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Global tech expert shares skills at grass-roots level

Alex Whittles speaking at Haberdashers Adams School in NewportAlex Whittles is an internationally-recognised speaker and is one of a handful of experts in the UK to hold Microsoft’s coveted Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status.

However, such recognition does not diminish Alex’s passion for staying connected to the local community.

Indeed, in his role as a STEM Ambassador, one of Alex’s key ambitions is to deepen Purple Frog’s role within the community by sharing his global knowledge at grass-roots level.

And, he does this by offering his time and expertise to schools for free and bringing technology to life in the classroom.

As a core STEM subject, Alex delivers a range of after-school technology workshops and clubs for secondary school students.

He is also part of the Bloodhound SSC (world land speed record attempt) education engagement programme, taking his passion for the technology behind the programme into schools, colleges, clubs and groups to inspire a new generation.

He says: “It’s so important for young people in today’s rapidly changing world to have the opportunity to connect with professionals in a range of different industry sectors.

“Career planning is not easy and when you are presented with so many options it can be difficult to make the right choices.

“Providing workshops and visiting schools is a great way for me to pass on some of my knowledge and give students an insight into the world of technology-related jobs.

“Our work placement schemes also enable us to give students an invaluable taste of life in the workplace where they can get real hands-on experience.”

Alex has been a STEM ambassador for 3 years and students attending Alex’s school-based workshops and after school clubs have embarked on numerous technology projects including supporting an after-school club at William Brookes School, speaking at a Careers Insights evening at Haberdashers’ Adams School in Newport and helping at a STEM day at RAF Cosford.

He says: “At the end of the sessions, it’s always hugely encouraging to hear pupils say they want to peruse a career in technology. Volunteering has the potential to influence lives and that’s why it’s important for industry leaders to stay connected with their community – no matter how far-reaching or global their company may be.”

Alex, who founded Purple Frog 13 years ago develops business intelligence technology solutions.

It’s expertise is taking all forms of business data, wherever they may originate and transforming them into meaningful business intelligence.

Data expert to join tech leaders in Germany

Alex Whittles speaking at DataGrillen in 2018Shropshire ‘big data’ expert, Alex Whittles, with links across the globe has been selected to speak at an international conference in Germany later this year.

Alex is one of several high-profile business owners who will address delegates at the 2019 DataGrillen conference in June.

Purple Frog specialises in developing business intelligence technology and is recognised throughout the IT sector as a leader in its field when it comes to managing and using big data.

Alex, one of only a few people in the UK to hold Microsoft’s coveted Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status, will speak at the conference about machine learning and the benefits it can bring to businesses in terms of reducing manual tasks and increasing productivity.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to speak at the annual DataGrillen conference in Germany. The event attracts businesses from all over the world and speakers attending will cover a range of topics currently at the forefront of the IT and technology industry.

“We live and work in exciting times and machine learning and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a greater role in our daily lives at home and in the workplace.

“Technology is continually advancing and using platforms like Microsoft Azure, we can build AI solutions which augment human capabilities to increase speed and efficiency so that companies can achieve more. This conference will be an opportunity to share our latest knowledge and experience of AI with other thought leaders and industry experts.”

In 2018 Purple Frog celebrated its best ever year. It moved to new offices at Quantum House at Hadley Park East and recruited three new members of staff to help meet its growing demand for services.

Its new business wins included running real-time data solutions for FTSE 250 listed companies and it has plans for further growth in 2019. The team is currently working on a new global product which will launch later this year.

DataGrillen website: click here

Shropshire big data firm shortlisted for prestigious award

FSB Digital Innovation Award 2019Purple Frog Systems Ltd in Telford, which designs and manages cutting edge Business Intelligence solutions (BI), has been named a finalist in the West Midlands round of the Federation of Small Businesses 2019 awards.

The company, which recently celebrated its best ever year, has been shortlisted against two other Midlands-based companies, Lettingproperty.com and eTravelSafety, for a digital innovation award

The award recognises businesses which have used digital innovation to achieve growth, exceptional customer experience and increased financial performance. Managing director Alex Whittles said he and the team were delighted.

He said: “This is absolutely terrific news for us and comes at a time when we are celebrating unprecedented growth in the business.

“It would be the icing on the cake to win this award but we are up against some tough competition so we are certainly not going to get ahead of ourselves. We wish the other finalists the very best of luck along with all the other businesses which have been shortlisted for awards.”

Over the last 12 months Purple Frog, which is a leader in its field of expertise, has secured a number of new major clients following increased demand for its innovative services.

In particular it has seen a continued increase in demand for cloud-based Business Intelligence solutions as well as growth in machine learning projects as more companies adopt the technologies of Industry 4.0.

It celebrated it’s most successful year to date in 2018 with turnover up 34% on the previous year.

It also recruited three new members of staff to help it meet growing demand and moved to new offices at Quantum House at Hadley Park East.

The big data specialist will find out on February 15th at an award ceremony in Birmingham whether or not it will be named the winner of the FSB Digital Innovation Award.

 

Purple Frog finalist for the FSB Awards - Digital Innovation Award

We're really pleased that Purple Frog Systems has been shortlisted as a finalist for the FSB Awards - Digital Innovation Award.

The final takes place on 15th February 2019 at the Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel in Birmingham.

More information: https://www.fsbawards.co.uk/area-finals/west-midlands.html

Shropshire leading IT specialist to speak at high-profile tech event

Alex Whittles at Tech SevernAlex Whittles has been confirmed as one of the headline speakers at a high-profile event next year.

Founder of Purple Frog Systems Ltd in Telford, which designs and manages cutting edge business intelligence solutions, will address more than 800 delegates at the 2019 TECHSevern Conference & Exhibition on September 24, at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.

Organised by Shropshire Council, the event will bring together some of the world’s leading academics, policy influencers and decision makers to discuss the future of housing, technology-enabled care, digi-health, education, construction and eco and green technology.

Alex works with clients around the world and travels globally for speaking engagements. He will demonstrate their innovations at the conference and will share his knowledge with local government and health officials, business professionals and those working in education and housing.

Alex, who was honoured with the prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) accolade from Microsoft in 2015 for his exceptional technical expertise, said: “I am delighted to be attending this event to share my knowledge and expertise with such a diverse audience.

“Technology is continually advancing and it’s sometimes hard for local government organisations and businesses to keep up to speed. During this event I’ll be talking about machine learning and big data, and how this can influence decision making, cut costs and boost performance. Using platforms like Microsoft Azure, we can build artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that augment human capabilities to increase speed and efficiency so that companies can achieve more."

Alex will be joined by several other key speakers including Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the University of Reading, Jane Briginshaw, director of Design England, Helen Olsen Bedford, joint founder and publisher of UKAuthority and Steven Jones, director of Sector 39 Permaculture Design Academy.

The conference is designed to help businesses and local government organisations stay ahead of the game when it comes to emerging and current technology trends which are shaping their industries.

New jobs as big data machine learning company celebrates best-ever year

Purple Frog team Purple Frog team

Purple Frog is taking on new staff as it celebrates its best-ever year.

As a Telford-based big data specialist we have recruited three new members of staff to help it meet a bulging order book and develop a new global product.

Purple Frog, which is at the leading edge of developing and managing business intelligence solutions, has doubled in size this year as well as moving to new offices at Quantum House at Hadley Park East.

Managing director Alex Whittles said its expansion plans were based on a number of new business wins and soaring demand for its innovative services.

“We’re seeing a continued expansion in demand for cloud-based Business Intelligence (BI) solutions as well as growth in machine learning artificial intelligence projects as more companies adopt the technologies of Industry 4.0 using platforms such as Microsoft Azure,” he said.

“As a result we have doubled our size in the past 12 months and are excited about the prospects of future growth in the coming year.”

The company, which helps to make firms more efficient and effective through understanding and using their data, had recruited Business Intelligence developer Reiss McSporran, C# programme language developer Luke Mills and project manager Nick Tudor to strengthen its team, he said.

“We are currently working on an exciting new global product which we hope to launch in March and adding to our team means we are ideally placed to work on research and development of the project.”

The company’s move to Quantum House saw it quadruple its office space and coincided with the appointment of Lukasz Deba as a Business Intelligence developer and the establishment of a successful work experience programme with Newport’s Haberdashers' Adams School.

Its new business wins included running real-time data solutions for FTSE 250 listed companies.

Purple Frog was shortlisted for two Shropshire Chamber business awards this year, as best small business and best technology business.

Alex has been awarded the prestigious Most Valued Professional status by Microsoft, for his work with the Microsoft Data Platform, held by only 21 specialists in the UK. He is a regular speaker at events around the world and consults for some of the world's largest organisations.

Alex Whittles Microsoft MVP Award 2018

Purple Frog is very proud of Alex Whittles who has just been renewed as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Alex is one of handful of Data Platform MVPs and this award recognises not only his subject matter expertise but his ongoing support and contributions to the community arranging events, speaking at conferences and mentoring others. #MVPBuzz

To find out more, visit the website: https://mvp.microsoft.com/

Frog Work Experience

Purple Frog work experienceFollowing on from the success of our June work experience placement from Haberdasher's Adams, we were delighted to welcome Samuel White in July from Telford College to do a one week placement with us.

Sam spent his time at Purple Frog building a proof of concept in PowerBI, extracting and manipulating data from client files and researching future digital platforms.

We wish him all the best for the future.

Purple Frog on the move after best-ever year

Purple Frog team new officePurple Frog has marked its most successful year to date with a move to new offices as it continues to grow.
Telford based big data specialist Purple Frog has quadrupled its office space through the move, which comes after it secured a number of new clients over the past 12 months.
The company, which is at the leading edge of developing and managing business intelligence solutions, has also taken on a new member of staff as part of the move to Quantum House at Hadley Park East.
Director Alex Whittles said the move was part of a strategic growth plan for the company, which helps to make firms more efficient and effective through understanding and using their data.
“We have just had our most successful year and felt that this was exactly the right time to recruit more people and move to larger premises,” he said.
“The move means we have quadrupled the size of our offices and we have a firm plan to scale up over the coming months which will see us grow still further.”
Alex said new recruit Lukasz Deba had joined the company as a business intelligence developer, working to support clients and develop new machine learning projects.
A new intern will be starting in September from De Montfort University and the company also enjoyed a successful work-placement with a student from Haberdashers' Adams school in Newport earlier this summer with another placement starting shortly.
He said Purple Frog had enjoyed a number of new business wins in the last 12 months including running real-time data solutions for FTSE 250 listed companies.
Purple Frog was shortlisted for two Shropshire Chamber business awards this year, as best small business and best technology business.
Managing director Alex Whittles has been awarded the prestigious Most Valued Professional status by Microsoft, for his work with the Microsoft Data Platform, held by only 21 specialists in the UK. Alex is a regular speaker at events around the world and consults for some of the world's largest organisations.


More Frogs join the FrogPlex!

Purple Frog work experienceJune has been a very busy month for us at the FrogPlex - Firstly Lukasz joined the team, to help work on our clients' business intelligence projects, and also to expand our Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics capability.

In his first month he's already been tackling projects in SSIS, Data Lake Analytics, building customer churn models in R, as well as providing support to our existing customers. A very warm welcome to the team Lukasz, delighted to have you join us!

Then Ryan joined us for two weeks work experience, from Haberdashers' Adams school in Newport, Shropshire. He's been doing some amazing work in Power BI, getting himself up to speed and producing a number of amazing production ready dashboards for our internal use. 

I think we may have found a future Purple Frog consultant in the making!

We've also just signed up another member of the team, to start in September - but more about them in a future article. We're filling up the new office quickly!

Shropshire Chamber Business Awards - Purple Frog are Finalists in two categories

Shropshire Chamber Business Awards - Purple FrogWe are delighted to announce that Purple Frog is a finalist in the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards, in both the ‘Best Technology Business’ as well as ‘Best Small Business’ categories.

Best Small Business

The photo (to the left) shows the judges from the Best Small Business category who were: Andrea Richardson from Wellmeadow, Nick Jones from Nick Jones Wealth Planning (award category sponsor) and Helen Stones from Barclays together with Purple Frog Directors: Hollie Whittles and Alex Whittles.

Best Technology Business

The judges for the Best Technology Enterprise and Innovation award were: Francesca Hutcheson from Dyke Yaxley, Grainne Walters from Lanyon Bowdler and Stuart Brown from the University of Wolverhampton (award category sponsor).

We’re keeping fingers crossed for the award ceremony and hope to bring home some silverware!

Shropshire Chamber Business Awards - Purple Frog Shropshire Chamber Business Awards - Purple Frog