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DIG20: Infrastructure in a world of Digital Transformation

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Date

28 October 2020

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28 October 2020

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About the Event

 

Infrastructure in a world of Digital Transformation: Nirvana or Neverland?

We invite you to join us at this year’s Digital Infrastructure Group virtual conference ‘ DIG20 Infrastructure in a world of Digital Transformation: Nirvana or Neverland?’

The conference has been reshaped so that we can still bring you the same number of great sessions but will now be delivered virtually over the course of four on 28th and 29th October and 3rd and 4th November.

Digital Transformation, and the integration of digital technology across all aspects of our institutions to bring business value, is something that is certainly a hot topic across the sector. What does Digital Transformation mean for those of us responsible for designing, implementing and managing IT infrastructure and networks? How do we ensure that our infrastructures are a cornerstone of Digital Transformation and demonstrate the true value of IT to the business?

Whether it is enabling business agility, facilitating employee mobility, supporting the implementation of IoT, or looking further ahead at technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and 5G, we are in the unique position to help our Universities and Colleges to achieve Digital Transformation and realise the value of doing so.

DIG20 is for those who both implement and manage IT infrastructures & networks, as well as technology leaders. The programme will feature a great mix of sector-led presentations, interactive sessions, business showcases and insightful keynotes. As ever DIG20 will offer excellent peer networking opportunities, something that we know delegates to previous IG conferences very much value.

We look forward to seeing you at DIG20!


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Speakers

Thierry Delaitre

Thierry Delaitre

Head of IT Developments

University of Westminster

Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

Infrastructure Specialist

Leeds Trinity University

Robert Cheeseman

Robert Cheeseman

Solution Architect

University of Exeter

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Gareth John

Lead Architect

Q Associates

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Paula Vickers

Director Computing and Communications System Service

Middlesex University

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Paula is the Director of IT Middlesex University, where she leads a Service of 46 doggedly determined staff who have responsibility for maintaining and enhancing the University’s IT infrastructure, services and systems in partnership with an ever growing number of 3rd party providers.

Nancy Rademaker

Nancy Rademaker

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With over 20 years of experience in IT, international keynote speaker Nancy Rademaker shares her experiences straight from the places where technology is shaping our future. Over her career, Nancy has worked for several IT companies, including Microsoft in the Netherlands and Europe. In 2016, speaker Nancy Rademaker became a partner at Nexxworks, a thought leadership consultancy that inspires organizations to act on their ‘day after tomorrow’.

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Tessa Rogowski

Assistant Director ITS

University of Essex

Rachel Clay

Rachel Clay

Education Sales Manager

Softcat

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Rachel Clay is an experienced Education Sales Manager and longtime Education enthusiast. She’s on a mission to enhance the Academic experience for all students and to ensure the use and access of technology; whether physically or virtually is accessible to everyone.

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James Seaman

Account Chief Technologist

Softcat

Francis Gaffney

Francis Gaffney

Director of Threat Intelligence

Mimecast

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Francis has worked as an analyst in the risk management and international cyber security sectors, for over 20 years with particular interests in strategic policy, geopolitical horizon-scanning, and threat intelligence. His academic background includes a PhD in Defence & Security and four Master's degrees in Information Technology (Management Information Systems), International Law, Terrorism Studies, and an MBA in Strategic Leadership. He has contributed to three books. At Mimecast, Francis is the Director of Threat Intelligence and is responsible for the generation of policy & doctrine, resource planning, and intelligence output. He leads four separate teams – Threat Intelligence Analysis, Strategic Intelligence & Security Research, Threat Intelligence Risk & Resilience, and Data Science & Overwatch. Francis is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Scientist, and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Nick Skelton

Independent IT Consultant

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Nick cut his teeth in networking as a student twenty years ago, creating the UK’s first internet access service for students in halls. Later head of IT infrastructure at University of Bristol, and then director of Bristol’s digital transformation programme, he led moves to offsite data centres and to cloud services with Google GSuite and Office 365. He is now an independent IT consultant advising universities and colleges.

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Mat Flower

Assistant Director & Head of Digital Architecture

University of Wolverhampton

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Mat is Assistant Director & Head of Digital Infrastructure at the University of Wolverhampton, where he leads the team responsible for shaping and planning the University’s digital architecture. Mat is also the current Chair of the ucisa Digital Infrastructure Group. Outside of work Mat continues his endeavours to become fluent in German and is also an enthusiastic amateur baker of bread.

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Andy Powell

Head Of Infrastructure

Canterbury Christ Church University

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Worked in the Higher Education for 2 decades, leading and driving the transformation of University infrastructure from physical, on campus provision to virtualised, cloud hosted and hyper-converged. This has included both VM platforms and backup. This Infrastructure transformation journey has been more about people and hearts and minds rather than technology!

Event Schedule

Wednesday

13:55

Opening of DIG20

Mat Flower, ucisa DIG20 chair and Assistant Director and Head of Digital Architecture, University of Wolverhampton

14:00

Harnessing public cloud to accelerate the pace and scale of pioneering research

Dr. Thierry Delaitre, Head of IT Developments, University of Westminster

14:30

TBC

 

Thursday

14:30

Hybrid Cloud: The ever-changing IT landscape

Gareth John, Lead Architect, Q Associates 
15:40

TBC

 
16:00

Close

Mat Flower, ucisa DIG20 Chair and Assistant Director and Head of Digital Architecture, University of Wolverhampton

Tuesday

14:00

The Digital Imperative - Survival in the New Normal

Nancy Rademaker
14:30

TBC

 
14:50

There’s No Digital Transformation Without Personal Transformation

Mat Flower, Assistant Director and Head of Digital Architecture, University of Wolverhampton

Wednesday

14:00

From physical to virtual in two weeks

Tessa Rogowski, Assistant Director ITS, University of Essex
14:30

01000100 01101001 01100111 01101001 01110100 01100001 01101100 Transformation: Digital Transformation is a meaningless term

James Seaman and Rachel Clay, Softcat
15:10

Forging a successful career in infrastructure: it’s not about the technology

Nick Skelton, Independent IT Consultant
15:40

Close of DIG20