Unrivaled Python & JavaScript Engineers

Sunscrapers is a software development company made of Python and JavaScript experts skilled in web development and data science.

We partner with startups, SMBs, and enterprises to help them solve problems, achieve business goals, and automate processes using technology. We combine business-savvy software craftsmanship and agile project management to build state-of-the-art applications that follow industry standards.

We delivered 200+ digital products used by clients all over the world, including: ASUS, ESPN, Samsung, Spotify, Unilever, Volvo as well as many startups.

We’re a leader in the developer community. We host, sponsor, and speak at numerous industry events. We contribute to open source. Our brand allows us to work with the most talented, passionate, and collaborative developers.

Are you looking for a trusted tech partner? Drop us a line at [email protected] - we’d love to hear from you and see how we can help realize your vision.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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Warsaw, Poland
headquarters
  • Pokorna 2/947
    Warsaw 00-199
    Poland

Portfolio

Key clients: 

15Five, Asus, Canon, Caris Life Sciences, Samsung, Legalsense, Trusted Housesitters

Realgraph

Realgraph is an application developed for Commercial Observer that monitors and provides reports on US real estate market.

Verve

Verve is the global platform for 16-28 year olds to discover and buy from aspirational brands through their network.

Routeer

Routeer is an online service that brings travelers comprehensive travel information about chosen routes, including exotic spots and niche transport providers.

Letme

Letme is a web-based platform that helps users find games, electronics, and travel opportunities thanks to a sophisticated recommendation engine that builds on artificial intelligence (AI).

Legalsense

Legalsense helps law firms work more efficiently by providing software that for managing law cases, tracking work time, issuing invoices and generating reports.

15Five

15Five helps companies improve employee performance by delivering everything managers need to impact employee engagement and performance, including continuous feedback, objective (OKR) tracking, peer recognition, 1-on-1s, and reviews.

MHG Design

MHG Design is a full-service marketing and design consultancy agency based in Greater London. Founded over 20 years ago, MHG worked with some of the world's most renowned brands such as Samsung, LG, Maserati, and Logitech.

Trusted Housesitters

TrustedHousesitters is a fast-growing and multi-award winning global business that helps owners find someone to care for their home and pets for free in exchange for a place to stay all over the world.

EspressGo

EspressGo is a location-based coffee ordering app that changes how consumers discover, order, and pay for products delivered by London's best coffee houses.

Quetru

Quetru is an advanced analytical tool that helps companies track and draw conclusions from customer behaviour to grow their audience, improve conversion, and deliver personalised content.

Daybees

Daybees is an event search application available on three platforms: web, iOS and Android. It aggregates over 8 million events and received $1m funding from private investors.

Reviews

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Staff Augmentation for Tax Management Web App Redesign

"Their development assistance made a difference."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Feb. - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provided a resource to augment a development team. They did backend development for a web application, assisted with architecture design, and fixed bugs.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Gdańsk, Poland
Maciej Karpicz
CTO, DLabs Sp. z o.o.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their involvement helped foster a long-term relationship with a third-party customer. Expect Sunscrapers to quickly provide skilled development resources within flexible terms of engagement.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CTO of a machine learning firm on a mission to give people their time back.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sunscrapers?

For one of our clients, we were rebuilding the user flow of a web application that eases preparing tax settlements. We were running short on time, so we asked Sunscrapers to help us boost the speed of development of the backend part of the project where the amount of work exceeded our capacity.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to rebuild the user flow, as that was essential for marketing strategy.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended in our community. In addition, other vendors couldn't provide us an experienced developer within such a short time frame.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They helped with the development of a few critical features. They traced two bugs which otherwise would have presented serious issues. In addition, they helped to design the architecture of a new feature for one segment of customers.

What was the team composition?

They provided us with one experienced developer who joined a team of five.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We are building a long-term relationship with our customer, so every improvement in the process is very important for us. Their development assistance made a difference.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was solely on our shoulders. We had a single point of contact for requests from our side.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their flexibility allowed us to extend our team for a short period of time.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I would expect more direct feedback from developers regarding work that is planned.

5.0
Overall Score I am confident that they can deliver a good team extension.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Almost all deadlines were met.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was a good balance between quality and cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their quality of code was very good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Staff Augmentation for Web App Development

"I appreciated their development skills, technical prowess, and strong communication."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provided augmentation support. They dedicated a Django developer to work with the in-house team.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Oakland,California
COO, Software Development Consultancy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Every milestone was successfully completed by the Sunscrapers team. Their deliverables were of high quality and delivered on time. As a partner, their expertise brought a sense of stability and productivity to the project.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the COO of a software development consultancy.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sunscrapers?

We hired Sunscrapers to augment our team working on a long-term project for a strategic client.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal of the project was to deliver a comprehensive, critical web app.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Sunscrapers had a reputation for being a team of great Django developers.

Describe the project in detail.

The project primarily consisted of a Django backend and JavaScript frontend. They worked with our team on the development and utilized PostgreSQL databases and AWS to build the app.

What was the team composition?

They provided a senior Django developer for our project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Sunscrapers achieved all of the milestones we set for them.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We had an amazing workflow between our teams. They were great communicators and their developer perfectly fit in with us.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I appreciated their development skills, technical prowess, and strong communication. They had a great attitude, as well.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There was nothing to be improved during our project.

5.0
Overall Score They were an amazing team to work with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything was delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They had a competitive price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their developers had great technical skills.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've referred Sunscrapers multiple times already.

Web App Redesign for E-Commerce Performance Agency

"It's rare to work with vendors that take their own initiative and responsibility for the outcome..."

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

Sunscrapers assisted with a complete revamp of a web app’s UI/UX design with the mission of enhancing its functionality and its overall look and feel. They also helped with testing and implementation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Warsaw, Poland
Jakub Kot
CEO, Dealavo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Not only did they help throughout the redesign and redevelopment process, but they also assisted with implementing good practices. Sunscrapers has a response team that brings their own ideas for improvements to projects. Their guidance and their ownership of the work leads to outstanding results.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CEO of a competitive intelligence and e-commerce performance agency working for e-tailers and manufacturers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sunscrapers?

We needed to redesign our web application's appearance, which involved reworking the UI/UX design, graphic design, and coding.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to deliver improved functionality along with a modernized look and feel to our customers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Sunscrapers through a recommendation from another happy client of theirs.

Describe the project in detail.

Sunscrapers supported us through the process of design, testing with customers, and final implementation. Sunscrapers not only helped our team but also led us through the process and assisted us in implementing good practices.

What was the team composition?

They assigned a project manager, a UI/UX engineer, a graphic designer, and a frontend developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We redesigned and re-implemented most of our modules to provide a better experience for our clients.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was perfect. Their team was responsive and eager to not only deliver what we asked for but also in suggesting their own improvements to the product and the process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We expected to outsource part of the work that we couldn't do in-house and what we really received was guidance and an ownership-based approach from the team at Sunscrapers. It's rare to work with vendors that take their own initiative and responsibility for the outcome and not only for billable hours.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We were working on a time and materials basis through lots of the iterations, including our feedback and customer’s feedback. Because of that, there were slow periods on our end at times, but we also had to wait for Sunscrapers’ team to become available for us again, as they’d be assigned to other projects. Of course, this is something that we anticipated in choosing this model of collaboration and it was a trade-off that we understood and were informed about before starting the project.

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

Web Dev for Creative Management Platform

“Sunscrapers' development contributions to our platform have allowed our business to grow significantly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jun. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provides frontend and backend development resources to help build and add to a creative management platform, using a variety of technologies. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Santa Monica, California
VP Operations, Marketing & Advertising Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sunscrapers provides consistently high-quality development support, working on a platform critical to the company's overall growth and bottom line. Dedicated, proactive, and responsive to client needs, working with their team continues to be a great experience overall. 

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 VP of operations for a marketing and advertising firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sunscrapers?

We reached out to Sunscrapers to provide some additional development support for a creative management platform that enables us to build various versions of digital ads at scale for clients. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sunscrapers provides development support for our platform, including the frontend, backend, and overall architecture of the system, as well as coming up with new feature ideas and QA. They've used technologies that include Python, JavaScript, React, HTML, Django, Celery, and Docker.

What is the team composition? 

We work with two developers at the moment.

How did you come to work with Sunscrapers?

I wasn't involved in the hiring process, but I believe we were looking around for development shops with lots of Python experience. 

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested in the range of $200,00–$300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them around June 2016 and launched the platform by September 2017, but our relationship is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Sunscrapers' development contributions to our platform have allowed our business to grow significantly.

How did Sunscrapers perform from a project management standpoint?

Although we handle project management on our end, their developers have been very communicative, accessible, and responsive. We have daily scrum meetings over video chat. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their consistency, dedication, and ability to scale resources as needed has been great. They take the time to find the right resources to work on our account and haven't charged us for the onboarding process when the person wasn't the right fit. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I've enjoyed working with them. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be collaborative and open to other technologies or languages they may suggest, and try to help them understand the project holistically so they can find the right person on their team to meet those needs.

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

Web Development for Programming Competition Platform

"Taking a self-critical perspective, they constantly sought to improve the services they provided. "

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provided Python-centric development expertise to help expand the functionality of an assessment system. The platform is built on a MySQL database with a React frontend and Django backend.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Poland
Director of Product, Technology Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sunscrapers reliably produced high-caliber deliverables that generate an entirely new source of revenue once they go live. The administration panel and code they delivered markedly enhanced productivity and was well-received internally. They’re a communicative and transparent partner. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the director of product at a company that creates automated assessments for developers. Our tests indicate whether a developer has specific sets of programming skills. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sunscrapers?

Sunscrapers is a development shop that specializes in Python. We had a limitation in our bandwidth that caused problems with creating our side feature that offers programming challenges. Candidates can apply to take one of our tests to win a prize, rather than for recruitment purposes. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sunscrapers helped us by providing development services. We held an initial kickoff during the consultation phase so we could meet the project managers and developers from their team. We planned the project together based on the documentation we'd written. 

From there on, we communicated on a weekly basis. They provided sprint demos and progress updates to make sure that we were on track. Every week, they told us what they'd accomplished as they worked towards a deliverable. 

In addition to Python, they used several technologies including Django for the backend and React for the frontend. The relatively simple website is built on a MySQL database. We handled the design ourselves because we wanted to dictate that aspect. 

What is the team composition? 

A small team from Sunscrapers that included a project manager and two senior developers worked with us. The project manager took the lead on communication, but the developers were also highly communicative and involved throughout all the stages. 

How did you come to work with Sunscrapers?

Our CTO found Sunscrapers through a personal reference. I also knew them from a former colleague who had recommended them to another American startup. We essentially found them via word of mouth. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent in the range of about $100,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2018 and finished the first phase in the beginning of February 2019. Even though we paused the project due to our internal bandwidth, I hope to restart it again in the next couple of months. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In terms of results, Sunscrapers delivered everything we requested. It was a little bit over budget concerning time, but only because we expanded the scope. They delivered very promptly. We were not really measuring any particular metrics. 

Instead, we were looking at the overall progress. We were impressed by how well Sunscrapers took our requirements and helped us develop them. Our company was very satisfied. 

The product hasn't gone live yet, but internal interest was definitely piqued. Once we launch, it will open up a whole new revenue stream. Our original problem was the extreme difficulty we'd had with maintenance. The code and administration panel they created will improve our efficiency considerably. 

How did Sunscrapers perform from a project management standpoint?

We maintained general correspondence using Trello and had a dedicated board for our project. The team was fairly responsive despite having other clients. 

Even when they didn't respond instantaneously, we always heard back within a few hours. They were very flexible and understanding, especially when we had to cancel. Overall, the experience was very good. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed by how communicative and transparent Sunscrapers was during our project. We even met with the CEO, who would ask us how everything was going and frequently check in. Overall, they were very open to feedback. Taking a self-critical perspective, they constantly sought to improve the services they provided. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

When we first started, it took them some time to make all the arrangements. We didn't have a working relationship yet, so I think we had to establish trust before formalizing our engagement. Once we got the planning in place, everything was fine. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be very clear about what you want. It's important to be aware that Sunscrapers is highly capable, but they still need guidance from the client side. Keep them in the loop. You can make changes, but give them a heads up and explain why when you do. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything we did was on target. The only time we exceeded the timeline was when we stretched the requirements.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were quite expensive, but we received the quality we paid for. We expected them to be able to come onsite, but they have remote developers.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    You can always do a bit better, but overall, we were very satisfied.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I definitely recommend them.

Platform Dev for Technical Skills Assessment Service

"They delivered the solution fast and were responsive and helpful." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers developed a skills assessment platform to replace a legacy system. They provided comprehensive service, ranging from scoping, design, and development to implementation and testing.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, UK
Wojtek Erbetowski
CTO, Codility
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new solution is stable and reliable thanks to Sunscrapers thorough testing and support services. They provided hands-on project management, which led to a rapid development pace. Customers can expect an impressive onboarding process that sets appropriate expectations.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CTO of Codility. We offer a technical skills assessment solution.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sunscrapers?

We needed to replace a legacy system with a new solution. It had to have both an administrative interface and a customer landing page with sign-up functionalities.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed the solution to be developed, tested, and supported during the integration process.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our choice was based on supported technologies, brand, and recommendations. We were familiar with Sunscrapers because of their previous projects and activity in the development community.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Sunscrapers helped shape our requirements and design, implement, and test the solution.

What was the team composition?

We worked with several frontend and backend developers and a manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We were very satisfied with both the cooperation and its results. They delivered the solution fast and were responsive and helpful. The product was well-tested and stable, covering all initial requirements.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The manager was available throughout the entire process. He made sure our expectations were understood and satisfied.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their robust customer onboarding process stood out to us.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I was aware of.

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

Staff Augmentation for Data Product Development

"Their supportive and flexible approach to staffing helps us be more successful." 

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provided resources for platform, data, and new product development. They integrated with in-house resources and worked with Django, GraphQL, React, and a REST Framework.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
London, UK
Bradley Wright
CTO, Verve
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Projects staffed by Sunscrapers’ resources delivered satisfactory benefits and launched on time. Providing custom staffing resources, Sunscrapers is flexible in their work style and integrates seamlessly into in-house teams.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CTO of Verve. We provide software for building advocacy programs. Our solution allows events to turn their fans into advocates and sell tickets to their friends in exchange for rewards like free entry and VIP experiences.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sunscrapers?

As our business grows, we need to invest in our technology and platform, but hiring is difficult in our demanding market. We engaged Sunscrapers to augment our existing teams with pre-vetted, high-quality engineers.

What were your goals for this project?

We had several goals across each project: launch our word-of-mouth platform in the sports and live touring industry, augment our existing data platform to provide better capabilities to our engineering organization, and build a new React Native iOS app to support our travel initiatives.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A mutual connection referred us to them. After interviewing Sunscrapers CEO and CTO, we decided to work with them. Their augmentation model appealed to us, as they staffed for burst capacity, rather than developing full scrum teams.

Describe the project in detail.

To staff each team, we shared our needs with Sunscrapers’, who came back to us with the CV’s of team members they believed were best suited to the project. Generally, we agreed with their suggestions and onboarded their resources to work within our sprints.

Sunscrapers’ provided two groups of resources, one of which built out a new product and another that joined our platform and data team. The new product uses React, Django, and GraphQL, while our platform utilizes Django, REST Framework, Heroku, and GraphQL.

What was the team composition?

We've employed Django, React, and React Native engineers from Sunscrapers. In total, we’ve used 5–6 developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

All of the above projects launched on time and delivered the expected business benefit. Having Sunscrapers’ additional support and expertise was instrumental to our success.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Team members are fully on-boarded into product teams and work alongside my own staff members as peers. The one time we had a communication/culture mismatch, Sunscrapers was quick to act and fix the issue.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their supportive and flexible approach to staffing helps us be more successful.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Sometimes it takes longer than we’d like for someone to work on our projects because Sunscrapers is quite busy.

4.5
Overall Score I'm very happy with their ongoing work.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've been very flexible and helpful in finding new resources for us.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're more affordable than comparable options.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their Python and React Native work have been of very high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm very happy with their ongoing work.

Software Development for Intercultural Training Company

"They're efficient and highly capable, which are our main measures."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provides software development services and frontend React development for an intercultural learning platform.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Joshua Sturtevant
CTO, RW3 CultureWizard
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work has received positive feedback from key stakeholders. Sunscrapers’ ability to adapt to and communicate about ever-evolving specifications helped make their code relatively bug-free. Client service and quality deliverables are hallmarks of their work.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there. 

RW3 CultureWizard is an intercultural training company that teaches people how to work effectively with those from other cultures. We create courses, assessments, and articles. Our learning platform has a recommendation engine and a mobile app. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sunscrapers? 

We contracted Sunscrapers to add an additional resource to our development team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

On a day-to-day basis, they primarily provide a frontend developer working in React on our platform. We had a hodgepodge of code and the developer is also instrumental in helping with the architecture of our frontend code library. He's spending time learning our product and understanding how it was put together. He’s going through the legacy code to simplify it and make it more efficient. The developer also with regular updates and other project development work. 

What is the team composition? 

We work with one developer. 

How did you come to work with Sunscrapers?

They were a recommendation from another design and development firm. We set up a three month trial period to have the developer do the code evaluation and work on some small scale projects. It was clear from the outset that it was a good fit. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $80,000–$100,000, probably closer to the high end.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2018 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our director of technology does code checks and testing of all the code we're getting from Sunscrapers. They're efficient and highly capable, which are our main measures of success. The evaluation from our internal team is positive. We’ve already seen ROI such as the site load time going from 5 seconds to 1.5 seconds. That’s been a huge improvement. They're also making updates to the look and feel of the platform that will be apparent to everyone. 

How did Sunscrapers perform from a project management standpoint? 

While I was concerned at first that the developer is based in Poland, it's actually worked out quite well. Cultural and language issues are non-existent. The time zone turned out to be an advantage. The developer is able to work during our night and review with us when we come online in the morning. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their competence and dedication to us as a client are most impressive. The developer brings skills and talent that we're not used to seeing from outsourced teams. They also never make us feel as if we're borrowing time from their other clients. In this case it feels as if they’re another member of our team. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, it's been quite good. I'd love for it to be even less expensive than it is, but it is already competitive compared to local talent in New York. I can't complain at all. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Clearly define your objectives and be really clear about what you expect out of the project. In my experience, they're pretty responsive. They don’t just go off and execute the project plan; rather, they expect to collaborate with you. 

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

Platform Development for Data Engineering Function

"Sunscrapers’ high-quality engineers are sharp and know how to get things done."

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

Using Python, Sunscrapers develops a data engineering and data science platform for a financial services company. They're also developing a AWS cloud-based data warehouse solution.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
New York, NY
Data Engineering Director, Financial Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform that Sunscrapers built was well-received, while keeping costs low. Expertise and meticulousness are hallmarks of their work. Their understanding of the Python programming language helps them meet deadlines and respond quickly to any inquiries or technical concerns that arose.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I lead the data engineering and data visualization teams for a financial services company that focuses on investing in several asset classes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sunscrapers?

We needed help building a platform for data engineering and data science, including desktop and cloud components.

What were your goals for this project?

Our initial goal was to develop a robust data science / data engineering toolset.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I’d worked with Sunscrapers at previous jobs. We liked the flexibility of contracting this work out combined with having a full-time, dedicated resource to join as a member of the team.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Since our company uses Windows as the primary desktop, Sunscrapers developed a data science / data engineering toolset on top of Windows using Vagrant and VMs. Sunscrapers then helped us develop a data lake and data warehouse solution to extend this to the cloud (AWS).

The work is ongoing, with a full-time engineer from Sunscrapers fully incorporated into our team. Most of the development work is in Python, which is their specialty. There’s a fair amount of DevOps work as well, including bash scripting for Vagrant provisioning and Terraform for cloud infrastructure development.

What was the team composition?

We work with the one engineer. We also receive periodic assistance from his manager (CTO, Sunscrapers) as well as the CEO.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

This project has enabled us to launch a new data initiative while keeping costs down.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They’re fully incorporated into our project management system, which is a lightweight form of agile. We do two-week sprints, staying in close contact via email, Jira, Confluence, Gitlab, Slack, and Zoom for video conferences. While there is a time zone difference, we’re able to have a good amount of overlap during our mornings.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Sunscrapers’ high-quality engineers are sharp and know how to get things done. They’re flexible and easy to work with, and their management team is communicative and helpful. They don't get distracted or flustered, and they focus on delivery. Plus, their knowledge of Python is extensive and deep. They are true professionals.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

As a small but growing company, it can be difficult for them to work with large enterprises such as our firm. We have a longer and more detailed procurement process compared to startups and midsize firms. However, they are aware of this and working on it. I think they will definitely improve over time and with more experience.

5.0
Overall Score They're excellent.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It's easy to schedule meetings.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their pricing is reasonable considering the high quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their engineering is very high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time.

Frontend Development for Online Marketing Startup

“[We] are extremely happy with the quality so far.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sunscrapers provides developers to augment the in-house team. They work on frontend and database structure. Plans are in the works to integrate their UX team, as well.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Managing Director, Marketing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sunscrapers works hard and is transparent. Major aspects of the project are still underway, but the work so far has been high quality. Professionalism and friendliness make the team easy to approach and partner with.

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 managing director for an online marketing startup. We do data enrichment, which involves providing our customers with information about their online sales.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sunscrapers?

We were struggling with resources. We had some big customers that had a large number of tasks to be done at the same time, so we needed more developers to augment our team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have a tool that works with dashboards, and we have a large database where we store all the sales information. Sunscrapers has been working both on the structure of the database and also on the frontend for the dashboard where we present this information.

Their frontend developer is implementing a new design for the dashboards, which is the face of our company’s product. He mainly works with Django, Postgres, and Go, although they use a variety of technologies. For example, the frontend and backend are connected via Elasticsearch.

We already had our design finished when we hired Sunscrapers. They have a great UX team, though, and we hope to start some consultancy with them in the near future.

What is the team composition?

Sunscrapers currently provides one frontend developer who works with our in-house team.

How did you come to work with Sunscrapers?

We found them on Google, gave them a call, and had a few online meetings. They were professional, and we liked their approach, so we partnered.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have any data yet, but their work is great. Some of our people have looked at what they’re doing and are extremely happy with the quality so far.

How did Sunscrapers perform from a project management standpoint?

They work hard. We have an in-house project manager who works with Sunscraper's project manager, and that has been useful. We use Trello to track tasks and Slack for inside communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re transparent and work fast. We can always know what they’re doing, and they usually deliver on time.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

They're serious, professional, friendly, and easy to approach. I would recommend to just contact them and see where it takes you.

4.5
Overall Score I'm very pleased with them.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're very much committed to deadlines. We've only had a few minor miscommunications.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We haven't finished the main component of the project yet, so I'm still waiting to see how that turns out.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer