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I have been a self employed software developer for over 25 years having started by offering IT advice and analysis of requirements. I quickly realised that it was hard to findmore...I have been a self employed software developer for over 25 years having started by offering IT advice and analysis of requirements. I quickly realised that it was hard to find a reliable software developer who was both technically competent and also actually listened to the client. So I started to develop bespoke applications for clients and now that is now how I spend most of my time – and thoroughly enjoyable it is too.
Most of my work is for the office rather than the web but these divisions are becoming more and more blurred and the .NET tools for both allow easy skills transfer which means I am now developing web applications as well.
However, at the heart of almost all my work is a database and I always try to use MS SQL Server which is real productivity boost for all bespoke work. It never seems to run out of puff and just keeps delivering what my clients need and what I need to get the job done.
I work best with smaller companies where value for money is important and ideally I work with the owners who know that it is their own money financing the project. I love start ups as they are full of energy and excitement. Not much money as often as not but we can always plan to deliver the essentials until the cash flows in.
My client list is mostly local but I have had long term clients in London, Edinburgh, Manchester so that distance is no real barrier. Especially these days where you can do so much remotely. Still it’s important to form a solid relationship with any client to ensure that communication is paramount.
I never did specialise in just one area such as tourism, insurance, manufacturing despite the opportunities being there as I enjoy variety and don’t want to be driven by a single market. Far better to meet and help new people.
What I bring to any project includes:
• Listening skills
• Keen analytical skills – you don’t get a PhD in Pure Maths without this
• A great breadth of transferrable experience
• Technical expertise
• Total honesty and integrity
Area Covered: Software development, database development, web programming
Company Name: Dr Mike Webb
Industry: Information Technology
Work Experience Summary: Being self employed means I have had experience in a wide variety of different industries. For a while I was deeply involved with the health service, then into tourism working with what were then the various Tourist Boards in particular in Edinburgh. I had projects with lawyers developing back office systems, an early player in uninsured loss recovery. All the while I had other projects with an industrial or manufacturing slant and recently I am proud to say I was involved with a huge project with a world leader in welding technology. I really do have a lot of experience to draw on.
Education Summary: My first love was pure maths. I loved it and I did first a BSc in Pure Maths (although there were other aspects covered such as statistics) and then a PhD is Pure Maths - real esoteric stuff most of which I have forgotten of course! I held a lecturing post at an African University for a while and then moved back to the UK and taught at a technical college which is where I undertook computing in earnest.
When the chips are down in any aspect of computing raw logic delivers the solution. That is one thing that a pure mathematician can be sure of - logic. However, you do have to add the ability to communicate as well which isn't always their strength. I listen and can explain things clearly.
Self employed software developer