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BCS - the chartered institute for IT

Various dates, 2020 and 2021

The BCS Consultancy SIG "How to be a consultant" webinar series.

The BCS Consultancy SIG is running a series of talks on "How to be a consultant", with a wide variety of speakers who are happy to share their knowledge and experience.

The talks are available on the BCS YouTube channel and can be found via the BCS Consultancy SIG past events page.

BCS - the chartered institute for IT

20th May 2021 at 18:30

Leading mission-critical systems projects, by Colin Butcher, for the BCS Consultancy SIG.

This webinar discussed some of the complexities and difficulties of leading mission critical systems projects.

The talk shared some of the non-technical experiences from the past 25 years or so of running a consulting business.

BCS - the chartered institute for IT

18th May 2021 at 18:30

Technology - working from home, by Colin Butcher, for the BCS Wiltshire Branch.

This webinar discussed some of the technology apects of working from home.

The intention is to help people better understand how things work and thus help them to do a better job by having a better appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the available technology.

Connect Deutschland

27th - 28th April 2021

Colin Butcher gave two sessions for the Connect Deutschland user group on-line conference.

Please see the published agenda on the conference web site for abstracts, timings and bookings.


23rd February 2021

XDelta Limited no longer trading as a limited company.

XDelta Limited is no longer operating as a limited company and will thus no longer take on large projects.

Colin will continue to be involved with the world-wide OpenVMS community and the professional bodies with which he is associated.

Colin intends to provide OpenVMS specific consulting and guidance in an advisory capacity if needed.

NHS Blood & Transplant

January 2010

News - NHS Blood and Transplant - case study by HP

Watch the NHS Blood and Transplant "Pulse renewal" project keynote video.

Read the NHS Blood and Transplant "Pulse renewal" project case study by HPE.

Read the NHS Blood and Transplant "Pulse renewal" project Availability Digest article.

These describe how the NHSBT made use of HPE OpenVMS systems on Integrity Servers to build and run the world's biggest single donor database and blood product production control and distribution system. The disaster-tolerant system infrastructure was designed and built by XDelta on behalf of HPE in collaboration with the application provider and system maintainer Savant. The database vendor was Mimer. The hardware reseller was OCSL.

The press release for the "Pulse renewal" project and its success in the 2009 Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards is available here.

John Wisniewski Spirit award

June 2005

OpenVMS Symposium (advanced technical bootcamp), HPE OpenVMS Engineering, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA

The John Wisniewski Spirit Award

OpenVMS Engineering created this award in 2004 in memory of a larger-than-life guy called John Wisniewski. He was a well-known and passionate OpenVMS expert who poured huge amounts of energy into his teaching, writing and consulting work. John was the guy who started the OpenVMS Hobbyist programme and who trounced all-comers at DEFCON with an impregnable OpenVMS system.

Previous recipients are Brian Schenkenberger and Al Meier. This years recipients are Colin Butcher and Kerry Main.

Colin was presented with the John Wisniewski Spirit Award by Ann McQuaid (head of HPE OpenVMS Engineering) at the HPE OpenVMS Symposium in June 2005. This award from peers and colleagues within the OpenVMS community around the world recognises the outstanding contribution, quality and value of his work over many years.

On a more personal note - it came as a huge surprise and it is a wonderful thing to have received. Thank you.