Shaping the Future of Technology

Plego Technologies is a digital agency based in Chicagoland

We specialize in website design and development, web app development, mobile app development, integration, search engine optimization and staff augmentation. 

Our clients over the years have taken advantage of Plego’s model of delivery to scale and have expedited their key initiatives.

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2002
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Downers Grove, IL
headquarters
  • Plego Technologies
    5002 Main Street, Suite 203
    Downers Grove, IL 60515
    United States
other locations
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    Pakistan

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Motorola Mobility

Chicago Park District

Ashley Furniture Homestore

Zebra Technologies

Juno Lighting Group

 

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E-Commerce Development for Weapons Manufacturer

“[Plego] asked a lot of questions about the website and what we wanted it to be able to do.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2015 - Apr. 2016
Project summary: 

Plego wrote a custom program to easily calculate bullet speed, and fully redesigned a website to provide e-commerce and instructional videos. They continue to host and modify the website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ixonia, Wisonsin
Ron Albanese
Owner, Wisconsin Trigger Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The completed website has received positive feedback from customers, many of whom appreciate the site’s improved usability and simplicity. Plego’s thoughtful questions, consistent quality, and flexibility amidst a shifting scope continue to impress.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My name is Ron Albanese and I am the owner of Wisconsin Trigger Company. We manufacture and sell AR-15 rifle target triggers for high-powered shooters and national match shooters.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Plego Technologies?

The original challenge was we wanted to turn a bullet power calculator we’d created into a usable program.

After that, we asked them to step in and fix our website that had been abandoned by a previous designer.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’d written the algorithms for a bullet power calculator, and they wrote a program that to does the math for you.

Plego quickly got an emergency website up and running when our designer disappeared, leaving an unfinished site. They took over the project of building a new site. The site is a mix of informational (e.g., instructional videos) and some e-commerce where we sell our product triggers.

What is the team composition?

I worked with three people, but I couldn't say who else was involved on their end.

How did you come to work with Plego Technologies?

I found them after doing a web search. I spoke with them on the phone, and liked how ambitious they were to take on the project. They were anxious to help us by writing the bullet power program, and thought it would be fun and interesting.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $12,000-$13,000 on everything.

What is the status of this engagement?

Work began in June of 2015. The bulk of their work was completed in early 2016, but they continue to host the site and make the occasional tweak.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re pleased with the positive comments on the website. Customers are very happy that they can access the trigger installation instructions online, and watch videos of how to do it.

How did Plego Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great. They asked a lot of questions about the website and what we wanted it to be able to do. If I liked something, they implemented it. They were very good about sticking to what I wanted to see happen. Some of my ideas turned out to be not the best decisions, so they changed them after the site went live.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very responsive; when I call, I get a response right away. If they weren’t able to answer the phone I would get a call within an hour to address my concerns.

They came to our office to talk about the business, which showed me that they really wanted the job. They didn’t just take our money and shoot over a website, they actually took an interest in what we are doing and what we want to accomplish.

They were really timely. Everything was done when they told me it would be done.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could try harder to convince me when I'm making a mistake.

5.0
Overall Score I can't think of anything that they could’ve done better.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always on schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They provided very good service for what I paid.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did exactly what I told them to do.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them.

Web and App Development for Park

"They focused on meeting the needs of the client by using the best functioning interface for the product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Plego Technologies provided web and app development that included gaming functions such as leaderboards and score counts. They offered technical expertise and advice to identify the most feasible and implementable app functions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Hinsdale, Illinois
Amy Brusselback
Co-Founder, Design B&B
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They remained engaged throughout the collaboration by frequently attending client meetings and team meetings. Their guidance on practical and feasible app capabilities helped produce an optimal product. They made sure everything ran smoothly, and the client responded to the product positively.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m Amy Brusselback, and I’m the co-founder and principal at Design B&B. We are a design and brand strategy agency that has two offices located in Chicago and Baltimore, respectively.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Plego Technologies?

We were hired by the Chicago Parks District to create a multi-media marketing platform, and we needed assistance developing the web and app components of their platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We hired Plego to be our technology partner for the Chicago Parks District’s website and app development. We came up with overall program such as its design and identity, while they handled its technical aspects. They attended client meetings that required greater technical knowledge with us, so they could answer the client’s questions. The site was specifically created for southeast Chicago, a subset within the broader Chicago Parks District. They collaborated with us to ensure that our proposal would technologically integrate with what Chicago Parks District already does. The app is a virtual scavenger hunt based in the different park systems, and targeted at various age groups in order to create an experience either the whole family or older people that may not be there with kids.

We wanted to include gaming techniques for the app by including leaderboards, score counts, and accolades as people moved through the program. Plego completed all the programming for it. They worked with our team to determine what aspects and functions would be most feasible to implement and most likely to be used on phones within the targeted community and population. Initially, we wanted to include GPS capabilities for this app. Plego clearly provided us with information regarding GPS programming such as the large amount of memory space it would take up, which our user base wouldn’t be able to handle that on their phone. In this way they guided us on what was most practical for the app as well as what would leverage the best execution of our vision. The app is available for both iOS and Android; iTunes is currently working to make it available in the App Store.

How did you come to work with Plego Technologies?

We were referred to them through a mutual contact, and we didn’t consider any other companies. They are also a minority owned partner, which we needed.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent $48,000 on this project.

What is the status of this engagement?

The approval process for this contract took longer than anticipated, but we began working together in June 2017 and completed the project in September 2017. We have a 2-year contract, and we expect to collaborate with them again in the spring.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have received a lot of positive feedback from the client, which they gathered through observations made from others and their key stakeholders about the program. We’re happy with the website and app, but we will get a better sense of the program’s full impact in the spring because there isn’t as much park activity during the winter season.

How did Plego Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They were adaptive and flexible throughout our collaboration. They were responsive throughout all of our interactions. They had representation present at all of our meetings, so they stayed engaged and involved. I’m a novice when it comes to understanding the technical backend of development, which is why we hired them, and they were fantastic. They were willing to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I work in the design industry, which is highly populated by egotism. However, I didn’t experience any of this while working with them. For instance, although they have design capability, we didn’t use them for that purpose, but they never tried to interject their designs into the project. They focused on meeting the needs of the client by using the best functioning interface for the product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There is a marked difference in the industries we operate in, despite being adjacent. For example, our methods of billing differ. This was more of an annoyance because we didn’t get paid from our client until the project was completed, but we had to pay Plego upfront.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I felt the cost was appropriate.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There weren’t any issues, and we never had to wait on them for anything.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them to someone who was looking for a technical partner, and they’ve been happy with them.

Web Development for Digital Games Company

“They supply exactly what we want, and the games are successful.”

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

Plego designs, develops, and maintains numerous web-based games. Site management is also included. Mobile versions of the games are currently being developed.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Geno Perry
Owner, Boom Industries
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Out of all the potential partners, Plego was the best-equipped to handle the project size. Reliable and good customer service are a top priority. Although they don’t offer 24-hour service, Plego still meets their customers’ expectations.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of Boom Industries, an Internet company that supplies digital games to the restaurant and bar industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Plego Technologies?

We needed someone to create our games and manage our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have a few different games that Plego has developed: a spin-to-win type game, trivia, night at the races, bingo, etc. The games are web-based and displayed on TVs at bars and restaurants through our website, with other gimmicks and promotions from the location.

Plego also maintains our e-commerce website, and they’re currently developing a mobile version of our trivia game. They do dev, design, and all the support.

What is the team composition?

Including the owner, who's very involved, three people are on our team.

How did you come to work with Plego Technologies?

We put out an ad, and they called about it. We interviewed around eight developers in total, but we chose Plego because they were definitely capable of delivering what we need, and the other firms didn’t impress us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since November 2013, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re pleased with Plego’s work, and none of our clients have complained. If any games need to be fixed or updated, Plego does it. They supply exactly what we want, and the games are successful.

How did Plego Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They don’t supply 24-hour service, so if a game goes down in the middle of the night, I have to wait until the morning to fix it. Some bars are open until 2 or 3 in the morning, so that can be an issue. But other than that, they do a great job.

What did you find most impressive about them?

If I don’t like what they made, they’re willing to fix it at the original price we discussed. It wasn’t always like that, but we’ve come to have a great partnership. I’m still with them because they provide good customer service and work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would love 24-hour service.

5.0
Overall Score I'm happy with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We've never had issues.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We've had to negotiate price at times.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They produce exactly what I want and deal with any problems that arise.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've referred them quite often.

SQL Development for Marketing Company

"I already recommended Plego to several companies; they’re all happy."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Plego migrated software from MySQL to SQL using a scaled database and new integration tools to increase capacity. Concurrent integration and migration projects for e-commerce and web are on-going.

The Reviewer
 
7734053920
 
Chicago, Illinois
John Manfredy
Co-Founder, Animated Vision
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

New software implementation prevented likely revenue losses without those improvements. The database is stable and handles new capacity. Great results at fair price points benefited from significant investment in time to understand processes and objectives.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I own Animated Vision, which is an interactive marketing company that produces custom web applications for furniture manufacturer clients. We develop online furniture design tools and do 3D modeling and photorealistic images.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Plego?

We needed to migrate our sales support tool from MySQL to SQL when our client base and the number of listed products grew too large for the former. We required a partner familiar with PHP to build a new database with increased capacity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, the team learned our software, how it’s integrated with our web applications, and subsequently designed a schema to scale the database. They built integration tools to allow communication between the old and new databases. That helped execute product updates, revisions, and deletions. After completing the database and its integration points, the team built out the support.

Since we’re a small company, we use Plego on a number of related projects. This has been our practice since the initial engagement. We’ve collaborated on custom web and e-commerce projects in addition to digital communication between our applications and client web services. Currently, they’re helping to migrate our existing WebGL platform to another vendor. Other services include: PHP, programming assistance, PayPal integration, JavaScript, and HTML.

How did you come to work with Plego?

They are the successor firm to a company we previously worked with. We were not satisfied with that company; Plego’s management resolved those performance gaps.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $100,000 - $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been partnering for 5-7 years and the work is on-going.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since our business is based on a subscriber model, we measure this project’s success by client attrition. We would have lost larger accounts in the SQL development did not occur. It’s very important to us that our databases are stable and can accrue additional information. Our tools are managed on a daily basis and need to be operating 24/7.

How did Plego perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated with Amin [Managing Partner, Plego] closely. We had bi-weekly meetings with his team. Overall, they’re very competent; we never worried about deadlines. They hit milestones without charging more than the original estimates.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re rates are very competitive for the volume of work they produce. They tend to complete tasks on-time and on budget.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make both sides are on clear on the project’s parameters and set objectives. Those initial meetings are crucial because they allow Plego to work on ‘auto pilot,’ which is convenient for the client. They do a great job with that.

5.0
Overall Score We have no reason not to work with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all our deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They produced a lot for the fee they charged.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their estimates are fair and they meet deadlines.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already recommended Plego to several companies; they’re all happy.

Custom Web Application for Plastics Company

"They certainly know the technology, but their ability to respond to customers is impressive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2015
Project summary: 

In two major projects, Plego Technologies provided a product information management database and consolidated multiple websites into a single corporate website. They now provide ongoing maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Vice President of Marketing, Manufacturing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The database has increased internal productivity and supports with the quality and accuracy of information that is shared publicly. Additionally, traffic to the corporate website has increased. Plego Technologies is service-minded and customer-focused. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

At Jessup Manufacturing, we make adhesive coated films that go into many industries; everything from other manufactured products, to transportation, to even some medical and consumer goods. I’m the VP of marketing and strategy.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Plego Technologies?

We needed to create a product information management database. Plego is strong in structured data, so we hired them to create our product information database that we use today.

We also had rebranded and repositioned the company, and we needed to create a new website along with that. We had multiple websites for different brands, and we decided to consolidate them into a single corporate website that would span all these brands.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For the product information database, Plego Technologies started from scratch. We didn’t have one place where all the product information resided. We basically mapped to our enterprise system for certain types of data on the standard parts that we sell that would be part of our engineering master. Then we added marketing data, such as short and long descriptions, feature bullets, and photographs.

We use the database internally and externally. We’ve created a standardization, and it’s a resource to everyone in the company for product information on standard products. It gave us a huge productivity boost and helped us with the quality and accuracy of all kinds of information uses. It’s kept up to date, and it’s a central repository. There’s clear accountability for who keeps the data clean. The external benefits are very significant also. We sell through distribution, and many of our customers have online stores, so we provide data feeds from this database to our customers. That’s a critical benefit to them.

For the website project, in addition to creating the site, the task was to import all the relevant pages and information from the other four existing sites. That was a considerable task. We had started down a path, both creatively and technically, with a different company. We found they did not have the capacity to do all that we wanted. We went to Plego, who was working on the database project at that time, and asked if they had the capabilities. They said they did, and they helped us create that website and get it launched. Since then, they’ve been providing maintenance and updates. WordPress is the basis for the content, and then we decided together to change the hosting of the websites from GoDaddy to Rackspace, with a dedicated server.

We had specific ideas about how we wanted the website to function. We got some samples of WordPress templates and had them tested technically by Plego. An independent design firm did the design, and then we handed it off to Plego. I work more with the principles of the firm, so I can’t even say how many team members they had on our projects. I know they have a larger team, and my connection with them is limited. For example, if we have enhancements or bugs to be fixed, we load it into a tracking program called Lean Testing. Other team members review it, but I don’t deal with them directly.

How did you come to work with Plego Technologies?

Plego Technologies worked for me when I was with a previous employer. I hired them to do another product database, some web maintenance, and enhancements.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started work in September of 2014, and we launched the website in December of 2015. Our relationship with Plego Technologies is ongoing for maintenance and updates.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

I don’t have specific metrics on hand. I can say that there have been significant increases in traffic to our website. As far as the productivity gained from the database, it’s so high that it’s like night and day. During our transition, we literally went from weeks to prepare documents for customers, down to minutes. It’s a great leverage that we have now with this database.

Both projects are great regarding reliability, functionality, and stability. Since these were developed uniquely for us, we had some bugs to fix, but that’s part of having applications. We worked through them.

How did Plego Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

Plego Technologies is very good. I like that they are very service-minded and customer-focused. We use Lean Tracking to track bugs, and we have used Basecamp, which is useful for people outside the company.

What did you find most impressive about Plego Technologies?

I would say the service level is really one of Plego Technologies' strengths. They certainly know the technology, but their ability to respond to customers is impressive. When you’re talking about technology tools, they’re 24/7. Sometimes needs come up over the weekend or at any time, and it could be day or night. It’s very valuable to me that, if we get an attack on our site on a Saturday night, I can actually get a response from Plego. I think that is a strength. They clearly understand business applications very well. They’ve been great partners.

Are there any areas Plego Technologies could improve?

I guess the only thing would be, as my company grows, they’re a small, lean company. I would hope Plego Technologies could keep up with us as we grow. They’ve shown no signs of not doing that.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Plego Technologies' team is very willing to work with me. There are no issues there.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Plego Technologies' team members are very good collaborators when setting up a project. They’re very good once we’ve launched a project and need to address any changes or even just ongoing enhancements.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred Plego Technologies to many people.