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WANdisco’s March Roundup

This month, we followed up on the news that all employees are entitled to unlimited paid vacation, with yet another benefit for WANdisco employees: an Outstanding Employee program. Our first ever Outstanding Employee is our Technical Support Engineer, Gary Beardshaw. This has been a particularly hectic month for all of our support engineers, and in this busy time we can’t fail to be impressed by Gary’s 2AM responses to customers when he’s not even scheduled to be at work! Congratulations, Gary!

We’re happy to report that our brand new Green Captain role is going well, but you may remember that when we announced this position, we also pledged to get involved with charities based near our offices in Sheffield, UK. This month, we signed up for our first fundraiser of 2012: the Master Cutler’s Challenge.

As part of this challenge, organizations from across the region put their entrepreneurial skills to the test, using a £50 initial investment from the charity to raise as much funds as possible, over the space of a few months. We’re proud to be a part of the Master Cutler’s Challenge, and are hoping to raise plenty of money for its chosen charity of 2012: Cavendish Cancer Care. We also had a great time at the challenge launch party, which took place at Sheffield’s Cutler’s Hall, and were lucky enough to hear a very inspirational speech from Sheffield sporting legend Farrell Anthony.

Good luck to everyone else who is taking part in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge, and keep checking this blog for updates on our progress!

Just like last month our development team have had a busy few weeks updating our certified Apache Subversion binaries: Subversion 1.7.4 can be downloaded for free from the WANdisco website and through the uberSVN platform.

This was also an exciting month for the uberAPPS store, as we announced a very exclusive special offer, especially for uberAPPS’ growing community of users. For a 30 day period, uTest’s Express Bronze package will be available to all uberAPPS users – absolutely free! uberSVN users can purchase their free uTest Bronze Express package now, by vising the uberAPPS store from inside their installation.

As if that wasn’t enough uberAPPS-related goodness, we also added one-click purchase of consultancy and individual audits to uberAPPS this month, with brand-new Subversion Health Check and Time-Based Consultancy apps. We know that rolling out, implementing and supporting Subversion can be challenging, so these additions to the app store are here to give you a helping hand. Subversion Health Check provides a comprehensive pre-implementation or post-implementation audit of your Subversion environment, while Time-Based Consultancy implements and delivers tasks that help you get the most out of your Subversion installation. We’ve had some great feedback from these apps so far, so we’d definitely recommend visiting uberAPPS from inside your uberSVN installation, to find out more.

WANdisco Announces Outstanding Employee Award

Followers of this blog may already have noticed that, on top of our quarterly Social Captain, WANdisco is now nominating a Green Captain who will be responsible for the company’s recycling policy, carpool strategy, and ensuring that WANdisco is an all-round eco-friendly place to work. Now, we’re giving members of Team WANdisco another chance to grab some of the limelight, with our Outstanding Employee program. Winners of WANdisco’s Outstanding Employee program will each receive £150 in Amazon vouchers (which we’re sure you’ll agree, is far better than an engraved paperweight!)

We’re pleased to announce that our first ever Outstanding Employee is Gary Beardshaw. Gary is one of our Technical Support Engineers, helping us offer 24-by-7 worldwide support to all of our support customers. This has been a particularly hectic few months for all of our support engineers, and in this busy time we can’t fail to be impressed by Gary’s 2AM responses to customers when he’s not even scheduled to be at work!

“It’s never easy to single out one person in a group of so many superstars, and we all appreciate every effort that goes above and beyond,” said Ian Wild, WANdisco’s Director of Engineering.

Congratulations, Gary!

WANdisco Takes up Master Cutler’s Challenge

We’re happy to report that our brand new Green Captain role is going well – we’re all getting used to separating our paper and plastic into the new recycling bins, and the carpooling strategy is proving a big hit with those who don’t live within walking or cycling distance of WANdisco HQ, but who still want to be eco-friendly.

You may remember, that when we announced the Green Captain role, we also pledged to get involved in charities based near our offices in Sheffield, UK. We’re proud to announce that we’ve signed up for our first fundraiser of 2012: the Master Cutler’s Challenge.

The Master Cutler’s Challenge is one of the largest annual fundraising events in the region. Each year, organizations from across the region put their entrepreneurial skills to the test, using a £50 initial investment from the charity to raise as much funds as possible over the space of a few months. This year, the Master Cutler’s Challenge is raising funds for Cavendish Cancer Care.

We’re proud to be part of one of the most established and respected annual fundraising events in the region, and we’re looking forward to some joint-fundraising fun with all of our neighbours in the Electric Works, who have also taken up the challenge!

The challenge will run from now until the end of September, 2012. Keep checking back for updates on how we’re doing! And good luck to everyone else who is taking part in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge.

WANdisco’s February Roundup

We’ve seen some big changes to Team WANdisco this month!

We already have a company-wide policy of limiting our carbon footprint and being environmentally responsible with all of our business activities – but for us, that just isn’t enough! Building on the success of our Social Captain role, we are now appointing a quarterly Green Captain, who will be in charge of the office’s recycling policy, the carpool strategy, and generally making sure that WANdisco is a green place to work. Our first ever Green Captain, is our graphic and web designer, Ben Fraser.

But the biggest change at the WANdisco offices this month, is a radical new vacation policy that allows all employees to take as much paid vacation as they need to stay productive and enthusiastic in their day-to-day work. We’re all really excited by this news, and judging by the reaction on Twitter, we’re not the only ones:

  • @WANdisco Your way to see things is an awesome show of trust towards your coworkers. I envy you 🙂
  • Great initiative from @WANdisco, they seem to know what they’re doing. More tech companies should operate like this
  • Seriously, we need more companies that understand that face time is not important. Results are.
  • @WANdisco Awesome. I wish more companies would see employees as partners and try to reach goals together and profit both from that.
  • Great example of a forward 3D thinking business: WANdisco – Employees have as many paid holidays as they like!

But it’s just one of the many benefits to working at WANdisco. (Want to find out more? Visit our Careers page if you’re looking for an exciting, fast-paced working environment – with lots of added benefits!)

In other news, our development team have been hard at work, making the latest Apache Subversion 1.7.3 binaries available from our website, and adding new apps to the uberAPPS store: professional support for TortoiseSVN and uberSVN Support Starter Packs. But, their biggest project this month was finishing off the latest and greatest release of our Enterprise Subversion product, Subversion Access Control. The 4.1 release completely overhauls the underlying access model, as well as introducing some great new features. Looking for some more info on Subversion Access Control? We’ll be hosting a free, hour-long ‘Introducing Access Control 4.1’ webinar on April 12th. Early registration is recommended, as spaces are limited!

WANdisco were also named one of DZone’s Most Valuable Bloggers this month. We’re all massive DZone fans in the office, so we’re really proud to be able to display the DZone MVB badge at our blog.

Thank you, DZone!

Finally, we hosted our first social of the year, at Sheffield’s quirkiest bar, The Old House.

Thanks to our new Social Captain Katherine Sheehan for organizing such a brilliant night out!

WANdisco Go Green!

WANdisco has a company-wide policy of limiting our carbon footprint and being environmentally responsible with all of our business activities. We already implement a paper-free office, and the majority of our workforce keep their own carbon emissions down by walking or cycling to work. But, to ensure WANdisco is as green as it can possibly be, we now appoint a quarterly Green Captain. Our Green Captain manages the office’s recycling policy, ensures the company carpooling strategy runs smoothly, and generally makes sure that WANdisco is an all-round eco-friendly places to work.

WANdisco’s first ever Green Captain is graphic and web designer Ben Fraser. Ben is behind all the graphics you see at the WANdisco and uberSVN websites, our blog, newsletters and more. When he’s not coming up with new designs for WANdisco, Ben produces electronic music, DJs and runs his Sabretooth Records label.

We are also pleased to announce that in 2012 WANdisco are stepping up their involvement with the local community, by getting involved in charities based in Sheffield, UK. Stay tuned for more posts on how WANdisco has been helping out the local community!