You imagine. We perform

QArea was founded in 2001 and has grown ever since towards success and innovation. We have nailed 800+ projects by now, encouraging flexibility and aiming at long and lasting relationships with customers and partners.

QArea unites 250 truly talented developers and testers. We deliver wide range of premium services to any company with our rates starting at $15.

Our services

1. Custom software development. QArea has teams of PHP, JS, Python, iOS, Android developers. We invest in R&D of Golang and AR directions.

2. Testing & QA. QArea has nurtured a dedicated QA Lab, which currently consists of 100+ software testing engineers.

3. IT consulting. QArea loves startups. We assist them in creation of MVP, tech consulting and projects from scratch. Our BI segment is also qualified to support enterprise projects at the highest level. 

4. Support & maintenance. QArea's expertise allows to expand our clients' in-house teams and bring our value into the ongoing process.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2001
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Stateline, NV
Headquarters
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    Kingsbury Grade Suite, 297
    Stateline, NV 89449
    United States
    1 310 388 93 34
other locations
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    Giuseppe Cali Street
    Ta'Xbiex XBX1423
    Malta
    +4 143 508 0794
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    23 Avgusta
    Kharkov 61000
    Ukraine
    38 057 763 60 24
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    25B Petra Sahaidachnoho Str.
    Kyiv
    Ukraine
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    77 Heroiv Upa Str.
    Lviv
    Ukraine

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Huffington Post, Dashlane, Allwomenstalk, Tunein, SkyHook, Distractify, Avaaz, Beakun, RebelMouse, Perx

Beakun

The Beakun project consists of a website and mobile applications for Android and iOS that were designed as a tool connecting various businesses with their customers in a simple yet classy manner.

SOLUTIONS

- The portal is based on the Drupal 6 platform and main layout is based on custom pages and blocks;

- Java Script with advanced and complex logic was written to ensure effective operations with Google Maps;

- An API system was developed for efficient connections and cooperation between Android, iOS applications and the mobile site;

- An application designed and powered with PhoneGap technology.

RESULT

QArea has developed a site for everybody who is a business granting a great marketing platform for event arrangement, thus granting common users the ability to stay in the flow of events 24/7.

The Huffington Post

Challenge - making definite entries appear among the results of running search engines queries, SEO optimization, simultaneous maintaining of a large number of users, quick generation of pages.

SOLUTION

The portal is based on the MovableType platform, which has been modified to minimize the number of database queries and to improve performance. To load a server in order to process pictures, CSS and other statistic content, Amazon S3 is used. To ensure stable and efficient work under heavy and peak loads we have used the memcache technology.

Also QArea responsibilities included: black-box testing; manual testing;  automated functional testing based on Selenium; regression testing; documentation creating.

RESULT

The site has been featured on the main page of Yahoo several times. The site lives perfectly with 200+k visitors per hour. Also, we have created an iOS client for The Huffington Post news system.

Distractify

Distractify is a leading entertainment company in the mobile era. This fascinating portal follows the trend (among Buzzfeed and Upworthy) for inspiring, funny and eye-catching post titles, often in list form, with video, image and GIF-heavy content.

We are most happy QArea had a chance to assist them and here’s what we did for Distractify:

Development:

Integrating Service-oriented architecture; Android API; IOS API.

Testing:

Functional testing; Compatibility testing; Regression testing; Ad-hoc testing; UI / UX testing; Validation testing; Smoke testing; Bug reporting; Bug rechecking; Documentation creating.

Results were astonishing: Official stats have their unique visitor count at 43 million since its launch in October 2013, and the site has inspired 10 million Facebook shares in that short space of time.

Knozen

QArea was tasked to develop a fine, secure, user-centric application that needed to allow easy, user-friendly communication interfaces, vast functionality with social gamification capabilities and solid client-server architecture that explores and exploits social media potential.

SOLUTIONS

- Knozen’s architecture was planned with respect to future flawless integration with already popular social media solutions.

- Through-game communications were carefully considered and developed with respect to solid client-server data exchange architecture with implementation of REST API.

- Local storage is brought to life via CoreData technology.

- Simple, yet addictive and user-friendly UI/UX designs.

END RESULT

All the efforts of development have ended with a breathtaking iOS solution that was named one of top hottest startups by BusinessInsider.

Financial Services Commission Mauritius

Financial Service Commission Mauritius is started the Online Submissions Platform (OSP) project to turn much of its ongoing paper-based application process into online submissions and to introduce online payments. Our objective was to provide top notch QA works and find all the possible defects of the OSP.

SOLUTION

Test automation was performed on the customer’s request. It covered standard testing scenarios, load, stress, and performance testing. The purpose of automation testing was to save time and increase test coverage, ensuring more effective results. For Performance and Load testing we used Visual Studio and JMeter. For Automation of UI we used Selenium Webdriver.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We performed all testing activities, such as Static Testing of Requirements, Architecture Inspection, Static Code Analysis, Test Preparation, and Test Execution. Both manual testing and automation testing were performed.

 

AVAAZ.ORG

Avaaz is a global community of citizens, designed to transfer politics to the community! People are empowered to take action on some of the largest issues that take place in the world.

REQUIREMENTS

Specialists from QArea had to deliver a secure platform that would withstand huge loads. Avaaz was destined to become a stable platform for millions of people. It had to be used on a daily basis by people from all over the globe and at the same time. Special attention was given to functional testing to ensure all vital aspects are 100% verified. We have used the entire stack of all available and accurate web technologies.

RESULT

Such an approach has resulted with millions of dollars in donations raised within 2 days of several campaigns and hundreds of thousands emails were sent and delivered to governmental officials, political leaders and organizations.

RebelMouse

REQUIREMENTS

The task was to develop a social media aggregator that allows to create user accounts, to connect different social media accounts and conveniently manage the information from them on one single platform.

SOLUTION

RebelMouse is an aggregator for social media and looks like a digital newspaper that represents user’s social media events.

Basic registration allows users to connect their accounts on Twitter and Facebook. The updates from the connected accounts are represented in the collage-styled information flow that shows user’s presence within social media. The RebelMouse platform also works on the mobile application for iOS.

RESULT

Social media aggregator for managing social media information and a flexible iOS application that allows constant presence in the stream of news and current events. The feed of messages may be placed on the home page of your own site as well, or users can share it with friends.

Destinity

Development of a website that delivers visitors with offers from world’s leading hotels.

The site presents the currently active and future proposals, photos of hotels, rooms and the surrounding area, includes description of features and attractions, etc.

Payment functionality is tailored in a fashion when transactions are possible via numerous systems as PayPal, Click & Buy, Caixa, Banesto.

SOLUTION

We have developed the project based on eCommerce Zen-Cart (PHP, MySQL), a fine CMS that was chosen by our client. jQuery, a JS library was used to juice up instructiveness and provide more functionality. Image galleries and libraries were modified to meet with project scope and business requirements.

Due to high loads (traffic: up to 1.1 million visits per month, 550 thousand registered users) and the large size of the database there significant structure optimization was implemented, that reduces time costs to a minimum.

Perx

REQUIREMENTS

Implementation of as stable, reliable CRM (customer relationship manager) mobile client that is, besides all expandable and, most importantly, it has to be easy tunable.

SOLUTIONS

Few easy steps that have proven to be the most convenient and user-friendly application workflow. Accumulating the required number of stamps allows users to claim their loyalty-program reward from the retail outlet. Once this is done, users get a fresh slate to accumulate more stamps.

As a handy addition the application is supported with a map feature, showing users all the nearby locations of retail outlets that are accepting loyalty cards.

RESULT

Ever since launched in October, 2011 Perx applications have proven to be Singapore’s leading mobile loyalty platform. The amount of users satisfied with application’s convenience and appearance extend 200.000 which is to be just the thing to be expected from a number 1 app in its domain, right?

Keeveo

This site is a sweet portal created sourly for search, purchase, and deployment as well as marketing purposes of goods from Spain (such as designer clothing, accessories, etc.). These goods are sorted by groups in specialized stores. You will pretty much have a shopping mall right inside your browser.

The site is based on Drupal 6 and Ubercart. The Sphinx is the pages search engine. That ensures a massive searching speed-up. As if that was not enough the Sphinx will also decrease the pressure caused on servers.

The original task was to create a platform that would be allowing users to create their own online shops. In those shops the user may create and manage and sell new goods. The products status and condition as well as orders from customers are manageable as well.

The user is capable of creating and designing his store by his bidding in order for the store to match all the goals as well as marketing strategies.

Kroodle

Kroodle is a site for designed and developed for Agon, a large Netherland insurance company.

REQUIREMENTS

We were to create an astonishing solutions that inspires trust in visitors, embraces rich functionality and delivers fast, complex solutions from the insurance niche to website’s users.

SOLUTIONS

All parts of the project are connected to Facebook Api. Users require valid Facebook accounts to perform actions on the site, otherwise one should be created. All users can buy, edit, cancel insurance, invite their Facebook friends and get bonuses thanks to integration of the Facebook API and vast functionality of developed features.

Client side communicates with the server side are implemented with json and Ajax. The site has responsive design. The project was tested with Jmeter load-test program and showed stable work under 1000+ user load.

Skyhook

Skyhook was founded in 2003 to capitalize on the increasing demand for location-based services. The first location technologies, GPS and cell tower triangulation, were inadequate - leaving frustrated mobile consumers with slow and inaccurate positioning information.

Specialists from QArea have been challenged with a series of projects for Boston-Based Skyhook Wireless. This series of projects included Skyhook Wireless WPS, Location Logger, LocalFaves, Internal tests and the big gun – MyLoki. We also needed to implement a website allowing users to register for Skyhook Javascript API key and promoting this technology to web-developers/site owners.

Skyhook Wireless can determine your location based on the nearest WiFi router that it picks up through your computer and is the core basis of MyLoki. We have developed Skyhook Wireless WPS, a location technology that delivers the fastest most accurate location results available for WiFi enabled consumer devices.

Reviews

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Product Development for Financial Tech Startup

"They were always on-time, and we always worked within what was scoped budget-wise."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

QArea built two custom financial solutions using supplied specs. The project team is developing corresponding mobile versions of each launched product. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Malaysia
Peniela Finekaso
Founder, IP1
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team at QArea is responsive, proactive, and skilled. A language barrier caused some communication difficulty, but they overcame it quickly and the team fully understands expectations. With reasonable rates and great project management, QArea tracks progress well and stays on-budget.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a software-products company focusing on a couple of financial systems. We market, sell and support those two products. One of those tools is geared towards what we call superannuation funds, while the other is a product aimed at lending institutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with QArea?

We had the requirements in place, and needed help with the design and development of our products.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

We engaged QArea for the design and development of our systems. They continue to provide support and maintenance of our web-based tools. We plan to move towards developing mobile-app versions of both products, using QArea.

They had a team of two front-end and two back-end developers, one QA tester, and one project manager. We have worked with up to seven people from QArea's team.

How did you come to work with QArea?

I made a web search, picked a couple of companies and checked them out. We decided to try QArea because of their skillsets and portfolio. The technology used by their team was the same one we decided upon. QArea also had reasonable rates, so they appeared to be the best pick.

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

The cost of QArea's work was around $700,000 for both of our products.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work on our first product started in October 2015. It was launched in July 2016. The second product will be launched in June 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

QArea did a great job in developing our product. We haven't experienced many issues with it, and most of the feedback we've received from clients has had to do with change requests and fixing minor issues. There was nothing significant around the functionality of the product itself.

We provide some very specialized systems, so our targets are limited to superannuation funds and development banks in our area. The system has definitely helped these clients with their work, but we have a restricted client base.

How did QArea perform from a project management standpoint?

When we first started, because English is not QArea's first language, we had a few issues. After this, everything went smoothly and we were able to communicate our requirements and expectations and have QArea get back to us. The working relationship has been great. We used a project management tool for logging the bugs encountered during testing, as well as general feedback. It allowed us to track progress for our items.

What distinguishes QArea from other providers?

When entering an outsourcing engagement, there is always a risk in terms of whom we'll pick. This was our main worry with QArea, but they turned out to have a fantastic team. They were always on-time, and we always worked within what was scoped budget-wise. QArea's team has great skills and knowledge around the technologies we're using. English is not their first language, but QArea was good enough in communicating and understanding what we were asking them, and also providing information to us. This is an important point to know.

Is there anything QArea could have improved or done differently?

We are very happy with our current setup and relationship with QArea. They're responsive and, when we have requested changes, they were willing to work on weekends, if it was an urgent item. I cannot think of any areas which need improvements.

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
    I have recommended QArea to a couple of friends who were looking for offshore partners.

Ongoing Custom Development for Risk & Intelligence Firm

"I need to emphasize [their] professionalism, communication skills, and proactive [approach]."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

QArea supplies engineering resources capable of developing risk management solutions from scratch for both web and mobile as well as improving the performance of previously existing ones.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
United States
Principal
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Key differentiators include patience and a well-organized project management approach. Another noteworthy aspect was how accessible their executive leadership was throughout the project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a professional consulting firm providing tailored risk solutions in the physical and cyber spaces. I am the principal of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with QArea?

We were working on a custom software application with multiple complex components, including content management, geospatial capabilities, as well as web-based and app-based interfaces. Trying to find an organization that understood what we needed, would be able to translate that into functional applications, and would also have the ability to communicate effectively and professionally, was a lot harder than we originally anticipated. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

QArea has developed our solution using custom PHP over Drupal. Quite a few resources were allocated to our project by QArea, but I had the benefit of needing to interface with 1–2 points of contact; a technical one, and a business one. Another interesting and unique advantage of QArea is their ability to provide us with regular access to the executive team, should we need it. For a company of that size, it's very unusual, and it put me in a great place of comfort.

How did you come to work with QArea?

We interviewed numerous organizations, and QArea came out on top.

How much have you invested with QArea?

We've spent around $35,000 on QArea's services so far. The total cost will probably end up between $50,000 and $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with QArea since the beginning of 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Not only did QArea have the right capabilities, they understood our requirements, and consistently came back with suggestions and different ways of looking at the challenge, explaining the benefits of doing so to us. Their approach was almost inevitably the smarter way, while still accomplishing what it was we needed, resulting in enhanced speed and capabilities, reduced cost, and so on. This was constant throughout the engagement, not just in the beginning and has proven to be tremendously beneficial to us.

How did QArea perform from a project management standpoint?

QArea is not the sort of organization who would constantly look to upcharge us. As we went along, we identified new capabilities to develop. Change requests were involved, but every phase of development with QArea has come in on or under budget.

We used a project tracking portal for enhanced visibility and communication related to our work and had regular engagements on a weekly basis, helping keep everyone on the same page. QArea would sometimes bring more people on to our meetings, depending on what needed to be done, but I usually interfaced with our primary contact.

What did you find most impressive about QArea?

I need to emphasize QArea's professionalism, communication skills, and proactive nature to development. QArea has also been incredibly patient with us.

Are there any areas QArea could improve?

No. I've had other options, and I could have taken them, but I did not. QArea's communication has proven to be very good as long as we were upfront with them. QArea did a better job than us in this respect. They are a professional organization and I would not hesitate to recommend them. 

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

iPad & iPhone Development for Music Startup

“...[QArea] can work on their own and figure out the problems on their own.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
Project summary: 

QArea developed iOS and Android features for pre-existing applications. New functionalities included in-app logins for Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Reviewer
 
1-11 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Software Engineer, VocalizeU
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team provided detailed daily reports and always stayed within budget and on schedule. QArea’s feedback also helped hone in on specific user details required to improve the overall marketing strategy. They achieved all benchmarks, and the relationship is ongoing.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We provide services for singers, like a music camp and voice lessons, and there's a network of voice teachers as well.

What is your position?

I am the main developer and engineer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with QArea?

We were trying to add some social features into our app, like being able to login with Facebook and LinkedIn. We were looking for some help and to extend our own internal team.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

In the beginning, I was the only person working in the company. I tried to hire other developers, but they didn't work out. At the moment, I have two developers and another person from QArea. For the iOS apps, we were using Objective-C, the native technology and for the desktop and Android apps we used Adobe AIR, which we can hopefully migrate to an HTML file soon.

How did you come to work with QArea?

We found them on Elance. Their team was different from others on Elance because it was structured like a company. They had a manager that's overlooking what the members are doing. 

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

It cost around $6,000 to $7,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The relationship is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I don't have any statistics or benchmarks. The only thing I can say is that I receive a daily report on what has been accomplished, and that information is a lot clearer than anybody else I've worked with. QArea complies with the project estimates and delivers work within the agreed-upon timelines. The internal feedback we have received has helped us get more information on the users so we could target them better, so our marketing person was happy with that.

How did QArea perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Elance's Work View, taking screenshots of the work progress. We used GitHub to see updates on which parts of the project are completed. We used the bug tracker from GitHub as well.

What distinguishes QArea from other providers?

The main thing is QArea's detailed hour-by-hour report they give me on the work that they complete. There is an automated screenshot system, and we can see exactly what is being accomplished. QArea also tells me if they run into any problems. It something we would expect from a service provider, but not what we get from most of the people that I've hired before.

If you give them clear specifications, they can work on their own and figure out the problems on their own. You don't have to manage every step of the process. If your specs are clear, normally they'll give you a good result.

Is there anything QArea could have improved or done differently?

Not really, I have been pretty satisfied. I haven't tried all their services, but I'm really satisfied with them. I don't know about the graphic design work or the other services that they have.

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

iOS Development for Consumer App Startup

“QArea really knows their stuff.”

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

Based on an initial proof of concept for a quiz-based gaming application, QArea developed a functional iOS prototype. They were later contracted for ongoing quality assurance work.

The Reviewer
 
1-11 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Founder & CEO, Consumer App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has received over 100,000 downloads after just four months. The code is stable and users are happy with the gaming experience. Despite a slight language barrier, QArea’s talented engineers were responsive throughout development and there were very few support-related issues.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're a startup. We offer an app that asks how well you really know your friends. We offer an app that's a personality-based game.

What is your position?

I'm the founder, CEO, and engineering manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with QArea?

We were going from a prototype proof of concept to a workable beta in the App Store. I didn't have the necessary skills to develop the functional prototype, so I knew I needed to find qualified technologists that could take care of that aspect. It was important to find skilled but also consistent and reliable developers.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

I was handling the visual design, product and project management. They wanted to add a project manager, but I ended up keeping project management, so they provided engineers, and then also QA [quality assurance] specialists.

How exactly did you come to work with QArea?

I found them through oDesk. I chose to work with them because Paul Barry from the Huffington Post had openly endorsed them on their site, and he's an investor in our firm. I took his word for it and approached them with my project.

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

I spent between $100,000 and $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The collaboration is was ongoing, and we worked together for a year and a half. Then, I decided to bring all the work in-house in February. I've actually now gone back and rehired the QA specialist from QArea to work with me on an ongoing basis. The project wrapped up in February 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

There aren't any stats and metrics that I can share. I was really working with an engineer or two and the QA specialist, so measuring an engineer's productivity is just difficult. The only relevant metric I can share is the fact that the app has 100,000 downloads after being live for only four and a half months. That's a very healthy number given the time frame and, more importantly, we haven't received many support-related issues. The app is very stable and users seem to be happy with their experience.

What distinguishes QArea from other providers?

It's a very technical group of engineers. QArea really knows their stuff. They're experienced C++, C Sharp developers. Whatever your project is, it's probably much simpler than what they've been trained to do. Having access to that kind of talent is great, especially if you're trying to develop something relatively complex.

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

They're not quite as customer-oriented as one might hope. They are very responsive, but their nonfluent English language skills hampered the project to some extent. To be fair, that's probably to be expected when working with an offshore provider.

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

Managing an offshore team is a little bit harder than managing an onshore team. If it's important for your business that you get another team up and running, then it's helpful to have these guys. 

4.0
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

.NET Development for Online Kitchenware Retailer

“I'm satisfied with QArea's…. ability to deliver work on time and within budget.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

QArea developed and implemented a custom .NET e-commerce solution that successfully housed over 100,000 projects without compromising speed or stability.

The Reviewer
 
1-11 Employees
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Pontus Granborg
Founder & Managing Director, Online Kitchenware Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

User-friendly features have resulted in a high conversion rate of between 2 and 3 percent. Core functionalities include a search engine that quickly processes complex queries and a simple checkout process. QArea’s .NET expertise and consistent delivery helped establish long-term trust.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company runs a cookware site. We sell cookware, everything from frying pans and skillets to different kitchen appliances. We work primarily with premium brands, like Kitchen-Aid. We ship to Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark, so we cover all the four countries in the Nordic Region.

What is your position?

I am the founder and managing director of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenges were you trying to address with QArea?

We were looking for an e-commerce solution that was sustainable with a lot of products. I looked at Magento, which is open source. A lot of firms use that, but there seem to be a lot of performance issues when you have a lot of products. We have more than 100,000 products in the selection, so we had to deliver products quickly. We needed QArea to implement our custom .NET solution and make it as fast as possible, but without detracting from the stability of the system. We knew we wouldn't be able to do that by ourselves, so they were going to be responsible for making that a reality. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

QArea was responsible for both the visual design and the functional development of the site. They created quite a lot of the wireframes and template designs, but I also provided input around that. They did most of the design, back-end development, configuration and customization.

How did you come to work with QArea?

We wanted to start adding custom functionality to our .NET platform, and we wanted to find a development partner outside Sweden. There were two reasons for that. The first reason was cost. The other reason was that it was hard to find .NET with ecommerce experience developers in Sweden. When we started to evaluate different vendors, QArea did a very nice job expressing their ideas on how we could continue the project. I was quite impressed with how they structured the project plan. They built the pilot, the structure for what the project would look like. Then, our collaboration evolved to where they built the whole site. The site was in development for about 18 months to two years, and then it was updated with different features and so on.

When was the project completed?

We first went live with the site in 2011, and we maintain an ongoing relationship with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I'm satisfied with QArea's level of responsiveness and their ability to deliver work on time and within budget. They always offer an optimistic and a negative timeframe for each delivery. They have one cost if they deliver quickly, and when they are delayed they give another adjusted cost. I was kept informed throughout the whole process. Their English is quite good, especially that of our account representative there. She's been handling our account fantastically during these three or four years.

Our most important metric is our conversion rate. We have a conversion rate of around 2.5 percent to 3 percent, which is quite high in the e-commerce spectrum. I believe the site is one very important part of why the rate is so good. We have such an easy way to checkout and such a customer-friendly view of the site.

The site is also fast. It loads in about 0.6 seconds, even when you do big, complex searches. Also, the uptime of the site has been more than 99.9 percent. QArea doesn't host it, but we haven't had any software problems originating from its source code. They continue to perform updates, so we never had any problems with site going down. We had problems with our hardware provider, but that was outside of QArea's control.

What distinguishes QArea from other providers?

Because they've been so consistent in their delivery, the trust factor is their most important asset. QArea has deep expertise with the .NET platform and with e-commerce applications, and that's important when you have relationships with offshore companies – that you can trust their delivery and know they won't let you down. We've worked with the same developers from the start, and that was critical to our success.

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

If they had a better understanding of the business side of our processes that would allow them to give me better advice and feedback regarding what improvements are needed. That would be a big improvement for QArea and for 90 percent of offshore companies – a better understanding of the business process side of site development. If a vendor can get a grasp of the business logic behind decisions, then it isn't necessary for the hiring client to figure out how they want the solutions to work, the vendor can just solve the problem for them and take the client feedback into consideration.

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

If you have your business processes clear, I would say QArea is an excellent company to work with. It's important that you specify the business process first, and then you can take that to QArea, and they'll do a good job. As I said, I would like them to be able to provide ideas proactively on how we should improve the site. Otherwise, I think they're doing a great job.

4.5
Overall Score They should improve their understanding of business processes and be more proactive.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommended them to a lot of companies here.

Custom Windows Development for App Publishing Startup

“...The quality of their work was excellent, and I have nothing but good things to say about QArea.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
Project summary: 

Due to limited in-house resources, QArea developed a Windows-based application. They spearheaded coding work for all functionalities and were responsible for full testing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon Area
Director of App Development, App Publishing Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The quality of coding was excellent and led to a fantastic final product. QArea diligently fixed issues throughout the development process, and submitted builds after each update. The programmers worked very quickly and their ability to consistently meet deadlines was impressive.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I run a small startup that develops Windows apps. So far, I have one app published on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

What is your position?

I'm the owner.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with QArea?

I hired them to get the majority of the coding work done on the app. I had worked on the design beforehand, and I gave them the design documents for them to implement. They were also responsible for the functional elements of my app and testing.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

We went back and forth about that until we got something that would work on the Windows platform. They were good working with me on that and giving me some ideas. They were knowledgeable. They built out some more designs for me and then performed the necessary custom coding.

There was one main programmer, but I think there were as many as three working on it at one point, and there's a project manager that I work with directly. They had maybe a total of five people working for us at any given point.

I'm sure they did some QA [quality assurance] of their own, but I also did the QA myself on this end, and then we went back and forth with a list I made of items for fixing. They would fix them and send me back a new build until I was satisfied.

How did you come to work with QArea?

I was doing some pretty extensive online research and called a few different companies that I found. I interviewed a few different ones via the phone and Skype, and they were the ones that had their act together the most. I liked what they had to say, and felt confident in their capabilities and approach.

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

We spend between $1,000 and $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted a few months, and it was completed in 2013. I don't recall the exact month.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The Windows store is still a little fickle because there's not that many people running the Windows Phone product yet. With Windows 10 coming out, that should go upward, hopefully. But, the quality of their work was excellent, and I have nothing but good things to say about QArea. The app is fantastic and it's performing very well.

How did QArea perform from a project management standpoint?

I was absolutely satisfied with their responsiveness and their ability to implement fixes and deliver milestones on time. We never had issues in those areas.

What distinguishes QArea from other providers?

Their speed is their best aspect. They can crank out a lot of code fast. I was very happy with that. I've worked with programmers all over, for my other businesses as well. I know what fast programming is, and those guys deliver quality programming very fast. All deadlines were met, and I was really impressed. That isn't so common in the IT [information technology] space.

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

It's hard being an international company because I speak English and they speak Russian or Ukrainian. They did a good job. They have a front-facing person that speaks English that I've dealt with the whole time; and everyone understood my emails fine. There wasn't really much of a problem there, but maybe that's the only thing I would think of, more English-speaking team members. Maybe they do have people around the world from what I've found on their websites, but I'm not sure. They definitely do a good job in that area, too.

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

Just be real clear in your emails, don't use a lot of fancy language. Just cut and dried – point out exactly what you're looking for. They're really good at responding to it, and also delivering some ideas that you haven't thought of.

5.0
Overall Score I really like them. I have nothing but good things to say about them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Absolutely, I have already recommended them.

Custom PHP Development for Translation Agency

“I am satisfied with the work they've completed, and it works for my agency.”

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

QArea developed a custom PHP Web solution that provided a professional review system to effectively test translators. They later used an existing database to build a practical user interface.

The Reviewer
 
1-11 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Owner & Founder, Translation Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

End users were very satisfied with the final product. QArea quickly corrected errors in the testing phase and was highly responsive throughout development. Their talented programmers and structured project management process allowed for a positive working experience.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

It's a translation agency. We've been in operation for three years now.

What is your position?

I'm the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address with QArea?

I had planned to create a system for testing translators, with a peer review and then a professional review of translation samples. I'm not a specialist in this area, so I was looking for various Web specialists and Web programmers that would build the functional solution. I found QArea, and I was quite satisfied with what they had done in the past, so I went ahead and hired them.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

They used PHP for custom development, but I don't have any details on the other technologies used. After they developed the initial solution, they created a user interface with my existing database. They did certain visual design, and I was quite satisfied with the look and feel. It was very practical had a good design layout, but it was very simple. Right now, I am planning to change my main site, and I would like to have QArea for this job as well. I'm having someone else work on the design, and [QArea] will do the development side.

How did you come to choose QArea?

I looked for Web companies on the Internet – on Facebook and LinkedIn. I joined a PHP group on LinkedIn, and somebody connected with me and told me that QArea may be able to work on this project. I then went to their website and submitted an inquiry. They came back to us with a very convincing proposal. 

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this engagement?

They charge approximately $25 per hour. The first project was approximately $11,000, and the second project was between $3,000 and $5,000.

What were the results of the project?

The first project was completed about a year and a half ago [2013]. The relationship is ongoing, and I'm planning to work with them in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I am satisfied with the work they've completed, and it works for my agency. Of course, there were issues that came up during the testing phase, but they fixed them very quickly. After everything was done, I haven't had any problems. All of my end users have been satisfied with the final product, too. We are planning to improve certain things here and there – it's an ongoing process – but there are no real issues with the solution.

They're very responsive. They provide the opportunity to monitor the progress of their work. They're very good in this respect. We used the Redmine project management tool throughout the project, which has made the whole process very manageable.

Is there anything that you'd consider unique about their practice?

I've worked with different programmers in the past. One was excellent, and the other was very good. They have some real talent there and a very structured system for interacting with their clients, which really adds a level of confidence. You don't always get that with offshore providers, but with QArea you definitely do.

In hindsight, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

Although they're very good programmers, I don't believe they're very strong when it comes to visual design. That's probably the only area of weakness I can think of. But, to be fair, they don't really pitch themselves as expert designers. Their talents are more technical in nature.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It's certainly worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer