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19 Jun

Senior technology appointment at BJSS

19 June 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, announces the appointment of Carl Austin as chief technology officer where he will be responsible for driving growth through digital transformation. He will also play a key role in setting the Company’s technical direction and acting as key enabler of technical and technology solution consulting. Before joining BJSS in 2014 as a Senior Architecture Engineer, Carl worked for Detica (now BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) where he served as chief architect of the Detica CyberReveal product. Carl’s experience covers the entire SDLC, specialising in distributed systems, DevOps and Cloud. While at BJSS, Car[...]

06 Apr

BJSS and its commitment to apprenticeships

6 April 2017: Today the UK Department for Education implemented an Apprenticeship Levy which aims to combine employment with skills and quality training. BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy is already an enthusiastic employer of apprentices, and we look forward to welcoming even more apprentices to our team. Our apprentices contribute to a live project and become increasingly ‘hands-on’ as they develop their skills. They also benefit from access to our award-winning internal training channel, the BJSS Academy, and certification related to their chosen career route. For example: Harrison Chapman (Testing Apprentice, 2016)  “One of the most amazing things about BJSS is the fountain of[...]

06 Mar

BJSS delivers Sporting Life’s next-generation online experience

6 March 2017: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy has delivered an end-to-end digital replacement to Sporting Life, a subsidiary of Sky Betting & Gaming. BJSS worked closely with Sporting Life to understand their existing technology estate and strategic requirements. This resulted in Sporting Life’s legacy online service, which was first introduced in 1996, being completely reengineered. Delivered with the BJSS Enterprise Agile approach and using Open Source technologies, BJSS developed and replaced the Sporting Life online platform and built a complementary set of enterprise-grade iOS and Android mobile applications. The digital replacement also included significant back-end development with a bespok[...]

16 Feb

BJSS and Aspect partner to bring technology transformation to commodities trading firms

16 February 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, and Aspect, the leading provider of cloud commodity trading and risk management solutions, today announced a strategic partnership. The companies will guide commodities trading houses in best practices and processes through implementation and integration of AspectCTRM, Aspect’s flagship product. Amir Soufizadeh, BJSS head of commodities and utilities, says: “We’re thrilled to partner with Aspect and bring our expertise in CTRM deployment and integration expertise in support of Aspect’s market leading solution. Aspect plays a major role in the global distribution of commodities through its cloud software.” BJSS has delivered many successful engagements[...]

13 Feb

BJSS named one of Europe’s 100 leading companies

13 February 2017: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that for the second consecutive year it has been named as the recipient of a Ruban d’Honneur in the 2016/17 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. BJSS was selected from 33,000 entries across Europe by a panel of independent judges because it displayed the core values of innovation, ethics and success. The company is one of 110 companies to be awarded a Ruban d’Honneur, and one of only 14 to be selected from the UK. The European Business Awards was set up to support the development of a stronger and mor[...]

07 Feb

BJSS and Turinglab partner to advance STEM education in the UK

7 February 2017: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery focused IT consultancy, today announces a community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to teaching fundamental coding skills to school children aged between 11 and 16. The partnership will see BJSS finance 100 scholarships each year for children from low income families, initially in Leeds and Manchester. BJSS will also play a key delivery role, providing Turinglab with pro-bono software development expertise, in addition to marketing and commercial support. Turinglab was founded by Sam Green and Henry Lake in 2015 with the aim of improving digital-skill focused STEM education in the UK. T[...]

19 Dec

Amazon Web Services appoints BJSS as Public Sector Advanced Consulting Partner

19 December 2016: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has appointed BJSS as Advanced Consulting Partner in its Public Sector Amazon Partner Network. “We’re pleased to expand our partnership with AWS by leveraging our delivery track record in the UK public sector,” says Tim Hancock, BJSS head of Cloud business development. “Our rapidly growing Cloud practice delivered the UK Government’s first public cloud-based solution. In addition to deliveries to the UK Government, we have also supported retailers, airlines and global broadcasters in their journey to Cloud.” BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts: MWWPR Public Relations Advisors to BJSS Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339 Email: bjss@mww.com David[...]

28 Nov

BJSS recognised by the itSMF UK for DVSA Technical Support Service

28 November 2016: itSMF UK, the IT Service Management Community, has awarded BJSS and its Technical Support Service (TSS), “Service Transformation Project of the Year” for its delivery to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The BJSS TSS offering combines a Service Desk with key ITIL processes, Agile development techniques, and a DevOps culture. The service is provided from a dedicated ISO27001-compliant facility in Leeds, and also includes application and server support in addition to running and supporting Cloud development and test environments. Commissioned for the DVSA in September 2015, TSS provides two core functions. Firstly, to provide incident[...]

21 Nov

BJSS employee named Europe’s top young software tester

21 November 2016:  Aaron Gibbon, a software testing engineer based in the BJSS Leeds Delivery Centre, has been named Graduate Tester of the Year in the 2016 European Software Testing Awards. Aaron joined the autumn 2015 intake of the BJSS Graduate Programme after being awarded a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science and a Master of Engineering from the University of Leeds. During his graduate year, and with support from the in-house BJSS Academy training programme, Aaron played an important role in the testing of the company’s flagship NHS Spine 2 project. He also singlehandedly produced core test automation[...]

04 Nov

Analysis of 14 million Tweets suggests Trump is winning the Twitter War

4 November 2016: More than seven out of every ten Tweets sent in the last four weeks by American voters are in favour of the Trump campaign, according to an independent analysis of Twitter. The BJSS strategic design consultancy – SPARCK – analysed 14 million Tweets, in real time, to reveal a split of 74 to 26 per cent in favour of Donald Trump, contradicting opinion polls which have suggested that sentiment is roughly evenly split. “The difference in results between opinion polls and Twitter is especially interesting to us,” says Simon Sear, Practice Leader at SPARCK. “We see two reasons for[...]

17 Oct

BJSS Technical Support Service for DVSA shortlisted for 2016 ITSM Award

17 October 2016: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, has been named as a finalist in the Service Transformation Project of the Year category of the ITSM Awards. ITSMF UK is the country’s leading IT service management association. Its members include over 700 organisations, ranging from large multinational suppliers to independent firms, employing over 7,000 service management professionals between them. BJSS was selected as a finalist based on its Technical Support Service (TSS) offering which provides a unique combination of a helpdesk, Agile development techniques, and a DevOps culture. The offering is tailored to the individual operational and governance requirements of[...]

12 Oct

BJSS Increases Bristol Investment

12 October 2016:  BJSS the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy announces that it is converting its existing Bristol facility into a full Digital Delivery Hub. This expansion will see BJSS inject significant investment into the City. Tapping into the wealth of creative IT talent available in the Bristol and Bath area, local project delivery teams will provide online, mobile and IT engineering services to clients across the UK and USA, while also fulfilling services that originate from BJSS’ boutique innovation consultancy, Sparck.io. The investment will exceed £2 million in its first year alone and is expected to include: The recruitment of an[...]

05 Oct

BJSS and Hivedome Collaborate on ITAS CTRM Modernisation

5 October 2016: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, and Hivedome, the leading provider of Commodity Trading and Risk Management (‘CTRM’) software, today announce a strategic collaboration which will see BJSS provide specialist IT engineering support to modernise the Hivedome CTRM platform. BJSS and Hivedome have worked together since 2013, jointly supporting a mission-critical system for a multinational commodities trader. This new collaboration will see BJSS support Hivedome with the delivery of a modernisation roadmap including the migration of its flagship product – ITAS – to a SaaS model in the Cloud, as well as providing new value-added services to[...]

04 Oct

BJSS and RBS shortlisted for 2016 European Software Testing Award

4 October 2016: BJSS and RBS have been shortlisted in the Testing Team of the Year category of the 2016 European Software Testing Awards. Over a 14 week engagement, the combined BJSS and RBS team delivered a Quality Assurance and Testing programme to rapidly integrate with Apple Pay across a range of issuers, schemes and merchants. The successful delivery ensured that RBS was the only “big four” bank able to support Apple Pay at launch. Mark Robison, BJSS head of mobile and assurance, says: “This was a technically challenging project and we’re thrilled that the team has been recognised for t[...]

26 Sep

BJSS Graduate Named Finalist in 2016 European Software Testing Awards

26 September 2016: BJSS, the delivery focused IT Consultancy is pleased to announce that Aaron Gibbon, a Software Testing Engineer based in the company’s Leeds Delivery Centre, has been named as a finalist in the Graduate Tester of the Year category of the 2016 European Software Testing Awards. Aaron joined the BJSS Graduate Programme’s 2015 autumn intake and the nomination acknowledges his contribution to testing NHS Spine 2. Aaron singlehandedly produced key test automation components which provide important load, functional, performance and regression testing and save the NHS the equivalent of 20,000 man hours every week. The BJSS Graduate Programme combines[...]

19 Sep

BJSS and NHS Digital save NHS £10million

19 September 2016: BJSS is pleased to announce its work with NHS Digital to build the NHS e-Referral Service (NHS e-RS) has saved the NHS £10 million in its first year of operation. The saving has been achieved due to this collaboration, resulting in a 60 per cent reduction in running costs compared to the Choose and Book system, which the NHS e-Referral Service replaced in June 2015. NHS Digital has previously commissioned BJSS to work collaboratively to build one of the largest Open Source systems in the public sector, Spine 2, a critical part of the national healthcare infrastructure. Adopting[...]

06 Sep

BJSS to Represent UK in European Business Awards 2016/17

Français Español 6 September 2016: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, has once again been named a National Champion for the United Kingdom in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM. This is the third consecutive year that the company has been selected to represent the UK in Europe’s largest business competition. In the 2015/16 contest BJSS was also awarded a Ruban d’Honneur. The Awards, now in their 10th year, are supported by business leaders, academics and political representatives from across Europe, and this year engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. All EU member markets were represented plus[...]

06 Sep

BJSS representará al Reino Unido en los European Business Awards 2016-17

Français English 6 de Septiembre de 2016:  BJSS, la galardonada empresa que ofrece servicios de consultoría tecnológica enfocada en desarrollar modelos de negocios más eficientes y ágiles, ha sido seleccionada, por tercera vez consecutiva, como Campeona Nacional para el Reino Unido en los European Business Awards, la competición empresarial más prestigiosa e importante de Europa, patrocinados por RSM. Este premio se suma a la lista de galardones obtenidos por BJSS en los últimos años. En 2015/16 fue condecorada con el Ruban d’Honneur en los European Business Awards, luego de haber competido inicialmente con más de 32.000 empresas de Europa. Los European[...]

06 Sep

BJSS va représenter le Royaume-Uni lors des European Business Awards 2016-17

Español English 6 Septembre 2016: BJSS, société de consulting spécialisée dans l’exécution et la livraison de projets informatiques complexes, et primée de multiples fois par diverses récompenses nationales et internationales, vient une nouvelle fois d’être choisie comme l’un des Champions Nationaux du Royaume-Uni pour les European Business Awards, un évènement sponsorisé par RSM. Pour la troisième année consécutive, la société BJSS a en effet été sélectionnée pour représenter le Royaume-Uni dans la plus grande compétition d’entreprises en Europe. Lors du concours 2015/16, BJSS avait déjà reçu un Ruban d’Honneur pour récompenser son engagement. Ce concours, qui fêtera bientôt ses dix[...]

22 Aug

BJSS supports Leeds Business Week 2016

22 August 2016: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, announces sponsorship of Leeds Business Week, the UKs largest business programme. Running from 17th to 21st October 2016, Leeds Business Week will offer over 100 business related events providing access to a host of first class delivery partners and a large line-up of seminars, webinars, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and product launches. In addition to sponsoring “The Big Drinks Evening!”, a relaxed, sales free networking event, BJSS will also host four free-to-attend events at its Leeds Project Delivery Centre. Pre-registration for the BJSS events is now available at bjss.com/Leeds. Mike Buck, Business Head[...]

09 Aug

BJSS continues to supply the UK Government through new G-Cloud 8 framework

9 August 2016: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy, has successfully renewed its long-standing G-Cloud supplier agreement with the UK Government. Part of Government’s Digital Marketplace, G-Cloud is an initiative of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) which acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity. The agreement supports the Government’s policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated commercial function at the heart of government. BJSS has supplied the Government and its agencies since G-Cloud was first introduced in 2012. T[...]

01 Aug

BJSS and Apperta Drive Open Source across the NHS

1 August 2016: BJSS, the Award-Winning Delivery-Focused IT Consultancy, and the clinician-supported Apperta Foundation CIC, today announce a partnership to promote the use of Open Source technology products across the NHS. The partnership will initially target deployment of LiveObs across the network of NHS Trusts in England. LiveObs is the BJSS-supported Enterprise edition of the Open e-Obs product, enabling real-time, device-agnostic nursing observations and assessments, multidisciplinary escalation and handover, and clinical task / workload management. Led by clinicians, the Apperta Foundation CIC is a not-for-profit, non-dividend paying Community Interest Company that brings open products and services to market that truly transform t[...]

18 Jul

BJSS Confirms Event Sponsorship of 2016 Software Testing Conference, NORTH

18 July 2016: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy, is sponsoring the 2016 Software Testing Conference NORTH. The conference will be held at the Royal York Hotel between the 27th and 28th September. A 31-Media event, Software Testing Conference NORTH will provide the software testing community with content from industry speakers, practical presentations from the winners of The European Software Testing Awards, round-table discussion forums facilitated and led by key figures, as well as an exhibition where delegates can view the latest products and services. During the conference, BJSS Testing Services Manager, Cassy Calvert, will look at five of the largest software issues[...]

09 Feb

BJSS Named Ruban d’Honneur Recipient in the 2015/16 European Business Awards

9 February 2016: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy,  has been named as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient in the 2015/16 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. After initially competing with over 32,000 companies from across Europe, BJSS was chosen from a shortlist of 678 UK National Champions by a panel of judges made up of European business and political leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. The company is one of 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients chosen from across Europe, and only one of nine from the UK. “Being selected as a Ruban d’Honneur winner from over 30,000 contestants across Europe is a great honour,” says Frazer[...]

08 Feb

BJSS Supports 2016 HackManchester Junior Youth Hack

8 February 2016: BJSS the award-winning, delivery-focused IT and business consultancy has joined forces with HackManchester to support its popular HackManchester Junior coding competition. Set over two days in Manchester, with support from expert mentors, the hackathon aims to develop digital skills by providing challenges for teams of 13 to 17 year olds to solve. The BJSS challenge involves participants identifying Open Source and Commercial software products and then creating a “Top Trumps” style game to assess their strengths and weaknesses. Claire Foster or HackManchester explains: “Hack events give young people the problem-solving, teamwork and invention skills they’ll need to work in[...]

11 Jan

Updates to the BJSS Enterprise Agile Delivery Approach

HIGHLIGHTS: 2016 update includes a major overhaul accommodating changing market dynamics Approach detailed in the book “BJSS Enterprise Agile: Practical insight and methods for successful IT delivery” (Wilson, N, 2016, 4th Leeds, 2016, ISBN 978-0-9565371-2-6) Book available for free download from bjss.com/ea and the Apple iBooks Store‎   11 January 2016: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT and business consultancy, is today launching a major update to its proven delivery approach, BJSS Enterprise Agile®. Expanding on traditional agile principles, BJSS Enterprise Agile facilitates the efficient and predictable delivery of software products through values which promote a risk-first, architecture-centric outlook. Since its introduction in 2008,[...]

19 Nov

BJSS Wins European Software Testing Award for NHS Spine 2

19 November 2015: BJSS the award-winning, delivery-focused IT and business consultancy has been awarded the Best Testing Project in the Public Sector at the 2015 European Software Testing Awards. The award recognises BJSS’ successful NHS Spine 2 delivery, the largest Open Source system in the UK public sector and a critical part of England’s national healthcare infrastructure. As part of the award, BJSS was required to provide compelling evidence that it worked closely with its client to deliver the solution on time and within budget. BJSS also needed to demonstrate that the delivery was responsive to the different and complex needs of t[...]

20 Sep

BJSS supports Leeds Business Week

28 September 2015: BJSS today announces that it is a key sponsor of Leeds Business Week, the UK’s largest business programme. The award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy is also the sole sponsor of the Leeds Business Lunch, which takes place on the 15th October. Running from 12th – 16th October, Leeds Business Week offers over 100 business related events providing access to a host of first class delivery partners, key events and a large line-up of seminars, webinars, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and product launches. Most events are free to attend and the programme usually welcomes around 3,000 contributors, global experts and[...]

10 Sep

BJSS Selected as European Software Testing Awards Finalist

10 September 2015: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has been selected as a finalist in the Best Overall Testing Project – Public Sector category of the 2015 European Software Testing Awards. The programme celebrates companies and individuals who have accomplished significant achievements in the software testing and quality assurance market. BJSS was shortlisted based on the NHS Spine 2 delivery, which has achieved an 89 per cent reduction in response time, daily productivity savings of 750 hours, and cost savings of £21million in its first year. Winners will be announced in London on 18 November.[...]

08 Sep

BJSS to represent the UK in 2015/16 European Business Awards

08 September 2015: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy has been named as a National Champion for the United Kingdom in the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. This is the second consecutive year that BJSS has been chosen to represent the United Kingdom in this prestigious competition that is supported by business leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe. “We’re very proud to have again been selected to represent the United Kingdom as a National Champion,” says Glynn Robinson, BJSS Managing Director. “The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and in t[...]

04 Sep

BJSS-delivered NHS Spine saves £21m over the first year of operation

04 September 2015: BJSS is pleased to announce it has played a major role, working with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in saving the NHS £21million in the last year. BJSS and HSCIC worked collaboratively to build what is believed to be the one of the largest Open Source systems in the public sector – and a critical part of England’s national healthcare infrastructure. Replacing commercial tools with Open Source tools, leveraging commodity hardware and adopting the BJSS Enterprise Agile approach enabled the joint BJSS & HSCIC team to deliver a system with an 89 per cent reduction[...]

13 Aug

BJSS Wins 2015 Stevie® International Business Award

13 August 2015:  BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has today been named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Company of the Year – Computer Services category in its 12th Annual International Business Awards. This is the second consecutive year that BJSS has been recognised in this category (2014: Bronze Winner). The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards programme. “The IBAs grow in stature and renown every year, and with that the number and quality of entries increases,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “This year’s judges were treated to more than[...]

15 Jun

BJSS wins Gold ESQR Award

15 June 2015:  BJSS, the international delivery-focused IT Consultancy, has won Gold in the 2015 European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) Quality Achievements Award. The award tops off a successful 12 months for BJSS which has seen a number of highlights, included being named in the London Stock Exchange 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list for the second year running. The ESQR, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, recognises and highlights outstanding business results, best practices, quality awareness and achievements by companies in regional and global markets. It is dedicated to quality improvement techniques, recognition and research. Collecting the award on behalf of[...]

28 Apr

BJSS delivery reduces development costs while improving user experience at Waitrose

28 April 2015: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, has successfully delivered an engagement on behalf of Waitrose, enabling the retailer to reduce its development costs whilst improving productivity. BJSS re-engineered the existing client application software suite deployed to devices, enhancing the user experience and improving reliability and responsiveness. The devices are used to facilitate inventory and store room management in addition to shop floor activities such as inventory, shelf and waste management, price reductions of perishable goods, and product transfers. In addition to the enhancements made to its device estate, Waitrose’s software delivery process was further improved with the introduction[...]

09 Mar

BJSS identified in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ for the second year

9 March 2015:  BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, has again been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com. Established in 1993, BJSS is an award-winning IT consultancy recognised for its experience across several industry sectors. In 2014 the company[...]

09 Feb

BJSS Named as a Finalist in the European IT & Software Excellence Awards

9 February 2015: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy has been named as a finalist in the European IT & Software Excellence Awards. The nomination, in the Public Sector and Utilities Solution of the Year category, recognises the company’s ground-breaking delivery of Spine 2, a critical part of England’s national healthcare infrastructure. Believed to be the largest Open Source-based system in the UK public sector, Spine 2 was delivered by BJSS in partnership with the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Handling over 400,000 unique user logons and about 250 million transactions every month, the system is used across 20,000[...]

20 Jan

BJSS launches recruitment programme to attract the best graduate talent

20 January 2015: According to a recent study, there has been a significant rise in graduate employment in the UK, highlighting how the graduate jobs market is continuing to change. Research from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit shows that the jobs market is picking up for young people in Britain, as early graduate unemployment saw its biggest fall in 15 years in 2014. The research also reveals that prospects for graduates going into areas, hit severely by the recession, have improved significantly in the past year, with all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects experiencing lower unemployment rates. IT consultancy[...]

09 Sep

BJSS and HSCIC work together to develop a new Spine for the NHS

9 September 2014:  BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, and the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today announced the successful redevelopment of the NHS Spine – a critical part of England’s national healthcare infrastructure. The combined teams have worked collaboratively using Open Source tools and an agile approach, to build what is believed to be the one of the largest and most significant Open Source systems in the public sector to date. BJSS has extensive experience in the issues facing software projects and successfully delivering complex distributed software systems. Not only does its ‘BJSS Enterprise Agile’ approach eradicate technical and[...]

08 Sep

BJSS named National Champion in the European Business Awards 2014/15

8 September 2014:  BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has been named as a National Champion for the United Kingdom in The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM International; a prestigious competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe. The European Business Awards now in its eighth year engaged with over 24,000 businesses from 33 European countries this year. With 709 National Champions selected throughout Europe, BJSS joins 64 other National Champions representing the United Kingdom in the second phase of the competition. Established in 1993 in Leeds, BJSS is an award-winning IT consultancy with a growing[...]

18 Aug

BJSS Wins 2014 Stevie® International Business Award

18 August 2014: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has been named as the winner of a bronze Stevie® Award in the Company of the Year – Computer Services category in its 11th Annual International Business Awards. This award recognizes the BJSS Enterprise AgileTM delivery approach which was developed based on the company’s experience of delivering high performance, high availability software systems. Winners were selected by more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August. “We congratulate all of the Stevie winners in this year’s IBAs,” says Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stev[...]

17 Jul

BJSS Announced as National Business Awards Finalist

17 July 2014: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has been shortlisted in the Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year category of the 2014 National Business Awards. This follows a recent announcement by the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 that BJSS is the fourth fastest-growing private company for international sales UK-wide, and fastest in Yorkshire. Established in 1993 in Leeds, BJSS is an award-winning IT consultancy with a growing international presence. The company is recognised for its experience in the financial services, commodity trading, media & telecoms, retail, and government sectors. Hamdi Conger, Chairman, Allied Glass Containers, and judge for t[...]

16 Jul

BJSS Wins 2014 Best Business Award

16 July 2014: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has won the Best Information Provider category in the 2014 Best Business Awards for its work with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The award recognises companies that have helped clients successfully harness technology to improve customer service or deliver operational advantage. As the HSCIC’s agile delivery partner, BJSS has been working collaboratively using Open Source tools and BJSS Enterprise Agile to build three key NHS systems – Hospital Episodes Statistics (delivered in 2013), Spine 2 and the NHS e-Referral Service (both of which are in development). This is the third[...]

13 Jul

BJSS Ranks Fourth in 2014 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

13 July 2014: BJSS, the delivery-focused IT consultancy, has been recognised as Britain’s fourth fastest-growing private company for international sales in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. Established in 1993 in Leeds, BJSS is an award-winning IT consultancy with a growing international presence. The company is recognised for its experience in the financial services, commodity trading, media & telecoms, retail, and government sectors. The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 ranks Britain’s private companies by fastest-growing overseas sales. The report is produced yearly by Fast Track, an Oxford-based research firm that tracks Britain’s most dynamic unquoted companies and has compiled league tables[...]

13 Jun

BJSS contributes to ‘diplohack’ for End Sexual Violence in Conflict

13 June 2014:  BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, has allocated four of its senior software developers to participate in and provide technical development guidance to the End Sexual Violence in Conflict ‘diplohack’. As part of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the diplohack is championed by the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr William Hague, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The initiative brings together developers from across the world alongside diplomats, experts on sexual violence in conflict and NGO representatives and tasks them to produc[...]

30 Apr

BJSS Makes Board Appointments

30 April 2014: BJSS announces the appointment of Stuart Bullock and James Whitehouse to its Board of Directors. Stuart Bullock joined BJSS in 2006 as a Project Manager and is now Head of Client Services, North with responsibility for the company’s Project Centre operations in Leeds and Manchester. James Whitehouse joined the company in 2009 after a career in Consultancy and running his own technology company. As Head of Client Services, South, James leads the company’s operations in London and Bristol. BJSS Managing Director Glynn Robinson comments on the appointments: “I’m delighted to welcome James and Stuart to the Board. BJSS[...]

20 Feb

BJSS Opens Bristol Office

20 February 2014: BJSS continues its UK growth with the opening of an office in Bristol, its fifth UK location. The Bristol team will be responsible for supporting BJSS clients in the South West and playing a key role in developing further business opportunities in the region. “Bristol is an important location for BJSS,” explains BJSS General Manager, Mark Hipperson. “It provides a great base to service the many manufacturing and financial service organisations for which the South West and Wales have become renowned. Crucially, Bristol is also a major hub of promising IT talent. We look forward to welcoming professionals from[...]

04 Feb

BJSS Delivers Foreign & Commonwealth Office ‘Crisis Hub’

4 February 2014: BJSS delivers a project in partnership with Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to develop and implement a fully-bespoke and integrated IT platform to aid its response to international crises. The FCO’s Digital and Consular Strategies envisage a Foreign Office that provides better quality services, provides more of those services digitally, and delivers an improved crisis response. The system replaces one which was decommissioned in May 2013 and follows a commitment by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr William Hague, that the FCO would introduce a new crisis IT system for British nationals affected[...]

03 Dec

BJSS Named One of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain

3 December 2013: BJSS was today identified in the London Stock Exchange report ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain‘ – a celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. As well as identifying 1,000 companies from the 4.5 million SMEs in the UK, the report examines in detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy.[...]

02 Dec

BJSS Wins Best Big Data Project of 2013

2 December 2013: BJSS, in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), has won the Big Data Project of the Year category in this year’s TechSuccess Awards for there-engineering of  the NHS Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data platform. HES was originally conceived in the late 1980s, and provides data for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, government and supporting organisations. The enables access to secure analysis of health trends, performance benchmarks, academic research and international comparisons. The project was delivered by BJSS and the HSCIC, and resulted in the entire system being re-written.  The 3.5 million lines[...]

25 Nov

BJSS Wins TechWorld Award for Public Sector Project of the Year

25 November 2013: BJSS, in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), has won the Public Sector Project of the Year category of the Techworld Awards for the re-engineering of the NHS Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data platform. HES was conceived in the late 1980s and provides data for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, government and supporting organisations. The enables access to secure analysis of health trends, performance benchmarks, academic research and international comparisons. The project was delivered by BJSS and the HSCIC and resulted in the entire system being re-written. The 3.5 million[...]

12 Nov

BJSS Named as Finalist in Techworld Awards

12 November 2013: BJSS has been named as a finalist in the Public Sector Project of the Year category of the Techworld Awards. The Techworld Awards highlight innovation on all sides of the IT industry. BJSS was selected for its successful re-engineering of a big data platform that is used by a major public sector provider. Glynn Robinson, BJSS Managing Director says: “I’m very pleased that this landmark project has been recognised in this way. Our twenty years’ experience of deploying enterprise-scale IT solutions combined with our BJSS Enterprise Agile approach ensured the successful delivery of this challenging but rewarding project. T[...]

29 Oct

BJSS Awarded G-Cloud 4 Framework

29 October 2013: BJSS today announces its appointment to the G-Cloud 4 government procurement framework. BJSS has delivered several successful engagements for a number of central government organisations under previous iterations of the G-Cloud framework. Commenting on the announcement, Glynn Robinson, BJSS Managing Director said “I’m very pleased that we will be able to build on our track record of successful delivery established under previous versions of the G-Cloud framework, and continue to provide cost-effective services to our growing number of public sector clients.”[...]

23 Sep

BJSS re-engineers data platform supporting Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

23 September 2013:  BJSS today announced that it has delivered a project on behalf of Britain’s health service to bring day-to-day maintenance of its Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data platform fully in-house. HES, which is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) ensures that hospitals and affiliated providers in England receive payment for their services. The data is also used for secure analysis of health trends, performance benchmarks, academic research and international comparisons. HSCIC previously worked with a third party provider to ensure day-to-day platform maintenance. BJSS Technical Architects and Project Managers worked closely with the HSCIC[...]

18 Sep

BJSS shortlisted for the UK IT Awards 2013

18 September 2013: BJSS has been shortlisted for the UK IT Awards 2013 in the ‘Project Excellence: Big Data Project of the Year’ category for its work with the public sector. Since signing up to the G-Cloud framework in Feb 2012, BJSS has been awarded several projects in the public sector including the re-engineering of Spine2 for the NHS Connecting for Health and working with the NHS to re-develop its e-Referral Service. The BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. David Clarke MBE, Group Chief Executive Officer of[...]

09 Sep

NHS engages BJSS to build NHS e-Referral Service

9 September 2013: BJSS has been selected to develop the NHS e-Referral Service. The NHS e-Referral Service will succeed the existing Choose and Book service, in use across the NHS in England, and is being developed to support the drive toward paperless referrals and a paperless NHS by 2018. Handling more than 40 million referrals across its lifetime, Choose and Book is an online referral and appointment booking system that enables NHS professionals and patients to select their preferred healthcare provider, date, time and confirm an appointment. Within the scope of the initial phase of software development are a number[...]

16 Apr

BJSS Releases White Paper: Enterprise DevOps – Aligning Development and Operations

16 April 2013: BJSS today releases its latest White Paper: Enterprise DevOps – Aligning Development and Operations. Many Enterprises may have already made good progress in adopting Agile delivery techniques over the last decade but fail to fully realise the benefits of Agile due to the chasm between Development and Operations. This paper identifies these cultural and logistical challenges and identifies how they can be overcome. The paper: Explains why there is often friction between the Development and Operations teams. Introduces and defines DevOps. Explains how DevOps relates to Agile development, continuous delivery and operational processes. Discusses how DevOps adoption is[...]

24 Jan

BJSS Opens New York Office

24 January 2013: BJSS Inc., a rapidly growing UK-based IT consultancy firm, is now serving the U.S. market, bringing relief to businesses hampered by the most common problems that impede operational resiliency and project delivery.  BJSS has witnessed significant transformation in its 20 years of serving the world’s leading financial institutions and multi-national corporations.  Numerous high-stakes customer engagements have proven to BJSS that delivering results boils down to combatting common project delivery challenges by adhering to a “No Surprises End-game” mentality – in other words, say what you’ll do, do what you say and be transparent. Mark Hipperson, President, BJSS Inc.,[...]

15 Jan

BJSS to develop infrastructure options for NHS Connecting for Health

15 January 2013: The Department of Health’s IT strategy, The Power of Information, identifies a need to ‘move to industry adoption of open standards, greater interconnectivity and interoperability, and greater competition between system suppliers to support local service requirements’ and options for Spine 2 will recognise this requirement. In February 2012 BJSS was awarded a Framework Agreement to supply Specialist Cloud Services to the UK Government via the G-Cloud programme and was subsequently selected to work alongside NHS Connecting for Health on options for the Spine 2 project in June 2012. “The Holy Grail in IT development is to be better,[...]

15 Dec

BJSS wins Sunday Times Tech Track ‘Ones to Recognise’ Award

BJSS, an established IT consultancy and specialist agile development company, has been selected from a shortlist of five finalists to receive the ultimate ‘Ones to Recognise’ Award, by the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 League. Now in its twelfth year this prestigious ranking compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research, publishing and events company, tracks Britain’s most dynamic unquoted technology companies, based on technical innovation and sales growth. BJSS has experienced 30% compound growth through the last six years and reported an annual turnover of £42m million in 2011/2012. BJSS designs, implements and delivers sophisticated software and infrastructure projects. The emergence of[...]

09 Aug

BJSS Continues Relationship with Global Energy Company

9 August 2010: BJSS, the Leeds and London-based IT Consultancy and Development firm, today announced it has been retained as the prime supplier for the next release of a strategic middle office transformation programme for a global energy company. The programme will deliver front-to-back straight through processing for all locations, from deal entry through to settlement and risk. The capability delivered by BJSS includes a strategic pricing service for all physical oil deals and derivatives, and a new application for real-time reporting of exposure, P&L and position. The updated system will allow the client to connect their systems, people and processes[...]

16 Oct

First Phase of Commodity Trading System Delivered

16 October 2009: BJSS has successfully delivered Release 1 of a major middle office and STP transformation programme for a global oil trading organisation. This represents the first release of a 3-year transformation programme to provide STP, real-time reporting capability and a single pricing solution across the client’s global trading landscape. Using BJSS’s Enterprise Agile approach, the delivery team combined the benefits of Agile and iterative techniques with the client’s more traditional Waterfall delivery method. This allowed the client to evolve “to-be” business organisation and process in parallel with a strict delivery schedule for the solution, maximising productivity and efficiency of[...]

05 Aug

BJSS Enhances Structured Credit Derivatives Trading Systems

5 August 2009: The first phase of an engagement for a major Investment Bank to enhance the systems supporting Structured Credit Derivatives trading has been successfully delivered. A major focus of the work has been the implementation of a new pricing methodology, together with a range of architectural, process and technology enhancements designed to accommodate demand for rapid system updates to meet the changing needs of the market. The adoption of BJSS Enterprise Agile within the client team has enabled BJSS to deliver improved business value from constrained resources whilst dramatically improving the time to value of system enhancements.[...]

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