Following the government guidance about working from home due to Corona virus our whole team is now working from home. We are very fortunate to all be able to continue working as normal from home without any interruption. All of our team has their extra screens and MacBook Pro's to work from at home. Email is our preferred method of communication during this time.
Today we rolled out version 7 of our flagship SaaS product Urbi. Previously the product was solely for ESF contract delivery but now caters for so much more than just ESF contracts. It has full configuration options to manage Apprenticeships, including full integration with BKSB and OneFile, Traineeships, Study Programme and Adult Education Budget programmes.
We had an office party today as we have been re-joined by one of the cleverest people we know. Kit is back working with us and has dived into her new role as Office Manager. Kit is now running the day-to-day operations for the company and keeping everyone and everything organised and running as it should be! Welcome back Kit!
ISArc was very privileged to be invited to attend the first "Digital Hub" meeting of tech businesses in the local area. It was a fantastic turn-out and we got to meet lots of other innovative local businesses including Spatialest, Zymplify and many more. Its wonderful to see how many opportunities for highly-skilled employment are being created in the local area, and the commitment of other companies to keeping their bases of operations on the north coast, and not joining the move to Belfast like so many others.
We just put our first global system live! We have been working with Pais for the past year to work on a new global application system for all of their prospective interns to apply through. Its been a huge challenge meeting all of the varied international rules relating to data storage and processing, but we made it!
Justine Hunter has joined our team as a junior software engineer. She previously visited us for a week of work experience when she was in lower-sixth at Ballycastle High School and impressed us greatly with her knowledge of Ubuntu and server management and her drive and commitment to learn new things, so we couldn't resist offering her a full-time position with the company once she completed her A-levels.
We were excited to welcome Chloe Magee to our office for two weeks of work experience today. She has a background in digital media and is completing a course at the University of Ulster. She will be making podcast episodes and creating presentation videos for us and our customers in the coming weeks.
After taking many of the decorations down in the new year some of our team could not resist some tech-related humour!
Merry Christmas from the team at ISArc, we have been decorating our office ready for the festive period. During the next three weeks why not pop into our office for a Christmas coffee or some mulled wine?
Every Christmas, as a family-first company we ensure that all of our staff have a full 2 weeks off work to spend as much time as possible with family and friends and to rest and recuperate. This year we will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday 19th December, and returning back on Thursday 3rd January.
Our tech responders will still be available should there be any server-related issues during the festive break.
ISArc has re-developed a full management information system for Parenting NI, based in Belfast. The original system was written in ASP.Net Framework 2.5 and whilst was functional, was extremely cumbersome to update and make substantial changes to. The other consideration was that under GDPR systems have to be written in a supported language, which .Net VB 2.5 was not. The new system has been written with our very latest php framework based on Symfony.
The ISArc programming team attended a Big Data Hackathon at PwC in Belfast. We worked right through the night on finding and linking large datasets and managed to find several correlations for the data. Our data analysis discovered that there is a link between large-leaf tree planting density and prevalence of asthma and breathing related chronic illnesses in Northern Ireland!
Today we welcomed back Richard Stringer to our team! Richard was the 3rd ever employee of ISArc and worked with us for nearly 10 years before heading off around the world for some larger adventures. After visiting strange and wonderful lands and building up a wealth of programming and life experience, he has come back to share it with us!
ISArc has been ISO 27001 certified since 2008. We had a full re-inspection by a new inspection body,
IMS Certify. The inspection process took place over 4 days and covered everything from the physical security
of our offices, our network infrastructure, policies and procedures, security training and externally
We were able to demonstrate how our secure development policy is implemented on a day-to-day basis to ensure that the systems we produce are of the highest security and quality.
What better way to enjoy the wonderful summer weather than by working outside with an ice cold bottle of beer! We have a lovely new picnic bench out the front of the office where we can all sit and have lunch, or when the weather is incredible we can work from there too. One amazing discovery is that the MacBook Pro laptop screens work perfectly with Polarized sun-glasses. Who knew that the clever people at Apple already figured out how to make the screen work outdoors with a polarized screen so that it is perfectly visible even in direct sunlight!
After we have managed to finally find a large fridge that can be shipped to Northern Ireland so that we can store lots of soft drinks and water and have icy cold drinks now that the weather temperature is rising.
We have had fun building the office logo out of lego as part of a team-building exercise! Its now in our meeting room. Its been built out of over 1800 2x4 bricks!
We have a fantastic new Nespresso coffee machine!