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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 Saturday, 24 May 2008

Revell Research Systems provides IT support to an ever growing number of professional service firms in Exeter. Many of our clients in Exeter have been using us for more than a decade for IT support and we have established a reputation for being flexible and more than prepared to go the extra mile when needed.

An important factor in choosing Revell Research Systems for IT support has consistently proved to be our impartiality and our independence. We do not sell any products or accept inducements for recommending one solution over another. Our clients simply get what is best for them.

IT support draws on our systems engineering discipline, which covers the installation, configuration and maintenance of both servers and workstations. We have considerable experience in managing IT systems and have adopted approaches that reduce downtime considerably for our clients.

We only employ graduate calibre consultants, who are assisted by well-qualified technicians when appropriate.

Some clients look to us to run their IT systems completely, while others use us as a technical resource for the own internal team and see us as a deep pool of expertise that they can dip into when necessary.

Another important aspect to the IT support we provide is that all the work we undertake as a practice is always supervised by a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This provides assurance to our clients that the work is being executed to the highest of professional standards.

If you would like to know more about our work in this field, please do not hesitate to contact me on (01392) 259797 or by email to

Posted by Fiona Burgess
Saturday, 24 May 2008 07:36:48 (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.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
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.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 18:46:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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