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Review Entries for Day Monday, July 12, 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:

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Monday, July 12, 2010 9:28:38 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 21, 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.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 11:05:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Alastair Revell has been appointed a membership assessor for BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. The role involves assessing applications for membership of the chartered body with other assessors and conducting interviews with applicants seeking registration as Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).

The process for becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) was revised last year and now involves a three stage process, including a test of the candidate’s breadth of knowledge as a senior IT professional, a review of their professional work and an online interview with a presentation made by the candidate on their recent work.

The latest revision of the process now also includes the issue of a Certificate of Current Competence, which lasts for five years and needs to be renewed after this period. The certificate is akin to a practice certificate that is used in other professions, such as the Law.

Registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) is on a par with other chartered professions, such as Chartered Accountants and Chartered Surveyors by virtue of the Royal Charter granted to BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in 1984. Candidates usually need between eight and ten year’s experience before they can apply, although formal education can reduce the amount of experience required to a minimum of five years.

Alastair Revell has also recently become a member of BCS Elite (Effective Leadership in IT). BCS Elite is the United Kingdom’s lead forum for IT Directors and Senior Managers to exchange experiences, views and expectations on how information systems should be managed to achieve business objectives. Membership is reserved to those with overall responsibility for the management of IT. Board level individuals from the IT supply and service industries and the academic and consultancy communities play a part in the Elite programme.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 7:36:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, May 21, 2010

We would encourage everyone to vote for their favourite information pioneer at

The web site vote is being organised by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and is aimed at raising awareness of the various contributions made by people that have shaped the ICT industry in the broadest sense.

Pioneers include Alan Turing; Ada, Countess of Lovelace and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Even Sir Clive Sinclair currently appears on the leader board at present.

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Friday, May 21, 2010 6:02:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, May 17, 2010
BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a lecture at the University of Exeter by Jon Tilt FBCS CITP, Chief Test Architect for IBM's WebSphere MQ and ESB Development and Richard Coppen MBCS CITP, Test Architect for Ilog Development Integration on the topic of Agile Software Testing.
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Monday, May 17, 2010 10:44:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, May 12, 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, May 12, 2010 4:57:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, April 21, 2010

McAfee have posted help on how to resolve issues on computers that have been affected by the DAT5958 problem that has caused problems world-wide on 21st April 2010.

The McAfee KnowledgeBase article is at:-

DAT5959 is now available from McAfee.

More information about the issues are on this blog.

Readers may also be interested in our Managing Consultant's take on this incident, which will be syndicated to IT Director tomorrow.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:16:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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As an update to our earlier posts:-

McAfee DAT 5959
Major Issues with McAfee AntiVirus DAT5958
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise with DAT 5958 on Windows XP SP3 Machines

McAfee have now released DAT5959 to their web site at

We advise caution in apply this update, suggesting that it  should be trialled first on test machines before generally being rolled out.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:49:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We understand that McAfee has released DAT5959, which is identical to DAT 5958 that is causing machines world-wide to crash, except is does not contain the "problem".

We believe this DAT was released at 10:15 PDT (GMT-7), although is does not appear to have been posted to the McAfee/NAI web sites as at the time of this post. We presume that this is initially being rolled out to the McAfee update network.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:07:31 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Further to our earlier advisory this afternoon, we now understand that McAfee have suspended DAT 5958 from their update network.

In a circular email, McAfee have stated:-

The 5958 DAT has been removed from McAfee download servers, preventing any further impact to corporate customers. McAfee teams are working with the highest priority to support impacted customers and plan to provide an update virus definition file shortly.

McAfee have provided more details on their web site and on the McAfee Community Web Site. These sites are currently running slowly because of the huge demands being placed on them at present.

Anecdotal reports being picked up by us show huge number of sites being affected world-wide, some with thousands of machines being affected.

Our current understanding is that this only affects Windows XP SP3 machines.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 6:19:57 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We are receiving reports that McAfee's AntiVirus DAT5958 is causing Windows XP SP3 machines to fail.

Early indications are that this latest update detects svchost.exe as Win32/wecorl.a causing affected machines to crash.

We are aware of whole sites being taken down. Our advice is not to update to DAT5958 and to switch off the autoupdate feature in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5:37:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The next event being held by the South West branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, is on "Mobile Phone Security: Key Challenges for 2010 and Beyond" and will be presented by Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence.

The presentation will be given in the Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday, 9th March 2010 at 7:30pm. The free event is open to non-members of the BCS and represents a good opportunity for IT professionals to network with each other.

More details and registration details are available on the branch's web site.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010 4:21:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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