Novosco, Better Managed Cloud - Results from #45

Major firms switch to Novosco in business broadband market

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Novosco challenges market leaders with innovative connectivity service

Some of Northern Ireland’s best known companies have signed up for an innovative business internet connectivity service that is set to enhance competition and choice in the local market.

Belfast-based Novosco, which provides IT services to leading public and private sector organisations across the UK and Ireland, has invested significantly to be able to provide the new ‘Cloudstream’ offering.

Leading firms including Mivan, Tayto Group Ltd, sportswear company O’Neill’s, and Gordon’s Chemists, which has over 50 sites, have already switched to the service that is today being launched to the wider market.

It benefits from a significant investment by Novosco in its own fibre-optic ring in Belfast, and the company’s strategic alliance with Hibernia Atlantic, the organisation responsible for the deployment of Project Kelvin.

Novosco also provides customers with a back-up connection as standard with the service, and an iPhone app to monitor their connection.

Novosco director, John Lennon, says that it will provide significant competition in the market by offering businesses a better service at a lower cost.

“Internet connectivity is the lifeblood of many businesses, particularly the growing number of companies who are using cloud computing, as well as those who transfer a lot of data and those with multiple sites. A fast, robust, reliable connection that won’t let them down is absolutely essential,” he continues.

“We have been providing a business connectivity service to a select group of leading businesses, and we are very pleased to be able to now launch the offering to the market as a whole,” he adds.

In the areas of the 11 main Belfast exchanges, Novosco guarantees to provide the lowest priced fibre Ethernet service to businesses, which it can deliver due to the investment the company has made in its own fibre optic ring.

Novosco employs almost 80 people and has offices in Belfast, Dublin and Birmingham. Its clients include the largest universities and higher education establishments on the island of Ireland, government departments and agencies, major UK and Ireland health trusts, and many of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies.

Novosco listed again in the Sunday Times Best Companies

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013

For the second year running Novosco has been ranked as one of the best places to work in the UK.

The datacentre expert again achieved the highest ranking for a business from Northern Ireland, where Novosco has its head office.

Leadership was one of the key reasons for Novosco’s success, according to the Sunday Times, in addition to other factors including facilitating ‘Personal Growth’.

The leadership of the company’s Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, was highlighted for particular praise: “This managing director is a long-running inspiration, say the employees at the Belfast-based IT company. They have faith in him (giving a top-five, 94% positive score, the firm’s best result)”.

The judges also praised McAliskey’s open door policy, the fact that he knows every employee by name and what is going on in their lives, and his active involvement in charity work (particularly running marathons for Bowel Cancer) and in local schools.

Other areas in which the company was praised include for having women as at least 33% of senior managers, its charity activities, and encouraging healthy eating. Long service is also impressive, with 40% of employees with more than 5 years’ service.

Novosco, headquartered in the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast, also has offices in Dublin and Birmingham and carries out work for large organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Its clients range from the UK’s largest health trusts, to significant councils, and major private sector businesses.

Managing Director Patrick McAliskey said that it is the company’s second year in the prestigious listing.

“One of our key goals is to recruit and retain the very best people in the sector, as they are what set us apart from our competitors. So we put a big emphasis on making Novosco a great place to work,- and we’re very pleased that the Sunday Times have recognised that again this year,” he says.


Novosco hosts successful CIO event in Manchester


Date: Monday, November 11, 2013

Novosco recently hosted an event, targeted at CIO level across the industry at the Old Trafford grounds in Manchester. With the theme of “CIO Futures – Best Practices to Stay Ahead of the Game”, the aim was to show how CIOs can best translate upcoming technologies and IT trends into competitive business advantage.

At the capacity filled venue, attendees heard from world leading virtualisation specialist Brian Madden and Joe Baguley, CTO of EMEA for VMware, discuss upcoming IT market trends and developments, whilst Mark Harris from Sophos and Novosco’s John Lennon gave a security and VDI planning perspective. A real life customer view came from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Novosco Sales Director, John Lennon says: “Feedback from all that attended has been both positive and very encouraging. We look forward to engaging with potential new customers and helping them achieve real, tangible competitive advantage through the adoption of leading edge technologies.

This was the latest in a series of events that Novosco will be holding throughout the UK and Ireland.

Novosco announce £7m in new contracts

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Novosco has secured three new contracts in the UK and Ireland worth more than £7million.

Novosco, which is headquartered in the Northern Ireland Science Park, has won the deals with a global financial services provider, an English retail chain with over 360 outlets, and a leading pan-European recruitment company.

They include an 18-month managed service contract with a global insurance business to provide storage and back-up IT infrastructure and services at locations in the Republic of Ireland and England.

In the deal with an English retail chain, Novosco successfully ‘architected’, designed and implemented a new datacentre network for the entire business.

The third win is a 3-year contract to provide a fully managed IT service to a leading recruitment business with more than 500 employees.

Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, says: “We moved to new offices in Dublin and opened new offices in Birmingham last year to complement our Belfast headquarters and this has enabled us to significantly grow our business in the rest of the UK and Ireland.”

These new contracts round off a year in which Novosco has been building its GB customer base, with over 12 deals successfully delivered across a number of sectors including the NHS, the police and banking.

Novosco announces plans for 50 new jobs

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The announcement was made during a visit to the Belfast office by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster. Announcing the investment Arlene Foster said: “Novosco is creating 50 high level jobs that will contribute almost £2 million a year to the economy. I understand that the company has ambitious growth targets in the GB market and I have no doubt that the additional skills brought through the recruitment of new staff will bring will play an important role in supporting that growth.

“Novosco is part of the thriving and rapidly expanding IT sector in Northern Ireland and is an excellent example of a fast growing locally owned company that has the potential to become a significant player. I commend the company on the success that it has achieved to date despite the challenges faced during the recent economic downturn. The new high level jobs are exactly what Northern Ireland needs to help rebalance the economy towards higher added value private sector activity.

Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director of Novosco, said: “As we continue to grow our business with large organisations in GB, the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland, we will require additional skills at our Belfast headquarters to help fulfil these contracts, including service desk engineers, implementation engineers, software consultants and network engineers. This will enable us to further expand our established business areas, including providing infrastructure and network services, in addition to growing new opportunities in areas like software development.”