Too many IT suppliers get away with over-promising and under-delivering. Behind them lies a costly trail of destruction and frustrated IT departments picking up the pieces.
We think that's wrong.
It's why everything we do at Bluesmith is about making things right and delighting customers. We think clients like you appreciate no-nonsense professionalism and no nasty surprises, so we solve IT issues using a clear methodology, and highly-cohesive teams who are a pleasure to work with.
We've nurtured a special kind of culture at Bluesmith, one that turns capable individuals into close-knit collaborators. Like clients, our people stick around because they know we're devoted to their welfare and investing in their potential.
Just ask Oliver Wyman and The Co-op.
They tell us our teams are the kind of can-do colleagues you need first thing on a Monday morning - upskilling your in-house team, and tackling problems with the creativity and graft you deserve.
Building on our employee led culture, we marked our ten year anniversary by moving a majority 75% shareholding into an employee ownership trust (EOT), with all staff automatically benefitting from the future success of the business.
Our specialities are agile data warehouse design and build, and bespoke high-volume, high-performance transactional systems - especially in retail. We often build new systems from scratch, but our passion is for rejuvenating complex and disparate legacy systems, and unlocking the value in corporate databases.
You won't find ranks or ego here at Bluesmith - just dedicated engineers with a common philosophy. Mutual respect is fundamental, and high-value, easily-maintained, extensible IT systems are the result.
Clients say we're an open book. At Bluesmith one person's problem is the team's so we always speak up. We stand for straight-talking relationships where quality is right at the heart of everything we do - not just the software.
We invest in the most talented software and data engineers in the industry; not a slick IT sales facade. Our only focus is people, process and results. Because of this we haven't just survived, we thrive amongst rivals many times our size.
Despite our humble beginnings, we've delivered ambitious projects for dozens of renowned brands like Morrisons and Direct Line Group, on-time and to budget - without that trail of destruction.
All because of our unique team-centred philosophy.Interested in joining our team?
We are experts in .NET and SQL Server, and we have in-depth experience of other databases and technologies, essential in a world where single-vendor software estates are rare.
Data is a core competency, at the heart of everything we do. We do real commercial 'Big Data', extracted and processed in near real-time from seemingly impenetrable operational silo systems. It's hairy stuff, but working at these extremes means that we are pretty good at building and tuning high concurrency, high performance systems.
"Bluesmith is one of the best I have worked with: professional, agile, collaborative and with rapid speed-to-value. I initially contracted Bluesmith to help build and manage one of the world's largest retail data warehouses, with hundreds of billions of sales records. Over the last three years, I have engaged them to build custom data marts and analysis tools for a further 27 high street retailers."Colin Cobain, Partner
"At the heart of our data strategy at Yorkshire Water is the Strategic Data Platform that Bluesmith have helped us design, build and implement in Azure. We're already using the platform as an enabler for the data science team who are producing actionable insights to the business. Bluesmith have proven to be technical experts, working closely with our internal teams and other delivery partners to constantly evolve solutions."Lee Harris, Head of Technology Change
"For our modern data stack in Azure, with Databricks and Synapse, Bluesmith's expertise has been invaluable and they have proven to be strong and reliable delivery partners."Robert Wadsworth, Head of Data Engineering
"We brought in Bluesmith because of their 'speed-to-value' claims and we were not disappointed. We knew we had the base data in our systems. Bluesmith enabled us to prove that our Membership programme is working. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them."Catherine Brien, Data Science Director
"Bluesmith achieved more in six weeks than other suppliers did in six months. We have valuable information now instead of vast silos of data. They delivered real business insight and quickly established a firm foundation for Moss to further exploit its data assets. They really do 'walk the walk'."Tony Bennett, Group Finance Director
"I have nothing but praise for the Bluesmith project leader and his team. They are professionals, grafters, and technically excellent, but with a helpful 'can do' attitude to everything that is thrown at them. They are not afraid to work with established core systems, breathing new life into them, avoiding a costly rewrite and de-risking the project by cleverly wrapping and reusing proven services in the new architecture they designed."Richard Newbound, Head of Development
"I know what good looks like when it comes to technical IT services, and Bluesmith is it. They only provide very capable people, they bring structure and process via a clear methodology. They deliver but don't leave a trail of destruction like many suppliers do; they ensure the opposite - managed handovers and continuity where it's needed. I can't recommend them enough."Charles Hewson, CEO
"Bluesmith are a talented bunch who go about their business in a very professional manner. They deliver on their promises and support their customers to ensure technical excellence and quality, delivered according to what they commit to. They're a trusted supplier and a supplier to be trusted in every sense."Peter Terrington, Head of BI Competency Centre
"We engaged Bluesmith Information Systems to provide specific technical skills and enhance resilience within our IT operational environment. They quickly became trusted members of our operational support team, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the automation and improvement of a variety of important functions."Keith Blondel, IT Services Director
"Bluesmith has become a trusted partner and advisor to my team, through repeatedly demonstrating excellence and integrity whilst working with us and doing the right thing for Morrisons. They've built an in-depth understanding of our systems and processes, making it easy for us to do business. Our long-term relationship is built on the core provision of high quality technical expertise, combined with flexibility in being able to bring in development teams to assist with critical projects."Julie Allen, Stores Solutions Manager
"We already knew what we needed, so we created a working BI PoC in our own time. The business loved it. Bluesmith took us to the next level, expanded it, hardened it, and restructured it to scale up and scale out on Azure. Bluesmith's experience saved us months, delivered a professional BI cloud platform, and the resulting business insight is invaluable."Nick McLaughlin, Head of Operations
"We engage Bluesmith as a trusted partner. They are agile in the truest sense of the word; in their ability to react, work closely with us and deliver solutions, without compromising quality. They deliver according to our priorities, helping us to implement exactly what the business needs, which often evolves from the initial brief. If you want a trustworthy and truly agile software services partner without the usual stresses and conflicts, I have no hesitation in recommending Bluesmith."Kerry Jenkin, Head of IT
"What really made a difference though was their knowledge and passion for the subject. This turned what might have otherwise been a dry and technically challenging learning exercise into an extremely positive experience. We are now well on our way to implementing GIT and I'd recommend Bluesmith to any organisation that is looking for great technical expertise and training."Bob Goldthorpe, Head of IT Service Delivery