Innovation is on Fire in Minnesota!

We are excited to sponsor the inaugural Minne Inno #50onFire event January 24th at the new WeWork space in Minneapolis. The fifty businesses or individuals that are being honored are the changemakers in our region willing to take the calculated risks and make the investment in their ideas and ultimately our economy. … Read More

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The Women’s Luncheon was a great success again!

November 15, 2017, Minneapolis, twenty-nine bright, talented women gathered to network and take charge of their own careers by learning about leadership development. Dr. Rita Webster facilitated a compelling discussion focused on the value of leadership coaching, internal women’s leadership programming for high potential women, informal company-wide women’s networks and women’s leadership roundtables. … Read More

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Raising the bar with continuous improvement

After five years of increasingly complex development work with Videology, an advertising technology company that uses big data and science-driven analysis to provide advertisers with optimal performance and accountability, Coherent Solutions’ Videology team in Minsk has grown to over 45 full-time people. … Read More

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Coherent Solutions cuts its teeth on delivery management at Agilysys

In the early 2000s, Time Management Corp’s CEO, Barrs Lewis, concluded he needed a technical partner to assist in developing his company’s labor management software. So he turned to his colleague Igor Epshteyn, CEO of Coherent Solutions, a custom software development company. Believing that excellent service delivery management is the key to a better model for globally distributed teams, Igor and COO Rob Duff created a system and processes to manage accounts via U.S.-based service delivery managers. … Read More

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Custom mobile application: development & costs

If you’re considering developing a custom mobile application (app) for your business, you might be wondering what the cost is and how the cost is arrived to when budgeting. After reading this, you should have a better understanding of not only what to budget for, but also of the variables within the cost of building the app. … Read More

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A Roadmap for Successful Outsourcing. Part 4.

Managing relationships is never easy, but managing them across oceans, time zones and with language and cultural barriers . . . Well, let’s just admit that it is challenging. Yet managing a supplier/partner relationship is as important to success as any technical skill. More projects are derailed due to communication failures than any other single reason. … Read More

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5 P’s of SaaS

In 2014, IDC estimated that more than one-quarter of enterprise applications would be offered via SaaS model by 2018, up from one-sixth in 2013. According to Transparency Market Research, the overall SaaS market will reach $164.29 billion by 2022. Many software companies today are in the midst of entering the attractive, yet very different business model. When planning for the investment, there are some critical aspects software companies must consider that are easy to overlook. … Read More

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A Roadmap for Successful Outsourcing. Part 3.

Having read the first two parts of this blog series of four, and now continuing with blog 3, I gather you have weighed the plusses and minuses, done your due diligence and put out an RFP. So how do you make an educated, sensible decision on the best supplier for your organization? … Read More

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How to save a bundle with a cloud audit

Cloud services have become ubiquitous in the business world. Organizations from small to large have reduced risk and costs by outsourcing the purchase and management of computing and storage to public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google. The advantages of using the cloud to store data and manage business applications are many: … Read More

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Patient Readmission Management

Regardless of the future for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), care managers are working tirelessly to enable ongoing, post-discharge, care plans to extend beyond the walls of the hospital. This is especially challenging when discharged patients have high levels of acuity and multiple, chronic conditions. These patients are likely candidates for patient readmission within weeks of discharge. … Read More

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Alena Bashmakova

Alena leads efforts associated with data quality improvements and functional testing of large business intelligence and data warehouse enhancements projects. As a lead consultant, Alena participates throughout the software development lifecycle, applying her strong knowledge of DW/BI models to help solve complex business problems. In her position, Alena interfaces with cross-functional teams to manage defects and compile test results, communicating issues, risks and status to ensure Coherent’s solutions are meeting business requirements.

Chad West

Chad has over 10 years of experience in the application development industry co-innovating with technology pioneers to increase market share. He does this by facilitating complex technology discussions and providing practical, risk-contained solutions to accelerate innovative roadmaps. His passion for what he does stems from his belief that building technology that solves problems, within the constraints of time and resources, is the ultimate expression of creativity. At home with his family, his passion is being an artist and the father of two active children. Chad has a Bachelors of Science in Design, Marketing, and Rhetoric from the University of Minnesota.

Dima Petruchenya

Dima has 7 years of project management experience and has worked on the projects with cross-functional teams of up to 40 people. In addition, Dima has worked as process manager setting up project management and development processes for software organizations. He has led the development of Project Management training at Coherent and actively mentors others in the company.

Dmitri Shtulman

Since 2000, Dmitri has enjoyed a career in the IT industry, playing all of the primary roles in the software development lifecycle. These positions have included business analyst, QA, full stack developer, solutions architect, and project manager. As a Service Delivery Manager at Coherent Solutions, he has a proven history of ensuring successful project delivery for his clients. Dmitri holds a BSB in Management Information Systems and Insurance-Risk Management from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Evgeni Gordeev

In his role of Application Architect and Team Lead Evgeni is responsible for the development, testing, and maintenance of web applications, coordinating the development team, applying advanced knowledge of new web technologies to create a robust and intuitive user experience. He does his part to ensure the team adheres to coding, architectural, and security standards as defined. Evgeni proactively participates in all facets of an agile development cycle, including product and sprint planning exercises, daily scrum sessions, design and build systems, and organize testing in banking, finance, and insurance domains. He has relevant hands-on web development experience, including exposure to web development, and Java/JEE experience proven with Sun/Oracle certificates.

Igor Epshteyn

Igor has been an entrepreneur, technical architect, business strategist, and project manager in the information technology industry since 1988. As a teenager, Igor started and sold his first company in his native Belarus. As the founder of Coherent Solutions, Igor is responsible for its strategic management. Igor holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Minsk Institute of Radio Technology.

Jay Syverson

Jay comes to his role with 30+ years of experience in technology with health care technology companies, cross-industry consulting firms, as well as with business intelligence and customer relationship management software and services companies. Jay holds a master’s degree (MBA) in business administration and a bachelor’s degree (BS) in business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Julia Gordeeva

At Coherent Solutions Julia works as a Digital Marketing Director and performs day-to-day management of digital search marketing campaigns, keeps pace with the changes in the SEM & SEO industries and trends to ensure compliance and efficiency with the latest guidelines and algorithms, manages tactical SEO initiatives including on-site optimizations, keyword analysis, content creation, link-building, site auditing and competitive analysis. In this job Julia has responsibility for the promotion of the Coherent Solutions brand including strategy, development, and implementation of various initiatives to increase the brand’s visibility and more clearly communicate our company’s value proposition to customers.

Kami Holtz

Kami's experience is a unique blend of leading business and technical teams. Her expertise includes system engineering and development, operations, project management, security, consulting, and delivery. At Coherent Solutions, she leverages her strategic perspective of aligning business drivers and technical solutions to deliver software products and platforms. Kami holds an MBA in technical management from the University of Phoenix.

Lenny Kotlyar

Lenny has been IT and Consulting since 2000. At Coherent he is responsible for developing Coherent’s BI practice, as well as managing current clients to ensure that software/data warehousing solutions are alignment with their goals and objectives. His prior experience includes software development and architecture, management consulting, management of software, database and business intelligence development projects. In addition to Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, Lenny holds MBA degree from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Maksim Belov

In his role as CTO Max is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of Coherent Solutions’ technology services. Max has over a decade of software development and technology management experience. He is an accomplished architect and an expert in distributed systems design and implementation. Max holds a master’s degree in Theoretical Computer Science from Moscow State University

Nikolai Astreika

Nick has over 10 years of marketing communications experience spanning across: marketing research and analytics, Public Relations, internet marketing and event-marketing. Nick holds an MBA from the Leon Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland) and a MA in Political Science from the Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus).

Oleg Fridlyand

Oleg has worked in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, with experience in all phases of software development (from planning to release).He began his career as a software developer for road and transportation organizations in 1991. After five years of work in this field, his next employer became BelAgroPromBank, where he served as the Head of IT department in 1996-2000. For the next four years, in 2000-2004, he was the Head of Methodology and Tools of Procedures Management Department in the Interbank Processing Center. During the years 2004-2008 Oleg worked at INTELPART, where he actively participated in the development of more than ten business and research software systems, including decision making support software, applications for the semantic analysis of documents, card-index of management decisions on conflict resolution between coworkers, etc. He became part of Coherent Solutions/ISsoft team in 2008. Since 2010 he is the Head of ISsoft Training Center.

Peter Tisinevich

Petr established the BA Department at Coherent and current heads the company's UX/UI department. He has been actively involved in the development of Coherent's design methodology. He loves new challenges and sees opportunities everywhere. He is energized by involving and engaging people in the process of achieving their goals, helping them to get better at what they do, discover new potentials.

Robert Duff

Rob has worked in the consulting industry since 1992. At Coherent he is responsible for the operational management of the company. His prior experiences include management consulting, technical architecture, and program/project management. Rob holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame

Valery Shklenski

Valery is an experienced IT Project manager with over 13 years of experience in the industry. Professional services management with a clear focus on achievement of business goals and cost efficiency. He works with Coherent Solutions starting 2006 and focusing on managing BI/Data-warehouse projects

Yury Zhukovsky

As a BI Data Architect/System Analyst, Yury is responsible for the following items: Providing a strategic vision of BI data environment;Guidance and leadership on how best to design data to integrate with technologies;Establishing repeatable processes related to data assets ensuring high quality data design;Teams education on topics pertaining to the value of data as an asset.