Explorer has built up an envious reputation as being the UK’s leading Oracle Platinum Partner, by using Oracle technology to solve business problems. We have over 23 years of database and infrastructure heritage enabling us to provide a wide range of consultancy and managed service offerings.

Explorer is the number one Oracle Application Express (APEX) development consultancy in the UK with a particular focus and skill set in using APEX to modernise legacy Oracle Forms applications and develop bespoke cloud native apps.

Meet the Team

Ian Thomason

Ian Thomason

Managing Director

With 30 years in the industry, Ian has built Explorer on the principles of customer loyalty, commitment and passion. This unwavering focus on making sure the job gets done transcends across the whole organisation, ensuring customers get the best value from their Oracle investment as well as introducing them to new concepts.

Simon Greenwood

Simon Greenwood

Development Services Director

Simon is a well-respected subject matter expert on Oracle Development technologies and leads our team of APEX developers. As the co-chair of the UK OUG APEX SIG, an active OUG APEX speaker and a member of the APEX advisory board, Simon is often seen on the circuit or in customer meetings provoking insightful discussion about Oracle Application Express.

Neil Symons

Neil Symons

Technical Services Director

Neil leads a team of highly experienced Oracle consultants who are responsible for the solution design, implementation and continuing support of customer projects. With a flair for innovation, Neil loves being at the coalface with customers to present and inspire new ideas and takes real pride in leaving customers in a far stronger position than before they first met.

Jon Lingard

Jon Lingard

Sales & Marketing Director

Customer experience is at the heart and soul of every relationship Jon has with his customers and makes sure that each and every one gains maximum value from their investments in Oracle technology. Setting the tone for the rest of the sales organisation, Jon is a stickler for detail and presentation following the age old mantra of “you don’t have a second chance to make a first impression”.

Company History

1995 – 1999

1995

Company Founded by Ian Thomason. Explorer is a Customer first, focused VAR.

1996

Neil Symons joins to form the Technical Services Group providing Oracle Database Consulting and Support Services.

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1997

Explorer signs as one of the first Oracle Partners in the UK under the newly introduced Certification criteria.

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1998

Explorer expands and doubles the size of the office.

2000 – 2009

2000

Simon Greenwood joins to form the Development Services Group providing development in PL/SQL & Oracle Forms.

2001

Explorer wins the Customer Nominated award from Oracle.

2002

Explorer wins the Marketing Excellence award from Oracle.

2003

Explorer wins the Commitment to Growth award from Oracle.

2005

Explorer wins the Commitment to Growth award from Oracle.

2006

Explorer adds Oracle Application Express (APEX) to its Development Services as prime offering for new application development and migration of legacy Forms applications.

2008

Explorer wins the General Business award from Oracle.

2009

Explorer joins the UK Oracle User Group (OUG).

2009

Explorer is awarded the newly formed JPE accreditation to provide authoritative License Compliance Assessments by Oracle LMS.

2010 – 2020

2010

Explorer achieves the newly released Platinum Partner (Specialised) status.

2011

Neil Symons and Simon Greenwood join the Board of Directors.

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2013

Explorer expands and doubles the size of the office.

2014

Explorer wins the Database Partner of the Year award and General Business award from the UK OUG.

2014

Explorer wins the Database Partner of the Year award from Oracle.

2014

Ian Thomason appointed to the Partner Advisory Board to Oracle.

2015

Explorer wins the Database Partner of the Year from the UK OUG.

2015

Explorer celebrates 20 years in business with its unique Exadata (Proof of Concept) POC model for customers to try onsite.

2016

Explorer wins the Database Partner of the Year, Training Partner of the Year and Systems Partner of the Year from the UK OUG.

2017

Jon Lingard joins the Board as Sales & Marketing Director.

2017

Explorer signs as a Partner for Equinix.

2017

Explorer wins the Database Partner of the Year, Managed Services Partner of the Year and Systems Partner of the Year from the UK OUG.

2018

Explorer wins the Systems Partner of the Year award from Oracle.

2018

Explorer wins the Database Partner of the Year and Systems Partner of the Year from the UK OUG.

2018

Explorer grows to £10M Turnover and 40 employees.

2018

Explorer launches OCEAN for Oracle customers looking at mutli/hybrid Cloud adoption.

2019

Explorer wins Digital Partner of the Year from Oracle.