Feature Friday - Swarm Online
19 June 2015
On Feature Fridays we picked one company from our Directory and got to know their business a bit better by asking them a few quick questions.
1. Can you give us a short background on Swarm Online and what you're up to at the moment?
We are an app development company who specialise in creating mobile and web applications. Some of our apps are used by large enterprises around the world and others are used by local Glasgow SMEs. You may even have a Swarm app on your phone without knowing it!
2. Where are you based?
We're based in the Hub at Pacific Quay. We moved in about 18 months ago and have recently doubled our office space to accommodate our growing team. We're now having lots of fun deciding how to decorate it!
3. Tell us some of your most notable work?
We've worked on over 30 projects during the last 3 years so we've been very busy. However, our most notable work has been in the Oil & Gas and Energy sectors. For the Oil & Gas industry we built a web app that will save lives when oil rigs move around (yes oil rigs move!). For the Energy industry we built an application that enables E.ON's field team to take on the smart meter rollout - which will be the biggest national infrastructure project of our lifetime.
4. How have you benefited from being located in the hub?
There are loads of perks associated with being based in the Hub. The best one is probably getting to know the other creative and innovative companies based here. The Creative Clyde is rife with talent and lots of that talent works and thrives in the Hub.
5. What skills do think are essential to what you do? And what do you think needs to be learned "on the job"?
Building apps isn't easy because the technology involved in the process is constantly evolving. That means it's absolutely essential that we keep up to date. This means we can deliver solutions using the latest tech to provide amazing products to our happy customers. It's an essential characteristic of anyone that wants to work at Swarm to maintain a hunger for innovative technology.
All the apps we build are tailored to fit the client exactly, so it requires a serious commitment to adapt to new industries, but that's the kind of learning we enjoy doing - it means we get lots of exposure to unusual and exciting scenarios which other companies may shy away from.