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*** 18+ Years in Service, *** 10,000+ Projects successfully delivered. 

SynapseIndia is one of the oldest and among the most trusted Web and Mobile Development Companies that has been offering quality solutions to global clients since 2001. We have worked with some of the most reputed global brands such as PayPal, UNICEF, Indian Army, Bata, DNG, Johnson & Johnson, and more...

Service Offerings:

Microsoft Technologies - ASP.NET MVC, C#, VB.NET, WPF, DevExpress, Telerik, Umbraco, Kentico, nopCommerce

Mobile Development - iOS, Android, Xamarin, Ionic, ReactNative

Open Source Technologies - PHP/MySQL (Core PHP, Laravel, Zend, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Yii, etc), RoR, Django/Python, MEAN, MERN.

E-Commerce Solutions – Shopify, Magento (Magento Enterprise, Magento Enterprise Cloud), WooCommerce, OpenCart, BigCommerce, etc.

Industry Recognition

Microsoft Gold Partner

Xamarin Certified Developers

Drupal Organization Member

Kentico Partner

Bigcommerce Partner

Certified by RedHat Linux

Google AdWords Certified Partners

Facts & Figures

ISO 9001:2015 Certified
NASSCOM Accreditation 
3 State of the art development centres.
Cmmi Level3 standards 

Get in touch with Sales: +1-855-796-2773

Skype: synapseindia.projects

 
$5,000+
 
< $25 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2001
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    Holmdel, NJ 07733
    United States
other locations
  • SynapseIndia
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    Noida 201305
    India
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    United Kingdom
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    India

Portfolio

Key clients: 

PayPal, UNICEF, Johnson & Johnson, JETEX, Indian Army, Bata, DNG, Sotheby's

Magento based E-commerce Website for Eye Glasses

http://www.ozealglasses.co.uk is a Magento based ecommerce website for eye glasses and prescription glasses. A contemporary website for brands that adds a bit of lifestyle edge to a luxury staple.

The website has many featurals like virtual try-on, 60 days return window, order prescrption lenses, etc.

Technologies Used: 

  • Magento
  • jQuery
  • Prototype.js
  • PHP

Design & Development of Wedding Venue Search Site

Client approached us with the requirement of developing a site that enables people search for the wedding venue of their choice.

Veilability is a website that allows people look for the wedding venue meeting their requirements. People can not only search but also compare several wedding venue locations in their area.
 
Besides designing & developing the site, our team also worked on the weddings application that allows brides to go onto the site and search for wedding reception venue using different parameters like location style, budget and availability. The Venues are all managed (and have their own login) in the backend of the site, and they are able to add and edit details.
 
Application was developed in MVC 4.0, jQuery, Web API and SQL server 2008 R2 with Azure. Along with this, we have implemented the latest version of MVC into the application and Azure SQL. Besides this, we have also integrated various functionality for managing venues,...

ASP.NET based ecommerce website for diamonds

www.heartsoflondon.com is an ecommerce website for certified diamond and jewellery products. A userfriendly dashboard allows users to search products, view product information/certificates, and purchase.   Technologies used - ASP.NET, jQuery,      

A Magento based website for buying Beer brewing products.

https://brooklynbrewshop.com/

A Magento based E-commerce website that allows users to register, login, create and manage their profile.

The website is used for buying product helpful in brewing Beer at home. It entails all the standard ecommerce features like shopping cart, wish lists, product catalog, searching and filters, Payment and Shipment module.

A Magento based online Toy Store.

www.Twoscoops.com.au is an Australia’s online toy store that has a broad range of products for infants, the website contains all the essential eCommerce features like add to cart, wishlist, shopping cart, product image with zoom in features, payment and shipment module from various categories and brands.

A Magento based E-commerce Website for customized metal tools and jewellery.

https://www.pjtooljewelry.com/ specializes in metal stamping tools and supplies  customized handmade personalized jewelry. Stamped metal is the hottest trend in jewelry and with the right tools making it is fun and simple to do. The website allows user to design personal letter stamps and stamping Blanks.

An E-commerce Website for Apparels - Magento

www.forevernew.com.au is a lifestyle clothing and accessories brand founded in Melbourne, Australia. One of the fastest growing Australian brands, the website offers features like shopping cart, wish lists, product catalog, searching and filters, images with zoom in features etc. Apart from these, the website also has a store locator that allows customers to search for a physical store near their area/locality.

Technologies:

  • Magento Enterprise
  • JQuery
  • PHP

Lobster Remote Control

Lobster Remote app turns a standard iPhone into a snappy remote control, capable of commanding every function on your Lobster tennis ball machine (Grand Series and Phenom series only). It carries all the features of our standard remote, and more! Now every drill, every 2 line feature, and every sweep feature can be controlled through this handy, easy-to-use app. In addition, the much-desired manual feature can now be accessed directly through the remote. Once you’ve used it, you’ll wonder how you ever Lobstered without it.

ASp.Net based Business management solution

http://www.talentchaser.com/tc/ is an ASP.Net based evidence-based business management solution. Essentially a recruitment and employee management solution talentchaser combines adaptive technology with an evidence-based approach that helps human resource professionals and managers hire, train, and retain the best performers for each specific organizational role.

Technologies used - ASP.NET, MSSQL, jQuery

An OpenCart Website for Selling Bicycle & Accessories

www.mybikeshop.com is an OpenCart based marketplace website with e-commerce functionalities for bicycle & accessories.

The site is used by buyers who can purhcase products online, sellers who can sell products online, and also by traders. A user friendly dashboard allow users serach products available for sale, view details of products, and purchase online. 

We have customized & integrated a number of OpenCart extensions such as AbandonedCarts 1.4, ExcelPort 1.7.4, FacebookLogin, iSearch, etc. to achieve the desired functionalities and enhanced user experience.

A PHP+MySQL Based Social Networking Website

The client wanted us to design & develop a social networking website that allows users to register, login, create and manage their profile.

We developed the social networking website using PHP, MySQL, and jQuery technologies. The website allows users to login and search for other users, add them as friends and send & receive messages with the added users. We added the functionality to allow admin to edit membership level price, view the payments received against each membership type by custom date range, send email notifications to registered users and add/edit/delete news content.

PHP based Market Intelligence portal.

EZGovOpps is recognized as the nation's leader in providing an affordable web-based business intelligence tool for government contractors.

EZGovOpps was created with the sole objective to be a game changer in the ever evolving world of market intelligence. Market Intelligence has always been considered a true “luxury” to government contractors who could actually afford to purchase this valuable intel.

PHP Based Appointment Booking Website

www.kleanr.com is a PHP based appointment booking website for cleaning services. Users can view services offered, check availability of service professionals, and fix an appointment based on available timeslots.

We have customised a third party tool to facilitate the booking process which we have customized to fit in the specific requirements of this project for example, we have provided the ability for the admin to add, edit, or delete staff users, manage their availabilities, view schedules, etc. Staff users can also login to the tool and manage their profile, availability through an easy to use dashboard. For addresses we have provided the ability for admin to upload list of address in CSV format and have also integrated Google address search API. Along with this we have enhanced the user interface using JavaScript libraries to make the site more user- friendly and have also optimized the website for better user experience.  

Technologies...

PHP based Real Estate Portal

www.rentfaster.ca is a real estate portal that allows landlords to list their properties for rent. Tenants on the website can search for properties, view properties details and contact landlords. The website has a comprehensive search and filtering system that allows tenants to quick find the properties as per their requirement.

 

Cake PHP based Appointment Scheduling Website

www.scheduledoc.co is a CakePHP based Appointment Scheduling Website for Doctors and medical practitioners. 

The site allows patients seeking consultancy to search for doctors/medical practitioners to search for doctors, view availability, and schedule appointment. 

Doctors and medical practitioners are provided with a user friendly dasboard where they can manage their availability, view appointments, etc. 

Technologies - CakePHP, HTML5, Responsive

 

A Magento based E-commerce Website for Baby Products.

www.rockprettybaby.ca is an online retailer that offers Modern, Unique and Eco Chic Products for infants & tots aged 0 to 36 months and ships the products worldwide.

A Magento based online store for women yoga clothing

http://www.evolvefitwear.com  is a  Magento based online store for women yoga clothing and activewear. The website is developed using Magento Community Edition 1.9 with multiple user interactive features and eye catchy.

The website is having responsive layout and have utilized multiple java-script as per the requirement of the website and client.

A Magento based Marketplace Site with over a million products.

http://www.rover-store.com Rover store is a USA based online store, in business since 2002. We developed it's online platform on Magento and migrated all the products online. We also developed multiple comprehensive features such as overriding default search function and design works were completely laid out from scratch. We have created custom product feeds to automate the centralized inventory for both Magento store and Amazon store. And also have created a feature to periodically push products and orders from Magento store to Amazon store.
 

A Magento based website for Ice-creams and Sundaes

http://trampolinegelato.com.au/  is a Magento based website for a leading  Australian confectioner that is involved in marketing of Cakes, Ice-Creams and Dairy Products.

The site has a shopping cart that allows users to purchase cakes, ice creams and other dairy products online. Signup for club membership, enquire about franchising opportunities, etc. 

Technologies used: 

  • Magento
  • JQuery
  • PHP 5

 

 

 

 

A magento 2 based online store for furnitures

http://www.waydirect.co.uk/  is a Magento 2 based  E-commerce store for purchase of furnitures to be used in Decor of a house. The store redirects an user to purchase product from marketplaces like Ebay and Amazon. 

Magento based Website for Selling Compression Hosiery

http://www.brightlifego.com/ is a Magento based ecommerce store for fashion compression stockist with different brands and compression levels.

Developed Magento CE the site features a responsive layout that allows users to order from desktop and mobile browsers.

Peppersoda - A Shopify Based Fashion E-store

https://peppersoda.com/  is a global brand selling fashion and lifestyle items. Developed using Shopify, the store offers a friendly UI that allows users to view products in various categories such as Apparels, Shoes, Accessories and purchase online. 

Technologies Used:

  • Shopify
  • jQuery

Shopify based Website for a Luxury Clothing Brand

http://www.banjoandmatilda.com/ is a contemporary cashmere brand that adds a bit of lifestyle edge to a luxury staple. Developed using Shopify the website has an excellent User Interface that allows users to review products, view detials, and purchase online from Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile browsers. 

Drupal based Website for Food Processor

Drupal based ecommerce website for food processing company

WooCommerce based Website for a Luxury Watch Brand.

jorggray.com is a WordPress-WooCommerce based ecommerce website for a luxury watch brand. The website entails all the standard ecommerce features like shopping cart, wish lists, product catalog, searching and filters, images with zoom in features etc. Apart from that website also has a store locator that allows customers to search for a physical store near their area/locality. 

Cruise Finder and Reservation iOS App

iOS app that allows users to search for and book cruise vacations. Users can shake the iPhone for random itinerary suggestion.  

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cruisefinder/id406445293?mt=8 

BrewBooks

BrewBooks is a mobile sales and ordering application integrated with QuickBooks delivering near real-time inventory, ordering, and customer management to your sales force. BrewBooks combines the power of today’s smartphones with cloud computing to enhance and streamline your interaction with your customers.

Playlist-Creator PRO

The Ultimate Running, Driving, Workout, Dance, Party, and Relaxing Music Organizer!

SupertechLimited- Real Estate App

Presenting the all new “Supertech”, a sophisticated yet user-friendly app available on iPhone. Browse our iconic developments and latest updates from Supertech on your mobile device with ease.

App for Top 20 Global Videos

Xamarin based mobile app that lists popular YouTube videos published in the past 24 hours in various categories such as Music, News, Sports, Gaming, etc.  

OnCabs ride booking app allows you to pre-book your preferred ride that fits with your traveling plans. Instead of going through the hassle of finding an ideal ride, simply book through OnCabs! It is an effortless way to schedule your travel plans.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)

EO is world’s only peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs. The organization has over 11,000 leading entrepreneurs across 48 countries and 150 chapters. The total sales of all EO members is over US$ 500 billion. Previously EO was mainly having a simple Wordpress based platform, providing general information about EO to all visitors.

Technologies Used - 

-Member Directory

-Online Networking

-Event Participation

-Chapter Events

-Online Learning resources

-Event Participation and payment through Portal

-Membership approval workflow for staff

-Workflow implementation

-Mobile Applications for iPhone & Android

-Event Portals

-Event specific Mobile applications

-API Development

Mobile App for Dog Lovers

Doggible is an app that offers information about dog and pet medical facts, pet deals for dog lovers, and social networking with other dog lovers. It's a fun, informative and social app for all dog lovers. By using the app, dog owners can view other profiles of similar dog enthusiasts and can chat with them. We have used Android SDK, iOS, XCode and PHP technologies for development part and for designing we have used Photoshop. The application involved Map integration and push notification integration with the applications, as we draw lot of markers on Google Maps, it was hard to optimize the application, hence we have maintain the code to get rid of memory issues.

Magento based Online Shoe Store with Product Customizer

Scurdy is a magento based B2C ecommerce website for selling custom designed shoes. The website allows individual users to design shoes and purchase online. The website also offers corporates with the ability to design shoes in their corporate identity and order in bulk.  

The product configurator on the website offers an easy to use interface for designing shoes in 4 steps. Users can pick a color from the palette, choose a background pattern, enter text, choose a motif from predefined motifs available or even upload their own. Finally, users can visualize the designs in a 3D model of the shoe and place the order. 

The website has a marketplace section where users can design shoes and put up for sale.  The shoes are displayed in a gallery and buyers can click on any shoe to review more information, such as designer, price, etc. The site also offers credits to shoe designers whenever shoes posted by them are purchased online. 

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Food Ordering Portal

FoodCloud.in is a one stop network to get authentic home cooked food by expert chefs at your doorstep. It helps the foodies to connect with chefs from their locality and neighborhood who are experts in various cuisines.
 

Drupal based marketplace website

www.artsia.com is a Drupal based marketplace website for artists. The site allows artists to register, create profile, and upload their artwork for sale. A user friendly search module allows art buyers to search for artwork and purchase online. 

Technologies used - Drupal, JavaScript, 

Website for Promoting Kids' Drink

www.chubbykidsclub.com aims at promoting a drink for kids. The site has sections for kids to be a part of the club, parents to view information about the drink, available flavors, etc.

Technologies used - Flash

WordPress website connecting athelets and events

RunVerse.com is a WordPress based community website that connects runners with races

Runners and athletes can search races in/around their location, see important details such as start times, price, distance, date all on the race information page, register online for the races,  etc. 

Technologies used - WordPress, Google Maps, jQuery

Dominovo

Client wanted us to design and develop a website for an organization into construction business. The website would feature back-end functionalities and an image gallery (in which user can create their account and upload images under suitable categories with description). The website would also feature Flash intro and a Flash header in all the pages - in addition to a 'save' functionality and several other interesting and effective functionalities.

We designed and developed the website based on the client requirements. The interactive Flash intro page that we created has two buttons - one marked as 'French' and other 'English' - for languages to be selected by the user towards the language of choice in which the website content would get displayed. User of the site can choose the language and view the website, and if accessed from the same IP, would get redirected to the Home Page - instead of facing the intro page.

 

A WordPress Site for Nathan Towle

Nathan Towle is a personal trainer, he approached us to build a WordPress website that would work as a online mouth-piece for him as well as his business.

The home page includes a jQuery slider of eye-catchy captivating images and texts that display concrete information about the services it caters. We have used blue color scheme based on the logo provided by the client. The PSDs were coded according to responsive standards, making the website an “all-size” compatible.

We have built the website using WordPress CMS. Features like WordPress blog, form, responsive theme based on the design etc. were developed.We have also configured the admin back-end to manage the front-end by using WordPress plugins; and have also uploaded content/images provided by the client to the website.

A SMS Based Event Notification Application

The client approached SynapseIndia to develop a SMS based event invitation application. The abilities that the client intended to have in the app includes: user should be able to send SMS invitation of any event to the people from his contact book and will be able to see the responses in return, in a categorized way. User should be able to export the responses as a report and share via email.

According to the previous EO applications we have developed, the current one is also having similar look and feel. Using this app, users can send SMS invitation of any event to multiple people from their phone’s contact book. The app proffers a tab based listing screen where users can see the responses in a categorized way.

Ninja Guess - An iPhone/iPad/Android/Facebook Game

The client approached us with a requirement to devise a multi-level game. The game was expected to be played on iPhone, iPad, Android devices and on Facebook as well.

Ninja Guess is a game where a fictional character kindaps the loved ones of the player; and the player is expected to use his/her intuition combined with their agile finger cutting skills to reveal and guess the way through the game in different countries of the world.

We have completed the project requirements and completed the free and full versions of the game and deployed them successfully. The game is live and is available for downloading now.

Platform:

Flash & ActionScripts
iPhone & iPad
Design HTML & CSS

Application:

Mobile Applications
Website Development
Website & GUI Design
Facebook Application

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Web App Dev for Artificial Intelligence Company

“They had a well-defined process for gathering requirements, and they're very good at communicating.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

Hired to develop infrastructure for a software-as-a-service application, SynapseCo built an internal task management software. They developed the UX design and the backend using Angular with the Mongo stack.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Kalyan Gupta
Founder, Knexus Research
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new system provides a task management system that is tailored to align with the unique business processes, keeping tasks on time but providing flexibility. Strong technical abilities and excellent graphic design contribute to a strong ROI, encouraging further collaboration.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm president of a company called Knexus Research. We are an artificial intelligence, machine learning, and research and development company. Our primary customer is the U.S. Department of Defense for which we research autonomous and intelligent systems.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SynapseCo?

We were doing something very different with Synapse. We do process management, and there's a specific software-as-a-service application that we were trying to build an infrastructure for. That's not our primary function so we contacted Synapse and had them handle that part of the development project. We are an R&D shop; they are a development shop. We needed development for internal use.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The software is used for internal task management. As an R&D company, we are fairly familiar with software design and development processes, but that's not what we do. I had a good concept of what I wanted in terms of the software requirements, and I had a few pages of written documentation. Basis this information, they provided their quotation, a rough number of hours, and their approach, which seemed reasonable. After verifying that, we started working on the project.

Their primary job was to develop a user experience design, follow that with the implementation given the software specifications that I've given, and develop the backend for it. I specified that I wanted it to be developed in Angular with the Mongo stack. They have a great deal of experience in some of the other third-party components that we needed in terms of messaging.

They laid out a plan, and we started to develop a proof of concept through storyboarding mockups. They took each of the requirements and conducted a detailed interview to make sure they understood how the system was going to work. They started to give me the UI design, which was very helpful for me to visualize how things would work. Every few days, they gave me pages to look at. They're fairly realistic mockups, and I critiqued them. They iterated and incorporated my design changes.

After that, implementation started. They published their code into our server, which we were able to look at and verify. They put up a staging server which I could interact with and see how things were going. That continued the iteration between UI design, HTML implementation, and backend integration until the project was recently finished. We are still in the process of fully integrating and testing.

What is the team composition?

There were three individuals involved. One was responsible for the frontend design, one was responsible for implementing the frontend, and one was responsible for Angular backend implementation. My main point of contact was the backend developer, and he relayed requests to the other two people who built the frontend. Occasionally, they interacted.

How did you come to work with SynapseCo?

I went to Upwork and posted a job listing, and they responded. The volume and quality of work they had done and the reviews they had gave me confidence that they had the technical competency to understand my requirements and do what we wanted. Rather than a one or two-person shop that I could not evaluate, they had a substantial body of experience. They seemed like a 300-person company. They had a well-defined process for gathering requirements, and they're very good at communicating. Every time they did something, they let me know. The interaction was on a daily basis and very thorough. That gave me the confidence that they're asking the right questions and that we'll get a product that's close to our specifications at the end of the day.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost turned out to be a little higher than I thought because I added a lot of requirements. We spent $14,000–$16,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started at the end of July 2017. We've given them a different project, but this particular one ended in November 2017. Right now, we're internally integrating and deploying it.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It produces a lot of advantages. We do task planning and tracking. Although there are other commercial products out there, we don't use them because they are not well-aligned with our R&D business process. While we follow a process, it's emergent and evolving tied to R&D. This tool that we built helps with that, keeps tasks on time, and at the same time gives our small team a lot of flexibility.

In terms of business advantage, it's like any other task manager. It helps us keep all the projects on track, keeps our costs manageable, provides much more efficiency, and improves communication between team members.

How did SynapseCo perform from a project management standpoint?

We interacted through Skype and Upwork. It was very frequent, almost on a daily basis, and I received immediate responses. At the end of the work day, they're clear in communicating what was done and what was posted. Any requirements and ambiguities were resolved through Skype. Examples were given and documents were exchanged through Upwork and our server. When I didn't feel comfortable having information in the public domain, we used our servers. They were very responsive. They clarified everything we requested. They were very thorough.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Everyone has a good work ethic and technical competency. Their graphic design was very nice. It's very good compared to some agencies I've worked with before. I think they're a very good value for the money for their skill sets. Communication in specifications was sometimes a challenge, but they were very proactive in clarifying exactly how they understood it, went back and implemented it and asked me to verify it.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would be nice if I didn't have to verify so many things. My specification was more along the lines of a narrative and not a software description. If someone could translate nebulous software requirements and turn them into more concrete, detailed design, it would be nice. It would save us some effort. I got some design ideas from them, but I had to ask them for it. Hiring someone with experience in requirements analysis would be helpful.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The more defined your product concept is, the more efficient they'll be. They are very quick and thorough in taking a relatively closed implementation specification and doing it. They'll certainly get you to the point of success. The amount of time it will take going from your concept to the product will depend on how good you are at specifying it. If you leave things abstract, plan for more design and verification time, which is to be expected, but I didn't have a person with that skill set in the team. If you're looking to give abstract ideas and broad concepts, make sure you factor that into your overall process. They're capable of executing it, but it takes longer.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met most deadlines. Scope changes introduced delays, but the estimates were off. Given an abstract specification, that was to be expected, but it would've been nice to finish sooner.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev for Financial Insurance Company

"I appreciated their constant availability, quick responses to emails, and regular updates on project status."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SynapseCo conducted extensive backend development and coding to build an online insurance documentation program. The new system allows clients to input data and digitally sign compliance and disclosure forms.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto, Canada
Backend Administrator, Insurance Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Excellent ratings and showcased work on Guru.com made SynapseCo the obvious choice for an e-freelance developer. Highly responsive and collaborative, the team guided a first-time project manager through the graphic design, content production, and development process, offering useful new ideas

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I work for an insurance company in the finance sector. My role focuses on admin and backend projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SynapseCo?

Our company needed to build an online program that would digitize clients’ compliance and disclosure documents. We’d been having them fill out on paper during in-person meetings, and wanted to ease this process for all parties involved.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SynapseCo provided extensive coding service to build a program that takes our clients’ documentation process online. In meetings, our staff can now use an iPhone, iPad, or laptop to access a website where clients can input their personal contact information, complete forms, and sign documents electronically. Clicking submit functions as a digital signature, and sends a PDF version to their email to maintain a record for the future.

The backend programming included the digital signature, designing "next," "previous," and "submit" buttons, and implementing content including field texts. They built an online quiz or program that lets a user select from multiple options, and then translates that selection into a PDF for each of our clients.

Using basic design programs including Canva and Microsoft Word, I created basic templates to show their team how I wanted the layout to look. Once they received those documents, they’d implement those changes. They're currently conducting a clean-up of the final draft, so we can start using the program exclusively with our clients.

What is the team composition?

Ashish Goenka was our project manager and main point of contact, who I spoke with via Skype calls and email. I occasionally spoke to Depak Kumar Sahoo, just to make sure everything was going well.

How did you come to work with SynapseCo?

We submitted a post on Guru.com to solicit interest from e-freelancers across the world. We’d received significant feedback and interest from other freelancers, but something about SynapseCo’s profile struck my attention. I was impressed by the revenue they'd made via this platform, and their many previous projects had good ratings. Work for other clients showcased on Guru and their own website looked well-done. Their reputation seemed promising, so we took a leap of faith and decided to hire them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $5,000-$7,000. Guru makes it difficult to track all the spending, because vendors withdraw from the money allocated in one’s paid account based. You have to trust your freelancer to log the correct number of work hours.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in October 2016, and our engagement has lasted a little over a year. Moving forward, I'm not sure if we'll keep them on retainer for ongoing web hosting, but we’ll definitely consider using for our many future projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The program seems quite functional so far. Although I don’t have specific metrics to share, I can speak to their value as a company. All the people I've dealt with have been very helpful, and they're excellent at staying in touch. They're always available to respond to our emails, despite the time difference; we're located in Toronto, and they're in India.

Over the last year, they've provided excellent influence for our project. I’d take screenshots of each webpage, compile them into a word document, and add content to show their team what I wanted to change. Several of these update documents evidence the impact of their work, and the nature of our progress over the past 6-8 months.

How did SynapseCo perform from a project management standpoint?

As my first time managing a project, I struggled to see the trajectory from a design and content perspective. They've been supportive in that regard, and consistently gave us useful suggestions to improve the program, including what things to add. I spent a lot of time testing and tracking the site, which may have made the project more expensive than we'd anticipated.

We used several threads on the Guru site to connect on a daily or weekly basis. We also communicated daily or every other day via e-mail and Skype, which is much easier. Despite being based in India, we had very few issues communicating with the group. There was a negligible language barrier, and we resolved incongruences by sending screenshots with additional context.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciated their constant availability, quick responses to emails, and regular updates on project status. If I was busy with work and missed correspondence, they'd send reminder emails and accommodate my schedule. They consistently indicated when they started work on new fixes, and would confirm receipt of my messages by the next day. It was never difficult to get in touch with any of them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sometimes as the manager for this project, I received insufficient guidance on what direction to take. I would prefer them to provide specific outlines, rather than having to guess what best practice would be. I often gave them basic design templates to show what we were picturing, which they’d implement as-is. We wanted them to showcase our designs at a higher level, and upgrade these generic examples to fit our layout.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would suggest asking to provide specific examples of PDFs or web links from previous projects related to one’s industry, whether that’s finance, insurance, or marketing. That will give you a nice idea of the value they can bring to your project, or what types of programs they can build for you. Some of their work is shown on Guru, more specifically catered materials might be helpful.

4.5
Overall Score They're great people to work with, and they're very quick to make changes and provide insight and support.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always update us when things are launching, and have performed on schedule with each stage.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Even though we're a Canadian company, they charge us in U.S. dollars. Their work was very valuable, though- we couldn't do it ourselves.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work limitations for PDF changes has posed an obstacle to our efforts.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Android App Dev for Photo Tagging Platform

"These guys are on the ball and I am very impressed with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Based on given specifications and concepts, Synapse developed a minimum viable product Android mobile app with voice-to-text functionality and will continue to develop updates going forward.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Concord, North Carolina
Clifford Nelson
Owner, VectorTag
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has received positive feedback from the small number of early users regarding the look and user experience. Synapse is easy to work with despite the time differential and is consistently responsive and enthusiastic. It has been an enjoyable process working with the Synapse team. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the president of a company in which I build mobile apps for iOS and Android. My current project is an app for managing photo on a user's smartphone.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Synapse?

The biggest challenge was that I had taken classes in Android programming, but it was too difficult and I wasn't going to be able to complete the project on time. Therefore I needed to hire a consultant to assist with the Android development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Starting from specifications and sketches I provided, Synapse put forward a contract proposal and I was pleased with the cost. They then created a version of the Android app almost to the tee matching what I wanted it to look like. They brought experienced team members to work on the project, which included Android programming, back-end database work, and graphic capabilities. I was very impressed with the capabilities of the team. 

What is the team dynamic?

I was in contact with one main project manager, and he put me in touch with two developers who I mainly worked with, one working on the Android programming and the other working on the backend server configuration using Amazon web services.

How did you come to work with Synapse?

I did some searching using a tool called Elance for independent Android developers and I found Synapse India. They had a history of good reviews, so I decided to hire them.

How much have you invested with them?

This year I will have invested between $10,000 and $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The relationship with Synapse began in November 2016 and the first version of the product launched on the Play Store in October 2017. I am continuing to work with them on developing the future versions.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app only launched about one month ago and the feedback so far has been positive relating to the look and feel of the app.

How did Synapse perform from a project management standpoint?

I am very impressed with them. They politely and enthusiastically prod me to keep the project moving along because they are excited to work on the next phase. I get the sense that they really know how to do business. As an example, I just gave them specifications for an update on the Android development, and they turned it around and got back to me with a proposal in one day. They are also flexible with workflow, allowing me to break the development into five milestones, which is how I like to work.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I found that they were able to bring a number of experienced people to the project, consisting of Android programmers, database programmers, and  SEO capabilities. They have provided me a complete team to be able to get my project to the Play Store, quickly and professionally. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Right now I am very happy with the way they manage projects and I don't have any improvements to offer.

5.0
Overall Score These guys have really helped me. It’s been fabulous.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've met all my timelines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Especially compared to the local developers doing the iOS product, Synapse is a great value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    All of their software has worked.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd recommend them to anybody.

Mobile App Dev for Nursing Practice

"I had no IT experience, and they guided me through the entire project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Synapse developed an app for iOS and Android that enables clinicians to keep records of their assessments. The app expedites the clinician's work and cuts the costs associated with dictation services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ohio
Anne Shingleton
Nurse Practitioner, NP House Calls
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They used the paper tool developed in the client's dissertation to build and design the app, leaving the client satisfied with the product. They're very professional, knowledgeable about both iOS and Android, and respond quickly to any issues that emerge.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm an independent nurse practitioner, helping to care for geriatric patients at the nursing or long-term care facilities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Synpase?

I had done a doctoral thesis developing a tool that can be used for patients with wounds in long-term care setting. I needed a software program to document clinician's assessments on wounds, so I was looking for a company to create a mobile app for me.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I provided them with a paper tool and explained what layout I was looking for. They developed an app for both iOS and Android based on the original paper tool. In addition, they provided the design work: they gave me different options to choose from and guided me in the right direction. I wanted to call the app "Sage" and  use the sage flowers in the background, so they developed the screens to reflect that.

I see a lot of the same patients from week to week, and the app allows me to input the information and then go back and make changes or print a report for a patient's chart. It saves time, and makes the clinician's work easier. 

We're working on a website now, which will be used as a marketing tool to inform people about the app and its features. 

What is the team dynamic? 

I worked with a designer, a back-end developer, a programmer, and a project manager. 

How did you come to work with them?

I used Upwork to solicit the project to several developers. Synapse had the most expertise and the background in medical documentation, so they were a good fit for me.

How much have you invested with them?

I spent around $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

I started working with them in February 2016, and we still work together.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I used to do a dictation service, which was very costly, but with the app there won't be any fee because I will input the information and print it at the facility.

The app (both iOS and Android) is getting ready to launch, so it hasn't been utilized in the public domain yet.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very responsive, professional, and timely. We use Skype, email, and phone to communicate. We prefer email since they're in India and I'm the United States.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're very knowledgeable about the product. I had no IT experience, and they guided me through the entire project. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clear vision of what you need, and Synapse will be able to guide you and give you suggestions on how to market it.

5.0
Overall Score They're very easy to work with. Any time I had a problem, they either fixed it or called and asked me to clarify.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They understand the market and know how to make the project presentable and workable in both iOS and Android.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Multiple Dev Projects for Financial Tech Consultancy

“Any new projects go to them first because I know they’ll do a great job.”

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

Initially hired to build a web-based app, SynapseCo now custom-makes B2B products, backend work, marketing platforms, etc. Everything is WordPress compatible and the team uses PHP, Ajax, Laravel, and HTML.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Salt Lake City, Utah
CEO, Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Compared to other overseas dev teams, SynapseCo is one of the best. They’re timely, responsive, and consistently deliver high-quality products. The time difference and language barrier can cause issues, but nothing they haven’t overcome. They work as hard as (or harder than) the in-house dev team.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a tech company that works with trading-type businesses in the financial sector. We develop trading and marketing platforms, B2B products, backend membership websites, landing pages, etc.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SynapseCo?

We initially hired SynapseCo to develop a web-based app for one of our partner companies.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had somewhat of a prototype for the app already, but we decided to make it for a single client instead of the whole market, so SynapseCo took the functionality and concept of the initial app and built it for one user.

We've also had them build some custom functionality for our traders, custom e-mail solutions, and some backend widgets, trade boards, and plugins. These are all on a WordPress site, and I believe SynapseCo uses PHP, Ajax, Laravel, and HTML. The projects are all for different partners, and everything SynapseCo makes is mediated through us.

What is the team dynamic?

We’ve had as many as six people on our team. The composition changes sometimes, but we usually have WordPress developers, a couple of designers, a backend expert, and then some SEO experts and content writers. We tell SynapseCo what skills we need, and they put the team together.

How did you come to work with SynapseCo?

We researched several different vendors before finding SynapseCo. Our initial project was the app, but they did so well that we began to give them steady work for other projects.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent well over six figures so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together for about a year and a half.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They deliver their products on time and perform at the same level or better than our in-house team. Any new projects go to them first because I know they’ll do a great job. Normally, I'm very thorough and picky when it comes to working with a third-party vendor, but SynapseCo has consistently impressed me.

How did SynapseCo perform from a project management standpoint?

Most of our communication is via Skype, but we also use email, screen shares, and phone calls. We talk with them every night.

The team they provide us has changed a few times, but it’s probably been about 90% consistent so far, and whenever it does switch, we’ve never lost any quality.

What did you find most impressive about them?

For an overseas company, they’re timely and easy to work with. They deliver on their promises, and their skillsets make them an invaluable partner. I can trust that they’ll do the job well and be honest about their capacity and limitations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The time difference and language barrier have sometimes been a challenge, but that’s not necessarily their fault. We’ve managed to work through any miscommunications, though.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Do your research and be clear on your expectations so that everyone is on the same page. In long distance partnerships, it’s critical that everyone understands the project or else the timeline can be severely delayed.

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

Magento Redevelopment for School Uniform Supplier

“[SynapseIndia] works well with each other and their clients in order to provide the best possible solution."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SynapseIndia has been contracted to modernize a clothing company's Magento-based website. Their resources included a project manager, six developers, and a quality assurance specialist.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Senior Partner, Clothing Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The company is very satisfied with SynapseIndia's work and their thorough understanding of the project's needs. One of the agency's strong suits is communication: they smoothly manage interactions with an outsourced maintenance team and maintain a collaborative development process.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Our company sells school clothing to schools in the UK.

What is your position?

I am the senior partner of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SynapseIndia?

We needed help in developing our website. We didn’t have the ability to do the work ourselves, so we had to outsource the work.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of your involvement with SynapesIndia.

SynapseIndia has modernized our website using the Magento platform. We have had about six developers from SynapseIndia assigned to our project, and we interact with them directly. One developer is assigned to maintaining our cloud server and other resources working on different sites for the company.

At the moment, we’re running a project that will combine three sites into one administrative panel.

How did you come to work with SynapseIndia?

I found SynapseIndia through Upwork, which was called oDesk at the time. I considered some UK-based companies in the beginning but chose SynapseIndia out of several candidates. Up to that point I had used several developers for website work, but I ultimately decided to use only SynapseIndia in order to maintain continuity. Introducing new developers at that stage would require training them from zero.

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

The total development cost with SynapseIndia has been between $3,000 and $4,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We first got in touch with SynapseIndia two or three years ago, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics or other feedback from this engagement?

SynapseIndia is a good and thorough development agency.

How did SynapseIndia perform from a project management standpoint?

SynapseIndia has come to understand how we expect them to work. We have daily contact through Skype and can easily give them instructions. If SynapseIndia’s team is unclear about anything, they will let us know. We also collaborate through the Upwork platform and work on an hourly basis. Upwork is good enough for us, so we don’t use any specialized project tracking tools.

What distinguishes SynapseIndia from other providers?

SynapseIndia works well as a team. They work well with each other and their clients in order to provide the best possible solution. It’s better to work with a team that has the cumulative expertise and knowledge in order to get the best result. Previously I worked with a different company for server maintenance, but getting two companies to talk can be difficult, so we decided to move that task to SynapseIndia, so they could manage the whole lot.

Is there anything SynapseIndia could have improved or done differently?

SynapseIndia should make sure that their resources have a good grasp of the English language, given that they’re dealing with English-speaking clients. We have been able to get through to them, but it’s sometimes better to talk to a vendor in our own language.

RATINGS

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    SynapseIndia is better than our previous service provider.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ecommerce Development for Online Marketplace

"SynapseIndia is a serious company, compared to some of their competition."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Synapse developed the back end of an e-commerce software that handled inventory management integrations with distributors and marketplaces. They provide ongoing development resources.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington, DC Metro Area
Argentina Moise
Owner & Founder, Rover Store, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The marketplace integration software was built exceptionally well. All deliverables were on time and working properly, and their commitment to the project showed in their careful approach. In one instance, Synapse went the extra mile by spending an entire week to conduct more research free of charge.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a startup developing a data-feed marketplace.

What is your position?

I am the founder of the company. Because we are so small, I basically manage everything from the product, to the business development, and the operations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SynapseIndia?

We wanted to save money by outsourcing development. The idea was to find a reliable partner that could support our development tasks and also scale their involvement when the time came.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

SynapseIndia developed various modules for our company and also helped us with project management. We also have an e-commerce presence for which SynapseIndia has built backend software like inventory management integrations with distributors and marketplaces. We mainly use open-source software like Magento. SynapseIndia has developed our solutions using MySQL, PHP, and more recently, Java.

At its peak, our team consisted of 4 developers from SynapseIndia. We interacted with them directly.

How did you come to work with SynapseIndia?

SynapseIndia was one of the biggest companies on Elance at the time. The cost was a major consideration when making our choice. We considered around 10 other candidates, and initially started working with two of them. We ultimately switched to SynapseIndia exclusively.

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

The total development cost so far has been above $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have an ongoing engagement with SynapseIndia. I plan on using them for many years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

SynapseIndia did a very good job of developing our marketplace integration software. They delivered the work in a reasonable amount of time and always checked if everything was working properly. We run many scrum jobs, and any problems are addressed without delay. SynapseIndia's team will usually have overtime until everything is working properly. Their commitment level is always 100%. SynapseIndia's team is also very polite, respectful, and professional.

How did SynapseIndia perform from a project management standpoint?

In terms of scheduling, we've only had minor issues. We don't use any specialized project management tools because our management does not require this. Documentation and feedback are provided by myself directly. I give SynapseIndia small tasks, instead of overall projects. They report to me twice a day by either email, Skype, or phone.

What distinguishes SynapseIndia from other providers?

SynapseIndia is a serious company, compared to some of their competition. I worked with other developers who always found reasons for delays, sometimes lying. SynapseIndia focuses on my project and gives me access to the resources I hire.

Is there anything SynapseIndia could have improved or done differently?

Whenever we have issues or delays, SynapseIndia simply gives me discounts. At times, I was not charged for a week's worth of work when their developers needed more time to do research. SynapseIndia has always accommodated me and made sure that I was happy.

5.0
Overall Score I have no real complaints about them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    These guys are good with timing, and even if they miss a deadline, it’s never out of the blue.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There is small room for improvement for SynapseIndia's developers.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I am very willing to recommend SynapseIndia and have done so in the past.

Platform Development for Aviation E-Learning Company

“In terms of programming skills, I definitely have no issues with SynapseIndia.”

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

Synapse provides programming resources for projects using technologies like PHP, MySQL, and various JavaScript applications. The relationship has been ongoing for eight years.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Mike Rice
President, Aerolearn
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Synapse has consistently shown their expertise in a myriad of different technologies. They provide helpful assistance with design and coding for both larger projects and website modifications. Communication is routine and effective, and the agency immediately fixes the rare bug.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an e-learning specialist company for repair stations. Our company is a subset of the Earle Aviation administration, issuing licenses for mechanics.

What is your position?

I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SynapseIndia?

I was looking for programming talent which we lacked in-house. The ability to have access to resources on-demand was important. There weren't enough programming requirements in our company as to justify a fulltime team.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

SynapseIndia has worked with us as an external resource. They represent our sole programming capabilities. SynapseIndia has worked on PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript applications. We also worked on one project using Apache Flex, and have used them for small CSS and HTML modifications to our website, in order to make it responsive. Our focus has been on PHP, in which SynapseIndia is very good.

There have been 2-3 developers assigned to our work, but we've primarily worked with only one person for the last 8 years. Specialized projects, like the Flex one, have required different persons. We also brought in CSS and HTML designers for our website work. We haven't used any quality assurance resources.

How did you come to work with SynapseIndia?

I went through a bidding process and reviewed two candidates, SynapseIndia being one of them. They proved to be much better from a working relationship standpoint. I didn't consider local companies due to cost. Given the ad hoc nature of our work, local availability was not very important.

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

The average annual cost is around $8,000-12,000. The total cost has been around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working together for 8 years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Expertise has been shown repeatedly by SynapseIndia. They've been helpful with design and coding, as well as with changes to our website. SynapseIndia is very responsive in this sense.

Defects are problems that are never addressed or are outside of the scope of what can be done, which has never happened with SynapseIndia. If we run into a problem, they will fix it, so it's never been an issue.

How did SynapseIndia perform from a project management standpoint?

They've been better than myself in terms of responding to progress checks. Communication has always been done verbally and with occasional screenshots for what needs to be changed in terms of visual design. SynapseIndia has allowed us to work in this way, without any issues. Because I constantly deal with the same person, I haven't had a need to use specialized project management tools.

What distinguishes SynapseIndia from other providers?

Since I've worked exclusively with SynapseIndia for a long time, I don't have many points of comparison with other competitors. I've found that their level of communication has been extremely good and has allowed me to rely on SynapseIndia for programming. We've underwent a series of small code changes which have progressed over almost 10 years. The application has changed in ways which couldn't be predicted in the beginning, but SynapseIndia rolled along with this. They've shown flexibility and adaptability.

Is there anything SynapseIndia could have improved or done differently?

I'm very happy with the relationship. We've settled into a very smooth communication routine, so there are no problems in that regard. In terms of programming skills, I definitely have no issues with SynapseIndia. Whenever I needed additional expertise on top of the PHP work, the company itself has stepped up with programmers who could provide the service. Upsurge capability is a good advantage.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've been very good at maintaining daily communication. Because of the time difference, if I can formulate a problem in the evening, it will typically be done by the next morning. This has worked out very well.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    SynapseIndia are definitely competitive to domestic work. Any issues have had to do with the fact that we work through an hourly rate, so the budget will be consumed proportionally with the amount of work. This isn't a fault of SynapseIndia.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I've worked with one other contractor. They were very unresponsive and could not do the work as it was laid out in the scope. The difference to SynapseIndia was night-and-day.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommend SynapseIndia and have referred them to a close associate.

Custom PHP Development for Media Startup

“...In terms of engineering, they're very good and efficient.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Synapse built a Linux-based PHP website that was hosted by Amazon Web Services. The website was designed as a community platform for sharing videos.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Amada Chan
Founder & CEO, Startup Buffet
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Synapse's engineering work was done well, and the overall project was effective in terms of cost and functionality. Though design resources were slim, the agency's communication and coding capabilities helped bring the project to a successful close and build an ongoing partnership. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a video based platform, a community for sharing videos.

What is your position?

I'm the founder of the startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SynapseIndia?

I'm a designer myself and I needed engineering help for making the site. I was basically looking for someone to take my visual designs and implement them. It needed to be cost effective and the level of service had to be very high as well as reliable.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

The website was built from scratch. Technology-wise, it was pretty basic. It's Linux-based, developed using PHP and I chose my own hosting. In terms of architecture, they pretty much came up with all the ideas. They worked on a lot of the application program interface [API].

I had one developer assigned for my project. Aside from him, there was an overall project manager, one designer for HTML structuring, and one engineer.

I chose Amazon Web Services [AWS] for hosting, and that required high technical skill for installation. AWS has a lot of different elements and components, which were beyond my knowledge. They have a small team specialized on that.

How did you come to work with SynapseIndia?

I conducted interviews with at least three other companies, and in the end, I chose them. My choice was based on a combination of accessibility, cost and previous experience.

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

We've spent over $30,000 overall.

What is the status of this engagement?

It's an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

In terms of outside feedback, I don't have a whole lot. My own feedback is that they're average to good, engineering-wise.

How did SynapseIndia perform from a project management standpoint?

They did a great job in terms of cost effectiveness and delivery. You will always have technical difficulties. Because we are in a very resource-controlled environment at this point, we do our best with what we have. I do all illustrations myself, and the engineers make up 60-70% of the project. Communication with them is generally very good.

Is there anything SynapseIndia could have improved or done differently?

Not that I don't think highly of them, but they don't really work on a project. They maintain the relationship at asking if everything is okay.

When it comes to design, they're not really what you're looking for. They do not have the right resources for creative work. If you're looking for good, organized, engineering work, they should be able to support your need. I ended up firing the designer assigned to us because the work was very lousy and unorganized. I didn't think they knew what they were doing. In the first six months, I was not able to go to the backend and look at the code. I could look to the CSS, but had no access for making corrections myself. I would give them a design and it would come out totally different. The current designer is more organized and generally better. I wish I'd had him from the start.

The problem is that it's very difficult to go back and fix things. It's very time-consuming. This is my one bad experience with them. Again, in terms of engineering, they're very good and efficient.

My recommendation for future clients is to treat Synapse as a production shop for more technical work, and to steer away from using them as a creative or strategic partner. If you're just looking for something very ordinary, it would be okay.

Our business concept has been done before, but it's still different from anything out there. This became a challenge. I'm the designer myself, and I have very high standards in terms of what I'm looking for. Something being two pixels off from what I wanted is a problem. If you have very high standards, you should have an in-house designer to work with them.

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

Magento Development For Online Grocer Marketplace

"They've been really good at setting up times that are convenient for both of us."

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

SynapseIndia was contracted to develop a functional Magento-based back-end system to make order processing easier than previous off-the-shelf solutions.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
President & Founder, Digital Grocer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SynapseIndia acts as an supplement to the internal team, and the company is impressed with the reliability and consistency of their work. Despite being based in different locations, communication is simple. The agency also helped with a range of components, including a revenue calculator and SEO.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an online aggregator of food products – an online farmers' market. We have created a back-end that allows 750 vendors to put their items up in one convenient place. We then help them sell their items.

What is your position?

I am one of the founders.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SynapseIndia?

We needed Synapse to help develop the functional back-end for us. We use mostly off-the-shelf components that we've heavily modified to allow us to have a vendor portal. We were having difficulty manipulating that package in a way that we wanted.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

We used Magento primarily. We've also found a few different bolt ons, so to speak, for vendor logging in and the portal part. Then, it was rebuilt from the ground up for our purposes.

There are too many modules to mention that were used in our platform. One of the bigger things we had them do is to create custom shipping modules. Also, a custom login portion that allows us to manage not only products, but vendors and customers at the same time. They've done some extensive work on the shipping module. I don't think anyone else had what we were looking to do.

They've created and remodified geolocation modules for us. They've reworked some of the standard Stamps.com, FedEx, and UPS modules in order to work within our paradigm. They did work on our online credit card processing, and created a revenue calculator in the back-end for our vendors. They've also done some extensive SEO [search engine optimization] and Google work for us. They weren't the first developers we've used, but they've been with us for 18 months so far.

Individual developers come and go, based on our individual projects. We run one or two projects at a time and, based on the need, I will pick out what the next thing to work on will be. We've only done a soft launch so far. Most of our activity so far has been building up our vendor base. We need products to sell. While we've done that, we've been live testing. We've done some marketing, but we soon realized that we needed to work more on the kinks in the back-end and in getting vendors.

Right now, we're implementing a different type of Apache Server, which is faster and more tailored toward Magento. Within that project, we've had multiple people work with us. Generally, we have one project person and, depending on our needs, we'll hire through them. At this launch, there were probably six developers we worked with. They've been a one-stop shop for us.

We work directly with the developers or directly through their project manager, depending on the technical knowledge level at our end.

How did you come to work with SynapseIndia?

We'd gone through a couple of different firms in New Jersey and New York City. We didn't really like them. I'm a developer by trade and reached out to some friends that had done offshore projects. SynapseIndia came up. They weren't the first we used. We tried two other companies and gave them each a small sliver of work. Of the three, we liked SynapseIndia the most in terms of interaction, how they worked, and cost structure.

What is the status of this engagement?

Primarily, we work with them project by project. We've used Elance and eWork. I've talked to my project manager about their involvement, and recently they've been giving us feedback regarding what they could do for us. I will weigh that against what the other founders think and pull the trigger if we think it's right.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Since they operate as an extension of our team, we don't really have any specific metrics tied exclusively to them. Our own staff has been very impressed with their reliability and the consistency of their work. We rarely have issues with bugs discovered after launch.

How did SynapseIndia perform from a project management standpoint?

They've mostly delivered on budget. The few exceptions have not been their fault. The scope of the original project was not done correctly.

They've been really good at setting up times that are convenient for both of us, so we could have real-world communication. We talk through Skype every morning.

Is there anything SynapseIndia could have improved or done differently?

As great as their communication is, there occasionally will be an issue because they are in India. They should get some more native English speakers even though they generally speak the language. The project manager's English is fantastic. When it comes to speaking with some of the programmers, though, things will get lost in translation. That's not really their fault because they don't typically send clients that far down the rabbit hole.

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