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Review Entries for Day Monday, 26 November 2012

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has launched a new software development journal targeted firmly at experienced professional software developers, entitled Software Development Practice: The Journal of the IAP. It is published and distributed electronically at http://sdp.iap.org.uk.

The peer-reviewed publication is to be published three times a year.

The first edition has an article by Dr Hans Meuer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Mannheim on super computers, which is largely based on a lecture that was delivered in the House of Lords in April 2012 as well as articles on the Azure platform, SharePoint and logging on the .NET platform.

The Editorial Board is led by Professor Jeremy Gibbons of the University of London and comprises of a number of leading practitioners.

Posted by Alastair Revell
Monday, 26 November 2012 21:54:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has announced that its 2011 Symposium will be held in London on 14th October 2011 at the Churchill War Rooms and that it will be on "The Virtual World."

 

The Institution of Analysts and
Programmers Coat of Arms

The day-long event features a number of notable speakers, including Neil Cross (MD, Advanced 365), Richard Hall (MD, CloudOrigin and former Marketing Director of Avanade), Henry Nash (Manager, IBM Cloud Solutions), Simon Rice (Principal Policy Adviser for Technology at the Information Commissioner's Office) and Dale Vile (MD, Freeform Dynamics).

The event is using the #IAPSymposium2011 hash tag on Twitter.

The cost of entry includes lunch with ample opportunity to network with some of the senior members of the IT profession expected to attend.

More details are available at http://www.iap.org.uk/main/events/symposium-2011.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 15:30:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 04 January 2011

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has announced that Alastair Revell has been appointed as the organisation's Director General, following the retirement of Mike Ryan.

Alastair Revell will remain at the helm of Revell Research Systems as both Chairman and Managing Consultant.

Alastair has been an elected member of the body's ruling council since 2009, with responsibility for the Institution's membership. He said, regarding his appointment: "Professionalism within IT is extremely important, especially in relation to the development of software solutions. Society increasingly relies on the work of those engaged in software development and the Institution plays an important role in promoting high standards in this field. It is a tremendous privilege to be asked to lead the Institution. The Institution some very ambitious plans for the future and I look forward to the challenges ahead."

The President of the Institution, David Morgan, said: "We have every confidence that Alastair Revell will be able to lead the Institution forward into the next phase of its development. We are excited by his plans and look forward to them coming to fruition. The IT world is changing and so is the Institution. Alastair Revell has a strong background in software development and systems analysis himself. He is a respected IT consultant, having established his own consultancy in 1985, which continues to expand."

Alastair, who was admitted to the Institution in 1988 after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Mathematics, is both a Chartered IT Professional and a Chartered Engineer. He was elected as a Fellow of the Institution in 2006 and is also a Fellow of the RSA.
Retiring Director General, Mike Ryan said: "We have been looking for my successor for some time. Alastair has strong leadership skills and is a very experienced IT consultant, with a significant background in software development. The Appointments Committee was struck by his proven track-record as a business leader and his ideas for the Institution's future development."

The Institution is Britain’s leading professional organisation for people who work in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software. It was established in the 1970s.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:56:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 12 July 2010

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has just announced that its Autumn Conference for 2010 will be held in London on Friday, 17th September 2010 and will concentrate on The Intelligent Environment.

The programme of speakers at the event includes Professor Peter McOwan from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Queen Mary College, University of London; Keith Errey, the COO and Founder of Toumaz Technology Limited; Blay Whitby, Lecturer in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex; Jon Bird, Head of Sustainability for CE Electric UK and Rachel Cary, a senior policy advisor for the Green Alliance.

The Institution has a good reputation for putting on thought-provoking conferences and seminars as the UK's leading body for those engaged in business analysis and software development.

This conference is being held at The Magic Circle's Headquarters at 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, which is just two minutes from Euston and seven minutes from King's Cross, which adds an interesting twist. As the literature for the event says: "This is where the finest magicians in the world meet regularly to invent illusions, share secrets and master their magic. There is a small exhibition of magical equipment, but please note that the Institution will take no responsibility for members who disappear into mystery cabinets or get sawn in half."

The cost to non-members is £188.00 (including VAT) and £94.00 (including VAT) to Members of the Institution. More details: http://www.iap.org.uk/main/autumn-conference-2010

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 12 July 2010 21:28:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 18 January 2010

The Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, Alastair Revell, has been appointed the Membership Director of The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP). The Institution is the UK's leading professional body for people working in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software.

 alastair revell

Alastair Revell, a fellow of the institution, is already a member of Council, the body's governing body and a member of its board of directors, having been elected last year.

He is a Chartered IT Professional and has been working in Information Technology since 1985 when he established Revell Research Systems. He is actively involved in software development and is currently leading several development projects for the practice.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 18 January 2010 18:16:40 (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.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 19 October 2009 14:22:19 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Further to the earlier post about The IAP Spring Seminar for 2009, which is being held on Friday, 24th April 2009, at the Museum in the Docklands in London, the programme has been finalised with an interesting and exciting array of speakers.

Peter Green FIAP, the current Technical Director of The Telegraph Newspaper Group, will start proceedings by discussing the future of the newspaper publishing industry. He is well-placed to provide some insight into this topic, with over 25 years’ experience in the sector. He has been Operations Director at The International Herald Tribune and The European as well as IT Manager for the Press Association.

Professor Dominic Palmer-Brown, the Associate Dean of Computing and Technology at the University of East London will address the topic of designing Britain’s future in IT. Professor Palmer-Brown is widely published and holds the chair in Neural Computing at the University of East London.

Jim Goulding FIAP, once a producer/director of News at Ten, will continue the news publishing theme by plotting the course of IT development in the support and production of television news. He has worked for all the major TV companies in the United Kingdom and was in at the very beginning of Channel 4.

Ed Gibson, Microsoft’s Chief Security Adviser, will conclude proceedings by discussing current security threats. Ed Gibson is a former FBI special agent of twenty years’ standing and was attached to the US Embassy in London between 2000 and 2005. During this period, he was responsible for all the FBI’s hi-tech programmes to combat Internet extortion, blackmail, cyber-terrorism and intellectual property theft.

More details are on The Institution of Analyst and Programmers web site at www.iap.org.uk.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:43:17 (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.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 18:32:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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