Another year is almost at an end - a time to reflect on progress made, appreciate those around you, and take stock of where you are headed (and wonder where the year has gone!).
We thought we would take this opportunity to look back on a busy but exciting year at PDMS.
The now distant 2014 was a particularly momentous year for the company, with the growth of our business in Glasgow via the acquisition of certain parts of the business and assets of Maxima Information Group Limited. In 2015 we focused on raising the profile of our ferry reservation and ticketing solution, Compass, and of course, continuing to deliver a wide range of projects from mobile apps through to major enterprise systems. So here goes …
In January we hit the ground running, with David Stickland announcing Compass will be an official exhibitor at the Thirteenth Shippax Ferry Shipping Conference in April, taking place on board P & O's Pride of Rotterdam.
We also secured supplier status on the latest version of the UK Government's ICT procurement programme, G-Cloud 6. G-Cloud was launched as an initiative to redefine the way the UK public sector procures and operates ICT and PDMS has a range of solutions and services available through it.
Chris Gledhill (Managing Director) and David Stickland (Sales Director) had an interesting visit to the House of Commons, to listen to an insightful speech by the Principal of the University of the West of Scotland.
February was a productive month for our Compass team, with the launch of new product branding and a great new mobile-friendly website designed and developed in-house. We also gained a new international client - Cat Cocos, a ferry operator in the Seychelles.
Our investment in Glasgow was recognised with a visit from Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism. At this breakfast event we were also delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). PDMS and UWS are working closely with the University's Information Services team on a number of software projects and PDMS is providing ICT students with work placements and graduate apprenticeships in Scotland.
David and Derek Rae (Operations Director, Scotland) headed off to Amsterdam to attend the Integrated Systems Europe event to find out more about latest technology developments in payment and ticketing.
In March we visited Manchester to progress a great new project with the New Economy to help promote career opportunities in the textile industry. Based on our employability and skills platform (PDMS Employed), the new portal acts as a gateway for driving participation into textile training programmes, facilitating recruitment drives and supporting continuous professional development.
The PDMS marketing team launched our new video in March to help showcase our Compass solution. Filmed at various locations in Scotland, including Shetland and Orkney, this short video features a number of our ferry customers.
PDMS has been a technology partner with the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) since 2005 and in April PDMS launched the 'Ask the Police Scotland' App - which gives people in Scotland instant answers to questions on a wide range of police related issues. The free app aims to help save the Police Service valuable time and resources by reducing the amount of non-emergency calls taken through the police contact centres.
Meanwhile, David Stickland and Derek Rae, showcased Compass at Shippax 2015 in Rotterdam - one of the ferry industry's largest events. We also signed up another new client - the Bahamas Ferries extending the international reach of our customer base.
We were also delighted when the Southern Nomads, our sponsored rugby team, lifted the 2015 Cheshire Bowl!
We were really pleased to hear that the 'Ask the Police Scotland' app shad been shortlisted in the ScotlandIS DigiTech Awards 2015 for the Best in Public Sector Service/Product category.
Meanwhile, May continued to be an active month for the Compass team - following attendance at Shippax in Rotterdam, David Stickland and Derek Rae continued to make waves (sorry, couldn't resist!) at the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum in Greece.
Later in the month a team from PDMS competed in the Isle of Man's Race the Sun charity event - completing 10 relayed sections over the 100 mile circumference of the beautiful Isle of Man.
June was a particularly busy month for employed.im, our careers and employability portal for the Isle of Man - with the team getting involved with a number of Career Days and workshops in the Isle of Man's secondary schools. With so much activity, we were delighted when we broke through the milestone of 4,000 active individual members!
We put on our glad rags and had a terrific time attending both the Digitech Awards in Edinburgh and the Isle of Man Chambers of Commerce's 60th Anniversary Dinner with Lord Digby Jones.
We made a new senior appointment this month, with the arrival of Peter Quayle in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Peter is an enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable IT professional and he is tasked with leading and coordinating the operations of PDMS Isle of Man, as well as contributing to the technical and commercial strategy for the PDMS Group.
Meanwhile PDMS' Managing Director, Chris Gledhill, announced a partnership between employed.im and Manx Telecom's manx.net (one of the Isle of Man's most popular websites) to provide support for a jobs feed.
A typically quiet month - the quiet before the storm that is - as we were busy making preparations for an incredibly busy September with events in London, Canada, Monaco and Cyprus.
We were delighted to win the Isle of Man Department of Education's contract to deliver work experience services to schools supported by the employed.im portal. We were also pleased to welcome 3 new members to our Isle of Man team - Nick Collins to the Digital Design Team, Matt Brewster to the Support Team and Hannah Wild to Marketing, and 2 new recruits in Glasgow - Fiona Anderson and Richard Graham.
During September our maritime teams travelled the world to showcase our various solutions, including Maris our ship registry system.
As part of the Isle of Man Maritime Group, PDMS helped to organise an invitation only evening reception during London International Shipping Week at the historic Trinity House. Themed 'Nautical by Nature', the event showcased the Isle of Man as a maritime centre of excellence to an international audience of maritime movers and shakers. Bruce McGregor (Head of PDMS Maritime) and Catriona Watt from our Maris team, later headed out to the Maritime Cyprus Conference before moving onto the prestigious Monaco Yacht show!
Meanwhile David and Derek travelled to Vancouver for the Canadian Ferry Operators Association Conference (CFOA) - to showcase how increasing revenue with can be achieved through Online Reservations, Ticketing and Mobile Apps.
Back in the Isle of Man, our development teams were busy launching the new Companies Registry System.
More air miles for David and Derek, as they headed out once more, this time to Copenhagen, for Interferry's 40th Annual Conference - showcasing our Ferry Reservation technology to industry leaders from around the globe.
We were delighted to welcome another new client for our Maris software - Maritime Cook Islands. We also signed up another new Compass client - this time a little closer to home - Scoot Ferries in the Isle of Wight.
With the end of the year fast approaching, we were delighted to be shortlisted in numerous categories at the Isle of Man Newspaper's Awards for Excellence.
The Compass team were shortlisted for reinvigorating the product through a range of marketing and business development activities, which has seen us double our client base since the start of the year.
Meanwhile the Isle of Man Maritime Group was shortlisted in for its activities and team work promoting the Isle of Man at London International Shipping Week, whilst Nick Collins our new designer was shortlisted for Young Achiever of the year.
We also worked with PNLD to launch a new Motoring and the Law App - a project supported by the UK's Cabinet Office an which was partially funded by the UK's Home Office.
After successfully winning the Department of Education's contract to deliver work experience services to schools, we were delighted to welcome Lorna Trevethan who will be co-ordinating the program for employed.im.
G-Cloud 7 was also released and, once again, PDMS is an approved GCloud supplier, increasing the range of services we offer to the public sector throughout the UK.