Engineered to be your software development partner

We are a software development & hosting company. Our clients have asked us to help them achieve marketing goals, better operate their business, create learning opportunities, improve sales and engagement, and everything in between. We solve problems through great UI/UX design and building modern, scalable CMS, AMS, desktop and mobile apps, BizOps solutions, and more.

 

We are design-focused. Design is a core part of our development process. The best apps also have the best design.

We support agencies. We design and build great apps and platforms. We’re designers and engineers, not marketers.

We build relationships. We do our best work when we get to know your business. We’re in this for the long haul.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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King of Prussia, PA
headquarters
  • 630 Freedom Business Center Drive
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We've worked with local small businesses, large enterprises, and even the federal government. Some of our clients include: Saint-Gobain, US Bank, The U.S. Department of Justice, New Relic, Red Hat, National Express, Heinz, Merck, and Pfizer.

TGaS Vendor Insights (SaaS)

TGaS Advisors has been providing large pharmaceutical companies with deep, comparative intelligence for many years and discovered that they all seemed to struggle with finding good vendors experienced with the pharmaceutical industry. TGaS wanted to help them and the smaller emerging pharmaceutical companies solve the problem.

TGaS decided to offer an online subscription service where pharmaceutical company employees

could review the vendors they use, rate products and services, and see how vendors and services compare within their organization, and across the globe. Likewise, vendors needed to be able to create and manage a profile for their companies, including their products and services.

We collaborated with TGaS to define the needs of their potential subscribers, vendors, and staff. Then we worked on defining the user experience for the key users of the platform. After defining the user experience, we worked on the technical strategy. Based on the platforms and services that TGaS used internally, as well as the needs of the new platform, we decided to implement a custom ASP.NET MVC application with a SQL Server database.

We integrated Salesforce.com to keep a master copy of the data set, allowing subscribers to authenticate using that platform. Vendors authenticate directly with the system. And we built the client side with a responsive framework including SCSS and infinite scroll search results. All of this was hosted in our secure Amazon AWS environment.

Ore-Ida and Disney Pixar Frozen sweepstakes

Ore-Ida, maker of retail potato products like Tater Tots, hash browns, french fries, and more, was partnering with Disney for the upcoming Pixar animated movie Frozen to offer a sweepstakes and generate buzz. Heinz was using Sitecore in a multi-tenant environment, and needed a microsite that provided site visitors with the best experience, including being able to handle the traffic the sweepstakes was likely to

generate.

The microsite also needed to provide information and excitement for the upcoming theatrical release, as well as a string connection between the film and family-friendly Ore-Idafrozen food products.

In a relatively short period of time, we were able to work with the Heinz marketing partner Ferrara|Pure Red to build a microsite within the Heinz custom multi-tenant Sitecore environment, leveraging the Ore-Ida website framework and a responsive sub-framework, with a high performance form processing engine built with ASP.NET and SQL Server Enterprise.

The microsite also featured recipes, product information, movie trailers, and more, giving visitors a very Disney-like experience, generating excitement beyond just the chance to win the sweepstakes.

The DOJ/ATF OST Connect intranet

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) protects the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of alcohol and tobacco products; regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners.

The Office of Science and Technology (OST) plays a

key role in supporting ATF's enforcement and revenue programs. OST provides state-of-the-art and world-renowned science and technology applications to help reduce violent crime, collect revenue, and protect the public.

ATF needed help reworking the OST intranet portal, which lives within the main ATF Connect SharePoint site. Content needed to be reorganized and the layout required a refresh, all within their SharePoint ITAR environment. Integration with OST regional data, calendaring, news, and shared file were all a part of the solution, as was ATF system statuses, staff directories, and more.

Screenshots are of our layout concepts to redact Bureau and Directorate content.

Campus Outreach Think Program Dashboard

The ThinkDrink and ThinkLove educational programs are amazing resources for teens and young adults, and Campus Outreach Services needed a way to show their success rate and efficacy to subscribing organizations.

They were already using moodle as their LMS platform, so the new reporting system needed to plug in seamlessly, mine the data, and present visualizations of the data in a way that communicated the

effectiveness of the programs clearly, with a focus on longitudinal results that show long-term retention of the concepts taught in the courses.

We worked with Campus Outreach Services (COS) to identify the data that really mattered to organizations which subscribe to the programs, and which COS knew would communicate the effectiveness of  their programs. We collaborated on layouts and visualizations that would clearly illustrate the information, with 7 chart layouts including standard pie and bars charts, as well as compound stacked bars, spiderweb, gauges, and infographics. We also allowed for 9 filter criteria across 5 demographic segments.

The final product was a dashboard written in PHP (which also drives their LMS, moodle) with reporting queries on the moodle MySQL dataset which provided analysis of a three phase testing process, including a longitudinal test, to show retention and efficacy. It was built to be secure and private, yet allow shareable reports that an organization member can distribute to their peers for internal review. And student comparisons across school boundaries were a featured addition.

Association Management System (AMS) for a global chiropractic organization

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) was growing and needed a new business/client management system for their global chiropractic membership.

We started by working with ICPA to understand their business pain points. We then collaborated on defining workflows, so we knew what each type of user should experience through different funnels. We then defined the information architecture, and spent

time building a complex import tool which would transform data from various sources into this new structure. It was challenging, but allowed us to import over 30,000 contacts dating back to the 1990s; about 3gb of data. It was like they hadn't missed a beat!

The platform we chose was Umbraco CMS, which would become a multi-site web host as ICPA consolidated their other online presences into the new system. Within Umbraco we built a responsive HTML5 framework that looked great on tablets and phones. Next up was Stripe integration, which was used to process payments (including automatic renewals), and which is completely PCI-compliant. And Constant Contact was integrated for their newsletter subscriptions.

In all, this business management system is much more accessible, even outside of the office and on mobile devices. Employees have much more time to focus on tasks that matter instead of mundane, repetitive tasks. And the new system easily handles membership and certification management, seminar registration, blog, product sales, help center, and more.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Bedside Kiosk

LVHN wanted to build a curated, locked-down "kiosk" learning and entertainment experience for in-room patients. It would be deployed on Apple iPads and rolled out to a limited number of random patients. IT would gather analytics on usage through tracking of the patient's Internet access and in-person feedback. The goal was to try a new approach to educating patients about their care team, as well as what to expect when

they go home, and a more enjoyable experience while in the hospital.

HIPAA requires that the device be completely cleared of all personal information between patients, and nurses needed a simple way to reset the devices, and keep patients from navigating into device settings, the App Store, and other areas that would create HIPAA and security concerns.

CLSI global membership and sales platform

CLSI needed a new association management system (AMS). They wanted to give their members the ability to view and manage their profiles, subscriptions, membership renewals, and more, also supporting complex organization membership types with delegates and child organizations. The delegates needed to be able to control the entire organization’s membership and user access to all the great Standards information CLSI creates in

partnership with the lab community. In addition to the enhanced membership features, CLSI also needed a complete storefront so members and non-members could find and purchase Standards materials and webinar registrations. And it all needed to be deployed within 10 weeks.

We discussed features to be added in later phases. Once the requirements were ironed out, we recommended Umbraco CMS as the core platform, with custom integrations for RealMagnet member email subscriptions, and for Abila netFORUM, using Catalyst Fire Flashpoint and Ignition as the middleware.

Source code would be stored in a private GitHub repository, and Fynydd would host the development and staging sites in our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Electronic Cloud Compute (EC2) environment.

We built out the integrations with Catalyst Fire Flashpoint/Ignition and netFORUM first, to ensure that the base data structures were in near final form. We then built out the rest of the Umbraco platform. We also assisted with a security audit for their Microsoft Azure environment.

BPCC Open Campus Mobile App

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), a two-year community college located in Northwest Louisiana, is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation, according to Community College Week.

The college received a grant from the state of Louisiana to explore gamified learning, and called on Fynydd to help. The solution needed to be a native iOS and Android mobile app, as well as a mobile and desktop

website.

In short, the University needed to create a way for students to more easily remediate into and out of courses. They also wanted to provide the general public with free college-level courses while also informing them about their great institution.

In a relatively short period of time, we were able to use tools like InVision to create a user experience prototype from our user interfaces designed in Sketch. This rapid prototyping gave BPCC a much better idea of what the real app would look and feel like.

While the prototyping was in process, we designed and built a REST API that would house all the business logic and data based on the requirements we had gathered with BPCC, and the results of the prototyping exercise. We then built out the mobile student experience with Angular and Ionic, which was modified to also work in a mobile and desktop web browser. The apps were distributed to alpha testers directly through the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

Saint-Gobain Living Laboratory

At the new Saint-Gobain North American Headquarters, they're not just surrounded by more than 50 products from their family of companies – they're surrounded by nature at every desk, office, meeting room and common space. Their connection to the outdoors means improved health, comfort and productivity, and of course, it’s all sustainable.

With LEED® Platinum Certification for both the Core and Shell as well

as the Commercial Interior, it just goes to show that the new Saint-Gobain home sets the example for how buildings should be built.

And Saint-Gobain needed a website to show off this amazing workplace, with the end goal of absorbing the website into their corporate infrastructure.

We were fortunate enough to get a tour of the facility and meet some of the people behind this amazing company. This was invaluable in helping us understand the Saint-Gobain products, corporate culture, and pride in what they've accomplished.

So we worked with the Saint-Gobain marketing design group to turn their concept designs into reality. We immediately recognized that simplicity was key, so no CMS or other publishing platform would be used. We built on standard HTML5 and SCSS with a little ASP.NET/C# for scripting needs (like contact forms, etc.) and built a fully responsive site that looks great on phones and desktops.

And we also integrated videos from their Kaltura video CDN account, showing site visitors from ground-breaking to final opening, just how this complex was realized.

Reviews

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Umbraco Dev for Nonprofit Membership Organization

"They delivered solutions that will help us in the future and can adapt to potential challenges."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2016 - July 2018
Project summary: 

Fynydd used Umbraco to build a website and web store that navigates the differences in membership pricing tiers, manages over 200 products, and successfully integrates with a new database.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Katie Barnett
Membership Director, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fynydd went beyond the scope and implemented solutions that addressed the root cause of specific hurdles. They launched features that were not possible to implement prior to their involvement, and the project management tools that Fynydd used have produced long-lasting positive effects.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the membership director for The Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute. We’re a nonprofit, member-driven association that sells publications and documents detailing best practice standards for clinical labs. Our website brings in about half of our product sales and handles all of our membership. In total, we have approximately 2,000 members who bring in roughly $3 million in revenue.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fynydd?

There is specific software for association management that we have to use. We decided to change our software platforms, which necessitated changing our volunteer management platform and website online store. We needed someone to rebuild a web store that could handle the complexities of our membership levels and our 200 products.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked with a different company that has handled our SEO data for a while to design and develop wireframes. We brought those wireframes to Fynydd, and they executed the designs and built a backend solution that integrated with our new database.

We have 2,000 organizational members, but underneath them could be 100 employees. To accommodate that, we have different pricing tiers for each membership level, which means that our web store was not as straightforward as a regular e-commerce solution. The website they built using Umbraco, fully integrates with our new database and can handle all the complexities of layered or tiered membership. For example, they designed and launched an online membership renewal feature, which was not available before.

What is the team composition?

We had a team of four or five people—including developers and the product manager—that we communicated with directly.

How did you come to work with Fynydd?

We heard about them through other people in the industry. We had spoken with a few different agencies but decided to go with Fynydd because they listened to what we needed and had a good grasp on what the end product would be.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from May 2016 until July 2018. We have an ongoing maintenance contract with them, as well as separate initiatives to launch new website features.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our users find the website much easier to use, and we’ve been able to easily launch features that we couldn’t before.

How did Fynydd perform from a project management standpoint?

They introduced us to Trello and Slack, which were tools that we weren’t familiar with. Now that we’re using them, we’ve found them helpful in keeping up to date with our projects and staying in communication with all of our vendors.

It was great working with Fynydd. They listened to what we needed and went beyond providing a basic solution to really identifying and solving the base problem. They delivered solutions that will help us in the future and can adapt to potential challenges.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They made an effort to understand the uniqueness of our business and customers. They identified ways to implement long-term solutions, instead of just meeting the scope and building a website.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing immediately comes to mind.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would recommend adopting the project management tools that they use. That will help the project move smoothly, and could help your organization in the long run.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Dev of Multiple Websites for Pharmaceutical Advisory Company

“We see significant user traffic and regular engagement by guests on our customer portal.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fynydd created two websites that provide a company overview and offer product previews to potential customers. They handled wireframing, UI/UX design, development, and branding. They currently host both sites.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
VP Operations, Advisory Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fynydd’s team delivers personalized attention and effective project management. Their expertise with web trends and UI/UX design have kept websites feeling up to date while also offering intuitive navigation, resulting in strong traffic and customer engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of operations and analysis for an advisory services firm that serves pharmaceutical companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fynydd?

We hired them to develop two websites: one that would represent our business accurately and another that would serve a specific customer market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve developed a couple of sites from scratch for us using Microsoft ASP.NET. One site provides an overview of our business and the other is more customer-oriented with an online portal. The Fynydd team handled all of the wireframing and design work, as well as UX optimization. They also worked with us to find the best way to represent our brand online. Once all of that was in place, they performed all of the development and implementation of the new sites. They’re also our ongoing hosting partner.

In terms of site features and functionality, our customer-oriented site educates visitors about certain business aspects that appeal to one segment of our market. Visitors can browse sample report content and sign up for guest access to the customer portal to see if they’re interested in our services.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project manager, a developer, and a UI expert. One of the owners was also periodically involved with our project.

How did you come to work with Fynydd?

We got a referral from someone who’d worked with them before. After we reached out, they offered to come onsite and give us a presentation. We ended up choosing them over several other companies that submitted proposals.

How much have you invested with them?

We probably spend around $50,000 per year, so about $150,000 in total at this point.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in December 2015 and they’re still working with us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The new sites have enabled us to meet our goals, which is why we’ve continued to work with their team for so many years. We see significant user traffic and regular engagement by guests on our customer portal.

How did Fynydd perform from a project management standpoint?

We use a tool called Asana to provide specifications and keep track of project timelines.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a really good sense of what the latest trends and web capabilities are, so they’ve done a great job of keeping our site current. They’re also great with UI/UX design. Our sites are intuitive to navigate and easy to understand.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s good and bad about working with a small company. We get a lot of personal attention, but on the other hand, they’re short on coverage for our project if one of their employees isn’t available.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be very specific with your business goals and your timeline and treat the job as a partnership that goes both ways. You need to be willing to commit your own time and resources to the project in order to maximize their potential. Make sure you provide feedback in a timely manner and keep the project moving.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Umbraco CMS Dev for Home Inspection Services Company

"Their responsiveness, capabilities, and willingness to go above and beyond has been fantastic." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After migrating a website from WordPress to Umbraco, Fynydd designed and developed an Umbraco website based on initial sketches and UX ideas. They introduced both a scheduling integration and advanced search.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Franklin, Tennessee
Scott Johnson
Director of Operations, WIN Home Inspection
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site has been lauded for its updated design, and users enjoy increased responsiveness and visibility. Fynydd implemented a ticketing system that allowed for quick bug fixes and fostered transparency. Their desire to provide top-level customer service has made them a trusted partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the Director of Operations at WIN Home Inspect. We’re a franchiser of home inspection services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fynydd?

We were having some challenge with our website provider—for both WIN corporate and our franchisees. We wanted someone to migrate us off a WordPress platform and fix and advance our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They stepped up, responded, and transitioned our old website from WordPress onto Umbraco. When they were trying to fix some of the bugs, we realized that the previous provider had done some custom coding that was causing problems. At that point, Fynydd did an analysis based on our requirements, and we determined that we would create an entirely new site.

We provide them with some of our initial thoughts—maybe a few wireframes—and they would come back with their own wireframes, and then we’d collaborate to come up with a solution. They designed and developed the new site and introduced both an advanced search functionality and a third-party scheduling software integration.

What is the team composition?

For the initial project, there were four to five people on their side including a UI expert, a technology expert, and a project manager. On a day-to-day basis, I primarily interact with two people: their lead developer and their managing partner.

How did you come to work with Fynydd?

Our previous marketing manager had worked with them before, and he selected them. I’m not sure what his selection process was.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent low six-figures.

What is the status of this engagement? 

We started work together in January 2015 and the engagement is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our clients have liked the improved, modern look and feel, and any issues we were having previously have gone away. Our franchisees love that its easier for customers to find them, and that they can go into their scheduling software in one click. Going with Umbraco has given us a lot more flexibility than we had with WordPress. It lets us be much more responsive and give our franchisees more ownership of their own websites.

How did Fynydd perform from a project management standpoint?

As we were both learning at the beginning of the project, they were highly responsive. If we needed a more detailed schedule, they got it for us. I wouldn’t call it over the top project management by any means, but it was the right level for us. We didn’t need a lot.

We did use email, but our primary communication was through their support or ticketing system. If we needed bug fixes or enhancements, we could capture the request, track it, and then have a place to get feedback before testing them and closing it out. We also had several face to face meetings. On a day to day basis, I primarily interacted with three people: our project manager and two developers.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Fynydd has definitely become a trusted partner; we actually call them a vendor-partner. While they’re providing a service for us, they’ve done things for our company that previous vendors weren’t able to do. Their responsiveness, capabilities, and willingness to go above and beyond has been fantastic.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer