Custom Software Development and Consulting

Far Reach is a software consulting and development company in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We build custom software systems that help businesses go further: customer portals, team portals, data visualization systems, business efficiency platforms, mobile applications, SaaS platforms, and more. If you have a business problem or opportunity—and technology is the solution—Far Reach is your go-to partner.

We'll help you determine the right approach, plan the system, build the platform, and support it after launch.

 
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10 - 49
 Founded
2007
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Cedar Falls, IA
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Custom Sales Portal for Soybean Company

“The portal that Far Reach built is far better than any other solution we’ve tried before.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jul 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Far Reach has worked on multiple projects, including a customized sales portal to enable more efficient data analysis.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mike Canady
IT Manager, Peterson Genetics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Far Reach regularly communicates with the internal team, providing project updates and resolving any outstanding problems. They’re small but skilled, forming a team that is attentive and offers high-quality service.

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 IT manager for Peterson Genetics, a company that out licenses soybean genetics to other retail seed companies in the US.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Far Reach?

We initially partnered with Far Reach to digitize our sales books. From there, our partnership expanded to developing a customized internal tool for our sales team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Far Reach built a customized portal that allows our internal sales team to analyze the data from our different soybean varieties to determine which are the best performing. From there, we use that information to select which soybean varieties to sell to our customers. Far Reach built the platform on Azure, using .NET and ASP.NET Zero.

What is the team composition?

Our main points of contact are the project manager and lead developer. We also work with a UI expert and two other developers.

How did you come to work with Far Reach?

We were looking for a local web dev company and found Far Reach online. We met with them and felt they were a good fit and had the capabilities to complete our project, so we hired them. The first project went well, so we expanded the partnership.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $189,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We first partnered in July 2014, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our internal sales team has provided positive feedback about the tool, which allowed us to process the most data we’ve ever had. The portal that Far Reach built is far better than any other solution we’ve tried before.

How did Far Reach perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re responsive and maintain continual communication. We meet twice a week to track project progress and work through any problems.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re not a huge firm, so they’re able to give us personalized attention—we didn’t get that level of treatment from our previous partners. The team is easy to work with and consistently exceeds our expectations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of any ways they could improve.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

They’re small but effective, meaning you’ll get high-quality and attentive service. They’re a great choice for a web dev partner.

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

Web Development for Custom Uniform Builder

"They were responsive in a manner that we haven’t experienced with other vendors."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Far Reach updated a virtual custom uniform builder. The configuration pulls orders into a larger database for processing. The team currently focuses on future development integrations.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Waterloo, Iowa
President, Manufacturing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform is well received by stakeholders and internal staff. The new system eliminates manual entry and is well suited for a productive workflow. The team is responsive and diligent in following through with plans. Customers can expect effective productivity in manageable sprints.

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 president of an athletic uniform manufacturer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Far Reach?

Our virtual uniform builder was outdated and we wanted to create an updated site that our dealers and customers could use.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, we met and figured out the greater scope of our project. Then, we went through a phase of preliminary designs and developed a timeline. We did two-week sprints, which enabled us to map out what we wanted to do in the immediate sprint. They did wireframes for us and we eventually decided on our design those preliminary sketches. We’re able to pull orders into our system from the builder which eliminated a lot of manual entry.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Chris (Partner & Chief Product Officer, Far Reach), Jen (Product Owner, Far Reach), James (Developer, Far Reach), and Kate (Partner & CEO, Far Reach).  

How did you come to work with Far Reach?

We were referred by another large company who had used Far Reach in the past. Far Reach appealed to us because they were local and could do custom work. We met with them and looked at their current projects and decided they had the technical wherewithal to handle the size of our project.  

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in May 2015 and the status is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The results have been very positive. Our dealer network appreciates the simplicity of the custom builder and we love it internally. 

How did Far Reach perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate through BaseCamp. I like that they have a staff member on all of our calls, taking notes, and mapping out our plans as we develop them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed that they were able to divide the work into manageable chunks. If we had issues, we’d go back and fix them along the way. It was overall a very well-run project to date. They were responsive in a manner that we haven’t experienced with other vendors.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’ve been the best vendor we’ve ever worked with.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice is to give them a try and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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

Online Portal Development for Fundraising Platform

“Far Reach built a robust platform that's significantly streamlined internal processes.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Far Reach designed and developed an online platform that allows users to submit order forms for fundraising for different profiles. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Area
Scott McMaster
Co-Owner, Adrenaline Fundraising
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Far Reach delivered a platform that's saved the organization a lot of time and money while streamlining processes for all types of users. They've also continued to be very responsive, providing valuable input and being proactive about fixing any issues as needed.

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 co-owner of Adrenaline Fundraising, an organization that fundraises for high school sports teams.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Far Reach?

We wanted to figure out a way to collect order forms digitally to decrease human error and save time, so we engaged Far Reach to build an online portal. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Far Reach designed and developed an online platform that allows kids in high school to input their information and receive rewards, and to share their link for others to purchase fundraising products from.

What is the team composition? 

We usually work with a project manager, as well as two to three developers.

How did you come to work with Far Reach?

We considered a few vendors in the area but ultimately felt that Far Reach was the most excited about our project and provided the best input. We felt comfortable with them from the start. 

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested around $250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working together since January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Far Reach built a robust platform that's significantly streamlined internal processes. Our representatives no longer have to tally order numbers, which has saved countless hours of work. Credit card sales have also increased, meaning we get paid faster, and we've saved upwards of $50,000 in paper alone. 

How did Far Reach perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very responsive and meet with us once a week over Zoom to walk through priorities and next steps. They always bring a lot of great advice and new ideas to the table as well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It's as if they're part of our team; any problem we have is of equal concern to them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. Anything we've asked them to change has already been addressed.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Although we've paid more than we wanted, we've also received a lot more than we imagined.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Online Product Guide

“They're a smart, small, and fairly agile company.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Far Reach provides web development solutions, including a site that allows clients to log in and access specific product information. They continue to maintain and update the platform as needed.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
St. Louis, Missouri
Matt Horstmeier
Product and Technology Lead, Bayer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Far Reach's effective web-based solutions helped showcase products and information to specific customers, streamlining internal processes and improving client satisfaction overall. Despite challenges in upgrading the platform poses, they continue to be very agile and responsive. 

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 product and technology lead for Corn States, a division of Bayer CropScience. We license our technology to independent seed companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Far Reach?

We needed help communicating our new and existing products through a website, showcasing data and product characteristics to independent seed companies. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Far Reach developed a dynamic, web-based solution that enabled us to upload information about our products. Licensees are able to log into the website to access all the information they need. 

What is the team composition? 

It varies, but we initially worked with one of the owners to establish a game plan and then collaborated with a project manager and a few developers. We've probably worked with about 4–6 people in total. 

How did you come to work with Far Reach?

They were recommended by another company we've worked with who had engaged Far Reach for similar services for the same types of customers.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested close to $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since August 2015 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've received a lot of positive feedback from customers using the tool they've developed. They've also continued to make annual enhancements to improve overall satisfaction, streamlining internal processes and making the platform more user-friendly year over year.

How did Far Reach perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very agile and responsive. They utilize Basecamp to document and track project milestones, which has been an invaluable project management tool for us. 

Making enhancements has posed some challenges along the way, requiring more work than expected and, thus, more time and money. However, our experience has been very positive overall. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're a smart, small, and fairly agile company. Overall, they've been great to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Although someone on our team has been managing the relationship, it would be helpful if someone on their end provided more guidance and direction. It seems that we've had to do a little more architectural work than I would've expected when collaborating with an external vendor. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Sit down and meet with their team in-person to ensure there's a clear understanding of project expectations. It's been very valuable for us to spend a day brainstorming with them one-on-one, rather than meeting via video conference, to hash out the scope of work and a clear path for developing solutions. 

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