We have been working in the web development field since 2005
During this period we have successfully completed over 400 projects of different complexities: from simple company websites to complex social network websites and SaaS solutions, as well as business logic for rich ERP/CRM/MLM systems. We have experience in building web based systems for different fields of businesses: cosmetology, online courses, oil and gas trade, touristic business, restaurant business, dentistry, landing pages, coupon and discount sites, browser extensions and countless data parsers and scrapers, SaaS, StartUp, e-Commerce, CRM/ERP, education, show jumping, hotel, MLM and many others.
The company has ambitious plans for 2020. We plan to: Expand our client base geography: Grow our sales department, so that more customers have an opportunity to experience our systematic, streamlined and transparent approach to software development. Start offering our services to the countries of central and northern Europe. We are already successfully providing our services for the customers from Germany, Cyprus, Israel and Switzerland. Introduce CRM and SIP telephony into our sales department workflow.
Keep being a comfortable workplace: Update technical base, provide employees with 4K monitors, new MacBook Pro 13/16. Provide breakfasts in addition to lunches we are currently offering.
Increase our quality standards: Introduce test case/checklist templates for common functionality which every website has like login and registration forms, GDPR/cookies popup, etc. Cover common functionality and other frequently used features of each website whenever possible. This will speed up the overall development process, execution of smoke and regression tests. Increase the fault tolerance of our applications by covering most of the negative cases.
Company keeps focusing on the development of custom and complex web applications, web designs, websites and browser extensions.
Two years ago, we introduced a mandatory 2-month internship for new front-end and back-end developers. During 2019, we were actively updating assignments, increasing the effectiveness of the internships. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to introduce the work environment to the new employees. Internship assignments involve working with project manager, QA specialist and getting code reviews. New employee quickly learns the company's way of working and regulations and how to collaborate within a cross-functional team. Another major goal of the internship period is to learn our key technologies, libraries, frameworks, etc. that allow him/her to be efficient and productive on any of our projects from day one.
This year a 2-month internship course for QA specialists was developed. This makes it possible to quickly introduce new employees to working with checklist templates, test cases and company regulations for QA process used on all our projects.
In addition, the so-called homework assignments were introduced for the current employees as an opportunity to grow. These assignments are updated with new best practices and technologies throughout the year.
In addition to on-boarding process improvements for new employees during this year we have adopted new technologies such as AWS EKS, AWS SQS, AWS SES, VNC, Puppeteer, Next.js/Nuxt.js/Nest.js, prerender.cloud, etc.
A lot of work was done to reorganize processes inside the company. We assessed how every team works on their projects: estimates, time tracking, collaboration between developers and QA, workflow for ad‑hoc changes and critical bugs, etc. We tried to understand what approach is currently used in typical situations by different teams and selected the best one. As a result we have now a process framework – set of rules and best practices for project managers and lead developers. Of course we didn’t invent everything from scratch – a lot of best practices in our framework are based on scrum and lean development methodologies.
Since we started applying this framework in every team overall team performance has significantly improved and we achieved accurate estimates and timely quality delivery on multiple projects.
While analyzing our development processes we also reviewed and optimized QA workflow and tools used on different project. We introduced common standards and testing workflow for different types of tasks. After reviewing our QA tools we have reconsidered our templates for checklists, test cases and smoke/regression test plans. We also started working on automating QA routines and as a first step monkey test were introduced on multiple projects and a couple of our small projects (browser extensions) were covered with Selenium acceptance tests.
In addition to processes and tools review during this year we have adopted new technologies such as Adobe XD for wireframing, Docker, Kubernetes, Cloudflare workers, Vue.js framework, a bunch of AWS services like Lambda or API Gateway, etc. A couple of our projects are now deployed using CI/CD.
We successfully implemented the "bench" model for all our employees. Our team has grown to 24 people in total. In addition to expanding our IT team we hired a full-time English teacher and created a sales department. We continued updating our equipment (new 2017 Macbook Pros, Dell 2K monitors, accessories, etc.).
During this year we started using new technologies such as React.js, Angular.js 4&5, etc. In addition, we began using new communication channels, such as Zeplin, Jira, Slack, Trello.
We released our first Android app, built our first browser extensions, adopted Laravel 5.3 and new technologies like Avocode, Heroku, Digital Ocean, Prerender.io, etc. We finished our rebranding and re‑opened our office in Donetsk in March, which allowed us to grow to 15 people by the end of the year. We invested a lot in the professional development of our team: organised English classes twice a week, while providing our staff with annual subscriptions on a couple of websites that provided online courses like Coursera,and made sure they attended a couple of IT conferences.
We also established a mentorship culture inside the company. Our lead backend developer was providing mentorship to frontend developers who wanted to learn NodeJS. Last but not least, we re-launched our website with a fresh and modern design and upgraded our technical equipments.
We launched our own SaaS project mozaus.com. It’s a service which allows users to create a mosaic photo collage from their photos, either by uploading them from a local PC or from any of 10 supported social networks. Due to operations and customer support complexities, in December 2015 we sold this service. However, we’re still in charge of its maintenance and new feature development.
Also in the course of this year, we adopted modern technologies like Laravel 5.1 and Symfony 2.7 PHP frameworks, Angular Material Design technology, CloudFront CDN, while switching to frontend deployment pipeline with Gulp, etc.
We launched our own SaaS project maquetter.com, which was a call to simplify collaboration between clients and designers during work on the design of mockups. This SaaS solution allowed designers to organise mockups in the proper order with automatic numbering and just share a link to a specific design mockup with their clients. Clients could use any type of devices to view the shared link: desktop, tablet or mobile. Design mockups viewer was optimised for each type of device.
Also, this year we started using google documents and mockflow in our daily work. We signed our first contracts with clients from different states: Germany, Israel, the UK and the USA.
We introduced an emerging type of service for our clients called SEO/SEM optimisation. Our clients’ websites moved to the top 1-5 positions for the target keywords which increased their user base and improved sales numbers.
We invented and patented our own adaptive website development technology called 4size.info. It allowed us to develop a more user friendly UI for our client’s websites.
We won a tender for the development of the brand, the website and the loyalty program for an oil refinery company and a new gas station chain.
From 2010 till 2013
9 international show jumping tournaments were held with our support, and with the software developed in 2009 and improved upon later. Equestrians from 37 countries took part in this tournament.
We gained the exclusive rights to develop a management system for horse show jumping tournaments. This led to a long term partnership which resulted in two websites, a tournament management system, a PC video-game, a photo selling module, a webcam operation system and much more.
We began operations in 2005, with quite a complex project
We developed a management system for a multi-level-marketing (MLM) business, which included an accounting system, a financial reporting system, a unique module for MLM and a whole lot more. By 2009, we had implemented 13 MLM management systems for different companies from CIS countries. During this period we also designed and developed numerous smaller websites for different fields of businesses.