Meet Andy Forkgen: Founder of GlobalizeMe Digital

Welcome to the world of GlobalizeMe Digital, where innovation meets expertise, and technical solutions come to life. At the core of our company is Andy Forkgen, an expert in his field with a true passion for technology, who’s driven by a vision to bridge the gap between digital agencies and tech companies. In this interview style article, we invite you to meet Andy, the person behind the scenes, to offer you a clearer understanding of who we are, what we do, and the exciting path we're charting ahead. 

So, who is Andy Forkgen? 

At the youthful age of 50 (because, as he puts it, 50 is the new 40!), Andy is a family man who lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and three teenage children. A Londoner by birth, he spent the first 35 years of his life in the capital, where his career path included a stint of 5 years in the Metropolitan Police tech section, followed by 6 years at the Telegraph Newspaper, with intermittent roles at various tech and consultancy companies. 

Beyond GlobalizeMe, Andy wears many hats – a founder and manager of football teams, a 2017 London Marathon runner (with plans for a rerun at some point), a board member of a non-profit community radio station and a dedicated host of two breakfast shows a week. 

What inspired the birth of GlobalizeMe Digital? 

The spark for GlobalizeMe Digital ignited from Andy's collaboration with Marc Janssen, the brain behind GlobalizeMe (our sister company). Recognising a niche for a wholly-technical set of digital, cloud, QA and project management teams managed entirely from Europe, they set out to bridge the gap between traditional tech companies and digital agencies. So, in 2008, the company was born, aiming to offer a unique blend of skills and approaches tailored for digital projects. 

How would you describe the company? 

In a nutshell, we are more than just a tech company, we are a powerhouse of innovation and reliability. With teams across the UK, Europe and India, we craft secure and scalable digital solutions for businesses worldwide. From secure app development to web app and cloud solutions, we offer versatile services on both “build and transfer” or “build and maintain” models. Whether it’s architecting, building, managing, or maintaining digital ecosystems, we excel in delivering excellence with a touch of tough love. 

What’s your role? 

A techie at heart, Andy finds it challenging to resist diving into the technical intricacies of the projects. However, with over 15 years of leadership behind him, he has learned to trust his talented colleagues and the invaluable skills they contribute. Today, his responsibilities encompass client onboarding, ensuring technical and service excellence, and nurturing a healthy work environment which encourages success and growth. 

What are your Aspirations in 2024? 

The year 2024 holds exciting prospects for the company. With ongoing projects nearing completion and new ventures on the horizon, Andy anticipates a year filled with growth and innovation. The aim, to maintain our personalised approach while scaling operations, ensuring that clients continue to receive a quality service and dedication. Furthermore, we remain committed to innovation, upgrades, accreditations (such as the recent ISO27001 re-certification), and staff training stays a priority. 

What’s your Long-Term Vision? 

Looking ahead, we envision scaling upwards while retaining the essence of our close-knit team. Andy emphasises the importance of preserving the personal touch and competitive pricing that our clients love. As we tread the path of expansion, maintaining client satisfaction remains paramount. 

As you can see, Andy's journey embodies the spirit of innovation and adaptability. As the founder of GlobalizeMe Digital, his vision continues to drive the company towards new heights, shaping the future of digital solutions one project at a time. 

Seamless Solutions to Conquer 6 Digital Pain Points

In the fast-paced world of digital and cloud services, we often find that IT, Marketing and Digital Managers find themselves grappling with sleepless nights, haunted by common digital pain points that hinder productivity and efficiency. However, with the right support, these challenges needn't dominate your thoughts. Let us explain more... 

Within this article, we've highlighted some of the challenges our clients from various sectors, including pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare, law enforcement, tech, digital, and manufacturing, regularly encounter that keep them awake at night. We offer insight into how we collaborate with them to navigate these hurdles effectively and create seamless operations.  

Do any of these digital pain points resonate with you? 

1. Lack of Performance Metrics Clarity

You're frustrated by the lack of clarity regarding the performance metrics of your digital platforms. Google Analytics might provide insights, but the 24-hour delay and limitations it brings can leave you in the dark. 

How We Can Help:

  • We offer extensive monitoring of all systems, from bare metal to user experience. 
  • Receive timely notifications when systems are under stress. 
  • Our load testing programmes identify bottlenecks and ensure system resilience. 
  • Geographic performance and other blockers are identified and addressed promptly. 
  • We provide full diagnosis and remediation of issues. 

2. Project Delays and Budget Overruns

Getting projects off the ground seems like an uphill battle, let alone completing them on time and within budget. Whether it's resource constraints or sluggish progress, you're feeling the strain. 

How We Can Help:

  • Our consulting services identify pain points in the development lifecycle. 
  • Implement team augmentation and resourcing plans to accelerate project delivery. 
  • Transition to a Virtual Offshore Development Centre (VODC) for sustainable long-term support. 

3. Maintenance and Security Concerns

There's a lingering fear that your systems aren't receiving optimal maintenance, whether through vendors or in-house staff. The risk of assuming everything is fine keeps you on edge. 

How We Can Help:

  • Our comprehensive health checks cover maintenance, security, backups and monitoring. 
  • Tailored maintenance plans ensure system resilience with affordable monthly maintenance and monitoring. 
  • All services are delivered under a transparent service level agreement for accountability. 

4. Budgeting and Relationship Concerns with Development Agencies

The uncertainty surrounding your relationship with existing development agencies is unsettling. Budgeting challenges and timeline uncertainties only compound the stress. 

How We Can Help:

  • Receive a thorough second-opinion on any brief, confidentially. 
  • Gain clarity on the health of your agency relationships. 

5. Security Apprehensions 

Security breaches loom as a constant threat, and you're unsure if your enterprise's defences are up to par. 

How We Can Help: 

  • Leverage our ISO27001 expertise to implementation and extend similar security measures to your enterprise. 
  • Identify and address security gaps with our expertise and third-party AI-based tools. 

6. Offshore Team Effectiveness

Your experience with offshore teams has left you uncertain about its effectiveness and impact on productivity. 

How We Can Help:

  • Thoroughly assess your team structures and optimise resource allocation to enhance efficiency. 
  • Enrich your existing team with a blend of offshore, nearshore, and UK-based talent to bolster capabilities and flexibility. 

As you can see from the points outlined above, the road to streamlined digital and cloud services is paved with challenges, but with our support, you can navigate these obstacles with confidence. Let's transform your sleepless nights into restful assurance, one pain point at a time. Get in touch today! 

Unlocking Security: GlobalizeMe's ISO Certification Explained!

ISO Certification

We are thrilled about our successful ongoing attainment of the ISO/IEC 27001:2017 Certification, a significant set of milestones for a company of our size, who is navigating the vast ocean of business. These ongoing achievements not only reflect our commitment to information security but also holds profound implications for both our internal operations and the clients we work with.

So, what is ISO/IEC 27001:2017 Certification?

It is a globally recognised international standard that outlines the best practices for managing information security. Originally published in 2005 and updated in 2017, it offers a comprehensive framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS). Its primary goal is to enhance the security of an organisation's information assets, ensuring a robust and resilient approach to safeguarding sensitive data – something that is of paramount importance in today’s business world.

Our Journey to ISO Certification

GlobalizeMe Digital embarked on this rigorous journey and were independently audited by the British Assessment Bureau on November 1st and 2nd, 2022 - dedicating nine months to meticulous preparation and internal auditing, no mean feat for a company of our size! After a further two-day surveillance audit on November 28th and 29th, 2023, we gained an extension of our certification for another year, with zero Improvement Opportunities and zero Non-Compliances raised. A great accomplishment!

Our auditor also commended our exemplary adoption, implementation and integration of the ISO 27001 standard into our business processes, highlighting our genuine commitment to the Information Security Management System.

The GlobalizeMe Difference: What this tells you about us…

At GlobalizeMe, our aim is to deliver an exceptional service to our clients, instilling in them the utmost confidence in our capabilities and the assurance of receiving the highest quality service available. Through our certification, you can expect the following benefits:

  • Enhanced Information Security Management: A meticulous and organised strategy to handling sensitive information, safeguarding against unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. This certification confirms our approach to an effective ISMS, integrating policies, procedures and controls to manage and mitigate your security risks.
  • Increased Customer Trust: Showcases our unwavering commitment to the highest information security standards. You can trust in our ability to protect your data.
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Ensures compliance with pertinent laws and regulations related to information security, minimising your legal risks and potential issues stemming from data breaches.
  • Risk Management and Mitigation: Emphasises a risk-based approach, empowering us to proactively identify, assess and manage your security risks.
  • Improved Internal Processes: Encourages enhancements in internal processes, developing clear roles and responsibilities, defined processes, and regular monitoring and review of information security practices.
  • Efficient Incident Response: Facilitates effective responses to security incidents, using established procedures for reporting, investigating and mitigating incidents.
  • Third-Party Assurance: Provides you with external validation of our information security practices - an essential credential for companies handling sensitive data or operating in industries with strict security requirements.

In Summary: What It Means for You

For our clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare, law enforcement, tech, digital and manufacturing sectors, ISO Certification means we have implemented a robust system to manage risks related to data security. Our commitment to best practices ensures resilience to cyber-attacks, preparedness for new threats, data integrity, confidentiality, and availability, security across all platforms, organisation-wide protection and cost savings.

As we transition into 2024, GlobalizeMe Digital remains dedicated to pushing boundaries and evolving with the upcoming ISO/IEC 27001:2022 standard. Our pursuit of excellence in information security reflects our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our valued clients.