Through the techUK Women into IT Group I was fortunate enough to meet Jen Rodvold from Sopra Steria, who alongside a number of passionate colleagues was intent on doing just that. My organisation, ELATT, is a digital skills charity based in Hackney, East London, and works with a group of talented, but often over-looked group of young people and adults, many with special needs and a background of disadvantage. Together with Sopra Steria we are now developing a programme that can help our students become not just confident in themselves but also the diverse and inclusive workforce of tomorrow that tech so desperately needs.
We are now working at a number of levels to reach that goal. So far, we have consulted on curriculum development to ensure that we are bringing the agile project management, team work and attitudinal skills into our courses that our students will need to demonstrate in their first digital job, as well methods and advice to best present yourself and your strengths at CV and interview stage in the employment process.
The next stage to this exciting partnership is a visit to the Sopra Steria Digilab, where our students will have the chance to get their hands on cutting-edge Internet of Things technology, and I know that this will really bring to life what they’re learning in the classroom. Watch this space!
Anthony Harmer, Chief Executive
ELATT | The Learning Community
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
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 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.
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.
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
“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.