Welcome to BJSSinfo@bjss.com

BJSS News

BJSS wins The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its innovative Agile approach to software delivery

21 April 2018: BJSS, the award winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its software delivery approach – Enterprise Agile.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is one of the world’s most distinguished business awards, celebrating and recognising enterprise excellence in UK companies. Announced annually by Her Majesty the Queen, the awards follow a rigorous and highly competitive judging process and are only bestowed on organisations that maintain the highest levels of business excellence.

Conceived by BJSS in 2008, Enterprise Agile is based on the Company’s software delivery experience, often in challenging, deadline-sensitive environments, and has ensured the delivery of some of the world’s most ambitious IT transformation programmes. Enterprise Agile addresses critical technical risks at the beginning of the project delivery, and prescribes innovative processes that enable Agile to be successfully adopted by public and private sector organisations.

One notable Enterprise Agile success is the complete re-engineering of the NHS legacy Spine national healthcare infrastructure. NHS Spine 2 was delivered by a combined NHS and BJSS team that worked collaboratively to build what is believed to be the one of the largest and most significant Open Source systems in the public sector to date. This easier, faster and cheaper system is the technological backbone of the NHS, and has successfully achieved an 89% improvement in response time, whilst saving the NHS £21 million in its first year of operation.

Glynn Robinson, managing director of BJSS says: “We are honoured to have won this prestigious accolade and to be recognised by the Queen’s Award for our innovation. This is a significant moment for us as we celebrate our 25th year of operation, and is a real testament to our commitment to leadership and excellence in technology delivery.”

###

About BJSS

BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy with 25 years software development and IT advisory experience to the private and public sectors. The company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

About Enterprise Agile

Enterprise Agile is an Agile delivery framework for delivering change to technology-led products and services. Developed by BJSS practitioners, and based on experience from hundreds of successful engagements, Enterprise Agile enables predictable, cost-effective IT change that delivers rapid business value in even the most complex and dynamic environments.

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

AWS selects BJSS to deliver “AWS Well-Architected Framework” reviews

6 April 2018: BJSS, the award winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy announces that it is one of a select group of leading partners invited by AWS to join the “AWS Well-Architected Framework” programme.

The Well-Architected framework has been developed by AWS to help companies build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient cloud infrastructure possible for their applications. This framework provides a consistent approach to evaluate architectures, and provides guidance to help implement designs that will scale with application needs over time.

As a member of the programme, BJSS will deliver Well Architected Framework reviews to help clients build & deploy faster, and lower or mitigate risk.  As part of the review, customers benefit from a detailed report which includes suggestions on the business impact of their design decisions and best practice workload guidance based on the pillars of security, reliability, performance, cost, and operational excellence.

James Whitehouse, BJSS Director comments: “As an advanced AWS partner, and one of only a handful selected to join the AWS Well-Architected Partner Programme, we’re excited about this significant step. The framework enables BJSS to deliver crucial reviews to AWS customers, and remediate their critical workloads through a consistent and reliable framework. This is a fantastic endorsement of our skills, capability and delivery approach and we look forward to working with customers as they build their future architectures on AWS.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

BJSS looks to double its intake of apprentices in 2018

5 March 2018: BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy today reaffirms its commitment as an enthusiastic employer of apprentices. The company pledges to double its current intake of young people and equip them for careers in digital technology and consultancy.

BJSS introduced its Apprenticeship Programme in 2016. Since then, of the apprentices that have joined, 90% have gone on to take permanent full-time positions in the company.

Through its apprenticeship programme, BJSS has demonstrated that having a university degree is not necessarily a prerequisite to enjoying a career in digital technology and consultancy. A prime example of this is James Demaine, a 20-year-old apprentice that joined BJSS in 2017 directly from sixth form. Since starting his apprenticeship, James has already worked on some of the company’s biggest projects including deliveries for the NHS. James chose an apprenticeship instead of university, because he believes that the soft skills taught in tertiary education are not always relevant to real working life.

The BJSS programme enables apprentices to contribute to and learn from live projects. They become increasingly ‘hands-on’ as they develop their IT and digital skills. BJSS’ apprentice staff also benefit from the company’s award-winning internal training channel, the BJSS:Academy, and industry certification related to their chosen career route.

James Demaine, Apprentice Software Tester, at BJSS: “Having access to some of the most experienced people in the industry has been invaluable to my career. Being able to work on real projects from the start allows you to get that practical experience that you just don’t get from a university. I would advise everybody considering an apprenticeship to follow their passions and they will be rewarded.”

Glynn Robinson, Managing Director at BJSS: “With the digital landscape set to become an even bigger part of Britain’s economy over the next few years, technology organisations such as BJSS have a role to play in ensuring that as many young people as possible are equipped to pursue careers in this space. The BJSS apprenticeship programme allows them to experience the job first hand and, in conjunction with our internal BJSS:Academy learning and development channel, develop the skills they need for a high-quality and rewarding career.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

Statement from BJSS regarding the DfE Skills partnership

26 October 2017: Commenting on today’s announcement from the Department for Education Skills Summit, Glynn Robinson, BJSS managing director says:

“We welcome any commitment to the positive reform of technical education. It is a crucial step towards safeguarding our country’s digital competitiveness. In order to train the next generation of highly skilled workers, and to broaden access to the sector, it is key that primary and secondary school teachers are properly equipped and resourced to teach the digital skills that will be required by the time today’s school children enter the workforce.

“We recently conducted research with YouGov and revealed that 67% of teachers throughout feel that they can’t effectively teach coding to children aged between eight and fifteen as they don’t have the right skills or tools. What is more – 76% of teachers surveyed felt that it was important for technology companies in the private sector to engage more with local schools to help.

“At BJSS we are firmly behind the call for employers to support with eliminating the UK’s skills gap. We encourage businesses to directly engage with local communities and schools to highlight the varied careers that children can have in the technology sector. It isn’t just the students that benefit – employees also develop more motivation and pride in their role as a result – so it’s a win-win in many respects.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

67% of teachers across Britain feel under-equipped to teach coding

New research from BJSS and YouGov reveals more needs to be done to help teachers prepare the next generation to take on jobs in the digital sector.

26 October 2017: A new survey from BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, and YouGov reveals that 67% of teachers throughout Britain feel that they can’t effectively teach coding to children aged between eight and fifteen as they don’t have the right skills or tools.

The survey, conducted with 500 primary and secondary school teachers from schools across Britain, also revealed that 83% of teachers believe it’s important for the Department of Education (DOE) to provide better training with (39%) stating that they do not have access to adequate IT and software to teach coding. 76% also felt that it was important for technology companies to engage more with local schools to help address the issue.

Teachers surveyed also felt that it was important to:

  • Provide coding lessons for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (71%)
  • Provide extra teaching support for underachieving children in this subject (65%)
  • Subsidise personal computing equipment for children aged eight to fifteen (60%)

 

Glynn Robinson, managing director at BJSS, said: “To safeguard the UK’s digital competitiveness, it is crucial that primary and secondary school teachers are properly equipped and resourced to teach the digital and coding skills that will be required by the time today’s schoolchildren enter the workforce.”

BJSS has partnered with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to teaching coding skills to British school children, and Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, to deliver the UK’s first creative coding platform aligned with the national computing curriculum. Over 1,000 pupils have already benefited from free Turinglab learning, 100 of which have received a scholarship from BJSS. A national rollout has been committed to for 2018 and BJSS is looking not only to increase its scholarship fund but also to extend the training to teachers.

Glynn Robinson, concludes: “76% of teachers we surveyed felt that it was important for technology companies in the private sector to engage more with local schools to help. We believe that companies like BJSS have a role to play in ensuring that the skills of the next generation of IT talent are properly developed. We are already helping the students and are excited to extend this to teachers as well.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

BJSS to create 70 local jobs with new Scottish hub

21 August 2017:  BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that it has expanded to Scotland with an immediate objective to recruit 70 highly-skilled IT consultants from the local area.

This team, based in the BJSS Scottish hub, will play a key delivery role for the company’s Scottish and global clients, as well as developing further business opportunities in the region. The facility will be led by a dedicated Head of Delivery, also recruited from the local area, who will report directly to a member of the BJSS board.

BJSS works with organisations such as NHS Digital, RBS, The Co-operative, ITV, BP and Lloyds Banking Group. Recent successes include a complete re-engineering of the NHS Spine 2 national healthcare infrastructure, and the development of a global trade matching system which facilitates six out of every 10 foreign exchange trades worldwide. BJSS has already secured its first major Scottish client, Disclosure Scotland, an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government, where it is delivering large-scale IT transformation.

In a further commitment to its investment in Scotland, BJSS has today joined the Scottish Business Pledge. This demonstrates the company’s dedication towards ethical business practices and supporting the Scottish Government’s aim of achieving greater equality, sustainability and innovation within the Scottish economy.

James Whitehouse, BJSS board director, said: “Scotland has a long-held reputation for innovation, access to large corporate clients, and a skilled talent pool from the largest concentration of universities in Europe. Our expansion to Scotland, our sixth UK location, provides us with a great opportunity to help local companies resolve their most complex IT and business issues. We look forward to welcoming professionals from Scotland to our existing team of 800 BJSS colleagues.”

Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, added: “BJSS’ plans to create 70 local jobs within its new Scottish hub shows the strength of the financial and business services sector in Scotland and is great news for the local economy in and around Glasgow. Furthermore, the company’s decision to make the Scottish Business Pledge shows that sustainable growth and commitment to fair working practices go hand in hand.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

BJSS confirms event sponsorship of 2017 Software Testing Conference, NORTH

10 August 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, is sponsoring the 2017 Software Testing Conference NORTH for the second consecutive year.

A 31-Media event, Software Testing Conference NORTH will be held at The Principal York on the 26th and 27th September 2017. It 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.

Andrew Holt, Editor of TEST Magazine and organiser of the Software Testing Conference NORTH, says: “This is a wonderful endorsement once more from BJSS. The conference proved immensely popular last year and with the support of BJSS we are looking to make this year’s conference even bigger and better.”

Frazer Robinson, Head of Marketing at BJSS, adds: “We’re pleased to once again support the Software Testing Conference, NORTH. Last year’s event allowed us to share our perspective and expertise. We look forward to engaging with some of the region’s most prominent software testing professionals again this year.”

To register, please visit http://north.softwaretestingconference.com/

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More

Turinglab, Ada and BJSS pilot the UK’s first curriculum-linked creative coding platform to advance digital skills education

01 August 2017: Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to teaching fundamental coding skills to school children, has partnered with Ada, the National College for Digital Skills to develop and pilot the UK’s first creative coding platform aligned to the national computing curriculum. BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy supported Turinglab to develop this platform.

During the six-week summer pilot, Ada spearheaded the rollout of Turinglab’s learning platform to 30 schools across the UK. Over 1,000 students – more than double the initial target of 500 – benefited from this learning. Taking feedback from the pilot, Ada and Turinglab will further develop the platform before making it available to schools across the UK later this year.

The move is an essential step in supporting the national curriculum for computing, helping students develop the knowledge and skillsets needed to address the current digital skills gap in the UK economy. The platform, developed by Turinglab with pro-bono software development and testing support provided by BJSS, uses a mix of gamification and creative project-based software tools to help improve digital teaching standards and open up future technology career and apprenticeship opportunities.

The Turinglab online platform will help students in early secondary school (KS3 and KS4) learn fundamental coding skills mapped directly to the national curriculum. It is designed specifically for younger students and is based upon 18 months working with children learning to code, as well as input from a number of influential computing educators, including Mark Dorling, co-author of the KS1-3 CAS Computing Progression Pathways, and Peter Kemp, advisor for the new KS4 curriculum.

Turinglab created the platform, with support from BJSS’ dedicated teams in Leeds and Bristol. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provided supporting funding through a grant to Ada’s online learning umbrella, Ada Advance Initiatives.

Glynn Robinson, MD at BJSS, said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic initiative. Organisations like Turinglab and Ada play an essential role in passing on the skills that children need to thrive in the digital age. By combining our support with Ada’s reach, Turinglab has ensured that hundreds of children from all walks of life, and educators across the country, benefit from engaging learning which is mapped to the national curriculum.”

Sam Green, Founder of Turinglab, said: “This new platform is an important step for all involved. It enables Ada, as the National College for Digital Skills, to honour their commitment to advancing best practice for the teaching and learning of digital skills; it allows BJSS, our industry collaborator, to invest in technology and young people with credible partners driving real change; and it accelerates Turinglab’s ability to empower children across the country with fundamental digital skills through creative coding.”

Mark Smith, CEO of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, adds: “We are excited that the partnership with Turinglab has yielded a robust platform for students to start coding creatively. Learning digital skills doesn’t just start at sixth form — from a young age, students are already developing the skillsets and mindsets that will drive the UK’s increasingly digital economy. As our first online learning venture under Ada Advance Initiatives, this platform is a strong first step toward Ada fulfilling its remit as a truly national college.”

==ENDS==

Notes to Editor:

  1. Students learn and practice a set of core coding skills. They are then challenged to create a project of their own, typically a game or application, to reinforce their learning by applying it directly to a problem.
  2. The platform has been designed with the teacher in mind and is to be used in conjunction with traditional teaching methods. Soon the platform will allow teachers to be able to monitor student progress across common areas of subject misconceptions. These analytics will provide greater understanding of their classrooms and enable more effective and targeted intervention.
  3. In February 2017, BJSS announced a community investment partnership with Turinglab which will see BJSS finance 100 Turinglab scholarships each year for children from low income families. The first ten children to qualify for these scholarships have recently completed their learning ahead of a wider rollout to Leeds and Manchester in the autumn and Bristol in January.
  4. The February 2017 announcement also confirmed that BJSS would play a key delivery role to Turinglab, providing the organisation with pro-bono software development expertise, in addition to marketing and commercial support. The technical expertise and development support required for Turinglab and Ada represents the first stage of this commitment.
  5. Jo Moran, IT Teacher, St.Pauls Girls School (Number 1 Secondary in the UK): “Turinglab have provided a very useful tool which has encouraged the girls to work independently at KS3 through to GCSE level providing a structured and enjoyable way to learn and develop their coding skills.”
  6. Cris Baptiste, ICT & Computing Teacher, Saint Gabriel’s College (Ranked 10,244 of 14,534 Secondary in the UK): “In the short time my students have taken part in the Turinglab pilot, general interest in computer science has grown, with several asking for the pilot to continue after the summer holiday. The platform has a lot to offer – from colourful drawings and interactive animations to programming exercises and online quizzes bringing computer science theory to life. The great news for me has been an increase in the number of girls now showing interest, and the programming languages used by Turinglab, being Python and Javascript, fit in perfectly with the next phase of studies at GCSE level.
  7. If you teach coding in your classroom, or at a school or holiday club – register interest at www.turinglab.co.uk/online.

 

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

 

About BJSS:

BJSS (www.bjss.com) is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

About Turinglab:

Turinglab is an education technology organisation working to empower the next generation with digital skills. We develop software and teaching resources to support more engaging and educational computing classes – some of which we run ourselves.

Turinglab works closely with leading academic institutions to deliver its mission more effectively – working, for example, with Imperial College London to provide outreach courses that aim to increase diversity in technology. Turinglab is also on the inaugural EDUCATE cohort, a UCL / NESTA / BESA partnership aiming at equipping EdTech organisations with the skills needed to develop robust education interventions.

About Ada, the National College for Digital Skills:

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills was announced by the Prime Minister in December 2014. It is England’s first new Further Education College since 1993 and opened doors to students in September 2016. It offers a sixth form as well as a higher level apprenticeship degree programme in conjunction with some of the UK’s biggest names in industry.

Ada’s mission is to work with industry to design and deliver an education that empowers all its students, especially women and those from low-income backgrounds, to progress into highly skilled digital roles and lead flourishing lives. Ada is focused on using digital skills as a tool for social mobility.

For more information on Ada contact press@adacollege.org.uk

 

 

Read More

BJSS and Turinglab launch summer coding classes

Weekend classes for school children from low income families aimed at advancing STEM education and fundamental coding skills

10 July 2017: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that its community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap, has launched at Cockburn School in Leeds. The programme teaches fundamental coding skills to school children, aged between 11 and 16, from low income families.

The BJSS-funded sessions are designed to improve digital skills and increase interest in STEM-based careers. They combine the best of online learning and in-person teaching to provide an engaging learning experience.

The Cockburn School sessions are delivered by Turinglab-trained undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate alumni of the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford. This is the first phase of a wider initiative in which BJSS will fund Turinglab scholarships for children in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.

Glynn Robinson, Managing Director at BJSS, and a member of the Turinglab advisory board, said: “As an organisation that prides itself on hiring the best local talent, we recognise that socio-economic circumstances should never be a barrier to opportunity. Our community investment will see BJSS finance 100 yearly scholarships so that children can develop their IT skills. I’m delighted that our partnership with Turinglab is benefiting children from local communities.”

Sam Green, Managing Director, and Co-Founder of Turinglab, said: “We started Turinglab to ensure that children’s first steps into coding are fun and creative. Through the BJSS scholarship funding, we are giving children from low income families the opportunity to develop important digital skills, and the ability to create the future.”

Emma Husband, Assistant Headteacher at Cockburn High School, adds: “Cockburn is committed to ensuring that its students are fully prepared with the skills, aspirations and academic qualifications needed to take them forward in life. We work closely with local and national employers to provide workshops to develop these skills. This programme has given our coding group an excellent opportunity to build expertise that will be essential to the British economy over the next few years. These sessions also provide the opportunity to work with students from local universities, helping our learners to see where these skills can take them.”

For more information on the BJSS Turinglab scholarships, please visit: www.turinglab.co.uk/north

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

About BJSS

BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT Consultancy. With over 20 years’ software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.

About Turinglab

Turinglab is an education technology organisation working to empower the next generation with digital skills. We develop software and teaching resources to support more engaging and educational computing classes – some of which we run ourselves. It has been operating since the summer of 2015, and currently works with Imperial College Department of Computing to deliver its coding outreach programme. As part of the initiative, children have delivered more than 1,600 coding projects, with 90% of the children stating that they wanted to code more.

Read More

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, Carl has delivered complex distributed computing systems and has advised on all aspects of the software delivery lifecycle for clients in the financial services, commodities, public sector and retail industries.

James Whitehouse, BJSS board director and head of client services, says: “Having already worked with senior-level clients to help shape their technology and business decisions, Carl’s wealth of knowledge and experience has added enormous value to our engagements. This appointment is further evidence of our commitment to attracting and retaining the very best talent.”

Media Resources:

Carl Austin Press-Quality Headshot

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

Read More