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Review Entries for Day Friday, 03 August 2012

According to Jeffery Snover, who is a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and the Lead Architect for their Windows Server Division, Windows 2012 was released to manufacturing on 1st August 2012 with a general availability date of 4th September 2012.

We believe that Windows 2012 is a very significant release of the Windows Server operating system, which will largely facilitate server virtualisation in SMEs and see them adopting infrastructures that will give them high availability platforms.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, 03 August 2012 08:44:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 15 March 2012

We strongly advise anyone using Remote Desktop Services to apply Microsoft Patch KB2621440 at the earliest opportunity. This patch fixes two privately reported vulnerabilities within the Remote Desktop Services frequently used by administrators to control servers and end-users using Remote Desktops.

It affects ALL versions of Windows.

The more serious of the two vulnerabilities could allow an unauthenticated hacker to run code on a vulnerable machine, which potentially could result in a very serious security breach.

We believe that this vulnerability will be exploited in the very nearing future.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:20:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 24 September 2011

I was very pleased to present Benjamin de St Paer-Gotch with the 2011 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth on Wednesday, 21st September 2011 during the graduation ceremony.

The prize, which the consultancy established in 2006, is awarded to the top student to graduate from the university’s BSc(Hons) in Computing suite of degree programmes. In essence, it means that Benjamin is the best student to graduate in the subject from Plymouth this year. The Revell Research Systems Prize is specifically designed to highlight this fact on CVs and the like, providing the recipients with an additional way to mark themselves out from the crowd - not just a First, but the very best.

 

Benjamin de St Paer-Gotch (left) receiving the 2011 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth from Alastair Revell (centre), while Professor Steve Furnell, Head of Computing and Mathematics looks on (Photograph courtesy of Ted Draper).

Benjamin de St Paer-Gotch has already been snatched up by Microsoft, where he recently was employed as an Associate Consultant and is now enjoying the benefits of their graduate recruitment programme.

I’m grateful to Ted Draper, who was at the ceremony to present the BCS The Chartered Institute for IT’s project prize, for capturing Professor Steve Furnell (Head of the School of Computing and Mathematics) and myself congratulating Ben on stage just after the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Purcell, had conferred his degree.

Students from Plymouth graduate in marquees on The Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound, which is a truly spectacular location to graduate. The location is certainly an iconic symbol of this great maritime city, from which the Pilgrim Fathers left in search of a new future. Likewise, graduates leave this city seeking their own futures, but with a solid education, they are assured of success.

Posted by Alastair Revell
Saturday, 24 September 2011 11:53:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 13 August 2010

Alastair Revell commented on the importance of domain security in an article written by journalist Kathleen Hall of Computer Weekly today.

The article was concerned that many SMEs lack the skills needed to run their own websites.

Alastair Revell said: “There is an argument that using external expertise is very valuable to SMEs, especially in areas such as web publishing, where in-house skills are likely to be in very short supply. However, owners and managers must be careful not to lose control.”

He was concerned that many SMEs fail to ensure that their domains are actually registered in their own name, which can lead to problems.

Why not read the rest of the article at Computer Weekly?

 
Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, 13 August 2010 16:59:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 09 August 2010
Revell Research Systems celebrated its 25th birthday on 1st August 2010. Alastair Revell, who continues to manage the business on a day-to-day basis as the firm’s Managing Consultant, established the business in 1985.
 
Alastair Revell, who holds a number of senior appointments within the IT profession, including being a Member of Council and the Membership Director of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers, commented: “The last twenty-five years has been an interesting journey to say the least! I established the consultancy shortly after Microsoft produced Windows 1.0. While Windows is still ever-present, the computing world is very different indeed. It has changed beyond all recognition. The challenge for any consultancy providing advice on IT is distinguishing what is a fad from what is important. That is not always easy! We’ve done it so far, but we must work just as hard, if not harder, just to make sure we keep doing it!”
 
Alastair Revell established Revell Research Systems in August 1985 before he started his mathematics degree at the University of Birmingham a few months later. He graduated in 1988 and is both a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He is an elected member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT’s South West Branch Committee and an appointed member of the same body’s national Membership Board Best Practice Committee. He also assesses applicants for registration as Chartered IT Professionals.
 
The consultancy celebrated its 21st birthday in 2006 and marked its coming of age by establishing an annual prize for the best Computing graduate at the University of Plymouth. The fifth recipient will be formally announced during the graduation ceremony on The Hoe in Plymouth on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010.
Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 09 August 2010 17:05:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 21 June 2010

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) celebrated the grant of its Royal Charter at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Thursday, 17th June 2010. The body, which is the City of London's 100th livery company, was established in 1985 and the grant recognises its contribution to charities and education.

Livery companies in the City of London have an eight hundred year history of education and supporting charitable causes. Although, the Information Technologists' company is relatively new, it has been very active in the last twenty-five years, with such projects as the Hammersmith Academy.

The livery company has 750 members drawn from the IT profession. Its membership includes such prominent figures as Bill Gates (Microsoft's Former CEO), Vint Cerf (Pioneer of the Internet Protocol) and Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Creator of the Web). Its members devote their time, experience and finances to support charitable and education causes, often linked to information technology.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 21 June 2010 11:05:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Microsoft formally launched the next generation of their Office family of products today, including Microsoft Office 2010, Sharepoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010.

It will be interesting to see what traction these new products will get in the corporate space.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010 16:57:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 20 January 2010

It is going to be interesting to see what uses the public data being made available via www.data.gov.uk will be put to over the coming months.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, is expected to formally launch the web site tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010 18:06:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 09 December 2009

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, announced on 9th December 2009 during his Pre-Budget Report that he will be levying a broadband tax of £6 on each household with a fixed line.

The money raised from this tax will be spent on improving rural access speeds so that they become comparable with those in more urban areas.

Darling said: “We have provided funding to help extend the opportunities of the broadband network to more remote communities. We now want to go further, so we can provide the next generation of super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the population by the end of 2017.”

The tax should raise around £170 million, but this falls far short of BT estimate of £5 billion needed to provide superfast broadband to every household in the United Kingdom. At least it is a start…

The tax itself seems a sensible way to ensure that rural communities do not get left behind, provided the funds raised actually get spent on this objective.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 21:34:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Microsoft Windows 7 Launch is today.

This is a particularly important product launch for Microsoft, after the dismal showing for Microsoft Vista in the corporate computing market.

The good news for Microsoft is that most commentators, ourselves included, seem to agree that Windows 7 is a much better product than Vista.

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Thursday, 22 October 2009 20:00:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Roy Tucker has been awarded the 2009 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth for being the top overall student from the BSc(Hons) Computing group of programmes.
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009 21:55:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 19 October 2009

Alastair Revell, the Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, has just been elected to the Council of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP), which is the Institution's governing body. The Institution is Britain's leading professional organisation for people who work in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software.

 the iap coat of arms
The Coat of Arms of the 
Institution of Analysts and Programmers,
which were granted in 1994.

The Institution was established in 1981, although its roots stretch back into the 1970s, and was incorporated as a limited company by guarantee in 1993. Alastair Revell consequently also becomes a director of the corporate body.

Alastair Revell's election occurred at the Institution's Annual General Meeting in London, on Saturday, 17th October 2009. He became a Fellow of the Institution in 2006 and has been instrumental in establishing the IAP's undergraduate prize at the University of Plymouth, which was first awarded in 2008.

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Monday, 19 October 2009 14:22:19 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Bletchley Park, the Word War II code-breaking centre, has just been granted £460,500 by the Lottery Heritage Fund. The money will be spent on helping the site become a world heritage and educational centre.

Bletchley Park is important to the IT profession because it is largely regarded as being the birth place of the modern computer. Alastair Revell wrote about its importance to the IT profession on his blog in May 2009.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:02:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Revell Research Systems has just launched a Twitter account:-

http://twitter.com/revellresearch

Obviously, we will welcome anyone who wants to follow our progress, news and thoughts!

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:10:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Tony Collins' blog covers the recently published joint report by The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and The British Computer Society.

The report essentially recommends that important IT projects should be lead by appropriately qualified chartered professionals - either Chartered Engineers (CE) or Chartered IT Professionals (CITP). The report is available from The Royal Academy of Engineering's Web Site.

Alastair Revell has welcomed this report and has blogged on the topic. He articulates the practice's view that the Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification is coming of age and marks an important stage in the development of the IT profession in the United Kingdom.

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 11:25:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 26 June 2009

Revell Research Systems has just launched a web site for West Country Home Finders, a relocation business based just outside of Exeter in Devon.

 image of home page for west country home finders web site

The West Country Home Finders web site, designed by Revell Research Systems, which is fully XHTML and CSS compliant, adheres to accessibility guidelines and is in line with UK legislation.

The business has recently been set up by Lisa Morgan-Anstee and specialises in finding property in the West Country for potential buyers.

The business offers a high degree of personal service and targets people looking to buy houses in the region, who may not be looking for property at the very top of the market.

Mrs Morgan-Anstee particularly wanted to reflect the strengths of the West Country. We spent a lot of time working to ensure that the site used photography to promote the look and feel of life in the South West.

 

fiona burgess (revell research systems) presents lisa morgan-anstee (left) with the new web site for her business

Fiona Burgess (Revell Research Systems) presents Lisa Morgan-Anstee (left) with the new web site for her business.

I’m particularly pleased with this project, since I was the principal fee earner on the assignment. The web site is fully compliant with the necessary XHTML and CSS standards, as well as complying with accessibility guidelines and UK legislation.

Like all our work, this project was overseen by a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) within our practice.

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Friday, 26 June 2009 14:06:40 (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.
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 21:49:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 01 December 2008

Martin Peniak has been awarded the 2008 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth. Mr Peniak attained the highest final marks in the university's BSc(Hons) Computing programme in 2008, achieving a first class degree in the subject.

Mr Peniak, who graduated in the summer, was presented with the prize by the consultancy's Managing Consultant, Alastair Revell, at a small ceremony on Monday, 1st December 2008.

Martin Peniak, who is from Slovakia, came to the United Kingdom in June 2004 to initially study English. He subsequently enrolled as a student on the BSc(Hons) Computing programme at the University of Plymouth.

Since graduating from the programme, Martin has started a PhD at the university researching artificial intelligence under Professor Angelo Cangelosi.

The consultancy has awarded the prize annually since 2006 to the best undergraduate on the BSc(Hons) Computing programme. The scope of the prize will be widened from 2009 onwards to include degrees combined with Computing at the university. The prize was established in 2006 to mark the practice's twenty-first anniversary. Revell Research Systems was founded in 1985 by Alastair Revell.

martin peniak (centre) receiving the 2008 prize from alastair revell, with his tutor dr nigel barlow (right) looking on

Martin Peniak (centre) receiving the 2008 prize from Alastair Revell
with his tutor Dr Nigel Barlow (right) looking on.

 

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 01 December 2008 11:41:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 08 November 2008

The British Computer Society (BCS) has voted in favour of creating a registration body to license other organisations to award the Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification. Currently, only The British Computer Society can confer chartered status on IT professionals in the United Kingdom.

The vote, which took place on Thursday, 6th November 2008, was carried with 91.2% of the society's professional members that voted being in favour.

The vote means that the BCS will now seek the approval of The Privy Council, which oversees the chartered professions in the UK, for the change to be made. Once this is given, the BCS will be able license other bodies to make the award, while its maintains both ownership and control of the standard, which will make the qualification open to members of other professional societies involved in Information Technology.

BCS President Alan Pollard is quoted as saying "The IT profession now encompasses everything from business change to service delivery, from information security to solutions architecture. Consequently there are significant numbers of IT professionals belonging to other professional bodies in areas such as engineering, accountancy and information management.

"By licensing other bodies to award CITP, we can join forces to make it a truly world class standard, increasing the recognition and standing of the profession in the UK and internationally."

The Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification is on a par with other chartered qualifications in the United Kingdom, such as chartered accountants and chartered surveyors; and is regarded as such by HM Government.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Saturday, 08 November 2008 11:50:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 07 October 2008

I am pleased to report that John Thompson has been awarded The Institution of Analysts and Programmers 2008 Prize at the University of Plymouth. He graduated on 24th September 2008 on The Hoe in Plymouth.

The prize is awarded to the best software development project completed during the academic year in question at the university.

This is the first time that the Institution has awarded an undergraduate prize nationally, so it is a special honour to both John Thompson and to the University of Plymouth.
 
I have little doubt that John Thompson’s award is well deserved. As part of the decision process, I reviewed his project and found it to be of an exceptional calibre and truly deserving of the Institution’s prize.
 
I believe it also reflects the calibre of teaching at the University of Plymouth. The School of Computing, Communications and Electronics has a well-deserved reputation for producing very employable graduates.
 
I was asked by The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) if I could help them, as a Fellow of the Institution, to establish the prize at the university during the course of last year. Mike Ryan, the Director General of the IAP, was aware that Revell Research Systems had established a prize at the university in 2006 and asked if I could help them pilot their new national prize.
 
I’ve worked closely behind the scenes with the university’s staff to put in place the necessary assessment framework this year, so meeting John on the university’s campus during the Summer followed by the actual ceremony in September was a nice conclusion to the process for me.
 

john thompson (centre) receiving the 2008 iap prize from alastair revell (left) with dr andy phippen (right) from the university of plymouth

John Thompson (Centre) receiving the 2008 IAP Prize from 
Alastair Revell (Left) with Dr Andy Phippen (Right) 
from the University of Plymouth

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 16:26:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 10 September 2008

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) has recently announced that its Spring Seminar 2009 will be held on 24th April 2009 at the Museum in Docklands, which is close to Canary Wharf in London.

The exact programme has not been announced yet, but the speakers are expected to talk about the modern developments that have transformed the Docklands area into a world-class centre for newspapers, banking, investment and trade.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2008 18:32:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 01 July 2008

Microsoft's Windows XP operating system will become increasingly difficult for consumers and small businesses to get hold of as from today.

Microsoft will no longer be providing OEM licences to manufacturers, such as Dell and HP, which means that the Windows XP operating system will not be sold pre-installed, once current stocks sell out.

Firms will be able to downgrade to Windows XP from Windows Vista and they will be able to buy licences for the operating system through Microsoft's volume licensing programmes.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 09:24:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 14 June 2008

Following my recent article on Chartered IT Professionals (CITP), I was interested to read a report by Computer Weekly (published on 12th June 2008) that covered the recent IT salary survey undertaken by research firm Celre, which stated:-

BCS Chartered IT Professionals (CITP) are the top earners with an average salary of £54,080, indicating that companies are paying top price for business and IT experience.

Revell Research Systems has long understood the importance of combining business and IT expertise. We believe that the Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification, which is equivalent in status to other chartered qualifications, such as Chartered Accountants and Chartered Surveyors, is extremely important.

All professional work undertaken by Revell Research Systems is closely managed by a chartered professional, which ensures clients that our work is executed to the highest of professional standards within Information Technology.

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Saturday, 14 June 2008 13:23:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Sunday, 18 May 2008

I was recently asked what Chartered IT Professionals were. Well, the answer is they are the computing equivalent to Chartered Accountants or Chartered Surveyors, etc.

Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status is awarded on the basis of peer assessment by The British Computer Society, which is the only IT body in the United Kingdom empowered to grant chartered status to IT professionals under its 1984 Royal Charter.

The fact that The British Computer Society’s authority to confer Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status derives from its Royal Charter means that the award is seen to be on a par with the other chartered professions by HM Government within the United Kingdom and is recognised by the British Government as the paramount qualification within IT in Great Britain.

The criteria and requirements for chartered professionals in any field must be approved by the Privy Council.

All professional work undertaken by Revell Research Systems is closely managed by a chartered professional, which ensures clients that our work is executed to the highest of professional standards within Information Technology.

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Sunday, 18 May 2008 10:03:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 16 May 2008

The Consultancy's Managing Consultant, Chartered IT Professional Alastair Revell, was elected to the Committee of the South West Branch of The British Computer at its AGM on Tuesday, 13th May 2008.

The branch is geographically one of The British Computer Society's largest, covering both Devon and Cornwall, and has over 800 IT professionals amongst its membership.

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Friday, 16 May 2008 06:37:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 25 March 2008

I am often asked what my job is and who I work for. This is often followed by "So what do they do?" Well, here's the answer...

I'm the business development manager for Revell Research Systems, which is a management and technology consulting practice, specialising in IT and computer consultancy. The firm is based in Exeter in Devon, but delivers its services across the whole of the United Kingdom and increasingly further afield.

Although the business is based in Exeter, I actually work most of the time from Torquay, which is about 45 minutes away on the beautiful English Riviera in South Devon.

So what does this Devon-based IT consultancy do? We effectively specialise in four areas: IT strategy development, systems engineering, networking and software development (including web design). The consultancy can deliver its expertise in these fields at any point along a spectrum of involvement, ranging from consulting (where we provide advice), through training and support, to implementation (where we actually do all the work).

Our clients blend our expertise and the methods of delivery we offer to their own particular requirements, which makes us extremely flexible. We also offer standard solutions, such as IT support, strategy consultancy and web design as well as traditional application development.

We are different to many computer consultancies and solution providers because we are organised along the lines of a traditional professional service firm and adhere to the same values commonly associated with these businesses.

Several other things stick out about Revell Research Systems. Firstly, we do not sell anything but our expertise, so do not sell hardware or other people's software. Secondly, we only ever provide independent, impartial and unbiased advice. We never accept inducements to recommend one particular solution over another. Thirdly, all of our professional work is always supervised by a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

My intention is to expand on some of these aspects of our work in future articles.

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 13:43:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Microsoft will formally launch their latest products in the United Kingdom today. These include Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.

As software developers, we are obviously quite excited about the launch of Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. From what we have seen, there are some very interesting new technologies, such as LINQ.

We are obviously also quite interested in Windows Server 2008 from an IT support perspective. We won't be recommending it for deployment until the released version has been thoroughly tested in the field.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008 18:46:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 07 March 2008
The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) are holding their Spring Seminar 2008 at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London, on Thursday, 17th April 2008.
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Friday, 07 March 2008 19:05:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 04 March 2008

  fiona burgess

Welcome to The Consultancy Blog!

My name is Fiona Burgess and I am the Consultancy's Business Development Manager. I am going to be the editor of this team blog, which aims to provide useful information about developments involving the practice as well as issues that catch my eye or those of my colleagues.

I've been with Revell Research Systems since 2006, but this is definitely a new and rather exciting development for me. I have a confession - I have never blogged before!

Alastair Revell, our Managing Consultant, already blogs at http://blogs.rrs.co.uk/revella. His blog is very widely read and is syndicated to IT Director as well as a number of other well-respected sites.

Revell Research Systems is definitely a very happening place to work. It is certainly challenging and there is always something to keep me on my toes.

We are quite unusual within the IT industry. We don't actually sell anything other than the practice's expertise. We are totally independent, impartial and unbiased. We simply do not accept any form of inducement to promote one product or service over another. I find that this sometimes throws people. They find it hard to believe that they can actually get IT advice without the feeling they are being sold something!

The Consultancy is modelled along the lines of a traditional professional service firm, with all our client assignments being supervised by a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This is a really important quality standard for our clients. The qualification is awarded by The British Computer Society (BCS) under its Royal Charter and is recognised as being the equivalent to the other chartered professions (such as chartered accountants, architects and surveyors) by HM Government.

I am looking forward to this blogging experience (although with some trepidation!) and to sharing with you various aspects of my work and the exciting developments that are occuring here at the Consultancy.

I would very much welcome any feedback about whether I am hitting the mark, either by email or more publicly by using the comment facility for each posting.

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Tuesday, 04 March 2008 20:01:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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