Founded: 
2002
 Employees: 
250 - 999
 Avg. hourly rate: 
$25 - $49
N-iX
Storozhenka St. 32
Lviv 79018
Ukraine
+38 0322 295 767
N-iX
Adelgatan 5
Malmö 211 22
Sweden
+46722264680
N-iX
15-B Leiptsyzka St.
Kyiv 04050
Ukraine
N-iX
Lubicz 23a
Krakow 31503
Poland
N-iX
1213 E 6th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
United States
Key clients: 

Lebara, Currency Cloud, Anoto, Schad, Orbus Software, HotSchedules, Mobile Trading Partners, KTC Group, OpenText, Book2Meet, op5, Novell.

 

Certifications: 
  • ISO 9001:2008 - Quality management systems
Accolades: 
  • OpenText Authorized Partner
  • Clutch "Top Web & Software Developers Ukraine 2015"
  • Clutch "Top Software Testing Firms 2015"
Detailed description: 

With N-iX you get:

  • Own Development Team. We build your team in our development center based on your project requirements using our own pool of engineers.
  • Expert Consultants in Mobility, Cloud, Web/Desktop and Embedded that can be involved in your projects without extra charge to suggest effective solutions pertaining key milestones in product development and hiring strategy.
  • Backing of 500+ Experts. The teams we host work in an intensive multi-disciplinary environment of over 500 professionals. This fosters their professional development and helps them to find advice and easily resolve any technical challenges.

3 Reasons to partner with us:

  • Emphasis on successful practices

Over the course of 15 years, we have built some multi-year partnerships with our clients that we pride ourselves in, such as with StreamServe (10 years, 70 experts), Anoto (9 years, 15 experts) and Finatek (5 years, 15 experts). Business from our existing clients secured that we have been growing continuously throughout our history.

  • Just the right size

We are neither too big to care nor too small to cope. We are purposely designed and operate as a nimble and responsive mid-sized organization that is able to listen and quickly respond to ever-growing client requirements.

  • Strong infrastructure and tools

Our client-dedicated teams are provided with all the infrastructure and tools necessary for efficient operations. Such as fault-tolerant high-speed Internet connection, private virtualization cloud for testing and pre-production purposes, as well as, network and physical separation to ensure maximum confidentiality.

Focus

Service lines

Industry focus

Client focus

Reviews of N-iX

Long-Term Engagement with Computer Software Company

 
Enterprise application development
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

The client is a small startup in Norway that needed to add new functionalities to their web-based business, as well as new team members within their organization. The company found N-iX through a referral from former colleagues, and the relationship is ongoing.

Feedback summary: 

While N-iX has not been able to provide all of the internal support the client was hoping for, the client is positive about his collaboration with N-iX. In particular, he cites N-iX’s flexible team organization as the key to their successful communication throughout the project. The client gives N-iX high ratings overall and is willing to recommend them.

"N-iX allows their teams to be self-organized. For me, the collaboration has been just like having an internal development department within our own company."

Technology Manager at BetaVest
 
11-50 Employees
 
Norway
Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a small startup company consisting of journalists, salespeople, and project managers. Our company is owned by one of the largest newspapers in Norway; however, we operate independently from the publication, setting our own goals and running the business ourselves.

In my role as a technology manager, my responsibilities are quite diverse, ranging from running development to acting as product owner in our relationship with N-iX. I also offer first-line support for our journalists whenever I am available.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with N-iX?

While working with another company in Ukraine, I came to know three people from the current N-iX team. When that company in Ukraine closed, I held interviews with other developers, with the goal of trying to bring my old team to a new company. N-iX fostered this effort by hiring my specialists. Later, we further expanded our team by adding more people from N-iX.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Product development is handled by our chief editor and CEO, and in our current process, it is my job to discuss our requirements with the senior developer from N-iX. The work has been run as a lean startup project, so we’ve tried to develop new functionalities quickly, determining whether or not they work without much prior analysis.

N-iX helped us to expand our development team by assigning an additional front-end developer, a designer, and a quality-assurance person to our existing group of three full-stack developers. I was a part of the hiring process for our original three developers, but these new specialists were recruited by N-iX.

We have created four different news sites with the help of N-iX. They have mostly done CMS work in WordPress and MongoDB, and they built a conference tool for us using Symfony. Beyond this, they have also worked on mobile development for our company.

How did you come to work with N-iX?

Once the other company with which we were working closed, I started looking for alternatives in a number of European countries. As we already had a team in Ukraine, I asked some of my contacts in that country for referrals, and N-iX was one of those referrals.

How much have you invested with N-iX?

The total development cost with N-iX has been around $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have an ongoing relationship with N-iX.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Because of our lean development process, we’ve tried to come up with new ideas and implement them as quickly as possible. N-iX delivers results quickly, and we were able to increase our average page stack, as well as the average time spent on the sites, by 50 percent.

N-iX’s diversity allowed them to handle some DevOps tasks for us when we were forced to switch to Amazon Web Services from the dedicated ISP we had been using in Norway. N-iX’s involvement in this effort allowed us to reduce our networking costs.

How did N-iX perform from a project management standpoint?

We initially used Pivotal Tracker for project management, but then migrated to Jira because of some structural changes within the team. Additionally, our team grew from the three original developers to a total of six. And while this growth didn’t change how we worked together, it was harder to manage the larger team; we should have anticipated that this growth would require some reorganization. More often than not, however, N-iX has delivered on time, and some of the delays we did experience were partially our fault, because they originated from our functionality orders.

What did you find most impressive about N-iX?

N-iX allows their teams to be self-organized. For me, the collaboration has been just like having an internal development department within our own company. We work together more like colleagues than consultants. This has helped improve the way we communicate future plans because we don’t have to worry about the information we share with the N-iX team.

Are there any areas N-iX could improve?

We asked N-iX to hire DevOps for us, as a shared service between projects. While they were able to partially accommodate us in this respect, we haven’t reached our goal. This has meant that our own developers have had to do the DevOps work. More clients could benefit from this service, and I’m not sure why N-iX hasn’t managed to offer it.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 5
Overall, I would have to say that our collaboration with N-iX has been better than what we have experienced with any other development company.
QUALITY: 4.5
The only negative aspect has been the lack of DevOps services from N-iX.
COST: 4
SCHEDULING: 4.5
It would be better to have established scrum routines that were followed precisely.
WILLING TO REFER: 5
N-iX’s general management setup is very good.
Kristian Redi

Integrated Development Team for Computer Software Firm

 
Web development
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is a computer software firm that provides mobile- and cloud-based tools for the restaurant, retail, and hospitality industries, delivering solutions designed to automate operational challenges and improve process efficiency. Limited in-house resources and several demanding projects required that the client find a partner to support the ongoing development of their proprietary solution. N-iX was referred to and then contracted to supply a dedicated team of engineers, user interface/user experience designers, quality assurance specialists, and a project lead.

Feedback summary: 

The client conveyed great satisfaction with the work completed by N-iX. According to the client, N-iX remains instrumental to the incremental enhancement of their proprietary solution. N-iX received considerable praise for their meticulous approach to agile development. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with N-iX and recommends them highly. 

"They are dedicated to us. It's not like other models, where you're just paying for work done or hours spent."

VP Product Engineering
 
201-500 Employees
 
Austin, Texas Area
Overall rating: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We have a suite of back-office service solutions for restaurant operators. The industry we service is restaurant-centric, and we're an international organization. We have a platform as a service offering, where the data from the point-of-sale systems in those restaurants is integrated into our platform, which allows for a few different things. One is that additional application can be built on top of that data, based upon the platform APIs [application programming interfaces] and additional services that it offers. The platform is then also there to disseminate data to our applications and services, such as the schedule and inventory management applications and others. Ultimately, that platform is meant to be where business analytics and other reporting services can be offered to existing customers.

What is your position?

I'm the vice president of project engineering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with N-iX?

We expanded to N-iX to have additional resources and capabilities. In some of the geographies that we're currently in, it's been fairly difficult to source reliably good talent – software engineers, quality assurance, and those kinds of positions. We were looking for another geography base that we could tap into and get good people to help work on our applications. Eastern Europe was recommended, so we began to explore the available options.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

They're working on a scheduling application. They are rebuilding one of the modules for the existing application. It's one of the key components. Our product management team, along with UX/UI [user experience/user interface] designers, started on this about a year ago [2014] to re-envision how that part of our system would function. They wanted to find improvements and efficiencies while also looking at how we could make our system work better for some other segments in the restaurant industry, such as quick serve. They basically re-envisioned that particular module and redesigned the user interface and the interactions.

When we enlisted N-iX, that was the project that we initiated them on. We are now about six months into that project, and it's been going very well. It's on track, if not even a little ahead of schedule. We plan to allow some of our customers to start beta testing it in the late November or early December [2015] timeframe.

We specifically designed the composition of the N-iX team. Initially, it was a fairly small team. We decided to get three software engineers, and we wanted one to be fairly senior so they could lead the team, provide some supervision, and do code reviews. Essentially, within that geography, that person would provide leadership to the team that was there. The other two developers are mid-level. Then we also put in two QA [quality assurance] engineers there to work specifically with that team on what they were developing, and those folks are mid- to senior-level engineers.

The initial team composition was five. We've since expanded and been actually augmenting other projects and other teams that we have. Here in Austin, we've been hiring additional team members at N-iX to augment those teams. I think, overall, we've hired four more software engineers, and a couple of those are mobile application developers as well as two more quality assurance. Things are going very well and, if anything, we're expanding with them.

They will go out and hire developers or QA, where necessary, for the position. Sometimes, they have folks internally already, who may not have an existing project, and they're able to reposition into a project of ours. Most of the people that we've hired weren't already working for N-iX. We went through interview processes with those folks. When they'd bring somebody to us, they had a salary expectation for that individual. It's always based on United States dollars, but then paid in local currency.

How did you come to work with N-iX?

From working at other companies, I was familiar with other folks who have used outsourced resources in the past. Eastern Europe seemed to be the place to be these days based on some research I had done. I found a few different companies that looked like good candidates. One thing I wanted to do was find one that either I or one of my contacts had direct experience with. I found N-iX through a company I had previously worked for. I was able to contact a former coworker and get a very good reference for them, and that's what closed me on N-iX.

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

I can't give you an exact figure because it's confidential. But, once you factor in N-iX's overhead and fees, things like that, comparing them to the folks that we hire from a cost standpoint, I would say they come in at about two-thirds of the cost here.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started our search at the end of 2014, and we engaged them at the start of 2015. We started interviewing candidates at N-iX in the first quarter of this year, and we actually started the development around April of this year. The work is currently ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I don't have specific numbers, but I can say that overall we've been very happy with their velocity, and I'm stating that from an agile scrum and methodology standpoint. We basically do everything in structured two-week sprints. Based on some initial velocity out of those first few sprints, our product management team will then estimate how many sprints it'll take us to get to certain milestones. From using that same planning process with previous teams, against the N-iX team, they've performed very well. That velocity we see is high. Their velocity, and the way they've performed against our plan based on that velocity, has been as good as, if not better than, any other team we've had.

Also, we can see the quality of work through what we call kickbacks from our quality assurance team. We do have metrics around that which we pay attention to, and their kickback rate has been very low.

How did N-iX perform from a project management standpoint?

We use JIRA heavily in terms of building epics, and then decomposing that into user stories in a variety of tickets. That's actually what we move through all of our sprints. We being with a sprint planning meeting, and that's where we do estimates on tickets, which allows us to figure out what we can fit in that sprint. Then it's working through those tickets. Our QA reviews those tickets, those items and those sprints. The N-iX team has had a low kickback rate, meaning not many items have had to be reworked. That is an important metric for us.

What distinguishes N-iX from other providers?

I've worked with offshore and nearshore teams in the past, and many them have high turnover rates. It is very hard to have good continuity when people are turning over frequently. We wanted something more aligned with how we operate internally. We want to retain talented people and build them up over longer periods of time, train them, improve their skills, and get that return on investment.

Our hope and expectation with N-iX is that we should be able to retain people for a longer period of time there, invest in them, and actually see the benefits of that. Since we began working with them, we've been working with the same developers and engineers at N-iX. They are dedicated to us. It's not like other models, where you're just paying for work done or hours spent. There's no scope of work statement with N-iX, it's purely a resource arrangement, and that's what we were after.

We have aligned them and they now use our processes and development methods. In that way, it's just the resources working in our model. The benefit of that is that we're able to compare their performance against other teams' performances that we have. It ensures a certain level of quality.

Is there anything N-iX could have improved or done differently?

Not really. The process has been very smooth so far. I really don't have any particular feedback for them at this point.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 4.5
QUALITY: 4.5
COST: 4
SCHEDULING: 5
WILLING TO REFER: 5

Dedicated Team for Business Services Startup

 
Application development
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

The client is a business services startup founded in 2011 that offers a custom online booking platform. Due to limited internal capabilities, the client sought a qualified technology partner to support the ongoing development of their booking platform and website. N-iX was one of several potential vendors to receive a request for proposal from the client, and they were chosen as the solution partner based on their demonstrated technical expertise and competitive pricing scheme. Once commissioned, N-iX supplied to the client a hand-picked team of several junior- and senior-level developers for their development and design projects.

Feedback summary: 

The client remains very pleased with the work completed by N-iX. According to the client, N-iX remains instrumental to the ongoing development of their custom solution and improvement of their website and mobile application. N-iX was praised highly for their exceptional approach to project management and their ability to scale their development team based on project demand. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with N-iX and recommends them to others without reservation.

"So far, N-iX has been very relaxed and honest. For a company their size I think they have just the right amount of process in place to ensure top quality but, at the same time, they keep it light."

IT Director at Book2Meet
 
2-11 Employees
 
Brussels, Belgium
Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an online service for booking meeting rooms and meeting spaces, in general. Our company is called Book2Meet. We have a website where people can book meeting places.

What is your position?

I am the IT [information technology] director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with N-iX?

We needed a qualified IT team. Because we couldn't hire anybody with our startup budget and because of limited recruitment possibilities here in Brussels, we looked more for an offshore or near-shore team. Technical skill, experience working on complex tech projects and price were the key drivers for us. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

So far, we have used N-iX for Web development and mobile development. We have a dedicated team that was built specifically for us. The team they gave us is quite young. Our team lead is very good. In the beginning, we had two or three rather senior people. At the moment, since the project is a bit more mature, the juniors we had in the beginning grew a lot as well. When seniors left the team, we replaced them with more junior or mid-level people.

N-iX has one purpose: to run our Web and mobile apps, our B2B [business-to-business] connections, and the system integrations that we're doing with some other third parties. The work is not really project based. It's ongoing work.

How did you come to work with N-iX?

We went through the whole RFP [request for proposal] selection process and three Ukrainian companies responded. From what we saw, we chose N-iX. Their cost was a driver to our selection process, but not the most important one. We visited the offices, and we liked the people. We saw that they had nice offices, nicely decorated open spaces, a friendly atmosphere, and that set them a little bit apart from the other Eastern European competitors. In terms of atmosphere, recruitment, and the people who were presented to us, they were the very best. We hired our current team lead more or less on the spot, on our first visit, even before we signed the contract.

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

We've spent around $30,000 per month, since April last year [2014].

What is the status of this engagement?

Our collaboration with them is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

There are numbers that I would prefer not to share, but it would be difficult to quantify the development work. We have an increasing foothold in our market, and we are probably one of the biggest players in online booking of meeting rooms. We're still a niche market, and we're still early on, but I'm afraid I can't share specific numbers.

How did N-iX perform from a project management standpoint?

We have been tracking their progress using a model for remote Agile development. We work in two-week iterations, after which the N-iX guys showcase to the internal stakeholders what has been achieved in the last two weeks. We've got a backlog of work that we monitor, and we also monitor their process and the number of features they output every two weeks.

I'm actually preparing to leave the company, and then the whole IT team will be N-iX. It is a leap of faith. Internally, we will still have program managers, but in terms of technology and IT, the responsibility will move even more to N-iX.

What distinguishes N-iX from other providers?

So far, N-iX has been very relaxed and honest. For a company their size, I think they have just the right amount of process in place to ensure top quality but, at the same time, they keep it light. We actually picked them because they were more agile and comparable to the size of our startup. I think they have a quite entrepreneurial approach, which suits the culture of a startup very well.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

Honestly, no. That would be a bit farfetched. We never wanted any other services. We wanted a dedicated offshore team, and that's what we got, and we're very happy with it.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 5
QUALITY: 4.5
COST: 5
SCHEDULING: 4
WILLING TO REFER: 5

Dedicated Team for WorldOfHumanity

 
Application development
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

The client is a nonprofit organization focused on improving communities by orchestrating good deeds projects and creating more consistent member engagements. Due to limited internal capabilities, the client sought a qualified technology partner to support the design and development of their new website. N-iX was chosen as the solution partner based on a previously existing relationship. Once commissioned, N-iX began to dedicate several junior- and senior-level developers to the client's project, which remains ongoing. 

Feedback summary: 

The client expressed great enthusiasm and appreciation for the work completed by N-iX. According to the client, N-iX remains instrumental to the successful development of numerous custom solutions. The client indicated that N-iX has worked in expert fashion on several custom solutions across multiple platform types. N-iX was received considerable recognition for their responsiveness, consistency and the overall level of ownership demonstrated during the development process. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with N-iX and recommends them to others. 

"When compared to the previous team [of developers] I had been working with, N-iX is much faster, more consistent, and more skilled in development. I never had an issue, and they were always on time. They actually delivered faster than I thought that they were going to deliver."

Founder & CEO at WorldOfHumanity
 
1-10 Employees
 
Greater New York City Area
Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I'm a software engineer by trade, and I had an e-commerce platform, which ran a company called HealthyChic and TheSpaMarket. So, that's one project that N-iX was involved in, and my most recent project is WorldOfHumanity.

What is your position?

I am the founder of WorldOfHumanity.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with N-iX?

I needed a development team that was skilled and reliable. I've worked with them in the past, and it was a natural choice for me to hire them for my WorldOfHumanity project.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Basically, they did everything from the ground up. Their junior-level developers are equivalent to U.S. senior developers, in all honesty. I've been a developer for many years as well, and I've recognized the type of quality work that they're completing. Their juniors are really our seniors, but I had experience with a lead software engineer and technical engineer as well as a junior and a senior person. I had experience with all three of these categories.

They actually have another firm that they used to do design work for me, but N-iX did all the HTML and cutting out all of the images into a functional interface. I wouldn't use them for training, except possibly for training other developers.

They have been working on my database configuration and development as well. My website uses a database, so they did the database work for that, and they did middleware interfaces, they did work on Windows-based executables for me. They worked across different platforms and different specs. I am hosting the website myself.

How did you come to choose N-iX?

It was a referral to me from my friend here. I had a person out of New Jersey, and he had an Indian development team. I had him for many years, but then I switched because I recognized that the talent was a little better, and they were less expensive than hiring a person here. I got that referral from my friend, who has a QA [quality assurance] team.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in financial terms?

I've probably spent around $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Right now, we are taking a little break. I'm going to need to get my website to scale, and then I'll resume again.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

When compared to the previous team I had been working with, N-iX is much faster, more consistent, and more skilled in development. I never had an issue, and they were always on time. There was never a delay with assigned work. They actually delivered faster than I thought that they were going to deliver. They spoke perfect English. Even the people who claimed that they didn't speak perfect English, spoke perfect English.

I typically did all the final testing of their work. They have done some of the initial testing, and then after their testing, I did testing as well. I wanted multiple layers of quality assurance. They have always been very consistent. They actually took steps to understand what should be done, rather than here's what is being done and what's been asked of them. That's why I really loved working with them. They eliminated a lot of extra steps that I would normally have to take back when I was working with my Indian team.

What distinguishes N-iX from other providers?

I think the professionalism was one of the things that really struck me, and the fact that they would sign contracts with me. Since I've dealt with them for several years, there were instances where a person left the company, and he transitioned us very smoothly and the knowledge base was maintained. The way that they structured our contract was very smart. For instance, he said that instead of hiring two people, I should hire one person quarterly, a technical engineer a quarter of the time. They were very flexible in that matter, in the way that they structured the team, which I've not really seen from any other company. Just the way that they form the team, they search for their talent, and they work with you on what's needed.

In one other instance, there was a pause of time last year, when I went on vacation and came back. They said, "We realize that you are going in a certain direction. The technology that we use – even though it's working now and you would have never noticed – during these two months of your pause time, we completely revamped it and put into use this new technology, because it will work better for you for the next time." They didn't charge me for it, so that was something that was very nice.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or that you would do differently?

Really, no. They made me feel like they had a dedicated team for me, which they did. I was nervous to let people go on pause because I was afraid that those people are going to be gone indefinitely, but that's nothing that they can improve on. There's really nothing that I can think of.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 5
QUALITY: 5
COST: 4
SCHEDULING: 5
WILLING TO REFER: 5
I want to keep them for myself, so no.
Michael Feldman

Dedicated Team for Digital Writing Solutions Provider

 
Enterprise application development
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is an information technology firm specializing in software that converts handwritten documents into digital formats. Due to limited internal bandwidth at the time, the client sought a qualified technology partner to support their development team during periods of increased project demand and complexity. A close business associate explicitly recommended N-iX to the client based on prior experience. Once commissioned, N-iX began to collaborate closely with the client on their development initiatives, dedicating a number of mid- to senior-level developers.

Feedback summary: 

The client remains very satisfied with the work completed by N-iX, thus far. According to the client, N-iX remains instrumental to their ongoing technology projects. The client indicated that all work completed and delivered by N-iX has successfully passed user testing with minimal defects. N-iX was praised for their rapid response time and flexibility with client development methodologies. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with N-iX and recommends them to others without hesitation. 

"We are very happy with what they deliver. They deliver very high-quality code."

Sr. Vice President of Technology and Services at Anoto
 
51-200 Employees
 
Lund, Sweden
Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

Our company, Anoto, develops digital writing and software solutions. We develop both hardware and software for our customers.

What are your role and responsibilities?

I'm the senior vice president for technology and services, which means that I'm responsible for our outsourced teams and IT project management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address with N-iX?

We had too much to do in terms of project workload. We develop a lot of new things, and we maintain a lot of older, legacy products. So, we looked for a good outsourcing team that could take on mature products for maintenance. It was really about adding to our internal bandwidth so we could focus on other priorities without being worried about the quality of our service provision going down.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of their involvement in detail?

We looked for a team with developers who worked extensively with .NET. At the beginning, we gave them only mature products for maintenance but, in time, our relationship has evolved. They are now involved in new development as well as maintenance. We regularly source around 10 mid-level and senior developers from them.

How did you come to choose N-iX?

A former board member who had worked with N-iX before had recommended them to me.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative?

I don't have those figures.

Is the relationship ongoing?

Yes. We have worked with them for several years now. I think we started the relationship back in 2009, so it's been fairly long-term. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

We have several teams operating at once, and everything that these different teams develop is delivered for system testing before launch. We are very happy with what they deliver. They deliver very high-quality code. Of course, there are always some defects or bugs, but I wouldn't say there are any more defects with N-iX than with anybody else we've used before. 

I am very satisfied with their project management, too. We work very closely with them, and we're very happy with the cooperation we get from them and how they work in a team setting. It didn't take long to establish an effective workflow with them, which was great.

When working with N-iX, is there anything that you would consider unique about their practice?

They are very quick to respond. They adapted to our organization very quickly, and we get very good cooperation. We see them as part of our team, rather than just another vendor that we have to manage.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 5
QUALITY: 4
COST: 4
SCHEDULING: 4
WILLING TO REFER: 5

Custom Java Development for Cyber Security Firm

 
Enterprise application development
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is a cyber security firm specializing in threat intelligence and assessment software for commercial businesses and other organizations. Due to limited bandwidth at the time, the client sought a qualified technology partner to support their internal development team on a number of demanding technology projects. N-iX was selected as the client's partner based on their demonstrated technical capabilities and previous experience. Once commissioned, N-iX began to collaborate closely with the client on their technology projects. 

Feedback summary: 

The client conveyed great appreciation for and satisfaction with N-iX. According to the client, N-iX was instrumental to the successful launch of several high-priority end customer solutions. N-iX received considerable praise for their meticulous approach to development and testing. The client maintains an ongoing relationship with N-iX and recommends them to others without hesitation.

"One of the unique things was actually our joint way of handling things, of making them [N-iX] an arm of our business. Instead of just giving them specific projects, we really made sure they could work in different ways, extending our R&D power and making them part of our own development cycle."

Vice President of Engineering, Cyber Security Firm
 
51-200 Employees
 
Gothenburg, Sweden
Overall rating: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Quality: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

We're a software company based in Boston, and we work in cyber security. Essentially, we harvest sources from the Web, Twitter feeds and places like that, and then we do heavy analysis on that data, breaking it down to more tangible pieces. Then, we present that in high-level, powerful visualizations. We use open source data to give our customers a better way of predicting and securing their business.

What is your position?

I'm the vice president of engineering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address with N-iX?

We should actually go back to my former company because that's when I used them the most, although I do use them now in my current capacity. For now, I will refer back to 2005. My former company was also a software company, but more into what we call output and input management. N-iX worked on back-end and front-end operations, IT [information technology], everything – we sort of just expanded and made our overall R&D [research and development] capacity so much bigger by using their development resources. We delegated a lot of very technical work to them during that time.

Then, I moved over to this company, and we began working with six developers from N-iX. They did a specific part of the work that we didn't have the manpower to do, so we really leveraged them as a team augmentation partner. That project is completed, and now we have only one person from N-iX doing operations work for us.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the actual scope of work delegated to them?

The work has been primarily Java-based functional development, so they built applications on top of our framework using our APIs [application programming interfaces]. I should add that we've used specific language skills, in this case, Russian, to be able to harvest the Russian language sources, and we're still using N-iX for that. They're working with a lot of complicated, aggregated data.

How did you come to choose N-iX?

We had been outsourcing to India because we had acquired a company there but, for many different reasons, that was not working very well. When a new CEO joined us, we made the decision to terminate our relationship with our previous provider and tried out N-iX. We contacted them and set up a testing workshop to begin with, trying to make sure we had found the appropriate management. We ran the test run for about six months, and it was working very well. N-iX really became an extended arm of what we were doing. They were much more responsive than our previous partner and very well versed in Russian, which made dealing with our data a lot easier for them.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for the amount you've invested in their services?

We spend between $4,000 and $5,000 a month working with N-iX, depending on what type and the amount of development resources we use.

Is the relationship ongoing?

Yes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their work or the success of the engagement?

We've been using the same metrics as we do with our own team, essentially measuring the new development speed. I don't see any difference in terms of what they can produce compared to what our own team can produce. They have the same quality level and the same technical skill level, so the only real difference is cost. Then, of course, there is the additional communication issue since they're not here where we are, and their main language is not English. This inevitably leads to a dip in terms of efficiency, but it's still much better and more reliable than our previous partner.

I would say that if I had them here in Sweden, rather than Ukraine, we would get somewhat greater efficiency. That's not due to their skills or anything. That's due to the fact they're not here – they're not physically close to us. I think it's been working extremely well – much better than our prior experience. 

The project management has worked very well, too, but we took very cautious steps to make sure that we didn't have any barriers in that regard. I made sure that, on my side, I had someone who could connect with his counterpart in N-iX. They are our main source of communication, and we have contact on a daily basis. We didn't have to micro-manage, we just designed their teams so they had the same structure as ours. Having the same workflow has worked out great.

We really had no problems. We were clear with them that if they saw problems or issues with the relationship to let us know. We told them that they needed to act as if they were employed by us or hired by us, and that worked very well. We had no issues whatsoever.

When working with N-iX, is there anything that you would consider unique about their practice that distinguishes them from other vendors?

One of the unique things was actually our joint way of handling things, of making them an arm of our business. Instead of just giving them specific projects, we really made sure they could work in different ways, extending our R&D power and making them part of our own development cycle. They'd get their own projects, but they could also be part of a mixed team, just like any other resource we would have in-house.

I haven't really seen that business model before. We were part of the hiring process, we could see what we were paying and the actual salaries that their people received, and we could influence that compensation by highlighting exceptional contributions. That helped us get them involved in a much better way. That whole business model is very unique, and I haven't seen that before. It's not the traditional offshore business offering, so I would point to that one being the single important thing that stands out.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

Make sure to have a single point of contact at N-iX. Regardless of the size of the project, you still need that one key contact, someone who is proficient in English and also a person who is good in technical and project management skills. So, you find that sort of starting point, and that will help you a long way. Also, they really are an extension of your business, and if you treat them like that, if you're paying attention, really make sure they feel well taken care of, that gives you a really good starting point. Again, find the one with the good English skills. That key person has to be very good.

RATINGS

OVERALL SCORE: 4.5
QUALITY: 4.5
COST: 5
SCHEDULING: 4.5
WILLING TO REFER: 5
Petter Eriksson

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