Ruby on Rails Development

Sloboda Studio is a company providing custom web development services. Founded in 2010, we completed 92 projects for the clients from Western European countries.

Among our clients are Marketplaces, Fintech and Adtech products. Working with them, we apply Agile methodologies in order to ensure the timely delivery and the high quality of the product.

Our core specialty is marketplace development. Among our clients are the Scandinavian platforms, such as TikkTalk.com and Mynewsdesk.com connecting the interpreters and copywriters with the business owners. Working on these projects, we developed the marketplace platforms MVPs from scratch and still continue our business relationship.

We also work with mature companies located in Western Europe on Outstaffing basis with dedicated models. Applift.com is an application for managing mobile advertising campaigns. We have been developing their platform, and our cooperation is still ongoing. The company is headquartered in Berlin and successfully operates on the market for about 1.5 years.

One of our biggest projects is CityFALCON.com - a Fintech company located in London. Their product is a financial news aggregator powered by Machine Learning algorithms. With the set of the latest news users take the decision whether to buy or sell stocks. Working on the project, we improved the MVP with our Dedicated team of web developers and now keep perfecting CityFALCON’s product.

Since 2018 we are providing Machine Learning services. For you, we can create deep learning neural networks that are capable of processing the human language, photographs, audio and video files. By scoring and clusterization algorithms, we can develop the recommendation systems that will offer the most relevant solutions to your clients.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2010
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
headquarters
  • Moskovs'kyi Ave, 257, Kharkiv
    Kharkiv 61000
    Ukraine

Portfolio

Artur Inside (www.arturinside.com)

Artur Inside is a community manager and a social network sharing tool that launches targeted campaigns (newsletters and personalized content) to your network, tracks and measures engagement, and gives you a precise picture of your marketing efforts.

The MVP included the possibility to create an account, import customers’ contacts into Artur Inside, and link their social accounts, i.e. it had integration with social media. Now, with our Public Beta in place, each customer belongs to a vertical (initially 2 verticals, real estate agents and accountants, then at least 8 verticals are planned by 2017), supplied with a personalized content.

Our customers have their own back office to plan and manage their marketing activities (sent newsletters and social posts), tracking the results. A minisite (business profile) at Artur Inside presents unique content and social posts of the company and helps them collect leads.

Applift (www.applift.com)

AppLift is one of the leaders in the mobile advertising market, who helps mobile app advertisers to take control on every stage of their app marketing lifecycle.

Applift BI provide descriptive and prescriptive analytics solution. The main idea is to assist the operation teams to function more efficiently and focus on what creates a true value. Applift BI advanced to “Actionable BI” in which they develop actionable solution such as cost optimization, recommendation engine and more.

Our developers worked with the dynamical template, which collects info from the different chart from the different database and generates letters. All this letter used data mapping, which collect all data for the mailing list. Also, they are working with special service which able to calculates fraudulent actions by publishers on the basis of certain rules.

CityFALCON (www.cityfalcon.com)

CityFALCON is a 21st-century financial news aggregator which provides a comprehensive, relevant, personalized and real-time news feed for fundamental investors, powered by crowd-curation, social media, and machine learning.

We started working on the project with already built MVP and we knew that in the process of development, the team is likely to face scaling issues. To eliminate the scaling problems, we added several servers to the database, reducing the burden on the main server.

In order to decrease the responce time, we placed the data in the Cassandra cluster and formed the Elastic Search index for quick data output for the Enterprise API and for free of charge users. That allowed to achieve response requests for articles on more than 10 million records within ~ 100 milliseconds.

TikkTalk (www.tikktalk.com)

TikkTalk is a marketplace connecting interpreters with businesses, governments and individuals, providing private meeting rooms with in-person assignments.

Anyone can sign up, prove their skills by uploading their certifications and get access to interpretation jobs worldwide. Governments and businesses can get direct access to a global pool of interpreters, sorted by language, certification levels, and ratings.

To provide best experience for both groups of our clients, we implemented the function of video call. It allows the interpreters to work from home or from specially equipped video rooms.

We developed the platform from scratch. We started from the development of layouts as a trial, and then the team was extended with backend developers.

 

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Web Platform MVP for Content Creation Company

“Their development team and leadership were remarkable.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - June 2018
Project summary: 

Using provided UI/UX mockups and a preliminary prototype, Sloboda Studio developed an MVP of a web app to demo to investors. The MVP features a Ruby on Rails backend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Co-founder, Content Creation Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sloboda Studio refined the prototype’s design and concept, allowing the internal team to take over future development. While rotating developers posed some challenges, the staff kept extensive documentation throughout the process and maintained open communication.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m one of the co-founders of a content creation company. We’re developing a tool to make it easier for content creators in the media and entertainment industries to collaborate.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sloboda Studio?

We approached Sloboda Studio to develop a basic MVP of our web-based app to show to investors. It needed to be a semi-functional prototype that demonstrated what we were trying to do.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided Sloboda Studio with UI/UX mockups as well as an initial prototype to start. Their team implemented the UI design into the prototype using React. Afterward, they developed the backend functionality as needed using Ruby on Rails.

What is the team composition?

The team consisted of a frontend developer, a backend developer, and a product manager.

How did you come to work with Sloboda Studio?

We found them on Upwork and interviewed them. Because our other co-founder had a lot of technical experience, he interviewed the developers to gauge their Rails expertise and knowledge.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work lasted from February–June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Sloboda Studio’s efforts allowed us to move the product forward, getting to a point where our internal team could proceed with future product development. We were also able to clear up some of our initial design decisions once we started building the prototype. Their team supported us throughout, helping us bring an actual MVP to some of our customers.

How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

Their product manager was responsible for coordinating efforts on the development side and updating us on the project status. The team had excellent English skills, so we had no problems communicating back and forth. They kept extensive notes and Excel spreadsheets to keep track of hours, telling us clearly how much time they spent on certain tasks.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their development team and leadership were remarkable. The frontend developers knew what they were doing, and the management was also strong. I even had the chance to meet their founder, who is excellent; he's driving the company forward.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would’ve been beneficial to have a more consistent team. This is partly due to our own budget limitations, but when a developer completes their task, the management can replace them with a different developer to keep everyone staffed. However, it’s challenging to work on a project with a rotating team. Having a dedicated developer stay on throughout the project would've been more conducive.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Communication is key. During the development phase, document everything and communicate your point multiple times. It’s better to over-communicate than under-communicate.

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

Web Development for IoT Nonprofit

"This was a collaborative, positive experience." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. - Aug. 2018
Project summary: 

Sloboda Studio built a responsive, multi-page website with interactive tools and complex graphics.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Alexey Sobolev
Software Engineer, IOTA Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website looked fantastic, and development concluded within the established schedule and budget. Sloboda Studio made the whole process enjoyable, answering questions clearly and always delivering on time. Their efficiency and transparency made them a great partner. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a software developer at IOTA, a non-profit foundation developing an open source, permissionless distributed ledger technology for the IoT economy. We seek to enable innovation across multiple industries and regions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to create new UI/UX designs for multiple pages, with assets and mock-ups provided in an accessible fashion.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I had worked with Sloboda Studio in the past and was always satisfied with the quality and speed of their work. Their communication was always good.

Describe the project in detail.

We hired them to build a new multi-page website for our data marketplace project. They created lots of graphics, interactive elements, and a responsive design that looked great on any device. It took one short video call to explain the requirements, after which the designer immediately began working on mock-ups. They opened the deliverables for feedback and implemented change requests on time.

What was the team composition?

We had one UX/UI designer and two managers from Sloboda Studio, who worked with one of our frontend developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their UI/UX experts did a great job. They provided the deliverables we agreed upon and completed the project within our timeframe and budget.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was effective and comfortable. They clarified open questions rapidly and respectfully. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I especially liked communicating in my native language. This was a collaborative, positive experience. I will engage with Sloboda Studio again for our future website needs.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We were satisfied with them every step of the way.

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

Agile Product Development for Business Consultancy

“They’re interested in our feedback and proactively find ways to improve.”

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

Sloboda Studio provided development staff augmentation to build a core product more efficiently. The team offered valuable insight and participated in code reviews.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
CTO, Business Consultancy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sloboda Studio’s collaboration helped deliver a product that increased sales and continuously spurs company growth. The solution is useful both in-house and for end users. Working under Agile project management, the team used a combination of tools to track and communicate progress.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CTO of an international business consultancy. I lead the development, technical project, and product teams. We provide strategic data-driven consulting services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sloboda Studio?

We needed to scale up our team to accelerate and improve development for our core product.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a high-quality product with regular and mapped updates, implemented and managed using the Agile development processes.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We chose to work with Sloboda Studio based on the cost, efficiency, and quality that they offered.

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

Sloboda Studio’s developers not only provide basic coding services but also participate in code reviews and offer feedback. We collaborate to define the best strategies for our product’s technical architecture, implementation plans, and development processes. The team’s suggestions are extremely valuable, making them a cornerstone of our product development. One core service they support us with is implementation support with a mobile interface for our dashboard.

What was the team composition?

There are usually between 15–20 developers working on the product at any time. About 50% work on the frontend, and the other half focus on the backend. While Sloboda Studio restructures the teams occasionally to accommodate our needs, the total number of resources stays relatively constant.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The finished product is currently a major selling point for our company. As a central element in the grand scheme of our services, it has swayed many clients in our direction and boosted sales. Additionally, it is regularly used both internally and externally.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Sloboda Studio joined our internal management process. At the direction of our product owner, scrum master, and QA team, the team communicates consistently and uses tools like GitHub, Slack, Jira, Confluence, and Trello to stay up to date with the project. We’ve never encountered a language barrier; all interactions and documents are done in English. They’re interested in our feedback and proactively find ways to improve.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Sloboda Studio offers high-quality developers that quickly familiarize themselves with our technology stack. They communicate openly and frequently which makes our interactions smooth and pleasant.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

I honestly can't think of anything at the moment. They are open for feedback and react well to it. Whenever I had questions or comments, they considered them quickly.

 

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

Web Development for IT Industry Social Platform

“Their transparent, responsive, and punctual approach to the project made them a valuable resource.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2015 - June 2016
Project summary: 

Sloboda fully created a web-based social app to connect IT specialists and help grow their local networks. The platform contains a member catalog, management system, and various search and privacy options.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Olga Babina
Former CEO, Softsource
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sloboda’s efforts led to notable social media success, and increased user base, and general growth. The team was available and actively involved throughout the engagement. Their responsive customer service and goal-oriented workflow assured the project was completed to the desired standards.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was the CEO of SoftSource. It is a community working to unite c-level, sales, and project management representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus in the IT sector. The online platform focuses on facilitating the communication process and establishing lasting business relationships.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sloboda Studio?

We needed a partner to completely build our website.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a convenient online platform that allowed users to share their experience and grow a network of business contacts.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We researched a few companies that specialized in the type of web development we needed. Through my network, I found some reviews of Sloboda’s work. We contacted them and decided to engage.

Describe the project in detail.

After designing the UI/UX elements of the platform, Sloboda fully developed the website using Ruby on Rails for the backend and Bootstrap, React.js, and jQuery JavaScript libraries for the frontend. The team optimized the site for mobile devices and set up an email notification system to engage our users.

The web-based application has many functionalities. There is a catalog listing the different companies and participants in our various city club communities with information on their members, organized events, and any relevant news. Clubs have the option to remain public or be accessible only by invitation. Another feature acts a community management system that allows club moderators to accept, deny, or contact new users after receiving their application. Also, the platform serves as a marketplace where users can post leads and apply for positions in the software development industry. Additionally, there is a library that details general types of inter-company agreements and a search capability that stretches over all of the website’s content.

What was the team composition?

We mainly interacted with the project manager, who coordinated with two backend developers, a frontend developer, a designer, and a QA engineer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our business has grown significantly since partnering with Sloboda. Our website is a main entry point into the industry for IT specialists in the region. Our main Facebook group has over 15 thousand members. The website’s club catalog contains over 500 entries and users can browse through to connect with colleagues and initiate collaborations.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Sloboda’s project manager effectively handled their team’s workflow and was always available for Skype calls. Our questions were answered immediately in scheduled meetings with their developers. The team was very helpful, responsive, and time-oriented. They became a part of our internal team, which allowed us to easily track their work. We also appreciated their proficiency in working with Ruby on Rails.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their transparent, responsive, and punctual approach to the project made them a valuable resource. Sloboda really understood our business needs and was able to intuitively develop all of the required features. The team’s honesty in giving and receiving feedback ultimately helped improve our internal processes.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They used our feedback to make improvements throughout the engagement. When there were challenges, they notified us immediately and promptly made the adjustments. So, at this point, I have no specific areas in which they could improve.

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

Software Development for Family Timeline Product

“[They] go beyond what is the basic requirement in order to get something up and running.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sloboda Studio provided Ruby on Rails development work that is continuing into a second project phase, where PHP may be utilized and Sloboda will continue to give feedback on strategy.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Co-founder, Family Timeline Product
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sloboda effectively took early concept designs and executed working developments that can be tested live and iterated upon. They exhibit great attention to detail by noticing and fixing small issues that arise. Responsive communication mitigates language barrier problems.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re still at the project stage—rather than already being a full-fledged company—and want to help people track their family timelines. Our platform gives the ability to create private networks for family members and close friends to upload and share pictures and stories about close and distant loved ones. The platform comes with a visual timeline, push alerts for family events and anniversaries, and capabilities for uploading and crowdsourcing family photos that otherwise may have been lost. I am a co-founder with another family member.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sloboda Studio?

We wanted to get an MVP up and running very quickly and then be able to iterate upon that very frequently during the development process. After, we wanted to get something live so that we could test it with extended family members, learn from those tests, and continue to refine the model until it is ready for testing in a larger market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They have provided Ruby on Rails development work for creating the MVP. There is no mobile app component yet but we do plan on making it mobile enabled in the future. For now, our target audience is people who are comfortable using the platform on a desktop. We have finished phase one and are about to look at phase two, which might include exporting into something like PHP.

What is the team composition?

We have a very flexible relationship with Sloboda Studio. We have worked with a project manager, who would coordinate with a number of different tech developers, and one of the cofounders himself, who would brainstorm and discuss with us while overall boosting the entire process.

How did you come to work with Sloboda Studio?

We found them through a reference, from cityFALCON, who is a friend and contact of mine in the tech world. He highly recommended them as they helped him get his product up to speed. He showed me some of their output and explained a little bit about what they could do. My initial conversations with one of the cofounders turned into an ongoing engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together about one year ago and the engagement is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

For an application, I think there are two sides to measure it from: first, how usable it is, and second, how well does it visually work. We came up with a basic, unfinalized design and they interpreted it into something that is highly usable. The application works and makes it easy to upload an image and description, which then create alerts. For example, if I upload photos from my grandparents’ wedding anniversary it will effectively push a picture alert notification to respective emails, which all sounds easier than done.

How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been helpful, responsive, and extremely adaptive. Their ability to think through a problem is notably impressive as well. For example, they recognized that apple phones imported pictures at a 90-degree angle and were able to correct for that. I think that they have also contributed to the development of the idea itself. One of their key strengths is that they will help out on even small projects and not meticulously charge for every half-hour of services rendered.

Their pricing is both fair and flexible; despite this, they go beyond what is the basic requirement in order to get something up and running. We principally use them for development work but would also consider them for design work during phase two. Skype is our primary form of communication and email is used for sharing documents and specs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I have been most impressed with their responsiveness and positively helpful nature. Unlike the company that referred us (who has already raised funding and put together a team), we are a very early stage concept. Sloboda goes beyond what is normally necessary and has done a great job; from my relatively limited experience.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only improvement I would recommend—and it’s minor—is to work on the problem of some things being lost in translation. This is often a challenge when dealing with people oversees. I think an improvement in English language capabilities would save time and avoid sometimes overly blunt conversations. However, there were no problems with the platform.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Provide very clear specs up front and understand what Sloboda Studio can and can’t do for you. For example, I am fully aware that they, at this moment, cannot do mobile apps; however, if I expect to create a mobile application, I think they would be able to find a partner who can do that. They are able to manage and hire teams to work on behalf of a single client, which is something that is potentially a very attractive thing for some potential clients.

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

Web App Tool Dev for PR Company

"They have open and honest communication."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sloboda uses Ruby on Rails and React to extend an existing web application, further developing the backend and integrating with the frontend cloud platform, Heroku.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Kristian Hellquist
CTO, Mynewsdesk
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Overcoming initial concerns of outsourcing development work, Sloboda integrates well with the existing team, has open, honest, and consistent communication, and is willing to adjust their methods and processes to meet business needs and expectations.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO at Mynewsdesk. We are a B2B company that helps our customers with PR and communications by providing media monitoring, social media integration, and offering channels to contact different journalists.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sloboda Studio?

We needed more resources to extend our web application and were interested in working with an external team of developers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They are extending our web application, which is currently a running beta with a larger launch planned for autumn. They are using Ruby on Rails and React as the main frameworks to built the backend, and then deploy the code on Heroku integrating with our frontend platform.

What is the team composition?

Sloboda’s team had a project leader—or Scrum master—and a team of front- and backend developers that integrated with our team.

How did you come to work with Sloboda Studio?

Sloboda reached out to us. We wanted to work with them because we found their company and work exciting.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in December 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

We have great communication and collaboration between the teams. They always give detailed and helpful feedback. We use Slack for daily communication; we have sprint meetings and planning every two weeks; and before each sprint meeting, I meet with the Scrum master. Sloboda’s lead developers have integrated with our in-house developers, so we have open lines of communication with them.

Before the project started, we were concerned with how well the teams would integrate, so we spent a week letting the teams get to know each other and work together. After that, we felt secure in the fact that the project would go smoothly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have open and honest communication. If there are challenges in the project, they notify us right away, which is something I was unsure we would get with an outside team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’ve been open to our feedback and are already working on areas where they could improve. Any time there has been an issue they’ve made improvements or adjustments quickly.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If possible, meet with the Sloboda team in-person. In general, it’s good to know the people you’re working with and their culture, and in our case, it helped the two teams integrate early in the project. Either go to their office or have them come to yours. It’s worth the cost.

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

Software Platform Dev for Sales Service

"They are organized and good developers—better than some of the ones I've seen in Silicon Valley."

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

Sloboda Studio helped develop an app using Ruby on Rails. They added additional features, developed an updated version, and prepared the product for launch.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Heather Morgan
CEO, SalesFolk
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software Sloboda helped develop increased efficiency and streamlined internal processes. Always meeting deadlines, Sloboda's team was organized and delivered clean code. Their in-depth knowledge in Ruby on Rails and responsiveness to feedback set them above the competition.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CEO of SalesFolk.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sloboda Studio?

We hired Sloboda Studio to help build a software platform, optimize internal processes, and improve our customer experience.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to automate and streamline our internal processes for higher efficiency and greater transparency.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were initially recommended by a friend who has been working with them for the past six years. I spoke to several other firms, but they seemed to be the most affordable with the highest quality.

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

They helped us build an app using Ruby on Rails. We had already built out most of the backend architecture, which had some existing documentation. The Sloboda team helped us finish and launch the product, while also adding additional features and functionality; This included rolling out another version of our software. Their developers used best practices for committing code using Github and various automated testing software.

What was the team composition?

In the beginning, they provided one backend developer, but later added another backend and one part-time front-end developer. We had some issues with the first front-end developer, so they replaced him with a better one as per my request.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were definitely successful in improving our internal processes.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The team almost always hit deadlines, used Github to track code, and were always available on Slack. I worked closely with Sloboda's developers and reviewed all code they committed before pushing it live. They were very knowledgeable about Ruby on Rails.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They are organized and good developers—better than some of the ones I've seen in Silicon Valley.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

Some of their developers were definitely better than others. One of the developers was truly exceptional, while the other one wasn't quite as strong. However, they did a great job with helping me replace the weaker developer, and even gave me a two-week free trial period to test them out before hiring them.

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

Staff Augmentation for Cognitive Assessment Platform

“They stand out in terms of speed of development and quality.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sloboda Studio has an engineer that works as part of the staff developing a cognitive assessment platform. The engineer develops software features, performs testing, and plans new features using Ruby on Rails.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Canada
Engineer, Assessment Service
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sloboda Studio’s team members perform the work quickly with a high level of execution. They offer strong technical expertise and excellent results, accompanied by responsive communications when needed. This professional firm impresses so much that additional resources may be brought on.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are developing a cognitive assessment platform that allows clients to perform brain function assessments. The measured faculties are verbal and reasoning abilities and memory. I support the platform from a tech perspective and oversee some of the product development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sloboda Studio?

We were looking for professionals who could support our team. We were looking for the right balance between skills and rates.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have worked with professionals from Sloboda in an outstaffing model. They are a part of our team, engaged in our development and delivery process. They provide web software development, primarily using Ruby on Rails. They are developing new features, providing maintenance, testing for our current platform, and planning new features. We involve everyone in long- and short-term planning from a technical perspective.

What is the team composition?

We are currently working with one senior engineer from their team. He is a remote teammate in Ukraine. We work directly with the developer, and we have an account manager on their side for support. We may expand the team in the future.

How did you come to work with Sloboda Studio?

We researched a few companies that provide expertise in the technologies we were using. I found some reviews for Sloboda through my network, and we contacted them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Sloboda around October or November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Sloboda team has very good speed and a performance level that is on par or higher than our team’s.

How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

We have a straightforward scrum process, and we keep burndown charts, story points, and so on. We do not communicate very often in terms of project management. Once we set something up, it works. At the same time, they are quite responsive whenever we have a question. We have a few points of communication from their side, which is always an advantage.

Sloboda is a part of our team and process. Everything is tracked online, and our company had a distributed model from day one. Our tools were set up to be remotely accessible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team from Sloboda is very responsive, and they are very professional in terms of tech-related knowledge. Even though they work remotely and we will always have a small communication gap, we haven’t felt that they are in a different time zone. They have good work quality and have a good balance of rates and benefits. They stand out in terms of speed of development and quality.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had a conversation with them about changing their rates five months after we started working together. The pricing is accessible, but they changed their rates whenever we increased their responsibility or the scope of the work. The conversation started based on the contract, which included a chapter stating that they could increase their rates or subscription fee.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    My rating is based on their current rates.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them.

Backend Dev for Taxi Booking Service

"Everyone from their side was helpful and hardworking."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2013 - 2015
Project summary: 

Sloboda Studio provided Ruby on Rails backend developers, working on building the server-side and backend of a native mobile application.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Delhi, India
Zaid Azmi
Project Manager, TaxiPixi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team managed the project well through a project lead and demonstrated their expertise with Ruby on Rails development throughout the work. Despite some bugs appearing later, their development work was largely good quality and delivered efficiently. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We ran the TaxiPixi app, which has since been shut down. It was a taxi-booking app that operated in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. I was a project manager for the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sloboda Studio?

We had an issue finding skilled and affordable talent. We were a bootstrapped startup, and Sloboda Studio was the perfect match for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They assigned backend developers for our project. The work was mostly related to server-side and backend development. The core native mobile app development was done by another agency.

What is the team composition?

They assigned 3–4 people to our team. The size of the team kept changing based on our requirements. We sometimes had only a single person working for us, and a maximum of 4 people.

How did you come to work with Sloboda Studio?

Our co-founder had worked with them in the past. We found them on oDesk, the predecessor to Upwork and hired them as a part-time agency. We didn’t give them a lot of work initially, as we weren’t sure what needed to be done at that point.

How much have you invested with them?

We worked with them for over two years. Their invoice was $3,000–$4,000 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together between 2013 and 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We measured the output in terms of deadline adherence—whether a task was completed within the given time frame. I wouldn’t say that they always delivered on time, but we never know what cases we might come across during a software development project. Everyone from their side was helpful and hardworking. If we had a delay, they would pick up the pace. I never had any issues to bring up.

In terms of quality of work and of code, I would give them an 8/10, based on the bugs that appeared later on. We had a few issues where they had to roll back changes and complete fixes. This was in part because we didn’t have an automated QA tester. We were a small team and there were only developers on their side. They tested the work alongside me. We sometimes released items to production that were not ready to go to production. We had to go back, fix them, and release again.

How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

Most of the time, they assigned project managers or leaders from their side. Those kept changing, for some reason. I would work with one person for a couple of months, after which they would be changed. However, it didn’t really create many problems. I would communicate with their project leader to explain the requirements, and they communicated with the developers. The developers were included in a Skype group, where they could ask any questions they had and I would answer. We didn’t have any issues with communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their skill level was different than that of developers from my own country, India. One of the reasons for choosing them was that they were more knowledgeable and knew about the latest developments in Ruby on Rails. They were able to suggest any necessary upgrades, which is not very common among Indian developers. They were very aware of the latest trends.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They would provide us timesheets, detailing how many hours they’d worked for, and what tasked they’d finished. I had to ask for details for specific jobs, on many occasions. We had a few discussions regarding timesheets where the tasks were not clearly mentioned.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Since we always outsourced our work, and we used multiple agencies, it would be hard for me to think about Sloboda in particular. If someone is from India, I would definitely recommend a company like Sloboda to them, specifically if they are looking for Ruby on Rails developers.

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

Web Dev & Support for Merchandising Company

“They just worked well even with the time difference and being in two separate locations.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2017 - Feb. 2018
Project summary: 

Sloboda augmented a Ruby on Rails database to facilitate a new product integration. They built out a backend interface to create customer-facing product displays, order forms, and search functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Nashville, Tennessee
Co-Founder, Merchandising Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their developments smoothly assimilated with an existing platform and function as expected. Extremely flexible, Sloboda works hard to overcome challenges and adjust to different management styles. However, their approach to contract agreements and payment processing could be more intuitive.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a merchandising company. We print t-shirts and apparel to help people grow their merchandising businesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sloboda Studio?

We needed alterations made to our Ruby on Rails database. Our previous developer moved on to different work and we lacked other connections in this arena. We reached out to Sloboda and hired them to take on the project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We introduced embroidery products to our business and needed the website to reflect that. Sloboda integrated new products into the site by developing a UI in admin database that could interact with everything on the frontend. They used this to create the pricing, display, order forms, and filtering functionality of the new products on the marketing side of the website. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer them a constant stream of work. However, they make an effort to be available and provide occasional support and maintenance when necessary.

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with a project manager and one assigned developer.

How did you come to work with Sloboda Studio?

We’re working with another developer on a separate project, but they aren’t equipped to work in Rails. As a result, they put us in contact with Sloboda.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project took place from November 2017–February 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Sloboda performed really well. I measure the quality of their deliverables by comparing them against the rest of our site, and not necessarily the strength of the code itself. Instead, I put more value in how their work translates to an intuitive UX. They delivered what I expected and there weren’t many issues. Everything aligned pretty well.

How did Sloboda Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

The project manager set the terms of the agreement between us and laid out how the whole thing was going to work. Despite the time difference, we’d frequently correspond with them via Slack and Google Hangouts. They were organized, communicated any changes that needed to be made, and stuck to the timeline they projected. Overall, the project was very well executed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I found their ability to integrate with my workflow and methods of communication to be one of their most notable attributes. They just worked well even with the time difference and being in two separate locations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We needed basic contract work, but they were looking for a long-term project with a broader scope. I understand that, but it meant I had to sign a fairly robust contract while only asking for a short-term engagement. I’d recommend they offer a smaller-scale contract template for firms who want to do smaller developments before moving into a large project.

Also, they should implement an easier payment system. Initially, they wanted me to use a software I’ve never used before to pay them. Being more accustomed to PayPal or some kind of bank transfer, I had to push back on that. They were flexible and we eventually came to an agreeable solution.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The more detailed you can be when sharing information the better. Some things are literally going to be lost in translation, so using screencasts, screencaps, or mock-ups will always go a long way.

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