May 19, 2020

The Institution of Engineering and Technology launches its first Engineering Open House Day

Technology
IET
Engineering
Institution
John O'Hanlon
3 min
The Institution of Engineering and Technology launches its first Engineering Open House Day

This month, engineers are calling on young people and their parents to visit the exciting venues taking part in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) inaugural Engineering Open House Day.

The events will be taking place at a number of prestigious venues and businesses across the UK, week commencing the 27 July. It will form part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World campaign which aims to showcase the exciting engineering career opportunities in the industry that are open to young people.

The IET is working with a number of high profile venues where engineers play a central role in the running of their organisations, including: ITN Studios, the Royal Opera House in London (pictured), Soho House (Part of Birmingham Science Museum) in Birmingham, the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Hertfordshire.

With demand for engineers far exceeding supply, and with women accounting for only 6 percent of engineering in the UK today, the IET is hoping to inspire a new generation of engineers, including girls, through the Engineering Open House events.

Recent research from the IET* highlighted that more than two thirds (71 percent) of children say they would be interested in an engineering career when shown inspirational information about the creativity and breadth of opportunities within the industry. These aspects of engineering will be key features of Engineering Open House Day.  

All of the organisations involved will give young people and their parents the chance to explore the variety of stimulating and creative careers in modern engineering by putting on tours, workshops and talks from inspirational engineers. Additionally, guests will have the chance to ask engineers about their career experiences, what they actually do and why the industry appealed to them.

William Webb, IET President, said: “As recent research for the launch of the IET Engineer a Better World campaign shows, parents do not know enough about engineering and the many exciting career opportunities it holds for their children. That’s why we’ve launched our inaugural Engineering Open House Day as an exciting way of educating children and their parents about the vast range of opportunities engineering has to offer.

“It’s amazing to see such a diverse mix of engineering talent coming together to support the initiative. Children and their parents will get the chance to find out what life is like as an engineer, discover how things work and explore the abundance of exciting jobs within the industry. We hope that these initiatives will make a real contribution to inspiring a new generation of engineers.”

Helen Pineo, Associate Director – Cities at BRE, one of the organisations taking part in the Engineering Open House Day said: “We’re very pleased to be a part of the IET’s Engineering Open House Day. It will be a great opportunity to showcase our passion for engineering by highlighting the wide variety of opportunities the sector can hold. It’s an honour to collaborate with the IET for the events’ inaugural year. Engineering Open House Day is a truly great initiative which we hope will encourage a diverse mix of children to consider a career in the industry.”

To find out more about the events on offer and how to register for a place at the IET’s Engineering Open House Day, please visit: http://www.engineer-a-better-world.org/engineering-open-house-day.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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