About Hawkins Consulting

If you've got a project deadline looming and need some assistance then give us a call. We're happy to help out whether you need part time, full time, short term, long term, onsite or offsite assistance.

We offer consulting services with a personal touch and cost conciousness that only a smaller company can provide, plus we're 100% New Zealand owned and operated.

If you have a question or an enquiry about a project or any other enquiry then please Get in touch.

Ross Hawkins, Director/Consultant

Ross Hawkins is a professional software development consultant with over 15 years of commercial experience producing and delivering solutions to customers and helping companies achieve all they can through technology.

Ross has extensive experience with a wide range of Microsoft Tools and Technologies, especially C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server and the .NET framework (1.1, 2.0, 3.x and 4.x). Prior to working with Microsoft technologies, his work involved all aspects of IBM Lotus Notes/Domino including application development, architecture and system administration. His development work in the Lotus environment has given him around 9 years of Visual Basic experience through working with the LotusScript language.

Ross has excellent written and verbal skills, experience in requirements gathering, project management, documentation, Internet/LAN technologies, desktop and server operating systems, as well as application and network security experience. This diverse knowledge and experience enables him to contribute to every stage of the software development lifecycle. Ross holds certifications in both Microsoft and IBM/Lotus technologies.


We work closely with our partners, enabling us to provide a wide range of diverse services to our clients.

Ignition Development - Bespoke application development, content driven websites, eCommerce, as well as web site and application hosting.

Tentacle Software - Tentacle Software is a software development company based in Auckland, New Zealand. They make cool stuff for Windows Home Server and other Microsoft platforms.

News and Events

IBM's new XWork Server

Posted by Ross Hawkins on October 4th, 2011

The IBM XWork Server is a new pricing option that adds licensing flexibility to the Domino Server familiy. If you've looked to deploy XPages or Domino technology into your environment for a small number of specific applications but have been unable to justify the cost, then the XWork server could be the offering for you.

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Potential security vulnerabilities in Lotus Notes & Domino

Posted by Ross Hawkins on Feb 22nd, 2011

TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) contacted IBM Lotus to report eight potential buffer overflow vulnerabilities in Lotus Notes and Domino; for four of which IBM Lotus has fixes, one of which IBM Lotus continues to investigate a fix, and three of which IBM Lotus cannot reproduce and is pursuing additional information.

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Notes/Domino 8.5.2 now available

Posted by Ross Hawkins on August 25th, 2010

Release 8.5.2 of Notes/Domino has hit all the usual IBM download channels. There's some interesting stuff in this release, including the much talked about XPages extensibility API which promises to dramatically increase the number of quality third party controls available for use with the XPages platform, as well as many bug fixes and some performance improvements.

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Some useful Notes/Domino 8.5 upgrade resources

Posted by Ross Hawkins on December 16th, 2009

Anyone looking to do an 8.5 upgrade will find Upgrade Cookbook:  Upgrading to Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 and Lotus Notes and Domino version 8.5 Deployment Guide well worth a read.

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