Managed cloud provider Novosco has been awarded the contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH). The Trust runs Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie maternity hospital and is one of the largest and most digitised Trusts in the UK.
CUH is one of the 16 global digital exemplar (GDE) Trusts selected by NHS England for its digital excellence and maturity.
The contract, which is worth £107million over seven years, will see Novosco provide a range of services to support CUH’s award-winning eHospital digital programme and its electronic patient record system, Epic.
It adds to Novosco’s existing portfolio of health sector clients, which includes a number of UK NHS trusts.
The company, which is headquartered in Belfast and has offices in Manchester and Dublin, also counts major housing associations and universities, two premier league football teams, and some of the island of Ireland’s best-known businesses as customers.
The services Novosco will be providing to CUH include installing new secure platforms for application hosting, including Epic; updating end-user computing devices and print solutions; installing resilient and reliable networks; and delivering the technology that will enable the Trust to achieve its GDE objectives.
Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, says: “CUH is regarded as one of the leading lights in healthcare digital transformation in the UK and we are delighted that they have chosen Novosco to provide these vitally important IT services. We look forward to working with CUH to help them further extend their digital platform and capabilities and to help them provide even better and safer care to patients.”
CUH director of digital, Dr Jag Ahluwalia, added: “We are pleased to confirm our new partnership with Novosco and look forward to working with them to meet the next set of challenges we face in our ambitious and ongoing plan to improve healthcare through technology. The further digital development of our hospital is central to improving care for our patients and providing a better experience for our staff”.
One of Northern Ireland’s leading IT businesses has joined with Ulster University to offer the IT engineers of the future the chance to develop their skills.
Novosco Cloud Camp – an educational initiative by managed cloud provider Novosco - will run at the university’s Jordanstown Campus between 30th July and 3rd August 2018, and it is bigger and better than ever before.
Free of charge and open to students between the ages of 16 and 17 (on 30th July 2018) at schools and colleges across Northern Ireland, it will provide hands-on IT infrastructure experience, as well as a fun learning environment.
Part of the camp will take place in Ulster University’s smart environment labs, which include some of the latest smart technologies, as well as a state-of-the-art robot called Sandy.
Professional IT engineers and Ulster University 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 lunch voucher each day. There will also be complementary transport provided from Belfast city centre to the university.
The camp will help students develop their skills in areas including hardware and operating systems, creating a virtual server, machine learning / artificial intelligence, machine vision and sensor technologies, cloud technologies and consider the ‘Internet of Things’.
To mark its third year, the number of places on the camp this year has been increased by one-third.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “Novosco Cloud Camp has grown and got better each year that it has taken place and we are delighted to expand the camp again this year in conjunction with Ulster University, with 40 places available. We were overwhelmed with the interest in last year’s Novosco Cloud Camp, and we anticipate even stronger interest this year. We are delighted to be working with Ulster University to help deliver the camp, 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.”
Ulster University School of Computing Associate Head of School, Dr Nicola Ayre said: “As Northern Ireland continues to attract global tech companies and local tech companies continue to compete on a global stage, it is imperative that we have a steady stream of qualified graduates with strong technology skills to fill the well paid positions available. The Novosco Cloud Camp in association with Ulster University aims to develop skills, raise ambitions and prepare future IT leaders by presenting the opportunity for participants to engage with our state-of-the-art robot, experiment with some of the very latest technology in our research labs and fully immerse themselves in the world of IT outside of a classroom setting.”
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 over 180 people, mainly in Belfast.
Ulster University’s smart environments include a smart kitchen, smart bedroom and smart living room, used to support investigations into the area of assistive technologies and activity recognition.
In addition, a newly refurbished robotics laboratory is being used to investigate the development of autonomous robotics which could be used within home-based settings.
To complement this, a set of 400 sensing nodes is currently available to be deployed in a smart environment covering a footprint of over 6,800 square feet.
The university also has a multitude of mobile platforms and a recently installed mobile laboratory.
In an incredible night, Novosco wins:
Managed cloud provider Novosco won a trio of top awards last night across two major Northern Ireland awards schemes.
The Belfast-headquartered business won IT Company of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards and the overall Outstanding Business of the Year at the same event in the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.
Meanwhile, across the city, the company’s Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, was named Business Personality of the Year at the Digital DNA Awards, which took place at St Anne’s Cathedral.
Novosco is a fast-growing business that employs 180 people, mostly in Belfast, and also has offices in Dublin and Manchester.
Its clients include two Premier League Football Teams, many of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, major universities in the UK and Ireland, some of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK, and several of London’s biggest housing associations.
The company was founded by local entrepreneurs Patrick McAliskey and John Lennon.
Judges in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards said of Novosco: “This company has discovered a leading position in its market and has developed truly innovative solutions to help businesses become better and more efficient. Its CSR efforts are to be commended and its commitment to its own staff sets a standard that many could learn from.”
The judging panel also praised the strength and commitment of the leadership team at Novosco in steering the company to “phenomenal success”, and one judge commented: “Novosco has got the lot”!
Novosco, which is continuing to recruit for high-value roles in Belfast, 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 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.
Please note that Novosco Manchester and Dublin offices will be closed Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April.
Novosco Belfast office will be closed Monday 2nd April.
Our support team will be providing support as normal to those customers with 24/7 Support Contracts.
One of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious series of running races has announced its full race schedule for 2018.
The Novosco 10k Grand Prix has officially revealed that two new races have been added to the 2018 schedule, bringing the total number of races up to 17 with a total prize fund of over £8,500.
New to the line-up this year is the Crossgar 10k and the Saintfield 10k. These fixtures form the now 16-race series which kickstarts with the SPAR Craic 10k on Saturday, March 17 in Belfast and ends with the Seeley Cup 10k taking place in Belfast's Ormeau Park in November.
Sponsored by managed cloud provider Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, the Grand Prix, now in its third year, features hundreds of individual runners of all ages and ability as well as 6-person club teams. The 16-race series of 10-kilometre running races is staged throughout Northern Ireland over nine months.
Uniquely, each race is timed and age-graded using an aggregate scoring system meaning the Grand Prix is carefully designed to be mindful of gender, age and ability. Each runner’s ranking is updated in an overall leaderboard after each race. Runners must complete 6 of the 16 races to feature on the leaderboard.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey said:
“Once again we’re delighted to support a growing Novosco 10k Grand Prix. We’re pleased to see a strong running culture emerging among newcomers, seasoned competitors and athletics clubs across Northern Ireland, and indeed within the IT sector.
“With the addition of two new races to the 2018 series, the Novosco 10k Grand Prix now features sixteen races staged across Northern Ireland over nine months – that’s just shy of two 10-kilometre races per month meaning as familiar faces get accustomed to the series we’re introducing new fixtures to refresh it and make it more challenging.”
Event organiser, Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, said:
“With the addition of two new race fixtures we’re able to extend the reach of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix, bringing it to new parts of Northern Ireland and encouraging new runners in those areas to put their best foot forward. To earn your place on the 2018 leaderboard you need to finish 6 of 17 races, so by extending the geographic reach of the Grand Prix we hope to introduce this to more runners eager to make their mark on the final standings.”
Cash prizes are awarded to the top 20 finalists at the end of the 2018 Grand Prix as well as prizes for the top 4 ranking clubs. New this year, a cash prize will also be awarded to the top 3 runners across the finish line on race day at each of the 17 races.