We live and breathe Drupal and Magento. Since 2007, we have launched hundreds of websites -- from major online retailers to small nonprofits -- backed by solid, elegant code that works beautifully and stands the test of time.
We understand the needs of the CMO, and we offer the strategic vision of a CTO. We have a vested interest in your success, and we’re here to support your goals and needs -- however much (or little) you want to be involved.
We are listeners first, doers second. We won't bombard you with jargon or try to talk you into solutions you don't need.
We're not a huge agency with a lot of overhead, but we’re more than a band of contractors. We have the flexibility and bench depth to handle just about any project and timeline.
From PHP masters to expert technical project managers, we have a range of roles on our team to get your project done right. Below you’ll find more detail on the roles we have on staff.
If you’re not already using Drupal or Magento, consultants can help you make sure that they will meet your business needs— and if so, they can make your team comfortable with the platforms. Consultants can help with every aspect of planning a project, whether they write specs and timelines themselves or provide input to internal project leads.
Technical PMs keep each project on track. We use development tools like Jira Studio, which integrates your project roadmap, current tasks, releases, burndowns, and the actual Subversion code repository, and allows code reviews. That translates to strong project coordination and transparency for our clients.
Site Builders manage all aspects of the configuration on Drupal or Magento. They provide the glue between a websites design, content, functionality and code and work actively with the client and development teams.
Our senior developers truly are senior developers. Each has over 10 years experience building websites, and years of Drupal development expertise. Most contribute modules to the Drupal community and have worked on many advanced projects. They are PHP masters, have strong knowledge of LAMP systems, and are skilled in all front-end technologies. They thrive on learning new and interesting technology.
Our front-end developers all have one thing in common – they are perfectionists. We partner with some of the very best design firms, and their expectations are high. Our front-end developers are masters in the latest HTML5/CSS3 technology, and they can build a Drupal or Magento theme in days.
On content-heavy projects, our content coordinators ensure that all content appears beautifully, in just the right format.
For each of our custom website systems, our technical writers provide detailed documentation at the right level for the audience to make them as usable and self-service as possible. The documentation is written to meet the needs of the editorial staff and day-to-day system users. They also provide training in many formats from screen-sharing, to conducting in-person group or personal training so no matter how large the team all users know how to run the system.
This is an internal role, providing all system administration to keep our developers productive, deployments stable, servers monitored, secure and hardened.
Bear Group was founded in Seattle in January 2007 on a passion for open source platforms— especially Drupal, and later Magento—and their power to grow a business. Small businesses no longer have to license expensive software to get started, or depend on a webmaster to keep their sites up to date; large businesses are made more efficient with a rock-solid CMS and e-commerce platform that don’t require the development or management of proprietary platforms.
Since Bear Group opened, we have been able to help companies grow their business in many different ways. Sometimes it’s by creating a new sales channel by opening an online store-- or driving sales by vastly improving an existing one. Sometimes it’s by developing a more professional, authoritative web presence, or building a site that’s ready for search engine marketing. Sometimes it’s by empowering a business to manage its own site so it can keep it fresh and ensure that customers have a reason to visit. And sometimes it’s in the cost savings of making a web business so much more efficient.
We work with clients ranging in size and representing many different industries. My own background is a mix of technology and business (Computer Science degree as an undergrad, followed by an MBA), and I’ve worked as a founding member of three startups as well as on 200+ marketing/technology projects for Microsoft. So I enjoy the challenges of both a new business and a larger, more established one, and I like to look at growth potential holistically.
At the heart of everything we do is strong client communication. We challenge our clients with fresh perspective, we go deep on every idea, and we push ourselves to deliver innovative solutions for all our clients.
Bear Group's team has grown over time to include developers in different specialties, technical project managers, consultants, and content coordinators. Our services have also expanded—not only do we build websites and e-commerce solutions, but we deploy dedicated development teams for large, long-term projects and provide Drupal and Magento consulting. We also offer ongoing consulting and support to all existing clients—100+ at last count.
Please be in touch with any comments or questions as you look through our website!
Greg Bear, Founder / President
Each of our TPM's are trained in agile project management and possess extensive experience working with clients to develop their web projects. Our TPM's are also lead by a certified Scrum Master, a prestigious recognition awarded by the Scrum Alliance to experts of agile development frameworks.
We have been working with Magento Commerce as our primary eCommerce platform for clients since its first release in 2008. All of our developers and technical PM's have become experts in Magento. Additionally, a few of our developers also hold a Magento Developer Plus certification, a credential earned by only the most expert of Magento developers.
Bear Group, Inc.
2540 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109