It is difficult to believe that another year has gone by...

The Christmas festivities now seem like a distant memory and I am now eagerly awaiting the signs of spring in the hope of a warm British summer.  As I sit here reflecting on 2011, I can't help but feel extremely proud of what PDMS achieved during the last year, both as an organisation but more importantly - collectively as a team of individuals. 

We are now in our second year at Global House and with our wind and solar energy monitoring station fully installed and a number of new faces amongst our team; we are well and truly settled at the Isle of Man Business Park.

Our Sales team started a busy year exhibiting at ICE, the international gaming exhibition which was held in London and attracted visitors from across the globe. Next stop was the National Police Collaboration Conference in Coventry, where we joined forces with our partners in the Police National Legal Database team to highlight the benefits of IT collaboration.

Our projects with a number of international Ship Registries continued and Director, Bruce McGregor, jetted off to foreign shores (although this year they were somewhat closer to home!) to attend the Red Ensign conference in Jersey and the Monaco Yacht Show. We also started working on major new projects for several new international clients including the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas Maritime Authority.

Whilst our sales team were keeping busy, a number of our developers had their heads in books. PDMS has been a Microsoft Gold partner for a number of years, however Microsoft have recently made significant changes to the Partner Network Programme to ensure that those awarded with Gold competencies represent the highest level of expertise with Microsoft technologies. 

Companies are now able to earn either Gold or Silver competency in numerous categories for individual competencies. In 2011, a large number of developers at PDMS studied for and successfully passed Microsoft qualifications. The new Microsoft Partnership Programme is the most demanding to dateand it was cause for celebration when we were one of the select few to attain the new Gold competencies in Software and Web Development.

Our environmental project was a major priority for us in 2011 and we continued to work hard towards achieving our ISO 14000:1 environmental management standard. In December we used our recycled drinks cans to construct our entry for the Save the Children 'Festival of Trees.'

As a member of the Social Club I can definitely say I got my contribution's worth! Events ranged from sailing days to TT course pub crawls, coasteering , an Easter BBQ and treasure hunt, to Castletown 'revisited' when we took a trip down memory lane to visit our old haunts. The PDMS social committee always make a valiant effort to cater for all tastes with the variety of socials that are planned.

On a corporate level we continued to support both Junior Achievement (sponsoring the Company Programme) and the Children's Centre (sponsoring the Adventure Team Challenge event) as our primary local charities.

2011 was an election year on the island and our Digital Design team developed the Manx Radio Election website which helped to encourage island residents to find out more about their potential political representatives.

Throughout the year our staff also remained committed to donating their personal time to volunteer in a number of the island's junior schools as Junior Achievement volunteers, business mentors to sixth form students, Go-karters, marshals at the Children's Centre's Adventure Team Challenge, getaway drivers for 'Age Concern' Jail Breakers, and a team of staff took to the pool to complete a 5km Swimathon - all in the name of charity. 

The start of November brought excitement as the Isle of Man Newspaper's 'Awards for Excellence' approached. PDMS had been shortlisted in the 'Company of the Year Category' and our client Manx Gas was shortlisted in the 'Excellence in use of Technology' category for their 'GAS' system, which was implemented to assist Manx Gas engineers and surveyors out on site, and reduce administration directly related to the gas conversion project currently underway on the Island. It was a fantastic evening that really united and showcased the sheer excellence and diversity of the island's community, with the ultimate highlight being that PDMS scooped the award for 'Company of the Year.'

Winning the award was a fantastic achievement for us and an extremely fitting end to another busy and successful year .The award was testament to all the hard work and dedication that our staff put in to their day to day work. We are starting the New Year with a recruitment campaign and are currently looking for new developers to play a part in what will hopefully be another busy and successful year.