Top app development companies interview: Peter Mezyk - Nomtek

by AppFutura on Jan 29, 2015 / App Development
NomtekCOO

Peter Mezyk is COO and Board Member at Nomtek. The company, founded in 2009 by Chris Choma, is located in Wroclaw, Poland, and employs 30 people. Before joining Nomtek Peter was involved in three sectors: HR in IT, management consulting and academic teaching. That allowed him to immerse in such different environments that required different competencies and management approaches, which quickly taught him many lessons that turned out to be invaluable in running an outsourcing company. In his current role as the COO, apart from securing the operational excellence, he tries to make sure that all staff is not ‘just’ developers but real consultants able to advise clients in optimizing their business goals. Here's what Peter had to say about his company and the mobile world:

What do you do?

We specialize in designing and creating mobile software – ideally we would like to develop for any mobile device created to date, be it beacons, wearables, or smartphones. However, having an agency business model, we are required to be versatile and adjust our profile to the needs of the global market, which currently favors phones and tablets over everything else. Thus, the majority of our projects are apps for either Apple or Android devices, but we do not set any artificial boundaries for our skills and our internal “Scientist’s Corner” program allows our developers to experiment with any mobile technology.

Size wise, we have 29 people on board. Naturally, the majority are developers, each with a unique set of skills – as mentioned before, versatility is a key factor for our business. The rest, myself included, is a small batch of complementary staff, which is just enough for handling business operations efficiently and not clogging our core competency – software development – with needless bureaucracy.

Which would you say are the best apps you have developed and why?

It’s very hard to make any distinction in this case. Seems to me like having to pick one of my children, which I like best. As anyone would probably guess, an answer to such a question might have very complicated and severe parental consequences. But joking aside, I’ll bite and become bias for a brief moment.

I’d definitely nominate Marley Spoon for our “best looking” app. I seem to find it very appealing aesthetically. The app is generally for anyone who enjoys cooking, and the funny thing is, when I use it, I actually feel a slight need to eat something. I believe that if any product manages to impact our feelings or instinctual needs, it has a very powerful influence, which already is a huge success in the design and concept.

In terms of functionality – Ekstraklasa.tv. It’s a great information tool if you’re a soccer fan. And the news are streamed directly from one of the biggest and most popular domestic news service - Onet. The downside is, it’s restricted only to our domestic soccer league.

I also have to mention PONS Online Dictionary. It is very popular among dictionaries – the Android version alone has 1 million downloads.

Which apps would you have loved to develop and why?

Yahoo News Digest – I’m a news-o-holic and I think that this app is awesome at delivering news in a pill. Which is great since time is expensive nowadays.

Which are the 5 apps you use the most on a daily basis?

In order of usage: Yahoo News Digest, as hinted by the previous question. I’d go as far as saying I use it on constant basis. Spotify, for their ability to deliver unparalleled access to music. Business insider, for prioritizing business news. This one actually works great for me when in tandem with Yahoo’s app. TED, for still being present on conferences whenever my physical presence is impossible. Team Touch, this one is actually our own. It’s a phonebook which synchronizes itself with a specific group of users. I find it especially handy, since I don’t have to add people manually.

Which mobile device is the best in the market right now?

I personally prefer Apple devices, hence I work on a Mac and an iPhone. Then again, a lot of people in the company prefer Windows or Android devices. Android statistics show that Samsung Galaxy 3 and 4 are the most popular devices on that market, and I’m not sure about Apple, but my guess is the iPhone 5 or 5S is (still) the most popular. I would say, that the most appropriate answer to this question should be “whatever is best for you”. The variety and functionality of devices available to the world is vast, so why not take advantage of it? I encourage anyone to look for the best product according to their own specific needs and requirements.

What kind of device/platform will be the next big thing?

I bet my money on wearables in general. Why? Due to their cardinal guideline in design – convenience. Imagine a device that gives you all the functionality of your personal computer, but you don’t even feel it’s there – it’s completely physically noninvasive to your daily life. You activate it with a thought, you operate it with a thought – the most convenient device ever. Now that would be a game changer, would it? I believe that wearables is the step in this direction.

Why is AppFutura useful to you?

It builds a community of developers and helps us to become visible to the world. Nomtek lives and breathes online and without visibility, we don’t exist. Honestly, I would rather say that, instead of helping the companies, AppFutura directly helps people to find the right company for their project, which is good - it makes us strive to become something more today than we were yesterday.

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