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Solidbrain values professional experience. 200 software engineers of which over 80% have 5 or more years of experience delivering software.

High-quality, native applications for iOS, Android made in Microsoft Xamarin. We design, develop, publish, monitor and improve.

 
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50 - 249
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Development Staff Augmentation for AR Company

“Solidbrain has provided a lot of valuable guidance and helped create a formal MVP..”

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

Solidbrain provides staff augmentation for development services, guidance, and QA testing for technologies that include VR. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
O'Fallon, Missouri
Founder, Computer Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Solidbrain provides top-notch development services and guidance. The MVP they've helped develop has been well received and led to increased conversions of customers. Highly collaborative and receptive to client needs, they continue to be valued partners. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder of a computer software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We were in need of experienced developers to expand the capabilities of our team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Solidbrain provides a developer who is experienced with a broad spectrum of technologies, including VR. He assists the team on projects from initial conceptualization to development. He also advises on new technologies and provides QA services as well. 

What is the team composition? 

We work with one developer, but if we need to scale, we have access to more on their team as needed. 

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

I came across the developer we work with on Slack, and we started discussing the project we were working on and what he recommended. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together since January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Solidbrain has provided a lot of valuable guidance and helped create a formal MVP, which has had positive impacts on our customer base. Bugs have been minimal, and the quality of their work and support has been outstanding. 

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

They've been great to work with, guiding us through a new world of technology while managing the process efficiently. They've been very understanding of the fact that we're a startup. We can always reach them through email and Slack. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I'm most impressed by both their communications and knowledge in the space we're exploring.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they've been very transparent and responsive to any feedback we've had. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Start a conversation with their team about project needs and be open-minded as they provide advice regarding the best ways to bring the product to fruition. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They stick to estimates, even when the scope of work has some modifications.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We've been able to convert customers with the MVP they've developed.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of their work is top-notch.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They've been very helpful throughout the early stages of development.

UI/UX Design & Web App Dev for Global Company

"If I could start the project from the beginning, I would pretty much do it the same way."

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

Solidbrain designed and programmed a web and desktop room booking application for Outlook. They added functions such as a search feature, integrated the system with Microsoft Exchange, and offered UX services.

The Reviewer
 
10,000 + Employees
 
Krakow, Poland
Project Manager, IT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

There was never a need to micromanage with Solidbrain because they took initiative throughout the collaboration. They were organized and engaged, and they delivered milestones in a timely manner. They quickly resolved any bugs in the system and stayed on budget, ensuring this project easily progressed.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a project manager for an international company that develops robotics, electrical equipment, and automation processes. I specifically work in the department that delivers mobile solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We needed to improve the company’s user experience for booking rooms and all our offices around the world. The system needed to display room attributes such as Skype and video call compatibility, or flip chart and whiteboard access. Our current Outlook system didn’t have an inbuilt solution. Our business team approached us to build a solution to this problem and make our internal booking system better, which was a challenge for us because it wouldn't be a mobile system.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our main goal was to develop a web and desktop Outlook application for a new room booking system. First, we introduced our business requirements and challenges during the project’s discovery phase. We had concept meetings with the stakeholders, who were introduced to them from the initial phase of the project. In addition to programming, they helped bring the concept to life. Our user interface designers cooperated with their team, and they helped us with development capabilities. They helped us design, develop, and implement the software as a plug-in for Outlook.

They helped us develop specific features for the system as well. We wanted a search feature that would allow any user to search for a room based on its attributes, name, and description. We also wanted users to be able to see the room’s characteristics such as its video conferencing capabilities, size, and space. We wanted a feature that allowed users to easily forward a meeting to another attendee and allow them to propose a room invitation. They integrated everything with Microsoft Exchange to store meeting and room details. They also added images to the system, so users could see a room before booking. They helped us speed up the system through a caching solution, making communication, UX, and results display faster on screen.  

What is the team composition?

We primarily interfaced with the team leader, who served as our point of contact and represented their team. However, we also worked with a user interface designer, a developer, and a QA specialist.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

Before I joined the company two years ago, the company already had a history of collaborations with them. They were one of the teams selected for this project because they are our preferred vendor. They provided the estimates, and we decided working with them was a good choice.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started collaborating on concept designs for this project in July 2017, and we finished the system in January 2018. However, we have worked with them on a number of past projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s still early to gauge the impact of the new system. It has been launched for a limited group of users in our Polish office, and if it proves to be a success, we will use it globally. Currently, I don't have any results from the initial pilot release. Throughout development, we encountered some bugs, but they were always discussed and tracked during our weekly check-ups. The final product was bug-free, and they were extremely efficient in tracking and eliminating system issues.

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

I had a communication rule; we had a meeting each Friday to review what was accomplished that week, and we also planned the work for the next week. I had one or two short calls weekly with their team leader to ensure they were on track and see if they needed anything from us. We didn't need to micromanage them or communicate with them all the time because they were organized.

I really enjoyed working with them because they had a lot of initiative. In the past, I have worked with developers that waited for tasks and specific commands. In contrast, Solidbrain provided those weekly demos and presented their results before I asked. We simply moved on to other iterations, so I really appreciated their energy.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They didn’t treat this as simply another project. They were truly engaged in the work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Everything progressed smoothly, so I don't have any specific areas that could be improved. If I could start the project from the beginning, I would pretty much do it the same way.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Almost every Friday they delivered a milestone in addition to anything else we expected that week.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    There were no surprises, and they adhered to the budget we set. They delivered as much as possible while staying within budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything works as expected and was delivered according to our specifications.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Backend Dev for Global Production Company

“They’re new, young, and flexible—they don’t mind going the extra mile.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2017 - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Using Django, Solidbrain built a robust CMS and a registration form for a digital production company's website. They also augmented development projects. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Executive Producer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although few hard data were available, the CMS performed well and was delivered on schedule. Solidbrain's fast turnarounds, fluid management, and cost-effective pricing set them apart. Their commitment to the project was reflected in their ambitious, flexible schedules.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m an executive producer for a production company that specializes in websites, applications, experiential, project design, and all things digital. We usually work with marketing agencies or directly with clients. Aside from our U.K. office, we also have a branch in Poland.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We were a bit short on backend developers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us build a content management system and a registration form for the website. Solidbrain used the Django framework.

What is the team dynamic?

There was just one developer, Max. I dealt with him and his boss, John [Managing Director, Solidbrain]. We had one person reviewing the code, and it was all good. Max was a junior level staff, but he performed very well. A backend tech lead also supervised his work.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

Our technical director is always looking for backend developers since they’re difficult to find these days. He knew about them and went to see them. We thought it would be good to try them out. Our resource in Poland asked them to perform a little backend task to help us evaluate what they could do. They seemed to have good standards, which is something we check when we interview people. We also prefer to work with a company that has more infrastructure.

How much have you invested with them?

We paid $5,000–$10,000 for their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in August 2017, and we launched it in September 2017. We trust them, and we will use them again on different projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have access to the analytics, so we don’t know how well it’s performing. There isn’t really anything to see visually, so I can’t judge that. I know in the end that it worked.

Max was working in the background, so we couldn’t see how much he contributed to the project. He was managed by a more senior person and just did what he was asked to do. He didn’t have the opportunity to be proactive.

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

It was excellent. Communication was good. Compared to a lot of other companies, they were flexible.

John has been really easy to work with. As the project was coming to an end, we didn’t need Max as much. At the same time, I didn’t want to take any risk in releasing him too early. I asked John about it, and he told me they could put him on standby. During this period, we knew we could have him work on the project at any time. For the five days that Max was on standby, they only charged two days. That was the first time I had such a flexible team.

On top of that, they only charged for the hours they actually work. We agreed on 20 days for the project. In the end, they just used 12 because he was very efficient. They didn’t charge for the eight days left over.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their flexibility is impressive. They actually care. It wasn’t just another job. They make sure they deliver. They’re new, young, and flexible—they don’t mind going the extra mile.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. It was very short, so it’s difficult to have an idea of any issues. When Max was on standby, he was checking emails after hours. I sent him an email after 6:00 and an hour later, he replied.

Do you have any advice for potential clients?

Just try them out. We don’t enroll people based on what they say in interviews.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have done it internally.

Mobile App Development for Master Data Maintenance

“It was a really good engagement. I was really happy with them.”

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

Working from existing requirements, Solidbrain developed a mobile application to manage user data. They also helped to revise the app and confirm Master Data. 

The Reviewer
 
10,000 + Employees
 
Poland
Technical Lead, Technology Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Assistance from Solidbrain was crucial to finishing the app before the deadline and attracting the 1,000-download mark. The agency impressed with their reliable daily deliveries, responsive communication, and willingness to adapt their standard approach to suit the project's needs.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the technical lead for a company’s Master Data development team. I led the teams doing the delivery using different technologies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We wanted to deliver a mobile application that would allow us to maintain our user data in a convenient way. Previously, we’d delivered the first two releases of the mobile application with our internal team, but we needed more resources to prepare the next releases. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their only contribution was in the development area. Our company had specific requirements, and Solidbrain delivered. They also proposed some changes based on their experience with mobile applications. We put some of those into our scope, and it was finally developed.

It took 2–3 weeks from the time we began discussing their involvement to actually starting the work. We implemented using Scrum and assigned new tasks to Solidbrain’s team member. It was screen to screen delivery.

What is the team dynamic?

We were assigned one mobile developer to support our internal team. We also had the support of his manager, but this was outside of the contract. This wasn’t a standard arrangement for them, as they would usually develop a mobile application from start to finish on their end, but Solidbrain was really flexible.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

Solidbrain was our development partner on previous projects.

How much have you invested in them?

It was comparable to what was available in the market.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2017 for this project, and it was completed in June 2017 for one of our releases. Our cooperation is still pending.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Ultimately, they helped us deliver the app on time. Because it is an internal application, we don’t have measures for the external market. However, we have crossed 1,000 downloads shortly, which is a good start to meet our ambitious agreed key performance indicator in this area. 

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

Most of the testing and project management was done by our team. Solidbrain introduced us to HockeyApp, which was nice. I could see as they uploaded the test version every day. As we worked in Scrum, the requirements were not specified fully at the beginning. We were specifying from screen to screen, and they delivered what we asked on time and within budget.

We had direct contact with the developer through Slack. We also communicated via Skype, email, and phone when needed. As the tech lead, I spoke to him when a decision needed to be made, which was every couple of days. The developers from our team were in constant contact with him to align their activities.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Solidbrain’s flexibility was impressive. The process of getting additional resources can be challenging and can take a long time, but their cooperation started really fast. The other part was that they provided us with daily delivery, which was quite important because I was able to see our progress.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have nothing to share at this point.

5.0
Overall Score It was a really good engagement. I was really happy with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all of our timelines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It wasn’t cheap, but the cost was worth the quality of their work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Solidbrain delivered good quality even without testing from their side, as testing was done internally.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Leading Global Company

"Solidbrain is reliable, engaged and willing to go the extra mile, if necessary."

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

Acting as an auxiliary development team, and constrained by a tight deadline, Solidbrain developed an up-to-date Xamarian mobile application to help service employees.

The Reviewer
 
10,000 + Employees
 
Switzerland
Team Manager, Manufacturing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The application received very positive feedback from customers and the stakeholder. Solidbrain handled all project development and ensured a smooth collaboration. The app may be distributed globally after the strong success from the initial rollout.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a manager in a department working on mobile applications. We do a lot of work using vendors, partners, and contractors. We work on internal applications for multiple industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We were addressing a Xamarin mobile app which would assist the service people and customers of a big global company. First and foremost, we wanted to deliver an application which would be nice and easy to use by the people working in the service. We wanted to wow customers, showing them that it was an up-to-date technology. This had to be done on a tight schedule, with the deadline being an industry event where it would be presented.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had previously worked with Solidbrain. We have known each other for some time. For this project, the customer came to us with a tight deadline, and we were looking for external help. We involved Solidbrain from the beginning. They were in on discussions with the end-customer; they took some of the functional analysis to them. They employed an agile and flexible way of working, both with us and with the customer, in order to deliver a high-quality product.The graphic design was done by my team, while the whole feature implementation and programming work was done by Solidbrain.

What is the team dynamic?

We had a single point of contact, the team leader, who handled the project well. I believe there were 2 developers engaged, there were some direct interactions between them and my design team. Everything went well in terms of communication, and I didn’t have to be engaged. I only looked at results and reviews; there was positive feedback from both the customer and my team about the implementation. Our agreement properly estimated the amount of work neccessary.

We were able to manage the budget well, and Solidbrain managed the workload from beginning to end. They were certainly able to deliver all requested features inside of this budget. I didn’t interact with Solidbrain very often, but they had regular demos with my architect, design team, and stakeholder, either weekly or biweekly, depending on the size of the project. I would say this was a classic iterative development.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

The beginning was basically a time-and-materials-based. We couldn’t get the headcount on our own. This was years ago, so I wasn’t part of the selection process. When I joined the department, there was already a working relationship in place between my company and Solidbrain.

We refined it for my specific department needs. Initially, we had a chance to discuss our needs and how they could help us. On a consistent basis, we’ve been liaising people from them in order to broaden our teams. We have also asked them to deliver whole projects, assigning more responsibility to them, as in this case. We have a good relationship right now, and our long-term collaboration gave us a head start. It allowed us to be agile without having to cut our hands with legal written agreements. This project showed that Solidbrain was flexible and willing to meet our expectations. They were eager to deliver a project up to our standards.

How much have you invested with them?

The budget for this project was around $30,000. It’s medium-sized, relative to the mobile apps we’ve developed.

What is the status of this engagement?

The whole delivery process lasted for 2 months. It started with an initial conversation, and we had some small change requests after the delivery. A fast delivery was quite important in this case, given that the deadline was set by an industry event. The conversation started in April 2017, and the project was completed at the beginning of June.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This question would best be answered by our customer, the owner of the app. We create mobile apps for customers, who then promote and use them. We received very positive feedback after the event from the stakeholder, who was very happy about the app. They also came to us with a consideration for the next level of the product. This app was specifically targeted at the Asian market, and they might consider a global rollout in the next month, based on the feedback.

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

They were able to highlight any risks, and gave us a heads-up if there were any problems on the horizon. Fortunately, none of those risks materialized, but I had full trust in the management, in the event anything could go wrong. Everything was delivered on time and within budget, which is a big recommendation in IT.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were able to manage small things and general communication well, so that I didn’t have to be engaged at all. Usually, there are some discussions, decisions or escalations for the projects being done in my department. There may not be anything specifically bad, but there is a need for management and attention. In this case, the project was managed at a level which didn’t involve me almost at all. We could see the kudos coming from the customer afterwards, so I was happy that the collaboration was so smooth.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had discussions about how we could improve our collaboration, but this is more on my department’s side. At the beginning of the project, there was a single point of contact on their team, but there wasn’t one on mine. We had 2-3 people interacting with Solidbrain for the first sprints. When it came to the rollout, we had this position filled, and one of the lessons learned was that it would be even easier for them if we’d have this person in place from the beginning. Solidbrain was willing to participate in feedback-gathering sessions, to check if everything was fine. I was keen on doing that.

Advice for prospective customers?

I can recommend them in every respect. Solidbrain is reliable, engaged and willing to go the extra mile, if necessary.

5.0
Overall Score I’m very happy with them, and I’m keen on choosing Solidbrain as a preferred vendor for future projects.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Solidbrain was timely and flexible, if necessary.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Relative to the market. They stayed within the original estimation, which isn’t that easy.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered on time and on budget, to the satisfaction of the customer.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Backend Development for Mobile App Game

"They way they’ve handled us as a client has been perfect."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jul. 2017 - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Solidbrain dove into a quick-turnaround backend app development project when another vendor was unresponsive, and completed social sign-in, sharing, and security tasks a week early, leaving extra time for QA.

The Reviewer
 
50-249
 
United Kingdom
Technical Lead, UNIT9
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Solidbrain’s professional approach, around-the-clock accessibility, and willingness to adapt on a moment’s notice helps them stand above other vendors in their region. While their prices may be somewhat higher, the long-term value-for-money return far outweighs the short-term cost.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a technical lead for a digital production company, working mostly with advertising agencies on digital campaigns. I’m also responsible for recruitment and finding outsourcing partners in Poland specifically, but also elsewhere in Europe.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We needed a backend developer and had been looking for people, but the lead time for finding someone was 1–2 workdays. We initially got in touch with Solidbrain on a Thursday, and they promised to find someone for us that could start the next Monday. We really appreciated it, as it was our biggest challenge.

Besides the short timeline, the project itself was quite easy. We definitely wanted a senior profile to avoid any issues.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The developer Solidbrain assigned was responsible for the entire backend of the project, which is a mobile-based endless runner game. The frontend mechanics are quite simple, but we needed a leaderboard mechanism on the backend, social sign-in (with Facebook specifically), and some custom sharing options. There is a functionality for checking whether the user is signed in or not, and Solidbrain also came up with a way of submitting a score to the leaderboard in case users are signed in, or otherwise throw an error.

In terms of score submission, since it’s easy to fake API calls from a browser, Solidbrain implemented an extra layer of security involving cryptography and providing a checksum hash in the request, which was then validated on the backend. Rather than ensuring that the app would not be hacked, this ensured that there was no real chance of requests being faked.

They devised different ways to retrieve the leaderboard, including sorting and returning the top results. There is an extra functionality for always including the user’s score in the top 20 positions of the leaderboard, no matter where they were actually positioned.

Solidbrain also created an internal script for exploiting the database’s CSV files. There will be a prize draw after the campaign, and for this, we needed to download the leaderboard and export it into a CSV file so that it could be handed over to the client for the actual draw to happen.

As I mentioned, there is also a bit of custom sharing. Everyone who submits a score to the leaderboard is given an ID for that score, and they can share a unique link to Facebook from which metadata is created and displayed on the platform. Facebook can display some custom copy for the user, showcasing their completion time. Solidbrain took care of all of this.

They developed in the Python Flask framework, specifically for the Google Cloud environment. Solidbrain didn’t truly design anything, but rather followed guidelines and handled implementation.

They joined the project when it was starting, and we didn’t use any other partners for it.

What is the team dynamic?

The overall team size was quite big, at least for our standards in working with freelancers and outsourced vendors. There are 23 members on our Slack channel, all of whom are involved.

In terms of development, we had one backend coder from Solidbrain, as well as a tech lead and 2 frontend developers on our side. We have another backend developer from Solidbrain for another project, but I’m not personally part of it.

We’ve also been in touch with a client manager from Solidbrain’s side, who organized all the paperwork and confirmed whether they could commit to it.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

We got to know one of Solidbrain’s developers during a conference in Poland. It was an informal contact, but that person saw one of our advertisements on Facebook saying that we were looking for a backend developer. He proposed that his bosses get in touch with us to see if they could potentially help.

We had the first conversation with him on a Thursday, and the second one was with his bosses the next day. The lead-in time was crazy since we had to start ASAP. Solidbrain seemed professional, and we knew that one developer, which gave us some reassurance. It was a leap of faith as well, but I’m happy we made the choice.

We tried to get in touch with individual freelancers, and there was one other provider based in Romania that we tried to contact. They agreed to take on the project even before we’d gotten in touch with Solidbrain, but they were quite slow to respond. The communication with Solidbrain was really smooth, so we decided to choose them to avoid any potential issues, keeping in mind that we really needed to start the following week.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost was around £50,000 [US $64,757].

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Solidbrain in July 2017. One of the projects is almost complete, while another is ongoing. It was a very short project, running for 3 weeks including QA [quality assurance].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project is not live, so I don’t have any metrics yet. We’re finishing QA this week and it’s supposed to go live next week. We're still in discussions with the client, not based on the work, but rather on strategic elements around the campaign being launched. We’re debating whether it will be postponed for a few days.

​​​​​​How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

Their developer became a part of our team. We did all of the project management, but the client representative from Solidbrain was very responsive. He’s been great in terms of organizing all the paperwork and getting the developer even before the paperwork was finished, given our crazy timelines. The way they’ve handled us as a client has been perfect.

The backend developer working with us was proactive, telling us we could contact him for any issues no matter what time it was, including weekends.

We contracted them for 3 weeks of work initially, but Solidbrain finished everything after 2 weeks. In the 3rd week, they remained available for potential bug fixes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are professional, and it’s clear that Solidbrain has done lots of projects. Different companies define seniority levels in different ways, but there’s no question that our developer is senior.

Also, they were very responsive and flexible. They allowed us to start working with the developer even before the paperwork was finished.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The work they did went smoothly, but they are quite expensive compared to others in the Polish market, even though their rates are lower than they are in the UK or US. If we had more time to choose from other suppliers, I’m sure we would’ve found at least a few providers of the same services at a much lower price. It’s difficult to say whether they would have been equally successful, however.

The rate was still acceptable because our company is UK-based, as are our clients. We had a bit of budget to allocate to this for this particular project, but it would normally be a problem.

5.0
Overall Score I have nothing to complain about—great client service and delivery of code. The price didn’t affect the overall experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Solidbrain delivered way ahead of the deadline.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value is definitely there, but the cost is high.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They completed all the tasks we asked for within a reasonable time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them to a potential client who had the right budget.

PHP Development Augmentation for Software Developer

"I was very happy with the work and would gladly work with them again."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May - Jun. 2016
Project summary: 

Solidbrain augmented the development team of a video hosting platform. They were given a spec to build an SDK for the platform's API. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Ed James
Former Developer, Vzaar
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project was completed successfully, as well as on time and within the budget. From beginning to end, Solidbrain was highly professional, and communication was seamless and easy. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the lead developer for a company called vzaar, which is a London-based online video hosting platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We had a lack of development resources, and also, relevant skills for that specific piece of work. The desk team at Vzaar was composed of ten developers, but they were only versed in Ruby. Because we had a public API, we needed to provide multiple SDKs [Software Development Kit] for our API. Our own team could develop some, but we outsourced the ones we couldn’t build to Solidbrain. At the end of the engagement, we wanted an SDK that accurately reflected our spec, and had great, if not full test coverage, and good documentation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave them a very specific brief. While the Solidbrain developer built the PHP SDK for us, I was in parallel with him, building the Ruby SDK. The SDK was a pretty standard API wrapper. We wanted to make it much more user or developer-friendly. We also did a full re-build of our API, so when we moved to the newest version, we decided that instead of upgrading the existing SDKs we would do complete rewrites.

From the outset, we wanted a senior developer. Once they assigned the developer to us, for the second full week that he was on the project I went and worked with him in Poland for a week, where we did most of the run through of the spec. By that stage, the spec was pretty much done so that we could work through some of the more, relatively speaking, complex API endpoints. It was easier to explain things face-to-face rather than over the phone. During the project, we would speak every day.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

We found them based on a recommendation, because they’re based in Krakow, Poland. We had previously worked with a Krakow-based consultancy, and one of our remote developers was still living near Krakow.

How much have you invested with Solidbrain?

We invested about $6,500. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2016 and the collaboration ended in June.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was a successful project—on time and on budget. I believe the number of support requests since the new SDKs have been generated has been very low. On all fronts, it was money well spent.

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

Everything was pretty spot on. I would estimate each ticket because I would have to do the same ticket myself in the SDK that I was personally building. We made the estimates pretty much the same given that there was a senior developer from Solidbrain building the other one. Given the system in place, we didn’t really need a project manager to be involved that much. It just involved coming up with a work breakdown. We had a good spec. Daily communication was on Slack, and occasionally we would have a voice call.

What did you find most impressive about Solidbrain?

I thought they were very professional. Especially when I got to the offices in Poland, it was a much bigger operation than I expected. They had taken over the old Google offices in Krakow. I forget exactly how many people they had working in the office, but it was probably about triple the number I had expected. The way that they handled my presence for that week was really good. So, apart from the good work the developer did, they were great. I would happily work with them again.

Are there any areas Solidbrain could improve?

No, nothing immediately comes to mind. I thought the prices they gave us were good and met our expectations, so we didn’t feel any need to negotiate it down. Overall, the whole engagement was fairly easy and smooth. There were no pain points, and I don’t have any criticism or constructive feedback for them.

Do you have any advice or recommendations for someone who is looking to potentially start a project with them?

It is not necessarily specific to Solidbrain, but I’ve found from working with remote developers that it is much more important to have developers whose English is strong, as opposed to those whose English is not, and their technical skills are very strong. If the communication is difficult, the whole collaboration becomes difficult. As such, my advice is to make sure that the communication is smooth and easy, and everything else will follow nicely. With Solidbrain, we made sure that the individuals they assigned were well versed in English. However, we also had a Polish individual on our team, so communication was never really an issue.

5.0
Overall Score It was a successful project.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We hit all of our deadlines, and our project target.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I was very happy with the work and would gladly work with them again.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Online Video Hosting Platform

"I think they were pretty good.... They started quickly and delivered fast."

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

Solidbrain developed an API access tool for PHP and .NET. to increase ease of use for clients. They remain on task for updates and maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
London Metro Area
VP Product, Online Video Hosting Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

So far, Solidbrain’s work has been dependable and the team is easy to communicate with. The SDK’s they created allows users to access the software in their preferred language. The team delivers quality work on time and within budget.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are an online video hosting platform for people to use within their businesses. I’m the VP of product.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We were looking to get some SDK’s [software development kits] built in languages outside of our in-house skillset.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built on .NET and PHP. They were building some SDK libraries that our clients could use to plug into their preferred language, either PHP or .NET, as opposed to targeting our API directly. It makes life a lot easier for our clients. It’s a non-visual thing, just a development piece of work. We sent out some documentation, which they quoted against for the development work. It was built slightly ahead of the schedule they originally quoted.

It’s a tool for accessing the API, which gets you programmatic access to our software platform. The SDK libraries are on GitHub. Users need a subscription to our platform, and then the SDK’s allow them to access our platform. I wasn’t involved in deciding which developers at Solidbrain would do the work. I had an overview, and my team communicated directly with them.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

They may have been a recommendation from a contact of our head developer, but I can’t say for sure.

How much have you invested with Solidbrain?

I didn’t handle the budget, so I don’t know.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project ran from January to April of 2017. We will still work with them for ongoing, intermittent updates and for maintenance on the same project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

At this stage, we’re in the middle of the rollout of surrounding features that accompany the SDK’s. We don’t have exciting metrics at this time. When reviewed, their work has been deemed to be pretty good. I’ve not had any negative reviews of them. Their communication has been pretty good as well. When anything needed to be worked out between the development teams or the management, it’s been very efficient and sensible.

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

I think they were pretty good. Their original quote was for a slightly conservative timeline, which meant that they were able to exceed expectations. They started quickly and delivered fast.

What did you find most impressive about Solidbrain?

I haven’t done enough work with them to comment on this.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were pretty sharp.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their cost is moderate and roughly in line with what you would pay elsewhere. Maybe they’re a touch higher than other houses, but that’s acceptable for quality work. They have delivered within budget.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There were a few questions in the end, but overall it has been very positive.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely suggest that they’re worth considering, depending on the project.

Mobile App Dev for a Pioneering Technology Leader

"Solidbrain was very dedicated to the product from the start, which is one of their biggest advantages."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sep. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Filling in for a previous developer, Solidbrain utilized their UX (user experience) knowledge to build an application that is designed for consumers, company clients, and employees.

The Reviewer
 
+10,000 Employees
 
Krakow, Poland
Łukasz Golabek
Product Owner, myIB Application
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Utilizing Scrum (product management) software, the application has generated optimism. Solidbrain exhibited a strong connection to the product; they went the extra mile to ensure that everything delivered in a timely manner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My name is Łukasz Golabek, and I am the product owner of the myIB application. I work out of our Krakow office. Our department creates internal use software for ABB, which is a global company. ABB deals mainly with factory equipment, robotics, and so on.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Solidbrain?

We needed to create the application within a short time period and with numerous requirements. At that time, we had recently ended our relationship with a development partner. We needed someone who could deliver software with good quality, within a short timeframe, and using a new technology namely Xamarin. The application is designed for three kinds of users: people who are simply downloading it from the app store, company clients who have access to internal accounts, and actual ABB employees.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Solidbrain's team includes two developers and an account manager responsible for contracts and things of that nature. I acted as the product owner and was mainly responsible for the backend of the application. We are developing the application for iOS and Android. There is also a scope for building a Windows version, but our company doesn't have a wide focus on this platform.

We had an initial discussion about what the development scope should include and put together a general description of the software's requirements. After we put together a team, we spent one sprint discussing the look and functionality of the app. There are many services available in Solidbrain's portfolio, and we have used their knowledge in the UX [user experience] test area.

How did you come to work with Solidbrain?

Solidbrain was formed by several ABB employees some time ago. The company was initially meant to work only with our group, but they started to grow and have offered their services to other clients. We have a very good connection with them. Solidbrain can provide a high-quality product, which is why they were our first choice. We looked at two or three other companies, but Solidbrain was the best choice for us. One of the biggest factors was that it was hard to find a Xamarin team in Krakow.

How much have you invested with Solidbrain?

The cost of Solidbrain's work has been confidential for the current project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Solidbrain in September 2016. The project is in its pilot phase at the moment. We don't have any planned sprints, but the work is ongoing for bug fixes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have used Scrum methodology for tracking our activities. Based on this, we can measure how efficient our burndowns have been. We are very optimistic at this point, relative to our other applications. We are looking to set up our other projects in the same way, based on the good results we've seen on the current one.

How did Solidbrain perform from a project management standpoint?

We connect remotely every day through standups. We also have one or two in-person meetings per sprint with Solidbrain's team in order to discuss features and issues. We are using Solidbrain's tools, including Slack, for communication.

There were some small issues in the beginning of the collaboration, mostly due to the different styles of our team members. Solidbrain was very dedicated to the product from the start, which is one of their biggest advantages. Whenever they promised to deliver something at a specific deadline it was ready on time. From this perspective, they are very good.

What did you find most impressive about Solidbrain?

Solidbrain has a good connection to the product. They have taken it on as their own and remained committed to the work. I have worked in the field for many years, and this is the first time I've had this feeling. Solidbrain shares the same enthusiasm as us.

Are there any areas Solidbrain could improve?

I consider myself to be a part of the team, and there are some things which we could improve. In general, our processes have worked well. There were no inadequacies to mention.

5.0
Overall Score Solidbrain surprised me at every step, starting with their knowledge and continuing with their commitment, which was perfect for me. I really enjoyed working with Solidbrain's team.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a very short period of time to deliver the product, and no one believed that we could do it. Still, we were able to achieve our goal.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Solidbrain prepared the best offer of all companies involved, relation price to quality was very good.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality is high and the team is skilled. They can deliver anything we want, even if it seems impossible in the beginning.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Solidbrain almost every day. My company is growing and is still lacking in many procedures, so Solidbrain is a good reference point.