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Review Entries for Day Thursday, April 30, 2015

Revell Research Systems is pleased to announce that its Managing Consultant, Alastair Revell, has recently had an article published in Digital Leaders.

Alastair Revell's article (entitled Trustworthy Software) discusses the launch last Summer of Publicly Available Specification 754 on Software Trustworthiness by the then Minister of State for Universities and Science The Rt Hon David Willetts MP and explores its wider implications.

Digital Leaders is a leading publication produced by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT written by IT professionals for IT professionals to help them influence their organisations away from using outdated practices, governance models and structures to a more cutting edge world, but without depriving people or communities.

Aimed primarily at C-level managers and senior decision makers, Digital Leaders can enhance any organisation's IT strategy.

The article is on page 118: Digital Leaders 2015.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:44:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, November 26, 2012

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has launched a new software development journal targeted firmly at experienced professional software developers, entitled Software Development Practice: The Journal of the IAP. It is published and distributed electronically at

The peer-reviewed publication is to be published three times a year.

The first edition has an article by Dr Hans Meuer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Mannheim on super computers, which is largely based on a lecture that was delivered in the House of Lords in April 2012 as well as articles on the Azure platform, SharePoint and logging on the .NET platform.

The Editorial Board is led by Professor Jeremy Gibbons of the University of London and comprises of a number of leading practitioners.

Posted by Alastair Revell
Monday, November 26, 2012 9:54:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, August 03, 2012

According to Jeffery Snover, who is a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and the Lead Architect for their Windows Server Division, Windows 2012 was released to manufacturing on 1st August 2012 with a general availability date of 4th September 2012.

We believe that Windows 2012 is a very significant release of the Windows Server operating system, which will largely facilitate server virtualisation in SMEs and see them adopting infrastructures that will give them high availability platforms.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, August 03, 2012 8:44:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, March 15, 2012

We strongly advise anyone using Remote Desktop Services to apply Microsoft Patch KB2621440 at the earliest opportunity. This patch fixes two privately reported vulnerabilities within the Remote Desktop Services frequently used by administrators to control servers and end-users using Remote Desktops.

It affects ALL versions of Windows.

The more serious of the two vulnerabilities could allow an unauthenticated hacker to run code on a vulnerable machine, which potentially could result in a very serious security breach.

We believe that this vulnerability will be exploited in the very nearing future.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:20:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, September 24, 2011

I was very pleased to present Benjamin de St Paer-Gotch with the 2011 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth on Wednesday, 21st September 2011 during the graduation ceremony.

The prize, which the consultancy established in 2006, is awarded to the top student to graduate from the university’s BSc(Hons) in Computing suite of degree programmes. In essence, it means that Benjamin is the best student to graduate in the subject from Plymouth this year. The Revell Research Systems Prize is specifically designed to highlight this fact on CVs and the like, providing the recipients with an additional way to mark themselves out from the crowd - not just a First, but the very best.


Benjamin de St Paer-Gotch (left) receiving the 2011 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth from Alastair Revell (centre), while Professor Steve Furnell, Head of Computing and Mathematics looks on (Photograph courtesy of Ted Draper).

Benjamin de St Paer-Gotch has already been snatched up by Microsoft, where he recently was employed as an Associate Consultant and is now enjoying the benefits of their graduate recruitment programme.

I’m grateful to Ted Draper, who was at the ceremony to present the BCS The Chartered Institute for IT’s project prize, for capturing Professor Steve Furnell (Head of the School of Computing and Mathematics) and myself congratulating Ben on stage just after the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Purcell, had conferred his degree.

Students from Plymouth graduate in marquees on The Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound, which is a truly spectacular location to graduate. The location is certainly an iconic symbol of this great maritime city, from which the Pilgrim Fathers left in search of a new future. Likewise, graduates leave this city seeking their own futures, but with a solid education, they are assured of success.

Posted by Alastair Revell
Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:53:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, September 22, 2011
The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT has announced that its 2011 AGM will be held on Thursday, 29th September 2011 at 6:30pm at Plymouth University. The formal meeting will be followed by a presentation at 7:00pm by Dr Dan Livingstone (Plymouth University).
Posted by Alastair Revell
Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:37:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, June 22, 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

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:30:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, February 28, 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 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 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, February 28, 2011 7:06:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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