Timeline

Portfolio
2018
March
Our product Rails LTS version 2.3.18.19 is now able to be used with Ruby 2.3. This means a large performance increase for Rails 2.
February
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.
January
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.
2017
December
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.
November
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.
September
We're welcoming the 75th customer of Rails LTS.
August
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.
July
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.
June
Audi MediaCenter wins the German award for online communications.
We're developing another influencer ranking tool for a German car manufacturer.
May
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.
January
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.
2016
December
We're taking over managed hosting of Audi Technology Portal
August
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.
July
#AudiSummit in Barcelona: We've implemented the design for the summit website and took care of the live stream.
June
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.
May
We're building a backend-based system that uses the YouTube API. That's about all we're allowed to say. :-)
April
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.
March
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.
February
We advise BE MATE in Barcelona regarding code quality and their path to relaunching their platform.
January
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.
2015
December
A long-term customer entrusted us with the development of a client- / browser-based tag-editor with JavaScript.
November
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.
October
CodePen is a well-known platform amongst the development community. We're helping the CodePen team with scaling their codebase.
September
We've sold our job portals to ICTJOB Deutschland GmbH from Stuttgart.
August
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.
July
We have been entrusted to refactor and enhance a Ruby application which synchronizes videos with Youtube.
June
We've refactored Appointment Reminder which is a project by Patrick McKenzie (Kalzumeus Software).
May
We're launching a web-based automated influencer ranking platform. The app quantifies influencer distribution reach, quality and impact of brand influencers.
April
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.
March
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has invited us to join a panel discussion about cloud and IT security at CEBIT.
February
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 :)
January
We start development of a custom application for a large building cleaner to abolish unnecessary and error prone exchange of paperwork.
2009
February
Founding of makandra.
makandra GmbH
Rails development & operations
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 6
86159 Augsburg, Germany
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