If you’ve been exploring our blog or our video channel, or if you’ve spoken with one of our automation techs, you might be wondering what your options are for actually working with XRay.
At XRay, we have two main approaches for our automation projects: Blueprint Solutions and Bounties.
Blueprints and Bounties are two distinct ways to launch an automation project, but they’re both aimed at getting started quickly and setting fair, transparent terms that work for both parties.
XRay’s Blueprints and Bounties might be a little different from what you’re used to, so in this post, we’ll explain how they both work.
Blueprint Solutions: Pick an Automation from our Library
Our library of Blueprint Solutions is a selection of pre-designed automated workflows that solve common problems and address frequent pain points.
Every business is unique, but we all have to conduct many of the same workflows, and we have to deal with many of the same frustrations that plague our daily processes and tasks. Things like client and customer onboarding, payroll, lead handling and sales calls, time tracking, and training new team members are tasks that most companies do on a regular basis. Finding ways to streamline and improve these processes can be a great way to save time and set up your team for success more consistently.
Whenever we build an automated workflow that addresses a common issue, we convert it into a Blueprint Solution: a modular, adaptable version of an automation that defines key steps but allows for customization for each client.
When you pick a blueprint from our library, we’ll configure it and build it for your company within a set timeframe. Most of our solutions take about 4 weeks to finish, but you can see a more specific estimate associated with each blueprint.
During our kickoff and early calls, we’ll discuss your requirements, customizations, and adjustments for your Blueprint Solution. These decisions might change the completion timeline for your automation, and we’ll let you know as soon as possible if that’s the case.
As we’re building your automation, we’ll check in regularly on Slack and on our weekly Zoom calls to keep you updated on our progress and get your input for any key decisions we need to make.
Blueprint Solutions are a great way to quickly get started with automation. Just browse the library for a solution that works for you, and we’ll configure it for your company within about a month.
Bounties: Name Your Price for a Custom Automation
If you can’t find anything in our selection of Blueprints that fits your company’s goals, then you can submit a bounty to tell us exactly what you’d like to build.
Bounties let you name your own price for a fully custom automation. When you fill out the bounty request form, we’ll ask you to describe what you’d like us to build, and how much you’d be comfortable paying for it. We’ll respond quickly to let you know if we can accept your offer, or let you know if we’d like to propose a counter offer on slightly different terms.
At XRay, we don’t want to dictate your automation’s value to you. We won’t waste your time with long negotiations if we’re not on the same page, and we’ll avoid hourly engagements that quickly become unaffordable for smaller companies.
If you’re not sure where to begin with a custom automation project, it’s often best to start small. Instead of trying to think about your entire company at once, just focus on your most overworked team, or even a single individual. Where are they stuck? What’s eating up their time? What do they need to do each day? Answering these questions and automating their activity can be a great way to create more capacity for them.
To fill out a bounty, just follow this link. Our survey will prompt you for all the information we need to evaluate your request.
A starting point for automated infrastructure
Whether you choose a blueprint solution or a bounty, any project that you do with XRay will lay the groundwork for a broader automated infrastructure, so if you’d like to continue working with us, we’ll be able to expand that initial automation into something that supports your entire company.