Programme List - Cloud & Infrastructure Summit North


9.00 – 9.30

Registration and breakfast

9.30 – 9.40

Welcome and opening remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

9.40 – 9.55

Computing research: Cloud – it’s time to choose
Peter Gothard, Technology Analyst, Incisive Media
  • Multi-cloud and Hybrid – where do they overlap?
  • Serverless and software-defined – why all the hype?
  • Cloud security and governance in 2018 – where you should be at

9.55 – 10.25

Keynote: The cloud in 2020 – better, faster and more secure
Julian Burnett, Former Chief Information Officer, House of Fraser
  • The future of the as-a-service model
  • How do you address the inherent security risks of the cloud?
  • Where is the cloud going next?

10.25 – 11.10

Panel discussion: Advancing towards an effective company cloud culture
Julian Burnett, Former Chief Information Officer, House of Fraser
John Lyons, Head of Cloud & Hosting, Zen
Michael Maibaum, Chief Architect, Sky Betting & Gaming
Dave Roberts, Chief Information Officer, Radius Payment Solutions
Moderator: Graeme Burton, Group News Editor, Enterprise IT, Incisive Media
  • Why should your organisation be cloud-first?
  • How do you successfully implement and maintain a cloud-first culture
  • What can you do to educate and train your staff in the cloud and its capabilities?

11.10 – 11.40

Morning break and visit to the exhibition area

11.40 – 12.00

Evolving the WAN for the Cloud, using SD-WAN & NFV
Mike Rivers, Director Cloud Computing, Interoute
  • As applications move to the cloud and become more dynamic, traditional WAN architectures are increasingly becoming unfit for purpose.
  • We explore how hybrid SD-WAN & NFV can deliver a next generation of WAN to meet the demands of the cloud age.

12.00 – 12.20

DevOps and Monitoring in Hybrid Environments
Matt Haberle, Business Operations Manager EMEA, LogicMonitor

  • As cloud adoption rises with many benefits, it also introduces new challenges such as increased infrastructure complexity, rapid pace of change, and knowledge/skills staffing issues.
  • Explore how to overcome these challenges with DevOps, automation, infrastructure-as-code, and end-to-end monitoring.

12.20 – 12.45

Case study: The DWP journey to hybrid cloud
John Keegan, Head of Infrastructure Services, DWP
  • From monoliths to microservices
  • DWPs strategic plan for digital transformation
  • Running infrastructure operations business as usual

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch and visit to the exhibition area

13.45 – 14.10

Case study: Cloud and DevOps: a mutually beneficial relationship
Ariane Gadd, Senior DevOps Engineer, KPMG
  • Why do cloud and DevOps work so well together?
  • How using these tools can make your organisation more agile
  • Does the move to DevOps and cloud signal the rise of adaptive IT?

14.10 – 14.40

Afternoon keynote: If the answer is Cloud, then what's the question?
Tom Clark, Chief Information Officer, Leeds Building Society
  • Where does cloud fit into what your CIO is trying to deliver strategically?
  • What should you consider when preparing a project pitch to senior management?
  • How best to present a cloud solution to senior management?

14.40 – 15.25

Panel discussion: The future of the cloud
Jon Beasley, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Wilko
John Keegan, Head of Infrastructure Services, DWP
Camila Luz, Marketing & Team Operations Specialist, LogicMonitor
Matthew Oates, Group IT Director, Portman Travel Group
Moderator: Tom Allen, Special Projects Editor, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer
  • What are the biggest obstacles in the development of the cloud?
  • What are the ramifications for the cloud in a post-Brexit, post-GDPR Britain?
  • In a world that is ever increasingly internet connected, where will the IoT be in 2020?

15.25 – 15.30

Closing remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

15.30 – 16.30

Drinks reception