Custom Software, Mobile, & Web App Development

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Sparkfish is a 100% US-based development team that has been building custom software since 2002.  We service clients from Startups to Enterprise and we never outsource.

Our mission: We listen to our customers and take the time to understand their problems and needs and then determine the best way to provide them with a thoughtful solution that improves their work. We won’t compromise on providing the highest quality solutions.

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2017
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Addison, TX
headquarters
  • 14665 Midway Road, Suite 200
    Addison, TX 75001
    United States

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Key clients: 

Equifax, Deloitte, State of Texas, Dealers Assurance Company, Health and Human Services, Bankers Compensation Consulting

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Web Design & Software Dev for Federal Consultancy

“They’ve always addressed our needs and concerns.”

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

Sparkfish designed and developed an automated timekeeping system for a consulting firm. In addition to streamlining billing, they redesigned the website and integrated an email system.

The Reviewer
 
Dallas, Texas
Tony Wilkinson
Managing Partner, JDS & Associates
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution reduces errors and makes timekeeping and billing more efficient. Listening to the client’s needs, Sparkfish delivered a user-friendly, intuitive, and fast solution.

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 managing partner for JDS & Associates. We’re a healthcare firm that specializes in conducting audit investigations in the healthcare profession.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sparkfish?

We have about 30­–35 associates and were manually entering timekeeping and payroll into Excel spreadsheets. All of our employees manually input their own time, and then we had to consolidate spreadsheets. There was a lot of room for error and it was getting quite complicated, so we needed an automated and efficient time keeping system. So we hired Sparkfish to design a specialized system to suit our needs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve provided three services — developing the timekeeping service, designing our website, managing the contract with the website host, and selecting an integrated email system.

We gave them flexibility on the timekeeping system; we just wanted it to be user-friendly. We gave them guidelines on what we need to track, how to generate reports, and our billing systems. It tracks all staffing information and maintains our history. I can access reports from any time period.

What is the team composition?

I interface with one individual, and they were our go-to person whenever we had issues or wanted to add features. There may have been other people on the team.

How did you come to work with Sparkfish?

One of our partners was familiar with them and suggested we consider them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $15,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working around January 2017 and they continue to provide maintenance work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

 It used to take days to do payroll, but now they can do it in a matter of hours. It’s a tremendous time-saver. It’s user-friendly, intuitive, and fast. Several users have been able to use the system without a training manual. It’s a great asset to the company.

How did Sparkfish perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve always addressed our needs and concerns. We went over the requirement for the design, and they came back with an excellent proposal.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their solution really fits our needs. Several of our team members are older and are less familiar with technology like this, but our solution is so easy to use. On top of that, new users can onboard really quickly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have anything negative to say about them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Give them a try; their prices are competitive and they’re very skilled.

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

Software Dev Augmentation for EMR Software Provider

"They provided highly skilled individuals who completed complex projects, which allowed us to hit the ground running."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sparkfish provided additional resources to accelerate software development for an EMR software company. In addition to managing development projects, they updated processes and expanded existing software.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Detroit, Michigan
Amy Wondolkowski
COO, VoiceHIT / Better Day Health
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Stakeholders praised the expert resources provided by Sparkfish for their reduction in cycle time and improvements to software performance. They streamline communication with internal resources. The team expedites the achievement of strategic goals, which ensures a lasting partnership.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO of VoiceHIT and Better Day Health. We provide EMR software to medical practices and hospitals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sparkfish?

We shifted our strategy and wanted to expand our software development expertise stateside. We had part of our development team in Lithuania, which presented challenges. We needed to expedite project completion this year in support of our overall business strategy.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sparkfish completely revamped our process management. Specifically, they dedicated an individual who serves as a development manager. This team member fills a critical role in our organization, managing our development cycle with our current team and the additional team members. 

They align their expertise with our team in Lithuania, supplementing that team's resources with their service offerings. Their team further develops our software too.

What is the team composition?

We work with anywhere between 3–4 Sparkfish team members, including a project manager.

How did you come to work with Sparkfish?

I searched for development companies that saved projects and came across that language on Sparkfish’s website, specifically in testimonials from previous software development projects. I reached out and talked with their CEO about the scope of the project. After having these discussions, we decided to move forward with the engagement.

How much have you invested with them?

We have flexibility in their hours. The cost can run up to $45,000 a month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We executed an agreement with Sparkfish towards the end of January 2020, and it’s still in place. This is a longer-term relationship until I stabilize a team within our organization.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This is a long-term relationship, so I'm pleased. They're now able to leverage their knowledge of our organization to keep furthering our strategy. Overall, they’ve had a positive and significant impact on our organization.

We decreased our cycle times and noticed significant improvements in our software. They helped us to improve our software performance, accelerating our services for our customers.

Their team decreased the number of communication barriers with our developers. There have been significant improvements in our ability to communicate our development needs with our team in Lithuania because Sparkfish translates our requirements into technical terms for them.

If we don’t have the resources needed to meet our timelines, we’re able to leverage the Sparkfish team too. That’s accelerated our progress towards our goal, which is to move beyond soft market entry.

We’ve hit almost every milestone and timeline this year in partnership with Sparkfish. Our team feels that we made the right changes to make our work more efficient. There’s been positive feedback.

How did Sparkfish perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m able to reach out to any person on the Sparkfish team. I can call and access their team ay any time of the day. As the relationship progresses, it will be important to have a more structured feedback process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The bottom line is that they understand our business challenges. I don’t waste time trying to explain challenges multiple times.

Their team gets projects done following best practices. They provided highly skilled individuals who completed complex projects, which allowed us to hit the ground running.

Their team accelerated our change process with their experience. It’s satisfying to have a partner that’s tenured. We're in the same mindset, so we've just worked.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not really, but project management could be improved. Communication of projects' statuses isn’t formalized. I’d prefer to have a structured, weekly update on where our projects stand.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Allow the process to happen. Be open and honest about what you need. Set expectations from the beginning.

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

Client Portal Dev for Financial Services Company

"They go to great lengths to find solutions to issues even if the solution is outside of their comfort zone."

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

Sparkfish helped a financial services company with a custom site on Azure. They designed a custom client portal and made recommendations to set up a new hosting environment.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Plano, Texas
Mark Doggett
Director of Research, Bank Compensation Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sparkfish delivered the site on time with all the required technical specifications working properly; the site has received a lot of great feedback. Keeping the client updated weekly, they responded well to feedback and changes. As well as offering a great price, they keep up with their promises.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Bank Compensation Consulting assists our clients with designing, implementing, and servicing non-qualified deferred compensation plans as well as the sales and service of bank-owned and corporate-owned life insurance. I am the Director of Research and Project Management. I am responsible for overseeing the company's IT footprint from network infrastructure to proprietary software solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sparkfish?

We needed to overhaul and upgrade our client portal. We had outgrown our previous solution using Wordpress as the framework. We needed a solution that was both secure and scalable with an eye on future enhancements that keep our client experience on the cutting edge of our industry. As a small business, the cost to hire the resources internally was and is cost-prohibitive, so finding a trusted partner to complete the project was imperative. Sparkfish helped us with a custom site hosted on Azure that provides both security and a robust interface allowing our customers and internal staff to easily and efficiently perform the necessary tasks.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal of the project was to eliminate the security concerns inherent in Wordpress and to establish the framework for future enhancements and features. We are also looking for better integrations with our reporting system that will provide more timely information to our clients. The portal provides for those capabilities. Sparkfish used a combination of C++, Java, and SQL to create the site. They also established our hosting environment in Azure. They continue to assist us with managing the Azure environment while maintaining proper controls and separation of duties. The project helps to establish our company at the forefront of the online resources we provide to our clients.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Sparkfish came to our attention at a time when we needed to finish a SQL database project where the original company we hired shifted their corporate focus to bigger projects and clients. We interviewed a few different replacements and Sparkfish fit our needs as a smaller, but responsive company that can grow with us. Their pricing was also very competitive and generally less than their competition.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Sparkfish provided a consultative experience where they sought out our needs and wants to design a custom client portal. They made recommendations that fit our needs and were flexible as the process played out to adjust to our changing needs. We needed a site that allows our clients to log into a secure portal to download the reports and statements they need to understand and account for the benefits plans and life insurance assets. Sparkfish provided a more efficient and user-friendly interface as well as a more robust search, filtering, and organization of the documents. They also recommended and set up a new hosting environment in Microsoft Azure that allowed us to remain compliant with the technical requirements of our external auditors for a SOC 1 Type II report.

What was the team composition?

Sparkfish provided a project lead as a point of contact that provided weekly feedback on the project status. We were always informed and aware of the status and any issues that arose. They provided several developers to keep our project moving along in a timely manner.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The site was delivered on time with all the technical specifications working properly. They were very thorough in their design and testing. The site has received very favorable feedback from our clients and consultants.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Sparkfish presented their project plan and specifications. They established a realistic timeline and kept us updated at least weekly through a detailed email breaking down hours spent and work completed and in progress. We had in-person meetings along the way to demonstrate the progress allowing us to provide feedback and request changes. They use a combination of Trello and Azure DevOps to manage the specifications and developement.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Everyone we have worked with at Sparkfish from the CEO down has been responsive to our needs while being the consultant we need to tell us what we don't know. They go to great lengths to find solutions to issues even if the solution is outside of their comfort zone. All this at an unbeatable price. Our company has had several developers overpromise and underdeliver, even failing to deliver anything. Sparkfish has yet to let us down always delivering what they promise.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I don't have any recommendations for areas to improve at this time.

5.0
Overall Score We continue to engage Sparkfish to continue enhancing our portal and reporting system.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The site was delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost was very competitive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The client portal functioned as expected with all the features we asked for.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I am confident that they provide the same level of service to every client regardless of project size.

App Dev for Uniform Designer & Manufacturer Website

“They’ve done everything they promised to do.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sparkfish provided full-scale development for a uniform-designing app. They built the app for desktops and implemented several features, enabling users to customize their products before purchasing. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Plano, Texas
Director of Marketing and Communications, Uniform Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app, though only recently launched, is of very high quality and fulfills expectations. The Sparkfish team has worked diligently to produce a strong product, making them a reliable partner. Customers can expect a speedy, efficient team that answers questions and takes feedback. 

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 marketing and communications for a cheerleading uniform designer and manufacturer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sparkfish?

We hired Sparkfish to develop an app for our website, enabling customers to design, color, and customize their cheerleading uniforms on our site.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve handled the entire process in developing the app. Their team used our existing art and put it in a format to allow users to select their colors and uniform designs on the platform. The way they created the app enables customers to customize their orders. From there, they’ve helped put it on our website and launch it, so it’s desktop-based for now. 

What is the team composition?

There have been around four people working on the project, including a project manager, salesperson, and two business analysts. 

How did you come to work with Sparkfish?

I found them on Google. Their office is right down the street from us, which was a big selling point. We had a meeting and began the project shortly after. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $15,000, so far. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We began the project in May 2019 and it is ongoing. Although the main part of the project is complete, there are a few additional features we’ll be working on with Sparkfish.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s too early to tell any impact the app has had, but the quality of their work has been amazing. We’re pleased with it. 

How did Sparkfish perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve perfectly managed the work. We’ve done everything via email, so no phone calls have been needed. It’s been great.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’ve done everything they promised to do. We’ve been way ahead of schedule. I can’t say anything better about them—they’re good. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing at all for them to improve. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions because they will answer everything. They really do a great job getting your product launched. 

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

Mobile App Dev & Advertising for Mobile Marketing Company

"They intently listened to our needs and produced a successful final product that matched our vision."

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

Sparkfish provided development assistance to overhaul and rebuild an application’s infrastructure. Using existing wireframes, they implemented new features to enhance the platform.

The Reviewer
 
1-10
 
Austin, Texas
Paul Roncal
Marketing Manager, Mobile Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The final product was delivered successfully and on time. It met expectations and perfectly reflected the original vision. As a partner, Sparkfish was attentive, dedicated, and skilled. Their expertise coupled with care for delivering quality work were highlights of the engagement.

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 was the marketing manager for a mobile location-based technology company that marketers use to leverage their offers and sales.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sparkfish?

We hired Sparkfish to help us overhaul and rebuild our infrastructure. We wanted to improve the application to address our business needs and challenges.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sparkfish overhauled our infrastructure and helped build mobile passes as part of our robust service offerings. They supported our efforts to enable Apple Pay and Android Pay, and built other features according to the wireframes we provided. Their team translated our ideas and helped create a strategy.  

What is the team composition?

My main point of contact was Jonathan (CEO, Sparkfish), but there were between 4–5 other developers and teammates supporting the project.

How did you come to work with Sparkfish?

Our former CEO connected us with Sparkfish and we really liked their style. Their mentality and approach to operating were appealing to us, so we selected them for the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in January 2018 and our engagement has ended.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Sparkfish did a great job rebuilding our application. Every need that we articulated was handled well and they understood what we envisioned. Their technical abilities resulted in a strong final product.

How did Sparkfish perform from a project management standpoint?

Whenever we set expectations, their team met them. We had no issues communicating, as we used Slack, Trello, Google Docs, and phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They intently listened to our needs and produced a successful final product that matched our vision. They did a very good job ensuring they fully understood our goals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I can think of for them to improve.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Sparkfish LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Texas
Id
802605109
Date of Formation
Jan 1, 2017
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last updated
Jul 14, 2020
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
5
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
July 22, 2020