Home Office wins award for ‘Best use of Cloud Services’ at the 2015’s Computing/ BCS UK IT Industry Awards


This November QA Consulting joined the UK’s leading technology companies and professionals at London’s Battersea Park for 2015’s UK IT Industry Awards.

The awards focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months. With over 1,300 guests in attendance, the awards bring together the industry’s leading players for the biggest night of the year.

The Home Office won the award for the Best Use of Cloud Services, for their EBSA solution. This is a project that QA Consulting (incorporating NETbuilder Academy) have been involved in delivering since its inception 2 years ago. They were able to leverage QA Consulting’s expertise in DevOps and their partnership with Puppet Labs to design and build out this Enterprise grade platform.

QA Consulting would like to congratulate our customer, the Home Office on their wins at the 2015 Computing/ BCS UK IT Industry Awards. It was great to see Jackie Keane and Neil Butler collect the award on the Home Office’s behalf.

NETbuilder & Puppet Labs collaborated for Automate Everything

Automate Everything

On June 25th 2015, NETbuilder and Puppet Labs joined forces to present the market with ‘Automate Everything’. The event took place at Marks Bar, located in the basement bar of HIX, Soho. The space is great for private events with the atmospheric cocktail bar that runs the length of the room. It is by far one of the coolest bars in London boasting leather chesterfields, smoky mirrors, ambient lighting and a traditional bar billiards table.

The event marked the beginning of NETbuilder and Puppet Labs partnership. Through doing so, NETbuilder can not only supply the market with cost effective Puppet trained consultants, but also aggressively priced solution design and delivery capability. Therefore supporting new and existing implementations of their configuration management tool and offering new and existing customers the opportunity to engage with NETbuilder, and take advantage of our full range of DevOps delivery capabilities and services.

1Tony Lysak, CEO of NETbuilder, kicked off the event with a high level overview of NETbuilder. He demonstrated how we operate in the market and how our value proposition can benefit our customers through a reduced reliance on contractors, the scalability and stability that is achieved through our Academy, and an increased delivery capability with the option of skills transfer. Following on from Tony was NETbuilder’s Enterprise Practice Manager, David Njogu, who introduced the audience to DevOps; “DevOps is not a product. It’s a combination of different things. It’s a technology, a culture, a process”. David also created an understanding amongst the audience on how choosing NETbuilder as your DevOps and Configuration Management partner of choice will help you to Automate Everything.

After the audience was made aware of how utilising NETbuilder capabilities can work for them, Nathan Rawlins, VP, Product Marketing, Puppet Labs provided the audience with the obligatory introduction into Puppet Labs and their abilities. He also introduced us to how we can move faster with Puppet Labs and how Automation will help you scale to meet the demands of the next decade. Nathan’s section was concluded by a live Demon from Puppet Labs’ Senior Technical Solutions Engineer.

Neil Butler, Programme Manager for the Immigration Platform Technologies (IPT) Programme at the Home Office, gave a presentation centred on agile delivery at scale for government. He highlighted how the Programme uses NETbuilder services to implement a function responsible for aspects of environment design, creation, support and management of the full lifecycle of environments.

2Once all the presentations were finished the fun began. The majority of the audience stayed for networking along with drinks and canapés.