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Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Novosco Managing Director Patrick McAliskey talk IT with Nendrum College students Lauren McAslan and Nathan McBride at the Novosco Cloud Camp in association with Almac hosted by Belfast Metropolitan College. It was Northern Ireland’s first IT infrastructure summer camp and areas covered included networking, Python programming, basic HTML programming, and creating virtual servers.The IT engineers of tomorrow are being hothoused at Northern Ireland’s first IT infrastructure summer camp this week (8th - 12th August, 2016).

Novosco Cloud Camp, which is organised by Novosco and supported by Almac, is taking place at Belfast Metropolitan College’s Titanic Quarter Campus.


Free of charge and open to year 11–13 students, it is providing hands-on IT infrastructure experience and invaluable learning opportunities to students from across Northern Ireland.

Professional IT engineers and Belfast Met lecturers are facilitating the camp, which also includes a tour of Novosco’s headquarters in theCatalyst Inc. science park, allowing students to see a world-class managed cloud company in action.

In addition to free registration, all participants are being provided with a freeRaspberry Pi computer to keep.

Areas being covered at Novosco Cloud Camp include: networking, Python programming, basic HTML programming, and creating virtual servers.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA, who visited the camp commented: “Summer camps like these are a great way to get our young people engaged in Information Communication Technology in a fun and interactive way.

“The anticipated growth in the ICT sector means that we will need more skilled people in the future to meet the demands of employers. Gaining this hands on experience and having the opportunity to work with two locally based companies will hopefully inspire these young people to go on to consider a career in ICT in Northern Ireland.”

Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We have had very strong interest in the camp, which gives us real encouragement about the increasing enthusiasm there is to begin a career in IT infrastructure. There is already incredible demand for the kinds of skills that these students will be developing, and that is only going to grow in the future. We are very pleased to be working with Almac and Belfast Met to play our role in ensuring the skills pipeline that our business and the industry as a whole requires.”

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 Director of Development, Damian Duffy, said: “This Cloud Camp is the latest in a series of fantastic events which are helping to maintain the College’s position as the leading facilitator of education and skills solutions in the ICT sector. Belfast Met is delighted to be delivering this Novosco initiative at our state of the art Titanic Quarter campus. We are also thrilled to be partnering with Almac, another leading firm, in engaging the digital technologists of the future.”

Novosco employs 140 people and works for leading organisations across the UK and Ireland, including many of Northern Ireland’s top companies, UK health trusts, councils and other organisations. It has been ranked one of the top companies to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times for the last four years.

Novosco Cloud Camp Future Technologists with Simon Hamilton MLA The IT engineers of tomorrow are being hothoused at Northern Ireland’s first IT infrastructure summer camp this week (8th - 12th August, 2016).

Novosco Cloud Camp, which is organised by Novosco and supported by Almac, is taking place at Belfast Metropolitan College’s Titanic Quarter Campus.


Free of charge and open to year 11–13 students, it is providing hands-on IT infrastructure experience and invaluable learning opportunities to students from across Northern Ireland.

Professional IT engineers and Belfast Met lecturers are facilitating the camp, which also includes a tour of Novosco’s headquarters in the Catalyst Inc. science park, allowing students to see a world-class managed cloud company in action.

In addition to free registration, all participants are being provided with a free Raspberry Pi computer to keep.

Areas being covered at Novosco Cloud Camp include: networking, Python programming, basic HTML programming, and creating virtual servers.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA, who visited the camp commented: “Summer camps like these are a great way to get our young people engaged in Information Communication Technology in a fun and interactive way.

“The anticipated growth in the ICT sector means that we will need more skilled people in the future to meet the demands of employers. Gaining this hands on experience and having the opportunity to work with two locally based companies will hopefully inspire these young people to go on to consider a career in ICT in Northern Ireland.”

Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We have had very strong interest in the camp, which gives us real encouragement about the increasing enthusiasm there is to begin a career in IT infrastructure. There is already incredible demand for the kinds of skills that these students will be developing, and that is only going to grow in the future. We are very pleased to be working with Almac and Belfast Met to play our role in ensuring the skills pipeline that our business and the industry as a whole requires.”

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 Director of Development, Damian Duffy, said: “This Cloud Camp is the latest in a series of fantastic events which are helping to maintain the College’s position as the leading facilitator of education and skills solutions in the ICT sector. Belfast Met is delighted to be delivering this Novosco initiative at our state of the art Titanic Quarter campus. We are also thrilled to be partnering with Almac, another leading firm, in engaging the digital technologists of the future.”

Novosco employs 140 people and works for leading organisations across the UK and Ireland, including many of Northern Ireland’s top companies, UK health trusts, councils and other organisations. It has been ranked one of the top companies to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times for the last four years.

 

left to right) Dave and Sue Beesley of NetDef with John Lennon and Patrick McAliskey of Novosco at NetDef’s offices in Cheshire.Managed cloud provider acquires network and security solutions expert NetDef in significant deal

Novosco, the market-leading managed cloud provider, today announces the significant acquisition of specialist IT security solutions and managed services expert NetDef.

The seven-figure deal will see Novosco increase its workforce to 140 and add a world-class security specialism to its highly-regarded service offering.

Cheshire-based NetDef counts a number of metropolitan police forces, NHS trusts and financial services organisations amongst its client-base, in addition to two Premier League football clubs. Its other customers include businesses such as Warburtons and Village Hotels.

Novosco is one of the fastest growing technology businesses in the UK and Ireland, with existing offices in Belfast, Manchester, Dublin and Cork. Its clients include many of the UK’s largest health trusts, universities, and housing associations, over 50 percent of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, and some of the largest organisations in the Republic of Ireland.

The acquisition of NetDef, which will continue to trade under its existing name, is intended to help accelerate Novosco’s rapid expansion in the English market in particular.

Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “NetDef is a well-established provider of network and security solutions to some of the UK’s most high-profile organisations, and its expertise and competence have seen it entrusted with data and projects of the utmost public sensitivity. Working with Dave Beesley and his expert team will provide Novosco with added scale, and an important new dimension to our service offering as we seek to further grow our business across the UK and Ireland.”

NetDef managing director, Dave Beesley, said: “Novosco is a business that we have long admired, and we felt that there was a very strong cultural alignment between the two companies. The complementary expertise that we have will allow us to further enhance and deepen the services that we offer to existing and new clients. We very much look forward to working with Patrick, John and their team.”

Founded by Dave Beesley in 1996, NetDef employs 20 people and has an annual turnover of more than £4million. It has a purpose-built headquarters in Cheshire, with state-of-the-art customer facilities.

Novosco, founded by Patrick McAliskey and John Lennon, was recently ranked as one of the UK’s top companies to work for by the Sunday Times Best Companies for the fourth year in a row. It has been ranked as one of the island of Ireland’s fastest growing technology businesses by Deloitte for an unprecedented 16th year in succession.

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Cloud Camp IntroNovosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Almac will run 8th – 12th August 2016

Two of Northern Ireland’s most innovative companies have joined together with Belfast Metropolitan College to launch Northern Ireland’s first IT infrastructure summer camp.

Novosco Cloud Camp, which is organised by Novosco and supported by Almac, will run at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus between 8th and 12th August, 2016.

Free of charge and open to year 11–13 students at schools 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 NI Science Park 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 to keep, as well as a £5 lunch voucher per day.

Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “We are delighted to be working with Almac and Belfast Met to help deliver what will be a valuable 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, VP and 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. 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 employs 120 people and works for leading organisations across the UK and Ireland, including many of Northern Ireland’s top companies, UK health trusts, councils and other organisations. It has been ranked one of the top companies to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times for the last four years.

Novosco trio

Novosco has secured business worth more than £500,000 with three of Northern Ireland’s most innovative exporters.

The IT infrastructure company, which is headquartered in the NI Science Park, has recently won work with CDE Global, TG Eakin, and Leckey.

Novosco provides managed cloud services to a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations, and has been brought in by the firms to review and upgrade their IT systems.

Novosco already works for over 50 percent of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, as well as health trusts, housing associations, educational establishments and other organisations across the UK and Ireland.

Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, says that he is delighted to secure work with three such prestigious businesses.

“These are amongst Northern Ireland’s most innovative companies, with fast-growing export businesses and expanding teams. IT plays a key role in their success and we are helping them ensure their systems are robust, dynamic and agile as they continue to grow,” he says.

“For instance, our work for TG Eakin will provide their staff with a remote access solution that will enable them to work anywhere in the world via an encrypted connection, delivering a desktop environment from their datacentre,” he continues.

“In relation to Leckey, we have deployed a new virtualised infrastructure, allowing the business to be more agile and flexible in providing core services to its users, partners and customers. Enhanced business continuity features were also provided as a result of the work,” he adds.

Based in Comber, TG Eakin manufactures medical equipment and exports it to over 30 countries around the world.

Leckey, which has its headquarters in Lisburn, employs some 100 people and is a globally recognised pioneer in the research, design and development of products for postural support.

Cookstown-based CDE Global supplies washing equipment for quarries and mines on the global market and has offices in India, Brazil and the US.

Novosco has been in business for more than 20 years and now employs 120 people. It has appeared in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For listing each of the past four years, and appeared in the Deloitte Fast 50 2015 for the 16th year in a row – the only company to be in the prestigious listing every year since it started in the year 2000.