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Events - BCS Shropshire Branch - Chartered Institute for IT

BCS Shropshire - Branch Event with Alex Whittles and Paul Andrew


Date: Wednesday 21st September - 6.30pm start


Venue: Visualisation Centre at The Marches Growth Hub, SB Building, Telford Innovation Campus, Shifnal Road, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9NT
For Satellite Navigation the postcode to use is TF2 9NN


TITLE: BCS Shropshire - Branch Event and AGM 2016




AGM 2016

Chairman’s Report

Treasurers Report

Election of Officers

Election of Committee


Data in the Microsoft Azure Cloud - Alex Whittles


Azure offers many great tools and services, but how to they fit together and what are your options when trying to architect an end to end Azure data platform? We'll take a high level look at the available Azure services, discussing what their capabilities are, how they fit together to build your cloud hosted data architecture. Covering Azure Data Factory, Data Lake, Table Storage, Blob Storage, U-SQL, HDInsight, SQL Data Warehouse, Machine Learning, Power BI, Event Hub, Stream Analytics and more.


Building an End to End IoT Solution Using Raspberry Pi Sensors & Azure Cloud Services - Paul Andrew


The Internet of Things is the new kid on the block offering a wealth of possibilities for data streaming and rich analytics. Using a Raspberry Pi 3 we will take an end to end look at how to interact with the physical world collecting sensor values and feeding that data in real-time into cloud services for manipulation and consumption.


This will be a heavily demonstrated session looking at how such an environment can be setup using the Microsoft offerings including; Windows 10 IoT Core, a C# Universal Windows Platform application, an Azure IoT Event Hub, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure SQL DB and Power BI. This is an overview of what’s possible, but showing exactly how to build such a simplified solution with a session which will be 90% demonstrations.


About the speakers:


Alex WhittlesAlex Whittles
"Alex is a Data Platform MVP, and is the owner and principle consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy in the UK with multinational clients in a variety of sectors. He specialises in all aspects of dimensional data modelling, data warehousing, ETL and cubes using the SQL Server stack. Alex has an MSc in Business Intelligence, is a chartered engineer, is on the organising committee for both SQLBits and SQL Relay, and leader of the Birmingham SQL Server User Group and the Birmingham Azure user group. Alex is also a regular speaker at many SQL Server events around the world including SQL Relay, SQL Bits, SQL Saturdays, 24 HOP and the PASS Summit."


Paul AndrewPaul Andrew
Paul has 10+ years’ experience working with the complete on premises SQL Server stack in a variety of roles and industries. Now as the senior developer at Purple Frog Systems is focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) using Microsoft Azure and specialising in real-time data streaming. Paul is also an ambassador for the STEM Networking education in schools’ programme, an organiser of the Birmingham SQL Server and Azure user groups as well as a very active member within the SQL Server community.




BCS Shropshire Systems Forum - Quality Team Based System Development - The Approaches - Tooling and Why


6th June 7.30pm The Cock Hotel - Holyhead Road Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 2DL

Meetup Link: http://www.meetup.com/BCS_IT/events/231067928/

EventBrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quality-team-based-system-development-the-approaches-tooling-and-why-tickets-25596704432


About the speaker:

For this event we are very lucky to have Sean Hunter from PCA Predict. He is very experienced in non Microsoft approaches to codevelopment, as well as Microsoft approaches. Sean is a software developer with a passion for learning and sharing what he knows with the community. He recently moved to sunny Worcester after 6 years of web development in Melbourne Australia.  Sean now works in a team of developers at PCA Predict following a Kanban Style development workflow. The team focuses on continuous delivery of new and updated services through a combination of Git, TeamCity and Octopus deploy. We are also very lucky to have Chris Windfield, Sean’s Team Lead, who will co-present with Sean.

About the topic:

Designing and developing software in a solo environment is more straight forward, but what happens when you need to scale up to a team based environment. How do you plug in contractors, in this lifecycle, on a short term basis?
Following on from our very excellent talk on Agile last month, we now focus on team based environments and tooling that enable top quality and agile system implementation and deployment. So you have a set of features, allocated to a sprint. What next? Who is coding what? How can we ensure that the new code is stored properly and does not conflict will a fellow coder’s efforts. How are all the deliverables merged successfully? How is quality baked into this process? How do we deploy?

Increasingly our competitors are upgrading their systems on an ever frequent basis. In some sectors, it is no longer good enough to release every six months, releases have to happen far more frequently. This is a huge challenge, and automation holds the key. This talk presents different approaches and tooling, from experienced. There is no one right answer.

Come along to this most relevant forum event which is likely to generate much debate, and add value to all of our efforts.

Expect to hear about:


• Why bother with a good approach to team development.


• How do we bake in quality?  


• The importance of version control.


• How do we track the issues?


• What is continuous integration?


• What is application lifecycle management


• The way forward



 We look forward to seeing you on June 6th at 7.30pm.




7.30pm      Arrive


7.45pm      Talk


8.15pm       Break/ Food


8.30pm      Discussion


9.00pm      Wrap up


9.15pm       Close. 





We have simple but good food. Basically there is a choice of fab pork pies, chips and bread or a vegetarian option. Please let us know when you book/RSVP. The cost is just £4 each, and is operated via a honesty system. Basically you pay us at the end of the event, in cash, and this is then directly paid to the pub for food.  



BCS Shropshire - Branch Event with Ian Howles and Chris Pallett

Date: Wednesday 11th May 2016 - 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: TCAT - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NP

TITLE: BCS Shropshire - Branch Event


A copy of the slides is available: click here




Does size matter?

With combined experience of more than 50 years working in the IT sector, two industry experts compare the approach to technology in both large and small business to ask the question: does size matter?

Through an audience interactive presentation, speakers Ian and Chris will explore the differences and similarities with IT in big and small organisations. Questions explored will include:

  • At what point does small become big?
  • What typical scenarios do all businesses face and how does size factor?
  • The effect of consumerisation and the consumer mind-set on technology adoption
  • Attitude to risk
  • Does big mean better?

About the speakers:

Ian Howles
Senior Director, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Ian has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of business management, software testing, quality and process improvement. He is executive director of the UK Testing Board and Trustworthy Software Foundation and is a frequent speaker at testing conferences. In 2010 Ian became a Chartered Fellow (FBCS CITP) BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.


Chris Pallett
Managing Director, Bespoke Computing Ltd
For two decades, entrepreneur and technology expert Chris Pallett has worked in globally renowned tech companies. He is passionate about technology and founded Bespoke Computing Ltd in 2003 to help business leaders and managing directors with their IT and telephones. In 2005 Chris achieved Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, later becoming a Chartered Fellow (FBCS CITP) in 2012. He has previously sat on the board of the UK IT Association.



BCS Shropshire - Branch Event with David Evans and Ian Bryant

Date: Thursday 3rd March 2016 - 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: TCAT - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NP in Room E201

TITLE: BCS Shropshire - Branch Event




David EvansSynopsis: BCS strategy of Making IT good for society is about the IT industry, IT professionals and ITs interaction with the world around us

Speaker: David Evans - Director for Policy and Community (BCS)


"David Evans joined BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2006. He is Director for Policy and Community. After a physics degree, David started his career in IT, moving into a variety of marketing, communications and policy roles in from small businesses, higher education, and some well-known global technology brands. In addition to being a professional member of BCS, he is also a member at the Institute of Directors."





Synopsis: Can We Make Software Better?

Speaker: Ian Bryant - Technical Director of the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI)

Link to the slides: click here


Ian BryantMost software has defects in the coding which can cause the software to fail. Trustworthy Software is software that is appropriately free from such defects. It performs as it should, when it should and how it should. No software can be proven completely free from defects, but the level of “trustworthiness” should be appropriate to the software’s purpose. Five facets make this happen: safety, reliability, availability, resilience and security. The Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI) is a public good initiative supported and funded through the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme with a mission to “Make Software Better”. TSI provides knowledge, skills and capability to the supply, demand and education communities to enable the creation and maintenance of software that really is trustworthy.


Ian Bryant is Professional Engineer, currently assigned as the Technical Director of the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI), the UK’s public private partnership for Making Software Better. He has spent much of his career as a public servant as a peripatetic Principal technical specialist, assigned to a variety of organisations (including Cabinet Office, Defence, National Archives, National Policing, and NISCC) and roles (including Incident Response, Research, Satellite Engineering, and Software/System Verification). He was intimately involved with various TSI predecessor activities, including leading the original Cabinet Office (CSIA) study on Secure Software Development, being Technical Manager for the Pilot Operation of the then CSIA Claims Tested Mark (CCT Mark) Scheme, and leading a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Standardisation. In the wider Standards context, he is a member of several BSI Committees, in particular the panel on Information Security (IST/033) for which he is a Deputy Chair, and Lead UK Expert on Architecture; Cybersecurity; Incidents / Investigations / Evidence; and Software. He is also a member of the ETSI MTS SIG on Security. He Co-Chairs the National Information Assurance Forum (NIAF), was lead Information Security specialist for the recent European Commission (EC) funded MS3i / NEISAS Projects, and is a Visiting Lecturer at a number of Universities.



BCS Shropshire - Cyber Security and Annual Branch Social

Date: Wednesday 9th December 2015 - 6.15pm

Venue: Wrekin Golf Club, Golf Links Lane, Wellington, Telford TF6 5BX

TITLE: Cyber Security and Annual Branch Social




Synopsis: "Principles used for Cyber Security in the Digital Age."

Speaker: Ed Tucker - Head of Cyber Security at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)


"Ed Tucker is Head of Cyber Security at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which has one of the most complex IT estates in Europe holding personal data for all the nation's tax payers. Keeping this data safe at all times is HMRC's top priority and Ed runs the Department's Cyber Security Command Centre, its first line of defence against hackers and cyber criminals. Ed's specialisms include cyber threat analysis and risk management, and he has previously held security roles at Fujitsu Services, Mitchells & Butlers, and Allied Domecq."


Running order: 6:15 Arrival and networking
6:30 Chairman's welcome (Hollie Whittles)
6:35 Introduction to tonights speakers (Dianne Kidd)
6:40 Cyber Security Presentation (Ed Tucker and Chris Newman) with Q&A
7:45 BCS Branch Business and invitation to Social (committee member)
7:50 Buffet served and networking/social