Tech Infrastructure Dialogue UK

09 October 2017 - 10 October 2017

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The 9th annual Tech Infrastructure Dialogue UK brings together 60 industry leading CTOs; Chiefs, Heads and Directors of: Infrastructure, Cloud, IT, Data Centres, Networks and Enterprise Architecture from across the UK and offers exclusive networking and benchmarking opportunities with both your peers, and industry experts.

The carefully researched programme delivers interactive case studies, workshops and one-to-one meetings allowing you to head back to the office with actionable insights to not only develop your strategy, but put it into practice, enabling you to:

  • Deliver agile and high quality IT services through a secure and stable infrastructure
  • Elevate your strategic leadership and influence core business decisions
  • Integrate successful mobile and cloud solutions in your data centre infrastructure
  • Take advantage of tailor-made networking opportunities with solution partners and like-minded peers to establish forward-looking relationships with key industry leaders
  • Meet an exclusive selection of your peer group of senior, infrastructure leaders
  • Discuss common challenges & solutions; establish forward-looking relationships
  • Meet with carefully selected solution partners including enterprise cloud, data and network solutions

 

Past Speakers


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Prof Ian Bitterlin

Visiting Professor
University of Leeds

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Ian is a UK Chartered Engineer, with more than 25 years experience in data-centre power and cooling, a Visiting Professor at University of Leeds and principal consultant at Critical Facilities Consulting Ltd.

Previously CTO for Emerson Network Power, International Sales Director for Chloride, CTO for Ark Continuity, Prism Power, ICW Power, MD of Liebert UK and director of Piller in the UK Ian’s data centre industry experience has been extensive at senior levels.

An active blogger, trainer and author of technical papers on critical power and cooling, with presentations and keynote speeches made around the world, Ian is a Fellowof the IET, Member of CIBSE and BCS, sits on data-centre committees and international standards bodies, is Chairman of Judges for the EMEA Awards of DataCenterDynamics and a Member (ex-Chair) of The Green Grid in Europe.

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Nicola Hayes

Founder
Andrasta Consulting

Exploring current market conditions to determine where to build the next data centre

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Exploring current market conditions to determine where to build the next data centre

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Tony Rigby

Head of Infrastructure
Amey

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Tony joined the Royal Air Force and served for 13 years, doing a mixture of roles within the IT framework from Developer, Test and QA manager before moving into civilian life. Tony moved across to operations and then further to specialise in infrastructure services, operational and architectural work at organisations including EMI Music and Betfair.

One key passion is around operational dependency diagrams and monitoring and the use of visual displays to track and deep dive into how any outage or incident ripples through a complete application/infrastructure to manifest itself in obscure ways in other parts of an estate.  

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Emma Fryer

Associate Director
Climate Change Programmes

Policy Priorities for Data Centre Operators

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Emma has worked in and around the technology industry for the last 15 years in a range of non-technical roles. She spent five years representing the technology sector in policy matters relating to climate change. Her focus was split between encouraging government to make their policy tools fit for purpose and explaining how the intelligent use of ICT can reduce net carbon emissions. More recently she has focused on Data Centres. She manages the UK Council of Data Centre Operators and techUK’s Data Centres Technical Committee and, with their support, has achieved some major outcomes for the sector, the most significant of which was negotiating and implementing the Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres. This, after a four-year marathon of evidence gathering and policy dialogue, was confirmed in December 2013 and came into force on 1st July 2014. It is worth around £200M to the sector. In recognition of her work she won the DataCenterDynamics Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” in 2013. TechUK also won the “Effective Voice” category of the Association Network Awards in 2014 in recognition of way the CCA campaign had been managed. She has also produced a significant body of work including formal and informal policy responses, white papers, overviews, briefings, high level thought leadership papers and illustrated infographics explaining complex technologies in laymans' terms - plus everything in between.

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Brian Lane

Enterprise Architect – Core Platforms
British American Tobacco

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Brian Lane has been with British American Tobacco for 15 years, holding various roles within BAT IT in this time.

Coming from a very technical background, Linux Administrator, Oracle DBA and SAP Basis Consultant, Brian brings many years of hands on experience. After leading the Infrastructure Team for BAT’s largest SAP migration/implementation project for 5 years, Brian is now the Enterprise Architect for core Platforms. In this role Brian has set the Cloud strategy within BAT for application platforms. Key features of this strategy include, security, provisioning, capacity management, migration and cloud management. Brian continues to evolve this cloud strategy as the migration to the cloud continues whilst now working on the “SAP What Next” strategy defining the platform of the future for BAT’s SAP application estate.

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Pablo Jejcic

Head of Cloud and Infrastructure Centre of Excellence
Vodafone

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Pablo is an experienced IT senior Director, with a background in IT in several industries (Telco, Oil & Gas, Financial Sectors, Industrial Design, etc).  He has grown from a strong infrastructure background, which gives him a clear understanding of the operational needs to run IT, and has a very clear conceptual knowledge from his past teaching, and his academic life managing environments for AI research. Furthermore, in the last 6 years he had been working closer to the business and strategic departments of several companies helping drive growth and enable simplification to their organizations, whilst managing stakeholders at C-level. He has worked in a myriad of different projects and environments, including creating the first global support model for Datacentres for an Oil & Gas company, enabling a real follow the sun ITIL based model.

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Jon Townsend

Director of Technology & Information Security
National Trust

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Jon Townsend is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He has an MBA with the Open University and an MSc with Cranfield University in the Design of Information Systems.

He was previously held a commission as an Officer in the British Army, fulfilling a variety of technical and leadership roles culminating in regimental command.  Upon leaving the military he became a senior civil servant responsible for developing cyber security and intelligence capability for the Department for Work and Pensions.  He is also a Certified Information Security Manager with ISACA and GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender with SANS.

He moved to his current role as the Director of Technology & Information Security at the National Trust last year, which fulfils his passions for leadership, technology, conservation and history.

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Daniel Demonakis

Global ISS Infrastructure Manager
Linklaters

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Daniel has worked in various IT fields for nearly 20 years including the management of Applications teams, Infrastructure teams, Portfolios of Projects and Programmes and heading up an Infrastructure Architecture team.

Since Daniel has joined Linklaters he has been involved in some very interesting global projects including the automation of processes, making a more mobile workforce and moving services into the cloud which has traditionally been a difficult achievement in the legal sector. Previously he worked a variety of roles for Transport for London including being part of their journey to the cloud (private, hybrid and public) and supporting new technologies such as the future ticketing initiative that has seen the capital’s contactless technology become available on multiple platforms.

 

Daniel has always been interested in where technology and data “meet”. This includes integrating data in warehouses for analysis and dashboard activities early in his career, to creating Enterprise Bus platforms, and more recently looking at how AI can interrogate Big Data. It has been a passion of his to ensure the technology not only provides the rudimentary requirements of communication, document creation and collaboration, but to drive value to business processes shifting the paradigm from IT as a cost centre to IT as a valuable integrated part of the business.

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Has Patel

Head of Network & Data Centre Services
Bupa

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Has Patel has worked mainly in the telecoms and financial IT Data Centre Operations world for over 20 years, starting out as an operator for IBM. Throughout that time he has strategized, managed, lead and delivered many changing data centre environments. Has emulates a strong work ethic, focused on opportunities for improvement. He specialises in 24*365 management, out sourcing, offshoring and data centre transition/transformation activities.

Has came from a design background, achieving a BA (Hons) in Product Design from Central Saint Martins college of Art & Design, and strongly believes this has fuelled his analytical mind to problem solve. He is a CDCDP and a member of the BCI.

Has currently resides in west London and has been working for Bupa over 10 years. He recently attained the position of Technical Disaster Recovery Manager that will contribute towards a global data centre migration project.

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Ashley Davis

Managing Director, Corporate Centre
UBS Investment Bank

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Chris Turvil

Head of Cloud and Platform Agility
Trainline

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Chris is a recovering Enterprise Architect and consultant with 18 years IT experience across a variety of roles, organisation types and business domains. He specialises in helping businesses transform themselves using Cloud, DevOps and data insight so they can go faster, safely.

A regular speaker and blogger, Chris currently works at Trainline where he led the Cloud and DevOps transformation that became the most referenced AWS case study of 2016. Prior to that he run the Cloud practice at the largest AWS reseller in the UK helping a variety of brand name companies take their first steps into the Cloud and advising on strategy, organisational change and Big Data initiatives.

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Mark Acton

Director, Critical Services
CBRE

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Mark’s role as Critical Services Director is to provide data centre specific thought leadership to CBRE’s Global Data Centre Solutions business and ensure that the DCS service offering continues to set the highest possible benchmark worldwide in the data centre arena. CBRE Data Centre Solutions (DCS) offers customers the delivery of data centre specific facilities management, engineering, technical services, risk reviews, accreditations and diligence reports as well as a large range of IT services. 

With over 25 years experience in the IT industry Mark has specialised in the field of Data Centre Operations for over 20 years, concentrating on the delivery of business critical services from highly reliable, world class 24x365 Data Centres. This has included consultancy and technical advice as well as senior management roles responsible for service delivery and both strategic and operational management within the industry. A Technical Operations Manager with extensive international experience and solid technical skills covering both Data Centre Facilities Design and IT Operational and Technical Management. 

A regular public speaker and industry advisor on data centre technical issues, currently acting as consultant to a number of data centre operators and solutions developers as well as being the current Chair of the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres Best Practice Committee. 

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Nick Riley

Head of Hosting & Storage
Interserve

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Bruce Griffin

Enterprise Architect - End User Computing and Mobility
British American Tobacco

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Bruce Griffin moved to back to London from Melbourne, Australia in 2015 to take up the End User Computing role at British American Tobacco. Passionate about innovation, he an evangelist for the adoption of a digital workplace. His background is in transformation roles in various UK and ASPAC companies including Centrica and Transport for London in the mid 2000’s. Some of his  highlights include a start-up that was ahead of its time providing Desktop as a Service in 2003 and one of the world largest VDI deployments in 2005. 

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Neill Stacey

Head of Global Service Design
British Gas

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Marc Harper

Director of Technology Operations
Oxford University press

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Marc Harper is an IT Operations Director and has accumulated more than fifteen years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors for a number of global retail, regulated services, and publishing organizations. Specializing in the streamlining IT functions, he has embraced the approach of outsourcing key services to both onshore and offshore strategic partners, improving the technical maturity of the department and delivering both operational and cost efficiencies.

Marc is delighted to share the stage with Tony Rigby and talk you through some of his positive and negative experiences of outsourcing. 

Please see agenda below

Please find below a list of the recent solution partners confirmed for the event. To become a solution partner, please send an email to Chris Hugall at Sales@noord-group.com