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Wednesday 10 February

10am - 1.30pm

3 hrs 30 mins

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About the event:

One of the most powerful tools for breaking down silos and integrating resources is cloud computing. But multi-tenancy cloud is not the ideal environment for every application or every class of data and some will need to remain on-prem for the foreseeable future; nor are all clouds equal.

As time goes on, the great liberator can become a jailer with companies effectively locked into their chosen cloud platforms by proprietary data formats and prohibitive data egress charges. Which is why pragmatic and forward-looking IT leaders are increasingly adopting hybrid and multi-cloud strategies which provide the advantages that cloud brings to bear while spreading risk and maximizing their own control and freedom to choose.

Why attend?

  • Connect with over 200 IT leaders from around the UK
  • Join us from anywhere on your desktop or tablet, for free
  • Ask industry experts your burning questions, real time
  • Network with sponsors in the virtual exhibition
  • Earn certification through CPD
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Speakers Information

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Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

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Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and Delta. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.

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John Leonard

Research Director, Incisive Media

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John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

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Mark Barnes

Foundation Services Technical Officer, Financial Times

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Mark runs infrastructure teams in the technology department at the FT. He has been in the vanguard of technological and cultural change within FT technology for several years. Starting as a unix admin building and racking servers to these days helping create and implement cloud native strategies. Mark has also asked every head of FT Technology in the last 18 years if there could be a department dog. None have said yes, yet.

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Amanda Brock


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Amanda is CEO of the UK body for “open technology - being open source software, open hardware and open data”, OpenUK; European Representative of the world’s biggest defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network; OASIS Open Projects' Advisory Council Member (open source and open standards); Advisory Board Member KDE; and Mentors C Suite individuals.

Amanda has previously been the Chair of the Open Source and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs; joint-organiser of the UK Open Source Awards in 2019, having been a judge of the awards in 2014 and 2015; CEO of the Trustable Software Engineering Project, a project focused on solutions to risk in Open Source Software during 2019 and continues as a Director of this organisation; General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, setting up the global legal team and running this for 5 years having worked as a lead lawyer in a variety of sectors, ranging from .com to a data centre and Fintech on the mobile, across EMEA, US, AsiaPac and Emerging Markets, based out of both the UK and Amsterdam.

As well as many years of structuring and negotiating a multitude of deals, Amanda’s roles have included contribution to, and leadership of, a number of multi-organisational collaborative projects and open source initiatives. She has expertise in open source software, collaboration across businesses, strategy, governance, IP, compliance audits, policies and processes as well as commercialisation and contracting including digital and open source and provides consultancy and advisory services around these. She has worked in digital transformation since 2000. Amanda was a member of the Open Stack Drafting Committee during its set up in 2012 and has a long-standing engagement with and understanding of the platform economy.

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Lee Virgo

Cloud Transformation Director and Head of Delivery, Arup

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Lee is an experienced Project and Programme Manager practice lead with more than 25 years’ experience in delivering large complex technology and change programmes. For the past few years, he has been leading Arup’s cloud transformation programme, a key component of the firm’s ambition to be the digital leader in the built environment. He is a passionate advocate of the opportunity cloud presents, ranging from high performance computing delivering improvements to modelling and simulations on projects to how the cloud is creating new possibilities for geographic information mapping and visualisations. As Head of Delivery he leads a global team responsible for Portfolio & PMO, Project & Programme Management as well as Business Analysis. Prior to joining Arup, Lee was instrumental in delivering global HR and Finance systems across Atkins.

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Sarah Malter

Managing Director, Kapitalise

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Sarah has a passion and drive for launching new ventures, from idea to exit. She has a proven track record, having owned and managed several successful businesses, and in 2011 sold her language tuition business for an 11x ROI. Sarah has worked in the field of R&D tax credit claims since 2012, primarily in business development roles for innovation consultancies. In her last post, Sarah planned and executed a sales plan for a large R&D service provider that increased turnover 375% in 1 year. She is also guest lecturer on the MBA programmes at University of Edinburgh and Bath University.

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David Keigher

Head of Sales, Automation Logic

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Dave is Automation Logic’s Head of Sales, coming to us with a history of both consulting and a great track record in sales A leader with extensive commercial and public sector experience. Specialising in growing technology and technology services business through focus on customer outcomes, clarity of strategy, partnership and execution for results. Dave is known for his excellent relationship management and deal making skills with a history of delivering over-performance through teams.

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Mandip Bharj

Director and Founding Partner, Stealth Consulting

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Over a 20-year career, Mandip has established a proven track record in understanding and defining a client’s required outcome through direct engagement of stakeholders and robust management of business change, providing governance and assurance to both delivery teams and sponsor. Working directly with public and private sector clients in oil and gas (BP), legal (Linklaters), shipping (Carnival UK), aviation (BA), pharma (AstraZeneca), hospitality (Thistle Hotels) and Central Government (SFO, FCO, DCLG) his flexible approach has delivered success time and time again.

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Nabil Zoldjalali

Director of Cloud Security, Darktrace

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Based in Toronto, Nabil specializes in the application of cloud technologies and works closely with Darktrace’s Research & Development team. He advises strategic Fortune 500 customers across North America on advanced threat detection, cyber AI, and Autonomous Response for cloud and SaaS environments. Nabil is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences across North America, including Microsoft Ignite, Black Hat, and the World AI Forum. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from McGill University and is an advisory board member of the EC Council.

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Julian Anderson

Regional Sales Director UK & Ireland, Entrust

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Jules Anderson is responsible for Entrust Data Protection Solutions in the UK and has over 20 years’ experience of helping organisations across all verticals. Jules’s work with customers has provided him with broad experience in solving security challenges in the Cloud, for containers and other maturing technologies such as IoT.