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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 22 September 2011
The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT has announced that its 2011 AGM will be held on Thursday, 29th September 2011 at 6:30pm at Plymouth University. The formal meeting will be followed by a presentation at 7:00pm by Dr Dan Livingstone (Plymouth University).
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Thursday, 22 September 2011 21:37:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 28 February 2011

The next event being organised by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in the South West promises to be an interesting look behind-the-scenes at the technology used by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

The presentation, entitled Smarter Spectators at a Smarter Tennis Tournament, will be given by Bill Jinks (Client Technical Advisor for IBM United Kingdom) and will reveal how IBM works with the Club to accommodate the huge demands that the Wimbledon fortnight places on it.

The talk will be on Thursday, 10th March 2011 at 7:30pm at the University of Exeter. It is free and open to members of the public. People interested in attending are asked to register at http://www.bcs-southwest.org where more details about the venue can be found.

The Club accommodates around half a million spectators on-site during Wimbledon fortnight and must also meet the needs of the world’s sporting media with over three quarters of a billion television viewers on 129 TV channels in 173 countries.

During the 2010 Championships, over 11.5 million unique users visited the official wimbledon.org web site, and nearly 307 million page views were served. As the popularity of Wimbledon continues to increase, the Club has managed to maintain the charm of English lawn tennis and keep pace with the demands of modern sport and multi-media broadcasting. Attracting and retaining even bigger audiences in a world of growing choice and distractions is, nevertheless, a challenge.

Since 1990, IBM has been the official IT Supplier to the Club and has worked with it to engage its audiences by introducing innovative multimedia "touch points" where people can connect and interact with The Championships in new and exciting ways.

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Monday, 28 February 2011 19:06:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 22 November 2010

The next event being organisation by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in the South West is focusing on computing technologies of yesteryear. The event is taking place at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday, 14th December 2010 at 19:30.

The evening will start with a brief talk covering the early days of micro-computing followed by an opportunity to use and play with a variety of early devices.

The event is also being used to launch a retro-computing web site, which is being supported by the BCS South West Branch.

There will also be plenty of mince pies!

The event is free and open to members of the public, but attendees are asked to register at www.bcs-southwest.org.uk to help with the catering and venue arrangements.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 22 November 2010 17:22:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 03 November 2010

The next event being organised by the South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is at the University of Plymouth on the evening of Tuesday, 9th November 2010. It  is a presentation entitled: “Physical Security in Information Technology” by Thomas Hackner of the University of Hagenberg in Austria.

The event is open to anyone interested in attending, but people are asked to book using the branch web site at http://www.bcs-southwest.org.uk, so that appropriate catering can be provided.

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 20:15:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 13 September 2010
The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, 27th September 2010 in the Babbage Building at the University of Plymouth, starting at 6:30pm.
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Monday, 13 September 2010 19:39:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 19 July 2010

Our Managing Consultant, Alastair Revell, has been appointed to BCS The Chartered Institute for IT's Membership Board Best Practice Committee. The committee will look at ways of spreading best practice between the Institute's various constituent groups, namely its branches and specialist interest groups.

Alastair Revell is a professional member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS) as well as being a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) (qualified in software engineering). He is also currently a member of the BCS South West committee.

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Monday, 19 July 2010 18:42:24 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Alastair Revell has been appointed a membership assessor for BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. The role involves assessing applications for membership of the chartered body with other assessors and conducting interviews with applicants seeking registration as Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).

The process for becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) was revised last year and now involves a three stage process, including a test of the candidate’s breadth of knowledge as a senior IT professional, a review of their professional work and an online interview with a presentation made by the candidate on their recent work.

The latest revision of the process now also includes the issue of a Certificate of Current Competence, which lasts for five years and needs to be renewed after this period. The certificate is akin to a practice certificate that is used in other professions, such as the Law.

Registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) is on a par with other chartered professions, such as Chartered Accountants and Chartered Surveyors by virtue of the Royal Charter granted to BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in 1984. Candidates usually need between eight and ten year’s experience before they can apply, although formal education can reduce the amount of experience required to a minimum of five years.

Alastair Revell has also recently become a member of BCS Elite (Effective Leadership in IT). BCS Elite is the United Kingdom’s lead forum for IT Directors and Senior Managers to exchange experiences, views and expectations on how information systems should be managed to achieve business objectives. Membership is reserved to those with overall responsibility for the management of IT. Board level individuals from the IT supply and service industries and the academic and consultancy communities play a part in the Elite programme.

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Tuesday, 01 June 2010 07:36:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 21 May 2010

We would encourage everyone to vote for their favourite information pioneer at http://pioneers.bcs.org.

The web site vote is being organised by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and is aimed at raising awareness of the various contributions made by people that have shaped the ICT industry in the broadest sense.

Pioneers include Alan Turing; Ada, Countess of Lovelace and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Even Sir Clive Sinclair currently appears on the leader board at present.

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Friday, 21 May 2010 18:02:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 17 May 2010
BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a lecture at the University of Exeter by Jon Tilt FBCS CITP, Chief Test Architect for IBM's WebSphere MQ and ESB Development and Richard Coppen MBCS CITP, Test Architect for Ilog Development Integration on the topic of Agile Software Testing.
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Monday, 17 May 2010 10:44:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 03 March 2010

The next event being held by the South West branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, is on "Mobile Phone Security: Key Challenges for 2010 and Beyond" and will be presented by Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence.

The presentation will be given in the Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday, 9th March 2010 at 7:30pm. The free event is open to non-members of the BCS and represents a good opportunity for IT professionals to network with each other.

More details and registration details are available on the branch's web site.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:21:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 14 January 2010

The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a talk by James Barisic MBCS, a prominent IT lawyer in the South West, on Social Media, Community Building and the Law.

Mr Barisic, IT Solicitor at Everys Solicitors, co-hosts the PhotoLegal podcast and is also a Member of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

He will explore the legal and practical issues of community building using social media. Using tools such as Twitter, Flickr and Facebook, he will illustrate how organisations can build communities online and the legal issues surrounding the use of such sites

The event is being held at  the Malt House in the 16th century Bridge Inn in Topsham (near Exeter) on Tuesday, 26th January 2010, starting at 7:30pm. The inn is renowned across the West Country for its real ale. The event will also include an opportunity to network with local IT professionals after the formal presentation, when cheese and biscuits will be available.

The event is free and open to the general public, although those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance at http://www.bcs-southwest.org.uk.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:46:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 27 November 2009

BCS The Chartered Institute for IT has recently launched a new micro site at savvycitizens.bcs.org to help people get the most from information and information technology.

The site contains useful information for UK citizens about the use of information technology. The institute "seeks to promote better public understanding of the benefits of being a Savvy Citizen".

As part of the launch of this site, the BCS has published some research that analyses aspects of people’s behaviour and attitudes in order to form a snapshot of how ‘information savvy’ the United Kingdom is.

The institute is the leading body for information technology in the United Kingdom and the only body able to register an IT professional as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

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Friday, 27 November 2009 15:58:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 04 November 2009

Elizabeth Sparrow has become the next president for BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, the leading professional body for IT practitioners. The formal announcement was made at the Institute's Annual General Meeting in London on Wednesday, 4th November 2009. She will hold the office for one year.

According to the Institute's web site, the new president has set her sights on leading the transformation agenda that the professional body is currently engaged in. The body, which was formerly known as The British Computer Society, has recently rebranded itself and started an ambitious programme of change. It aims to become considerably more relevant to people working in the IT profession and is promoting its Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification. It is the only body in the United Kingdom that can confer chartered status on IT professionals by virtue of its Royal Charter granted in 1984.

As part of its transformation, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is aiming to appeal to IT professionals world-wide.

It was also announced that Bob Assirati has become the Institute's new vice-president. A number of other leading professionals have been elected to the Institute's Council, including Chartered IT Professional and Fellow Kevin Chamberlain, who currently serves as the Secretary of the Institute's South West Branch.

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Wednesday, 04 November 2009 21:39:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 03 November 2009

The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a talk by Trevor Arnold of the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) concerning the use of information technology in air traffic safety.

The talk is entitled: "Why IT is paramount to the safety of Air Traffic Control". It will be held in Room 004 of the Harrison Building at the University of Exeter at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 25th November 2009.

NATS is responsible for providing air traffic control (ATC) services to aircraft flying in UK airspace, the eastern part of the North Atlantic and 15 of the United Kingdom's biggest airports.

Safety is NATS' first and foremost priority and IT plays a key role in ensuring that NATS can provide this service in an efficient and cost-effective way.

This talk will explore the role IT plays in the challenging environment of ATC and detail the potential implications of these systems failing.

The talk is free and is open to interested members of the public as well as members of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. Anyone interested in attending should register at www.bcs-southwest.org.uk.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2009 15:13:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 08 October 2009
The South West Branch of the BCS Chartered Institute for IT has announced the first event of its 2009/2010 programme. The event, entitled Towards Online Safety 3.0, will be delivered by Ken Corish, the Education Advisor for Plymouth City Council, on Tuesday, 13th October 2009, at 7:30pm, in the Plymouth Lecture Theatre (Block C), Portland Square, University of Plymouth.
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Thursday, 08 October 2009 20:46:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 19 September 2009

The new branding for the British Computer Society has been launched on their web site today.

The visual identity has switched from blue to green, but the actual changes it is making are deeper and far more reaching than just colour changes!

The new web site refers largely to the "BCS" rather than the "British Computer Society" and has added a strap-line to its logo: "The Chartered Institute for IT", which seems to underscore its intention to play a larger role in IT internationally and to promote chartered status amongst IT professionals world-wide.

The BCS certainly seems determined to take up the mantle that naturally belongs to it and to start leading the IT profession in the United Kingdom and further afield.

In particular, it has revised how it will award Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. It has added two extra stages to the assessment process, including an exam and a mandatory interview and presentation, which will apparently be largely conducted online.

An interesting development is the new Certificate of Current Competence, which will be renewable every five years. This seems to resemble the practice certificates used in some other professions, which are designed to show that the practitioner concerned is considered to be currently capable to practice. Information about this aspect of the changes being brought in are scant at this stage, but it seems this will be available to Chartered IT Professionals to prove that they are up-to-date.

The BCS has often been seen primarily as a learned body and perhaps has drawn criticism in the past for not representing "the industry". The BCS seems intent in redressing the balance, while not throwing the baby out with the bath water. Another change is the establishment of the BCS Academy of Computing, which looks set to become the focus of its learned activities.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Saturday, 19 September 2009 12:26:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 22 May 2009

Frank Land will be addressing the South West Branch of The British Computer Society (BCS) at is meeting at 7:30pm at The University of Plymouth on Thursday, 28th May 2009 in the Devonport Lecture Theatre of the Portland Square Building.

He will provide an alternative view of Knowledge Management, which has existed as a sub-discipline within Information Systems (IS) for around two decades. Knowledge is a critical asset that enables an organisation to survive and prosper in the global competitive market place.
 
The event is open to the general public, who will be assured of a warm welcome from members of the local branch. Anyone interested in attending should register on the branch's web site:-
 
http://www.bcs-southwest.org.uk
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Friday, 22 May 2009 12:34:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 14 May 2009

Alastair Revell was returned as a committee member of the South West Branch of The British Computer Society at its AGM on Wednesday, 13th May 2009 in Plymouth.

Alastair Revell, the practice’s Managing Consultant, has already served on the committee for a year.

 john gallehawk with an enigma machine 

John Gallehawk, from The Blethcley Park Trust,
demonstrating the use of an Enigma Machine.

The AGM meeting was followed by a light buffet and a talk by John Gallehawk from The Bletchley Park Trust, entitled: “The Second World War Code Breaking Centre at Bletchley Park”, which was extremely well received by all those present.

The highlight was using an Enigma code machine, as used by the Germans during World War II, to encode and decipher messages.

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Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:42:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 04 March 2009

The South West Branch of The British Computer Society (BCS), the chartered IT body for the IT profession, is holding a presentation at The Bridge Inn (in the Malt House room) in Topsham at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 10th March 2009.

The speaker will be Master Brewer Tim Machin, who will be drawing on his 30 years experience with Bass to review the recent history of process automation within the brewing industry. Tim has helped develop the industry standard approach to process automation during this period of rapid technological change, whilst maintaining a healthy interest in the end product.

Professor Steve Furnell, the Chairman of The British Computer Society South West Branch is inviting anyone working in Information Technology to join them at this free event, which will have ample opportunity for networking after the presentation and will also include light refreshments. However, numbers are limited and those interested in attending must register at the BCS South West web site http:// www.bcs-southwest.org.uk.
Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 21:49:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 12 September 2008

The British Computer Society is proposing to change its bye-laws at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 6th November 2008. Special Resolution 1 proposes changes that will enable the BCS to license other bodies to grant Chartered IT Professional (CITP) while maintaining control of the qualification, subject to approval by the Privy Council.

The BCS believes that this will accelerate the take up of the CITP qualification.

All Professional and Chartered Members (MBCS, FBCS, MBCS CITP and FBCS CITP) are entitled to vote.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, 12 September 2008 18:35:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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