One of our distinct strengths is that we have a combined team of professionals who cover a wide range of skills. All of our team members have many years of experience covering all sorts of applications in a very varied marketplace.
Graphic Design & Branding
This team is involved with all aspects of Graphic Design from initial logo concepts through to branding and maintenance of corporate image. Our portfolio includes a large number of household names where this level of branding control is of paramount importance.
Web Page and UI
Our highly experienced team specialise in the creation of unique and intuitive user interfaces.
These interfaces are built with a variety of tools to support all types of hardware devices from bar-code readers through GPS and PDA units up to the latest web servers and data warehousing facilities.
The team have the ability to produce a web based system that can be both simple and very cost efficient for the smaller business through to highly advanced interfaces suitable for the multi-national corporations.
Most of our mainstream systems rely upon some form of Back-Office Database. These Databases can be highly sophisticated and the job of this team is to ensure that the front end user interface can readily communicate and take full advantage of the richness of the data.
Database technologies include SQL and Oracle at one end to MS Access and Excel at the other. When a specific need requires it we are able to develop bespoke database using APL component files and these can be optimised to cater for fast access or large data volumes as appropriate.
APL Core System
Within many of our systems resides a core code set which, for example, may control or perform particularly complex or large calculations. Our APL programming team is highly experienced in a number of different interpreters covering both Mainframe and PC platforms.
Particular specialisations include financial administration systems, Clinical data analysis and product forecasting. The use of the APL language gives us the flexibility to provide the required level of computing power and the ability to change code quickly to suit ever changing requirements.
Our preferred use of extreme programming techniques means that we can work closely with the target user group, and produce a system which actually delivers the required functionality. This is often at odds with the documented requirements that are produced using traditional system analysis methodologies.
Administration and Support
With any company there is a requirement for administration. Within Optima we have an additional - non technical - team who look after this side of the business and provide essential customer support and backup to our services.
Services here range from essential time monitoring and reporting to account management and telephone support.
Site Facilities - supported 24/7
On-site we have an impressive range of development equipment which covers most of our normal user requirements but we also have many other pieces of kit which can be configured to meet more unusual demands.
In our Server room we have an array of racks and server units which allow us to provide hosting services to our customers where needed. Our Blade servers provide the technology backbone to allow us to support hosted web applications, remote backup, email services and damage limitation services etc.
We also have a synchronous fibre optic link running into our offices which provides significant bandwidth and speed to supported web based applications
More than 200 businesses currently use our services in one form or the other.
One important part to our portfolio is the network support facilities we offer to our customers. Although geared to our smaller customers we provide a wide ranging support package to clients who need additional advice and help keeping their internal systems running efficiently.
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