Exploring What’s New in .NET 8

In the early days of the .NET Framework, releases were infrequent and timed with Windows releases. The shift to an open-source platform brought a welcome change. Now, we anticipate an annual .NET release tied to the .NET Conf event every November. Building on the foundation of .NET 7, this release introduces a host of new […]

A Path out of Technical Debt (and How To Avoid It in the First Pace)

At Trailhead Technology Partners, we understand that in the fast-paced world of technology, every business must continuously innovate and evolve. However, in the quest for rapid development, there’s a lurking challenge that can impede progress: Technical Debt. What Is Technical Debt? Technical debt is the accumulation of shortcuts, quick fixes, and suboptimal code that accrues […]

Why Engineers Should Embrace Verbosity

In the fast-paced world of software development, brevity is often hailed as a virtue. Software engineers, with their affinity for efficiency, are notorious for distilling complex concepts into succinct messages–sometimes even a little too succinct. While the skill of summarizing has its merits and uses, there are instances where more words can actually lead to […]

Trailhead Interviewed on The Azure DevOps Podcast

In the quickly evolving landscape of software, keeping pace with advancements is crucial to avoid having your application become a dreaded “legacy” application. Recently, Trailhead’s very own Jonathan “J.” Tower had the privilege of being a featured guest on The Azure DevOps Podcast with Jeffrey Palermo. During this insightful conversation, J. and Jeffrey discussed the […]

Are You Prepared for the End of Xamarin Support?

In October 2022, Microsoft announced that Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms apps will no longer be supported after May 1, 2024, which is just eight months from the writing of this post. The reason for this deadline is that Xamarin is being replaced by its successor technology, .NET MAUI. What Happens if You Do Nothing? Most likely, […]

GitHub vs. Azure DevOps: Which Is Right for Your Development Team

In this blog, I want to dive into a debate that is happening in software teams all over the world right now as I write this sentence: Should we use GitHub or Azure DevOps for our source control, team collaboration, and DevOps? At Trailhead, we understand the significance of choosing the right tools for your […]

Infrastructure as Code: Custom Software’s Best Friend

In this blog, I want to shine a light on the practical benefits that Infrastructure as Code (IaC) brings to software development projects. I’ll show you how defining our applications’ infrastructure needs in the form of code can more easily automate provisioning, achieve consistency, improve collaboration, and streamline many of our workflows.  I’m going to […]

When To Use Serverless vs Containers

Everyone is talking about containers and serverless, but when should you use each in your projects? Anyone who has worked with containers and orchestration much will tell you how much more complex they can make your application’s infrastructure. But the cloud keeps abstracting details away from us so we can focus on creating our solutions […]

Single Dash vs Double Dashes in Shell Commands

When you’re using a shell command, it’s common to pass options to that command using dashes—which are also called hyphens. These options can be specified with either a single dash (-) or a double dash (—). But have you ever wondered when to use one or the other: a single dash or double dash?  It’s […]

How to Solve “Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel” Error in .NET 4.6.x

Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel  Recently, a legacy ASP.NET Web API application that we support started logging an exception and also giving back a HTTP 500 response on some of its API endpoints. The exception, or at least an inner exception within it, was:  System.Net.WebException: The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure […]

Montage Portal

Montage Furniture Services provides furniture protection plans and claims processing services to a wide selection of furniture retailers and consumers.

Project Background

Montage was looking to build a new web portal for both Retailers and Consumers, which would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other legacy systems. The portal needed to be multi tenant and support branding and configuration for different Retailers. Trailhead architected the new Montage Platform, including the Portal and all of it’s back end integrations, did the UI/UX and then delivered the new system, along with enhancements to DevOps and processes.


We’ve logged countless miles exploring the tech world. In doing so, we gained the experience that enables us to deliver your unique software and systems architecture needs. Our team of seasoned tech vets can provide you with:

Custom App and Software Development

We collaborate with you throughout the entire process because your customized tech should fit your needs, not just those of other clients.

Cloud and Mobile Applications

The modern world demands versatile technology, and this is exactly what your mobile and cloud-based apps will give you.

User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Design

We want your end users to have optimal experiences with tech that is highly intuitive and responsive.


This combination of Agile software development and IT operations provides you with high-quality software at reduced cost, time, and risk.

Trailhead stepped into a challenging project – building our new web architecture and redeveloping our portals at the same time the business was migrating from a legacy system to our new CRM solution. They were able to not only significantly improve our web development architecture but our development and deployment processes as well as the functionality and performance of our portals. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Trailhead has proven themselves to be a valuable partner.

– BOB DOERKSEN, Vice President of Technology Services
at Montage Furniture Services

Technologies Used

When you hit the trails, it is essential to bring appropriate gear. The same holds true for your digital technology needs. That’s why Trailhead builds custom solutions on trusted platforms like .NET, Angular, React, and Xamarin.


We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Web App Development
  • Cloud Development
  • DevOps
  • Process Improvements
  • Legacy System Integration
  • UI Design
  • Manual QA
  • Back end/API/Database development

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

Our Gear Is Packed and We're Excited to Explore with You

Ready to come with us? 

Together, we can map your company’s tech journey and start down the trails. If you’re set to take the first step, simply fill out the contact form. We’ll be in touch – and you’ll have a partner who cares about you and your company. 

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