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Montrose Software is a team of passionate software developers who develop mobile, web and desktop applications using state of the art technology for clients in finance, education, e-commerce, publishing and more. Our headquarters is in New Jersey and we have a development center in Krakow, Poland. We deliver creative solutions to our clients' business needs. We value the knowledge and passion needed to keep up with the constant evolution of our industry. 

 
Undisclosed
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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South Orange, NJ
headquarters
  • 351 Hartford Rd
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    United States
other locations
  • Jozefa Sarego
    Krakow 31-047
    Poland

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Wells Fargo, Lord Abbett, bond.co, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Home Partners of America, CoreLogic, Emma One Sock, Freshpair, PilePro Group, Genpact, Plus

Reviews

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Platform Migration for Eccomerce Store

"The platform was so old that it would’ve stopped working without their help."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2016 - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Montrose Software executed a Shopify migration, cloning the legacy site to store historical data on an internal server. Work is completed, but the team provides occasional AWS support as needed.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
COO, Freshpair
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Shopify site was a success improvement over its predecessor. The team’s accuracy and responsive service stood out. They had a straightforward approach and overestimated costs to keep the budget on target.

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 COO at Freshpair. We sell lingerie and intimates.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Montrose Software?

We needed help with a Shopify migration after having our own custom website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

During the migration, they set up an ecomdash connection, importing each field we still needed from our legacy software. Montrose Software then duplicated our Amazon Web Services (AWS) server to clone our legacy site and download it onto our internal server. We can now access the old backend—including order histories—as needed.

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with the senior software developer, speaking at least three times a week. The founder was our contact for invoicing and general high-level concerns.

How did you come to work with Montrose Software?

They were the company’s vendor when we took over in July 2016. We decided to keep them because they were already managing our software, and given the platform’s complexities, onboarding a new agency would’ve taken too long.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $180,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2016 and the project ended in August 2017. However, I still reach out with questions about the AWS server. The team can log in and check our account.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform was so old that it would’ve stopped working without their help. The migration was a huge success because it imported helpful legacy information—such as customers’ pre-2016 order histories—while maximizing our site’s performance. For example, we accessed historical data to resolve one of Shopify’s fraud alerts and ensure an order’s validity.

How did Montrose Software perform from a project management standpoint?

They were on top of everything and had quick fixes and response times. The team always overestimated costs to prevent unpleasant surprises. Their current AWS support is responsive and complimentary, which we greatly appreciate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve transitioned from solely B2C to having partnered with over 40 vendors. Of those agencies, I’d put Montrose Software in the top-three for their responsiveness, value, and accuracy. Their straightforwardness further distinguishes the team from the competition.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, because service was immediate and deliverables were either on time or early.

Any advice for potential customers?

When asking for a service, do all the research and explain the requirements in detail. As long as the team has the detail, they can complete the project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I'm giving this rating only because we don’t like to spend money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We're completely happy with the partnership.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They were extremely helpful.

Web Backend Redevelopment for Fabric Eccomerce

Mistakes were rare because they understood our business and actively listened to our needs.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Montrose Software renovated a site’s backend and migrated the platform to Microsoft Azure SQL Database. They also converted site pages to ASP.NET and implemented JavaScript technology and hybrid solutions.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dresher, PA
CTO, EmmaOneSock
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Montrose transformed the antiquated backend into a mobile-friendly platform, despite having little experience migrating to Microsoft’s cloud service. Their frequent and transparent communication contributed to the smooth development process, and in-turn a successful end-product.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

EmmaOneSock is a leading online retailer of designer fashion fabrics.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Montrose Software?

We needed to renovate our website’s outdated middleware, migrate to a major cloud services provider, and catch up with our clients’ mobile-centric preferences.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The overarching goal was to develop a mobile-friendly website and migrate the platform to the cloud. Since we were already familiar with Microsoft technology, we decided to use Microsoft Azure SQL Database. Montrose rewrote the entire backend and converted the Classic ASP site to ASP.NET. They also implemented various JavaScript-based client technology, bridged two websites using hybrid solutions, and updated our encryption certificate.

What is the team composition?

We worked closely with their head of technology and two additional programmers.

How did you come to work with Montrose Software?

We initially reached out to their sister company, but they recommended Montrose as a more appropriate fit for our project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working with Montrose since November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our clients are enjoying the mobile-friendly enhancements and other improvements to our website. While Montrose had more experience with Amazon cloud services, they adapted to Microsoft Azure seamlessly.

How did Montrose Software perform from a project management standpoint?

We held daily status meetings via Skype. Jira and GitHub were used effectively to track project issues and dynamically maintain source code integrity. When issues occurred, they documented the error on Jira, and we promptly met to discuss the best solutions. Their exceptional communication was consistent when communicating with other vendors, so we never had issues getting information from our former web host.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Mistakes were rare because they understood our business and actively listened to our needs. If our ideas weren’t coherent, they came back quickly with intelligent questions in order to arrive at an actionable understanding. I’ve been in the industry for 50 years, and Montrose met and exceeded all of my expectations. We're very happy with their work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

My only advice is that they keep up the great work because they’re doing a fantastic job.

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

Website Dev for Real Estate Platform

“They were communicative and organized and their billing was very detailed.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jun. 2013 - Apr. 2015
Project summary: 

Montrose Software developed a new website for a real estate platform. They built the site from scratch on Ruby on Rails, managed UI and design, leveraged AWS systems, and integrated Salesforce.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
Michael Jagmin
Fmr. Product Manager, Home Partners of America
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Montrose’s QA ensured a smooth launch. They were quick to report potential issues and were responsive. Though their role was eventually filled by an in-house team, they were faster and more efficient than their replacements.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our platform allows people to select a home, purchase it, and rent it back to the previous owner. After a 12-month lease, there is an option to buy the home. I was the manager of our data and software team.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Montrose Software?

We needed a new website but didn’t have the resources in-house to build one.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed our website from scratch on Ruby on Rails. They also did all of the design and UI. The site is hosted on AWS and leverages many AWS systems, including Elastic Beanstalk and dynamic load balancing. The site integrates with Salesforce and credit agencies for credit checks.

What is the team composition?

We mainly interacted with one project manager the whole time. The development team varied in size but was typically between two and four team members.

How did you come to work with Montrose Software?

A friend of a friend recommended them. We considered a few other Chicago shops and decided to work with Montrose.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $750,000–$1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in June 2013 and went live around April 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their QA is solid; we rarely had any failures or malfunctions after the release. They continued maintenance and upgrades for us after the launch and did a very good job. The executives tried to bring software development in-house and the relationship with Montrose ended. The in-house team never worked as smoothly as they did.

How did Montrose Software perform from a project management standpoint?

Their English is good and they’re very responsive. We had weekly calls and the time overlap with Poland worked well for us. We called early in the morning here, which gave them at least half of their day to complete tasks. They responded to emails within eight hours at the most and always updated us when they encountered an issue.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were communicative and organized and their billing was very detailed. We rarely had to wait for them; whenever the process slowed down it was usually because of issues on our end.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They had minimal turnover but anything they could do to reduce that further would be helpful. Otherwise, I was happy with everything they did.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you are well-organized when you start with them. They’re fast, so be prepared to keep up. If you provide the right specs, they will work quickly.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Cost was mostly in line. We occasionally went over budget because of decisions on our side.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We never had a failure or needed to roll anything back after it launched.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS Dev for Handwritten Note App

“They treated our app as if it were their own, which was evident in the end product.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Montrose Software supported the development of an iOS mobile app that allowed users to customize and order handwritten notes. This involved integrating an internally-produced API and building a microservice.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
Nick Pelletier
Director of Product, Bond
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Montrose Software’s app gained outstanding praise for its stability and user-friendly functions. In contrast to previous vendors, the team demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering high-quality work and surpassed all expectations. Clear communication and documentation helped ensure success.

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 head of product and marketing at Bond.co. We leverage robotic and software technology to send customized handwritten notes at scale. With our service, people can send notes as easily as a text message or an email. Our clientele includes big companies that use us for their marketing strategies as well as personal consumers who use us for event invitations and thank-you notes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Montrose Software?

We needed resources to help us build a mobile app for iOS.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Montrose Software integrated the API that we developed with the mobile app, which involved creating a new microservice. The app allowed customers to conveniently send handwritten notes on the go. After choosing the stationery, they could type out the note and preview how it would look. From there, they would put in the recipient’s information and place the order for us to fulfill. Beyond development work, the team also created customized stationery for businesses that wanted to include a logo or image on their documents.

What is the team composition?

At the height of the project, we worked with three developers, including two senior engineers and a junior engineer. The team fluctuated depending on our needs. When we were pushing to meet deadlines, all three worked at full capacity. We would then scale down to 1–2 developers based on our initiatives.

How did you come to work with Montrose Software?

We reached out to them because they had a really strong mobile development team. We felt that they could help us fulfill our business strategy.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent close to $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work lasted from January 2016–December 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We currently have about 3,000 monthly users who send between 1–2 notes on a regular basis. In terms of the app’s functionality, it works well. The UX is seamless and remembers the user’s activity, which creates a more convenient experience. If the user has sent a note to someone, the app will save the address. It also remembers message templates and integrates credit card information.

We performed rigorous QA tests before releasing the app, so we haven’t experienced any crashes or bugs. In the end, they produced one of the most polished MVPs for launch that I’d ever seen, which speaks volumes to the amount of care and diligence that they put into their work.

How did Montrose Software perform from a project management standpoint?

It was delightful working with them because, in a lot of ways, I knew more about what was happening on their team than with some of my own. Although they were based in Poland, they accommodated their schedule to match our local business hours. They also went above and beyond to make sure that everything was well documented and easily understood, which was great, considering that English was not their first language. We used Jira and Confluence to track everything.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve been in mobile app development for about eight years, now, and Montrose Software is one of the best development groups that I’ve worked with. Compared to other agencies that are in it for the money, the team really cared about their work. They treated our app as if it were their own, which was evident in the end product. Ultimately, they exceeded our expectations in every way.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing comes to mind. I only worked with them on the mobile development side, but I know they also offer other development services. I’d be keen to try those.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

As with any vendor, have a clear idea of your project and what you want to build, and then make sure that Montrose Software’s team understands it. Communication can be challenging because it’s a two-way street. But they try their best to make sure that everyone is on the same page, so clients need to do their part, too.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a deadline with us.
  • N/A Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    One can never have perfection in software development.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer