Having spent the majority of my career working for large corporate entities, I have seen at first hand the frustrations of slow moving bureaucratic dinosaurs misserving their clients and wasting money on ill-conceived initiatives.
I thought I could do a better job without the unnecessary internal politics getting in the way of true business success.
I sat down with a close friend one evening and wrote out my bucket list of things I wanted to do before I die. In amongst all of the travel to interesting and exotic places was written, in my own handwriting, Start my own business.
Where did that come from?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized I REALLY wanted to be my own boss, to set my own working schedule, to be in control of my own destiny and to form a company that matched my own core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty, commitment and trust.
I was determined not to go to the grave thinking “What if”.
Of course it is only natural to have self-doubts:
- Am I good enough to do this?
- Do I have the knowledge and talent?
- Do I have the courage?
- Can I lean on the support of friends and family?
At this point I spoke to Phill Evans and was amazed at what he is doing with RDB Concepts and his vision for the future. Additionally, he and his wife Sue share the same core values as myself and the way they have built their franchise proposition takes away much of the stress, worry and fear out of building your own company. They have already built a Company which has a strong brand image and long established reputation in the industry for quality of service. All of the RDB processes and procedures are documented to ISO standards which, combined with the training given by Phill, will make it comparatively straightforward to replicate the service elsewhere.
Do you need to be a database expert to run an RDB franchise? Absolutely not!
Whilst I have enjoyed a successful career in IT, I had very little database knowledge, but I can call on the team of highly talented professionals employed by RDB Concepts to answer any technical questions asked. All you need is the inner drive and determination to make your business a success.
WHAT SETS RDB CONCEPTS APART FROM THE COMPETITION?
Our competitors tend to focus on the support of one or two databases, where RDB are unique in the extent of Databases and Operating Systems we are able to support. The team are certified in all database types, ranging from Enterprise level products such as Oracle and Tibero, through to Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, DB2, Informix, Neo4J and on to the emerging NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra DB to name a few. In addition to this, the team is vastly experienced in the management and maintenance of ALL current operating systems in use in today’s market.
KEEPING THE CLIENT IN MIND
Whilst RDB Concepts are an IBM, Oracle Gold and TmaxSoft partner, they remain vendor agnostic ensuring they give the correct advice to clients to enable them to meet their current operating system and database demands as well as their future growth plans. RDB have worked with numerous companies to lower their support and licensing costs, whilst improving performance, security and system availability. This is done by providing a highly efficient, yet cost effective service, that is driven by tried and tested processes, procedures and in-house applications, which are intelligently designed and simple to use.
Everyone in the team believes in putting the client first in everything they do, ensuring they have their Database and Operating System availability optimized to meet their business demands, allowing them to focus on their own growth plans. For new fully managed clients, as part of our “take-on” processes, RDB undertake a free of charge full system health check on their IT environment, identify any risks or exposure they may have, and work with them to mitigate any issues as appropriate.
That’s not all RDB do! They can provide training and consultancy, but also full project services, including Project Management and the technical delivery of initiatives, such as database upgrades and migration. Clients can have access to an IBM Power 8 Proof of Concept environment, built to their own specification, allowing them to proceed with any project safe in the knowledge there will be no loss of performance or functionality. Having worked with many internationally known brands, RDB Concepts have built a strong reputation for excellent customer service and are recognized as a leader in their field of expertise. This has allowed the business to accelerate our international growth plans into the American, Canadian and Western European markets.
WHY ARE RDB CONCEPTS SO SUCCESSFUL?
With the emergence of new database technologies entering the market, our clients find themselves in a unique position of having choice. The ability to choose a solution that promises better performance, better scalability, better customer experience, and much lower cost of ownership. RDB Concepts are completely database and platform agnostic. This means that we will position the best platform and database for your requirements. During one conversation with Phill he described RDB Concepts as one of the best database and operating system support companies in Europe. I disagree. I think RDB Concepts is one of the best in the world. They constantly strive to be the best database support company in the market and enjoy working with our customers, not just for them. I genuinely believe that RDB Concepts’ flexible pricing model, integrity and customer focus will win clients and their quality of service will keep them.
WHAT TO DO NEXT!
Don’t take my word for it, I would encourage you to talk to Phill and find out more about the company’s ambitions and goals. At the end of the conversation, I am sure you will be as excited as myself to be a part of this global success story.
Lee Middleton President, Lee Middleton dba RDB Concepts Austin