Database and website consultancy | IT systems from Wise Owl

We believe that we bring 3 things to the consultancy party (doesn't that sound like a long evening?): experience, simplicity and integrity.  Read on to see what we mean.

Substitute for experience

There isn't one!  When did you last read an advertisement for a computer job which read:

"System developers required - no experience of life or programming needed, although a good Arts degree will be of value."

It doesn't happen, does it? It's not for nothing that most programming job advertisements quote a minimum number of years of experience required. 

Wise Owl have been writing computer software for 20+ years, and are absolute gurus in SQL Server, Excel, Access, ASP.NET, VB, VBA and C# (with our training experience we also know exactly what it takes to make a system usable).

KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid)

Depressingly, nearly every computer project that we've seen go wrong has done so for one of three main reasons:

Reason Notes
Too ambitious Why do so many large IT projects fail?  The answer: it's staggeringly hard to specify what a complex software system should do, let alone to then get it to do it.  At Wise Owl, we try to break complicated systems into easily understood modules (we've also got a background in management consultancy, so are skilled at agreeing specifications with clients).
Too much data When in doubt, leave it out!  How often have you seen a field in a database or on a form whose purpose no one quite understands?  Computer systems aren't just for Christmas; they have to be fed data on a regular basis, or they die.  It's cruel to create software without the ability to keep it going in the long term.
Does the wrong thing The only way to specify a system is to have an in-built understanding of what it aims to do, and to define clearly its scope (including what it shouldn't do).

We don't claim to get everything right, but we do claim to use our 20+ years of experience of software development to avoid the obvious pitfalls.


Many people mistakenly believe that employing a large software house to build a system will mean that they can call on the company concerned for maintenance.  The truth is that few developers remain on the same project for more than 18 months, and it's likely that when you want to commission All-Singing-System version 2, the person who wrote it will have been promoted or will have gone to pastures new.

We don't claim to be immortal, but we've been in business for 20+ years and we plan on being around for at least another 15, which in software terms is a lifetime. 

Oh, and we fix all bugs as soon as practically possible, without charge (of course), and we don't insist that you sign expensive support or maintenance contracts.  If you have further work, we'll provide a quote for it; if you have a bug, we'll fix it without charge; otherwise, we won't charge you anything.

And finally ...

If you want more information, just send us your initial requirements - however woolly they may be!  If we're not the right people to help we'll tell you immediately (we're quite fussy who we write systems for ...).

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