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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 knowledge you can tap into. When I kicked off my apprenticeship at BJSS, I got the opportunity to interact with people across the different testing roles and learn about what their day-to-day jobs involve. The experience has taught me a lot about the different tools and techniques you can use to test software.

Even though I was a new apprentice, I was quickly assigned to the team responsible for testing the new MOT system for the DVSA. This was a challenging project, but my colleagues supported me throughout, and my confidence quickly kicked in. Since then I’ve worked on testing assignments for separate projects for two additional clients. I am also part of the BJSS delivery team providing pro-bono consultancy support to Turinglab, a BJSS CSR partner that provides fundamental IT teaching support to disadvantaged children. On this role, I am responsible for conducting non-functional testing using JMeter, so that Turinglab can expand its service to British schools and handle lots of concurrent users.

Today I am a permanent member of the BJSS testing team. I get to work on exciting projects, I meet lots of really clever people, and I get to use some really cool software tools. It has been rewarding for me to kick off my career as an apprentice, and the scheme has provided me with a worthwhile and valuable route into IT Consulting.”

Jordan Woodhead (Testing Apprentice, 2016) 

“After completing sixth form, I joined BJSS as an apprentice and was exposed to project work almost immediately. I was lucky enough to spend a year on the NHS e-RS project in a team of approximately seven functional testers. Here I contributed to supporting the application after the NHS had made it live.

I was tasked with adhering to NHS Digital’s strict deadlines and BJSS’ uncompromising commitment to quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this engagement because I knew I was making a positive impact towards healthcare. I’ve now successfully completed my apprenticeship and I’m delighted to have been offered a permanent job at BJSS to stay on as a Junior Functional Tester.

BJSS offers continued support and I feel very lucky to have started my career at a company that values its employees and places importance in creativity, collaboration and passion.”

Glynn Robinson, BJSS managing director, says: “We place a particular emphasis on youth development.  Our Apprenticeship Programme offers compelling career routes into IT consultancy for talented school and college leavers.”

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

 

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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 bespoke Content Management System that enables rapidly-changing content to be quickly published.

Substantial performance improvements created a level of service which is unmatched by Sporting Life’s competition. The entire service was migrated to the public Cloud, providing the flexibility required to accommodate spikes in demand seen during popular sporting events.

BJSS has extensive experience in successfully delivering complex distributed software systems. The initial iteration of the new Sporting Life website was delivered in February 2017, ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest highlights of the horseracing calendar.

Stuart Bullock, BJSS head of client services, says: “This was an ambitious project which reengineered Sporting Life’s digital presence. Moving it to the Cloud, our client has improved its user experience while saving time and money, which can now be deployed elsewhere.”

Andrew Evans, Sky Betting & Gaming head of super affiliates, says: “The BJSS team worked closely with us to ensure that our online presence continues to support our market-leading position. BJSS, with its Enterprise Agile approach, and expertise in Cloud and Open Source, has ensured that our Sportinglife.com service is scalable, high-performance and feature-rich, allowing us to quickly provide compelling sporting content to our customers.”

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. www.bjss.com

About Sky Betting & Gaming:

Headquartered in Leeds and led by Chief Executive, Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming was formed in 2001 and has since grown to become one of the UK’s leading online bookmakers, with a team of around 1,100 employees and a strong track record of innovation. As one of the first bookmakers to recognise the potential of online and then mobile platforms for betting and gaming, Sky Betting & Gaming today operates five major online products – Bet, Vegas, Casino, Poker, and Bingo – as well as leading sports affiliate Oddschecker. In 2015 Sky Betting and Gaming became an independent company following the sale of its majority share by its parent company Sky to CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity houses in a deal which valued Sky Betting and Gaming at £800million. Sky has entered into a long-term brand license agreement and other commercial arrangements with Sky Betting and Gaming in connection with the sale.

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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 to several clients in the energy and commodities trading sectors. Specific expertise includes integrating CTRM systems, architecture optimization and bespoke software development.

According to Seetha Bansil, Chief Financial Officer at Aspect, “Over the past two years we’ve grown so quickly with expanded sales and marketing efforts, that we expect BJSS’ expertise to help us on-board new clients fast, efficiently and cost effectively throughout Europe and the U.S.”

For more information about BJSS and the Aspect Partner Program (APP), visit http://www.aspectenterprise.com/partners/.

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

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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 more successful business community throughout Europe. BJSS will now undertake an in depth face-to-face interview with the judging panel to determine whether it is the winner of one of the 11 categories of the 2016/17 European Business Awards. Winners will be announced at the Gala Final on May 4 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Glynn Robinson, managing director at BJSS, said: “The BJSS team is passionate about delivering technical excellence, so we are honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Ruban d’Honneur in the European Business Award. As one of only 14 companies to be selected from the UK, and one of a handful to have been awarded for two consecutive years in the contest’s history, the Ruban d’Honneur is a testament to our obsession with quality and customer satisfaction. We’re delighted that this has again been recognised at an international level.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and grow as this year’s Ruban D’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to BJSS.”

For further information about the winners, the European Business Awards and RSM please go to www.businessawardseurope.com or www.rsmi.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

European Business Awards Press Office:

Vanessa Wood
Tel: +44 796 6666 657
Email: vanessa.wood@businessawardseurope.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. www.bjss.com

About the European Business Awards:

The European Business Awards’ primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. For all citizens of Europe, prosperity, social and healthcare systems are reliant on businesses creating an even stronger, more innovative, successful, international and ethical business community – one that forms the beating heart of an increasingly globalised economy.

The European Business Awards programme serves the European business community in three ways:

  • It celebrates and endorses individuals’ and organisations’ success
  • It provides and promotes examples of excellence for the business community to aspire to
  • It engages with the European business community to create debate on key issues

 

The European Business Awards is now in its 10th year. This year it engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. Last year’s public vote generated over 227,000 votes from across Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE and PR Newswire. www.businessawardseurope.com.

About RSM:

RSM is the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, encompassing over 120 countries, 793 offices and more than 41,200 people internationally. The network’s total fee income is US$4.8 billion.

RSM is the lead sponsor and corporate champion of the European Business Awards promoting commercial excellence and recognition of entrepreneurial brilliance.

RSM is a member of the Forum of Firms, with the shared objective to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide.

RSM is the brand used by a network of independent accounting and advisory firms each of which practices in its own right. RSM International Limited does not itself provide any accounting and advisory services. Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and in serving the international professional service needs of their client base. www.rsm.global

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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. The 10-week long programme teaches computing skills in a blended-learning environment supported by local Turinglab-trained university students, and a creative project-based software tool with content designed specifically for children. The organisation has already provided over 5,000 hours of learning as the delivery partner to the outreach and diversity initiatives of Imperial College London’s Department of Computing.

In addition to BJSS’ financial and commercial investments, and to support both organisation’s desire to improve STEM and Computing education in the UK, Dr. Glynn Robinson, managing director of BJSS, will join the Turinglab advisory board. This will aid the development of the programme, ensuring that it continues to address the key skills required by the UK technology sector, and will also help Turinglab to expand across the northern UK.

Glynn Robinson, MD at BJSS, said: “Our community investment in Turinglab is a fantastic demonstration of how students, business and universities are collaborating to address the UK’s IT skills gap. We’re especially excited about helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds learn more about technology and ensuring that they are not excluded from Britain’s digital future.”

Sam Green, Founder of Turinglab, said: “BJSS is the perfect partner for us to drive and expand our programme across the UK. We created Turinglab to pass on skills we thought were crucial to the next generation in an increasingly digital world. Never has it been more critical for the UK to address the digital skills gap, and we’re delighted to be working with BJSS to help make this vision a reality.”

Professor Susan Eisenbach, Imperial College London, adds: “We are in the digital age and those without digital skills will be left behind. The evidence shows that girls and children from low-income families are disengaging early on precluding them from providing digital solutions in the future. Imperial College Department of Computing has been very pleased to support Turinglab’s Saturday programming classes for girls and low-income children. We do this because we believe that they excite children about computing and help them develop digital skills. This is a long term goal and we are pleased that organisations such as BJSS are supporting Turinglab to deliver similar programmes throughout Britain.”

For more information on the course, 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.

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

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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 and change management for MOT testers. Secondly, BJSS manages the production environment ensuring software updates delivered by other suppliers are fit for purpose. The service handles around 100 support tickets every day and has delivered over 180 update releases.

“We’re pleased that the itSMF UK has recognised our innovative TSS offering in this way,” says Glynn Robinson, BJSS managing director. “By leading the adoption of Agile and DevOps delivery methods, championing the use of Open Source software and pioneering the use of secure public Cloud technology, BJSS has been instrumental in driving dramatic cost and efficiency improvements for the UK Government. TSS combines these elements into an innovative Transformational Service Management offering which contributes to continuous delivery, rather than acting as a simple ‘trouble ticket’ resource.”

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

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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 components on which the programme relies and which the NHS continues to use.

“Congratulations to Aaron Gibbon, BJSS, for winning Graduate Tester of the Year,” says Cecilia Rehn, Editor of TEST Magazine and Chair of the Judging Panel. “The judging panel was in agreement that Aaron showed clear evidence of applying best practices, collaborating with colleagues and researching and learning from them, as well as from the test community to meet and succeed the needs of his clients and projects. The commitment to share this knowledge in the community via blogs and talks, and within the company via training materials, also highlights his commitment to quality and the wider community. Overall, the Awards programme has seen a 25 per cent increase of entries in 2016, and the competition has been incredibly fierce.”

“We’re very proud of Aaron’s achievement,” continues Glynn Robinson, BJSS manging director. “When he joined the BJSS Graduate Programme, Aaron showed great potential which we realised, with support from the BJSS Academy, would add value to our NHS Spine 2 delivery. As a valued member of our award-winning testing team, we will continue to support Aaron in his journey towards his chosen specialism.”

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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

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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 this. The election has been particularly susceptible to Twitter bots in favour of the Trump campaign. We are also picking up signals that Trump supporters, frustrated at the perception of a media bias, are using Twitter as an alternative broadcast platform.

The SPARCK team set out to see if it could quickly implement a solution to complement the data analytics market. In two weeks a re-useable solution was built to monitor and display the results of any real time event. The SPARCK data analysis tool can be set up in hours to monitor events such as live political polling, product launches, television broadcasts and sporting events.

Real-time data from this live US Election Twitter analysis can be accessed free of charge via the SPARCK website.

Notes to editors:

SPARCK is the strategic design consultancy of BJSS. Data is analysed live and displayed in real-time via the SPARCK website.

This campaign commenced at 14:00BST, 03/10/2016.

Data correct as of 10:30GMT, 04/11/2016:

Total number of Tweets: 13,911,983 Tweets

– Pro-Trump: 10,335,126
– Pro-Clinton: 3,576,857

Average number of Tweets per day: 453,732 Tweets

– Pro-Trump: 334,504 Tweets
– Pro-Clinton: 119,228 Tweets

Average across two weeks:

– Pro-Trump: 75.4%
– Pro-Clinton: 24.6%

Tweets are initially selected by popular election hashtags, for example #Election2016, #MAGA, #TrumpTrain, #TrumpPence16, #ImWithHer, #VoteHillary, #HillaryKaine etc., and then automatically analysed using a custom Data Science sentiment analysis.

Neutral Tweets (i.e. media Tweets or Tweets that show no clear candidate support) have been stripped out for the purpose of this analysis. When added, SPARCK has analysed 24,937,212 Tweets.

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

 

 

 

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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 the client and is delivered from a dedicated ISO27001-compliant facility in Leeds.

Stuart Bullock, BJSS head of client services, said: “We’re delighted that our innovative Technical Support Service has been recognised by the ITSM. Blending Service Operations, Agile and DevOps into a single offering from a single provider frees our clients to focus on their core operations. The BJSS TSS offering incorporates Service Management into the wider development process. This actively contributes to the effectiveness of continuous delivery, rather than acting as a simple troubleshooting service.

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Telephone:  +44 20 3725 2339
E-mail: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 207 337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com

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