Rapid Prototype Services

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Prove out your data or analytics solution, quickly.

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We can build a prototype of your data application or software with user and technical validation — in 90 days or less.

During this engagement, our teams will research, test, and vet the viability of solutions quickly. This will allow our experts to provide recommendations on the design, team makeup, and technical infrastructure you’ll need before moving into a more costly build.

Clients who have used our prototyping services:
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Prototypes we build

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Dashboards or Report Prototype

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Data & Analytics Software Prototype

Embedded Analytics Prototype

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ML/AI Model Prototype

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Data Visualization Prototype

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Data Model / Infrastructure Prototype

Workflow Prototype

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Our software prototyping process

We start almost all of our engagements with our prototype process — what we call a “pre-flight” — in order to research and validate the value of a solution.

But we don’t just design clickable screens. Conducting a software or data prototype begins with…

  • Defining research problems
  • Setting objectives or hypotheses that address those problems
  • Outlining questions that need to be answered to meet those objectives
  • Identifying people that can answer those questions and interviewing them
  • Creating artifacts that best synthesize our findings

….and then creating a project plan on how to execute a build against those findings.

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Discovery

In the first phase of our prototype project, we’ll jump head-first into research. By aligning with stakeholders around objectives, assessing user needs, and understanding the current workflow and environment, we’ll map out exactly what’s needed in our initial prototype.

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Concept Testing

Next comes the fun part: designing and testing! We will build out wireframes and a visual concept (if applicable) to iterate on. We’ll use this concept in the wild to get real-world perspectives from users on what’s working and what’s not. From there, we’ll design a finalized prototype incorporating those findings.

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Roadmapping / Project Plan

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you with just a prototype design and wish you well. After taking the time to understand your environment and constraints, we’ll work with you to develop a high-level roadmap with prioritized feature development. That way, you’ll know exactly what next steps you’ll need to take to start building your MVP (minimum viable product). 

Prototyping deliverables (what you’ll get)

Depending on the type of prototype we’re building, there may be different deliverables. Below are some of the typical artifacts we deliver when we provide this service.

  • Current Process Flow Map
  • UX Audit
  • User Journey Map
  • Research Findings
  • Object Map
  • Wireframes
  • Design Prototype
  • Testing & Validation Findings
  • High Level Product Build Plan
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Examples of prototypes we’ve built

Prototype: Food Prep Insights Application

​​A large retail chain was throwing away food at times, while not meeting demand at others. They needed a way to empower their grocery employees with the right information to effectively meet demand with less waste. The only way employees could access this data was through a tool made for sales people that was difficult to understand. 

The organization teamed up with RevUnit to understand what these employees needed in order to respond more quickly and accurately predict demand. Through our research, we were able to uncover the sales, throwaways, and production level metrics that would empower employees to adjust daily production on their own with more accuracy.

We built an initial prototype to give employees the information they needed to produce the optimal quantities of fresh products, at the right time, to boost sales in their store. This project eventually led to a larger rollout for employees across the sales floor.

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Prototype: Supply Chain Data Modeling

A large food processor’s systems were disparate, slow, and often relied on tribal knowledge.

They brought RevUnit in to work with a supply chain planning team to address a specific use case: more efficiently and confidently getting to the operational data they needed about products to make planning decisions that impacted the company's bottom line. At the time, it was nearly impossible for quick decision-making and production shifts if there were unexpected changes in cost or supply.

We partnered with the client’s team to identify what kinds of questions they needed answered in their workflow, and used dimensional modeling to match the data structures to real-world use.

We built a data model prototype in reusable components, which the company is now using across their systems to gain faster access to operational data.

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Prototype accelerator: Google Cloud

We partner with Google Cloud as an innovator in cloud technology to quickly build prototypes.

If you’re already using Google Cloud, or open to leveraging their services in a prototype, we know how to maximize the power of Google Cloud to meet your objectives. We’ve built reusable frameworks and components to speed up the prototyping process when building on Google Cloud Platform.

Whether you’re looking to accelerate operational efficiency, increase agility, or gain value from your data, we’ll put Google Cloud to work for you. With certified engineers, developers, and strategists, we harness the innovative power of Google Cloud solutions to unlock key business insights and drive value for your organization, faster.

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Prototype FAQs 

What is a prototype?


A prototype is a first version, or test model of a solution. In our case, we are typically creating a clickable user interface that looks and feels like a live tool, in order to test our solution and assumptions. In the case of a model prototype, we may build an initial data model or ML/AI model from a small training set of data. Any prototype will lack refinement, but the point is to test a concept for feasibility.

How long does it take to build a prototype?

Our prototyping service typically runs 8-12 weeks, depending on the solution.

When would I need a prototype?

You’ll need a prototype if…

  • You are trying to make a decision between building or buying off-the-shelf software.
  • You need to prove a return on investment quickly or upfront in order to get funding for the project.
  • You need to better understand the scope of a new solution, and what it would take to stand up.

How much are your prototyping services?

This service varies in cost. Although we have a tried and tested process, the systems, environment, and challenges are different with every client. Reach out to us and we can get you an estimate.

How do I get value from a prototype?

Prototypes may seem like a lot of “discovery” before getting into the actual build. But in fact, they set you up for substantially better results, and give you a clear direction to move forward with. When you build a prototype, you validate ideas which in turn creates less risk that you’ll make a wrong decision with your solution. Prototypes can also give you a tangible “pitch” to use internally to show the ROI and get buy-in for the full build.

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Prototypes we build:

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Dashboards or Report Prototype

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Data & Analytics Software Prototype

Embedded Analytics Prototype

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ML/AI Model Prototype

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Data Visualization Prototype

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Data Model / Infrastructure Prototype

Workflow Prototype