We get asked regularly what services we prefer to use for certain tasks or problems, so we’ve created this list of products that helps us at Exlabs deliver better products. You may notice that vast majority of those services is paid, although we can’t stress enough how much time and money they’ve saved us and our clients.
Hope you find this list useful!
Infrastructure & Engineering
Heroku – Heroku allows us to focus on building apps instead of infrastructure, so we don’t need to spend time on DevOps
AWS – we specifically use Amazon S3 for assets storage and backups, but occasionally we use Amazon EC2 cloud services as well
CloudFlare – helps us speed up sites delivery
DNSimple – how we streamline domain and SSL certificate management
CircleCI – it takes care of continuous integration and testing
NewRelic – makes keeping bull’s eye on performance of production applications easy
Logentries – we use it for applications log storage
DataDog – does pretty much the same as NewRelic, but for significantly lower price
HoneyBadger – monitors errors in our application
Github – all of our code and versioning is stored here
BrowserStack – our QA team use it to test front-end work across various browsers and devices
CodeClimate – it makes sure quality of our code is top-notch by automated code quality checks
Watchdocs – helps us keep our APIs documentation up to date
Sidekiq – takes care of background jobs
Pusher – helps us deliver real-time data to the browser
Sublime – this is where most of our developers
Atom – alternative choice for code editing
Debugmail – it moves all our test emails from development/staging into one place
Product Management & Design
JIRA – Our Scrum Masters’ kingdom. Although we are not fans of JIRA’s UX, it’s still by far the most comprehensive agile project management tool.
Craft – Craft helps our Product Owners to manage the Product Backlog and vision clearly
Trello – we use Trello a lot, but mostly for Information Management and checklists. Read more about how using checklists on trello helped improve our processes quality here.
Google Docs – we use Docs mostly in pair with Trello to document processes more thoroughly
UXPin – we use it for mocking the UI and presenting it to the clients
Sketch – this is what we use for web design,
Illustrator – and this for vector editing stuff
Slack – this is our company headquarters
Zoom – we use zoom for our weekly team updates
Toggl – helps our team be in control with the most precious asset – time. More about how Toggl helped us with estimates.
Features as a Service
Auth0 – saves us time on building identity management
Stripe – takes care of online payments management
Algolia – search engine as a service
MapBox – whenever we need a map feature in the app we use MapBox
Keen.io – ever tried to build custom reporting? Thanks to Keen.io it’s simpler than ever before
Gengo – we use it for translating websites and apps
Wistia – our choice for video hosting
Twilio – powerful platform that we use mostly for sms
Tokbox – great service that we use when we need to build video communication into our apps
Api.ai – helps us create smart conversational chatbots
Kloudless – it saves us time allowing integrate many file storage services at once
Backend As a Service
Backand – we use Backand when we need to speed up product development. It gives us out of the box backend ready for action. Here you can read more about that approach.
Syncano – does pretty much the same as Backand
Firebase – very powerful platform that can save a lot of backend work, we use it mostly for online chats
Sendgrid – we use it for transactional emails delivery
Mailgun – occasionally we use Mailgun instead of Sendgrid
Mailchimp – it’s mostly used by marketing teams, but we often recommend it for campaign emailing
Intercom – fantastic tool for customer support
Drift – messaging tool, we use it mostly for marketing websites
Clearbit – provide a lot of person and company data that we use to enhance our products
Google Analytics – no introduction needed here
Heap – fantastic alternative to Google Analytics
Segment – it helps us merge users data streams from all sources
Mixpanel – great for tracking funnels and product usage
So this is our toolkit.
What about you? What other services are indispensable for your business?