Digital Transformation empowered by Cloud & ML

Stepwise is a Warsaw-based software house that can help you get your business off the ground.

Our clients come from different cultures and industries but what unites them is an ambition to create products that are forward-thinking, beautifully designed and offering an engaging user experience. We help them achieve this goal every step of the way.

Our services are divided into two lines:

- Google Cloud Platform - we cover 80% of G-products

- Data Engineering & ML

- Product Design

- System Engineering & Custom Development

 

Stepwise specializes in Google Cloud solutions, Back-end stack: Java, Kotlin, Node.js, Grails, Akka, Scala, Go Lang, Web & Mobile stack: React, Vue, Angular, Flutter, React Native, big data / ML frameworks such as Kafka, Spark and TensorFlow and SQL & NoSQL databases.

Stepwise has international experience in the following industries:

  • Energy & Utilities

  • Fintech

  • Marketing platforms
  • Taxonomy and Data Analytics

Stepwise is also IT & Business Services Eastern Europe Leader according to Clutch

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Warsaw, Poland
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Key Clients: Greenbird (NO), IoT Platform for Energy sector Hypoport (DE): Fintech solutions Funding Port (DE): Marketing platform Mondeca (FR): Smart Content Factory Lecko (FR): Digital Transformation Provider Qemotion (FR): Smart Fintech Platform Codersco & Zorginstitute (NL): Web platform for big data analysis Voetbal (LU): Google Cloud Platform partnership Huge Thing (PL): Tech Audits for Roomzilla & CIC (US): Business Apps for Office Management

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Smart Integration Platform for Digital Utilities

Project Background
As one of the leading innovators in the area of renewable energy, Greenbird has come up with a concept to help Utilities optimize their traditional grid operations, which so far have been largely dependent on the outdated IT architecture and lengthy system integrations outsourced to external partners. To accelerate the integration process, Greenbird has created the

Utilihive platform enabling grid operators to become a digital utility. Thanks to the platform, they are able to accelerate traditional system integrations at a lower cost and risk level. The end clients can optimize their grid operations, embrace data economy and look forward to the concept of Smart Cities.

Main challenge
The platform itself is cloud native by definition and built around cutting-edge technologies. The main challenge was to help end customers integrate various systems easier and faster by providing pre-defined connectors, adapters and a monitoring system. Another challenge we had to face was management of complex data flows, critical for the optimization of the overall grid operation.

Our Approach
Initially, Stepwise joined our client’s team to help them in the busy period of product development and platform integration with key end-customers. A very important aspect of the initial cooperation was building trust on the technical and communication-side as for Greenbird it was the first and only near-shore partnership yet.

Final Outcome

After the warm-up period, our collaboration with the client has extended exponentially, including development of the platform’s subproducts used to simulate smart meters rollouts and support of individual end-client projects.

 

Our Stepwise team has build our position as an expert in the field of new technologies step by step. Thanks to the commitment and skills of our Developers, we've been asked to develop core functionalities and automate key technical solutions.

 

We believe that thanks to full transparency and our unique business approach, our cooperation with Greenbird will be an example for all of our future projects.

Technology
GCP, Kubernetes, Kotlin, Java, Spring Boot, Akka

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Scaling Up A Mobile App

Project Background
Our client already has a working mobile application for managing sports teams (football teams, basketball teams etc.). The application had features like scheduling training sessions, games and communicating with players. Additionally, you could track the results of major leagues in a given country. There was also a betting feature with integrated payments.

Main

challenge
After a successful year on the market, the application hit the 100k registered users milestone. But with a huge amount of users, first problems occured: scaling issues, problems with simultaneous access, performance and security. It was extremely hard to solve them as the client’s team was dispersed around the world.

Our Approach
The client asked us to take over the backend development of their application. This meant our team had to face all the above-mentioned problems.


We started by familiarizing ourselves with the application and conducting a thorough audit of the existing infrastructure. After those two weeks, we came up with quick fix ideas and decided to move the application onto the Google Cloud Platform, which was very well received by our client’s team. Then, we slowly started to implement additional solutions to help fix security and performance issues. At the end, we implemented an API monetization model.

 

Final Outcome
After six months of work, our client had a scalable, secure and performant system based on Google Cloud. After those changes, the product was sold to a Venture Capital connected to Bundesliga.

Technology
Java, Grails, Firebase, Kotlin, Docker

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Smart Fintech Platform

Project Background
SLS is a Polish start-up that came to us with a concept for creating a SaaS platform offering advanced tools to support Business Process Management in the financial industry using AI and ML mechanisms. We took on a responsibility for their architecture design and entire product development process.

Challenge
Create from scratch a SaaS platform that

supports loan and credit businesses with the use of a decision-facilating and scoring engine.

Our Approach and Outcome
We created a fully scalable SaaS platform, which is now successfully implemented by 4 end clients. We have conducted complex integrations with 3rd party solutions offering risk assessment and borrower verification services. We have made sure that the final product follows the PSD2 and GDPR guidelines. 

Technology
Google Cloud Platform, Java, Flowable, Kubernetes, Tensorflow

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Digital Transformation in Cloud

Project Background
Lecko is management consulting company that facilitates digital transformation processes and analytics. They do it by analyzing qualitative data related to actions taken by people in their working environment. 

Main challenge
Integrating Lecko’s existing analytical systems with business solutions providers such as Office 365 and GSuite.

Our

Approach 
We conducted a thorough technical audit of the currently used systems and implemented cloud solutions based on GCP and Azure. The project involved a full configuration of the cloud infrastructure as well as performace improvements in the existing systems to allow real-time processing of large data quantities.

Final Outcome
Thanks to our help, Lecko was able to successfully move all their analytics to the cloud, which in turn boosted up the overall system performance. By reducing Time to Market, they can now react faster to the inreasing client demand, which was much needed given that their analytical platform provides currently business services to around 20 organizations willing to accelerate their digital transformation.

Technology
Google Cloud Platform, Azure, Java, MongoDB, BigQuery

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Intelligent Meeting Booking System

Project Background
Roomzilla is our office neighbor in the center of Warsaw. As an independent startup, they are a partner to a larger CIC group from the US East Coast. Its team is developing a powerful, yet lightweight meeting room booking system that is managed through the browser with the help of onsite meeting room displays. Simply put, Roomzilla is a cloud-based room reservation system which works on

any device and supports Google Calendar and Outlook Calendar.

Challenge
Roomzilla contacted Stepwise with a request to help develop the frontend part of their application in Vue.js technology. Our team, although experienced in various frontend technologies, very quickly had to jump to a high level in this technology that we have never previously used commercially. Our Partner needed experts to help their application rise to a higher level of maturity and scalability.

Approach
The Stepwise team started the work work by carefully writing out the roadmap with the client, determining the main pain points and, what is very important in this case, the model of cooperation with the backend team operating in a technology that’s outside of our usual stack.

The works were planned to meet very short deadlines on our client's side, for whom the most important aspect was the Time to Market.

 

Final Outcome
The project turned out to be a model example of Stepwise's cooperation with a startup. Both teams kicked it off immediately and the whole project can be called a success story of agile product development.

There is one more aspect that we are particularly proud of in this project. One of our core values is Delivery by Research. Despite the lack of commercial experience in Vue.js, we rose up to the challenge and provided the application on time and according to our client’s requirements. We enriched the project with an UX audit, which was the icing on the sweet cake in the form of a finished product for our client.

 

Technology
D3, RxJS, Lerna, WebSockets

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Interface for Detecting Emotions

Project Background
Qemotion is an AI company that specializes in development and distribution of online marketing based on emotional analysis. They translate the analysis into actionable insights for marketing strategies and business decisions.

Challenge
Provide best in-class User Interface solutions for the end users’ B2B platform.

Approach
Before

working on designed features we set up frontend architecture and developed core components for the platform. The end result of our collboration with Qemotion is a fully functional product ready to implement on the end user side. What our client appreciated the most about our contribution to the project was the high quality of code and ease with which you can scale the architecture of the final solution.

Final Outcome
The end result of our collaboration with Qemotion is a fully functional product ready to implement on the end user side. What our client appreciated the most about our contribution to the project was the high quality of code and ease with which you can scale the architecture of the final solution.

Technology
React, D3, GraphQL, Styled Components, Webpack, Google Maps, Apollo, Jest

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Web Application for data analysis

Project Background
Our Client from public healthcare sector wanted to build a platform that integrates huge amount of data for a group of diverse end users ranging from the Dutch Ministry of Health to patients and providers.

Challenge
Design and build the frontend of a web-based data platform following  extremely vague end client requirements.

Our

Approach
We started with UX Design process, mockups, suggestions and technical insights that were based on end client requirements. Next step was choosing the best technology for the final solution. We worked in an agile manner with short iterations and bi-weekly demos to a client.

Final Outcome
 The result of our work was a fully functional web application that allowed end users to compare and analyse large quantities of data in an intuitive manner, including customization. The Client was also impressed with the quick pace, flexibility and high quality of our work provided.

Technology
React, Typescript, MobX, Material UI, Emotion, Sketch, Zeplin

 

 

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Interface for Smart Content Factory

Project Background
Our Client is providing software tools for: taxonomy management, natural language processing, content auto-tagging and knowledge management. The areas of focus are: make a business sense of content, monitor consumer risks and transition to the data world. 

Customer applications are written in various technologies that ensure the stability of operation. However, along with the

changing Taxonomy and Natural Language Processing market, the Customer had a strong need to harmonize the technological stack and improve the competitiveness of its product.

Main challenge
Improve the performance of existing systems and scale applications for scaling up in the future. Increase the competitiveness and sales potential of applications for new end customers.

Our Approach and Outcome
A modern, efficient and scalable user interface was created for the Content Auto-tagging Manager system. On the basis of the refreshed application, the Customer may at any time be able to reuse components in the entire range of his applications.  

The outcome of our work is an improved end user journey experience, resulting in strengthened sales potential for the Client.


We are currently working with the client on extending cooperation to other fields such as architecturing a major release of one of his products and seeking new opportunities for the development of his business.

Technology
Angular 8, NX, NGXS, JEST, Java, Maven 3

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Tech Audits for Startup Accelerator & VC

Project Background
Huge Thing is a Polish startup accelerator and Venture Capital working with young companies from all over Europe. They support founders in their journey to become smart entrepreneurs able to build strong and capable teams. Their goal is to give them the tools and knowledge necessary to build a successful business.

Challenge
Huge Thing observed that

early-stage companies frequently struggle with technology including architecture, technical debt, and security loopholes. Stepwise was asked to help the most promising startups with those challenges. We were hired as tech experts familiar with Fintech solutions.

Approach
We began our work by organizing workshops sessions with selected by Huge Thing startups. Each company could choose an area that required an urgent tech audit that impacted directly their business model or simply could potentially cause problems (architecture, security, technical debt).  

Stepwise delegated two software architects experienced in various IT areas (backend, frontend, cloud, security) and one business resource who could relate to non-technical entrepreneurs and founders. The idea was that the tech people would communicate with their counterparts on the startup side and Stepwise’s business strategist would discuss any important decisions with the business reps. This ensured everyone had a common level of understanding.

Final Outcome
Thanks to our business-oriented approach and expertise in the Fintech sector we were able to create added value for each startup. We paid a lot of attention to ensuring that business owners understand the relationship between the technical side and the monetization of their products. The audit also had the task of preparing businesses to scale solutions in the future.

Each audit ended with a report and recommendations addressed to both: individual companies and Huge Thing, the VC responsible for the development of these young companies.

Technology
React Native, Java, NodeJS, GCP, AWS

Reviews

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Frontend Subcontracting for Software Publisher

“We can tell them to do it this way, but they’ll propose a better idea if they have one.”

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

Stepwise supported front- and backend development for a software publisher. They used JavaScript to modernize their software. The team also manages the database.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Paris, France
Stephane Senkowski
CEO, Mondeca
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although their collaboration is ongoing, Stepwise has received a lot of positive feedback on their work so far. Their team is very knowledgeable and they provide expert advice. Their team has the resources to get everything done on time and can address issues as they arise.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

So I’m the CEO of Mondeca and we’re a software publisher we work in natural language processing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Stepwise?

The core skills are semantics and language processing. We didn’t want to build the IT skills internally, so we looked for a subcontractor.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We mainly use their services for software development. They advise us on information technology.  They’ve done development, visualization, database management, and worked on our front- and backend. They’ve really helps us modernize our technology. They used JavaScript and various other front- and backend packages.

What is the team composition?

We have half a dozen people working on two different teams– so three per team, and a senior architect.

How did you come to work with Stepwise?

We found them on Clutch. We’re a small company, and so we didn’t want to use a big software house and settled on this company size. We also want English speaking people and a company that’s easy to reach. So we did a Google search and that brought us to their Clutch profile.

How much have you invested with them?

At the end of the year, about €120,000 (approximately $132,000 USD).  

What is the status of this engagement?

Their first assignment started in May 2019 and we have two ongoing projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re happy with their work. Their team is knowledgeable. It’s going to market right now.

One is still in development, and another in testing, so we’re not sure how happy the final customers will be. We had one client who tested the product and they were happy.

How did Stepwise perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re excellent. I often learn more from them than our own team. We use Jira to communicate weekly. It’s still a growing company and we’re aware of that. They have excellent resources. In most cases, they have the right people. When they don’t have the right people, they react, and usually before we raise any issues.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to advise. We can tell them to do it this way, but they’ll propose a better idea if they have one. We’ve accepted a lot of their ideas.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sourcing people. It would be better if they had a few more people. Because when they lose somebody, they know how to manage it, but it’s difficult to bring in new people on the spot.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always met their deadlines, and if there was an issue, it wasn’t on them.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’re happy because their rates are better than more local companies.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them to other people.

Frontend Dev for Office Room Booking Solution

"They look for solutions rather than problems."

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

Stepwise supported the creation of an office map module that displays a graphic interface for booking meeting rooms. They provided frontend development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Poland
Tomasz Wacławski
CEO, Roomzilla
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Stakeholders are pleased with the engagement. In particular, Stepwise's excellent communication skills were noteworthy. They quickly understood stakeholders' objectives.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Roomzilla is our office neighbor in the center of Warsaw. As an independent startup, they are a partner to a larger CIC group from the US East Coast. Its team is developing a powerful, yet lightweight meeting room booking system that is managed through the browser with the help of onsite meeting room displays. Simply put, Roomzilla is a cloud-based room reservation system which works on any device and supports Google Calendar and Outlook Calendar.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

Roomzilla contacted Stepwise with a request to help develop the frontend part of their new module Office Maps

What were your goals for this project?

To develop new module for graphic interface for meeting rooms booking

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Recommended by friends and also work in the same building (almost door-to-door) that allowed a faster and better communication

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

- office map module in Vuejs technology - scrum and agile software development approach - graphic and UX design

What was the team composition?

- 2 front end developers

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

-Scrum / Agile software development - JIRA - GitLab - Slack

What did you find most impressive about this company?

- communication skills and understanding approach (They look for solutions rather than problems.)

Are there any areas for improvement?

could be a little bit faster ;)

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

Software Developer Augmentation for Integration Hub

“They’re devoted, proficient developers that have mastered their technology and domain.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Stepwise’s developers joined a software company’s team to develop both customized and out-of-the-box solutions for energy companies. Their tech stack includes Google Cloud, Akka, Kotlin, and Kubernetes.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
COO, Software Solution Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In the face of an expanding client list, Stepwise has continued to provide stellar resources. They’ve merged seamlessly with the internal team to become a critical asset to the company. Delivering high-quality code and communicating transparently, the team is both skilled and devoted.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO of a company that offers integration solutions to energy utility companies. Our platform facilitates the business processes of utility firms by providing them with out-of-the-box integration capabilities. My role is to ensure the smooth running of everything from client contracts to HR.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Stepwise?

We were seeking a development partner because we’re reaching out to global customers in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and wanted to ensure that we had the necessary resources.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Stepwise’s developers visited our location for 1–2 weeks to partake in the onboarding process. Then, they became annexed to our internal team; they’re managed by our project managers and held to the same project standards.

Our projects range from product customization to the enhancement of core functionalities. Since we cater to the energy sector—a very large industry—there are many processes we’re still working to address.

All technologies are built on Google Cloud and Akka is our distribution framework. We’re also using Kubernetes and Docker for software deployment. Much of our code is in Kotlin, and we utilize Logstash for data collection and normalization. There were also some other open-source frameworks around the Google Cloud Platform, such as subset frames for message channeling.

What is the team composition?

We have around eight Stepwise members on our team. Some of them are pure developers, and others are senior development architects who define the appropriate solutions.

How did you come to work with Stepwise?

After doing some online research, I was attracted to Stepwise because of their focus on open-source technology, like Google Cloud, which is the platform that our product is built on.

How much have you invested with them?

The total so far has been around $400,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began engaging Stepwise in January 2019 and plan on working with them for a long time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We couldn’t be happier. I’ve been delighted by the resources that the Stepwise team brings to our delivery department. In a strategic sense, they’ve become an integral part of our team. They deliver excellent code quality. While we were initially skeptical about it devolving into an “outsourced-team” relationship, they’ve truly merged with us.

How did Stepwise perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management has been handled on our side, so they haven’t had any direct responsibilities on this front. We use Slack for communication, which has worked really well for us. They’ve also successfully onboarded new hires onto our projects. There wasn’t really a communication barrier; we have an agile and straightforward way of working with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re devoted, proficient developers that have mastered their technology and domain. They’re a flexible team with a familiar work ethic. While they weren’t as large at the beginning of our relationship, they’ve grown substantially, supplying us with skilled resources along the way.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Since we have a major client in Germany, it’d be great if their team spoke German, but otherwise, I can’t really think of any real improvements.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

While we want to keep them for ourselves, clients should aim to leverage Stepwise’s senior resources. Additionally, bringing their team to our office—including their boss—was critical to getting to know them and their work culture. Try your hardest to integrate them into your team, so you can share the sense of ownership over the product you’re developing together.

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

Frontend Design and Dev for Data Platform

"They collaborate with you to find the best solutions to your problems, both technical and non-technical."

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

Stepwise designed and developed a web-based data aggregation platform’s frontend. They honed initial requirements and produced mockups before transitioning to coding and implementation.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gosia Wrzesinska
CEO, Coders Co.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Potential users gained a deeper understanding of the tool’s usefulness thanks to Stepwise’s intuitive and attractive interface. Stepwise deftly handled competing stakeholder preferences via regular communication and demonstrations. Customers can expect a flexible partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of Coders Co., a data-science services and big-data solutions firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

We’re building a data platform that integrates healthcare data from different sources, and we needed someone to design and develop the platform’s frontend.

What were your goals for this project?

We had to build a tool that could be used by a diverse group of end users ranging from the Ministry of Health to patients and providers. An additional challenge was that our client had only a vague idea of what the tool should look like. Also, we had very opinionated stakeholders that had to be convinced the tool would be useful to them.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

This was one of the few cases where cold outreach actually worked. Krzysztof (CEO, Stepwise) contacted me when he was visiting my area, so I met him and his partner Rafał (Co-Founder, Stepwise). We hit it off instantly. We’d discussed many different projects before finally finding one to work on together.

What I found convincing about Stepwise was, paradoxically, the fact that they never give straight answers to questions like 'How much would X cost'. They always engage in a discussion to understand the problem and then brainstorm with me to find the best possible solution.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Stepwise designed and built the frontend of our web-based data platform. The design process was made challenging by vague design requirements provided by our end-client and strong and diverse stakeholder opinions jockeying for priority. Stepwise assisted us by providing mockups, suggestions, and technical insights, which allowed us to home in on the best possible solution. They then proceeded to build the entire application in less than two months.

What was the team composition?

We worked with several web developers and a UX designer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application is launching next week, but we’ve already received positive feedback from future users. When we started the project, they were skeptical about the tool’s potential usefulness. After playing with the nearly-finished application, however, they understood the value it would provide by storing the data they need in an accessible, beautiful, user-friendly interface.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

It was very challenging, seeing as there was little clarity surrounding what needed to be done. To their credit, Krzysztof and his team coped well and provided great help in refining user requirements. We worked in an agile manner, with sprints and bi-weekly demos that allowed us to deliver a satisfactory result quickly.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They're experts at what they do and a true partner. They collaborate with you to find the best solutions to your problems, both technical and non-technical.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not really.

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

Advanced Tech Audit for Startups

"From the beginning, it was clear that Stepwise was very well-organized and had both soft and technical skills."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Stepwise provided technology consulting and audit services. They worked with startups to evaluate product status and issues. Their contributions revolved around architecture, code, and security.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Warsaw,Poland
Honorata Janas
Program Executive, Huge Thing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders were pleased with the quality of the audits and were impressed by Stepwise's ability to address both business and technical concerns. Direct and experienced, Stepwise proved to be a valuable source of FinTech knowledge and capable of fostering an enjoyable partnership.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a program executive at Huge Thing. We’re a startup accelerator working with young companies from all over Europe. We support founders in their journey to become smart entrepreneurs able to build strong and capable teams. Our goal is to give them the tools and knowledge necessary to build a successful business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

We engaged Stepwise to work with startups from one of our acceleration programs as a technology partner for technical audits.

What were your goals for this project?

We’ve observed that early-stage companies frequently struggle with technology including architecture, technical debt, and security loopholes. To help them with those challenges, we hired experts familiar with FinTech solutions to share their knowledge.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of the business mentors in our program recommended Stepwise.

Describe the project in detail.

We started by defining our expectations and target audience. Then, we requested Stepwise prepare a detailed description of their audit offer and an initial roadmap to follow with startups willing to participate in the audit sessions. During the sessions, startups chose from among three areas Stepwise prepared: architecture review, code review, or security review.

Afterward, Stepwise setup and executed audits for two startups who expressed interest. They held opening sessions and met with the CEOs and CTOs to understand their challenges and the current state of their products. Afterward, depending on particular needs, the technology resources started to share knowledge and code. We asked that both parties provide us with final reports of the work after it was done.

What was the team composition?

We worked with two software architects experienced in various IT areas (backend, frontend, cloud, security) and one business resource who could relate to non-technical entrepreneurs and founders. The idea was that the tech people would communicate with their counterparts on the startup side and Stepwise’s business strategist would discuss any important decisions with the business reps. This ensured everyone had a common level of understanding.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Both projects ended on time and all parties were satisfied. The startups contacted us afterward, expressing their satisfaction with the audits’ quality. They underlined that the final result exceeded their initial expectations.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We’d never had an external vendor engage directly with our startups before, but after receiving a recommendation and seeing some of their referrals online, we decided to give Stepwise the freedom to communicate and execute directly with the companies. From the beginning, it was clear that Stepwise was very well-organized and had both soft and technical skills. According to the startups, Stepwise’s communication was straightforward, frequent, and professional.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their technical skills are highly impressive, based on the information we received from the startups. They were specifically praised for their FinTech knowledge, as well as for their ability to shift between objective reporting and subjective, personal interactions. They’re also able to use a business-oriented approach and establish effective processes.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can’t point to anything as a specific weakness. They provided excellent work in all aspects of the engagement. It far surpassed our expectations.

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

Code Architecture Review for IT Solutions Plugin

"From the beginning, it was very clear that this vendor had the technical knowledge we needed."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Stepwise augmented internal teams in auditing and refining website plugin documentation, checking for possible improvements in security, and integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Poland
Łukasz Misiak
CEO, Blockey
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team had obvious and helpful knowledge not only in IT solutions but in presenting such solutions to potential partners. Their work was crucial to developing a proof of concept. Stepwise was easy to work with, communicated well, and exceeded expectations in the consulting process.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CEO of Blockey, a blockchain-based website plugin. We enable companies to verify their customers' identities through a bank login.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

Our startup had finished an accelerator phase, and we were negotiating deals with companies who were interested in our plugin. We were moving quickly and didn't have time on our own to go through our documentation and optimize it for our clients' existing systems and architecture. We asked Stepwise to review our architecture documents and prepare suggestions for how we could best integrate with our prospective clients.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to completely meet the corporate security standards of our clients. We needed an audit of our documentation and consulting on our technical choices in terms of integration.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We met Stepwise through a large Polish bank who held RBL Start, a startup acceleration program. Stepwise was a partner of the program in the IT security area.

Describe the project in detail.

After a few meetings where we explained the project and our goals, we gave Stepwise our documentation. When they were done reviewing, they presented their conclusions to us.

What was the team composition?

A business person and a technical person from our team met with their counterparts on the Stepwise team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Within a month of receiving our code back from Stepwise, we presented our solution to a large potential partner. Their IT department's conclusions about our plugin were crucial to our long-term collaboration with that partner. After a series of meetings, they accepted our proposition. That partnership is acting as our proof of concept.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was easy to communicate with them over the phone or online in meetings. Stepwise was flexible with scheduling, and they provided us with additional helpful documents after finishing consulting for us.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

From the beginning, it was very clear that this vendor had the technical knowledge we needed. What surprised me was how deep their experience was in terms of IT solutions for partnering companies. I'm sure they drew very useful conclusions from that.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We were satisfied with the results, and I can't see room for improvement right now. Everything was done fast and with quality standards.

5.0
Overall Score They have great technical knowledge and great communication skills.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything was on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Cost was fair and exactly what we expected.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything met our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Machine Learning Platform for Fintech Company

"They take a professional, experienced, and client-oriented approach."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Stepwise is developing an MVP of a business decision engine. Built with Google Cloud Platform and Java, the platform supports a broad variety of loan and credit decisions. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Warsaw, Poland
Karol Dziasek
CEO, Self Learning Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform offers cutting-edge capabilities without sacrificing user-friendliness or accessibility. Stepwise plans meticulously, implements best practices, and delivers outstanding results. Their lean methodology is the ideal environment to foster creativity and innovation. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CEO of Self Learning Solutions, which offers advanced tools to support business processes, decision recommendations, and scoring in the fintech sector. Our solutions are based on machine learning, deep learning and AI.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

We hired Stepwise to build our platform. They chose the technology, designed the architecture, and developed its tools. We were also looking for a long-term partner to help us evolve our business and build new tools.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed a cloud native company with strong technical skills that could collaborate smoothly with business and data science teams. We also wanted a partner oriented toward machine learning and AI, with the capacity to work with algorithms and neural networks.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A colleague with a technical background recommended Stepwise’s architect. After exchanging ideas about how the platform should look, we decided to hire them. Our teams had the same vision for the technology's business functions.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Stepwise ran workshops with us to clearly understand our goal, our target users, and our processes. Then their architect did the research and chose the right technology. They used Google Cloud Platform, Flowable, Java, TensorFlow, and Python. They have also supported us as we talked with Google representatives to obtain credits for our MVP on Google Cloud Platform.

After they designed the architecture and had it verified by our business and data science teams, they began development. It’s ongoing, but the MVP was ready for customer tests after only two months. That was impressive.

What was the team composition?

Stepwise supports us with a cloud and solution architect, a senior developer, and a data scientist support manager. Their CEO facilitates our communication, project setup, and business development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The MVP is a decision engine for business process management. Thanks to this platform, we can offer a revolutionary product to support loan and credit businesses. It can be a decision and scoring engine, a platform for maching learning implementation, or a model for deep learning and AI. Business processes and rules can be developed with n-dimension decision tables. It's useful for manual or automatic credit decision processes. Most importantly, the construction and development of its processes can be completed by analysts, not just IT staff.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They take a professional, experienced, and client-oriented approach. They tried to understand our needs before starting development, which has definitely avoided problems and eliminated unnecessary costs.

They implement a high-level development process with best practices I've only read about before. They set up communication tools and ticketing systems and propose one-week sprints for maximum flexibility. We closely monitor progress and plan our next steps together.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Two aspects of our cooperation are the most impressive. The first is their technical knowledge and the quality of work they deliver. The second is their approach to software development. They do the right things in the right order, and their lean approach is perfect for launching innovative ideas.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

Their prices are high for the Polish market. However, their experience, quality, and professionalism justify everything. It's hard to find anything negative. 

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

Microservices Audit for E-Commerce Group

"The stand out is their experience level and quality of audit work they delivered to us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. 2018 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Stepwise provided an architectural resource that audited a microservices heavy backend system, and performed various other development tasks, some of which utilized Spring Boot, Docker, Jenkins, and Java.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Warsaw / Poland
Daniel Ciunkiewicz
Head of Development, Empik Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The audit produced a bevy of advice regarding future microservices opportunities. Stepwise left a convincing first impression with their professional attitude and ability to acclimate themselves to an existing project. Their experience and quality make them strong contenders for future work.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a Head of Development at Empik Group. Empik.com is one of the biggest e-commerce businesses in Central-Eastern Europe. Our portal offers over two million products and has over two million active users.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

We needed someone to perform an audit on our microservices-based, backend architecture. In addition to that, we needed the resource to perform a container-based virtualization.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to bring on an architect with experience in the microservices architecture area to bring our existing backend architecture to a new level of quality and performance, through an audit. Moreover, we wanted to solicit potential recommendations for a future update of our architecture roadmap.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended to us by one of our internal employees. After initial talks and relevant know-how verification, we decided that the services Stepwise was offering met our requirements perfectly.

Describe the project in detail.

The architect did a deep, initial analysis of our existing backend architecture, after which, they proposed implementing microservices with Spring Boot to cooperate with our existing architecture. They also helped set up a continuous delivery environment for microservices using Docker, a virtualization program, Jenkins, an open-source Java automation server, and a code versioning strategy that was appropriate for our architecture.

In addition to the audit, the architect performed the following development tasks: container-based virtualization, cloud server configuration, server- and client-side support for externalized configuration in a distributed system, an archetype project for building up microservices, abstraction over rest-based calls, circuit breaker failure detection, and functionality degrading when a method calls fail.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a single architect that Stepwise provided.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Thanks to the audit, we now know how to build microservices that are compliant with our existing architecture. The approach they proposed facilitates our current monolithic architecture rebuilding. When we’re starting to work on a microservice, it’s now much easier to get a grasp of what it’s doing and how to combine it with our systems. The audit also produced extremely important recommendations for our future, which our team is currently analyzing, taking into account various pathways to integrate the proposed options into our internal roadmap.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was a professional collaboration from the very beginning. The resource managed to enter a project that was already running and handle tight deadlines. The initial knowledge transfer was very smooth, and the architect cooperated with our internal team. The audit itself was not an isolated piece of work, but rather a collaborative, day-to-day process involving various team members.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The stand out is their experience level and quality of audit work they delivered to us. In addition to that, the recommendations they left our team are excellent and will definitely help us in the future. We are, of course, considering cooperate with the Stepwise team again, if the right moment comes along.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We found their pricing quite high as Polish market standards. However, their experience and their level of commitment is definitely worth it.

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

Backend Dev and IT Infrastructure for Sports App

“We were able to stabilize the system, deploy new features, and make our users happy.”

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

Stepwise supplemented an existing team to provide assistance on backend development and IT architecture work.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
CTO, Sports Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Effective communication and a broad variety of skill sets were key in improving stability and augmenting the product with new features. The Stepwise team managed the project effectively and was easy to work with throughout the engagement.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CTO of a complex sports application.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Stepwise?

Stepwise helped us with IT architecture and backend development services.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to bring our existing backend to a new level of quality and stability and needed a partner to help us with new feature implementations.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We had conversations with the Stepwise team in the past about consulting and IT in general. From the first talks, we were confident in their mindset, process efficiency, and overall quality of work.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Stepwise did an initial, in-depth analysis of the existing backend, which helped us make an educated decision on which technologies to utilize. Their scope around backend development started with mainly bug fixing, but evolved into more feature development to improve our product.

What was the team composition?

Stepwise supported us with a team of 2 architects, 1 senior developer, and 1 test automator.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to stabilize the system, deploy new features, and make our users happy.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We had no issues on this front. They were great and easy to work with.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were extremely impressed by the skills that their team brought to the table. Their services allowed us to bring our product further.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No, their English is great and communication was always on point.

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

Custom Dev for Management Consulting Firm

“We’re currently using the solution in our production environment and it’s perfect.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Stepwise created a custom web development solution for a small tech company, focusing on analyzing and modifying the existing code. They also write additional code for the Java Hub solution.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Paris, France
Simon Legroux
CTO, Lecko
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The custom solution is currently in use and is functioning very well, with no issues at present. The intense collaboration involved 10 days of daily reviews throughout which they maintained good attention to detail. The team is flexible and worked hard to understand the company’s work. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Lecko is a small company based in Paris. We work in digital information and teach companies how to use new collaboration tools. I lead the development team. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Stepwise?

We were trying to retrieve data from an enterprise social network called Yammer. The idea was to build a reliable web solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They took the existing software and analyzed the code to see where we can improve processes and other areas. When they finished that analysis, they told us what needed to be modified and did those modifications. They then wrote other code, which is better now than it was previously. It’s a native Java Hub running on a server.

What is the team dynamic?

There are 3 people on the team.

How did you come to work with Stepwise?

They sent us an email about their services. After a short interview, we decided to give them a small task to test their capabilities. It was very good and so we gave them this project.

How much have you invested with them?

5,000 euros [$5,930].

What is the status of this engagement?

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

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It's very functional. We’re currently using the solution in our production environment and it’s perfect. There’s nothing to improve. It’s a small part of a bigger project, but it’s working very well.

How did Stepwise perform from a project management standpoint?

It was a significant collaboration. We spent around 10 days making reviews every day to be sure we were going in a good direction. The project management was very light and was good because it was easy. We used Google Hangouts and Slack to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are adaptable. We are the only ones doing what we’re doing, and so they have had to understand our job and how we work.

Their price is also good. They’re from Poland which means they are very cheap compared to French developers. That’s a very good aspect to them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sometimes we had trouble communicating because we use English and neither of our English is perfect. It was nothing that prevented us from working together. It’s not just something for them to improve because my English has to be improved too.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It might be a problem for many French companies because they’d have to speak in English.