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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 Monday, 28 February 2011

The next event being organised by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in the South West promises to be an interesting look behind-the-scenes at the technology used by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

The presentation, entitled Smarter Spectators at a Smarter Tennis Tournament, will be given by Bill Jinks (Client Technical Advisor for IBM United Kingdom) and will reveal how IBM works with the Club to accommodate the huge demands that the Wimbledon fortnight places on it.

The talk will be on Thursday, 10th March 2011 at 7:30pm at the University of Exeter. It is free and open to members of the public. People interested in attending are asked to register at http://www.bcs-southwest.org where more details about the venue can be found.

The Club accommodates around half a million spectators on-site during Wimbledon fortnight and must also meet the needs of the world’s sporting media with over three quarters of a billion television viewers on 129 TV channels in 173 countries.

During the 2010 Championships, over 11.5 million unique users visited the official wimbledon.org web site, and nearly 307 million page views were served. As the popularity of Wimbledon continues to increase, the Club has managed to maintain the charm of English lawn tennis and keep pace with the demands of modern sport and multi-media broadcasting. Attracting and retaining even bigger audiences in a world of growing choice and distractions is, nevertheless, a challenge.

Since 1990, IBM has been the official IT Supplier to the Club and has worked with it to engage its audiences by introducing innovative multimedia "touch points" where people can connect and interact with The Championships in new and exciting ways.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 28 February 2011 19:06:16 (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.

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:56:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 22 November 2010

The next event being organisation by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in the South West is focusing on computing technologies of yesteryear. The event is taking place at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday, 14th December 2010 at 19:30.

The evening will start with a brief talk covering the early days of micro-computing followed by an opportunity to use and play with a variety of early devices.

The event is also being used to launch a retro-computing web site, which is being supported by the BCS South West Branch.

There will also be plenty of mince pies!

The event is free and open to members of the public, but attendees are asked to register at www.bcs-southwest.org.uk to help with the catering and venue arrangements.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 22 November 2010 17:22:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 03 November 2010

The next event being organised by the South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is at the University of Plymouth on the evening of Tuesday, 9th November 2010. It  is a presentation entitled: “Physical Security in Information Technology” by Thomas Hackner of the University of Hagenberg in Austria.

The event is open to anyone interested in attending, but people are asked to book using the branch web site at http://www.bcs-southwest.org.uk, so that appropriate catering can be provided.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 20:15:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 13 September 2010
The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, 27th September 2010 in the Babbage Building at the University of Plymouth, starting at 6:30pm.
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Monday, 13 September 2010 19:39:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 13 August 2010

Alastair Revell commented on the importance of domain security in an article written by journalist Kathleen Hall of Computer Weekly today.

The article was concerned that many SMEs lack the skills needed to run their own websites.

Alastair Revell said: “There is an argument that using external expertise is very valuable to SMEs, especially in areas such as web publishing, where in-house skills are likely to be in very short supply. However, owners and managers must be careful not to lose control.”

He was concerned that many SMEs fail to ensure that their domains are actually registered in their own name, which can lead to problems.

Why not read the rest of the article at Computer Weekly?

 
Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, 13 August 2010 16:59:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 09 August 2010
Revell Research Systems celebrated its 25th birthday on 1st August 2010. Alastair Revell, who continues to manage the business on a day-to-day basis as the firm’s Managing Consultant, established the business in 1985.
 
Alastair Revell, who holds a number of senior appointments within the IT profession, including being a Member of Council and the Membership Director of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers, commented: “The last twenty-five years has been an interesting journey to say the least! I established the consultancy shortly after Microsoft produced Windows 1.0. While Windows is still ever-present, the computing world is very different indeed. It has changed beyond all recognition. The challenge for any consultancy providing advice on IT is distinguishing what is a fad from what is important. That is not always easy! We’ve done it so far, but we must work just as hard, if not harder, just to make sure we keep doing it!”
 
Alastair Revell established Revell Research Systems in August 1985 before he started his mathematics degree at the University of Birmingham a few months later. He graduated in 1988 and is both a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He is an elected member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT’s South West Branch Committee and an appointed member of the same body’s national Membership Board Best Practice Committee. He also assesses applicants for registration as Chartered IT Professionals.
 
The consultancy celebrated its 21st birthday in 2006 and marked its coming of age by establishing an annual prize for the best Computing graduate at the University of Plymouth. The fifth recipient will be formally announced during the graduation ceremony on The Hoe in Plymouth on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010.
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Monday, 09 August 2010 17:05:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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