The story of BJSS is one of pioneering people with visionary ideas

BJSS has always harnessed technology to help organisations do great things.

Conceived in Leeds, UK in 1993, our approach was simple: we differentiated ourselves by the technical excellence of our people, and a delivery culture that was unashamedly client-focused.

25 years on, those ideals remain at the heart of everything we do.

Today over 1,000 talented BJSS technologists are dedicated to delivering innovative IT and business services to clients from locations across the UK and USA.

 

1993 to the mid-2000’s

 

In 1993, Mark Hunter and Andrew Vincent assembled a small team of talented software engineers with a shared vision of a better way of delivering IT solutions. They created BJSS.

It took this founding team less than a year to achieve its first major success.

With a high profile delivery to the Vienna Stock Exchange, BJSS was established in the Financial Markets technology space. In the following years, BJSS engineered and delivered a bespoke Front Office Equity Trading system, a global FX & Trade Capture System, and a secure European trade settlement system.

We also expanded our growing Leeds office to London, where we built and delivered a FIX-based Trade Reporting System for the London Stock Exchange.

THE FOUNDING BJSS TEAM, LEEDS, 1993
2008: BJSS unveils Enterprise Agile

Within 15 years, BJSS had built a reputation for delivering large-scale, complex IT solutions, often where others had failed.

We decided that it was time for our delivery approach, which was based on the real experiences of our skilled technologists, to be documented.

So we wrote a book.

Awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, Enterprise Agile® builds upon the principles first introduced in the Agile Manifesto, whilst accommodating the commercial realities and constraints faced by large organisations. Enterprise Agile allows these organisations to better accomodate change and harness the benefits of incremental delivery, without abandoning their governance approach.

Since 2008, we have released four major updates to Enterprise Agile. We also implemented a new quarterly review and release cycle in 2017 to ensure that Enterprise Agile continues to benefit from ongoing incremental innovation.

ENTERPRISE AGILE IN 2008
ENTERPRISE AGILE IN 2012
ENTERPRISE AGILE IN 2014
ENTERPRISE AGILE IN 2016
2008 to 2017

Our reputation for delivering complex IT programmes continued. We delivered a global oil pricing system as well as a low-latency multi-asset class trading system that handles 60% of all foreign exchange trades worldwide.

We also expanded our industry focus beyond the Financial Services and Commodities industries.

From our new Retail and Media practice, we helped Waitrose reduce its development costs and improve productivity by re-engineering a fundamental in-store system. We worked with the Co-op to develop its new Co-op Membership proposition too.

We also delivered to HM Government with NHS Hospital Episode Statistics and FCO Crisis Hub. Our NHS Spine 2 delivery became the largest Open Source system in the UK public sector and a critical part of England’s national healthcare infrastructure. It is 89% faster than its predecessor and saves the NHS over £21 million every year. We continue to work with the NHS and we support several other Public Sector organisations, such as the DVSA and Disclosure Scotland, with large-scale transformation projects.

Our delivery pedigree captured the attention of several awards programmes. The European Business Awards awarded us a Ruban d’Honneur for two years running and we also clinched six industry awards for our various project deliveries.

This was also a time of rapid expansion for BJSS with new UK offices in Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, and the opening of our first American office in New York. SPARCK, our dedicated strategic design consultancy was launched to specialise in the design, prototyping and planning of new services, products and ways of working.

2018

On the back of securing the Scottish Business Pledge, we confirmed our commitment to further grow our Scottish operations. We now operate two offices in Scotland – Glasgow and Edinburgh – from where we deliver to Disclosure Scotland. We also expanded our USA operations with a new office in Houston, Texas which primarily caters to the needs of our Commodities clients.

We were also awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for our Enterprise Agile software delivery approach. Announced annually by Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise follow a rigorous and highly competitive judging process, and is only bestowed on organisations that maintain the highest levels of business excellence.

WE REMAIN DRIVEN BY OUR FOUNDING CORE VALUES

Our core values reflect the things that are matter most to us. Set out when BJSS was founded in 1993, these original values remain unchanged, and they continue to drive us by defining and underpinning our culture.

 

TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ABILITY

We always aim to deliver outstanding quality work, regardless of role.

INTEGRITY AND OPENNESS

Our interactions with colleagues and clients are open, honest and respectful.

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING

We differentiate BJSS by always looking for ‘a better way’ and taking new approaches to engagements.

PASSION AND DEDICATION

We share a passion to excel, an absolute focus on delivery and an obsession with detail.

COLLABORATION

We build lasting client relationships by establishing real working partnerships and keeping our promises.

WE REMAIN DRIVEN BY OUR FOUNDING CORE VALUES

Our core values reflect the things that are matter most to us. Set out when BJSS was founded in 1993, these original values remain unchanged, and they continue to drive us by defining and underpinning our culture.

 

TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ABILITY

We always aim to deliver outstanding quality work, regardless of role.

INTEGRITY AND OPENNESS

Our interactions with colleagues and clients are open, honest and respectful.

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING

We differentiate BJSS by always looking for ‘a better way’ and taking new approaches to engagements.

PASSION AND DEDICATION

We share a passion to excel, an absolute focus on delivery and an obsession with detail.

COLLABORATION

We build lasting client relationships by establishing real working partnerships and keeping our promises.