Andy Cattigan, Waste King Limited
After struggling along with a slow and cumbersome Excel system for our Skip Brokerage Department we started a new project looking to build a new system. We approached 3 separate businesses and spoke in detail of what we required. Not only did Dennis understand our vision, he also helped us plan and discuss the build with his sound technical knowledge and years of experience. Cost was in budget and very competitive, easy decision to move forwards with Dennis.
The project was agreed and a deposit paid, the service, updates and feedback were second to none and the finished database is fast, stable and adaptable for future growth.
I would highly recommend Dennis, he has a talent for turning technical babble into plain English.
The database is running perfectly, thanks again for your work on this.
Mary Peskett Smith, Grants and Fellowships Manager, Paul Mellon Centre
Having found Dennis McDermott’s details on the internet, I spoke to him on the phone regarding a twelve-year old Access database, which needed updating. Dennis talked through the issues, in layman’s language, and we subsequently asked him to make a number of changes and updates for us.
He also undertook further work to provide a variety of reports and has greatly improved our Access database for us.
He undertook the work quickly and to our great satisfaction. He is very approachable and reliable. I can thoroughly recommend Dennis and his expertise.
Lucy Stephenson, Project Manager, Advice North Lincolnshire
Dennis designed and delivered a bespoke system that enabled our partner organisations to really strengthen their client contact recording. The system has ensured our organisations are able to effectively monitor and evidence their outcomes and outputs.
Dennis was fantastic from the beginning and I can only commend him for his endless patience and ability to communicate technical information in a way that could be understood by those with limited Microsoft Access knowledge.
Dennis ensured he fully understood our requirements and worked with us to incorporate elements we hadn’t even considered delivering the system on time and within budget. I highly recommend Dennis and look forward to working with him on all our future database needs.
Kevin Adams, Almond Art
I originally came across Dennis by doing a Google search; I must admit that initially I was a little sceptical about contacting an
Access developer I was not familiar with to carry out some updating to our aging database.
Dennis turned out to be an extremely good discovery. He firstly converted our database from Access 97 to Access 2003; he then went on to
make some improvements to our forms and layouts etc. He is very professional, friendly and highly
efficient. He provides great feedback and kept me informed at all times of his
progress and also any costs incurred so that we received no surprises at the end of the development. On the occasions that he
came across problems he showed the value of hiring an experienced developer and sorted them quickly and without any fuss.
We had been using our database pretty much unchanged for almost 9 years until I contacted Dennis to upgrade it, with the improvements
Dennis made hopefully there are a good few years use left in it. Should I have any need for further
improvements or enhancements to our database, I would certainly not hesitate to
contact Dennis again and I am happy to recommend his professional services to anyone.
Guy Davis, Managing Director, Hiltongrove Business Space Ltd.
Hiltongrove Business Space is a property company dealing in commercial property, we were first established in 1997. A major
part of our success has been due to the introduction and maintaining of a bespoke property management database
system. Deutcsche Bank - one of our key lenders with over £8.13m of loans in the last two years alone - described
this database system as "...the best we have ever seen..."
This has been due to the excellent work and dedication of Dennis and his team.
Service. Quality. Price.
It's true, you rarely get any of the two above with any organisation, but Dennis McDermott provides all three.
Clive Patten, Managing Director, ABS Wastewater Technology Ltd.
We had an extremely urgent requirement for an internal database system to schedule our service orders for one
of our key customers. Following several discussions with local developers, I could find nobody who was able to meet our very tight deadline.
Finally following an internet search we found Dennis's website and made contact with him. After a brief
chat on the telephone, we emailed Dennis a specification of what we required, Dennis was able to confirm to us very quickly that he
could complete the MS Access based system within our time demands and at a very reasonable cost.
Despite having no face to face meetings and all communication being undertaken by telephone and email, Dennis was able to exactly meet our design specification. The delivery was on time and the system worked faultlessly from day one, a testament to Dennis's many years of experience.
We were very impressed with the total professionalism and level of service Dennis provided, even under less than ideal conditions due to our tight timescales, which would have put off many suppliers.
Trevor, Director GAP Photos Ltd.
Due to rapid expansion of our collection, our existing database technology was bursting at the seams.
With the help of Dennis we were able to convert our database and now have a much faster, extremely stable solution.
Dennis also provided us with the relevant information to enable us to undertake minor changes to the system ourselves as we used to in our older system.
To say we were pleasantly surprised with the seamless transfer from one system to another with Dennis's help is an understatement. Previous developers had left us cautious as we had experienced time consuming and costly errors along the way.
Dennis asks all the right questions and adopts a 'right-first-time approach' which he certainly lived up to with our project.
So, a big thank-you to Dennis, we will be back for more!
Mike Russell, Director, Air Heating Southern Ltd.
After an office relocation we decided to we needed to update our IT equipment and after purchasing the various hardware
items we required the office PC's to be networked. Our database software was also very unreliable and we required some programming
to be undertaken to produce a replacement system. We contacted two or three local
companies who all seemed bent on trying to sell us various expensive servers for the networking
and only one of them said they could write us a new database program at an exorbitant cost.
We found Dennis through his website and arranged for him to visit our office and quote for networking and writing
the new database program. Within minutes of him arriving he confirmed that we did not require a server at all and that the network
could be set up easily and at a fraction of the cost we had previously been quoted.
After showing Dennis our current database he made some excellent suggestions on how he could improve it and promptly
had a new database program written which was up and running perfectly within a matter of a few weeks. We have since had one or two enhancements made to the
database in line with improvements in our company structure, all of which Dennis completed quickly and efficiently.
Towards the end of last year we decided that we really should have a website set up and of course we contacted Dennis straight away. Although it seemed like a mammoth
task to us, again Dennis analysed our situation and made some excellent suggestions and had the
website up and running in no time at all at a very reasonable cost. We were
amazed to receive our first enquiry two days after the site went live and have had many more since then.
Dennis is very personable, listens carefully to your requirements and delivers on time to the exact specification. We would
have no hesitation in recommending his services to anyone and have no objection to being contacted should anyone require any further reference.
Steve Brierley QA / H&S Manager, Metal Cleaning UK
and Standish Metal Treatment
I originally contacted Dennis to update an old Access 97 system. Dennis completed the work on time and within budget but as Dennis advised, still more
work was required to turn the old system into a workable database.
Following Dennis's recommendations we commissioned him to develop a new database Access 2003. He designed a new system
that was far superior to the basic model and capable of much, much more. Explaining the step by step process of a shot blasting and painting operation is not very
easy. However, Dennis soaked up the information, I cannot think of a time when I had to
explain these complex processes more than once. It isn't rocket science I know, but it can be pretty
complicated at times; the dry film thickness formulas and relationships between coating application, times and
climatic conditions etc. All of these things have to be fully understood prior to programming.
Dennis set certain criteria for information to be entered correctly so we have nice clean data, and added live 'popups' that total financial category data in real time, a real aid
when ordering against budgets. The reports produced by the system are brilliant, everyone at both Metal
Cleaning UK and Standish Metal Treatment are exceedingly pleased with the results so far.
I say so far because I am continually asking Dennis for improvements which are always undertaken professionally, on time and to our exacting requirements. I cannot
recommend him enough; he offers a truly fantastic service.
If you would like to contact me personally for a reference, you can use any of the contact emails or telephone numbers on the Metal Cleaning UK or Standish Metal Treatment websites
Jawad Saleem, Business Development Manager, Regent Carriage Services Ltd
Regent Carriage Services Limited is a successful mini cab company operating in South Kensington, London. During December
2006 we decided to expand our business three fold and the old processes of manually writing
the logging of jobs, dispatching, reporting and invoicing was becoming out of control and
needed an extensive overhaul. We started researching and found there were many readymade
database systems on the market, however not one of them were completely suited to all of
our needs and requirements, so we decided we would have to design our own custom database.
This can be a overwhelming task at the best of times; however we were very lucky to have selected Dennis to program and enhance our Access
database system. From the very first conversation we had with Dennis regarding our requirements we
were confident that he had grasped an excellent understanding of our requirements
for the database. His understanding of our business needs through his questioning lead to
an excellent customised database, it shows the true value of working with an experienced professional.
In the time we have been working with Dennis we have found him to be thoroughly professional. His work output is of an excellent quality, spot on; on every occasion.
His helpful suggestions regarding enhancements to our database have produced a product that we are all absolutely
delighted with. To anyone looking for developer/programmer I could not recommend Dennis highly enough.
Clive Mollett, Director, 121 Fundraising Limited.
To his great credit Dennis rapidly grasped the fundamentals of our problem: part of the conundrum is that to identify
the high risk combinations using a conventional approach would have required a very substantial amount of processing power and a long time to run, even
on a powerful server / database facility; This would be totally impractical in the context of a weekly draw.
Dennis's solution is both simple and elegant, with an Access 2003 application using a data feed from our
main system. Analysis results are available in a variety of formats and flavours and enable us to see very rapidly where corrective action is needed.
I would add that costs are very reasonable for such a professional service, and flagged in advance, meaning
no unpleasant surprises. Anyone seeking an intelligent, value-for-money and friendly approach to application development can
expect to be very pleased with their choice when appointing Dennis McDermott to the task.
David Graves, Office Manager/Quality Manager, Rail Professional Development
I could provide details of how Dennis listened to our requirements, built 2 very different databases (the first
of which is for tracking people that we have trained and the other
to track each of our consultants project work activity, expenses etc. against our client projects)
but rather than comment on the details of these systems I would like to say:
Dennis is a very good listener, he seeks simple solutions to complex problems. I highly recommend Dennis to any
company wishing to create or expand their current database requirements. It's not just all computer/database
coding talk with Dennis, he uses regular vocabulary that we can all understand.
Steve Kelsey, Global Head of L & D, ESAB
I needed a practical and quick database to help manage talent in my
organisation. Dennis provided a very user friendly, fit for purpose bespoke solution in a very quick time.
I have already recommended him to others in my profession and will certainly be using him again. Great job!
Jeremy Tosh, Cachet (London) Ltd
Cachet (London) Ltd is a Fashion Jewellery Company and we have been using an old Clipper order processing system
that was developed for us many years ago when dinosaurs roamed the
earth. It's old but reliable and we needed to find someone who had the experience of these old technologies
to enhance and maintain it for us as the original suppliers disappeared some time ago.
I found Dennis with a Google search and he has been invaluable, without him we would have had to had a complete
whole new system written at a substantial cost, however, now as long as Microsoft continue to
allow Dbase and Clipper to operate we are OK. I guess sometime
we will need a new system, and I will be contacting Dennis to build this for us.
Friendly, helpful, responsive. Not very often that you get all those words in the same sentence.
Disabled Living Foundation
Occupational Therapists at Disabled Living Foundation, London
We needed a unique database application to help our therapists test data relationships they were creating for a smart app. Luckily we found Dennis’ website. His friendly professional approach while working with us clarified our requirements and provided clear timescales and cost. He very quickly provided a user friendly, bespoke solution.
We highly recommend Dennis to others and will certainly be using him again. Thank you Dennis!