WHAT DO WE DO?
Mark-IT is a specialised consultancy company offering a unique, broad
base of expertise in a number of IT-related topics. This includes programming,
design, hardware, comms, marketing, operations, customer-care, business
intelligence and strategic/financial planning. Mark-IT is headed by
Mark Katz who brings with him over 30 years of experience at all ends
of the IT spectrum - and beyond. He is assisted by a team of experts
who are assigned to projects as the need arises.
Current assignments include -
Internet development - automation
The web is driven by HTML pages. Many of these are tabular reports
- e.g. statistical and sales, management reports - which are of a
highly structured nature and need to be re-generated on a regular
basis. Mark-IT has developed, and has access to, a large number of
utilities for simplifying these tasks. See http://www.e-tabs.com/web
for a sample of this work - this was used to set up early prototypes
of Intranet systems for BT (British Telecom) and Unilever.
Internet - conversion of non-web systems
The company understands well the philosophy of both the older-style
legacy system as well as the concepts and tools for creating 'active'
web-sites. With this knowledge, Mark-IT have designed and developed
concepts and system to assist in the conversion of these older systems
to be web-enabled. This experience covers more than just IT - it addresses
issues of user- interface, reporting, support/help facilities, training.
Mark-IT has helped a number of companies build active Internet trading
sites for e-commerce applications. For further information from the
business perspective, see http://www.e-tep.com
and for information about the system for handling Trading Exchanges
Consultancy for VC's and companies building web-applications
Increasingly, as companies build (or re-new) Internet systems, they
need advice from expert and independent people to ensure that their
'consultants' are providing optimal solutions.
Mark-IT is active in this field, working initially at the pre-design
stage to review IT plans within the wider perspective of marketing,
funding, customer acceptance, performance, reporting and security
At a later stage, Mark-IT can move into the role of providing direct
help, to audit the actual work of the software developers (internal
or external) and to guide senior management in the best path. With
their in-depth knowledge of IT matters they are equally able to talk
directly to the developers to get to the heart of the issue and organise
change, if necessary.
This knowledge has also been used by Venture Capitalists who have
been asked to fund new Internet based projects. Mark-IT can provide
assurance that the design, robustness and business model of the proposed
system is sound.
Mark-IT has over 20 years in providing IT systems for data-analysis
in the market research world. The main part of this experience relates
to reporting systems that offer very swift implementation and true
interactive interrogation/tabulation - especially from very large
The practical side of UNIX and its utilities
UNIX is viewed as a very powerful and generic base for running under
many platforms - but it has another side to it. It has a wealth of
concepts and utilities (shells, awk, sed, etc) which are used for
file transfer and conversion. Mark-IT has been supporting, training
users and building systems for over 20 years. Systems have been developed
to pass data seamlessly between applications - no matter how complex
the structure. One of Mark-IT' specialities is the way that they accept
the challenge to improve speed and efficiency - often reducing run
times by orders of magnitude when compared to conventional data-base
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The wider team of Mark-IT also boasts of a very broad range of skills
- IT for Market Research - all aspects of computing including interviewing,
data-entry, design, analysis, statistics and support systems
- Unix/Linux and its utilities - training, support, development,
file/data-base conversions integration with non-UNIX systems
- Comms - hardware, software and operation of networks, LAN's, WAN's,
security and telephony integration.
- Web publishing - tools for automating the preparation of html-based
- Intranet - design, building and control of internal web-based information
- B2B and trading exchange - design and building of complex real-time
Exchanges with price-list, auctions, back-office, call centres and
- Internet project development - testing, UAT, CRM, statistics, contingency
planning, software development, integration with other systems and