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In a world where knowledge is the key to future prosperity, the productivity of the United Kingdom is dependent upon our ability to fully exploit the capability of information technology. This has immense implications for the role of IT professionals and managers. No longer isolated, today's information services department operates at the heart of the business. With this changing role comes an increasing need for IT professionals and managers to demonstrate high standards of professional competence and achievement. People matter; the contribution of a highly competent and motivated IT workforce is an essential ingredient of the ProfIT programme. Professionalism is linked inextricably to skills.

Looking for a programming job in a big tech firm? Find one by playing games with Code Arcade - 30 Sep 2016

From TechRepublic Learning is easier when it's fun. That's the reason behind a lot of the gamification of STEM topics especially programming. CodeFights knows that, which is the entire basis of its compete-to-get-hired system. CodeFights features a bunch of programming challenges that pit experts in head-to-head battles to see ... read more..

A-Level results day: ICT has lowest pass rate in UK - 23 Aug 2016

From IT Pro The state of the UK's IT education continues to plummet, as 2016's A-Level results reveal that ICT has the lowest pass rate of any A-Level subject. Just 10% of students who took the subject achieved an A* or A grade, compared to more than half of further ... read more..

City University London launches data science and cyber security courses - 06 May 2014

From City University London will this year begin its first post-graduate courses in data science and cyber security, which will help businesses fill skills gaps as they try to get more out of the high volumes of data they have and protect its value against cyber threats. The MSc Data Science ... read more..

IBM calls for industry-wide support for computing teachers - 03 Mar 2014

From Computerworld UK IBM has called on the whole of the IT industry to come together to provide support for computing teachers so that children leave school with the skills employers need. 'We need to build an industry-wide support forum so it is no longer ... read more..

UK CIOs must modernise, report warns - 28 Apr 2013

From InformationWeek UK business and government organisations need to sharpen their act when it comes to making best use of modern IT, according to two new reports. The first, by the country's main professional HR association, the 100-year old Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), slams the private sector for not ... read more..

(ISC)2 and the CSA announce certification for cloud security - 28 Apr 2013

From Information security professional body (ISC)2 and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) have signed an agreement to collaborate on a new professional certification for information security. The initiative is aimed at addressing concern over the security of cloud-based services by establishing a common global understanding and best practices in design, implementation ... read more..

Leeds City College - 23 Jan 2013

NCC ITDA Case StudyOff the blocks and into the record booksThe first further education college to achieve the National Computing Centres IT Department Accreditation standard has done so in style Leeds City College recorded one of the highest ever scores for customer satisfaction when it secured its ITDA status ... read more..

Selecting & Implementing a New FMS for the Not for Profit sector - 17 Jan 2012

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2012Time: 09:00 - 13:30 (GMT)Location: LondonCost: Free of ChargeEnrol: Click hereOverview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management Solution - specifically for the Not for Profit sector, is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does ... read more..

Embedding a culture of quality - 06 Sep 2011

ITDA CASE STUDY: Elan IT Michael Dean talks to Jason Reaney, IT Director at recruitment company Elan about how their accreditation to the National Computing Centres (NCC) Standard for IT departments helped them embed a culture of quality which will help them fulfil wider ambitions. Elan is one of ... read more..

Nottingham Trent University achieve the gold standard in IT - 08 Aug 2011

Michael Dean speaks to Ian Griffiths, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Information Systems at Nottingham Trent University about their accreditation the National Computing Centre Standard for IT Departments. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest universities in the UK with a student population in excess of 24,000. One of ... read more..

Results of NCC Members Question: CBT Training Tool - 20 Jun 2011

Results of NCC Member's Question: Issued 15 June 2011 NCC Members can ask relevant questions to the wider NCC membership, moderated by NCC. We collate the responses, where appropriate anonymise them and publish the results on the website for the benefit of the wider membership. Are members aware of any ... read more..

NCC Members Question: CBT Training Tool - 15 Jun 2011

NCC Members can ask relevant questions to the wider NCC membership, moderated by NCC. We collate the responses, where appropriate anonymise them, then publish the results on the website for the benefit of the wider Membership. Can you help? Are members aware of any single CBT training tool that encompasses ... read more..

JANET(UK) - 19 Apr 2011

Michael Dean talks to Peter Kent of JANET(UK) about its recent accreditation to the National Computing Centres IT Department Standard. JANET is well known in IT circles. It is the network dedicated to the needs of education and research in the UK, connecting the UKs education and research organisations to ... read more..

AQA's IT Department gets the thumbs up from the National Computing Centre - 29 Jul 2010

Press ReleaseFrom the National Computing Centre, Manchester. Issued 29th July 2010 The IT Department of the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), has joined a growing roll call of organisations accredited to the National Computing Centres Standard for IT Departments. AQA is the biggest provider of general qualifications (GCSE ... read more..

UCAS secure their place at the top - 28 Jun 2010

UCAS become the latest organisation to have the performance of their IT Department accredited by NCC, Michael Dean investigates. The university sector has hardly been out of the headlines recently with a constant flow of stories about public spending cuts and their impact. Whilst these stories have been featured in ... read more..

NCC IT Department Accreditation - a catalyst for change - 10 Jun 2010

AQA - ITDA Case Study The latest organisation to have successfully completed the National Computing Centre IT Department Accreditation is the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), Michael Dean investigates. AQA is the biggest provider of general qualifications (GCSE and GSE etc) in the UK and one of the big ... read more..

Unifying data management and information access - 25 May 2010

unified data management case studyLocated in an attractive campus about a mile from the centre of the city, The University of Bath is one of the UKs leading universities, with an international reputation and ranked in the top ten of the countrys annual university league tables.The ChallengeAs a result of ... read more..

The Future of ICT in Education & the Changing Political Landscape - 22 Feb 2010

With the general election looming and a potential government change in 2010, the future for ICT and schools programmes will be up for debate. The growth in investment since 1997 will come under increasing pressures as the new government wrestles with a massive deficit and a need to reassess priorities ... read more..

Building the Foundations for Change - 25 Nov 2009

Maggie Berry, Director of, questions whether the infrastructure is in place to support women seeking a career within the IT industry.Lets start with a few facts and figures. Currently, just 19% of the IT and Telecoms workforce is female, a figure which has fallen by 4% since 2005. Just ... read more..

Erudine Cannot Become Legacy - 12 Nov 2009

This is the second part of a series of white papers by Erudine that examines the issues and problems of Legacy Systems. First, this paper takes a look how legacy problems are usually confined to the components of a project that handle behaviour. Second, this paper introduces the Erudine Behaviour ... read more..

The Burden of Legacy - 12 Nov 2009

One of the most difficult challenges facing IT directors today is maintaining and upgrading legacy systems. Legacy is becoming a hot topic: research by the Gartner group show that the main concern amongst IT managers in mid-sized IT companies is integration with legacy systems.The Burden of Legacy ... read more..

Data Governance - 12 Nov 2009

This independent survey conducted by the National Computing Centre and sponsored by IBM, found that most organisations now recognise the importance of good data governance. However, few are actually implementing policies, and when policies are implemented, it is the IT department who is responsible for delivery. The report looks at: ... read more..

Unique Improvements to Business Process Management - 12 Nov 2009

The Erudine Behaviour Engine is an innovative technology for the generation and management of complex business rules. This paper examines how the unique benefits the engine can bring to projects requiring business data workflow management, and specifically Business Process Management (BPM) and Business Process Automation (BPA) systems.Unique Improvements to Business ... read more..

Unlocking Tacit Knowledge - 12 Nov 2009

The problems and issues around requirements capture and management are well documented within the IT industry. It is the defects in the requirements definition process that very often lead to failure in the successful implementation of major IT projects. We would all contend that truly successful development can only take ... read more..

Profiting from Experience - 12 Nov 2009

Programmes and projects are significant investments and key mechanisms by which business change is achieved. Yet many otherwise successful organisations fail to reap full value from this investment by not learning the lessons from this experience.Profiting from Experience ... read more..

Unlocking the Value in your Data - 12 Nov 2009

Information lies at the heart of effective management. Not only are business executives accountable for the information published to the market, but effective strategic and operational decisions rely on intelligence derived from available data. Organisations need to have access to the 'right' data to improve competitiveness, grow market share, meet ... read more..

Performance measurement - 12 Nov 2009

Given the significant costs and strategic value of IT, measuring its performance is at least as important as measuring the performance of any other key business function. Yet many organisations find IT performance measurement challenging, so they settle for measuring what they can - rather than what they want or ... read more..

Getting real alignment between business and IT - 12 Nov 2009

Achieving successful alignment of IT with the business starts with reaching an understanding and agreement between business and IT about IT's role and business contribution. This will get senior management in both IT and the business, involved and accountable for IT governance, and support the board in setting direction. True ... read more..

Developing and implementing a consistent risk management framework - 12 Nov 2009

Organisations recognise the need for risk management, and many purport to have it in place. Further investigation often reveals inconsistent and superficial processes for risk identification and management, and even inconsistent approaches to risk categorisation. Management is reassured by the belief that risk management is in place, as evidenced by ... read more..

Managing IT investment to achieve value - 12 Nov 2009

For some companies, IT budgeting can seem like a mystical art fit only for specialist accountants; for others, it's a money pit that yields few measurable benefits. The complex issues at play include visible and invisible spend, varying views on approaches such as total cost of ownership (TCO), expected lifespan ... read more..



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