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They have a really good design team. I’ve been impressed with how well they can take our ideas and put them into action. They’re creative, they hear our feedback, and they come up with unique ways to represent data and create an experience on the platform.
Suzanne Werner, Executive Vice President, Blue Star Retirement Services
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Based in Austin.
with teams working remotely and on site in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina.
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Every hire must meet the same rigorous standards and demonstrate a focus on achieving business results.
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How are you different from other agencies?
We specialize in digital design and engineering for financial services brands, so you save time by working with a team that already understands your industry.
We integrate design and engineering. You can rely on us to seamlessly integrate the user experience, interface design, and engineering capabilities to ensure you aren’t designing screens you can’t implement or building technology no one can use.
We’re all about modernizing your existing software applications. Existing software applications have unique challenges. We can confront your biggest people, process and technical challenges and won’t judge you along the way. We’ll approach your project based on the reality of your current circumstances as opposed to looking at it through an ivory-tower lens.
We reduce risk. From our very first conversation with you, we’ll work diligently to identify risks that stand in the way of your objectives and work creatively and aggressively to mitigate and prevent them. Examples: controlling release size, reusing existing software assets, aligning our interests with those of your technology stakeholders, interactive prototyping to clarify requirements, and weekly project status reporting. Also, and potentially most importantly, we think big but start small. We won’t force you to commit to a lengthy (read: risky) engagement in order to get started. We won’t ask you to sign off on a seven-figure initial budget. We get creative with small initial engagements in order to earn your confidence by delivering a quick win. As in, we’ll deliver a $5K-$30K Quick Start engagement to prove our worth to you and then work with you to expand the relationship.
We have a culture of accountability. Our systematic, metrics-based culture of accountability motivates our team to keep the promises they make. Examples include our CAN DO core values and weekly tracking of our commitments kept.
We pride ourselves on being technically outstanding but don’t boast about it. We’ve handpicked every member of our team to serve you. There are no out-of-control egos here.
We adjust around you and fit within your systems. Including within our client’s Jira account, development environment, etc. so that you stay in control of your intellectual property.
We’ll never hold you hostage. By maintaining thorough documentation and readily helping with knowledge transfer, we make it easy for you to offboard us when the time is right.
Can you help me sell your approach to my stakeholders?
Yes, absolutely. We often have a series of meetings at the start of a new relationship to ensure we have all of the situational awareness about your present circumstances, competitive factors, stakeholder interests, and organizational priorities. With this context, we will often partner with our project sponsor to present our recommendations in a way that builds consensus and organizational support.
Should we modernize or rebuild our software? How do we decide?
In most cases, our answer is modernize; however, there are cases where we recommend a ground-up rebuild.
A rebuild might be appropriate when:
Your existing system can no longer be maintained or continuously operated long enough for us to perform a modernization
- the prospect of losing functionality the old system supported is less of a concern than the cost of supporting an old codebase that has become so technically complex that new feature development, or even system maintenance, is increasing at an exponential rate
- the old architecture wouldn’t support a migration to a services-based architecture that would allow us to decouple the frontend from the backend in order to create a more competitive experience
How quickly will we be able to get started?
We begin our projects with a kickoff, which can be conducted in person (COVID-19 notwithstanding) or via video conference. We can usually start a new project within two weeks of your go-ahead, sometimes faster if desired.
What are your rates?
Our rates range from $50 to $200 per hour depending on the role.
Download our pricing guide here to get an idea of the investment range for your project. It includes estimates based on project size and scope as well as a list of set-priced initial engagements.
How do you ensure we won’t go over budget?
The best way to ensure your app or software development project doesn’t go over budget is to accurately estimate the cost to build. If the estimate is too low, you could end up with an app that can’t pay for itself or is never finished.
We follow these three steps to ensure your project doesn’t go over budget:
1. Prioritize features and clearly define the minimum viable product (MVP).
2. Create a clickable prototype with the features included in the MVP that you can test and validate before you move into development.
3. Accurately estimate cost and timeline. We create a detailed product roadmap that organizes features and capabilities of the product by release timeframe.
To give you an idea of what your investment might look like, we’ve put together a downloadable pricing guide that includes pricing estimates by product type, set-priced starter engagements and information on what impacts the price of your product and tips for saving money.