Sopra Steria is proud to announce the recent signing of a three
year contract to provide its STORM Command and Control system to Durham
Constabulary. STORM enables Durham Constabulary to enhance public service
delivery and provide more efficient scheduling of resources.
Sopra Steria and Durham Constabulary have a strong
partnership and this contract extends that to a total of 16 years. During this
time, Durham Constabulary have been instrumental in providing user feedback to inform
product developments as part of the STORM User Group. The User Group, comprised
of members from 26 forces, meets biannually to discuss product developments
which feed into the Sopra Steria roadmap.
Chief Inspector Steve Long, Head of Force Control Room
commented: ‘Durham Constabulary has worked with Sopra Steria for a significant
period of time and we have established a good working relationship. It is
essential that Durham Constabulary continue to deliver an efficient and effective
service to the public and we will continue to build upon our partnership with
Sopra Steria to achieve that aim.’
Muz Janoowalla, Head of Emergency Services at Sopra Steria,
said: ‘We are proud of our long relationship with Durham Constabulary and delighted
to continue working with the force to keep the people of County Durham and
Women’s Day has been and gone, but it’s important to think about what the day
means. It’s a celebration of women who more often than not don’t get enough
recognition for doing what they do – but it isn’t solely about celebrating. It’s
also about making efforts to break down gender stereotypes and norms – and this
is especially true for women in STEM industries.
women are working in STEM than ever before, they still only make-up around one
quarter of the STEM workforce in the UK. Even as the UK faces a severe STEM
skills shortage – with a recent study forecasting more than 600,000 vacancies in
STEM by 2023 – many women still struggle to enter and stay in the STEM-related
industries. As women in STEM, it’s important that we share our stories so that those
looking to follow the same path know that it is entirely possible and there is
always a way in.
about me? I’m currently on a graduate training programme as a digital
consultant at Sopra Steria – one of the biggest global tech consultancies in
the world. I get to learn my job in a very practical, hands on way. More
specifically, my job includes working directly with clients while
simultaneously getting involved with our technology teams to figure out how
best we can help said clients.
As for my
route into STEM, I initially studied Politics and Sociology at Cardiff
University – not your traditional STEM subjects. During my study however, I
took a couple of modules centred around technology and internet governance and
from that, I knew exactly what I wanted to pursue. A couple of years and a
nerve racking assessment centre later – I chose Sopra Steria. Beginning my
career in digital technologies at a standout organisation that is heralded for
its innovative solutions and expertise with female and male role models.
looking to get into STEM but perhaps haven’t previously studied a STEM subject,
don’t be disheartened. It’s important to remember that there a number of routes
you can follow. Looking to the future, I want to further develop my knowledge
of technology and identify which area I want to specialise in and I believe I
am at the right place for it.
Of course, I am at the beginning of my journey but at Sopra Steria, I feel wholly comfortable and proud to be a woman in STEM and have a plethora of colleagues who are passionate about what they do to look up to. It is truly an exciting time to be a woman entering the sector. Never before has it been a better time to put myself out there and try to make as much of a difference as I can. But, it is important to remember that while we have come so far as an industry, there is long road ahead to true equality, and we cannot take our foot off the pedal.
By Lauren Boys – Junior Consultant
The awards will
celebrate and acknowledge the best in all aspects of 21st century policing. Reflecting
that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration,
whether in teams of officers and staff; collaboration between forces;
multi-agency operations; wider public sector involvement; and collaboration
also with the supplier community and beyond.
Rix, Founder of World Class Policing Awards said. “We are delighted to have Sopra Steria on board as a Founder Sponsor
and are very much looking forward to working with them to develop and
deliver an outstanding World Class Policing Awards event in November 2019.”
Head of Emergency Services at Sopra Steria said, “ As a long term partner of policing,
both nationally and internationally, Sopra Steria are proud to be a founding
sponsor of the awards, and look forward to recognising the very best in UK and
information on the awards and how to nominate can be found on the World Class
In 2013, Steria Ltd pledged to support the armed forces
community through the signing of the covenant. It is a pledge that recognises the
need to treat those who have served in the armed forces, and their families,
with respect and fairness. In the five years since we signed this pledge,
Steria went on to become Sopra Steria and it is with great pleasure we
reconfirm our commitment to this covenant with a new signing by John Torrie,
CEO of Sopra Steria UK and Asia.
Our pledge focuses on three key themes;
- Employment opportunities for ex-service men and
women, reservists and their families including assisting with transition from
military to civilian employment
- Fundraising for Armed Forces charities through a
series of events throughout the year including our Community Matters week
- Supporting local cadet and school outreach
activities by providing speakers, facilitators and mentors to programmes
Sopra Steria is proud of the activity we already undertake
towards these three themes and 2019 is no exception. We are exhibiting at a
number of the Career Transition Partnership recruitment events as well as
Security Cleared Expo. We are undergoing a resource transformation programme
that looks specifically at this community and how we attract talent, support
them through the process and then manage transition and career development.
We are also delighted to be sponsoring the category of
‘Innovator of the Year’ at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards. Innovation
is at the heart of what we do at Sopra Steria so we are delighted to be in a
position to recognise that amongst this community.
A copy of our pledge can be found on the Armed
Forces Covenant website.
Sopra Steria is proud to announce the recent signing of a
two year contract with Merseyside Police for the provision of the STORM Command
and Control system. STORM provides emergency services with a reliable and
resilient support infrastructure that manages interaction with the public, logs
calls, allocates the appropriate level of response and makes sure that those on
the frontline have access to the information they need when responding to
Merseyside Police is one of the country’s largest forces,
serving a population of around 1.5 million people, covering an area of 647
square kilometres and employing over 7000 officers and staff. This contract
extends Sopra Steria’s relationship with this force to a total of 11 years and
confirms STORM’s continued position as a market leader in Command and Control.
Muz Janoowalla, Head of Emergency Services at Sopra Steria,
said: ‘We are proud of our long standing relationship with Merseyside Police and
we look forward to working with them for many more years to provide the most
cost effective, flexible and scalable solutions available in the market.’
On Monday 14 January, I and seven colleagues spanning all areas of our delivery – from the training room to the web team and the data team – attended a Tech for Good Hackathon with some fifty Sopra Steria graduates and mentors.
We know that if our charity is to continue to grow both in its impact and its reach we need more effective and efficient systems, and to achieve this will require a greater focus both on problem-solving within our current workflow as well as implementation of new digital solutions.
Focussing on the student journey, from enrolment, on-course support to completion, we were hugely impressed by the enthusiasm, professionalism and team-work that the Sopra Steria graduates showed, tackling what often appear to us as quite intractable operational challenges.
The opportunity for me and my colleagues to simply take a day out to reflect on current practice was in itself hugely helpful, and one that we don’t otherwise find the space for: but to marry that opportunity with the creative ideas and plans put forward by the Sopra Steria graduates really made it a worthwhile day, giving us the clarity and focus this piece of work deserves.
Over the next few weeks and months we’ll begin implementing some of the ideas from the Hackathon, and can’t wait to see how those ideas develop.
Anthony Harmer – CEO, ELATT
On Monday 14 January Sopra Steria Graduates will take part in a Tech for Good hackathon for our London charity partner, ELATT. In a day-long hackathon event, our grads will work in teams with Sopra Steria coaches to create solutions to one of ELATT’s critical business challenges. At the end of the day, the best ideas will be selected by the senior team from ELATT, and the charity plans to implement the solution or solutions that best meet their needs.
This event is co-sponsored by the Early Careers, Community, and Digital Innovation teams, and is part of our Tech for Good Programme, which is focused on using our digital, technology and business expertise to create positive impacts in the world. It is also an important part of our hands-on, impact-focused approach to learning and development in our Graduate Programme.
ELATT is an award-winning digital skills training college offering opportunities for learning and qualifications to under-served people, helping them get the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
Anthony Harmer, CEO of ELATT, said,
‘As an education charity with big ideas but limited resources, this Hackathon provides us with an invaluable opportunity to draw on the insight and expertise in the Sopra Steria team to help us improve our services for our students and turn our ambitions into reality.’
Kaila Yates, Sopra Steria Chief Marketing Officer and board sponsor of our Community Programme said,
‘We know that digital technologies are transforming organisations every day. We believe that our charitable partners like ELATT will be able to do more with digital, and helping them make a difference for their students and the London communities they serve is an exciting opportunity for us and a great example of our Tech for Good programme.’
For more information please contact Laura Lucas (Early Careers), Jen Rodvold (Community & Tech for Good), or Morgan Korchia (Digital Innovation).