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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 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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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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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 enquires@rrs.co.uk.

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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