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DIG21

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Date

02 November 2021

03 November 2021

04 November 2021

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04 November 2021

online 13:00 - 16:00 each day

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About the Event

 

DIG21: Resilience, Reinvention and Revolution in a Connected World

 

We invite you to join us at this year’s Digital Infrastructure Group virtual conference ‘Resilience, Reinvention and Revolution in a Connected World’.

The conference will be once again delivered digitally giving you access to a range of great presentations from Tuesday 2nd November to Thursday 4th November between 1 and 4pm – and the best part – it’s free to attend for ucisa members!

This has been a challenging 12 months and the conference will explore how infrastructure has had to be finessed to meet these interesting and difficult times. We have broken the challenges we have face into 3 main topics:-

  • Resilience – making sure that new, existing, and modified services are fit for purpose, maintained, and running 24x7. Our people and teams working above and beyond and coming up with ideas and implementing solutions and ideas in timeframes previously thought impossible.
  • Reinvention – Taking what we already have and modifying, expanding or completely re-engineering to make what we have work better and fill the gaps in requirements
  • Revolution - Adopting working, teaching and learning from home have required a different mindset, tools and systems. These will be the foundation for how we change as organisations and could lead to new and better ways of working and teaching.

The conference looks to share these ideas, question our longstanding ways of working and looking forward into how we can work together to continue to adopt a can-do mindset and encourage the revolution of IT enabled change.

DIG21 is for those who implement, monitor 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.

We look forward to seeing you at DIG21!

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Speakers

Adrian Cooper

Adrian Cooper

Business Solutions Architect and Field CTO for UK Public Sector

NetApp

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Alex Goffe

Head of Operations & Infrastructure

Keele University

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David Hughes

Information Security Analyst

Keele University

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Gary Lloyd

IT Infrastructure Manager

Keele University

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Maarten van Schie

Information Architect

Leiden University, Netherlands

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Maarten van Schie works as an Information Architect at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He advises the university on standards, application portfolio management, integration and data management. Removing administrative barriers by automating educational processes motivates him.

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Daisy Schuchmann

Sales Executive

ValueBlue

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Daisy is a member of the sales and marketing team from ValueBlue and supports ValueBlue customers with using BlueDolphin more effectively, collaborating with them to identify the added value our platform can deliver. Daisy has rich experience with information and data management as well as the BlueDolphin platform.

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Henk van Wijnen

Director Portfolio, Sales and Marketing

ValueBlue

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With BlueDolphin we help organizations improve their operations by getting a grip on the business processes and how they are supported by IT resources and data. BlueDolphin is the collaboration platform for Enterprise architecture and business operations in which all stakeholders can make optimal use of the shared knowledge and insights. Henk is member of the sales and marketing team for 6 years with a focus on education, healthcare and (local) government.

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Christi Hopkinson

Head of Service Operations

University of the West of England

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I’ve been working in IT since 1993 starting off as a Microsoft application trainer, moving into desktop support, server support and virtual environments. I’ve been in my current role for the last 4 years. My teams are responsible for the virtual and physical infrastructure at UWE, including Unified Communications.

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Enzo Brienza

Partnership Alliances Manager – Higher Education

InterSystems

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Enzo Brienza is the Partnership Alliances manager at InterSystems with a proven track record of delivering complex information technology solutions to blue-chip customers. As a transformational business leader with specialisms across marketing, sales management and bespoke technical consulting, Enzo’s role at InterSystems is to develop strategic partnerships, create better revenue for IT channels, higher education, research & life science and drive market growth through digital transformation.

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Alex Lewis

Principal Security Consultant

Softcat

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Alex Lewis is Softcat’s Principal Security Consultant and heads up their Cyber Assessment Services team. Passionate about seeing customers succeed in security, Alex has led security transformation projects across both corporate and public sector, working with different businesses ranging from universities and local councils to premier league football clubs. An award nominated blog author, Alex is avid about removing the ‘FUD’ of cyber security marketing and enabling organisations to get cyber security under control like any other business risk.

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Josh Fry

Director of Cloud

Jisc

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As Director of Cloud at Jisc, I lead my teams in the delivery of Cloud services to Education and Research and other sectors we service. Helping to align the application of Cloud technologies to member and customer strategic priorities. I have a background in leading the development, implementation, and operation of complex business critical technology solutions. With experience across higher education, public and private sectors, both in the UK and Australia.

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Gareth John

Lead Architect

Q Associates

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Gareth John works as Lead Architect at Q Associates, specialising in Hybrid Cloud and Infrastructure Services. He has over two decades’ experience supporting UK Universities and research organisations in the design and implementation of data centre technology solutions. Gareth works closely with leading technology and cloud service providers to deliver increased agility and flexibility across the rapidly evolving hybrid IT landscape.

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Dale Murray CBE

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A New Zealander by birth, Dale Murray started at PwC as a teenager. She is the co-founder of Omega Logic, a British mobile pioneer launching pre-pay mobile top-ups for networks including Orange and Vodafone. She eventually sold the company to Eposs and then First Data Corporation, staying on as CEO and building turnover to £450m in just six years. Dale now dedicates most of her time to advising both early-stage and mature businesses. She holds a number of board positions and takes a lead in mentoring her entrepreneurs. She focuses on technology and disruptive businesses and considers what makes new companies operating in new sectors likely to be resilient, successful businesses of the future. Amongst the many lessons Dale considers in entrepreneurship and leadership is the importance of risk, determination and opportunity as well as how to keep your nerve when your first year revenues are zero and your second are £50. She also reflects on what she considers to be some of the most important aspects of a successful organisation such as a culture of sharing and building on experience and knowledge, removing the internal divisions that often prevent collaboration. Dale is a non-executive director at Xero and Sussex Place Ventures, and an Advisor to NZTE, and was formerly NED at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). She has been named British Angel Investor of the Year, and by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. She speaks regularly on investment, growth, entrepreneurship and personal vision.

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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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Tim Zimmerman

VP Analyst

Gartner

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Tim Zimmerman is a Vice President at Gartner and covers enterprise access layer connectivity and IoT networking. Mr. Zimmerman's focus is on the end user deployment of wired switching and wireless LAN architectures and governing applications but also includes IoT solutions for asset tracking, indoor location services and RFID. He assists clients in how emerging trends around these technologies are transforming and disrupting organizations across a number of industries. At Gartner, his thought leadership encompasses not only Wi-Fi but also includes LF, HF, UHF and UWB RFID for applicable passive and active tag, reader and gateway functionality across the enterprise networking and IoT ecosystems. With his technical and entrepreneurial background, Mr. Zimmerman has advised global enterprise and government end users on their strategic planning, RFPs, and vendor selection for over thirty years. He also advises vendors on product requirements, product positioning, market messaging and competitive analysis.

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Bruce Rodger

Head of IT Infrastructure

University of Strathclyde

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Bruce Rodger is Head of IT Infrastructure at the University of Strathclyde. His youngest daughter once told her teacher “He’s a Fixing Man. But he doesn’t have a van.” He still hasn’t found a more succinct job description.

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Grant Dinning

Sales Engineer

Rubrik

Event Schedule

Tuesday

2:00 PM

Introduction and welcome

Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
2:05 PM

Managing data sprawl in a hybrid cloud environment

Adrian Cooper. Field CTO, NetApp
3:05 PM

Why the most successful Enterprise Architecture is Collaborative - Leiden University, the Netherlands

Maarten van Schie, Leiden University; Daisy Schuchmann, and Henk van Wijnen, ValueBlue
3:55 PM

Wrap up of Day 1

Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
4:00 PM

Close

 

Wednesday

2:00 PM

Welcome to day 2

Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
2:05 PM

Outsmart disruption: Gaining greater value and agility from your business IT infrastructure

Enzo Brienza, InterSystems
2:10 PM
2:35 PM

Beyond IaaS; Robust architectures and security models for cloud native technologies

Josh Fry, Director of Cloud, Jisc
2:55 PM

The challenge of achieving true mobility for datacentre workloads

Gareth John, Q Associates
3:15 PM

Leadership Resilience: Beyond 2021

Dale Murray, Software Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
3:55 PM

Wrap up of Day 2

Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
4:00 PM

Close

Thursday

2:00 PM

Welcome to Day 3

Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
2:05 PM

Smarter Distributed Working with Office 365

Nick Skelton, Independent IT Consultant
2:35 PM

Zero Trust Data Management - How to protect & recover from a ransomware attack

Grant Dinning, Rubrik
2:55 PM

Leadership Vision for 2022: Infrastructure and Operations

Tim Zimmerman, VP Analyst, Gartner
3:55 PM

Wrap of the Conference

Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
4:00 PM

Close