Our Technology Breakfast experience

by Kayleigh Maggs

 

I’m what you would call a newbie; new to software and new in my workplace having joined Soitron UK in early January. As with any ambitious new starter, I combe through the internet for events. A chance to be amongst my peers with the opportunity to expand my knowledge whilst also growing my network as in any industry, it’s not always what you know and what you can offer but who you know and who you can be introduced to.

 

Tortworth 1The list of panel speakers sent prior to the event lessened the blow of the 5:45am alarm I had set to ensure I got to the event in timely fashion. Arriving at the venue, a delicious smell of bacon and egg rolls and coffee greeted me. Insider Media who put on the event were thoughtful in ensuring there would be no hungry belly or tired eye distracting the full room from engaging with each of its panel speakers.

 

One of the opening points made by David Clensy is quite an eye-opener. The technology sector in Bristol & Bath generated £8.1 billion p.a in 2018. Even more shocking though, a lot of the panels discussions highlight the problem we face with the supply of IT engineers not even coming close to meeting the high demand. At this mention, like a hunting dog hearing a deer in the woods, my ears prick with delight. I had come to learn but had no idea I’d be leaning just how valuable my current role at Soitron will be for just about every business I could come to meet. Now I understand why nearshore staffing solutions are quickly becoming popular options for companies of all sizes.

 

The discussions continued to dissect why are we facing this problem. In the UK, people are choosing work to suit their lifestyle and are demanding creativity and agility in the way in which they work, which doesn’t suit all employers. Additionally, the UK is experiencing a shortage of skilled IT professionals with the qualifications achieved in our Universities not fulfilling the skills required in the workplace. To grow this sector, schools and Universities need to become more engaged in helping students be more aware at an early age of the possible paths available to them; to inspire and lead them into a digital age whereby it will be essential to possess such skills.

 

Tortworth 3This doesn’t however help our immediate problem in sourcing experienced IT professionals. To fulfil these positions, we need to make use of the networking and meetup groups in our areas as well as the advantages technology has given us and connect with the deep pool of talent in nearshore Europe. No longer is doing business within our own locality a priority. With advantages such as multi-lingual workers, lower wage expectations and similar laws and regs across Europe, as technology has evolved, the way in which we work has too. With firms like Cardstream, (Adam Sharpe, chief executive) payment in different currencies has been made easy, bridging the gap between countries even further.
But the challenges don’t end with sourcing the right people.

 

Tech companies small and large are finding it’s the implementation stage most businesses struggle with. Andrew Pass, an engineering manager for MSA Safety spoke of the software they use to bring the feelings of someone dealing with heights and small spaces in the workplace to the end user using AR (Artificial Reality). In aligning the two, he’s able to create an understand of ‘why’, to help with the implementation. As with any situation in life, until we understand the why, we question the purpose. This role-out can’t be duplicated across an entire business though and without a company-wide buy in, the success of any implementation plan can vary significantly.

 

AR (Augmented reality) and VR (Virtual reality) will undoubtably become common use in the years to come, but there is still a lot of reluctance in firms adopting new ways of working due to concerns over security. Esther Connock, corporate marketing director of XMOS works with voice capturing. Not new to the her and her colleagues who have been developing this complicated tool for years but relatively new to the general public with the its most widely known use in the launch of the Amazon Echo in the US less than four years ago.
Though AR, VR and VC will inevitably catch on, (once upon a time people were cynical of the internet ever catching on), securing our own personal data remains paramount. Roland Emmans, head of technology sector at HSBC UK made comparison to the layers of security we now have in our homes compared to 20 years ago. As the risk increases, the layers of security increase to provide as much protection as possible to both the business and the consumer. For any hackers that do slip through, Benjamin Hosack, co-founder of Foregenix has designed an investigative tool to enhance cyber security which a analyses trends at the front edge of the technology we use.

 

Tortworth 5If I can be certain of anything from today’s discussions, though uncertain, the future of digital technologies is an exciting, progressive path of discovery. Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw is a prime example of how progress can be made when demonstrating a disruptive business model. Challenging a culture and looking at what clients need rather than what they want. He is currently collaborating to find a cure to Parkinson’s; through all Renishaw’s current success’, that would be truly awe inspiring and set the stage for a future where the only limits are the ones, we impose on ourselves.
Overall a riveting discussion by all guest speakers, not mentioned above but worth mentioning for their insight and brilliant work are:

Mark Miles, managing director, Render
Emily Kent, director, One Big Circle
Ben Yarrow, founder, Marks out of Tenancy
Ian Risk, chief technology officer, CFMS

Soitron UK now on G-Cloud

We are happy to announce that Soitron UK has become an authorized supplier of SMAX on the UK government portal!

Soitron will provide three solutions:

Micro Focus SMAX, SMAX support and configuration services and  Soitron Connect via the Digital Marketplace, under the Government Cloud Computing (also called G-cloud ) framework.

G-cloud10 is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies that use cloud computing. This allows public sector bodies to search for services.

Soitron actively works together with Micro Focus to enable government organisations to use the benefits of SMAX to modernize the support organisation, reduce total cost of ownership and increase users’ satisfaction.

Find out more on our product registration page for  SMAX. Or Soitron Connect Transformation and implementation support relating to SMAX are available on this page.

 

SITS Show 2018

SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show, is the UK’s leading event for IT Service Management and Support professionals. And Soitron UK was a part of it! 

On 5th and 6th June, Soitron UK was presenting its solutions at the SITS Show 2018 in London.  As a premier partner to Micro Focus, we cooperated with their experts to provide visitors a comprehending picture of transformation and migration issues.

sits photo team

At our stand, we were presenting 3 our  products – ITSM Transform and Migrate, Soitron Connect and SMAX. During the exhibition visitors had a chance to meet our professionals  from the UK, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

 

 

Not only our unique products, eye-catching stand and experienced team but also a chance to win an Amazon Echo was drawing visitor’s attention. We are happy to announce the winners soon.

 

 

We want to thank all the visitors for coming to our stand! For those who did not have a chance to stop by at our booth, don’t worry. Contact our experts or check out our web to find out more about our solutions.

New Webinar Series

Soitron UK kicked off new lunchtime Webinar Series in February.  Each month, we prepare new webinar, on different topic.

Until now, we’ve devoted our webinars to Data Centre Migration topic.

Our Managing Director, Daniel Olssontalked about:

*  PlateSpin – A powerful multiplatform server portability solution

*  Workload Migration and PlateSpin Migration Process

We are going to prepare more webinars in next months. If you want to be informed about upcoming webinars, or have any questions, please contact us on robbie.ali@soitron.co.uk

 

Soitron supports the education of future generations

Do you know what the term ‘STEM’ stands for? We are sure little Sophia (aged 9), who once told her parents: ‘I want to go to robots school.’, would explain to you.

STEM is an educational program based on the idea of educating children in 4 specific disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This type of education is getting more and more important nowadays, even though STEM education is still not given enough attention. Lack of expertise and not being a part of curriculum causes the need of searching for this type of education elsewhere. That’s why special STEM educational centers are being emerged.

 

STEM factory logoOne of those, called The STEM factory is located in Bristol, in the UK.

 

robot truckThe STEM factory delivers special activities to inspire children and engage them in STEM education. Children are given space to develop their creativity, with respect to their individual talent. It is done through different exciting activities. What does it mean in practice? Children learn the basics of robotics, how to build a robot, code it, or how to build a drone. It helps not only to develop their STEM skills, but also to improve their communication and ability to collaborate in a team.

 

How cool is that? It is so cool that Soitron UK decided to support this activity! We have been supporting The STEM factory since the beginning of 2017. Richard Scaiff, Director of The STEM factory, spoke about cooperation with Soitron UK, ‘Soitron has provided us with technical advise regarding our courses. This has given us confidence as it has helped to validate, in our minds, their worth to Primary School children and helped with the course design. ‘ Our support also helped to find a best way to approach schools and is extremely beneficial as it shows to customers that there is professional tech company support. ‘We really appreciate Soitron’s help so far,‘ said Richard.

STEM education is very important, and the sooner children start, the better. Soitron UK is proud to be a supporter of this project. We need this kind of education to raise the brilliant future coders, creatives and robot builders that the world needs 🙂