Outsourced Web & Mobile Development

ParallelDevs is a full-service web design and development firm based in San José, Costa Rica. From strategy to support, we build complex, responsive digital solutions, custom and platform-based, using cutting edge technologies such as Drupal, WordPress, AngularJS , ReactJS, Symfony, and Ionic, to name a few.

ParallelDevs is built upon providing outstanding, competitive services to international brands, with a constant focus on ensuring our clients’ success and delivering results that exceed expectation.

We are the go to development company for digital agencies and full-service web agencies in need of open source expertise and innovative technology development, ParallelDevs provides a team of full-stack specialists and problem solvers who work with high-profile global brands on daily basis, delivering results and ensuring the success of the digital solutions and apps we build. While providing expertise to companies of all sizes, whether for staff augmentation or fully-managed projects, ParallelDevs has extensive experience in delivering large-scale, complex solutions for high-value web campaigns

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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San José, Costa Rica
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Digital Agencies. Full Service Web Agencies  Drupal Agencies / Shops  Startups Digital Marketers

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Mobile Development & Iterations for Mindfulness App

"I have been so impressed with how much thought they have put into our product."

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

ParallelDevs developed the first build of a mindfulness app. The mobile solution featured a dashboard that reported on a community board, a vision board with photo handling capabilities, and a learning section.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
St. Charles, Illinois
Kimberly Stanley
CEO, Veraki
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app launched successfully to over 1,000 downloads in app stores, and the internal team is collecting feedback for future development. ParallelDevs continues to stay on to iterate on the MVP. They have a forward-facing mindset, looking at how the product will scale and resolving any challenges.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CEO of a startup company that is focused on teaching app users how to use mindfulness techniques in their every day life. The vision of Veraki is to educate this generation how to live with purpose and lead with compassion.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ParallelDevs?

We hired ParallelDevs to manage the design and build our our MVP app. This was the first version of the app so there were a lot of work to do getting the initial design completed and the back end of the app set up. They created the concept

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to create a product that we could use to test the market to determine if we had a viable product with the content and tools that users where willing to use and pay for.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

ParallelDevs were referred to us from a contact of my in the States. I had worked with her previously and trusted her judgement in providing me with a quality referral. Once we met with ParallelDevs and laid out our project, we immediately recognized that they were experts in the design build field so we selected them as our vendor.

Describe the project in detail.

The project was to help us to complete the initial design of the app and then build it. We had completed some initial wire frames, but they were very preliminary. The features in the app were a community board, a vision board which had significant photo handling capabilities, and a learning section.

In addition, we wanted a dashboard that would summarize all of these three sections. ParallelDevs helped us tremendously with all of the strategy in how the app would fuction. The app was built for use with both IOS and Android.

What was the team composition?

The team make up changed as we went through the different sprints, as I would expect of any design build team. We always had the resources available to us at the time that we needed them We had consistent weekly meetings to ensure that we were on task with the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to get the app launched into both the App Store and Google Play by March of this year. Since our launch we have had over 1,000 downloads and we have learned so much about what pieces of the app that users find value and what they don't.

Based upon this feedback we are now planning the next iterations of the app. We will definitely be using ParallelDevs for the next round of development and for all of our planned future development work.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was extremely effective. We had weekly status meetings and meetings to discuss specific changes. We would discuss changes that would need to be made and ParallelDevs would always come prepared with thoughts and ideas of how the work could be accomplished.

They exceeded my expectations by always thinking several steps ahead of us. In addition, they are always thinking of how to make sure that the factor in future plans for the app in the current design.

I have been beyond pleased with their partnership and teamwork. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to work with a development team.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I have been so impressed with how much thought they have put into our product and how much they have thought about how to make it usable now but also in the future as we grow. We have given them several design and build challenges and they have never disappointed us. They have always found a solution. They are amazing problem solvers.

In addition, they are truly experts in the space. They have taken the time to understand who we are and what we want to accomplish. Other vendors have failed to partner with us at that some level. We truly feel as if ParallelDevs is a part of our team.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We have been so happy with ParallelDevs that I cannot see any areas of improvement.

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

Web Dev for Data Management Platform

"It is difficult to find a vendor like ParallelDevs. They operate like an extension of your team."

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

ParallelDevs created a marketing website as part of a data management platform's rebranding. Using an SOW, they built the site on WordPress, integrated its forms with a CRM, and created animated graphics.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
Ben Barnard
Manager of Mktg. Operations and Web Dev., Simon Data
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website has brought in more leads and received praise from internal and external stakeholders. ParallelDevs delivered high-quality work against a tight timeline. They led a smooth workflow thanks to their openness to feedback, regular updates, and constant accessibility.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Simon Data is the enterprise customer data platform that empowers brands to deliver data-driven, personalized customer experiences everywhere. I am the tech and operations lead for our marketing team.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ParallelDevs?

We hired ParallelDevs to build our new website as part of a broader company rebranding project.

What were your goals for this project?

To launch a new marketing site on the Wordpress CMS with our new branding. In addition to communicating our new company brand and market positioning, the new site would be at the center of our lead generation strategy. The site design called for interactive, animated graphics and an integration with our CRM system.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I have worked with ParallelDevs on website projects at previous companies. I've always been impressed by the quality of the work they deliver. Their communication and project organization is top notch as well.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

ParallelDevs built our new website inline with the functional specs and design requirements agreed-upon in the SOW and site mockup. The new site features pages devoted to product offerings, information about the company, and our blog, which has downloadable content -- an important component of our lead generation strategy. The site has interactive animation, asynchronous filtering of content on our blog page, and an integration between our web forms and our CRM.

What was the team composition?

The ParallelDevs team consisted of 2-3 developers handling different aspects of the project, like CMS development and animation development. All of their activity was visible on a Trello board that they shared with us. They also had a project manager who was our point of contact. We met frequently to discuss project status and answer questions from the dev team on functional specs, QA issues and general questions that arose while the project was underway. The team was consistent throughout the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our new website has greatly increased the number of inbound leads from our marketing campaigns. We've also received very positive feedback from our clients and company leadership regarding our new site.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We used a shared Trello board so that everyone had visibility on project tasks and general progress. We also had regular meetings to discuss issues, typically using Slack. The team was also available via Slack chat during business hours and were usually quick to respond to questions.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The ParallelDevs team was given a very tight timeframe to build our new site, which required complex features. I was impressed by their ability to solve for our use cases quickly and thoughtfully. They reached out whenever the dev team needed our feedback, and we worked through QA issues together. They are great collaborators. It is difficult to find a vendor like ParallelDevs. They operate like an extension of your team.

Are there any areas for improvement?

The project required more time for QA than had been anticipated at the outset. Planning deadlines more conservatively would have helped us manage expectations better with our teams.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Overall, scheduling met SOW guidelines, though some items took longer to finish than originally scoped.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Project delivery inline with SOW and good value
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    High quality code and adherence to best practices for SEO and accessibility.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Drupal Web Dev for News & Digital Rights Media Company

"Everything has gone well and ParallelDevs has adapted to our needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ParallelDevs developed a website that’s capable of supporting large amounts of media content including documentaries and photos. They also worked on digital rights and made the platform accessible in Cuba.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Coral Gables, Florida
Gelet Fragela
CEO, ADN Cuba
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ParallelDevs’ work boosted the website’s visibility and international positioning in a shorter timeframe than expected. They also created an impressive module for all the product's content. The team's ability to implement research to tackle obstacles makes them an ongoing partner.

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 general manager at a digital media company. We create documentaries, videos, and more, with a special interest in human rights and the quality of life in Cuba. We also cover news in Latin American countries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenges were you trying to address with ParallelDevs?

We hired them to develop our news website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

ParallelDevs created a website using Drupal, PHP, and Java that supports our video player, which features documentaries, series, and other long-duration content. They also built a gallery for photos and background audio. It’s been a complex coding project because the platform had to not only support all of our multimedia content but also the different website sections.

Their team has also helped a lot with our digital rights, making it possible for people to visit our website despite government censorship.

What is the team composition?

We’re working directly with three or four developers.

How did you come to work with ParallelDevs?

I’ve known their team for years and know of their Drupal expertise and how we share the same values. When the need for help arose, we realized it was going to be easy to work with ParallelDevs since they understood our project and had immediate availability. It was crucial for us as a news website to hire a company that’s available to help us solve any immediate issues that come up.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent about $40,000 on their services so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2019 and the collaboration continues.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

ParallelDevs’ work has been very effective. We’ve reached substantial visibility on Alexa. We’re well positioned in Cuba, the US, and at an international level compared to other similar sites, which we achieved in a much shorter timeframe than expected.

We also needed to adapt our website to be accessible in Cuba, considering that the internet there is slow and there’s a lot of censorship. ParallelDebs did a lot of research to achieve that.

How did ParallelDevs perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team uses Jira and Trello for project management. If there’s ever a delay, it’s most likely our fault. Everything has gone well and ParallelDevs has adapted to our needs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The video player and multimedia module that ParallelDevs created really amazed us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything they should improve at the moment. 

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

Drupal Development for Transportation Marketplace

“Their work is of good quality.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ParallelDevs provided Drupal web development, working on workflow, login, and registration modules for a marketplace website. They also use Pantheon and Github for the work.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Founder, Flete24
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development progressed smoothly and completed to a high standard, solving any issues throughout the work efficiently. They communicate effectively and provide useful, informative suggestions when providing consultation services.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of Flete24, a marketplace in which shippers and transporters connect with each other.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ParallelDevs?

We hired them to develop the workflow, login, and registration modules for our website. It’s marketplace site, so they worked on a development on Drupal for these specific modules.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They used Drupal, Pantheon, and Github to develop the modules for our marketplace site.

I hired them for simple tasks at first, then later, when they knew project well, their responsibilities increased. I now consult with them when I come up with any new ideas

What is the team composition?

There are around 8–10 people working on it.

How did you come to work with ParallelDevs?

They were recommended to us by other Drupal developers in Costa Rica. Most of the good agencies working with Drupal have more work than they can handle so they recommend each other.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent around $25,000 until now.

What is the status of this engagement?

I don’t remember the exact dates, but it’s been around two years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In general, their work is of good quality. We’ve been able to solve any issue that arose during the work, which is why I’m still working with them. They also give me good suggestions when we discuss ideas.

How did ParallelDevs perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack often and we have video calls, while they use Jira internally. Everything has worked and we understand each other well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our partners visited them in Costa Rica and loved them. We had very good chemistry with the team. Their management is also very good—they can be trusted.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I’m using a Drupal development method, which is not that widely used. They could clear that up with the new developers from the beginning. They change developers sometimes which can cause issues.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No.

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

Drupal Web Dev for Youth Sports Nonprofit Platform

"The coding is excellent [and] their project management is great."

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

ParallelDevs provides web app development services using Drupal and Pentium for the work, taking over the project from a previous team. They will later work on the corresponding mobile app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Jose, Costa Rica
Founder, Last Promises Charity
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project is progressing smoothly, with high-quality deliverables and user-friendly design produced thus far. The team manages the project effectively and ensures that they respond quickly and efficiently throughout.

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 president of two different companies, a development and outsourcing company and a nonprofit. We're now developing a joint project between the two.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ParallelDevs?

We specialize in the development of platforms for the sports sector. We're now developing an app to promote the development of youth through sports, and they're working on it for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The project involves developing a web app and later on, we aim to develop the mobile app. The app is based on Drupal, because the teams are experts on that tool. The hosting is based on Pentium.

What is the team composition?

There are four developers involved.

How did you come to work with ParallelDevs?

We launched that project in 2017 and had already started with another company. They didn’t meet our expectations and caused us to have a delay of at least eight months. We met one of the founders of Parallel through sports, and after we showed them the project they made a demo for us. We really liked it so we started working with them and we're very happy with the results.

How much have you invested in them?

Around $14,000 so far, but the final results will end up costing around $60,000–$80,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

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

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're very satisfied with their work. When we began, we calculated that it would be about two months before we began to see results but before that they had something to show us. They provide us with very high-quality deliverables, the design is very user-friendly, and we are able to add new features according to our needs. We will be able to measure our users' satisfaction, the athletes' performance, and many other metrics. We're generally very happy with the app, which is integral to our business and has everything we need.

How did ParallelDevs perform from a project management standpoint?

We had online meetings. They were always available and we always had very direct and immediate communication. They always have a great response time so we're very satisfied on that side.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The coding is excellent, their project management is great, and the implementation logistics and operational parts are impressive. Also, their cost reduction efforts are solid, plus the platform is great, solid and robust. They meet and exceed our expectations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are always things to improve. We would like to speed up the processes, although that's not something that depends only on them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No.

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

App Dev for The University of Costa Rica

"They are people with very impressive development capabilities."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Dec. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ParallelDevs developed a monitoring solution for the university center that lets national risk management institutions report information on what they are currently working on. 

The Reviewer
 
1000-5000
 
San José, Costa Rica
IT Manager, PREVENTEC - University of Costa Rica
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team was flexible and had impressive development capabilities. The communication was fluid, prompt, and they were always available. The project was delivered on time and they were cited as an excellent team. 

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 Sub-Director of the PREVENTEC Program in the University of Costa Rica. It’s an Academic Unit.

CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ParallelDevs?

We wanted to develop a national system for monitoring of the institutions that are part of the national risk management system. It’s a complete monitor. And our goal is that all institutions can report what they are currently doing regarding Risk Management at a National Level.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the scope of their involvement?

They assigned four team members for the project.

How did you come to work with ParallelDevs?

We had hired another company before them, but they had to abandon the project due to the lack of time and availability, but they recommended us to work with ParallelDevs. Surprisingly, it turned out I already knew their general manager from a few years ago.

How much have you invested in ParallelDevs?

Less than $10,000.

What’s the status of this engagement?

We started working in late November of last year, and we are still working with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They used a friendly methodology using drawings and wireframes which gave us a true interpretation of what the system would possibly look like. This helped clarify the main concepts and functionality of the system.

They are very flexible people. We’ve had other companies that after completing the platform or system design, they are totally metric and don’t allow any changes to be made. They are people with very impressive development capabilities, which helps favor the variable conditions that you encounter developing software.

How did ParallelDevs perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Drupal CMS, Slack, email and Hangouts.

The communication was very fluid and done promptly. They always delivered on time and only when we successfully finished with a phase we would start with the new one.

What did you find most impressive about ParallelDevs?

The availability the developers had was very good. Whenever we had in-person meetings, we would meet in their facilities which were nice. The environment and the physical contact with them helped us gain trust and confidence.  Usually, when working with development companies online, you lack this personal contact.

Are there any areas ParallelDevs could improve?

They could improve on the documentation because ideally, you must document on reply, but that’s very hard to achieve. Not everyone can develop and document all the results that well.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with ParalleDevs?

Always have a contingency budget, because in software development you will always have things that need to be changed at the end.

4.5
Overall Score There’s always room for improvement, but they are excellent.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We have been flexible just like them but not that much. They have been acceptably late, maybe a week or week and a half.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The reason is that they made an exception with us being a Non-Profit Organization and the project is on a national level scale.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They develop what you request them to.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It’s our first project, but I would totally recommend them.

Intranet Web Development for Ad Technology Company

“ParallelDevs was fantastic.”

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

ParallelDevs worked on the development of several tools including various websites, an internal internet site for 1,200 employees, and a partner platform. They also worked on integrations with Zendesk.

The Reviewer
 
1000-5000 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Jovin Cronin-Wilesmith
Digital Lead, Mediaocean
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The experience working with the team was positive due to their excellent attention and responsiveness at all times. With the new tools, internal internet usage within the company increased by 1000 percent, while the internal adoption rate of the new tools was around 85 percent.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Mediaocean is an ad technology company in New York City.

What is your position?

I am a digital lead in the marketing and creative departments.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with ParallelDevs?

I worked with ParallelDevs on any project that we didn't have enough internal resources for. We didn't want to hire a full-time team to work on projects. They had the expertise to execute the front-end and some of the back-end development.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

We built some internal tools with them, including a couple websites as well as a partner platform. We built an internal internet for a company of 1,200 people. ParallelDevs were the primary developers on that. We integrated our LDAP [lightweight directory access protocol] – our exchange directory. We did a bunch of support integrations with Zendesk. There were about 50 people involved in the project.

How did you come to work with ParallelDevs?

Our first job with them was through another agency. That agency signed the deal, and they introduced us to some of the people from ParallelDevs. I became good friends with them. They told me they were their own agency, and we decided to make the relationship more direct, which made the projects more affordable.

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

The internet project we did with ParallelDevs was between $65,000 and $70,000. We also had projects between $5,000 and $20,000. In total, we have probably spent more than $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The Internet project we did with ParallelDevs was completed in early 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We had a good experience with them. I think we increased usage of the Internet by 1,000 percent. Internal adoption was 85 percent or 90 percent. It helped their support increase their response times, and the head of support gave positive feedback.

How did ParallelDevs perform from a project management standpoint?

ParallelDevs was fantastic.

What distinguishes ParallelDevs from other providers?

Raul [Solano] and Alain [Martinez, managing partners at ParallelDevs] are on top of their work. I've had problems with communication with other agencies but not with ParallelDevs. It feels like we're their only client. They were open to the whole process and were flexible with our compliance issues and figured out solutions.

Is there anything ParallelDevs could have improved or done differently?

It would be great if ParallelDevs could come to where their clients are sometimes, but that never bothered me.

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