BetaBulls

BetaBulls is a company where we convert Ideas into Products by helping the startups that come with an idea.

•Started as a Technology Co-Founder as a service firm •To Empower non-technical founders with •Technology and •Business resources •Uses Proprietary BullWay framework •Based on Lean Startup methodology •Its in our DNA •Has caught the attention of mid size firms •Lean development vs scope expansion •Cutting edge technology (Mobile, Cloud, Big Data) •Comprehensive services
 Founded: 
2013
 Employees: 
10 - 49
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$25 - $49
BetaBulls
United States
Key clients: 

Coca-Cola Founders, TaxBreak LLC, Emgenex, Lookout, Upside Minded Inc. ProachTechs.

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Lemontea.pl

We are interactive agency from Białystok, Poland. 

We specialize in advertising and dedicated web apps, Facebook apps, corporate work integration systems, websites, graphic design for print, as well as UX and RWD-oriented web design.

 Founded: 
2012
 Employees: 
2 - 9
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$25 - $49
Lemontea.pl
Zwierzyniecka 10
Bialystok, PL 15-333
Poland
+48502 391 165
Lemontea.pl
313 Hoe Street
London, LND E179BG
United Kingdom
+447759869459
Key clients: 
  • breedandcraft.com - Digital Agency, UK (we're mostly doing for them front end development and node.js development)
  • sketchdeck.com - Design on Demand Startup, USA (we're mostly doing for them front end development)
  • visit.bialystok.pl - Town Council of Bialystok, Poland (our hometown, we made design & development of project from link- won awwwards.com!)

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Red Cherry

Established in 1999 as a software company, Red Cherry has been serving up the best in digital marketing, software development and website design for clients in Canada, USA and now worldwide. From web development to apps development, remarketing and top quality web design we are constantly at work to increase your ROI. Red Cherry ensures that you only get top-level service at the best price. Our portfolio represents over ten years of quality and experienced work. See why our clients ten years ago are still happy to be our clients today.

With over 500+ websites and 150+ enterprise software builds, Red Cherry has developed a disciplined process that delivers rich user experiences and helps drive our clients success. Having a great team that comes together to share your vision and business objectives is key to delivering rock solid solutions. Our strategies, and proven methodologies, help capture new and existing market opportunities that drives revenue for our clients. Our goal is your success, and this is how we do it!

 Founded: 
1999
 Employees: 
10 - 49
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$100 - $149
Red Cherry
7 Coachwood Place
Calgary, AB
Canada
1 888 401 6668
Red Cherry
3957 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC
Canada
1 888 401 6668
Key clients: 
  • AT&T
  • Shell Oil
  • Welltraxx
  • Origination
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Nissan
  • Royal Bank
  • Showtime
  • Mathtoons
  • Coca Cola
  • TNG Models
  • Goverment of Alberta
  • Strategic Group 

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Web Development for Oil Well Management Platform

 
Web development
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is WellTraxx Limited, an oil and gas well management platform for landowners. They were in need of an agency to redesign and develop their website, along with a complete rewrite of their custom software. Red Cherry was chosen for the project and began work in 2013. The client continued to work with Red Cherry on custom development and maintenance.

Feedback summary: 

The client is very satisfied with the work delivered by Red Cherry. Specifically, they appreciate Red Cherry's detailed project roadmap and strict adherence to results and budgets. According to the client, the team possesses strong leadership, both in terms of technical skill and communication. The client highly recommends Red Cherry to others.

"I'm very happy with the success of the project. Just as importantly, Red Cherry delivered on everything they promised and on the budget that we agreed upon."
— President, WellTraxx Limited (Oil Well Management Platform)

Co-Founder at WellTraxx Limited
 
2-10 employees
 
Saskatchewan, Canada
Quality: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 3.5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

The company is WellTraxx Limited. We do oil and gas administrative and software support for private landowners in rural municipalities.

What is your position?

I am co-founder and president.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Red Cherry?

We were working with another developer, and came to the realization that, in order to get to the levels that we wanted with regard to our deliverable products, the current developer wasn't going to be able to get us there. Through our research and talking to some folks, and just working through online, we came across Red Cherry. We were motivated to get to a company that had a little more power to it, the ability to deliver more diverse and dynamic products and could more readily respond to service issues, bugs, maintenance, and so on. It was time to find a better partner going forward, I guess.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They began with a complete rewrite of our website. We were looking for almost a rebrand when we started, so it was a complete revamp of our website. We have a custom software system called WellTraxx that land-owners and use, and it was a complete re-write of that custom software as well. We changed from the initial .NET platform to a new platform. It was a rebrand and a rewrite of the entire software package, as it was getting pretty old.

How did you come to work with Red Cherry?

We did a Google search, and we talked to a few folks that pointed this direction as well, but as far as the initial survey to find what services were out there, it was basically online search.

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

We are closing in on $150,000 now.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together for almost two years now. We're still working with them on a contract basis, still doing custom development but a lot of maintenance and tweaks.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any feedback from this engagement?

I'm extremely happy with the end product. They have a process that we hadn't gone through with other developers, as far as being very specific and creating a roadmap on how things are going to happen. I'm very happy with the success of the project. Just as importantly, Red Cherry delivered on everything they promised and on the budget that we agreed upon.

How did Red Cherry perform from a project management standpoint?

Traditionally with other developers, you would start into the project and get to a certain point. If they had under-quoted, there were a lot of hard conversations and phone calls of, "We need another 50 or 60 hours." Whereas with Red Cherry, they give you a hard quote, and they stick with it. There were certainly points where they ate hours to meet their quote. They weren't putting that on the end of the client, that they had under-quoted and expect the client then to extend from their original budget. The product was exactly as we wanted and came in on time and on budget. Unfortunately, you can't say that about a lot of contractors.

What distinguishes Red Cherry from other providers?

Probably the number one thing is Dan [Carter, CEO at Red Cherry]. Traditionally with these companies, the leaders of the pack are either really strong technically, but they lack the ability to then communicate the technical side in laymen's terms, to people like me or the business the guys that don't understand IT [information technology] at all. What makes Red Cherry unique is that Dan has an extremely strong background and understands the technical side, but he can then take that technical side and make it make sense to the layperson who really is just putting all their faith that he knows what he's doing.

The ability to interact with him pretty much on a daily basis and have him help you understand what the next steps are, and not feel like he's talking over your head or that you're talking to an alien. In my view, that's probably what makes them the most unique of any other companies we've dealt with.

Is there anything Red Cherry could have improved or done differently?

Nothing jumps to mind to be honest.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Red Cherry on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Four and a half.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Three and a half.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Four.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with Red Cherry?

Four and a half.

How likely are you to recommend Red Cherry to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five.

Casey Ziegler

ICONA INC

ICONA is a collective of accomplished marketing professionals that believe in a more personal level of service. Every member of team has been working in their area of expertise for a long time, and we're good at letting you know what to expect and when to expect it. We execute with enthusiasm and certainty, leaving the guesswork and the sales hype for others. Our core philosophy is one of cooperation and collaboration.

As a boutique agency, we don't approach our work as a commodity-based enterprise. Every website is unique, and each client requires a unique approach. Your business is managed by the same contact from start to end, and when you work with us you get exactly what's needed to create your marketing solution, with no extra puffery to pay for.

Whether your project comes to a complete close or reaches a stage of steady growth, we like to get feedback on your experience, how we did in terms of meeting your goals and expectations, and anything we can do to improve the quality of the service and the level of attention we provide. So we'll close out with a few more questions, and we'll get to know each other all over again. We hope you find our style of business in line with your values.

 Founded: 
2005
 Employees: 
2 - 9
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$150 - $199
ICONA INC
By Appointment Only
Calgary, AB T2T2B7
Canada
403 255 9767
Key clients: 
  • LivingWorks Education is social enterprise of global presence
  • Canadian Cattlemen's Association works on a wide range of issues that concern Canadian beef
  • Cuming & Gillespie Injury Lawyers
  • Tonii K. Roulston Criminal Lawyers

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Website Design for Crisis Intervention Training Company

 
Web design
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is LivingWorks Education, a crisis prevention training company. They were need of an agency to redesign their website. ICONA was chosen for the project, which has included web design and development of LivingWorks Education's public and member websites. The relationship between LivingWorks Education and ICONA remains ongoing.

Feedback summary: 

The client is very pleased with the work delivered by ICONA. Specifically, they speak highly of ICONA's thoroughness in understanding the client and proposed project. According to the LivingWorks Education, ICONA took special interest in the business process of the organization to understand the goal of the project. LivingWorks Education highly recommends ICONA to others.

"ICONA has been very good at coming on board, interested in terms of what our own internal business processes are, helping us assess what we need to do, and how our website can help support our goals and our mission."
— Project Coordinator, LivingWorks Education (Crisis Intervention Training Company)

Project Coordinator at LivingWorks Education
 
11-50 employees
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Quality: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

The company is called LivingWorks Education. It's an international suicide prevention training company. We have an actual base of 7,000 trainers worldwide delivering ASIST and safeTALK programs.

What is your position and responsibilities?

I am the project coordinator and materials management at LivingWorks.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with ICONA?

We were in a position of needing to have a website redesigned. It had actually just been redesigned by a different company here in Calgary, and it was immediately not meeting the requirements. We put out an RFQ [request for quotation], and they were most interested in helping us.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

It's actually been a number of projects during the last probably four years, starting with a phase one rebuild of our public and member trainer sites. We've also done other projects, such as conference registration sites.

How did you come to work with ICONA?

I learned of them through a coworker.

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

It was probably anywhere from $20,000 to $80,000 in a year.

What is the status of this engagement?

The projects are ongoing. They are our source corporate vendor for website development, and we continue to work with them on an ongoing basis.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

It's kind of a challenge for us to measure, because our website has been very, very well received, both by the public and the trainers. I don't have any Google Analytics in front of me right now to speak to, but it's been very positive. Also, some of the work that has happened has actually helped us to improve some of our internal business processes.

How did ICONA perform from a project management standpoint?

If I were to rate it on a scale, I would probably say eight out of 10. They were quite good with responsiveness and communication.

What distinguishes ICONA from other providers?

ICONA has been very good at coming on board, interested in terms of what our own internal business processes are, helping us assess what we need to do, and how our website can help support our goals and our mission. Even when we're starting to draft concepts for web, they come back, and they ask quite a lot of questions. They don't move too quickly in providing a solution because they want to be really thorough.

Is there anything ICONA could have improved or done differently?

Sometimes, I would like to see the speed or the timelines shortened for some of these projects. I understand what some of the frustrations would be on their side, but just more timeliness on some of the more complex projects.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate ICONA on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Four and a half.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Four.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Four.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with ICONA?

Four and a half.

How likely are you to recommend ICONA to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five.

Mary Cook

XIM, Inc.

XIM, Inc. is an experienced provider of mobile app and web development services.  For over 21 years we have helped businesses to meet the demands of the modern world of information technologies.

Our headquarters are located in San Francisco. Our 7 development centers are allocated in Belarus and Russia.

Our team includes specialists from each stage of app creation: skilled developers, talented designers and artists, professional UX/UI designers, experienced QA-engineers, qualified data analysts. Each member of the team collaborates closely with yours to study the business and develop the app you need.

We have been successfully collaborating with solid brands like OpenWave Mobility, NOKIA, Intersys, BAI and many others, providing them with high-quality IT services and business solutions.  Our expertise extends to mobile games, business apps, smart home systems applications and other kind of software. 

Why XIM?

  1. Reliability. With Agile development process, our work is structured and transparent for the clients.
  2. Quality. We are proud of our happy and satisfied customers.
  3. Security. Any information provided by our customers is under the protection of the U.S law and, thus, is completely safe.
  4. Profitability. We do a deep app analysis in order to get more revenue.
  5. Price. Time & Material contract allows us to offer a competitive pricing structure

Feel free to contact us via e-mail contact@ximxim.com or filling the contact form  to discuss any idea you have.

 Founded: 
1994
 Employees: 
50 - 249
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$25 - $49
XIM, Inc.
400 Beale Street, Suite 103
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
(415) 222-9909

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Amc Square

AMC gives the flexibility and power to optimize the business process for its maximum efficiency and spur clients IT structure to be both resilient and agile. AMC is an entrepreneurial endeavour that provides IT services to all business segments.

 Founded: 
2012
 Employees: 
250 - 999
 Ave. hrly rate: 
< $25
Amc Square
# 360, Sri Sai Padma Arcade, Varthur Main Road, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefiled
Bangalore, KA 560066
India
9740377262
Amc Square
India
Key clients: 

Web Development, CRM Development, Ecommerce Development

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ArtBrains Software

Our main advantages are an individual approach to each customer, development and support of software products of any difficulty. Effective management of the development, high professionalism of our staff and flexible approach to each customer helps us to complete the tasks in time. 

Experts of ArtBrains Software integrates approach to web development products. The performance of work takes place according to 6 stages:

  1. Study the market and customer needs
  2. Create a new and usability design
  3. Writing code of web applications-
  4. Testing and bugfixes
  5. Presentation and approval of the finished project
  6. Delivery
 Founded: 
2013
 Employees: 
10 - 49
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$25 - $49
ArtBrains Software
Vodoginna 2/528
Lviv
Ukraine
+380950040047

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Mobile Application Development for Fitness Organization

 
Mobile app development
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is Club Planner, a software product for fitness centers. They were in need of an agency to provide outsourced software development work for their systems. ArtBrains Software began work on the project in early 2015 and it included mobile application development for iOS and Android platforms. The relationship has been extended to new projects.

Feedback summary: 

The client is very satisfied with the work delivered by ArtBrains Software. Specifically, they appreciate ArtBrains Software's adherence to deadlines and commitments to meeting milestones. According to the client, they have extended their relationship with ArtBrains Software due to the success of their first project. The client highly recommends ArtBrains Software to others.

"Following deadlines was good. If there was a milestone that had to be reached, he really did his best to reach it."
— System Architect, Fitness Organization

System Architect at Club Planner
 
2-10 employees
 
Belgium
Quality: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

It's a software product in Belgium that is mainly doing software for fitness and development centers.

What is your position?

I am the system architect.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with ArtBrains Software?

Our specific goal was to find outsourced software development. Our technologies are web-based apps, client server, and database, so a bit of everything, but mostly Windows-based technologies.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The primary scope was to make an app for us. We already had the specifications, and we wanted an app for iOS and Android.

How did you come to work with ArtBrains Software?

That was at the beginning of this year – 2015. Because the prices are getting too high to hire developers here in Belgium, we were searching for developers abroad. Via their website, we found that ArtBrains was one of the candidates to deliver us the services we needed.

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

That information is confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

The relationship has been expanded indefinitely at the moment. We are having a second person in September to do the web application. We are also moving development of an application to ArtBrains.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The problem with the app development was that it took a very long time – almost six months – and the app version one is finished. Results are good, although they could have been better. The problem is that we're not in the same country, and it's more difficult to work over Skype or email than if you were in the same office. But, that's something we knew, you can't expect to work as fast when you're not in the same office.

How did ArtBrains Software perform from a project management standpoint?

Following deadlines was good. If there was a milestone that had to be reached, he really did his best to reach it.

What distinguishes ArtBrains Software from other providers?

They are very young, I think they are all less than 30 years old, so they're very young, very flexible. I only know them from the app development, and now from September starting the application in web-based technology.

Is there anything ArtBrains Software could have improved or done differently?

It would have been nice to have a better tool for logging hours, features, and enhancements, a kind of a follow-up system. They had some systems, there are free systems online, but maybe this is more my task, to use a logging tool where we can log the hours and log hours against features. That would have been nice.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate ArtBrains Software on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Four.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Four.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Four.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with ArtBrains Software?

Four.

How likely are you to recommend ArtBrains Software to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five. I would recommend ArtBrains Software, probably not to really big companies, but for any company searching for one or two developers.

Kristof Coolsaet

Vizir

We create solutions focused on the customer's business needs with a highly qualified team and passionate about technology, delivering the best solution for each problem.

Those solutions are created by learning the customer context, putting ourself in the customer position and then work in delivery a solution that will make the customer to say "awesome!".

Our team have solid experience in delivery awesome projects with tecnologies like: Javascript, Node.JS, Ruby, Rails, C#, .NET and many others. We believe the best technology is the one that make sense in the customer context.

We delivered more than 100 projects and more than 50% of customers with on-demand projects, became a reccurring customer.

 Founded: 
2010
 Employees: 
10 - 49
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$25 - $49
Vizir
Rua do Arouche, 23, cj 61
Sao Paulo, SP 01219001
Brazil
55 (11) 3105-1897
Key clients: 
  • Sprinklr
  • Abril 
  • Flytour
  • Gapnet
  • Rico 
  • GFCC
  • Voitel
  • e.life
  • Ticket

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Web Design for English Language School

 
Web design
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is The Dublin Institute, an English language school website based in São Paulo, Brazil. They were looking for a team to design a new website for them as well as provide social media marketing services in hope of increasing their customers and prospective students. The Dublin Institute hired Vizir to provide these services and the new website was launched in 2012.

Feedback summary: 

The client enjoyed working with Vizir and was happy with the project that was delivered.  The design work they provided was great and they showed tremendous creativity throughout the process.  The Dublin Institute highly recommends Vizir to others.

"Vizir have been very helpful. I am happy with their work. They did an excellent job with the design work. They were very attentive and creative."
— Owner, The Dublin Institute (English Language School)

Owner at The Dublin Institute
 
2-10 employees
 
São Paulo, Brazil
Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company is The Dublin Institute and we are an English language school operating from a website. We are located in São Paulo, Brazil. 

What is your role at the company?

I am the owner and director. I deal with all aspects of running the business.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge that you were trying to address when you approached Vizir?

I wanted them to build my website. I had some very clear ideas and needed some people who could put them into practice for me in a website. The goal was increase the amount of students that used my website, and so I wanted to offer an easy platform to advertise and network.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They developed the Dublin Institute's site from the wireframes to the website hosting. They also helped the Dublin Institute with our social media experience to improve it Facebook Page. It consisted of web design services and social media marketing.

What was your process for selecting Vizir?

I knew somebody in the company, so I decided to take a chance with them.

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

Sorry. I would prefer not to provide that information.

When was the project completed?

 About three years ago. It has been up and running now for about three years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project, and are there any metrics you can share?

Vizir have been very helpful. I am happy with their work. They did an excellent job with the design work.

What distinguishes Vizir from other providers?

They were very attentive and creative, which is what I was looking for.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Vizir on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Five.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Five.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Five.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with [XYZ Company]?

Five.

How likely are you to recommend [XYZ Company] to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five.

Quentin Browne

Custom Development for Abril

 
Application development
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is Abril, a large magazine company looking to implement the same content management system for all their subsidiary brands' websites. They mostly used their in-house development team to implement the CMS called Alexandria, but they decided to bring on Vizir to augment their team and develop parts of the system. The project was completed in 2013 after two years of work, and due to the success of the project, the magazine company brought them on for a second project in 2014, which is still an ongoing endeavor.

Feedback summary: 

Abril is very happy with Vizir's team and says that Vizir is one of the best companies that they ever worked with in the development field. In particular, the client is happy with the ease with which projects could be completed due to Vizir's ability to understand the client's business goals and their ability to create detailed project specifications. The client's only regret is not asking Vizir to do more work for them and Vizir is recommended to others.

"Vizir was one of the best companies I worked with. They are very straightforward and to the point in what they do. They always achieved the results that they were supposed to achieve. It was a very nice experience."
— Chief Technology Officer, Abril (Magazine Publisher)

Chief Technology Officer at Abril
 
1,000 - 5,000 employees
 
São Paulo, Brazil
Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

During my collaboration with Vizir I was working at another company. The previous company I worked for is a huge magazine company.

What was your position at that company?

I was the chief technology officer of the magazine company.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Vizir?

The company had a web initiative to develop a CMS [content management system], to publish the 40 different brands that they own in the same CMS. That included more than 100 websites and content for mobile apps. We developed a platform called Alexandria, which was a repository to track digital assets, like articles, images, videos, quizzes and so on. We had almost 100 developers in 11 teams, but we needed more developers. That was how I met Vizir. They helped develop a part of the system.

We worked with Vizir again on a second project, called You Find Solutions, which is a business unit of the same company. You Find Solutions was a big data consultancy. We had a huge marketing database. We collected IDs, addresses, lifestyle, gender, address, age, which magazines or websites people prefer, emails, and things like that. We used these to do marketing campaigns.

SOLUTION

How did you come to work with Vizir?

We had a system architect who worked with us, and then left the company to work with Vizir. He introduced me to Vizir. We have a process at our company, like a request for proposal, but it's called a request for quotation. Vizir competed with four other companies. We always try to determine what provider has the best understanding of what we need. Vizir won this request for proposal.

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

The last project lasted for six months, and the cost was about $10,000 per month, so we've spent $60,000 to $70,000 in total working with Vizir.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Vizir around 2012-2013. I worked with them on two different projects. The second project was in 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

During the period that I was CTO [chief technology officer] at the magazine company, I worked with five or six different providers. Vizir was one of the best companies I worked with. They are very straightforward and to the point in what they do. When we agreed on the scope, and they gave us a deadline for product delivery, they always met the deadline. They always achieved the results that they were supposed to achieve. It was a very nice experience.

What distinguishes Vizir from other providers?

They are very well organized. When we pass the requirements to them, they really create the specifications for us. That made it easy for us. We didn't have to write detailed specifications for what we wanted. They have the facility for doing the business analysis to understand what we really need as well as provide documentation on what was agreed on. They always understood what we really needed and developed what we asked for. With other companies, even when you write what you need, they always have some misunderstandings about what the business is or what the product should accomplish. That was not the case with Vizir, and I think this is their strongest point.

Is there anything Vizir could have improved or done differently?

One thing that I regretted on the last project was that I didn't ask for quality assurance in the request for proposal because I believed that when you contract a project with a vendor you either use a third party to do that or you do it internally. We didn't have testers, and we had to outsource that. What happened was that they did the deliverables, and it was hard for us to do the acceptance testing. We didn't buy quality assurance to pass the acceptance tests.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Vizir on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Five. It's hard for me to tell about the quality of the code because I didn't read it. I can say that the final product had the features and functionalities it was supposed to have.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Five.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Five. That was perfect. We paid exactly what we agreed upon.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with Vizir?

Five.

How likely are you to recommend Vizir to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five. I always recommend them, including at the company I work for at the moment. Vizir is a great company to work with.

Eduardo Zagari

Custom Development for Media Analysis Firm

 
Application development
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is e.life, a social media monitoring tool. They were in need of a company who could augment their team and could execute development tasks. They chose to bring on Vizir specifically to help them integrate their tool with customer relationship management software. The client has been working with Vizir for a full year as of 2015 doing various development tasks whenever they are needed, and they plan to continue working in the future.

Feedback summary: 

The people at e.life are very happy with Vizir's work and says that his internal development team is also very happy with the code they produced. Vizir is differentiated from other small development companies that the client works with because they are always able to take on more work and are  never overwhelmed by projects unlike other small companies. Vizir is definitely recommended to others.

"Vizir never refused any kind of project. In terms of my needs, they were always willing to take on new work."
— Chief Technology Officer, at e.life (Media Analysis Firm)

CTO at e.life
 
51-200 employees
 
São Paulo, Brazil
Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company develops a tool for social media monitoring. We are located in Brazil, Spain, and Portugal.

What is your position?

I am the chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Vizir?

We do a lot of outsourcing to software companies. We are interested in development, but we don't have an internal team. I wanted to test some companies and then plug them into our main product. Vizir worked for us for a year, doing small things and complementing the sprints that we did with our internal team.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They did development. They also integrated our product with the CRM [customer relationship management] software, so everything works. They would estimate how many hours it would take to develop a specific feature or a small set of features because we work with a very fast agile process. Every two weeks they would deliver something. I would brief them on the requirements, they would provide an estimate and we would agree on the price per hour. Then they would start to work. I've never had any problems with Vizir. They always provided the component that we needed on time.

How did you come to work with Vizir?

They're in Sao Paolo like many of us. I think they sent me an email or I might have contacted one of their people through Facebook. I'm always looking for developers specifically in Brazil, since we're a Brazilian company. The first contact was online, not in a conference or via website.

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

I think we were spending $50 per hour working with Vizir.

What is the status of this engagement?

I started our collaboration in 2013. We don't work with them continuously. At first, we worked for two months, then we stopped, and then we hired them again. Overall, I would say the relationship has been going on for about twelve months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They worked very well. I'm located in Germany, so I had to do everything online with them. I just met them once when I was in Sao Paolo. Our internal team reviewed the code, and everything was fine. I would hire them again.

What distinguishes Vizir from other providers?

Most of the small companies that we're dealing with are overwhelmed with work, so many of them refuse work. Vizir never refused any kind of project. I think they're very ready to allocate whatever resources are needed for a project. In terms of my needs, they were always willing to take on new work. Sometimes ,we did work with them, sometimes that was too expensive, so we did it internally, but they were always ready, no matter what the task was or how long it would take. I liked that,, because I get many request refused nowadays from small companies.

Is there anything Vizir could have improved or done differently?

I did not really have any problems. I cannot think of anything for them to improve. I wouldn't have any suggestions at this point.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Vizir on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Five. Definitely.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Five.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Four.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with Vizir?

Five.

How likely are you to recommend Vizir to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five. I would definitely recommend them.

Jairson Vitorino

Custom Development for Social Media Monitoring Firm

 
Application development
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is a social media marketing company called scup. When they were acquired by a larger New York company, the need arose for them to rebuild their website and transition out of their legacy systems. They decided to hire Vizir for this task because they were local to Brazil and had a long track record of being a trustworthy supplier. Vizir moved their sites from PHP and MySQL onto Node.js and Angular. scup began working with Vizir in 2014 and the relationship is ongoing.

Feedback summary: 

scup is satisfied by the deliverables that Vizir has provided them and highlights their attention to their customer's needs as one of their strongest attributes. In total, Vizir preformed above expectations, delivering good software, tests, and modeling. Vizir is recommended to others.

"Vizir knows a lot of software engineering techniques, and they are able to deliver tests and quality models. I'm happy with their work."
— Chief Technology Officer, scup (Social Media Monitoring Firm)

CTO at scup
 
51-200 employees
 
São Paulo, Brazil
Quality: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

scup is a Brazilian company that was recently acquired by Sprinkler, a New York-based company. We work on social media by monitoring engagement for small companies.

What is your position?

I am the chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Vizir?

I used to be one of Vizir's partners before going to scup and, because of that, I have a high appreciation of Vizir's work with Node.js and Angular. Those guys have a very high standard. It's hard to find that kind of partner in Brazil. I totally trust Vizir.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

When scup hired Vizir the first time, it was to help us with Node.js and Angular technologies. After that, they were able to help us transition away from our legacy systems like PHP and MySQL.

How did you come to work with Vizir?

We went with them because of our knowledge of and experience with them. We knew that they could accommodate our high standards, which is hard to find in Brazil.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Vizir in June 2014, and we're still collaborating. They have six or seven people working with us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their team is well above average. Vizir knows a lot of software engineering techniques, and they are able to deliver tests and quality models. I'm happy with their work.

What distinguishes Vizir from other providers?

They are very driven by the customer's needs, and that's important. It's hard to work with unfamiliar technologies and environments. They know that's painful for us, so they are very good at helping us through that.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Vizir on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Four.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Four.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Four.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with Vizir?

Four.

How likely are you to recommend Vizir to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five.

David Lojudice

Asahi Technologies

Asahi Technologies is a custom software development firm, helping small and medium enterprises across various industries, acquire and sustain a competitive advantage by leveraging information technology.

Since 2005, Asahi Technologies, with its highly skilled team comprising graphic designers, UI Coders, business analysts, database administrators, software architects, quality control engineers and project managers has provided various businesses with a range of software solutions including e-commerce portals, custom web development, software product development and staff augmentation.

 Founded: 
2005
 Employees: 
10 - 49
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$50 - $99
Asahi Technologies
54 W. 40th Street,
New York, NY 10018
United States
212-717-1812
Key clients: 

Aries, Fundation, World Trade Centers Association, Judlau, Learning Times, Zenofon, MyCoop, Education Modified, Lansinoh, Momento Italiano

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Web Application Development for International Association

 
Application development
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is an international association based in New York City.  They were looking to enhance their website in hope of improving the public face of the association and offering better usability for its members.  In early 2015, the client decided to hire Asahi Technologies to maintain and update their website.

Feedback summary: 

The client has been pleased with Asahi Technologies and the work they have produced.  Asahi Technologies sent one of their project managers to the client so the project would run smoothly.  Additionally, their team is very professional, diligent and communicated effectively with the client.  Asahi Technologies is highly recommended to others. 

"Throughout my career, I've dealt with a lot of digital vendors. Asahi Technologies is a relatively small vendor. As such, we get a lot of personal attention from them. I think that personal touch is what makes them stand out in comparison to other larger, more bureaucratic digital vendors I've dealt with in the past."
— Information Technology Specialist, International Association

CTO at International Association
Quality: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an international association, and we're located in downtown New York City.

What is your position in your organization?

I am the information technology specialist, which is the equivalent of chief information officer.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Asahi Technologies?

We needed help with our website – what we call our digital platform – which actually is both the public face of the association and the membership-driven platform for our members.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Asahi came on board roughly about eight months ago to take over support for us from our previous digital vendor. Their job is to maintain the site, to make sure it's online and functioning and to resolve any bugs or issues that might come up. They will also be responsible for implementing future enhancements to the platform.

How did you come to work with Asahi Technologies?

I had actually known about Asahi in my previous position, so when I was developing our RFP [request for proposal], I included them in the list of our potential digital vendors. They actually came in on the lower end of the scale financially, so we gave them the support contract.

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

The range is between $50,000 and $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together for eight months [2015], and we're still currently working together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did Asahi Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

Asahi has a project manager in New Jersey – most of the team is offshore, so I personally deal with the person in New Jersey: the onshore project manager. He has been superb, very professional and very diligent in his communications to me. He has met my deadlines and provided the information that I requested. Overall, I think his participation in the project, and the fact that he makes sure that the offshore team is running at full speed and meeting their goals and deliverables, is what makes Asahi a successful organization.

What distinguishes Asahi Technologies from other providers?

Throughout my career, I've dealt with a lot of digital vendors. Asahi Technologies is a relatively small vendor. As such, we get a lot of personal attention from them. The CEO [Vinod Kumar] and I are in constant communication. If there's an issue, I'm able to pick up the phone and call him directly, and he responds immediately. I think that personal touch is what makes them stand out in comparison to other larger, more bureaucratic digital vendors I've dealt with in the past.

Is there anything Asahi Technologies could have improved or done differently?

They have already corrected their major problem by bringing a project manager onshore at my suggestion. That was quite helpful. His experience and his professionalism show, and that actually is a real value to me. He is actually doing a lot of the work that I was previously spending my time doing with Asahi. They took my recommendations into consideration, and they implemented that change. As of right now, there is nothing that comes to my mind that needs improving.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Asahi Technologies on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Four.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Four and a half.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Four.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with Asahi Technologies?

Four and a half.

How likely are you to recommend Asahi Technologies to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five.

Arun Manansingh

Custom Development for Real Estate Firm

 
Application development
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client is a general contractor. They were having issues with an excess of applications in their system and they needed to streamline their processes for their customers. The client decided to hire Asahi Technologies based on a positive prior experience. The relationship started in July 2015, and their work is ongoing.

Feedback summary: 

The client believes that they made a good choice by choosing Asahi Technologies. The client highlights Asahi's team dedication and problem-solving capabilities. Asahi Technologies is highly recommended.

"The Asahi Technologies team is definitely dedicated. They feel like my success is their success, which is very good because if everyone is oriented in the same direction, objectives are met more easily, and there are fewer bridges to cross."
— Business Assistant Architect, Real Estate Firm

Systems Specialist at Real Estate Firm
 
USA
Quality: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Schedule: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cost: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Overall rating: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Willing to refer: 

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Details: 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a general contractor. We operate in the civil industry market, so we build subway stations, tunnels, and bridges. At this point, we have operations in several states across the United States.

What are your position and responsibilities?

I am a business assistant architect. I deal with process and engineering, designing information systems for the company.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Asahi Technologies?

We had been dealing with a lot of problems. We have too many applications. In a current snapshot of our information systems landscape, we have 20 or 30 applications. That means the users have to deal with multiple applications, and not all the processes are streamlined. All the applications are very generic. They don't really customize at an acceptable level.

SOLUTION

How did you come to work with Asahi Technologies?

We had prior experience working with them. We engaged them on a small project maybe three years ago. I was looking for partners to help me in this current engagement, and what popped up was our prior work experience with them. We were looking for a very strong technical architect who could partner with me in developing a streamlined application. I interviewed the technical architect with whom I'm working right now, and he had a lot of experience building enterprise scale applications. Another important aspect was their rates, which are very competitive.

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

We're looking at a team of at most five people, and we have projects in the pipeline for the next six to eight months. We're probably looking at $5,000 to $6,000 working with Asahi Technologies.

What is the status of this engagement?

It's a very new engagement. We've been working with Asahi Technologies for just one month now, and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It's been a highly productive month. We were able to achieve our first milestone. The project plan includes building a strong foundation before going on to the different modules. We picked a sample project, a very important process. We wanted to make sure that we were satisfied with the process so that we could focus on the technology. Asahi Technologies was able to meet and even exceed our expectations. We are at a point where we are very confident of what we can potentially achieve in time.

What distinguishes Asahi Technologies from other providers?

The Asahi Technologies team is definitely dedicated. I would say they have a stake in the project. For me, the stakes are very high. They feel like my success is their success, which is very good because if everyone is oriented in the same direction, objectives are met more easily, and there are fewer bridges to cross.

They are very good at problem solving, and they are very good at researching various technology options. They have come up with a lot of proposals on different options, on alternate ways to achieve the same objective. They're bringing in the latest technology solutions that are available.

Is there anything Asahi Technologies could have improved or done differently?

It's too early to comment on that, but I'm very sure we are on the right track.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate Asahi Technologies on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. How would you rate them for the quality of their service and deliverables?

Five.

How would you rate them for scheduling, as in meeting deadlines and compliance with a project timeline?

Five.

How would you rate them for cost, as in value and conformance with project estimates?

Five. They're very cost effective.

How would you rate your overall experience collaborating with Asahi Technologies?

Five.

How likely are you to recommend Asahi Technologies to a friend or colleague, out of five?

Five. I'm very likely to do that, as long as we don't lose the architect I am now working with.

DeSmart

DeSmart is an Agile Software House. We build and maintain Agile culture in every project working together with customers as one team with just one goal - produce eye candy and useful software. Always both! We are using mixture of Extreme Programming, Lean and Scrum as this combination helped us many times to deliver higher-quality products in less time

 Founded: 
2003
 Employees: 
10 - 49
 Ave. hrly rate: 
$50 - $99
DeSmart
Abrahama 37
Gdynia 81-366
Poland
+48 588 810 530
Key clients: 

 

  • IBM
  • Oriflame
  • Fooder

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