10 years makandra! Together with our families we celebrated our 10-year anniversary in a festive setting. In doing so we were recalling the development of our company over the last years and looking back with pride upon over a 100 projects which we have successfully realized since our foundation.
For a major German corporation, we have developed a tool to help their internal press communication. It's completed perfectly on time.
This year, we are the “the client” for the software project 2019 of the university of Augsburg. Students will learn a real development workflow while developing a tool for the clearing of open source licenses.
We are part of the first Augsburg Cloud Breakfast. Thomas gives a talk about “vendor lock in in the cloud”.
After 2016, Audi wins the NetFed Media Relations Benchmark for a second time with its Audi MediaCenter. According to NetFed, Audi has the best press website out of 75 press websites of big German corporations.
The 36th Web & Wine event was, again, a huge success! Guests enjoyed discussing latest trends in web development and new technologies, supported by tasty beverages and delicious finger food. As a sponsor, makandra had the opportunity to provide a short introduction of Ruby as a programming language.
Relaunch of the e-learning platform Studyflix. In multi-day workshops the requirements were collected and first mock-ups were created. Afterwards, we completely redesigned the website. Soft launch 4 weeks before deadline.
We support the first Hackathon at the OpenLab Augsburg. In a comfortable and creative ambience we build some ESP8266-based remote controlled robots and implement a JSON-API for playing field monitoring.
We give guest lectures about automated software tests and testing of distributed systems at the University of Augsburg.
We present a lightning talk "Advanced Intrusion Detection with Suricata" at the AUXINNOS conference in Augsburg.
Our product Rails LTS now also supports Rails 4.2, in preparation for the release of Rails 6.
Audi presents the full-size electric SUV e-tron on www.e-tron.audi. We built and run the micro site and gave support during the live stream.
We relaunched the newsroom of one of Germany's top automotive enterprises. Contents from the previous platform were fully migrated into the new application. It is hosted on our proven, high-availability hosting setup.
We finished another migration of a customer application to AWS. We're using Cloudformation templates to easily reproduce the whole setup and additionally have some documentation of the infrastructure versioned in our Git repositories.
Our product Rails LTS version 18.104.22.168 is now able to be used with Ruby 2.3. This means a large performance increase for Rails 2.
makandra successfully completed a TISAX VDA ISA 3.0 security audit. TISAX is the most important IT security standard in the automotive industry. We are now offically certified until end of 2020 and offer TISAX-certified hosting and operations in Germany. The TISAX certification is strongly related to the ISO 27001 certification. That confirms our ongoing striving for security as an essential part of our business culture.
Together with Ruby Berlin e.V. we're organizing Ruby on Ice 2018. Ruby on Ice is the first and only Ruby conference in southern Germany and the Austria and Switzerland region. We're sponsors of the conference as well.
We're taking over hosting for the career portal KAP.WWU of the University of Münster. As usual, we're hosting on a redundant high-availability cluster. KAP.WWU is powered by Elasticsearch, Ruby, Rails, and uses the Single Sign On capabilities of the University of Münster. Rails LTS ensures security for the Rails framework.
Further development on a backend API that is used in a mobile app for the real estate sector. We're using Ruby, Swagger, PostgreSQL and more. It runs on Amazon EC2 and other AWS services.
Development kick-off: We're re-launching a complex newsroom for a DAX corporation that will have a scalable newsletter, uses Elastic and SSO. For preparation we've passed a security audit (VDA ISA 3.0) and have completed an open source license check.
Launch of "Verkehrswacht-App" which is used to request, plan, budget, and bill grant funds for the Deutschen Verkehrswacht e.V. in Berlin. Over 600 local units all over Germany, 16 units acting for the federal provinces as well as the headquarter of the Verkehrswacht are going to work with the Ruby on Rails based system we built. We've handed over the application on time and on budget and have completed training for the employees in Berlin.
We're welcoming the 75th customer of Rails LTS.
We're finally in "legaltech"! We're starting development on a project with a large German law firm. The application is pushing digitalization within the transportation / aviation / logistics sector.
We're migrating a large API infrastructure running on Amazon Web Services that utilizes over 35 EC2 instances, uses RDS for database services as well as ElastiCache (Redis). We're using Puppet to manage the infrastructure together with automated and extensive monitoring using Icinga/Nagios. Additionally, we're using Cloudwatch to monitor the AWS infrastructure.
We're now hosting frustfrei-lernen.de on our highly-available, fail-safe cluster.
Audi MediaCenter wins the German award for online communications.
We're developing another influencer ranking tool for a German car manufacturer.
We're starting development on an application for the Deutsche Verkehrswacht e.V. (an agency for road safety in Germany). This was our first participation in public tendering procedures and we've won straight away. In November 2017 we are going to deliver an application which maps the complex processes of the Verkehrswacht into a web-based application.
Deutsche Bahn (German railways) is migrating all their infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. We're part of the consulting teams at DB Systel and decide which applications are able to be migrated, how the architecture looks like, plan the migrations and carry them out.
We're taking over managed hosting of Audi Technology Portal
We've built a new video player for Audi MediaTV. The old Flash-bashed player was not up to today's standards any more. Additionally, a design rebrush according to the new Audi corporate design was required. To coincide with the start of Audi Summit 2017 in Barcelona the player was launched, tested and found stable for the large event.
Audi Germany wins the NetFed Media Relations Benchmark 2016. According to NetFed, Audi has the best press website out of 75 corporate press websites, ahead of The Coca-Cola Company, followed by SAP SE, Robert Bosch and Porsche.
#AudiSummit in Barcelona: We've implemented the design for the summit website and took care of the live stream.
We are taking over managed hosting for studentensteuererklaerung.de. The company behind this, wundertax GmbH, allows easy yet secure submission of tax returns for different target groups such as students, fire fighters, soldiers and so on. From now on we are taking care of the secure operation of the wundertax infrastructure.
We're building a backend-based system that uses the YouTube API. That's about all we're allowed to say. :-)
A long-time customers of us is using EC2 on Amazon Web Services. We're part of the infrastructure team and support the daily operations. Up to 350.000 visitors use the platform simultaneously, which has to use auto-scaling on AWS to handle the load.
We've relaunched the Newsroom of R+V Versicherungen. The newsroom aggregates all news and interactions from different social media channels and features those on the newsroom. We've supported the project from start when we acted as technical advisor. We've implemented the software and are running the platform on our managed hosting infrastructure since launch.
We support Homify with their Ruby-on-Rails application on Amazon Web Services from now on. Development is done inhouse by homify - we care about the AWS infrastructure and help the developers as an outsourced SRE team.
We advise BE MATE in Barcelona regarding code quality and their path to relaunching their platform.
We're migrating a large API landscape for a German media company from an in-house data center to AWS, redesigning the components for redundancy where reasonable using AWS components such as ELB, EC2, RDS, ElastiCache and S3. We're also responsible for operations going forward.
Audi MediaTV is the central video platform of Audi Germany. Live-events as well as footage videos are streamed from the site. We've integrated the platform into Audi MediaCenter which was built by us.
We start a cooperation with Siemens.
CodePen is a well-known platform amongst the development community. We're helping the CodePen team with scaling their codebase.
We've sold our job portals to ICTJOB Deutschland GmbH from Stuttgart.
We've helped to digitize the business processes for Pura Gebäudereinigung, a building cleaning company. From now on, facility managers of Pura are going to use tablets to document and organize customer interactions. The Pura backoffice is able to monitor all collected data in real time.
We have been entrusted to refactor and enhance a Ruby application which synchronizes videos with Youtube.
We're launching a web-based automated influencer ranking platform. The app quantifies influencer distribution reach, quality and impact of brand influencers.
One of our hosting customers hits >1000 requests per second on a single virtual host on our load balancers. We've been hosting the backend API for quite some time already and have helped them scale the setup over time.
makandra is entrusted with refactoring and further development of a HbbTV application. We're reusing large parts of the code and improve redundancy to achieve TV-level-availability requirements (>99,999%). We're maintaining the solution after the re-launch. To ensure exact timing with TV signal we receive signals directly from TV operations via Moxa NPort devices that tunnel RS-232 over TCP. We haven't been closer to real TV signals :)
We start development of a custom application for a large building cleaner to abolish unnecessary and error prone exchange of paperwork.
Founding of makandra.