Archive - previous News and Events
Webinar - "Running a Freelance Business"
Colin gave a webinar interview about "Running a Freelance Business".
Interview and production by Tim Bradburn
August 2011 - XDelta Limited - The business critical systems architects
News - XDelta expands to provide design, implementation and operational support of business critical systems.
The core team consists of:
- Colin Butcher CEng FBCS, who has built an international reputation as one of the leading systems architects for business critical systems.
- Steve Jones, who specialises in commercial management and sales in complex IT environments.
- Derek Webb MBE MAPM MBCI, former Lt. Col. in the Royal Engineers, who specialises in programme delivery and project leadership.
- Euan Barker, who has built an international reputation as one of the best video, voice and data network architects.
XDelta also brings in additional trusted expertise as required to assist with the design, delivery and support of projects, thus providing a single point of contact for the design and implementation of busienss-critical systems.
Read "Freeing up Potential". This report has been produced by the PCG, the professional association supporting the interests of freelancers in the UK. It provides an insight into the varied approaches being used by freelancers to achieve their professional goals.
11th February 2010 - PCG launches the "Britain's Brain Gain" campaign.
Read "Freeing up growth: how to harness freelance talent for business success". This document provides insight into how using talent on an ‘as needed’ basis is becoming a major competitive strategy (published Feb. 2010).
Watch "Freelancers and your business". This interactive resource takes you through the various stages of the setting up, engaging and managing a project with freelancers. The guide draws on the experience of both clients and freelancers, looking at common mistakes and providing key tips to ensure success.
Read "Case Studies" highlighting how freelancers can make the crucial difference between success and failure.
News - NHS Blood and Transplant - case study by HP
It describes how the NHSBT made use of HP OpenVMS systems on Integrity Servers to build and run the world's biggest single donor database and blood product production control system. The disaster-tolerant system infrastructure was designed and built by XDelta on behalf of HP in collaboration with the application provider and system maintainer Savant. The database vendor was Mimer. The hardware reseller was OCSL.
Further details about the "Pulse renewal" project and its success in the 2009 Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards are available here.
23rd September 2009 - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
NHS Blood and Transplant "Pulse renewal" project gains an "Honourable Mention" in the 2009 Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards.
The project was a collaborative effort between the following organisations:
- NHSBT - the end customer
- Savant - Pulse application provider and maintainer
- Mimer - Mimer-SQL database provider
- OCSL - HP reseller and hardware installer
- XDelta - disaster-tolerant system platform design and implementation
- HP - consulting & integration and HP OpenVMS Engineering
Video production by ArtGal Media
Colin Butcher short-listed as one of the finalists for "IT Consultant of the Year 2008" in the BCS IT Professional Awards
This nomination is for his design and implementation work on the new "Pulse" system for the NHSBT (NHS Blood & Transplant).
5th - 10th June 2005 with pre-symposium events
OpenVMS Symposium (advanced technical bootcamp), HP OpenVMS Engineering, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
Held at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Nashua adjacent to ZKO (Spit Brook Road)
The June 2005 OpenVMS advanced technical symposium was yet another outstanding event. It gave attendees the opportunity to meet OpenVMS engineers, users and experts from around the world. A great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new friends.
The sessions were all of very high quality and provided a huge wealth of information about current and new directions for the OpenVMS operating system and the underlying hardware platforms. The overall atmosphere was one of enthusiasm and co-operation with everyone participating in all that was available. In all it was a thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and exhausting week.
See the OpenVMS Symposium (advanced technical bootcamp) web site for further information.
- Jun. 2005 - DECnet-Plus and DECnet over IP seminar slides.
The John Wisniewski Spirit Award
VMS 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 (of Tmesis in the USA) and Al Meier (OpenVMS Ambassador for HP in the USA).
This years recipients are Colin Butcher (of XDelta Limited in the UK) and Kerry Main (OpenVMS Ambassador for HP in Canada).
Colin was presented with the John Wisniewski Spirit Award by Ann McQuaid (head of HP OpenVMS Engineering) at the HP OpenVMS Symposium in June 2005. This award from peers and colleagues within the VMS 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.
February 2005 - HP OpenVMS Technical Journal V5
"Decnet-Plus technical overview"
Article Abstract: This article provides a technical overview of DECnet-Plus, including DECnet over IP. DECnet-Plus is the latest implementation of DIGITAL Network Architecture (DNA) Phase V. The purpose of this article is to explain some of the history, background, structure and mechanisms that make up what is often simply referred to as "Phase V". It is hoped that this will assist system designers and managers to better understand the capabilities of DECnet-Plus and thereby ease migration from DECnet Phase IV to DECnet-Plus, especially when using DECnet over IP in a predominantly TCP/IP based WAN infrastructure. The author has extensive consulting experience gained by working with DECnet on mission critical OpenVMS systems. This article has been written in response to many of the situations and queries that have occurred over the years.
My thanks to Phil Milgrom of HP OpenVMS Engineering who kindly volunteered to be the technical author and who greatly assisted me in writing this. It wouldn't be anywhere near as readable as it is without his help.
BCS IT Professional Awards 2003 - IT Consultant of the Year
XDelta Limited is pleased to announce that Colin Butcher was selected as one of the four finalists in the British Computer Society IT Professional 2003 awards in the category IT Consultant of the Year. This is in recognition of his work with HP (formerly Digital / Compaq) and OpenVMS Engineering.
The results were announced on the evening of 24th September 2003 at the Awards dinner. Congratulations to Gill Hunt of Hunt Lancaster on being awarded the winners trophy.