Sopra Steria collaborates with The Scottish Government for a DevOps Hackathon

Today we are welcoming The Scottish Government Department of Agriculture and the Rural Economy (ARE) to our Edinburgh DigiLab for a DevOps Hackathon.

We are hosting this event in a similar manner to the internal hackathons we did a couple of months ago and we are very excited to have ARE on board to take them on this journey with us, using DevOps technologies including Red Hat OpenShift.

Today we will be providing a developer’s perspective, getting our hands dirty with the basics of DevOps using OpenShift and walking the attendees through a variety of tasks from the creation of projects and build of applications through to the use of pipelines for application deployment as well as processes to assist with application/environmental maintenance.

The attendees in our office today range from infrastructure analysts to technical management and developers – an open invite was distributed throughout ARE and we are very pleased to have a variety of skills on-board.

We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge of the platform with ARE and we hope to run a series of these hackathons, so watch this space!


Shehzad Nagi, Senior Technical Architect
Caitlin Toner, Architect

Sopra Steria Launch Smart i3

This week Sopra Steria launched a new open source intelligence gathering platform, Smart i3, at the Internet Intelligence and Investigations Conference held by the National Police Chiefs Council. As platinum sponsors of the event, which brings together around 350 law enforcement and Government officials, the team hosted a workshop, delivered a key note speech and conducted live demonstrations on the exhibition stand.

Introducing Smart i3

Conducting online investigations in a fast-paced and ever-evolving digital landscape can be complex and time intensive. Smart i3 is a powerful and disruptive tool with the ability to fuse disparate data sets and present connections in a meaningful way to investigators. The platform’s advanced algorithms sift through vast amounts of open-source data in minutes, reducing the time-to-intelligence from hours to minutes. Securely hosted in the UK, this open-source tool minimises manual search activity and speeds up evidence-case creation, supporting intelligence-led searches across the range of authorised investigation levels.

Sopra Steria has a proud history as a service provider to police forces and law enforcement agencies, as well as wider criminal justice organisations. Smart i3 is a demonstration of its commitment to investing in technology and services that will transform our public sector.

Vern Davis, Managing Director of the Sopra Steria’s Aerospace, Defence and Security sector commented:

“Sopra Steria is a specialist in technology and digital transformation and is proud to be recognised as a strategic partner to Government and across the Public Sector. Transforming the way public services are delivered for the benefit of society is a vision in which we believe in. Bringing to market new and innovative technologies, such as Smart i3, is a demonstration of that commitment.”

Shona Wright, Head of ADS Marketing said:

“The Internet Intelligence and Investigations Conference was the ideal place for us to formally launch Smart i3 and we thank the National Police Chiefs’ Council for inviting industry to take part in this flagship event.”

To find out more and request a demo, please visit www.soprasteria.co.uk/smart-i3

Sopra Steria gets involved in National Get Online Week

Sopra Steria employee volunteers have been at libraries in the London Borough of Harrow this week to help library users learn how to use the internet and technology in their everyday lives, all in support of National Get Online Week, a UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of and take practical action on digital exclusion.

These gadget surgeries run by Sopra Steria volunteers will help users learn new tricks and get the most from their laptops, mobiles phones or tablets. Get help with internet searches, social media, apps, email, organising photos, online shopping, video calling, booking GP appointments and applying for jobs.

Today 4.3 million Britons still do not have basic digital skills, and 11.3 million only have basic abilities, according to the Good Things Foundation, the organisation behind Get Online Week.

Sopra Steria is committed to digital inclusion so that people of all backgrounds, no matter where they are in the UK, regardless of socio-economic status or age, have the skills, confidence and access to technology they need to make the most of all the digital world has to offer.

Scotsoft 2018. Smart people, community and trees

Last week I was proud to continue the tradition of Sopra Steria’s support of the Young Software Engineer of the year award, since its inception 20 years ago.  Once again the entrants were outstanding (though I confess the technicalities of some project went right over my head!).   Can Gafuroglu’s winning  project was entitled  ‘Joint prediction and Classification of Brain Image Evolution Trajectories from Baseline with Application to Early Dementia Diagnosis’.  Our industry is about solving problems and this project underlines the significance of what can be achieved by the smart use of technology by #smartpeople.

 

The buzz at the dinner was incredible and underlined the spirit of ScotlandIS – that of #community.   Our Sopra Steria table was no exception, with a mix of SMEs, customers and advisors. Plus Alison McLaughlin – now on secondment to Scottish Government Digital as part of the Digital Fellowship Programme.

And, #trees.  Lizzy Yarnold was an inspirational speaker on the evening and reminded us all of the importance of belief, ambition and team work.  She spoke about a book “The Inner Life of Trees”: What they feel, how they communicate.  A brilliant parallel to business life – the need for constant communication, mutual support and networking.

Well done to ScotlandIS.  The Scotsoft conference has once again reinforced our Smart Young People, Our Community and that we are a well-connected forest.


by Mags Moore, Head of Government for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Harrow’s Heroes – A look into a brilliant evening

A splendid evening with around 250 people in attendance enjoyed a night of celebration of the volunteering community in the borough of Harrow.  Ray Baker and myself were fortunate enough to share a table with the Leader of the council, Cllr Graham Henson and his wife, and fellow councillor Maxine Henson, amongst others.   Canapés and bubbly were shared beforehand with a  photo booth and a rousing introduction from the exuberant, The Worshipful The Mayor, Councillor Kareema Marikar.

Dinner was delicious range of Indian food and the compere moved things along briskly as the awards started being presented.  Each group of nominees were called forward and the winner was invited onto the stage to receive their award from the guest presenter for the category.  Runners up received a certificate extolling the virtues and winners a rather lovely glass trophy.

The Sopra Steria sponsored award was presented to the overall winners of all of the categories, i.e. the Volunteers of the Year.  I was honoured to be invited on to stage to present this to the Infant Feeding Volunteers Peer Supporters.

Overall it was a fantastic evening that really celebrated the true nature of volunteerism and I’m proud that Sopra Steria can support this great work being done and I look forward to our continued involvement going forward.

By Lee Westwood

Sopra Steria sponsors Harrow’s Heroes, celebrating the fantastic work of community volunteers

“Harrow’s Heroes” celebrates the hard work, dedication and commitment of local volunteers who make Harrow a special place to live and work. We are delighted to be involved in recognising the hundreds of unsung heroes that are doing so much in their communities and are looking forward to presenting the ‘Volunteer of the year award’ at tonight’s event and we want to wish the best of luck to everyone shortlisted.

As a company we’re committed to a spirit of volunteerism, Sopra Steria is honoured to again be part of the celebration which recognises the many hours volunteers dedicate to helping others and their incredible contributions to local causes. The commitment and achievements of those shortlisted in the awards is truly inspiring.

More information about Harrow’s Heroes is available online.

Sopra Steria was selected by Harrow Council to deliver IT services, including upgrading the IT systems across the council to ensure staff and residents can take advantage of new technology and can access more digital, on-line services.

Find out more about Sopra Steria’s work in Local Government.

Hope, ambition, dedication. My eye-opening look into the Sopra Steria India Foundation

In late July and early August, my colleague, Jen Rodvold, and I, had the opportunity to visit India for the purpose of seeing first-hand what the Sopra Steria India foundation does, and as Video Content Creator for the company, capture footage of the experience for those who are not as fortunate as me to have such an amazing opportunity. I was honoured to be invited and excited to go on a trip like this. What I didn’t expect, was for it to have such an impression on myself, and to become a real advocate for a cause as incredible and impactful as the Sopra Steria India foundation.

During the course of our 8-day trip, we visited Chennai, Pune, and Delhi, seeing various schools, homes and Sopra Steria offices. This allowed me to see the students that the Sopra Steria India foundation helps, and the volunteers and CSR workers that put in the hard work to allow the scheme to be such a success.

As soon as I arrived in India, it was clear to see the cultural difference between the UK and India. The poverty was highly evident, especially when we visited scholars in their homes. These scholars often lived in one-room homes, where entire families would live and care for each other. But because of our sponsorship, we gave them a vision of a route out of this difficult life. This was made evident in particular when one scholar’s mother was present during our interview. And as we finished, she spoke about how proud she was of her daughter, and began to get emotional, due to what her daughter is going to go onto achieve thanks to her hard work and our financial support. That was on the first day of our interviews, and therefore at the very start of my experience made me realise the Sopra Steria foundation really is making a huge difference to people’s lives.

Every student I saw clearly had so much desire and motivation to achieve their ambitions. They had a target, and they knew how to get there, through their hard work and dedication. They realised that they needed financial support to achieve their dreams, and were therefore very grateful that Sopra Steria had chosen them to make their dreams come true.

Along with seeing sponsored scholars, we visited schools that Sopra Steria provide support for. Each school we visited gave us an incredibly warm welcome with their hospitality, even putting on performances for the purpose of our arrival. The generosity and care of the teachers and students showed how grateful they were because of our support. The Sopra Steria India foundation provides computers to schools throughout the country, where the children are given the opportunity to apply their creativity and learn much more necessary skills in order to succeed in the future. Along with computers, the Sopra Steria India foundation provides the basic amenity of clean drinking water through the installation of water towers. Without our help, the children wouldn’t have such a basic necessity provided for them, which is truly shocking. This is why the scheme must continue and grow.

As the volunteers vocalised (and as I saw for myself), it is a shame we cannot sponsor every child and support every school. In one school, I saw young students expressing their ambitions and future wishes, and if they did have the financial support I could see them achieving them. And although we cannot help every single child, we can certainly try our best to help as many as we can through the continued support of the Sopra Steria India foundation.

Through the course of the next few months, various videos will be created from the footage I filmed, and will be published to further explain the Sopra Steria India foundation, and clearly show how it greatly helps underprivileged communities. ­