We really have "been there" and "done that"
Founder Mike O'Brien
Formerly Capgemini (VP Capital Markets) & Strategic Systems Solutions (Chief Sales / Marketing Officer). As part of the Exec Board built SSS (specialist Capital Markets SI) from 10 to 800 staff with offices in UK, US, China, Manila, Singapore
Deutsche Bank, NHS BSA, Betfair, Insure The Box, JPMorgan, Citi, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Daiwa, Newedge, RBS, HSBC, Barclays, Northern Rock
Founder Charlie Hoult
Charlie’s background is the marketing and strategy for building high growth innovation businesses. Founder CEO of Loewy Group - £50m, 4 to 400 staff. CEO of Hoults Yard. Chairman-Angel of Futureheads, UK’s leading recruiter in the digital sector. Founder of Incisive Research, publisher of Financial IT and Insurance Tech Report
Swift, Oracle, Sybase, Hewlett Packard, DEC, Sibos, Computacenter
Our senior team have all worked for large global organisations and major IT firms, and have considerable experience of the technology drivers of blue chip clients
What drives us
The senior team at Opencast all share a common view of the marketplace. Many joined from senior roles in larger organisations. Many had begun their careers as computer programmers, enjoying the buzz of problems-solving for clients.
We know clients have budgets, and we know that budgets are finite. We also know that improvements which take forever to arrive add no value, so we are highly delivery-focused.
A focus on outcomes
Our pragmatism, our independence of mind and our emphasis on collaboration may well be some of the reasons that clients enjoy working with us.
But ultimately, we are hired to do a job. Clients commission us to deliver on time, on budget and with software that is resilient and fit for purpose.
Our reputation for reliable delivery and our focus on quality results is what has driven our growth and our success to date.
We have no commercial links with vendors. This means that we are as happy to work with an off-the-shelf product (tailoring it to a client’s specific needs), as we are to write code from scratch.
We can work as part of a client team, or create a project team at one of our own offices. We can fix what is broken or build from scratch. We can deliver a key component or rewrite an entire system.
In some software engineering environments, sticking to the methodology has become more important than delivering performance.
We are results-focused, not methodology-focused. We work in an Agile way. We like this approach as it reduces up-front scoping activity and hence saves clients time and money. We like to involve clients in regular meetings to ensure that progress is clear and that any changes can be made rapidly.