Technical services


Technical Services

Technical Services

FDM’s technical consultants work within our clients IT teams to support complex projects and to provide solutions to business problems. Our consultants are trained to the highest standards and work across the software development lifecycle including design, development, testing, analysis and maintenance as well as providing ongoing support.

Our people combine technical excellence with strong interpersonal skills and work in some of the most demanding and challenging environments. We provide ongoing professional and technical support for all of our consultants to help with their personal development and to ensure we offer a seamless service to our clients.

Our diverse talent pools, combined with the ability to transfer FDM consultants to permanent in-house resource, means our clients can benefit from a range of experiences and technical skills in the creation of their own balanced teams.

Versatile and driven talent – supporting your business needs

Business intelligence is integral in helping companies make smarter, data-driven decisions that inform an organisation’s strategic direction and gather insight from data otherwise beyond the reach of the normal business user. FDM’s comprehensive Business Intelligence training furnishes our consultants with the expertise to support your business with a broad suite of skills and the ability to translate them to the work at hand.

FDM can provide consultants with knowledge centred on working with data for business insight using database, analytical, and reporting functions. These consultants are equipped with BI principles covering database interaction, data modelling, data warehousing, ETL, and data visualisation using the Microsoft suite of tools including Excel VBA, SQL Management Studio, SSIS, SSRS and Power BI, as well as other comparable mainstream tools on the market. Working as part of a team or individually, consultants are also prepared with requirements gathering and project management knowledge to provide a full service to client requirements.

We can provide you with a scalable talent pool of versatile and driven consultants, who equipped with our training can fit into a wide spectrum of Business Intelligence roles. For more specific needs, we can provide tailored training to build on the principles our training provides to suit client requirements. These include a variety of database standards, integration platforms and data visualisation tools.

Delivering results from day-one

We offer a comprehensive training programme designed and led by professionals with years of industry experience. Our consultants graduate from the academy with a full understanding of the principles that underpin Business Intelligence, a firm grasp of the latest BI technologies, and the know-how to implement these in a working business environment, ready to hit the ground running and delivering results from day one.

 

Accelerate your journey to the cloud

Cloud technology is now widely adopted by organisations across the world, driving efficiency and innovation and helping businesses achieve their goals at a much faster pace, and on a larger scale. With cloud technology evolving at the current rate, organisations need to focus on creating a sustainable workforce, or run the risk of being over reliant on expensive contractors.

FDM’s Cloud Engineering consultants are trained across a number of different areas of cloud such as: cloud fundamentals, cloud system design & security, creating and configuring cloud resources, storage and databases, on-premise and multi-cloud solutions and more. They also have expertise in programming languages such as SQL and Python, and operating systems such as UNIX.

FDM consultants can skilfully capture technology benefits and adopt industry best practices to contribute to the success of cloud projects across our client base.

Passionate, collaborative, professional Cloud Engineers

We provide highly trained and passionate cloud computing professionals who are eager to start their careers in one of the most interesting areas of IT.

Our consultants have experience across major public cloud platforms such as, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. They have been involved in cloud-based projects throughout the different stages of their lifecycle, from gap analysis and design, through to the deployment and maintenance phases of large-scale cloud roll-outs.

 

Designing and implementing data-centric solutions for your organisation

FDM’s Data Engineering consultants play important roles in our clients’ teams by designing and implementing data-centric scalable solutions. They are involved in data ingestion and data flow pipelines, conducting data analysis and managing data lakes. They are experts in distributed data storage and computing frameworks, running on clusters with multiple nodes. All Data Engineering consultants receive training in object-oriented programming allowing them to work across the full Software Development Lifecycle. Working as part of a team or individually, our consultants are also prepared with requirements gathering and project management knowledge to provide full service solutions to meet client requirements.

Our consultants have been involved in creating complex Data Flows between third-party data providers and local data hubs as well as designing data models that provide flexibility to perform analysis on data from unrelated platforms used within an organisation. They also receive hands-on experience working with the latest tools including Hadoop, Spark, HiveQL, PigLatin, and SQL to seamlessly integrate into your teams and hit the ground running from day one.

Quick to learn, fast to deploy

FDM’s comprehensive training in Data Engineering provides our consultants with strong foundational knowledge in the most popular tools used in data analytics and ingestion. Once on-site, our consultants can utilise their training to quickly learn our clients’ niche technologies allowing them to become invaluable team members.

Our Data Engineering consultants work in multiple industries including financial services, government, oil and gas and telecommunications. We have deployed individual consultants to augment our clients’ existing teams or teams of consultants comprised of Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Data Engineers to provide full-scale solutions.

Our team of Academy trainers are there every step of the way to ensure the ongoing success of our consultants. Pre-deployment, we can provide our clients with weekly progress reports and check-ins to ensure consultants are prepared to join their specific teams. Post-deployment, our trainers can provide ongoing support including upskilling on our client’s technologies, proactive action and mentorship to ensure continuous improvement and success.

 

Reduce costs, drive efficiency, save time: work smarter with Robotic Process Automation

Robotics Process Automation tools are widely adopted by organisations to help them work smarter, saving time on manual tasks, cutting costs and creating huge efficiencies.

FDM’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) service provides consultants who are trained in a number of RPA tools and their applications and can work across a number of different roles within Automation operations.

We have strategic partnerships with some of the biggest RPA vendors such as UiPath, Automation Anywhere and Pega and work globally across various sectors.

Specialist RPA skills

Our consultants undergo training in both technical and business disciplines including business analysis, coding, excel, web applications, as well as intensive RPA training. This ensures our consultants develop a strong understanding of the business and technical needs of an organisation.

We work across the lifecycle of projects including data discovery, analysis, development, user acceptance testing, production, as well as troubleshooting and fixing any issues.

The flexibility of our consultants allows our clients to secure the specialist skill sets they need, even in competitive hiring landscapes.

 

 

 

Producing innovative solutions through software development services

FDM’s Software Development service provides highly trained, adaptable and creative full stack developers to deliver technical solutions for our clients. Our consultants are trained across several programming languages including Java, Python, C#, C++ and COBOL, as part of cross functional teams in an agile working environment. With a focus on Test-Driven Development, our consultants are experienced in building quality code in a collaborative manner.

We partner with our clients across digital transformation programmes in sectors including finance, aviation, retail, media and the public sector to name a few. Our engineers have worked with clients to develop complex trade applications for global banks, applications to optimise and enhance key operational systems for airlines, new entertainment channels for broadcast media or improving critical government services that millions of UK citizens depend on daily.

Highly trained, adaptable and creative full stack developers

Our software developers are proficient in relational databases, server side object-oriented programming and front-end web technologies. Consultants are trained in, and have worked within an agile and Scrum framework.

In addition to training in the full stack of development technology, our consultants learn business skills that will allow them to seamlessly merge into your existing teams and hit the ground running. Some of the augmented skills we offer all our consultants during their training include professional skills, time management, Agile Principles and application design fundamentals. We deploy developers who are strong problem solvers, with a logical and analytical mindset, and with excellent communication skills.

Through FDM’s Agile Pods, we can deploy full cross-functional Scrum teams, providing burst capabilities to our client’s teams and projects. The FDM Pods ensure that our consultants avoid a gap between placements continuously allowing them to grow their technical skills via on-going training. Depending on our clients’ specific needs, we also have the capability to provide fully formed teams of full stack developers geared up for various business or technical challenges.

"Ritchie was tasked to deliver a key and difficult piece of financial modelling functionality within a short period of time. He has been pivotal in the development of the Store application which during his time at the DfE has become more and more important to the everyday business of the organisation."

Robert Sparks, Development Manager, Department for Education

Reduce risk; improve quality: manual and automated testing services

The success of every large-scale technical development project hinges on robust and effective Software Testing. At FDM, our Software Test consultants deliver both automated and manual testing services across our client base.

Our consultants are skilled in popular automation technologies and frameworks such as Java programming, Selenium Webdriver and Cucumber. Our training programme also includes manual test script creation and execution, defect management, core Java programming fundamentals such as syntax and data types, Object Oriented Programming basics and creating, executing and maintaining automated tests using frameworks. FDM consultants also achieve the ISTQB Foundation Level Qualification.

Across our client base, FDM testers work within a variety of different test phases including SIT, UAT and End to End testing. Within these areas our consultants perform many different roles including test analysis, quality engineering, test leadership, test management and automated test engineering.

Skilled testers, ready to seamlessly integrate with your teams

Our consultants are ready to hit the ground running and seamlessly integrate with your own in-house teams, helping to reduce risk and improve quality throughout the whole Software Development Lifecycle.

The modular nature of our training allows us to upskill our development consultants to quickly react and build capability around our clients’ specific needs.

For more complex projects we have the capability to train consultants outside of the standard test training programme to suit our clients’ needs such as automation with C# and SpecFlow, API Testing with tools such as Postman, accessibility testing and usability testing.

Our consultants work with our clients across mobile and web applications, supporting projects that deliver innovative new features and software from both a functionality and user experience perspective. FDM testers also get involved in testing more bespoke applications that are specific to the client’s domain such as self-service checkout machines and software for retailers, regulatory reporting systems for global banks, advertising scheduling systems for large media organisations and vehicle diagnostic applications for the automotive industry.

"Voice biometrics is a difficult system to work with, given that you have to provide dynamic audio whilst navigating contact centre apps and test tools. Jamie has risen to this challenge where I have seen more senior testers struggle."

Senior Test Manager, Barclays Wealth

Supporting your solution architecture capabilities

In today’s rapidly changing environment, organisations are constantly transforming their processes and developing tech solutions to meet new requirements. With this comes the need for professionals who can align business problems with technology solutions. FDM’s Solution Architecture service provides resources who can support your business architecture capabilities.

Our consultants are trained across the Software Development Life Cycle and have a Business and Technical perspective. The training includes modules on Stakeholder Management, Functional and Non-Functional Requirements, Architecture Fundamentals, Design and Integration Patterns, APIs, Cloud Computing and more.

Consultants are given real world challenges whilst in training, such as the design, development, testing and deployment of an application from scratch into a live environment. This ensures that our consultants have the necessary knowledge and practical experience and are ready to join our clients’ teams.

Solution Architecture talent pipeline

FDM provides a continuous and secure talent pipeline that enables businesses to develop their own Solution Architecture capabilities. The nature of this in-demand market has led to Solution Architects jumping from organisation to organisation as they have a highly sought after skill set. FDM’s 2-year bonded model provides stability of resources and helps businesses achieve their long-term objectives without having to worry about talent turnover.

Our consultants have worked across projects covering a variety of architecture guises, such as Solution Architecture, Data Architecture, Mainframe Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture and finally Cloud Architecture.

These projects have been implemented across the many different industries which FDM works within. The more recent focus of architecture projects has been around application migration and readiness for the cloud, in which our consultants have supported architects in the creation of documentation and diagrams in regards to the migration of services, applications and databases.

Supporting your business-critical technology landscape

In an increasingly complex technological landscape, a skilled and adaptive Technical Operations team is essential to support and protect the smooth running of business-critical systems, services and applications. FDM’s Technical Operations service provides consultants with the technical capabilities to support business critical horizontal and vertical responsibilities, as well as specialist areas such as infrastructure, environments, networking and security.

Our consultants work on crucial TechOps projects with clients, including firewall re-certification for a multinational investment and financial services company, the scaling up of an in-demand Service Desk function, and the onshoring of Identity and Access Management capabilities for a large retail and commercial bank.

Accomplished problem solvers with outstanding troubleshooting abilities

FDM’s Technical Operations consultants are versed in the administration of Linux and Windows based operating systems and are accomplished problem solvers with excellent troubleshooting abilities.

Along with an outstanding level of technical competency, our people also learn professional skills. This equips them with strong resilience, problem solving and customer service skills allowing them to gain a deep understanding of how our clients’ businesses operate.

To meet the unique requirements of our clients, FDM offers solutions to support more specific responsibilities, such as Security Operations, Microsoft 365 Administration, Power Platform solutions, Solution Architecture and Environment Coordination.

"Qin has been a key contributor on a number of strategic projects including a major application upgrade, data centre server migration, real-time market data integration and key data warehouse feeds. He has done an outstanding job, working diligently on challenging development tasks with extremely tight deadlines."

Director and Technology Manager, Union Bank

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