Focus on your app, not your infrastructure

Reliable Ruby on Rails infrastructure for mobile apps

Servers are going down, stress levels are running high

Servers keep going down, and you’re wasting valuable time and development cycles worrying about your backend, when you should be focusing on your mobile app. Instead of adding in new features to delight your customers, you’re bogged down by a long list of server todos. You should be focusing on what you do best: building a great app, but it’s hard when there’s always an emergency.

Building a mobile app backend takes a lot of work: not only does it need to be fast and scalable, it needs to be built with mobile in mind. Phones are notorious for dropped connections and high latency, and you need a backend that’s prepared for that. Not only can connections be slow, but they can be nonexistent: when your users duck underground on the subway or are 40,000 feet in the air, your app still needs to work, even without an internet connection. When your user comes back online, the app needs to come back online with ease: no conflicts, no slow syncing, just a seamless app experience.

Once your API is built, that’s not the end of it—servers need constant care and monitoring, which is why we will work with you to come up with a plan for continuous monitoring and security updates. Without any involvement from you, we’ll make sure your app is running smoothly and will respond to any issues quickly and effectively, so you won’t be worrying about it.

But you don’t have to worry any more: we’ve got it covered. We handle everything from architecting a great API to keeping your AWS instances up and running. With the time we’ll save you, you can make your app even better and focus on growing your business.

How does it work?

The first step is figuring out where you’re at. You probably have a laundry list of todos, and we’ll schedule a phone call to talk through what you have now and where you want to be. We’ll do a quick code audit, patch any immediate security concerns, and work together to come up with a plan of action that includes both new feature development and ongoing maintenance and monitoring.

We’re not just server specialists, we’re mobile specialists. We’ll work with you and your team to ensure that communication between your app and the backend is efficient, secure, and reliable. As you update your app, we’ll help make sure everything is backwards compatible with older versions, so your users never get left behind.

Once your backend is built, we don’t disappear. As your user base grows, we’ll work with you to scale your backend to handle the traffic, and we’ll make sure everything stays running. If something goes down, we’ll be on it, with constant monitoring and support.

You can start sleeping soundly at night, knowing that we have your infrastructure covered. Seriously, we’ve got this.

What if I don’t already have a backend infrastructure?

No problem at all! Together, we’ll talk through what your app needs and build the API to power it.

What if my existing server app isn’t Rails?

Rails is what we know best, so we generally won’t take on any projects that aren’t already built with it. However, if your existing backend is pretty simple, we can potentially port it to Rails and build on top of that.

I already have a development team, can you still help?

Absolutely, we love working with existing teams! We’ll work alongside them to come up with a plan for a better backend for your app.

Featured Case Study

What Used to Take Minutes Now Takes Seconds

A contact management startup was having trouble syncing information between their app and their Ruby on Rails backend—users with large contact lists would take minutes to sync their data, often resulting in server timeouts and broken connections, and the app experience was suffering because of it. The development team was already stretched thin and just didn’t have the time to focus on the issue.

In order to fix the problem, we worked with their development team to come up with an asynchronous processing system, resulting in faster syncs and fewer broken connections. What used to take minutes now takes seconds. Not only is syncing faster, but the improved backend is now much more robust, allowing new features to easily be built on the existing infrastructure.

Recent Journal Entries

6 Questions to Ask When Planning Your App’s Backend

When you start thinking about the backend API for your mobile app, it can sometimes be tempting to just dive right in and start building something. While this can be effective to get your app out the door, having a solid plan for your API can save you time and aggravation later.

In the past, I’ve written about how to futureproof the client side of your API calls, but today, I’m going to focus more on the actual backend itself, with a few questions that you should be asking yourself before you ever open your text editor.

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A stressfree backend starts today

If you’re feeling held back by your current mobile backend, let’s schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation to talk it over. We’ll discuss what you have now and figure out the way forward to a better mobile experience.


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