From Idea to Profit: IoT, Web, Mobile, VR

We offer full-cycle software development: IoT, Web, Mobile, VR. R-Style Lab was founded in 2006 - we began with a sales office in San Francisco, CA and a little R&D center in Minsk, Belarus. Now there are 120+ developers in our European dev center and 210+ projects delivered to 90+ happy clients all over the world.  

R-Style Lab is your guide from ideas to profit!

WE DO

  • Software & middleware for IoT
  • Connected house solutions
  • Native mobile apps
  • Web development (PHP & Drupal)
  • VR & AR solutions
  • Casual games/games middleware
  • E-commerce

Have a look at our tech stack http://r-stylelab.com/services/expertise

WHY US? 

  • EXPERTISE: 10+ years in IT, 210+ projects delivered to 90+ happy clients
  • INNOVATION: we have R&D department with Ph.D. & Masters in Computer Science, Math & Physics
  • SCALABILITY: as a part of NY software house we can scale our team if our 120+ devs are not enough
  • SIMPLICITY: 1 whatever-what contact person to guide you through the project lifecycle
  • HELP in negotiating budget & deadlines with Investors and/or Executive Board
  • CONSULTATION about optimum pricing model, methodology & technology
  • STARTUPS: we love them & help with pitching if needed

DOWNLOAD our brochures and portfolios here http://r-stylelab.com/company/blog/resources

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2006
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • R-Style Lab
    425 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    United States
    888.414.6445
other locations
  • R-Style Lab
    76A Masherova Ave
    Minsk 220035
    Belarus
    +375 17 306 48 56

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Dell
  • Renault
  • Samsung
  • HP
  • Toyota Bank
  • Azimut Hotels
  • Pfizer
  • Bayer
  • Aeroflot
  • Raiffeisenbank

 

Glamozis

Our customer – a well-known plastic surgeon – wanted to create a neural network-based face morphing app enabling users to see what they would look like after a plastic surgery and edit social media photos. He was pressed for time and needed a company that offers both mobile app development and neural networks & performance issues consulting.  R-Style Lab has built a stylish iOS app featuring intuitive UI, registration module, face swap effects supporting partial and overall facial correction (including jaw/facial bones enlargement and reduction), custom filters and a module which allows users to create before/after collages, save them to camera roll or share on social networks. The solution is targeted at selfie girls and women who consider getting a plastic surgery and is monetized through in-app purchases.

Check out the app on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glamozis/...

Breakfast Delivered

A US food delivery start-up addressed R-Style Lab to create native mobile apps (iOS, Android) facilitating breakfast delivery for students. Our team has developed two stylish apps with a focus on UX (including fast order placement), a backend server supporting app processes and a PHP-based website promoting the solution to desktop users. Key features of the Breakfast Delivered apps include social login, sign on and sharing, cashless transactions, menu, “Add to cart” and “Split order” functions, as well as the option to track delivery status in real time. The solution was developed on time and within the agreed budget.

Dating App

A tech start-up wanted to develop a scalable Android dating application enabling users to find their perfect partner through a custom matching algorithm. R-Style Lab has built a high-performance app using the PostgreSQL/Amazon RDS tech stack for the backend, enabled matching logic and integrated the app with the major social network. The dating app is monetized through in-app purchases.

HeartReg

US digital healthcare company that specializes in heart disease diagnosis needed to speed up their corporate website and reorganize its content in order to increase sales and improve the user experience. Our team has built a sleek Drupal 7 website enabling employees to process requests and provide consultations to customers faster. The new mobile-friendly website offers complete info on our customer’s product and services.

VM Sports

Our client on this project runs a virtual marketplace connecting US sports influencers, equipment manufacturers, and marketing agencies. They wanted to improve their website UI and search features to enhance UX & boost customer satisfaction. We revamped the website design and developed new features including search filters and detailed user profiles. Moreover, we improved search engine performance & now it also supports faceted search. The new website helped our customer meet his goals in terms of customer engagement and revenue growth.

iLifestyle Pro

The US-based organization that studies human movement and develops exercise programs wanted to increase sales and grow the customer base by upgrading their iOS and Android apps and content delivery platform. We developed new mobile apps that support two types of admin accounts (B2B and B2C), provide exercise plans on a free/paid basis and enable users to track analytics. The solution is built with UX and scalability in mind (our customer plans to add a third type of admin account in the future).

Addzer

Addzer is a social networking system feat. customer referral program that allows mobile app users to scan QR codes in cafés and restaurants, receive bonuses for every bill they pay and exchange the virtual currency for goods and services. Users also get rewards for purchases made by a person they recommend the system to. Addzer features custom apps for iOS and Android, as well as a promotional website.

You can take a look at promo website, as well as check the app on AppStore or GooglePlay

ProfCosm

ProfCosm is an upgraded version of the enterprise logistics automation system built for the largest distributor of professional cosmetics in the US and UK. The entities that comprised the master branch of the original system were abstracted, customized for potential use in neighbor domains and merged back to the master branch.

ECDgram

ECDgram is a medical application that visualizes digital data generated by smart EKG sensors. The app receives the data from a custom IoT device via Bluetooth. It can be used by doctors, patients with heart disease and insurance companies. ECDgram was developed for US-based healthcare company.

SBC Fitness

Manufacturer of exercise equipment from California wanted an to increase sales of their stationary bikes. The idea was to boost workouts efficiency integrating exercise equipment with mobile devices via an app. We developed iOS and Android apps and integrated them with BLE interface. This IoT solution provides user with personal account and workout data, connects to any stationary bike within reach via Bluetooth. 

FAW app

UK fitness startup wanted to increase sales and widen clientele with adding and Apple TV app to their iPhone & Apple watch apps (& integrating them all). We developed solution integrated with existing apps & enabling their clients to stream workouts from iPhone to Apple TV, search for particular ones and save them as favourites, as well as track their own progress. We also added integration with Apple Health.

STFitness

Exercise equipment manufacturer from San Diego wanted an IoT solution (iOS & Android apps) integrated with their exercise equipment to facilitate in-store sales by enhancing customers’ workout experience. The apps feature database with 1,200 exercises (videos, photos), rep timer, process comparison chart, social sharing. Users can customize workouts. The solution caches large amounts of data for offline usage.

CINEMADDICT

US-based streaming video provider wanted to acquire more clients via an Apple TV App. They had movies database and mobile apps. We developed an Apple TV app which offers users perfect UX (list of movies sorted by genre, annotations & cover images, integration with Facebook), as well as provides vast advertising opportunities via integration with VAST 3.0 Ad Pods. 

System of bandwidth services and fiber optic networks (SBS)

US-based company, leader in premium bandwidth services and fiber optic networks, wanted to upgrade their corporate mobile solution and enrich its functionality so it could support the latest versions of iOS and Android, as well as tablets.

The delivered solution supports tablets and iPads, as well as the latest iOS and Android versions; it provides online map of fiber optic networks, feedback, news, documents & specs. The interactive map features street level views of 16,000 miles of fiber. Existing customers have the ability to submit trouble tickets and open new tickets with the Sunesys Network Operations Center. Also the tweeter feed is added. 

Craftsmanship Flooring

US-based design house specializing in craftsmanship flooring wanted an easy-to-use and pleasing website to promote their collections.

We delivered website with responsive design, beautiful animation & complex HTML markup. Front end has sleek minimal design, admin panel is a standard WordPress administration module. The project was delivered on time in spite of heavy project timeline. 

Retail Tracker

One of the largest retail startups in CA wanted to gather all retail chains in one app (2 versions for iOS & Android users was developed).  

We created easy-to-use search engine for retail goods which enables user to track the prices and receive notifications about their changes. The users can search by keywords, view and  buy goods (integration with TwoTap, Retailigence & Lob), save keywords & track price changes. 

Exspine

 
Our client - one  of the largest R&D healthcare centers providing therapy for people with back pain - wanted a mobile solution for their therapy program.   

Responsive design enables users to  work with the program from desktop,  tablet & smartphone. The app features authentication, user cabinet, stats &  tracker for exercises, mailing list. Various content including video is managed via admin panel & assigned to a particular day. 

SmartSatu

Our client wanted an enhanced retail sales automation system to facilitate cooperation between suppliers and their clients (chain stores owners and stock managers). The key idea was to create one system for all of them enabling suppliers to publish range of their goods and allowing clients to find and order the ones they need.

We delivered a comprehensive cloud-based system including mobile and web applications. Depending on their role users can work with the system via Android application (chain stores owners and stock managers) or web app (administrator, supplier, supplier managers).

SkyEye Link

SkyEye Link is a step forward for paperless operations in fleet management industry. The app allows for 2-way email/short-code messaging and enables unique digital form capabilities like Flight Plan, Weight and Balance, and Flight Manifest which can be filled out and sent via the tablet or smartphone.

After downloading the SkyEye Link on a smart device, user can connect the device via Bluetooth to Blue Sky Network’s Iridium satellite tracking hardware and enjoy smooth connectivity and communication.

NorFest Music

NorFest Music website was created for a Norwegian annual music festival. The website features festival news; artists list with links to personal pages of each artist (including photos, video and audio); festival program with schedules and venues for each artist; integration with Instagram and info on how to get there, where to stay, etc. 

JTI Loyalty Program

Japan Tobacco International - the international division of Japan Tobacco, a leading international tobacco product manufacturer – wanted a mobile application for their corporate loyalty program.

The concept behind the project was to facilitate communication between sales agents in the fields and cashiers by encouraging the latter to constantly update info on the products for a particular POS. The encouragement is arranged via bonus payments system. The app features two types of accounts with different options for sales and cashier. It also allows all users to check the JTI and tobacco world news and take part in surveys. The app supports Android OS. 

HealthMT

The project was developed for the US healthcare system. The key idea behind it was to accumulate all info on measuring muscles performance in relation to a particular job and provide US medical institutions with a quick and easy access to it. 

Client needed a comprehensive solution that will allow users to search for and work with large amounts of data.  We came up with a scalable failure-resistant and stable SaaS solution able to work on high load to provide multiple accesses for any number of users.

Tower Defense Game

Our client - US Media Agency - had a concept of a potentially successful and popular game in mind. But to minimize the risks of presenting a new product to the market they wanted to create a beta version of the game to assess its monetization possibilities.

We offered to develop a game using JavaScript version of a popular engine Cocosw2D-JS. In fact, game AI and logic development was quite easy for us due to vast expertise. The performance we managed to achieve was close to the one in flash-based games. We also paid special attention to UI and UX delivering that special style which would help the game be not only pleasing and engaging, but memorable as well.

Graffiti App

Our client needed a simple mobile app that would allow the citizens to report about the graffiti on the streets.  This solution did not require any complexity since only 2 functions were necessary - taking pictures and sending reports.

On the contrary simplicity was the main concept behind the project: the app had to be very easy to use, so that reporting would not take too much time and effort. Therefore we developed a 2-screen app with two modules. Camera module enables users to take pictures of the graffiti. While mailing modules allow for sending images to the police department.

Stylist Exchange

The app for beauty salons and stylists enabling users to publish info about job vacancies; share photos, as well as import them from Instagram; make bookmark lists featuring their favorite profiles; search for other stylists based on a variety of  characteristics. 

Rewards App

A restaurant chain presented in 4 states in the USA wanted to grow they clientele via a mobile promotional app which would advertise the restaurants of that network, offer various services and discounts programs as well as encourage users to share their opinion by rewarding their effort. We developed both Android and iOS apps featuring location-based recommendations on the nearest restaurants, social plugins, opportunity to make photos and share them, as well as a variety of bonus and reward programs.  

Construction Projects Manager

It’s a comprehensive system uniting web and mobile applications designed to manage projects of a large construction company in USA. This system provides a multi-level support for all the company’s projects due to position-based access rights (to provide only the necessary and allowed info for administrators and managers), the opportunity to manage general project properties, as well as track each phase of a particular project, parametric search, reports and more. 

Radiation Meterage App

The app was developed for the U.S. law enforcement agencies to facilitate their work by collecting and analyzing data from radiation detection devices at crime scenes. The received data is generated into various reports featuring such info as type of radioactive isotopes, geographic and time details, detection devices type and other details important for the future investigation. The app supports various files formats and provides utmost security. 

Fleet Management App

Our client – the major provider of fleet management solutions and asset tracking – wanted a web-interface system for iOS-based mobile devices enabling users to track and monitor marine, aviation and land assets. We delivered an app featuring global GPS coverage, documents editing opportunities, messaging, alerts and notifications. The Fleet Management App ensures uninterrupted tracking literary anywhere including the most remote regions. 

Reviews

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App Dev for Facial Transformation Platform

"The team worked in sync - and that’s what made Glamozis a success."

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

R-Style Lab provided a full-service solution for a selfie alteration app. The team performed web/mobile development and UX/UI design. They created face morphing algorithms and a neural network library.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Cyprus
Elyza Azarova
Co-Founder & Executive VP, Amabella Invest LDT
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team worked seamlessly with the in-house team to create a perfect product, on time for launch. They follow project management best practices and are always helpful. R-Style Lab went above and beyond in helping with marketing strategy and researching the best IT solutions.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a co-founder of Amabella Invest LTD, a Cyprus-based start-up. We engaged R-Style Lab to develop a face-morphing iOS app called Glamozis which enhances selfies and performs complex facial transformations, replicating the results of a plastic surgery. I have many years of experience in the beauty industry and project management; the start-up’s other co-founder is a world-class plastic surgeon – and that’s how the idea for Glamozis was born.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what reason(s) did your company hire R-Style Lab?

We had an idea and the general vision of the Glamozis app and the backend behind it. Initially we were looking for 2 different agencies to handle UI/UX design and mobile and web development. Luckily for us, R-Style Lab is a full-cycle software development company, so we were able to complete the project in a single-vendor environment, saving time, effort and expenses associated with multi-team coordination.

What were your goals for this project?

Our main objective was to develop the iOS app and a promo web site for it. We wanted the app to appeal to our target market: girls and women taking selfie who would consider getting plastic surgery, so UI/UX design was a major concern. The development part of the project included the complete overhaul of the face-morphing library and its optimization for mobile devices.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We did thorough research and studied multiple developer ratings, including those on Clutch.co, and short-listed 10 companies. R-Style Lab was a perfect match; their proposal was the best, and they had experience with neural networks implementation and optimization on mobile devices. That’s what won us over since our key technical know-how is a unique face-recognition and morphing a library based on neural networks.

Describe the project in detail.

First of all, we needed to prepare project documentation and decide on the app design. We started with a requirement specification document and then focused on app mock-ups. That took us around a month. After that, the R-Style Lab team began rapid development and testing, which took another 3 months. The beta version of the app was released on time and within the agreed budget.
The app features a package of face-morphing effects and custom filters which perform complex facial transformations and enhance the pictures' overall quality. Now we collect and analyze user feedback and think of new features that would help us attract and retain users.

As I’ve already mentioned, we only had an idea and a general vision of the Glamozis app; the R-Style Lab team prepared project documentation, optimized the neural network library, created custom filters and developed the features supporting app monetization. As a product owner, I mostly focused on app design and overall performance. During the development process, I made frequent trips to Minsk to be more hands-on with the project and met the team members in person.

What was the team composition?

We employed 2 senior iOS developers full-time, as well as 1 UI/UX designer, 1 project manager and 1 QA developer part-time. The size of the team remained intact during the entire development process.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched the Glamozis app on the App Store, and it performs all intended functions. The response has been awesome so far. It’s a bit hard to tell where we will go with the project right now, because we only launched the beta version of the app, and now we are going to add more important features to the scope.

Most of our users are happy with the app design and the face morphing algorithms’ performance. Now we are considering different monetization models; I think we are on the way to success.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They did an amazing job. I have a lot of experience in managing projects, and they follow project management best practices. All the milestones were delivered in time.During the UI/UX phase and beta-version release, I was a frequent visitor at their office; the team was very friendly and always ready to help. I had many technical questions and Pavel Shylenok [CTO, R-Style Lab] always had a simple explanation up his sleeve. We had a dedicated project manager who did well, too. The team worked in sync - and that’s what made Glamozis a success.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their approach was very impressive; in fact, we felt like they are part of our own team, not just a vendor. I have worked with 3rd-party vendors for 15 years and they are the best one I've come across. R-Style Lab even helped us with a basic marketing strategy although this is not the kind of services they normally provide. They were always looking for the best technology solution possible. As an example, we had issues with our face-morphing library performance on iOS, and the R-Style Lab team managed to make it work 10 times faster, which was magic.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They’ve done fine. I might like to have more time from their senior developers, but I understand that Glamozis is only one of the projects they’re working on.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything was delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They absolutely are worth what they charge.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to one of my contacts.

Mobile App Dev for Educational Event Company

"[W]e had no issues or shortcomings, all we had to do was accept the completed work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June - July 2017
Project summary: 

R-Style Lab helped develop an iOS/Android app that integrated with an existing backend service. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Founder & CEO
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

R-Style Lab excels in communication and efficient project management. They are a proactive team that runs projects smoothly from beginning to end. They were engaged and delivered high-quality work at a reasonable value and under a tight deadline.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder and CEO an educational event company. We’re a premier educational advisory institute dedicated to executive thought leadership exchange, business transformation, and technology innovation. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

We wanted a unique event management solution in the form of iOS and Android apps. We have a website which we’ve developed with our own resources, but we decided to outsource these mobile apps because we wanted them to be made as fast as possible.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

R-Style Lab already has this customizable event management platform which simplifies the development process. They presented the features their platform already had, we added some features of our own, and they built our app in just 3 weeks.

The platform they built has two user bases, event organizers, and event attendees. For organizers, they have a full-scale administrative panel, VIP access setup and personalization, social network integration, a central notification channel, and a modular architecture so only necessary functions are present for every event. They can also market the events through the app.

For attendees using the app, they can access the event schedule, create their own personalized schedule, and see various information like lists of speakers, sponsors, latest news, session materials, and floor plans.

They used PHP for the backend since the corporate website is on WordPress.

What is the team dynamic?

We had 1 iOS developer, 1 Android developer, 1 PHP developer, 1 project manager, and 1 QA. They took care of everything; I did not want involvement. They were excellent.

We had this project manager who knew her job inside and out. She managed the processes so smoothly; we had no issues or shortcomings, all we had to do was accept the completed work.

We had minimal involvement in the tech process, which was convenient since the project is not that complicated and we really wanted to get the result fast.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

One of my VPs sourced them.

How much have you invested with them?

Both apps and the integration with our website cost us $15,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in June of 2017 and finished 3-weeks later in July.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The fact that the project was delivered so soon and there were no problems or complications throughout the project lifecycle says a lot about the quality of their work. They were proactive, although we did have our requirements laid out for them and knew exactly what we wanted to get. This made everything happen so quickly, simply and smoothly.

They seem to be really engaged in the projects they do. They’re willing to help, so you may define the requirements on the way with their help. It’s just going to take more time.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

They were really proficient and the communication was smooth and simple despite different time zones.

We had one main point of contact—a project manager who was there any time we had any questions. The team involved in the project was relatively small. It was easy to work with them because they all knew exactly what to do, and our project manager managed all the tasks and questions smoothly.

It was important for us to have apps ready as fast as possible; that’s why we chose their platform in the first place. In 3 weeks everything was ready, which is a great timing.

We primarily used email and Skype to communicate, as well as phone calls when necessary.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve never tried to outsource anything before and were a bit intimidated, but our experience with R-Style Lab was so pleasant and efficient that we’re planning to continue our partnership.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Based on the experience we’ve had with them so far, they don’t really need to improve. We’re planning to continue working with R-Style Lab in the future actually, so maybe we’ll see some shortcomings when we have long-term projects.

Advice for potential customers?

Have requirements ready for them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Such a fair price was another reason to choose them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

PPC Management Software for PPC Agency

"Everything we asked for seemed to work straight away with R-Style Lab."

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

R-Style Lab developed a PPC platform that required AdWords and Bing Ads API experience. They provided custom coding for the platform, which is soon to be released.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Manchester, United Kingdom
CTO, PPC Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Efficient communication, prompt bug fixing, and timely delivery despite changes in scope characterize R-Style Lab. Their quality of the work is high compared to its cost, making them a valuable partner that surpasses several U.K. and U.S. firms. They could provide more thorough testing, though.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a software platform company that manages PPC [pay-per-click] for travel companies. We’re a marketing platform targeting Google AdWords and the Bing Ads API.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

We needed help building the platform and contacted multiple companies from the U.S. and Europe, looking for a partner with experience in working with the AdWords analytics and Bing APIs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I had written the algorithm document before our initial briefing, but we were basically starting from scratch. I provided a bit more detail during the first stages, showing the role of the algorithm as well as the interface of the software. We also had a dashboard design in place before engaging with them.

I conveyed my vision around the functionalities we needed in order to plug into the AdWords and Bing Ads API and into our client’s account. The platform would download all the data from those APIs on a daily basis, recommend changes on thousands of different keywords based on an algorithm, and send that data back to the ad platforms. We perform thousands of changes per day through the dashboard. Everything was custom coded using Laravel PHP.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked with a product owner from their side who answered my emails and made sure that everything I needed was in place. I also dealt with 2 – 3 developers, either directly or indirectly, through emails as well as with their business development manager, who was constantly involved with scope changes. He made sure that the necessary work hours were within our budget.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

We found few companies online with experience in our technology, but R-Style had done a similar project in the past, which is one of the main reasons for picking them. They had much better value for money compared to the U.S. and U.K. companies we looked at.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost of their work has been above $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in February 2016, after first engaging with the group in December 2015. The platform has been in beta testing for 7 – 8 months and we’re getting ready to launch in a week. It took us a year to go through the documentation and development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve worked with a number of development companies in the past. Everything we asked for seemed to work straight away with R-Style Lab. If there were any bugs, they were fixed within a few days. Many of the other companies we used struggled to fix some of the bugs, especially with projects using complex algorithms.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

Our project manager has been in constant contact with us and replies to emails within a day, sometimes outside of working hours. She makes sure that anything urgent is done straight away. They’re fast at turning new functionalities around and at providing quotes. They’ve offered to use project management tools, but I prefer email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

For the money we’re spending, the quality of development is very good. They’re better than some of the U.K. developers we’ve used, at a 4 – 5 times lower price.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There have been bugs which were overlooked. They’re not always easy to spot, especially since I have the live accounts, but it would be nice for them to do more testing.

5.0
Overall Score They provide good value for money, good service, high-quality development, and quick communication.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything has been on schedule, even when increasing the scope.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They produce better quality compared to U.S. and U.K. developers at significantly lower cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve delivered all the functionalities we’ve asked for. Any scope changes were made easily, without too many additional hours.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them to a few people.

Subcontracted Project Work for Digital Agency

"In terms of communication, quality, and cost, R-Style is the complete package."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

R-Style is consistently subcontracted to support project overflow. Two noteworthy efforts include a mobile app for kids and a marketing campaign to increase visibility for a WordPress site.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Technical Direcor
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

R-Style successfully met strict deadlines while navigating shifting demands. They're cost-effective and flexible in terms of communication, and bring a depth of knowledge that helps streamline productivity.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a customer engagement agency that provides a wide range of insights to clients, including digital, print, CRM, data, and strategy. As technical director, my team specializes in interactive and digital projects, and we partner with development companies to provide technical solutions to complex projects, including large-scale website builds, mobile app development, setting up and integrating CRM systems, and designing chatbots for Facebook.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with R-Style?

It’s impossible to maintain in-house services for every technical need our clients may have and we’ve partnered with R-Style on a number of projects. They most recently created a website to launch a global campaign across multiple markets for our client. We’ve also hired them to develop an interactive storybook app as part of an in-house project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first worked with R-Style to develop an interactive storybook application for iOS. Centered on a Halloween theme, the app incorporates animation and allows users to fill out a form that personalizes the story’s details.

The campaign website was our most recent collaboration together, which focused on a global community of localized change-makers. The website needed to feature a variety of videos highlighting these stories, as well as social media content from Instagram and YouTube. We designed the site in-house and then passed our assets and requirements to R-Style, who built the site using WordPress.

We tested the product through each development phase and then navigated a complicated release process, shifting the source code to the client’s repository.

What is the team dynamic?

R-Style worked alongside our in-house teams. We’ve worked and communicated directly with the same project managers across multiple client engagements. We also had the same developers throughout the duration of individual efforts, but we communicated with them often only to discuss complex technical requirements.

How did you come to work with R-Style?

Because we partner with a variety of suppliers, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ones that might prove reliable. The timing was right when R-Style was referred to me by a colleague. I then browsed their website to explore the services offered. They seemed like a good match, so we decided to use the storybook app as a test project.

We're also accredited with ISO 27001, and part of that certification requires us to consider a vendor’s ability to manage information security. R-Style has considerable experience in this area, which made them even more appealing to us.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $200,000–500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The relationship started about three years ago and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have data to point to, but in terms of the website, the client was satisfied with the work.

While developing the app, the R-Style team team helped us understand how to bring the product to life. They helped us save time and production expenses by using existing frameworks, and their experience in launching mobile apps proved helpful when it came time to submit our storybook project to the App Store.

How did R-Style perform from a project management standpoint?

Since our vendors coordinate with our in-house teams all around the globe, we rely on a high level of communication and use a number of different platforms. We use Basecamp for most project communication and documentation, Jira Agile for bug tracking, and Slack for direct messaging. We also use a variety of conferencing programs, including Google Hangouts, Skype, WeChat, and WebEx. R-Style has always been flexible accommodated these needs.

They’re generally very responsive to questions about project delivery. Responses to non-project related queries could take longer, but not unacceptably long.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're on the cost-effective end of the scale. We work with other suppliers who provide similar services but aren’t as affordable.

They also work well under pressure, as both projects had strict deadlines. The website needed to be completed in less than four weeks, and R-Style delivered despite the shifting demands of our end client. They also proved willing to work overtime in order to meet a last-minute change.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't find fault with what they do. If we weren't happy with the quality, we'd stop working with them. When it comes to working with suppliers, you need to look at the whole package. Some companies might offer low prices, but then provide an unacceptable quality. From communications to quality of work to cost, R-Style is the whole package.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're a good value.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended them to other agencies.

Mobile App Dev for Restaurant Delivery Company

“I felt they were dedicated to us and … everything was laid out upfront."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

R-Style Labs designed and built iOS and Android versions of a mobile application for a technology restaurant business. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Georgia
Co-Owner
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

R-Style were responsive partners who led the project from the initial design ideas to a functioning final product, which is soon-to-launch, showing a good understanding of the vision behind the product. The small team communicated primarily through email, maintaining good contact despite the time distance.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the co-owner of a technology-based restaurant business which centers around a mobile application and website. We have a trademark on the software and our name. Our scheduled opening is 2018, so we have a small team of under 15 people.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Labs?

We had a one-off project for the creation of the app, which would then form the backbone of the business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We used R-Style Labs’ services extensively from day one. They worked on everything from the artistic design, for example, a logo, all the way to technical details like code writing. We worked in collaboration with R-Style Labs to determine the app’s features. The app runs on Android and iOS.

What is the team dynamic? 

The collaboration began with the business development manager, Yury Kovkhuto. He handed the project off to Pavel Shylenok, their CTO, and Natalia Osipchik, one of their developers, who were great in terms of communication on updates and creative changes. 

How did you come to work with R-Style?

I did a bit of online research, and also I followed up with companies R-Style Labs had worked with before. They all gave similar positive feedback, and I liked the fact that R-Style had headquarters in San Francisco. They offered to meet me if I wanted a face-to-face consultation, but since the project is for a mobile app, and everything is digital nowadays, I decided it was unnecessary.

How much have you invested with them?

R-Style Labs’ work has had a cost of $76,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in August 2016 and concluded the project around the beginning of 2017.

The phase we initially signed them on to do is complete, however, mostly due to real estate availability, there have been several small modifications we’ve had to make. We want to keep the menu fresh and ensure that it looked right. It will be finalized at the end of 2017 — we have fewer than 60 hours left with R-Style.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I can’t mention website hits or download since we haven’t gone live on Android or iOS. I am happy, and so is the other owner, but, as far as real performance metrics go, they remain to be seen. We haven’t experienced any problems such as crashing. There were a few issues, but they were more on the web hosting side; rather than with R-Style’s work.

How did R-Style Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re in Belarus, so I was initially worried about the language barrier, but I didn’t encounter one.

Our first call was through FaceTime. R-Style asked if we wanted to use Skype regularly, but I’m not a big videoconferencing person. If I can see information written out, I’m fine. It was my prerogative to go with email, and they were very responsive. Even with the six or seven-hour time zone difference, I always had a response from them within 24 or 48 hours.

For example, if I wanted to change the way a menu looked, wanted to see less color, or wanted more user-friendly interfaces, then within 24–48 hours, I would receive a response and mockups of several variations on whatever I as requesting. I felt they were dedicated to us, and, in terms of pricing and other details, everything was laid out upfront before any modification occurred.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We basically took the app from the drawing board all the way to a final product. I didn’t think R-Style would understand our vision, but they did. I’ve experienced explaining the product to trademark lawyers, and, compared to them, R-Style simply understood. It may be because Pavel is closer to our target market, but, regardless, I’m happy with this.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would like to have seen some examples of work R-Style had done, but I know some of it is proprietary. There’s nothing I could think of, really.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I would suggest working with Pavel as a designer, and Natalia. They’re the team I worked with, and they were great. I definitely would recommend R-Style. We’re using them again, which should speak for itself.

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
    I have recommended them.

WordPress Web & API Dev for Management Company

"They were very committed to meeting deadlines."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - June 2017
Project summary: 

R-Style Lab redesigned a website using WordPress. The team then built a web API, iOS and Android mobile apps using PHP, Objective-C, and Java. They also provided advice on minor updates.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego Metro Area, California
Charles Washington
Mobile Developer, Okun Enterprises
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team completed the projected earlier than expected and provided project updates frequently. R-Style Lab was easy to work with, provided correct estimates, and contributed to an overall increase in the company's revenue.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Okun Enterprises is a medical marijuana dispensary providing deliveries in Southern California. I am in charge of our mobile app development. I help develop the prototypes for our mobile apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

We needed a web API built for the mobile apps so that our clients could use their mobile devices for deliveries.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They redesigned our website and put it on WordPress. They then built a web API for the mobile apps and helped develop the apps in Objective-C and Java. I told them I would review the code, make sure everything worked properly, and deal with any small app issues once the apps were delivered.

R-Style Lab is also familiar with Swift and PHP. They have a lot of developers that are familiar with a lot of different languages which is nice. It’s one of the reasons I liked working with them. If there was something I didn’t know, I could reach out to one of their developers for help.

What is the team dynamic?

I worked mostly with the project manager, Anastasiya. I also worked as a project manager with them and was in direct contact Nikita [Director of Business] to make sure R-Style received our payments when they were due.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

I had previously worked closely with them at another company, and I always liked their work. I recommended them to my boss and he decided to hire them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $45,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in March 2017, and the project was completed in June 2017. We went live with the website and the iOS app on September 1, 2017, and the Android app on September 25, 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to increase our revenue with the work they did.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

They finished the project way ahead of schedule. I estimated them finishing around August 2017 and they finished by June 2017. They were very communicative with me. We talked on a daily basis. When we had immediate requests, they gave proper estimates and scope of time for those features to be implemented.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to work inside our company's budget without removing features was impressive. They were very committed to meeting deadlines. If they were unsure they couldn't meed a deadline, they immediately reached out to me and communicated why.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t believe so.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They exceeded the deadlines and were willing to make changes per our request, and didn’t slow the project down.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    If their estimates were high, they would sometimes be willing to negotiate and not compromise removing items from the list of features.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They do excellent work.

App Development for Machine Learning Startup

"The most important point is that R-Style Lab can deliver on their promises, and are a hardworking team."

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

R-Style Lab's key engineer acted as a CTO [Chief Technology Officer] for this project, proposing different ideas and developing a quick, experimental prototype with complicated algorithms related to machine learning.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
London, United Kingdom
CEO, Consumer Electronics Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

R-Style Lab proved to be extremely proactive, honest, and entrepreneurial in their approach, with engineers who became a part of the client’s team. They were also recognized for their openness, hard work, and commitment to deliver the demo.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a startup company. I am the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

We needed to run a quick, experimental prototype which involved complicated algorithms related to machine vision.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

R-Style Lab developed an algorithm which involved a decent chunk of coding. Given that we have a patent pending, any disclosures regarding technology would not work in our favor.

R-Style Lab proved to be extremely proactive and entrepreneurial in their approach, involving their key engineer in the process. Our project was riddled with various hardware failures, but R-Style Lab was proactive in solving those problems and delivering the work.

R-Style Lab had a team of 6-8 people working for us, with different skillsets. Their main contact acted as the CTO for this project.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

My partner recommended looking at companies in Belarus, given that he had worked with a provider there. I read about the IT sector there, and given that I'm Russian, there would be no language or cultural barriers, as opposed to contracting a company from China or India. I liked R-Style Lab's approach; they're extremely honest and open in negotiating. From the very beginning, instead of dealing with sales people, we sat down with engineers and discussed the project. R-Style Lab's team came up with different ideas, which is what entrepreneurs in our position want to see. I visited around 5 companies in Minsk, but R-Style Lab's approach appealed to me most, because of the initial contact with our engineers.

How much have you invested with R-Style Lab?

The total cost of our project with R-Style Lab was above $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our project ran for 10 months. The first phase has been completed, and we're doing fundraising for the next one. Things are open at the moment, but we will continue working with R-Style Lab.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're still in the early stages, and don't have any clients yet. R-Style Lab has built a lot of expertise on my product, and I plan to keep them involved. I only have positive feedback for the demo version which we've received. It will be essential for our next round of fundraising.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

The project was experimental even beyond a typical R&D [research and development] engagement. I was involved in project management extensively, given that questions were raised all the time, and they needed to be answered by myself. R-Style Lab is very organized, but I had to stay involved from a directional point of view.

Belarus is not an easy country to deal with in terms of shipping hardware. I've visited R-Style Lab at least twice a month, delivering devices myself, in order to ensure that they wouldn't be stuck in customs.

What did you find most impressive about R-Style Lab?

My experience with outsourcing has been quite bad, particularly with UK companies. I would not recommend outsourcing to anyone who really cares about their product. R-Style Lab has been the exception, offering dedicated engineers who got involved to the point of becoming a part of our team.

Are there any areas R-Style Lab could improve?

There are many things which could have been done differently, but R&D is a difficult process. I wouldn't put the blame on R-Style Lab for anything that went wrong. Hardware fails all the time, and doesn't work as described. From a quality point of view, I've seen perfect dedication and commitment from R-Style Lab.

R-Style Lab has finite resources, with only one lead engineer who is split between different projects. From the first moment of meeting that person, I wanted him to be on my payroll, but that wasn't possible, unfortunately.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with R-Style Lab?

Startups are adaptable by nature, but bigger clients will require a bit of flexibility on both sides. A Western company will also have a difference in mentality, and will expect a level of service which is standard in the UK, for example. The most important point is that R-Style Lab can deliver on their promises, and are a hardworking team. They will also allow clients to save money, compared to the rates in the Western world.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I can't complain.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    R-Style Lab has been very cost-efficient.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    R-Style Lab pulled off a complicated piece of work, while staying within our timelines and budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend R-Style Lab, but something that worked for me may not work for other people. I was prepared to be flexible within the collaboration.

Java Development for Financial Services Company

“R-Style Lab delivered something that was of much higher quality than we were expecting.”

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

R-Style Lab developed an internal time and project-management system. It was a mostly Java-based system. The partnership concluded after this one-time project, which was considered a success. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Founder & CEO
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

R-Style Lab proved instrumental to business development from both a technical and strategic standpoint. They showed a proactive approach to problem solving and uncompromising responsiveness throughout the development process. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Our company offers consultative and support services for the financial community. We specialize in different types of projects ranging from physical network administration to software development. Our main client base is composed of hedge funds, traders, infrastructure vendors, data vendors, and other types of companies, which we help with infrastructure management.

What is your position?

I am the founder and CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

Our business model involves offering services using our internal staff. We had difficulties in keeping track of how many people are working on specific projects due to the large number of assignments we had operating on a support and development level. We needed to make sure that we had enough resources available in case something went wrong, requiring more of our attention. We couldn't have too many full-time resources at any one time because of the extra cost involved, and we couldn't have too few resources because then we would not be able to offer support for emergency cases in time. There was a need for balance and we needed to know where each person is situated, what they're doing, and what they will be doing within the next day, week, or month. At the end of the day, we had to bill our clients based on this information. This was an ongoing problem that needed to be solved.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

We wanted to develop a solution in-house, given that we have the necessary capacity. R-Style Lab came up with a very reasonable plan in terms of budget and were able to pull off our solution. They were a good alternative to spending money in-house, proving to be cheaper, more reliable, more predictable, and giving us what we needed. Actually, their solution turned out to be overkill. We didn't manage to use up all of it. They exceeded our expectations in many respects.

We didn't want to focus on one technology or another. We simply wanted it to work. We settled on a Java solution because it could work within any environment, including Linux, Microsoft, or MySQL servers.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

The only real competitor to R-Style Lab was our own production department. Their company is known within the financial sector. I knew that R-Style Lab had developed systems for banks in Eastern Europe, for example, where they are very popular. I ran into their team on many occasions, including conferences, so I knew some of their staff. I'd had a conversation with their project manager and found out that they were already working on a similar project for another client. It was a sort of time management solution.

We were trying to figure out what would be best for us between developing everything in-house and being done with it, sacrificing a year's worth of resources in the process, or simply having someone else solve that problem for us. It seemed that R-Style Lab was able to offer a meaningful short-term solution without reinventing the wheel. We weren't trying to implement something that was brand new. We just needed a very specific, business-oriented solution for our business problem. An offshore agreement in which we'd have to manage the external team and develop requirements was not something that we had time for. We needed a quick fix, and it seemed that R-Style Lab would be able to help since they had the necessary expertise, resources, and capability.

I didn't want to launch a bidding process because we didn't want to deal with various offshore companies and have to explain every part of our requirements to them, leading to misunderstandings. R-Style Lab offered us a solution, and we accepted it. I liked what they proposed in terms of the business solution and budget, so we went ahead and did it.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work was completed two years ago. We had a one-time project with R-Style Lab, which worked out very well. We're not developing anything else at the moment since our problem was fixed, and we're not a development shop.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Our business solution improved in terms of visibility, scheduling, and how much time is spent on each client. We wanted to make sure that we would be getting paid according to the work being made.

R-Style Lab's solution works. It's quality and scope was actually an overkill for us. It's strictly an internal-use tool, so it's not something that our clients will ever see. It would have been fine if R-Style Lab had delivered something less impressive. It's a professional tool that would have turned out much nastier and less user-friendly had we done it ourselves. It wasn't a strict requirement, but R-Style Lab delivered something that was of much higher quality than we were expecting. We didn't simply receive some code, but also support, usability, and documentation. Chances were we would be getting much more than expected, which happened in our case. I'm glad that it turned out like this because the other way around would have been bad.

They provided us ample documentation as well, including a systems guide. We don't need it, but we received this as a bonus.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

We don't want to micromanage everybody. Normally, when working in a software development project, there is a daily need to oversee what's going on. What made the difference when it came to working with R-Style Lab was that they knew what we wanted and had already worked on something like this in the past. We didn't have to explain everything to them in great detail, but simply told them what we were trying to fix, the basic objectives. The hours needed to match our invoices. That was our goal, and it needed to be addressed. We didn't want to get involved in designing a database structure, creating application screenshots or anything else. R-Style Lab took our business requirements and figured out all the rest. In this case, it's more like a business solution than a technical one. It was a business improvement project.

What distinguishes R-Style Lab from other providers?

I know from my experience that it's difficult to work on projects of this kind with pure software development vendors. They know how to code, but that's not enough. This is the reason why we didn't contact any competing companies. We were buying something that would get us from point A to point B and wanted it built for us.

Is there anything R-Style Lab could have improved or done differently?

We didn't run into any serious issues. There wasn't a chance for us to encounter consistent problems that would need to be fixed at the management level, so I have no issues in this sense, neither do I have any problems with R-Style Lab technology-wise.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are not cheap, but the reason for this is that they handle more than simply coding. They're also not prohibitively expensive. I understand and respect this approach.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them as consultants, rather than software developers.

Multiple WordPress Implementations for Digital Agency

"I think R-Style Lab works very well, and the project manager I have is very talented and reliable."

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

R-Style Lab provided developmental assistance on a number of WordPress sites. Their side of the project focused on functional development and integration of existing visual designs. 

The Reviewer
 
2-11 Employees
 
Nordland County, Norway
Silje Willumsen Hansen
Project Manager at WhiteFox AS (Digital Agency)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

R-Style Lab displayed great technical expertise and the ability to integrate into a dynamic project environment. Despite a minor incident involving a server crash, R-Style Lab proved to be a realiable development partner and the relationship is ongoing. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're an IT [information technology] company combined with a design company. We offer graphic design, print, logos, and stuff like that, and we develop websites and mobile apps for Apple and Android devices. We also work on bigger applications used in hospitals and such. We do both IT and design.

What is your position?

I'm a project manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

The original project was to develop a new website for one of our own clients. At this point, we've developed several different websites with them. Our IT guys have been very busy and, as a result, we decided to find a partner to increase our development capacity. It was going to be a better solution than trying to find full-time resources.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in more detail.

We handled the visual design of the websites, and R-Style handled the functional development. All the sites that we built together were built using WordPress. I've only worked with their project manager who then delegates and oversees the developers working on our site.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

My boss took care of that process. I think they contacted us out of the blue. We checked them out, and it looked like they could be a good fit. We tried them for an initial, small project, which went fine, so we just stuck with them.

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

I think they've done three websites for us, and they were about $1,500 to $2,000 each.

What is the status of this engagement?

We continue using their services.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We've had mostly positive feedback from our own clients. We had some trouble with the latest page, but that wasn't really related to their work. It's hard to quantify their efforts and success because they're collaborating on the same project as our own team. There would be no way to tell if the success or improvements came from our work or theirs, exclusively. I can tell you that we haven't had any real issues with defects or delayed work. I think they're very well disciplined when it comes to delivery.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

I think they work very well, and the project manager I work with is very talented and reliable. She always keeps me updated, and checks to make sure everything's all right. She's on point and very good. We didn't use any specific project management tools, but she nonetheless kept me updated throughout the process.

Is there anything R-Style Lab could have improved or done differently?

For the latest website, we had trouble because their server went down and they lost the entire page. They had to build it out again in two days, and that did cause some anxiety. That was one thing we thought was a little weird, being a big company and not having a backup. However, it was a big web page that we lost, and they managed to deliver it again in just two days, which was very impressive.

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

Custom PHP Development for Marketing and Advertising Firm

"We find them extremely reliable and responsive, which are big things when working with an offshore provider."

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

R-Style Lab collaborated on the development of a custom PHP solution. The success of this initial engagement has resulted in awarding R-Style Lab additional work and responsibility.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Melbourne, Australia
Product Manager, Marketing and Advertising Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Working with R-Style Lab was a great experience. They were capable, reliable and did great work. They went the extra mile to ensure the project was finished on deadline. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're a software development and marketing company, founded in 2011 and based in Northern Australia. We work with many large corporations, managing their online and digital marketing strategies.

What is your position?

I'm the project manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with R-Style Lab?

We needed to get more hands on deck for a couple of very intense and time-consuming projects. We have used offshore developers in the past with mixed results. We've had good experiences with Belarusian developers, so we gave them a few small projects that worked out well, and that led to larger projects. I guess you'd call this a team augmentation need. That's what we had.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in more detail.

It was definitely a complex undertaking. We did all the custom web development here in Australia. For the more technical tasks, which involved many audio-visual tools, adjusting audio streams and audio editing, that work was delegated to the guys in Belarus. It was a lot of Laravel PHP development, with quite a bit of JavaScript work for interactive coding in the web browser.

We used a small, tight team. We've only worked with a couple of developers on this project, and we had the use of a project manager on their side. It was a startup project, and the goal was to get it launched as quickly as possible, so we didn't have any testers involved. The project is being done in sequential stages, and we're currently at stage four.

How did you come to work with R-Style Lab?

I had worked with one of their staff members previously at a different company in Belarus. I was happy with her work, so I tracked her down to R-Style and ended up giving them some small bits of work. The success of those minor projects made me more confident with awarding them more complicated project work. 

What is the status of this engagement?

The project was completed about two months ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We don't have any documented evidence. However, we had a good experience working with R-Style Lab. Other stakeholders here at my company have been impressed with R-Style Lab and recommend that we continue using their services. We find them extremely reliable and responsive, which are big things when working with an offshore provider.

How did R-Style Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

We had a fixed release date, and the guys there worked hard to make sure we hit that date. They definitely went above and beyond to ensure that we hit that deadline. It was great.

What distinguishes R-Style Lab from other providers?

I've worked with other offshore providers, and we seem to have a much better cultural fit with the Russians and the Belarusians. It's been a very fruitful partnership.

Is there anything R-Style Lab could have improved or done differently?

The only thing that I would want is 24-hour, around-the-clock support. It's become a bit hard when the developers aren't available on the weekends. That would be the only area they could improve, but I'm not even sure how realistic that is from their perspective.

4.5
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