Python Powerhouse - Web & Mobile development teams

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

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

With 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

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

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 

    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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    Product Development for Startup

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

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

    STX Next developed a custom automation solution to streamline ticketing processes and reduce inefficiencies. The team hosts the platform on Amazon Web Services and built native mobile apps for iOS and Android.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Ireland
    Founder & CEO, Ticketing Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Updated demos of the completed prototype have generated substantial interest in the final product and positive feedback for its design and interface. STX Next is comfortable with various project management tracking tools and has high standards for hiring team members.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

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

    What is your position?

    I'm the founder and chief executive officer.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

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

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

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement.

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

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in November 2015.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

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

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

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

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

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

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

    What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

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

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

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

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

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

    Custom Python Development for Financial Services Firm

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

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

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

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

    STX Next's blogs resulted in a 5 to 10 percent engagement increase in various sales areas. The blogs served as a successful lead generation channel and garnered new customers. STX Next provided dedication to every project, flexibility, and a thorough understanding of modern tools.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

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

    What is your position?

    I was the product director.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

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

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

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

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

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

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

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

    It was around $100,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

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

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

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

    What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

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

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

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

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

    Team Augmentation for Bespoke Software Development Firm

    "They are devoted to their craft, and they want to be good at it, which is the most important thing."

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $200,000 to $999,999
     
    2010 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next works on development projects on an as-needed basis, developing solutions for third party clients when internal resources are limited.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Doug Winter
    Co-Founder & Director, Isotoma
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    The most recent project consisted of a fairly large code base and took a year to complete. STX Next delivers consistent results and serves as expert additions to the internal development team. The team offers effective project management and advanced knowledge of Python.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please describe your organization.

    We are a technology agency. We are now 32 people. We do a lot of product design, software architecture, and a business change consultancy as well.

    What is your position?

    I am an owner and founder.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

    We generally use STX because we get overloaded, and there is more work that our customer wants than we can do by ourselves. Thereby, we augment our existing development team with their people. Right now, STX and my company are joint suppliers for a company we are working with. They are supplying a team of ten for the project, and we are working very closely with them on this project.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

    This new project, which we've been working on for 18 months, now, uses a Python framework. The STX team is about the same size as the team that we have. We've effectively doubled the amount of people working on that project by bringing STX onboard. Because it's a large team, STX is managing much larger parts of the project themselves. They've got a product owner, a project manager, seven developers, and one QA [quality assurance] specialist. In all those developers, there's a mix of senior, mid-level, and junior.

    How did you come to work with STX Next?

    We actually worked with STX a long time ago, maybe five years ago [2010], on a project with Eli Lilly and Company, which is a global pharmaceutical company. We had a maximum of two or three people from STX working with us then. They were quite small at that time, and I think they were only 13 or 14 people back then. We worked with them for maybe 18 months or two years. We generally had at least one of their guys working with us.

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

    We've probably put about £150,000 [approximately $235,000] ourselves through STX. For this current project, the customer is paying them directly probably £150,000. I would expect the project to keep running for a good year or so. By the time it's finished, it will be in excess of a £1 million [$1,565,000], quite possibly.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    The service that we're working on right now is going live in about two weeks. It has passed its security testing, it is passing QA, and it's finished UAT [user acceptance testing] with our customer. That in itself is quite a great milestone, and it already has end-users in a sort of friends and family setting; they're VIP users who are already on the service. That's the most recent milestone.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

    We're just putting together a press release, which will have some quotes and testimonials from the customers then [July 2015]. Our personal qualitative view is that they've been great. Because we've been working on this project for a year, there is a fairly large code base, and the STX team has been very competent. We're very happy with their performance, so we're going to be bringing on their senior developers directly to get stuff ready for release. They've become normal members of our development team, which is something I'm very pleased about. I think that's the only way that this sort of project can work going forward. I needed to see that they were competent, and they clearly are. We're quite happy with them.

    How did STX Next perform from a project management standpoint?

    We are absolutely satisfied with their work and their project management approach, and that's why I recommended STX Next for this new engagement. They're very committed and very diligent. They are devoted to their craft, and they want to be good at it, which is the most important thing. Software development is a difficult business, and it does require some commitment in that respect. I'm quite happy that I did recommend them.

    What distinguishes STX Next from other providers?

    Their coverage of Python is extremely unusual. They've got a lot of people who can code proficiently in Python, which is valuable for us because we develop with Python almost exclusively. Python is not the most popular language, so the fact that they're committed to that is really good.

    They are very committed to Agile development approaches, and not just in a buzzword way, but they are clearly very keen on using the approach for all of their solutions engineering, and are serious advocates of it.

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

    Where I think they could expand their offerings is the front-end design because at the moment they are almost entirely software development and QA. The customers come along, and they need to specify the work pretty well, customers need to provide front-end designs and assets like that, and potentially software architectures as well. We've done that, and it's very useful to be able to provide that service alongside STX's development. That's an area where they could hopefully expand.

    4.5
    Overall Score It's been really good.
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They've done very well.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      They've been good. They're cheaper than we are.
    • 4.5 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I've already done it, so very willing.

    Custom Offshore Development Financial Technology Firm

    "They’ve consistently shown us that they can take more ownership and drive the project."

    Quality: 
    4.0
    Schedule: 
    4.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    July 2014 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next initially augmented an internal development team with custom coding services. They are now the primary team for a specific product responsible for top-tier priorities and high-level project management.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    Austin, Texas
    Shams Chauthani
    VP of Engineering, NewComLink
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next has been able to consistently reduce the resource level while still maintaining the same amount of productivity. The team demonstrates initiative and responsibility and is experienced in agile methodologies. They offer valuable input and services from an agile coaching perspective.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Could you describe your organization?

    We’re a financial technology platform, and we connect retailers to lenders to provide credit for consumers.

    What is your position?

    I’m the vice president of engineering.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Could you describe the business challenges that you were trying to address when you first approached STX Next?

    For us, the biggest thing is just scaling up our internal development team, to be able to bring resources onboard with the right skill set, who could hit the ground running and be able to execute on the strategy that’s been put forward. We needed qualified developers with extensive knowledge and previous experience.

    SOLUTION

    Could you describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail?

    Initially, they started out augmenting a small portion of the team that we had in place, and they started contributing to our custom code. They have since become the primary team on one of our products. They now take care of some of the biggest priorities and some of the high-level project management responsibilities on an ongoing basis. 

    How did you come to choose STX Next as your partner?

    It came down to personal relationships. Their vice president of marketing was someone I had worked with before. She had approached us with a proposal to help us with the particular task at hand, and we basically started out with a couple resources to get things going. As we saw success, we grew the relationship from there.

    Could you provide a general cost estimate for this particular engagement?

    We’re averaging about $25,000 a month. We’ve been working with them for about seven or eight months, so roughly $200,000 during the course of that time.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

    What we’ve measured most closely is the productivity aspect, and we measure that based on the number of story points they finish during sprints. They’ve been able to bring the resource level down consistently while still maintaining the same level of productivity. This team seems to be very productive in terms of what they’re delivering. They’ve consistently shown us that they can take more ownership and drive the project. They’ve demonstrated initiative and responsibility.

    When working with STX Next, is there anything that you would consider unique about their approach and/or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

    They definitely have a lot of experience in agile methodologies. They’ve provided us with a lot of valuable input in that area. They’ve also offered services from an agile coaching perspective that we haven’t used yet, but that is something that we would look to in the future. So, from what we’ve seen, their team seems to know those practices very well, and they employ the approaches in our projects, too. It’s been very helpful.

    What advice, if any, would you give a future client before approaching STX Next with a project?

    If a client is new to working with offshore teams, there are things they have to think about from a communications perspective, building up processes and things of that nature. Take the time to establish an effective workflow with them and be very upfront about expectations and requirements.

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

    Website for Forestry Information Center

    "[STX Next] are definitely overachievers."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.0
    Cost: 
    4.5
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    Less than $10,000
    Project summary: 

    STX Next developed a new website for the client, using the Plone content management system. A small portion of the design work was completed in-house.

    The Reviewer
     
    501-1000 Employees
     
    Poland
    Senior IT Specialist, Forestry Information Center
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next went above and beyond the parameters of their contract without ever asking for more money. The client thinks of STX Next more as a member of their own team than just another developer that they outsource work to.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Please provide a description of your company.

    I work at an information center that manages websites related to national forests in Europe.

    What is your role and responsibilities?

    I am responsible for all information technology.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What was your goal for working with STX Next?

    We were looking for a completely new website.

    SOLUTION

    Please describe the scope of their work.

    STX Next did essentially everything involved in launching the site, including front-end and back-end development. We did decide to do some of the website design in-house. 

    What was your process for selecting STX Next with which to work?

    We have been working with STX Next for 10 years. In those days, they were one of the few companies that knew the Plone CMS [content management system] technology that we wanted to use, so we picked them because of that.

    Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

    It was less than $50,000.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What were the results of the project?

    The results have been great, and we are very happy with the work they delivered. They are definitely overachievers. Often they went beyond the parameters of the contract, but never asked for more money.

    Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

    They’re more human than other companies in Poland. More of a team member than just a developer you outsource a task to.

    Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

    Of course, there are things that didn’t go as well as we would have like, but we are working on them continuously. When we find problems, they help us fix them. 

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 4.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      Sometimes, there are problems, but they’re mainly on our side.
    • 4.5 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      I think they are absolutely in the middle of the market in this aspect. They have decent rates.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      I really like their way of working.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer

    Custom Development Computer Software Company

    “Their team is very creative and innovative, and working with them is sheer fun.”

    Quality: 
    4.5
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $1,000,000 - $9,999,999
     
    2007 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next collaborates on custom development projects due to limited in-house resources. The team provides custom coding, testing, and re-architecture services.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    Warsaw, Poland
    Krzysztof Krzos
    Sales & Business Development Director, Softax
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next's involvement has improved several internal processes and garnered positive reviews for customer-facing solutions. The team is cooperative and accommodating even when presented with demanding requirements or deadlines, and they consistently invest extra effort to deliver quality results.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Could you describe your organization?

    We [two respondents] work for a midsized software development firm in Poland with about 150 employees. We specialize in developing enterprise software for Polish banking and financial services firms.

    What are your positions?

    One of us is the head of the sales force, and the other is a senior architect.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Could you describe the business challenges that you were attempting to address when you first approached STX Next?

    We met with them years ago and started working on some smaller projects together. We manage our projects directly. We work hand in hand with our own customers to determine the specs they need, and STX works with our developers to build out the solution. They perform custom development and testing.

    SOLUTION

    Could you describe the scope of their involvement?

    Like I said, they were primarily responsible for custom coding, testing and some re-architecture work. Their team is very creative and innovative, and working with them is sheer fun. They’re also able to make some great recommendations around process improvement, and they’ve always been very creative when it comes to engineering a solution from scratch, or troubleshooting bugs. 

    How did you select STX Next as your partner?

    We researched the marketplace online and came up with a list of potential partners. We went ahead and vetted the whole group and chose STX based on their technical skills. When we first began, we only worked on some smaller projects with them. It was more of a vendor relationship and a real partnership, but they were able to prove themselves over the course of a few projects. They worked with us on very specific tasks. Once we had worked with them for a bit and had a good grasp of their experience, we began to bring them onto our larger projects. Now, we really rely on them as our development partner. They’re involved in most of our most complex projects.

    Could you provide a general cost estimate for this engagement?

    About $7 or $8 million in total.

    How long has this relationship remained ongoing?

    We’ve been working with STX Next for about eight years

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

    Our statistics are mainly internal, based on our quality assurance systems. I can’t share anything specific with you, but collaborating with STX has given us a way to improve our processes. We work together with them to implement improvements, and we’re happy with the results. In terms of our customer-facing solutions, end users have always been very satisfied with what we’ve delivered. They have some very talented, very dedicated developers there. 

    When working with STX Next, is there anything that you would consider special or unique about their approach that distinguishes them from other vendors?

    They are extremely cooperative with us. We have had some demanding requirements and deadlines in the past, and they’ve always been able to deliver, even when it means going that extra mile. We value the relationship we have with them.

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

    Custom Development Specialized Technology Firm

    “They seem like they go above and beyond in terms of commitment.”

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Oct. 2014 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next is integrated with an in-house team and provides expanded technical development services. They cooperate with internal developers to complete complex tasks 24/7.

    The Reviewer
     
    11-50 Employees
     
    Santa Barbara, California
    Mike Weaver
    Chief Product Development Officer, Cielo24
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next is proactive in addressing and resolving issues and often works late or on weekends to meet deadlines. The team communicates well and is flexible with their hours. They consistently offer a high level of technical proficiency and work well with the internal team.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Could you describe your organization?

    We make videos searchable for users. All videos are basically a black hole to systems like Google because they don’t know what contents are in each video. We use transcriptions of these online videos to produce keywords that can be used for SEO [search engine optimization] and advertising, so you can increase the viewership of your videos.

    What is your position?

    I’m the chief product development officer.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Could you describe the business challenge that you were attempting to address when you first approached STX Next?

    We use a blended on-shore and offshore development strategy, but we integrate both teams. We have one large team and they work around the clock, handing off tasks to one another. We have been having trouble sourcing quality developers with an existing offshore partner, so we started looking around for others and tried quite a few different options. We settled on STX, and they provided a great developer to us that we’re really happy with. We’ll probably be expanding our relationship with them this year.

    SOLUTION

    Could you describe the scope of their work in greater detail?

    They’ve only been responsible for technical development. They’re given fairly well-defined stories to work on, with no real architecture or design going on. Their developers work on fairly complex tasks with our other developers.

    How did you select STX Next as your partner?

    They actually reached out to us. I received a cold call from them, and the timing was impeccable. At the time, we needed people with technical proficiency, but didn’t want to commit to full-time resources in-house. We administered some coding tests to our potential hires, and STX performed very well on that. They’re also great English communicators, which is important and quite a rarity when working with offshore companies. We also looked at their location, in terms of the time zone they work in. We prefer Eastern Europe to India, and they’re very flexible with their hours.

    Could you provide a general cost estimate for your engagement with STX Next?

    [It was] $70,000 a year.

    When was this project completed?

    We use them in a team augmentation style, so projects are not completed. They just work for us ongoing. We started working with them in October of 2014, and I don’t see any end in sight.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

    We do track some metrics, and I found it to be in line with my expectations for an offshore team, which is roughly 75 percent productivity compared to their onshore counterpart, mostly due to their inability to ask questions while they’re working, and lack of familiarity with the product. Their developers have been excellent and extremely proactive, which is nice. If they have issues, they reach out to us.

    When working with STX Next, is there anything that you would consider special about their approach to project management or client relationships?

    They seem like they go above and beyond in terms of commitment. There have been times when the developer we use has stayed late and worked weekends to get things finished for us by our deadline. That is different than other offshore sites, where they’re very much watching the clock.

    In retrospect, are there any areas in which STX Next could improve as a service provider?

    They are kind of small, comparatively speaking. That would be my only concern with them: their bandwidth. They have a very narrow focus, technical development, which means they can’t really service all of our needs. I don’t know how comfortable I would be giving them an enormous project to do all on their own.

    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

    Custom Python Development IT Startup

    "They’re very methodical when it comes to custom development, which results in very high-quality code."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    4.0
    The Project
     
    $200,000 to $999,999
    Project summary: 

    STX Next leverages an extensive knowledge of Python for custom development, testing, and QA for SAAS shipping solutions.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Former Product Manager, IT Startup
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next follows modern-day engineering practices to deliver code in a modular sense, with testing considerations, and incorporating user feedback to improve usability. The team’s effective communication allows them to complete solutions quickly on a regular basis.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Could you provide a brief description of your company?

    The company that I was a part of when we worked with STX was a small IT [information technology] startup. It’s a company that offers software-as-a-service solutions that can integrate with different shipping applications used by carriers like FedEx, UPS and the postal service.

    What is your position?

    Product manager.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached STX Next?

    Typical challenges you’d encounter with any a software team as a product manager: getting to know the developers; getting them up-to-speed with existing processes, and getting them familiar with the particular software we were developing. That’s always difficult at first, getting the jive with the team, whether they’re a remote team or onsite.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select STX Next as your solution partner for this endeavor?

    I wasn’t actually involved in the selection process. Our founder was responsible for hiring them. By the time I’d joined the team, STX was almost finished with the deployment of our first application. I suspect a large factor in the decision was the sheer level of expertise that their developers seem to command. They’ve always been able to solve our problems, and often within very tight timeframes.  

    Could you describe the scope of work delivered to you through the course of this relationship?

    STX is largely a Python firm. That’s where their core skills are and that’s the technology in which our API [application programming interface] was developed. We brought them onboard so we could take advantage of and leverage their knowledge of Python. I’d guess that more than 80 percent of their work has revolved around custom Python development, but they’ve also helped us with testing and quality assurance.

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

    I wasn’t there for the first deployment, but our funding for the entire company was around $1 million, so I would say somewhere under that while still in the high six figures.

    Do you recall when the most recent project was completed?

    We just finished work last month, so very recently.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the work they’ve delivered?  

    As a product manager, I was speaking with customers on a daily basis. Based on their questions and feedback, I’d then talk to development team about technical issues and potential improvements. Since our product was marketed for developers, I spent a lot of time communicating with STX about the specifics of our software. My interaction with STX was strong enough that I was able to turnaround solutions on a very regular basis. Their custom development is impeccable, and they’re very capable at strategizing with their clients, too.

    When working with STX Next, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguishes them from other vendors?

    They’re very methodical when it comes to custom development, which results in very high-quality code. They adhere to a lot of the modern-day engineering practices that you would expect to see from a quality firm in terms of building code in a modular sense, building code with testing in mind, and constantly incorporating user feedback to improve usability and functionality. That kind of approach may not necessarily be exclusive to STX Next, but it’s definitely a differentiator in the space, and there aren’t all that many that can perform as well as STX.

    In retrospect, are there areas in which you think STX Next could improve upon as a service provider?

    I don’t think so, honestly. I think if there were any faults that would come to mind, it would only come from our end in terms of miscommunication or lack of communication. I can’t bring to mind any specific faults or needs for improvement. Once the team learned everybody’s dynamics and learned how to jive together, everything unfolded very smoothly.

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

    Offshore Python Development Leading Marketing Agency

    "Their whole management and development process is very transparent."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $1,000,000 - $9,999,999
    Project summary: 

    STX Next participates in spring teams for various Python development projects. The team primarily provides custom development, bug fixes and troubleshooting, and ad hoc testing and QA.

    The Reviewer
     
    501-1000 Employees
     
    London, United Kingdom
    Managing Director of Software & Services, Marketing Implementation Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX Next quickly outperformed the client’s UK-based development team in terms of quality and turnaround for the number of storyboards completed. The team offers detailed breakdowns of work hours spent on specific tasks and is capable of meeting very specific technology needs.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Could you provide a brief description of your company?

    We specialize in what's called market implementations, so we do the production work for sister ad agencies in the [organization's] group. Those ads are print, video, and digital advertisements. In the process, during the last five years of doing production work, we've developed a number of software products. We now have a software division of about 150 people. I run that software division. We've got three main software products.

    What was your position?

    I'm the managing director.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Could you describe the business challenges that you were attempting to address when you first approached STX Next?

    Obviously, there are challenges when you start a relationship. First of all, you've got to educate the vendor as to your software stack and the way in which you work. You need to test their ability to follow instructions and examine their capabilities. We accomplished that task by spending time in their offices with their key developers and project leads. We have very particular technology needs, so we needed to ensure that our vendor had the technical chops required to complete our work.

    SOLUTION

    How did you select STX Next as your solution partner?

    We use Python pretty much exclusively. The first and foremost criterion was having deep expertise with Python. I've done a lot of outsourcing around the world and I've had a lot of success in the past, in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Poland, etc. That's originally where I was looking for vendors. STX Next emerged as the biggest Python development shop in that space. Their reputation really preceded them, so they ended up being the number one choice on my list.  

    As I mentioned, we traveled to their office to interview their developers and project leads. We wanted to get a better feel for their expertise and their development process. I admit that we were very impressed by their previous work, and it was made clear to us that their engineers were well versed with Python.

    Could you describe the scope of this project?

    We operate spring teams with their developers. They work on any number of development initiatives. The types of project they work on really depends on our client and what their needs are. On the whole, most of their work is custom development, bug fixes and troubleshooting, and ad hoc testing and quality assurance.

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

    We spend roughly $500,000 a year with STX Next.

    You retain them for ongoing projects, correct?

    Yes.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the work they've delivered?  

    One way to measure it would be the number of storyboards completed through our sprints. In the beginning, we were operating two sprint teams for one particular project. One team was from a separate vendor, based here in the United Kingdom; and the STX team was working from Poland. After a few sprints, STX Next quickly overtook the U.K.-based team in terms of development quality and turnaround. We were very surprised, but also very impressed. After that project, we transitioned our development initiatives over to STX Next. More importantly, perhaps, was the fact that STX was also much cheaper than their U.K. counterparts.

    When working with STX Next, is there anything you'd consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguishes them from other vendors?

    I like the management information around who's working on what and how long. Their whole management and development process is very transparent. I can see the detailed breakdown of the amount of time spent on each of our various tasks. You know you're getting genuine data. There's no hiding how long it took to accomplish something. That really stood out to us.

    In retrospect, are there areas in which you think STX Next could improve upon?

    There's a definite cultural difference between United Kingdom and Poland, which we're getting still coming to terms with. There are a few communication issues here and there. We've been working with them for over a year now. Most of those have gone away but, at the start, there were a few communication issues. We've addressed them successfully. There's always some kind of learning curve.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      They'll would during work weekends if they're behind schedule. They do what needs to be done.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I already have.

    Offshore Plone Development IT Solution Provider

    "Their demonstrated knowledge of Python and Plone is bar none; they're wizards in that area of expertise."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $200,000 to $999,999
     
    July 2013 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    STX Next provides technical expertise for a Python-based CMS. The team also offers administrative services, such as backups, process monitoring, and service improvement, and deploys new modules and add-ons.

    The Reviewer
     
    51-200 Employees
     
    Washington DC Metro Area
    Patrick Waldo
    Project Manager, Decernis
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    STX consistently delivers quality code with minimal bugs and often exceeds expectations when it comes to technical criteria. The team is flexible in quickly adjusting projects based on customer feedback. Their management process has improved efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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

    BACKGROUND

    Could you provide a brief description of your company?

    We’re an information system company based in the Washington, D.C., area. Our offices are in Rockville, Md. We help clients, large and small, in the area of food and product safety. We basically help the companies comply with the changing and complex regulatory environment. We also provide consulting services and supply chain management services where a lot of the process is document management where you need to get questionnaires and get feedback. We cover about 170 countries in terms of our regulatory database. We’ve got clients all around the world. The latest count was something like 60 countries. We’ve got teams of people located all around the world. My team is located in about seven countries.

    What is your position?

    I’m a project manager.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached STX Next?

    The primary challenge was searching for qualified talent. We use a content management system (CMS) called Plone, which is a Python-based platform. It’s a very specific, niche tool. The major problem we confronted was finding experts in the field that could help us solve some of our technical hurdles. I was the lead developer for a long time. We were originally looking to hire a permanent resource, but could only seem to locate qualified contractors. STX was one of them.

    At the time, we were looking for administrative type help. We needed help speeding up our services, performing data caching, performing backups, and monitoring our processes. We had a very specific and limited project in mind when we first began. Our experience with them and the success of that first project really set the precedent for moving forward. We’ve been using them as our development partners ever since. 

    SOLUTION

    How did you select STX Next as your solution partner for this endeavor?

    They responded to our posting. I posted in a variety of places, like Stack Overflow, newsletters, job boards, things like that. They responded to the ad, got in touch with our HR [human resources department]. HR got in touch with me because I’m the project manager. I then vetted them. We deal with regulations and compliance. We work in a very high-pressure environment. If we do something incorrectly, bad things can happen. We wanted to make sure that if we did choose a contractor, that that contractor had that kind of experience. STX Next has worked with many Polish banks. I believe the largest bank in Poland is one of their major clients. The fact that they dealt with sensitive information, such as banking data was a great reassurance to me.

    Could you describe the scope of work they’ve delivered to you over the course of the relationship?

    We’ve been contracting with them for a year now. We started at end of July or August of last year. As mentioned, a lot of the original work was Plone troubleshooting and administration. They developed some custom add-ons based on optimization of our code base. They had done some general server management as well, improving and monitoring of our servers. I would say the bread and butter of our relationship has been the deployment of new modules, and new add-ons.

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

    Over the last year, we probably spent between $100,000 and $200,000.

    You retain their services on an ongoing basis, correct?

    Yes. In fact, I’ll be visiting their office in Poland this August [of 2014] to meet them.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

    In terms of their work, they’re spot on. They always deliver excellent code the first time around. Bugs are very minimal. If a bug does come up for whatever reason, they fix it immediately. In terms of all of my technical criteria, they exceeded everything. Then, in addition, I got this management process that made us deliver more effectively, more efficiently. We’re more in touch with what the client wants. If the client wants to change something, we can change rapidly. With the previous process before, we were far more in the waterfall model, and so changes were harder to take on, especially late in a project. This, I think, has increased customer happiness as well. All around, it’s been a great working relationship and I’ve been very pleased.

    When working with STX Next, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

    We also do a lot of work with object-oriented databases as well as relational databases, which these guys really excel at. That’s a unique skill set to have. They can also build add-on products and do server administration. When we were approached by STX Next, and we told them about our area and what we did, they were actually saying that what we were doing was quite smart, and exactly what they would have recommended. I was glad that they understood our field. They understood the importance of confidentiality. They understood the importance of our high-pressure environment and delivering on time and also the technical challenges that we face. Their knowledge of Python and Plone is bar none; they're wizards in that area of expertise.

    In retrospect, are there any areas in which you think STX Next could improve upon as a service provider?

    I was talking about this with them a few days ago. They have an internal SCRUM Board. The SCRUM Board is quite adequate. It works well. Internally, we’re talking about maybe moving to a newer platform because it’s adopted by industry, it’s standard. We’ve been talking about how they may be able to improve some of their internal tools, their SCRUM Board, and bug tracking system. That’s probably the only think I could recommend to them in terms of improvement.

    5.0
    Overall Score This has been probably our best experience with a vendor thus far.
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      The reason why it’s so much now is because we have a larger team...Their rate was by far the cheapest of anyone that we interviewed, too...It was an added benefit for us that we could save some money and get people who really knew what they were doing.
    • 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
    52
    OVERALL REVIEW RATING
    4.8
    Source
    Clutch
    LAST UPDATED
    July 11, 2019