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We are Sombra, and we’ve been building remote engineering teams in Ukraine since 2013. Our clients are a product and service-based companies from the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. We believe in open communication and thoughtful feedback and aren't afraid to suggest changes if we know how to accomplish a goal better.

 

Sombra specializes in full-cycle software development, staff augmentation, and dedicated engineering teams.  Our technical expertise covers Java, NodeJS, .Net, Python, JavaScript, Angular, ReactJS, Kotlin, Swift, etc. 

 

Our services:

  • Staff augmentation
  • Dedicated/embedded teams
  • Custom web development
  • Mobile development
  • MVP
  • Business analysis

Technology expertise:

  • Java
  • NodeJS, .Net, Python
  • Angular, ReactJS
  • Cordova (PhoneGap), Ionic
  • Kotlin/Swift for native apps
  • SQL/NoSQL DB's

 

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2013
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Lviv, Ukraine
headquarters
other locations
  • Zoria St.
    Ivano-Frankivsk 76018
    Ukraine
  • 1550 Wewatta St
    Denver , CO 80202
    United States
  • Ivor Pl
    London
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

ZappySales, Wiser Investments, Divido, RenewAge, The H Hub, Shark-Byte, OperationsRX, Play Consulting, Legal Monkeys, Wifinity, Womply

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STUDIONINJA CRM

The system helps photographers make more money, create custom payment plans, and accept credit cards.

https://www.studioninja.co/

Challenge:

Client intended to create a tool that would empower photographers to automate workflow and boost sales. 

Value Delivered:

Sombra delivered the platform that

increased the amount of photo service sales by simplifying the routine workflow like customer care and accounting. 
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Sharkbyte

CRM that streamlines sales processes for mechanical service contractors.

https://shark-byte.com/

Challenge:

The most complex issue was to implement multitenancy architecture into the system. There should be a new database for every tenant (company) and the system should retrieve data from the database for a particular user after the

login.

Solution

The issue with multi-tenancy was resolved through Hibernate using its default implementation for this purpose. The structure for databases behavior is the following:  a master database managed by JDBC template and tenant database managed by Spring Data JPA.

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ZappySales

E-commerce system for a distribution business which manages products and orders across multiple marketplaces. ZappySales is a platform that optimizes the process of selling high SKU catalog via various marketplace channels.

Challenge:

In dropshipping business, databases powers the system. Our project has one database that combined all the information about orders, clients, and products. When

bulk vendors change the price of the product, the system updated the whole thing. We’ve got a high number of deadlocks as other functions were making requests to the database.

Solution:

To overcome the issue we have done database normalisation. Our team created a new database with a clear structure that contained only prices for every item. Therefore, updates were performed separately, not overloading the main database.

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The H Hub

The H Hub is a platform that allows Instagram influencers gather in one place.

Top three features:

  • creation of public/private events or photoshoots
  • filter with desirable characteristics
  • possibility to give and receive feedback

https://thehhub.com/

Challenge:

The main challenge

on this project was to create the procedure of fetching the photos to receive feedback from the audience.

Solution: 

Our team came up with a statistical formula that automatically generated a list of photos to be evaluated on the basis of a number of parameters and, eventually, this logic was put into code.

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Riditti

Riditti is a marketing platform that enables to send anonymous gifts, mostly flowers.

Top three features:

  • adding personal message
  • creation a promotional campaign
  • forming personal promo-code

https://riditti.com/

Challenge:

Our team started to work on the Riditti when there

already was some code ready. The code was fine, but there were some bad configurations, which we could detect only after the deployment.

Solution

The issue was critical as the platform was already in use, therefore we should solve it as quick as possible. In order to fix this issue, we had to change the whole configuration in order to eliminate critical bags. It was tricky as we have to react instantly and set crucial parts of configuration in a very short time.

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Remindee

SAAS platform that helps businesses to turn abandoned visitors into customers.

Top three feature:

  • real-time analytics and easy-to-read charts
  • track conversions from visitors that came back on website
  • responsive design

https://remindee.io/

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SPRAVY.COM.UA

SAAS that help law companies in Ukraine to automate their processes and relay routine work to the webapp.

Top three features:

  • automation of court cases
  • records track progress on each case
  • access to the cases from any device connected to the Internet

https://spravy.com.ua/

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onCFO

OnCFO is a modular financial platform providing functionality such as budgeting, forecasting, KPI tracking, dashboarding, commission management, and cap table management. 

Challenge:

We had to proceed document flow as such: uploading Excel files, distinguish financial modules from nested modules and their metadata by parsing the excel document using Apache POI, and calculate all needed module

information and store the results into a db.

Solution:

Basically, we had to make an engine which executes some of the excel based formulas and arithmetic formulas of all levels of complexity despite the logical operations order, priority and other factors.

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CXMnow

CXMnow is app which measures customer satisfaction by sending SMS’s and emails which can be manually sent by uploading a CSV file with phone numbers or emails and scheduled auto emails. 

Challenge:

The project took 4 months of active development and then 1 team member worked 6 months more on support and scaling. The goal was also to provide a scalable system, so that we would be able to add new

features constantly, even though they were not included in the initial scope.

Solution:

We provided an app which measures customer satisfaction by sending SMS’s and emails which can be manually sent by uploading a CSV file with phone numbers or emails and scheduled auto emails. These ways are very customized so that it allows to users work with the system faster and get right to the customer experience index.

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BenRevo

A platform that allows insurance carriers automate their sales process.

Top three features:

  • automated RFP in pdf format
  • automated email to clients
  • questionnaires

https://benrevo.com

Challenge:

Our developer worked on a new module on BenRevo. Therefore, the biggest challenge was

to integrate it into an existing system and do not destroy what has already been created before.

Solution:

To solve the problem we decided to built a general spring module that combines contexts from each module into a common one. Such solution allowed to use the code from already existing modules, without the threat of data loss.

 

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eSense

eSense app enables to measure current Skin Temperature and Galvanic Skin Response with the microphone input of smartphone or tablet. After all measurements, the user can start the meditation session.

Top three features are:

  • skin response
  • temperature
  • meditation and sessions

Challenge:

Chris intended to create a tool that would

empower photographers to automate workflow and boost sales. The focus was on designing a product that would streamline photographers’ workflow while creating a value proposition to their clients.

Value Delivered:

Sombra delivered the platform that increased the amount of photo service sales by simplifying the routine workflow like customer care and accounting. Using the new product, photographers could schedule photoshoots, do bookkeeping and track client conversion. It made the process of managing and selling photography services a fast and simple digital experience.

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CONCIERGO

Mobile app which is used by hotels to make virtual concierge services. 

Top three features:

  • yelp integration
  • weather integration
  • geolocation in order to show the right places and precise weather

Challenge:

The challenges were to use native mobile platform features for the app created using PhoneGap in order to save development time.

The most interesting challenge was with using PhoneGap geolocation to make it work fast with iOS and Android.

Solution:

We provided service from scratch until deployment to the Play Store and AppStore. Started with requirements analysis to development and deployment.

Reviews

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Custom Project Dev for SaaS Video Platform

"They take on the additional role of being a thought partner in terms of figuring out how we can get the project done."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After assisting with compiling the technical requirements, Sombra developed custom software. Additionally, they offered suggestions on how to tackle the project and are now working on the second phase.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto, Canada
President, SaaS Video Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra completed their work on time, successfully producing deliverables that have received positive internal and external feedback. The team is communicative and empathetic and their thorough, hands-on approach has been a valuable asset. They don't just do the work, they also offer useful insights.

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 president of a SaaS software company. We have a video platform that provides data-driven personalized video scaling to the millions.

We also have a services area where we customize software applications for financial services. The company is a combination of a SaaS proprietary software as well as a custom software solution. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We came up with a project that was a bit outside of the box of the common things that we had been doing. We didn’t want to apply our internal resources and take them off the platform we were developing. 

We needed outsourced help with custom project development. We wanted someone who was innovative and could be an extension of our team, and we had tight deadlines associated with the project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a few ideas but Sombra provided a tremendous amount of help in terms of putting the technical requirements together. This was a new piece and we didn’t have a lot of resources. We had two resources on our side who worked with their team. 

Sombra provided even more than just the actual development. They made suggestions in terms of how we could approach it and what the best way to build was. We talked about issues related to security and even the need to have software scans which are more required these days. 

The team fulfilled a lot of functions and were thorough partners from the beginning as to how we would approach this. We worked with them on two projects simultaneously. We’ve started the second phase of the project now.

What is the team composition?

We started off working with two project managers. Eventually, they were able to consolidate down to one. 

How did you come to work with Sombra?

Our CTO had somehow been contacted by them. He vetted them and saw that they may be worthwhile. A number of other people also spoke to them as well, including me. 

We put Sombra through a lot of screening and technical questions to determine how up to speed they were on PII and if they were able to provide industry enterprise software that would pass the test. We fully vetted them and felt very good about them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $500,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2019 and the work is ongoing. The first phase of the project was completed at the end of 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project went brilliantly, and Sombra delivered on time. They bring a lot of insight, innovation, and suggestions. It’s been a very personal and positive experience. Our client was shocked that they actually got it delivered when we said they would. 

They were happy with the quality delivered. Both projects were a very big success. We are very happy and impressed with their work and our client is as well.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

Our project manager works tremendously with us. They have been thorough, empathetic, and over communicative in the sense that we know what is going on. We also have regular calls with them. 

In fact, we are on the phone with the project manager almost every day. The team is right on track, and we’ve made everything work. When there have been problems, they’ve fixed them. They are great to work with, and their English is excellent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Sombra is beyond being order takers. They take on the additional role of being a thought partner in terms of figuring out how we can get the project done and how we might think of building it for future needs. There is no language barrier.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was a point where there was a project manager change, but it ended up working out better having only one project manager. It was something we thought would be an issue but it wasn’t.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Get their input and suggestions on how to make the project better. They can do this from a design point of view or a technical infrastructure point of view. Sombra really approaches software development from all facets and from a long-term perspective. Don’t just use them as an order taker; use them as a thought partner as well.

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

Frontend Web Dev for Geospatial Intelligence Provider

"We’ve been impressed with the way they analyze problems and give solutions."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sombra is assisting with frontend development, working to add new features to a mapping product. The team is also doing bug fixes on existing solutions, and they’re using JavaScript, React, and Redux.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Alan Lindsey
CEO, Vesmir Inc
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra has produced good work thus far, and their efforts are integral to the business’ success. A thoughtful partner, they always make sure they understand the task before taking it on. Additionally, the team continues to meet deadlines, and their specialized offerings set them apart.

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 Vesmir Inc. We provide geospatial business intelligence primarily for the oil and gas industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We worked with Sombra to help us with frontend development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The team is using JavaScript, React, and Redux to help us with frontend development. Sombra is adding new controllers to our mapping product, which will allow clients to use new capabilities. They are also doing bug fixes on existing products.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project manager from their side for the first couple of days.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

We came across them on LinkedIn. They do work in the Denver area so they visited us on-site. After looking for different service providers, Sombra seemed like the best fit.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent more than $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in August 2019, and we’re still working with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We wouldn’t be able to do our work without their help. We’ve been very pleased with their work, and we feel that Sombra is very capable. 

When we give them a new project, Sombra is very good about first understanding what we want before proceeding, which had been very important. We’ve been impressed with the way they analyze problems and give solutions.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve done most of the project management, but they’ve done well with meeting our deadlines. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

We have a unique stack. We use OpenLayers, so it was tricky for us to find a development group that could work with the whole suite. But Sombra does that very well, which makes them easy to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Our only problem is that we’re in Denver and they’re in Ukraine, so the time difference is usually a challenge. It’s hard to find enough overlapping time for us to keep the project going. Other than that, we’ve been happy with their help.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you can work out having enough overlap and that communication is clear.

5.0
Overall Score They’ve been a pleasure to work with.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Our only scheduling issue is finding an overlapping time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost has been reasonable for the product they provide.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve given us quality results in a timely manner.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They’ve been effective, so I would recommend them to others.

API Integration for Legal Software Company

"Sombra keeps everything simple and prioritizes getting the work done."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Working with serverless technologies, Sombra carried out an API integration to connect the internal software platform with external case management systems.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Bryan, Texas
CTO, Legal Monkeys
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra produces great quality work and their team has always been willing to learn and adopt the internal approaches to software development. Additionally, their focus on completing the project sets them apart from other vendors.

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 CTO of Legal Monkeys, a technology company in the legal industry that builds software products and provides industry-specific services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We hired Sombra to do some integration work. We had a platform that we built and we hired them to build the integration between our platform and the ones that law offices use which are called case management systems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sombra uses serverless technologies based on Amazon’s cloud platform. The architecture they used is API-based. The team built software just for our company to allow us to connect with other systems.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with up to seven developers and one account representative. Now, we work with four developers.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

Sombra contacted me through LinkedIn and the timing just happened to be right. I then met with Viktor (CEO) and talked about the services they offered as well as their niche. The team had a lot of expertise in Java. What they had to offer and what we needed were well-aligned. 

For example, when I first talked to them, they explained to me that there were two project management models that they offered. The first was that we’d give them the requirements and they’d manage the project.

The second option was that we’d do more of a staff augmentation system in which we would manage the project and they would only provide us with developers. The second option is exactly what I wanted, which is why they were a great fit. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in May 2019, and our engagement is ongoing. The project is transitioning to more of a maintenance role because the bulk of the functionality has been implemented.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Every company has its own way of building software. One thing that I was pleased with was that Sombra was able to adapt to and learn our approach to software development. They adopted our best practices and were productive within that development methodology. Overall, the quality of their work is above average.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

As I mentioned earlier, I managed the project. The account representative served in more of and HR and accounting capacity. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve appreciated their focus on doing the work and not on bureaucracy. The administrative side of the work was kept to a minimum, which is something that tends to be quite complicated with other companies.

Sombra keeps everything simple and prioritizes getting the work done as opposed to strictly adhering to the contracts.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There were a few times where there was some miscommunication. But we were able to resolve it, so it wasn’t too big a deal. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

What worked well for me was teaching them. Their developers are intelligent and are willing to learn, so don’t be afraid to help them understand new technology or a new way to build software. That’s something that paid off for me. 

If you’re on a two-month contract, this wouldn’t make sense. But if you plan to keep them on for a longer time period, investing in them really pays off.

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

Dev Staff Augmentation for Digital Product Studio

“It feels like a partnership and a lot less transactional than my work with other companies like them.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sombra provides staff augmentation services to a software and digital product agency. They scale resources as needed and support a wide range of projects, most of which entail web apps and internal tools.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Romford, United Kingdom
Mike Hamilton
Head of Consulting, Play Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra has enabled the agency to take on larger projects at a higher volume, ultimately helping them scale in a way they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Flexible and committed, they’ve integrated well with the internal team. They maintain open communication and provide the best-fit resources.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company is Play Consulting. We have two halves: one part is a software agency, and the other is an internal product. We focus on building playful experiences that inspire, mainly for B2B products. I’m the head of consulting.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We have a scaling challenge. Trying to forecast demand is really hard, and managing how many people we hire and how many developers we need isn’t very clear for more than a month or two out. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sombra provides staff expansion services, scaling up or down as needed to match the projects we have coming in. A typical project has three developers on it, with one from our team and two from Sombra.

We’ve done a lot of projects with Sombra. We do a wide range of work with them, but it typically revolves around web apps. My company has a good relationship with a multinational professional services firm, and Sombra helps us deliver projects for them. We do a bunch of internal tools for them, everything from a maturity assessment tool to a document repository search to habit tracking and gamified apps.

What is the team composition?

One of the benefits of working with them is that they can flex the number of people we work with as needed. We never go with less than four people, and then on the high side, it can get up to twenty.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

I’m not sure; I wasn’t with my current company when they brought Sombra on. I think it was just a case of looking around. I know they tried a few different agencies and ultimately settled on Sombra. 

How much have you invested with them?

It’s a lasting relationship that predates me. It was all very much established by the time I came. The work with them is ongoing.

What is the status of this engagement?

Costs vary each month. Some of our bigger months have been around $50,000–$60,000, and some of the smaller ones around $30,000. We do around $250,000–$500,000 each year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve enabled us to scale in a way that we couldn’t have otherwise. If I didn’t have Sombra, I’d have to turn away a bunch of business. They’ve empowered us to take on larger projects and more of them. We can also get projects done faster. They’re a pretty critical part of our equation in that I know I can say yes to new projects.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

I speak to the manager weekly, and we have a spreadsheet that we go through to see what projects we have coming up and how many people we need from their side. They fill the spots that we need, and then we get them all set up. The people that they provide are embedded in our team, so they join our Slack channel and standup meetings. It’s super integrated. We treat them as part of the team.

The longer we work with them, the more comfortable everybody gets, so it’s really fluid. We have very open communication with the managers and the resources; we’ll slack, email, or jump on a call with them. People from my office have gone to meet Sombra’s team, and some of their people have come here. They’ve been super flexible as well; at one point at the end of last year, we basically maxed them out, and they started to source more people for us and managed it all on our behalf. I don’t think I have anything bad to say. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re always flexible and willing to help. We had a project recently that didn’t go so well, which had nothing to do with them, but they offered to put people on at reduced costs to help build that relationship. Those kinds of things speak to their commitment; they don’t need to do that stuff, but they do. They’re in it with us. It feels like a partnership and a lot less transactional than my work with other companies like them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only potentially negative thing is around their English levels, which are still quite good. There is also a cultural element that we need to coach their resources on a bit, just around speaking up and raising problems rather than just trying to solve everything themselves. However, as they get to know us and understand how we work, it’s not a problem in the end. We’ve had a couple of instances where it didn’t work out with somebody because the communication was too hard, but it’s not even a problem then; they find somebody and swap them out.

Any advice for potential customers?

To get the most out of the partnership, I’d say just be friendly and open up a bit. Let them know what you’re doing and why. 

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

App Development for Cannabis Tourism Company

"Their overall process, communication skills, and accountability impressed us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sombra developed a mobile app for a cannabis tourism company. The team built a cross-platform app and website using a single codebase, implementing mapping and geolocation features. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
CTO, Cannabis Tourism Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app and website have recieved positive feedback on their look and feel, as well as leading to an increase in sales. Sombra establishes a seamless workflow, providing means for communication and feedback. The team goes above and beyond to deliver quality products in a timely manner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CTO of a San Diego-based website and marketing company. We provide exposure and support services to facilitate all aspects of cannabis tourism in the US.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sombra?

We needed to launch a new site in 2019 coincident with mobile app development. The app and website contain a lot of dynamic information, and so they needed to work well with our internally developed backend.

What were your goals for this project?

Our primary goal was to develop all front and back end portions simultaneously to coordinate a successful platform launch in a relatively short period of time.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I have worked with Sombra on other projects in the past. Their communication skills, their develop skillset, and their drive to impress made them an easy choice on this project.

Describe the project in detail.

Their mission was to simultaneously develop hybrid Android and iOS apps, as well as a website, using a single codebase, to minimize development time. We provided mobile wireframes and ask them develop with a mobile-first strategy, and we responded with change requests as needed to scale up to larger screen sizes. They were also very helpful in signing up for and implementing the various geolocation and mapping APIs that were needed for the project.

What was the team composition?

We started with a project manager, two Angular developers and an HTML/CSS developer. Once the designs finished up we replaced the HTML person with a QA person, who was very helpful in meticulously checking all aspects of the projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We went from the beginning to the initial launch in just 5 months with all three products. Everyone is very happy with the look and feel of everything, and our sales have been boosted by this effort.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was one of the best parts of the experience. They tracked all the initial development in their JIRA, we made use of a shared Trello to stay on top of change requests, We had daily phone meetings with updates from all team members, and they were very receptive to all feedback. Their English skills were excellent, and they made every effort to operate within our timezone, shifting their hours as needed.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their overall process, communication skills, and accountability impressed us.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There is always room for improvement in everything we do but I cannot say they were lacking in any specific area.

4.5
Overall Score I would be happy to use them again!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They went out of their way to make it feel like they were working in our timezone.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their rates were competitive for the quality of their work and communication.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We got everything we asked for in a timely fashion.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    After using them for several apps, I trust them to get the job done.

Web & Mobile App Development for Online Healthcare Platform

“Their ability to jump right in and move very quickly has been the most impressive thing about them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sombra provides outsourcing services to develop a web app and a mobile app for a healthcare startup. They’re using React Native to build the web app, and they’re developing the mobile app for iOS and Android.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Canada
Theban Ganesh
CEO, My Pain Sensei
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra has proven capable of executing an impressive amount of high-quality work at a quick pace. Internal stakeholders are particularly pleased with their assigned Sombra developer, who goes above and beyond what is required of him and manages the work 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 CEO of My Pain Sensei, a healthcare startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We hired Sombra to develop our desktop and mobile apps.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sombra developed the web app first. They used a whole tech stack, which included React Native. Then, they developed a mobile app for iOS and Android.

What is the team composition?

My team works with Ivan (Developer, Sombra). We have other developers on the project, but just one developer from Sombra.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

My friend had used Sombra in the past and spoke highly of them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent on the higher end of $25,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work with Sombra began in April 2019, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve been tremendous. Based on what I hear from our engineering lead, the quality of Ivan’s work is really solid. He also has a great work ethic and is always trying to do over and above what is required of him. We’re very happy with the pace and quality of their work, as well as the amount they’re getting done. 

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

Ivan has been very good. We communicate over Slack and use a tool like Trello or GitHub to assign tasks.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to jump right in and move very quickly has been the most impressive thing about them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing comes to mind. 

Any advice for potential customers?

With any offshore team, be very clear as to what you’re looking for and ensure you maintain strong communication when you’re working with them. Once you’ve got that nailed down, it works quite well.

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
    I have referred them.

Web Dev for B2B SaaS Developer

“They demonstrated an insanely fast turnaround time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. - June 2019
Project summary: 

From front- to backend, Sombra ventured to develop a database for a software company. Operating under a tight deadline, they utilized React and Java to transform the UI mockups into a finished product.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Sloan Ginn
Former Director of Product, Womply
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra successfully delivered a smooth-functioning product in the time that the client needed. Their developers were competent and receptive to feedback; the team lead, in particular, proved to have great expertise. They were accommodating of large and abrupt changes, making them a reliable partner.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Although I no longer work there, I was the director of product management at Womply, a software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

Our business development team had signed a new contract, but it was contingent on building a new database in a short amount of time. We needed to find a way to get it done. We didn’t have internal resources available, so we decided to outsource the project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Working off our rudimentary UI mockups, they constructed both the front- and backend of a database. They utilized React and Java. While there were requirements provided, I gave them a bit of a free rein to expedite the process; that freedom allowed them to utilize existing components.

The interface allows partners to manage the clients who are enrolled in their services. It allows for the management of clients, business profiles, and subscription information.

After that particular project, we ended up hiring additional developers from Sombra to supplement our engineering teams for other, separate projects.

What is the team composition?

Yuriy (CTO, Sombra) was our primary engineer, and Oleh (Head of Delivery, Sombra) was our project manager. I’m not sure how many engineers were involved behind the scenes. Towards the latter part of the project, we decided to retain one developer for maintenance and additional features.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

We found them because they were the only company who responded to our RFP that could able deliver under our specific time constraints. They committed to delivering an MVP under the deadline we needed.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent somewhere between $25,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

That project lasted from April­–June 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They delivered what we needed, in the time that we needed. The quality of the code is great; most of it has required very little tweaking at all. They were bug-free from the start, and stylistic changes were knocked out within minutes. They demonstrated an insanely fast turnaround time.

While there was some poor planning on our side in terms of requesting abrupt changes, they were extremely accommodating in delivering those substantial shifts.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

Despite our time zone difference, they proved to be very adaptable. Especially when we were in a real crunch, they’d work and communicate with me on Slack for 5­–6 hours. They were receptive to changing demands and requests.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our primary developer, Yuriy, is very intelligent and easy to work with. He’s not ego-driven; instead, he focuses on the facts. He manages an excellent team and does a great job evaluating his team members. He’s a top-tier engineer. When coordinating with him, you’re truly in good hands.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything from an organizational standpoint. While some of their most junior developers could improve their skillset, this is something we were forewarned about. Overall, we were very happy with their work.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be transparent, honest, and collaborative.

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

Angular Web Development for Healthcare Prescription Platform

“I can’t speak highly enough about the quality of their code, and our team loved working with them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Sept 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Sombra worked on frontend dev, using Angular 6 and 7. They built test environments, basing them on the internal team’s requirements. End users can create accounts and access educational material.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Scott Beason
CTO, Slyngshot Health
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sombra offered a highly-skilled team at an excellent price. Their work was virtually flawless, and their thought leadership was outstanding. Even being overseas, they communicated well and met all project goals.

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 CTO of Slyngshot Health, a company that works in compounding pharmaceuticals and that also does online sales of CBD-based products.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We wanted a partner to do our Angular web dev from beginning to end. We already had a backend dev team, so we just needed someone to work on the frontend.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We put Sombra in charge of the entire frontend development of our platform, requesting that they make it a state-of-the-art website. Their purview included testing, how to do our Jenkins build environment, and DevOps. Once they finished configuring the build and test environments, we captured the functional requirements in Jira. Sombra took those requirements and worked against them in the infrastructure they’d created. They used both Angular 6 and Angular 7 during the project, and it was hosted on an Nginx HTTP host that was running on a Docker container. When they would do a build, it would build the Docker container, which would then be deployed to each of our environments, like dev testing and production.

The end users are primarily physicians and others in the medical field who prescribe medications. Users register with us, and we provide online seminars, blogs, and clinical research studies.

What is the team composition?

We worked with three web developers and a QA analyst.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

We’d interviewed several local firms but couldn’t find a seasoned team with the desired credentials. A friend referred Sombra, and they seemed like they could deliver what we wanted, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent over $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement lasted from September 2018–March 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The partnership was excellent in terms of the team’s talent and thought leadership; I would’ve had to spend years trying to find that kind of talent. They were methodical and rigorous about unit testing, and code was only committed to our Git Repository if it passed all the tests.  We didn’t have a single production bug in our environment that was a result of frontend dev. I can’t speak highly enough about the quality of their code, and our team loved working with them.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

Even though they’re overseas, they worked during our business hours. We didn’t have any problems with communication, and my staff worked with them on a daily basis. We worked together to scope out the project timelines, which they met.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They bring in exceptional talent that would be incredibly difficult to find in the U.S. for the same price.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of any ways they could improve.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Be clear about what you want in the beginning and make sure they understand explicitly what you're looking for. Also, listen to their suggestions; they’re the experts, so query their input to take advantage of their thought leadership.

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
    I've already referred them.

Java and Other Dev for Photography CRM Platform

"Their incredible communication has always stood out."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sombra built CRM software for photographers in Java. With existing designs, they made a dashboard integrated with PayPal and Stripe, an automated quote system, and a mobile application. The project is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Melbourne, Austrailia
Chris Garbacz
Director, Studio Ninja PTY LTD
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution launched to user praise and minimal bugs. Sombra has adapted to technical challenges and limited resources throughout the partnership. Consistent communication, flexibility, and a willingness to incorporate feedback have enabled a seamlessly integrated workflow.

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 director of Studio Ninja. We provided a studio management software product to help photographers manage every aspect of their business, from photoshoots to invoicing to online contracts to workflows. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We brought in Sombra to help develop our platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sombra created a CRM solution specifically for photographers using Java. They built a sophisticated dashboard and integrated invoicing features with PayPal and Stripe. They also developed a quoting system that allows our clients to communicate with their own customers automatically.

Our team provided the designs that Sombra used to build the software. They also made a mobile application of the platform. 

What is the team composition?

We started with one developer due to our limited budget. The team grew as our business got off the ground. We now work with 11 people including a project manager, Oleh (Head of Delivery, Sombra) who has handled our account since the beginning.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

We put up an ad on Upwork and received over 100 applications. Sombra stood out from their competitors because they had experience building a similar product. We called their directors and ultimately decided to engage with them. 

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent between $250,000–$500,000. We spend around $25,000 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in August 2016, and the work is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Sombra perfectly implemented our designs into an attractive and user-friendly site that our users praised. The team excelled at adapting to challenges and implementing third-party software integrations. They found ways to improve the software’s architecture, increase its uptime, and reduce the risk of crashing. They also weren’t afraid to suggest changes to our scope if they knew a better way to accomplish a goal.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, Sombra accommodated our limited resources at first by providing a small team and agreeing to provide work before receiving payment. When the relationship was new, and our teams were less experienced, Sombra wasn’t as accurate at scoping tasks and deadlines as they are now. Nowadays, their estimates are spot-on, give or take a few days or unexpected outside factors.

The team has excellent communication. Sombra alerts us to any mistake they make and address it immediately, even if it requires overnight work. We communicate daily over Skype. We’ve both learned to adapt to our time zone differences, but we can always reach someone if an issue arises. They regularly go above and beyond to bring success to our project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their incredible communication has always stood out. They are always responsive when things are going right or wrong. Sombra also takes responsibility for replacing any team member of theirs that isn’t performing up to standard, which removes a headache for me and allows me to focus on building my own business. They feel like a part of our team. Our relationship has run smoothly since the beginning.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, Sombra has met all of our expectations. We’re grateful to have found them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Communicate your idea as clearly as possible. We have an in-house product design team, so we could provide wireframe designs and layouts as well to explain our project. A clear scope will help minimize communication errors and ensure that the outcome matches your vision. 

5.0
Overall Score We’ve had an excellent experience working with Sombra.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have done so a few times.

Staff Augmentation for Consulting Firm

“They provide feedback on the requirements and often propose better solutions than our original prompts.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sombra provides staff augmentation for a SaaS solutions company. Their developers work on various projects, including dashboarding tools, Oracle integrations, and other front- and backend initiatives.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Davidson, North Carolina
Alex MacPherson
Business Analytics Manager, OperationsRx
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Revenue growth since the start of the collaboration demonstrates a healthy ROI. Sombra’s quality of work and collaborative team contribute to a strong working relationship, while the diversity of specialist resources is a major asset.

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 director of technology at Cloud Analytics. We provide SaaS solutions for manufacturing distributors that help them plan their inventory and customer service.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sombra?

We needed to augment our development team. We only had two developers to build our platform, and needed to focus more resources on growth.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have one large piece of software, but they’ve worked with us on multiple projects. We roll out multiple modules and tools, and they’ve done backend and frontend software development for us for the past year and a half. Some of the projects they worked on include dashboarding tools and an ETL process we rolled out and integrated with Oracle NetSuite. That allows us to pull near real-time data from that system into ours.

What is the team composition?

The team size varies, and we work with one to five people at a time.

How did you come to work with Sombra?

We found them through Upwork. We worked with another firm previously, but weren’t satisfied with the results. After a short engagement with that other firm, Sombra applied to our posting and we chose to work with them instead. They specialized in Java, JavaScript, and SQL, which is our full stack, and having a company that matched us was attractive to us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May or June 2017, and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work allows us to sell more, and they’ve more than paid for themselves through the revenue growth we’ve seen since their engagement.

How did Sombra perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re great project managers. They adapted to my style, so every time I lay out high-level specs, they collaborate with us and revise things until we reach the best solution. They do all their work remotely, but they’re as engaged as we need them to be.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The quality of their work and the personal ability of their developers is impressive. They’re easy to get along with, and we have a good working relationship with them. Their strengths definitely lie in JavaScript and Java. They provide feedback on the requirements and often propose better solutions than our original prompts. It’s a very collaborative engagement.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. Whenever I request a change, they’re very responsive.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Deploy a full team of their resources. We started with a full stack developer, but decided to branch out and employ a UI developer and backend developer. We also took advantage of their project management resources. Working with a team of specialized personnel was our best option.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Whenever I needed to show a proof of concept to our stakeholders, they worked extra hours to make sure I had what I needed.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're considerably more cost effective than domestic resources.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've done a much better job and worked faster than we could have internally.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already recommend them to colleagues.
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Business Entity Name
SOMBRA UKRAINE LLC
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Jurisdiction of Formation
Ukraine
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40269496
Date of Formation
Oct 2, 2016
Last Updated
Apr 26, 2019
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