Digital solutions that define what's next.

Powered by a passion for technology, Spiria designs and develops custom digital solutions for industry leaders who want to run better businesses, deliver more value to their customers and generate growth through digital transformation. As we grow, we stay true to what we love: quality software, technological innovation, and creative collaboration. 

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2003
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Montreal, Canada
headquarters
other locations
  • 60, Promenade Du Portage
    Gatineau J8X K1
    Canada
  • 435 North Service Road West, Unit 200
    Oakville, ON L6M 4X8
    Canada
  • Ottawa 61350
    Canada
  • Toronto, ON M4B 1B4
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Autodesk, Shutterstock, Acosta, Shaw, Desjardins, Broadsign, Autolog, Harvard Business Review, Novatel, Makoto, Garda World, iBwave, Radio-Canada, Effigis, Bosch, Zoll, Party City, Trilliant, Healthpro, Complete Concussion Management, Paymi, Dog Watch, Evenko, PBSC, Centura, Zazz, Labatt, Jitney Trade, All Pharma, Arhoma, WeCannect, BookJane, Sgsco, skillable

B2C application providing merchants with POS data and customers with loyalty offers. Image

B2C application providing merchants with POS data and customers with loyalty offers.

The Challenge

Paymi wanted to help retailers deliver tailored offers to customers. This required a custom Web platform providing retailers aggregated transactional insight, combined with a Mobile application offering customers cash-back incentives. Paymi needed a partner to build a solution compliant with the strict security rules and privacy regulations of both merchants and financial

institutions.


The Results

Paymi now offers an engaging and successful reward program. Consumers have access to a seamless and consistent experience to securely connect credit and debit cards, make purchases and redeem cash back rewards through modern, instant payment means such as Interac™ e-Transfer. For its retail merchant partners, Paymi can provide strategic and anonymized information on consumer wallet share and competitive shopping habits, helping them enhance campaign strategies and increase brand loyalty.


Read the full case study here

Improving trend tracking and supply management for a sales analytics platform. Image

Improving trend tracking and supply management for a sales analytics platform.

The Challenge

Shutterstock needed a new system to centralize large volumes of data from several different sources. The system had to integrate into some legacy tools and replace others while inspiring real user engagement. Spiria was expected to work in partnership with Shutterstock in a completely transparent manner, fully sharing and documenting development work for the in-house team to eventually take

ownership of the outsourced expertise.This exercise required that Spiria act as a transparent partner who would document and share information about the system’s development so that Shutterstock’s in-house team could fully assimilate the delivered expertise.


The Results

Shutterstock had access to a versatile team of experts under the same roof, which meant that it could efficiently address all of the development challenges that came up and concentrate on its other strategic projects. The new sales analytics platform facilitates the extraction of Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Equipped with our functions to visualize, compare and share sales data, users could quickly identify trends and react to them in real time.Since this first contract, Spiria has continued to develop inspiring, high-performance digital solutions for Shutterstock.


Read the full case study here

Development of a web platform that supports the national brand while adapting to local markets. Image

Development of a web platform that supports the national brand while adapting to local markets.

The Challenge

Centura was seeking to develop its web presence on a national scale, achieving this by uniting its regional distribution centers on a single website while adapting to local differences. The site needed to present the entire range of products, which varies from one region to another, and to offer personalized services to multiple markets with different needs: consumers, retailers, installers,

architects and designers.


The Results

The foundation for Centura’s digital strategy is now an elegant, completely bilingual website. The site dedicates considerable real estate to graphics to better display the products. Much more than just an online catalog, its advanced features exhibit the quality and diversity of the product offering while complying with the operations of each department. With advanced customization possibilities, the website has enhanced its response to various clienteles — retail buyer as well as professional — and delivers to each of them a specific message. This new, evolving platform will soon include a blog, a regional news section and e-commerce features.


Read the full case study here

Accelerating the success of a healthcare platform by improving their technology assets. Image

Accelerating the success of a healthcare platform by improving their technology assets.

The Challenge

The BookJane platform provides healthcare facilities and families with certified, fully-vetted caregivers for short-term and long-term care. Their technology provides real-time access to a large network of caregivers that can arrange for a care professional to be at your doorsteps with as little as 2 hours’ notice. Originally, BookJane partnered with an offshore development team to build all

the applications in their platform. They were now seeking for an experienced local partner to host and complete their platform while perfecting their offer. In order to become a market leader, they wanted to focus more on the robustness of their technology while efficiently managing risks.


The Results

BookJane successfully attained all their KPIs with the stabilization and modularization of the code base, the writing of an API and test suite, multiple launches of applications and versions on schedule, enterprise grade quality assurance and end-user satisfaction. Spiria continues to support BookJane in the development and improvement of its platform while helping define the product roadmap. BookJane now has a trustworthy technology partner to rely on to accompany its growth while establishing itself as a 360-degree caregiver solution provider in the healthcare industry.


Read the full case study here

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Optimizing the contract offer creation and editing process.

The Challenge

The planning and organization of events generates masses of data and documents, which had previously been scattered across different, sometimes obsolete, systems. evenko wished to improve information flow and internal systems, while gathering certain processes under a single common, collaborative management platform.


The Results

The new tool enables

faster, more efficient decision-making, for an immediate return on investment. Its scalable design makes it possible to easily add more users, new functions and new procedures.


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Reviews

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Mobile App Dev for Renewable Energy Co

"Their breadth of experience goes beyond mobile app development."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Spiria helped design and develop an iOS app to increase engagement with a platform for a renewable energy IoT SaaS company. They delivered the product iteratively to implement feedback and supported deployment.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Larkspur, California
Jay Lakumb
VP Product Management, Power Factors
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Spiria delivered a successful product that has been downloaded by critical customers and leveraged to support marketing efforts. The team was attentive and communicated effectively, ensuring a streamlined collaboration. Their broad industry knowledge has enabled continued collaboration.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm VP Product Management at Power Factors, a Renewable Energy IoT SaaS company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We worked with Spiria to design and develop a brand new iPhone mobile app.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to increase engagement on our Drive platform by Solar and Wind asset managers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We were interested in working with a local vendor who could collaborate closely with our PM & UI staff. We received proposals from a couple vendors. We chose Spiria because of their technical knowledge, prior experience with our sister company, and willingness to meet our aggressive timeline while staying within our budget.

Describe the project in detail.

The project was split into three parts. The first part was UX design of the mobile app. This was based on the home page of our current web application but optimized for mobile navigation. We iterated on several mockups before finalizing the UI. The second part was agile sprints to develop the application. At the end of each sprint, we received a demo of the sprint deliverables and discussed scope for the next sprint. Finally after approving and making any last minute changes we were able to test and deploy the app to Apple App Store.

What was the team composition?

We were fortunate enough to work with their Director of Mobile Development who personally created our app. We also had a project manager who managed the sprint backlog and any administrative aspects including time & costs.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our app has been downloaded and used on a regular basis by asset managers at several of our key customers. We also leverage this app for marketing purposes at trade shows and sales calls.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The entire team was extremely responsive and their communication very clear. Since we are also a software company the development process was well understood which led to a smooth collaboration.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their breadth of experience goes beyond mobile app development. We are now working with them for additional .NET software work.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We did run into an issue during the last major iOS upgrade. However, the team responded quickly to resolve the issue. Overall, they were a pleasure to work with and we look forward to continuing & expanding our partnership.

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

Software Development for Industrial Automation Company

"We are impressed with the level of professionals that Spiria provides."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Spiria developed a software solution for an industrial automation company. The solution needed to be reliable and efficient to ensure it could properly address the desired objectives. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Blainville, Canada
Florin Naiche
Chief Finance and Strategy Oficer, Autolog Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software successfully fulfills the desired requirements. Spiria features an expert team of professionals, who manage projects effectively to deliver results. They are timely, responsive, and talented.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Autolog delivers highly intelligent optimization and automation solutions for the lumber transformation industry. I am the Chief Finance and Strategy Officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We hired Spiria to assist us in developing very specific & specialized software.

What were your goals for this project?

Essentially, we needed to implement a specific software solution that was targeted to address stringent predefined objectives in our business strategy. Time, efficiency and reliability were the main guiding criteria.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We selected Spiria based on their reputation and notoriety in the Montreal Area. After a few interactions with the company leaders, we were easily convinced that Spiria could provide the level of professionalism and efficiency that was needed.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

While we cannot provide specific details about the project, we can attest to the fact that Spiria approached their implication with utmost focus on our long-term objectives, on the project's viability and on its execution. They provided assistance in most technical aspects, and primarily in coding. Their software engineers were among the most experienced and professional staff that we have encountered.

What was the team composition?

The project team varied in size and composition, but essentially, it was comprised of a project manager and between one and three senior software developers, according to the project's needs. Spiria's leadership also got originally involved, in understanding out needs and devising an appropriate team composition.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While we cannot provide specific details about the product or its impact, suffice it to say that the project is a resounding success, and check all the boxes in our original scope.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was streamlined as to ideally interact with our own business specialists. If the result of PM is to hit all the targets on time and to avoid surprises, then the PM was perfectly successful.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We are impressed with the level of professionals that Spiria provides. Their respective expertise and the way they seamlessly integrated our task teams blew us away.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I cannot think of a specific area of improvement.

5.0
Overall Score Solid, dependable, efficient.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling was transparent and painless.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Spiria was not the cheapest alternative, but the level of their expertise justifies the expense.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly was was required.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have no doubt that regardless of the technical need, Spiria can create real value in their space.

Web & Mobile App Dev for On-Demand Caregiving Platform

“Spiria has a high-quality team with a lot of experience.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Feb. - Sept. 2018
Project summary: 

Spiria built a market platform for an on-demand caregiving service. They developed a mobile app using Ruby on Rails and a web app using React.

The Reviewer
 
51-200
 
Toronto, Canada
Curtis Khan
CEO & Founder, BookJane
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Spiria fostered a client-centric collaboration by understanding the requirements and providing QA, ultimately delivering a functional and stable platform. Although they could improve budget management, the team’s level of experience and skill impressed internal stakeholders.

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 BookJane.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Spiria?

We were looking for a technology development partner. My company wanted to create a solution that would enable our customers to book caregiving services in real-time.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Spiria developed a market platform for J360, an on-demand caregiving services system. My team provided the details and requirements, and we also designed the UI. Spiria developed a web app using React and a mobile app using Ruby on Rails.

What is the team composition?

We had a project manager and worked directly with about seven developers.

How did you come to work with Spiria?

I had a pre-existing relationship with Spiria. It took me about a year to decide to hire them; I looked at their work, how they worked, and their team dynamic. They were more of a strategic partner than a development shop, so it made sense for us to work with them. The partnership was a win-win; they generated revenue, and we got quality work.  

How much have you invested with them?

My company spent over $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from January–September 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We measured their performance by the platform’s usability and stability.

How did Spiria perform from a project management standpoint?

Spiria met deadlines and followed compliance. We communicated via Slack, phone, email, and weekly in-person meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Spiria has a high-quality team with a lot of experience. They understood our requirements and executed strong QA. They were very customer-centric.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could improve their budget management practices.  

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

Web App Dev for Professional Development Company

"Spiria met all challenges quickly and easily."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Over three-week sprints, Spiria endeavored to develop a serverless and scalable app for a professional development company. The team spearheaded the project from database structure to UI/UX design.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Hugo Dion
Senior Manager, Development & Operations, Skillable
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Spiria succeeded in delivering an attractive and modern platform with the desired serverless environment. Each sprint was characterized by great agility and progress. The team was excellent in adjusting their resources to accommodate the specific tasks during the different phases of development.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Skillable offers products and services that help people to learn and change their behaviour. The company was founded 21 years ago and serves a number of national and international clients. I am in charge of IT operations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We had developed a first-generation web app using WAMP-type technology and wanted to develop a second-generation app in a serverless environment.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to complete the development of a robust platform that would be scalable, as necessary. The platform should be able to adjust to demand and be able to provide good service via mobile platforms and desktop computers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Spiria was recommended by several regional stakeholders, which were on a list of a few recommended suppliers at the time. We chose Spiria after several meetings with account managers.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Spiria took over the roadmap and developed a turnkey platform. It was involved during each design phase, from project management to the data base structure, Ui and UX.

What was the team composition?

We began the project with two senior developers, 1 QA and a project manager. Several other stakeholders were then added according to development needs. When development activity was at its highest point, we had 14 people working on the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The arrival of Spiria allowed us to quickly develop a modern, attractive platform. Developing this platform in a serverless environment requires very specific and updated skills. Spiria met these challenges quickly and easily.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We chose to operate in an agile manner, with three-week sprints for development activities. Each sprint was followed by a demonstration of the progress and achievements made. Projects were generally put into production after each sprint. We use project management tools, such as Jira, Github and Slack, which are industry standards.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Spiria’s greatest strength is its ability to adjust the number of people involved during development phases, as well as their skills. On several occasions, we had some successful development “blitzes”, adjusting the number of people involved depending on the timing and context.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Some bugs returned on several occasions after the QA. Scenario management with QA should be improved to test more than just the basic exits.

4.5
Overall Score Our overall business experience with Spiria was very good and the final product was of good quality.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Sprint management is very fluid and generally fair
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Costs reflect our industry standards
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    This is a serious and competent firm that provides diversified services.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Yes, Spiria deserves its reputation

UI Development for Software Firm

"In my entire career in the software industry, I’ve never encountered a large consulting company like Spiria..." 

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2018 - Jun. 2019
Project summary: 

Spiria provided C++ development and created a Qt UI for a research prototype. Their work delivered visualization features and custom GUI components.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Kelowna, Canada
Valentin Koch
Principal Research Engineer, Autodesk, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Audiences at prototype demonstrations have provided unanimously positive reactions. Spiria handled a full development schedule well, providing consistent executive engagement and scaling the team as necessary. Their resources were particulalry enthusiastic and committed to their work.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the principal research engineer of the building and infrastructure division at Autodesk, Inc. We’re a software corporation that makes software services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We hired Spiria to help with the development of a UI for a research prototype to present to customers and management.

What were your goals for this project?

The goals were to have a highly functional prototype that can be used for evaluation and user research.

SOLUTION

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project started with one C++ developer from Spiria, who worked together with me to create a UI (using Qt) and a graphic visualization (using VTK) of some of my research algorithms. Spiria's work included the development of complex shaders and GUI elements such as custom treeviews.

What was the team composition?

At first, there was only one senior C++ software engineer from Spiria. At a later stage in the project, another C++ engineer joined us to take over the Qt part of the UI. The original developer then focused entirely on the visualization aspect.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The presentation of the prototype to select customers was a tremendous success. Their overwhelming positive feedback resonated so much with management that a full new product will be launched based on the prototype.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

As we were a small team, we embraced a fairly agile approach. We used Trello to write down and manage user stories. We didn't follow formal sprints, but had a grooming at the beginning of each week. Our only time constraints were monthly beta builds that had to be released. The close collaboration enabled us to move very quickly and prioritize on the go.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Our request to Spiria came at a time where most of their C++ developers were already fully engaged. In my entire career in the software industry, I’ve never encountered a large consulting company like Spiria where an executive-level manager would roll up his sleeves, jump in hands-on, and show the best of his software engineering skills to satisfy the customer’s needs. For me, this showed me how deeply committed Spiria is to their customers. I had the chance to meet other Spiria employees and can confirm that the high motivation and positive attitude towards their customers’ goals is alive at all levels.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As this was a very agile project, we had a short period where we onboarded new developers and the quality was affected. As Spiria is very responsive to any concerns, we were able to resolve these issues promptly.

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

Mobile and Web Dev for Retail Services Company

"As a firm, they’ve provided us with a wealth of knowledge regarding mobile development." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Mar. 2006 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Spiria developed a mobile app for field associates and now provides ongoing mobile and web development support.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Jacksonville, Florida
Serge Lamarre
Enterprise Architect, Acosta Sales & Marketing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Field efficiency has increased significantly thanks to Spiria’s development support. Their hands-on management and knowledge of mobile app development have contributed enormous value. Committed to deadlines, Spiria has developed a smooth cooperation.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m an enterprise architect at Acosta Sales and Marketing, a retail services company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We brought them on initially to develop a mobile app that would help our field associates be more efficient.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to eliminate every trace of paperwork from our field associates' process.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I met Stephane (CEO, Spiria) and Patrick (VP, Spiria) more than a decade ago, when their company had a different name. They had strong knowledge of the Windows Mobile platform and were a breeze to work with. We didn’t consider other vendors.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They developed and now maintain our mobile app that our field associates use daily. They’ve also provided web development services on several occasions.

What was the team composition?

Depending on our ongoing initiatives, Spiria has assigned anywhere from 2–10+ mobile and web resources to us at once.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our field associates are much more efficient than they used to be. Moving from a paper-based system to a mobile app-based system of deploying tasks has streamlined our process and allowed us to become an industry leader.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They always provide a strong project manager and technical resources. Deadlines are met consistently.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Every resource I’ve worked with at Spiria is dedicated to our success, especially Stephane and Patrick. Their collaboration has been critical. As a firm, they’ve provided us with a wealth of knowledge regarding mobile development.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I’ve seen.  

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 for Healthcare Nonprofit

"They understood our vision and offered ideas to make it even better."

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

Initially engaged to revise an outdated app, Spiria ultimately embarked on an entire app rebuild for iOS and Android. The team is nearly complete with the product prototype.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Oakville, Ontario
Kelsey Cheyne
Marketing Director, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Spiria immediately embraced the build with an innovative and thoughtful approach. They eagerly share their extensive industry acumen and strive for creative, cost-effective problem solving. They are attuned to the nuances of nonprofit business and committed to meeting the project’s unique needs.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the marketing director for the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF), a nonprofit organization that provides resources for individuals with digestive disorders ranging from IBS and Crohn's disease to colon cancer, as well as for those seeking preventive and proactive health strategies. As the Foundation of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, we are directly connected to Canada's leading digestive health experts, physicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We hired Spiria to update CDHF's mobile app, Gi BodyGuard, which was developed more than five years ago. Because we rely on donor funding for projects, we had had no secured funding until this point for updates. The reviews for the app were great, but we were starting to receive complaints about bugs and improper functioning.

What were your goals for this project?

The app was originally built with the purpose of improving physician-patient communication. However, it's lack of data collection capabilities was proving to be a major setback for us. We wanted to integrate data collection as well as improve usability. We also wanted it re-skinned with an entirely new look to complement our recent rebrand. Finally, we wanted the app to potentially generate revenue via paid ads and insights. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We met with Spiria a few years ago through a connection with our CEO and their founder. We intended to update the app, but the funding did not line up, and the project was postponed. When we reconnected with them, Spiria immediately set us on the right path. They understood our vision and offered ideas to make it even better, all while remaining cognizant of our budget limitations. 

Describe the project in detail.

What began as an update became a full-blown rebuild. We held an initial discovery meeting to clarify everything we wanted and didn't want in the app update, but in a subsequent meeting, one of their team members proposed that we build a completely new app. After seeing her drawings, we decided to do just that and began a broader phased approach.

The app will be developed first for iOS, then Android. Nearing the prototype stages, “sneak peeks” from the team have confirmed a design we already love. When the first phase is complete, we will continue to work with Spiria as more funding comes in.

What was the team composition?

We have been working with three of Spiria's team members—the senior director of business development, one project manager, and the director of digital product and strategy. They have been actively involved in every step of the process, from conceptualization to the build.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project is ongoing, and we expect to have the prototype within the next two weeks. However, we have been so happy with the process thus far that we have retained Spiria for our website development as well. 

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our project manager is amazing. She is very easy to reach, and we have connected frequently both in-person and via email. We also use Smartsheet to track work progress. The best thing about our workflow has been their responsiveness to our feedback and concerns. As a small charity, we value and appreciate their willingness to listen and take action.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

This entire experience has been collaborative and positive, and working with a vendor who did more than the bare minimum was a breath of fresh air. The team at Spiria didn't just check off our list of requirements or dismiss things as outside their scope, like a lot of other companies would have. They took the time to consider every request thoroughly. 

Also, the team’s extensive knowledge and digital expertise have made our brainstorming sessions a powerful learning experience. We are unfamiliar with this space, so they have presented ideas we had never considered before.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. This has been a positive experience for us from the start, and we highly recommend them to anyone looking for mobile app or website development.

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

Digital Asset Analytics Platform Dev for Stock Media Company

"They were focused on our needs and on delivering a solution."

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

Spiria conducted an analysis of an asset management system and proposed a new architecture for it, handling its migration and developing new features. They also handled testing and deployment.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Alexandre Renaud
Fmr. General Manager of Music & Video, Shutterstock
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new system not only boosts the internal team’s productivity but has also produced a fourfold increase in assets, among other favorable results. Spiria conducted a smooth workflow with their own project management tool. The attention they put into their work is noteworthy.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was the general manager of the music and video division of Shutterstock, a stock media company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We wanted to develop a digital music asset management system and needed to hire help.

What were your goals for this project?

The project had two objectives. The first was to transfer a legacy system to more modern web architecture. The second was to enhance the system with multiple layers of analytic functions and digital asset management tools.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We had tried another vendor without success. We heard of Spiria through a contact of ours, so we met them and gave them a test, which resulted in us hiring them.

Describe the project in detail.

They conducted an analysis of the current system and proposed an architecture for the new one. After that, Spiria transferred the legacy system to their proposed architecture and developed the new layers of analytics features. They also conducted user testing, refined the product, and deployed it.

What was the team composition?

They assigned a project manager, an analyst, and one to two coders based on the schedule. On our side, we had a product manager handling the relationship with Spiria. Our VP of technology was also involved, and myself for the financial and contractual part.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The new system increases our content acquisition team’s productivity while greatly improving their insight on which digital assets sell, resulting in better asset production and selections. With that new system, our team was able to focus on high-value tasks, and we were able to increase our volume by four times without having to hire more people.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We had good communication through Spiria’s project management platform.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The level of attention they provided was remarkable. They were focused on our needs and on delivering a solution, not just clocking hours like other firms we'd worked with in the past.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They used a rigid form of agile development which can require some adjustment from the internal team. Besides that, all was good.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re excellent in this regard for a contractor, but it's never entirely perfect.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They stick to the plan and budget, though we had enough of a buffer.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web App Dev for Enterprise Software Solution Provider

"They know what they know, and they don’t pretend to understand something they don’t." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Spiria developed a web app with several API’s and contributed to honing its design. They implemented agreed-upon user stories, did QA and testing, and secured cloud-based hosting.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Joël Séguin
CEO, nForm Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP was delivered successfully, with stakeholders praising its usability and value as a fundraising tool. Spiria managed sprints efficiently and provided detailed communication. Their passion for their work and awareness of the limits of their expertise help them stand out in the industry.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO and owner of nForm Solutions. We create integration and content solutions for enterprise software and its users.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Spiria?

We hired Spiria to develop our web application and its APIs from end to end.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create an MVP to start sales and eventually invest in further development.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was looking for a vendor with experience, a good track record, and an Agile philosophy. The vendor had to be proficient in all layers of development.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We came in with a design and improved it together via functional sessions. All their developers helped to document our stories and start a technical analysis. This allowed us to avoid technical pitfalls and cut future costs. Spiria then provided the UI, analyst, and programming staff to complete the sprints and deliver stories as expected. They also provided QA and testing consulting and training. Finally, they arranged cloud-based hosting.

What was the team composition?

I worked with an account executive during the contractual phase and then transitioned to a project manager. They also provided 2–4 analysts/developers, a UX/UI designer, when needed, and a QA/testing specialist, when needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I have a great product that’s much easier to use than a typical MVP is. It’s professional and modern and will deliver lasting value to our company, allowing us to go to market with confidence.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project manager acted as our main point of contact. They also identified our priorities and assigned tasks during sprints. Being a project manager myself, I find their level of involvement just right, although I don’t receive the expected/promised reports on most occasions, or they’re very late.

Their team uses Jira and GitHub to manage and deliver the code, and I have access to Jira to enter new stories, manage my priorities, and read comments. This has been a textbook Agile collaboration.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I’ve been impressed by how passionate they are and their creative, cost-sensitive approach to finding solutions. Their level of documentation and detail in communication is also amazing. They know what they know, and they don’t pretend to understand something they don’t. If they lack knowledge in a certain area, they’ll ask for the funds to investigate it. I call this ethical IT.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Their project management reporting and reaction time could be improved. For instance, it would be good to know what to expect, when. Regardless, it’s a minor issue and has had little impact on product delivery. When providing estimates to clients, they ought to always include the overhead, not just pure development time. Unit testing should be performed on the client acceptance testing environment before releasing the test to the client. Failing to do so creates false bugs.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Deadline were almost always respected and special requests were squeezed into busy schedules comprehensively.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    A little more than my expected average, but their costs are clear and charges are mostly explained.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was beyond my expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Multiple Development Projects for Advertising Software Company

"I appreciate Spiria's ability to augment our team and become a part of it."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Spiria is an ongoing extension of the client's team, offering application and software development work along with UI/UX design.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Quebec, Canada
Jean Beaudry
COO, Broadsign
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Spiria has provided highly skilled developers throughout the engagement and produces work at a reasonable price. Spiria's team has been flexible in adapting to the team's methodology.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

BroadSign is a software company developing products for the advertising industry. We provide a software-as-a-service system which allows companies to publish content on digital screens located on highways, train stations, airports, and so on. I am the chief operating officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Spiria?

Spiria works as an extension of our team, and we have worked with them on numerous projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have an Agile software development process. Spiria has augmented our resources, depending on our needs.

Spiria has provided embedded Android work, web application development, C++ development, quality assurance, and UI/UX design. Some of their developers have been working with us for the last 3 years within our current product line.

How did you come to work with Spiria?

I have known one of Spiria's owners for a long time, and I have used the company within different organizations I've worked for.

How much have you invested with Spiria?

We use Spiria for team augmentation, on a per-hour basis, so it would be hard to provide a figure. They have been working full time on some of our projects for 3 years, while others are restricted to 1-2 months of work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with Spiria for almost 3 years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Spiria has provided strong candidates, out of which we've kept the best. There have been instances of someone not being suitable for a project, but we've had open discussions with Spiria and have been overall satisfied.

I have been working with Spiria for a long time, and they've offered a type of service which is hard to find anywhere else in the consulting field. We're a software outfit ourselves, so we don't use Spiria to develop turnkey solutions (although I've heard good feedback about them from others in this regard), but rather for augmenting our teams. It's a question of the quality of candidates brought to the table by Spiria. They have brought some very good senior people from the start of our collaboration, which helped improve the way in which we did development. Three years ago, we had a waterfall approach. I am familiar with Agile development, but I cannot oversee everything happening in the organization, so Spiria was tasked with moving our team to a new methodology. This has been a big help for us.

How did Spiria perform from a project management standpoint?

The project management is mainly done on our side. Spiria is integrated into our day-to-day work, supplying individual contributors for development and quality assurance.

What did you find most impressive about Spiria?

Having a developer who would disappear for 3-4 months while the work was done would not work for us. I appreciate Spiria's ability to augment our team and become a part of it. Our software development approach is based on this flexibility. When we receive a new contract, we are able to quickly augment our team and plan ahead. I have been using Spiria for this purpose ever since their company was created 10 years ago.

Are there any areas Spiria could improve?

Spiria has a lot of resources, but we need to plan for them. If this isn't done, it's possible that Spiria may not be able to provide us with the resources we need. We pay them only for the time spent working on the projects, so Spiria cannot have developers simply waiting for us. It's simply the nature of our activity, and not necessarily something to improve.

Spiria has tried to keep its employees working within the office as much as possible, in order to build a company culture. That can be a good thing because it frees up space in our own company, but we are not as integrated as possible. Spiria's team has come to our office, but not all the time.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to the US market, Spiria's cost is very good. I could find lower-cost developers in other countries, but I would never get the same level of productivity. Even if Spiria is more expensive, it's still much cheaper to deal with them.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I have a tendency to not give perfect ratings. There's always room for improvement, but we are satisfied with Spiria.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd gladly recommend them.