Cetus is an information technology company founded with the aim of making highly complex systems viable. These systems include programming meta-languages, semi-automatic code generators, visual programming languages, pictorial programming, executable diagrams and visual compilers.
Our work extends beyond the creation of automated tasks. We align our knowledge of programming languages, agile software engineering methodologies and experience in business and strategies of our users, to develop software with a subtle, desirable and user-friendly structure.
At Cetus we believe that computer science is an handicraft form. Our way of working puts value on talents, while keeping the window of opportunity open for creativity and innovation.
“Software is pure thought-stuff, infinitely malleable.”
At Cetus we keep alive the handmade fascination of “organizing complexity, of mastering multitude and avoiding its bastard chaos as effectively as possible”, as said by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra. We don’t believe in pre-made solutions. In order to obtain the best results, we preserve the intrinsic depth of ideas and stimulate the exchange between various ideas and knowledge, definitively leaving superficial intuition and preconception behind.
Cetus is a place where the creation of software is done by craftsmen.
Professionals with the willingness to create, and freedom to experiment a multitude of ideas in order to deliver a superb product in quality and performance.
We make software to meet the necessities of your business, transforming handicraft in results.
Handicraft accelerates the metabolism of our ideas.
Our concept aims to optimise costs, without limiting the excellence of the final product.
Individuals and interaction before processes and tools:
“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”
Functional software as a measure of progress in our projects.
“Agile development focuses on the talents and skills of individuals, molding the process to specific people and teams”
Cockburn and Highsmith
Succinct and competent team that develops with quality:
“The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.”
Prototyping as a strategy for optimal system modelling:
“I have learned that the most expensive software to build is the wrong software.”
Observation of users to understand necessities, not direct interpretation:
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
Design as communication for the humanization of technology:
“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”
Investing in talents:
“Companies...have a hard time distinguishing between the cost of paying people and the value of investing in them.”
Thomas A. Stewart
Coordinated diffusion of knowledge:
“Of central importance is the changing nature of competitive advantage - not based on market position, size and power as in times past, but on the incorporation of knowledge into all of an organization's activities.”
Quality standards as a routine philosophy:
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Quality – always!
“When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.”
Cetus focuses on the ethics of our professional relationships on all levels, following international standards outlined by BCS, IEEE, and ACM.
“We need timeless principles to steer by in running our organizations and building our personal careers. We need high standards . . . the ethics of excellence.”