Client: WaterSkills

WaterSkills, a division of the Merit Skills group, is the first phase of a plan to provide training and consultancy to the whole of the utilities industry.

The team at Merit Skills approached Praxitar early in 2010 with a bold plan; they needed to have an initial site aimed at the Water industry up and running within a month, with corporate and other utilities (Gas, Power, etc) to follow shortly afterwards.

After designing a branding that flows across all the Merit Skills sites, Praxitar designed, developed and implemented the stunning-looking Waterskills site to tight deadlines, whilst providing functionality that exceeded expectations. The next phase, the Merit Skills site, was launched in mid-April 2010.

  • With a strong and bold design, Praxitar have delivered a stunning web site and a corporate branding package that includes signage, van wraps, business cards and stationary.

  • Using the powerful and feature-rich Ruby-on-Rails platform, WaterSkills has a Content Management System (CMS) that enables entry of course and venue information, as well as the scheduling of course dates. This dedicated CMS gives the team at MeritSkills complete control of their site from a management system that provides validations and functionality specific to their needs.

  • The use of the award-winning Ruby-on-Rails platform has enabled Praxitar to rapidly develop a site that is both feature-rich and industry standard. It has also enabled us to guarantee that, when Merit Skills need them, changes and enhancements can be developed and rolled out rapidly to meet requirements that are continuing to evolve.

  • A key factor in choosing to use Ruby-on-Rails is that integration with 3rd-party sites via a web services (XML) interface works almost “out-of-the-box”. This has enabled Merit Skills to bid for contracts where integration is a pre-requisite of bidding and placing them in a strong competitive position.

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