Software Development Accreditations
As a leading bespoke software development company with a growing number of clients, our achievements now include Microsoft Gold Application Development status, Quality Assurance Certifications and Software Testing Partnerships.
Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Development
For our customers, becoming a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner means we build software of the highest possible standard according to Microsoft’s widely-recognised partnership programme.
As a bespoke software development company this is not an insignificant achievement and it supports our commitment to excellence and to all our customers. Achieved through a combination of things, including our software development team attaining several MCSD qualifications, DCSL GuideSmiths providing a high level of customer satisfaction through regular customer surveys and from satisfied customers writing testimonials.
We currently have the “Application Development” competency which means we are focused on, and are experts in, developing software using Microsoft’s technologies, and we have met exacting criteria assessed independently by Microsoft.
We agreed to collaborate with Microsoft to establish a close working relationship with them and we won the genuine stamp of quality and expertise in Microsoft technologies.
Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider
Launched in 2015, the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) was introduced for customers to utilise cloud software through Microsoft’s accredited partner network.
As an accredited Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud Platform, the CSP partner programme allows DCSL GuideSmiths to directly manage our entire Microsoft Cloud customer lifecycle.
DCSL GuideSmiths is dedicated to not only providing greater agility for clients but also unrivalled support and added value beyond a licensing standpoint.
Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Integration
As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Integration, we are experts at integrating applications and data to increase efficiency and drive business results for our customers.
The Application Integration competency highlights DCSL GuideSmiths’ technical capabilities in advanced application integration and configuration tasks.
Microsoft Silver Partner for Data Analytics
We are proud to be a Microsoft Silver Partner for Data Analytics, developing business intelligence solutions for our customers.
This accreditation shows that DCSL GuideSmiths demonstrate proficiency in connecting data sources, performing data transformations, and modelling and visualising data.
ISTQB® Silver Partner
ISTQB has created the world’s most successful scheme for certifying software testers and DCSL GuideSmiths has been recognised by the UK Testing Board (UKTB) as the first UK Silver ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualification Board) Partner.
“Partnering with ISTQB and UK Testing will give DCSL GuideSmiths a unique opportunity to show to our clients we are committed to building and training an industry-recognised QA team”, said Alexis Shirtliff, Technical Director at DCSL GuideSmiths.
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) helps public sector organisations save money by providing a route to high quality products and services.
After a competitive tender process, DCSL GuideSmiths has been accredited as an official Crown Commercial Service supplier to deliver digital services to HM Government across two frameworks: G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists.
Quality Assurance Certification: World first
The world’s best recognised quality standard – ISO 9001 – was revised in September 2015 to ensure it remains recognised as global best practice for organisations looking to implement a Quality Management System and DCSL GuideSmiths was one of the first companies in the world to achieve the ISO 9001:2015 standard.
ISO 9001:2015 quality certification
As a leading provider of bespoke software solutions, backed by Microsoft approval, DCSL GuideSmiths prides itself on delivering the best possible service. To demonstrate this commitment, we sought the independent certification to this standard.
To demonstrate our commitment even further, DCSL GuideSmiths volunteered to take part in the ‘Early Adopter’ accreditation process with our certifier – the British Assessment Bureau – in order to become one of the first companies to make the transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.
The British Assessment Bureau was one of only eight Certification bodies in the UK to be part of the Early Adopter process, with DCSL GuideSmiths being one of the audits witnessed by the UK’s National Accreditation Body – UKAS.
ISO 27001: 2013 information security standards
DCSL GuideSmiths has also achieved ISO27001:2013 certification, which for the customer means our key focus is on continuous management of the security of company information, as per the Information Security Management System (ISMS).
Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
We are protecting your business against cyber threats
Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cashflow and take up staff time. DCSL GuideSmiths protects their customers against common cyber threats with Cyber Essentials Plus.
Cyber Essentials Plus tests of the systems are carried out by an external certifying body, using a range of tools and techniques.