Improving lives with technology

Inventive is a custom software development firm that helps service-based companies build or scale their systems or products quickly in order to grow their business. We help our clients grow through innovation and automation.

Inventive is a Texas HUB certified business and verified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). 

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Austin, TX
headquarters
  • 7701 N LAMAR BLVD, Suite 500
    Austin, TX 78752
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Service Group, iAS, Prograde Digital, Texas A&M, PetroLegacy Energy, Spitzer Industries, HC Info, The Australian Shepherd Club of America, American Campus Communities

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AI Automation Resulting in Massive Time Savings

Spitzer was using an internally built tool to import and categorize work logs in a time consuming, manual manner. Inventive built artificial intelligence for automating record classification to enable a simplified user interface and reduced the time to process records to nearly zero, resulting in massive time and money savings. 

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Company acquired after successful upgrades

Our client was struggling with a complicated legacy system that was unstable and unreliable. Inventive designed and built a custom, cloud-based solution that increased customer retention and improved system reliability. 

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Mobile App Dev

Apostoli Viae wished to create an educational application that would help guide their commnity members in the correct way to pray the Rosary. Inventive developed iOS and Android applications from scratch using React Native.

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Oil and Gas System Migration

PetroLegacy was struggling with a legacy well formation system. Emails were difficult to manage, data validation was poor, and the product was difficult to use. Inventive moved the system to a modern ASP.Net Core platform hosted in Azure which allowed them to respond quickly to business changes and improve overall data quality. 

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Design, custom app dev, and SEO

Helped bring innovative product to market with new UI/UX design, system migration, improved mapping interface amd SEO. 

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E-commerce redesign and support

Inventive helped complete an unfinished website, with a fresh design and improved SEO for increased customer retention and improved user experience. 

Reviews

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ETL for Energy Company

"They kept on top of the project and were very responsive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Inventive Works, LLC extracted, transformed, and loaded data for an energy company. The source had API documentation, and they developed a cloud architecture to help the business scale.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Justin Birmingham
Founder, Managing Partner, JetRock
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project extended the backend cloud architecture and changes the way the business operates. Inventive Works, LLC had a helpful technical team that was easy to work with. They were very responsive, and the collaboration went smoothly.  

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

JetRock is a data/analytics consulting company focused on the energy industry. I am a founder, managing partner, and data engineer for JetRock.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Inventive Works, LLC?

We initially hired Inventive for some custom ETL work because our existing process for pulling data from the source wasn't very scalable. We were also looking for guidance on our cloud architecture and looking for a better approach to using cloud resources.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals were to build some ETLs and to better use the Azure cloud for our backend data warehouse.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We heard of Inventive through word of mouth and knew it was a good fit the first time we met with them. I have used several dev shops in the past and it was great to have a group that understood the overall business implications as well as having the technical knowhow.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The ETL piece was pretty straightforward because we had already been analyzing the data so we know what the data structure needed to be and the source had API documentation. For the cloud architecture, we depended heavily on Inventive's expertise and provided broad ideas of the business requirements.

What was the team composition?

The team consisted of a project manager and a developer, both of which were extremely responsive.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

This project not only help with an immediate need of the custom ETLs but also set the foundation for how are business builds, manages, and extends our backend cloud architecture.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We had a project manager but we are a pretty technical team so we normally dealt straight with the developer which was very helpful and helped move the project along quickly.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were very easy to work with and had great technical knowledge. They kept on top of the project and were very responsive.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can't think of any areas of improvement.

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

Web Dev for Fabricator Co

"They were knowledgeable and had a lot of experience."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July - Oct. 2019
Project summary: 

Inventive Works, LLC managed the development of a web translation layer to integrate management services and accounting platforms for a fabrication agency. They directed Git training sessions and Azure devops.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1000 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
IT Manager, Fabricator Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Inventive Works, LLC delivered an operational product and an effective training program to standardize business processes successfully. The team communicated proactively and provided useful tools to ensure transparency. They offered valuable industry expertise to support productive engagement.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the IT manager of a fabricator company for oil and gas products.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Inventive Works?

We had various legacy applications that needed to be updated. I reached out to Inventive Works, LLC to help update a few applications but one in particular. Also, my technical team had experiences from all over IT. They started to do a lot of Powershell scripting that I had to get under control.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Inventive Works, LLC built a web-based translation layer using Azure. After one requirements gathering session, their team understood about 90% of the requirements. From there, our meetings revolved around tweaks. Following good devops practices, they committed to the test and then updated the test environments. Then, their team committed to master environments and the master environment’s updated. If I make changes to the code, it will deploy and update.

Their team reworked our system. They took an output from ADP, massaged, checked, and validated all of the information to upload into our accounting system. Their team also built the system to include contractors whose hours are tagged differently from company employees’. They also implemented changes that I didn’t consider. For example, their team attributed job numbers to the right jobs based on the history of our assignments and recently uploaded sessions.

They also trained my team on GIT. Their team gave us a whole class on how to use the system and best practices.

What is the team composition?

I worked with a total of four different people including a project manager.

How did you come to work with Inventive Works, LLC?

A contact referred us to Inventive Works, LLC.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $50,000–$100,000 on this project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together on this project from July 2019–October 2019. I needed to stall the project because I was too busy.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While we had to iron kinks, the product that Inventive Works, LLC built worked. Their team was more than willing to get information and resolve the errors. The training session was wildly successful.

How did Inventive Works perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated by email and a shared Trello board. All of the project’s information was available. They managed all of the version control and Azure devops. The cadence of communication was almost too fast because I wear a lot of hats.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team was happy to train us. They were knowledgeable and had a lot of experience. Their propensity to train showed when I was able to talk with them. I wanted to learn and whenever I asked for an explanation, their team went into detail about their decisions and how they executed them. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

The project was beginning to go over budget. That was because I didn't set requirements. Inventive Works, LLC wasn’t alone there.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have the time to talk with them. Block off time to work on any project. It wasn’t their failure in communication that slowed our project. Their team poked and prodded for information but had to wait for my replies. Inventive Works, LLC can’t read minds.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were the only programing group that I’ve worked with.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I didn’t ask for the devops piece, which they did as best practices.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    My experience with them was positive. They’re good at getting information.

Web App Dev for Insurance Company

"They’re really good at thinking through ideas and why things could work and why they may not work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Inventive Works, LLC is building a web app to support telematics products for a specialized insurance provider. They used existing ideas from an earlier attempt and are making the app from scratch.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
New York, New York
Sr. VP of Global Transformation, Consumer Protection Insurer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is still under development, but Inventive Works, LLC’s work has satisfied the client so far. The team delivers high-quality development and manages the project effectively from their side. Their expertise, thoughtful decision-making, and responsiveness have made the collaboration smooth.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a global provider of insurance around consumer protection products. I’m a senior VP of global transformation.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Inventive Works, LLC?

We view automotive telematics as a place that we should be innovating in. We’re developing a solution around an application that, at its inception, is going to be supporting the core business and will ingest information from these vehicles as telematics becomes more mainstream. We hired Inventive Works, LLC to help us develop the application for that.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a basic set of requirements that were informed by an earlier effort around this solution with another provider. Some of the ideas we had in the original application will be resonant in the new one, but the application that Inventive Works, LLC is building is being done from scratch. 

They’ve been heavily involved in the design as well. The application will have around 100 different screens. Some of the functionalities that were important to us in the beginning would ensure that we had a good customer experience. We wanted a customer or dealer to engage with us in a way that made it easy to do business. 

Inventive Works, LLC made sure the app served up the propositions we offer in the marketplace and the set of activities around those propositions so that it was more user-friendly. Now, customers can get information immediately and on-demand in a way that they couldn’t until this point. They’re no longer making a phone call or having to wait for days to get information. Those are some of the key characteristics of the app itself.
 
What is the team composition?

We’ve engaged with probably 8–10 people over the entire project, 2–3 of which were really driving it on their side. They have a project manager on their team as well.
 
How did you come to work with Inventive Works, LLC?

I’d worked with Inventive Works, LLC in a previous role. I was running a company in Austin, Texas, and they developed a web-based application for us and did it very well. They actually came in and repaired one that was done by another company, and they made it fit the purpose. So, when we needed a company to help us with the development of this solution, they were a good choice for us.

We went through an RFP and evaluation process, and two companies made the final evaluation process. One was based in Atlanta, which was actually closer to our office. They would’ve had the inside track, but Inventive Works, LLC did a much better job with developing the proof of concept.
 
How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent around $110,000.
 
What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in December 2019 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Both have been successful so far, but it’s early innings, and we’ve got a long way to go. We’re happy with the indicative output, though.
 
How did Inventive Works, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

We don’t have a formal project management protocol on our side. They do the heavy lifting, and we drive the activities based on the feedback they give us. There’s incremental work being done to stand up various pieces of the application, and there’s some internal work being done on our side because the app has APIs to our primary systems. 

We communicate on a day-to-day basis using agile methodology. We have a standup meeting every day and multiple calls per day. They may have a much deeper project management set of tools that they’re using, but I’ve not seen them.
 
What did you find most impressive about them?

They interrogate. They question, validate, and provide honest and meaningful feedback. They’re really good at thinking through ideas and why things could work and why they may not work.
 
Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have a critique. Personally, I’d like to have engagement with their senior people a bit more frequently. They’ve been working with a couple of people from my side, on the innovation team, and my relationship is with Andrew (CEO, Inventive Works, LLC). He’s running the project and I get updates from my team, but I’d like to get updates from him and his COO at least every 30 days. I think that would be a good cadence for getting the pulse of what the project’s doing.
 
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I’d just tell customers to make sure they set up a cadence for communication at the appropriate level within the organization. If someone’s responsible for the overall project, they should make sure they have aligned engagement at the senior level, just to ensure that the project requirements are being delivered.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We think they were 10%–15% higher than we could’ve found elsewhere, but we were willing to make the tradeoff.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve been quick to respond and engaged in the process, as though we were their only client.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Data System Dev for Oil Company

"Sometimes developers aren’t very personable but their team is the opposite."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July - Oct. 2019
Project summary: 

Using Azure, Inventive Works, LLC updated an old system, reprogramming and recoding a few aspects to make it more usable. The team continues to maintain and update the new system.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Operations & Production Systems Manager, Energy Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite not having prior knowledge of the oil and gas industry, they understood the client’s needs and were able to transform the old system into a more user-friendly one. Customers can expect a communicative, friendly, and detail-oriented team that produces top quality work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the operations and production systems manager for an energy company. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Inventive Works, LLC?

We wanted to better capture our field costs, as well as our drilling and completion operations. We hired Inventive Works, LLC to revamp the system that we were already using and make it more user-friendly.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For this particular project, Inventive Works, LLC update our old system by creating a new way to view the reports that our field personnel was entering. They used Azure to do this and then they also did some re-coding and reprogramming. Now, they just work on maintaining the system and making any necessary changes. 

What is the team composition?

At any given time, we worked with between 3–5 people. I was in constant contact with one person and occasional contact with two. Their project manager was also part of the team.

How did you come to work with Inventive Works, LLC?

We were referred to them by another developer that we know.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve invested between $100,000–$115,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

For this particular project, we worked with them from July–October 2019 but we have an ongoing retainer with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

As far as what they accomplished, it was great. They turned an archaic system into one that’s a lot more user-friendly and better functioning, which involved a lot of intricate details. Even though they didn’t have a background in oil and gas, they were able to take our vision and turn it into a usable application.

How did Inventive Works perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Trello so we had a board where we posted questions, ideas, accomplishments, and pending work. We communicated a lot. As well as emails and phone calls, I had weekly Zoom calls with the project manager and group of other teammates where we discussed any updates.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are very friendly. Sometimes developers aren’t very personable but their team is the opposite. They’re also very involved so they’re amazing people to work with. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any complaints. Anything I asked them to recreate or redo, they did. They are a great team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a solid vision laid out and be specific. If you don’t understand what you want, it will be hard to explain it to them and then your vision might get skewed by the developer’s own creativity. Have your project mapped out and know what your end product will be. 

5.0
Overall Score They were probably one of the best developer groups we’ve ever dealt with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were particular about timing and they met every hard deadline I gave them.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were a little bit expensive but we did get an amazing product.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They met every expectation and the quality was great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would totally refer them to people because I loved their work and they were a great partner.

Site Dev & Shopify for Camera Card Manufacturer

"Overall, they’ve been a key strategic partner as we continue to build our brand and sell our products online."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Inventive Works, LLC redeveloped and redesigned a faulty WordPress site and used Shopify to upgrade the e-commerce section. They also provided blog and social media support. 

The Reviewer
 
1 - 10 Employees
 
San Jose, California
Mark Lewis
VP Marketing, ProGrade Digital
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their expertise allowed them to provide the client with a clear direction, producing a high-quality website. They’re a team that’s committed to understanding the vision and executing it swiftly. Inventive Works, LLC is diligent, collaborative, and accommodating.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the VP of marketing at ProGrade Digital.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Inventive Works, LLC?

We wanted to build a website that would increase awareness for our brand and new company. We also wanted to incorporate an e-commerce platform onto the site where we could sell our products. Because our products are distributed through Amazon and B&H in New York, and in our own store, it was important for us to have a professional-looking website that told our story.

We had previously worked with one developer to get the site up and running for the launch in February 2018. She made the framework but it had a lot of problems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Inventive Works, LLC fixed all of those problems by rebuilding everything to get the website and the product pages in good shape. The website runs on WordPress and they integrated Shopify to set up the e-commerce platform.

Before they developed the platform, I had a few design elements in my mind which I suggested to them. They understood what worked best and were able to provide recommendations on the design, flow, and functionality of the website. They also helped us with the blog and social media integration. Recently, we started working with a Google Analytics specialist to track our numbers and to better understand the data points which has been beneficial.

What is the team composition?

At first, we had one main point of contact. They then brought on a project manager which I was skeptical about due to the added cost, but I later saw the benefit of having someone to oversee everything. In addition to the designer, there were also other people who joined the team as needed, including the main developer.

How did you come to work with Inventive Works, LLC?

We were referred to them by someone I worked with a long time ago.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend about $2,000-$3,000 per month. We were initially spending more but I’ve managed to work with a smaller budget based on our needs.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Inventive Works, LLC in January 2018. Though we already launched the website, we’re still working with them to fix any problems and evolve the website. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their deliverables are of high quality. I’m very happy with the functionality of the website and the other work that they’ve done for us. They’ve provided direction for us based on their experience with other companies on what does and doesn’t work well. We’ve been able to continue evolving based on their expertise. 

How did Inventive Works, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

The project manager kept track of the main developer and made sure that my timelines were met. Inventive Works, LLC manages all of the tasks on Trello and even though I had never used Trello before, they made it very easy to work with on a daily basis. I’m able to input new tasks and they see them right away and start working. The tool also allows us to upload feedback, questions, and documents. It’s important for me to stay on top of the schedule and they’ve managed to do that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I am impressed by the depth of their team and the ability to bring on the right person needed for each task. They worked hard to understand our vision and help us meet our objectives. They also decided who to put on the team based on the hours that we could fit into our budget. Overall, they’ve been a key strategic partner as we continue to build our brand and sell our products online.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there are no areas of improvement. I’ve been very happy working with them over the course of this whole project.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No matter how small or big your project is, consult with them on your needs. Make sure you’re also working with a person of the right level to help distribute work to the teams and bring the right person onto the project to meet your goals.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They do an excellent job of keeping everything on track and sticking to the schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The breadth and depth of experience they are able to provide to a small company like ours is priceless.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They listen to the overall objectives of what we’re trying to accomplish in order to deliver the desired product.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them to many people and will continue to do so. Their work is outstanding and they’ve been an invaluable partner.

Co-Working Space Services for Recruitment Company

"We have been very happy in our experience working with the entire Inventive Works team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Inventive Works, LLC provides co-working space, along with private office and conference room space, when needed.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
CEO, Recruitment Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders have been pleased with the office space so far. They are a highly attentive, personable team with an excellent communication style.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CEO. Our company transforms the way companies find, hire & manage people for consistent top performance now and in the future. Our state-of-the-art predictive intelligence revolutionizes the talent management life-cycle by revealing hidden potential in the candidate pool, identifying best-fit talent with over 95% accuracy, and maximizing diversity in the workplace.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Inventive Works, LLC?

Inventive Works has served as our team's co-working space for nearly one year.

What were your goals for this project?

To support our team with co-working space, private office/conference room space when necessary as well as mail services.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Researching other companies in the area and their distance from the local area in which we conduct business. Other deciding factors were cost and the overall work space itself.

Describe the project in detail.

N/A

What was the team composition?

N/A

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

N/A

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

N/A

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their attentiveness has been most impressive. Everyone we interact with is outstanding each and every time.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None. We have been very happy in our experience working with the entire Inventive Works team.

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