Expert engineering for software projects

SoftKraft provide business and technology leaders with talent and expertise for building software to use data for insights and impact. CTOs, Development Leads and Product Managers from start-ups and SMEs engage SoftKraft to implement their software projects or to augment their in-house teams with designers, developers and expert consultants. We typically consult on, design and engineer cloud-based data processing software solutions and layer them with intuitive visualisation dashboards.

SoftKraft helps their clients to drive software-based innovation in the products, processes and business ventures they undertake to bring to life.

► Data Processing & Visualisation, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence / AI, Machine Learning / ML, Dashboards, BI, Business Process Tools
► Java, Python, Go, React, Angular, Cloud, AWS, GCP, DevOps

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Bielsko-Biała, Poland
headquarters
  • Powstańców Śl 3
    Bielsko-Biała, SL 43-300
    Poland

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Infrastructure Dev & Scaling for VPN Provider

"Challenges were discussed on their team to find the most optimal solution."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2017 - June 2018
Project summary: 

SoftKraft helped scale the infrastructure of a VPN to accommodate larger user volumes. They introduced several automated features to handle the virtual and bare metal servers.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Jörn Stampehl
Former CTO, ZenGuard GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SoftKraft integrated well with the internal team, participating in regular meetings to plan out the project. They boast in-depth knowledge about cloud technologies, which helps them come up with the best appropriate solutions.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was the former CTO and managing director of ZenGuard, a VPN service provider. Subscribing for a VPN on our website grants users the ability to connect to different locations in about 30 different countries. Once a user logs in, we provide full encryption for total web traffic.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SoftKraft?

The infrastructure of ZenGuard consists of the application that handles the user which is cloud-based and the several hundreds of real servers all around the world that are working as VPN nodes. Both parts have to be maintained and improved.

What were your goals for this project?

The goals were to maintain and improve the technical infrastructure during the time where our own team was not fully stuffed.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I worked before with Selleo and while searching for a company that could support us with system engineers we found out that Selleo and SoftKraft are well connected and as I had already a high trust in Selleo we also introduced the people from SoftKraft to our team.

Describe the project in detail.

For the application part, we had to deal with raising loads as the user based was increasing. There we had to improve the infrastructure that peaks can be handled while having a good cost control. For the VPN infrastructure, we introduced a lot of automation to handle the amount os virtual and bare metal servers.

What was the team composition?

One of the system engineers from SoftKraft worked with us on a full-time basis remotely. A more senior engineer supported their work as a from time to time. He worked as a steering partner.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The projects involved work on our internal infrastructure. As a company in the cyber-security space, we cannot share any insights as this might reveal possible weak points.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was very effective as the people of SoftKraft were very good embedded in our own team. They take part in the regular meetings of planning and worked very direct with their counterparts, mostly using Slack.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

SoftKraft has extensive knowledge of cloud technology and more traditional system engineering. Challenges were discussed on their team to find the most optimal solution.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No

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

Development of Custom Data Analytics Application

“They have a very strong leadership team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2017 - 2018
Project summary: 

Using Apache Spark/Kafka, and other technologies, SoftKraft developed a web application that helps analyze large datasets. They guided the entire process and built the software from the ground up.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Irvine, California
Mike Miklavic
Former CTO, TMC Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The application functions as expected and the in-house team has been relying on it in the underwriting process. Knowledgeable and experienced, SoftKraft understood and met all needs, while their superb project management helped them work quickly and efficiently.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

When I worked with SoftKraft, I was the CTO of TMC Group. It's a real estate firm that invests in venture capital.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SoftKraft?

We wanted to build a web application that could process large datasets, so we were looking for a vendor to help us. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave SoftKraft our ideas and they turned them into reality. They used Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, Apache Spark, and Apache Kafka to develop our application. It's an AWS platform that is used for data analytics. In addition to the development work, SoftKraft provided consulting services and helped us throughout the entire process. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked directly with three or four members of their team. 

How did you come to work with SoftKraft?

They were recommended to us. We were impressed with their depth of knowledge, so we decided they'd be a good fit. Also, I knew one of their team members from a previous project we had worked on.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

We worked with them between 2017–2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application helped us dramatically in our underwriting services. We relied on it quite heavily, so we were able to work more effectively. Everything functioned as expected, and we were able to resolve any issues quickly. 

How did SoftKraft perform from a project management standpoint? 

The project management was very solid and they were able to work through all the challenges. We used Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, and Google Docs to keep track of the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a very strong leadership team. Also, they were willing to work with us and accommodate our needs.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

There are some teams out there that are used to the agile approach. While SoftKraft is very good at that, they also really take their time to go through the process and think about the software. 

5.0
Overall Score I look forward to working with them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They delivered everything on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're a premium option compared to some of their competitors, but they delivered a great product.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They met all of our needs.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm confident they'll do an excellent job.

Custom AI-Based E-Learning Platform

"We were very impressed with their commitment to achieving a high-quality outcome."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. - Nov. 2016
Project summary: 

SoftKraft developed an AI-based e-learning platform that could generate personalized content feeds based on user behavior. The team built the platform using Spark and MLlib.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sydney, Australia
Jamie Engel
CEO, Neutopia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

As expected, SoftKraft delivered the solution to spec, and early testers responded positively. They researched several approaches to determine their direction and worked well with all stakeholders. This success has made them the go-to to handle future development on the platform.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Neutopia is a highly flexible learning experience platform that supports lifelong learning and the many ways that people learn in the 21st century such as social, peer-to-peer and flipped learning models. To increase curiosity and motivation Neutopia is designed like a “Spotify for Knowledge.” It harnesses an Artificial Intelligence-based recommendation engine to provide relevant personalized content based on individual preferences. It combines 3 types of systems: Content lIbraries for self-guided learning, Playlists for guided learning and social networks for peer to peer learning. I am the founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SoftKraft?

We came to SoftKraft to develop a machine learning / A.I. based recommendation engine that could create personalized feeds of content and weekly recommendations based on the topics most relevant to each learner. Technology wise, the solution was based on Spark and MLlib - its scalable machine learning library.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to develop the AI-based recommendation to see how we could improve personalization and relevance for the learner. A secondary application was to improve content recommendations for the course designer to speed up the time it takes to construct a course by providing additional up-to-date learning resources.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended by Selleo who have been doing our software development since 2014.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They began the project with research and began testing various solutions early on. Then refining the solutions once we had a sense of the correct direction to move in.

What was the team composition?

Our team consisted of 2 people.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The team has completed the work commissioned. Based on early testing we had very good results. We will be returning to collaboration with them when the functionality they attend to reaches the top of our backlog again.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Softkraft managed the project well with weekly updates on progress. They were flexible in their thinking to find the optimal solution to what we were aiming to achieve.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were very impressed with their commitment to achieving a high-quality outcome and their willingness to explore a variety of possible solutions for our goal. They researched several possible approaches using the latest best practices and technologies in an emerging and complex field of AI and ML. We appreciated their openness to a collaborative style of interactions with the client.

Are there any areas for improvement?

The management and team at Softkraft are extremely diligent and committed to high-quality outcomes for their customers. There is very little I can think of that they can improve. Certainly providing as much thinking and pre-emptive research from the client side along with the goals of the business can assist the developers in moving quickly towards solutions.

4.5
Overall Score Overall extremely pleased with my experience with Softkraft
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Softkraft scheduled the project well considering there was quite a bit of R&D needed for the project.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Very good value for money, delivering a high quality of the work
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Very satisfied with the output of their work
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Would highly recommended SoftKraft. The management team is extremely reliable and easy to work with. Highly skilled developers. Easy to communicate

Custom Software Dev for Software House Collective

"SoftKraft’s seasoned programmers always advised on appropriate solutions for any given challenge."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

SoftKraft helped on five software development projects for a software house collective. Their work primarily involved machine learning, data solutions, and DevOps infrastructure across a diverse tech stack.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Beata Kwasna
President, Software Innovation Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All solutions met expectations and pleased the relevant stakeholders. SoftKraft delivered high-quality development work again and again. Their experienced resources gave valuable insights and were passionate about problem-solving, enabling smooth workflows.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the president of Software Innovation Labs, a consortium of specialized software development houses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SoftKraft?

We have so far engaged SoftKraft to develop five major projects involving data processing and machine learning solutions.

What were your goals for this project?

We have used SoftKraft several times to deliver data processing and machine learning solutions as part of larger projects for our customers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of SoftKraft’s co-founders provided services to another company I know quite well, and that company was very happy with their work. When SoftKraft was founded, I just thought we might as well try to use their services.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

First, SoftKraft built an AWS and cloud machine learning-based application that processed text for SEO. The team then created image processing software and streaming data-based user analytics for a community service. After that, SoftKraft developed a DevOps infrastructure based in AWS for a video streaming service. Finally, they also added payment features to an e-commerce site. 

As for technologies, they delivered applications built with Java, Python and Go. The solutions were often based on AWS services and included DevOps infrastructure. SoftKraft have skillfully used such solutions as Apache Kafka, NumPy, Pandas, and IBM Watson.

What was the team composition?

It's a small specialized software development house with exclusively senior consultants and developers. They usually deployed two developers to implement a project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our clients were happy with the solutions delivered. Our clients' satisfaction is the ultimate measure of how well SoftKraft performed on any given engagement.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We found the communications and the collaborative process both effective and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

SoftKraft’s seasoned programmers always advised on appropriate solutions for any given challenge.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They could offer more capacity so that they can undertake more projects.

5.0
Overall Score Customers can expect top-notch experts that will design a scalable solution.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team needed some time to ramp up.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost-benefit ratio was excellent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    SoftKraft is a best-in-class provider.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Clients should state their growth plans ahead so that SoftKraft can account for it and schedule accordingly.