Python Powerhouse - Web & Mobile development team

As a company, we’ve grown from a small vendor selling development “resources” to a highly-specialized software house offering Product Development as a Service (PDaaS), with Python (Django, Flask, Pyramid), Javascript (Angular, React, Backbone), iOS, Android and Agile methodology as our tools. This makes us a little different from your typical contract development companies.

 

What we do:

  • We craft development teams and instill Agile best practices from the beginning.
  • We build working software sustainably and iteratively.
  • We set up open communication channels between development and product management.
  • We deliver according to your goals and timelines.
  • We continuously improve.

What we don't do:

  • We don’t sell generic development resources. 
  • We don’t predict 1-year deliverables. 
  • We don’t stop development when your priorities change.
  • We don't insert needless management between you and our developers.

At STX we translate your ideas into successful digital products. Want to learn more? Contact us.

 

 

 
Undisclosed
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
2005
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Poznań, Poland
headquaters
  • STX Next
    12/5 Morawskiego Street
    Poznań 60-239
    Poland
    +48 512 914 236

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Coras, Hogarth Worldwide, Fusepump, Seerene, Vyze, StreetTeam, Realface, BetBright, KNMP, Paze, Decernis, Key Ingredient, T Dispatch, TB Seen  and more.

StreetTeam

ABOUT

StreetTeam is the world’s leading peer-to-peer sales and marketing software for live entertainment. StreetTeam enables its customers to turn their most influential fans into ambassadors who promote their events and sell tickets to their friends in return for rewards.

STX Next Delivered

A global platform that enables advocates to experience the products that they love with their friends

A unique SaaS application for brands, campaign managers and ambassadors

A system that builds a strong relationship between events and their fans

Advocacy driven model that can work in al- most any vertical that has a shared experience at its core

Realface (Acquired by Apple in 2017)

ABOUT

Realface is an A.I software that brings back human perception to digital process, bringing customers the technologies needed to connect with their consumers in the digital era. The software enables authentication, automated on-boarding & mobile conversion optimization using the most advanced deep learning methods, focusing on a frictionless user experience.

 

STX Next Delivered

Using the most advanced technologies in A.I, developed in-house, STX Next created a user centered authentication service. Meet the first anti-spoof application tailored for every day use on your device.

FEATURES

iOS and Android

Face detection functionality

Libraries: OpenCV, dlib


Mp4 with av-Foundation

Connections with Amazon S3 

cielo24

ABOUT

cielo24 delivers searchable captions, media data and media intelligence for large media platform partners in the online education, enterprise, news and entertainment markets. Their clients turn to cielo24 to meet the growing demands on their multimedia including, compliance laws, discoverability, reach and user engagement.

 

STX Next Delivered

User requirements validation

Project scoping

Data preparation and migration

Custom functional development

User Interface/User Experience

Performance testing, maintenance and support

Myntelligence

ABOUT

Analytics, DMP and DSP solutions based on cookie-less technology. Myntelligence helps companies put their customers first, to transform these customer’s digital model into a user-centric business and manage audience buying independently.

STX Next Delivered

User’s data visualization with interactive charts

Ability to group unique users into segments


Online campaigns management module


Campaign efficiency analysis module

Admin panel for platform management (creating accounts, managing permissions, etc.)

“Demo account” for sales presentations purposes

Marketplace functionality for trading the segments

Paze.me

ABOUT

Paze is a next-generation consumer finance company that lets customers get the money they’ve already earned without waiting for payday. Paze does this by paying customers their salary on a daily, weekly, or on-demand basis and collecting from the employer at the end of the month.

 

STX Next Delivered

Everyday reports about reconciliation

Tab for checking statuses of disbursements

Using cards for paying installments after opt-out

Tab for employers to manage their employees 

Coras

ABOUT

Connecting the world to tickets. Based out of Dublin, Coras allows customers to purchase tickets for any event or activity, through whatever online channel the customer chooses.

 

STX Next Delivered

Manage the mark back of tickets from one seller to the other for both general admission and seated events

Track ticket sales across all allocated sellers with a complete audit trail from allocation to sale

Create events and allocate tickets to ticketing agents or through user’s ticketing system

API that allows any ticketing system to integrate with Coras, helping to adjust the process to meet specific needs 

Vyze

ABOUT

Vyze is a leading financial technology company for retailers
 & manufacturers. By combining a comprehensive lending supply, technology, and support under one roof, Vyze is able to deliver businesses simpler, more satisfying financing experiences for their customers, wherever and whenever they shop.

 

STX Next Delivered

On-site financing platform for retailers

Fulfilling eCommerce financing experience

Advanced and robust API

Full automatic test coverage with Behave and Selenium

Secure online credit applications and payments

Quick credit assessment


Intuitive front-end design 

BetBright

ABOUT

Based in Dublin and founded in 2012, BetBright is an online UK sports betting and gaming operator. BetBright takes an innovative and disruptive technology-based approach to winning on product, which delivers the very best user experience possible.

STX Next Delivered

Casino “Quick Deposit” allows users to continue to deposit money during the game without interruption

Mobile page redesign including Blog & Widgetisation allows BetBright customers to stay updated with current events

“Recall” adds personalised bet recommendations based on the customers’ bet history. (15+% conversion)

“Automated Bonus” feature potentially adds 10% to every new customer LTV

Live Casino for Mobile enables users to place bets using mobile devices 

TBSeen

ABOUT

Featuring some of the UK’s favourite fashion and lifestyle retailers, TBSeen.com offers the smart shopper unique discounts on everything from style and beauty, groceries and home, health and travel, all the way through to utility bills.

 

STX Next Delivered

Manageable branded content landing pages

Ability to create and manage competition forms

New deal types (e.g. handling voucher codes)

Integration with new affiliates

Completely new Retailers space with easy searching & filtering

Completely new galleries & new promotional article types

Many admin tools improvements for content editors 

Key Ingredient Mobile

ABOUT

Key ingredient is a social networking application for cooking enthusiasts. The application contains over 2 million recipes, which users browse, share and collect into personalised cookbooks. Key Ingredient offers text recognition system for digitizing recipes as well as text to speech engine, allowing to list the recipes.

FEATURES

iOS and Android platforms

Text recognition system


Text-to-speech engine

Internal currency system (Key NotesTM)

Mobile ads platforms: Amazon Ads,

MoPub, TapJoy

Mobile payments: Google Play, Amazon, iOS In-App Purchases 

Polish State Forests (Lasy Państwowe)

ABOUT

Polish State Forests (Polish: Lasy Państwowe) is a Polish governmental organization that manages state-owned Polish forests on behalf of the Polish State Treasury. The agency is among the top 20 companies in Poland based on revenues from sales.

Completed in 2014.

STX Next Delivered

Portal based on a modern CMS that allows intuitive and convenient content management accompanied by a new graphic design.

Due to performance requirements, modern caching techniques were employed.

We used tools, such as Munin and Nagios, allowing for the monitoring of the server status and alarming the agency in the event of problems.

Inteligo (PKO Bank Polski)

ABOUT

Inteligo Financial Services S.A. is one of the first online banks in Poland. It 
is owned and operated by PKO Bank Polski, Poland’s largest bank by market value and listed among Forbes Global 2000 in 2016.

Completed in 2014.

STX Next Delivered

A proprietary (open-sourced) module stxnext. staticdeployment enabled generating a static version of the content

Existing infrastructure was integrated with a CMS Plone system

A reliable ‘storing data in relational database’ architecture was created which enabled the CMS application to operate in a hot standby mode

Integration with Google Maps to enable search of ATM locations

The portal was linked with tracking systems and forms to open accounts and deposit money were created

Key Ingredient

ABOUT

Key Ingredient was founded in 2005 in Austin, Texas with the mission to help people succeed in cooking every day. By storing over 2 million recipes, it became the ultimate place for people with a passion for cooking who like to share and discover new interesting recipes.

 

STX Next Delivered

Site speed improvement (4-5x faster)


The highest SEO ratings due to front-end, back-end and sitemaps improvements

Streamlined technical stack by moving categories to elastic search (removing Oracle), moving pages to site (removing Unbounce)

Moved ad code to site for better targeting, and higher revenue (managing ads and vendor in Doubleclick)

4,5 TB of unused stored data cleaned


Secure https protocol, instead of previously used http

Fully responsive web design (still in progress)

Food industry articles available to users

Admin Panel, redesigned and upgraded...

T Dispatch

ABOUT

T Dispatch is a progressive software development company, which has built a unique dispatch system for passenger trans- port fleets.

 

STX Next Delivered

New search engine, over 10 times faster than previous one 


Increased performance which eliminated system outages 


Security improvements related to booking and payment processes 


Integration with payment providers in 7 countries 

KNMP

ABOUT

KNMP (The Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association) is a Dutch umbrella organisation for both professional pharmacists and the pharmacy in general.

It promotes both the interests of its members and the interests of the pharmaceutical sector
 in the Netherlands.

 

STX Next Delivered

A custom Content Management System that allows the management of medicine shortages

An application design that enables the user to easily update content

A system that quickly notifies doctors, pharmacists and patients of the availability of a particular medicine 

Decernis

ABOUT

Based in Washington DC, Decernis provides regulatory expertise and systems to manage food, consumer, and industrial product safety compliance across more than 180 countries. Decernis gives clients the most complete regulatory intelligence on the market through unique, fully integrated, patented technology platforms covering over 80,000 regulations.

 

STX Next Delivered

Introduced RESTful web services, increasing overall scalability and modularity of the system

Live full-text search support for collection of millions of documents, growing every day

Rich document generation system, automating compliance certificate issuing

 

 

 

STX AR

ABOUT

The STX Next Mobile Team created this application in order to improve skills in new technologies such as Augmented Reality and 3D graphics. The team used the Vuforia to place animated 3D models real life space. The application recognizes the STX Next logo and displays 3D objects chosen by the user. The user can interact with these objects.

FEATURES

iOS and Android

Face detection functionality

Libraries: OpenCV, dlib


Mp4 with av-Foundation

Connections with Amazon S3 

Coras Mobile

ABOUT

Coras automates the most time consuming processes of ticket sellers (promoters and venues). STX Next delivered not only agreed features and functionality but real value for the client and for the end user.

FEATURES

iOS and Android


Push notification

Integration with Coras.io main system

CI - Jenkins


Distribution Fabric.io 

Paze.me Mobile

ABOUT

Paze is a next-generation consumer finance company that lets customers get the money they’ve already earned without waiting for payday. Paze does this by payig customers their salary on a daily, weekly, or on-demand basis and collecting from the employer at the end of the month.

FEATURES

iOS and Android
 platform

List of transactions

Yodlee verification of bank accounts

Changing amount of weekly/daily disbursments and schedules

Push notifications 

Reviews

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Flagship Product Enhancement for Marketing Technology Firm

"They are quite experienced and quite strong in the Agile process."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next accelerated the production of a platform that grants businesses the ability to customize their product catalogs and related data within their existing websites.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
CTO
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

The project team demonstrated efficiency by streamlining processes and supplying frequent performance metrics. Resources always communicated effectively, and the deliverables were almost completely bug-free.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of a statistics agency in the UK whose origin is handling product data. We work with retailers to extract their product catalog from their website, often by scraping but sometimes by API integration. We then create product databases that are used to get product catalogs on to different channels online. About six years ago, we started working with major brands to scrape the websites of lots of different retailers so the brands can find out how their products are being sold.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We were looking to develop a platform that could provide multiple clients with a streamlined user interface. This solution would essentially let these end clients customize the integrations on their own websites.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started working with STX Next in February 2015. The first project was our platform, which was built with Python/Django. The frontend components appear on our clients’ websites in Angular, now in Angular 2. Clients can customize how their integrations look through the control panel that’s live on their sites. In those two years, we’ve also built a mobile app with STX Next.

The maximum STX Next resources we’ve engaged is 32. We tend to work with full-time people who stay for a while, so some of the people who started with us two years ago are still working with us.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We didn’t look very hard when we picked the company because we had a recommendation from an associated agency. We started off with a fairly small team to see how things would go and expanded the teams over time.

How much have you invested with STX Next?

I don’t think my contract with them lets me disclose that. If you multiply that peak of 32 STX Next workers by hours per month, that’s where they are.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’re also engaging them with another project that’s quite confidential, so I can’t really go into detail.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

STX Next is really good about sharing operational statistics on performance. These are in terms of the predictability and velocity of each team. I’m not sure if the statistics are particularly meaningful because they’re on a sprint-by-sprint basis, but we’re very happy with that they’ve produced. Over the past two years that we’ve been working on the platform together, we’ve only had one or two bugs that clients have discovered. Obviously, there are other bugs here and there, but they identify them and triage them.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We use JIRA primarily and GitHub, and then Google Hangouts for face time. They’re quite good about changing people out. They make sure there’s a sufficient hand-over period and we’re not charged extra for that.

One of the teams has been very good and has met every deadline. They make it very clear very early, and they’ve very good at responding to changes. However, another team is a bit larger and a bit more unwieldy. They don’t perform quite as well in terms of meeting sprint goals and things like that.

What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

One of the things that impressed me is that they are quite experienced and quite strong in the Agile process. Although they’re generally accommodating because we’re the client, they are good at saying, “Wow, this isn’t a very good way to work.” They offer alternatives so that the work runs smoothly. Reducing disruptions means that we get better value. We have a strong culture of Agile processes, and we’ve learned as a business ourselves from watching what they’ve implemented.

Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

It’s always tricky working with someone in a different country. We ought to fly out there more than we do. I think we’d get slightly better results if we were a bit more closely engaged. But in general, I’m happy.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They don’t work on a fixed price or deadline basis, so we’re ultimately buying people to sit and work. Based on the team I work most closely with, I’d give them about a 4.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to other agencies in Poland and in London, they’re the cheapest.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Data Entry Solutions Developed for Pharmaceutical Company

"It’s rare to find a shop with reliable access to this kind of value."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Sep. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next developed 4 separate data entry systems to track and manage complex data sets. They assigned a dedicated and talented team for each project to ensure speedy completion.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Hague, Netherlands
Manager, KNMP
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

STX communicated successfully using Bugzilla. They deliver solutions within the specified budget and on-time, which can be challenging for other suppliers. Clients can expect reliable service and attention to detail even on larger, complicated projects.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I work for the Dutch Royal Association of Pharmacists. My organization publishes a monthly database of all medicines, along with a lot of associated data.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We needed a large number of data entry systems but couldn't develop them alone.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next helped build four of these data entry systems and are helping us develop 25 more. We’ve been working with STX Next for 1 1/2 years and in that time, we’ve built four systems. The first one was a data entry system for what we call the preference policy of insurance companies. They enter information about which specific medicines they cover and which ones they don’t. The data they enter is necessary for the preference policy. The other systems are similar, but instead of being for insurance companies, these data entry systems are internal. The second one was for pharmacists to enter corrections. STX built the system so that we could enter the corrections and provide pharmacists with the actual data on the medicines. There are new medicines every month and we have to enter the updated data.

The team from STX Next was always four people: two developers, one tester, and a team master. All four projects had the same size team, and each project was finished within three months.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

I found them in a database of European developers. We wanted a larger team that could do big projects for us using dedicated teams. We felt that the smaller parties in Holland couldn’t cope, and they are usually working on your project along with lots of others. STX Next could guarantee us that we could get a team and have them working exclusively for us. This way, the project was finished in the time they estimated.

How much have you invested with STX Next?

I think we’ve spent about €250,000 [approximately US$264,187].

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September 2015. The fourth project is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I don’t have specific data, but I have my opinion. They’ve delivered everything that they’ve promised. When you do a project with STX Next, you know that you will get your product and you’ll be able to use it when it’s done. It’s on time, on budget, it’s functional and it’s of a high quality. It’s correct and they deliver. Until now, everything is going this way. We know our project will be finished in three months and that’s very valuable for us. It’s quite predictable. They are a certainty in an insecure world.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve always used Bugzilla and STX uses JIRA, but because we are communicating, I don’t think it’s a problem. We want to continue using Bugzilla and they’re fine with that. We’re flexible.

What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

The most important part about STX Next is that they deliver in terms of time, quality, functionality, and cost. Normally, you get two or three of these things—it’s rare to find a shop with reliable access to this kind of value. They just deliver. For me, that’s very impressive.

Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

Up until now, no. Okay, there’s one thing they don’t provide. After a system is in place, you tend to have small things that need to be changed. This isn’t in their contract. They’ll make the changes, but it’s out of their own goodwill, on their own time.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The first project was very cheap, and then they raised their rate. They’re not very cheap anymore, but they’re very good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m not very outgoing and my company is not very outgoing either, so that costs them the last half.

Ongoing Python Dev for Financial Tech Company

"[They're] willing to learn and understand our business ... instead of just coding to our specs."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next developed a Python-based finance platform allowing users to explore and select possible corporate lenders. The engagement remains ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Sr. Engineering Manager
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Key highlights include a clear commitment to quality assurance, well-organized project management, and the ability to brainstorm proactively with their clients. It was recommended that STX Next improve their use of tools like Jira. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the senior engineering manager of a financial technology company. We have a marketplace that ties together retailers and lenders. We empower folks to get finance at moments of need when they are shopping. We offer a full spectrum of lending to people from various financial backgrounds, including prime markets and ones with lesser ratings.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

Our core API [application programming interface], as well as our financing application, have been written using the Python/Django technology stack. We wanted to increase our team, looking to find a cohesive group with a lot of expertise in these technologies. While we already had some outsourcing in place further East, it wasn't working very well. There was a lot of feature development that still needed to be done, including custom integrations with new retailers and lenders. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We wanted to create a way of waterfalling lenders into prime, secondary, and tertiary markets. STX Next built the service that enables this, which is called weighted distribution. In addition to layering, we can place multiple lenders at each level. Recently, STX Next has also worked on e-commerce functionalities, helping us create an offering in this space. Most of our original integrations were at a store level, but e-commerce has become a critical component of our growth. It's a browser-based functionality which can tie in online stores to our services. Our integrations were originally point-of-sale, requiring retailers to change their systems in order to integrate to our API. For light integrations in the case of partners who didn't want this expense, we offered a client-server browser app which users installed in the store. This app allowed clients to apply for financing without any of the existing systems being changed. STX Next helped us refactor this into our financing center using single-page architecture in order to build a browser-based app. It makes the store systems much more responsive. In addition, it has a much newer UI.

Rather than using them for set projects, STX Next acts as an extension of our team. The work is product-based. At peak capacity, we've used 10 resources from their team, including a Scrum master. We normally provide a description of what we want in terms of resources. Since we've worked on the same products, STX Next has been able to do most of the legwork for us. Our selection process is informal, with STX Next either recruiting people from the market or bringing existing resources in on a trial basis. So far, it's worked out very well. STX Next has more junior developers who want to gain experience so they would work on our project without charging us. After a new client comes in on their side, we retain the option to either keep them on a paid basis or let them move on. It's been a good model for the occasions when we needed extra capacity.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We needed a talented team with Python skillsets. Our VP of engineering at the time discovered STX Next. I wasn't working for the company at the time so I can't provide more details.

How much have you invested with STX Next?

I've only recently been exposed to financial information, so I can't provide an exact figure.

What is the status of this engagement?

STX Next has been working with us for over 2 years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our e-commerce functionalities have been a success. It was a big challenge, consisting of a complete refactoring of the solution which had been built over the last few months. It required a significant amount of changes in order to support an upcoming activation. STX Next was tasked with the majority of this work and they delivered it in time. The system had a fixed completion date. It needed to be ready before the holiday season so that we could fully unleash the system. I can't disclose numbers, but there's been a significant amount of revenue for the company that depended on reaching the deadline.

One of our large lender customers delivered late, which caused a tough time on our side. It was easy to amass resources on STX Next's side on short notice and get the work done. It involved extra effort, but STX Next was accommodating to us. Hiring and recruiting has been smooth. STX Next has moved fast in its market and we've always been pleased with the people they brought on.

When I started working with them, STX Next was using the Scrum methodology. STX Next has been good at training staff on the Agile way, which has made my life a lot easier. We've also had some career progressions, with resources moving from QA to product ownership, or from junior to senior levels, for example.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

Because of the distance and the fact that we're an Agile company, collaboration is essential. Our work hours are minimal in terms of interaction times; we're limited to 4 hours early in the morning. Also, our engineers tend to come in late but don't want to go home late. Our Scrum meetings happen in the morning. We use collaboration tools such as Google Hangouts for daily conferences as well as Jira, Confluence, and Slack. These enable us to be offline and still track progress.

What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

STX Next’s team is passionate and has a great work ethic. They are willing to learn and understand our business. Instead of just coding to our specs, STX Next engages with us as a partner, wanting to understand, improve the code, and deliver better products. There is a lot of change in our industry in terms of the clients which we're able to sign. Even though this can be disruptive, STX Next has been flexible in changing directions with us. They have an Agile culture, plus they're stable, tech-savvy, and able to self-organize. STX Next works well as a team.

Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

We have a diverse tech stack, primarily using Python/Django. We've recently added another resource who has full-stack experience and who is also good at frontend technologies like Angular.JS and newer frameworks. We are trying to train the rest of the team for more full-stack abilities, which will allow us to swing projects better.

Another thing which we're continually trying to improve on is the Agile implementation process. We work with STX Next in trying to become more lean and nimble. Tools like Jira aren't used very well at the moment. I don't know if this is necessarily a problem for STX Next to solve, but it would be useful to have some additional expertise on this front.

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

Custom Development for Financial Services Firm

"I was amazed at [their] ability to take ownership over the product roadmap."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jul. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next supplies on-demand Python resources to build custom features for a separately developed consumer financial solution.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
CEO, paze
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

One key highlight was their ability to take complete ownership over their work, paying close attention to each detail and always taking into account the end-user and the overall business goal. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

paze is a financial services provider giving people access to their earned but not paid salaries throughout the month, for free. I am a co-founder and the chief executive officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We needed the ability to scale fast and to onboard the right skill sets. We were about to launch the service and needed more resources for support and future development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our platform had already been developed when STX Next stepped in. We used them for developing the next phase of our technology. It is a Python-based system, so we needed a strong partner for this technology. We also use Amazon Web Services.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

I believe that STX Next sent me an initial e-mail, and I asked our COO [chief operating officer] to take a look at the company. He used to work with some of the best Russian development teams, for a different company. Back then, we didn't have a development team, so I wanted to see if we could work together.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with STX Next at the end of July 2016. They're currently supporting all of our development activities and will continue to do so in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

A quantitative indicator would be the weekly call we have with STX Next, reporting on targets and achievements. Normally, they overachieve. This isn't because we set low thresholds or don't put enough pressure on the team. We're very pleased with STX Next. 

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

STX Next has been outstanding in this respect. We use a project management platform and are given full visibility into each and every task.

What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

I was initially skeptical about STX Next when our COO proposed them because I've had some bad experiences with previous suppliers. This is the 6th technology company I've started in my career, so I have a good benchmark for outsourcing partners. STX Next is the best company I've worked with, by far. I was amazed at STX Next's ability to take ownership over the product roadmap.

STX Next is an exceptional company within its industry, based on the quality of delivery and project management. The most important detail is that STX Next is a real partner for our company. The kind of support we saw and willingness to share risks have been outstanding.

Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

Not that I can think of. We haven't used STX Next's user experience design capabilities, so I can't speak on that front, and we've also only recently put an emphasis on testing. From what I've seen so far, STX Next's quality assurance services are in-line with their other work.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Our value for money deserves a perfect score, but don't know how well STX Next competes with other players.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ongoing Development for Online Culinary Resource

"[They] stand out through the passion shown for the business."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next supports and maintains an existing culinary website that helps users plan and prepare different meals. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
CEO
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Highlights include clear technical expertise, access to a sizable talent pool, and a knack for proactively finding ways to improve the working relationship with clients. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company runs a recipe website. I am the chief executive officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

Our company has been around for 11 years and we have used STX Next as an ongoing development partner. I don't know if they built our website originally since I wasn't working for the company at the time, but they're responsible for it now and have been since my arrival. All of our technical needs are handled by their team, under our supervision. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next is adding new features and maintaining our website on a continuous basis. We work in 2-week sprints using an Agile methodology for constant product releases. They plan out and deploy each sprint. STX Next works in collaboration with our internal product team in order to continually improve our site. We have a custom-built site.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

I don't have this information. They were our partner when I arrived and I chose to continue using them. 

What is the status of this engagement?

The company has been working with STX Next for 5 years. I've been collaborating with their team for the last year and a half. I'm very familiar with them and their leadership team. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have a roadmap and have been fulfilling it. As we are reaching the end of 2016, we have seen a 200% growth year-over-year in website traffic. This increase is due to working with STX Next on implementing the right features and doing the proper cleanups on the backend.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We use the Agile methodology, so there are expected meetings 3–4 times a week followed by deployments and retrospectives. We have ongoing conversations with STX Next which works well for us. We have been using Unbounce for project tracking and will be moving to Jira next week. It was a joint decision; both of our team have used the tool in the past. We also use Slack for continuous conversations and have Google Hangouts meetings at 6–7 AM most days of the week.

What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

I've worked with many vendors in my career for similar work. STX Next stands out through the passion showed for the business. This starts at the top, with their principal. STX Next has paid a lot of attention to customer details.

Also, I've appreciated STX Next's openness and honesty during our retrospectives. They've continually looked at ways in which we could improve the working relationship and the internal team. I have almost 15 years of experience working in the digital world, and our retrospectives with STX Next have been the most honest I've participated in.

Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

We're one of STX Next's only publishing-media clients at this time. Their overall understanding of technical SEO components isn't as great, due to a lack of expertise in working with DoubleClick, ad tags, and other tools associated with our line of business.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with STX Next?

I don't have anything specific. Clients are definitely in great hands with them. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I've worked with other offshore teams, as well as with internal ones. Pricing can be very different between the two.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile Prototyping for Consumer App Startup

“There were no negative aspects of our collaboration… We also appreciated how passionate and engaged their team was.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next was contracted to develop the client’s consumer application under a tight deadline.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto Metro Area, Canada
Co-Founder & COO, Fizo Corp
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Stakeholders are very happy with STX Next’s work. The user interface and workflow were expertly designed, and all work is delivered on time and within budget. STX Next also helped the client understand how the product would respond to market constraints.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our startup company has developed a mobile platform which is meant to deliver recruitment assistance for small and medium businesses. We are based in Toronto, Ontario. I'm a co-founder and the chief operating officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We were presented with a significant business challenge in needing to recruit an outstanding software development team. More than just an outsourced team, we needed a partner that could assist us in developing the app in terms of both quality and time to market. Choosing STX Next was dependent on these 2 considerations. We also wanted to ensure that the team would meet and exceed our expectations, which was true for STX Next.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next has been in charge of design and the initial ground-laying process for our application architecture, in preparation for the Agile team. We were not only able to cover this, but also had a fruitful partnership with STX Next in extending our understanding of market forces and constraints. This gave us significant clarity for the strategic planning process.

In total, we've used 5 resources from STX Next. The selection process was handled by them. We were confident that STX Next would deliver the right people for the project.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We considered 2 other companies before choosing STX Next. The recommendation for their company came through word-of-mouth to our Chief Executive Officer, who has acquired a wide network based on industry experience.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with STX Next in April 2016 and work with them remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had an amazing experience with STX Next. They were in charge of delivering the architecture and design of the product. We were very happy with both. The satisfaction level with our stakeholders was high as well. The performance speed of the system as a whole is entirely attributable to STX Next and the architecture they came up with. The user interface and workflow are expertly designed, too. 

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

STX Next delivered on-time and within the specified budget. There were no negative aspects of our collaboration. The only issues were with our understanding of how the product would respond to market constraints. STX Next helped us in this respect. STX Next used an internal project management software that we had access to. 

What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

STX Next delivered an excellent product, with good quality and timeliness. We also appreciated how passionate and engaged their team was. We were looking for a partner that would care about the work, which proved to be outstanding from STX Next's side.

Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

No. The result has been perfect so far.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I rate STX Next based on industry costs. When looking at our possibilities for outsourcing the work, we could have chosen a less expensive option, but the balance between cost and the type of team that we could work with tipped in STX Next's favor.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I haven't recommended STX Next yet, but I would definitely do it.

iOS Redevelopment for IT Startup

"Apart from their quality of work and timeliness, it was important for us to have clear communication. STX Next met this expectation very well."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next was initially contracted to develop additional features for the client’s iOS application. They were later contracted to to develop the Android application.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Tel Aviv, Israel
Mobile Development Lead
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Though the project is only a month underway, the client is happy with the work delivered thus far. STX Next is praised for their high quality code, timeliness, and project management. The client anticipates a successful final product.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a small startup comprised of five members based in Tel Aviv, Israel. We've developed an SDK [software development kit] for both iOS and Android, which serves as an authentication service for our clients, based on face recognition. It's aimed at replacing the normal user name and password method, making it easier for our clients' users to log in to their services.

What is your position?

I am the software lead in Android development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We were looking for iOS developers who could help us to get from a version one of our SDK to a version two. We were looking for a month-long collaboration in order to include a few required features into our platform.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

At the time, we could only look one month into the future. We knew that specific features were missing from our product, and we needed help in order to get there. It was a very clear-cut project, which was the base for our collaboration.

Aside from their iOS resource, we've also contracted a couple of Android developers from STX Next as well as a quality assurance person. We're now beginning a consultation with a security expert from their team. It's not a full-fledged project yet, though.

As I've mentioned, we are developing face recognition technology. One of our main concerns is handling spoof attempts, namely people attempting authentications using a photo of the user. STX Next integrated a library, which was internally developed in Israel for that purpose. We call it Liveness. They helped integrate it into the iOS SDK and made it a part of the application's flow.

We usually worked with a one-person-team from STX Next. The work was handed off once or twice between different developers, but, looking at almost any single point in time, only one person was working on the iOS development. That person would typically be managed by a team leader.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We were working with a local company in Israel, which created the SDK as it was at the time, but we decided to stop working with them due to an unsatisfactory level of quality offered by them as well as their level of communication. We started looking for alternatives and were approached by STX Next with very good timing. They proposed a potential collaboration to our CEO on LinkedIn. We went through with an initial call and, from this, we already understood that this could be a potentially valuable collaboration. It was just that easy, and we kicked it off from there.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together for a month and a half. We are preparing to release the new version of the platform to our clients. The effort has not yet been completed since the product is not yet in the client's hands.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I could measure their performance mostly through the work done on the iOS part of our project. Testing is still fully internal. The initial initiative, as it was defined at the beginning of the project, was done successfully. We are finalizing other aspects of the product before it can be sent to clients.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

It was our impression that the quality of their work and their timeliness were very high. There were a few minor delays, but they were understandable. The requirements were not always fixed, and we occasionally changed specs as we went along. We were overall satisfied with STX Next's velocity and quality of work.

The main project management tool used was Atlassian JIRA. It was chosen at STX Next's suggestion, given that they are accustomed to the software. I didn't have specific requirements as long as something was in place. GitHub was used for hosting code and for collaborating. The code was already in place there, so it was the easiest path to take when starting our collaboration. We mainly used Skype for communication and tried to follow a somewhat scrum methodology, working with weekly sprints. It was a very short project, so this approach was appropriate. We had daily discussions and followed them up with weekly reviews. 

What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

Apart from their quality of work and timeliness, it was important for us to have clear communication. STX Next met this expectation very well. We had daily discussions. If a feature was a bit more complex, it would be discussed even a few times per day. I was very pleased with this aspect, especially given that they were an offshore firm, so we couldn't meet face to face. I feel that I can contact them at any time for questions, changes or clarifications. They are always very responsive.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended STX Next to a friend in Israel who has started working with them.

Front-end Development for Investment Management Firm

“STX Next has really stuck to the rulebook of scrum development, which has paid off well very.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next developed a data and analytics portal to make it easier for the client’s investment managers to run portfolios and strategies.

The Reviewer
 
1001-5000 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Head of Core Technology
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Internal usage of the tool has grown tremendously and replaced several legacy systems. This allowed the client to save time by eliminating the need to manage multiple platforms at once. STX provided valuable input during development, and feedback has been positive across the board.

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there.

I work for a hedge fund. We are a systematic hedge fund, meaning that we invest money on behalf of our clients using computer algorithms. We are proficient in coding within the company, given that all our transactions rely on technology. I'm the head of core platform technology. I manage a team of eight programmers. We are responsible for the Python technology being used day-to-day in the company for research purposes. ​

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

One of our projects has consisted of providing an analytics portal for investment managers, whose job it is to run portfolios and strategies. They need to have a good overall image and see all of their numbers in one place. We have another tool that evaluates risk through profit and loss, as well as other types of data, within one page. It's a tool for drilling data and answering questions about it, identifying trends. We have built this product in collaboration with STX Next.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

We've only worked on one project so far with STX Next. They've built the front end of the application from scratch for us. Some of its features include showing data in a rich, tabular format, and allowing users to see inline plots in charts, which can then be probed even further. Multiple data queries are possible and that data can be plotted in graphs so it's easier to find patterns. They've provided us with two full-time developers, one tester and a UX/UI [user experience/user interface] design resource.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We run a Python development shop in-house, but we lack web development skills. Our expertise lies in systems and back-end development. I have found it difficult to hire front-end JavaScript developers in London, so we began talking to STX Next because they could provide us some good JavaScript resources. We chose them because of their size and the breadth of technology they covered. Even though our immediate need is for JavaScript development, the fact that they also have a strong background in Python was good for us. It was a common language between our companies so, if we ever wanted to work on other projects in the future, it would be a good resource to have. Someone from STX Next contacted our company originally. The offer trickled down to me, and we ended up working with them.

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

The total development cost has been more than $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project was started in September 2015 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The web application is entirely internal to our company. We track its usage, which has grown constantly. It has replaced one or more of our older systems, including a previous web application. We have been able to migrate all of the users from that application onto our new one early on. It proved to be a success by reducing the number of platforms that we have to manage.

Working with their UX designer has been a very good experience as well. The ideas that he brought to the project in order to unify its look and feel, making the application discoverable to new users, was very positive and made the product look better than anything we've ever made before.

We've seen many new users. I was approached by one of them, a senior manager, who told me that he'd been able to perform a task through it that would probably not have been possible using our older systems.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We are developers ourselves, so it's easy to gauge the quality of what STX Next is producing. Their processes are very similar to ours, so the collaboration has worked very well. They're easy to work with, despite working remotely. My team in London has been developing the back-end interface for our systems, whereas STX Next has been developing the front end. As a result, we've had daily and weekly interactions, working closely with their team.

We use the same agile methodologies as their company, which means that, when things take longer than expected, we will find out about it quickly and reprioritize. On a weekly basis, STX Next completes the work assigned to their team. Issues can sometimes be more difficult than anyone would have imagined but, because of agile practices, the information is shared early, allowing us to make the right decisions.

We use Atlassian JIRA as a primary project management tool and HipChat for communication. We also have daily video conferences.

What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

I haven't worked on a project of this type in the past, so I couldn't compare them to competitors. Through my experience in the industry as a whole, I can say that STX Next has really stuck to the rulebook of scrum development, which has paid off well very. By the time they're picking up a task that had been in the planning stage, we can already assign tickets to them and have a sprint. At that point, there will be few questions about the work. They will have spent enough time beforehand making sure that the task is well specified and reasonably estimated. There are few surprises on either side, given that we follow every rule. This has been important to success, especially in overcoming our distance barriers.

Is there anything STX Next could have improved or done differently?

During our project, one of the developers assigned to us left the company. It took STX Next a while to fill that vacancy. Given that we only had two developers from the start, this limited the work that we could do. This problem is not unique to STX Next. The reason for continuing to work with them was that we found it difficult to hire London developers.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We were following the Scrum rulebook pretty consistently. No problems at all.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I couldn't have asked for better value.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They have top-notch developers that really know Python and JavaScript.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Product Development for Startup

"They have incredibly talented people at STX Next who have more than just a technical understanding of things."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next developed the client’s custom automation solution to streamline processes for their customers.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ireland
Founder & CEO
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

The client’s customers expressed serious interest in the solution based on demos, and are prepared to use it once launched. Feedback on the design and interface was extremely positive, and the client is very happy with STX’s work.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We've been in the ticketing business for nine years.

What is your position?

I'm the founder and chief executive officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We've identified a particular problem in the market, particularly that there were many processes being embedded into ticketing before the arrival of the Internet. After this, the bad processes were automated instead of being eliminated in cases where they weren't beneficial.

Our client base consists of promoters and theater owners. We found out that they were spending 60 percent of their working week tied up with these processes. This was a considerable barrier in terms of scaling our existing ticketing business, so we decided to do something about it. We created a product called Coras, which is the Irish word for "system." We built an in-house prototype but, since we were already running a business, we wanted to get some outside help in the form of quality developers.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

STX Next has developed our solution in its entirety, from coding to testing, design, and everything else. The technologies used included Django and Python, the front end is an HTML5 responsive layout using Bootstrap and AngularJS, and we used MySQL on the database side of things. The mobile side of our product has been developed as native iOS and Android applications. Our platform is hosted on Amazon Web Services EC2. We use AWS OpsWorks configuration management and [Amazon] CloudFront as a content delivery network.

We plan to be moving more toward the mobile part in the future. STX Next has given us specific suggestions around the tools that are to be used for developing native apps. Previously, we'd built a mobile prototype that was a tool that allowed us to publish on multiple platforms like Windows, iOS, and Android. STX Next proposed building more concrete, native apps, walking us through the reasons for this. They've had some good chats with our CTO about the different tools and frameworks, which they use, plus the reasons behind each choice. Even though we're in our early days, the process seems to be thorough. We've been working with STX Next since November [2015] on the desktop design side of things.

We're involved with them on a daily basis. I keep in touch with their project manager for planning, management, design, and so on.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We tried different developers and had a number of unsuccessful outsourcing relationships. It took us some time to find STX Next, but, once we started working with them, we had a great relationship from day one.

They reached out to us a while ago. At the time, we'd always built our software in-house, without the use of outsourcing companies. We kept their name on file for a while and, when we started looking at outsourcing options, we started a collaboration on a trial basis. We tried two or three other companies for a month at a time. The whole vetting process took around five to six months.

We took on a developer from STX Next. There was an instant difference in the quality of work as compared to the others. Previously, there had been a lot of handholding involved in the process. The first person they assigned to us demonstrated huge initiative and brought much to the table themselves, instead of having a paint-by-numbers approach. They asked us questions and proposed directions for the development of our software. It felt more like having an added team member than an outsourced developer.

We decided to see if this was a fluke or not, so we started using a product manager from STX Next. That role had been fulfilled by us until that time. The person we worked with turned out to be even better. She asked us smart questions and brought things into discussion that we hadn't even thought of.

After this, we decided to meet them in person. There's a huge difference between having a remote outsourced relationship, even with tools like JIRA, HipChat and Slack, and meeting face to face. We had a two-and-a-half to three-day workshop with them, going through the product details. After that, we decided to progress to a full team. 

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

The initial scope of the project has been set at around $400,000 to $450,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Before starting out with STX Next, we had made demos of the prototype built by us. Last week [April 2016], we made updated demos for the same clients and had a very different reaction. I think that, when we initially showed people our product, they gave us a list of features that would determine them to be interested in the product, were they to be implemented. The general feedback right now is that, as soon as the app is ready, they will want to use it.

From the design side of things, in terms of the look and feel of the interface, the feedback has been entirely phenomenal.

The velocity, since adding new people to our team, has been increasing on a sprint-by-sprint basis. The per-person efficiency has been increasing as well. It's been great so far.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Atlassian JIRA as well as Slack as our main project tracking tools. We were using them already. From what I can tell, their team was comfortable using them as well. We'd built a prototype internally and were trying to scope out the overall size of the project. On top of this, we have daily calls with STX Next in order to deal with the current priorities. All feedback is entered into Slack and handled by the product manager, who will factor in our inputs into the backlog of issues.

We plan to have more workshops with STX Next in Poland because we consider face time to be very important. On our first run, we managed to get a lot done in our time together. Overall, working with their team feels like having a different office for our company, rather than working with a separate contractor.

What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

As an example of STX Next's initiative, when we went to Poland, we were assigned a developer who hadn't worked on our project and knew little about it. He made some spot-on suggestions in terms of how our software could look based on simply talking to our team. They have incredibly talented people at STX who have more than a technical understanding of things. They've been able to make invaluable suggestions on several different occasions.

Is there anything STX Next could have improved or done differently?

The product isn't live yet, so I don't have a complete answer to that question. The only issue I've had so far is in terms of us being greedy and wanting access to more of their resources, particularly for design. Their designer is spread across a number of different projects. STX Next seems to have a high bar in terms of hiring people. If we could have had greater access to more of their design talent, we could do more, particularly in terms of front-end development. There haven't been any instances in which a particular item could have been done better; the closest example is our inability to get all the design resources we want. 

The experience has been positive overall. Our company has been in the ticketing business for nine years and we've never outsourced successfully before. We spent six to nine months looking for viable outsourcing options and trying different people before settling on STX Next and deciding to scale up with them. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It's hard to say because we're still figuring out the scope of the project. STX Next has been very good so far.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Python Development for Financial Services Firm

“STX Next used tools that were flexible and very easy to implement.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2008 - 2014
Project summary: 

STX Next was initially contracted to do programming work for portals and blogs. They later developed a custom back-end for the client’s proprietary solution.

The Reviewer
 
1001-5000 Employees
 
Warsaw, Poland
Former Director of Product Development, Financial Services Firm
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

STX delivered several blogs, and there was a 5 to 10 percent engagement increase for various activities. The blogs successfully served as a lead generation channel and brought in new customers. The client praises STX Next for their dedication to every project, flexibility, and thorough understanding of modern tools.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We were partly a technology company and partly a nonbanking product distributor or agent, for items like insurance, investment funds, and mobile systems. The technological part of our activity was sub-contracting the IT [information technology] work of the banks and large financial institutions.

What is your position?

I was the product director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

There was a collaboration between the companies that STX Next was merged with. We have used them because they were a bit more flexible than the parent company of STX Next. A larger company owned STX Next, which was a bit heavy in terms of delivering business. That's why we decided to go with someone who is lighter and more flexible, and STX Next was our choice.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They did programming work for us, for portals and blogs that would engage our clients, involving them in discussions and in the information loop. We wanted to have more knowledge about their behavior and have more sales generated for our product. That was the main business idea for hiring them – to have them develop a solution from beginning to end, and provide maintenance. They did all back-end development, and they were not involved in the design work. We also worked with a few other developers and more worldwide companies.

I don't remember exactly how many developers were assigned to the project, I suppose around eight to 10 people, mainly Python programmers. It depended on the phase of the development. The project was managed both from our side and their side, with a project manager on each side. The work had to be coordinated locally, because our company has a complicated structure. We used an Agile method during the development as I remember it. I'm not the IT [information technology] guy, my perspective is just from the sales point of view. I'm not fully aware of all the IT issues and subjects that came up during their work. I can only give you my view on that.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

To be honest, I don't know. I wasn't in the committee, but usually how we do this is we have a two-step approach. We ask the company about pricing and delivery capabilities, and then we have some kind of cross-comparison with the pricing and with the possibility of delivery. But, I wasn't involved in this process, in this case. There was some kind of competition, I would say. It was a few years ago, in 2011 or 2012.

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

It was around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The last time I worked with them, for myself, was in 2013-2014, so about one and a half years ago. The collaboration lasted from 2008 or 2009, until 2014. In 2014, the company was closing, so all the activity was put in frozen mode.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

They delivered two or three different blogs, which are available on the Internet. They were quite okay, compared to other providers, in terms of time and budget, and they were very flexible. There was an increase in sales, maybe not too high – it was around 5 to 10 percent in certain activities, for example, in insurance. The blog served as a lead generation channel and brought us some new clients. It informed people on what we are doing and involved them with us. If the prospective customer became a client, for me it was good. The prospect may also go to the other banks, or the other providers.

What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

I'm not an expert in IT technology, but they were quite modern. STX Next used tools that were flexible and very easy to implement. They moved quite fast once they committed to a project. They have teams dedicated to the specific project or specific issue; if necessary, the team can expand, hiring the experts in each particular case. When they are no longer needed, the team reverts to its initial structure. This kind of approach is not very popular, at least in this part of Europe, because the expert knowledge is much more expensive than the regular work.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

I don't know. I was not the project manager responsible for them, I just had them as results providers. I was the owner of the new business that was generated, not involved in the project phases all the time. I just put some measurements, "I want this, this, and this." It's hard for me to say what they need to improve.

5.0
Overall Score They were very positive and very professional.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are very flexible on that, and they are timekeepers. They do quite OK from my point of view.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was an investment, a three-year investment cycle. We didn't invest so much, to be honest, and we observed some kind of increase in sales. That's fine for me. Their contribution was a component in the toolbox, so they were not the main drivers of the
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I received a blog with certain functionalities, a certain layout, and specific performance. For example, three milliseconds of reaction time. From my perspective, it was definitely exceptional.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Yes, of course. Without any doubt. They delivered what they committed to, and they are project oriented and problem oriented. I would recommend them, of course.