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  • Jun
    08
    2017

    Live Health Trends: Learning About Health from Non-Health Data

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Professor Ingemar J. Cox, University College London and University of Copenhagen
  • Is flu is circulating in your area? Has the local vaccination campaign been successful? Are there unknown side-effects of the medicines you are taking? These are some of the questions we can now investigate using publicly available data from companies like Twitter and Google.

    These social tools store an astonishing amount of data, with details like location, time and date together with the words used in any queries and messages. Not only can this data be available in near real time, but also it is often a big sample containing information that's hard to find anywhere else.

    Ingemar will describe how, using statistical natural language processing and machine learning, non-health data sources can be used to generate important and topical information for health and medicine.

    Ingemar Cox is Professor and Head of the Media Futures Research Group at the Department of Computer Science, University College London. He is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • May
    18
    2017

    Making IT Good for Society: BCS Past, Present and Future

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Ray Long FBCS CITP Ceng, Department of Work and Pensions, Past President of BCS, March 2016-17
  • Why did you join the BCS? How has it helped you during your career? What contribution could you make as it evolves to meet the challenges of 2017 and beyond? Drawing on his own 35-year history with the BCS, last year's President, Ray Long, will lead a discussion on where the Institute has come from, how it is currently positioning itself to take the lead in making IT good for society, and how, at a time when a younger generation requires a different type of service from its professional bodies, it can develop during the years ahead to meet this need.

    Ray will consider our current strategy, challenges and areas of interest, as well as the theme for his Presidential year of driving up the success rate of IT projects. As the BCS celebrates its 60th anniversary, please come prepared not just to listen, but also to make your views known, as we debate the issues which will determine the success of our next 60 years and beyond.

    Ray Long is Director at Department for Work and Pensions and CEO of Benefits and Pensions Digital Technology Services Ltd. Prior to this his experience includes senior roles running major government programmes at Department of Health; Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; Northern Ireland Business Development Service; NHS (Choose and Book Service); Cabinet Office and HMRC. Ray is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, specializing in leadership and strategy, and is a graduate of the Government's Major Projects Leadership Academy
    Slides (3.3 Mb)
  • Mar
    23
    2017

    Stiffness: Controllable Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Science Week Talk

    Modern surgical robotic systems such as the da Vinci Surgical System have been employed to conduct minimally invasive or keyhole surgery. Despite a number of notable advances over current laparoscopic methods, such as reduced training time for the surgeons, ease of use of the robotised system and improved ergonomics for the surgeons, such robot-assisted surgical systems continue to make use of rigid instruments severely restricting the areas they can reach during operations.

    Departing from these types of robots, which are fundamentally based on a structure composed of rigid link elements connected via joints, the EU project STIFF-FLOP (STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learnable manipulator for surgical OPerations) has created soft multiple-segment manipulators with controllable stiffness. I will highlight the conceptual ideas behind the project, report on our achievements and how these relate to safety considerations in the context of Robot-assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (RMIS). Challenges emerging when departing from traditionally rigid instruments and progressing towards flexible and even stiffness-controllable surgical tools will be discussed.

    Professor Althoefer is an experienced roboticist leading competitively-funded research on soft robotics, intelligent micro-sensing systems and human-robot interaction with applications in minimally invasive surgery, assistive technologies, rehabilitation and manufacturing at Queen Mary University of London, acquired GBP4.5M as PI from national/international funding bodies and successfully completed 19 PhD projects.

    Professor Althoefer's research team currently comprising of 10 members (postdoctoral research associates and PhD students) is involved in funded collaborative research with leading London hospitals and European research organisations creating novel robot-assisted solutions for cardiac catheterisation, foetal ultrasound monitoring, tissue diagnosis using miniaturised stiffness sensors and ergonomically-optimised human-robot interaction. Over the last decade, the team has built a large portfolio of projects in application-oriented research for the healthcare and manufacturing sectors with funding from organisations such as EPSRC, European Commission (including coordination of two EU-projects), Wellcome Trust and UK-based charities, exceeding GBP30M and producing more than 250 peer-reviewed papers.


  • Mar
    16
    2017

    What is in that Audio File? - The future of voice analytics and the death of audio and video files

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Nigel Cannings, CTO Intelligent Voice
  • Watching video, listening to audio, or scanning an email chain to find information is tiresomely slow and inefficient. Imagine being able to find and listen to just the interesting bits. Or see an analysis of not just who was talking and what they said, but how they were feeling.

    This is a hot issue for lawyers, compliance officers, auditors and intelligence. And increasingly to all of us. More and more business meetings are held online and recorded. When we miss a meeting or join a project team, we need fast ways to catch up.

    Nigel will explain how the technology works and some of the applications. He will cover the role of machine learning, graphics processing and big data in creating real-time, very accurate indexed transcriptions that can be used in many ways, from identifying prisoners doing deals to by the minute billing in the legal sector.

    Nigel is CTO of Intelligent Voice, an entrepreneur and a 'lawyer turned techie'. He advises business how to unlock the value of records of communication.

    Slides (2.3 Mb)
  • Feb
    16
    2017

    Computers, Code and Covert Action: The Ongoing Upheaval in Intelligence

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr Kristian Gustafson, Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Brunel University
  • Intelligence is the "second oldest profession", but today much newer professions - computer science and information technology - pose challenges to intelligence tradecraft and methodologies that go back thousands of years. This talk will explore the range of ways that advances in both hardware and software are challenging and extending the profession.

    The threats IT poses to information security (or privacy) were made clear by the Snowden leaks; STUXNET demonstrates the great power in IT-assisted covert action. While these are significant, they are only a small segment of the challenges to intelligence by information technology. Digital identity makes it harder to develop an maintain "legends" for intelligence officers; ubiquitous encryption and massive social media volume render analysts lost in a morass of ambiguous data; the dramatic spread and democratisation of the internet makes it simultaneously easier to spread disinformation and harder to identify the false-flags...both from states and non-state actors.

    An exciting positive opportunity to intelligence may be offered with the development of natural language processing, semantic tools and artificial intelligence. Right now most analysis in the UK intelligence community is human generated. Can we effectively, safely and ethically replace the intelligence officer with intelligent agents?

    Dr. Gustafson is the deputy Director of BCISS and Director of Studies for Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University. He has served in both the Canadian and British armies, with operational tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan. In the latter he was an advisor for the Afghan Ministry of Interior Special Operations Forces on intelligence matters. He finished his PhD at Cambridge in 2005 and subsequently worked at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and now at Brunel University. He has trained or advised governments around the world, including the EU, UAE, and South Africa. As an academic he helped to draft the current UK Joint Intelligence Doctrine. He writes on intelligence, covert action, doctrine, and an interesting current project on counter-poaching in Africa

    Slides (4.1 Mb)
  • Jan
    19
    2017

    Bold, Open and Positive: Lessons from leading a complex and innovative cross-government digital programme

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Janet Hughes, former Verify Programme Director
  • Janet led the team that took GOV.UK Verify from beta to live in 2016, and became known for promoting a 'bold, open and positive' approach to digital transformation. Verify is the UK government's new way to prove your identity online. It's a new type of service, delivered in a new way, within a new organisation (the Government Digital Service). Janet will share the lessons she learned from the challenging experience of managing, from start to finish, this complex, innovative programme, and explain how they might apply more widely.


    Janet was Programme Director, GOV.UK Verify and Head of Policy and Engagement for the Identity Assurance Programme of the Government Digital Service. Prior to that she was Head of Scrutiny and Investigations at the London Assembly.
    Slides (1.6 Mb)
  • Nov
    17
    2016

    The Rise of Software Robots: How large enterprises are "taking the robot out of the human"* with a Virtual Workforce

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Peter Walker, Blue Prism
  • We are all familiar with physical, industrial robots, but what about robots that work in offices? In fact, they are already taking up posts around the world alongside their human counterparts. What opportunities does the Virtual Workforce present, and why are organisations choosing software robots to facilitate better service, faster growth and to react more quickly to market opportunities?

    Is Robotic Process Automation (RPA) a hype-driven ephemeral trend or the emergence of a new software category with a long term future? How can organisations best capitalise on these new opportunities and what does the future hold for RPA and its complements, such as artificial intelligence?

    Peter manages Blue Prism's presales consulting team in EMEA and, through his experience of more than 10 years of working for the company, has a wealth of experience and insight into the business impact of RPA as a technology as well as the emotional, social and cultural considerations at stake.

    *Quote attributed to Professor Leslie Wilcocks, London School of Economics.

    Slides (2.1 Mb)
  • Oct
    13
    2016

    AGM, followed by talk on Public Sector IT procurement

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 start
    Ashley Shelbrooke, Government Digital Service
  • The AGM is for members only and will involve reviewing the preceding year, the branch finances and election of the Committee.

    This will be followed by a talk by Ashley Shelbrooke from GDS which is open to members and non-members alike.

    On 07 September 2016 the Minister for the Cabinet Office announced a two-way commitment, called the Supplier Standard, to build and support collaborative and constructive relationships between Government and the tech industry.

    There are 6 shared principles and they outline ways of working together to create good value for everyone in future contracts and, where possible, under renegotiated legacy arrangements.

    This talk is an opportunity for British Computer Society members to hear about the Supplier Standard from Government Digital Service, with the opportunity to feedback on the principles.


  • Sep
    22
    2016

    IT & Business Leadership in Post-Acquisition Integration (Follows Student Prize Awards)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Henry McNeill, Computerbright Limited
  • Some say '60% of acquisitions fail, based on any measure of success' (Deloitte 2010). Others say 'over 70% of M&A transactions leave value opportunities unexplored' (PwC 2013). With post-acquisition integration projects, you are grappling with many imponderables and unknowns, ranging from acquiring new and unfamiliar products and services through to integrating a like for like business.

    With over 20 years' experience in the business and technology integration space, Henry McNeill will provide insights on how to tilt the scales in your favour and move you into the upper quartile of success.

    About the speaker
    Henry McNeill graduated with a Computer Science degree in 1982 and has worked with IT and Data companies ever since. He formed Computerbright Ltd in 1989, initially as one of the first independent business analysts, leading to interim CIO, consultancy and non-executive director roles. Since the late 1990's, the majority of his time has been spent helping companies acquire and integrate technology businesses. Assignments have ranged from the acquisitions of small customer bases through to a mega merger of 30 companies. He has a passion for running workshops, bringing business and technology people together during the early stages of post-acquisition integration.

  • May
    19
    2016

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution: How the Internet of computing is becoming the Internet of Everything

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Andy Cross, Elastacloud
  • The Internet of Things (IOT) is the description given to the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. It holds out the promise to change our expectations of the products we use at home and at work, and indeed the way we live.

    But IOT does not sit in isolation. Its development coincides with the maker revolution, cloud computing, big data, ubiquitous broadband wireless, machine-to-machine (M2M), machine learning, AI, bots and robotics to name a few.
    Andy will describe how IOT is developing in this wider context of this nexus of change, and explore with some practical examples what it means for you and your organisation.

    Andy is an author, software consultant, cloud architect and co-owner of Elastacloud. His passion is for big data and distributed, high-performance cloud computing. He is a Windows Azure MVP, Insider, co-founder of the UK London Windows Azure User Group and a Microsoft DevPro Community Leader


  • Apr
    21
    2016

    Leading Successful Change Your Business and People Aligned for Growth and Success

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Terri McNerney
  • Why do some change programmes succeed when others fail? What makes the difference? A lot of evidence points to leaders over-focusing on the technical and tangible aspects of change, ignoring or overlooking the people side.

    We know the business world involves constant and complex technologically enabled change; the challenge is how do you achieve the business results you want while bringing out the best performance in your people?

    Being able to do both at the same time is Terris passion; aligning your people with your business goals so that everyone understands how they can contribute and is eager to play their part.

    Combining her practical experience with the latest thinking and research on change, Terri will share the common mistakes leaders make and the approaches that deliver the most practical difference when leading change.

    Based on her 25 years experience, working with technical leaders in a variety of sectors, including Exploration and Production, Refining and Marketing, Engineering, Procurement, Finance, Banking and IT, Terri will share frameworks and stories to illustrate what works and what gets in the way of successful change.

    She has an MSc in Organisational Change from Ashridge Business School, and runs a specialist consultancy Inspire the Best. Before then she worked for over twenty years leading change in some of the worlds most complex and technologically sophisticated multinationals. She has also contributed to the Ashridge analysis of leading-edge change and consulting, published in Organisational Consulting @ the edges of possibility.

    This will be an interactive session where you get the chance to try out some of the frameworks and approaches, and come away with practical tips you can use in your workplace.

  • Mar
    24
    2016

    The Trust Machine: How the technology behind Bitcoin could change the world

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Simon Taylor, Barclays
  • With the full potential of the uses of blockchain databases still yet to be discovered, there is a race, led by financial services, following the growth of Bitcoin, to find new, transformational business models that will exploit this technology.

    Simon will explain that, while a Blockchain is just a kind of shared database, it is quite different because it creates a system of transparent, unalterable and permanent records of agreements. The impact of this is to allow all parties to organise themselves without fear of cheating. Simon will explain how cryptographic keys are used to create this trust, how it stops any single party from having more control than any other, and how, by allowing parties, for instance a buyer and a seller, to directly connect, it is seen as an opportunity and a threat by established trusted intermediaries, like his own organisation.

    Simon Taylor is VP, Entrepreneurial Partnerships at Barclays, and is a leading voice in the modern payment arena.



  • Mar
    17
    2016

    Innovation to survive and thrive

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Paul Excell
  • Based on extensive research/experience and real world examples, Paul demystifies what's important for accelerating successful innovation - vital to thrive/survive in our increasingly complex, fast moving and ultra competitive world; plus highlights the key leadership role technology teams should take based around a simple #7Cs model - Customer, Collaboration, Commercial, Communication, Cause, Curiosity, Courage

    Paul is a founder, global executive leader, technology pioneer, investor, executive coach and board advisor with an impressive track record of accelerating business growth and transformation at organisations large small (startups) and ScaleUps.

    As Founder and CEO at excelerating innovation and Executive Chairman, Global iLabs he drives an innovative portfolio of award winning, high growth, disruptive technology start-ups/scale-ups (www.mytabsapp.com) plus provides board advisory and executive coaching services.

    He is a Fellow of the BCS and Chairs the BCS Entrepreneurs Specialist Group

    He was previously Chief Customer Innovation Officer, Group Technology Officer and VP Global Services at BT where he launched several innovative services and global businesses supporting revenues of > 3bn.

  • Feb
    18
    2016

    Project Sponsorship - Bridging the Gap

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Ron Rosenhead, Project Agency

  • The amount of evidence is damning. Report after report points it out. But we still have the same problem - a lack of project sponsor support for projects. Those same reports point out that the lack of active project sponsors is having a negative impact on project success.

    In this workshop, Ron Rosenhead will explore what the project sponsor should be doing; including using some current research. In addition, he will share some stories from project managers who have had (mainly) poor experiences, hopefully getting you to share your stories as well. He will also look at some of the possible ways that can be used to try and obtain buy in of project sponsors, seeing how this can be adapted in your own company and in your own situation.

    Some of you reading this may not be project sponsors however you may be in the future. Why not bring along a project sponsor so that we can hear their views? If project sponsorship is not taken seriously by companies (and sponsors) projects will continue to be delivered in the same way. As the research points out, change by companies and senior managers is needed and rapidly!

    The evening promises to be very lively, interactive and enjoyable. There will be opportunities to not only network but to gain some insights into an area which is growing in importance.

    Ron Rosenhead is an international consultant with over 20 years of project management experience behind him. He is an author having co-written Strategies for Project Sponsorship (published by Management Concepts in May 2013). He is a well-known blogger and Tweeter on project management topics including project sponsorship.

    He has personally trained over 10,000 people and his highly practical approach makes him a sought trainer and consultant. He has worked up to and including Board level as well as having spoken at conferences, internal meetings and facilitated project management events.


  • Jan
    21
    2016

    CODE: Debugging the gender gap

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr Sue Black, OBE
  • Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.

  • Nov
    05
    2015

    IT contracts: what others get wrong and what you can get right

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Richard Stephens
  • Contract negotiation has become harder and longer in recent years. Contracts themselves are longer. But where are the risks? What do you absolutely need to know? What should worry you if anything, or should you just sign? Where do you need to push back as a provider? Over an hour, Richard Stephens will look at the commonest flashpoints in IT contracts based on his actual experience and IT lawyer and dispute resolver and provide practical guidance for those facing negotiating or signing an IT contract.

    In 2004, Richard left the City and set up his own practice focusing on his core skills as an IT lawyer, while building a practice in new areas including mediation and arbitration. Prior to that, he had been a partner at two substantial City of London practices specialising in Technology Law.
    Slides (1.6 Mb)
  • Oct
    15
    2015

    AGM (18:15) + How to Double Your Fees in the IT Sector in 30 days (18:30)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Neil Urquhart

  • How can you increase your fees even when the market is "tough", you have lots of competitors and companies just try to beat you down on your fees? Let expert negotiations trainer Neil Urquhart show you how in this interactive 1 hour talk on fee negotiation.

    In this talk he will cover:

    How to Avoid the Usual Fees Discussion
    The Mindset You Need to Adopt Today
    How to Change the Conversation from Price to Value
    And
    The 7 Steps to Doubling Your Fees in 30 Days

    This talk is for you if you are a freelance IT contractor or thinking about becoming one.

    Neil helps IT contractors get more clients and increase their fees. He also helps IT professionals find and get the jobs they want.
    He worked for 4 years at SAP University in St Leon Rot, Germany and Sophia-Antipolis in France where he trained IT consultants and software and hardware engineers in negotiation skills. He also trained SAP consultants in negotiation skills at a subsidiary of Siemens in the Norhwest of Germany. Since leaving in 2004, he has worked as a freelance negotiation skills trainer and career coach.

  • Sep
    24
    2015

    App Development + Student prize award (18:00)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 start
    Jonathan Groves
  • Jonathan is an engineer who has spent much of his career working with safety-critical train control systems in the rail industry.
    He has developed diagnostics applications for Windows, many of which were created in the Nineties and are still in use today.
    He has three apps in the Apple App Store for iPhone and is working on a number of new solutions.

    Jonathan will show us how simple it is to develop an iPhone app by showing a real-time video of the app being created while explaining to us what is happening at each stage.

  • Sep
    18
    2015

    Email Spam - a problem for the diplomats

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
  • Many clever programmers claim to have solved the spam problem, while others look to policemen to lock up the bad guys. However, diplomats who must negotiate an international approach to a global problem will do the key work.
    Slides
  • May
    21
    2015

    Avoid the dark, dead-ended rabbit holes: A thin slice of Problem Analysis

    BCS 5 Southampton Street WC2E 7HA
    Adrian Reed, Blackmetric Business Solutions
  • Successful projects need a clear direction and a definitive destination. This starts with a solid understanding of the business problem or opportunity that exists. Pre-project problem analysis helps to achieve this level of clarity and helps ensure that stakeholders have a common view on the problem that needs to be solved. This makes further detailed analysis much easier and helps project teams to avoid delving down dark, dead-ended rabbit holes.

    This practical session focusses on how to carry out analysis before or during the early stages of a project. During this session you will hear:
    1. Why is pre-project problem analysis important?
    2. How and where it fits into the project lifecycle
    3. Specific techniques that can be used to gain a quick understanding (a thin slice) of the Why and the What of projects
    4. How to create a 1-page project concept document that crystallises the need for a project and gains stakeholder consensus.

    Adrian Reed is a Consulting Lead Business Analyst who is passionate about the analysis profession. He is Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions (www.blackmetric.co.uk), where he provides business analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries. Outside of work, he is President of the UK chapter of the IIBA. Adrian is a true advocate of the analysis profession, and is constantly looking for ways of promoting the value that good analysis can bring.

    You can read Adrian's blog at http://www.adrianreed.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKAdrianReed


  • Apr
    16
    2015

    View From The "Back of the Boat"

    BCS 5 Southampton Street WC2E 7HA, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Michael Short, COO RADTAC
  • The Back of the Boat technique is used to do a "big chunk retrospective" when you havent yet started. What I mean by that is as humans we learn and align ourselves through the telling and sharing of stories "Retrospective" is the word that Agile has adopted for telling a story and reaching an agreed and shared understanding. Storytelling is useful in far more situations than most leaders realize. The five most commonly used stories are probably these: inspiring the organization, setting a vision, teaching important lessons, defining culture and values, and explaining who you are and what you believe or put a different way why you are doing 'it'.

    We will explore why understanding the shared pre-story is important. If you can imagine that we are all starting on the same journey but from different places we might not share the route to the destination and find others suggested directions a little odd.

    We will explore the Back of the Boat technique as a story telling metaphor for the "Pre-Retrospective". After all agile people all love a story, whether it's an Epic or just a small Feature.

    In Michael's 30-year career creating, funding and leading dynamic and commercially successful organisations in the pharmaceutical and medical industries, Michael has honed his talent for building highly beneficial strategic relationships.

  • Mar
    26
    2015

    Grasping the virtual, how our hands reach into and manipulate the virtual world

    BCS 5 Southampton Street WC2E 7HA
    Dr. Greg Slabaugh, City University London
    Muhammad Asad, City University London
    Remi Basaru, City University London
  • Recent introduction of wearable devices such as Google Glass and Meta have generated considerable interest in egocentric computing. Such devices, moving with a user, provide a camera, and screen (between the user and the environment) onto which information can be displayed. In the absence of a traditional keyboard and mouse, novel interactions methods are required. Utilising
    computer vision and machine learning techniques we can recognises a useful subset of hand orientation, pose, and gestures from video, providing a natural interface for human computer interaction.

    Using standard 2D video, Muhammad will present work focussing on hand orientation estimation. The method employs Random Forest regression to map image features to the space of orientation angles. The algorithm runs in real‐time and is used to augment, into the live video stream, synthetic content that is controlled by the user.

    Remi will describe initial work on gesture recognition using a two camera stereovision system. Images are rectified and a novel stereo matching technique is used to infer a disparity map that provides a cue for the depth of objects in the scene relative to the camera. Ongoing work to build a database of 3D hand shapes, animated through skeletal deformation techniques will be described.
    This data is then used to train a machine learning algorithm to recognise poses and gestures.

  • Mar
    19
    2015

    Intelligent Computing, Mathematics and Cryptography

    BCS 5 Southampton Street WC2E 7HA
    Prof. Atulya Nagar, Liverpool Hope University
    Neil Buckley, Liverpool Hope University
  • The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science promotes diverse, cutting-edge research. Neil, a Ph.D. student at the department will present his research into the cryptographic paradigm of visual secret sharing, with low computational cost decryption of confidential graphical data, even using human vision alone, if necessary. This work develops techniques rendering it more versatile, hiding multiple images in any access structure, with enhanced quality and 3D capability. In addition, Prof. Nagar will introduce the work within his department, such as innovative research into biologically-inspired computing and mathematics.

  • Feb
    19
    2015

    Are we running out of Internet?

    BCS 5 Southampton Street WC2E 7HA, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    James Hickman, Virtual1
  • We all rely on the Internet for everyday tasks and running businesses, but is it as stable as we expect? This talk will explore two threats to the Internet as we know it; the shortage of addresses and the decline of net neutrality. Why are these important and what solutions exist to overcome them?

    James is a well established member of the telecoms industry. Before joining the network provider, Virtual1 as Chief Technical Officer, James worked as Head of Technical Consulting for Telstra International, developing and implementing highly complex global WAN and hosting solutions for clients in the UK and internationally.

    James is Chartered by the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society, is an associate of many industry bodies and in 2010 was appointed as an Arbiter for RIPE.
    Slides (18.1 Mb)
  • Jan
    22
    2015

    Tech Adventure Night!

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 talk
    Dr Sue Black, Tech Evangelist, Social Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, Twitter Overlord, Author + Campaigner
    Alan O' Donohue, Raspberry Jambassador. Raspberry Jam & Hack To The Future founder. Pythonista. Principal Teacher ICT
    Lucy Rogers
    An
  • Ever wished someone would take you through how to set up a Raspberry Pi, explain Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, blogging and show you how to set them up on your phone? Fancy a bit of Shrimping: building persistence of vision toys that you can use to impress your friends? There may even be some tech knitting too.

    Come along to our new year tech extravaganza featuring hands on expert sessions in Raspberry Pi, Shrimping, social media, programming and so much more. Bring your problems and our experts will answer your questions, or just come along and learn some new skills. No experience necessary, lots of fun to be had. There will be time to learn several skills during the evening, bring your laptop and a spirit of adventure. See you there!!

  • Nov
    20
    2014

    Hello Lighting, this is the TV calling

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Ian Marsden, Chief Technology Officer, Eseye
  • Information technology has long been used to control machinery and robots but now it is being used to control devices in talking homes, responsive buildings and smart cities. It was only a matter of time before off the shelf devices would be designed that connect wirelessly to the internet and publish their capabilities using open standards. The speed at which this M2M (machine to machine) technology is being developed means that the Internet of Things is already a part of our everyday lives.

    Ian will describe the forces driving the accelerating pace of M2M development, explain the new infrastructure that is being built to support it, and give a glimpse of the exciting applications that it might be used for in the future.

    Ian Marsden, CTO at Eseye, has a passion for developing intelligent technology based solutions which deliver real improvements to business performance, the environment and quality of life. He has lead technology start-ups and views technology as part of the bigger picture, delivering innovative solutions which solve real problems and deliver true business value. Today, Ians primary focus is to pioneer intelligent new and better ways to connect machines using whatever bearer communications required to securely and reliably deliver the Internet of things to Eseyes customers around the world.


  • Oct
    23
    2014

    AGM + There is no security (and it feels just fine)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Jonathan Care
  • The IT world has paid a great deal of lip service to Information Security. Everybody agrees it is important, and a priority. The gloomy reality seems to be that breaches keep happening, software is released with bugs, and investors are less concerned with privacy protection than with gathering as much data as possible for secondary marketing purposes. In this talk, Jonathan asks whether security really matters any more, and if it does, what we can do about it.

    Jonathan is a security technologist and architect, with experience in Digital Forensics, Ethical Hacking/Threat Profiling, Reverse Engineering and Fraud investigation. An expert on payments, speaking at major events and publish papers and online. A track record of building successful teams and delivering high value revenue. Quoted in the press numerous times, and interviewed by the BBC, ITN and Channel 4 news on several occasions. Proud to be assisting in building 44CON to be the premier security conference in Europe!
    Slides
  • Sep
    18
    2014

    Self-Marketing & advanced CV writing for IT Professionals / Contractors - reserve list only

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Matt Craven, The CV & Interview Advisors
  • Join Matt Craven of The CV & Interview Advisors; international speaker and thought-leader on all things related to finding a new job and enhancing your career, for an exclusive seminar on Advanced CV Writing, Personal Branding, Self-marketing and LinkedIn.

    This leading-edge seminar will provide high-quality information on creating a CV and LinkedIn profile that will really open doors as is suitable for IT Professionals, Executives and Contractors.

    In this fast-paced and engaging session you will learn:

    -How to transform your CV into a powerful business case
    -How to develop 'Brand You' through your CV
    -The differences between a CV for the permanent and contract markets
    -How to develop a high-impact "elevator pitch"
    -How to use marketing principles to really sell yourself
    -How to sell yourself through your LinkedIn profile
    -How to use case studies in your CV and LinkedIn profile

    This is a one hour session with Q&A session at the end for you to ask any questions.
    Slides (1.5 Mb)
  • May
    15
    2014

    6th BCS Doctoral Consortium, London

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    PhD students,
    Keynote: Director of BCS Academy, Dr Bill Mitchell
  • Event Details


  • May
    15
    2014

    Differentiation by Design - The art and science of a great user experience

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 start
    Dug Falby and Adam Kowaltzke, Avanade
  • As anyone who looks around them can attest, great design is not that common. Yet, as the influence of the iPhone, the iPad and products like Spotify and Facebook's social recommendations re-define our expectations of great experiences, we can see that the quality of user experience makes a huge difference to our relationship with the companies who provide the best experiences.

    What is the secret of good experience design? At a business level how do can you use design to increase productivity, stimulate innovation, drive growth and help keep a company competitive?

    Are there general principles that anyone can follow, or is it an art that only a few geniuses can do well? As we spend more of our time online, Dug and Adam will offer their answer to this important question.

    Dug Falby is Experience Design Director at Avanade having previously managed customer experience at Dixons and user experience at Vodafone. Adam Kowaltzke is Avanade's senior Experience Design manager specialising in user experience and visual design.

  • Apr
    10
    2014

    Vendor Relationship Management - regaining control and realising the value of your personal data

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 start
    William Heath, Chairman, Mydex CIC
  • William will set out progress towards a new and open ecosystem of personal information management services and explain how personal data stores solve government's challenges of ID assurance and "Midata", and how introducing personal control over personal data promises to create efficiencies and new value for individuals and for society.

    Today our personal data is as a rule held by all the organisations we deal with online, from Google through social networks and credit agencies to public services and government departments. The missing link in all the systems controlling personal data is the individual themselves. Connecting personal data stores, in a trusted framework, will let us to collect, store, manage and share our data, prove our trustworthiness and entitlement to services yet keep private information under our own control.

    William Heath is Chairman of Mydex Community Interest Company, Adviser (former Chair) to the Open Rights Group, Fellow of The Young Foundation, co-founder of Ctrl-Shift Ltd and co-founder & Chairman of Kable. He also co-founded The Bell Inn (Bath) Co-op which purchased and now runs south west England's finest music pub.

  • Mar
    26
    2014

    Grasping the virtual how our hands reach into and manipulate the virtual world

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr. Greg Slabaugh, City University London
    Muhammad Asad, City University London
    Remi Basaru, City University London
  • Recent introduction of wearable devices such as Google Glass and Meta have generated
    considerable interest in egocentric computing. Such devices, moving with a user, provide a camera,
    and screen (between the user and the environment) onto which information can be displayed. In
    the absence of a traditional keyboard and mouse, novel interactions methods are required. Utilising
    computer vision and machine learning techniques we can recognises a useful subset of hand
    orientation, pose, and gestures from video, providing a natural interface for human computer
    interaction.

    Using standard 2D video, Muhammad will present work focussing on hand orientation estimation.
    The method employs Random Forest regression to map image features to the space of orientation
    angles. The algorithm runs in real‐time and is used to augment, into the live video stream, synthetic
    content that is controlled by the user.

    Remi will describe initial work on gesture recognition using a two camera stereovision system.
    Images are rectified and a novel stereo matching technique is used to infer a disparity map that
    provides a cue for the depth of objects in the scene relative to the camera. Ongoing work to build a
    database of 3D hand shapes, animated through skeletal deformation techniques will be described.
    This data is then used to train a machine learning algorithm to recognise poses and gestures.

  • Mar
    20
    2014

    Can PRINCE2 be Agile? (Part 2) More help and advice on how PRINCE2 can help on the frontline of agile!

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Keith Richards, CEO and Renowned Author, Keith Richards Consultants (agileKRC)
  • This presentation will look further into how PRINCE2 can help you when using agile. It looks at how PRINCE2 makes agile more structured in complex situation and far from stifling the collaborative and creative nature of agile it will show how PRINCE2 can enable agile to flourish. This session will also look at how to transition to agile from traditional thinking without throwing away the solid foundations and the basics that PRINCE2 has helped organisations to introduce. Whether you are an experienced hand in Agile or PRINCE2, or just a beginner, this presentation will help you take your PRINCE2 and your agile to a new level of performance.
    Slides (1 Mb)
  • Mar
    13
    2014

    Supporting Learners in the Digital Age

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 Start
    Louis Nisiotis, PhD Student, Sheffield Hallam University, Nurul Islam, PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Martin Beer, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

  • A Cyber Campus for student learning support
    Louis Nisiotis, PhD Student, Sheffield Hallam University
    This research investigates the concept of cyber campuses as a learning support tool to overcome some of the barriers that restrict or exclude students from attending the university. The aim is to analyze the flexibility of the cyber campuses to be used for learning support of people who cannot regularly attend the university and the approach transferability to different scenarios.
    Louis Nisiotis is a third year PhD Student at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests are: Virtual Worlds, VLEs, E-Learning, MUVEs and TEL.

    Managing online presence in the E-Learning environment
    Nurul Islam, PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University
    With the advent of computer based learning in UK higher education institutions academics are faced with new challenges. This research investigates the extent to which online learning applications are compelling academic staff to maintain a quasi-permanent online presence.
    Nurul Islam is an Oracle financial analyst at Middlesex University with 20 years of IT experience. His research interests are E-learning in higher education and technology impact on globalisation.

    Supporting Learners in the Digital Age
    Dr Martin Beer, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
    Student aspirations are changing rapidly as they experience the full possibilities offered by mobile and collaborative technology. At the same time University education is becoming more expensive while the cost of learning materials is falling rapidly (in the case of MOOCs to zero). Universities need to change their offering to match both student expectations and the changing economics of higher education. At the same time it is necessary to develop systems that do more to support academic staff so that they can concentrate on providing academic support which really adds value. Embracing a range of mobile, collaborative and intelligent technologies provide opportunities to do just this. Dr Beer will introduce some of the work within his group which aims to use these technologies to enhance the student experience in the twenty-first century.
    Dr Martin Beer is a Principal Lecturer in the Communications & Computing Research Centre and Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is Treasurer of South Yorkshire Branch. His research group investigate all aspects of online collaborative and mobile learning.

  • Feb
    20
    2014

    Creating value through effective stakeholder engagement

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 Start
    Alison Charles, Alison Charles Associates

  • Do your company stakeholders and your project teams really understand each other? How do you ensure that you
    are having the right level of interaction with the right people?

    In this session, Alison Charles will talk you through a spectrum of techniques, best practice and hints and tips to get the best value from your stakeholder engagement.

    Alison Charles is a transformational change coach, entrepreneur, trainer, writer, speaker and senior corporate project manager. http://alisoncharles.co.uk/

  • Jan
    23
    2014

    Understanding technology as disruptive force for good, DSRPTN - Building 21st Century Leadership teams

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Emer Coleman and team, DSRPTN
  • Many organisations are struggling with understanding and meeting the challenges of the digital age. C Suite leaders need to understand the challenge that technology poses to the organisation of the future. It's not just about technology it's about open leadership, open governance, internet governance and privacy, product development, agile approaches and a relentless focus on customer service. Emer Coleman and team will talk about how they approach the challenge of developing leadership teams fit for a technological age and what they've learned on the journey to here.

    DSRPTN is a digital/tech consultancy firm that specialises in technology as a force for good.

    http://disruptionltd.com/

    Read what happened at the event (on storify.com).

  • Nov
    21
    2013

    How to get the best of both worlds by combining PRINCE2 with Agile!

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Keith Richards, CEO and Renowned Author, Keith Richards Consultants (agileKRC)
  • This presentation will look at what needs to change in PRINCE2 to 'go agile' and what needs to remain in order to stay in control with the appropriate level of rigour. Whether you are an experienced hand in Agile or PRINCE2, or just a beginner, this presentation will help you take your PRINCE2 and your agile to a new level of performance.

    Keith Richards is a specialist in using agile approaches to improve the way organisations manage projects and business change. Keith has over 30 years' experience in I.T. and project management across all industry sectors. He is a board member of the DSDM Consortium, an accredited DSDM Practitioner and Trainer, and spent 10 years training PRINCE2. In 2007, Keith led the team that created DSDM Atern. He is the author of Agile Project Management: running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM Atern. Keith is an international speaker on topics relating to project best practice, DSDM, Agile approaches and PRINCE2.

    Slides (697.9 Kb)
  • Oct
    17
    2013

    AGM + ITIL & COBIT: How to make the invisible visible with IT Governance Enablers

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, AGM at 18:00, talk at 18:30
    Peter Hubbard, Managing Consultant, Pink Elephant
  • The ability to demonstrate the business value of the services that an IT department offers is seen by some to be the quest for the holy grail.
    It is often lamented that IT is only visible to the business when something goes wrong, and that all the things that IT does right are not noticed.
    What is missing in many organisations is the matching of IT governance to the business objectives. That is the ability to show how the services that IT offer directly support the business objectives.
    Peter will show how IT Service Provision can be enhanced by understanding and utilising both COBIT and ITIL; two of the most popular approaches to IT Service Management in use by many organisations across the globe.

    Peter is a Managing Consultant at Pink Elephant and has worked in the IT Service Management arena for over 15 years. He has worked with clients throughout the EMEA region at all sizes and stages in the maturity journey and has quite a few scars to prove it. He is quite proud of the fact that at one speaking engagement he managed to manoeuvre his co presenter into agreeing to be pelted with plastic balls in the name of service management...
    Slides (886 Kb)
  • Sep
    19
    2013

    ROBOTS: mechanical bodies; mythical minds; monstrous dangers?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr. Mark Bishop, Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Mark will explore the impact of robotic technology on society and begin by highlighting utopian visions from the 1960s - where cyber-pioneers and poets such as Richard Brautigan conceived of a future cybernetic world where man and machine live in perfect harmony; with robots providing labour to enable humanity live out its dreams - before exploring how robots have actually begun to permeate our world. In the world today robots are typically envisaged positively (as mankind's helpers) or negatively (as evil machines 'intent on the overthrow of mankind', as explored in Science Fiction films such as The Terminator). In the second half of the presentation I will demonstrate that although the idea of a conscious machine [driven to subjugate mankind] may simply be Science Fiction, the widespread use and deployment of robots by the military robots does pose serious risks to society.

    Dr. Mark Bishop is Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London; Director of the Goldsmiths centre for Radical Cognitive Science and Chair of the UK society for Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). He has published over 130 articles in the field of Cognitive Computing: its theory, where his interests focus on the foundations of the swarm intelligence paradigm "Stochastic Diffusion Processes"; its application, where he has worked on industrial problems relating to autonomous robotics, neural networks and colour; and its philosophical foundations, where he developed Dancing with Pixies, a novel argument against the possibility of computational machine consciousness; he has also written extensively on the Chinese room argument.

  • May
    30
    2013

    IT Risk Management What can go wrong, will go wrong.

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18.30 start
    John Mitchell, Managing Director, LHS Business Control
  • The management of IT risk has become of great importance due to the impact of regulatory compliance across the world. The London Stock exchange requires compliance with the principles defined in the Turnbull report whilst American companies must comply with Sarbanes-Oxley. The British Government requires all of its departments to practice risk management and imposes the same requirement on Local Government, the National Health Service and Housing Associations. Not all companies will face the same IT risks, but an understanding of the nature of IT risk and how such risks can be identified and categorised will be useful to any organisation. Simply identifying an IT risk is only part of the story. The management of the risk is of equal importance and this session will discuss the techniques that are available. The concepts of embedded monitors and early warning indicators will be discussed and how they fit into the overall IT risk management process.

    Dr Mitchell is an international authority on corporate governance and risk management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (UK). He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has been an expert adviser in a number of UK commercial and criminal cases resulting in him being featured in a major British computing publication as the IT Detective.

    Slides (599.7 Kb)
  • May
    16
    2013

    5th BCS Doctoral Consortium, London

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 9:30am start
    PhD students,
    Keynote: Dr Bill Mitchel

  • Event Details

    Registration

  • Apr
    18
    2013

    The Hard Problems in Enterprise and IT Architecture: What are they? Why are they so hard? Will they ever be resolved?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Graham Berrisford, Avancier

  • After 30 years of corporate IT, why are we still facing the same set of hard to solve issues? Graham brings to this question the perspectives of Systems Thinking and Enterprise Architecture. The hard problems are also some of the most important that Enterprises face. Declared desires include business and IT agility, data quality, cross-organisational standardisation and integration and cost cutting. Challenges include size and complexity, continuous change and the introduction of new models such as outsourcing and cloud computing. Graham will analyse why the challenges are so hard, and whether architecting processes and adaptive architecture techniques can address them.

    Graham Berrisford is internationally recognised for his work to distil, publish and teach the essential concepts of analysis and design at all levels from enterprise architecture to software architecture. He is the director of Avancier Ltd (http://avancier.co.uk).


  • Mar
    28
    2013

    Olympics 2012: the largest and most sophisticated sports IT project of all time

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Clive Grethe, Atos

  • Delivering information systems for the Olympic Games ranks as the most complex, large and sophisticated sports IT project of all time. As the London 2012 Account Director, Clive will describe how Atos, as Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has worked with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the leading technology partners each of them experts within their own field to deliver the technology that supports the London 2012 Games. The team grew from a handful of people to over 3,500 experts to ensure the technology was ready for the start of the Worlds largest sports spectacle.

    Clive is responsible for account management at Atos for business and IT solutions to the BBC, London 2012 and Government infrastructure.


  • Mar
    21
    2013

    Safeguarding privacy - a provider and user perspective

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Tony Morton, Department of Computer Science, University College London
    Shah Mahmood, Department of Computer Science, University College London

  • It seems as though a week cannot go by without the media reporting on technology's impact on people's privacy. In recent years, media reports about the potential, and often actual, invasion of people's privacy, have involved technologies as diverse as RFID, social networking, peer-to-peer file sharing, location-based services and targeted advertising. Tony Morton begins by considering what 'privacy' actually means, and then describes two approaches a service provider can use to ensure peoples' privacy: 1) privacy by design; and 2) a framework for effective privacy practice. However, the incentives for safeguarding privacy are not always aligned between service providers and users with users often only being offered an illusion of privacy. In the second half of the talk, Shah Mahmood will describe several novel models and mechanisms, which provide users with better privacy - irrespective of the policies of governments and service providers. Shah will conclude by outlining real world examples of privacy flaws in social networks (e.g. the deactivated friend attack), and show how some of these may assist criminals and terrorists.

    Tony Morton commenced his PhD in 2010, having gained an MSc in Information Security at University College London. Prior to his studies at UCL, he was employed in the IT industry for 25 years in software development and technical management roles. His last role, as a solution architect at BT, involved technology management outsourcing.

    Shah Mahmood is a PhD candidate at University College London with his research focusing on new models and mechanisms for privacy and privacy threats in social networks. Shah has also worked on the security of mobile protocols during an internship at Microsoft Research at Cambridge, UK.



  • Feb
    21
    2013

    Effective Communication - is the way to successfully deliver Programmes!

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Sheilina Somani, FAPM, RPP, PMP, Positively Project Management
  • Programmes typically focus on the technical processes to deliver successful projects within the programme. We know that some of the most successful programmes are delivered through people inspired by leaders; learning to working effectively as teams, engaging stakeholders proactively to achieve success . Sheilina will share insights into how we can all contribute to delivering successful programmes.

    Sheilina is an international speaker, webinar presenter, and writer of articles and papers project management, people skills with over 25 years of international project and programme management.


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  • Jan
    17
    2013

    Pi Night at BCS Central London Branch

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 start
    Rob Bishop, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • Heard of Raspberry Pi and want to know more? Bought a Pi and want some advice and ideas on what to do with it and how? Done something really cool with your Raspberry Pi and want to meet other enthusiasts?

    Look no further! Come and hear Rob Bishop, developer for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, talk about the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He'll cover the history and motivation behind the creation of the Raspberry Pi, how to get involved in bringing better computing education to the classroom and answer your technical questions too.

    The talk will be followed by a "Bring and Pi" session where Raspberry Pi users can share and discuss their current projects with the group.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Nov
    15
    2012

    Career Resilience - the only strategy that matters in uncertain times

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Jacqueline Frost, Managing Directors, Women in Business Superseries
  • The rules of business are changing fast. The way we work is currently undergoing a revolution and who knows when it's going to improve. This "new" economy brings with it a whole different way of looking at work. But like anything there's a hard way, or a quick and easy way to respond - it's all about mastering a new approach that will ensure you are making smart and effective decisions in an ever-changing environment.

    Join us for the interactive session, Career Resilience - the only strategy that matters in uncertain times, where the pivotal skill in mastering this "New Economy" will be revealed. With over 40+ years combined experience in business, the Managing Directors & Co-Founders of Women in Business Superseries, Jacqueline Frost & Christine Brown-Quinn will be facilitating this unique event, sharing real-life strategies & practical applications on how to position yourself for career progression in this tough environment.

    During this session you'll discover:

    *The 5 most common reactions that will sabotage your careers
    *The one law that must be obeyed
    *The success blueprint in uncertain times.

  • Oct
    18
    2012

    Big Data, Big Decisions Unlocking Meaningful Insight (Joint event with CMI) + AGM

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, AGM 18:00, talk 18:30
    Bill Wilson, Detica
    Nick Rhodes, Detica


  • In todays economy, organisations need to do more for less. Gaining an information edge using data is not only a cost effective way of making efficiency savings, but also of generating new revenue streams. Many businesses are waking up to the possibility of exploiting significant new streams of Big Data web logs, multimedia files, sensor data and other sources that have led to an explosion of data in the past five years to generate new insights and build competitive advantage. Bill will describe some of the tools and techniques for exploiting Big Data whilst Nick will look at the challenges of responsibly handling this new found wealth.

    Bill is a senior member of Detica's Data Practice and Nick is an Executive Manager who leads Detica's Personal Data Protection and Privacy Service.
    Slides (6.9 Mb)
  • Sep
    20
    2012

    How to design, build and market consumer apps

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Tony Fish, Innovation Warehouse
    Dr. Yanguo Jing, Principal Lecturer London Metropolitan
    Phil Woodward, CEO & founder of HipSnip
    Alex Berezovisky, CEO of LetoLab
  • The BCS President will present the 2012 BCS Student Prizes at 1800

    Smart phones and tablets are a more prominent part of the lives of many, assisting users in their conduct of day-to-day tasks and increasingly the preferred way to access websites. Successful consumer apps will be those that have features unique to the mobile environment enhancing user experience instead of acting as an extension of the online presence. With over a million apps available for download, the question is how do you design, build and market a consumer app.

    Tony will talk about reasons for going mobile, features of a good app, mobile business models and raising rounds of funding. Dr. Yanguo Jing will be discussing steps towards building your first app, design considerations and platform choices. Phil Woodward will be speaking about his experience in the mobile space, the relationship between web and mobile, and mobile web versus mobile app. Alex will be discussing the principals of a Minimal Viable Product (MVP), staying focused on key value propositions and aligning apps with business models and the market.

    Tony Fish is an Author, entrepreneur and Investor , Dr. Yanguo Jing isPrincipal Lecturer in Computing at the Faculty of Computing (London Metropolitan) and mobile app specialist , Phil Woodward is co-founder of HipSnip and an experienced strategy consultant and Alex Berezovisky is CEO of LetoLab with over 8 years industry experience in software and web development.

    Slides (5.7 Mb)
  • Jul
    19
    2012

    Top Tips in using Twitter for Business and Making your Facebook Business Page Super Effective

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Wendy Kier, The Queen of Twitter
    Sam Russell, The Social Sardine
  • Wendy will share with you an insight into her 3C Twitter Business Philosophy and why it is so important for businesses whilst

    Sam will be covering
    1. How to maximise your page to get Likes, generate leads and gain clients.

    2. Why the cover photo is important?

    3. What is a tab? How can I use this to attract clients? and

    4. The unmissable bit is learning about why adding custom tabs to your page is a good thing! And youll be given resources to get you started.

    All attendees will receive a free copy of Sams Top 7 Tips to make your Facebook page super effective, which details what will be discussed.

    Wendy works with independent businesses and representing them on Twitter. She has extensive experience and understands the complexity of representing a business on Twitter and works them to develop an effective strategies that can be implemented on a daily basis that will reflect the brand and business identity to generate great results.

    Sam is known as the Facebook Oracle (trading name is The Social Sardine) and works with people who have big visions for their business and showing them how to make connections on Facebook to generate leads and spread their message. Sam specializes in teaching people how to build communities on Facebook and is an established speaker and trainer in this field.

    Hashtag #bcsLondon

  • May
    17
    2012

    The Internet of Things: How fifty billion connected devices will change the world

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    David Wood, Technology Strategy Lead, Accenture Mobility
  • Billions of tiny sensors embedded in physical things, reporting their state, is a vision labelled The Internet of Things. According to David, sensors will turn up ubiquitously, in things you control or track including your car, washing machine, lighting and heating, doors and windows, animals and children, clothing and smart plasters, luggage and packages, the contents of your larder, and all over the environment. David will help you to assess both the exciting opportunities and the potential threats of this next phase of Internet-driven revolution and the vast layers of information it will produce.

    David is a futurist well known for his ideas about the way mobile technology will influence business and society. He has spent more than 20 years implementing and using smart mobile devices, with ten years at Psion and ten more with Symbian. In 2009 he was included in T3's list of "100 most influential people in technology". In 2010 he featured in the world's first Augmented Reality CV: http://arcv.cwjobs.co.uk/augmented_reality_cv.

    Slides (2 Mb)
  • May
    17
    2012

    The Internet of Things: How fifty billion connected devices will change the world speaker - extra spaces

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18:30 start
    David Wood, Technology Strategy Lead, Accenture Mobility
  • Billions of tiny sensors embedded in physical things, reporting their state, is a vision labelled The Internet of Things. According to David, sensors will turn up ubiquitously, in things you control or track including your car, washing machine, lighting and heating, doors and windows, animals and children, clothing and smart plasters, luggage and packages, the contents of your larder, and all over the environment. David will help you to assess both the exciting opportunities and the potential threats of this next phase of Internet-driven revolution and the vast layers of information it will produce.

    David is a futurist well known for his ideas about the way mobile technology will influence business and society. He has spent more than 20 years implementing and using smart mobile devices, with ten years at Psion and ten more with Symbian. In 2009 he was included in T3's list of "100 most influential people in technology". In 2010 he featured in the world's first Augmented Reality CV: http://arcv.cwjobs.co.uk/augmented_reality_cv.

  • Apr
    26
    2012

    Outsourcing and offshoring: getting it right

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Richard Newton, Consultant and Author
  • Over the past twenty five years outsourcing has evolved. It has gone from being a new phenomenon to an everyday tool in the design of a businesss operating model and the achievement of business objectives. As part of this evolution a variety of large organisations have grown up, typified by the massive Indian outsourcers. These firms provide a range of onshore and offshore services. Some businesses have had multiple generations of outsourcing contracts. Yet, with all this experience, outsourcing is not always as successful as it should be, and it is not always well understood by those choosing to outsource. Some businesses have used outsourcing to drive significant cost savings and performance improvements. But there are plenty of case studies of businesses who have got their fingers burnt, or at least not achieved the level of performance desired. In this talk, Richard will look at some of the lessons to develop a truly effective relationship with an outsourcer, how to work smoothly with offshore teams, and finding the balance between onshore and offshore models.

    Richard is an independent business adviser and author of eight popular business books, including several on project and change management. He has worked with a number of organisations on setting up and optimising outsourcing arrangements.


  • Mar
    22
    2012

    The What and Why of Agile

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for 18.30 start
    Allan Kelly, Consultant & Founder at Software Strategy
  • Agile has broken out from the code face, CEOs talk of Agile Business, Business Analysts are signing up en mass for Agile classes and it even got talked about on the Today programme. However after over a decade of Agile software development there are still plenty of individuals and teams out there who are still trying to understand what it is and why, even if it might be for them.

    In this talk Allan Kelly sets out to answer the questions: What is Agile?, Why is Agile beneficial? and How might a team start to adopt Agile? Armed with the answers to these questions Allan will to show why large organizations such as the BBC, Financial Times, HSBC and British Gas are using it, and why the UK Government IT strategy advocates Agile.

    Allan is a founding consultant with Software Strategy, working with companies to implement and deepen Agile methods, and specialises in aligning company strategy to products and processes. He has written many journal articles, is an experienced conference presenter, and wrote the book 'Changing Software Development, Learning to be Agile'. His new book 'Business Patterns for Software Developers' is due for publication in early 2012.

    Slides (7.8 Mb)
  • Mar
    15
    2012

    Beyond mouse and keyboard: Post-WIMP and novel forms of interaction

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr. George Buchanan and Jacques Chueke, Centre for HCI Design, City University, London
  • SCIENCE WEEK EVENT

    The introduction of novel hardware for computing and gaming during the last decade is changing the way we control everyday devices because it provides, for instance, haptic, gesture-based, voice activation and eye tracking interactions. Dr Buchanan will describe the work being done at the Centre for HCI Design on new types of interaction, and Jacques will report on his PhD project to investigate the cognitive issues that these new technologies present to the user, and how the user explores interfaces that are new and visually unfamiliar.

    Dr Buchanan is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Informatics, Centre for HCI Design. His research interests encompass information interaction: from web search, through browsing digital libraries, to accessing information on a mobile phone. His main current interest is to discover how people interact with newly found documents, and how computer technology can assist users to make better informed and relevant decisions.

    Jacques worked for 10 years on internet and software projects for large companies in Brazil, and has taught at PUC-Rio. He has been a PhD student in the Centre for HCI Design since October 2010.


  • Feb
    16
    2012

    Subjects are not Objects - Enterprise Modelling using Projective Analysis

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Bernie Cohen, Hon Visiting Professor, City University
  • Joint event with BCS FACS

    A systems analyst who seeks to identify an enterprise's requirements for systems and services will try to elicit from the enterprise's stakeholders their models of the enterprise's structures, functions, purposes, performance, supply chain, markets, competition etc., and to articulate those models in the style of the day, be it object-oriented, agent-based, formal, structured or soft.

    Accounts of this practice reveal that stakeholders are often reluctant to expose their 'true' models, either because they conflict with some 'authorised version' or because they don't actually know 'what is going on', or why.
    A side-effect of the analysis is often an altered understanding by the enterprise's stakeholders of relationships between their own desires and those of their peers, managers, customers etc., which usually reveals political, personal, technical and financial risks that extend far beyond those envisaged by the original project brief.
    This phenomenon reveals the sources and, to a large extent, the components, of enterprise models to be 'subjects' systems that anticipate the satisfaction of their own desires rather than the 'objects' with which our classical engineering modeling frameworks were designed to cope.

    We introduce 'Projective Analysis' (PAN), a modeling praxis, framework and toolset in which subjects' models of their enterprise may be articulated, composed and manipulated to reveal the risks to which their enterprise is exposed and to evaluate the actions that they propose to alleviate them.

    Bernie Cohen spent 18 years as a telecom systems engineer with ITT, developing real-time software for Europe's first SPC telephone switch and the world's first PCM exchange, and eventually founding the Software Research Group at STL Harlow, where he wrote one of the first textbooks on Formal Methods. In 1984, he was appointed to the Racal Chair of IT at the University of Surrey. In 1990, he briefly returned to industry with Rex, Thomson and Partners, a safety critical systems consultancy, before taking the Chair of Computing at City University, from where he retired in 2003. His research interests have gradually moved from telecom systems design to the gaps between formal computer science and human agency.

    Slides (680.3 Kb)
  • Jan
    19
    2012

    Turing's legacy or What did Turing ever do for us?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr Sue Black, University College London
    Dr Peter J Bentley, Visiting Fellow at SIMTech, A*STAR
    Julian Wilson, Associate Director, Christie's
    Sarah Winmill, Director of IT for Support Services, University College London
  • This year is the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, Bletchley Park codebreaker and much much more. Our guest speakers discuss who Turing was, his contribution in so many areas and his effect on our lives today. Don't miss it!

    Sue is a Senior Research Associate at University College London. Sue founded BCSWomen, a Specialist Group of the British Computer Society, in 2001, and was chair of the group until 2008. She has been instrumental in championing the saving of Bletchley Park. Sue is founder of the new GoTo Foundation @gotofdn.

    Dr. Peter J Bentley has been called a creative maverick computer scientist. He is an Honorary Reader at the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL), Collaborating Professor at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), a contributing editor for WIRED UK, a consultant and a freelance writer. He has published approximately 200 scientific papers and is author of the forthcoming Digitized and seven other books, including the popular science books Digital Biology, The Book of Numbers and The Undercover Scientist. He is a regular contributor to television and radio.

    Julian Wilson joined Christie's Books & Manuscripts department in 2008 as a Specialist after spending eleven years at the antiquarian booksellers Maggs Bros, where he ran the Natural History department.

    In his years at Christie's, Julian Wilson has helped to catalogue the Foljambe Collection of natural history books (April 2008) as well as many other fine natural history, science and travel books, including maps and atlases. Highlights during this time have included the negotiation of the sale of the Max Newman Collection of Alan Turing offprints to Bletchley Park in January 2011, and a British record for a first edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species (103,250, November 2009).

    Julians expertise lies in all aspects of natural history and science, and he is particularly interested in the relationship between voyages of exploration and the acquisition and scientific description of natural objects -- Alexander Shaws 1787 book composed of samples of Tapa cloth collected during the voyages of Captain Cook (115,250, September 2010) has been one such highlight. The fields of science and exploration also offer enjoyable opportunities for involvement with non-book lots, such as the Apple-1 computer which sold for 133,250 (November 2010) or the Enigma machine which fetched 67,250 in the same sale -- both world records for these objects.

    Julian has a fascination with paleontology, geology and the earth sciences, and is a member of the History of Geology Group at the Geological Society of London. He is a Council member of the Society for the History of Natural History and a past Chairman of the T.E. Lawrence Society.

    Sarah Winmill is Director of IT for Support Services at UCL, delivering administrative services to over 9,000 staff and 24,000 students. Previously she was Head of IS Services at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and Chair of the Charities Consortium IT Directors Group (CCitDG), the premier membership group of IT Directors of major UK Charities.

    Throughout her career Sarah has focused on the needs of the customer rather than the latest technology fad. She has particularly enjoyed the challenge of delivering IT within some of the the UKs most well known arts heritage destinations, the Royal Academy of Arts, Historic Royal Palaces (including HM Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace), and the Royal Albert Hall.

    Sarah is a Chartered Fellow of BCS, holds an MSc in Data Communications, and is currently studying for an MBA with the Open University. In 2008 she was a Finalist in the Intel IT Leader of the Year, at the BCS IT Industry Awards, and in 2009 received a ComputerWorld Laureate for her work publishing the V&A collections online.

    Hastag for this event is #BCSTuring
    Slides (9.1 Mb)
  • Nov
    17
    2011

    NLP for project management: making soft skills less hard using NLP

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr Peter Parkes, Peak Performance
  • We know that soft skills are essential for project management. And project management relies on getting things done through others. So how can we make project delivery that bit more effective? Peter will introduce us to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, (NLP) in an engaging and interactive talk. He will give an overview of some key techniques, which will help project managers improve their soft skills and deliver more effectively.
    Peter has held senior roles in project management in the public sector, private sector, public private partnerships and big 4 management consultancies. He started his journey in NLP in the early 90s and progressed to Master Practitioner and is a trained Coach and Mentor. Peter is author of the BCS publication NLP for Project Management

    Slides (1 Mb)
  • Oct
    20
    2011

    AGM followed by Reducing the culture gap between IT and business professionals

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 start
    Mike Waterston, Managing Director, Waterstons ltd
  • Winning board support for IT projects has always been a challenge for the modern CIO who often feels isolated and side lined by senior management. Many frustrated CIOs think the answer to resolving this is to gain access to, or better still a seat on, their organisation's Board of Directors.

    Mike will outline the issues that need to be addressed by the IT Professional if they want to be taken seriously by their Board or Executive Committee colleagues.

    Mike Waterston has almost 40 years of experience in business of which 19 years were spent with Tioxide PLC the Titanium Pigments Group now owned by Huntsman. The remainder of his career has been spent developing and growing Waterstons into a successful IT Consultancy and Services company with his wife Sally Waterston."

    Slides (1.9 Mb)
  • Sep
    15
    2011

    Washing Away Cave Paintings - A technical evolution

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 start
    Ian Hughes, Feeding Edge Ltd
  • Ian Hughes will share some of the history of human communication and how the current wave of emerging technology in virtual worlds, inputs and outputs to systems and the increasing social and game related concepts being applied, are the catalyst for massive cultural change socially and in business.

    The premise is that whenever we get too locked into a way of working, a process or a technology, and declare "that is the way it has always been done" we run the risk of being very quickly overtaken by the rapid advance of technology.

    Ian is the founder of Feeding Edge Limited. He presents an emerging technology slot on the ITV kids show The Cool Stuff Collective, and when online is known as epredator. He is chairman of the BCS Animation and Games Specialist Group


  • Jul
    12
    2011

    Presentation skills for career development and professional success

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dorothea Stuart, Public Speaking Coach/Trainer and Personal Branding Expert
  • Presentation skills are essential for career development and professional success. In a lively interactive session you will learn about three presentation mistakes most people make and how to avoid them!

    If you believe good presenters are born not made, think again. In your time youve learned many skills: riding a bicycle, driving a car, computer programming...You can apply your ability to gain new knowledge and skills to your communication. Whether you are a nervous presenter or someone who needs to sharpen up your performance you learn something useful from this session.

    Dorothea Stuart, MA, MSc is a public speaking coach/trainer and personal branding expert working with professionals. She teaches public speaking at South Thames College.
    Slides (3.5 Mb)
  • Jun
    15
    2011

    Open Source Software: Should I? Shouldnt I?

    IET, Savoy Place, London
    Dai Davis
  • Open Source is an IT industry buzzword. The use of open source is indeed prevalent. There are currently some 180,000 different open source projects and by the time you have read this flyer, another will have started. The current growth of Open Source is exponential. What exactly is Open Source? What are the business risks associated with using it? How can those risks be minimised and avoided. There are some 2,000 standard licences that fall into the Open Source category. How can you ascertain which ones may be being used by your software developers? Should you ever consider starting an Open Source project yourself?

    The presentation will cover:

    ● An overview of the law of copyright and its application to computer software.
    ● What are the distinguishing features of Open Source Software?
    ● What are the distinguishing features of Open Source software licences? An overview of the common licence forms: GPL and Creative Commons.
    ● Enforceability of Open Source software licences (including the seminal US case of Jacobson v Katzer).
    ● How and when is Open Source Software used in companies?
    ● How and when should open Source Software be used?


    Dai, who has specialised in the field of IT law for some 25 years, will discuss these topics from a highly practical viewpoint. There will be ample time for audience questions and discussion.


    About the Speaker
    Dai Davis is a solicitor as well as a Chartered Engineer. He is therefore well placed to speak on these issues.



  • May
    19
    2011

    Trust Services - The New Web Infrastructure Layer

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    David Rennie, Identity Assurance Consultant to the Digital Delivery Programme, Cabinet Office
  • How do you trust what people claim to be true? How do others trust what you claim? On the web, there is no systematic way to do this. But that is changing. David will explain how governments and businesses around the world are exploring how to build a layer of trust services into the web.

    David is a leading thinker in identity management who, as an independent consultant working for the UK government, has been promoting trust services as an enabler of online government.

    Slides (898.1 Kb)
  • Apr
    28
    2011

    The Truth About Data Quality

    BCS, Southampton Street, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Jon Evans, Principal Business Consultant, IPL
  • Completeness, conformity and consistency are all essential elements of good data quality, but are they enough? Can you trust what your data is telling you? Honesty, integrity and credibility are all too often overlooked in information quality initiatives. Using a case study from the world of health, Jon Evans will explore the concept of "data truth".

    Jon Evans is a Principal Business Consultant at IPL, a leading UK IT services company specialising in the delivery of intelligent business solutions and has over 15 years experience within this field.

    Slides (1.5 Mb)
  • Apr
    07
    2011

    Are you MBCS but not Chartered? (Member only event)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Adam Thilthorpe, BCS Director for Professionalism
    Mike Underwood, CEng CSci FBCS Assessor
    Keith Taylor, Chairman of the Fellowship Panel
    Janette Bolton, BCS Membership Assessment Team Leader
  • The evening will commence with Adam putting Professionalism and CITP into context, why its relevant and how can we become established as a respected profession. This will take in the use of standards within professions, why being the son of a Red Arrow is not all its cracked up to be, the trouble with projects, Government at the top of the food chain and why being a CIO is the only breeding ground for the next generation of companies.

    Mike will discuss the requirements for becoming CEng and CSci whilst Keith will provide a description of the SFIAplus framework and how it fits into the requirements for becoming a Chartered IT professional (CITP), obtaining a Certificate of Current Competence and the requirements for becoming a fellow. Janette will lead an overview of what the assessors are looking for at Stage 1 & 3 of the CITP application process. Overall the evening will provide guidance on how to submit a robust chartered application and proceed through the process. This will be followed by a Q&A session which will provide an opportunity to ask any questions that are not clear or how your specific non standard applications go ahead (like if youre a contractor). Whilst advice on specific applications may not be provided it may be helpful to bring your completed application form along.

    Bios of speakers:

    Adam Thilthorpe joined BCS as a key account manager in 2005 but now leads the development of the Institutes professionalism in IT initiative. He speaks regularly at BCS and industry seminars and conferences engaging with companies and organisations that employ IT practitioners. He raises awareness of the changes in the profession; the challenges and the opportunities.
    Adam gained his early experience in the City of London with financial institutions JP Morgan Chase and Co and Georgeson Shareholder.

    Mike retired after 33 years working for TRL at Crowthorne, initially as a Noise and Vibration Engineer and later a Software Engineer. He subsequently worked for three years as a BCS Regional Operations Manager, until the BCS abandoned Regions and moved all membership operations back to the main Swindon Office.
    Mike has been a volunteer BCS assessor for CEng, CSCI, FBCS and CITP for the past ten years. He is a member of the BCS Branches Management Committee and of BCS Council, and is a former Chair of the Berkshire Branch.

    Keith Taylor has had a long career with IBM, working in product design, performance analysis, and quality and project management. The projects that he worked on included mainframe processors, graphics, process control, mobile applications, and business middleware. He also developed new user interface concepts in a joint project between IBM and Microsoft.
    Since retiring from IBM, he now works with the BCS in a number of roles both with his local Hampshire branch and also with the BCS IT awards as a moderator. He is on the BCS Membership Committee, where he is chairman of the Fellowship Panel.

    *Reserve list means that the all the places available have been booked, those registered will be placed on a reserve list which does not guarantee a place, although it is noted that there are likely to be spaces available.
    Slides (848.9 Kb)
  • Mar
    24
    2011

    Emerging Trends in Mobile Apps

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Katie Lips, Mobile Strategist & Founder at Little World Gifts
  • Katie will offer an overview how leading mobile apps ecosystems are becoming an innovation playground for visionary developers and entrepreneurs. Whilst "New Mobile" is fast becoming a crowded space, successful mobile businesses are those that deliver the best tools, game play, consumer and user experiences. From mobile games, to AR, to virtual goods and m-commerce, Katie will outline some trending concepts and share case studies on the hottest mobile apps.

    Katie is an active speaker on mobile apps and ecosystems, she previously founded SMS archive Treasuremytext and virtual goods startup Little World Gifts. Katie is author of "The Amazing iPhone", "Winning iPhone Strategies" and "Predicting the iPad".

    Slides (6.1 Mb)
  • Mar
    17
    2011

    Investing for Innovation: How Enterprise Architecture enables the Future - SCIENCE WEEK EVENT

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    John Good, Enterprise Architect, ITV
  • It's a given that change is the only constant. Innovation is a critical response. How should an Enterprise Architect, with a responsibility to determine the best return on investment in Information Technology and ensure strategic alignment, make sure that they enable that innovation? John will draw upon his experience in ITV to explain the challenge and how it can be met.

    John is a well known speaker and trainer on the topic of Enterprise Architecture who has had many years experience in both consultancy and in-house roles.

    Slides (1 Mb)
  • Feb
    17
    2011

    Application Software Security for All

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Colin Watson, OWASP
  • The creation and promotion of knowledge about information security can help counter fear, uncertainty and doubt. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a not-for-profit worldwide charitable organisation focused on improving the security of application software. It believes that application security should be visible, so that people and organisations can make informed decisions about true application security risks. Colin will discuss how OWASP is structured, funded and operates. He will introduce some projects which may be of immediate use to attendees such as the Top Ten (referenced by PCI DSS) and the Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM). He will then describe one OWASP project in more detail - AppSensor, a conceptual framework and methodology that offers prescriptive guidance to implement intrusion detection and automated response into an existing application.

    Colin is based in London as a consultant with Watson Hall Ltd specialising in application security. He is also chair of OWASP's Global Industry Committee.

    Slides (1.7 Mb)
  • Jan
    20
    2011

    Are You Social or Anti-Social?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Jemima Gibbons, Social Media Writer and Consultant
    Joanne Jacobs, Social Media Expert Consultant
    LJ Rich, Freelance Producer/Reporter @BBCClick & more

    The evening will be Chaired by Dr Sue Black, Senior Research Associate, UCL
  • The role of Social Media Strategist or Chief Collaboration Officer may soon become a key management role in successful companies. Will having a person working in this position enable companies to increase their social awareness, their internal communication and collaboration and therefore their profitability? Or is it, along with all of social media a current fad that will soon fade from our memories and disappear?

    Recent high profile cases such as the prosecution of Paul Chambers and the attack on Sarah Baskerville by the Daily Mail will be discussed.

    Come and hear from our expert speakers to find out what they think and why.

    #tag for the event is #BCSsocial

  • Nov
    18
    2010

    Delivering Mission Critical Systems

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Colin Butcher, XDelta Limited UK
  • The design and implementation of highly available mission-critical systems requires a more disciplined approach than is common in the IT industry. The rapid pace of change and the wide range of available technologies make it increasingly important to have a good understanding of the underlying principles and a clear view of how to apply systems to solve business issues. Colin will discuss the factors governing systems availability and performance, complemented by real-life examples of the design and implementation of all aspects of a system from hardware and infrastructure to application software.

    Colin has considerable experience with mission-critical and safety-critical environments. He has been responsible for the architectural design, implementation and trouble-shooting of several major systems, including satellite control, air traffic monitoring, manufacturing, retail and healthcare infrastructures. Colin is a well-known presenter of both technical and leadership seminars.

    Slides (630.6 Kb)
  • Oct
    14
    2010

    AGM followed by Dealing with Information Overload

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Ian Price, Grimsdyke Consulting
  • The deluge of data is ever increasing on a daily basis. The issue at the heart of information overload is not the technology itself but the way in which we use it. Its march is not altogether implacable but will, discipline and the support of senior management are needed to reverse the trend. Ian will discuss information overload and how to deal with it effectively.

    Ian has over 20 years in the telecoms and payments industry and has been leader of three technology start-ups. He is author of forthcoming business book "The Activity Illusion."

    Slides (327.5 Kb)
  • Sep
    16
    2010

    The Axe Man Cometh - but is there a silver lining in the Cloud?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Tony Heritage, IBM Central Government Team
  • As government budget cuts start to bite, IT seems in line for some major cutbacks. Can Cloud computing save services, and indeed offer significant service enhancements? Could it not just save on budget, but save IT professionals jobs, indeed can we be heroes of the national rescue? Or is it just pie, rather than clouds, in the sky and we're all doomed to the axe... Come and listen and debate with Tony and your fellow members, both in and out of the Public Sector.

    Tony is an IBM Client Technical Advisor within the Central Government team, helping departments and agencies to get the most from their IT expenditure. Tony led the technical stream for the initial phase of the Data Centre rationalisation that introduced the G-Cloud and now works with Departments to understand the strategy's impact on ICT service delivery.


  • May
    20
    2010

    Social Computing in the Enterprise Comes of Age

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Stef Shoffren, Avanade UK
  • Social computing has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past few years, growing up from simple isolated departmental instances of discussion forums or blogs to fully fledged integrated applications that can incorporate many of the aspects of social computing seen on the public internet. How can companies now harness these tools both internally with their employees as well as externally with their partners and customers to deliver tangible business benefits?

    Stef is a leading thinker on using social computing to deliver business benefit. He has recently helped large blue chips clients to deliver collaborative applications that add value to their businesses. He has presented at large technical conferences including Microsoft TechEd and Microsoft Architect Insight.
    Slides (1.6 Mb)
  • Apr
    22
    2010

    The use of automated testing tools throughout the traditional software development lifecycle

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr Phillip Isles MBCS, Test Manager, HSBC Private Bank
  • Software testing, or a lack of testing, is often blamed for high-profile system failures. Usually, there is an underlying reason why testing was ineffective, which is often a lack of time to run all planned tests. Can automating some of the tests help? Phillip will describe some of the testing tools available to teams (including Business Analysts, Developers and Testers), and provide examples from his testing career over the last ten years.

    Phillip is a hands-on Test Manager, responsible for all the software testing activities within the UK sector of HSBC Private Bank. He manages teams of test analysts in India and China. He is also the chair of the ISEB Software Testing Accreditation panel, and a member of the Software Testing Specialist Group committee.
    Slides (2.4 Mb)
  • Mar
    18
    2010

    Business Change in Kensington and Chelsea

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    James Archer, Business Analyst, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
    Debbie Paul, Managing Director, Assist Knowledge Development
  • Firstly, James will present on a major change programme, the transformation of Adult Social Care at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The presentation will include the key issues and outcomes for the project, including the business analysis work James carried out to resolve the issues and find effective solutions. Debra will then use the experiences from Jamess project and will discuss the principles and approaches adopted by business analysts when defining and evaluating options for business change.

    James Archer is a practicing Business Analyst and Project Manager with 20 years ICT experience mainly in the public sector. He speaks and teaches on various aspects of Business Analysis to organisations across the UK and is a co-founder of the Business Change Specialist Group of the BCS.

    Debra Paul is the Managing Director of Assist Knowledge Development, a training and consultancy company. She jointly edited and wrote the bestselling BCS publication, Business Analysis. Debra is a regular speaker at business seminars and is a founder member of the BA Management Forum, co-founder of the BCS Business Change Specialist Group and an ISEB examiner for Business Analysis.
    Slides (1.8 Mb)
  • Mar
    11
    2010

    Data to Decision to Action in London's Traffic Systems

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Derek Renaud, Chief Engineer, Technology Delivery Group, TfL
    Norbert Buch, PhD Associate, Kinston University and TfL
  • Managing and controlling Londons traffic flow is a complex task. Different kinds of information can be gathered from the streets. Consolidated data is then used to derive manual and automatic decisions for coordinated traffic management in the capital. Information is then passed to road users to help them make informed travel decisions.
    An overview of the current and emerging systems will be provided.
    To improve responsiveness, the IRID (Image Recognition and Incident Detection) project was successfully implemented with the London Traffic Control Centre. Norbert Buch will show how existing cameras are used for this monitoring task and will introduce 3DHOG (3D histogram of oriented gradients) as the latest example for video analytics in traffic management.


    Derek is chief engineer in the Technology Delivery Group within the Traffic Directorate in TfL. He currently leads a development team looking at the latest advances in CCTV, Communications, Detection and Street Products associated with traffic control.

    Norbert is an electrical engineer who has worked in the automotive industry and in oil prospecting. Previous to his work in Kingston, he was responsible for the design and delivery of several embedded sensor system at Quantum Prospecting Ltd. and Kristl, Seibt & Co, Austria.


    Slides (1.6 Mb)
  • Feb
    18
    2010

    Cloud Computing and the Law

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Miranda Mowbray, Senior Technical Contributor, HP Labs Bristol
  • Miranda will speak about some foggy legal issues to do with cloud computing, including access to data by foreign governments, data usage rights and security. She will give some examples from customer agreements currently used by prominent cloud computing providers. She will also mention some new research that may resolve some of these issues.

    Miranda Mowbray is a Senior Technical Contributor at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol, where her research interests include online communities and privacy for cloud computing. A paper by Miranda and some of her HP colleagues won the Best Paper Award at CloudCom, the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing. She is a Fellow of the BCS.
    Slides (1.5 Mb)
  • Jan
    21
    2010

    Tomorrow's Women, Tomorrow's World

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr Sue Black, Head of Department, University of Westminster
    Maggie Philbin, BBC
    Rebecca George, Partner at Deloitte
    Mohan Koo, MD at Dtex Ltd
    Professor Rob Macredie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University
  • Do come along, hear what our panel have to say and ask them your questions.

    When punch cards and paper tape were the norm the workforce in computing was approx. 50/50 male/female. That is not the case these days, it is more like 80/20 male/female. It is well accepted that a balanced team produces a more productive workforce, so what can we do to encourage women back into IT? Dr Sue Black discusses the reasons for the lack of women in IT, advises how to support and encourage women in your company and is joined by a panel of notable men and women in technology giving an insight into what needs to change. We will use social media at this event to facilitate interaction with a global audience.
    Dr Sue Black is Head of Department of Information and Software Systems at the University of Westminster: http://www.sueblack.co.uk. She is interested in research in the area of software quality, especially helping companies to improve the quality of their software. Sue founded the BCSWomen SG in 2001, she sits on BCS Knowledge Services Board and is a BCS Council member. Sue is a well known speaker on women in IT, and Bletchley Park, most notably on BBC News 24 and the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. Details of the campaign to save Bletchley Park are at http://www.savingbletchleypark.org/

    Bios of speakers:

    Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. Currently providing analysis and comment on technology and a regular reporter on BBC 1s Inside Out, she has a unique resonance with audiences, having grown up with them on much loved shows like Swap Shop, Hospital Watch and Tomorrows World. Many of the everyday gadgets we now take for granted were demonstrated on live television for the very first time by Maggie the first truly mobile phone, the first car navigation system, the first fax machine, even the first supermarket barcode reader.
    Over the past decade, Mohan Koo, Managing Director of Dtex Systems, has led multinational teams in the delivery of specialised information security solutions and investigative incident response projects for Defence, Government, International Banking and a diverse range of other organisations. As a co-founder of the Dtex Group of Companies, Mohan has driven the groups global expansion throughout Asia Pacific, EMEA and South America. Dtex specialises in the development and delivery of solutions to track and control data handling and the sharing of sensitive data. As the true value of data becomes recognised, Mohan is working closely with regulators and law enforcement agencies to shape the way that government departments and corporations value and protect the vast quantities of personal data which flow through their systems every day.

    Rebecca George is responsible for Shared Services business development in Central Government. She is currently working at Deloitte. Previously Rebecca was a Director with IBM, managing IBM's processes and her team internally while developing business opportunities and maintaining relationships externally. She has worked across Central Government since 2001. Rebecca has practical experience of re-engineering and implementing e-business processes at the same time as managing a multi-country organization. During her time with IBM, she worked in sales, business process re-engineering and HR. During 2000 and 2001, she re-engineered and implemented the recruitment process for EMEA which supported an organization of 160,000 employees. Rebecca has been involved in raising the profile of women in IT since 1997. She worked with Sir John Egan on his review of skills for sustainable communities.

    With over 15 years of research experience, Professor Rob Macredie has worked with a range of organisations, ranging from large, blue-chip companies, through small businesses, to government agencies. Rob's key interest lies in the way in which people and organisations use technology, and his research aims to determine how work can be more effectively undertaken by improving the way that we understand how people and technology interact in organisational (and social) settings. Rob has taught widely in Computer Science and Information Systems, has run a range of university-programmes in these areas and has held managerial roles as a Head of Department, Dean of Faculty and Head of School. He is currently Professor of Interactive Systems and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Brunel University, and a Fellow of the BCS.

  • Nov
    19
    2009

    The end of the Private Citizen - or good corporate ID management?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Mr David Evans, BCS HQ
    and others to be confirmed
  • "ID Cards: The end of the Private Citizen - or good corporate ID management?"

    ID Cards have always been about much more than the bits of plastic, as a huge data management and identity harmonisation programme has been underway for some years. What is the state of play: What should it be?

    Presentations from speakers, followed by questions and answers. Come and join in what should be a stimulating evening.

    Note: this event is booking fast - please register asap to assure your place.

    Tea and biscuits from 6pm for a 6:30 start. Wine, juices and light refreshments to follow.

  • Oct
    15
    2009

    Virtualizing? Why Management and Security go together like ham and eggs!

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Andrew Driver, Partner Technology Specialist , Microsoft
  • With so many organizations looking at virtualization, effectively securing and managing both virtual and physical environments becomes ever more critical. The importance of showing Partners and customers how we have approached and successfully overcome these challenges cannot be stressed too highly. This session will look at security best practices and at how Microsoft Security and Management tools can provide a comprehensive and integrated solution to protecting both virtual and physical environments.

    Andrew has enjoyed a variety of roles including Microsoft Trainer (awarded trainer of the year in 2005), consultant, infrastructure/security designer and support specialist. Andrew works with many teams within Microsoft and is often called upon to present at events such as Infosec, VM08 and Storage Expo. He has also worked with many Partners including Novell.

  • Sep
    17
    2009

    How to fail in outsourced programme delivery (without really trying): Its time to focus on the role of the client in ensuring success.

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr Harvey Maylor, Director of the International Centre for Programme Management at Cranfield School of
    Management, UK.
  • The recent report by NAO and subsequent hearing of the Public Accounts Committee analysed the failure of the National Offender Management System. This was particularly interesting because for the first time, the role of the client in the failed programme was seen as at the root of the failure. Neither government nor IT are alone in having this challenge with outsourcing. Based on an analysis of many large outsourced programmes, the top 10 ways to fail are identified. These provide a check-list for both programme managers and outsourcing organisations of their respective behaviours. These are contrasted with the behaviours of the Intelligent Client and a path for development of Intelligent Client practices is proposed.

    Harvey is the author of a best selling management book and is actively engaged in a number of funded research projects and networks. He has developed courses and taught Programme and Project Management, Operations Management and Research Methods at University of Bath, Cardiff Business School, NIMBAS (Holland and Germany), Copenhagen Business School, Warwick Business School and Kasetsart University (Bangkok, Thailand).
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  • May
    21
    2009

    Customer service oriented government: The challenge of public sector service transformation

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Alexis Cleveland, Director General, Transformational Government, and the Cabinet Office Management
  • Transformational Government is uniquely positioned to deliver the capability for personalisation across public services by focusing on the citizen, joining up across delivery bodies, and enabling efficient handling of complex issues. Responsible for the Service Transformation Agreement, Alexis Cleveland will assess progress to date and the challenges that lie ahead for this ambitious agenda.

    Alexis Cleveland was Chief Executive of The Pension Service, an agency of the Department for Work and Pensions, until August 2007.
    Slides (2.4 Mb)
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  • Apr
    16
    2009

    Intelligent Fraud Detection: Neural Computing and Artificial Intelligence in the detection of payment fraud

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Nick F Ryman-Tubb, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, City University
  • The Times headline reported in July 2008, "Huge rise in card fraud as criminals find rich pickings online", with over 535m being lost in the UK to criminals, often used to fund organised crime and terrorists. Clearly the tools already in place to tackle the problem are not keeping pace. Nick will describe a practical application of Neural Computing and Artificial Intelligence in the detection of such fraud. His project uses a pioneering approach to using "thinking computers" that adapt to the temporal nature of transactions.

    Nick Ryman-Tubb has developed solutions for businesses using neural computers for almost 20-years. He founded and was CEO of the UK neural firm that now protects 1-in-7 of the world's mobile telephone subscribers from fraud. He is a well-known innovator, with successes such as the first neural computer to "taste champagne" and "sniff out explosives and drugs".

    CPD Certificate
  • Mar
    19
    2009

    Understanding the bigger picture of business and technology and what that means to you and technology

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Andy Mulholland, Global Chief Technology Officer, Capgemini
  • Everyone knows that Web 2.0 is considered to be "the" technology game changer, but why and how can this affect Enterprises, and how do other popular new terms such as "Agile Enterprise", Enterprise 2.0, Business Technology and Mesh Collaboration connect with this? This will prove to be a thought provoking session that introduces many new ideas.

    Andy is a leading thinker and practitioner helping clients realise the impact of new technologies on their business models and has published white papers.
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  • Mar
    09
    2009

    Search - the Science Making Tomorrows World

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr Andy McFarlane, Senior Lecturer, City University
    Professor Stephen Robertson, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
    Tamar Sadeh, Director of Marketing, Ex Libris Group
    Ian Rowlands, Reader, UCL Centre for Publishing
  • This is a joint Meeting with the Information Retrieval Specialist Group.

    After five millennia, are traditional 'libraries' heading for the dusty storeroom as loose agglomerations of on-line knowledge are searched by increasingly sophisticated methods? As search takes on the editorial role, will it come to be the author?

    In a session introduced by Dr Andy McFarlane, we ask:

    What does the history, current science and practice of search tell us?

    Professor Stephen Robertson will discuss the history of information retrieval and how we arrived at the current state of search technology.

    Tamar Sadeh will discuss current searching practices in the high energy physics community.

    We then start to look to the future, asking:

    Just how different might the world be when the Google generation are running it?

    Ian Rowlands will discuss evidence from his research of this demographic to round off the evening.

    Dr Andy McFarlane is Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science, City University. Andy is chair of the Information Retrieval Specialist Group and co-Director of the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, City University

    Professor Stephen Robertson is now a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, Cambridge, but retains a part-time position in the Department of Information Science at City University, where he was full-time for many years.

    Tamar Sadeh is Director of Marketing of Ex Libris Group, a leading provider of library automation solutions, and a Doctoral student at the Department of Information Science.

    Ian Rowlands is a Reader in UCL Centre for Publishing, part of the Department of Information Studies at University College London.

    There will be an opportunity for Questions after each section.

    Tea and biscuits from 6pm for a 6:30pm start, with networking and refreshments from 8pm.

    CPD Certificate
  • Feb
    19
    2009

    The Power of Personal Information

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Tom Ilube, CEO, Garlik
  • Who owns your personal information? Every time you buy something and register a new account with a company you lose control over private knowledge about you. Against a background of increasing concern about data protection and privacy, Tom will consider the options for putting control back into the hands of consumers, and the impact this will have.

    Through his company, Garlik, Tom is pioneering a range of services to help give people real power over their personal information. Previously, Tom was Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the innovative online bank. Tom's career spans 20 years with companies including Goldman Sachs, PwC and the London Stock Exchange.

    CPD Certificate
  • Jan
    15
    2009

    The Search for Shared Meaning: How Social Media Changes Everything

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dave Briggs, Independent Consultant, Davepress.net
  • Time: Coffee at 6:00pm with the talk commencing at 6:30pm, finishing around 8:00pm.

    Blogs, online video, photo sharing and social networking are redefining the way that people interact with each other and with organisations. Understanding the implications of this is vital for any organisation which wishes to remain relevant in a Web 2.0 world. Dave will discuss how organisations can approach these new tools, and how such an approach should relate to existing strategies and communication plans.

    Dave is the author of Dave Press, a blog about digital participation, and has been quoted in The Guardian about the issue of public servants blogging. He is an independent consultant, working mainly with government, helping civil servants communicate and collaborate online.

    CPD Certificate
  • Dec
    02
    2008

    Eight significant events in Computing (please register with Kingston & Croydon Branch)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr William Olle, T. William Olle Associates
  • Retired consultant Dr William Olle, will describe eight of the most important developments of the past 50 years of computing, ranging from the first programmable computer, the creation of memory and discs, through to the invention of the first personal computer in the '80s, and the explosive impact of the World Wide Web and Internet in the '90s.

    Bill Olle entered the computing field in 1953 as a graduate student at Manchester University. In 1957, he moved to the Netherlands where he worked in computing for a NATO organization. In 1964, he moved to the USA where he was employed by Control Data and then by RCA. In 1972, after a year in Norway, he returned to the UK and established his international computing and lecturing practice. He retired in 1993. He has attended every IFIP congress and has previously been an invited speaker in Stockholm in 1967 and Canberra in 1996.

    Please Register Here with the Kingston and Croydon Branch.

    DO NOT USE THE REGISTRATION LINK BELOW.

    CPD Certificate
  • Nov
    20
    2008

    British Computer Society: adapting to our constantly changing world

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Ian Ryder, Director of Brand, Marketing and Professionalism & International, BCS
  • Ian will examine the growing contribution of the BCS to public and private sector thinking on information technology issues, and the importance of the role of brand and reputation in achieving influence. He will outline his aspirations for the BCS and explain his confidence in its future.

    Ian is a pioneering thinker, author and lecturer on the subjects of brand strategy, reputation and customer management. Before joining the BCS he was vice president, brand and communications EMEA for Unisys Corporation and director, global brand management for Hewlett Packard. Ian has held senior marketing roles in several major technology companies and has provided independent brand strategy advice to many other companies inside and outside the technology industry.

    CPD Certificate
  • Oct
    16
    2008

    User Centred Design: Delivering the Web Proposition

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Andrew Lamb, Service Design Manager, Directgov
  • How often have you found web applications that dont deliver what you want or are so badly designed theyre frustrating to use? User centred design is the discipline used to discover a meaningful proposition and create a user experience that customers will thank you for. Andrew will describe current best practice and share his own successes and failures from nine years of pushing the boundaries.

    Andrew is an e-business development specialist who has worked in every web discipline. Previous to his role at Directgov, he was accountable for the customer experience and delivery of NorwichUnion.com, RAC.co.uk and BSM.co.uk.
    Slides (4.8 Mb)
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  • Sep
    25
    2008

    Avoiding the Trap of IT led business change - Benefits realisation in practice

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Gerald Bradley, Chairman, Sigma Consulting
  • In spite of all the statistics showing that IT-led business change invariably fails, many continue to fall into this seductive trap. Effective benefit realisation turns this around, starting with the desired outcomes and then exploring how to realise them. Having been refined and proven the over 22 years, the approach has become a de facto public sector standard, recommended as "best practice" by the Home Office and used as a basis for the benefits part of MSP.

    Gerald is the author of "Benefits Realisation Management", a regular conference speaker and a leading expert in the field of benefits realisation.
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    CPD Certificate
  • May
    15
    2008

    AGM, followed by: IT Strategy is Dead. Now What?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Chris Potts - "The world's leading thinker on IT investments"
  • Developments in IT have progressively killed-off the traditional IT Strategy (the latest being Web 2.0 and the bizarrely named "shadow IT").

    A major paradigm shift is well and truly under way shifting the strategic IT focus from technologies and the people who deliver them, to investments and the people that exploit them. Depending on your viewpoint, some strange things are happening. People increasingly have their own "de facto" strategies for investing in and exploiting IT, never mind the official strategy. Some companies are abandoning the CIO role, or a corporate strategy for IT, or both. IT departments are splitting up in various ways, either by design or accident.

    In this provocative session, Chris will explain how the traditional IT Strategy died, and offer a paradigm for all of us caught up in the process to make sense of what is happening. He will explore the next-generation corporate strategies for IT, and how they impact investment planning, project execution and organisation design.

    Chris has just returned home to the UK from a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, where he has been called "the world's leading thinker on IT investments". He is the author of the groundbreaking book "FruITion Creating the Ultimate Corporate Strategy for Information Technology", which was published in the USA in February 2008.
    Slides (1.1 Mb)
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  • Apr
    17
    2008

    Science and Engineering: a collusion of cultures

    BCS, Southampton Street, London (Joint event with Kingston and Croydon Branch)
    Professor Sir Tony Hoare, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
  • Pure Science and practical Engineering lie at two ends of a wide cultural spectrum, diametrically opposed across many dimensions. In every branch of Engineering Science, the intellectual integrity of the discipline, as well as its practical utility, requires that these cultures must not collide. Rather, they must collude in the old etymological sense of playing fairly together. A particular example treated in this talk is the collusion of the Science of Programming with the Engineering of Software.

    Tony Hoare has been working in computing since 1958. As a professor in Belfast and Oxford, his interests have included compilers, operating systems and unifying theories of programming languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS.
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    CPD Certificate
  • Mar
    26
    2008

    The Scientist, the Accountant, and the Boardroom

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Professor Clive Holtham, Information Management, Cass Business School, City University of London
  • With the CIO at the boardroom table, have we reached the end of the journey? Or is the information scientist about to grab the Finance Director's hand in a paradigm shift in strategic management? It took the intersection of information management and information technology to move IT from service provider to business enabler. Now the intersection with accountancy and general management beckons another step change in the intelligent exploitation of IT is this a threat or opportunity for the IT profession?

    Clive is Director of the IT Centre for Excellence (Virtual Work and Commerce), City University. He is a founding member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

    CPD Certificate
  • Mar
    11
    2008

    Surfing the edge of chaos: Use of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) for delivery of complex business change and partnership projects

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Dr Peter Parkes, Managing Director, Peak Performance
    Dr Mark Winter, Centre for Research in the Management of Projects, Manchester Business School
  • Change Projects are inherently complex. Partnerships, and particularly Public Private Partnerships, are notoriously difficult to govern. Putting the two together has led to some major failures in Benefits Realisation. Peter and Mark will talk about practical application of soft systems methods to bid and deliver these challenging projects in complex environments.

    Dr Peter Parkes chairs the London Branch of the APM and sits on the committee for the cross-body working group on governance of Project Management. He is an associate Programme Director with the government agency 4Ps (Programmes for Public Private Partnership).

    Dr Mark Winter is a member of the Centre for Research in the Management of Projects at Manchester Business School. A strong exponent of the need to bring academia and industry closer together in project management, he recently headed the UK government-funded research programme, Rethinking Project Management, the biggest-ever review of its kind in the UK. He is also an experienced practitioner in the use of soft systems methodology (SSM) and obtained his PhD working with Professor Peter Checkland, the godfather of Soft Systems, at Lancaster University. He has worked with many organisations across different sectors including the Home Office, the Probation Service, Royal Liver Assurance, Tesco, Warburtons, Astra Zeneca, the Health and Safety Executive and the NHS. Project magazine named Mark one of the top ten PM experts in the UK last year.

    CPD Certificate
  • Feb
    21
    2008

    Agile Programme Management

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Jennifer Stapleton, Stapleton Business Solutions
  • Jennifer will talk about how Programmes can be structured, governed and managed so that they can be as responsive to internal and external change as the business requires.

    Jennifer has been cited by PMI as one of the worlds most influential women in project and Programme management for her work in the agile arena, particularly in DSDM. She was Technical Director of the DSDM Consortium for 11 years and is the author of DSDM, Business Focused Development.
    Slides (119.1 Kb)
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  • Jan
    24
    2008

    Provoking Creativity: Imagine What Your Requirements Could be Like

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Neil Maiden, Professor of Systems Engineering and Head of the Centre for Human-Computer Interface Design
    Requirements, City University School of Informatics
  • Specifying requirements is too often seen as a "stenographer's task". The requirements engineer passively listens and records while the stakeholders state their needs. However, this approach relies on stakeholders knowing what they need, and what they want. But people do not know what they want until they see it. Most useful products come not from stakeholders' imagination, but from an invention. Neil shows that requirements engineering should be a creative process and describes techniques to invent requirements based on results from current research.

    Neil has directed inter-disciplinary research in requirements engineering for 15 years and is the Editor of the IEEE Software's Requirements column.
    Slides (1.8 Mb)
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  • Dec
    13
    2007

    On Time and On Track: Technology in Formula One

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    David France, IT Director, Honda Racing
  • David opens the door on the world of Formula One where technology and the team supporting it are often under extreme pressure. Formula One cars are raced all year all over the world creating intense demand for communications. Testing cars generates huge amounts of data for analysis. And all this is set against a demanding timetable of car development and racing where everything must be ready on the day.

    David is an experienced IT Manager with a track record for managing IT organisations, directing projects and managing the relationship with outsource service providers.

    CPD Certificate
  • Nov
    29
    2007

    New Heights Branch Visit to London Eye

    The London Eye
  • This is an opportunity to network with members and view the London skyline at night! Full details and tickets will be available for purchase on our website from mid October.

  • Nov
    15
    2007

    Career Development III How to get your next job in IT

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Ben Clark, Director FMC Select
    Ben Lamb, Independent Software Developer
  • By now you probably know all the basics of how to get to the next step on your career plan, but do you know how to stand out from the crowd? This event promises more insights into the realities of career development. With interactive sessions and networking with members, this will be one you will not want to miss!

    Ben Clark has been recruiting IT people for 7 years IT and is a specialist recruiter in Enterprise Architecture for clients in England and Australia. Ben Lamb is an independent software developer specialising in Microsofts .NET platform and Open Source.
    Slides (55.3 Kb)
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  • Oct
    18
    2007

    China and India: threat or opportunity?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Charles Chang, Director, Oaksmill Ltd
  • China and India: two massive Asian countries with very long histories. 200 years ago they dominated world trade, and with their current high economic growth are predicted to overtake most of the developed nations in as little as 15 years. Both countries have large, young populations, and a growing well-educated middle class with an appetite for better things. Two huge countries, two huge markets on the verge of becoming consumer economies. Charles talk will analyse the key factors of politics, economics, social change and technology; and for each of these draw out the implications for enterprises and for governments. If you are concerned about the future, this should be on your agenda.

    Charles previously worked for Gartner and other research organisations and has been tracking India and China for many years. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consultants.
    Slides (99.2 Kb)
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  • Sep
    20
    2007

    But Doctor, I've STILL got a pain in the data flow...

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Brian Derry, Director of Informatics, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
    Andrew Haw, Director of Information & Communications Technology, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • The National Programme for IT promised to transform the NHS, both administratively and in terms of patient care. The promises seemed too good to be true: a magic pill in a couple of years. Now all we hear are massive slippages with little delivered against spiralling costs. But is this really the case? Where is the programme, our tax money, and some of our careers all heading? Brian Derry and Andrew Haw will give an NHS practitioners' view of the Programme in a joint presentation and debate.

    Brian is Chair of ASSIST (Association for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care), and is a member of the BCS Health Informatics Forum strategic panel.

    Andrew is Chair of the BCS-HIF Professional Development Board and immediate past Chair of ASSIST


    CPD Certificate
  • Jun
    26
    2007

    The Challenges of Innovating with IT - Joint event with PA Consulting Group

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Professor Peter Cochrane, co-founder of ConceptLabs
    Carsten Sorenson, Senior Lecture at the London School of Economics
    David Elton, Head of IT Strategy Service at PA
    Claus Nehmzow, Head of Virtual World Services at PA
  • The British Computer Society London Central Branch has joined with PA Consulting Group to hold an IT forum on Tuesday 26th June 2007, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations on the challenges of innovating with IT.

    The event will begin at 6:30pm for welcome drinks with the presentations starting at 7:00pm, finishing at around 8:40pm. Food will be served throughout the evening.

    This forum will explore the challenges and opportunities of innovating with IT from a number of different perspectives.

    Professor Peter Cochrane, co-founder of ConceptLabs, will share his thoughts on the future of IT innovation in "Finding Not Filing and Computers That Think".

    Carsten Sorenson, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics, and David Elton, Head of IT Strategy Service at PA, will talk about their new piece of research entitled "Collaborate and Control - the new challenge for senior executives innovating with IT".

    Claus Nehmzow, Head of Virtual World Services at PA, will present an example of how a particular IT innovation - Second Life - is forcing us to adapt our methods of working for the future.

    This event for BCS members and PA Consulting Group is free of charge.

  • May
    17
    2007

    AGM, followed by: Leading Change Effectively

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Nick Fewings, Director, The Colour Works
  • Nick is a leading expert in change management. Three of the top reasons cited in a survey completed by the National Audit Office and Office of Government Commerce for project/change failure relate to people. In this eye-opening, interactive and thought-provoking session Nick, whose company specialises in personal and team development using a colourful model of behaviours based on Jungian psychology, will help you find out:

    How your leadership style may impact on the changes you are implementing?
    Discover whether you have got the right skills in your team to compliment yours?
    How to satisfy the needs of those affected by the change?

  • Apr
    19
    2007

    How Secure is Secure enough?

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Piers Wilson, Principal Consultant & Head of Technical Assurance, Insight Consulting, Siemens Enterprise Communications Limited
  • Legal, regulation and statutory requirements today require organisations to show due care. How do organisations arrive at a defensible position?
    Slides (894.9 Kb)
  • Mar
    22
    2007

    SCIENCE WEEK - Next Generation Web - Theres Something Happening Here Thats Bigger Than Any of Us

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Euan Semple was head of KM Solutions at the BBC and is now an independent consultant, well known for his Weblog "The
    Obvious?"
  • As the Web evolves from static web-sites to new ways of collaboration like blogs and wikis we are seeing a step change in the way new insights and profound levels of understanding emerge from knowledge sharing. Euan will examine the future thats already happening and consider where it might all end up.

  • Mar
    15
    2007

    Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) a Checkpoint on National Implementations and on Firms' Readiness - Joint Meeting with BCS Financial Services Specialist Group

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Alan Jenkins, Bearing Point European lead for MiFID and co-Chair Cross Jurisdiction Subject Group within MiFID Joint
    Working Group
  • Are you prepared for MiFID? This new European regulation, scheduled to go into effect in April 2007, will significantly alter financial services market structure in Europe and is perhaps the biggest challenge for the financial sector in the near future.

  • Feb
    15
    2007

    A new ITIL for the Integration Age

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Aidan Lawes
  • For years a common theme for IT practitioners has been the need for business-IT alignment, without it ever seeming to be achieved. Maybe one of the reasons is because it is the wrong goal and we should be striving for integration, not alignment. As part of this refocus, more attention needs to be paid to the whole service life-cycle. This philosophy of integration and life-cycles underpins the recent overhaul of IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Aidan will describe the changes and the value to organisations from adopting or adapting to the new version which is scheduled for publishing in early 2007.
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  • Jan
    18
    2007

    Managing the IT Supplier/ Government Interface, Joint meeting with BCSWomen

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Rebecca George
  • Rebecca George has worked with the Public Sector for 5 years, initially managing the relationship between IBM and the Government, then taking on business development and sales management roles. She has recently been involved in business development for shared services in the Public Sector.

    Rebecca is interested in the interactions between private and public sectors, through procurement and also through delivery. She has been involved in some of the projects the IT suppliers have initiated to improve the way the Public Sector perceives them, for example the Supplier Code of Best Practice and IT Professionalism. Rebecca will talk about the relationship of IT suppliers and the government - context, constraints, initiatives, and progress.
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  • Nov
    16
    2006

    How do I know who you are? - Identity Management in the Public Sector

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Simon Davies, Visiting Fellow, Information Systems Department of the LSE
  • Simon Davies is Mentor to the LSE's Identity Project. Now that the Identity Cards Act 2006 has been passed and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) formed as an Executive Agency of the Home Office, Identity Management in the UK is going to be transformed into something more powerful and more integrated. Our two speakers consider not just the challenges of implementing the biometric technologies to register and verify identity, but also the benefits to the public and their concerns.

  • Nov
    08
    2006

    Transforming IT in BT, Joint Meeting with Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    IET, Savoy Place, London WC2R
    Clive Selley, CIO, BT Wholesale
  • Please register in advance with the IET.

    BT is breaking new ground in the telecommunications industry with its ambitious 21st Century Network (21CN) initiative. This all digital, IP-based network is at the heart of BT's strategy to transform itself from a sleepy local telephone service provider into a global leader in converged communications services. To deliver the systems, platforms and services that will make 21CN a reality, BT Exact, BT's IT operations business, has had to rethink the entire concept of IT. Clive will describe this new approach.

  • Oct
    19
    2006

    Career Development II - How to get ahead in IT

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Sam Gordon, Principal Consultant, Harvey Nash
  • Sam Gordon is a Principal Consultant with Harvey Nash, a Global Executive Search Firm with over 30 offices spread across Europe, US and Asia. Sam has worked within the recruitment industry for 9 years placing senior business - facing technology professionals within large Blue Chip organisations and leading consultancies.

    Within this open forum, Sam will present practical tips on how best to market and communicate your skills, progression in your career and how to enter the contract market successfully.

  • Sep
    21
    2006

    Game, Set and Match - Information Systems Architecture for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Joint Meeting with the AEA (Association of Enterprise Architects)

    BCS, Southampton Street, London
    Bill Jinks - Executive IT Architect, IBM
  • For two weeks every year, Wimbledon requires an infrastructure capable of supporting half a million spectators, half a billion TV viewers, 5 million unique visitors to its web-site and the requirements of the world's media. This unique capability is provided by IBM, who work with Wimbledon throughout the year to drive the business and IT strategy, and provide the technical infrastructure that supports the tournament. Bill Jinks, the lead technical architect, will describe how IT is used to transform the way the club and tournament operate and deliver improvements year-on-year.

  • May
    18
    2006

    AGM And Mobile Technology Update

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Arnon Meshoulam, Intel Solution Services
  • Arnon will describe how communications and networking technologies are evolving, both on convergent and conflicting paths, and the implications for mobility users, both personal and business.

    Arnon is a Senior Consultant at Intel Solution Services specializing in enterprise mobility, mobile workforces and business transformation. He has been with Intel for 12 years in various roles, including IT management, engineering and services role. Intel Solution Services is Intel Corporation's professional services organization focused on driving business transformation and competitive advantage to companies through the practical application of new technologies.


  • Apr
    20
    2006

    Exploring Current Techniques In Combating E-Crime

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Chris Simpson, Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit; Howard Lamb, NHTCU; Gavin Butler, University of Westminster
  • The evening will look at three areas

    o Profiling e-criminals
    o Combating national and transnational serious and organised hi-tech crime
    o Avenues that are open in London for dealing with computer crime and internet-related crime and to provide advice to individuals and companies in handling e-crime.

  • Mar
    23
    2006

    Career Development - It's Not A Lottery

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Mary Clarkson, Author "Developing IT Staff a practical approach"
    Michael Wilson, Professional Development Manager at BCS
    Sam Gordon, Principal Consultant, Harvey Nash
  • Mary Clarksons book "Developing IT Staff a practical approach" was published in 2001, based on seven years experience designing training programmes for large and small teams. She currently works for Xansa, a leading technology and consultancy company. Mary is active in the BCS, as chairman of Leicester Branch and a member of Branches Management Committee.

    What springs to mind when you hear the phrase "career development"? Does it turn you off or are you excited by it? Do you understand what goes into career development? How do you find the next job? Mary Clarkson brings career development to life, explaining what career planning is all about and how to decide what to aim for next. She also explains how to work out your own training needs and develop your skills. She shares her thoughts on writing a compelling CV. Its your career invest some time in it!

    Michael Wilson will show you how you can you use Career Builder to enhance your career.

    Sam Gordon is with Harvey Nash, a Global Executive Search Firm with over 30 offices spread across Europe, US and Asia. Sam has worked within the recruitment industry for 9 years placing senior business-facing technology professionals within large Blue Chips organisations and leading consultancies.

    This presentation will focus on practical advice and guidance to help you navigate the recruitment market. Topics covered will include:

    1. How to approach your job search
    2. How to present your details including CV composition
    3. The best ways to sell yourself to a job
    4. Negotiation of contract
    5. Building relationships with recruiters to help further your career

    The presentation will offer advice that can not only be applied immediately but will also stand you in good stead throughout your career.

    Slides (11.9 Kb)
  • Mar
    16
    2006

    Conscious Machines?

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Prof. Igor Aleksander FREng, Imperial College London
  • The lecture will review world effort in the use of computer modelling to understand what it is to be conscious. It will then concentrate on a set of 5 axioms that appear to be essential in capturing particularly the vivid experience of being conscious (qualia and phenomenology in philosophical jargon) and some implementations of this theory. Where next?
    Slides (11.4 Mb)
  • Feb
    16
    2006

    Operational Risk Management And Business Continuity At MORI

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Ian Barker, Ipsos MORI Compliance and Information Security Officer
  • MORI is one of Britain's fastest growing market and public opinion research agencies. This presentation will include a review of MORI's business continuity provisions and a look at how these fits with normal business demands. We will also hear about MORI's work during elections and the special plans that are needed to ensure that all goes right on the night. Finally the added dimension of terrorism, how this has prompted a review of business continuity plans, and how MORI has responded.
    Slides (72.9 Kb)
  • Jan
    19
    2006

    IT Law Update - Joint Meeting With BCS Women's Group

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Rachel Burnett, Vice President (Forums) of the BCS
  • Rachel Burnett is a solicitor with her own law practice focused on the IT industry. She is author of Outsourcing IT - the Legal Aspects, and co-author of Drafting and Negotiating Computer Contracts, recently published in its 2nd edition. She is editor of the IT Law Guides series published for the Institute of Chartered Accountants on a variety of legal topics. Rachel will give an update on current developments affecting your work as IT professionals: including copyright and database rights, e-commerce, IT contracts, privacy and data protection. She will suggest some practical ways of keeping on the right side of IT law.
    Slides (49 Kb)
  • Nov
    17
    2005

    How Secure Are Your Systems? Understanding Internet Threats

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Russ George, International Information Security Consultant, CISSP, BS7799 Lead Auditor
    Roger Cumming, Director of the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC)
  • This evening event looks to explore the current and emerging threats to business and home users alike and will look at real life attacks (including a live Demonstration), and how to best arm yourself and your organisation in protecting your information, be it your corporate image and competitive edge or your personal information; The event will help you to make the best use of Government services in this area, which have been designed to support you by arming you with the knowledge and information you need to help you in protecting your information assets.

  • Oct
    27
    2005

    Computer Animation - Dr Who And The Advance Of The Software

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Dave Throssell of The Mill, a world leading visual effects company based in Soho and New York. Among many award winning projects, MillTV are responsible for the Doctor Who special effects
  • Computer animation moves forward at a phenomenal pace, the creative processes enriched by continuing advances in software. Seen vividly in film and TV work, with the latest Doctor Who series contrasting so strikingly with both earlier series and programmes of just a few years ago. Our talk today will look at how some of the recent developments in software have enabled the creative advances, and the challenges in producing and supporting the software and infrastructures that make it all possible.

  • Sep
    15
    2005

    Business Process Management: The Third Wave

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Howard Smith, co-chair BPMI.org, CTO Computer Sciences Corporation Europe and author of the business best sellers, Business Process Management: The Third Wave, and IT Doesn't Matter: Business Processes Do
  • While the vision of process management is not new, existing theories and systems have not been able to cope with the reality of business processes - until now. By placing business processes on centre stage, corporations can gain the capabilities they need to innovate, reenergize performance and deliver the value todays markets demand. This talk will describe a breakthrough in process technologies that obliterates the business-IT divide, transforms todays information systems and reduces the lag between management intent and execution.
    Slides (7.2 Mb)
  • May
    19
    2005

    AGM and The Wireless City

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Simon Norbury, Head of IT, Westminster City Council
  • Wireless technology opens up many new opportunities. There are already more than 30,000 wireless access points to the internet (hotspots) worldwide and this is expected to grow to 1.5 million by 2006. Westminster City Council is using portable wireless-enabled CCTV cameras as part of a 'zero tolerance' crackdown on criminal behaviour. This forms a key part of the council's 'Wireless City' project, which plans to create hotspots across Westminster to be used by trading standards and planning departments and to offer e-learning opportunities by 17th February 2005.
    Slides (4.6 Mb)
  • Apr
    21
    2005

    Chemistry with Computers, not Chemicals

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Dr Patricia Hunt, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London
  • Photochemical reactions are reactions initiated by light. They are not only fundamental to many biological systems, such as photosynthesis and vision, but also form the basis of new optical technologies. Patricia will talk about the vital role that computational models play in enabling chemists to understand this exciting and rapidly developing area. These insights are crucial to developing solutions for a very broad range of problems, examples include looking at ways to block UV radiation, making new light based sensor devices and improving solar cells.

  • Mar
    17
    2005

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  • Feb
    17
    2005

    Computing on Demand in action

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Phil Vaughan, Vice President, American Express
    Mark Lamb, Vice President of Technology, Star
  • The idea of on demand or utility computing has spurred all large technology suppliers to action. IBM, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard are all working to increase the automation of their products so that a collection of servers, storage and networking gear will automatically reconfigure themselves to adjust to changing workloads or equipment failure. Much of the technology is now in place but there is still work to be done to make this a viable business proposition. We will be hearing from companies who have implemented computing on demand.

  • Jan
    20
    2005

    Students/Young Professionals - What do you get out of the YPG BCS London Branch. What services would you like us to provide?

    BCS, Southampton Street
    Discussion forum
  • This event is for students, young professionals and other members to network, ask questions and also provide feedback on how we can improve the services we provide for younger members. The evening will be an open forum which will include an opportunity to meet representatives from specialist groups, receive career tips and advice on how to build your career, ask questions and provide valuable feedback to the branch. Hospitality will be provided and will include food and drinks. Numbers dependent, we may continue the networking onto a bar/pub.

  • Nov
    18
    2004

    RFID - Dispatch from the Front Line?

    IEE, Savoy Place
    James Stafford, Head of RFID, Marks and Spencer
  • All the big retailers are in the vanguard of the quest for real time information systems as a way to manage the supply chain efficiently and reduce the amount of goods they 'lose', and Marks and Spencer is no different. Together with other rapidly developing technologies such as logistics planning and process management, they want to use Radio Frequency Identity Tags (RFID) to track objects individually from suppliers through transport, warehouses to the store and shelves. James will describe the Marks and Spencer experience as an early adopter and what they have learned.
    Slides (4.3 Mb)
  • Oct
    28
    2004

    Managing Programmes in the Public Eye

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Chris Loughran, Technology Integration Practice Leader, Deloitte
    John Wailing, Technical Director, Criminal Justice IT
  • Government IT programmes are amongst the most complex and demanding. Success may pass unnoticed but failure can be all too public - remember the long queues at Passport Offices and the delayed tax credit payments? These programmes affect the lives of many UK citizens and place special demands on the IT professionals that manage them. Our speakers will draw on their experiences working on major government programmes to share lessons they have learnt that are relevant to all project managers.
    Slides (1.4 Mb)
  • Sep
    16
    2004

    Harnessing Open Source - "tool-kits for process improvement"

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Dean Margerison, Independent IT consultant
  • The acceptance of open source within the IT community has come a long way in the last few years. Moving from a little understood developer lead movement, to the phenomenon we see today, that has the largest of companies sitting up and taking notice. In this talk we cover the basics of what Open Source is and how it can be harnessed by small and large organisations alike. We will then move to a live demonstration of some of the tools developed by the Open Source community that can provide us with a well-needed boost to our ability to manage and deliver projects.
    Slides
  • May
    20
    2004

    AGM at 6pm, followed by: A Better Shopping Experience?

    IEE, Savoy Place
    John Clarke, Director of Group Technical Architecture, Tesco
  • Those in IT are often best positioned to bring innovation to a business, while simultaneously ensuring technology architecture is aligned with business strategy. John explains how the challenge is met in the fast moving world of a leading supermarket chain.

  • Apr
    22
    2004

    Biometrics - Who are you and how do I know?

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Mike Fairhurst, University of Kent
  • Spurred by increasing action against terrorism and fraud, biometric identification technologies have matured rapidly. So why aren't you staring into the ATM to get your iris scanned or talking to your front door? As ever the need for standards, infrastructure, people and politics are proving hard to resolve. Mike will give us a quick tour of the history of biometrics, a review of their practical use and offer a view of where and when we will see their exploitation.

  • Mar
    18
    2004

    Utility Computing - IT services on demand

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Nigel Edwards, Security Architect, Hewlett Packard Research Laboratories
  • All the world's major IT suppliers are racing to develop compelling strategies for utility computing - IT services available on demand, pay-as-you-go, without the need to purchase and operate infrastructure that has inbuilt spare capacity. Companies like IBM and HP are forecasting fundamental changes in the way in which IT infrastructure services are delivered in the next 10 years and both organizations are making substantial investments in the technology and business model. Hear about the latest developments in utility computing.
    Slides (2.5 Mb)
  • Feb
    12
    2004

    Foundations of Genetic Programming

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Dr. W. B. Langdon, UCL
  • Genetic programming is a new form of artificial intelligence technique that uses heuristic search to evolve new programs automatically. Dr Bill Langdon will describe some applications, particularly in drug discovery, where Genetic Programming found simple models of chemical interaction for drug screening.
    Slides (142.3 Kb)
  • Jan
    15
    2004

    Quantum Computing Realities

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Qubit, Oxford University
  • The discovery that quantum physics allows fundamentally new modes of information processing has required the existing theories of computation, information and cryptography to be superseded. With significant progress being made in the practical use of Quantum Computing for securing communications with advanced cryptography, we look at the future of this astonishing technology and the challenges to be overcome.

  • Nov
    27
    2003

    Is Your Big Change Programme Going to Deliver?

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Tim O'Leary, French Thornton Partnership
  • Most organisations still have a poor track record of delivery of major IT-intensive change. Yet there is plenty of advice and methodology about and there has been for years. And even when we do it 'by the book', success is very far from guaranteed. Tim will offer insights into the fundamentals of programme success that you need to see in place to assure successful delivery.
    Slides (165.9 Kb)
  • Oct
    16
    2003

    The Impact of Offshore Outsourcing on the UK's IT Profession

    IEE, Savoy Place
    Elizabeth Sparrow, Author, 'Successful IT Outsourcing'
  • Offshore outsourcing is one of the few growth areas in the current economic environment. Ovum Holway has estimated that up to 25,000 jobs in the UK software and services industry will be lost over the next four years as a result of work moving offshore. The financial case is stark - companies report savings of 30% to 50% when IT operations are outsourced offshore. Service providers such as IBM, CSC and EDS are all expanding their offshore operations. What does this mean for the future of the IT profession in the UK? Join in the debate as we look at the impact of this trend.
    Slides (5.2 Mb)
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