

I’ve heard that web developers in India or China do exactly as they’re told and don’t make suggestions. I hadn’t really worked with Polish people before, and I was worried they would be the same, but Merixstudio didn’t work like that at all. They discuss things and come up with their own ideas. If I shared a feature that I liked, they gave suggestions to improve the UX. I think they’re professional and trustworthy.

I’m also working with a developer here in Sweden, and he took over everything connected to the payment services. Merixstudio didn’t work on the payment services because we’re using Swedish systems, and I wanted a Swedish web developer to work on that. But, they worked together pretty well. We were all involved in the team and communicated through JIRA and Slack, which worked well.  

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I googled web developers, trying to find a vendor with the right resources and knowledge to rescue this project. Merixstudio made a great impression on me. I felt like I could trust them, which was a vital characteristic of my new developer team. I decided to ask them to rescue this whole project. We had a very short deadline because we won a competition, so we needed the site to be launched just a couple of weeks after Merixstudio started.

How much have you invested with Merixstudio?

The hourly rate was $40–$45, depending on the resource. That’s half of the cost of my previous developers, so I was happy with the price.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in April 2017, and the site was launched 2 months ago. We’re still working together on adding features, adjusting the design, and maintaining a lot of activity on the site to avoid losing users. We have lots of ideas about technologies and features that we would like to add in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The site just launched, so we don’t have any metrics. We do have some users, but none of them have gone through the whole process yet. As of today, users are registering and pitching and submitting photo projects. So far, everything is working fine. I feel pretty secure that the rest of the platform will also work well. Even if problems came up, I’m sure that Merixstudio will take care of them instantly.

Whenever I find minor things that we need to change and let them know through Slack, they respond within 10 minutes. I feel 100% secure with Merixstudio. I know that they’ll always be there when I need them. If the system went down, I’m confident that they’d take care of it. That’s the type of relationship that I need to have with my web developers because I don’t know the code.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re excellent and trustworthy. They put everything in JIRA, which helps us work together as a team. I can communicate with everyone on the team through Slack. Also, I thought that having a quality-assurance person was great; my previous developers didn’t offer that option.

With our previous developers, we didn’t really have any communication systems at all. I didn’t know what they were doing, and they weren’t sure of my feedback. We didn’t really have any discussions other than via email, a few physical meetings, and occasional phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about Merixstudio?

Merixstudio is reliable. If they don’t know how to do something, I’m sure they’ll let me know. Since we have this level of trust, everything else just works out. I know that they will keep their promises and meet our deadlines.

Our previous developers weren’t transparent when issues came up. They didn’t let me know about massive delays.

Are there any areas Merixstudio could improve?

I haven’t hired them for front end development yet, but my gut feeling says that if you are picky about design (as I am), you should provide them with your web design ideas in order for them to get it right.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I gave them an impossible project deadline, and they managed it anyway.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They needed some extra hours near the end, but that was fine because they communicated the situation clearly. Compared to Sweden, they’re half the price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They exceeded my expectations with their development.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.

Flash To HTML5 Conversion For Gaming Company

“They went beyond what we hired them to do.”

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

Merixstudio is working to take Flash games and convert or clone them in HTML5 for full functionality. They have converted one game and continue to work on a second game.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Chief Product Officer, Gaming Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio impressed with positive feedback from users and the cloned game performing well. They provided good project management and communication, meeting deadlines and maintaining strong professionalism. They have earned this ongoing partnership by exceeding expectations.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a game company. I'm the chief product officer.

 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

 

We needed to convert some Flash games to HTML5.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

 

They were responsible for taking Flash games and converting them (cloning them) in HTML5. The work that they did was for the full functionality of a casual Flash game. They have completed one game, and they're working on another. From their end, I think there was one main developer and there was certainly a project manager.

 

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

 

We were researching HTML5 developers online and we were impressed by their work. We spoke to them and were impressed by their communication, professionalism, and portfolio of work.

 

What is the status of this engagement?

 

We started in roughly March of this year. The project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

 

I don't have any tracked metrics or statistics about the game because the goal, in this case, was to clone existing games. So if the games performed equally well on the new platform, then that's the measure of success. So far, that's the case.

We got feedback internally and from users (effectively because we track the usage of the games), and the feedback was mainly positive. The games are performing as well as we expected.

 

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

 

There are very good with project management. They were good about communicating with us how the project was moving along and keeping with deadlines. Communication was mainly email, and we skyped as needed. I don't think there was a ticketing system that was used with them.

 

What did you find most impressive about Merixstudio?

 

The quality of their work has been very high. From their participation in the project (meaning we asked them to clone games from Flash into HTML5), they took an interest in seeing how they could make any improvements to the gameplay along the way. They went beyond what we hired them to do.

 

Are there any areas Merixstudio could improve?

No.

5.0
Overall Score We definitely want to continue working with them.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work was excellent. They added details that we hadn't necessarily expected from them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Active
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Poland
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NIP: 7772427860
Date of Formation
Dec 1, 2010
Last Updated
Oct 4, 2019
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