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Happy Holidays from Novosco

Thanks for a great 2018, Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and productive new year!

2018 has been a landmark year both for Novosco and for our customers. We look forward to continuing our community and charitable initiatives, and further growing our team in 2019.

Our offices will be closed from 25th December to 1st December. Our support opening hours will different from the usual on the following days:

Novosco Christmas Support Hours 2018

Master Services Competency VMware Data Center VirtualisationNovosco has announced that it has successfully achieved a VMware Master Services Competency. This competency demonstrates that Novosco is committed to helping organisations to accelerate their digital transformations by leveraging their validated servies delivery capabilities around advanced VMware technologies.

Novosco Sales Director John Lennon commented, "Novosco are delighted to be one of the first partners in the UK and Ireland to achieve VMware's Master Services Competency in Data Center Virtualisation. This accreditation is a testament to our team and the great work we have been delivering on behalf of our customers. We look forward to continying our investment in VMware technologies, allowing us to bring added value to our customers."

VMware Master Services Competencies are designed to help partners demonstrate customer-centric solutions and technical proficiency, with proven success and expertise in a specialised area of business. These competencies also allow partners to differentiate in four specific solution areas.

 

VMware partners can achieve VMware Master Services Competencies in:

• Cloud Management and Automation
Designates expertise in delivery of VMware Cloud Management and Automation solutions and services with deep understanding and execution of cloud management design principles and methodologies.

• Data Center Virtualisation
Designates expertise in delivery of VMware vSphere environments and digital infrastructure services with deep understanding of execution in data center virtualisation design principles and methodologies.

• Desktop and Mobility
Designates expertise in designing, installing, and maintaining VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon solutions with deep understanding of execution in desktop and mobility design principles and methodologies to deliver a scalable and reliable digital workspace.

• Network Virtualisation
Designates expertise in the delivery of VMware NSX environments and services with deployment and optimisation of NSX environment capabilities.

 

Paula Radcliffe Novosco 10k Revive Active

Hundreds of local runners will have the chance to run alongside one of the sports' all-time greats during one of the races of the Novosco Grand Prix in belfast next month.

World Record holder, World Championship Gold Medallist and former BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Paula Radcliffe, will compete in the Laganside 10k running race, the 12th event in the annual 17-race Novosco Grand Prix series on September 2nd.

The well-known runner will participate in her role as brand ambassador for superfood supplement brand Revive Active.

The 10k race starts and finishes in Belfast's Ormeau Park and takes in the park, Ravenhill Road, Albertbridge Road, the Lagan towpath, and Ormeau Embankment. it starts at 2pm and will feature 1,500 runners.

Welcoming Paula's involvement, Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director of Novosco said: "Participants in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix tend not to need a whole lot of motivation, but running alongside such an incredible athlete as Paula Radcliffe should give them an additional lift. We are absolutely thrilled that Paula plans to take part in the race and we very much look forward to seeing her in action."

Daithi O'Connor, MD of Revive Active Products, added: "We are delighed to have Paula as an ambassador for Revive Active and to be able to bring her to Belfast for the Novosco Grand Prix. She is truly a sporting legend and embodies the active spirit of our brand perfectly."

Matt Shields, Laganside 10k race director, said: "We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Paula to our event. With only five weeks to go, registrations are filling up fast, so don't miss your chance to run alongside one of the greatest names in our sport."

The Novosco Grand Prix is an annual not-for-proit series of 10km running races in Northern Ireland, featuring races such as the Bangor Classic 10k, Saintfield 10k, and the Seeley Cup.

Novosco Cloud Camp 2018 1

As Northern ireland's booming IT sector announces a wave of new jobs, its future engineers and analysts are participating in an innovative IT infrastructure summer camp this week (July 30 - August 3).

First launched in 2016, the Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Ulster University, returns today at Ulster University's Jordanstown campus.

The five-day summer camp, which is free to students aged 16-17 and enrolled at schools and colleges across Northern Ireland, provides first-hand, practical experience in the management and development of IT infrastructure and systems in a fun and engaging learning environment.

Professional IT engineers from Novosco, experts from the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) at Ulster University, and lecturers from the Ulster University School of Computing are facilitating the camp, which also includes a tour of Novosco's state-of-the-art Belfast Headquarters at Catalyst Inc.

A mix of theory and hands-on experience, the camp covers networking, programming, IoT (Internet of Things), cloud computing, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and more. The camp will also utilise Ulster University's smart environment labs, which include some of the latest smart technologies, as well as a state-of-the-art robot, Sandy.

In a bid to nurture future IT talent during the camp and beyond, each student is also provided with a third-generation Raspberry Pi, a small and affordable computer used to learn programming, which they can keep.

Novosco Managing Director Patrick McAliskey said: "We are delighted to have been able to increase this year's intake as the Novosco Cloud Camp continues to grow from strength to strength.

"We are proud of the team we have built at Novosco, professionals who are some of the finest in their field, and it is a priority of ours to retain this expertise and provide opportunities for continued development and growth within the company as we expand our horizons.

"Equally, we remain firmly committed to providing the resources and experience necessary to equip Northern Ireland's IT engineers, programmers, and developers of the future with the skills they need to find employment in the sector and, ultimately, to drive forward its continued success and reaffirm Northern Ireland as a hub of industry-leading talent.

"We are thrilled to partner with Ulster University this year to deliver the third annual Novosco Cloud Camp."

Dr Nicola Ayre, Associate Head of the School of Computing at Ulster University commented: "Ulster University nurtures world-class IT and computing talent every year, students we are proud to say are industry-ready and sought-after by global companies, industry disruptors and local technology firms. Hosting the Novosco Cloud Camp allows us to showcase the breadth of opportunity a degree in computing at Ulster University offers to potential students. The knowledge and experience the budding IT professionals in attendance will gain about how Novosco - a successful IT company rooted locally and competing globally - stays ahead of the curve is invaluable."

For more information about the Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Ulster University, visit www.novoscocloudcamp.com.

 

Novosco Invest NI announcement

Novosco announced major expansion in Belfast that will significantly increase its workforce.

Managed cloud provider Novosco is recruiting almost 150 additional staff in a £20million expansion project.

Invest Northern Ireland is offering the company over £1.2m towards the creation of 114 of the new roles to be based at its Belfast headquarters. Danske Bank is providing finance for the capital investment required to support the company’s expansion and continued growth.

The new jobs will include IT infrastructure engineers, service delivery roles, project managers, cloud experts and cyber security specialists.

Welcoming the investment, Invest NI Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton said: “To stimulate economic growth we need to support those businesses with potential for high growth to become the large companies of the future.  To help achieve this we have a specific goal as part of our Business Strategy to double the number of companies participating on our Scaling programme. 

Novosco has been part of our Scaling programme since October 2012.  It has grown rapidly in recent years to become a significant player in Northern Ireland’s thriving IT industry. This growth has been through a combination of investment in leadership, skills and exports. This expansion marks another milestone in Novosco’s development.

“Our support towards these new jobs will ensure Novosco has the additional resources it needs to grow its business. These highly skilled roles, to be recruited over the next three years, will contribute over £4.8million annually in additional salaries to the local economy.

“This is a perfect example of how our support can not only help a local company to grow, but also deliver long-term economic benefit.”

Novosco provides IT infrastructure and Cloud based products and services to customers operating in a wide range of industries and sectors with health, housing, services and manufacturing representing key target markets. As an example of its growing success, the business was recently awarded the contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director of Novosco, said: “Novosco provides services to many of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses and public sector bodies as well as to universities, NHS Trusts, housing associations and businesses across the UK and Ireland. Our latest contract with CUH will propel our growth in the English market and require us to significantly expand our Belfast headquarters.

“Expanding our workforce will be critical to driving the next phase of our business strategy and Invest NI support will assist us to secure the right skills to ensure our continued growth.”

Novosco currently employs around 180 people, mostly at its Belfast headquarters in Catalyst Inc, and today’s announcement will see its headcount increase by 150 to more than 330 people.

Recruitment of the 114 new jobs to be located in Belfast is underway and will be ongoing until 2020.

As part of this expansion, the business is also planning to recruit 32 new employees to be located in England, where Novosco has an office in Daresbury, near Manchester as well as onsite presence with major customers.