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Playing games and rescuing rockets – a personal view from 10 years of playing Apollo 13

Who wouldn’t love the chance to work for NASA! I wanted to work for NASA when I was growing up, loved space and everything that went with it. Then I got into IT and IT service management. But that love of space never went away. The idea of running the Apollo 13 mission using IT service management processes and principles has always resonated because of that.

From Building Bridges to Building Code - My Quanta Journey

Coming out of University I had no idea what career path I wanted to follow – the only thing I was sure of was that I did not want to pursue a career in my completed degree (Civil Engineering)! After a few fortunate events, I found myself in a position where I was working in a great training company with a huge range of courses on offer.

System-Versioned Temporal (Time Travel) Tables in SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 introduces some significant new features. An interesting enhancement is System-Versioned Temporal Tables. Microsoft say these can be used to “Time Travel” a table without the need for a Flux Capacitor. These tables look just like any other tables but can be queried in a rather interesting way; you can query them to return how they looked at a previous date and time. The SELECT statement has a FOR clause that can be used as a simple “at this specific point in time” or it can be a more complex time range.

Future Perfect! Dean's Resettlement Journey

The latest cover story from Quest, the independent resource on education, resettlement and recruitment, is now available to read.  Dean Wood is a Quanta MOD resettlement delegate who undertook part of his training with us.  See how his training journey made a difference to his future career path.

Blog Post by Jo Wright on 26 September 2017

Collaboration with Office 365 Part 1

This is part 1 of a series of blog posts around Office 365 and getting the most out of your licence. Cloud technology has taken off in a big way in the last few years and one thing we are asked for with increasing frequency at Quanta is workshop sessions for end users taking them through how to store documents in “the cloud” and collaborate with one another.

ITIL Foundation and Practitioner FAST TRACK INTENSIVE

Quanta is pleased to announce the launch of ‘ITIL Foundation and Practitioner FAST TRACK INTENSIVE’ - a new course which combines the ITIL Foundation and ITIL Practitioner courses for those that need both the broad understanding and the principles of organisational change to apply that learning into one.

 

What Resilia is (and also what it isn't)

Security is a hot topic, has been for a long time and it’s only getting hotter: The new GDPR is about to come in and make compliance even more challenging than it already is. Stories abound regarding this firm or that firm that has been hacked. The discussion of Brexit and how that frames relationships with trading partners and the need for security compliance.  There’s a lot going on.

Prince2 2017 Exam is Tough

Firstly, let me introduce myself.  I’m the in-house Prince2 trainer for Quanta and I’ve been delivering Prince2 training for just shy of ten years.  And boy was the new exam hard!

 

How to change when change is constant

It is extremely rare for any organisation to change without some external pressure to do so. There are a great number of factors beyond the control of most organisations that can apply such pressures – changes in the political landscape, the economy and sociological aspects that may prompt a change in customer demands to name but a few.

Installing SharePoint Server 2016

This is an update to my previous blog post on installing SharePoint Server 2013 - there are very few practical changes to the process for SharePoint Server 2016.

As previously. before installing SharePoint Server we must ensure that all the preparations have been made. These two blog posts were written for SharePoint Server 2013 but remain relevant for SharePoint Server 2016 (except that the sp_Farm account no longer needs to be given the "log on locally" privilege):

A useful Remote control tool - and a PowerShell command to stop it!

Whilst researching ethical hacking for Quanta's expanding security portfolio, I came across a remote control tool that can control a Windows computer with no agent on the target device. To take control of a remote device, Administrator credentials on the remote machine and access to the IPC$ share through the firewall TCP:445 are required. Additionally it will attempt to 'ping' the target machine before connecting and will not attempt a connection unless ICMP echo requests are allowed.

ITIL lifecycle business game launched

Could you take on the running of a disaster relief effort in the wake of the worst storms and flooding seen in Ocean City’s history?! Can you work with others to ensure that the people get food and water, and don’t contract deadly diseases? Can you satisfy the "Powers-That-Be" that this humanitarian effort is a beacon to the world for how these efforts should be managed? If so, then welcome to Ocean City after some of the worst flooding in history and take on the challenge of OPERATION AFTERMATH - an IT Service Management business game.