Willow Software's background
Willow Software came to life in 2012. I took a year out of the 9 to 5 to stay at home and look after my baby daughter. I had the time to think about what I wanted out of life, so tried my luck at becoming an IT consultant, running under my own steam and at my own pace. I setup a website, put an advert in the local paper and decided to call my company "Willow Software" (named after a lovely tree that resides in my parents garden)
As another baby came along in 2014, I had to go back to a salaried job for a year or so, to make sure we had the pennies to make ends meet. Now I'm back, tucked into Willow Software via my home office; and its business as usual!
Whats fresh about me is, I'm a friendly chap; and as it's just me doing everything related to Willow Software, I take uber care in what I do for you; and take pride with the final result. Your not sold an all bells and whistles product by a sales person, then end up with a poor result. Instead, you get me as your contact sales person and experienced techie in one package, and more than likely cheaper, too. That can only be a win win.
I'm happily married, now with two spritely young children. I've lived in Jersey all my life and I've even got the accent. My dad is a retired Electrican, my grand dad was a farmer, my great grand dad was a debt collector.My wife is French, although I've never got around to learning to speak French fluently, I love France by default (especially the food!)
We live by the sea on the west coast, no pets (yet - as the children are too young) but if we did, we would have a cat or two and maybe some pet rabbits.
My Mission Statement
My goal is to create and maintain visually impressive, functional and optimised websites and bespoke web/office applications.
- To always exceed client expectations.
- To be committed to the success of every website or app that I build, as if each one was my own.
- To never baffle my clients with technical jargon, but to offer clear easy to understand information.
- To develop long-term relationships with all of my clients, even if the work is short term.
My Past Resume
Banking >> Web Developer >> Internet Security Specialist >> E-Commerce >> Freelance Consulting
I have worked in three major banks: Lloyds Bank PLC, Barclays Bank PLC, UBS AG Private Banking.
My first job after leaving school in 1991 was at Barclays Bank. I spent over six years from back office, cashier, phone support, personal banker, then moved to Information Technology, as I liked helping the I.T. team and seemingly more useful working with them. At Lloyds bank I worked for 3 years on IT systems.
At UBS AG (A Swiss private bank), I spent over 5+ years. I did alot of day to day I.T. tasks and was on call to fix any issues that came up over night. Used and learnt about OpenVMS servers and scripted in DCL (digital command Language) Also dabbled in a bit of COBOL, Linux/Solaris shell and IBM Websphere SWIFT systems.
Pure Software Development
Internet and Network Security
I like the security side of I.T., so took a gamble and moved to a company called Evolution (2 years give or take) - Pretty much had a ball learning about the security side of I.T. (pretty important these days!) I was involved in client related PCI compliance, developed an app in PHP/Ajax/mySQL to control Nessus scans and write reports. Plenty of Penetration testing, Symantec reporting and maintained the bespoke in-house secure email hosting cluster. While working there, I temporarily moved to an associated company called Fortress Managed Services and was involved in developing a pretty cutting edge global portal using REST.
I spent 4 years on and off working for feelunique.com, maintaining their custom built system based on PHP and MSSQL, which included warehouse apps, stock, reporting, analytics, product feeds as well as the actual website viewable to the public.
From 2015 onwards, I decided to become an I.T. consultant to enjoy a better work/life balance to spend more time with my children so devised Willow Software as my trading alias. My two priorities now are home life and working from my home office.
Processing and discussing Requirements with clients
We’ll chat about what your website / custom application needs to do and what results you require from it. As a front and back-end developer, I can assist with existing websites and start-up projects to create a unique identity on the web, or a custom built application to use in your office/salon. Usually I will come and see you personally and have a friendly and informative sit down chat to discuss what you are looking for exactly.
Latest Techniques, Good Design
I will create (if needed) visuals for your website or applications key pages and visuals of all design elements, to maintain consistency and achieve your businesses goals.
I develop responsively, this is essential to enhance accessibility to your website or application across all devices.
Testing, feedback, adding content and go-live
Your website/application will usually be viewable (privately) on my development server before being moved to your web address URL, after any fixes are applied and it all looks ok. If you need a web domain URL and hosting, these are very cheap to acquire and I will guide you in this process. (I will need access to your hosting account to upload the source files and configure other things such as your email addresses)
Request for payment and invoicing
Usually for major projects, it will be 50% during development and 50% on "go-live" of your website or custom application. For general coding help, its payable hourly. For further details of the whole process and what your entitled to, please make sure your read my Terms and Conditions of service.