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

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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.

The NETbuilder Academy is now part of QA Consulting

 

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As some of you may have seen in recent weeks The NETbuilder Academy has been acquired by QA, the leader in IT and business skills training.

This acquisition has led to the creation of QA Consulting which incorporates the NETbuilder Academy.

NETbuilder continue to offer Digital and Technology Consulting Services, and have their own separate LinkedIn page here.

The NETbuilder Summit 2015

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Last week NETbuilder travelled to Palma, Mallorca for the annual NETbuilder Summit 2015! It was a brilliant chance to catch up with NETbuilder employees and great to get everybody together again.

Day 1.

It was a bright and early start for NETbuilder employees on Saturday morning. NETbuilder CEO, Tony Lysak, kicked off the Summit with an inspiring keynote on how NETbuilder will be scaling up in 2016.

This was then followed by a technology update by Damien Despas, discussing how NETbuilder havIMG_1555e consolidated during their first semester and how the technology team will be supporting the growth of NETbuilder. Damien then went on to discuss the creation of a new line of business within the company and its focus for the rest of the year.

In addition to the technology update, Enterprise Practice Manager, David Njogu, discussed how we are investing in continued development through additional training and how we have developed a clear certification program road map. David also went on to discuss how we will be conducting more reviews to help develop a progression road map for our consultants and how we will be enabling our clients to form an active part of our consultants skill development. The session was concluded by introducing the NETbuilder Tech Champion Award nominees, this new award is NETbuilder’s way of recognising the hard  work our consultants do throughout the year.

IMG_1603Gareth Davis, Head of Academy, gave a brilliant insight into what the Academy have been up to in the past year and gave recognition to Karen Lysak, Aaron Mulholland, James Thompson, Kathryn Briggs and Matthew Barnard for their hard work throughout the year.  Finally, he showed us how the NETbuilder Academy was undertaking the ServiceNow training courses in order for NETbuilder to supply the market with certified ServiceNow delivery agents..

Once day one’s internal presentations concluded, our partners and clients delivered some inspiring presentations on how they had been working with NETbuilder and provided some great tips for our consultants with how they can progress and become better consultants in the Expert Panel.

Saturday was concluded with everyone gathering for traditional Tapas at Cella Sa Presma, followed by plenty of drinks and dancing at Palma’s night-time hotspot Titos.

Day 2.

After, what we can call a late night, day two started slightly later at a reasonable 11am . The Marketing team delivered the first presentation of the day where they discussed what marketing have been working on over the course of the past 9 months and how they are looking to build relationships with Partners, Customers, Universities, Graduates and our Consultants moving forward into 2016.

IMG_1609This was then followed by our Recruitment Manager, Liam Maidlow, who gave a brilliant insight into what has changed in 2015 within recruitment. One of the biggest changes being, with our Academy now based in Manchester, Media City, the offer for graduates has changed; they are now based in a very digital location which has produced a strong bond between trainees in and outside of training and with that our recruitment team has expanded to help fill the demand for our clients.

The 2015 summit concluded at 12.30pm where many of our attendees then proceeded to the pool area to enjoy a few drinks and a swim in the sun before heading back to England.

It was fantastic to see everybody attend the NETbuilder Summit 2015 and we can’t wait to see even more of you in 2016!

The NETbuilder Academy becomes part of QA

NETbuilder_ID_A2_RGB_300NETbuilder are excited to announce The NETbuilder Academy has been acquired by QA, the leader in IT and business skills training.

The acquisition will reinforce The NETbuilder Academy’s position as leading provider of STEM-graduate consultants providing specialist IT skills into Clients. The combination of The NETbuilder Academy and QA will provide a unique solution to the ‘digital talent gap’ experienced by many companies, as it brings together QA’s technical training expertise with NETbuilder’s established graduate programme.

Tony Lysak, Managing Director of The NETbuilder Academy, who will head up the new combined division, adds: “We’re delighted to be joining QA who we’ve always seen as the leading brand in professional learning, and looking forward to working with many more of QA’s clients. Joining forces means we can be even more effective at delivering flexible IT resourcing solutions into UK employers, and leverage the nation-wide training facilities of QA”.

The acquisition will allow The NETbuilder Academy to gain access to QA’s 6000 strong customer portfolio, providing us with the unrivalled ability to address the need of the growing digital economy.

“We are very pleased to bring The NETbuilder Academy capabilities and expertise into our business”, said William Macpherson, Chief Executive of QA. “We are delighted to be combining QA’s Gateway programme with the industry specialist leader, The NETbuilder Academy. This exciting opportunity will enhance our provision of innovative resource solutions for our customers when talent is scarce.”

All at The NETbuilder Academy are excited to start this new part of our journey with QA.

For more information on QA please visit https://www.qa.com/news/qa-acquires-netbuilder-academy.

The NETbuilder Hackathon

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On the 24th of July NETbuilder gathered 40 consultants, divided into 6 teams for the first NETbuilder Hackathon. With the key to a good hackathon being in the food and drink naturally we had a near unlimited supply of Energy Drinks and snacks.IMG_1435

At 12pm the Hackathon officially started with the teams setting up their environments and planning their projects. Within the hour every available piece of paper and board space was consumed with diagrams and illustrations as the teams planned. A number of special guest appearances were made by a number of colourful characters including a coding Monkey, Mario and a Princess.

The teams coded through the afternoon and their ideas began to take form within the code. All of the teams had chosen to use some technology they had never used before and so, as we entered the evening, technical problems arouse. Tensions rose as they searched for solutions but the good attitudes they started with held the teams together. Beer, Cards against Humanity and pool became common activities as the night drew in and breaks were needed.

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As the hackathon entered the early morning people began to give into the call for sleep and the numbers started to dwindle. Fortunately Mario and the princess stuck around to keep the spirits high.

By sunrise there were but five consultants left representing 3 teams. The first project was a mobile app that was aimed at rating banter called “Bantapp” which included a sound board. The second was a desktop application about a dungeon exploration game involving avoiding deadly traps in a text-based procedurally generated world. The third was a mobile app about collecting and fighting monsters.IMG_1436

Then at 11 am, 23 hours after starting the last 5 fell, the need to sleep became too great and, while not completed, they left happy with the state of their applications.

NETbuilder signs partnership with Pega

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NETbuilder has been awarded the status as a Pega Silver Partner. The partnership was established to allow both customers and Pega the opportunity to scale their businesses with onshore certified resource in the UK and US.

NETbuilder carefully select the technology vendors that we engage as partners. We believe that Pega’s ever growing market position and constant innovation of their platform are a great addition to NETbuilder. The addition of Pega allows our customers to constantly evolve using one unified platform.

Pega delivers a unified application development platform that empowers the world’s leading companies to turn the constant change of today’s business landscape into a competitive advantage. After being founded in 1983, Pega has since gone onto become a leader in rules-based Business Process Management, Customer Relationship Management, business rules and adaptive analytics. Their impressive portfolio has allowed them to achieve a trusted status amongst some of the world’s most dominant organisations, who have used Pega to empower their game changing business strategies.

NETbuilder provide Lead Systems Architects (LSA), Certified Senior Systems Architects (CSSA) and has a vast and growing pool of Certified Systems Architects (CSA’s). This ensures that our customers not only draw from our expertise but can also build from their own capabilities at a low comparative cost, onshore and take control of their Pega projects, reducing or removing the need to engage costly third parties and offshore delivery partners.

Pega are dedicated to delivering high quality solutions to Digitise the Enterprise, bringing applications to the customer with greater efficiency whilst vastly reducing the time to realise a return on their investment. NETbuilder are committed and excited to be a part of this journey.

NETbuilder partners with Cloudera

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NETbuilder partners with Cloudera, a leader in next generation data Big Data Analytics Platforms. NETbuilder carefully select which technology vendors we engage as partners. Cloudera are in a dominant market position and constantly innovate making them a perfect fit for NETbuilder.

The addition of Cloudera allows our customers to leverage the masses of captured unstructured data. After being founded in 2008, American based Cloudera is the first company to commercialise Apache Hadoop and to develop enterprise solutions built on this powerful open source technology. Cloudera is recognised as the largest contributor and innovator in the Hadoop Open Source Software community, share and are widely recognised as the industry standard in enterprise Hadoop.

Our partnership with Cloudera will allow NETbuilder to supply the market with cost effective Cloudera trained Data Analysts and Developers to support new and existing implementations of their Hadoop Platform. This partnership adds a vital technology to our Enterprise technology stack, giving us truly front to back capabilities.

Working with Cloudera, NETbuilder are able to do the initial design and implementation. We are able to quickly deploy consultants from the Academy to further develop the platform and enable our customers to be self-sufficient.

NETbuilder have seen positive results since signing the partnership and we are excited to continue to support Cloudera’s mission of bringing the power of Hadoop, MapReduce, and distributed storage to customers across all market sectors.

The NETbuilder Academy moves to Manchester

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After months of planning we have moved the NETbuilder Academy to the bright lights of Media City, Manchester.

This move was important for the growth of our academy. Tony Lysak, CEO commented “The NETbuilder Academy has grown at over 100% per year since opening in 2011, so well in fact, that we launched our offerings in the United States last year and have already seen huge traction.

Currently the academy has deployed 150 graduates into some of UK’s biggest companies. The Manchester facility adds the capacity to train a further 400 consultants per annum”. The new offices officially welcomed their first batch of trainees on Monday the 2nd of March. Alongside our new offices we have invested in luxury accommodation where our trainees will be living, creating a campus feel for NETbuilder within Media City.
If you are interested in joining the NETbuilder Academy please apply at NETbuilder.com.