Welcome to forCrowd

Software, Consultancy & Research

ABOUT

forCrowd is a freelance consultancy specializing in software development, digital transformation, and IT recruitment. We seek to meet the tailored needs of each business, delivering high-quality solutions.

We also have a unique passion for open technologies, such as open source software, hardware, and AI. We actively research and develop strategies to utilize the potential of open technologies at a large scale to drive productivity, foster tech sovereignty, and maximize innovation.

Serkan Holat, the founder and principal consultant, is a seasoned professional with over two decades of hands-on experience in the software industry. He has been dedicated to crafting enterprise solutions since 2001, and his expertise spans diverse sectors, including finance, chemical manufacturing, media, and information technologies.

Software Development

Specialized in crafting software solutions tailored to your organization's unique needs.

Consultancy

Personalized guidance to tackle challenges and improve processes in the digital space.

Research

Dedicated research initiatives explore the boundary of open technologies to enable productivity, sovereignty, and innovation.

SOFTWARE

Van Lanschot Kempen

Van Lanschot Kempen logo
  • Website

    vanlanschotkempen.com

  • Industry

    Financial Services

  • Company size

    1K-5K employees

  • Headquarters

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Founded

    1737

Period

March 2019 - Present

Overview

We assist Van Lanschot Kempen, the oldest independent financial institution in the Netherlands, with its digital transformation and deliver a comprehensive development cycle for each solution, encompassing refinement, planning, implementation, testing, documentation, deployment, and monitoring processes.

Additionally, providing junior developers with coaching on software technologies, such as Angular, TypeScript, and Git, conduct user training, and facilitate candidate interviews for software development roles.

Notable projects include the creation of an Independent Wealth Manager Services and Client Center web-based client portfolio management tools and Kempen Research, a mobile-friendly daily investment news app.


AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel logo
  • Website

    akzonobel.com

  • Industry

    Chemical Manufacturing

  • Company size

    10K+ employees

  • Headquarters

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Founded

    1792

Period

April 2017 - March 2019

Overview

At AkzoNobel, one of the world's largest paint manufacturers, we led the end-to-end development lifecycle for OneShading, a custom-made internal solution crafted to enhance paint production. Our primary objective was to create an intuitive web application to digitalize the production process and optimize efficiency.

In addition to our core responsibilities, we successfully transitioned the project to the Azure DevOps platform, facilitating project management and continuous delivery—furthermore, aiding in conducting interviews for development roles within the department.

CONSULTANCY

Invest in Open Infrastructure

    Invest in Open logo
  • Website

    investinopen.org

  • Industry

    Research

  • Company size

    2-10 employees

  • Founded

    2018

Period

July 2023 - September 2023

Overview

Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) is an initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for open technologies and systems supporting research and scholarship.

As a member of the Advisory Panel, during the proposal review process of the Open Infrastructure Fund, we contributed by evaluating the applications for funding and sharing insights and recommendations with the IOI Steering Committee.


CoachHero

CoachHero logo
  • Website

    coachhero.nl

  • Industry

    Professional Training and Coaching

  • Company size

    2-10 employees

  • Headquarters

    Haarlem, Netherlands

Period

May 2021 - September 2021

Overview

Coach Hero is an innovative organization that provides personalized coaching solutions for individuals and businesses.

Over several months, we assisted Coach Hero with developing a new web-based application to streamline their operations by providing project management and recruitment services.

RESEARCH

Analysis of Responses to the US Government's Request for Information on Open Source Software

Period

November 2023 - December 2023

Overview

forCrowd conducted a comprehensive content analysis of the responses submitted to the US Government's Request for Information (RFI) on Open Source Software. Issued in August 2023, the RFI aimed to gather insights from various stakeholders to shape a long-term strategy for supporting the open source ecosystem.

The public call received submissions from 107 organizations and individuals, yielding valuable insights encapsulated within 786 pages. Our semi-professional, manual content analysis traced significant trends and perspectives, shedding light on the diverse viewpoints shaping the open source landscape.

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Open Source Collective

Open Source Collective logo
  • Website

    oscollective.org

  • Industry

    IT Services and IT Consulting

  • Company size

    2-10 employees

Period

July 2023 - September 2023

Overview

As a non-profit umbrella organization supporting thousands of open source projects, the Open Source Collective desires to explore the intricacies of funding within the open source ecosystem.

Through our collaborative 'Funding at Scale' project, we conducted a detailed analysis of data, tooling, and processes to gain insights into building a scalable structure for financing open source projects at scale.

EXPERIMENTS

The 'Experiments' section showcases some of our prior attempts, all being open source, exploring novel ideas, and pushing the boundaries of technology and social impact.

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