Openbuild (Sheffield) LTD


We are passionate technologist with a love of open source software and an agile approach to development and can help you deliver the solutions you need in a timely fashion.  We specialise in open web technologies including Linux, Apache, Nginx, MySQL, Mongo, PHP, Node.JS and Swift on the server with HTML, React, Aurelia or Knockout for browsers or iOS development with Swift.

Don't take our word - some quotes from people that we have worked with

"Fantastic app, works well, seems to be intuitive and very useful. It should enable further development in using mobile technology in our school - St. Joseph's, Workington" mapandrews

Adam Land, Director of Remedies and Business Analysis at the Competition Commission, said: "This website is a vital component of the package of remedies put in place following our market investigation. Along with other measures, such as data sharing, we expect that our remedy package will open up the market to greater competition, so that customers get more choice and lower prices. I have been impressed by the way in which the home credit industry has worked with other stakeholders to deliver this project."

Duncan Randall "They are delighted with the site, it exceeds all expectations, uptake is higher than anyone imagined and they would like to thank us all for our helpful and diplomatic approach to the project, which went beyond our obligations."

Some sample projects that have been completed, from ISP to VLE including ecommerce.

Created JavaScript AMD modules using requirejs including wrapping up a legacy javascript front-end framework, implemented the event driven mediator design pattern to promote loose coupling.

Created and implemented PHP/MySQL backend using request and response objects to handle data in a JSON format.


Migrated a Netsuite CRM datastore including all files and combined it with local MySQL data then distilled it all to a Mongo store. This saved the company tens of thousands of pounds per year.


It's all about the data!  Connecting to various data stores including MySQL, Mongo, Google, Amazon and the local filesystem our lightweight API enables secure and rapid development of solutions for web, mobile and desktop apps.


Using automated tools such as nmap and Websecurify for various companies I've identified and resolved a number of issues on the first pass, I then like to get down into the code and servers and check various things manually, common mistakes include poor validation and sanitisation of variables within code, not encrypting sensitive details within databases, allowing directory listings, allowing connections from all IP addresses, poor username and password policies.  All can be resolved but it's best to get these things sorted sooner rather than later, unfortunately there are some mistakes that you can only make once and it's best to be caught and embarrassed by a white hat than a nefarious hacker.


Created a simple tool that checked if specific websites were available and serving PHP content, if business rules including response time were not meet than a alert was triggered.  To achieve the results a specific image was uploaded to each of the servers along with a PHP script which read the image and displayed it, a monitoring script then connected to the read script and checked the response times and hash of the file, if the hash did not match or the response time was to large, as well as additional rules, then an alert was raised, all test results were stored in a database that reports on stats for the last hour, month and year giving a valuable overview of the platforms performance.  We've also installed and configured various open-source tools over the years.


Small project to showcase primary school children's 'digital paintings', each child created and tagged a digital flower that was planted in a searchable meadow.  The flowers were positioned randomly within a defined area and shown with perspective, the flowers were animated using modern standards and when clicked on would grow and reveal details such a name, title, description and tags.  Delivered using a customised version of the Openbuild PHP API, MySQL, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and jQuery Templates.


Developed a multi user solution that allowed for multiple files to be uploaded, tagged, searched and then inserted or embedded into related tools.


Various CRM solutions either from scratch, pre-existing bespoke or open-source.


Picking up a project written in the Zend Framework I optimised the database structure and completed the booking and repeat booking functionality.


Web application that allowed students and teachers to enter a list of qualifications and then convert the awards into a Modern Baccalaureate equivalent.  Delivered using Symfony2 components, MySQL and Nginx.


Developed an iOS app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads that enabled students to take videos, photos and record audio then add titles, descriptions and tags to the resources and upload them to a cloud site for embedding into webpages.


Developed a UK nationwide solution that allows users to create a profile page detailing their personal information, qualifications, training and licences, they could then share their details with any companies that they worked with.  Companies could then check which of their employees matched their requirements for roles or training needs.  Developed in PHP, MySQL, jQuery and jQuery Templates.


Completed a couple of projects for a large UK based insurance company while the lead developer was on annual leave and reviewed the security of the current platforms.


Developed a centralised server and desktop solution that enabled planning of routes around european waterways and seas.  The server enabled waypoints and tidal flows to be updated as well as pulling in localised weather information this was then all pushed down to the desktop software that enabled the user to plan their route and view relevant maps and data.  Delivered using Zend Framework, Open Data APIs and Adobe Air.


Developed an iOS app that enabled the creation and allowed a user to record questionnaires, the results could then be reported on within the app or exported.


Due to my experience at building successful ISP PlusNet I was approached by a large multination to support the development of a white label ISP for the UK market, I helped in specifying the solution and set up the development team.


Reviewed an existing codebase with the view to adding e-commerce functions, recommended installing Magento and building custom modules for the required functionality, this was accepted by the client and delivered.