If your organisation has a strategic thought leadership message, a unique story or a case study which you wish to communicate to the delegates, then our breakout interactive seminar option is a perfect platform for you to connect, influence and engage with public sector business and technology leaders.

A one-hour seminar would enable you to own the stage, present your story in an interactive intimate manner and take part in a Q&A – engage the delegation, enabling you to stand out from the rest. To find out more about the seminar options available, please call Sharon Azam on 0161 211 3057 or email [email protected]

Suggested Seminar Topics:

  • Transitioning from legacy to open source
  • Building scalable solutions for efficient and future-proof services
  • Selecting software, platform or infrastructure as a service
  • Increasing citizen engagement with open source web applications
  • Ensuring security in your software architecture
  • Iterating for success – adopting modern practices for software development
  • Deciphering Open Source cloud computing software
  • Adopting leading edge database technology to increase business intelligence


Unlocking the Potential of Open Source in Government

Open Source projects often outshine commercial alternatives and while Government has a very clear strategy in place to encourage use in the UK public sector, adoption is not widespread. As demonstrated by NHS Spine 2, Open Source is viable when combined with an implementation approach such as BJSS Enterprise Agile.

In this seminar, Mike Buck, BJSS Senior Public Sector Consultant, will:

  • Discuss how BJSS Enterprise Agile was used to build a next generation MOT system for the DVSA
  • Explain how the award-winning NHS Spine 2 engagement and the E-Referrals Service were rebuilt using Open Source products
  • Demonstrate LiveObs, the BJSS-supported Enterprise edition of the Open e-Obs product, and will discuss how it is easily deployed in cost-conscious NHS Trusts.

Learning Points:

  • Open Source has a robust foundation for enterprise-scale development and offers a viable alternatives to commercial products – regardless of size.
  • Open Source can be deployed in Government within the parameters of procurement rules.
  • Open Source does contain hidden risks, so a proven delivery approach must be applied.
  • Agile techniques can deliver business value with greater speed and at a higher quality.


Mike Buck, Senior Consultant – Public Sector, BJSS

Representative, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Secure application development in the age of continuous delivery

Traditionally, when datacentre operators talk about application security, there has been a tendency to focus on issues related to key management, firewalls and data access. By contrast, application developers have a security focus which is more aligned with code analysis and fuzzing techniques. The reality is, secure application deployment principles extend from the infrastructure layer through the application and include how the application is deployed. With the prevalence of continuous deployment, it’s imperative to focus efforts on what attackers’ view as vulnerable; particularly in an environment where new exploits are being disclosed almost daily.

In this session we’ll present:

  • How known exploits can make their way into production deployments
  • How exploit impact is maximized
  • A methodology for ensuring deployment of vulnerable code can be minimized
  • A methodology to minimize the potential for vulnerable code to be redistributed


Tim Mackey, Senior Technical Evangelist, Black Duck Software

The way to go: shared platforms and open source eco-systems for the Public Sector

By sharing platforms, open source technology and design components the public sector can maximise innovation through collaboration and make significant cost savings at the same time.

Open source platforms enable the sector to take more ownership of their technology which will as a result better support the delivery of their overall goals.

This seminar will examine how this works in practise through real-life examples from the local government, higher education and GLAM sectors. We will illustrate:

  • Methods for how UX and design intelligence can be re-used
  • Considerations for planning and managing open source software projects
  • Assessing the potential for open standards where they don’t currently exist
  • Approaches for delivering a shared platform across multiple public institutions


John Baker, CEO & Founder, Digirati

Paul Mollahan, Services Director, Digirati

Open Source Platforms for Digital Business Transformation
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Organisations and businesses need to continually change and evolve to better serve their customers more accurately and efficiently. The ways and means of connecting with your customers is rapidly expanding. We can now deliver digital services across many channels and create a unified and personalised experience. You can track and monitor your customers with such fine detail to gain a deep understanding of their behaviour which can be used to continually improve their experience.

Professional Open Source Platforms now provide that framework to supply and connect with your customers across any range of devices and keep a consistent user experience.

We will discuss and illustrate:

  • how Open Source products can provide consistent and measurable user experience for your services to your customers
  • benefits of the connected user experience across devices and processes
  • how transforming the digital experience for your customers will help you grow and efficiently serve them
  • how you can move to a Professional Open Source Platform to deliver consistent user experience and have the capability to grow this platform as new technology becomes viable.


Paul Thompson, CEO, PFIKS Digital Innovation

Matt Fulford, CTO, PFIKS Digital Innovation

Containers – Transforming the data center as we know it
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These innovative technologies are at the heart of the microservices and DevOps revolution currently sweeping through the IT industry. After this talk you’ll know what these open source technologies and open standards are, what they mean to you and your organization and where you can try them out.

  • They are fuelling digital transformation and accelerating cloud adoption.
  • They’re helping organisations develop infrastructure agnostic applications that can be deployed anywhere i.e. Bare Metal, Virtualised Data Centres, Private and Public Cloud.
  • They’re helping organisations to significantly reduce infrastructure costs and accelerating agile application delivery by automating application deployments and operational management.


Keith Lynch, Head of UKI Solution Sales, Red Hat
Phil Scott-Lewis, Head of UKI Public Sector, Red Hat

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