Commercial-grade, custom software development

Coherent Solutions is a software product development and consulting company that solves customer business problems by bringing together global expertise, innovation, and creativity to produce world-class technology solutions.

At a glance

  • In business since 1995
  • 1000+ employees
  • 1000+ completed projects
  • 10% staff turnover
  • 90% repeat clients
  • 100% delivery guarantee

Industry recognition

  • The Software 500 by Software Magazine
  • Inc 5000 ranking
  • Fast 50 by Minneapolis /St. Paul Business Journal
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • Microsoft Gold Partner
  • Amazon Web Services Partner
  • Xamarin Premier Partner
 
$50,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
1,000 - 9,999
 Founded
1995
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Minneapolis, MN
headquarters
  • 1600 Utica Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55416
    United States
other locations

Focus

Service lines
  • Custom Software Development
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development
Client focus
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
Industry focus
  • Information technology
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Other industries
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Application platform
BI & big data focus
BI & big data solutions

Portfolio

Key clients: 

LifeTime Fitness, Daikin, WEX Health, MTS Systems, LiquidSpace, Wildflower Health, Cargill, Starkey, Anytime Fitness.

Blockchain Development for RealBlocks

When Matt Grierson and Perrin Quarshie, RealBlocks founders, were searching for a team in 2017, they only had a few prototypes, a back-end solution and an ambitious idea in their hands. They envisioned becoming a finance company that would provide an Ethereum blockchain solution and bring foreign investors to real estate market in the U.S.  It was a vulnerable stage that required a strong technical team - one that understood

the challenges of a start-up and would guide in the unknown areas of programming and blockchain. Their vision was materialized when they found Coherent Solutions. The team started off with just one PHP/React.JS engineer, yet he was enough for them to trust Coherent’s expertise. “I’ve worked with 400 engineers in my past and experienced a full range of technical ability, from terrible to talented, - says Matt. – Dmitry comes deep into the talented side, even gifted one, managing to provide high quality code with incredible speed.” Eventually the team has grown to include DevOps to fully create the infrastructure, as well as UI/UX and QA resources. They need to tackle such complex nuances of the project as working with services for validating customers, smart contracts, legal aspects of blockchain and real estate. “Coherent not only allows us to use the latest technologies, such as Etherium and Solidity, - says Matt. – They also give us good recommendations based on experience and challenge our suggestions.” Their trust payed off - in early January 2019 RealBlocks raised crucial $3 mln of investments.

Mobile App for Wildflower Health

Pregnancy is a very vulnerable time both for women and fetuses. Wildflower Health was founded to create a mobile app that would help pregnant women monitor their health, track milestones and get necessary advice without delays. To truly be effective, a pregnant woman needs to be connected to her health care partners - health care plan, employer, and local doctors and hospital.  So to solve the challenges, Wildflower needed to

prove its credibility at the enterprise level.

This is when Coherent Solutions stepped in, providing a strong technical team, which understood the demands of a start-up, such as small budget and strict deadlines, as well as the complexity of the software that connects to large institutions.  Since that beginning, Wildflower Health has grown rapidly.  It is now an innovative leader, recognized by Fast Company’s Top 10 Innovations, having such customers as health plans and Medicaid (U.S. government health insurance for poor people). 

SaaS Portal for Daikin Applied

Daikin Applied is the largest manufacturer of commercial HVAC equipment in the world. Founded in 1924, Daikin rooftop units proved their effectiveness on the market. Yet to address the demands of a dynamic technology world, Daikin needed to enter the Internet of Things business. Such tech giants as Intel, Wind River and McAfee were asked to team up, but how was Coherent Solutions, a medium-sized IT company, able to join

them?

As senior VP Paul Rauker explained, Coherent convinced Daikin they had the knowledge and capacity to produce a top-tier interface on time and on budget. And they did. In five months Coherent delivered a Customer Portal for Daikin’s Intelligent Equipment Line. It optimizes rooftop unit performance, maximizes cost-efficiency and allows customers to access their system anywhere 24/7. Followed by a successful beta-testing in 2015, Intelligent Equipment platform was launched at AHR Expo in Orlando, Fl, and made Daikin as the #1 HVAC manufacturer world-wide.

RCDMS System for ServeMinnesota

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs. Its programs are aimed at solving a variety of community problems, with a history of addressing one million requests. Minnesota Reading Corps is one of its programs administered by ServeMinnesota. It helps children prepare for Kindergarten and excel at reading by the 3rd grade. Since its launch in 2003 it has helped more than 30,000 children in Minnesota and, therefore,

contributed to closing the achievement gap.

However, the system used for recording that data eventually became outdated. Its users (educational staff and schools) founded it more frustrating rather than helpful. That’s when Coherent Solutions stepped in. In just a year it created a new RCDMS system that fulfilled client’s demands of scalability and flexibility, using AngularJS, MySQL and Amazon cloud as its main tools. Thanks to the upgrade, you won’t be able to find traces of frustration in the users’ reviews anymore.

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Mobile App for Life Time Fitness

Before teaming up with Coherent Solutions, Life Time Fitness already had a long story of success: 113 fitness centers in 24 states and Canada, a selection of health and wellness services, products and events, 30 000+ team members. It wasn’t a beginner in finding competent development partners for its products either – its Vendor Contract Manager Sandy Garzon has seen more than enough of proposals in her 10+ years of working in

LT. That’s why, when Life Time team initiated an RFP for their new mobile app in March 2014, they had a sharp eye for the prospective mobile app developers. Coherent Solutions’ proposal won. By the words of Sandy Garzon, it “…went above and beyond”.

The app that Coherent Solutions had to develop was complex and with very tight deadlines. Bahram Akradi, LT Founder and CEO, wanted to create the company’s first mobile app that would connect to members’ heartrate. This would help provide them with highly personalized workout plans and, as a result, maximize their efficiency.

The goal was for the app to be released during summer when many started exercising outside. In June 2014, after only three months since kicking-off, Coherent Solutions released the first version of the app – LT Connect Mobile. Eric LeVin, Senior Director of Technology at LT, says that it was “one of the strongest externally developed apps we’ve ever done.”

28,000 of downloads by the end of 2014 was a win both for Life Time Fitness and Coherent Solutions. Coherent’s developers proved themselves, and over time the project expanded into 10+ teams.

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TestSuite Solution for MTS Systems

It’s a common myth that to practice agile approach to software development team members need to be, if not in the same office, then at least in the same time zone. One of the core principles of Agile is flexibility, which can be achieved by daily stand-ups and other communication tools. Intuitively you would think that an overseas outsourcing company might not be the best choice when you need an Agile project. MTS Software

Development Manager Scott Fawcett can give a testimonial to prove otherwise. MTS Systems is a leading provider of a variety of systems and materials testing services. It started collaborating with Coherent back in 2007 on a pilot project, which was used more conventional approaches. That’s why when Fawcett needed to form a team for TestSuite, a project that required Agile processes, he wasn’t confident, whether Coherent would tackle it. However, he decided to give it a try. Nowadays TestSuite is one of many other Coherent projects, that prove how beautifully Agile and “outsourcing” can sound together. Even though much of the credit goes to MTS’ expertise, Fawcett says that “we couldn’t have done it without Coherent’s team. There were also some other factors at play, such as a wise decision to invite Minsk team to train on-site and bond with American colleagues. To sum Coherent Solutions and MTS 10+ years relationship Fawcett says: “Coherent consultants are being treated today as if they are MTS developers. They are factored into our scheduled releases going forward. They’ve got the flexible resources we need to succeed in an agile environment.”
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Healthcare Software Development for Starkey

Starkey is a manufacturer of hearing aids services and instruments. Having provided over a million healthcare services throughout its 50-year history, it has left a deep footprint in the field of improving people’s lives.

When Starkey needed additional software development resources, its Vice President of Software Engineering, Rob Duchscher, hesitated, where would it be better to search them for: in Belarus or India? To

make this difficult choice more tangible, he decided to arrange a tender for Coherent Solutions and an Indian firm. The Indian firm had a task to deliver a language translation tool – and the results did not live up to Duchscher’s expectations. Coherent Solutions, on the contrary, was much more successful in tackling its task. It managed to complete a .NET database conversion, Prohear.NET testing and delivered complex reports at a given time.

The team was hired as a result, what eventually has led to a long-term Starkey and Coherent Solutions partnership. Yet Coherent’s team competence and experience were not the only factors behind that success story. Strong delivery management system, great communication and English language skills, proactive approach to work and simply smaller time range and distance to the overseas office – these are just a few of the other factors that Duchscher names. “Coherent definitely exceeded our expectations,” says Duchscher. “Over time we started trusting them more, retaining more of their resources, leveraging them for QA work and engaging them in more strategic, mainstream projects.”

Reviews

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Development for Healthcare Software Company

"They’ve been extremely flexible in terms of accommodating any changes from either side of the project."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2013 - Aug. 2019
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions helped design, develop, and test an SaaS application. Using an HTML frontend, a PostgreSQL-based database, and a Ruby on Rails backend, their team built out the platform. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
VP Engineering, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Coherent Solutions team has performed excellently throughout the development process. Their testers and engineers accomplish tasks according to scheduled sprints. The project management is flexible and effective, even when replacing a developer. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of engineering for a software company. We’re developing software to manage home healthcare. Our goal is for agencies to be able to manage the process of getting home healthcare to patients.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We needed help with development, software design, and testing for our software solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They designed and developed our SaaS application. The frontend is in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The framework is Angular and the backend is Ruby on Rails. The database we used is in PostgreSQL. They provided design and testing as well.

What is the team composition?

We started with two developers and built up to six developers plus 2-3 testers.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

When I was working at a previous company, one of my architects knew one of the directors at Coherent Solutions well. At a previous startup before this company, my friend told me about working with them on a small project. We had a good relationship and good results out of that endeavor. When I started this new startup, we decided to go with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2013 and the work is ongoing. We put the work on pause in August 2019, but the relationship is still open.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The software engineers and testers have done an excellent job during the development process. The program testers have been able to find and report any problems on a weekly basis. On Jira, we monitor how well they’re doing. They accomplish about 85% of the tasks during the two-week sprints, which is very reasonable. While, as with any development project, there are bugs, the overall quality is good. I’m happy with what they’ve done.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

I follow how the project is moving and how well they’re accomplishing their tasks on a weekly basis. They’ve been extremely flexible in terms of accommodating any changes from either side of the project. If there’s an issue, they’ve been able to substitute an employee within a reasonable time. There is somebody who manages the day-to-day stuff from Belarus.

They have a project manager onsite whom I talk to every other night. The manager succinctly explains the project goes over Jira tickets. We review what they’ve accomplished and if they’ve fallen behind in some areas. She also sends emails even during the day to track updates and give us warnings on what we should look for. She’s done an excellent job.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are very flexible. For a startup, that’s very important. If somebody leaves, they can replace them right away. They’re very flexible in terms of our changes as well and regarding payments. Their team is flexible, professional, and understands the realities of running a business.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I think they hire a lot of younger people who are very energetic but may not have a lot of experience. The turnover rate is higher than in an established organization. I would like for them to have a way for the software developers or testers to stay with their organization longer. We had a solid architect for a few years, but he left before completing the project with us.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s important to have specifications written down. Leaving things open and unclear will create a lot of unnecessary back and forth, which is especially difficult over different time zones. Miscommunication is the root cause of this problem. Being clear is not a problem for them specifically, but for anyone in this business. The more details, the better.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development for Retail SaaS Company

“They have a wide range of capabilities across several platforms.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2013 - 2016
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions expanded the IT abilities of a venture-funded startup, offering suggestions surrounding AWS tools, servers, and other infrastructure components to grow the business.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Paul Hanson
Former COO, MyAlerts
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team has provided the company with the bandwidth to engage large volumes of customers without sacrificing quality or the ability to meet their needs. They served as a one-stop-shop for IT services, streamlining workflows. Their prioritization of communication added value.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I serve as the VP of information technology at a nonprofit based in Minneapolis. We serve about 2,000 people with various disabilities. I worked with Coherent Solutions in two of my prior roles. Primarily, I utilized them when I was the COO of a SaaS company that provided a messaging platform for retailers. It was our platform’s job to let consumers know when prices changed or when new products appeared on websites.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We hired them for DevOps, analytics, and reporting for our SaaS company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were a venture-funded startup and we lacked the infrastructure to support our growing operations. I needed someone that had the wherewithal to support AWS back-office needs. Their team helped structure us to be more efficient and elastic, in terms of our growing retail demand.

To do so, they put together and recommended Amazon tools, servers, and other infrastructure components that would allow us to scale as our data and client list expanded. They also provided server support for our applications that ran across a myriad of machines.

What is the team composition?

We had a team of about 10 working on the project. 

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

I have a 20-year relationship with the founder of the company. I’ve sought them out for their services in prior positions for custom software development and reporting.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we spent about $1,000,000 over the course of the relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement lasted from 2013–2017. When our company merged with another, the partnership ended.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The most compelling metric was their ability to rapidly engage a growing number of customers while maintaining their ability to meet their needs. While that’s a soft metric, they were able to get the job done just as we needed. 

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

I appreciate that their model includes an onshore component. We had an account manager that acted as a project manager in liaising with the offshore team. That was a key component to the success of the project. If I felt that I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for offshore, I knew that there was someone within reach that could act as my advocate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The breadth of their offerings is the number one thing that makes them stand out. Of course, we used them primarily for DevOps. However, I also hired them for some reporting and custom software development needs. They have a wide range of capabilities across several platforms. I didn’t use them for mobile development, but I know they’re capable in that area, too. It’s helpful to have a one-stop-shop that can offer a reliable, wide range of services to your company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They always kept an invite open for me to visit their team in-person. It was something that I regretted not doing after the engagement ended. I would’ve appreciated that in-person meeting being worked into the onboarding process because I’m sure it would’ve benefitted the dynamic of our relationship early in the partnership.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The main focus should be communication. Expect to regularly discuss the project with your account manager. Additionally, expect some type of standup or reporting on at least a weekly basis. That was a key element in our partnership.

5.0
Overall Score The accessibility of their leadership team was great.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It wasn’t perfect, but they were very consistent.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’ve had partnerships around the globe, and their price is very competitive.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them now and will continue to do so.

Development Augmentation for Financial Services Company

"We felt they were very interested in the success of whatever we took on, and they worked very hard."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
May 2016 - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions provided developer and QA resources for a big data project. They helped adjust and process data for analysis.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
US
Director of Data, Marketing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They helped see the project to a successful resolution. Coherent Solutions provided resources that were communicative and accountable for deadlines. Expect high-quality team members who share useful insights.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We provide a service for financial institutions in the U.S. I’m a director of data development for the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

At the time, we were starting in big data, and we didn’t have a lot of expertise in the area. We also had trouble hiring people, so my manager started looking at contractors.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We needed to augment our team and Coherent Solutions initially provided two resources for big data development. We were trying to adjust a lot of internet traffic data around particular inquiries using Python and traditional RDBMS technologies.

We thought that Hadoop and big data would present a better solution at the time, but we didn’t have the expertise or resources to actually implement our ideas. We got in contact with Coherent Solutions, and they gave us a couple of resources to help us adjust the data, process it, and make it available to our analysts. They also provided development QA.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with the same team on several projects, working with different sources and types of data. We started off with two resources from Coherent Solutions and later expanded to five. We had three developers and two QA testers.

One of the QAs also worked as a business analyst. He made sure that his team understood all the requirements, and acted as a liaison between the two teams. Everyone was involved in discussing the architecture and requirements, but he clarified any parts that required it, and also led the team as a scrum master.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

My manager looked at a few providers and chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from May 2016–November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The measurement of success was really the measurement of success for the entire team. Coherent Solutions was working with our on-site team, acting as a single unit. We never had anything separate that we were tracking.

We discussed any issues in the latter part of the engagement, and they were keeping track of anything they identified on our side. We had some valuable discussions, but I don’t have any real KPIs to share.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

The resources provided to us were really invested in the project and had a lot of passion. It wasn’t just a matter of us making decisions and having them do the implementation—they shared a lot of suggestions and opinions, and it felt like they were really interested in the success of our project, team, and company.

If they weren’t going to make our deadline for whatever reason, they always let us know in time. Not everything made it in time, but I wouldn’t say that any of that was really their fault. There were some specifications that we didn’t get from the business side in time or we didn’t make data available. They worked with us to ensure the project made it on time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’d say it’s the quality of their people. They hired people who already came with a lot of knowledge, but they were also very good at picking up new stuff, doing proofs-of-concept and research into new tools and techniques. I felt they were actually getting trained regularly on new technology and ways of doing it. They were detailed from a design perspective. We had high levels of discussion, and they were very engaged. We felt they were very interested in the success of whatever we took on, and they worked very hard.

With them being in Belarus and us being in the US, it was important to look over how many hours they were putting in and making sure they were talking to the client, but it didn’t feel like they were beholden to the schedule. We contracted them for forty hours per week per each resource, but they didn’t limit themselves to exactly forty hours; they did whatever was necessary to get the project done and delivered on time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t know if this is necessarily just them; it’s probably true for any offshore contracting in general. We started off with two people—one developer and one QA/BA—and, once we added three more resources and they were big enough to become their own team, it became a bit harder to make sure everyone was synced up between our side and theirs.

There was a lot of time overlap as well, and we made sure to accommodate for that, whether it was a call, a live meeting, an email, or a chat. They started work before us, and we weren’t always available to answer their questions and make some decisions.

Instead of being a blockage, they took the initiative wherever possible. However, making sure that all the decisions and information were communicated, to make sure both sides were in sync was challenging to a degree. We could’ve done better at this as well, and we’ve had a lot of discussions around efforts to make it better.

They were the contractors and we the customer, and they had a bit of a setback. It was my fault as well since I’d never worked with contractors before. The more I got them engaged and the more they understood what I was looking for, the more the quality improved, as did the pace.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

It’s important to have clear and effective communication both ways. We had better outputs from them when we had them engaged from the start as much as possible and made sure they were well-informed, from requirements gathering to business use cases. We expected the same from them for the things they were working on, not just giving them a module to build and getting the result back three weeks later.

We wanted to know what kind of decisions they were making to solve the problem, and we didn’t micromanage them, but rather took a genuine interest in how they solved problems for us. That way, when our on-site team takes over the module or parts of it, we wouldn’t be totally lost in the transition period and have to learn everything from scratch.

5.0
Overall Score We had a rough start, but we were very happy with what they were doing.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were very accommodating to our schedule—never late and available as stated.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were affordable, and we never felt cost was an issue, but I’m not sure how they compare to other contractors.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did an excellent job, but it took a bit of time in the beginning to build rapport.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Ending the engagement definitely wasn’t due to them.

Development for Government Software Company

"Whatever we’ve asked them to build, they’ve been able to build it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions acted as the primary developer for the core technologies on a government budgeting tool. Their work included user-facing work and backend functionalities for government employees. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Massachusetts
CEO, Government Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Coherent Solutions provided professional, efficient, and high-quality development. The website they created runs smoothly and quickly. Their team met daily with the client's staff and effectively managed communication for the project. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a company that provides transparency and budgeting software to local governments and school districts. We have a web-based solution that allows these institutions to create and publish a budget on a convenient platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

Coherent Solutions was hired as our primary development firm. They work overseas and have been building and maintaining our platform ever since.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built the program and core technologies from scratch. Their team used SQL, Angular, and Node.js in the process. They also used open-source plugins in conjunction with these tools; we used a third-party plugin to build a chart and graph engine. Coherent Solutions continues to maintain these systems. Their team also provides support with PHP plugins, WordPress, and Google Analytics.

The project has two facets: one is a back-office solution for local governments and school districts. This is designed to have functionality for multiple people in a budget office. It also involves dozens of departments relating to the government finance sector. They can submit requests for their budget and there’s a workflow behind that (audit trail, document repositories, etc.). There is also a public-facing platform for users to look through available data.

What is the team composition?

We have a handful of developers on an ongoing basis. They occasionally bring in expertise from other teams to deal with other areas. There is also a project manager.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

They were recommended by a company that I’m familiar with.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working in 2015 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We continue to be extremely pleased with their professionalism and ability to get things done. They’re a solid development team and have the ability to bring in resources beyond the team we’ve been assigned. They’ve been very helpful. Anything they build loads very quickly—our website is lightning-fast, which is impressive given the amount of data we have on a daily basis.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

There’s a project manager that isn’t on our project full-time but keeps tabs on ongoing projects. The project manager also works on a high-level strategic standpoint, making sure we are consistent with the latest technologies. From a day-to-day basis, they self-manage within their team. We also have daily standups and scrum meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The communication has been solid. In some offshore development work I’ve done, the communication has been a challenge, but not so with Coherent Solutions. Whatever we’ve asked them to build, they’ve been able to build it. Their work is always completed efficiently.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything. They do a great job and we’ve been happy with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You should have clear requirements before the development cycle begins. We generally try to be very, very detailed, which helps drive success and efficiency on our side.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development for Real Estate Listing Platform

“They have a talented team that isn’t afraid to go the extra mile.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions developed iOS and Andriod apps for a real estate listings platform. In their work, they built APIs and implemented major upgrades to both the front- and backend of the solution.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
CEO, Real Estate Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The internal team has reacted positively to their work, even in the project’s early stages. Hard-working, focused, and thoughtful, they’ve leveraged their effective communication skills to elevate the quality of their work. They consistently integrate feedback into their edits and corrections.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a real estate listings platform that also provides services to a residential and brokerage community in New York City.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We hired them to be an app development partner for our platforms.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

From their team, we have iOS and Andriod developers working in Java and C+ to build upon our existing platform. They’ve been creating API integrations, implementing major backend upgrades, and revamping the frontend. 

What is the team composition?

We collaborate with an iOS developer, Andriod developer, and specialists in Java and C+. 

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

I was recommended to them by a friend who has been working with them for a long time. We were told they have great talent and an effective team, so we decided to try them out.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2019, and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

My team works with them in daily meetings to track the success of the strategy and daily progress. From what I hear, Coherent Solutions is performing very well. 

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re very pleased with their organizational skills. The project manager is proactive, kind, and hard-working. The entire team is efficient.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a talented team that isn’t afraid to go the extra mile. They’re always working hard to deliver quality. Always taking my feedback into account, they’ve proven to be a very reliable partner.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’re generally very happy with their services. In the beginning, we had to learn to better coordinate with each other and manage expectations. We could’ve improved on our end in that respect. However, I have nothing critical to say about their company. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s important to have good communication and a well-developed plan. Know what exactly you want to build and how it will function. That will help you provide feedback to an external team and achieve success.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve never had trouble with timelines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Anything could be cheaper, but they provide good value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They deliver good quality on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m very likely to recommend them based on their performance.

Development for Consulting Firm

"Coherent Solutions doesn’t need to be micromanaged."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions provides ongoing staff augmentation, ramping up the company’s app development capacity in dealing with a large client. They’re possibly going to take on work for other clients as well.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Milan, Italy
Marco Veronese
CEO, Databiz Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through weekly status updates and easy communication through a single contact, Coherent Solutions performs well and delivers the expected results. They have talented developers that don’t need any hand-holding to carry out their work, as well as affordable prices and an ability to scale quickly.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Databiz Group, a consulting firm. We offer end-to-end application development, handling everything from design to front- and backend development and the whole process of delivering the application to production.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We needed to increase our team’s development capacity in building an application for a large bank in Europe.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed the application on Java EE 6.0. The services are run on JBoss EAP 6. The frontend technology is Angular 8. For the data, we use Oracle 11 and Hadoop. They’re actually working for just this one customer, but we’re thinking about increasing their support for other customers that we have.

What is the team composition?

There are five frontend developers and five backend developers working with us.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

I knew Coherent Solutions’ director from his previous job. When I had the need to increase my team, I tried to contact the company he worked at and they told me that he moved to Coherent Solutions. We interviewed people from Coherent Solutions and they had a deep competence in the technologies that we needed for the project. Thanks to that, we were able to convince our customer to accept a remote working model.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €200,000 euros (approximately $223,100 USD) on their services so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2019 and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

I’m really satisfied with the relationship. We track the work's status with them on a weekly basis, both internally and then with the customer just to be sure that all tasks are fully completed to satisfaction. We haven’t had any kind of problems with them.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

They don’t provide project management—we handle that on our side. Coherent Solutions is well organized. We have access to a primary point of contact who is able to manage their team’s activities.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are cheap for us compared to other suppliers and have really strong developers. Coherent Solutions doesn’t need to be micromanaged. They’re precise and if we give them proper specifications, they’re able to finish tasks on time without any issues.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could offer the possibility of having a periodic physical presence on-premise of the customer. Working remotely is good, but sometimes clients need a closer relationship. If they could stay one week per month in Italy, that would be great.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They are highly competent in the technologies that I need. Also, their ramp up time is very short. They were able to assign a whole team in a couple of weeks.

4.0
Overall Score There are always things to improve, however, the results and our relationship are really good. If we have an issue, they’re able to solve it.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are on time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    There are cheaper companies, but if you want quality, you have to pay more.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Coherent Solutions is precise and punctual.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development for HVAC Company

“They always set realistic deliverable dates, but were able to expedite certain processes when needed.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions developed an integrated software solution that accumulates and stores data so an HVAC company can analyze the information. They also developed a mobile app that could manage a cooling unit.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Paul Rauker
Former VP Systems & Controls, Daikin
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Satisfied with their work, the partnership is ongoing. Coherent Solutions always delivers multiple solutions, allowing their partners to choose the best option. Their team is well-managed and consistent. They work during convenient hours to create strong cross-team communication channels.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the VP of systems and controls for Daikin, an HVAC company. I recently left that position.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We hired Coherent Solutions to integrate a frontend user interface that integrated and utilized data from a controller on our HVAC equipment, such as rooftop units, chillers, and any equipment we use in large retail spaces.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They worked with us to develop an interface that would accumulate data. We had roughly 40,000 points of data from our equipment that needed to be stored and analyzed. Using HTML 5, they established a dynamic sizing interface and used Wind River to integrate the data with the Azure environment they built.   

So we can perform more data analytics in the future, they developed a data lake that we could use ourselves. They also created a mobile app that was utilized to control a 22-ton chilling unit from the user’s phone.

What is the team composition?

We had a project manager, a software manager, and between 6–8 developers on our team.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

I had a prior relationship with their COO, but I also heard several good things about them from other people they’ve worked with.

How much have you invested with them?

While I was there, we spent between $4,000,000–$4,500,000, but the project has been ongoing since I left.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2013, and they have an ongoing partnership with Daikin.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

They always provided us with more than one solution and wouldn’t try to oversell certain options. They delivered exactly what we needed. I was really satisfied with our working partnership with Coherent Solutions, and I know they’re still collaborating.

During beta testing, our users and clients were able to use the product to make sure there were no issues. We provided their team with business requirements, and they would check them off as we go to ensure that we never had any miscommunications before final tests.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management was great. They use a model in which their staff is available to us for half the day. It was unbelievably successful because our teams could interact directly despite being in different time zones. They always set realistic deliverable dates but were able to expedite certain processes when needed. About 95% of the time, they delivered when indicated. If they did ever miss a deadline, they created a lessons-learned sheet to explain why. We always had weekly check-ins, relieving a tremendous of stress.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are the best outsourcing firm I’ve ever used. Two of their developers would spend a week with us every 7–8 months to make sure all of our bases were covered.

They were very budget-minded, giving us estimates, tracking that we spent, and notifying us is we needed to dial back our spending or were approaching our budget.

Despite our long-term partnership, they created continuity within the team. We had a solid group of people that stayed with us, and we weren’t onboarding new people very often.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any suggestions.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re reliant on you, so you need to deliver your business requirements when needed. Ambiguity decreases your chances of getting what you really want.

4.5
Overall Score We had an absolutely fantastic rapport.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Usually, they delivered on time. They’re human though, and things come up.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I put them up against 3 other firms, and the cost value was so low compared to other companies. The quality of their work was worth every penny.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were able to meet an aggressive development timeline and there were very few issues.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them to many other companies

Software Development for Fatigue Systems Company

“They’ve got people there who are really passionate about working on these problems.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions has worked to develop and maintain complex systems test control software for a fatigue test equipment developer. They worked in C# and WPF to create a user-customizable program.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Minnesota
Manager, Mechanical Engineering Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software has become a critical tool for the client’s users, providing an easy-to-use and useful service. Over the course of the engagement, Coherent Solutions has become a trusted and important partner, providing excellent project management and high-level development every time.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I work for a company that builds fatigue test equipment. The fatigue test system uses several hydraulic actuators and hydraulic pumps to power those actuators. The oil pumped to the actuators is handled by a computer, and that computer is connected to a controller. I am the application software manager who handles the controller applications that interface with all of the equipment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We hired Coherent Solutions about 12 years ago to help develop the software that is now known as our test control suite. They have been involved with us since the very beginning to create that web application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The app is based in C# and WPF and runs under Windows. It enables users to input different control parameters for different specimens, such as vibration testing on the radiator of a car. They are also providing a scrum master for us to help with running all the scheduling and plans.

What is the team composition?

We have a fairly large team comprised of members from both sides of the project.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

There are still a couple of original members, but for the most part, the team has completely changed since we started working together 12 years ago.

How much have you invested with them?

We are spending over half a million a year right now.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in 2007 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The best evidence of our program’s success is that our customers are using it on a daily basis, testing everything from small material samples for property determination all the way up to large component testing.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

Since we’ve been working together so long, they’ve actually gotten to the point where we can hand projects off to them and they manage it themselves. They’re really great in that regard.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It is definitely unique to have such a dedicated workforce with such a long view of these kinds of engagements. They’ve got people there who are passionate about working on these problems. Their team presents us with really excellent value for our money.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any complaints. Everything we have asked them about, they’ve been able to handle. Even things like contingency plans for politics in Europe, to expanding or contracting the workforce, they have met our needs and exceeded them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would suggest thinking in longer terms on projects with Coherent Solutions. They are great for projects of any length, but it is in the arc of our relationship with them that we’ve seen the real benefits.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Staff Augmentation for Custom Cabinet Manufacturer

“They were able to pick up on our architecture very well and quickly understand what is going on.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Coherent Solutions is augmenting the design and development staff of a custom cabinet manufacturer to build out the features and functionality of their WordPress Website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Minnesota
Software Engineering Manager, Cabinet Maker
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though the project has not been launched yet, the staff provided by Coherent Solutions have proven to be a positive resource for the development process of their client. They have adapted to the project well and deliver quality code at a pace that satisfies all project stakeholders.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the software engineering manager at CliqStudios, and we are a direct-to-consumer custom cabinet manufacturer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Coherent Solutions?

We hired Coherent Solutions for Staff Augmentation to ramp up some of our business processes rather than trying to find all of the resources we needed on our own.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’re primarily supporting our WordPress site, where we have a microservices backend that they’re helping us enhance. We’re leveraging them on some QA automation and dev ops practice optimizations as well.

What is the team composition?

We’ve got seven people working directly with us, which includes an automation person, a dev-ops person, a local architect, and a team lead, along with three other general team members.

How did you come to work with Coherent Solutions?

Our company’s previous CTO decided to work with them, so I’m not sure how that decision was made.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent a little over $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work started in June 2019 and is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Since we haven’t launched anything yet, the only thing that we’re measuring against is our sprints velocity, which has had a big gap. Our first few sprints were a little slow as our teams got used to collaborating with one another, but now they’ve started to more proactively contribute to the work things are moving much faster.

How did Coherent Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

We do all of the project management on our side, so I’m not sure how their capabilities are in that regard.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were able to pick up on our architecture very well and quickly understand what is going on. It’s by no means entry-level stuff that we’re working on, and the code itself is very challenging, so it’s impressive that they’ve been able to adapt to that as well and as quickly as they have.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The biggest difficulty we have is in our differences in culture. We’re a very open, gregarious sort of friendly group of people, and it can be difficult to tell when someone is upset or just very matter of fact about something. I wouldn’t say that it has been a significant barrier to our work though.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It is extremely important to have a plan of execution. Understand where you’re going to inject them and set boundaries around that point of injection so that they’ve got the internal resources to support them for the first few months until they have completely adapted to your style and goals as a company.

3.5
Overall Score There are some learning opportunities, but they do a good job
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They do a very good job of delivering quality code
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer