Custom SaaS platform

Replacing costly
vendors and
manual processes

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  • Industry

    Construction
  • Location

    USAUSA
  • Working together since

    Apr 2012
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Harrison Publishing House (HPH) is a content provider and software developer, which creates solutions for the plumbing and mechanical segment of the construction industry.

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“As my internal team was focused on our data operations, I was in the process of looking for someone to help take over the development of the platform. I really appreciated the investment they (MindK) made to learn about the project. They do a very good job in that respect.”

David McPhaul

President

The challenge

With an idea to digitize hundreds of catalogs from manufacturers and synchronize all construction project participants, the company started working on a cloud platform. Once the project has outgrown Microsoft Sharepoint, it required a team able to build a sophisticated client solution. HPH changed several development teams, and due to a very poor experience had to look further.

Catalog management

The solution

MindK stood out as the next HPH development partner due to relevant tech expertise, willingness to learn about the project and its underlying business needs. It allowed the client to rest easy knowing the project was in good hands.

Purchasing management lifecycle: purchase order

Starting with their idea and a few mock-ups, we built CINX as a cloud-based feature-rich platform for managing the supply chain for contractors, manufacturers, and distributors.

A manufacturer, distributor or construction company sets up a profile where it links the employees and businesses that it does commerce with. They can also set up and manage a custom catalog of materials they work with. Due to the ability to link to other business systems, they can transfer important data and improve decision making. Add to that a full-transaction tracking and analytical dashboards, and you get a bright spot for an industry with historically manually driven workflows. The construction industry got:

  • Fully automated order-processing operations, which typically include 8 stages: requisition - request for quotation - quote - purchase order - purchase order change order - delivery - invoice - return.
  • More than 20 integrations. CINX already works with estimating/CAD systems like Autodesk and accounting systems like Intuit Quickbooks.
  • The CINX cloud, able to store and timely process over 25 million items with related content from companies' private catalogs.
  • An API that enables exchanging data between other contractor/distributor software systems and CINX, and allows users enjoy CINX functionality in their favourite tools .

An invoice generated within the system

Dashboard that adapts to different user roles
(manufacturers, distributors, and contractors)

Some of the estimating and modelling
apps available as CINX integrations

information portal for companies

Catalog management

information portal for companies

Purchasing management lifecycle: purchase order

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An invoice generated within the system

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Dashboard that adapts to different user roles
(manufacturers, distributors, and contractors)

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Some of the estimating and modelling
apps available as CINX integrations

Now users can

  • Ensure accurate pricing data and tech documentation on required mechanical items.
  • Manage estimations and transactions both in CINX and other business systems.
  • Place product data in contractor systems and boost visibility for manufacturers.
  • Free managers and sales teams from redundant manual processes to focus on other value-added activities.
Services provided
Tech stack
  • Ember.jsEmber.js as a front-end framework
  • PHP 7PHP 7 for back-end development
  • MongoDBMongoDB and MySQL for database
  • ElasticsearchElasticsearch as a powerful search engine
  • HighchartsHighcharts for analytics visualization
  • AWSAWS as a cloud storage

Value delivered

Today CINX is widely used by contractors, manufacturers, and vendors in the USA. It’s been well-received by all existing HPH customers, who have given positive feedback on the platform. Now they are rolling out new system capabilities that will assist them to grow.

3-5%

decrease in annual
material expenses for
construction companies

3M+

mechanical items and
extended content from
leading manufacturers

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“It is my pleasure to highly recommend MindK for any web development project...The team possessed the coding skills required, worked well in an agile environment, effectively interacted with our internal data developers, and most importantly took an active interest in the project. MindK takes pride in and responsibility for their work. I continue to count on them for our ongoing web and mobile app development."

David McPhaul

President

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