Novosco, Better Managed Cloud - Results from #10

Optimized Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards 2017

 Collecting the trophies in both the ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ and the much coveted ‘Best Place to Work’ categories, at the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards is welcome recognition for the company culture and employee wellbeing focus that Novosco has.

Presented with the awards by Northern Irish funnyman Patrick Kielty, Novosco Operation Manager Susan Hill said, “I’m so proud at these awards, we put so much into ensuring employees physical and mental wellbeing are taken care of.”

Novosco have been recognised previously for being a great place to work, providing its team with such benefits as, an onsite Gym, Fitbits, healthy breakfasts, Westfield Healthcare, Mindfulness, and Acupressure Massages.”

The initiatives have been designed to improve all aspects of an employee’s health. As Novosco operate within a knowledge economy, many of Novosco’s employees are seated in front of a computer for much of the working day. To combat the negative aspects of this, up to 70% of all employees actively take part in the 10,000 steps a day Fitbit challenge.

Furthermore, 42% have taken some part in mindfulness and acupressure sessions, and almost half utilise the company gym. All of this has contributed to a reduction in Novosco’s absence rate in the past 12 months and has created the environment for Novosco to be named ‘Best Place to Work’ and winning the ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ award.

The company also sponsors the Novosco 10K Grand Prix, a series of 15 10K races throughout Northern Ireland and is currently in training for RowAMarathon, a fundraising event for Bowel Cancer UK, which will see Novosco, along with other local companies, covering 42km in 4 hours on rowing machines.


Novosco Cloud Camp

Novosco Summer Camp To Develop IT Skills Of The Future

Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Almac, will run 7th - 11th August 2017


Two of Northern Ireland’s most innovative companies have joined together with Belfast Metropolitan College to offer budding IT engineers the chance to develop their skills.

Novosco Cloud Camp, which is organised by Novosco and supported by Almac, will run at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus between 7th and 11th August 2017.

Free of charge and open to students over the age of 16 (on 7th August 2017) at schools and colleges across Northern Ireland, it will provide hands-on IT infrastructure experience, as well as a fun learning environment.

Professional IT engineers and Belfast Met lecturers will facilitate the camp, which will also involve a tour of Novosco’s Catalyst Inc headquarters to allow students to see a world-class managed cloud company in action.

In addition to free registration, all participants will be provided with a free Raspberry Pi computer to keep, as well as a £5 lunch voucher per day.

The camp will help students develop their skills in areas including Python programming, hardware and operating systems, and cloud technologies, such as creating a virtual server and basic HTML programming.

Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We were overwhelmed with the interest in last year’s inaugural Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Almac, and we anticipate even stronger interest this year. We are delighted to be working with Almac and Belfast Met to help deliver the camp again, which we see as an invaluable initiative for skills development in Northern Ireland. As a fast-growing managed cloud company, we are very aware of the need to encourage more of our young people to choose IT, and we believe that there is no better career than IT infrastructure.”

Andrew Hillis, group head of information services at Almac commented, “As a global company providing unique services, demand from clients all over the world continues to grow.  IT plays an incredibly important role in delivering our global operations and as such we offer a vast range of career opportunities within Almac to people with these skills.  The Cloud Camp is an excellent way of stimulating interest in IT infrastructure amongst young people and we look forward to working with Novosco to encourage potential future employees.”

Belfast Met’s Principal and CEO, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Novosco Cloud Camp at our state-of-the-art Titanic Quarter campus this summer. We look forward to welcoming young people to the College where they will gain hands-on experience from our lecturers and get the opportunity to utilise the top class facilities at our campus. This experience will no doubt grow their interest in this area and help them succeed in their future careers.

Novosco is a managed cloud provider with clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK and Ireland, including Premiership football teams, police forces, some of the UK’s largest health trusts and many of Northern Ireland’s top companies.

Novosco employs almost 150 people, mainly in Belfast. Last year it acquired English specialist IT security solutions and managed services expert NetDef, further extending its presence in the GB market.

Novosco, which is continuing to recruit for high-value roles in Belfast, recently invested over £1million to more-than-double its space in the city, from 5,000 sq ft to over 11,000 sq ft. Located in the new Concourse 3 building at Catalyst, Novosco’s impressive new headquarters includes state-of-the-art offices, a gym, a library, a coffee dock, and a virtual reality room.

Click here for the Novosco Cloud Camp website where you can apply.

Novosco Cloud Partner of the Year Tech Excellence Awards

Novosco awarded Cloud Partner of the Year at the Tech Excellence Awards

Novosco picked up the award for Cloud Partner of the Year at the Tech Excellence Awards in Dublin. Hosted in the CityWest hotel on Thursday evening, and attended by 600 companies, the awards recognise companies within the technology sector in Ireland.

Commenting on the award, Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey said, "We are thrilled to be awarded Cloud Partner of the Year. We have done a lot to strengthen our cloud offering; from the launch of Single Tenant Cloud, to the acquisition of NetDef, the specialist IT security firm, we continually strive to live our vision of providing a Better Managed Cloud. Novosco also has a dedicated and highly skilled team that provides the highest levels of service to all of our customers. This award is great recognition of the continued work they do."


Billy Huggard, Operations Director at the Tech Excellence Awards organiser, Mediateam, said: "These Awards are now positioned to recognise professionalism among individuals and companies in the technology sector in Ireland but they also provide the only occasion where we can all come together and enjoy the company of all of our friends in this most energetic of industries. The quality and number of entries have raised the benchmark yet again. The evidence of best business practice with deep technical know-how was abundant in the entries this year."

More details about the event and all the winners can be found here

Novosco IT Company of the Year

Novosco secured a top IT accolade in the same week as our managing director has been shortlisted for a prestigious all-island award for entrepreneurs.

We won 'IT Company or Team of the Year' at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards – topping a category that included businesses such as Allstate and Export Technologies - whilst Patrick McAliskey is in the running for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Patrick is one of 24 leading business people from across the island selected to compete in three categories of the competition, with the winners to be announced in October. The overall winner will go on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco in June 2018.

As part of the awards, the finalists will take part in a 10-month development programme. They will also join more than 70 other entrepreneurs for a week-long “CEO Retreat” to San Francisco later this month.

The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank, took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Belfast on Thursday evening. They are Northern Ireland’s leading industry awards, attracting hundreds of entries.

Commenting, Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “I’m honoured to be shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year, but much more importantly, I’m thrilled that the work, dedication and skills of our team have been recognised by the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. They produce truly world-class work for some of the largest public and private sector organisations on these islands, and winning the award is fitting recognition for that.”

In an impressive month for us here at Novosco, having also been shortlisted for Cloud Partner of the Year in the 2017 Tech Excellence Awards, with the winners to be announced in Dublin later this month.

You can see footage from the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, including Novosco's Oonagh Fearon speaking about what this award means to Novosco, by clicking this link.

Novosco IT Company of the Year Belfast Telegraph Business Awards



Bowel Cancer UK

Our business connections, clients and friends on Belfasthour will be well aware of our work with Bowel Cancer over the past 2 years. However, our work is not just about raising money but also trying to help the Charity get their all important message out.

Bowel cancer is Northern Ireland’s second biggest cancer killer. Around 1,100 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in Northern Ireland, and 400 people die from the disease. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, bowel cancer is highly treatable, with a survival rate of more than 93% over five years. However, poor awareness means that only 1 in 10 cases are detected at an early stage which often means it is too late to be treated.

While we cannot stress enough the importance of early diagnosis there are also steps that can be taken to lower the risk of this disease such as diet, exercise and weight control. April is Bowel Cancer awareness month and in conjunction with the Charity and our friends at Edwards & Co we are going to incorporate these aspects in our next joint fundraiser.

The event will take place on Friday 16th June from 1pm to 5pm.

Edwards and Co and Novosco (and many others) will have 1 or 2 rowing machines at their offices (or close by) with individuals rowing for 15 -30 minutes each, the machine will be zeroed at 1pm and stopped at 5pm with the team rowing the furthest being declared winners of the Bowel Cancer challenge Cup. We reckon that in 4 hours we should be able to easily row 42k hence the event name #RowAMarathon .

If we only have 2 teams we may row the 84k between us but we will have failed in our goal of raising awareness of this disease. SO, we are encouraging other teams to join us on the day the only equipment required is a rowing machine and a few willing (or not so willing) participants. We are greatly encouraged by the number of businesses, bars, gyms etc who have intimated a willingness to take part not just in Belfast but west of the Bann also.

We really need your help to make this a success, we are confident that friends in the media will help and on the day Novosco will tour the country recording participants in action. Although keen to raise finance as well we will leave it up to the teams to simply raise as much as they can. Each week we will publish a list of those who have signed up and we really need that commitment in writing from you if possible so please register with.