User Vision highlights usability and accessibility at free seminar in Edinburgh Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 One of the UK’s leading independent user experience consultancies, User Vision is running a seminar on Monday 28 March at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to highlight the benefits of usability and accessibility. The seminar is called ‘Five Usability steps to get more out of your website’ and is hosted by digital communication agency CIVIC. User experience experts from User Vision will outline why good usability and accessibility are crucial for the effectiveness of an organisation’s website. They will demonstrate best practice through case study examples and provide an overview of an iterative user-centred design process. Managing Director and founder of User Vision Chris Rourke says: “Good customer experience is vital for any website and user testing at the start of the design process is critical before the development becomes too advanced. “Once a website is built, it is expensive to make changes, so we encourage our clients to user test early and to test often. This seminar is a great opportunity for individuals and companies to learn how to make the most of their website and in turn improve their profitability”. Seminar attendees will discover the benefits of usability as part of an overall digital success strategy and gain understanding of the core usability principles. They will also learn user experience trade secrets to ensure that customers find exactly what they are looking for and interact successfully on a website. User Vision are experts in the field, working with organisations like the BBC, HSBC, Nokia and Emirates Airline to pioneer usability and accessibility. They operate internationally in Dubai, Europe and South America. To book your place at the seminar on the 28th March visit The seminar runs from 9am to 11am and is free for public sector workers. Ends For more information contact Lucy Smith. Tags: accessibility, CIVIC, edinburgh, usability, User Vision Posted in blog, news | Comments Off on User Vision highlights usability and accessibility at free seminar in Edinburgh Flexiant Showcase Extility at Cloud Connect in California

Flexiant, the pioneering cloud software and services company, revealed today it will exhibit at Cloud Connect, the premier technology event for cloud computing, this week in Santa Clara, California.

This news follows Flexiant’s long anticipated entry into the US market during the last quarter of 2010. Flexiant, headquartered in Scotland, developed Europe’s first cloud platform in 2007 and is one of only a handful of independent cloud platform providers world wide.

The company will showcase its flagship product, Extility, a licensed virtualised cloud platform, at Cloud Connect. Extility helps companies reduce start up costs, capital expenditure and energy consumption, while slashing operating costs and significantly shrinking carbon footprint.

In addition to a range of other enterprise deployments, Extility, is currently being used as a test bed by the European Commission on three multi-million pound FP7 research and development projects aimed at driving forward the adoption of cloud computing across Europe.

Robert Karssiens, Director of Sales and Marketing comments: “As growth of the cloud computing market accelerates rapidly, Cloud Connect is a forum where we can continue to shape the direction of the industry. Flexiant is one of the early pioneers of cloud computing in Europe and is now sharply focused on the US, a key market in our aggressive growth strategy.”

The lineup at Cloud Connect features some of the top minds in cloud computing, people defining cloud computing today as well as the companies leveraging the cloud to drive their business objectives.

Produced by UBM TechWeb, Cloud Connect is the defining event of the cloud computing industry. As both a conference and an exhibition, Cloud Connect’s goal is to chart the course of cloud computing’s development by bringing together enterprise IT professionals, developers, infrastructure providers and cloud computing innovators.

Cloud computing is changing the way companies look at how they address cost, scalability and the models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. A recent report predicts that by 2012, 80% of Fortune 1000 companies will pay for some cloud computing service and 30% percent will pay for cloud computing infrastructure. Gartner, 2010

Cloud Connect will take place March 7-10, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

For more information contact Sarah Lee.

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