Method4 delivers innovative, powerful solutions through a people-centred approach to technology. Here's a selection of the services we offer.
We design and develop innovative, bespoke systems that are the perfect fit for an organisation’s unique business processes. We believe that the best results come from working collaboratively with our clients in order to understand and define their requirements. Our extensive experience in real world software development means that we always select the most appropriate and cutting-edge technology, and our approach to project management and rigorous testing ensure quality assurance throughout. At Method4 our development teams use an Agile development approach called Scrum. The Scrum framework employs an iterative approach which focuses on the delivery of software in small increments and helps to increase transparency throughout the project. We have the ability to deliver enterprise scale systems on time and on budget. We understand the value of our clients’ data and therefore security is a core consideration in all of our bespoke developments.
As well as developing bespoke web applications we also deliver websites using Content Management Systems such as Umbraco and SharePoint. At the heart of delivering an engaging website or web application is User experience (UX) design. At Method4 we follow a user-centered design process to understand and map everything that affects a user's interaction with the website. We work closely with our clients to ensure there is clarity on how design and navigation structures will deliver information and services, beginning with an understanding of the website’s users. By identifying the attributes of visitors to the website, such as the reason for visiting the website and their end-goal we can begin to explore the scenarios in which these users interact with the website. We describe this “user journey” in the form of a series of plain language steps which we call a “user story”.
Most organisations have a huge amount of unstructured data stored in a variety of formats, this will include documents, spreadsheets, slides, images, etc. All of this data is an asset to the organisation and it is important that it is managed, stored securely and can be shared and accessed easily by the right people. An ECM system will manage the lifecycle of this type of data from its creation, collaboration, storage, publication, archival an eventual disposal.
People now use a wide variety of devices to access information online. Whether on a tablet, mobile phone or desktop, it is essential that websites and applications work effectively. Responsive design is therefore a key element in all new developments. If a native app is required, we develop on the major platforms including iOS and Android. We are also able to develop using cross-platform technologies such as HTML5.
Our team of qualified consultants have worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. During this time we have worked with a huge range of organisations in the public and private sectors, from large multi-nationals to SMEs. This gives us a unique perspective to see how technology can be used to achieve business goals. We offer clearly explained advice and guidance for your digital strategy. Our consultancy services include cloud strategy, government standards, information security, technical quality assurance and business intelligence.
Method4 has been working within the cloud environment for several years and understand the business, financial and IT benefits that cloud services deliver. Our applications development team are able to deliver solutions to public, private and hybrid cloud environments and we are experienced in the use of leading cloud delivery platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Office365 and Amazon Web Services.
We are a Crown Commercial Service supplier on both the G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists frameworks. A selection of our services can be found here: Azure cloud services, Umbraco, Web applications, SharePoint.
Implementing systems change, innovation and new technology inevitably contains an element of risk. That's why it's essential that projects are conducted in a controlled manner. Method4 staff are able to apply their extensive knowledge and experience of managing information systems projects to ensure the completion of projects on time and on budget. The business case should be the driver for any project. By taking time to clearly understand your business case we are able to ensure that the project is kept focused and delivers the right solution to meet your strategic targets. We take a flexible and adaptable approach based on our clients' needs. Our Agile development teams use the Scrum framework to develop and deliver valuable systems and are PSM certified. We also have project managers who are accredited PRINCE2 practitioners.