Open Plus is a strategy, management and systems development company specialising in open-source software applications, Agile software development (Scrum) and cloud technologies. The industries we serve include retail, distribution, utilities and the cultural sector.
We have a strong track record in aiding high-growth, high-performance businesses such as multichannel retailers and corporate organisations facing an increasingly competitive landscape or seeking to enhance their back-office support systems or extend ecommerce capabilities, with applications including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence/analytics and Warehouse Management.
Our services include strategic consulting, systems, process and project audits, support, and development and integratration of high-performance systems and architectures, including a range of open-source products, and migration to the Cloud.
Solutions from Open Plus minimise both capital investment and on-going operating costs for high-growth businesses and focus on providing a robust and scalable IT environment for business growth.
Open Plus is the organisation to contact if you are a high-growth business experiencing the growing pains of expanding commercial operations or increasing back-end systems complexity. Whether it's escalating costs, performance and stability issues, platform integration challenges or systems upgrade projects, at Open Plus we can help.
The Open Plus team members are passionate about software and have helped fulfil the potential of many high-growth companies. We know how to design, deliver and manage IT solutions that flex, scale and work in this rapidly changing space.
We specialise in end-to-end business solutions delivered through best-of-breed software products. Wherever possible we use open-source products to mitigate risk, enable innovation, and provide business continuity.
Open Plus supports Cloud computing technologies to create a ‘pay as you go’ operating model. Our Cloud services enable our clients to instantly expand computing resources for peak periods like Christmas trading and e-mail marketing campaigns. Correspondingly, we can instantly reduce computing resources during off-peak or normal trading periods to manage costs.
Andrew Sykes: CEO
A passionate open source proponent, Andrew Sykes was the first UK adoptee of the flagship open-source Apache ERP platform OFBiz, helping the roll-out of 12 OFBiz implementations among UK FTSE 100 within 3 years as well as two in the USA.
With a background in technical architecture on projects for BAE Systems and Lloyds of London as well as Development Methodology Advisor, borrowing notably from eXtreme Programming and Scrum, for companies such as Reuters Ltd and Netstore Plc, Andrew has assisted many software development teams to realign their implementation strategy around bespoke implementation methodologies more tightly focused on business need, driving productivity and profitability upwards in the process.
Andrew is passionate about the positive impact technology can have on our lives and society and is a family man and father of two.
Myles Chippendale: Lead Technical Analyst
A graduate of Edinburgh and Oxford Universities and winner of the Queen's College Benefactors Prize. Myles co-founded the POEM and Melati open source projects, assisting businesses in the rapid growth of their e-business portfolios during the 1990s before being recruited by Netstore Plc as senior architect and analyst to assist in an aggressive phase of growth by acquisition.
More recently Myles assisted Open Plus to establish lasting change in the implementation strategy used by Reuters Ltd in their £11M GCAP CRM project.
Myles is a passionate exponent of analytical rigour in the planning of technical projects and a keen student of modern “agile” project and analysis methodologies.