Coherent Solutions is a software consulting company that provides custom software development, mobile development, quality assurance, and business intelligence services. Our goal is to help our customers create business opportunities and solve business problems through technology.
They bring their business innovations and ideas to the table and we help realize them with commercial grade software.
Coherent Solutions has an development center located in Eastern Europe in Minsk, Belarus where we do the majority of our development and testing work. Service delivery management and solution architecture are done in the U.S. from our offices in Minneapolis, New York, and Boston.
What is the history of the company?
The company was started in 1995 (we celebrated our 20th anniversary this year) by Igor Epshteyn. It operated as a strictly Minneapolis consulting company for the first eight years. Igor is a native of Belarus and he saw an opportunity to leverage the high quality technical talent there. When global development teams started become more common in the early 2000s, he established the Development Center in Belarus in 2003. Our New York and Boston offices were opened in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
What is something unique about your org?
While Coherent does a lot of work from our Eastern Europe Development Center, our approach to distributed development is very different from a lot of other “offshore” development companies. We are big believers in openness and teamwork between our teams and our customers. Our customers work directly with all of their team members in both the U.S. and Belarus. This improves velocity, quality, innovation, and accountability between all parties and is key to yielding the superior results our customers enjoy.
We use a team of locally based Service Delivery Managers to enable this high level of connectedness. They are experienced consultants, not sales people and they are free. They are accountable for the customer experience and focus on the only thing that matters — the customer’s success. We hear repeatedly from our customers that this team is really strong and is unique in the marketplace.
Why do you sponsor TECHdotMN?
Generally speaking, as a member of the Minnesota technology community, Coherent Solutions is interested in supporting resources such as TECHdotMN that help strengthen and promote the great work being done in our space. Somewhat more selfishly, many of Coherent’s customers are technology start-ups so we have a vested interest in the health of the space and in making those companies more aware of Coherent.
How could the Minnesota technology industry improve from your perspective?
The investment infrastructure in the state needs further development to better support new technology companies by matching them with suitable investors. There is a lot of technical talent and great ideas in Minnesota, but the sector lacks the capital needed to meet its potential. This continues to act as a drag on the possibilities the sector could achieve in terms of job creation and economic impact in the state.