Delivering custom mobile applications that scale!

Thoroughbred Solutions is a strategic IT solutions provider located in Lexington, KY that specializes in the delivery of managed IT services that are tailored to the specific needs of our clients with the primary objective of enabling our clients to reach their strategic business goals.

 

In a mobile-first environment, it is important to connect with your customers where they are: on-the-go. We create highly engaging mobile experiences that collect, convert and scale. By collecting a wide range of user profile, preference and location data, we are able to help our clients better understand consumer behavior by analyzing how users interact with their brand. This enables us to formulate a dynamic marketing strategy that leads to higher engagement and conversion rates, which drives revenue by creating inside sales opportunities through enhanced visibility and notification pushes. Perhaps most importantly, our custom solutions are built to scale automatically as your business grows so you will never have to worry about infrastructure. This allows you to focus on what matters most: growing your business.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2017
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Lexington, KY
headquarters
  • 169 E Reynolds Rd, Suite 103A
    Lexington, KY 40517
    United States

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Custom Software Dev for Data Mining Product Shop

"We felt like our project was in good hands."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May - June 2019
Project summary: 

Thoroughbred Solutions built a lightweight software tool to manage data mining operations for a mobile data center shop. It uses Python, a PostgreSQL database, and a Qt user interface to work with Raspberry Pi.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New Orleans, Louisiana
Austin S.
Founder, Bearbox
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution’s launch was met with praise for its quick setup and effectiveness in a complex configuration environment. Thoroughbred Solutions turned a limited application into a turnkey tool against a tight deadline and at reasonable costs. Their expertise and responsiveness stood out.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Bear Box is a startup I founded two years ago through seed funding. The company builds out mobile data centers for TensorFlow applications and ASIC devices used for mining digital currencies. I’ve since sold the solution and most of the intellectual property and now work with the company who bought it on a contract basis.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Thoroughbred Solutions?

In my industry, people can buy third-party vendor software like ASICseer or Awesome Miner to manage their data-mining farms. Those use a SaaS and recurring-payment model, where someone might pay $250 plus a given amount per managed machine per month. 

I didn’t want to pay that, so I reached out to Patrick (CEO, Thoroughbred Solutions) to help me build my own management suite.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Thoroughbred Solutions developed my management suite from the ground up. I wanted a lightweight, Python-based solution that can run on a Raspberry Pi or an NVIDIA Jetson Nano machine using local networks. I’d put together a bare-bones version, but I needed to turn around the app and most of its features as a turnkey solution within a short time.

The suite is a standalone application that runs locally on networks, which allows users to automate the management of an entire datacenter. It facilitates everything from rebooting to physically restarting machines and offers a whole reporting suite. I don’t have to have a technician on-site to triage any machine or software malfunctions within the network.

The solution can scale to anything, but I built my containers to about 2 megawatts a piece. Depending on the machine load, it can handle up to 1,200 machines. Each container runs almost like a node. A single driver runs the application within a set range of IPs and scrapes over them.

Thoroughbred Solutions built the app using Python—both on the front- and backend—and a PostgreSQL database. They made the UI with Qt.

What is the team composition?

The Thoroughbred Solutions dev team is less than 10 people, probably. I’ve worked with Patrick, Derrell (CIO and Lead Business Analyst, Thoroughbred Solutions), Piyush (CTO, Thoroughbred Solutions), and a handful of other developers. Patrick did most of the project management while Piyush acted as the technical lead, in a sense.

How did you come to work with Thoroughbred Solutions?

I reached out through a friend who’d heard about Thoroughbred Solutions. I needed someone who could do development work fast and didn’t want to pay through the nose for it. I used to do a lot of work with freelancers, either through Upwork or through Fiverr, for graphic design work. Most of them were US-based and relatively expensive for projects. With non-US-based vendors, we faced a significant language barrier.

I felt like I’d found a good fit with Thoroughbred Solutions after my initial phone call with Patrick. Thoroughbred Solutions seemed to have enough technical expertise to carry out my requirements, set out a roadmap that I thought was workable, and cost less than some of the other people I reached out to. As a result, I went with them.

How much have you invested with them?

I spent $50,000 for the entire project.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project ran from May until June 2019.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Most of the user feedback I’ve gotten has said that the suite can be set up quickly. Users can set an IP range, and because the deployment’s already known and everything is uniform, it’s good to go from the start. 

The setup’s efficiency is the most important thing—it saves a significant amount of time on the frontend during the initial configuration and any operation in the field. We don’t have to mess with anything because it’s almost entirely automated.

Bitcoin mining, in particular, requires a lot of machines crammed into small spaces, making it difficult for technicians to work in. Our system not only manages it from a software perspective, essentially acting as a network watchdog, but it also integrates with the power distribution units. After a certain number of attempts to restart the software side, it manually triggers a low-voltage relay on the hardware side and physically reboots the machine at the power-supply level. The technicians no longer need to check which device might’ve hung up and restart everything.

The suite also kicks off reports hourly and daily, depending on the configuration, so there’s no intraday maintenance. Our users love that aspect. It cuts down on the labor operational expenditure and the headaches for technicians that handle menial tasks.

How did Thoroughbred Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

I had a call with Patrick and Piyush every Friday to go over the roadmap, any questions they might’ve had, or any feature prototypes they might’ve built out. They were excellent communicators. Patrick stayed on top of the ball and tracked the entire team, while Piyush took care of the technical side.

We spoke either over the phone or through Zoom conferences, where they’d share screens and walk me through the functionalities they’d built. We used email to some extent, but I preferred to talk and see things for myself. I felt that things could get lost in translation in constant emailing, especially from a technical perspective.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Thoroughbred Solutions’ communication impressed me the most compared to that of other freelancers I’ve worked with. Patrick, Piyush, and the rest of the team stayed on the ball the entire time, letting me know where they were in the timeline and communicating any changes that came up. We felt like our project was in good hands. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

We sometimes used a lot of different platforms to stay in touch. I prefer more uniformity when it comes to scheduling and communication technologies. 

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I appreciated being able to sit down and talk with Thoroughbred Solutions about what I specifically needed from the application (from both a business and a technical side). Being on a Zoom or phone call with someone is entirely different to sitting in a room with them, especially at the inception of a deal. It can reveal if our teams’ personalities align and if they’re competent enough from a technical and business perspective to build what we need. 

5.0
Overall Score In software development, it’s hard to find a team that can communicate and have the technical prowess to get it right, especially against a tight deadline.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The project was way less expensive than I thought it would be compared to quotes I got from bigger shops.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Since Thoroughbred Solutions is building some health and wellness apps, I’ve already recommended them to some friends in that space.

Mobile Application for Nutrition and Fitness Program

“I could not be any happier with their service.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Thoroughbred Solutions, LLC developed a mobile application and website for a nutritional wellness and weight loss program. They continue to build profile and progress tracking features on both iOS and Android.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Lexington, Kentucky
Amanda Nighbert
Registed Dietician, Lean Program
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Client feedback on the app is overwhelmingly positive, and program growth is only limited by ongoing development. The services provided by Thoroughbred Solutions have met all project requirements and made it easy for their client to focus on her business throughout the development process.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a registered dietitian and I work in the field of online weight loss. I run a virtual nutrition wellness and weight loss program.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Thoroughbred Solutions, LLC?

Prior to working with them, I was running my group on social media sites like Facebook. I felt that their platform was unprofessional, and it presented a lot of challenges and limitations to my business. I was looking to create my own app that I would be able to run my programs on.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a mobile app and a website option that allows them to interact with the same information. The app works on both iPhone and Android, and we are continuing to work together on testing, updates, and added features for the program.

We got the foundation of the application down fairly quickly and launched it to a small group of clients to see what they thought. As we’ve received feedback, we’ve been able to fine-tune what we had, as well as to add features like progress tracking and before-after surveys to help people visualize how far they’ve come.

What is the team composition?

I interact with three members of their team, one who is more hands-on with the code and another who is more of a project planner, and then one person who works to support both of them. They have several other teammates supporting their work on the technical aspects behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with Thoroughbred Solutions, LLC?

Two of the owners’ wives actually went through my program, and they suggested that their husbands help me out, so they came to me with the offer. I wasn’t in a place to accept it right away but as my business developed, I began to realize the need was there, so I eventually took them up on the idea.

How much have you invested with them?

I think we’re about $75,000 in and are planning to reach closer to $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked on the initial development from October 2018–January 2019. We add features and fixes to the platform on an ongoing, as-needed basis. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

My business has been growing steadily every month, and I constantly have people who are canceling the program on Facebook to make the switch to the app. My clients overwhelmingly love the app, to the point where I’m basically losing out on customers every day the app isn’t finished because its enrollment rate is already so much higher.

I’ve also had at least six people reach out to me to ask who made my app because they loved the design so much. I’ve been able to refer people in other industries to them who see the platform as something they could modify and utilize in their own role.

How did Thoroughbred Solutions, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

They were phenomenal. They set precise deadlines for each step in the process, and everything was completed on time. We had clear communication the whole time, and I really didn’t have to worry about whether any of it would get done.

We meet once a month in person, I tell them what I need, and a month later I get it. There’s not a lot of back and forth around the details of the features, which is important because it gives me way more time to focus on my own business. I could not be any happier with their service.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I think the level of attention to detail on their team is really impressive, just getting everything exactly right and on time and within budget are huge achievements that can be easy to overlook.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t think there’s anything they could improve.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clear vision of what your end goal for the project is. It’s easy to think it would be great if your platform did everything you could ever want, and you can end up with either a random assortment of features or a huge amount of debt.

Even if you can’t immediately afford your dream house in terms of the app you want, knowing what you don’t need it to do will allow you to get the foundation in place and then build features that make sense from there.

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