Python Powerhouse - Web & Mobile development teams

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We are Europe’s largest Python software house. We have over 170 Python, JS, React Native and full-stack developers ready to supercharge your project with extraordinary code, the Agile way.

Based in Poland, we employ a total of over 300 people including Product Designers, Manual QA and QA Automation Engineers, DevOps Engineers and business communication experts ensuring smooth cooperation with our partners.

With 13 years of experience under our belt, we can provide full-stack web development and cross-platform mobile app solutions to clients across all industries using Python Django, Flask, Twisted, Angular, ReactJS, React Native and more. Moreover, we are proud to work with long-term technology partners throughout the US, Canada, Western Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.

Great software begins long before the first line of code is written. That’s why we start our development process with Discovery workshops, UX/UI, web graphic design and deep analysis of your business needs.

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

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
2005
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Poznań, Poland
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Seerene, Verve, Hogarth WW, Pixomondo, Unity Technologies, Blocktrade, IMD Optimad, Wunderman, Vyze, Coras, Realface, BetBright, KNMP, Paze, Decernis, Lamden, Zappi, Newable, finstreet and more.

Lamden

ABOUT

Lamden is a suite of developer tools that speed up the process of creating new and custom blockchains and apps. The Lamden Tau token connects these new projects together to create the first ever blockchain enterprise solution. The Tau token has a more general use as a universal swap token between most existing cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. This will allow TAU to exchange seamlessly between endless cryptocurrency pairs.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Clove, which we are working on, is a decentralized application that makes atomic swaps between chains easy. Most Bitcoin-based and Ethereum-based chains, including ERC20 tokens, are compatible with the protocol. Clove enables decentralized payment channel swaps and facilitates trustless communication between compatible blockchains on the network.

 

Seerene

ABOUT

Seerene is a code+people management platform that sets a new standard for how CIOs manage their most important resources – their codebase and engineering capacity. The company is based in Germany with additional offices in Hong Kong and the US.

 

CHALLENGE

The biggest challenge for the multiple product teams in this project has been finding the right way to implement deep analytics algorithms that transform low-level code-related metrics into KPIs and insights for C-Level users, Seerene’s target group. The team is constantly developing new features and machine learning capabilities into the product to make the raw data more consumable and full of value for decision makers of large corporates.

 

STX Next tackled the challenge by providing 2 full Scrum teams (+ Product Design support) and integrating their work with Seerene’s internal teams.

Zappi

ABOUT

Zappi is a new company on the UK supply teaching market. They come with 20 years of experience in recruitment and education and a strong focus on positive user experience and employee happiness. Their new app effortlessly connects teaching and support staff with local schools for supply work—making the process faster, easier and more transparent. Zappi teachers lead to happy kids!

 

CHALLENGE

Zappi approached us with the need to design and build their application almost from scratch. But they knew they wanted Python, as they were well-versed in its advantages. They emphasized developing the application following good practices. We used the design thinking process to shape the solution and agile methodology to implement it. Thanks to our joint efforts, the Zappi idea of creating freedom of choice for schools and supply staff is live.

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 a complete regulatory intelligence on the market through unique, fully integrated, patented technology platforms covering over 80,000 regulations.

 

CHALLENGE

Decernis’ application was based on a fairly old technological stack. Supporting the technology was a growing challenge, and Decernis saw the need to push the project into a direction where they could switch to newer technologies with better support. Another challenge for Decernis was finding a partner who could work with their multiple offices in various locations around the globe and across multiple time zones.

Signal Kit

Signal Kit is a complete communication suite for the K-12 community. With cloud-based mass communication, internal collaboration, business intelligence and industry leading oversight.

 

STX Next delivered:

- Discovery workshops followed by a UX Audit of the existing web system to understand the potential risks, test usability and accessibility, find friction points, and recommend improvements.

- A full-featured React Native mobile app.

- Web App Improvements. We took an existing system and improved its design coherency to create or adjust the features that met the requirements of the users and business partners. We also prepared the product for future improvements.

- Product recognition support through various design tasks, from product marketing materials, through motion and interaction designs and vision, to small interface tweaks.

Newable Business Finance

ABOUT

Newable Limited is a leading SME lender in the UK. Newable Limited and Liberis Limited. Newable Business Finance is focused on enabling growth of UK SMEs through the provision of finance to those who feel they are unable to access finance through mainstream providers (such as banks).

 

CHALLENGES

Newable reached out to us with a complete idea for the product’s MVP and a very short deadline. They were faced with the task of transferring their whole loan application process from paper printed documents to the Internet. The system had to be easy to understand and use and reduce application time for end-customers while still including several levels of approval.

STX Next delivered the entire platform along with automatic payments/payouts, integration with external tools, and additional mentoring services.

Blocktrade

ABOUT

Blocktrade is a state-of-the-art crypto trading platform that prioritizes speed, reliability and safety. It allows retail users, brokers, professional traders as well as institutional money managers to trade with crypto assets and indices in a fully audited and highly secure way.

CHALLENGE

Blocktrade’s challenge was to build a top-of-the-line trading portal in the shortest possible time window and build an internal team of experts who will take over the development of the solution provided by STX Next. Working with Blocktrade, we created a web application that will allow retail users, brokers, professional traders as well as institutional money managers to trade with crypto assets and indices in a fully audited, highly secure way, performing similarly to Nasdaq.

 

 

TBSeen

ABOUT

TBSeen is a startup run by 12 British female celebrities, including the founder Kate Thornton. TBSeen.com brings together money-saving deals, offers, and rewards from 500 carefully-curated brands, blended with original, entertaining and helpful content.

 

CHALLENGE

TBSeen is a unique start-up case. Due to celebrities bringing in followers that immediately converted to sales, the site is making money from day one. The problem was scaling up: with a London agency of just a few devs, TBSeen could not keep up with the pace of their business growth. The need to scale rapidly and within budget brought TBseen and STX Next together.

 

STX Next provided TBSeen with discovery workshops, a full Scrum team, full-stack development, automated testing, business analysis, continuous integration and product design services.

Verve

ABOUT

Verve (Formerly known as StreetTeam) is the world’s leading peer-to-peer sales and marketing software for live entertainment. Verve enables its customers to turn their most influential fans into ambassadors who promote their events, selling more than 300,000 tickets in 14 countries since 2012.

CHALLENGE

Verve came to us with an original product built in PHP and a long list of reasons why they wanted to switch to Python going forward, referring to it as a more modern solution. Their current development team is well-versed in PHP but not Python, so they were looking for a provider to manage development in the midterm while their own developers got up to speed on using Python.

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
  • ...

Unity Technologies

ABOUT

Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Unity's powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems.
 

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 they choose. 

CHALLENGE

For Coras, the challenge was releasing a working MVP of their product in a short period of time in order to secure another advance of their financing. They were looking to create an app from scratch to serve as a ticket distribution platform for cultural and entertainment events from many content providers. One of the main issues was finding a common solution for all stakeholders of the project and integrating it with one of the major European airlines.

 

STX Next Delivered

  • 2 Full Scrum teams to meet the designated goals of the project.
  • Manage the mark back of tickets from one seller to the other for both general admission and seated events
  • Track ticket sales across all...

Realface (Acquired by Apple in 2017)

ABOUT

RealFace was a company whose mission was to revolutionize the way people are recognized. They were creating A.I software with the aim of bringing back human perception to digital process, delivering to customers the technologies needed to connect with their consumers in the digital era. Acquired by Apple in 2017.

CHALLENGE

RealFace was looking for a tech partner who could integrate their library written in C and take over development from a previous company. Their real challenge, however, was to find developers who could understand the logic of the AI face recognition system and deal with GPUImage and the dlib face detector.

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 everyday use on your device.

FEATURES

    ...

Pixomondo

Pixomondo is an international visual effects company with a global network of studios in Los Angeles, Toronto, Stuttgart, Beijing, Vancouver, Frankfurt and Shanghai. The company is revolutionizing its industry offering visual effects production and supervision, CG character creation, 3D animation and pre-visualization for the feature film, television, and commercial industries. Among their projects are Game of Thrones, Star Trek Discovery, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men, Fast and Furious and Wonder Woman.

CHALLENGE:

Pixomondo receives video frames from their clients in different formats with different naming conventions and file structures. Each asset requires specific preprocessing which until now was done semi-automatically with console tools. Their challenge was to create a configurable desktop application with a UI for automating the preprocessing step, allowing Pixomondo to implement further image processing.

SOLUTION:

To achieve this goal, STX...

finstreet

ABOUT

finstreet GmbH provides consulting services to banking and financial services organizations in Germany. Their focus is on the conceptual design, as well as the development and distribution of digital products and business models.

CHALLENGE

finstreet’s biggest challenge was the race against time. They needed to create a banking application in less than 4 months. The app required fully responsive web design while providing the highest quality of user experience. At the same time, server-side app security was a top priority for this banking project.

STX Next Delivered

  • 1 Full Scrum team
  • Backend Development
  • Frontend Development
  • UI Design
  • Automated Testing
  • Automation of deployment processes

FusePump

ABOUT

FusePump is a strategic partner for brands, helping them understand and apply technology to succeed in digital commerce. Established in 2009, FusePump started by offering technology that scrapes websites and returns organized, high-quality, real-time data. In 2011, the company launched the first ever BuyNow solution which uses the same data-retrieving expertise to connect customers with live retailer prices.

CHALLENGE

The client came to us with an idea for the product’s MVP. The system needed to be easy to use and flexible enough to build different types of advertisements. The biggest challenge for FusePump was to provide a common solution for all clients who had different needs.

STX Next Delivered

  • One permanent and one temporary Scrum Team available exclusively to the client
  • A set of features and tools extending the basic functionalities of the platform (e.g. providing a...

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 the product, which delivers the very best user experience possible.

CHALLENGE

With three internal teams already working on their project, BetBright found themselves with a need to scale up their development rapidly. In order to do so, they were looking for capable and affordable developers with the ability to make an immediate impact. 

 

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 personalized bet recommendations based on the customers’ bet history. (15+% conversion...

The Outplay

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.

CHALLENGE

TheOutplay was looking for a tech partner to create an MVP of their product. Their goal was to present the MVP to potential clients and investors and secure further rounds of funding. They were looking for a quick and cost-effective solution to have a presentable prototype as soon as possible.

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...

T Dispatch

ABOUT

T Dispatch was a progressive software development company which has built a unique dispatch system for passenger transport fleets.

CHALLENGE

Due to T Dispatch’s diverse, global customer base, there was a demand for localized customer features and payment service provider integrations. The development team also had to focus on improving the performance of the overall system in order to handle an increasing number of end-users.

STX Next Delivered

  • New search engine, over 10 times faster than the previous one 
  • Increased performance which eliminated system outages 
  • Security improvements related to booking and payment processes 
  • Integration with payment providers in 7 countries 

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 was created

Key Ingredient

ABOUT

Founded in 2005, Key Ingredient is based in Austin, Texas, and features more than 2 million recipes that have been shared by cooks over the years. With about 3,000,000 unique visitors per month, their largest demographic segment consists of millennial home cooks.

CHALLENGE

The website, despite its long existence, was poorly optimized for SEO and the design required some refreshment, especially on the mobile site, because the majority of the users access the website from a mobile device. Another issue was that the page loading time was highly insufficient. The code itself contained a lot of legacy code, with outdated libraries and unused features.
 

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...

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. (This project was 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.

Paze.me

ABOUT

Paze was founded on the premise of eliminating the dependency on short-term credit and encourage working people to save. It 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.

CHALLENGE

Paze needed to scale up their development team quickly while ensuring that they bring software engineers with the right skills on board. They were about to launch their service and needed more resources for support and future development.

STX Next Delivered

  • Every day reports about reconciliation
  • Tab for checking statuses of disbursements
  • Using cards for paying installments after opt-out
  • Tab for employers to manage their employees 

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.

CHALLENGE

Due to limited internal bandwidth, Cielo24 sought a qualified technology partner to support their inhouse development team on a series of complex projects. They were looking for skilled developers who could develop and maintain their product.

STX Next Delivered

  • User requirements validation
  • Project scoping
  • Data preparation and migration
  • Custom functional development
  • User Interface/User Experience
  • Performance testing, maintenance and support

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. Formerly known as NewComLink, Vyze raised $13 million in series B funding in 2016, bringing the total funding to $35 million.

CHALLENGE

The main challenge for Vyze was scaling up their internal development team, bringing resources onboard with the right skill set, who could hit the ground running and be able to execute on their strategy. They required qualified developers with extensive knowledge and previous experience.

STX Next Delivered

  • On-site financing platform for retailers
  • Fulfilling eCommerce financing experience
  • Advanced and robust API
  • Full...

KNMP

ABOUT

KNMP (The Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association) is a Dutch umbrella organization 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.

CHALLENGE

The goal was to create a viable product that would help KNMP manage shortages and inform specialists about supply forecasts. The ambitious goal was to be completed within a fixed price/fixed scope project. Despite very thorough documentation, the final product needed to evolve to fit the needs of the end users.

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 

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Web Dev for Parcel Carrier & Shipping Platform

"They’ve maintained the same standards we have on our own team."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next provided Python developers to augment an existing development team. Projects included integration of shipping carriers into e-commerce platforms and AWS implementation. The partnership is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Wexford, Ireland
Junior Godoi
Software Engineering Manager, Scurri
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s developers integrated fully into an existing process, matching its quality and workflow standards. STX Next offers varied consultation services, ensuring skillful assistance for unique challenges. Expect to smooth incorporate team members from this reliable partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the software engineering manager for Scurri, an IT company providing carrier integration for e-commerce merchants. We connect and optimize online ordering, shipping, and delivery. It’s a dynamic platform and API designed to be simple, effective, and adaptable.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We needed help scaling our team when we received big projects with fast deadlines. Specifically, we needed Python developers, and they’re difficult to find due to demand. We work with high-profile customers and we needed developers who would integrate seamlessly into our own team with no decline in quality.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They came on board a few years into the existence of our platform. They’re embedded completely in our process to the point that there’s no difference between one of our in-house developers and one of theirs. We’ve given them specifications for all the work that needs to be done. They've helped us integrate new shipping carriers into e-commerce platforms.

What is the team composition?

We’re working with three full-stack Python developers from STX Next. They assist with coding, databasing, and infrastructure elements. We also discuss details with their project manager every two weeks.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

Our engineering manager found them originally, and we contacted them again for our current engagement.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost is over $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in April 2018 and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Adding their developers did not slow down our process at all, nor diminish its quality. They’ve maintained the same standards we have on our own team. We’re completely satisfied with the quality and reliability of what they’ve delivered.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve never had any issues with their project manager, who responds immediately whenever we have questions or suggestions. Their developers take part in our planning and retro meetings. We have our own Kanban development process and we communicate through Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They offer a broad range of consultation services. We can always count on getting specialists for single tasks—AWS implementation, for example—who bring a unique understanding of the work needed. It’s like paying for three developers while also having access to skilled consultants who can help whenever needed.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would help our business if they could offer service at any time of the day.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Always work to understand the developers personally during the onboarding process and integrate them fully into the team. Don’t treat them as a third-party service.

5.0
Overall Score they’re always willing to get feedback and improve.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Dev Support for Multi-Channel Retail Platform

“Not only are they familiar with general tech stacks, but they’re also willing to learn new platforms to help us grow.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next provides outsourced development to support an existing multi-channel marketplace. They address bugs, make improvements, and help develop new features.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, England
Product Manager, Multi-Channel Retail Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform and business have grown substantially over the course of the engagement thanks to STX Next’s team. Dependable and supportive, they’re quick to address technical challenges and have even worked off hours to keep the platform live. Customers can expect proactive communication.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a multi-channel marketplace platform that works with independent brands to sell a variety of products, including homeware, fashion, and jewelry. As the product manager, I oversee STX Next’s developers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We decided to outsource all of our development to STX Next so that we wouldn't have to hire and coordinate between different vendors. Their team works with our CTO to improve and maintain our platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next handles all of our development support to enhance our marketplace solution. It’s a custom built platform that allows independent brands to sell products through our site. Brands can upload portfolio items through a design dashboard, manage their profile, and update their listings.

So far, STX Next has resolved bugs and assisted with new developments. While the team is proficient in Python and JavaScript, they’ve also learned to work with Cubic to help build features. They now continue to maintain our site.

What is the team composition?

They’ve assigned an overall account manager who serves as the point of contact between us and our developers. Initially, we worked with a single developer but have since expanded their team to two.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

Our CTO had research and contacted several options, including STX Next. We set up a call with them and were impressed with their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

They’ve worked with us since April 2018, and I don’t foresee us ending the engagement anytime soon.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since joining the project, they’ve helped us maintain and grow our platform. Whenever we’ve had a technical emergency or unforeseen downtime, they’ve always been available to keep the site live, even if it meant acting out of hours.

Furthermore, STX Next is willing to scale to our project’s needs, providing qualified, professional resources. At one point, one of our developers needed to switch to a different project, so they replaced him with and helped bring the new member up to speed to ensure a smooth transition.​

​​​​​​How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re professional and communicative. We use Slack to keep in touch throughout the week and Trello to track tasks.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Not only are they familiar with general tech stacks, but they’re also willing to learn new platforms to help us grow. We use Cubic to generate the experiences on our website, which neither of their developers had worked with before. But they were able to pick it up to support us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, their work has been great, and they have high standards. Sometimes there can be a bit of a language barrier since they’re based in Poland, and we’re in England. But this hasn’t affected the work.

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

Web Support for Financial Analysis Platform

"I had a pleasant experience overall working with them."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2018 - Sep. 2018
Project summary: 

STX Next provided a supplemental engineer to offer web interface support for a financial company. They developed several features to sort multidimensional data using React.js, Redux, Python, and Django.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Software Engineer, Financial Analysis Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although poor communication led to a shortened engagement, the engineer provided quality work during ramp time. The management team, however, was thoroughly engaged and mindful of the project’s success, creating an amicable working relationship.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the former lead developer of a financial technology company. Specifically, we offered a software product that helped quantitative analysts with their investing. It spans the range from very heavy statistical computations to data management to data visualization.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

Given that the company included just the founder and me, we needed outside assistance to scale appropriately. STX Next was brought on to provide web interface support.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were in need of a supplemental engineer as this wasn’t a well-defined project with a start and an end. We worked with a single engineer based in Poland that would accomplish our assigned tasks. We’d communicate daily and provide specific pieces of work concerning our web interface, including building new features and fixing bugs.

Our interface included elements with React.js, Redux and ES2015 JavaScript, along with Python and Django in the backend.

Among the projects he completed was adding a date filtering functionality to our generic table views of multidimensional data. He also added a means to manage a multidimensional dataset further—they can’t be displayed very easily, so users need to filter it down to 2D data. The engineer worked with the UI that allowed the user to decide how to go from nD to 2D.

What is the team composition?

We worked with just the one engineer, but we were in occasional contact with his manager, as well.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

The founder of the company created a list of potential companies that were all based outside of the United States. I am unsure of how he found them all, however.

How much have you invested with them?

I’d estimate that we spent around $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement spanned May 2018–September 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We ultimately found it difficult to communicate with a remote engineer, which led to a shortened contract. In those four months, a lot of the work was completed in ramp time, so he did not seriously start contributing to our business. He completed some minor features. If he had stayed on longer, there might be more of an impact I could point to, but given the duration, it would be difficult to do so now.

That said, the engineer was very smart, and I learned a lot from him. We had trouble communicating across time zones, but the work he produced was quality. He’s smart and a sound engineer.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

Our side served as the project manager in this case, so there was not much that needed to be managed or tracked from their team. The engineer received our directions and completed the work. We used Trello to keep track of tasks, and we communicated using Slack and Google Hangouts.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The company as a whole is easy to work with. They were responsive to our messages, and they checked in with us constantly. I had a pleasant experience overall working with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I’ll reiterate the need for the engineer’s communication skills to improve, but I can’t suggest anything specific for the company.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

As a general piece of advice for hiring overseas, one must be willing to deal with the time zone differences.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I think some things took longer because of our communication troubles.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was a reasonable cost for the engineer’s skill level.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They produce good quality work.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They’re worth working with, but you must be aware of the challenges of a remote worker.

Backend & Frontend Dev Support for Property Platform

“We changed our expectations quite a bit, and they expertly accommodated our requests.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Using a variety of technology, STX Next built functions that support contract generation, centralized documentation, value estimation, and payment collection processes for a property management platform.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Barcelona, Spain
CEO, Property Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Outside parties have praised STX Next’s work on the platform’s backend system. Despite some management and scheduling challenges, their team was dynamic and flexible. Their staff is responsive to scope changes, adjusting their workflow to accommodate any request.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a platform that helps landlords efficiently manage their renters. We automate all of the manual steps in the process, from generating contracts to collecting rent.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We were just starting out. I’d developed a proof of concept with some freelancers and had a few people using the platform. I needed to find a vendor that could help me improve the system’s structure and launch the business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next worked on the MVP of our property management platform. They used Django Python for the backend development and React for the frontend. The entire system runs on AWS with a PostgreSQL database.

The team was responsible for four main features. They programmed the platform to generate contracts based on data provided by the landlords. They created a centralized documentation component to manage informational files for each property. They built an estimation function that could calculate the return on a property based on its rent prices and current value. Finally, they integrated the platform with different payment methods to collect money from tenants. The system is connected to one of the main payment and collection services in Europe and supports both credit and debit cards. The STX Next team also linked the platform to a service that lets landlords view all the transactions associated with a specific account. They continue to support our development needs while we gather some initial metrics to share with investors.

What is the team composition?

Unlike many other agencies, STX Next provides full-time resources that don’t work on a project-by-project basis. For the bulk of the work, I contracted a project manager, a frontend developer, and a backend developer. They also provided designers on an hourly basis. Currently, we’re only working with one full-stack developer who’s been with us since the beginning.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

I was located in Asia at the time, and I was looking to work with a European vendor to avoid major time zone discrepancies. I shared my ideas with a few agencies. STX Net had a strong reputation in Poland, and they offered a competitive price. I also found them to be the most professional.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent between €45,000–€50,000 (approximately $51,000–$56,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with STX Next in July 2017, and the relationship is ongoing for the time being. I’m happy with their work, but I’ll be hiring my own in-house team soon to improve our internal operations with more in-person collaboration.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’ve presented the platform to outside parties, and they’ve praised its backend systems. STX Next was flexible in their workflow, allowing us to add more features throughout the development process. We changed our expectations quite a bit, and they expertly accommodated our requests. It was a dynamic collaboration.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Jira to track the project, and we handle day-to-day communication through Slack. They aren’t bad, but they do need to optimize their management processes. Sometimes, they offer up suggestions that could benefit the platform but would hurt our overall business. At times, I’ve felt that they were more focused on their company than mine.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’m impressed by how quickly they’re able to allocate resources to our project. When we work on specific features, they promptly provide specialists to help us out for a few hours.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’re a bit expensive.

Any advice for potential customers?

Clients should hire STX Next to help them through the last stage of scoping out a project.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were some delays, especially in the beginning.
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design & Dev for Financial Trading Facility

“Not only are they transparent and flexible, but they’ve been immensely helpful when we needed to scale up.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next worked in close tandem with an internal team to build a crypto exchange platform. They developed the backend in Python with a PostgreSQL database and used AngularJS on the frontend.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Slovenia
CEO, Blocktrade AG
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite the growing scope, STX Next helped develop and launch the project while remaining within budget. The team has integrated well with in-house resources, providing critical project management and feedback as needed. They now continue to refine the site and add new frontend features.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Blocktrade AG, a crypto-asset exchange platform focused on being fully regulatory-compliant.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We were trying to get to market as soon as possible but had a hard time finding an experienced team to onboard quickly and develop our exchange platform. As a result, we established an internal team to handle the initial site development before partnering with STX Next for front- and backend support.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We collaborated with STX Next to develop our trading facility website. The platform itself isn’t a blockchain, but, rather, it’s a centralized exchange within internal matching systems. The site is Swiss guarded with the highest security features and fully complies with market regulations.

Both teams were responsible for the front- and backend along with all APIs and necessary parts. They built our site using Python on the backend with a PostgreSQL database. On the frontend, they used AngularJS and the different libraries that go with it. Everything was held in Docker, so it was easy to deploy.

STX Next was also instrumental in helping us secure an agency to handle the mobile development side of the project. They took part in the discussion and served as a liaison between us and the other developers. Even though another company handled the mobile development, from our perspective, it was as if STX Next had done all the work.

Currently, we’re working to optimize site performance, extending our APIs and adding new features. This involves improving the charting library, adding better wallets, listing new crypto assets, adjusting and refining database performance, and upgrading the app.

What is the team composition?

The team changed based on our demand. We initially started with three backend developers, two frontend developers, a QA tester, and a project manager. At our peak, they assigned four backend developers and 4–5 frontend developers. We’re now working with three backend developers and one QA tester.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We reviewed the available development resources in the market and shortlisted a few candidates to meet in person. Out of all of them, STX Next was the most competent and flexible option, and they had the required expertise.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around €400,000 (approximately $453,000 USD) so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in November 2017, and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s hard to attribute all the results to one party or the other because it’s been a mutual collaboration. However, we see them as part of our team. Together, we’ve launched the beta site and went live with a full version.

We’re now focusing on optimizing our productivity, and STX Next has continued to give us feedback. With their support, we’ve been able to improve our delivery and development speed and are satisfied with STX Next’s work.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve done a great job at project management. In the beginning, we didn’t have a dedicated project manager on our side, so they assigned a resource who synchronized everyone across both offices. We now communicate daily through Slack, and they use Jira and Confluence for tracking and documentation.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’ve done a great job overall. Not only are they transparent and flexible, but they’ve been immensely helpful when we needed to scale up. When the time came to scale down, it was no problem, either.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing comes to mind.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

It’s crucial to treat STX Next as part of your team rather than just an outsourced vendor. Clear communication is also important because it simplifies processes. Finally, an internal project manager or product owner helps align everyone to achieve your goals.

5.0
Overall Score They’re transparent and flexible, and we will continue working together in the future.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We started out with a schedule in mind but expanded the scope a lot. They were willing to deliver on this and actually stuck to the timeline.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We developed a sophisticated crypto exchange on a budget, and they were still able to deliver the product at a competitive level.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality was good, and they had a solid QA process. They resolved all bugs before going into production.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It’s an easy choice to refer them to someone else.

Online Platform for Security Consulting Firm

"STX Next took the time to really understand what we wanted to achieve and how we envisioned the product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2018 - Sep. 2018
Project summary: 

STX Next designed a platform to supplement security and crisis management services. The team led a three-day discovery workshop first and then created story maps of the final product. The project is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
CFO, Security Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The designs met all requirements and have attracted new clients and prospective investors. STX NEXT is moving into the development stage. The team is highly collaborative, providing creative solutions and responding quickly to inquiries. They’ve delivered high-quality products at exceptional value.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CFO at a security, crisis investigation, and intelligence consulting firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We’re looking to turn our consulting firm into a quasi-consulting tech firm that offers an online platform. The software would allow clients to view their data through a meaningful dashboard and for our firm to better serve their needs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next helped us build the platform we envisioned. First, they hosted a three-day discovery workshop to chip away at what this project would achieve, how we would do it, and what the end product would look like. Before, we had a vague list of desired functionalities. The STX Next team helped us come up with a complete and streamlined vision of the platform. We envisioned four modules that make up the system: intelligence, to educate clients; threat assessment, to evaluate the probability of potential threats to their companies; crisis management, to create procedures in case something goes wrong; and investigations, to implement after something has gone wrong. The team then took that vision and brought it to life.

What is the team composition?

We first communicated with a business development representative and her superior, who together worked to take our proposal to the next steps. Our development team—consisting of a project leader, a development expert, and a UI/UX expert—picked up the project from there and has handled it from start to finish.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

My colleague found STX Next and was ultimately responsible for hiring them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between £5,000–£10,000 ($6,600–$13,200 USD) but we’re planning to spend between £100,000–£400,000 ($132,000–$528,000 USD) for the full scope of the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2018, and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

STX Next has delivered us a story map of what the platform will look like and a roadmap of how they will develop it. These two products allow us to show our clients what we’ve been building and how it can serve them. We are also using these maps to show shareholders and potential investors how we’re creating additional value for them.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

Their business development representative has been responsive to our questions and proactive to make sure we’re happy and have everything we need. The development team itself has an innovative approach to collaboration that we plan on replicating with our own projects with clients.

What did you find most impressive about them?

STX Next took the time to really understand what we wanted to achieve and how we envisioned the product. During the discovery workshop, they asked us many questions and then followed up our answers with insights and further questions. This approach set them apart from other developers we talked to during the shopping period for this project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In some ways, they were more expensive than we expected, but they also clearly explained why. They deliver exceptional products at great value compared to other, potentially less expensive firms.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Have them host a discovery workshop. We found it invaluable to figuring out exactly what we were hoping to accomplish with this project. We went from having a vague vision that we couldn’t quite put on paper to a clear understanding of what we wanted to achieve, how to achieve, and what the end product will look like.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve only had one deadline from them. It was pushed back a bit, but not particularly late.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web & Native App Dev for Education Staffing Firm

“They're very friendly, honest, and approachable.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next designed and built a web-based platform and mobile app, using Django and React Native, incorporating custom features as requested.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Andrew Larholt
Founder & CEO, Zappi Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STX Next's whole approach to product development, including an on-site discovery workshop, is extremely valuable. In addition to delivering a robust, well-performing web and mobile app, their team is highly organized, proactive, professional, and trustworthy overall.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the co-founder and CEO of Zappi Ltd, a recruitment platform that allows teachers and schools to connect directly.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We engaged STX Next to build our web-based platform and mobile app, including the frontend and backend.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next designed and developed both our web-based platform and mobile app, incorporating custom functionality and features as requested. After meeting with their team for a three-day discovery workshop in Poland, they then went into design and development, using Django and Reactive Native to build the platforms.

What is the team composition?

We work with a scrum master, tester, 2–3 designers, and 4–5 developers.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We found them on Clutch after spending a lot of time researching vendors for the project. After narrowing our choices down to a few options, we decided to work with STX Next based on their experience, methodology, and pricing.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our entire business revolves around the platform STX Next built, so their work has been invaluable. Although we just launched, we've already received a lot of positive feedback from users and our team is very happy with it overall.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management is one of STX Next's greatest strengths. They're very organized and responsive, utilizing the latest tools to stay on top of tasks, including Jira, Slack, and Zeplin.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're very friendly, honest, and approachable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There's room for improving their frontend capabilities and React Native knowledge, but they're in the process of expanding those expertise.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I highly recommend taking advantage of their discovery workshop; it was very beneficial in our process.

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

Software Programming for K12 Communication Platform

"They’ve been very helpful in formalizing our processes."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next provides software, Android and iOS application development for a K-12 communication platform. Key features include sending out mass messages to schools, classes, or individual students.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Missouri
Bill Noll
COO, Signal Kit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team works smoothly and professionally, with a clean work process and efficient project management systems. They communicate effectively, despite a large geographical and time difference, and have demonstrated their thorough technical knowledge.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO at Signal Kit. We provide communication services for the K–12 education space in the United States. We allow them to do mass communication for their entire school, class, students, or parents.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

We wanted to expand our development capacity for software programming, at a lower cost than what we could get with resources here in the U.S. We didn’t want to hire in-house because our needs were fluctuating pretty widely at the time. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next helped us better define and develop additional software features for our platform.

We have another effort with them, and they're developing our iOS and Android mobile applications. This is another option for our end users as opposed to just accessing our site. One additional feature they implemented is a performance enhancement, and another is for social media posts. For example, we can push out information and school updates via voice, SMS text, and email, as well as into the web app and on social media platforms. Their team provides software testing as well.

What is the team composition?

I worked with a salesperson, a project owner who helps secure the resources, a project manager, three developers, a UI/UX person, an auxiliary resource, and a programmer on the mobile app. We’re bringing on a dev ops resource in two weeks and another developer.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We were looking for a company that would help us bring in experienced resources, was readily available, and had a good track record at delivering on their word. We stumbled across them online. We did some research, found a lot of glowing reviews of their work, and reached out to them.

How much have you invested with them?

$75,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our team is very impressed with their work process and enjoys working with them, having developed a good sense of confidence in their work. The first piece of work they did for us was around performance. They got the job done and identified other opportunities, rather than just doing specifically what they were asked. We liked how they acted as if they were part of the team.

We had gotten kind of lazy on our process of how we develop our software. They’ve been very helpful in formalizing our processes, so we’re very happy with that.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re very satisfied with the project management. We have a project manager on site there which helps since there’s such a time difference. He manages those resources and we interact with him directly as well as the developers. It’s been very helpful in managing the overall effort. We use Slack, email, GitHub, Jira, and a lot of the Atlassian ecosystems and use scrum as our overall work process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're pretty talented and know the technology stack that we use. They brought resources on that were very technical and savvy. They’re easy to work with and understand even though they’re far away from us in Poland. They’ve been a great group to work with and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They’ve been great to work with.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I like how we secured the project manager. It’s been very helpful having a point person in charge of all the resources. I recommend leveraging that resource if you get a decent size team.

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

Web App Dev for Sport Services Platform

“From the CTO to the developers, every individual was approachable and accessible.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - July 2018
Project summary: 

STX Next designed and developed a web app that lets users reserve tennis courts and coaching sessions. The platform features a subscription system, digital payment, and a mobile responsive design.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Co-Founder & CTO, Sports Services Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the platform has yet to launch, live users praise the app’s functions. STX Next had a winning combination of technical ability and personality. The team was quick to overcome technological challenges and adapted well to strict timelines, making them critical partners in the engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Respondent 1 (Co-Founder): I’m one of the co-founders of a sports services company. We’ve created a platform that uses technology to expand sports services, particularly within the U.K. tennis industry. Our overall business model seeks to bring together all elements of the sport, from helping users find venues to looking at how people execute real-world experiences with our app.

Respondent 2 (CTO): I serve as the CTO. In my role, I focus on understanding the product needs and translating them into technical solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

R2: We wanted to create a mobile responsive web app but lacked an in-house team to build it. At the time, we weren’t looking to take on anyone permanently, so we reached out to STX Next to help us design and develop our platform while still being flexible to our needs. We’ve since expanded their role into more of a long-term partnership.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

R1: Initially, they conducted a discovery phase to identify our challenges, understand our problems, and set goals. Their account manager and CTO conducted a high-level review of the project to define the scope and assemble a team of qualified developers.

Together, we were able to produce strong solutions and ramped up our development efforts. Rather than just dictating technical tasks or just handing them problems to solve, it was a collaborative effort between both parties. We also engaged their design and QA testing team.

R2: I worked directly with the developers to build the web app. One of our objectives was to be accessible on a wide variety of desktop and mobile devices. However, due to time constraints on our side, we couldn’t invest in full-native development and opted for a mobile responsive design instead. That way, we could still deploy the site in the App Store down the line.

The platform itself allows users to sign up, book coaching sessions, reserve tennis courts, and invite friends. We’ve also included a subscription payment system, which lets users pay a flat rate for a certain number of bookings.

What is the team composition?

R1: In the beginning, we worked with their account manager and CTO to scope out the project. From there, we coordinated with their developers, designers, and QA testers.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

R1: Going into this project, we reviewed several candidates, including STX Next. As we’ve mentioned, we wanted a partner that could provide a long-term, sustainable development program rather than just taking on a specific piece of work.

R2: Out of all the vendors we evaluated, STX Next came with several recommendations. I interviewed each developer individually, giving an hour-long technical review to test their capabilities. I was impressed by STX Next's performance. They scored highly on the technical side and demonstrated strong soft skills, so we felt comfortable moving forward with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

R1: The initial build lasted from February–July 2018, but we’re currently in between development phases. They were able to effectively get the platform to an MVP stage, so we’re still able to run pilots and gain user feedback. However, from a business and marketing viewpoint, we’ve decided to pause the project for the time being. We would prefer to continue understanding our users and prioritizing next-level features before launching the app.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

R1: Although we haven’t launched the platform yet, we’re still running various tests to gather user feedback. This means looking at the app from a product and value proposition perspective in addition to the technology and the user experience. So far, we’ve been extremely pleased with their services. I’m confident that if we were to go live today, the app would hold up.

R2: The team delivered many of the core and sub-features, and the app works well. We’ve completed a small-scale location test to gauge the app, and test users have successfully booked coaching sessions.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

R2: Because I worked closely with them, we shared project management responsibilities. We typically used an agile methodology, working in biweekly sprints to drive development. On occasion, we would also have weekly sprints when we needed to get something out quickly.

Each week, we’d have three check-ins as well as more in-depth meetings to discuss the product. We would then take product tickets and break them down into achievable tech solutions. I was impressed at how proactive the developers were in identifying potential issues and coming up with strong technical solutions.

R1: In terms of meeting deadlines, we were under a lot of time pressure due to industry events. STX Next was able to establish a timeline estimate, accelerate through development, and adhere to our schedule.

What did you find most impressive about them?

R2: Their developers were exceptionally personable and proactive. I appreciated that they believed in what we were doing. They were just as invested on the product side as they were with the tech side, and I liked how they were able to look at the platform from a user’s perspective. This made it easy to form a good working relationship.

R1: To build on that, I’d like to stress just how personable they were. When dealing with a larger company, it can be difficult to get a high level of in-person service. However, since I occupy more of an overarching role, I interacted directly with people from several departments, including their management. From the CTO to the developers, every individual was approachable and accessible. We always felt that we could discuss anything with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

R1: To get the most out of their services, focus on the design before transitioning to development. They actually advised us to do this, which was the logical order, but we decided to start with a dedicated development team first and engaged the design team mid-way. As a result, it took a while for the designers to come up to speed. They handled the situation well in the end and were flexible enough to accommodate our requests.

5.0
Overall Score It's rare to see a company with so many recommendations. Other CTOs in the industry have also worked with them with great success.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Data Entry System for Financial Market Platform

“STX Next provides a comprehensive set of skills and resources, which is helpful for a project like ours.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STX Next’s full stack developers built a series of MongoDBs that includes a calculation engine and data scraper. Via ElasticSearch, the backend feeds metrics to the frontend through a REST API.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Managing Director, Financial Market Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STX Next successfully built and delivered several complex products using sophisticated technology tools. They seamlessly integrated each component into a cutting-edge platform. The efficient, professional team features specialists for each stage of the project to deliver end-to-end solutions.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder of a startup for financial markets and information. We're building our new platform from scratch.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next

At the time, we were essentially building our business from scratch. It was a fairly holistic problem; we needed to hire developers to build a data entry system. Initially, we hired two software development houses to collaborate on our project. It was an interesting dynamic because they both used slightly different practices. I'd worked with the other team previously, but STX Next was new to us. As we got closer to finishing the MVP, we decided to only move forward with STX Next. We had them manage the project on their own.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STX Next built the architecture of the underlying technology for our entire business. The full stack developers usually use Python and Node. They programmed the frontend website using either Angular or React, as well. Our product is a series of backend Mongo databases. Each one works with slightly different types of metrics. They built a form entry with spreadsheet uploading capability and a calculation engine that computes complex financial market math.

A critical part of our system is the data scraping engine. It connects to APIs from external vendors including trace APIs from Condor. The system feeds information into a data service that uses ElasticSearch. It sends queries back and forth from the frontend in the form of a REST API.

What is the team composition? 

We started working with their top developer, who is exceptionally talented by any measure. The second resource we added was a bit weaker. They didn't work out, but STX Next assigned us a much more senior resource. Our first tester resigned, but we plan to hire a new one.

About six weeks ago, I took on a business analyst who's now performing the product owner role. Since then, we’ve hired another two developers with mid-level experience. We plan to add another one when our lead developer leaves at the end of the month.

How did you come to work with STX Next?

We found them through a recommendation.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started our collaboration with STX Next in July 2017, and we’re still working together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

STX Next completed everything we asked them to do. It’s a bit too early to assess how reliable of a solution they’ve developed. I don’t have the technical background to review its functionality using proper terms. A year ago, we started using the MongoDB database which wasn’t the right solution for us. This wasn’t STX Next’s decision, though; they just worked with it after the fact.

STX Next provides a comprehensive set of skills and resources, which is helpful for a project like ours. They have a strong business model and employ skilled and professional developers. The team can provide anything a client might need, from programmers, designers and testers to product owners and business analysts.

How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

STX Next pairs their teams with a business analyst. They prefer scrum to Kanban, at least for our website. Rather than having the developers test the product themselves or using an automated method, they manually have it tested externally.

Initially, a couple of STX Next’s contract developers worked under my internal business analyst. This paired team collaborated with my other developers. They essentially complied with directions and tried not to rock the boat. The developers from STX Next seem much happier with the new approach and have been more productive and efficient.

Regular status updates clearly indicate what’s being accomplished on a weekly basis. We’re currently running a standard project together using Jira as an organizational tool. Our communication via Google Hangouts and Slack has been excellent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Unlike other firms I’ve worked with, they don't get hung up on theoretical concepts or on building beautiful code at the expensive of actual accomplishments. I want to see how they cope with some of the new problems we’ve given them before I’ll have a concrete answer, though.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The way they work now is a bit different than before. I felt like I had to hassle them so they’d provide us with good teams. They became quite responsive after I did so and hired new resources to meet my needs.

They’re a tightly-managed business. This is impressive for the owner, but also means they lack the spare capacity to react to urgent issues quickly. This dilemma comes with a trade-off. STX Next would be much less valuable if they had a spare person perpetually waiting around to join in on the work.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

They work best when given projects with clear goals to work towards. When they’re given control of all aspects of a project, from product design to testing and development, clients should assess the resources they assign.

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Date of Formation
Mar 29, 2005
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Feb 6, 2019
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