We have a breadth of experience within Higher Ed and beyond including harvard, boston college, brandeis, and brown university.

We pride ourselves on the scope and variety of our work. We have worked on projects ranging from highly specialized departmental projects to large, organization-wide implementations… and with all levels of management. This allows us to better understand your needs and give you a more positive IT consulting experience.

Migration of J2EE Application to Wildfly

Optimal migrated multiple full stack J2EE applications developed for the Red Hat JBoss 4.2.2 server to the latest Wildfly version. Applications continued to evolve in parallel with the migration and, at the end, all changes were integrated in to the latest application code base.

Upgrade of Legacy Java Application

Optimal performed the migration of a large legacy Java EE application (over two million lines of code) focused on the offline processing of insurance datasets for a top Insurance Services Cloud Provider. Our team of consultants worked closely with developers from the client organization to ensure continued cooperation and project success.

Canvas Learning Management Implementation

Optimal managed a multi-million dollar implementation of Canvas Learning Management system across the university. The functionality was delivered within schedule and budget.

Data Mart and Cognos Reporting Environment Implementation

Optimal managed the implementation of $1.7 million Data Mart and Cognos Reporting Environment through all phases of the project life cycle. This included daily management of a team that fluctuated between 5 and over 15 people across ITS and Institutional Research, managing relationships with Vice-Provost sponsors, developing a project plan and budget, recommending staffing skills and levels, and communicating with stakeholders at varying levels. The project was delivered on time, per the agreed-upon scope, and within budget.

Web Application Development Management

Optimal managed the development of several web applications for the Graduate Schools of Nursing, Education, and Social Work. The team delivered industry leading software.

Failing Project Recovery

Optimal salvaged a troubled Oracle Application Express development project from impending failure by building a new team, improving client relationships, and implementing better processes and enhanced oversight. The project turned into a great success.

Data Warehouse Analysis and Recommendations

Optimal co-authored a multi-year Data Warehouse roadmap and made recommendations at the request of the Associate Vice President. Optimal also led analysis and made recommendations for Data Governance implementation research project.

Assorted Project Management

Optimal has also worked on many other projects, including the implementation of a custom web application for the management of university wide email and security groups and implementation of NetIQ’s identity and access management software. We also oversaw the upgrade of Tivoli Directory Integrator and multiple other department systems implementations.

Northeastern University

Nuno, our founder, works pro bono within Northeastern University’s IDEA business incubator as an advisor to student startup companies. Several of the companies advised have moved on to successful launches including one that recently received millions of dollars in venture funding.





UMass Dartmouth

Optimal is involved in several other projects at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Nuno Couto is the driving force for a new student mentorship program as well as an advisor for a new student entrepreneurship support program. He also advises in the Business Innovation and Research Center and in the Center for Portuguese Studies. Furthermore, Optimal has sponsored several 52-hour intense Startup Weekend mentoring events both locally and internationally.

Government of the Azores

Optimal worked with the Society for Economic Development of the Azores, an agency of the Government of the Azores to promote entrepreneurship and economic development.


Building Global Innovators

Optimal has collaborated with MIT, Portugal, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, and Caixa Capital to help stimulate entrepreneurship in Portugal. Our founder, Nuno Couto, works personally as an advisor and mentor in this project.

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