Python Powerhouse - Web & Mobile development teams

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 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
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Poznań, Poland
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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!

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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
  • 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

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 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 

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 

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.

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 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

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 

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

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 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 

    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 automatic test coverage with Behave and Selenium
    • Secure online credit applications and payments
    • Quick credit assessment
    • Intuitive front-end design 

    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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    Platform Modernization for Events SaaS Provider

    "Rather than looking for upfront specs ... [they] made an effort to understand the product."

    Quality: 
    4.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Confidential
     
    Dec. 2016 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next replaced an inferior product with an overhauled platform built mostly from scratch. The project team brainstormed and helped validate objectives before developing the new MVP. 

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Bradley Wright
    CTO, StreetTeam
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The modernized product delivered by STX Next surpassed expectations and already drove significant sales increases. Direct communication with assigned engineers yielded very productive results, but this might not be possible for less technically experienced clients. 

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    StreetTeam is a word-of-mouth sales channel for big music festivals. Most of them tend not to sell out, and the best way for them to empty their remaining inventory is to have their biggest fans sell tickets to friends through a social network.

    We provide a Software-as-a-Service solution which engages influencers and serves as a sales tool on behalf of their favorite festival. In exchange, they get returns to deepen their experience during the festival in the form of tickets, backstage passes, an upgraded camping site and so on. It deepens their connection to the brand while also helping the company sell tickets. I am the CTO of the company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenges were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We had gone through a re-platforming after we figured out that the current technology in place when I joined the company wasn’t right for our ambitions of global reach, and in terms of the types of partnerships we wanted to sign. We made the decision to write a fairly minimal version of the product. That was launched three weeks ago, and it will be written in Python and ReactJS. Hiring engineers anywhere is very hard, especially in London

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    STX Next rebuilt a number of functionalities from scratch and employed a whole new architecture for the MVP. We had a microservices-based approach, API integration in the middle, and responsive mobile frontends. We went through a story-mapping effort in collaboration with STX Next, coming up with the features that the site needed to have, and drawing out a watermark through them. We outlined what the walking skeleton of the project would be. That skeleton formed the basis of the build.

    We had two internal resources prior to STX Next joining the project. They have been working collaboratively from both locations in an Agile fashion. As we continue to hire internal people, they will join the bigger team that STX Next is a part of.

    We are using 11 engineers, 3 test automation people, one QA, and one scrum master from STX Next’s team. We’ve been working with the same people from the start, apart from one or two individuals who have left for personal reasons.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    They were recommended to me by a couple of CTO friends, as a good way of leveraging highly-skilled Agile Python developers. STX Next was a way of building capacity quickly, given that they already had a very good team in place. There were three or four other companies under consideration, ranging from expensive London agencies through to very cheap ones from Eastern Europe. STX Next was somewhere in the middle, with a competitive price and high quality at the same time.

    We had existing engineers in Wroclaw, Poland, which is also STX Next’s location. While I was there, I took the opportunity to visit their office and have a fairly advanced talk about what they did, and what they could do for us specifically. I spoke to their service director, Łukasz Koczwara, who is a very impressive person. He presented the whole team to me, talked about the engineers’ work, and let me interview them ahead of time. Based on what I wanted in terms of quality of process, demeanor and communication skills, it was an obvious fit for me.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started onboarding STX Next in December 2016. We picked up the pace in the first week of January 2017. The prototype took 12 weeks to build, which was our specified timeline. We have an ongoing collaboration with STX Next and plan to have them as part of our team for a while. We do plan to hire more internal resources, as we undergo more fundraising.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We’ve seen increased sales. Clients have loved the look-and-feel and new features of the product, so we are seeing much bigger festivals sign up to us than before. We’re also in the process of building integrations with third-party ticketing systems. The new architecture demonstrates that we can more easily do that than before. We’ve seen sales and business-channel success, but we also have a stable platform on which we can build over time, whereas the old one was a bit harder to modify.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    I haven’t used any other agencies for this project, but, based on previous experiences, I found STX Next to perform well. They’re at least as good as some big agencies in London. We have a direct, one-to-one connection with our engineers, and they’re not hidden behind an account manager. This leads to much better teamwork, and better cohesion for the project overall.

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

    The quality of engineering is much higher than I expected. I was looking for standard, shop-level skills, but STX Next’s coders are very good. They’re people I’d happily hire internally. Their approach to Agile is quite surprising. Rather than looking for upfront specs and documentation, STX Next went through a proper scrum process, talked through stories and made an effort to understand the product. They want to be in it for the long-term, which is a bit different to the normal fire-and-forget agency model.

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

    Support is a touchy subject. STX Next operates in a culture with strict working hours, so they don’t offer out-of-hours support as a service. This was made clear from the start, and it’s not something I can fault them on. It’s simply a service which I wish they had. I have a very good relationship with their director, and we have had conversations on this matter. It may change in the future.

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

    They should never pick anyone who wants an upfront spec. The Agile process is the best way to build good products and software, so clients should be cautious of someone who wants one big info-dump, and goes away for two months. It’s important to see the work in progress. Agencies which want to get deep into the needs of the client and their users are the best choice. This is my personal bias towards methodologies, but it has worked well for me.

    4.5
    Overall Score
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      I can only compare STX Next to full-time staff, but I’d give them a maximum rating for value. They have some outstanding engineers who would be earning a lot more in London.
    • 4.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      The only thing I would add is that, due to some timeline pressures, there were some cut corners. I wish that there was a bit more rigor about that stuff.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Python Developed MVP for Data Intelligence Subsidiary

    "[They] never forced us to buy a service until we considered it to be necessary."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    4.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next supplies a dedicated engineering team. The assigned developers help an internal group rapidly add new features to an existing cybersecurity solution. 

    The Reviewer
     
    10,000+ Employees
     
    Paris, France
    R&D Director
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Organizational skills were a key strength from the very beginning. A complimentary project manager was assigned to prevent unexpected issues, which came as a pleasant surprise. 

    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 are a cyber security and computer science company. I work for a subsidiary of a much larger company, which acquired us in 2016. I’m the head of R&D for my department. 

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

    We were looking for additional manpower, and it’s hard to find good, affordable developers in France. 

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    STX Next provided developers for the technology we were looking for, namely Python. They have worked on certain features of our software, as well as GUI [graphical user interface] elements. We do have internal Python competencies but don’t have enough manpower. STX Next’s role is to speed up our development.

    Our main project is a global security solution that gives users information about malware, trojans, bad domains or IP addresses, and so on. We needed to develop a web API that would connect to a number of different websites. STX Next worked on this component and also developed the graphical interface for it, which is an Angular2 portal.

    We’ve used 2 developers and a project lead from STX Next. We expect to increase the size of the team, but there are some administrative and political aspects of our company that have delayed the process. I was not involved in selecting the resources assigned to us, but I did explain my needs to STX Next’s business developer, who understood them quite well. I needed senior, experienced people to whom we could add some more junior developers later.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    We were initially contacted by STX Next’s business department through LinkedIn. I researched the company on Google and saw that they were well-referred on sites like Clutch. I had a few meetings with STX Next’s team on Skype and appreciated the fact that I was never pressured into a commitment. We had never worked with an outsourcing company in the past, and we needed some time to determine what a good test project could be. I visited their office in 2016 and found that STX Next had reliable internal organization, so I became confident in them. We didn’t contact other companies because we had a feeling that STX Next would be a good fit. We decided to launch a 1-month test project and decide whether to continue after that period.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working with STX Next at the beginning of January 2017. The project is ongoing, and there is no end date. We have enjoyed working with STX Next and plan to use them for any additional features we need to have developed, as well as other projects.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

    We have an ongoing project, so I cannot share any official data for it. We plan to launch an MVP in 2 weeks, through which we will begin to demonstrate the product to customers and our internal people. We couldn’t have reached this point without STX Next’s help since the majority of our internal team is working on other projects.

    In comparison to our own team, STX Next’s technical level is superior (at least for the 2 developers we’ve used).

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    We decided to use the Atlassian suite, including HipChat as an instant messenger, JIRA for tracking scrum projects, Confluence for weekly meetings, and Bitbucket as a code repository. I asked STX Next which type of tools they preferred before starting the project and was told that the Atlassian suite was a good choice. My own team uses internal messaging and tracking tools, which would not have been possible to share with external people.

    We only asked for 2 developers initially, but STX Next assigned our project lead completely free of charge for 2-months in order to ensure that the project would be a success. They were planning to assign the lead to another project on the third month, but I specifically asked to keep him. I found it to be a very good commercial model. STX Next never forced us to buy a service until we considered it to be necessary.

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

    They are a very organized group. My team wasn’t used to working with outsourced resources, but STX Next made the experience very pleasant. I was very impressed by them and have really enjoyed the collaboration.

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

    I would have preferred to have more resources in order to make the project go faster. Working with only 2 developers prolonged the process, but this isn’t really an improvement point for STX Next. It has to do more with our company. 

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      This can always be improved, but STX Next was efficient in responding to our communication. I can’t find any fault with them.
    • 4.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      I can’t really compare STX Next to anyone else. They were the first company we used for outsourcing, but they’re far less expensive than French developers. For us, it was a question of quality, not cost. We would’ve chosen them even at a higher price.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      I have no complaints. Without being asked, STX Next’s developers provided documentation and testing. It was a pleasure to work with them.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Flagship Product Enhancement for Marketing Technology Firm

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

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

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

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

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

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    How much have you invested with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

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

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

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

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

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

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

    Data Entry Solutions Developed for Pharmaceutical Company

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

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

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

    The Reviewer
     
    201-500 Employees
     
    Hague, Netherlands
    Hans de Wit
    Manager, KNMP
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

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

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

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

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    How much have you invested with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

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

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

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

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

    Ongoing Python Dev for Financial Tech Company

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

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

    STX Next developed a financing platform that lets users explore and select possible corporate lenders. The solution relies on weighted distribution and caters to prime/subprime markets.

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

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

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

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

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    How much have you invested with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

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

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

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

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

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

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

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

    Custom Development for Financial Services Firm

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

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

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

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

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

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

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

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

    Ongoing Development for Online Culinary Resource

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

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

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

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

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

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

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

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

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

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

    Mobile Prototyping for Consumer App Startup

    “We appreciated how passionate and engaged their team was.”

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

    STX Next assisted in developing a consumer application. The team was responsible for the design and initial ground-laying process to prepare for application architecture.

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

    The system performs well and quickly, features a stable architecture, and has an appealing UI and workflow. STX Next exceeded expectations in quality and timeliness. The team was genuinely invested in the success of the project and offered guidance on the product’s response to market constraints.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with STX Next?

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

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

    What did you find most impressive about STX Next?

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

    Are there any areas STX Next could improve?

    No. The result has been perfect so far.

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

    iOS Redevelopment for IT Startup

    “I feel that I can contact them at any time for questions, changes, or clarifications.”

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

    STX Next was initially contracted to develop additional features for an iOS application. They were retained to develop the Android version of the application.

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

    STX Next successfully completed the initial initiative testing. The team provides high quality code, effective project management, and is timely on deliverables. They are responsive and communicate regularly, clearly, and effectively with daily discussions and weekly reports.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

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

    What is your position?

    I am the software lead in Android development.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

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

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement.

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

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

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

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

    What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

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

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

    Front-end Development for Investment Management Firm

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

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

    STX Next built the fronted of a data and analytics portal to make it easier for investment managers to analyze portfolios and strategies.

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

    Internal usage of the tool has grown tremendously and replaced several legacy systems, increasing efficiency by eliminating the need to manage multiple platforms at once. STX Next is easy to collaborate with despite their physical distance and shares UX expertise to constantly improve the product.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please introduce your business and what you do there.

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

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

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

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement.

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

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

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

    The project was started in September 2015 and is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

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

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

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

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

    What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

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

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

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

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      We were following the Scrum rulebook pretty consistently. No problems at all.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      I couldn't have asked for better value.
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They have top-notch developers that really know Python and JavaScript.
    • 4.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
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    Poland
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    PL 7781424849
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    Feb 6, 2019
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