JavaScript-based web & mobile development

About

We are a Polish software company focused on delivering quality, user-friendly web and mobile applications as well as online systems based on scalable solutions.

Technologies

Our main focus is JavaScript-based technology like Node.js, React.js, React Native, Angular. Vue.js, Ember.js, Electron.js etc. We also have expertise with PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, iOS and Android development, along with User-Centred Design to deliver reliable and functional products.

Experience

We have a vast experience in developing software for startup clients from all over the world - USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and UAE to name just a few. Head over to our portfolio to see reviews and examples of our work.

By hiring us, you can rest assured your project is in good hands. Forget your typical outsourcing concerns and let us support your business success.

Knowledge

To find out more visit our blog - https://softwarebrothers.co/blog/, where we share our experience and know-how in web and mobile technology.

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Wroclaw, Poland
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

InfoGym, CityPantry, Terp, Son of a Tailor, Ionoview/Matic, elGrocer, Baikingu, Bingli, Finmill, Moodjii, 7araka, Prelink, Essmak, Zbooni, HelpStay, SYZ AG, Hypefactors, Pregnabit, Habitus, Triteq, Trans.eu, Ripple Inc., WonderWoof, EasyTranslate, Eduvee, BetterTaxi, ftrack, Samsung

InfoGym

InfoGym is the ultimate fitness app and the only one you’ll ever need to plan your gym workouts and track the progress. Thanks to advanced 3D animations you will be sure how to exercise in a safe and efficient manner and a slick statistics module will provide easy access to an abundance of real-time statistics. On top of it all, you can quickly communicate with your personal trainer and book a guided session.

The challenge

Our task was to develop a suite of apps, for both the gym-goers and trainers, that fostered meaningful connections between both groups and improved workout results.

elGrocer

elGrocer is an e-commerce platform that allows Dubai users to order groceries from their local stores.

The challenge

Speed is the key element for every delivery and elGrocer strived to provide the best service on the market. To reach such a goal, we had to deliver a highly optimised service. The suite of mobile apps had to be simple and easy to use for both customers and local shop owners, while the backend system had to ensure stable app-server communication and geofencing.

7araka

7araka is a fitness app built for women by women. Its main goal was to give Saudi Arabian women access to women-only local gyms and trainers.

The challenge

Our task was to build a responsive web panel for gym owners, a web admin panel for 7araka employees and a set of iOS/Android mobile apps. Everything required implementing Arabic language support and a dedicated to Middle Eastern countries payment gateway solution amongst other features.

EasyTranslate

EasyTranslate is a fully-featured translation platform and a set of mobile apps, made to provide businesses with universal access to professional translators for a cheaper and fair price.

The challenge

First of all, we had to develop a sophisticated platform capable of delivering 3 separate interconnected modules, each with different flow and logic for various user types. Second of all, a set of Android and iOS mobile apps had to enable audio and video conference calls between multiple users and a professional EasyTranslate interpreter to provide a real-time translation.

Baikingu

Baikingu is a comprehensive cloud-based retail management solution.

The challenge

Baikingu was a complex project with a long feature list. The system had to cover the whole retail process from stock to refunds. Infrastructure also had to be flexible and scalable. To meet these challenges we went into full startup mode on Baikingu - using new tools, researching new markets and even managing customer support during the launch phase.

HelpStay

HelpStay is a subscription-based volunteering platform that allows people to travel around the world and help others in return for a free stay.

The challenge

The client had specific business goals when they approached us. We had to improve the performance of the existing platform. We also had to make sure it’s responsive and mobile-friendly, which, as a result, had to boost subscription rates. Set goals required a deep analysis of the current situation to identify existing UX/UI problems.

Zbooni

Zbooni is a social e-commerce app that allows businesses to sell their products over Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp and manage everything: from stock to delivery and secure payments, within one place.

The challenge

We had to develop a whole product from scratch: native iOS and Android apps and a web platform, connect them to the APIs of the selected platforms and build a CMS that would allow businesses to manage everything in one place.

Prelinks

Prelinks is a platform that provides its users with access to events, parties, gigs and festivals in their location. It’s also a B2B portal for event organizers who want to promote their events.

The challenge

We had to develop a set of native iOS and Android mobile apps for users, an iOS scanner app for event hosts and a custom ticketing system with in-app purchase and wallet functionalities. The user pain-point was that people on dating apps like Tinder never meet 99% of their matches. Prelinks wanted to create a way for people to match and actually meet somewhere fun - like a bar, nightclub or music festival.
 

WonderWoof

WondeWoof is a mobile Android app, integrated with WonderWoof BowTie wearable device. It allows users to create personalized profiles for their dogs, track their activity (with badges as awards) and connect with other users. We also managed to add functionalities such as reminders, daily summaries and reports (statistics of a dog’s activities - rest, play and walk). The app synchronizes with dog’s race, weight and age.

The challenge

We had to develop an Android app that would connect via Bluetooth technology with a wearable WonderWoof BowTie and sync all the required data.

Ripple Inc.

Frienji, Meego and Traces are AR-enabled social media apps that help people find new friends in places around them.

The challenge

The existing product was using obsolete technology and we had to turn in into a scalable solution that would work for different business purposes while adding new features.

BetterTaxi

BetterTaxi is a chauffeur services platform that offers convenient and reliable city rides, airport transfers as well as premium business travel across 91 cities in 10 countries.

The challenge

Building a solution that would allow BetterTaxi team to expand their product outside of the initial Germany market and grow exponentially across Europe was a top priority we kept in our minds when working on the code. We’ve had to develop a timeless iOS mobile app as well as a backend API to create a scalable solution for managing taxi services.

Bingli

Bingli is an AI-powered anamnesis platform that provides efficient health tools to help doctors make the right diagnosis.

The challenge:

To deliver a machine learning-based app, designed to improve and shorten the appointment with a doctor, thanks to a preliminary analysis of symptoms provided by the patient. 

What we did:

UX/UI Design;

Front-end Development;

Back-end Development;

Machine Learning Engine Development.

ftrack Go

ftrack Go is an iOS and Android project management app. It allows users to track production process and time, involve clients in ongoing projects and much more. This mobile app also possesses many reporting features, making it easy to analyze business data efficiently thanks to the intuitive interface.

Hytch (now 4Scotty)

Hytch is a web application offering IT talent auctions which allows users to source employees and build a team in a fast and efficient way as well as easily outsource a single project.

EduVee

Eduvee is a cross-platform exam preparation app for students offering in-depth multimedia study guide materials and thousands of quizzes as well as exam-style questions.

Demish

Demish.com has asked us to develop a web app with clothing templates from your favorite designers, fully adjustable to your liking. With this free intuitive application you can easily create your individual project by selecting materials, colors and accessories and then have it delivered to your home.

AdGames

AdGames is a system which allows you to generate iPhone and Android games via your web browser. You just edit a game template by adding a logo or making changes in the design and the game is rendered to a file which can be the submitted to AppStore or Google Play.

Market.pl

Market.pl is a platform which puts together products from different webshops into a collection and offers them at a more competitive price. A very clear and coherent design makes Market.pl very user-appealing, which has a strong impact on sales conversion.

Smart Lunch

SmartLunch is a mobile app which allows company staff to order their lunch meals straight from their mobile device. The app is connected to a web platform used by the restaurant owners to manage their offer and the entire system also comprises of an app allowing for non-cash payments for meals at the restaurants.

Reviews

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MVP for Health & Wellness Image Platform

"Software Brothers had a strong understanding of the product and market we’re trying to address."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Brothers built an MVP for a wellness and health platform. The team developed the app for Android, building the backend using AWS. They also created a logo and animations for the application.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denmark
Henrik Kemp
Partner, Mooji
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP is ready to launch in the market. Internal feedback has been positive. Software Brothers’ expertise in the development and the industry was noteworthy. Key members had excellent communication and delivered work on time. Customers can expect an insightful team of developers.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of Nordic Innovators, now called Mooji. We’re a startup that works with an image platform aimed at reducing stress, anxiety, and depression in hospital patients.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?

We were an early-stage startup with a concept product that was tested in the market using mockups. Software Brothers was hired to develop our MVP.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After agreeing on a concept outline, we had a one-day workshop with Software Brothers at our office where we discussed the MVP’s requirements. We scoped out all the relevant technical details — our product comprised of a frontend that controls the server backend. Content can seamlessly integrate on a digital screen. It works with Apple AirPlay and Chromecast.

We needed a scalable backend with a frontend that displays a specific feel. The backend is hosted on AWS, and the app is for Android. We also specified that the MVP needed to be built upon following our market test. Security aspects were also discussed. Software Brothers also helped create the graphic identity of the company. Their team developed a logo and some animations for the app.

What is the team composition?

We had a team of 5–6 people that included an account manager, a graphic designer, a project manager, and a development team. We worked with a frontend and a backend developer. Depending on the stage of the project, we could’ve augmented more.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

Software Brothers was recommended by various clients I worked with at another company. They’ve used Software Brothers to develop their solutions.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €70,000–€80,000 (approximately $79,000–90,000 USD) so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Software Brothers around August 2018, and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re ready to test the MVP in the marketplace. The only feedback has been internal, and the overall team is satisfied.

How did Software Brothers perform from a project management standpoint?

Their account manager performs exceptionally well, but they changed their project manager twice, which caused a few issues. Specific members of their team are effective at communicating and meeting deadlines. Our project management software was Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Software Brothers had a strong understanding of the product and market we’re trying to address. They assigned developers with insight into our business, which was nice.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Communication was difficult because of shifting project managers. This isn’t a general issue, but projects lose something when a person who was there from the beginning leaves. The exchange of project managers doesn’t benefit any engagement because the same level of understanding isn’t there.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clients should do their best to make sure the same project manager is kept on the team throughout.

4.5
Overall Score All things considered, Software Brothers performed as we would’ve liked.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered per our expectations.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d have no issue recommending them.

Software Support for Catering Platform

“They’re responsive to our needs and requests, solving problems quickly.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Brothers provides three remote developers to augment the internal team. They work on both the frontend and backend, using Symfony and Angular frameworks.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
David Stefan
Head of Engineering, City Pantry
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Brothers maintains consistent and daily communication, efficiently sourcing and managing their tech team. Their work is high quality and meets expectations, fitting well into the overall project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.
I'm the head of engineering at City Pantry, a platform that helps deliver food from caterers to offices in London. 
 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?
We needed a partner to expand our tech team of 10 in-house developers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?
Software Brothers helped source and recruit potential developers, and now they manage a team of three developers remotely. Companies create an account on our platform, and then users can search through a wide variety of vendors that they can order food from. Our company takes care of the booking and communication between vendor and customers, including on the day of delivery. Software Brothers provides office space and HR for the three developers, who use Symfony for the backend and Angular 7 and AngularJS for the frontend, as requested.

What is the team composition? 
The have one lead developer and two mid-level developers, all who interface directly with our team.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?
A colleague referred them.

What is the status of this engagement?
We partnered in July 2018, and the work is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
They built some great features that benefit our overall work.

How did Software Brothers perform from a project management standpoint?
They don’t do project management, but we have regular stand-up meetings and communicate daily via Slack and Google Hangouts. They’re responsive to our needs and requests, solving problems quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?
They worked quickly to ramp up the team and found great developers to work on our project.

Are there any areas they could improve?
They should try to do better at matching their environment to that of their client’s.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
Make sure to maintain clear communication. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The initial offering was a bit high, but we negotiated a good price.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They could be better at matching our culture to reduce friction with our internal team.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd be willing to recommend them.

Mobile App Dev. for Fitness Trainings & Workouts

Everyone was on the same team, just like having them as our own employees.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Dec. 2016
Project summary: 

Software Brothers developed iOS and Android apps, using finished designs as the framework. Active collaboration and integration with the internal team were top priorities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway
Tor Ivar Vage
Owner, Infogym
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Unlike other firms, Software Brothers gets involved with a project and provides insightful feedback to make the best product possible. In the first two weeks of launch, 50,000 users downloaded the app. High-quality work resulted in another project with Software Brothers.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner and CEO of Infogym, a company that focuses on the relationship between the gym, the personal trainer, and the user of the gym. We’ve developed two applications: one is free for everyday users which can be used like any other fitness app, with exercises, fitness routines, and tracking, but we use 3D animation instead of videos to give users a better view of their exercise.

The second application is the professional, paid version for trainers. They can connect with a user, much like Facebook friend requests, and create workouts and routines on their behalf, track workouts through scheduled sessions, and have full access to users’ statistics and workout diaries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?

We have an in-house development team for backend and API work, but we had raised money and wanted to develop the frontend applications quicker than we would have done internally.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Software Brothers developed our iOS and Android applications (the trainer app is also available on iPads). We also have a mobile-friendly web version developed in-house by our team.

We provided documentation for our in-house APIs, along with requirements for how we wanted to build the apps. We also provided finished designs, not just wireframes. This helped the team see the finalized version, and they also completed the web version and created user stories.

What is the team composition?

We started with one project manager and, at one point, had around six people from their team working on the apps. We scaled it up and down as needed and had the ability to change speed, unlike with our internal team.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

We went on AngelList and a few niche sites, where we were approached by Software Brothers. We had a chat, and we decided to hire them.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost of their work was around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Software Brothers in February 2016. The free version was launched around December, and the trainer app was launched in June 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In the first couple of weeks, we were the number one free app in Norway and Singapore, and the number one fitness app in the U.K. and Australia. In two weeks, we attracted 50,000 users.

The grade point average score they use for code quality is the highest we’ve ever seen.

I work for another company building a POS system, and, based on my experience with Software Brothers, I brought them into this other company as well, which shows how happy we are with them.

How did Software Brothers perform from a project management standpoint?

We had to change project managers, but the new one took over and did a fantastic job. Having a team like ours, with 4–6 outsourced people, we definitely needed a project manager to handle all communication.

We used JIRA for tracking the project—tasks, bugs, issues and so on—and Slack for communication. The language barrier caused some issues, but being in the same time zone helped, and Software Brothers has been responsive. We felt the manager was working fulltime with us, even though he had other engagements.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They provided a lot of help on user-friendliness. The app improved a lot because of the feedback from Software Brothers’ project manager and developer. We've tried a lot of offshore companies from India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and so on—they would make whatever they were told, and didn’t care if it didn’t work. We didn’t have this feeling with Software Brothers. Everyone was on the same team, just like having them as our own employees.

They’re also not afraid of telling me when I have a bad idea, and it’s something I appreciated. It felt like the developers cared and were proud of what they were making.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The biggest challenges we’ve had were around planning. They have experience working with clients like us, but we don’t have experience working with other software houses, so the matter came down to Software Brothers knowing to ask the right questions without us prompting them.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

For any outsourcing project, it’s important to plan everything. It’ll make everything so much smoother because you won’t have any arguments over last-minute changes.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were some small issues, many of which were on us.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to others, Software Brothers has the same code quality for a better price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The code quality has been consistently the highest we’ve seen.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Redeveloped Product for Internet Startup

"Our contact from [them] has been available and keen to not only respond to our questions but also to inquire about our satisfaction."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Brothers took an existing geo-locational solution built with obsolete technology and developed several similar MVPs for subsequent testing and ongoing enhancement. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Richard Clarke
COO, Traces.io
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The quality of assigned engineers can sometimes vary, but Software Brothers is always more than willing to adjust resources whenever necessary. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the COO of the company. We have developed a location-based enterprise platform called Tracers, as well as a consumer app for location-based messaging.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?

We were employing developers in London but ultimately figured that Software Brothers could provide more flexibility and cost savings, with the same skill level. We were changing our software relatively quickly and wanted to have access to resources relevant to our particular needs at one time. We had been using a mixture of recruitment consultants and other resources in the industry, but none worked the way we had intended. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Software Brothers developed new features for our platforms. We needed to put together MVPs quickly and relatively cheaply, so Software Brothers initially rewrote the frontend and backend of our apps almost completely from scratch.

Our backend was developed with an obsolete technology, which clearly wasn't a long-term solution because it has been subsequently shut down. During the redevelopment process, Software Brothers made valuable suggestions and implemented new features.

We have used six developers and a part-time project lead from their team. I was responsible for managing the project on our side.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

I don't remember what our initial contact with them was, but I believe that they had been in touch with our CEO. They called me and we talked through what we were looking for, and they seemed to be a good fit.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Software Brothers at the beginning of 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

One of the things we wanted was for Software Brothers to turn our MVPs into scalable solutions. They created an app that could work reliably with a large user base. We're working with a large international multimedia company that wanted to know that our app would be stable, and assigned developers who tested the app's performance and scalability. They were very happy with the results of their tests. 

How did Software Brothers perform from a project management standpoint?

The answer is very much developer-dependent. We have worked with a few resources that, quite honestly, weren't as productive as the rest, so the team has been subsequently adjusted. The good developers from Software Brothers are really very good, so anyone being measured against them will have to work hard in order to achieve the same results.

We've used JIRA, Trello, and Slack for our collaboration with Software Brothers. JIRA proved a bit too complex for our needs, so we've mainly only used the other two tools.

What did you find most impressive about Software Brothers?

They're the only company of this kind that I've used, so it would be hard to compare them to anything similar. Our contact from Software Brothers has been available and keen to not only respond to our questions but also to inquire about our satisfaction. He has pulled everything together on Software Brothers' end, checking if we were happy.

Are there any areas Software Brothers could improve?

They could always work cheaper and faster, but this isn't really a criticism. This is more of a general commentary on the nature of tech services.

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

Software Development For Online Fashion Marketplace

"Software Brothers had very good team dynamics with strong quality assurance practices."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Software Brothers designed a marketing application and integrated the software with existing project elements. During the project, they provided quality assurance, acceptance testing, and implementation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Mumbai, India
COO, Online Marketplace Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Brothers expertly managed every stage of the process, delivering each milestone on time and within budget. The team provided outstanding quality assurance. They earned praise for their clear communication practices and efficient team dynamics. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm COO of a startup that creates digital social marketing applications and an online marketplace for fashion retailers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were trying to address with Software Brothers?

We needed to outsource the software development of our social application which will integrate to our existing internet retail marketplace project. We wanted to create a product which met the designs and requirements we presented so that it integrated seamlessly with our existing internet project. Our goal was to ensure that this product was delivered on time, with high-quality assurance, and within our budget.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We presented them with our requirements for definition, logical design overview, test specifications, and graphic design. Software Brothers was responsible for implementing this with the physical design, implementation programming, and testing.

They also provided a project manager that worked closely with our team to ensure that the requirements were understood and the project was delivered on time. They also provided integration and acceptance testing. With Software Brothers’ strong quality assurance practices, we were able to work well together in partnership on the project.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

We approached five different software development companies that had a good reputation and received quotes which we further evaluated. Software Brothers gave us the best proposal.

How much have you invested with them?

This was a medium sized project, but I’d rather keep the cost confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started requirements, logical design overview, definition, and presentation to Software Brothers in August of 2015. All the graphic design and documentation had already been prepared well in advance by us. Software Brothers started physical design and implementation in October of 2015 and completed the work at the end of February of 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project was delivered on time and within budget. It was all broken up into sprints, which were implemented, tested, integrated, and analyzed in terms of quality control, schedule, and budget risk. Each sprint was managed by both parties and delivered on time. Software Brothers also added extra small features on their own initiative which worked well with the user experience of the software application.

Software Brothers had very good team dynamics with strong quality assurance practices. We would be happy to use them again for any future outsourcing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very efficient in their approach to different aspects of the project, and also given that our employees are from a computer science background, we recognized that they were very professional in software quality assurance practices which is key to a successful project. They also communicated very well and worked in a fair partnership in negotiations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I think that in hindsight we would have liked to have discovered them earlier.

What advice would you give to a future client of theirs?

Our key approach was to understand the importance of good quality assurance practices to work well with Software Brothers. Through this, we were able to succeed in completing a project that we are happy with and was a good experience for our team.

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

Mobile App Development for Grocery Delivery Service

"[T]hey have the feel of a startup and understand our mentality."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Software Brothers developed two apps for a grocery service: one for inventory management and one for customer interaction. Both required scalable cloud infrastructure, geo-sensing, and search capabilities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Dubai
CTO, El Grocer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Brothers communicated well and completed projects on time even when schedules changed unexpectedly. Upper management was personally involved in the entire process. The team understood startup challenges and met those difficulties with a creative, fluid development style.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CTO of a startup company in Dubai, providing grocery delivery services. We are similar to Intercart, but with a different slant. Consumers can download our app and order groceries which are delivered by each shop independently. We don't use freelancers who actually pick up the products and deliver them. The platform we've built works by partnering up with as many grocery stores as possible, which then take care of deliveries themselves.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?

Unlike other models, we're heavily dependent on grocery stores. We're trying to become a big grocery store front by building ourselves out of many small ones. This can generate a problem because a lot of our stores don't normally have inventory systems or a POS in place.

The biggest challenge was inventory management and the onboarding process. We needed to identify what products each store had and bring that data onto our platform, for it to be available to consumers. It was a bit tricky technology-wise. It meant identifying each product based on its barcode. Not all products have the same type of barcode and companies sometimes put out seasonal products.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We've built a custom app for deploying merchandise from grocery stores. It needed to be very easy to use in order to be handled by people who are not necessarily technically-savvy. It had to be customized for each grocery store in order for them to scan products, take pictures, and add items from our global products list, and so on. In addition to the customer app, we worked with Software Brothers in order to develop a grocery store-facing app. Both were tied in using a cloud infrastructure which needed to scale and be very flexible in order to support different regions, geo-sensing, and other things of this nature.

The search capability was another big issue. We had to come up with the right technology in order to make sure that all the products would be easily searchable, and feature all of our analytical data.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

I've worked in startups for many years. There are certain technologies I've preferred over time, based on my resource limitations. I screened no less than 25 companies, interviewing each one. I outlined the technologies that I wanted to use, which they needed to adopt. 25% of the candidates dropped off straight away because they were either unfamiliar with those technologies, or they were specialized in different ones with which I wasn't comfortable.

Software Brothers was one of four companies that checked that box for me. They understood the latest trends and offered a comfort level by using the same tools that I liked. We talked about specific scenarios on how to tackle a problem when it comes to scaling, and getting the right approach generally. At that stage, the development of our product was still relatively fluid, so I didn't want to work with a rigid company that didn't allow me some room for maneuvering. We weren't 100% certain what the end-product was going to be.

I narrowed my choice to Software Brothers and another company. The final approval piece was their team's personality and chemistry click. They were very easy to communicate with. Because we were outsourcing the work, this was a major criteria. It was very easy to communicate with them; their English was perfect and the documentation level was good. I could have a brainstorming session with the team. I've worked with many companies from across the world and can say that this was a significant aspect of Software Brothers.

How much have you invested with them?

The total development cost was between $50,000-100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I've been working with Software Brothers for over a year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

As a general example, I was working on a side project for a friend's startup. He was demoing for a big company in the US. They were working on a proof-of-concept that had to be finished within three days. Software Brothers got the work done, but just before the demo, the service went down. They got their engineer up at three in the morning in order to get it back up and running. I messaged the technical project manager and he moved quickly to fix our problem.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I know that we're one of many customers with which they work, but Software Brothers have brought their CTO along for every single call. It was good for me to speak to him directly, on every call. They had no problems in giving me their personal phone numbers, so my mind was set at ease.

I've only communicated with Software Brothers through Google Hangouts and Skype, so I don't have a clear picture about the size of their company. I assume that they're quite large, but they have the feel of a startup and understand our mentality. Software Brothers is very accommodating towards the peculiarities of entrepreneurs. I am planning to meet them in person in May, which will be the first time I've done it in over a year.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could do with more resources. I don't know if it's specifically a negative, but Software Brothers could double up their team and still work at full capacity. I would definitely encourage them to find talent outside of their company. I haven't encountered anything significant in working with them though.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've referred multiple other projects to them.

Android Dev for iOS Project Conversion

"Software Brothers delivered results in a way that we have not witnessed from any other service provider used to date."

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

Software Brothers converted an existing iOS project to Android in order to expand the client's customer base to two platforms. The project lasted eight months.

The Reviewer
 
Startup
CTO, Startup Wearables Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is extremely pleased with the results and the collaboration. Software Brothers successfully adapted to an agile, fluctuating project and demonstrated a natural understanding of connected wireless technology.

BACKGROUND

The company is a multi-country startup focused on designing, creating and marketing connected wearable devices.

I work as the Chief Technology Officer and I’m responsible for covering project development of the hardware and software for a connected device brand.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

The challenge was to convert an existing iOS project that was undergoing on-going development to Android. Basically, to have the Android app catch up and develop alongside the iOS project. This was a key requirement for us, as we needed to allow our customer base to be spread across the two main mobile app platforms.

SOLUTION

Contact was made with the Software Brothers at a Trade show. They seemed keen, experienced and showed a substantial portfolio that clearly displayed their ability to deliver results. They appeared to be able to deliver high-class development services at competitive rates.

The main project management was undertaken by the service partner. Continuous feedback and updates were given, allowing the project to be managed in an economical manner, meaning no time was lost which allowed us to progress the project further across all platforms simultaneously. The project duration was 8 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Software Brothers delivered results in a way that we have not witnessed from any other service provider used to date! They covered the agreed scope and above. Their ability to adapt and work with a tricky and agile, ever-changing project showed that they were more than capable. The strongest part of Software Brothers' contribution was their ability to manage locally very well. We were able to trust their development progress to a degree that we have not experienced elsewhere. It was like they were being a department within our own company.

They do require full and detailed instructions, just to make sure nothing is left to guesswork. Without this kind of professionalism, the results they achieved wouldn’t exist. There is nothing that I can find to say that Software Brothers could improve on, since every day they were continually pre-empting all hurdles and handling them with minimum fuss, other than requiring the detailed documentation they needed.

This project was no mean feat and it involved more than just plain app development as it delved into a deeper understanding of connected wireless technology, of which Software Brothers handled seemingly naturally.

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

App Development for Video Conferencing Solution

"The skill set of the iOS and Android developers was excellent, both technically and in terms of communication."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Software Brothers provided end-to-end design and development for an iOS/Android video app. They also simultaneously developed a new API.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederik Pedersen
CTO, EasyTranslate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Brothers delivered the products on time, within budget, and with exceptional project management. They are praised for their collaborative, agile MVP-driven approach, and for understanding when to make autonomous decisions or request guidance.

BACKGROUND

EasyTranslate is a language service provider. It's headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has 30 employees. It is represented in 11 European markets. EasyTranslate provides a variety of translation and interpreting services to both business and private customers.

I'm the Chief Technology Officer of EasyTranslate.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

We were initially seeking to develop a cross-device video conferencing solution for our customers, to help deliver and facilitate our translating services. We also needed to integrate the solution with the EasyTranslate platform to leverage our existing user authentication, billing methods and language services.

SOLUTION

Software Brothers was recommended to us by a colleague. The scope of the work for them was to provide iOS/Android development, end-to-end app design, video technology testing and project management during the development process. EasyTranslate developed a new API in parallel with the Software Brothers app development. The project lasted two months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Software Brothers delivered both on schedule and within budget. They provided us with an excellent product and quality project management from start to end. They were great at aligning expectations, making their own decisions when necessary, and asking for specifications and input when required. Their focus on an agile MVP-driven development approach ensured a very speedy and pragmatic development process.

The cooperation between the Software Brothers app developers and our EasyTranslate API developers worked flawlessly. The skill set of the iOS and Android developers was excellent, both technically and in terms of communication.

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

Web Development for Bitcoin Marketplace Startup

"It feels like they are part of the team."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Brothers developed a business-to-consumer financial website for a Bitcoin exchange company. The team began with front-end UX design, and later integrated with back-end elements and constructed APIs.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
CTO, Startup Bitcoin Marketplace
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Brothers was a trustworthy and highly professional partner, negotiating reasonable rates and discounting work that was delivered ahead of schedule. The team quickly resolved any issues and suggested creative strategies to enhance productivity and user experience. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CTO of a small startup in the United Kingdom. We're in the business-to-business tech space. We have an existing business selling to B2B companies and just recently launched a B2C offering. Software Brothers was instrumental in helping build key aspects of that consumer offering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?

We wanted to roll out a consumer offering. We had to choose between hiring internally, which would have been someone based locally or having access to a more flexible team. It wasn't clear how much we would need to expand or how quickly.

We opted to locate a partner who we felt would understand the unique challenges of a startup, but also would have the experience of working with startups that have grown to be very large. We feel like they understand both what it's like to be a startup and how to support the growth of a startup. The alternative would have been hiring people internally and dealing with all of the issues of supporting that while still driving growth.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The scope started out with the implementation of a new website which was a new consumer offering. This was designed to allow consumers to use our system—our financial products. Software Brothers had to build all of the front end related to that. They also had to interface with multiple existing back-end elements through multiple APIs. Sometimes, they were involved in the construction of those APIs.

They also have to get involved in helping build and support the user experience design for the new consumer offering. Since then, the scope has expanded, and I've gained more confidence. They've proven their ability to execute, so we've given them visibility and more responsibility for other more back end parts of our system as well.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

We were considering three options—the first was to hire people internally, who would be permanent on the team. We were also looking at people who were onshore—so outsourcing the work, but to onshore partners. Finally, we looked at outsourcing to remote partners. With people working internally, we'd attempted that before a few times and found it wasn't flexible enough for us.

After that, we made the call to focus on partners. We talked to a few partners who had been recommended to us through investors. We then came across Software Brothers. They approached me, and I was quite impressed. I thought it was very amusing, clever, and just very friendly. I decided to talk to them and include them in the process of discussion. After multiple conversations, I got the feeling that they were good, and I was more comfortable with them than with the people that had been recommended to me via our normal channels.

How much have you invested with them?

The price is somewhere in the $50,000 to $200,000 range.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Software Brothers in December of 2014. The work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're very happy. It feels like they are part of the team. I don't have the sense that they are an external company. I feel like even when it comes to invoicing, I see that they're always very fair, often discounting amounts because they just delivered stuff faster than they expected. Even if I would have been happy to pay, they will also offer to reduce the price because they delivered what we agreed to, and they did it faster than estimated. That definitely adds to my trust in them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I would say Software Brothers tends to think around any problems. They are very business minded, so they often suggest things that will improve the experience, or they'll suggest how we can adjust the specs so that it will end up delivering 95%of what we need for 50% of the effort. These are all of the things that you would expect from a good productive professional member of your team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No significant areas. They're a team and sometimes a few people might come onto the team who haven't been ideal but they very quickly swap them out. That was an early occurrence, and they made sure to put much stronger resources in place. The vast majority of people who have been involved with the project, and everybody that is involved currently, have been very good and very professional. Any issue was resolved in a matter of days.

4.5
Overall Score It's hard to say it's perfect, but I'm very happy.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already and they've had another project with that person.

Mobile App and Web Development For Human Resources Company

"I think their performance was quite good."

Quality: 
3.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Brothers provided end-to-end development for the web and mobile (Android and iOS) versions of a platform. The project began with front and back-end coding and expanded to UI and UX design. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
London, United Kingdom
COO of Internship Placement Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Brothers' initial backend server work was technically sound, meeting deadlines with relatively few delays. The team's solid performance and affordable project rates led to a long-term relationship. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I'm the COO of the company. Our product is a platform for creating communities and sharing curated content. It's in a scope development phase. We're based in London, U.K.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Brothers?

We've hired them to help us develop our platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The scope is end-to-end development. Initially, our internal team came up with the wireframing and the design of the application and just gave Software Brothers a briefing on the product itself, instead of the user journey. They were responsible for building it technically, both from the back-end server continuing with the application itself, and translating our wireframes into actual front-end code. However, as of two weeks ago, we've also contracted them to design our UX and UI. The project involves a mobile app as well as a web application. The mobile app is for Android and iOS.

How did you come to work with Software Brothers?

The decision was largely based on pricing. We had three companies that we were looking at. They were very thorough with their methodology and their process, and the pricing was competitive.

How much have you invested with them?

For developing both of these versions, we are looking somewhere between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in March 2015, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I think their performance was quite good. Software Brothers delivers within one or two days of their delivery dates. There is a little bit of delay. They are, from a quality perspective, working from two different sides, and there can be communication issues. Of course, I think that's common with a lot of clients versus suppliers.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I haven't worked with other vendors, so I can't really answer that very well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only part that I'm not so satisfied with is the translation of some things that we provided them. I don't know if that's because of a communication issue between our company and Software Brothers, or a difference in expectations, or something like that. We've actually sent the entire wireframing and the design to them, so there are no mistakes and no confusion due to lack of communication in the future.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 3.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have.