footsteps provide early childhood education services throughout New Zealand. We have designed and developed a large custom PHP web application that has allowed footsteps (lower case f is intentional) to rapidly expand their business. Before we were introduced to footsteps, they were struggling with a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software system that was causing more problems than it solved. While this previous system was sufficient for its intended purpose, footsteps business model is complex and constantly changing due to government legislation and evolving business requirements. The most effective way to approach this problem was a custom web application, written in PHP. This technology provides a highly flexible platform that can easily be extended and modified as business requirements change and has allowed footsteps to increase their child enrolments by a factor of five with minimum additional administrative staff required.
IT Matrix is a software company based in Tauranga, New Zealand. Since completing a Bachelor of Computer Systems degree four years ago, I have since specialised in the development of web sites and web applications. Area of Expertise: Web application development, PHP, MySQL, XHTML, CSS. Database development in MySQL, MS Access and MSSQL. Report writing for IT-based projects. C# development, particularly data conversion routines.