Weary of IT jibber-jabber? Depressed by software that doesn't
deliver on time, on budget or on what was promised?
Want to find innovative, affordable solutions that are fit for purpose? And don't cost the earth?
Folding Space develops extraordinary software and delivers exceptional service. We partner with our customers to ensure fitness for purpose. And we believe in offering better than affordable solutions. Not all IT companies are the same. Some of us make the difference.
Folding Space develops software products, applications and programs with world class features, functionality and performance but delivered as a significantly better value proposition than anything comparable. And we continue to deliver throughout the solution lifecycle with unstinting support & proactive maintenance. And our difference can be immediately seen and quickly measured in our unrivalled cost of purchase and cost of ownership.
The company was founded in 1999 as an R&D environment that began trading in November 2001. We relocated to Birmingham in January 2004 and are very happily located in the historic Jewellery Quarter in the heart of the City.
Folding Space has significant experience (and blue-chip references) with Central Government, Parliamentary Institutions, Local Government, Education and the NHS as well as wider commercial and industrial experience.
Recently, in partnership with Aston University, we were awarded a prestigious Innovate UK (prev. Technology Strategy Board) R&D grant for very advanced research into content analytics for unstructured data ('Content Analytics Toolset'). This very advanced research project is unlocking the hidden meaning within document collections to provide innovative user experiences in support evidence-based decisions across a wide variety of sectors.
Our primary interest is in software technology; we are unashamedly, scientists and technologists. But we also recognise that great technology works because it is rooted in the user experience. So, unusually, we are professionally qualified and deeply interested in the cognitive basis for the 'user experience'. This derives from extensive and ongoing psychological research, investigation and collaboration in defining the cognitive needs of end users and the optimum manner by which those needs are satisfied on screen.
Our primary focus is the unification of records, documents and data to better enable information & knowledge management. Each of our software solutions delivers a Single Unified View of records, documents and data as appropriate. So every file or document or data output - whether it was originally scanned, digitally created, an email and its attachments, or report/results output from any database system - can be viewed together in one screen.
We have developed and delivered innovative software for:
Most of our technology efforts are focussed upon ERDMS (Electronic Records, Documents & Data Management) and DWLMS (Document Warehouse & Library Management) but we tend to have a wider scope of interest and work here than others operating in the traditional document or records management marketplace.
Folding Space are the British authors & developers of all of
our software innovations which derive from extensive, real-life
experience across applications & departments as well as
enterprise-wide. The software is written and developed in the UK so
there are no 3rd Party dependencies, royalties or
constraints on ensuring for the highest levels of data integrity
and resilience whilst offering unrivalled value for money.
We are often asked why we named the company 'Folding Space'. In answer, the name derives from a number of sources.
In astrophysics, there is the idea of folding space to travel vast distances instantaneously. In his lecture on Space and Time Warps, Stephen Hawking said:
"So the only way to get from one side of the galaxy to the other, in a reasonable time, would seem to be if we could warp space-time so much, that we created a little tube or wormhole. This could connect the two sides of the galaxy, and act as a short cut."
In Science Fiction, Frank Herbert (famed author of the Dune Series) posited that space could be "folded" in order to create a "wormhole" that transports a ship from one distant point in space to the next, within a fraction of time.
And in structural biology there is also the concept of protein fold space.
In summary; folding space is about getting from point A to Point Z instantly, without having to step through the rest of the alphabet. And that is what we strive to achieve in our software technology - to facilitate solutions that are way faster, cheaper and more efficient than any alternative.
Standing on shoulders, following in footsteps...
A hundred yards or so from our offices is the house that James Watt resided in when he came down from Scotland to collaborate on the first industrial steam engine with Matthew Boulton.
Another hundred yards or so in the opposite direction is St. Paul's Square where the luminaries of the 18th Century Industrial Revolution (and the Lunar Society itself) walked and met.
As technologists ourselves, we rather like being located where
giants once roamed and hope that in what we do, in some small way,
we stand on their shoulders.