Yorkshire public sector procurement body opens £400m framework


Public sector procurement body YPO opens framework for  data centres, cloud hosting and security, worth £400 million Public sector procurement body Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) has opened its £400m framework for data centres, cloud hosting and data security. Owned by 13 local authorities in the north of England, YPO supplies products and services to councils, schools, […]

Burnley IT firm can boast it’s big in Japan


A Burnely IT specialist has secured recognition from one of the world’s leading tech outfits – in Japan Bosses at Holker IT are celebrating after being named Fujitsu small or medium-sized business partner of the year, thanks to managing director, Matthew Metcalfe, and his team tripling their revenues on the Japanese giant’s products over this year. […]

Edge Testing – crystal ball gazing at DevTest North

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Software testing company will demonstrate how to marry capacity models with load testing One of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, Edge Testing Solutions, part of Eurofins Digital Testing, will be presenting at DevTest Conference North. The event, which is being held at Plaza Park, Leeds on 24 – 25 September […]

Fast-growing RotaCloud has ambitious plans to expand


The sky is the limit for fast-growing software developer, RotaCloud The staff scheduling and attendance platform started out as a side-project in 2015, with co-founders, David Brandon, Joel Beverley and James Lintern, working from their shared home in York. Pooling their skills and cash, amounting to just £500, they used that to get the business off […]

Manchester Metrolink gets contactless payments technology


Travellers using Manchester’s trams can now complete their journeys using contactless payment Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has introduced a contactless payments infrastructure to its tram network, as research reveals the technology has transformed user experience. Travellers on Manchester’s trams can now use bank contactless bank cards to tap when they get on and off […]

Northern Powerhouse role for York transport tech company


YORK-based transport technology company Incremental Solutions has become a member of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme. The appointment comes after its recent royal recognition of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, as well as several industry awards for its innovative solutions. Incremental Solutions, based at York Science Park, uses data analysis, innovative thinking and technology […]

East Lancs tech firm acquires Dutch rival for EU growth

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Bosses at a leading East Lancs technology firm have announced plans to take over a Dutch rival. Exertis chiefs believe the anticipated link-up with Amacom, based in Den Bosch, will help them make in-roads across mainland Europe. The announcement comes as Exertis, which has a major presence in Altham and Hapton, confirmed the acquisition of […]

Synapse360 to be acquired by Manx Telecom


The company will continue to operate under the Synapse360 brand and direction of its existing management team Manchester-based IT firm Synapse360 is all set to be acquired by Isle of Man-based telecommunications, data centre, and managed services operator, Manx Telecom. Established in 1999, privately-owned Synapse360 currently employs 40 staff based in Manchester and the Isle […]

US tech firm boosts Sunderland team by 10

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The US tech firm has hired a team of 10 developers in the North East Global technology business, Saggezza, has boosted its offering in the North East after creating a new team of 10 at its office at Sunderland Software Centre, which it opened in 2014. The group of 10 java developers will be dedicated to supporting Saggezza’s […]

Lancaster Uni enhances student engagement with cloud-based chatbot


Lancaster University is using Amazon Web Services to enhance the development of a voice-enabled “online companion” with machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve student engagement. The university launched a trial of Ask LU, a chatbot running on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, delivered via mobile phones and Amazon smart speakers set up in […]

Nutanix all set to power Manchester City Council’s IT


Manchester City Council has made considerable savings since migrating off a traditional architecture in favour of a hyper-converged infrastructure from Nutanix Manchester City Council is replacing legacy IT infrastructure with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) based on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. It plans to swap out VMware for Nutanix’s AHV hypervisor and, by the end of the year, will be running […]

Sage offers people a chance to get back into work


Company’s Pathways programme is aimed at parents and former members of the Armed Forces. Newcastle software company, Sage, is offering people who have been out of the workplace a way to return to it, with a new pilot scheme that will be trialed in the North East. 50 people will be given the chance to improve […]

York IT firm PowerON makes senior appointment


AFTER a bumper year, a York IT firm has powered its expansion plans with a new senior appointment. PowerON, which is based on Bishopthorpe Road, has appointed Peter Egerton, an IT specialist with almost 20 years of industry experience. In six years, PowerON’s workforce has grown from just four people to 28. The company has also seen […]

Excelpoint boosts Durham cancer appeal with raffle prizes

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Campaign to raise £1 m to improve the care of cancer patients boosted by County Durham software company. A year-long fundraising drive, launched by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, is being backed by software developer Excelpoint, which is based at Aycliffe Business Park and donated two 40-inch high-definition LED televisions, and a tablet […]

Manchester seeks partners for £35m full fibre rollout


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) seeks to install a network over which it has usage rights for 20 years The authority has issued a contract notice seeking to “procure the design, implementation, maintenance, and support” of a full-fibre network to serve the needs of public-sector entities across Greater Manchester. The potential £35 million four-year contract, which […]