Clean code from Croatia with a Nordic twist

Software Sauna combines the Nordic business culture with expertise of top notch Croatian engineers. Our team consists only experienced developers with diverse backgrounds and solid knowledge of various programming languages and frameworks. We help our clients on the frontier of digitalization by heating up their software development!

Software Sauna provides full stack software development in an agile modern web and mobile technologies. Our development team in Zagreb operates as your remote team according to your current needs – you have a possibility to lease talented individuals or entire teams.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2018
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Zagreb, Croatia
headquarters
other locations
  • Salomonkatu 17A, 8th floor
    Helsinki, ES 00100
    Finland

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Analyste Ltd, Anders Innovation Ltd, Talented Solutions Ltd, Wunderdog Ltd, Varjo Technologies Ltd

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Cloud Software Development for Healthcare Startup

"They have made a great system. We were very happy with everything."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Sept. 2020
Project summary: 

Software Sauna developed an MVP cloud software for a healthcare startup to help doctors swiftly get accurate diagnoses. With the platform, hospitals and nurses can have sleep and ECG studies analyzed. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Finland
Marko Lahteenmaki
Owner, STP Medical
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite the pandemic causing a delay on the project, Software Sauna successfully executed all the company’s deliverables. Their work received positive internal feedback. The team was dedicated and reliable. In the end, the client plans to partner with them again.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder and CEO of STP Medical Ltd. We are a healthcare startup, moving biometric data like ECG and sleep data from hospitals and health centers. From that data, our doctors decide on a patient’s diagnosis.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Sauna?

Our business is about connecting specialist doctors with primary healthcare centers. Software Sauna was in charge of our company’s full architecture. They decided what technology to use, what design to implement, and they also spearheaded our product development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Software Sauna offered a complete package for our business from scratch. The team developed a cloud software that enables moving data efficiently and making the analysis time faster for the doctor. 

In that software, we made a UI for hospitals and nurses to plot data from their sleep study or ECG devices. After that, they can easily upload the information to our cloud where we will push it forward to the doctor’s UI, which is connected with different software. 

What is the team composition?

At first, I communicated with Software Sauna’s CEO, and then when the project started, I also kept in touch with their two developers that started full-time in January. 

How did you come to work with Software Sauna?

We engaged with them since were knowledgeable about the Finnish marketplace, useful technologies, and security measures. I found four different companies online although I don’t know if I found them on Clutch or another service. They responded and we started within 3–4 weeks after we contacted them.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent around $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from January–September 2020. We did half of the project with Software Sauna before COVID-19 happened. Our operations were halted when the pandemic came but we were able to start again after that.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Software Sauna has been so reliable and has looked after our interests, successfully completing the MVP phase. They have made a great system. The team did all the maintenance and we have further plans for future development as well. 

We haven’t found any bugs in Software Sauna’s development. Despite being given the freedom to decide what to do with technology, they provided transparent reporting. We were very happy with everything. We will have another phase with them in the spring.

How did Software Sauna perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack and they kept things within the timeline and the budget. The development was based around the features. I came up with a lot of new features, so we faced some delays because of that.

The connection and real-time communication were also really good. On that note, we believe they held things up on their end quite well. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

The developers of Software Sauna were very bright. I liked that they always questioned my opinions, which was good because I would've made a lot of mistakes.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Overall, I am really satisfied with Software Sauna.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Just ask them how they would solve the problem. I was surprised by how much my opinions changed when they made their recommendations.

 

5.0
Overall Score It was good working with them. It was like a nice long holiday.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Of course I would have wanted to go really fast, but they didn’t promise me anything they couldn’t keep.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Staff Augmentation for Software Dev Company

“When there’s a need for flexibility, I can rely on the skills of their developer.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
n/a
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Sauna dedicated a senior developer, experienced in Python and React, to support a staff augmentation effort for a software development company. They selected him specifically to meet client needs.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Turku, Finland
Jon Tarkiainen
COO, Anders Innovation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software engineer allocated to the internal effort has proven himself to be skilled in the areas promised. Despite the high cost, he’s been successful in delivering solid code and effectively responding to third-party concerns. A testament to his skill, the collaboration is expected to continue.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO of Ander Innovation, which is a software development company. We handle software projects for a wide variety of customers. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Sauna?

They provided us with a developer with skills that we didn’t have available when this project started out. We needed an extra pair of hands.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They assigned a full-stack developer to our team for our client’s project. The software engineer was skilled in Python and React. 

What is the team composition?

We were given one of their developers to allocate to our projects. Our team collaborates with him every day.  

How much have you invested with them?

Over the course of our relationship, we’ve spent between €150,000–€200,000 (approximately $166,000–$221,000 USD). 

What is the status of this engagement?

I started at this company a year ago. At that time, the developer was already integrated into the team. From my understanding, he had just started working with us at that point. So, the engagement started around September 2018 and is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We and the end customer have been happy with the developer’s performance. Overall, it’s been a very successful collaboration. However, he is one of the most expensive developers we have working for the company. He’s a contractor, though, so that often comes with the territory. Since we are happy with the results, we’ve never considered swapping the developer out for a cheaper resource.  

How did Software Sauna perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re managing the developer within our team. In general, collaboration and cooperation with him have been very good. When our customer had issues with the product that required his flexibility, he was happy to offer that to them. I was very pleased with how he handled that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

When there’s a need for flexibility, I can rely on the skills of their developer. There are never any issues in that area, which I appreciate.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything they could do better.

5.0
Overall Score
  • N/A Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Not applicable - Anders Innovation managed the resource.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Staff Augmentation for Banking Software Firm

"We consider Software Sauna a part of our internal team."

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

Software Sauna provides ongoing staff augmentation for a bank software company. Their resources specialize in JavaScript, Angular, and .NET. They also help train internal members.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Ville Wettenhovi
CTO, Analyste
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The products developed by Software Sauna meet the client’s quality standards, leading to a longer-term partnership. Their resources’ ability to guide the client’s internal team members and proactively advise ways to improve make them a valuable collaborator.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CTO of Analyste. We are a Finnish software company, focusing on bank software. We transfer money between the ERP system and various accounting systems, to and from banks, creating various accounting reports and distribution of payments to various banks.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Sauna?

We wanted to expand our team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an internal team that needed more bandwidth. We had a few people from Software Sauna experienced in Angular to help us develop the product and train our own team internally. We had a product which was implemented with old technology. We completely rewrote the UI and used the Angular framework along with JavaScript and .NET.

What is the team composition?

We work with two members of their team. 

How did you come to work with Software Sauna?

We had looked at 4–6 companies. The main things we were looking at were talent and cost. Software Sauna's pricing was reasonable, but their skillset was the main driver.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent more than $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The partnership started in August 2017 and is ongoing until the end of the year, when we will hopefully close the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Software Sauna has been an excellent addition to our internal staff. They can guide some of our junior employees and even our staff on the senior side. They have great technical expertise and bring ideas and ways to improve to the table. It’s been a good match for us.

How did Software Sauna perform from a project management standpoint?

We consider Software Sauna a part of our internal team. They are fully integrated and use our tools. The two developers we work with have extremely good knowledge about the technology itself. They are some of the best developers we’ve seen in the market.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The quality of the code is excellent.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Software Sauna has been a bit reluctant to take some feedback we’ve given them—that might be an area where 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 Dev for Design & Development Talent Community

"All systems are green and everything is working."

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

Chosen for their trustworthiness, Software Sauna handled software development and design work, creating code using JavaScript and Ruby on Rails.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Finland
Founder, Talent Community
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All of Software Sauna’s work is used in-house, so there really aren’t any metrics to share besides that everything works as it should without any major issues or bugs. They conduct smooth project management and communicate well.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a secret society for experienced programmers and designers. We’re building a community and a membership program. We help the people that enroll find jobs and projects to work on.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Sauna?

We needed help with our software development and design.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Software Sauna provided software consultancy and created our code using JavaScript and Ruby on Rails. They’re experienced in all the programming languages, so switching a language for them is easy.

What is the team composition?

There have been one to two people at a time working on our project.

How did you come to work with Software Sauna?

We are one of Software Sauna’s investors and they started the initial discussions with us. We had intensive discussions with them, and although we knew their skill set and experience, the selling point was the trust we have in them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2018, and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

All the projects they build for us are tools for our employees, so we don’t have any KPIs in terms of what typical B2C and B2B companies collect. All systems are green and everything is working. There haven’t been any problems or hiccups.

How did Software Sauna perform from a project management standpoint?

Everything went smoothly. Their communication was spot-on. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

It’s really fun to visit 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

CMS Customization For Software Dev House

"The team had a positive attitude, but also thought critically to maximize results."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug.- Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

Software Sauna customized a WordPress-based CMS to support a global marketing campaign. The team redid the UI and executed full-stack development using React.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Mika Viskari
CEO, Wunderdog
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The successful campaign ran smoothly. Throughout the partnership, Software Sauna was accommodating and understanding. Strong English skills and transparent communication resulted in a seamless experience.  

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Wunderdog, a software consulting company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Software Sauna?

We hired Software Sauna to customize a CMS for a B2C client.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Software Sauna customized our client’s WordPress-based CMS for a global marketing campaign. The team did full-stack development using React and updated the UI by incorporating visuals the had client provided.  

What is the team composition?

Software Sauna created a hybrid team and allocated separate full-stack developers for the frontend and backend.

How did you come to work with Software Sauna?

I knew the founder from when we collaborated on past projects. Their team had a good reputation as well.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $25,000–$30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from August–November 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The campaign achieved tens of thousands of downloads as well as zero down time. Overall, the project was very successful.

How did Software Sauna perform from a project management standpoint?

The team had a positive attitude, but also thought critically to maximize results. Software Sauna ensured a smooth process with agile methodology and one-week sprints. The team was flexible and patient. We didn’t experience any communication skills; they spoke English well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team was transparent and capable, but also willing to acknowledge where they needed our help.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There could always be more frequent communication.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They delivered the project in two months, which aligned with their estimates.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The prices were very affordable.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them.

Web Dev for Software Developer for Pharmacies & Consumers

"They've been in constant contact with the internal team checking that everything is OK."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Feb. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Software Suana heads the ongoing custom software development for a software service provider for pharmacies and consumers. The team uses Python, Django, React (with TypeScript), React Native, and PostGre.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kuopio, Finland
Henry Lockmer
CTO, Treet
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Software Suana leads a solid process, providing high code quality and high test coverage. The team's reliability resulted in a successful and ongoing partnership with the client.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CTO of Treet, we are creating a new software service for pharmacies and consumers

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Software Sauna, and what were your goals?

We hired Sauna to provide a developer for our project. Originally it was intended for the developer to be a temporary addition to our team but we've been so happy with her that she's been with us for a couple of years now.

SOLUTION

How did you select Software Sauna and what were the deciding factors?

Got a recommendation from a friend.

Describe the scope of work in detail, including the project steps, key deliverables, and technologies used.

Our project is uses Python, Django, React (with TypeScript), React Native and PostGre. The develope from Software Sauna has been a full member of our development team (a full-stack developer) for a couple of years now.

How many people from the vendor's team worked with you, and what were their positions?

1 person, full-stack developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any measurable outcomes of the project or general feedback about the deliverables?

I cannot go into details but we set out a goal for very high code quality and also a high test coverage and we've managed to deliver and maintain such a codebase with the help of Software Sauna.

Describe their project management style, including communication tools and timelines.

I cannot comment on this as we've only had the one developer from them as part of our team full-time and she's been part of our project and it's management.

What did you find most impressive or unique about this company?

They've been in constant contact with the internal team checking that everything is OK  and that we are happy with the developer.

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