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Review Entries for Day Monday, December 01, 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, December 01, 2008 11:41:11 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, November 08, 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, November 08, 2008 11:50:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, October 07, 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, October 07, 2008 4:26:14 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, September 12, 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, September 12, 2008 6:35:11 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, September 10, 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, September 10, 2008 6:32:58 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, July 01, 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, July 01, 2008 9:24:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, June 14, 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, June 14, 2008 1:23:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, May 24, 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, May 24, 2008 7:36:48 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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