theCodeStep.co.uk

Bespoke contract and freelance development for web and database business systems

Team Experience

Global solutions straight from the UK

Working as part of a team - whether managed from outside or managed myself - I can offer a range of services and solutions centered around bespoke web applications and digital business systems.

Working for our customers in the UK, our code has been used right across the UK and Europe. It's even reached India, Australia and the USA - some of it multi-lingual too!

Almost 20,000 individual accounts have been registered and used on systems built by us - and that doesn't include public websites. Every user logging in can access tools dedicated to their jobs, saving hours of time by empowering them with vast amounts of information and process driven toolkits.

Secure solutions you control

Every business is safe in the knowledge that our technologies can be deployed in secure data centers, or even in-house and on-premises - giving you total control over your data. We can even provide source code and implement custom security standards.

We were called in when others failed

We have delivered solutions that were deemed impossible - where other suppliers couldn't deliver. We were often cheaper too!

When a solution doesn't exist - perhaps you are restricted by off-the-shelf or legacy limitations - or other prices are simply too high - then our bespoke services can help.

Customer Quote:

"We called you in because we had 2 agencies try and build this, the first didn't get it and the second didn't even try - they said it can't be done."

- A customer of over 5 years now.

We've already delivered, and the customer is already using it. We've already launched the second installment too, to integrate with their partners across the world. V3 is already being tested by the client, and almost ready to deploy!. We just started planning V4 too!

Global solutions at local costs

We built our clients truely cost effective solutions - by using our bespoke code and frameworks - without charging the earth!

Customer Quote:

"We didn't want to mention it, but you undercut the competition by hundreds of thousands!"

- A corporate client who weren't sure about us at first, but keep asking for more.

We were shocked too. And no, we didn't put our prices up!

Experience pays off

By having the experience and knowledge of many systems and industries, we can help decide what is appropriate for your digital solution. We know what works, and we know what is truely cost effective. We won't sell you an off the shelf solution that costs the earth to licence or tailor, and nor will we use a technology until we know it inside out.

Customer Quote:

"We used to use ****** for our platform, but it took our developers months to produce what you've just delivered in less than a week."

- One of my early customers that helped inspire this business

Your in control

We will always pre-agree with customers which suppliers, technologies and services will be used. If you have a specific requirement we are happy to look at it.

We will happily consider your existing ISP's or suppliers, and can deploy to your own environment so your always in control of your code and your data.

Personal Experience

Web development

With an extensive knowledge of Microsoft based development languages including Microsoft C#.Net, SQL Server (T-SQL), as well as web technologies such as HTML 5, CSS 3, XML and JavaScript / JQuery - I can provide truely integrated solutions delivering high-performance data driven applications and commerce sites.

Project management

Having worked across a number of business sectors I have gained a huge amount of experience with managing projects and client expectations. With experience within the manufacturing, logistics, automotive, agency, retail and travel sectors - I have the skills needed to identify the project components and resources required, helping you put together all the pieces you need to create a truely exceptional system.

Delivery and support

By ensuring we have a development plan right from the start, I will provide complete specifications, timelines and milestones for every project we plan, ensuring that everyone knows what to expect and that each project can be evaluated for quality.

Management, exposure and training

Having gained management training at an early age followed by multiple senior management and technical roles, I have worked as a hands-on solutions provider to many organisations - delivering strategy and systems tailored and unique to their businesses.

These are some of the key roles, training and achievements that helped shape my experience and this business:-

Event Date
School Coded something they said couldn't be done, in BASIC ;)
Gained my A's for Maths and Tech.
Essex Round Table and Stansted Airport awards for applied technology
1992
1992/3
1994
University of Cambridge (Open Course) Modular Programming and System Design, Relational Database Design, Data Analysis and Graphical Representation, Desktop Publishing 1994
Escom (UK) Technical Manager / Branch Manager
Trained Hardware and Software Installer, Electrical Safety
1996
Pirelli Cables (UK) NEBS Supervisory Management Training and Certification, Fire Martial
Logistics Manager + Awarded Employee of the Year for developing new digital systems
1998
1999
First experiments with modular platforms, codenamed DSX
First e-commerce Public Web site
1999
2000
Triptych Systems Microsoft VB6, SQL and 3-Tier Enterprise Development Training
Collaborated on BestSeller 2, Book Selling and Trading System
2001
Cloud 9 (UK) DB/A, Lead SQL Architect 2002
Illusionfactor (UK) Microsoft MCP Certification (See below)
Lead Architect, DB/A
Operations Director
2004
2004
2005
TheCodeStep.co.uk Systems Architect / Owner - View Portfolio
Hosting Provider
WebDesk Platform went public
Private Cloud Solution Provider
CodeStep launches its own CMS Engine
Hybrid Cloud End-to-End Solution Provider
2007
2008
2009
2010
2015
2019

Microsoft MCP certification

Acheiving MCP qualifications at an early age, I have been able to gain substantial experience built on a solid foundation of older versions. Experience and commercial exposure have kept the core skills up to date, despite the age of these exams!

Exam Title Date
229 Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition Jul 09, 2004
228 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition Oct 13, 2004
290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment Dec 01, 2004

Coding for fun

The following technologies are seen as a great way to expand your coding ability.
Whilst I don't support them, I certainly encourage them! Watch this space for future development.

  • Arduino (What can't be done with these little things?)
  • DIY 8 Bit Computer (Yup, from scratch)
  • Raspberry Pi (Cameras, Terminals, Servers, Clusters, Laptops. Games Consoles, Media Centers, Kiosks, Thin Clients)
  • Microsoft Robotics Studio (Controlling Lego NXT based models, cars, sensors, motors, actuators, joysticks + pads)
  • Microsoft XNA Game Studio (Experimenting with game development, coding methods in both XBox and Windows)
  • Oculus Rift (Watch this space!)