Profit from Software

Digital product design & development, built with you, not for you.

Digital innovation is a required core competency for tomorrow’s market leaders – it cannot be outsourced long term. To keep up with the digital demands of your customers, your organization must internalize design thinking, research-backed UX design, customer centricity, rapid, incremental testing, user validation and, agile development to inform and accelerate your digital roadmaps.

 

Over 20 years, we have launched more than 300 digital products, creating game-changing value for our clients with new websites, sales enablement tools, customer portals, and mobile apps.

We have a proven record of serving startup, mid-market, and enterprise clients including NRG, Flex, Sysco Foods, Keller Williams, Amherst, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Kinder Morgan, Jack Link’s, The City of Houston, World Market, Keller Williams, and Cisco. Our project results speak for themselves:

  • NRG generated $80M in new revenue
  • The City of Houston saved $40M
  • Brief Media acquired 19,000 monthly active users, 91% of the addressable market
  • Interactive Health Technologies scaled to over 1M users in 5 countries

We inform your roadmap with user research so that all ideas for features are evaluated against a trove of user insights, assumptions are validated and the backlog is prioritized based on which features create the most value.

We build it with you, not for you by leveraging your existing resources, assets, and ideas. We then organize ourselves around you to uncover the shortest possible path without redundant services.

We work ourselves out of a job leaving you with the core competency of digital innovation to accelerate your progress toward a best-in-class customer experience.

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2000
Show all +
Austin, TX
headquarters
  • 4330 Gaines Ranch Loop, Suite 230
    Austin, TX 78735
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Keller Williams
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Sysco Foods
  • NRG - $80M in new revenue
  • The City of Houston - saved $40M 
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • uShip
  • McCoys
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • University of Texas

Custom web application lets users buy a home without leaving the house

Bungalo Homes plans to disrupt the real estate business by turning the pain of home buying into a hassle-free experience

In just 21 weeks, Praxent developed a fully-integrated digital product that offers users a complete home buying experience. On the business side, Bungalo employees got their own much-needed updates, like an automated backend that made their work easier.

Bungalo Homes’ digital platform now flawlessly handles the home buyer customer journey from start to finish and equips the company with a faster and more efficient home selling system. Read More

Travel accounting meets workforce accommodation–two services in a one-of-a-kind package

Globeo’s new software is built to scale their business by saving their clients money on crew lodging expenses

Globeo has realized a business transformation that will alter the course of crew lodging services. Praxent helped them get there.

Praxent created a three-in-one platform that automates manual operations, eliminates human error, and cuts labor costs. It’s a platform that meets the needs of Globeo, its clients, and partnering hotels, and gives Globeo the only workforce accommodation software of its kind in the industry.

Now, with their own proprietary platform, Globeo is positioned to own the competition. Read More

NRG’s cloud based app increased sales by making solar panel leasing simple

NRG’s intuitive new financing product results in a shining success for solar energy

NRG SunLease needed a cloud-based portal for generating estimates and processing financing applications. Praxent produced a product that made those complicated concepts easier to understand.

By making a product that offered homeowners simple financing options in an aesthetically pleasing and professional package, communication between sales reps and customers got better. The instant results were improved sales for NRG SunLease. Read More

Custom software increases financial transparency for the entire City of Houston

Houston saves its taxpayers millions by making city contracts transparent

The Mayor had a deadline to make the city of Houston more transparent about its spending. Praxent helped him deliver.

It’s called the E-catalog; an information portal that documents the entire city’s purchasing online. This powerful tool helped the city dramatically increase government accountability as well as citizen participation—all while saving the taxpayers millions.

Now, citizen watchdogs can scrutinize where their tax dollars are going, and prospective vendors can identify competitive opportunities that result in lower costs for the city.  Read More

The rodeo taps into a new audience by letting athletes qualify virtually

New app raises awareness for the Rodeo, engages new contestants, and makes the administering and winning of prize money easier than ever

Praxent partnered with WCRA to create the first and only mobile app for rodeo qualifications. The Virtual Qualifier app encourages the longevity and growth of the rodeo around the country by finding contestants for 50,000 rodeo events. The app also streamlined an administrative system that was managing thousands of registered athletes.

With a little help from technology, WCRA employees were able to fundamentally change the financing of rodeos and achieve their goals with less work. The result is greater prize incentives, easier and fairer access to big competitions, and a more efficient World Champions Rodeo staff. Read More

New software for wine vendors and wine tasters creates better workflows and management

Palaterra solves its administrative challenges and creates new profits in the process

Palaterra moved from an industry player to a bonafide game changer in just a few years. Praxent helped them make the leap by creating an automated job scheduling and data collection app that produced 300% growth.

The results were so dramatic for this point-of-purchasing marketing company that selling the technology to clients became a major focus of their business. Now, national suppliers come to Palaterra to gather market insights and inform their product branding. Read More

Part VIN scanner and part e-commerce site–the auto parts aftermarket gets a B2B/B2C solution

Praxent helps AAPA eliminate expensive aftermarket vendors and create a better consumer experience

Praxent worked to develop the strategy and design of two inventive auto-parts-sales products in one: a VIN scan app and a consumer-facing auto parts e-commerce site.

The strategy and design of these products allowed Aftermarket Auto Part Alliance (AAPA) to improve the sales experience for their current customers, while also giving the AAPA scalable software solutions that their retailers could use for their own businesses.  Read More

How TicketCity’s custom cloud solution fueled the scaling of their business

Faster systems made for happier customers and better business at TicketCity.com

After rapidly growing its network of affiliated brokers and venues, TicketCity was struggling to process new and updated ticketing information through its inventory management system. Praxent created a solution that lightened the load by 98%, revving up their processing capabilities by 6800%.

Armed with this lightning-fast new inventory system, TicketCity was able to process more than 300 million daily transactions and their ability to grow hit an all-time high. Read More

Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs turns their industry handbook into a handy app used by thousands

Plumb’s drug handbook goes online and goes from 0 to 20,000+ subscribers

Busy veterinarians and pharmacists are no longer forced to lug around heavy medical books and buy new editions. Praxent has turned their handbook into a regularly updated application. Keeping up with advancements in animal medicine is now much easier thanks to the 91% of veterinarians equipped with this highly adaptable app.

It has made Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs the go-to digital resource for accessing up-to-date veterinary drug information and it’s completely transforming how small animal and rural practitioners access drug data. Read more

Athletes gets certified more efficiently than ever with web architecture that scales

A faster, safer, more efficient way to the playing field for 18,000 athletes

When every penny counts, you need tools that do more with less. Non-profit TYFA (Texas Youth Football & Cheer Association) needed a web-based application that was scalable and capable of processing up to 4,000 participants at a time. It also needed it to work anywhere–in a gym or on the field–and run efficiently on any computer or mobile device. Praxent built a cost effective, intuitive app that required zero training and made TYFA more efficient.

With scalable web architecture, volunteers could check birth certificates, complete profiles, take photos, and print photo ID cards reliably and efficiently. The system also sent guardians a waiver which they could sign electronically.

What was once a painful, manual process became streamlined and smooth. Read more

Kiosk software creates an experience out of photo taking; creates a software company out of a photo booth

Photomadic got more than a photo booth with built-in software–it got a new way to market itself, and a new way to make money

Photomadic wanted to build a photobooth that could work anywhere and share everywhere. But dealing with a vast array of event spaces made Photomadic’s idea easier to dream up than it was to do. Between slow internet speeds, connectivity issues, and creating an interface that any partygoer or pedestrian could use immediately, there were a handful of problems that needed solving.

Praxent helped Photomadic solve those problems and so much more.

The solution was a versatile piece of kiosk software that worked so well it changed how Photomadic did business. In a matter of months, they went from a company that made their money selling one-off photographs to a software company built on social media marketing and recurring revenue....

Custom software saves accounting firm thousands of hours internally–helps them work smarter and earn more

Crabtree Rowe & Berger’s automated accounting software saved time for everyone at the firm; and let them focus on what really mattered

At Crabtree Rowe & Berger, they had reliable accounting software. Like so many other firms around the country they were using QuickBooks–the industry standard. But what happens when the industry standard isn’t enough?

That’s where Praxent came in. They helped Crabtree Rowe & Berger design a web-based tool for their team and their clients. This tool helped their employees synthesize what they were seeing on QuickBooks (a process they previously had to do by hand) and connect their clients to those financial reports with ease. All of this saved time and effort and allowed employees to focus on the most important part of their job–delivering key insights to their clientele of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Now, with Simple Numbers' automatically updating software, clients get those insights...

Wearable heart rate monitors go from fitness idea to technology adopted nationwide

How an idea for a fitness app became the backbone of a new interactive health program; and took their company nationwide

For many schools around the country, battling childhood obesity is now a top priority. For educators, parents, and teachers alike, so is finding the right tool to fight it. Luckily for school districts in over 30 states, they heard about the success of IHT, and took note. Now, they’re using IHT’s heart rate monitors to help them achieve their own, specialized fitness goals. They're choosing IHT because their monitors work seamlessly with cloud software and help them tackle every student's unique challenges.

What started as the idea of one woman, Jen Ohlson, is now changing how our nation’s kids get healthy. Praxent helped her turn her dream project into a reality by building the product she had always envisioned and then some. Read More....

Reviews

Sort by

Web Development for Real Estate Firm

“Considering all the moving parts, this was a project management masterpiece.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2017 - July 2018
Project summary: 

Working with numerous internal and external stakeholders, Praxent developed the first phase of a consumer-facing platform from scratch. The product draws data from legacy technology to help users buy homes.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
COO and VP of Product, Bungalo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new platform is now live and resonates well with consumers. Collaborative and professional, Praxent built a strong rapport with third-party vendors and internal staff alike. They prioritized core tasks to deliver a functional product within six months while still remaining under budget.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Greg Stewart (COO): I’m the COO of a startup called Bungalo, which is part of a larger business called Amherst Residential. Amherst partners with institutional investors, helping them buy, rehabilitate, and manage single-family homes across the country. Within their organization, Bungalo sells high-quality pre-owned homes directly to homebuyers.

Ben Gammon (VP of Product): I’m the VP of product.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

GS: Amherst had a lot a useful infrastructure geared toward buying and maintaining real estate for institutional investors. However, they lacked the experience to translate that into a consumer product. We wanted to leverage their technology to create a web platform that catered to homebuyers. Our goal was to make it as easy as possible to purchase a single-family home through our software.

BG: I joined the team along with our other co-head of product to design the platform, but we didn’t have any internal engineers to handle the build at the time. So, we conducted an extensive RFP to find a local partner that could support the development for the first phase of our web platform from scratch. We wanted a team that could work in the trenches with us on a day-to-day basis.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

BG: Our product consists of two sides: a listing platform that showcases refurbished homes and a transaction platform that provides consumers all the necessary tools to traverse the homebuying process. With our software, users can purchase a home online from start to finish in a fast, seamless way.

GS: Initially, we spent a lot of time mapping out the consumer pain points when buying a home, outlining the products and services we wanted to create in response. With that research, Praxent worked with us to scope the project and prioritize the tasks involved. We knew we wanted to get a product to market within six months, so they helped us narrow down our requirement list to the most impactful core features.

Once we established the technical details, their engineering team created a prototype for internal stakeholders to review. We also tested it with the market, collecting feedback from both prospective and existing homebuyers. Then, the team locked down the product and built the first phase of our platform from scratch.

BG: There were numerous moving parts; it’s a complex product that draws data from legacy technology, including internal sales and marketing enablement tools that needed to speak with the new platform. Additionally, we engaged an external branding agency to design the site while simultaneously establishing an in-house engineering team. Praxent navigated between all parties, keeping us focused on our top priorities and delivering the product within schedule.

What is the team composition?

BG: Praxent knew from experience exactly what resources we needed to achieve our goals. They assembled a flexible team with complementary skills, including a project manager, a UX/UI specialist, four frontend developers, two backend developers, and a team of product owners.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

GS: We were looking for a local development firm that specialized in consumer-facing software. Not only did the team need to be big enough to support growth throughout the engagement, but they also had to have completed an equally complex and relevant project. Since we’d already put together an extensive list of how the platform might look, we wanted to understand how a vendor would prototype and execute our product.

Out of all of the candidates, Praxent stood out by far. They were invested in the pitch process and brought strong presentation materials outlining their approach. It was a thoughtful solution that was customized to our goals.

BG: Not to mention, they had rave client reviews and highly relevant experiences. I appreciated how they drew parallels from their past work with what we were trying to accomplish. Since we wanted to use the existing Amherst infrastructure to create a new platform, it was great that they could accommodate both tech stacks.

What is the status of this engagement?

GS: We started working with them towards the end of Q4 2017. By March 2018, we completed the prototype and launched the platform by mid-July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

GS: It was a fairly elaborate engagement, and I have nothing but praise for Praxent. Since going live, we’ve sold five homes with the platform, and five clients have given us perfect Net Promoter scores (NPS). It seems our product is resonating with our consumers.

From a quality perspective, the system hasn’t experienced any downtime nor major issues. We caught all the minor bugs during the QA process, so there haven’t been any surprises post-launch. Recently, we’ve hired a senior CTO, a head of engineering, and a head of QA who have all been impressed by the quality of the platform.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

GS: Considering all the moving parts, this was a project management masterpiece. Besides our group, there were other internal tech teams, outside consultants and branding agencies, and a new engineering team who were touching the project on a daily basis. Praxent did a great job of keeping us organized.

Every week, they gave us an updated dashboard about how many hours they’d spent, if we were on track, and where we were at risk. Not only did this ensure a transparent process, but it also allowed us to effectively budget our expectations. We assigned story points to each feature, looking at the effort involved at a granular level and translating them into monetary terms. It was a tough task, but they were mindful of our threshold and managed to deliver under budget.

BG: We developed a strong rapport, too, particularly with their product owner who was the liaison between our teams. He had both the technical ability to manage their developers and the foresight to keep to timelines. We’re looking to emulate that role internally because we had such great success with their project management. In addition to coming up with unique budgeting methods, they made sure that we followed agile scrum rituals, using modern day tools such as Jira and Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

BG: The body of work they produced under our circumstances was no joke; they did a fantastic job. Although we had so many stakeholders with varying cultures and priorities, Praxent’s team was helpful in mediating between our partners. They displayed a nuanced project management approach and made sure that we got what we needed. They’re a growing business that exerts a high level of professionalism.

GS: They were critical in getting our product out on time, and I never had to guess about project status. If we had any concerns, their senior-level staff responded promptly, remaining open to constructive criticism. It always felt like they were working in our best interests.

Are there any areas they could improve?

GS: No, nothing specific stands out. There are always challenges on projects of this magnitude, but we would resolve everything together. They really felt like part of the team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

BG: If you have a clear understanding of what your objectives are and what kind of output you're seeking, then Praxent is the right group to reach out to. They can fulfill any role needed to execute the project, providing a small, nimble team or scaling up as necessary.

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
    We’ve already recommended them.

Legacy Software Migration for Healthcare Industry SaaS

“They kept us up and running throughout the entire transfer process.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Sept. 2018
Project summary: 

Praxent migrated legacy software to a new cloud host for a healthcare and insurance SaaS company. They also optimized legacy code and assisted with a large-scale API project.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
United States
Founder/CEO, Healthcare SaaS
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Praxent’s team ensured zero downtime during the software migration and improved speed and stability of outdated code. Strong project management and technical depth were complemented by responsive customer service.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder and CEO of a company that provides a document managing/scheduling SaaS for members of the healthcare and insurance industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Praxent?

We hired them to help us migrate our legacy software to a new cloud host.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a company that could make our transfer seamless, with no downtime. We also wanted to optimize our legacy code for greater speed and stability, as well as reduce our ongoing maintenance costs.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We performed extensive online research and conducted interviews. We were impressed with Praxent’s past projects, breadth of technical resources, reasonable and transparent pricing, and high ethical standards.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

They oversaw our entire transfer process. At the outset, they provided a technical assessment, then helped us migrate our legacy software and optimize our older code. Based on the success of this project, they also transitioned into working with some of our clients on a large-scale API project.

What was the team composition?

We worked with our project manager and multiple developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They kept us up and running throughout the entire transfer process, which was our main goal.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We kept in touch using Skype and Jira throughout the process. Our project manager did very well at ensuring that we had access to skilled resources throughout the project. They were also responsive in the face of additional changes or requests.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Not only did they have excellent leadership, their staff genuinely cared about our project. It always felt like they wanted to help us reach our desired outcomes.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No. They are technically well-versed and are committed to doing an outstanding job.

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

Website Re-design for Insurance Provider

“They’re a responsive and thoughtful team.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2015 - 2016
Project summary: 

Praxent took an existing website and completely rewrote the HTML code, CSS and Javascript. After collaborating with an internal team to outline wireframes, they implemented the frontend interface and built out the platform’s backend.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Creative Services and Web Director, Insurance Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Praxent delivered an award-winning website that receives praise from industry professionals and internal department leaders. The updated platform is aesthetically pleasing and consists of intuitive backend templates. Their talented developers enjoy what they do and provide creative solutions.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the creative services and web director for a professional liability insurance provider.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

We initially hired Praxent to transform our website into a Drupal-based platform that’s responsive on mobile devices.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Praxent started the project by collaborating with myself and our senior web designer to assess our needs regarding the new website. That process included figuring out how to make a responsive site that’s also easy for our internal team to manage. After an internal change in direction on content management systems, our company decided to switch the website over to Hubspot. 

Praxent understood the shift and worked thoughtfully to restructure the website's code and delivered the necessary backend templates. Using the wireframes we developed with their help, they accommodated our requirements and implemented the site’s UI/UX. They ran productive brainstorming sessions and often convinced us to approach challenges with new strategies. They helped us rethink our navigation system and adapted it to a mobile responsive environment. Now, our interface is presented beautifully across both desktop and mobile.

What is the team composition?

We mostly communicated with Tim (CEO, Praxent), an assigned project manager, and one developer.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

They’d done work for us before I was a part of the company. Having heard positive things about them, I reached out once we started looking for potential partners. Tim has a compelling story to tell and quickly responded to my inquiry. Considering his team had been previously vetted by the company, hiring them was an easy decision.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our involvement with them took place from January 2015­–2016. The entire project took about a year to complete.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our corporate website was presented with an award by an industry group. We were one of the first companies within our industry to create a wholly responsive website. While the site functions as more of a brochure than a lead generation tool, Praxent’s work seemed to cause an increase in page views. That wasn’t one of our specified goals, but it’s a nice bonus. The finished product received positive feedback from multiple department heads regarding its attractive design.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project manager is wonderful. He kept us up-to-date regarding the project’s progression and ran efficient meetings. We ended up having quite a friendly relationship with their team. We looked forward to calls with them and always felt like each party communicated steps to push the engagement forward.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We appreciate their openness and dedication to pushing us in new directions. Praxent started the project by understanding our goals and letting industry-specific challenges inform their design decisions. They’re a responsive and thoughtful team. Also, we enjoy working with them because they take pride in each project as if it was their own. They care about their clients more than other vendors I’ve hired in the past.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their project manager struggled to coordinate some things, but that was a small issue overall. We were going through processes internally that likely kept us from communicating as thoroughly as we should have. However, the project wasn’t slowed down or hindered in a meaningful way.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re willing to have fun and engaging conversations about how to improve businesses. Tim is passionate about learning the reasons why people build things, and I find that valuable. Future clients should keep in mind that their approach to challenges sets them apart from similar vendors.

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

Development for Lead Generation and Booking Platform

“They're innovative and think outside the box. … They exceeded our expectations.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

After providing recommendations and helping build out an idea, Praxent designed a demonstration platform that will help manage and track inbound leads.

The Reviewer
 
10-50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Rod Williams
Founder, Senior Living Search
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team is happy with the designs and plans to work with Praxent on the implementation. Experienced and knowledgeable, Praxent met all needs, while their recommendation to change the original prototype and build a new platform prevented unnecessary expense.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder of Senior Living Search. We're a placement firm for seniors that helps them find a retirement or nursing home.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

We were doing due diligence and we needed a company to build a platform for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built a lead generation and booking platform to help us manage inbound leads and track them all the way to placement into a senior living community. Initially, we were looking at doing disruptive marketing, but Praxent recommended that we didn't go that route. They built a different platform from what we initially planned, which saved our company. It's a workable demonstration platform that we can use as a template. They're very insightful and methodical in what they do.

What is the team composition?

We mostly worked with a project manager.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

I met Tim Hamilton (Founder, Praxent) through The Entrepreneurs' Organization in Austin. Several other members recommended him to me as a fantastic professional.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $20,000–$25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I worked with them between July–October 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They exceeded our expectations. Their work is exemplary and their designs are well thought-out. When we decide to launch the platform, we plan to engage them again to do the final pieces.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very professional. They're the only company I've worked with in the past 20 years that met all of my criteria for integrity. They fulfilled all their obligations, staying on time and on budget.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're innovative and think outside the box. They came up with great ideas for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. It was a great experience all the way through.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They'll take you outside of what you know about your product and enhance your ability to have a better vision.

5.0
Overall Score They're perfect. I don't need to look for any other company.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were better than we were.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They gave us a beautiful product.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They saved us a lot of money.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred them to several people.

Prototype Development for IT Company

"... I gathered that they were genuinely passionate about helping people fix a problem."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

Praxent developed a prototype of a mobile application to improve industry-specific B2B partnerships. Upon completion, they presented the product to potential consumers to gauge its practicality.

The Reviewer
 
Entrepreneur
 
Houston, Texas
Jason Smith
Founder, Unirithm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the engagement ended before the development of a full product, Praxent proved to be a valuable partner. The team exhibited a passion for the project and the ways it could address an ethical issue. They are organized and willing to learn, making them an ideal option for technology needs.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder of Unirithm. We provide automated decision making for the industrial laundry sector, specifically in the invoice-to-pay function.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

I had identified a problem in the industry that I thought could be addressed through an app or some sort of tracking software. I engaged with Praxent to validate that this problem actually existed and then develop a prototype that could be used to address it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In essence, the prototype included 15–20 screens on a mobile device that presented several use cases for the customer. For example, one function shows that the app can be used to point out discrepancies between what a vendor puts on an invoice and what services are actually occurring. Once completed, Praxent arranged several potential buyers to gauge their need in such a product. While many were originally hesitant to believe that this problem, and others, was occurring, they were much more open to the possibility when shown the use case in the application.

What is the team composition?

I worked with the CEO, a managing partner, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

I found Praxent on Clutch’s website. I met with three agencies, but Praxent proved to the best at listening to the problem and finding the details of how it could be solved. I know every firm has to make a sales pitch, but there was a genuine feeling with Praxent that they were engaging with my passion to solve this problem.

How much have you invested with them?

I spent between $10,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement lasted from September–November 2017. Their team developed a brilliant product, and I wanted to move forward to develop the first technical piece of the solution, but it was too expensive. It was a reasonable price, but with my single-person startup budget, I couldn’t make it work. I ended up going elsewhere for the technical solution. However, I look forward to working with Praxent again.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Most of our research subjects held the disposition that either these industry problems didn’t apply to them or they would find a way to address the problems themselves. Once the click-through prototype was introduced, the entire panel changed their minds. They realized that the prototype was revealing information that they could not otherwise get.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

They adhered well to our timeline. I don’t think they ever missed a date. Overall, they communicated really well. Not long after the engagement started, they had a strong grasp of the industry vernacular I was bringing to the project. Being able to discuss the problem and solution through that language was advantageous.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I know that they're in business to make money. Still, I gathered that they were genuinely passionate about helping people fix a problem. They wanted to facilitate my ability to help businesses reduce their costs and have a better relationship with their vendor. I thought they identified that this was an ethical issue, and it resonated with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Considering that we’re working with a deep niche—industrial laundry—I think they did a good job of finding a sample of customers that could use this product. However, I wish they could have found more. We agreed that I wouldn’t be involved in that so that my bias wouldn’t cloud the research findings. To their credit, they found a good representation of consumers, but I wish we could have found more.

Any advice for potential customers?

When you first engage them, don’t worry about the solution. Don’t talk about your vision for the solution. Focus instead on the business problem and rely on Praxent to ask the right questions. From that, the solution will become more clear.

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

Web Application Dev for Economic Consulting Firm

“They made it clear that our needs were their top priority.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2013 - May 2016
Project summary: 

Praxent built a modular web application that features a UX optimized interface and financial analysis functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Owner, Economic Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

With innovative features and a durable infrastructure, it’s not surprising that users are switching over to the online tool. Praxent’s amazing team was the project’s greatest asset. Although their time management skills are questionable, the outstanding quality of their work is indisputable. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a principal owner of an economic consulting company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

We wanted to build an online replica of our fiscal reporting spreadsheet.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Praxent used our existing Excel spreadsheets as a model to develop a web app with a UX optimized design and customizable admin features. Their team worked on everything from wireframing to front- and backend development.

What is the team composition?

We communicated with their founder during the bidding process, but one of their project managers assumed the liaison role during the development stages.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

They were one of the four local web developers that we reached out to. Their willingness to learn about our business greatly influenced our hiring decision.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project commenced in the fall of 2013 and concluded in May 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Before we built the website, 30 of our clients were using the desktop tool to generate their financial reports. Now, more than 50 clients have upgraded to the online version. We’ve added a lot of new features to the platform, but its well-designed backend is still operating flawlessly.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

Although they worked at a slow pace, their management skills were satisfactory. They were excellent at keeping us informed during the biweekly meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Praxent’s fantastic team made the daunting project a pleasurable experience. They made it clear that our needs were their top priority.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The Pivotal Tracker software that they used to manage the project was too unreliable to keep track of their process. They should consider adopting new software that provides accurate status updates.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Clearly defined business goals are the key to success when working with Praxent.

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

Web Application Dev for Mortgage Banking Company

“They worked fast and got an amazing amount of work done in a very short period of time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - March 2018
Project summary: 

Working on a tight deadline, Praxent developed a web application that connects two mobile apps. They managed the design and back-/frontend development.

The Reviewer
 
1-100 Employees
 
Dublin, Ohio
Adam Berzsenyi
CEO, Keller Mortgage
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app exceeded all expectations in terms of the design and customer satisfaction. Praxent went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their affordable rates coupled with their ability to professionally guide the process made them a reliable partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of Keller Mortgage. We're an auxiliary business to Keller Williams, the largest real estate company in the world. We mostly work with Keller Williams agents and help their buyers obtain low-cost mortgages to buy homes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

We were having trouble with both functionality and user experience of our online platform, so we were looking for a company to help us fix those issues. Also, our access to mortgage is through the Keller Williams smartphones. They press a button and it goes to our technology. We were trying to build that technology ourselves, but we realized we needed a professional company to build an app that would be superior in functionality and design.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their development team did research and created mock-ups that had to be approved by our owners. Then, they wrote the code for the web application and implemented it. Keller Williams has many agencies and buyers that are looking for deals and loans, so we needed an app that was visually pleasing and worked well. Also, we were on a tight deadline. Praxent met all of our needs and created a wonderful user experience in a very short time.

What is the team composition?

I mostly worked with Kevin (CEO, Praxent) who had a team underneath him.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

We were referred to them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $50,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between January and March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I was assessing them on the quality of work, affordability, customer satisfaction, and timeline. They exceeded all four of my metrics.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

Their job would have been a lot easier if we had known what we wanted. But we didn't know what we wanted, so they guided us through the process very professionally and helped us find the answers to our questions. Also, they always delivered on or before the deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciated their urgency. They worked fast and got an amazing amount of work done in a very short period of time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything. It was a great experience.

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

Mobile Web Platform for Rodeo Business

“They were very easy to work with, thorough, stuck to our budget, and delivered everything promptly.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. - May 2018
Project summary: 

Praxent developed a mobile web platform for users in a competitive sport system nationwide. The platform lets users register to access and input upcoming events, update scores, and view leaderboards.

The Reviewer
 
10-50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Scott Davis
Vice President, WCRA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their professionalism was outstanding. Praxent was on task every step of the way and delivered the app under a short deadline. User adoption of the platform has been successful and numbers are steadily increasing.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the vice president of World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA). We produce events in a competitive system within the rodeo business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

The rodeo industry is a bit behind in terms of embracing technology the way other sports have. We hired Praxent to create mobile platform solutions for some of our challenges and increase our efficiency in administering events nationwide.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our initial goal was to create a native app platform for utilizing this data but during our discovery process, Praxent recommended a mobile web platform that ended up being a better decision due to the short length of our project timeline.

We have a large database of information related to the rodeo industry and our goal was to provide a mobile platform where users could access that and also input further information. The app allows them to share dates of upcoming events, final scores, and so on. We also used the data to create a leaderboard that calculates and awards points across to competitors numerous disciplines in the sport. In addition, users have the ability to purchase memberships, pay entry fees, and register for events from within the app.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

We received a referral from other members of the tech community in the Austin area. We interviewed six different prospective companies and selected Praxent because they seemed like the best fit for our organization in terms of approach, professionalism, and presentation. We also liked their confidence in their ability to deliver under a tight deadline.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $200,000–$1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in March 2018 and launched in early May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve introduced brand new tech-related concepts in the industry, which has been rather groundbreaking. Adoption has been steady and increasing, so all indications suggest that we’re on a good upward trajectory.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

They did a great job of communicating at every level, whether it was related to budget or development. They have effective processes in place that allowed us to closely monitor the project and were very transparent in their approach. We gave them a tight budget on this project and they managed to come in below it — while launching ahead of schedule.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very easy to work with, thorough, stuck to our budget, and delivered everything promptly.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did great work but perfection is hard to achieve.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software Dev for Consultant

“The developer’s client-focused approach proved to be invaluable.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Praxent worked with existing code to update and support an enterprise management platform. The project’s requirements ranged from minor landing page adjustments to significant feature developments.

The Reviewer
 
Consultant
 
Houston, Texas
President, Consultancy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Praxent overcame initial onboarding challenges and quickly took control of the project. Their communicative management style facilitated the use of Kanban user stories. After integrating a talented developer, they completed 140 GitHub tickets and delivered a successful engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president of an energy consultant firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

My business utilizes an enterprise management platform that was built by a freelance developer. Once the freelancer became unavailable, I needed another developer to provide additional functionalities and updates.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

No one had worked on our system in two years, so it needed many feature improvements. It’s a client-facing software that uses both Heroku and Amazon Web Services as cloud computing resources. I use the software to manage the business and in addition to clients, it also interacts with my partners and suppliers as well. I used GitHub to request specific bug fixes and list new developments. Praxent worked on the existing code to fix landing screens and sort orders. They programmed new functionalities that gather, analyze, and report relevant data. After experiencing project management difficulties, they taught me to utilize Kanban to create more descriptive user stories and expedite development time.

What is the team composition?

I spoke with Kevin (Managing Partner, Praxent) when initially reaching out to Praxent. Then, I worked with a project manager and two developers over the course of the engagement.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

I attempted to find a replacement freelancer and considered 3–4 candidates. However, our unique technology suite made it difficult to find an adequately-skilled developer. Then, I searched online for a local development firm with Python expertise. I narrowed the search down to Praxent and three other companies.

Praxent seemed to best comprehend the needs of my business. The other firms wouldn’t work with existing code and wanted to rebuild my entire platform. Kevin understood that I didn’t have the budget for a rebuild and just wanted to improve the current platform. His willingness to operate within my business methodology was the main reason I hired them.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project took place from December 2017–April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’m thrilled with the developer I ended up with and the quality of work that was done. Once we learned how to work together, we had tremendous success. Ultimately, they closed 140 tickets in GitHub.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

The initial developer they assigned wasn’t well-suited for the project. I expressed my concerns and they quickly appointed another developer who did great work. I was initially hesitant to learning Kanban, but they politely insisted and now I see great value in the process. Additionally, I’d attend daily standups with the project manager and developers. It was a lot more involvement on my part, but the communication led to better utilization of the developer. I’d request difficult tasks and could rely on them to present several actionable solutions. From that standpoint, they did a great job managing the project and me as a client.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The developer’s client-focused approach proved to be invaluable. If the developer isn’t engaged or committed, the project won’t succeed. Praxent found the right developer to match my expectations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The onboarding process could’ve been better. They struggled setting up a development environment for two weeks before communicating the challenge. To be fair, the initial roadmap I provided them was lacking. These issues caused the project to go over budget by about 20%.

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

Web Dev for Public University

"I know they have bigger clients with bigger budgets, but they worked hard to deliver our project on time."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Praxent designed and built an informational site using WordPress. They focused on providing clean aesthetics to improve organization and intuitiveness to allow easy in-house updates.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Texas
Ethan Burris
Faculty Director, Center for Leadership and Ethics at University of Texas, Austin
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Praxent created an aesthetically-pleasing website that presents content cleanly, ultimately improving fundraising efforts. They made a detailed project outline and met every deadline on budget. They’re devoted to the success of any project, no matter how small, and earned a follow-up contract.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the Faculty Director for the Center for Leadership and Ethics at the University of Texas at Austin.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Praxent?

Our website was difficult to navigate and featured an outdated design. We engaged Praxent to create a new site with a fresh look and clean organization.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They sat down with us to go over our existing site. We also showed them a few sites with aesthetics we admired. We then began to outline the project. They told us what was expected from our end–content, text and graphics approval, etc.–and outlined a schedule and budget. During this phase, they offered their own suggestions for the project based on their expertise.

The site was built using WordPress and essentially serves to convey information to students and potential donors. Praxent helped us organize strategies for different pages, landing spots, and backend analytics before working with us on the design elements.

We worked together closely as they began populating the content, providing edits and feedback. Based on our suggestions, they worked to reconfigure the strategy around each page.

While creating a visually appealing site was our primary goal, we also wanted it to be intuitive so our in-house staff could make edits easily. Praxent provided training to ensure our team members understood the system.

Having completed version 1.0, they’re currently building the second iteration with more complex features.

What is the team composition?

There were three people in total. Kevin (Hurwitz, Managing Partner, Praxent) connected at the beginning and end of the project. I worked primarily with a project manager and a technical specialist who built the site and provided the training.

How did you come to work with Praxent?

They developed a complex web project for another department at the University of Texas. They came highly recommended as competent developers who could deliver on time and on budget.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2017 and our relationship is ongoing. Having completed the last round a year ago, we’ve engaged them to help with the second iteration of the site.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’m much more comfortable showing the new site to potential donors. Our advisory council members think the site has an improved, clean look and find the content clearer. A colleague who teaches communications also gave positive feedback, saying the site is clean and to the point, with no wasted space or excess text.

How did Praxent perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re excellent across the board. They clearly articulate their strategies and communicate their progress. They create a detailed schedule and meet every deadline on budget.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I don’t have a lot of experience working with developers, but I was very impressed by the level of attention they devoted to us. I know they have bigger clients with bigger budgets, but they worked hard to deliver our project on time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Development of version 1.0 went very smoothly, but I would like to hear more strategic input as we move into version 2.0. I’m not tech-oriented, so it would be nice if they gave more detailed suggestions about what functionalities are possible under different budgets, and the pros and cons of each.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Any delays were caused by our end.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They met every goal we set and stayed on budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them.