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News and events

2007

Welcome to our news archive for 2007.

Our news pages list stories chronologically, the most recent appearing at the top of the list below. Expand each story to read it in full by click the "More information" button below each headline.

nFocus Wins ICT Excellence Award

23/11/2007

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Telford company nFocus Limited beat off stiff regional competition to be Highly Commended at the coveted West Midlands ICT Excellence Awards 2007.

The growing and successful Priorslee based company was Highly Commended in the West Midlands ICT Excellence Award for Innovation (Service) category.

nFocus Limited is a fast growing and successful provider of software testing solutions. Judges were impressed with the nFocus Virtual Test Service and acknowledged its ability to make world-class software testing accessible for small businesses.

Ross Lister, nFocus Managing Director said: “The whole team are very proud of the contribution we make towards the development of reliable software and systems. To be recognised for nFocus Virtual Testing Service at this level is not only a great achievement but also helps us to raise the profile of the testing discipline amongst the ICT/business community and gain some recognition of the value it provides to businesses."

Mike Musson, ICT Cluster Manager, added: “The competition this year was very fierce and our finalists were selected from around the West Midlands region. They are exceptional companies and organisations with smart and innovative services and products that attest to the quality of the growing technology sector in the West Midlands.”

The ICT Excellence Awards were presented at the Annual West Midlands ICT Cluster Conference held at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum on 22 November 2007.

ICT Awards 2007 PhotoRoss Lister, MD for nFocus receives the award from Scott Dodds, General Manager of Small, Medium Enterprises & Partners Group

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nFocus and JoraPh Partner

01/08/2007

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IT Change Assurance for Oracle Technologies

nFocus, the testing services provider, is delighted to announce the formation of a strategic partnership with JoraPh, which provides expert consulting and support services for the complete Oracle technology stack.

Based in the e-innovation centre at Telford in Shropshire, nFocus is a fast growing company using best-of-breed technologies and innovative test management processes to improve the reliability of computer software and systems throughout development and maintenance.

The latest addition to nFocus’s managed service portfolio, Virtual Test Service; meets the needs of their clients by assuring that the changes made to their applications do not adversely affect existing functionality. Manually checking this is a costly and time consuming process and nFocus have developed an approach that they reckon will reduce their client’s current regression costs by up to 50%.

JoraPh Consulting Ltd specialises in Oracle technology, providing performance tuning, database administration services and design guidance for the database, along with training courses, installation services, patch management and expert consultancy advice.

Their synergy is in the promotion of quality and assuring that user and customer expectations are met and the return on investments in Oracle technologies is achieved.

nFocus MD Ross Lister commented "There are few that are more experienced in Oracle technologies than JoraPh, coupled with our Change Assurance services, we are a great source of expertise and confidence for anyone currently developing and integrating Oracle technologies."

As an Oracle Partner, JoraPh Consulting have an extensive experience in their technical and operational services which ensure their clients are optimising the performance of existing infrastructure.

David Phizacklea, Managing Director of JoraPh concluded; "We strongly believe in the value that good testing brings to the development and integration of technology and endorse nFocus’ specialist services wholeheartedly". He continued, "I look forward to the start of a long and fruitful partnership between our two companies and the associated benefits that together, our relationship will bring to us and our clients".

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nFocus forms Strategic Partnership Alliance with Syan

03/07/2007

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Assuring continued confidence throughout IT Change Programmes

Changes in the requirements for business solutions are inevitable, but how do you stay confident that the changes made haven’t affected existing functionality, the communication between components, the performance or even the security of a system? Regression testing helps to reduce the risk of failure caused by change and provides valuable information about the quality of software and systems.

Two leading IT services organisations; Syan, the specialists in IT outsourcing and Server solutions and nFocus Testing have joined forces to promote the benefits of testing throughout and beyond the project lifecycle to ensure that the quality culture evolves with the development of an organisation’s IT needs.

Syan provides support and development services for bespoke and packaged applications running on mid-range and desktop systems. They are one of IBMs largest business partners and provide IT services and support to over 400 clients from The Royal Bank of Scotland to Dixons, the electrical goods retailer.

nFocus provide full lifecycle consultancy, professional and managed testing services to an impressive multi sector client base which includes Microsoft, EDS, Capgemini and Central Government.

The latest addition to their managed service portfolio, Virtual Test Service; meets the needs of their clients by assuring that the changes made to their applications do not adversely affect existing functionality.

Manually checking these things is a costly and time consuming process, nFocus have developed an approach that can reduce their client’s current regression costs by up to 50%.

Syan’s support teams have expertise in many applications across a wide range of industry sectors and a wide range of environments including Linux, Java, OS/400, AIX and Oracle. A focus on change and ensuring that the different motivations and aims of each of their clients are constantly met has been imperative to their success.

George Djuric, Managing Director of Syan concluded; “We strongly believe in the value that good testing brings to the development lifecycle and fully endorse nFocus’ specialist services wholeheartedly”. He continued, “I look forward to the start of a long and fruitful partnership between our two companies and the associated benefits that together, our alliance will bring”.

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For more information about Syan and their services, please visit www.syan.co.uk

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nFocus Joins the Government Gateway Alliance Programme

22/06/2007

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Testing services provider, nFocus, has been approved as a level one partner within the Government Gateway Alliance Programme.

The Government Gateway's Alliance Programme (GGAP) is part of the Cabinet Office E-Delivery Team’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with key IT suppliers to deliver the Government Gateway and related services across the Public Sector.

The E-Delivery Team (EDT) supports a shared service culture and is responsible for a set of products which combined to form the Government Gateway, a mission critical ICT application for online government services. EDT’s work supports the Transformation Government activities.

nFocus and the Government Gateway

nFocus has supplied testing services to the Gateway from the early stages of its existence and has provided the majority of the testing team. The testing that nFocus performs incorporates a significant amount of test automation implemented using a robust automation framework.

nFocus's Technical Director, Daniel Crone commented: "being accepted on the GGAP is proof of nFocus's capabilities and recognises our credentials within E-Government. We are very excited by the opportunities offered by this programme."

Other GGAP approved companies include IBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu, BT, Business Link, Dell, to name a few. More information can be found at: Government Gateway Partners

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