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Information Assurance

21/05/2008 - 19:00
21/05/2008 - 22:00

Hawthorns Hotel, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol.
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The talk will be preceded by our branch AGM.

David Martin, CESG

What is Information Assurance, what would happen without it, how is it provided, by whom, and what is the role of CESG as the National Technical Authority for IA?

David Martin will help you understand IA, the threats to our IT systems and how CESG helps Government customers gain confidence in the security of their systems, coupled with the culture and philosophy changes that are required to adapt to the rapidly evolving IA environment and demands of our customers.

The Institute of Life Science at Swansea – the first year of partnership

15/04/2008 - 19:00
15/04/2008 - 22:00

Prestige Event

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol

This talk will be by Professor Marc Clement, PhD Wales , CEng, CPhysics, FIET, Chair of Innovation at UWS.

A new £50m investment in research at Swansea University, hosting one of the UK’s most powerful computers, is focused on discovering radical ways to treat disease and deliver health care.

Alternative Avionic Software architecture using IMA

19/03/2008 - 19:00
19/03/2008 - 21:00

Hawthorns Hotel, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol. Poster

Avionics systems and their associated software have traditionally been bespoke systems. With the advent of IMA (and other rigorously enforced software partitioned system) is it time to look at alternative architectures to lowers cost and improve system safety. This talk aims to discuss how alternative IMA based system architectures that can be used to these aims and improve system cohesivity.

Effective Project Risk Management – in the Real World

27/02/2008 - 19:00
27/02/2008 - 21:00

In 2006, Bryan challenged, informed and entertained us with his talk on “Perfect Project Risk Management”. This year, we have invited him to return with an updated talk on the same topic.

Risk management is a hardy perennial, and the bane of most projects. Few if any of us succeed in doing it well. Perhaps we know broadly how it should be done, but rarely get around to doing it consistently, due to other pressures. Bryan will certainly challenge that stance, and show us how effective risk management is both achievable in practice, and vital to the success of any project.

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol 7.00pm for 7.30pm Poster

Managing smaller projects: Tailored PRINCE or Emperor’s new clothes?

15/01/2008 - 19:00
15/01/2008 - 22:00

This talk will be by our own Don Southey.

Many of us find ourselves managing a modest-sized project, but how do you translate the theory into practice without a large budget?

Tips on how to make your methodology fit, without costing the earth, losing control, or promising what you can’t deliver.

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol Poster

Introduction to game development tools, game coding and optimisation

05/12/2007 - 19:00
05/12/2007 - 21:00

Game on

Andy Thomason will lead a discussion of the issues facing game developers of next-generation video games on consoles and the PC platform.

The games industry is not all play, it does give you a chance to work with creative, intelligent people in a rich environment.

This talk is a brief guide to the games industry in the 21st century. Starting with the creative design process, Andy will discuss the development cycle through to release of a typical game giving some examples from real projects that he has had a part in.

Configuration Management

21/11/2007 - 19:00
21/11/2007 - 21:00

How Do You Cope with Change?

Like death and taxes, change is a part of our every day life. In the IT industry change is guaranteed. This will be an interactive session to explore the relationship between Change and Configuration Management touching on areas such as Release Management, Service Delivery, ITILV3, and CMMI. Is configuration management is just about version control? Is building the same as releasing?

I’m a project manager why should I care?

Could you really spend 4 days talking about Configuration Management?

Agile Software Development

18/10/2007 - 21:00
18/10/2007 - 22:00

Is Agile development appropriate for mission critical applications? Romilly Cocking will start by offering a personal definition of agile development and will go on to examine and discuss the prerequisites for a successful agile project. Then he will present a short case study and conclude with a checklist for anyone considering an agile approach to a mission-critical project.

Near Field Communications

25/09/2007 - 19:00
25/09/2007 - 21:00

Near Field Communications has become one of the buzzwords across a number of different sectors. Whilst it is primarily a mobile technology, its application to the transit and to the payment sectors has made it a topic of great interest to technical and commercial people across these sectors. Andrew Henderson of Giesecke and Devrient will talk about the development of NFC technology, the various options and give a view of where the technology will be applied and how.

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