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Our Sponsors

Sponsored by:
Oxford University
Organized by:
Conference Chair:
Giovanni Asproni
Conference Committee:
Aaron Craigie
Francis Glassborow
Alan Lenton
Ewan Milne
Tim Penhey
Event Manager:
Archer Yates Associates Ltd
Threshers Yard, West Street
Kingham, Oxon. OX7 6YF
Phone: +44 (0) 1608 659900
Fax: +44 (0) 1608 659911
Email: julie at
Conference 2008

Our sponsors

Sponsors are a vital part of the ACCU conference. Every year, they allow us to organise a world-class event at a very affordable price for our delegates.

This year we are proud to be sponsored by


Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Microsoft is delighted to be involved again with the ACCU Conference as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting UK technical communities.
Microsoft UK provides a wide number of free software, resources and events for developers, software architects and IT professionals. For more details, please visit or email


NAG NAG's mathematical and statistical components underpin thousands of programs and applications spanning the globe in industries as diverse as financial analysis, science and engineering, and in academia and research. They are so widely used and trusted because of their outstanding and unrivalled quality, reliability and portability. Whether you are using a single PC or a cluster of the world's largest supercomputers, NAG has the numerical software capabilities to suit your model.
To meet its customers' needs the NAG Libraries span many computing languages and platforms and are continually being upgraded to take advantage of the latest technologies - multi-processor PCs, for example. NAG's consultancy service offers its own expertise in developing software, coupled with world-leading knowledge of numerical computation. Customers, who can't develop their own application, need a specific solution, or just advice on how to get the best from the NAG Libraries.
NAG's software grew out of university mathematics departments, but industries and businesses all around the world have been using it for everything from space flights to agriculture. Simply defined as 'sophisticated number crunching' the software continues to evolve at a dramatic pace to meet the surge in complexity of mathematical problems in all walks of life from aircraft design to portfolio management.
NAG is continually working with the world's leading mathematical minds to improve the speed and accuracy of their software. Some procedures from the NAG libraries have reduced the time of calculations from days to seconds. This means that companies can work on 'real-time' data and make 'real-time' decisions., phone: +44(0)1865511245, email

Trolltech Trolltech provides cross-platform software development frameworks and application platforms. Trolltech’s Qt is used in popular software such as Skype, Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Lucasfilm and by more than 5000 customers worldwide. Trolltech’s Qtopia has enabled a new generation of exciting consumer devices such as mobile handsets, video-phones, set-top boxes and media players. Trolltech’s software has shipped in more than 10 million devices.
Trolltech’s products enable companies to easily build and deploy software across a wide range of operating systems and electronic devices. The company serves desktop and embedded application providers, as well as consumer electronics and mobile vendors, who face challenges in delivering user-friendly and differentiated software. Trolltech enables customers to accelerate innovation, shorten time to market and increase revenues. Trolltech’s software improves the user experience by increasing the appeal and quality of customer's applications on desktop and devices. The future proof Qt software allows developers to code less, create more and deploy anywhere.
Trolltech supports open source and commercial customers. The company has offices in California, U.S.A.; Brisbane, Australia; Beijing, China; Berlin and Munich, Germany; Oslo, Norway. It is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TROLL. For more information about Trolltech, please visit

Google Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

Riverblade Riverblade is a UK based Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Micosoft Partner specialising in the development of tools for developers using the Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment.
Our primary product is Visual Lint - an add-in product for Microsoft Visual Studio and eMbedded Visual C++ which closely integrates the industry standard Gimpel PC-Lint C/C++ code analysis tool within the Visual Studio development environment.
Although PC-Lint does a great job of analysing source files for potential problems, it is a generic cross-platform tool and as such its integration within development environments is extremely limited. Visual Lint goes far beyond this by providing automated source code analysis and custom, easy to interpret analysis results displays.
Visual Lint supports Visual C++ 6.0, eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0, Visual Studio .NET 2002, Visual Studio .NET 2003, Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008, and is in use with developers and companies worldwide.
This is our second year at the ACCU conference, and the first time we have acted as a sponsor. For more information about Riverblade, please visit Alternatively, if you would like to see a demonstration of the product please ask one of our representatives at the conference.

Intel Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, helps software developers to create applications with tools built from Intel’s knowledge of hardware:

  • Discover Intel’s high performance C++ Compiler with advanced multi-threaded support
  • Deliver fast software on the latest 64-bit multi-core systems running Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows Server
  • Locate performance bottlenecks without recompilation and with very low overhead
  • Analyse the results using a graphical interface with strong Visual Studio integration
  • Quickly drill down to the source to identify problematic lines of code
  • Optimise your multi-core performance with the Intel Thread Profiler and - for a more complete performance tuning solution – also included with VTune™ Performance Analyzer.
  • For more information see

    QBS QBS Software has been supplying developer tools to programmers for since 1987 and has been a supporter of the ACCU annual conference for many years. We are an Intel Elite Reseller and for ACCU 2008 it is our pleasure to show you what you can achieve using Intel’s C++ Compiler, their performance libraries and their threading tools for parallelisation. We’ll have plenty of goodies and books on our stand in addition to an ACCU 2008 prize draw for a notebook computer. Find out more information on Intel tools from QBS Software at:

    Oxford University Oxford University Software Engineering Programme
    The Software Engineering Programme teaches the principles of modern software engineering, together with the tools, methods, and techniques that support their application. It is a joint venture of the Computing Laboratory and the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University. The Programme offers working professionals the opportunity to learn more about the technological advances that are changing their lives, through a course of part-time study at one of the world's leading universities.
    The Programme is structured around intensive modular courses. Each involves five days of classes and practical sessions at our purpose- built teaching centre in the heart of Oxford, and is supported by reading material three weeks before the start of the teaching week, and an assignment to take home afterwards. All are designed for those with experience of the software development process: designers, programmers, managers, and informed customers.
    The syllabus includes courses in 28 different subjects: from Requirements Engineering to Object-Oriented Programming, Security Principles to the Management of Risk and Quality. These subjects are organized into five themes: Object Technology, Software Architecture, Computer Security, Development Processes, and Formal Techniques.
    Most subjects are offered at least twice a year, and any of them may be used as credit towards a postgraduate qualification: Postgraduate Certificates in Software Engineering, Object Technology, and Computer Security, and a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Science in Software Engineering.
    For more information, see the website at