About us

About us

A team with history

makandra is a team of 16 Ruby developers and Linux systems engineers based in Germany. We develop and operate ambitious web applications based on Ruby on Rails. Since our company was established in 2009, we have successfully delivered more than 100 Rails projects. Our systems engineers take care of stable operations for more than 70 Rails applications on more than 90 servers.

Our customers stem from a wide variety of industries and range from start-ups to medium-sized businesses to enterprises. Common to all our clients and projects is our technology stack and our approach to technical projects.

Agile approach, long-term thinking

We place high value on stable, technically excellent solutions that stay maintainable for a long time.

We are deeply convinced that automated tests are more than a technical necessity. They contribute positively to the economic bottom line of a software project. This is why we always write tests.

Making processes repeatable is an important part of our culture. That is why we post everything we learn to our knowledge database, makandropedia. This way we constantly evolve our best practices and share new findings with the rest of the team.

We pay close attention to the security of our applications and infrastructure. We consistently use open source software, such as Linux on our workstations and servers, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch and Redis for data storage, Apache, nginx and Passenger for HTTP communication. Security patches are applied to these systems on a weekly basis. For critical vulnerabilities like Heartbleed, POODLE or Shellshock we drop everything and patch all systems immediately.

Most of the applications we write for clients are subsequently maintained and operated by our team for many years. Even our oldest applications from 2007 are still tested and patched against known vulnerabilities. And because security is close to our hearts, we provide long-term support for old Ruby on Rails versions through Rails LTS.

Meet our team

Andrea Biber, Team Assistant, makandra GmbH
Andrea Biber
Team Assistant
Andreas Herz, Senior Operations Engineer, makandra GmbH
Andreas Herz
Senior Operations Engineer
Andreas Robecke, Project Lead, makandra GmbH
Andreas Robecke
Project Lead
Arne Hartherz, Executive Engineer, makandra GmbH
Arne Hartherz
Executive Engineer
Claus-Theodor Riegg, Principal Operations Engineer, makandra GmbH
Claus-Theodor Riegg
Principal Operations Engineer
Daniel Straßner, Software Engineer, makandra GmbH
Daniel Straßner
Software Engineer
Dominik Schöler, Project Lead, makandra GmbH
Dominik Schöler
Project Lead
Emanuel Denzel, Software Engineer, makandra GmbH
Emanuel Denzel
Software Engineer
Florian Heinle, Working student, makandra GmbH
Florian Heinle
Working student
Henning Koch, Founder & Director, makandra GmbH
Henning Koch
Founder & Director
Judith Roth, Senior Software Engineer, makandra GmbH
Judith Roth
Senior Software Engineer
Kim Jahn, Senior Operations Engineer, makandra GmbH
Kim Jahn
Senior Operations Engineer
Magnus Görlitz, Working student, makandra GmbH
Magnus Görlitz
Working student
Marius Schuller, Senior Operations Engineer, makandra GmbH
Marius Schuller
Senior Operations Engineer
Michael Leimstädtner, Software Engineer, makandra GmbH
Michael Leimstädtner
Software Engineer
Natalie Krehan, Software Engineer, makandra GmbH
Natalie Krehan
Software Engineer
Simone Achim, Team Assistant, makandra GmbH
Simone Achim
Team Assistant
Thomas Eisenbarth, Founder & Director, makandra GmbH
Thomas Eisenbarth
Founder & Director
Tobias Kraze, Executive Engineer, makandra GmbH
Tobias Kraze
Executive Engineer

A local agency with global clients

While makandra is based in Germany, a large percentage of our development and operations services is delivered to companies in the United States and the wider European Union.

We are used to working within international teams, communicating remotely with tools like Slack, Skype or appear.in. All our engineers speak fluent English. With an issue tracker like Trello, JIRA, or Pivotal Tracker you always know which stories have been completed and which changes we are currently working on.

Open source at makandra

We are actively contributing to the open source community. On top of more than 3200 guides and tutorials on makandropedia we maintain popular Ruby libraries such as active_type, Spreewald, and Consul.

One of our latest and largest open-source projects is Unpoly. Unpoly provides traditional web applications with modern and fast-responding views, without requiring the application to be rebuilt with a complex Javascript frontend framework.

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Learn more about makandra

makandra GmbH
Rails development & operations
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 6
86159 Augsburg, Germany