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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.

Quanta is on G-Cloud 9

What is the Digital Marketplace and G-Cloud 9?

The Digital Marketplace is the online marketplace for G-Cloud 9, from which public sector bodies can review and buy cloud related courses. Quanta is registered on the 'lot' called Cloud Support through which we provide training on cloud software and the underlying technologies and processes that support them.

Why use G-Cloud?

The challenge of delivering IT services into the NHS

This infographic is useful in showing some of the course options available to address key questions in NHS IT departments.  Whether using the ITIL framework to match NHS aspirations or Resilia to ensure cyber resilience is 'baked-in' to IT services;  Quanta has many course options available on site at your premises or at the Worcester Training Centre.

Contact us for further information.

Shake up your training with business games

This term, ‘Business Game’, is it really the next generation of classroom learning?  Well, anything that has ‘grabbing a pizza’, ‘a slowly dying spacecraft’ or ‘building a rollercoaster’ has the effect of piquing the interest of most before they even set foot through the door.  That’s a good start, so no more dragging your teams, kicking and screaming to a week of death by PowerPoint. 

Spring Discounted Courses

What's happened to the weather!?  To brighten things up we're offering some hot discounts on numerous courses.  See all courses to check dates and availability.  And if you can't see what you want or the dates aren't right, please contact us - we'll look into your request straight away.  

Do you have ex-Forces employees?

If you employ anyone who used to be in the Forces, they could have access to training funding to help further their career.  Here you'll find some answers to how the process works and how you can help your employees.

 

Where does this money come from?

Forces leavers are given Enhanced Learning Credits that they can use to gain skills and qualifications to transition into civilian life.

 

Maximise your training budget

PRINCE2 2017 Practitioner status - important updates

 

PRINCE2 2017 - updates to Practitioner status

PRINCE2 2017 brings important changes to how your Practitioner status is maintained. With the previous version of PRINCE2, Practitioner status lasted for 5 years, however with the new update Practitioner status will last for 3 years.

You will no longer be able to renew your Practitioner status through a 're-registration' exam. Instead you will need to do one of the following to maintain Practitioner status.

Grueling World Record Rugby Match Achieved

Quanta had the easy task of sponsoring Scotties Little Soldiers and The Fire Fighter’s Charity in their quest to break the Guinness World Record of longest game of rugby ever played.  The less easy task was on the wide shoulders of 46, frankly bonkers, men who faced the grueling challenge that lasted 31 hours.  And they smashed it!

The cyber attack ‘WannaCry’ has opened a governance-sized can of worms

When the news broke on Friday (12th May) that a large number of organisations, including the NHS here in the UK, had been subjected to a successful major cyber attack, my first thoughts were “that’s terrible” followed quickly by “…but actually surprising that it hasn’t happened sooner.”

The technical problems have been widely reported and over the weekend the majority of the issues have been put right.

Change Management and Agile

Last week, as the climax to an incredibly busy month, I attended the Project Challenge conference at London Olympia, which is always worth attending, not least because it gives you a good sense of which aspects of project management are getting people talking.

PRINCE2 2017 Update

 

As you are reading this, I imagine you know by now that a new version of PRINCE2 is coming out later this year. AXELOS, who part own the rights to PRINCE2 along with the Cabinet Office, have been excitedly trumpeting the news from the rafters for a good few months now, and fair enough. After all, this is the first major evolution of the well-known project management standard for 8 years.

What do you do?

You’re at a party and a fellow reveller approaches you. After a few pleasantries, the inevitable question arises “What do you do?”. This question strikes fear into the heart of many of us. Firstly the implication is that we are somehow completely defined by “what we do”, that is, what we do for a job / career. Our whole existence boiled down to how we spend Mon-Fri 9-5. And even though you know that you are so much more than this one aspect of your life, when you answer you feel vaguely embarrassed by the limits of what you have achieved with your time on the planet.

Programming in .NET

In Part 1 of this blog, we talked about the updates that have been made to the courses which provide the basic knowledge that everyone who works with the web, in any capacity, needs.

Now we need to answer the question – what next? I know how to create a web page, put some styling on it, change content based on user inputs and parse JSON received from Web APIs. What more could I possibly need!?

Another set of courses which have been updated recently covers .NET Programming

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Our lead Development and Programming trainer, Tim Finch, has been working hard updating all of our courses to keep them relevant with the latest web best practices and methodologies.

We are currently going through a website back and front end redesign and thus have first-hand experience that having the appropriate skills in-house enabled us to be involved in the process from design to test to implementation - watch out for our new website coming in March!

Our 3 day JavaScript & JQuery course has seen the most development and change:

The 4 E's of becoming CISSP qualified

In many businesses globally, CISSP is the de-facto certification for information and cyber security professionals.  CISSP is one of the most in-demand and respected certifications in Information Security but as such the qualification is a tough one to achieve!  The rest of this blog outlines the steps that you will need to go through should you wish to become one of this exclusive network of industry professionals.

1. Experience