Python Powerhouse - Web & Mobile development teams

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We are Europe’s largest Python software house. We have over 200 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 350 people including Product Designers, Manual QA and QA Automation, DevOps, Machine Learning, Data Engineers and business communication experts ensuring smooth cooperation with our partners.

With 14 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

Focus

Service lines
  • Web Development
  • Custom Software Development
  • Product Design
Client focus
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
Industry focus
  • Financial services
  • Advertising & marketing
  • Government
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Application platform
Artificial Intelligence Focus
Product Design

Portfolio

Key clients: 

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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
  • A system that builds a strong relationship between events and their fans
  • Advocacy driven model that can work in almost any vertical that has a shared experience at its core
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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.
 
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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 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 
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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

  • iOS and Android
  • Face detection functionality
  • Libraries: OpenCV, dlib

  • Mp4 with av-Foundation
  • Connections with Amazon S3 
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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 Next used sophisticated logic combined with regular expressions. It led the team to create a variety of unique processors dedicated to transforming the required files. All of the logic is easily configurable through a dedicated desktop application. This allowed us to retain the flexibility of console tools, but also greatly speed up batch operations and minimize the manual work behind repeatable tasks.

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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
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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 data validation tool and
a data mapping tool)
  • Analysis and ideas for improvements to the development process – delivered as a workshop in the spirit of Lean process management
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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 presentations purposes
  • Marketplace functionality for trading the segments
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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 
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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
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    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 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 with new tools (such as image management)
    • Automated tests (Selenium, Behave) to increase site quality 
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    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 
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    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.
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    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 
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    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
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    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 automatic test coverage with Behave and Selenium
    • Secure online credit applications and payments
    • Quick credit assessment
    • Intuitive front-end design 
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    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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    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)
    • “Automated Bonus” feature potentially adds 10% to every new customer LTV
    • Live Casino for Mobile enables users to place bets using mobile devices 

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    Software Dev for Digital Seafood Marketplace

    "They’re always trying to find a good solution."

    Quality: 
    4.0
    Schedule: 
    4.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    4.0
    The Project
     
    Confidential
     
    Rennes, France
    Project summary: 

    STX Next provided outsourced developers to work on an online marketplace. They built a product listing feature with online payment integration using Python and JavaScript.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    Rennes, Brittany, France
    Lead Developer, Seafood Marketplace
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Their support has helped realize the goals of the project, as they’ve provided quality code. STX Next’s developers have integrated well with the in-house team. They’re friendly and transparent.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the lead developer for a seafood marketplace.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We needed help with development.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    They work on the main development of the marketplace with our in-house team. They’re developing a feature to show the customers which products are available and which aren’t, as well as online payment integration. We’re using only Python for the backend. From time to time, they do a little bit of JavaScript.

    What is the team composition?

    We worked with one junior backend developer and one senior backend developer. There’s one QA engineer who is developing our automation testing and related features. The manager is my main point of contact.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    Our former CTO chose them, so I can’t say.

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Our aim at the beginning was to have more Python developers on the team, and they fit perfectly. We’re working as one big team. We’re able to develop the features that we want and the quality of work has been solid. They’re really experienced and they’ve made a great impact.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    We work in a scrum process and we haven’t had any troubles. They take part in our daily meeting. They’re working from Poland but it’s like they’re working on location with us. We consider them team members.

    The relationship is very transparent and we always know what they’re doing. They’re good at communication and hitting deadlines. We use Jira and an online whiteboard.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They’re really friendly and easy to work with. I’m really impressed with their competence.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, we’re happy with them. They’re always trying to find a good solution.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Make sure the people you’re working with from STX Next are personable and friendly. For us, it was very important to us that the person fits with the team.

    4.0
    Overall Score
    • 4.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      It would be better if they were on-site.
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 4.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Software Dev for MBA Communication Platform

    "STX Next cares about the software they’re building, and it shows in the final quality and user experience."

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

    Using existing designs, STX Next built a communication platform for using Python, Django, React, Vue.js, and CraftQL. The project is ongoing.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    CEO & Founder, MBA Platform
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The platform has deployed without issue and attracted over 3,300 users. STX Next delivers high-quality development work reliably. The team leads a smooth and scalable collaboration thanks to their proactiveness, professionalism, and willingness to adapt practices to meet their clients’ needs.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I'm the CEO and founder of a communication platform for business schools. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We engaged STX Next to develop our platform.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    STX Next built the backend in Python and the administrative panel using Django. The panel handles our users and databases without requiring our team to code anything. The frontend uses predominantly React and Vue.js, and we’re using CraftQL to create the interface between the front- and backend. Our team spent nine months designing the product before we started this project.

    The platform provides a network for users to browse, filter, and search for other users using their profile information. It also features a new group messaging system which allows the user to add many people at once based on their profile info.

    What is the team composition?

    At the height of development, we had about six people working on the team: two frontend developers, three backend developers, and one full stack developer.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    I reached out to about 23 different partners across the world, and STX Next was one of the ones that made it to the very final round. I found them on Clutch after my COO suggested Poland as a potential area for partnership. STX Next demonstrated technical ingenuity while charging competitive prices, resulting in a nice balance between quality of work and cost.

    I'd already gone through and created a backlog of features and functionalities that I wanted. I just needed to know how far my set budget could go through that backlog. A salesperson wouldn't have that level of insight. STX Next had a technical person on the very first call, which was incredibly helpful and set them apart from other partners. That person then took over my team when I chose STX Next for this project.

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    The platform has launched internationally. We have over 3,300 MBA students and 46 business schools on the platform at the moment. Our site hasn’t once crashed as our user base expands and people experiment with our features—a testament to the quality of STX Next’s work. We’ve received praise from users and our team on the platform. We’re thrilled with STX Next.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    STX Next is highly flexible when it comes to a startup’s needs. We can scale the team as needed and only have to give them a week’s notice. We never have a team member sitting around doing nothing. STX Next also adapts their protocols to meet our preferences and challenges. I can’t recommend them more highly from that perspective.

    We use Jira and other Atlassian products to manage our tasks. We used to use Slack for our communication, but we’ve since migrated over to our own platform.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Because STX Next has hundreds of resources available, they can scale our team easily. If I went with a smaller company, they’d have to outsource the work whenever we encountered specific challenges. At STX Next, the team can reach out to their network, share and receive knowledge, and bring back a tested solution to our problem.

    They are also focused on creating a long-term partnership. STX Next cares about the software they’re building, and it shows in the final quality and user experience.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    Originally, STX Next wasn’t as flexible in giving up its set methodologies to accommodate our needs. However, when we asked to use our money to replace a structured project management process with an additional coder, STX Next agreed. I’m glad they had the flexibility, but it wasn’t an option they considered before our project. It was a learning process for us both.

    Any advice for potential customers?

    Know your products thoroughly so that you know precisely what you want it to do and what you want to be built. It will save so much money. STX Next will help you prioritize your requests and challenge assumptions you’ve made, but it’s best to be prepared in advance.

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

    Mobile App Dev for Social Change Organization

    “They go the extra mile to help me.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Confidential
     
    Apr. - July 2019
    Project summary: 

    STX Next created an application for iOS and Android that features empowering meditation and audio lessons. They developed the design work within branding guidelines and built the backend.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Business Development Manager, Women Empowerment Organization
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next’s beta version of the app functions well and garners positive feedback from internal team members. They deliver efficient and systematic project management and excel in their attention to detail. The team’s engagement, dedication, and communications shine.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the business development manager for an organization that supports the empowerment of women.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We needed a company to help us reach far more people. We came up with the idea to develop a mobile app so we could send our message to people. We wanted to share our teachings with people and influence them to challenge themselves to be their best, positive self.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    They developed our iOS and Android mobile app. The app offers meditation and audio lessons. We have several topics such as relationships, how to set boundaries, and how to be more positive. People can listen to our teachings through audio files. Whenever you want to learn something new, the app is always there with new content.

    STX Next followed our branding guidelines in their development of 90% of the designs. We went back and forth and changed a few things until our visions aligned. STX Next is working on the backend, operations, and design.

    We postponed the release of the app because the content isn’t to the standard that I want yet.

    What is the team composition? 

    I worked with the project manager, the designers, and the developers. They are all handpicked. I love each one of them.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    One of my team members searched for the best app companies. We interviewed 10 companies and asked them to give us a sample of their work. It was extremely important for us to work with a company that was on the same level, and that’s what we found with STX Next.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in April 2019, and the project is scheduled to be complete in July 2019.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We have the beta version of the app, and it’s outstanding. It’s performing well. The internal team loves it.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    The project manager is the best. She’s exceedingly organized. There were no frustrations for me. We always had good, open communication with her and the team. We use Slack and InVision to communicate. They deliver on time. They’re detailed and on point. At the end of every sprint, they tell me what they’ve done and what they have planned. They show me the results in our weekly performance meetings. I’m happy with them. They go the extra mile to help me. 

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They’re great. Once we’re done with this app, we will give them some new projects. Since we’re connected with the people here in the UAE, we’ll propose their services to some of our partners. 

    I love that they are so in love with the app and what we do. They want to be part of this social change and empowering women.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    If they had an Arabic translator, it would give them a good jump.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Have a clear vision of the project. Know your goal and vision of the app. STX Next has the tools and the mind to do it.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 4.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      They’re not the least expensive, but they’re a premium vendor.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Bot Integration for Sports Betting Platform

    "STX Next works with our managers in a way that's conducive to getting projects accomplished."

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

    STX Next is developing a chat bot integration to connect the backend systems of an online sportsbook, using cell phone authentication to allow platform access without a sign on. They also provide HTML5 designs.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    San Jose, Costa Rica
    Bryan Jones
    Director, BetDSI
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    While the integration project is still in development, their work has received positive feedback from key internal stakeholders. STX Next's professional collaboration approach makes them a valuable partner. They kept the project moving by providing critical status updates throughout the engagement.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there. 

    I’m director of business development at BetDSI. We're an online sportsbook.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We're trying to create alternative methods of playing options for our members.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement? 

    STX Next is connecting all of our software backend systems to a chat platform, which allows users to have a synchronous connection with the site. Users are able to handle business, make wagers, and check their account without actually having to log in. They achieve this through cell phone authentication and a chat platform. They also do some design work for banners and landing pages using HTML5 Creative. 

    What is the team composition?

    There are three people assigned to the betting bot integration, and one for the design elements. I worked closely with Judith (Business Development Representative, STX Next) on setting up the project. Once the project kicked off, I mostly work with Lukas (Marketing Manager, STX Next) and Tomasz (Team Leader, STX Next).

    How did you come to work with STX Next? 

    I found them on Clutch. I looked at several companies and contacted a few. STX Next was responsive while many others were not. Also, they had a background in working with chat platforms. 

    How much have you invested with them?

    We’ve spent between $25,000–$50,000.

    What is the status of this engagement? 

    The kickoff meeting happened in January 2019 and the engagement is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Bot integration is due either the end of this month or next month, depending on delivery from our end. The HTML5 designs have helped create a more attractive presence online in terms of client acquisition. Overall, our internal team is quite happy with their work. Everything seems to be working properly, with solid functionality. 

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint? 

    They've done a good job in project management. All meetings and collaboration have been professional. STX Next works with our managers in a way that's conducive to getting projects accomplished. We set up a series of meetings and a schedule, and they've met all our requirements. They use Trello to regularly update us with status information. Though it’s somewhat complicated on our end, they work well with our two programming groups. 

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    Overall, their responsiveness is most impressive. It's difficult to fully grade their work at this point as we’ve yet to see a finished product. However, I've worked with several other offshore companies and it hasn't ever turned out well. We’re actually seeing positive results from STX Next, which makes them stand out among other service providers.

    Are there any areas they could improve? 

    There were some issues with our teams getting on the same page at the beginning of the project. We needed information from them in order to create APIs. There was a miscommunication and they were waiting for information from us. Once we worked through who needed to do what, they got the first pieces going. STX Next was ultimately able to deliver what was needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    Keep the lines of communication open and be very specific. One thing we did that was helpful was to create detailed spec documents. Because of our UI/UX capacity, we were able to send them examples of what we wanted. That definitely helped streamline the process. 

    4.5
    Overall Score It's an ongoing engagement.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      The rating is based on not yet having a final product.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Development & Quality Assurance for Data Platform

    "With their development help, we’ve hit all of the milestones we expected to hit."

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

    STX Next offers supplemental development resources for a data company. The developers primarily make API updates using Python. They also dedicate DevOps personnel to monitor an AWS cloud system at all times.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    Austin, Texas
    Director of Operations, Data Firm
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next’s development efforts have been so successful that the contract is likely to be extended, and the DevOps resources are incredibly proactive and communicative. The firm features an effective onboarding process and an agreeable project management approach, creating a seamless engagement.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I am the director of operations at a data company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We engaged STX Next to provide supplemental development, QA, and DevOps resources as we continued to build out our internal engineering team.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    About 95% of our platform is in the cloud using AWS technology. We rely on STX Next’s DevOps resources to monitor our cloud around the clock and alert us to any system issues.

    Most of our internal code utilizes Python. STX Next offers development resources to modernize our processes, including writing a new version of our API that we use to serve our data to our customers. We are also converting our data pipeline to more modern technologies, and we have used the Python developer to rewrite some of those processes, as well. For a short time, we also worked with a QA technician who ran test scripts for us.

    What is the team composition?

    In addition to the one QA engineer, we work with one python developer and one senior architect, who helped with the onboarding to get the developer accustomed to our system. STX Next also provides 2–2.5 DevOps resources to look after our operation.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    I had a positive experience working with STX Next at a previous company, and I hoped they could replicate that success here.

    How much have you invested with them?

    We have spent less than $200,000 to this point.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    Our engagement began in January 2019 and remains ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We became quite frustrated with a previous DevOps vendor that was not proactive in reaching out to us when we had system alerts. Working with STX Next has been a complete turnaround. We never have to reach out to them for crucial information. They are thoroughly communicative. We expect to have them as part of our team for quite some time.

    We’ve completed the work with the QA resource, and we initially planned to end our engagement with the Python resource at the end of May 2019, but it’s been such a successful partnership that we are instead looking to extend the support for several more months to help with some additional projects. With their development help, we’ve hit all of the milestones we expected to hit.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    They are quick to respond to all of our messages. They’re reasonable in their approach, and we’ve been completely satisfied. We use Jira to manage their work queue and monitor their tasks. We’ve developed a productive workflow.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    The service delivery manager that is our primary point of contact has been wonderful to work with. They’ve been reasonable and flexible to our requests about wanting to extend the contract. They’ve done everything in their power to ensure that the resources initially assigned to us stay with our team.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    No, nothing in particular needs improvement.

    Do you have any advice for potential customers?

    We benefited from having their senior architect help with the onboarding process of their development resource. That senior figure is one of the more experienced people they have and has dealt with multiple engagements. They know how to make the onboarding period easy. I would recommend utilizing that resource if possible.

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

    Product Dev for Customer Service Solutions Firm

    "They’re very experienced developers with a solid understanding of UI/UX principles."

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

    STX Next is helping rebuild a SaaS platform in JavaScript and PHP into a microservice architecture in Python and AWS. They remade a form renderer and a dashboard tool. They’re also improving the overall UI/UX.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Bryony Harrower
    Head of Product Development, Firmstep
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Several new features have yet to launch, but STX Next has delivered high-quality code on time and at outstanding value. Their presence has helped bolster internal knowledge of Python and agile methodology. Customers can expect a diligent, flexible team that grasps requirements quickly.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the head of product development at Firmstep. We offer a SaaS platform to help local governments and public sector organizations provide excellent service to citizens as efficiently as possible.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    Our platform was a monolith built in PHP and JavaScript. It became increasingly difficult to maintain as we added more features and products. It also lacked full documentation, meaning that knowledge was lost through regular staff turnover.

    We decided to move to a microservice modular architecture platform using Python and AWS services. We brought in STX Next as development partners to assist our internal team and lead the rebuilding process.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Our platform offers a form builder and form renderer. Once a user builds out a form, they can customize how it displays through the form renderer. The renderer had become buggy and difficult to maintain. STX Next rebuilt the tool to address its root issues. They also redesigned it to automatically comply with the government design principles established by the Government Digital Service. This update makes it more straightforward for customers to abide by their industry’s design standards.

    STX Next also revamped a workflow management tool used by councilors to organize their caseload. They improved its performance to better accommodate the tool’s current level of demand. They also added filtering options, more powerful search functions, and flexibility in the user’s viewing experience.

    The team helped us update our self-service portals and widgets as well. They’re also working to improve the platform’s overall user experience, decreasing page load and render times while implementing a more consistent and visually appealing design. 

    What is the team composition?

    Our initial team comprised ten people: a product owner, a manual tester, and eight frontend developers, backend developers, and full-stack developers. We’ve added another two teams over the last few months and started working with a scrum master to help manage each team’s processes.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    Our CTO found their team through online research. STX Next had also worked with a mutual colleague, which further convinced us that they were the right fit for this project.

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    Given the scale of the rebuilds, several features have yet to be released to customers. However, our pull requests in our code repositories have increased tenfold, which we’re happy to see. Working with STX Next has also taught our internal team about agile processes, Python, and new technologies. They’ve shown us better DevOps practices and how to deploy our code more safely.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    We lacked experience working with outsourced teams. STX Next helped guide us through the initial process where we learned our ideal workflows to maximize productivity. They’re excellent at understanding requirements and delegating tasks appropriately. We never feel the need to micromanage their work.

    We communicate through Slack and host weekly standups on Google Hangouts. When we need to update requirements, we either use a Google Doc or a phone call. STX Next manages tasks and progress through Jira. They’re highly independent and self-sufficient, and they always keep us up to date on the project’s status.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    STX Next has adapted well to our organization, our goals, and our management styles. They’re also deeply engaged with our product and platform. Even without having direct experience working with UK local governments, the team still produced excellent user story maps and user personas for each product. They also often suggested ways to improve the user experience and make the outcome more successful.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    Since these were new technology stacks for us, we hadn’t thought about deployment in the earlier stages. This lack of planning caused miscommunication later on about the exact scale of the project’s scope. We eventually resolved the issues though.

    Any advice for potential customers?

    Trust in their process. Give the team a degree of freedom to expand on the original requirements and make adjustments. If STX Next had stuck to our exact list of specifications, we would have wound up with a lower quality product. They’re very experienced developers with a solid understanding of UI/UX principles.

    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 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.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the 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.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    We’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.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I am the 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.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    I’m the 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
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    Verification Level
    Gold
    VERIFIED
    Business Entity
    Status
    Active
    Jurisdiction of Formation
    Poland
    ID
    PL 7781424849
    Date of Formation
    Mar 29, 2005
    Last Updated
    Feb 6, 2019
    Payment & Legal Filings
    International Credit Risk Assessment

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    Very Low Risk
    Last Updated
    Jul 29, 2019
    Client Reviews
    VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
    55
    OVERALL REVIEW RATING
    4.7
    Source
    Clutch
    LAST UPDATED
    November 22, 2019