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Hey Wilson!

Greg Dalrymple  29th May 2017

Ever heard of Mounted Games? Neither have I. However, outside of work, our newest developer, Wilson has been playing the sport for years. It’s a type of equestrian sport where a series of fast-paced games are played on the backs of ponies. Who knew?

So this month we welcome horse-loving Wilson to the GCD fold, where he will be working as a web developer.

He’s come fresh from Puppet where he worked with Ruby (the language) for 8 months and, before that, studied Software Engineering in University of Ulster, Jordanstown. During his time at UU he completed a placement with Microsoft where he was on the App and Device Compatibility team for Windows 10, building internal web applications.

Within a few weeks Wilson has become part of the furniture, though he really needs to stop running round it and jumping over it.

Right Revenue shortlisted for “Best New Start-up” at WIB Awards.

 21st October 2015

We’re delighted to congratulate GCD client Adrienne Hanna on being shortlisted for “Best New Start-up” in the Women In Business Awards 2015 with her Right Revenue software.

Over the past 12 months, GCD has been working closely with Adrienne to develop her cloud-based revenue management software for the hospitality sector, and we’ve watched the project go from strength to strength, thanks in no small part to Adrienne’s tenacity and talent.

Almost 200 entries this year, a record number, were whittled down by the judging panel to just 30. The awards take place on the 19th November at the Culloden Estate & Spa in Holywood, and we wish Adrienne and Right Revenue the best of luck on the night!

God is in the details

Alan Lavery  17th August 2015

Your site might be failing because it lacks attention to detail.

Bold statement, right? Lets say you’re looking for a new car. You’ve saved up all of your hard earned cash and you’re going to shop around. You’ve spotted a car you like the look of. It ticks all the right boxes at first glance so you want to get in and check out the interior. You get in, turn the key in anticipation of the cars response. Nothing exciting happens. The car just ‘turns on’. It’s hardly going to leave a lasting impression on you is it? You would expect a little ‘je ne said quoi’ wouldn’t you? You’d perhaps want the needles to sweep the dials. You might expect some form of welcome message or sound to greet you as you get in. Small details like this make that experience that little bit more special, enjoyable and memorable.

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Grand Opening

Paul Woods  2nd December 2014

On Monday we celebrated the grand opening of our new head office in Craigavon. We were joined by a selection of clients, some friends and family and the Mayor of Craigavon in a small (virtual) ribbon cutting ceremony which officially marked the opening of our new digs. Read more…

Welcome Michael

Andrew Gough  1st December 2014

We are pleased to introduce to you our latest member of staff here, Michael.

Michael joins the team as an iOS Developer, he has come to us from his previous job as a Developer at Text Help. Michael has come up through Queens having studied Computer Science and says in his spare time he enjoys anything sporty and drinking coffee.

It’s great to have him in the team!

 

If you would like a job with us, check the careers page to see if there is anything that would suit you.

Welcome Keith, Alan and Filippo

Andrew Gough  10th November 2014

The GCD family is growing, and we’re proud as punch to welcome three talented men to the fold.

Alan Lavery has been working as part of the design team for a few months. He studied Interactive Multimedia and Design at the Ulster University, and has been designing websites for a few years. Alan claims to be a skilled drummer, which will be put to the test when he auditions for the GCD band. He also has a keen interest in cars.

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Summer at GCD

Robin Thompson  21st October 2014

Now that my summer placement at GCD Technologies has come to an end, I can truly say that the experience was great!

I enjoyed my time for many reasons, the highlight being the the people who work here.

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Plotbox wins Invent 2014 Award

Alan Millar  3rd October 2014

All at GCD would like to extend its warm congratulations to Sean, Leona and the rest of the team at Plotbox for winning the Invent 2014 award, announced at a prestigious gala dinner in Titanic Belfast last night.

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Designing for usability

Sean Mulvenna  31st March 2014

Designers and Developers are often too quick to decide that they have the right solution to certain usability and design problems. A lot of the time we create something expecting our users to conform, change their habits and change the way they would normally use an interface to suit the one we have designed. This should not be the case.

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It’s Better to Meta

Paul Woods  18th February 2014

Sometimes so much energy is put into the <body> tag of a site, that the little one above it (the <head>) can be overlooked. Mainly because it’s work is behind the scenes. Invisible.

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