Tussell Analytics

The UK government's supply chain. Mapped.

Pixie Labs partnered with Tussell to design, build and launch an analytics platform that provides actionable insights into public procurement – a marketplace worth hundreds of billions of pounds.

Our role:

Digital strategy, service design, user experience, design, software development, and support.


Ruby on Rails | PostgreSQL | MySQL | Amazon Web Services | React | Highcharts | CircleCI

The challenge:

Tussell Analytics came to us with an ambitious idea. They wanted to build a data analytics platform that enabled businesses to search with ease through tens of millions of central government procurement contracts to discover crucial insights; resulting in faster, better business decision-making for their customers.

There were a variety of hurdles to overcome, ranging from data integrations and cleansing challenges to complex search and filter user journeys, all to be tackled in a way that maximised value creation for their end users from day one.

They needed a technology partner they could trust to help them navigate complex technology choices, build a lean but scalable product, and above all take time to understand what mattered most to their business.

How we met it:

We love tackling complex requirements and finding elegant solutions to problems. Our ability to think outside the box is something our clients have come to love about us.

Working closely with the Tussell team, we kicked off the process by taking a deep dive into their business and user requirements. By combining their vision with our discovery processes and user research, we developed the core proposition and delivery roadmap.

At Pixie Labs, we work with Agile and Lean methodologies in small, dedicated project teams. We work closely with a product owner and use tools like Pivotal Tracker, Slack and GitHub to communicate daily. This approach helps us to move forward quickly while remaining able to respond to new opportunities or risks.

Our approach enabled us to take Tussell’s concept from whiteboard to live beta in just 13 weeks. We delivered the right solution, on time and within budget.

As a result, Tussell have supercharged the way businesses use UK government procurement data. Advanced search and filter functionality, combined with visual data exploration, means users find what they’re looking for faster, saving them time and giving them a competitive edge in their markets. On-demand business intelligence reports mean their customers never miss an opportunity and get the right information when it matters most.

Tussell have gone from strength to strength. Their team and customer base is growing month on month. It’s our favourite kind of result – partnerships that lead to successful new businesses.

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