Custom Software Development Company

Scand is a custom software development company located in Minsk, Belarus - in the center of Eastern Europe.

20+ years in IT, more than 600 successful projects for hundreds of customers globally and over 250 highly experienced engineers are our main assets.

 

The company is providing outsourcing services and primarily focusing on software application and product development using .NET, Java, PHP, C/C++and other technologies.

Our Core Services are:

• Web Application Development
• Front-end Development
• Back-end Development
• Mobile Application Development
• Embedded Development
• Cloud Application Development

Since 2000 we've been developing customized solutions for various IT companies, e-commerce businesses, logistics enterprises, education institutions and healthcare organizations. As well as we provide tailored software development for IoT, augmented and virtual reality.

SCAND provides full-cycle software development services starting from business analysis and design phase to QA testing, deployment, maintenance and support, without using external resources.  

 
$1,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
2000
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Minsk, Belarus
headquarters
  • 8b/1-520 Fabritsiusa str
    Minsk 220007
    Belarus

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Among our clients there are such famous companies as: NASA, IBM, CISCO, FedEx, Bank of America, Reuters, and many other Fortune 500 companies.
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Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Development

SCAND team developed a modern cryptocurrency trading platform offering leverage, supporting up to 10 cryptocurrencies, and allowing to make both online deposits and withdrawals. The platform based on blockchain ensures high level of security and instant transactions. More details available here:

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Blockchain for the Logistics Industry

SCAND team created a cargo shipping system based on blockchain, ensuring anonymity for players, publicity of transactions, and automation of processes. More details available here: https://scand.com/portfolio/blockchain-for-logistics/

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Online Digital Banking Platform (BaaS)

The SCAND development team delivered an online digital platform supplemented by iOS and Android mobile applications. It allows the bank to analyze and avoid risks and to provide customers with a wide range of high-quality services under any conditions. More details: https://scand.com/portfolio/online-digital-banking-platform/

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Electronic Health Records System

SCAND development team extended the functionality of the customer’s EHR system by adding insurance roles and prevention agenda section.The renewed system is integrated with third-party services, provides communication and tracking options and facilitates the billing process. More details here: https://scand.com/portfolio/ehrc/

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ERP Solution for the Energy Company

SCAND team created a solution that allows connecting various business processes and making information easily accessible for different parts of the team.

Taking into account a variety of challenges the energy enterprise can face, SCAND came up with an ERP system that delivers real-time information, streamlines operations, increases profitability, and customer satisfaction. The solution we delivered helped our client to

efficiently perform on the energy market for more than 20 years and still works for the enterprise’s success.

For more information: https://scand.com/portfolio/erp-solution-for-energy-company/

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Medical Events Portal Development

SCAND team created a medical events portal that generates information provided by doctors, their patients, event planners, and admins, ensuring that any planned conference or meeting will go off without a hitch. More details: https://scand.com/portfolio/medical-portal/

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HR Software Platform for Job Posting Automatization

SCAND development team delivered an HR software platform that simplifies and improves the recruiting process by automating such routine processes as posting vacancies on different career sites and provides companies with Big Data analytics and reporting. Details available here: https://scand.com/portfolio/hr-portal/

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Parcel Delivery Service

SCAND web application development team has successfully created a parcel delivery service that allows sending packages or parcels via couriers.

The application allows admins to manage information about couriers in the system and also shows admins and drivers order details. It provides the client with the ability to choose the start and end points of the delivery, calculate its cost, fill in the details required for the

delivery, and make the purchase.

The following technologies were used for the development: PHP/JavaScript, Vue.js Web Application Development, MySQL, Phalcon, Docker. Microservice architecture was implemented to ensure a high-load.

Several integrations were made with a local payments system, a mail service, Google Maps and Google service.

More infomation: https://scand.com/portfolio/parcel-delivery-app/

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E-Commerce Platform for Automotive Products

SCAND has created an e-commerce trading platform where dealerships, businesses and individual car owners can buy and sell new and used automotive products. The C2C/B2B/B2C e-commerce software solution was fitted with user profiles and roles, ability to add, import and export items, search by filter, view information on a certain item, make purchases.

The following technologies and platforms were used while the

development: Vue.js Web Application Development, Vuex, Nuxt, Vuetify; Node.js, Express; PostgreSQL.

Moreinformation: https://scand.com/portfolio/automotive-products-ecommerce-solution/

 

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Facility Management Web Application

SCAND engineering team developed a web-based facility management application, which provides effective control over requests, complaints or reported issues, incidents, work orders, reservations, visitor registration, car fleet management.

The application consists of independent modules, which can be purchased and installed separately. Every asset of the organization is stored in a single place. There is a catalog, which

provides clear and convenient access via hierarchical grids. The application also includes a charge management module, which supports internal/external suppliers, cost centers, checks stock availability, charges per department/person, etc.

The application has a top-notch UI built with Ajax technology, including multiple-room agenda view.

The following technologies used for its development: .NET, C#, NHibernate, NUnit.

More information: https://scand.com/portfolio/facilityfuse/

 

Reviews

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Web Application for Software Solutions Provider

"I found Scand to be very enthusiastic and knowledgeable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2001 - 2011
Project summary: 

Scand developed a web application for a software firm. The team took diagrams delivered by the client, and then made them into code. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Brisbane, Australia
Former Managing Director, Software Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web application exceeded expectations. During the lengthy engagement, the team at Scand remained on top of development, fixing any issues no matter the time of day. Their communication style was effective for the partnership. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the former managing director for a software firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

We needed help with developing a web application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After sharing our idea with them, Scand took our lifecycle diagrams and turned them into code.

What is the team composition?

I worked with a team lead and two other people.

How did you come to work with Scand?

I believe I was one of their first clients. We spoke to probably 3–4 providers, and we clicked with Scand. We liked that they were a bit smaller.

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost $535,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement lasted from 2001–2011.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was all newer and larger than we thought it would be. If we ever saw a bug, they were available quickly. If it were a major fix, they would work on the weekends.

In 2011, I shut everything down to focus on my family. Now that my kids are in university, I’m considering going back to Scand to revive it.

How did Scand perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Skype and phone calls. One of the project managers came to Australia to collaborate on designing the web version. It was quite exciting to have a web app back then because they were considered cutting-edge. It was good to work with them directly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I could contact them at any time if I needed them. Their team was great at converting non-technical ideas into an app or code that would work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

For the most part, their English was good, but sometimes there’s a language barrier.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Get on the phone and speak to them to build that rapport. Have video conferencing. I found Scand to be very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

5.0
Overall Score Their level of service, attention to detail, and the knowledge they present is great.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Software Dev for Cloud Computing Firm

"The quality of work is unmatched."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Scand is helping to revamp a software used in a study, which is to remotely gain insight into the health and performance of the client's different network resources. They assist many projects for the company.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Quincy, Massachusetts
COO, Data & Computer Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Scand continues to be a valued partner of the client and delivers satisfactory work. They have great communication skills and manage everything well. Working well with the client's framework, everything goes above and beyond. They consistently show commitment to their work.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO of a data and computer firm; we came out of SaaS industry for clinical trials.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

We wanted to revamp a software that we were using for a study. We have data centers all over the country and we use the software to be able to remotely gain insight into the health and performance of our different network resources.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve been involved in many projects with us as our company has evolved to more of an infrastructure as a service provider and we engaged them to build a management platform that we use for our various data center resources. They mostly use JavaScript to develop the software. With about 18 resources, it’s an agile development project. They’ve also built microservices over the years with us as well.

What is the team composition?

We work with 6–7 people.

How did you come to work with Scand?

Someone from our organization worked with them previously, so we brought them on as just a couple of people at a time. After we evaluated them, we brought them on full-time and have been happy with the quality of their work every since.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $600,000–$650,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in May 2012 and the work is currently ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Everyone has been really happy with their work. We’ve been working together for 8 years and will continue to do so.

How did Scand perform from a project management standpoint?

We have daily stand up meetings and everything is very well managed. We keep metrics on a daily churn and assess the number of assigned tasks that are enclosed on a weekly basis rather than just seeing how the work is going, especially for larger projects. They’re always committed to the work that they take or are assigned. There’s a lead over at Scand who is responsible for completing the work that we assign in the same timelines, so it’s a good partnership.

We communicate through Skype on weekly and daily calls. In the past, we were using Microsoft Team Foundation Server and the repository option in Visual Studio to track all tasks assigned, but now we’re using GitLab.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The quality of work is unmatched. Everything is rapidly developed and of high quality. They work within our framework really well and since we work at regulating the industry, we have a very strict software development lifecycle. Everything is above and beyond most organizations I’ve worked with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a well thought out and well-defined process then you can deliver the requirements. 

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

Software Development for Software Solutions Provider

"I have been impressed by the high level of technical skills as well as great communication skills."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2017 - Nov. 2019
Project summary: 

Scand developed software for a software solutions provider. The team built enterprise messaging software for a third party client.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Gold Coast, Australia
Managing Director, Software Solutions Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development was a success, meeting the expectations of the internal team and the third party client. Scand communicates effectively to ensure both teams are on the same page. The team is creative and knowledgeable.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are a software solutions provider with a focus on IT consulting and custom software engineering services. I am the managing director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Scand?

The project included the development of an enterprise messaging software for one of our clients. Unfortunately, the senior software engineer who worked on this project had to take an extended sick leave. The big challenge for us was to find someone with a similar level of skills and experience.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to meet customer's needs and deliver the project within agreed timelines and without sacrificing the quality.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

At that time our options to find a software engineer were quite limited: to hire an expensive contractor (which wasn't economical) or to find a good full-time developer fast (which is almost impossible). Well, there was a third option, but not really. I have heard some horror stories about the outsourcing of software development to cheap overseas companies who never delivered and ended up costing more than top consultants. Luckily for us, a business partner has highly recommended Belarusian Scand, and we decided to give it a try.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We approached Scand with a brief project description and provided the desired skill set. They presented resumes of two senior developers and organized Skype interviews, and their developer was able to start immediately. The whole hiring process took under one week starting from the first contact. Their CEO was personally involved in the process.

What was the team composition?

There were 3-4 developers working on the project on different stages. One senior developer from Scand and the others were our in-house developers. The Scand developer also acted as a Tech Lead.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were very happy with the process and the results. Scand provided us with a senior level software engineer at the cost of a local junior developer. The project was a success and we continue working together on other projects.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We provided project management, the team communicated via Skype and Jira. Most deadlines were met, there were a couple of unavoidable delays, but they were communicated in advance.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I have been impressed by the high level of technical skills as well as great communication skills. For example, they brought our attention and fixed some design issues, which saved us from the bigger headaches later in the project.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None

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

eCommerce Platform for Automotive Firm

“They’re one of the best companies that I’ve experienced.”

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

Scand provided development services, working on the front- and backend of an e-commerce web platform. They used AWS, PHP7, and Vue.js for the development work.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
CTO, Automotive Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished platform is excellent, was delivered on time, and to the expected quality standards. The team is dedicated, works efficiently through an agile methodology, and is skilled at what they do.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO at a German startup. We provide a platform that sells wheels, tires, and rims for B2B and B2C.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

We needed a team to help us build our e-commerce application for B2C and B2B sales.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed our e-commerce platform, which is a full stack application. They did the front- and backend. We’re using an AWS infrastructure, with PHP7 and Phalcon for the backend and Vue.js for the frontend.

It’s integrated with a number of payment systems and supports various data sources, and is continually being improved.

What is the team composition?

Our first conversation was with their sales manager, and then we spoke with the CTO. I’ve since had interacted with the developers, and have understood how good they are.

How did you come to work with Scand?

I did an online search and chose them from the different companies I found.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’m satisfied with their work and the quality they produce. They delivered everything within the timelines set.

How did Scand perform from a project management standpoint?

They provide us with a dedicated team—it’s not standard outsourcing with separate tasks to be completed. We have stand-up meetings and work in an agile methodology, as well as using Slack and Jira.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re one of the best companies that I’ve experienced. The quality and speed of the developers are really good.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re good for me. I don’t have any tips or tricks to make it better.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I could get cheaper, but the quality wouldn’t be as good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Social Networking Web Interface

"They just want to do good work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2011 - June 2016
Project summary: 

Scand provided additional development on a social network web interface. They completed development for the frontend and backend, server scalability, and a robust REST API, as well as an iOS mobile app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Founder, Social Network Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Scand consistently delivered all requirements to standard and their efforts improved the website’s efficiency and productivity. The team is personable and engaged with a professional, dedicated, and respectful work ethic. They are smart, reliable, and extremely skilled in development and coding.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the founder of a social media startup when I engaged with Scand.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

I built the first version of my social network web interface and needed someone to take ownership and enhance it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They did a lot of PHP development, backend development on a LAMP stack. There’s a lot of frontend development as well -- JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Additionally, there were dev ops involved to manage and scale the server.

We also did mobile app development. We built an iPhone app in Objective-C. They kicked off that project, but I brought it in-house after starting with them. They were able to get it off the ground. The web development was their main work.

The site was a social site with a feed and “like” and “comments.” It had a dashboard, newspaper type view of the network. It was very interactive. It was a very dynamic, single page app. Everything was live in real time. If you voted on something, it would vote and flash and everyone who was looking at the page would also see that flash.

We also had a pretty robust REST API. All of the iPhone development was only possible because they were able to build out REST API endpoints that never existed.

What is the team dynamic?

We had 1-2 people working for us at any given time. I had 1 primary point of contact.

How did you come to work with Scand?

I’d worked with them on a previous project at a different company. The company was already engaged with them when I started working there. I enjoyed the working relationship I had with them at that time. When I did this project, I engaged with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2011 until June 2016 for the website development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I enjoyed working with them. They did a fantastic job. They delivered everything I asked for spot on. I’ve visited the company in person a couple of times in the last 10 years. I’ve been to their office in Belarus. I’ve met their families and hung out with them. They’re really great people. They just want to do good work.

The website was great. There were improvements in efficiency and productivity in the site once it was up and running.

How did Scand perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re fine. I would say 5 out of 10. I worked with them and they did a lot of the coordination of the engineering and made sure that everything was delivered. I was still pretty involved in the day to day. They were responsive. We communicated via email, instant messenger, or Skype.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have an incredible work ethic. When you go to work at Scand, you get to the office, take the elevator, get to your room, and before you even do anything, you shake hands with everybody in the room. That’s a formality of, “I’m here to do good work and I respect everyone else that’s here to do good work.” You sit down and you work.

At the end of the day, when you’re done, you get up and you shake hands with everyone in the room as an acknowledgment that you finished your good day of work and that you respect everyone else’s work. They do that every day and they do a really great job of it.

They have a great work ethic. I worked with developers at Scand who don’t even have a computer at home. They go home and work on the farm, which is incredible. They come to work and they kill it with codes. They know how to develop. They are extraordinarily intelligent people. They have incredible universities and education systems. It’s admirable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Know what you want to build. If you don’t get what you need from Scand, it’s because you didn’t define it properly. You will get the product that you define and if you loosely define it, then you’ll get a loosely built product. If you define it very well, then you’ll get a very well written product. It is the product of the effort that you put into the relationship and what you get out of it.

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

    They always met expectations.

  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Front End Development for Computer Consulting Firm

"They have the ability to tackle a wide array of technical items."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2016 - July 2017
Project summary: 

Scand developed the frontend of logic of a unique system to develop a cross-platform software solution with a client-server architecture. The system supports Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS platforms.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Pennsylvania
President, Computer Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Scand successfully completed the multiyear project within the parameters and allotted time. The team worked well autonomously, offered design improvement ideas, and practiced independent thinking. Their experience, breadth of expertise, and reliability set them apart from competitors.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the president and owner of a software development firm. We develop software for insurance home offices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

We needed a particular skillset to help develop the frontend logic of a system. We needed expertise in things like C++, QML and PHP, as well as Android and iOS development for our company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Scand worked on the frontend of our system to develop a cross-platform software solution with a client-server architecture. The system supports Windows, Linux, Android and iOS platforms.

We had a unique requirement, and it was nice to have a duress server, as well as multiple frontends done by a single firm with experts in all those areas.

What is the team dynamic?

There were people in and out of the project. I was originally in contact with their owner, but there were other project managers in charge of the work. I estimate that we’ve worked with up to seven resources at one time.

Generally speaking, there were four primary resources. For specialty work, we had the ability to pull in subject-matter experts. For example, we would pull in individuals for Graphic Design or JavaScript related tasks. We also used some QA resources during the build- out.

How did you come to work with Scand?

We conducted multiple Google searches. I worked with another firm in Belarus 15 years ago, and knew that the relative experience level and expertise of their resources were good.

I looked at a few firms in Minsk, the capital of the country, and decided upon Scand, based on what they provided as background as well as their performance on the sample projects we assigned them compared to the other firms we evaluated. It was an elaborate process.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested $100,000 at this point in the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Scand in September or October 2016. We completed the first phase of the project in July 2017. Budget permitting, we will work with Scand in 2018 as well.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have a completed frontend with the parameters we asked for and within the allotted time. To me, this was enough. This is a multiyear software development project, and it hasn’t been put on the market yet but the feedback we have received thus far has been good.

How did Scand perform from a project management standpoint?

Their English level is adequate, which is a positive thing. We had meetings over Adobe Connect or Skype. They were independent thinkers, able to help improve the design and I didn’t have to constantly supervise them. There are bumps in the road with any project, especially one utilizing non-U.S. resources several thousands of miles away, with a six-hour time difference, but overall it was a positive experience.

Their project management techniques aren’t different or unique to most firms. Scand provides an adequate framework, and their people are conscientious. I drove the weekly reporting process, and there were people assigned to keeping track of certain pieces of the project.

They don’t have a structured project management tool like Basecamp in place, and it may be something to consider in the future. I prefer Adobe Connect to Skype, and we’ve used it for all our meetings. We could share screens through it, go over items as required and record videos.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We had worked with other outsourcing companies in the past, and evaluated six different firms before settling on Scand. What made the experience unique was that they were easy to work with, delivered what they said they would, and had a breadth of expertise.

If a future customer is building a unique solution with several moving components, Scand is a good option. They have the ability to tackle a wide array of technical items. Overall, Scand’s ability to provide resources at an affordable rate, across various skillsets sets them apart.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Having a project management tool like Basecamp, where we could have a more structured view would bring some benefits for them since the work is remote. Scand provides this adequately now, but anytime there’s a relationship being built across thousands of miles, anything the customer can grasp onto, and feel that they’re getting value, is a positive thing. I don’t know how they work with clients in Europe, but it would be better if Scand did something like this for U.S. clients.

4.5
Overall Score

They did a very good job delivering what we wanted. We had some items lost in translation because of the cultural divide, but it wouldn’t be different with another vendor.

  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES

    They did a fairly good job of this, but, since some of the scope changed, it was hard to meet deadlines at times. A couple of items were lost in translation due to the cultural divide.

  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates

    They weren’t the cheapest, but I wasn’t looking for that. Scand was an affordable offshoring option, compared to resources in the U.S.

  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables

    It’s hard to get a 5 from me because I expect a lot, but I give Scand a high rating because they’re supportive, flexible with incomplete specs, experienced and conscientious about the work.

  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

    I have no problems with them at all. Scand is best suited for development projects where the client has a good idea of what they want, but aren’t sure how to implement it.

Cloud Based Solution for Event Planning

“They are extremely friendly, helpful, and open to finding the best solutions.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Scand used PHP, Yii 2.0, and MySQL for the backend, and HTML, jQuery, and Bootstrap for the frontend development of an online ordering solution. They currently provide maintenance and ongoing development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Norway
CEO, IT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Scand’s solution is the very foundation of the company, and it’s utilization and prominence regarding revenue are both telling. Their project management is effective and adaptable, and communication comes with ease. An in-person meeting with their team ensures timely and accurate delivery.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a company that provides total-package IT solutions to help our clients with whatever they may need, including logo design.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

My in-house developers were too expensive for some of my clients in Norway, so we looked to Scand to provide more cost-friendly development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Scand was given our projections, full documents, and mockup to start the project from scratch. This system is fairly innovative in Norway, and they were completely responsible for all the coding involved.

They did most of the programming for an online ordering solution for staffing and extra personnel. The establishment is now able to register and send orders regarding needed missions and staff, then the whole system does calculations to see who is available and invites them via SMS. Workers are able to to accept or decline invitations as they receive them, and can also communicate further via the integrated SMS system. They also all have online profiles where they can make changes. Hours are also registered within the system, and it sends emails based on the approved hours for each mission.

They used PHP, Yii 2.0, and MySQL for the backend, and HTML, jQuery, and Bootstrap for the frontend.

What is the team dynamic?

I have one project manager. I’m able to select who I want for the rest of the team based on their availability and what kind of development we’re doing. We’ve been with them for so long now that they usually have the availability we need. I usually have 1 full-time developer for larger projects, and 2–3 part-time as needed. There is also an on-demand designer and person that handles mockups.

How did you come to work with Scand?

My father had used them before, and said they were reliable. I contacted them, and they seemed proper, so we took the chance. It was an easy decision because they also offered good prices, and we’ve been happy with them since.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent between $100,000–$125,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in November 2015, and the relationship is ongoing. I keep one full-time developer on board to handle small developments, and they also do bug fixes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had no system before, so everything was done manually. The technology Scand developed is huge in both how many people use it and how much money the company earns from it. The entire company was actually built on the IT solution, so without it, the company wouldn’t even exist. The reaction to a fully automated system is a lot different than what you receive from just emailing people to fix things.

How did Scand perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, things were difficult. I wasn’t happy with the initial project manager because we weren’t effectively communicating. Scand was very understanding, and assigned me a new project manager. He’s the best I’ve ever worked with, and he’s always available for discussion. We communicate via email if there’s info to share, and Skype is there’s something to discuss. We use BitBucket for all development and comments on issues.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are extremely friendly, helpful, and open to finding the best solutions. I believe we are one of the first companies in Norway to work with them, but I was able to meet with them in-person to get a better understanding of how they would handle the project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would say this for any development company, but they need to focus more on the task at hand. I know from other experiences that this problem isn’t specific to them, but it’s still important to make sure they truly understand what they’ve been asked to do.

Do you have any advice for potential clients of Scand?

I would recommend having an in-person meeting with them to help them gain a better understanding of the project. They’re open to meeting in different locations. I was in Minsk for a week talking through the project with them, and having that face-to-face meeting really strengthened our understanding of each other.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It depends on who you compare them to.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They had a good price, effective communication, and were always on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom System for Publishing Marketing Materials to Financial Industry

“Scand has outranked every other software development company we’ve worked with.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Dec 2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Scand built an automated marketing materials engine that uses both the Adobe InDesign Server with predictive analytics and a custom ETL. They also supply business analytics, technical writing, and training.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
Director of Product Development, Financial Industry
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Extensive resources and reliability helps Scand meet all expectations in this long-term partnership, and their engine allows companies to reduce marketing departments by 50%. A broad skill set and the ability to work remotely are also notable qualities. They’re an invaluable partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re the third largest credentialed financial printer and financial service company in the United States. I’m the director of product development at our NYC branch.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Scand?

We needed a company with a very broad skill set to build an engine that incorporated web and mobile development, document generation, and filing with government agencies, among others things.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built an engine that incorporates a variety of products for generating and publishing marketing materials related to the financial industry. Our clients use this engine to produce fact sheets, fund marketing commentaries, quarterly fund guides, plan reviews, etc. All documents involved must be compliant with government regulations and generated with the highest quality. Our products deal with a large variety of different data sources that all require very complex business logic.

The product development included big data, as well as both mobile and web development. Scand has extensive experience with Adobe InDesign Server and also with predictive analytics. There’s a very extensive list.

They helped create a specific language that describes how documents should be generated and presented to the client. This incorporates special computer languages we call DSLs [Domain-Specific Languages] that are used for document assembly flow. They also developed our custom ETL [Extract, Transform, Load] data order to aggregate data from different sources, refine it, and make it ready for presentation.

They also provided business analytics services, technical writing, and training.

How did you come to work with Scand?

We’ve been using their web development products for a long time, including their well-known library of AJAX elements. They also have a product for building diagrams when you measure products. Our experience with their ready-to-use software made us appreciate them as a company, so we decided to bring them on board for our custom development. They were able to provide us with all the skills we needed.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $1 million–$1 billion.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2007, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They met all of our expectations. With their help, we’ve been able to provide excellent service to a variety of our clients. Scand has outranked every other software development company we've worked with.

A marketing department staff for a mutual funds company can be reduced by 50% due to our product. This is a big achievement because it immediately helps our customers save money. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They fit our requirements perfectly. They are a boutique company, so they’re able to provide extensive resources and services for a project of any complexity. We are happy to have such a reliable partner.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their only disadvantage is not having an office in New York, Baltimore, or Washington D.C.

There were some learning curves with new clients in working with a completely remote company, but it only took a few weeks for us to agree on how we should operate with collaborative tools. Everything has went smoothly since.

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