A Decade of Experience Building Award-Winning Apps

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Sonin help businesses utilise the latest in mobile app technology, offering bespoke consumer, enterprise and mobile first solutions. We recognise that each business has different objectives, so we listen and understand our clients’ needs to ensure they receive the highest quality solution to improve their business.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
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2008
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Portfolio

Key clients: 
FatFace, Morrisons & Schwartz, The British Museum, esure, Marmalade Insurance, Smarter, CommuniGator, Smarter, DS Smith, Chancellors Estate Agents, Stella Artois, John Frieda, Veet, Elanco and The Telegraph.
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OpenAir Med

Providing patients with instant feedback on the health of their lungs. Helping the 10,000 people diagnosed with a respiratory illness each week to live their lives uninhibited.

 

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Removing 100,000 cars’ worth of CO2e by 2050

Supporting Px3’s mission to remove 100,000 cars’ worth of Co2e by 2050. Giving brands like Citrix, Google and Microsoft actionable insight into how they can save the planet.

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CommuniGator - Gator Mobile

Sales teams wanted instant access to their lead info on-the-go. We balanced game-changing features with CommuniGator’s key goals. 29% of CommuniGator's clients downloaded the app in the first week.



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Student Swipe App

Ashcourt provide purpose built, exclusive and secure student accommodation. They are passionate about giving students the best possible experience during their university years, providing them with numerous accommodation options and support.

By remaining close to all of their students, they’ve been able to tailor their offering throughout the years to ensure they always provide the very best university experience. And

as more students started relying on their smartphones to manage their lives, Ashcourt recognised an opportunity. They saw a new way to engage the digital savvy generations approaching university age.

We've developed an app on both Android and iOS that puts the students in control. The app provides a platform for students to manage every aspect of their student accommodation. From booking property viewings to reporting maintenance issues and making rent payments. The app allows students to keep on top of things wherever they are whenever they need to.

Student Swipe is unique in the marketplace as it is the only app that combines all the necessary student services into a single streamlined app, bringing huge benefits to both tenants and landlords. It supports a student’s flexible lifestyle and gives them one less thing to worry about so they can focus on their studies.

The Student Swipe App has since won Software Innovation of the Year award at the DEAs.

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Checkmate Insurance

Giving construction managers the tools to record warranty information wherever they are with ease. Creating a comprehensive audit trail for all Checkmate warranties.

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Alpine Talent Management - Employee Enterprise Software

The Alpine Talent Management System in a piece of enterprise software designed to provide managers with valuable data on their employees. It tracks worker satisfaction and development. Designed to gather positive feedback and/or any cases of unrest the system provides managers with the necessary metrics to let them act accordingly.

We developed an enterprise web application that integrates into an entire organisation.

It allows individual employees to track their own development, provides senior employees the relevant data to support strategic decisions, and pin points areas within the business where minor changes could result in huge benefits. We integrated multiple features to record specific user behaviours and to make the app an essential employee tool for all levels of seniority. 

Using intuitive UX design and simple forms across the app make the process of entering information  as simple as possible for both employees and management. Then a smart algorithm transforms the collected data into a clear visual format using Google Charts, ready for management to review.

The enterprise software also takes care of the more administrative duties that are required of management, such as the ability to accept and track holiday and training course requests from reportees.

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DS Smith Enterprise App for Drivers

A leading recycling and waste management service, DS Smith needed help to track deliveries and drivers after a series of complaints were received about missed deliveries. With Sonin's help, DS Smith now uses a real-time tracking app, enabling customer service representatives to better address issues clients are reporting. 

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Tatlin - Private Art Collectors App

Art collecting is a billion-pound industry and a passion that sweeps across the globe. Despite there being art-focused apps available, the visibility of art pieces, their movements and individual collections are often hard to follow in the real world.

Our client behind Tatlin wanted to launch an app that allowed exhibitors and collectors to view, make purchases and follow various art pieces. Together, we created two

versions of the app, one for exhibitors and one for collectors, giving the user a fully personalised experience.

Both galleries and collectors can create social profiles, search artworks, upload their own collections and follow other users.

Galleries have the additional option to sell artwork, giving Collectors the opportunity to put pieces on hold to initiate a sale. The app provides the initial communication between the collector and the gallery to begin the purchase process, which is then continued offline.

The app also supports natural mobile gestures, inducing a long press functionality, creating more interactions and simplifying the user experience. Users can tap and hold images to display more options, such as follow, contact gallery or add to favourites.

Tatlin is the ultimate art collectors app, bringing exclusive exhibitors and collectors together. Giving users a platform to showcase, search for, buy and sell their favourite art pieces.

Access to the app is by invite only.

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SwonSong - iOS App

In today’s digital world where smartphones and tablets allow us to communicate with friends and family in an instant, SwonSong saw an opportunity. They wanted to create a mobile platform to extend our communications after we’ve passed and create digital memories for loved ones to cherish forever.

We worked closely with the SwonSong team to design, develop and launch a new mobile app that utilised some of the latest

technology to enable their clients and users to send personalised communications at a time of their choice.

A key feature of the app is the creation of a video eulogy. Our developers built a program which merges multiple assets together to create a downloadable MP4 file. Allowing the user to select audio, video, images and a background song, the app will automatically create a video file. The bespoke feature uses AVAsset (Apple’s API) and other CoreAudio, AVFoundation to not only merge the files together, but also adjust audio and music volumes accordingly. The file can be exported and downloaded to a memory stick, enabling the user or recipient to play wherever and whenever they like.

The SwonSong app presents users with a simple yet friendly platform to document important memories and create everlasting memories at the touch of a button, wherever and whenever the user wants.

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Football Coupon with the Telegraph - Hybrid Cross Platform App

Football Coupon is a leading accumulator app, providing users with score forecasts, football betting tips and bet tracking. The app covers all the main football competitions in England, Scotland and Europe, using real time data to deliver a unique experience to all of its users.

The team behind Football Coupon approached Sonin to design and develop a new hybrid app to enhance the traditional betting experience. Our

mobile-first design team created a new-look app which put the user in control and our expert developers built the innovative app to work across all platforms.

The development team have built the app Hybrid, which works seamlessly across iOS, Android and Web. We’ve cleverly integrated live feeds with match data and real-time odds from more than 7 leading UK bookmakers enabling users to place bets throughout the entire game. And to keep the game social, Football Coupon facilitates chats between users. Utilising Facebook, users can connect with their contacts and comment or react to different engagements.

Since re-launch Football Coupon has secured official backing from The Telegraph.

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Swipe Living - Property Management Platform

Ashcourt provide purpose built, exclusive and secure student accommodation. They are passionate about giving students the best possible experience during their university years, providing them with numerous accommodation options and support.

Following huge expansion, and acquisition of additional properties, Ashcourt needed a platform to manage their collection of properties and support ongoing business growth. After 20

years in the industry, they saw the need for a digital system to replace paper processes and repetitive tasks.

Ashcourt approached Sonin to develop a bespoke platform that enabled them to not only manage their property portfolio, but also to improve their tenants experience. We worked with Accommodation Manager Emily Summerson, using her first hand experience of property management and tenant relationships to define each of the system and app features.

The final platform, Swipe Living, offers an efficient and refreshing solution to property management. Enabling Ashcourt to advertise properties, manage payments and maintenance requests and most importantly communicate directly with their tenants.

Swipe Living provides Ashcourt and landlords across the country with a central platform to manage their student properties. Future proofing themselves for the digital savvy generation approaching university age.

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Explore Thames - Cross Platform Native App

We worked closely with British Marine Thames Valley, an association of British Marine, to make their River Thames guide ‘Explore Thames’ interactive. For those living, visiting or exploring locations near England’s longest river, this is the mobile app for them.

The app was originally established in 2014 to assist users who were either visiting locations along the Thames or searching for things to do. Users can

specifically state which attractions/places of interest appear as their results by choosing from a range of options including boat hire, hotels, historical land marks, fishing sites and more.

An embedded Google Map on the homepage ensures that users are always aware of their current location in real time; and through push notifications are kept up to date with the latest news and environmental developments. In addition to this if users find a place of interest of their own which isn’t listed on the app, they can recommend this directly to the British Marine Thames Valley team by dropping a pin directly on the map and adding a comment.

The app continues to be a success on the App Store and has witnessed an incredible increase in App Store views, which in turn has led to a 90% increase in downloads (QOQ).

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Schwartz Consumer App Concept

Schwartz approached Sonin to complete a discovery phase looking to create a personalised app experience for their customers and help make cooking new dishes easier.

We explored how Schwartz could both engage with their customers and strengthen their brand image through the most accessible technology. We reviewed progressive technology, including Facebook Messenger, voice systems such as Alexa and Google Home and of

course mobile.

The Schwartz brand app concept included a digital spice rack feature, allowing users to input the seasonings they already own by scanning the bar-code, and also supported shopping basket integration with Morrison’s, streamlining the online ordering process and automatically updating the users Spice Rack with future purchases.

Using data on previous purchases and the digital spice rack allows Schwartz to personalise the entire app experience, by suggesting new recipes dependant on the spices and herbs a user already owns.

To encourage continual engagement throughout the year, seasonal personalised content can be pushed to the user, using smart algorithms to understand not only the spices a user owns but also the recipes they’ve made before, the types of food they like and the people they are cooking for.

The Schwartz app concept utilises the latest technology to engage with the user in the moment and provide a personalised app experience.

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Chancellors Estate Agents - Enterprise iPad App

Chancellors Group are one the UK’s leading independent Estate Agencies who have an extensive branch network across the south of England and Wales. Across the UK people use Chancellors to buy, rent and sell properties every day. The Chancellors estate agent app was designed to assist people with the latter.

The app serves both

enterprise and marketing purposes. It was designed as a tool to both keep estate agents working efficiently whilst assuring clients that their properties were being properly managed at all times.

A number of useful features were implemented in this project, including an in-app seven-day itinerary of past and upcoming appointments, the ability to take and upload photographs of properties straight from the app, and an auto-sync feature where all files were backed up to a web-based server every day. The app also allows staff to present other marketing-focused documents to clients.

One of the main aims of the project was to transform Chancellors’ client agreement document into a digital alternative, which in turn would save time and resources for staff both on-site and in the branch. Upon estate agents and clients agreeing terms with one another clients could then sign this agreement simply by using their finger. This was then saved as a PDF document and sent to the relevant branch for filing and also sent as an email to the client for their reference.

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The Pattern Cloud E-Commerce Website

Sonin was asked to develop an e-commerce B2B platform for The Pattern Cloud, a collection of six textile companies looking to modernize the retail buying industry. Customizing the site to the needs of retailers, each studio is able to alter what they feature for the hundreds of Pattern Cloud users. 

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Web Dev for HR Talent Management Agency

"What we produced in partnership with them was absolutely fantastic."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Dec. 2014 - Sep. 2015
Project summary: 

After detailing the project specifications, Sonin produced wireframes for an internal system. The team digitized the product, which was originally operated in Excel.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Chairman, Alpine Talent Management
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sonin fostered a strong partnership and delivered a digitized system that resulted in a 100% increase. The team's project management process was helpful, and they were integral to the success of the engagement. Additionally, their personable nature and gradual improvement were noteworthy.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are an HR talent management organization. We have clients who come to us to set up their HR and talent management systems.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sonin App Development?

Our system wasn’t digitized; it was effectively run on spreadsheets. We originally started doing this on a paper system. We then morphed it across to a Lotus 1-2-3 which was a very early version of Excel. 

After we moved onto Excel, we wanted to digitize it, so we hired Sonin to digitize the whole system for us which gave us an opportunity to start from scratch.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first had to sit down and write the spec. We sat with Sonin and specified what we wanted. We were lucky in the sense that we were already running a system, albeit it wasn’t digitized, so we were able to get our specification pretty accurately. 

With that specification, we then agreed on them producing wireframes. They wireframed the whole process. We then troubleshot the wireframes and worked out what would and wouldn’t work because some things that worked in Excel wouldn’t work digitally.

They were able to tell us that we didn’t have to do it a certain way and that they could cut it and make it a lot faster. They were also able to tell us they could crunch much more data than we had been doing at that moment which is exactly what we needed. 

After the wireframes, we then agreed on the cost and a program in terms of time and off we went. We had a good understanding as to what we needed because we had been doing it for over 20 years, but of course what we didn’t know was what they could do for us, and what they were capable of doing. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with 4–5 people, but it depended on the volume of the work at the time. At the peak, there was a maximum of 5–6 teammates, including Lauren (Project Manager).

How did you come to work with Sonin App Development?

Sonin was recommended to us by someone else who had used them. We had looked at 10–12 businesses, and we brought it down to six and then again to three. We brought it down again to one, and we were quite rigorous in our selection process.

How much have you invested in them?

It is well over $1,000,000 and possibly over $2,000,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in December 2014, and we went live in September or October 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have seen an increase of over 100%. We knew we had to digitize our system. What we produced in partnership with them was absolutely fantastic. They were core to the success of our business, no doubt about it. There was a strong partnership, and they improved upon what we asked for quite considerably.

How did Sonin App Development perform from a project management standpoint?

Sonin did well. They used a tool to log all of the requests, and another tool was used to demonstrate the wireframes. If communication was outside of the project management tool, it was either through text, email, phone call, or a face-to-face meeting. 

That was then logged in the system so that there was a complete auditable record of our discussions and what was agreed, which was important, especially when building a system the size of ours.

What did you find most impressive about them?

What separated Sonin from the other teams we interviewed was that they were more personable in their dealing with us. We interviewed a couple of really big organizations, but we were concerned about the fact that they were huge and that we would be a very small cog in their overall client base. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind right away. The improvement came with the project. The more the team got to know us and the more we got to know them, the better we worked together. I wouldn’t say that was necessarily an improvement from their side. I think it was a learning curve from both of us.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Ask to meet the project team and thoroughly get to know them. Get to know the project manager and the person with whom you will be dealing with. Lauren was fantastic, but we made the effort to get to know her and she made the effort to get to know us which was very important.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There is always room for improvement.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

App Development for Senior Care Business

"Everyone from the Sonin team genuinely seemed to care about the mission behind it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development is building a home care platform prototype for the elderly population. The solution uses behavioral analytics and data from sensors to predict when issues arise. It also has video calling.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Founder, Senior Care Business
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In 20 days, Sonin App Development has pushed out and tested the MVP to prove the concept. They're now continuing to build on top of that foundation, integrating sensors and other connected devices to increase safety measures. They used a project board and regular demos to communicate progress.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Founder, we are a business seeking to use technology to help people life safe independent lives through their senior years

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

Initially to build a working prototype of a home care platform. The opportunity we wanted to address was using technology to keep people living at home for longer at reduced costs. After the success of this we are working with Sonin to expand the platform and commercialise the offering

What were your goals for this project?

The objective was to build an MVP quickly; a concept that we could user test and collect feedback from. The first focus was functionality and a clean UX/UI over full designs.

The goal was to raise the visibility of elderly care and improve the quality of care that residents were receiving. A secondary goal was creating a foundation platform based on video call technology and reporting that we could adapt for other industries.

SOLUTION

Describe the project in detail.

It's a healthcare platform that uses video-calling tech to connect care residents with their families.

To date, the platform involves an app for multiple types of users who all need different experiences. The platform uses behavioural analytics and connected sensor to try and understand when something's wrong and take action.

Residents also have access to an instant panic button at all times to connect them with their carer straight away. The platform provides residents independence and a higher quality of care while providing family members more peace of mind.

What was the team composition?

It was a focused product team made up of a product manager, designer, three developers, and QA. My main contact was the PM who was consistently great and really enthusiastic about the product we were building.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In just 20 days, we built and tested an MVP to prove the concept. That in itself was fantastic. Following this, we've been working with Sonin to build on top of the foundation as we talk with investors. Right now, we're working to integrate sensor and connected devices to increase their safety proactively.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

I always felt like I had a good grasp of where things are with the project board and demos. When you're working sprint-to-sprint on an MVP, that level of visibility helps a lot. The only time I was worried was when during the move to remote under the new lockdown rules. This was never a problem, though. Communication was always excellent and the momentum never stopped.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Above-and-beyond approach. Everyone always seemed to be thinking about the product. The business-case was front of mind. The speed of delivery was thanks to several key integrations which Sonin suggested and using their existing hardware partners which has made the IoT work remarkably straight forward.

It also helped that everyone from the Sonin team genuinely seemed to care about the mission behind it.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. As I said, following the success of the initial sprints we're continuing to work with Sonin to build on the MVP.

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

Mobile App Dev & UI/UX Design for Travel Social Network

“Any issues or scenarios that come up, they’re willing to adapt and make changes.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development is building an iOS/Android app for a travel social network. They’ve used Swift and Xcode throughout the project to build the minimum desirable product. They’ve also integrated APIs.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Brighton, United Kingdom
Joshua Rondel
Chief Visionary Officer, Buddyng
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sonin App Development has done a great job so far. They produce high-quality designs and write excellent code. The team is headed by a phenomenal project manager who ensures a smooth collaboration.

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 Chief Visionary Officer at Buddyng, a business focussed on ensuring everyone has the opportunity to travel outside of their country and expand their perspectives. We are currently developing a travel social network app and online platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sonin App Development?

We needed someone to develop our mobile app that allows users to connect to others before they go traveling. They can share their experiences with friends and the Buddyng community. It was important that there was a really high level and high standard with the app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’re developing our iOS and Android mobile app which is a travel social network. It’s a global business with the aim and ambitions of travel being a form of education. We met six months prior with Paul (Managing Director) and he suggested that rather than an MVP but the concept of a minimum desirable product (MDP) where you’re not just looking to make your product viable for your consumers but you’re also looking to make it desirable with how it looks and feels.

The first challenge was enabling users to connect to other users while traveling. They developed that section of the app with the first stage of things. They used the development not just in one form but in Android development, iOS development, APIs, and web development. They were able to cover all aspects of that.

They use Swift, Xcode, and a lot of different software. We’re starting to migrate everything over to our core team so that our tech team can process it internally.

What is the team composition?

My main point of contact is Sophie (Project Manager). Sarah (Design Lead) is the head of design. There’s a team of iOS and Android developers. There are 4-6 backend developers.

How did you come to work with Sonin App Development?

I was introduced to them through a mentor of mine. We had meetings to discuss the idea and Paul was very friendly and gave us advice and feedback. It was a good six months before I started putting my money into it. I decided to go with them based on their high quality and their friendliness.  

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent £92,000 (approximately $117,000 USD) for 12 sprints. We agreed to an additional two sprints to completely finish. It will take it to £105,000 (approximately $134,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2019 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The agile approach they’ve taken has been really phenomenal in addressing our core foundation of the business. It’s then allowed us to adapt to varying different areas of the app that we’ve been looking to expand into. It’s been really high quality and not just in terms of the visual aspects. The code seems quite good but we’ve just started migrating it over. Having them has been really useful. Sarah is an exceptional designer. She constantly recognized if a certain button shouldn’t be there, for example, because the user wouldn’t like it. Their expertise comes through in the recommendations they’ve made during design and development.

How did Sonin App Development perform from a project management standpoint?

They have a really good team behind the app which is fronted by a phenomenal project manager. She’s able to coherently provide me with the sprint plan, the operations they’re doing, and is a really good core point of contact. We have regular standups twice a week. We use Slack and it’s been really efficient.

We work in an agile approach so that we can attend to any changes that come along the way rather than having an archaic waterfall approach to app development. We had design workshops initially in person and since COVID-19, we’ve had them online. The designer will share the screen, we go through designs, pick and choose, edit the way it looks, and give a bit of feedback. I go through the development with the backend developers.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

Due to their friendly nature and collaborative approach, other people will give little bits of input as they see fit as they’re looking over the shoulder of other people working. They recognize the needs of their customers. They’re always willing to help and be available whenever needed. They’re very agile and they recognize that business and tech does change. They’re very willing and ready to move with the times. Any issues or scenarios that come up, they’re willing to adapt and make changes.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The idea was quite raw and the clarity of what we wanted to achieve could have been better defined. The timeline in which they accomplished what they have has been very good. It’s a huge, global app and there’s a lot of work and foundations towards it. There are many more areas we were looking to develop with it. The only potential criticism I would have is trying to get that sprint plant completed in the timeframe and maybe do a little bit more. However, the reason that hasn’t been accomplished is very much a two-way street. We’ve tweaked and changed little things and that eats up times that would have been reserved for other things.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The project manager will ensure that you have a clear line of communication. Just make sure that your ideas are clearly shared and that everyone that’s working on the project understands what your business is, why you’re doing it, and what you want to achieve.

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

iOS Mobile App Development for Digital Agency

“Sonin exceeded all of our expectations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development built an iOS enterprise presentation app for a digital agency’s client. The internal team did the design, and Sonin handled development, user testing, deployment, and an accompanying CMS.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Surrey, United Kingdom
Owner, Averma Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app garnered positive feedback from users and the end-client, and internal stakeholders were pleased with the quality and timeliness of Sonin’s work. They facilitated a smooth collaboration, adapting their approach to the digital agency and their client while foreseeing potential issues.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company is Averma, a digital agency. I’m the owner. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sonin App Development?

One of our clients needed an enterprise platform to create and collaborate on presentations internally. Common templates needed to be branded, easily accessible, and relevant to each employee's job function. Workflows had to update stakeholders in real-time as each presentation progressed.

A key requirement for the client was the ability to use interactive multimedia elements that would help sales reps and staff to create more personalized and engaging presentations than is possible in other off-the-shelf options.

The solution also had to integrate seamlessly with live data from the client's existing systems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sonin developed an enterprise presentation app for a corporate client on the iOS platform. My team provided the designs. Sonin then handled the development, user-testing, and deployment of both the iOS app and the accompanying content management system.

What is the team composition?

For the majority of the project, we worked with one person from Sonin’s team: a project manager. They were a great communicator and showed a strong enthusiasm for the project from the start. In my opinion, this was instrumental to its success.

How did you come to work with Sonin App Development?

I knew the founder from my professional network. I was aware that Sonin had already worked on similar projects in the enterprise app space. It was reassuring to know that they had experience in both building bespoke demonstration tools and integrating with third-party data sources.

How much have you invested with them?

The entire project was split between my company and Sonin, and it came to just over $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I believe we started the project last summer. We began conversations and the procurement process about six months before that. Throughout those conversations, Sonin was a huge help with pitching to the client and planning the project. We wrapped up the project in January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The client was very happy with the end result, and we received great feedback from the users. The high quality of work was clear to everyone involved. Everything was completed on time and within the client's budget.

How did Sonin App Development perform from a project management standpoint?

From a project management standpoint, they were excellent. We typically communicated over the phone, email, and Dropbox, but Sonin was pretty flexible when it came to the tools we used. They adapted their approach around us and the client, which was great.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were impressed by how smoothly the project ran. There were no barriers at any point, which was impressive, given how many stakeholders were involved. Sonin was very good at identifying any potential problems ahead-of-time so that nothing slowed down the momentum once we started.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, Sonin exceeded all of our expectations. The end-product was great. They met all the requirements within the time allocated, which resulted in a successful project and a satisfied customer.

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

App Development for Leading Education Company

"One of the things that impressed me the most about Sonin was their business acumen."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2018 - Dec. 2020
Project summary: 

Ann education firm hired Sonin App Development to assist with building a digital platform of products. They built an interconnected suite of products to increase visibility.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Guildford Surrey, United Kingdom
Matthew Evans
IT Director, Explore Learning
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sonin App Development's digitization efforts helped increase the education firm's visibility. Their business acumen impressed, as did their forward-thinking approach and ability to understand new concepts that hadn't been previously considered.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the IT Director at Explore Learning, a leading provider of after-school tuition in maths and English for 5-14 year olds. Our incredible people are at the heart of everything we do at Explore, and our tutors and centre management teams are experts at ensuring we achieve our goal:

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

We worked with Sonin on a mobile transformation initiative that would bring everyone involved in the Explore Learning experience closer together: our tutors, our students and their parents.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal for the project was to build an easy-to-use platform that would provide parents with insights into their children's success and the tools to help them progress further. At the same time, the product also had to encourage and reward the children themselves.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We chose Sonin because, right from the very beginning, they were able to demonstrate that they understood our brand, our aims, and how we could best utilise digital to add value to our stakeholders' lives.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The overarching aim of the project was visibility; for tutors, parents, and our head office staff. To achieve this, we wanted a connected suite of digital products that had to work seamlessly with one another. Something that was really important throughout was reducing the chance of any data re-entry. We were looking to streamline our processes, not repeat them. To achieve this, the Sonin team worked hard to ensure the platform fully integrated with our existing systems.

What was the team composition?

Towards the end of the project, we switched from a waterfall approach to an agile iterative one based on Sonin's recommendations which proved to be invaluable. A changing team composition meant that we could access the skillsets we needed, when we needed them. We worked closely with our Account Director, the MD, and the Project Manager as well as UX/UI Designers and Product Developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Throughout the course of the project, we worked with Sonin to digitise key areas of our business. The suite of products they delivered has given us an unprecedented level of visibility. We've completely replaced our paper-based processes, empowering our tutors, staff and customers alike.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Both workflow and communication with Sonin was incredibly effective. The more we worked with the team, the more they felt like an extension of our own.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

One of the things that impressed me the most about Sonin was their business acumen. This understanding of digital strategy lead to them working with areas of the business we hadn't considered at the beginning of the project. Their forward thinking approach lead us to explore ideas ranging from mobile, to IoT devices and Artificial Intelligence to organise legacy data.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None

5.0
Overall Score Excellent professional company with great people and great skill sets.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Time management and prioritisation was excellent, the project management kept the project focused and enabled deadlines to be achieved succesfully.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Cost breakdowns were clearly highlighted and scoped out allowing clarity on the project as a whole. This was highly competitive against other vendors
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Attention to detail was prevalent from the start of the project along with understanding of our needs. Sonin were in full control of this throughout.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very likely I had great confidence in their work and the delivery of our requirements. Would certianly use again and recommend to others.

Web App Development for Talent Acquisition Agency

"Their communication so far has been especially good."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development developed a web app for a recruitment team partner. The team built both the candidate-facing web app and an applicant tracking system, integrating video call functionality.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Jonathan Cornell
Managing Director, Netcon Resourcing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform has recieved positive feedback from both internal and external sources, including potential candidates. Sonin App Development produces quality results in a timely manner. The team provides a dependable and collaborative service.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Founder and Director of Partnerships at Netcon Resourcing, an integrated partner to recruitment teams. We embed talent acquisition experts into our client's companies to fill vacancies fast and develop long-term recruitment strategies - all at a fraction of the cost of a full in-house recruitment team.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

The challenge we wanted to address was how we could continue to effectively screen and interview candidates under lockdown. We experimented with several off-the-shelf options at first but quickly found that spreading the hiring process across different apps made applicant-tracking very tricky.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to allow our talent acquisition experts to effectively screen, interview, and track candidates from a single system. Business intelligence is also a key part of why our clients trust us. We needed the full picture of each candidate's journey from start-to-finish and accurate data to feed back to each client.

As an internal project, we were looking for an MVP that would meet our criteria. At the same time, however, we wanted to make sure that the MVP was flexible enough to be built upon and added to in future phases.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We needed a working solution in a short space of time. Sonin had previous experience building video-based MVPs which is why we chose them. They were very familiar with technology required and had already worked with the third-party integrations that would ultimately save us time and resources on the project.

Describe the project in detail.

To date, the platform includes a custom candidate-facing web app and an Applicant Tracking System. Every client, candidate, and job record in the ATS has a full history and quick links to things like meetings, interview invitations, custom timed tests, and comms templates.

Both products integrate with Twilio for video calls. Not only was this much faster for to build but the quality is also great, giving our talent acquisition experts, candidates, and clients something as close to the face-to-face experience as you can get.

Each member of our team has their own dashboard with custom KPIs and current progress. Myself and the other managers can access an admin view of all the activities being recorded. With this feature, it's been easy to manage the team remotely.

What was the team composition?

Our main contact during the initial stage was the Account Director who worked with us on the digital strategy behind the product. These conversations and the advice we received during them were another key reason why we chose Sonin in the first place.After we began sprinting, the project manager acted as the main point of contact. What was helpful was they opened lines of communication with other members of the team. When time is such a big factor, being able to ask and answer questions without everything being filtered through one person was great.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform has received fantastic feedback from our team as well as the candidates we've trialed it with. Choosing a custom solution has given us the opportunity to add new points of data to our candidate and client experience.

For example, every candidate test we send and video interview we conduct now automatically ends with a simple satisfaction survey. We now have a completely new metric to measure our success, feed back to clients, and use in our marketing.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Extremely effective. Their communication so far has been especially good. We received weekly updates from the project manager. We are also shown demos frequently which are a great way to see the progress being made throughout the project

What did you find most impressive about this company?

One of the most impressive things was the remote workshop Sonin held to kick-off the project. I wasn't sure how effective it would be over video but it worked great and we covered a huge amount of ground.

Across two sessions, we built out two target personas, mapped out the entire candidate journey from start-to-finish, and prioritised all the features for the MVP. We now have the workshop report to refer back to as we continue development.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Can't think of any areas of improvement. I would recommend Sonin to anyone else looking to build an app

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

Mobile App Dev for Creative Academy Group

"The designers, developers and managers who I dealt with, all understood our business goals"

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - July 2019
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development endeavored to create a customized mobile app for a group of creative academies. The goal was to enhance students' learning opportunities, but also allow staff access to academic analytics.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom.
Business Director, Academy Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app that Sonin App Development created has received great feedback from students, parents, and teachers. In another testing scenario for the app, the client saw an uptick in assignment completion rate. In the excellent engagement, their team truly felt like an extension of the client's own team.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Business Director of a group of academies focused on developing the next generation of talent for the UK's creative industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

We worked with Sonin to develop a bespoke education application for our group of academies. The opportunity we saw was to enhance the learning experience for our students, staff and parents.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to drive engagement among students through their native platform - mobile. At the same time, we wanted to support our teaching staff with a wealth of data on their classes and courses. We also wanted to create a new channel of communication through which we could engage with parents. The solution also had a to provide a platform that allowed for future features and further development.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We wanted an agency with experience in the education field. Sonin had previously worked with a global group of learning centres. They showed experience and understanding of e-learning which was perfect for our criteria.

Describe the project in detail.

The product involves two mobile applications: one for students and one for parents. It also involves a web app and back-end CMS for staff with analytics on their classes and learning programs.

What was the team composition?

With no resource available internally, we worked with the full product team supplied by Sonin. The team composition changed from sprint to sprint but included a Project Manager and a UX/UI Designer as well as Android, iOS and Web Developers and a QA.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've had great feedback from user testing with each user group: students, parents and teachers. In the student pilot program we ran at one of our academies, we saw an uptick in assignment completion rate compared to the control group which was great validation for the project.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Exactly what we needed. Sonin felt less like an internal agency and more like an extension to our business. Rather than channelling everything through one point of contact, Sonin set up direct links between our departments and theirs. This let us move much faster than we would have otherwise been able to.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They're very knowledgeable, not just in regards to the education sector, but the business case for the platform too. This wasn't limited to one single person or Account Exec. The designers, developers and managers who I dealt with, all understood our business goals and were always thinking of how best to help us achieve them.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None.

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

App Development for Global Banking Community

"Not only does it perfectly compliment our brand, but it also lends credibility to our community too."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2019 - Feb. 2020
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development built a custom app for a banking organization. The platform helps users find experts, highlight networking opportunities and features a geolocation API.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Helen Child
Co Founder, Open Banking Excellence (OBE)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback from user testing has been positive. In particular, users highlight the platform's friendly UI. Sonin App Development collaborated effectively, resulting in a smooth workflow between teams. They managed many stakeholders flawlessly.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the co-founder of Open Banking Excellence, an established and trusted community of people looking to raise awareness about how making bank data accessible for third parties would benefit customers. Our mission is to be an authentic voice representing a global movement of like-minded experts who through collaboration provide technical, regulatory and legal insight into Open Banking and its wider implications for a dynamic and innovative financial sector.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

We worked with Sonin to develop a bespoke events app that would better serve our community of like-minded experts.

What were your goals for this project?

"The goal for the project was to create a platform that would facilitate close collaboration within our community. The solution needed to connect like-minded experts, encouraging the sharing of technical, regulatory and legal insight into Open Banking and its wider implications for a dynamic and innovative financial sector. The solution also needed to create a completely new channel of communication with our audience. One that would provide each individual member with a personalised and engaging experience, helping us to continue growing our community, greaten our industry impact and drive forward the Open Banking revolution."

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We wanted an agency with experience in the events space but also a deep understanding of financial services and the community that we have established. Sonin had previously worked with The British Museum's events team and also had a proven track record in the financial services sector.

Describe the project in detail.

"The app shines a light on the many talented individuals and innovative projects within the Open Banking ecosystem. It serves as a platform for more effective networking, providing a faster and easier way of finding experts. Users can swipe the key attendees they want to network with to highlight them. Another swipe changes the highlight colour, making it clear who to follow up with afterwards. The app offers a unique personalised UX allowing you to book and confirm event attendance with just a few taps. And with a clever geo-location API, your ticket will appear when you arrive at events and switch to the agenda page as soon as you are signed in. The OBE app also enables our community to make charitable donations using Streeva’s gift aid API and Moneyhub to process payments. All without leaving the app. "

What was the team composition?

"Our primary contact throughout development was our Project Manager Sophie who was absolutely invaluable. She delivered regular updates which kept all the different stakeholders in the loop and aware of the risks and mitigative actions being taken. We also worked closely with Sonin's Lead Designer during a User Research & Discovery Phase at the beginning of the project. She helped us to build out the personas that ensured the end-product met the end users' goals."

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The initial feedback we've received from the user testing so far has been fantastic. We've also had consistently great feedback on the UI design of the app. Not only does it perfectly compliment our brand, but it also lends credibility to our community too.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

In the spirit of collaboration, we partnered with a number of different industry pioneers on the project. To achieve an effective workflow between a large number of stakeholders, Sonin opened and managed channels of communication between different teams from the different collaborators. This was fantastically effective as it removed blockers, allowing developers to talk directly with developers throughout the build.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

"What I found most impressive was Sonin's ability to manage a large number of stakeholders, requirements and integrations. I was also very impressed by the initial Discovery Phase. Already relying on an off-the-shelf solution, we weren't just looking for a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to replace this. We wanted a great app that would delight our community and exceed their high expectations. Sonin's Discovery Phase proved the value in the product before we even began development. It showed us what our community wanted to do, why they wanted to do it, what was getting in the way and the value that the OBE app added."

Are there any areas for improvement?

We'll be recommending them to everyone in our community!

5.0
Overall Score We all love it!
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Incredibly good
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Superb value
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Amazing attention to detail
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We'll recommend our entire global community of thousands

App Development for Pre-Clinical Research Company

"The team was incredibly understanding right from the very beginning."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2019 - Sept. 2019
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development developed a mobile app for an antibody engineering company. The team also built web apps and integrated both with the team's lab equipment for accurate data.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Dundee, United Kingdom
Dr Steve Moore
Site Director & Operations Manager, Ossianix Inc
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The mobile and web apps became a core part of the team's laboratory processes. Sonin App Development is communicative and organized, establishing a smooth workflow. The team is talented, technically skilled, and collaborative.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Site Director and Operations Manager at a privately held pre-clinical protein and antibody engineering company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

We needed an application to streamline sample management in our laboratories. The solution needed to account for the variety of different storage methods (and multiple projects) we use - from tubes, racks and shelves to liquid nitrogen storage.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to enable our Research Scientists to better standardise, validate, audit and track all samples generated from multiple projects.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We were impressed by the initial business discovery workshop that Sonin ran as well as the thorough user research they did to prepare for it. It was based on this initial work that we decided to contract with them for the full application.

Describe the project in detail.

The details of the project are under an NDA so I can't specify individual features. But to date, the project includes a native iOS app and accompanying web app. Both of these applications were also required to integrate with our lab equipment for accurate data.

What was the team composition?

Sonin provided an end-to-end service. This included product discovery, UX and UI design, iOS and web development as well as QA and user testing on-site at our laboratories. We dealt directly with different departments which helped us to move much faster and ensured communication flowed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The solution is now a core part of our laboratory processes. It's used by our staff every single day and has replaced key inefficiencies across our operations.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We visited the Sonin office at the end of each period of work to carry out retrospectives in-person with their team. This made a huge difference to communication throughout the project and ensured that the solution ended up being what we actually needed, not just what we thought we needed

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team was incredibly understanding right from the very beginning. it was clear that they had carefully considered our goals, researched our industry and thought about the needs of both management and end user.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There were no areas of improvement in my experience working with Sonin.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We got an end product better than we expected
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Sonin several times since working with them and will continue to do so.

Web Design and Development for Online Encyclopedia

"I was impressed by the way they communicated with us and how much they cared about the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2013 - Jan. 2014
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development redesigned a website for an online encyclopedia. Their team also developed a back-end CMS for the website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Marketing Manager EMEA, Online Encyclopedia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website redesign led to an increase in search engine ranking and social media engagement. Sonin App Development produces quality design and development work through an effective project management process. Their team is personable, inquisitive, and hard-working.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Marketing Manager EMEA at an online encyclopedia, an industry-leading provider of quality educational products since 1768.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

We worked with Sonin to redesign our website as well as develop an accompanying user-friendly back-end CMS.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to display the full range of Encyclopædia Britannica products and create an effective point of contact for current as well as potential customers. The platform had to be optimized for search engines and social media sharing.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

The reason that Sonin stood out during the selection process was their people. They demonstrated a unique level of understanding, expertise and innovative thinking.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project involved a full redesign of the website, a new product showcase, social media sharing integration, user analytics and a bespoke Content Management System.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a Project Manager, a Technical Lead, a UX/UI designer and several web developers. They made sure we knew the project priorities and progress at every step along the way.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The website redesign drove search engine rankings and social media engagement. It played a key role in showcasing our evolution from a print publisher to a modern educational online resource.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management, design, development and quality assurance were all effective and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed by the way they communicated with us and how much they cared about the project. This was a mammoth project and the Sonin team were great at asking the right questions to help us determine the key goals for our project and keep us within our budget.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There were no areas of improvement from my experience working with them.

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
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