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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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Enterprise Architecture Modelling interfacing CMDB

News added on 16th April 2019

COMING SOON May 20th!

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.


18th March 2019 - Interactive Session Conceptual UI with Balsamic

News added on 24th February 2019

Presented by Nigel King of Nottingham Trent University, Chief Strategy Officer for SafePaaS

The session follows on from our January presentation "Rapid Prototyping of Conceptual UIs using Balsamic", with a DIFFERENCE. The Difference is that it will be held at Lecture Theatre 2, Teaching and Learning Building at Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, designed to facilitate the interactive and practical nature of this session.

Balsamic is a UI concept development tool whose intention is to allow you to throw away bad ideas quickly, without becoming emotionally invested in an early UI concept. It has enough in the way of widgets for standard UI conventions, that it does not allow the designer to be completely "Off reservation" but allows freedom of pallet and canvas to sketch ideas and rapidly iterate and explore corners of the design.

The presentation will show an example or two, of application concepts, that went from unhappy customer feedback to product proposition within a few hours, driving down that cost to first prototype, compressing the time to first feedback, discovering gaps and designing demo flow and demo data ahead of writing the code and without holding it up. The presenter has found the tool to be very useful in these objectives and is willing to share his learning and discoveries. The audience will be polled for application ideas and begin to develop a prototype together as a group.


IAM what IAM : Monday 18th February

News added on 24th January 2019

Presented by Paul Stevens an Enterprise Architect in the CIO office of a large international utility company.

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is viewed by many large companies as the new security perimeter as companies tear down traditional data centre facilities and embrace multiple cloud hosted services. But what does this mean?

The presentation will discuss IAM and what makes it a powerful branch of IT that will enable the next generation of IT services, including the 'Internet of Things' (IoT).

We will also discuss a practical example of how a large company is embracing an IAM model to drive future IT provision.


Rapid Prototyping of Conceptual UI Using Balsamiq!

News added on 19th December 2018

Presented by Nigel King of Nottingham Trent University, Chief Strategy Officer for SafePaaS

The presentation will show an example or two, of application concepts, that went from unhappy customer feedback to product proposition within a few hours.

The presenter has found the tool to be very useful in these objectives and is willing to share his learning and discoveries.

Also, the audience will be polled for application ideas and a prototype begun to be developed, together as a group.


Bots, burnout and blame: Using technology to build better organisations by Matthew Bellringer

News added on 10th October 2018

In our working lives we have tools that would seem magical to employees a hundred years ago. Our hand-held devices connect us immediately to most of the combined knowledge of humanity. Our working conditions have improved immeasurably. So why are levels of anxiety and depression so high?

Poor workplaces cause their staff to feel this way.

This leads to poor decision-making and organisational failure.

We will consider key personal and organisational factors which give rise to workplace stress, and what can be done about them. We'll look at how to build organisations that deliver high performance which is not the result of over-work.

We'll look at the way AI and machine learning help build the kind of places people really want to work. This talk will help you both as an employee and a manager to create an environment which allows for greater wellbeing and higher performance.


DON'T MISS-NEW PRESENTATION:BCS LEARNING&DEVELOPMENT GROUP

News added on 10th October 2018

Monday 15th October

Gary Thornton (linkedin.com/in/garythornton1956) will provide an insight into the role of competency frameworks and the Digital Industries Apprenticeship Standards and will identify several questions that still need to be answered.

Topics that will be introduced include:

Competency Frameworks, Introduction to competency based qualifications and Employer engagement with the current qualification.


Autumn Season Begins! Skunk Works&Agile-then,now,the future!

News added on 18th July 2018

Monday 17th September

Skunk Works originates from World War II when a special R&D centre was set up by Kelly Johnson at Lockheed. Since the inception of the Skunk Works, this term has been generalised to apply to similar high-priority R&D projects at other organisations, which feature a small team removed from the normal working environment and given freedom from management constraints.

The presenters; John Taylor, Chris Davies and Dot Tudor are professionals with years of experience of delivering transformational change programmes across all types and sizes of organisations. John's technical career in the United States Air Force, Chris's award winning programs and co-founder of Condor alongside Dot, a recognised conference speaker nationally and internationally and a published Author, who is not only a Certified Scrum Trainer, winner of Best Agile Coach / Mentor at the UK Agile Awards, but a finalist in the Most Valuable Agile Player UK AND five years running and winner of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to a DSDM Team, combined skills provide a powerful presentation.


BITCOIN,THE FUTURE OF MONEY & THE CRYPTO REVOLUTION!

News added on 19th June 2018

You have probably heard of Bitcoin, the digital money from the Internet, but how well do you understand the technology behind it called Blockchain? Is it all hype, or will fast digital money win over slow flat currencies? Anthony Parker of Cuberoot64 looks into the future and gives a simple vision of Bitcoin and the technology that underpins it, Blockchain.

Anthony Parker is a telecoms professional with over 14 years experience in the industry, working for companies such as LogicaCMG, Analysis Mason and Dun & Bradstreet (working for clients such as; Microsoft, Etisalat and Vodafone), and BT Retail consumer division.

He will delve into the depths of distributed peer to peer technology in an informal, engaging and friendly setting. This talk will take you through what forks are, different consensus algorithms, smart contracts, the business use cases of blockchain technology and much more in this insightful and thought-provoking journey into the future of money. Lastly, Anthony will touch upon mining, wallet management, trading crypto assets, best practice in avoiding common scams and possible insights into the next hot alt coin.