Here's a list of some of our clients' testimonials. From small business solutions
to large multinational companies, SSW has made happy clients all over the world
and we are proud to share some of our experiences with you.
It was a pleasure to have you in the office again. I continue to be impressed by the quality of work and advice you provide.
I just wanted to pass on a note to express my praise for the effort and commitment both Daragh and William put in during the upgrade process and in particular last night/this morning.
The deployment went well, although a little longer than expected, they dug in their heels and powered through all 11 hours.
We got their at the end and the business is very happy with the results.
I must say that I found Dan and Daragh a pleasure to work with. Easily the best two consultants I have worked with in IT in the last 10 years. Please pass on my positive feedback to anyone relevant at SSW. If you send me a tax invoice I will make sure that it is paid asap.
GEM Training Solutions specialises in computer training in database management, template development in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel, and other training related services. We have employed SSW this year for the provision of training services, particularly in database management. The software tools used for the projects have been Microsoft Access 2000 on a Windows 2000 platform.
Tailored developer training services are provided professionally, competently and satisfactorily by SSW and consequently we have returned to them for further software related services.
We have dealt with several people at SSW from a network tech helping us with a domain issue, to a couple of graphic designers and several programmers and they have ALL been first rate.
Thanks. The new download [of SSW Access Reporter] is exactly what I needed. Awesome Product!
Wouldn't it be useful if you could run an upsizing report before starting the entire process? Well, you can. SSW provides a wonderful tool that can be used before you upsize the database.
Dear Adam Cogan,
Thank you for the work you've done over the last year to improve our products and help customers be successful. For those of you who were able to join me at the MVP Dinner earlier this month, I enjoyed meeting you face-to-face and very much appreciated hearing your stories. Hosting events like this one is one of my favorite parts of my role here at Microsoft.
With over 1,500 developer MVp's and fewer than 40 being recognized as an MVP of the year, you are truly one of our elite partners. Without you, we could not be as successful as we are today. To recognize the part you play, please find a token of our appreciation for all the work you do on Microsoft's behalf.
"Peter, Your great teaching skills, the very interactive session by showing the "correct" way of doing things (including the various alternative methods) made this class outstanding"
Cube - finally I understand cubes. I will dig deep in to this near future
UTS short course attendee
Peter, Thanks for everything, it was a great start to SQL 2008 BI
UTS short course attendee
Dear Peter, This is my feedback... thank you for teaching us. If I get to chance for get new position with MS-SQL, This class would be helpful for me.
UTS short course attendee
Peter, Thank you again - you are a very good presenter and have a lot of knowledge.
UTS short course attendee
"Peter, I found your style fantastic with the examples and your willingness and capability to move with the flow, although as I mentioned earlier I felt of the topics that were discussed were out of the reach for someone with my lack of knowledge of the subject."
I would like to thank you for the impact you had on my career. LSI’s .NET skills were considerably behind when Daniel showed up in 2007. His work in our office, while no more than 3 weeks in total, had a significant impact on the way I approached developing in .NET technologies. I have become a much better developer thanks to your mentoring during that period.
"Eric and SSW have been fantastic. They brought significant experience and pragmatic advice to BuzzNumbers. As a result of their engagement we have implemented a full Project Management process that has dramatically improved team productivity and software quality. SSW had the technical know-how and the direct business implementation experience to deliver on-time results that were above our expectations"
SSW Code Auditor makes this much easier for novices by including a wizard to build and test regular expressions for you -- that alone is worth the price of the tool if you're struggling with regex's.
During the training with Peter Gfader: "This is the first time I really understand Inheritance (OOP) and all the benefits"
During the training with Peter Gfader: "This is the first time I really understand Inheritance (OOP) and all the benefits"
WorleyParsons had SharePoint 2007 implemented extensively across their organization, but was looking to extend the development to include their new public website. After a lengthy tendering process, WorleyParsons decided that SSW was right for the job.
Templates and Reusability
Due to the size of the site, development began by laying out the structure of the site and identifying main content areas. Since the site and all components were to be reusable, the use of site templates, page layouts, content types and web parts was extensive. This allows WorleyParsons employees with sufficient permissions to manage and maintain the website without requiring any assistance from developers.
The deployment process involved going from the development server to an SSW staging server, before deployment to WorleyParsons staging and production servers. Migration between these servers was simplified by using SharePoint packaging functionality and using the suite of STSADM commands to deploy the components. SSW developed a tool to simplify the addition of all components to the package, as we find this process time consuming and error prone.
Completed on time
The project was completed in 10 weeks and delivered on time for the WorleyParsons annual report.
... out of all the developers I have used in the past [SSW] provide the most complete solutions and best outcomes; thanks for your attention to detail once again.
Thanks for all the support you have given us. There are few companies that could take a leaf out of your book.
We have employed SSW since 1999 to supply support, maintenance and enhancement of our legacy Metering Services data system.
The scope of the project was to understand the implications of the Contestable Energy Market deregulation in terms of Metering Services and alter the legacy database to suit the new market.
SSW has also enhanced and implemented a works scheduling and tracking system for field operations and customer billing of services provided by Metering Services. The support, maintenance and enhancement of legacy software systems are provided to a high level of professionalism by SSW.
SSW Email merge provides a practical cost effective solution for maintaining and building relations with our customers.
The SSW .NET Toolkit is an outstanding tool for software developers. It made adding Validation and Exception handling to my application a snap! Again another great tool from SSW. Keep 'em coming Adam.
A toolset that is commonly being asked for is the ability to run checks over a SQL Server instance to verify that development standards and administration practices have been implemented in a manner consistent with a set of common standards and principles. Although Microsoft has released the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for SQL Server to assist in performing this task, it is largely focused around administrative practices.
SSW have developed SSW SQL Auditor to focus on SQL Server development practices and check that a wide range of performance and coding practices have been correctly adopted. SQL Auditor provides the ability to identify issues with database design and development standards prior to the performance of SQL Server being reduced as a result of these bad-practices not being identified. The checks that SQL Auditor performs range from checking that the maximum row size for a table is less then SQL Servers data page size, to checking that all Stored Procedures contain a standard comment block. One of the great features of SQL Auditor is not only the ability to report on issues, but to also generate the SQL Scripts that will correct the issues.
I think the best thing that I found out about SQL Auditor (apart from the ability to customise the checks) is the rapid way that the developers from SSW respond to feedback for their product. There were several improvements that I thought could be made to the product, such as when validating dates to include the smalldatetime datatype. The team at SSW were more then happy to listen to this feedback and implemented the improvements in the next version of the product that was released later the same week. So if you are looking for a tool to assist with verifying that development standards are being adopted by all of the people developing SQL Server solutions in your organisation then SSW SQL Auditor is a worthy tool to purchase and add to your toolkit.
Now that I've been using [LookOut!] for a little while, I don't think I can put it away - it's just too darn useful and makes too much sense to just stop using it. And that, my friends, is the first sign of really good software.
We were struggling to use public folders to keep track of our teams movements until we found SSW Team Calendar for Exchange 2000. Now our problems are solved and we can see everyone's availability at a glance. Management loved it so much that we've setup another virtual site just for them.
James Fitzell - Systems Administrator
SSW Property and Event PRO was a great help enabling me to set values across my databases - not just in one table, including letting me set certain conditions. What an easy-to-use product!!
[SSW Code Auditor] has many qualities I love in products: useful, productive, simple... Great job!
We have employed SSW since 1997 to develop our software while keeping our legacy systems running. We have a work flow application based on Exchange Server 2000. The new system required integration with multiple servers. The software tools used for the projects have been Microsoft Access 2000 and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 on a Windows 2000 platform. Support, maintenance and enhancement of legacy systems and integration services are provided at a professional level by SSW and consequently we have continually returned to them for software support and further software development projects.
You have done a superb job with updating our pre-historic database and we greatly appreciate your efforts. [You] have paid attention to our needs and done a great job for us in a timely and cost-effective way. I would not hesitate to recommend you and SSW to other prospective clients.
SSW Web Pager is a Great Product! Keeps me informed of the latest events without having to go to the website. Everything is emailed to my inbox
SSW has been of invaluable help to me on this project. Their professionalism and willingness to share their abundance of technical knowledge have made them a pleasure to work with.
I just thought I'd just let you know that the code you worked on at System 77 is running live in two sites (more to come next year).
Our customers love it. In fact, the code you wrote, we've had zero problems with.
A big thanks to David and Mark.
Thumbs up to Adam Cogan for his Presentation at The Singapore SQL Server User Group!
Adam Cogan presented in the Singapore SQL Server User Group event recently drawing a large crowd. He first spoke on "What's new in Reporting Services 2005 & Developing Custom Report Items" and being a developer myself, I loved his 2nd topic "15 Rules to Better Code & Tools to keep your code healthy (including FX Cop)".
Thumbs up x 10 to Adam and many thanks to William for arranging for Adam to speak.
SSW .NET Toolkit showed me how to implement a multi-layered application with examples targeted at developers. It really is such a helpful tool.
I want to thank you for the tremendous response and very fast corrections. I am very impressed with you and your company. I wish all software companies were as good. Keep up the wonderful work and I look forward to our relationship in the future. Thank you.
SSW have been a great help to NRG Solutions. Jatin in particular takes time to listen to our needs and keeps me in the loop with any additions or improvements to our site. SSW work hard to build strong customer relationships. They know their stuff.
SSW Diagnostics - as it says on the Diagnostics page "This simple, powerful and effective utility keeps your system up to date, and helps to resolve intricate software compatbility issues". This sums it up in a nutshell. To make it even easier the report it generates shows you with Ticks and Crosses which programmes are up to date. Best part though is that it is completely FREE... Fantastic!
SSW TimePRO Smart Tags makes it easy to mail merge letters, faxes and email that you need to send to clients. One of the defining features is that you can design your own templates. The best part though is that it is that it saves you time and money. What a great tool.
I've been in the telecommunications field for over 7 years, and I've recently made the decision to move into software development. I am a very self-motivated person, and immediately began setting up a development environment for myself at home. I purchased Visual Studio 2003 Professional which came with SQL Server 200. I've begun working through the MCSD training self-paced training programs, and I am also working on a CIS degree plan at Devry University here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of the U.S.A.
The purpose of this email is to thank you for the work you have put into the SSW website. I've done a considerable amount of research, and a company such as SSW is exactly the type of company and environment I would like to work in when my skills and practices reach a professional quality level.
There is a vast amount of information available online to help developing programmers, but unfortunately there is a black hole when it comes to standards or best practices for the minor task, that are repeated over and over again. Of course there are 'best practices' for code writing techniques or database scheme development, but that is not what I'm talking about.
Specifically the 'habits' that a developer forms while learning to code, are the things that they will continue to do for the life of their career. The standards that a company will expect, in regards to working in a team, the 'extra' information that will be expected in addition to just knowing how to program. For any particular task through the life of a project, I know 'how to' and am confident that if I don't know 'how to' I can find the answer.
What your site has given me is an example of the "how should" I do something.
This is something that is absent both in just about every programming reference I have read, and in addition it is totally absent in my school curriculum. From how to organize files and folders, projects, or even how to handle database version changes etc.
Over the next couple of years, I know I'll be using your website for reference again and again.
Really, Thank You!
SSW SQL Auditor is a really valued tool to have in the DBA tool box.
Grays is a online auction website that sells mainly computer gear. The need to track all the for sale items. We developed a pocket PC application for symbol barcode PDA’s that allows auctioneers to scan the items on the showroom floor. At the end of the day they come back to the office and put the PDA in its cradle and then can sync the data which is all stored with SQL server to the main SQL database on the server.
Instead of building e-mail into your bug-tracking system, why not build bug-tracking into your e-mail client? That's what SSW eXtreme Emails does, bringing an agile bug-tracking system to users of Microsoft Outlook and Exchange.
I am working on a project where I have to convert many access files to Microsoft SQL Server files, which is why I downloaded SSW's Upsizing PRO! It really working well and I would give it a perfect 10!!!
First of all, thank you for your prompt response. I have been using DataPro2000 for 4 years and your support has always been excellent.
SSW Exchange Reporter is an essential tool for anyone trying to monitor their organizations email. We use SSW Exchange Reporter because it generates professional user friendly reports.
Instead of waiting for users to report broken links, SSW Link Auditor has saved us a lot of embarrassment and trouble by reporting all broken links to us.
I've been putting together Development Guidelines for my employer and in the process have reviewed many published standards (in the .Net arena) from around the world. In each category, the suggestions at SSW are always among the best.
I was very happy with SSW’s service on our recent Point-of-Sale project. Some of the types of issues SSW handled adeptly were: the quality of the user interface, business requirements, legacy code and data structures, and ease of maintenance for down the track.
SSW SQL Auditor is a valuable tool for SQL Server developers and .NET development companies. It's an easy method to improve database design and performance.
The SSW Upsizing Pro was fantastic! This is the first time I've tried to go from Access to SQL Server 2000 with any type of data and I had one table that kept giving me headaches. I ran the upsizing pro and it reported two fields in the table that had dates prior to 1/1/1753. (I can't believe that SQL server doesn't support dates prior to 1/1/1753!). I fixed the fields and the table uploaded fine. Thanks for a great product.
It gives me pleasure to provide the following testimonial regarding SSW and in particular Adam Cogan with whom I had the majority of my dealings.
Academy Tiles is a leading ceramic tile business, importing ceramics, marble and glass. We wholesale and also provide a unique architectural library of over 5000 samples for use by professional people. Our showroom and warehouse are located separately.
About 1995 we determined that our Dos based computer system was antiquated and would not allow us to survive and prosper. Our information needs were very comprehensive and growing. And so the search began. Academy Tiles commenced an Access database development with another eveloper. After some considerable work was done, I became dissatisfied with the work and approached Microsoft for a recommended Access developer to assist me in completing the exercise.
And so we were introduced to Adam Cogan and SSW. At this point we had a client and job database. We still required invoicing, purchasing, inventory and shipping.
I did not enjoy the first day's experience. Adam pulled no punches and was critical of the quality of the database structure and work to date. And he proposed to pull it apart and rebuild. I wasn't initially sold on the idea but after several days I could see a picture emerging of : structure, preciseness, integrity and efficiency. It was the system we had to have, regardless of initial cost and we have not looked back. Quite frankly without Adam's involvement we would have a clumsy inefficient system which was not easily modifiable I spent many days working with him developing our system and learning how to se Access. As a "partially" technical accountant I learnt sufficient to be able to readily modify and evolve our system. I have also dealt with others at SSW like Ibrahim Qutish and Ross Donald and they continue to support me with any code which is beyond me. In addition the free generic updates from SSW are a real bonus. The generic functions have extended my capabilities and minimised the amount of code required.
As an accountant I am very pleased to have the flexibility of periods that don't roll over. It allows us to adjust any incorrect invoices and re-issue with the need to create credit notes. This keeps the paperwork down to a minimum, reducing the confusion of an long paper trail. Queries are regularly rerun, accumulating monthly sales statistics etc. These also reflect any prior period adjustments.
We stocktake as many times as we wish, currently six monthly and roll stock into an opening balance. Because of this one precaution we build into prior "period" transaction alterations is to prevent these changes if they are dated prior to the last stocktake. The system is very flexible and can be run to suit any particular set of requirements.
It is also very user friendly and all our staff including management input their own work.
Our business could never have achieved the level of volume and success it has without our Access database.
And our Access database would not be what is without the involvement of Adam and his friendly professional and innovative team.
Without qualification I can state that their design work, desire to share and willingness to educate have made a substantial contribution to our business.
The course [Microsoft Access: Upgrading and Migrating to SQL Server and .NET] was very informative. I picked up lots of little tricks and tools that will make my job easier. It's always good to learn from someone who has already been through the real life experiences.
www.designHome.com.au was the first Australian production Web site powered by SQL Server 2000 and is Australia's leading Internet destination for the best home design products. It offers consumers the largest database of high-quality home design products such as furniture, appliances, lighting, fixtures and fittings, decorative accessories, bathroom - and kitchenware.
Rapid Application Development principles were applied during the development. We were under a lot of time pressure as we needed the live Web site to increase the acquisition rate of partners displaying their products, what is most satisfactory is that all the decisions taken under time constraint, such as using SQL Server 2000 Beta and a third-party ASP component, are still correct. SSW finished the development work ahead of schedule, under budget and with the required quality.
SSW was an obvious choice for us as Adam Cogan and his team displayed not only technical expertise, but further to that a business acumen rarely found with developers. We were also extremely happy with the knowledge transfer in the new Microsoft technologies, and will therefore continue to use their expertise for the further development of our venture.
Atom Industries specialises in the design and manufacture of outdoor power products. We have employed SSW since 1999 for the provision of data conversion services. Particularly providing a facility for importing and exporting data from MYOB files and Microsoft Excel and extracting the relevant data to a unique model in the purchasing and accounts division of our business. We would like to add that what was a very tedious and mistake prone task for our purchase office has now resolved itself to being an instant collecion of data all sorted out, model by model, and to individual orders and shipments both work in progress, pending and projected orders. All done in very quick time and accuracy. Even the shortage of one item, eg a one cent screw can stop production for weeks if it has to be imported so accuracy and quick follow up reporting features are very important.
How solid is your SQL Server database design? Will it perform well in practice? SSW has a product, SQL Auditor, that compares your design against a number of well known design rules and gives you reports based on how well your design does. Read Mike Pearson's review of this product.
SSW SQL Auditor is an extremely useful tool which allows developers to generate reports on design issues and areas where SQL performance could be improved. It does this by checking the database design against common SQL Server design rules and report on the elements that do not conform to those rules. For an example of the kind of rules checked, have a look at the product's info page (http://www.ssw.com.au/ssw/SQLAuditor). This allows those who are responsible for QA in the design process to identify and fix problems in database design, ensure that standards are being upheld and prevent bad practises from creeping in. Once this process has been completed, SQL Auditor has wizards that generate SQL scripts to correct common problems. SQL Auditor works on SQL2000 and SQL7.0 databases.
"Microsoft Access: Upgrading and Migrating to SQL Server and .NET" - Melbourne, Dec 04
A brief bit of history - we switched our internal reporting over to MS Reporting Services after seeing the product in action (albeit in beta form) December last year. Gradually we're in the process of moving Access databases, Excel reports (on file shares, e-mail and Exchange Public Folders), rich-text e-mails and the odd VB front-end over to SQL Server back-ends, Reporting Services for reports, and Win Forms (VB.NET) for the front-end. I personally have had experience moving over 3 or 4 such projects, and my two co-workers have not had any experience (some of their legacy systems are still in Access 97). I reckon there's enough migrations to keep us busy all next year!
Into the above context steps a brand new MS training course "Microsoft Access: Upgrading and Migrating to SQL Server and .NET" which covers exactly what I've described above. We (me and the 2 co-workers) attended the Melbourne event on December 13th and 14th. The course was run by Adam Cogan from SSW which for me was a big selling point as I'd heard Adam speak before (and he was good).
I enjoyed the training, and here's why (in no particular order):
• The facilities at Cliftons were fantastic. P4 3.2/1GB RAM/17“ LCD Win XP Pro machines. Two people per desk, and in addition each desk had a monitor that displayed the presenter's computer. Classroom was 80% full, around 35 people.
• Adam was an enjoyable and knowledgeable presenter. Just hearing him describe tips and tricks was worth the price of admission for me, but then again I had already been through the process he described a number of times. And he wasn't shy about sharing his knowledge and useful tools either (which unfortunately left very little time for the hands-on labs).
• The material covered was pretty much spot-on in terms of the need it addressed. The first day a bit more time was spent on tools that Adam's company make to ease the migration process, but in my mind it was very relevant to the task at hand. Adam even branched out to talk about Extreme Programming practices, e-mail etiquette and job quoting & estimation, all within the context of an upgrade project.
• Adam was realistic in his praise/criticism about MS. I didn't feel like I was at an indoctrination session. In fact, the SSW website lists a whole lot of possible improvements with MS products.
• Adam has a good sense of humour, which seemed to grease the wheels of the presentation.
I have downloaded and installed the demo version [of SSW Team Calendar]. It is a awesome program. you guys have done a great job! I can't wait to get the key code to unlock the program and start using it to it full potential.
I love writing code, not working out people's data. SSW Data Renovator tells me in one minute flat what the changes are, so I can get back to coding.
SSW Performance PRO! enabled our company to increase performance and productivity. By checking all our forms and SQL statements we were able to pin point where the bottle necks occurred and which controls on our forms where responsible. Thanks SSW team for a great product!
I used to use the command line utility osql.exe. I never use this anymore because using SQL Deploy means that I have a much more user friendly GUI without seeing DOS boxes during installation.
SSW Upsizing PRO! pays for itself many times over in the first hour of use. If you need to upsize an Access database that has seen any real use, don't start without this great tool.
Upsizing PRO! has a number of really great selling features. I was really impressed by the thoroughness of the coverage of the problems you may encounter, and the suggestions on how to avoid them.
Get the SSW Upsizing PRO! tool. It's well worth using as it checks for problems and warnings that the Microsoft Upsizing Wizard does not.