Established in early 1997 Technical Solutions Worldwide Ltd is a UK based company in Bolton, Greater Manchester that specialises in a wide range of software development, website technology, database development, IT infrastructure, cyber security and data recovery solutions.
We like to think of ourselves as 'technology independent'. That simply means, that our technology decisions are not based on business relationships with technology providers. Instead, they are based on factors like which technology best fits your application, your market, or your surrounding IT infrastructure. We believe there is no 'one size fits all'.
With our wide ranging experience of multiple technologies and platforms we believe we can meet your exact business objectives and project requirements giving you the best balance of performance, cost and delivery timescale.
We have many years of experience creating and delivering large and complex software projects for some of the world's largest (and smallest) organisations.
Our team of software developers specialise in solving complex and challenging problems and we take a broad view of the market and of all available technologies. When software is critical to the continued growth and success of your business, it is important to get it right.
We can offer you bespoke software development for Windows, Linux, Android, iOS and many specialised platforms. This is tailored to your specific business requirements, be it a website, a mobile app or a desktop/server application
We can create mobile applications for your business needs for any mobile devices running on the iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones. We don't just develop the app, we deliver a solution as part of a comprehensive and end-to-end service.
We develop desktop applications which are computer programs installed onto your local computer (pc or mac). Desktop applications have the versatility to be used offline when there is no internet connection and typically offer the ability to interact with your computer hardware components for intensive processing.
Have you ever had a piece of software or hardware developed at great cost with no source code or blueprints and then the company that created it went bust? Maybe a time bomb was introduced and your expensive software no longer works. Whilst ensuring no laws are broken relating specifically to the required task, our engineers have years of experience reverse engineering both software and hardware.
Let us try and explain the world of websites as we find there is a lot of confusion as to what they represent, especially as companies are always being told “you must have a website”. In truth websites can have many different purposes that are not always as obvious as you think.
It must be noted that we are generalising here as this is a large topic and there will always be some edge cases that don't fit into our description. Use this as a starting point and do some research. (Or ask us).
There are generally two types of 'website' companies as follows.
The first are companies with a graphics design and marketing background. These companies usually have a lot of graphics designers, maybe a token software developer and they are mostly owned by somebody who is a graphics designer.
The second are software development companies that usually have many software developers, maybe a token graphic designer and are mostly started by somebody who is a software developer.
We are the second. We can create you a great (technically speaking) website but we are not a marketing company. We are not really in the market of creating your great new look and logo. You SEO (search engine optimisation), PPC (Pay per Click) and CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization). We understand this technology (usually far better than the marketing companies) and we are happy to advise to this end but this isn't our core business.
What we can do is create any complicated interactive content and bespoke website. This could be an e-commerce system selling your products to maybe a hotel and event booking website to a database connected report generator website. We have got the necessary expertise in bespoke website application development to make your website work for you. (Even if it's in partnership with your current marketing company).
A lot of 'graphic design (web) companies' that being fair are far more suited at creating your new image than we are, use our white labelled 'interactive' code.
If we are not what you require we will happy guide you to companies that in our opinion are right for you.
Data is at the heart of most software applications. Databases are used to store product information, user accounts, sales information, customer profiles, and pretty much everything that involves information for retrieval of some sort.
Our extensive database knowledge and experience means that we can help with all of your database needs. We have expertise with the following databases: MySQL, MariaDB, MSSQL, Oracle, DB2, PostgreSQL, MS Access and the newer NoSQL database technology that is being used more and more in modern web-scale databases.
When designing a new application or re-designing one to accommodate growth or new features, database platform selection can be of critical importance. Every platform carries with it its own strengths and weaknesses, and through our experience and expertise, we can guide you to choosing the perfect fit for your project. At Technical Solutions, we do not take a one size fits all approach with database design and development. We take the time to get to understand the needs of your application, as well as the environment you will be deploying it on, to be able to help you choose the platform that is the perfect fit.
Information is the lifeblood of every business and as a business grows, so does the data storage and retrieval requirements. The performance of your database directly impacts the performance of your application and ultimately the user experience.
Database Optimisation is a process used to improve the overall performance of a database and lessen the load on the hosting computer. A full database review should be carried out once every couple of years, especially where a database administrator is not responsible.
We provide database analysis and optimisation services to detect where problems may exist, and with our findings are able to offer support, recommendations and corrective actions.
Data migration is no simple task. Data needs to be preserved when upgrading to a new version of a database or when switching to a new version of an application. Our Data Migration Services help you confidently move your data where it needs to go. Our storage specialists draw on years of experience to perform data migration efficiently, with lower cost and with reduced impact on your business operations.
Business intelligence (BI) is the set of techniques and tools for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes. We can help you drive profits and increase your business performance by using better information and reporting tools.
Different organisations have very different needs which is why we analyse your business at its core. We will then recommend and work with the best suited business management software or computer systems integration for literally any process, task, objective or budget. If you are in need of a service which can not only think outside the box, but also ensure that the technology investment provides real benefits to your business.
This is the process of linking together different computing systems and software applications physically or functionally to act as one coordinated system. We assist with the integration of these components and bespoke-build any additional functionality.
When collaborating with a client on a systems integration project, we take time to understand their goals and work to seamlessly integrate an accelerated solution to achieve these aims. Using the best technologies, combined with our expertise in linking systems, we solve industry-specific or shared business problems.
Outdated software, unsupported applications and disparate infrastructures do not form a good foundation for optimising business process or capitalising on new technologies. Technical Solutions provides the services of highly skilled professionals who leverage proven technology and experience to ensure the migration process has minimum disruption on application availability and business operations.
Almost every business relies on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its data. Protecting information, whether it is held electronically or by other means, should be at the heart of the organisations security planning. Our technical security services include penetration testing, computer forensics, enterprise architecture, biometrics and identity management.
A penetration test is a proactive and authorized attempt to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely attempting to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, service and application flaws, improper configurations, and even risky end-user behaviour. Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as end-users adherence to security policies.
Penetration testing evaluates an organization's ability to protect its networks, applications, endpoints and users from external or internal attempts to circumvent its security controls to gain unauthorized or privileged access to protected assets. By embracing more frequent and comprehensive penetration testing, organizations can more effectively anticipate emerging security risks and prevent unauthorized access to critical systems and valuable information.
A data breach is an incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data has potentially been viewed, stolen, encrypted by a malware or virus or used by an individual unauthorized to do so. Data breaches may involve personally identifiable information, trade secrets or intellectual property.
If you believe or suspect you have had your IT systems compromised then contact us immediately. We are available 24/7 to advice and help you. Though we know this is not always feasible our initial advice is to turn off the equipment that you believe has been compromised, don't panic as things are not always as they seem and messages that you may have been sent will have been designed to frighten you into immediate unnecessary action.
Malware is a generic term to denote all kinds of unwanted software (e.g., viruses, worms, or Trojan horses). Such software poses a major security threat to businesses. According to estimates, the financial loss caused by malware is now in the billions and is on the increase.
What are some of the reasons that one might want to invest the (sometimes significant) resources required to effectively analyse computer malware or virus infections? Imagine that you are in the unenviable position of finding some unknown, running, and potentially malicious executable program on an important server. In this situation, some very important questions can be answered and usually, can only be answered by conducting malware or virus analysis.
As we are all too well aware when data is inaccessible, deleted, attacked by a virus or lost, it can have a catastrophic effect on the ability of a business as a whole to function normally; in many cases it can cause severe commercial interruption if not rectified quickly.
No matter what type of data loss or mechanical damage, such as a clicking hard disk, water damaged media, or other data storage loses you may have suffered, we are here to aid the retrieval of your data rapidly and efficiently.
We have extensive experience in recovering data from all major brands of hard drives. From the lightly damaged to the truly battered, the amount of data that can actually be recovered from hard drives often surprises our clients. Even hard drives that have been scorched in an electrical fire can often still yield up some or even all of their stored data with the right application of tools and techniques.
USB, Flash and SD storage is subject to some of the same causes of data loss as traditional storage devices such as hardware failure, human error, computer viruses, power surges, natural disasters, or software/program corruption. While there are no moving parts in a flash drive, they degrade simply due to the amount of write operations. Similarly the USB connector can wear out over time and the PCB is prone to damage.
Our technicians have successfully recovered data from media which is old and worn, flood damaged, snapped, burnt and deleted. Whether physically or electromagnetically damaged, we have the hardware to mount the media and the experience in new and legacy formats to access your data, from the latest generation data cartridges and memory sticks to spooled tape.
Our forensic engineers can open most common password protected hardware, documents and files. They can also gain access to laptops, desktops and servers etc. where the user's and/or administrator's passwords have been lost, forgotten or deliberately disguised. Using our extensive library of software (mostly developed in house), we employ techniques and cracking resources which may be a critical factor in providing access where crucial files are encrypted.
White labelling, in a nutshell, is the name given to the process where a product is manufactured and supplied to a retailer with no branding, which then allows this retailer to sell it as their own. If you have never heard or thought about white labelling before, it is probably far more common than you might realize. Perhaps the most common example given is breakfast cereals. Every supermarket sells them under their own brand, and usually cheaper than the market leader’s equivalent.
It’s been our experience during our long years in the software industry that maintaining the right-sized permanent workforce is a constant balancing act for software and internet solution providers. Technical Solutions offers a white label software development service to various companies and individuals. Working on a contract basis, the work belongs to you and will not show in our work history or portfolio. The outward appearance to your customers will be that you developed the software or provided the service yourself.