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Novosco named EMC’s Innovation Partner of the Year 2012

Date: Friday, March 1, 2013

Novosco were named EMC’s Innovation Partner of the Year for 2012 at the annual EMC Irish Partner Awards.

The award recognises Novosco’s expertise in implementing a fully integrated private cloud platform, providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to Trinity College Dublin.

Winners are selected based on the partner’s innovative capabilities and skills using EMC technology.

Novosco’s EMC solution allowed Trinity College Dublin to take advantage of Enterprise-Class technology, in order to deploy an integrated private cloud platform, providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to all TCD users.

EMC is a global leader, working with organizations around the world in every industry, in the public and private sectors, and of every size from start-ups to the Fortune Global 500.

Jason Ward, Country Manager for EMC Ireland said: “We are thrilled to recognise Novosco as EMC’s Innovation Partner of the Year. All of the entrants were worthy and impressive candidates in their own right, but Novosco really stood out for us with this hugely significant project in the higher education sector. We commend them for their work in this area and look forward to a mutually beneficial on-going relationship.”

Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director at Novosco added: “Novosco’s experience and expertise in the deployment and support of 
EMC-based solutions means that customers can entrust their data and applications to Novosco. This award is in recognition of the faith that EMC places in Novosco, and confirms the mutual commitment to our partnership in the future.”

Novosco named top company to work for in UK by Sunday Times

Date: Monday, March 11, 2013

Novosco has been ranked one of the top companies to work for in the UK.

The datacentre expert was placed 50th in the 2013 Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For listing, the highest ranking for a business from Northern Ireland, where Novosco has its head office.

Novosco, head-quartered in the Northern Ireland Science Park, employs about 80 people and also has offices in Dublin and Birmingham.

It provides IT services to many top companies as well as to public, private and voluntary sector clients across the UK and Ireland.

Sunday Times’ Business Editor, Dominic O’Connell, said: “Being included in a Sunday Times Best Companies list is more than ever recognised as a “kite mark” that adds real value to an employer’s brand. Congratulations to all the organisations in this year’s Sunday Times Best Companies lists. You have set the benchmark for workplace excellence.”

This year The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For lists have been derived from entries of 896 organisations. In total over 240,000 employees were surveyed for these lists and an evaluation carried out of each company’s key statistics, processes and policies.

Novosco Named Best Place to Work in IT in Ireland

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Belfast-based Novosco has finished ahead of global leaders in being named the best place to work in IT on the island of Ireland.

The IT infrastructure company, based in the Northern Ireland Science Park, were awarded with the prestigious accolade at the ICT Excellence Awards 2013 in Dublin.

Novosco was the only Northern Ireland company to win an award at the event in the Ballsbridge Hotel, which presented a range of prizes across the island’s IT sector.

The win follows the company’s inclusion in the Sunday Times ‘Best Companies to Work For’ listing 2013, and its inclusion in the Deloitte Fast 50 this year for the 13th year in a row.

Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said Novosco places the highest priority on employing, retaining and developing the very best people.

“From health and wellbeing programmes to flexible working, good communication, team building activities, training and development, we work extremely hard to make Novosco a great place to work,” he added.

“What sets us apart from our competitors is having the best people with the best skills, and we are very proud of the expertise that we have built.”

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.

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.