Technology

We believe that technology should enable business goals not drive them. The extensive experience of our staff means that we provide the right technology for your requirements. As early adopters of new technology we are always innovating and that allows us to identify possible advantages presented by the latest technology releases. Naturally this knowledge is shared with our clients allowing us to add extra value to the services we provide. Here is a selection of our expertise: 

 

.NET

The Microsoft .NET Framework is a platform that provides the tools and technologies we use to build bespoke Web Applications and Web Services. It is also the underlying technology used in some of the platforms we build on, such as Umbraco and SharePoint. We have many years of experience of using ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms in web-based projects and are Microsoft Silver partners in the Application Development competency using .NET. We also benefit from the core tools that help us to deliver .NET project such as Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online.

SQL Server

Many of the applications we develop are data driven and we often store that data in a SQL Server database. SQL Server provides powerful tools for storing, managing, manipulating and reporting data. We work extensively with on-premises versions of SQL Server as well as Azure SQL Databases. We are skilled in the many tools that SQL Server provides such as Reporting Services and Integration Services as well as the core DBA and development skills.

SharePoint

Our extensive expertise ranges from large scale corporate websites, developed and implemented using SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010 and Moss 2007, to configuration of Intranets and Extranets using Office365 SharePoint Online, SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS).

​Our in depth knowledge of the core SharePoint feature set means we can present clear options for implementation from the outset. We can help you define a strategy to make the best use of the SharePoint tools at your disposal, enabling the creation of secure and easy-to-use solutions to suit your specific business needs. We can also pass some of our expertise on to you through training and mentoring.

Umbraco

Umbraco is an open-source CMS based on the Microsoft.NET development environment and is used around the world for household brands such as: Heinz, Peugeot, Microsoft and Vogue. Umbraco is a flexible and extensible product which provides the website developers such as Method4 with the power to develop the site to our customers’ requirements without being limited by the functionality provided by the core CMS.  Because it is based on Microsoft.NET technology, it gives us unrestricted opportunities to develop rich and complex web applications, while at the same time providing the key elements of a CMS: a powerful but simple-to-use interface for administrators and editors to manage their content. Method4 has been developing and maintaining Umbraco sites for many years, delivering low cost, high quality and flexible CMS solutions. Our consultants have an in-depth knowledge of Umbraco and we provide implementation of websites, intranets and extranets, Umbraco development, training, mentoring, migration and support.

Office 365

Office 365 is Microsoft's cloud based office productivity suite and includes Exchange Online for email, SharePoint Online for collaboration, Skype for Business for unified communications, and web-based versions of the traditional Microsoft Office applications. Office 365 offers organisations potential savings in deployment and maintenance costs and can allow your organisation to deploy solutions much faster than traditional client based software.

Azure

Microsoft Azure is a platform of integrated cloud services providing analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web. Using the Azure platform, our developers can build applications and services that run in the cloud, providing the foundation for business applications that deliver a consistent way for people to store and share information easily and securely, and access it on any device from any location. We have been working with the Azure platform since it's inception and we consistently deliver solutions which take advantage of the latest Azure features. This allows us to recommend the most suitable cloud services for your organisation's requirements.

Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of tools that allows you to analyse data and communicate key information. Powerful, interactive dashboards can be created, which provide real-time access to your organisation’s data on any device. Power BI can unify your organisation’s data from a wide variety of sources, from the cloud and on-premises, and combine it on a single dashboard.

Android & iOS

Organisations are increasingly seeking to deliver meaningful solutions to both their clients and employees on a variety of devices. This goes beyond the development of simple apps to leveraging the power of the mobile web. We develop iPhone and Android solutions for a range of clients and our goal is to enable our clients to harness the mobile devices of today and tomorrow. The boom in mobile technology has seen an increasing need for organisations to consider their mobile presence as well as their web presence. That might mean providing apps, optimising websites or web applications, mobile working for employees etc. But where to start? There is a great deal of technology fragmentation in the mobile sector with a huge variety of manufacturers, handsets and operating systems. Organisations often do not have the resources to support each and every platform. Through our continual research and development and evaluation of the market we can help define a mobile strategy that delivers the organisation's business goals on the platforms that best suit them and in the most appropriate way. Our skilled mobile development team can then implement that strategy and create effective, engaging and powerful mobile apps or sites that deliver impressive functionality to the end user.

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