Please describe your organization.
ClearSummit is an end-to-end mobile and web application shop that helps our clients take their ideas from concept to completion. In addition, we work with select enterprise clients to fill silos inside in their organization, such as rounding out their iOS or Android development teams.
What is your position?
I'm the engineering and creative lead at ClearSummit.
Briefly describe the ideal situation or customer for a project implementing Greenhouse.
It is great for simplifying the development process and allowing a distributed team, such as ours, to collaborate on iOS and Android projects easily. We know that anybody, whether they're a developer, project manager, or tester will be able to work on a build they haven't seen in a while and know that they're grabbing the newest thing out there.
How does the pricing structure of Greenhouse work?
For us, Greenhouse is good right now because we've only added a few apps to it. Their pricing scale increases aggressively, I believe. They charge per app that's registered through their platform, but it's possible to need a few different versions of the app on Greenhouse because there will be a test version and master version and so on. You'll be charged for however many versions you have on there.
Have you had to interact with the Greenhouse or Parse support teams or reference their support resources?
Greenhouse is fairly new. I think they've only been out for, at most, six months [as of December 2015]. With any new product, you're going to have scaling issues and bugs. However, they're really good about sending out an email the same day and being like, "Hey, sorry about this problem. This is when it will be fixed." They're great about messaging the community and keeping us updated on progress.
As far as direct support goes, I've found them to be extremely responsive and helpful. However, Greenhouse's integrations are so easy to set up that you don't need a lot of expertise or help to work with it.
Could you briefly describe a success story where Greenhouse played an important role in the success of the project?
Much of the work we do is with distributed teams. With one of the teams that we are working with, their designer had redone an entire Version 2.0 of this product, so we had to take Version 1.0, break it apart, and rebuild the back-end portions. But, because of the ease with which you can switch between builds and integrate the changes in Greenhouse, it wasn't a problem. Having that incremental build process along the way allowed us to tighten out feedback loop, which in anything you're doing increases the quality and turnaround time.
What are some of the best features of the Greenhouse platform that really impressed you?
The great thing about Greenhouse, honestly, is that there aren't too many features. It's just a simple continuous integrator that allows you to plug and play with the latest versions of your app. If you're interested in a more feature-rich platform, you'd be better off with some of the enterprise-level RAD [rapid application development] platforms.
Are there any areas of the platform upon which you feel Greenhouse could add to or improved upon?
I think, at some point, it'd be nice to have hooks that you could tie into along the build process. Many of other continuous integration servers have the ability to add hooks, code linting, and other customizable features. Those are more advanced features, which is why I understand they may shy away from them because their whole value proposition is simple and just does what it does.
What would you give Greenhouse for functionality of the features available?
Three and a half.
What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?
For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?
Five. This is not really applicable because it's so easy. I'd give it a five because I didn't need it.
For overall satisfaction with the platform?
How likely are you to recommend Greenhouse to a friend or colleague or similar business?