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Welcome to the BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch Website

The BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch serves over 1,000 BCS members in the Nottingham and Derby area and beyond. Our aim is Making IT Good for Society by delivering informative and engaging IT related events for everyone in the East Midlands. For details of our planned activities this year, please see the calendar page.

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The branch is run for the benefit of its members and we greatly value feedback. You can either attend a Committee meeting, email us, or send us feedback.

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Monday 16th March

News added on 18th February 2020

PLEASE NOTE:This presentation will be held at Nottingham Trent University.

Towards AI-Enabled Devices in Managing People with Neurological Disorders
Our guest speaker is Dr Mufti Mahmud who specialises in neuroengineering.

In recent years the world has seen an ever-increasing number of people with neurological disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease.

Health status monitoring of the sufferer, along with their regular medication, is a unique way to assist them in their daily activities. While the world is falling short in providing personalised support to these people through carers, thanks to intelligent and innovative solutions, the management of people with these conditions is now possible.

This talk will shed light on how people with such incurable diseases can be assisted in their daily routines through AI enabled devices.


Monday 17th February

News added on 28th January 2020

PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT - What Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong!

Our guest speaker is Dr John Mitchell, managing director of LHS Business Control, which specialises in corporate governance and risk management.

Dr Mitchell is an international authority on corporate governance, the control of computer systems, the investigation of computer crime and the impact of regulatory and compliance issues on the delivery of IT services.

He has been an expert witness in a number of high-profile UK criminal cases and he has featured in a major British computing publication as The IT Detective.


Monday 20th January 2020

News added on 17th December 2019

OUR FIRST EVENT OF 2020 CONFIRMED!

A Modern Cloud Managed Workplace for the Enterprise:From Requirements to Rollout and Lessons Learnt

Gareth Naylor has kindly agreed to present to the Notts & Derbys branch of the BCS at their first event of 2020.

Gareth works for a large international utility company, where he is Groupwide IT Infrastructure Architect.


Monday 16th December @ 7pm

News added on 27th November 2019

Committee Meeting at Admiral Rodney, Wollaton


Monday 18th November - Novotel, Long Eaton!

News added on 11th November 2019

EGM (Treasurer and Inclusion and Diversity Officer Required) followed by Presentation Lessons Learnt From an Aggressive Cloud Migration Strategy - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. by Andy Edwards

Andy is an information technology expert skilled in the Cloud, Big Data, IT Strategy and Digitisation, with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. He works for a large international utility company, where he is Head of Platform Operations; responsible for cloud platform operation and design, with a main focus around Docker, Kubernetes, IoT and Cloud Automation.


Monday 28th October - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

News added on 22nd October 2019

Allocation of new Committee roles including Chairman and Treasurer. Interested? Join IN!

Online (GoToMeeting)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/845991901)
You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5028
Access Code: 845-991-901
The Annual General Meeting is restricted to BCS members.


Monday 18th November - Novotel, Long Eaton!

News added on 22nd October 2019

Andy is an information technology expert skilled in the Cloud, Big Data, IT Strategy and Digitisation, with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. He works for a large international utility company, where he is Head of Platform Operations; responsible for cloud platform operation and design, with a main focus around Docker, Kubernetes, IoT and Cloud Automation.

Based on his experience Andy will present; Lessons Learnt From an Aggressive Cloud Migration Strategy - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.


Monday 21st October - Novotel, Long Eaton!

News added on 17th September 2019

Dalim Basu, an IT professional with expertise in IT Governance and Risk Management is presenting:

What About You?

  • Our Cyber-Cultural revolution is here.
  • It is bringing many changes to our lives.
  • How does it affect you and those around you?
  • How can you lead - or follow - this revolution?
  • Where do you want to be afterwards?

  • Monday 16th September - Novotel, Long Eaton!

    News added on 16th July 2019

    Block Chain Today!

    Matt Lucas is a technologist with over 20 years of industry experience, currently working at IBM in the global blockchain team.

    He is an advisor for the British Blockchain Association, an associate tutor at the University of Oxford and considered a world-wide expert on distributed ledger technologies for businesses, advising on blockchain solution.

    Are you curious about Blockchain and what it can do?

    Matt will be providing an overview of Blockchain for business applications, why it is so important, where it is being used and how IT professionals can get started and grow their blockchain skills.


    Monday 15th July - Novotel, Long Eaton

    News added on 17th June 2019

    How To Be A Success In Data Science: The Key Skills To Make A Difference

    Data Science covers a wide range of subjects from including data collection, analysis and modelling. What makes a valuable data scientist stand out in today's business environment is not a straightforward answer and requires a range of skills and experience.

    Hugh Cox is recognized as one of the UK's leading data experts by Information Age, Hugh co-founded Rosslyn Data Technologies PLC. Hugh helps executives at public and private sector organizations tackle business issues through technologies including cloud computing, data management and analytics.

    Hugh has authored and spoken extensively on the subject of data analysis with particular focus on fraud prevention and detection, through the deployment of cloud-based analytics platforms.

    His presentation will be of interest to those who are already working within data science as well as those interested in maximising their potential to enter this interesting, expanding and lucrative profession. The demand for data scientists to make sense of and derive benefit from the increasing volume of data now available has never been higher.


    The All-Encrypted Network and the Cyber Threat

    News added on 29th May 2019

    With the ever-increasing cyber threat we have moved towards all-encrypted IP networks in order to secure our information and to allow information with different sensitivities to share the same infrastructure. This is a powerful approach, but within it there are dangers to avoid, associated with traffic analysis and machine learning, as well as threats to some of our most useful tools such as deep packet inspection and WAN acceleration.

    Professor Brian Turton (Email:Brian.Turton@Airbus.com) has worked in the area of secure communications for over 15 years with what is now Airbus Defence and Space Limited and his presentation will look at the issues, and for many the surprising results, that are now arising with an all-encrypted approach as the publicly published research starts to highlight the art of the possible.


    Enterprise Architecture Modelling interfacing CMDB

    News added on 16th April 2019

    Presented by Karen Dawson, Enterprise Architect for a large utility company, has been involved in implementing 2 different Enterprise Asset Management systems, each interfacing to a CMDB.

    Karen will be sharing her experiences of both EA modelling and CMDB interfaces, including some of the mistakes made as part of this process and sharing where they are now.


    Understand IT Strategy with Wardley Maps

    News added on 19th March 2019

    Presented by Nigel Haber of University of Nottingham. Michael is an Information Model Developer.

    This talk will be using Wardley Maps to show examples of how strategy can be understood visually, particularly in IT and software. There will be an opportunity to try this out using the Wardley Mapping Canvas.