Category Archives: Staff

Get to Know Graeme

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The next member of staff we have chosen to question for our ‘Get to know…’ articles, is Graeme, so let’s learn more about him. Graeme joined DH Systems almost 8 months ago, as our Documentation and Training Manager. Before joining us back in August 2015, he worked for the Scottish Prison Service. Now a day in the life of Graeme consists of keeping online “User Guides” up-to-date and providing on-site training for customers when required.

Outside of work, Graeme spends his time playing most sports. In the winter he plays squash and in the Summer he enjoys playing golf, hill-walking and touring around Scotland. He has recently been selected to play for Scotland at Squash in the next month’s Masters Home Internationals.

What is the best part of your job?

The variety of work; learning new skills; watching DH Systems’ products evolve, adapt to technological changes and improve; the opportunity to travel across the UK visiting customers for training.

What is your favourite film?

The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption.

What is your favourite song?

Too difficult to choose… “Losing my Religion” by REM or “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin… plus many, many more.

Interesting fact: Graeme used to live in Gabon, Africa.

Here are a few pictures of Graeme…

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Pets of DH Systems

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Can you guess which pet belongs to which one of our DH Systems team members?

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Imogen attends ‘Girls in Tech’ session at Microsoft

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Our apprentice Web Developer Imogen, attends  ‘Girls in Tech’ session, at Microsoft’s headquarters in Edinburgh. This is the first session following the recent launch of the ‘Girls into Digital World’ programme run by Skills Development Scotland. This programme was developed to give girls an understanding of the opportunities they have to begin a career in digital technology and allows them to meet inspirational women in tech.

The kick-off session consisted of a speed-networking style event and gave a group of girls from various schools the chance to speak to tech apprentices and understand the different routes to start a digital career. They also had the chance to network with women who are role models in the tech world.

Imogen was joined by Cristina at QA along with two other QA Apprentices and spent the day speaking to students about her Web Developer apprenticeship and explained what we do here at DH Systems. She discussed how she works within our company and gave the students advice on why she thinks taking an apprenticeship is a great way to start a career in tech. At the end of the session the apprentices answered questions from the students and spoke about their different experiences in their roles. There was also some free pizza enjoyed by all!

Here are some pictures from the session…

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Imogen meets Annabelle Ewing

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This week is Scottish Modern Apprenticeship week 2016 and as part of this, Skills Development Scotland have launched a ‘Girls into Digital World’ programme. Girls into Digital World has been developed to show girls that a career in digital technology is something they can consider and see as an option. The programme gives them a taste of a what a day in the life of a technology professional is like and also allows them to take the opportunity to meet women who are inspirations in the tech world.

Our apprentice Web Developer Imogen Anderson was invited by Cristina Comas at QA Apprenticeships to go along to attend the session at Microsoft’s Scottish Headquarters. Imogen and a group of female apprentices were there to answer any questions from High School students who have an interest in beginning a career in Digital Technology.

Each of the apprentices spoke about why they chose to do an apprenticeship and what they are enjoying in their current roles. They discussed the different options the students have when leaving school, the barriers faced as females in the industry and why girls are less likely to take computing in school. Imogen also got the opportunity to meet Annabelle Ewing, the Minister of Youth and Women’s Employment in the Scottish Government. Annabelle spent some time asking the apprentices and students questions to get to know them more.

The session was a success and Imogen enjoyed getting to hear about other apprentice’s work and helping the High School students feel more at ease about embarking on their career in Digital Technology.

Here are some pictures from the day!

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Annabelle Ewing, Minister of Youth and Women’s Employment.

 

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Two of QA’s Apprentices, our Web Developer Imogen and Cristina from QA.

 

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Steve’s 6th Year With DH Systems!

 

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On 25th February, 6 years ago, our General Manager and Head of Web Development, Steve Robbins joined the DH Systems team. In the past 6 years we have achieved a lot at DH Systems including creating our very first auction site which was launched by Steve. You can see some of our achievements above, including the amount of vehicles sold at auction, the amount of bids, the amount of emails we have sent, how many page views we have had and the most popular vehicle makes, all in the past 6 years.

Congratulations on your 6th year with DH Systems Steve and thank you for all your hard work!

 

Catch Up With Our Apprentices

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Our three apprentices joined us at the end of 2015 on a 12 month programme through QA Apprenticeships. They are settling into their new roles as part of the DH Systems team and are coming on leaps and bounds. Laura, Imogen and Jason have all attended their first training courses and are now applying what they have learned to their work. As well as the training courses, each of our apprentices are being assessed to pass their apprenticeships by their mentors, Andrew Miller and Kareem Shaker. We have had a catch up with Laura, Imogen and Jason so let’s see how they are getting on.

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Laura joined us back in December 2015 as our Digital Marketing apprentice. She is responsible for maintaining all aspects of our digital marketing including our social media pages and email campaigns. Laura is now able to provide her Digital Marketing services to our customers, she can take control of all things marketing such as social media, online campaigns and Google analytic accounts.

Since joining DH Systems Laura has expanded our social media presence by creating 17 new Twitter and Facebook pages for each of our individual products. As well as creating new social media pages she has also been updating our own DH Systems main Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus page regularly by writing posts and dedicating time to engage with our customers. News stories are created and posted on the website frequently by Laura as well as our new monthly newsletter service which she has been responsible for. Laura has also learned how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and created some great graphics which you can see on each news story that has been posted recently.

Laura is currently working on our products social media pages and getting these updated with the latest features. She has begun preparing for BVSF and CARS events this year by making new brochures, PowerPoints and graphics for us to use.

So far Laura has attended the Digital marketing boot camp, Adobe Photoshop and SEO marketing training courses and has another two weeks of her training to complete. During the training courses she has attended she has gained a more in depth knowledge and understanding of Digital Marketing and its fundamentals and strategy. Laura can now easily create graphics using Photoshop and Illustrator and has learned about Search Engine Optimization which she is keen to put into practice when using Google analytics.

What are you enjoying most about your role?

My job is really interesting and fun, I always have lots to do and am kept busy. I enjoy creating graphics and content for the public to see. It has really brightened up our website and our social media pages by posting and updating them regularly.  I have learned so much in the few months that I have been here and I’m looking forward to becoming an expert in Google analytics and completing my training so I can find new ways and ideas to promote DH Systems and being able to gain more customers through work that I have done.

Below are a few screenshots of work Laura has done – December Newsletter and our Twitter feed.

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Imogen is our Web Developer apprentice and it is her job to maintain existing client websites and develop new websites. She also designs and program websites to work efficiently. Imogen is responsible for planning, creating and coding web pages.

Since joining in October 2015 Imogen has completed two weeks of her training and has a further six weeks of training left. Imogen has recently completed her Open Source Web Development course which has taught her how to make a simple HTML website consistent styling. She also learned how to correctly use HTML tags to appropriately section web pages, and looked at how to correctly apply IDs and classes to tags using CSS. Imogen also learned about JavaScript, and was shown how to put in a simple JS validation form into a web page.

During her time at DH Systems Imogen has been working on creating a diary log website that could be used to keep track of what she does on a day to day basis. She worked on all of the technical aspects and the design, giving her an understanding of both the technical and design sides of web development.

Imogen is currently working on installing and upgrading WordPress on multiple websites. She is also going through the domains hosted by DH Systems to see what is still in use so we can dispose any unused projects or files. Imogen will continue to work on tasks for clients and will give her assistance on working on jobs that need done to help the team.

What are you enjoying most about your role?

I am really enjoying how involved I am with the company as I have started working on clients’ websites already. This has helped me a lot as I feel applying what you’ve learned is vital to make you understand the way things work. I’ve learned so much about PHP and MySQL and also a lot of other things I had never even considered, like creating virtual servers and the process of uploading to live websites.

You can see some of Imogen’s work in the below screenshots.

Calender page from Imogen’s second version of her Diary Log website.

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Jason is our Application Developer apprentice and is responsible for focusing on the development of our Frontier products. He also works on bug fixes and general testing of our products as well as providing support to our customers and clients.

Jason joined us in October 2015 and so far has created a program for logging daily activities along with the ability to store images to each log. He has also created a program which displays computer information to make it simpler for users of our frontier products to feedback to DH Systems so we can diagnose any problems efficiently and quickly. Jason is currently working on creating a program using a touchscreen for our clients. He is also continuously working on catching errors in each release of Frontier.

Jason has completed four weeks of his training including .NET Fundamentals, Databases and SQL and has a further four weeks to go until he is finished his training. Jason has learned the basics of C# along with learning how to apply knowledge of other .NET Language. He has also learned the basics of working with SQL Server Management Studio as well as the structure of databases and libraries.

What are you enjoying most about your role?

I am really enjoying being able to work with VB.NET and further my education whilst working with professional software. I am looking forward to fixing bugs and working more on Frontier Salvage and Frontier Dismantling.

Below are some screenshots of the programs Jason has created and has been working on.

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Get to know Duncan

 

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Each month we will focus on one of our team members to interview and write a news story on which will be posted on our website. You might speak to them all the time, so let’s get to know them a little better.

Our first team member under interrogation is our Support Analyst, Duncan Warrender, a.k.a. Dunc. When Duncan is not watching the famous Glasgow Rangers he is providing support to our Frontier Salvage and Frontier Dismantling systems via email and telephone. He is also responsible for the IT within DH Systems and for many of our customers, including Northern Salvage and SCB Vehicle Dismantlers, alongside Ksawery – our IT Network Engineer. Before joining DH Systems as our Support Analyst Duncan attended Fife College where he graduated with a BSc in Applied Networking.

Duncan has a Jack Russell named after the colour of his favourite football team – Blue, which is also Duncan’s favourite colour. Outside of work Duncan is a keen cycler and even participated in the Pedal for Scotland Classic Challenge in September 2015. He goes for long walks with his dog (more of a must than a want) and he also likes to spend time with his eight-month old daughter Myla.

A few questions for Duncan…

How long have you been with DH Systems?

I have been with DH Systems since June 2014 – too long, starting to lose my hair!

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

I enjoy resolving the customers issues, so I can get a minute to myself before Dave demands some outrageous task of me, like asking me “Why has Microsoft changed the way Internet Explorer opens a PDF? Can you call and ask?” or when a specific person at Silverlake, let’s call him SM, asks me the hardest Frontier related question he can possibly think of, or when I get 400 calls a day from Prestige! I like getting on with everybody in the office and try to create a positive atmosphere within the DH group. I recently visited Prestige AllParts in Oldham to provide support and training for the upgrade to the new system, and it was fantastic – I hope to do more in the future.

An interesting fact about Duncan: When I was 8 a dog bit straight through my finger – that will teach me for giving it the middle finger.

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Job Vacancy: Responsive Design Web Developer

Responsive Design Web Developer

Closing date for applications: Friday 19th Feb 2016

D.H. Systems Consultancy Limited is a modern, growing company which specialises in the development of software and hardware solutions for the vehicle salvage and vehicle dismantling industries.

We are a group of highly motivated and highly skilled individuals. From our offices in Edinburgh we provide complete turnkey solutions to the vehicle salvage and dismantling industries, including application software, websites and all manner of mobile solutions. Our approach is responsive to our customers’ requirements and we are continually developing our software to suit their business needs. We provide high quality service and support to our valued clients.

The company is based in a modern office building in South Gyle, Edinburgh which is easily accessible by bus, car, tram and train.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Responsive Web Developer to join the Web team.

You will have knowledge of:

– PHP, MySQL, LAMP Stack

– HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, JSON

– Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver/PhotoShop)

– Microsoft Office (Outlook/Word/Excel/etc)

– Responsive web design (Bootstrap)

 

Knowledge of the following will be beneficial:

– Cloud technology (Amazon AWS), S3, SES

– Native Android for Phones and Tablets (Java)

– Adobe Illustrator, InDesign

– Basic Linux command line

– Servers, Virtual Servers, Basic Networking

– SVN, Source Control

A PHP/MySQL programming test will be given during the interview.

The position will involve maintaining existing websites, creating new custom websites and developing new technology for all our websites. We are currently developing Android Apps and you will be expected to maintain and develop features for these. The successful candidates will also be comfortable talking to customers both to provide high quality support and understand their needs.

Salary: depending on experience, in the range of £25,000 to £40,000 for the right candidate.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@dhsystems.co.uk

NO AGENCIES WILL BE CONSIDERED

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Jason Moore joins the DH Systems team

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DH Systems have recently welcomed our new apprentice Jason Moore. Jason has joined as our Application Developer apprentice for the next 12 months after recently leaving school to develop a career in computer software.

Jason will be focusing on the development of our Frontier products. He will also be working on bug fixes and general testing of our products. As well as this, Jason’s role will include support for our customers and clients.

Jason is enjoying being able to work with software as he has had a strong interest in this since school. He is mainly looking forward to having the ability to create professional grade software.

Jason is an avid PC gamer and tends to spend most of his free time playing many games and spending many hours trying to fix the ones he can’t. He also has a hobby of enjoying building computers!

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Say hello to our new apprentice Imogen Anderson

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Imogen has recently joined the team as our new Web Developer through a 12 month apprenticeship programme. Imogen went to Herriot-Watt University to study Computer Science before deciding to join DH Systems to kick start a career in Web Development.

Imogen enjoys listening to music and watching films. Her favourite colour is yellow and she has a dog called Maddie!

Imogen’s role will include maintaining existing client websites and developing new websites. She will also be using client’s specifications to design and program websites that work efficiently. During Imogen’s time at DH Systems she will be gaining experience in HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, Javascript and AJAX. Imogen will also be planning, creating and coding web pages.

Imogen is enjoying being able to apply what she is learned to her work to help her gain a better understanding of Web Development. She is most looking forward to being able to put her practice to good use by getting started on working on real websites and continuing to expand her knowledge and experience to develop into a fantastic web developer in the near future.

 

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