ABOUT WILLOW SOFTWARE
Willow Software came to life in 2012
I took a year out from the 9 to 5 to stay at home and look after my baby daughter. This gave me the time to think about what I wanted out of life, so tried my luck at becoming an IT consultant, running under my own steam and at my own pace.
I setup a website, put an advert in the local paper and decided to call my company "Willow Software" (named after a lovely tree that resides in my parents garden)
Now its 2017 and my business is still going strong!
From personal experience there are four main benefits to being in control of your own business:
- A better work-life balance: I can drop the kids off to school, pick them up, make breakfast. Leave my desk at any time to do an errand, if there's sickness, I can be there.
- Being my own boss: I can work all morning (or all night for that matter- which is sometimes the case!), and then spontaneously take a couple of days off to re-energize.
- Freedom: To choose my working hours/clients/rate of pay.
- I get the chance to work on more interesting projects: No more monotony, each month bringing a variety of work, clients and opportunities. Cue envious looks from my former colleagues!
MY MISSION STATEMENT
MY WORK EXPERIENCE
Banking & Finance
I started my career at Barclays Bank after leaving secondary school, spending over six years from cashier, phone support, Personal banker, then managed to move to IT as I liked helping the IT team out and they could see I was more useful working with them.
UBS AG, the Swiss private bank, I spent another 5+ years there, I did an awful lot of day to day IT stuff and was on call to fix any issues that came up over night. Used and learnt about OpenVMS servers and scripted in DCL (Digital command Language) Also dabbled in a bit of COBOL.
Pure Software Development
I spent my time there developing JSP (Java server pages) based commerical client sites, converting Perl scripts to PHP scripts and setting up and configuring Red Hat Linux servers.
Internet & Network Security
I like the security side of IT, so took a gamble and moved to Evolution. Pretty much had a ball learning about the security side of IT (pretty important these days!) I was involved in client PCI compliance, developed an app in PHP/Ajax/mysql to control Nessus scans and write reports. Plenty of Pen testing, Symantec reporting and maintained the in-house secure email hosting cluster.
When there, I temporarily moved to an associated company called Fortress Managed Services and was involved in developing a pretty cutting edge global portal.
I spent a few years (on and off) working for feelunique.com, maintaining their custom built system, which included warehouse apps, stock, reporting, analytics, product feeds as well as the actual website viewable to the public. Go check them out if you want to buy cosmetics, They have great brands and great prices!
I do not offer new-build E-Commerce services through Willow Software, but I can help update or fix existing E-Commerce web sites, just ask me, I may be able to help you.
While doing projects for clients through Willow Software, I have just added to my overall experience. I've also been involved in Agile project management, team based KANBAN and SCRUM.
MY TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE