2015 Recap: Ten Forward Consulting

ten-forward-consulting-logoAs 2015 comes to a close, we reflect on another successful year over here at Ten Forward Consulting. Startup companies, long-time clients, innovative product development, and new hires have kept us quite busy – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ten Forward committed to our long-standing partnership with Mobile Doorman when Brian Samson, founder of Ten Forward, accepted a position as CTO and helped the Chicago-based tech startup secure its first round of funding, hire technical staff, and meet key technical milestones.

We’ve always felt connected with entrepreneurs and start-ups, and have been fortunate enough to partner with several this past year. Habit Catalyst is a compliance tracker and reminder application, which is designed for trainers to help their clients develop healthy habits. Built by Ten Forward and based here in Madison, this app is expected to launch publicly in early 2016. In addition, we’ve developed new mobile applications for Fanbread, a YouTube personality outreach tool, and Looper, a new way to connect golfers and caddies which is scheduled to launch in Spring 2016.

As busy as clients keep us, we try to spend any additional development time working on internal products. After some frustrations with client-facing CMS tools like WordPress we decided to work on a simple solution for small businesses to request content updates so they don’t need to learn yet another system. We have used this platform, called “CRS” internally, with several clients and look forward to expanding features in the coming year.

None of this work can happen without a lot of help. In the past year, Ten Forward has made some very important hires. Mark Norman, with over 10 years of development experience, has worked on a number of projects with Ten Forward as a contractor. In 2015, we made it official, and Mark was brought on as a senior developer and our first equity partner. We hired developers out of Epic, Omaha Code School, and interns from Madison’s YWeb Career Academy. Ten Forward nearly doubled in size from five employees in January to nine in December.

2015 has been a great year for the growth and sustainability of our young company, and we look forward to continuing that trend as we move forward in our mission to create the best software for our clients.

Have a great New Year!
Your friends at Ten Forward Consulting

2014 Recap: Ten Forward Consulting

ten-forward-consulting-logo365 days sounds like a pretty long time, but for a group of people that moves as fast as we do, it quickly flew by. Looking over the past year, Ten Forward Consulting has worked to strengthen our stance in the software consulting space with the help of our awesome clients, team members, and URP.

We’ve had a lot of fun dipping our toes in different industries while working with each of our unique clients. Mobile Doorman, a residency communication app based in Chicago, IL, had us operating with property owners all over the nation while clients like Wellbe and UWLE kept us busy locally, right here in Madison, WI.

Although we love working with our clients, we can’t help but also pay just a little attention to our own laundry list of software ideas. Cloud Five is an ongoing internal project that provides a more coherent alternative to the familiar programs, Eclipse or Xcode. It allows developers to simplify the unavoidable workload that comes with building a mobile HTML5-based app. More recently, we launched a professional document creation tool, Handshake, to help other small businesses like us become more efficient in their proposal writing processes.

In order to ensure we properly execute both external and internal projects, our team has grown in size! We hired on Zach, a full-time developer and Sophia, our Office Manager. Both joined us at our coworking location, Madworks Coworking, in University Research Park (URP). We love being surrounded by a room of diverse, busy minds (and beer!).

As a whole, 2014 was a year for growth. We took on bigger clients than we had in the past, expanded our geographical client map, added members to our team, and upgraded from a mini fridge of beer bottles to a full-blown kegerator. We are thankful for the many experiences of 2014 and are ready and excited for those to come in 2015.

Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!