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Bespoke Software Development

An experienced team of software engineers who help our customers build great software

We are a UK and Croatian based software development company who specialise in providing Core systems to a range of industries, including Insurance, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Retail. We provide a range of services covering the full development life-cycle, from planning and wireframing, designing, platform architecture, database modelling, UX design, testing and hosting solutions.

Providing bespoke software development services from conception to release management

Ideas & Concepts

Wireframing

Design and Layout Creation

Development

Testing

Release Management

Our software development philosophy

Building to SOLID principles

As a key element of an Agile and Adaptive software development strategy, SOLID principles ensure that code is created which is easy to maintain and extend over time. This is important for a Core system, which must adapt to evolving business requirements without causing conflict.

Utilising Open Source where possible

We research and utilise the best frameworks and libraries which are actively maintained and built to a high quality. This ensures effort is not spent developing unnecessarily, utilising the project budget in the most efficient way, implementing business logic and adding maximum value.

Test and Behavioural Driven Development

Applying KISS principles (keep it simple, stupid), we deliver code which is clean, concise and delivered with full test coverage. Coupled with continuous integration, tests are run automatically every time code is pushed. Bugs are covered with their own tests to avoid regressions.

Continuous Integration and Automation

Utilising GitLab for code life-cycle management, from issue tracking through to release management, automated testing and deployments. Our clients have access to a code repository and project management system for instant access to builds and team collaboration.

Simple, yet scalable architecture

Rather than building one monolithic application, we create individual components which utilise common libraries and communicate with each other using APIs. This ensures each component can be independently scaled, reduces code complexity and promotes a considered development path.

Prioritising tangible benefits & providing real value

We provide real value as soon as possible by breaking up large projects into multiple stages. Each stage is brings tangible benefits so that value can be realised by the users & stakeholders. This avoids the more risky "all or nothing" approach and allows for adjustments and flexibility in the overall software project strategy.

Our approach and methodology

Using the appropriate methodology

We approach each component as a unique piece of work, applying the most appropriate methodology to achieve the best outcome, given the requirements. We believe each approach, whether Agile or Waterfall, has both positives and negatives which need considering at the outset. To highlight this as an example, when building a transaction or accounting component, we would typically apply Waterfall, whereas a marketing module may require short sprints with continuous feedback and updates, therefore in this case, a more agile methodology would be appropriate.

Planning for the future

From the outset we plan for change and factor adaptability into the Core platforms we construct. We typically prefer to create tools and interfaces which let user(s) internally manage business logic, configuration, workflows and content. APIs are defined and exposed internally and externally (with appropriate permissions) so that third parties can interface and integrate as required.

Benefit from Experience

We have a wealth of experience successfully developing Core systems in a range of industries, often with very demanding challenges. We have also built and actively develop three of our own products which operate in sectors with very strict compliance and data security requirements.

Investment in research and training

We operate a continuous improvement strategy, dedicating resources to proof of concepts, research projects and employee training. This ensures we're always trying the latest and greatest technology and seeing how this can filter down into benefits for our clients and their Core platforms. Our employees are proactively engaged in professional training and encouraged to invest time in exploring better and more efficient ways of achieving their project goals.

AWS Consulting Partner
Red Hat Partner
IBM Business Partner
Oracle Partner

Established for over 12 years, we are a company you can trust to deliver quality and results when it matters

A selection of the most popular applications, programming languages and operating systems we support
Programming Languages PHP, Python, Node.JS, Haskell, Java, Javascript and more
Web Servers NGINX, Apache2, TomCat
Software Frameworks CodeIgnighter, Laravel, Lumen, Symfony, Silex, Zend
DevOps Tools GIT, SVN, GitLab, GitHub, Scrum/Agile Tooling, JIRA, Confluence, Jenkins
Log Management Fluentd, Loggly, ElasticSearch, MongoDB
Cloud Management AWS Auto Scale, Anisible, Chef, Puppet
Clustered File System CephFS, Gluster, GFS2
Search ElasticSearch, SOLR, Sphinx
Caching NGINX, Memcached, Redis, MongoDB In Memory Storage
Operating Systems Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Amazon Linux

We are happy to consult with you to establish current issues, future requirements and to ensure the right approach for your business

"We engaged Buckhill to support the development of our new hybrid mobile app. Buckhill's experience, expertise and adaptable approach enabled us to accelerate our learning and jointly deliver a great app that is now being used by our customers. If you're looking for a development partner then Buckhill are a great choice"

Mark O'Neill - Agile Development Manager
Virgin Holidays

"Buckhill are an outstanding service supplier. They have considerable knowledge and experience which has enabled them to successfully undertake a number of complicated migrations and platform designs for us. They do what they say they're going to do when they say they’re going to do it and challenges are never problems. These qualities are rare."

Daniel Cuthbert, Information Services Manager
The Scouts Association

"The technical expertise within the team at Buckhill is far above any other company that we have dealt with, this means that we can always rely on Buckhill to provide the very best solution for any issues we have. We now treat Buckhill as part of the in-house team."

Farhan Hussain, Head of Digital Marketing
NRS Healthcare

"We are delighted with our choice of service provider, and have nothing but good things to say about Buckhill. They acted with a high level of professionalism and competence in all respects. We cannot recommend them highly enough."

Matthew Dickinson, Director
Vable, UK

"Buckhill was able to bring a solution in a complex interoperability problem. I was often impressed by the level of their expertise and deep knowledge. When problems arose they were able to find creative solutions with an emphasis on reliability and security. I can say that during the whole project Buckhill was never the bottleneck, our success with this project is definitely due to Buckhill's talented team."

David Wulliamoz, Head of IT Services
Compassion Suisse, Switzerland

VMware Partner

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