Software Alliance Wales
Promoting Wales as a driving force in software development is a key aim for Software Alliance Wales (SAW).
Software Alliance Wales helps Welsh SMEs realise the advantages of adopting new technologies, and specifically supports employers and practitioners in the software sector to identify and tackle skills gaps and requirements in order to further develop the knowledge economy.
Software Alliance Wales offers four key project strands to Welsh SMEs, offering them the opportunity to upskill their staff, improve their business processes or take advantage of cutting edge skills available from the University network.
Student ICT Development Projects – SAW provides businesses with the opportunity to explore a substantial, curiosity-driven innovative idea by working with final year/MSc Computer Science students. Businesses gain the opportunity to develop tangible business ideas, whilst providing students with the opportunity of developing a potential solution and experiencing the major phases of the life cycle of an ICT/software project.
CPD Training for ICT Professionals – Continuing Professional Development is available to ICT and Software Professionals throughout the Convergence area, providing the opportunity to acquire new skills, including those that are highly sought after or developing skills in new and emerging software technologies.
Business ICT Workshops – Business workshops are tailor made tasters to address specific issues identified within the SME community as requiring clarity. The sessions provide a bite-sized learning opportunity, bringing about enhanced ICT performance within the participating organisations.
ICT Company Certification Scheme - The ICT Company Certification Scheme is a key service to help IT and software businesses help themselves using a business process improvement tool, and so actively contribute to this economic growth.
In addition to the four key strands, the project will develop a national network of software developers, encouraging development, intertrading and continued growth of the knowledge economy of Wales.
The project is led by Swansea University in partnership with the Universities of Bangor, Glamorgan, Aberystwyth and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and is funded by the EU's Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.