About Us

Since May 2010 we have been providing software consultancy services to a variety of companies in a wide range of industries. Our passion lies in distilling requirements and finding the most appropriate technologies to apply to meet them in the most efficient, cost-effective way.

In some cases this means using the latest, cutting-edge tools to build highly adaptable, scaleable services, whereas other cases may involve using mature, well-tested software in traditional configurations to ensure long-term reliabilty. Based on your requirements we'll present the various options, complete with risk assessments where appropriate, so you can make an informed choice.

The story behind the name, "3ft9"

We get asked about this quite often, so we decided to write it down. Our founder was watching a TV program called Megastructures, and specifically an episode about the Boston "Big Dig". The project was huge, costing somewhere in the region of 15 billion dollars and taking 20 years to complete. The first major stage of the project was a tunnel going under Boston Harbour, which they named the Ted Williams Tunnel.

According to the people being interviewed they had planned everything meticulously, but unfortunately somebody missed something. The tunnel was fabricated in short sections, and it wasn't until they were dropping them in to place at the bottom of the harbour that they realised they were 3'9" short of a harbour crossing. This swam around the back of his mind for a few days, as these things do, and he realised that 3'9" gaps are everywhere and they can destroy good ideas and great companies.

Here at 3ft9 we aim to help you identify those gaps and will work with you to fill or bridge them as quickly as possible to limit their impact. This could be through our internal projects where we've seen a problem in need of a solution, or by supplying additional knowledge and resources to third parties through our consultancy services.