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Spring School: The evolution of Service Transition & People and the Bigger Perspective

10/03/2014 - 18:30
10/03/2014 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol lecture theatre 1.11 in the Merchant Venturers Building

Speakers: Stuart Rance and Ivor MacFarlane

This is the second talk in the ITIL Spring school. See the main article for the complete school program. Booking and payment is required.

The Evolution of Service Transition

We have all been using change management and release management for many years, but these processes need to evolve to support new ideas and new technologies. Stuart will share his thoughts on how service transition can support very rapid change in a modern IT environment. Topics discussed will include agile, devops, continual integration and continual deployment.

People and the bigger perspective of (IT) Service management

It is common mantra, and has been for years, that (IT) Service Management is about “People, Process and Technology”. Technology is where IT folk love to focus; ITIL, COBIT and the rest have made us look closely at processes; but still ‘people’ isn’t taken seriously enough. It isn’t just about skills, training and motivation, although they do matter. The real differentiator is in understanding how people view and react to services too. Realise that traditional IT skills are not necessarily the skills you need to do service management well. Step back for a moment and take a human perspective on services, measurement, responsibilities and more: you might just find yourselves approaching things a little differently.

Spring School: Introduction to ITIL & Making the Business Case

03/03/2014 - 18:30
03/03/2014 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol lecture theatre 1.11 in the Merchant Venturers Building

Speakers: Brian Scott and Maggie Kneller

This is the first talk in the ITIL Spring school. See the main article for the complete school program. Booking and payment is required.

Introduction to ITSM, ITIL, ISO 20K and the lifecycle

Service Management has been adopted by many thousands of companies worldwide, but what is it?
 
Fundamentally, it’s a way to manage the delivery of IT, focused on the customers perception of IT’s contribution to the business.
 
This short introduction to Service Management will explain the key concepts and features and will give attendees sufficient information to understand and build upon the essentials. We’ll begin with what the industry is getting out of Service Management, move on to explain ITIL® and ISO20000 in some detail and then finish with a brief look at other linked topics.
 
The talk will cover…

Making a business case for ITIL

This talk will aim to explain how IT services provide business value and why good IT service management is really important to unlock this value. It will explain how ITIL and other best practices have helped organizations worldwide to maximize value from their IT investments. Maggie will look at how to recognise when IT service management is being practised well, and when it is in need of improvement. You will learn how to identify and resolve some common mistakes and benefit from some quick wins.

Gameing & Annimation

12/02/2014 - 19:00
12/02/2014 - 20:00

Speaker: Ian Hughes

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Please register foir this event here. This event is free to members and non.members.

7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

Guitars and games changing people lives with martial arts, and possibly some holodeck speculation.

Digi Makers (Formally 'Raspberry Pi Bootcamp')

01/02/2014 - 10:30
01/02/2014 - 16:30

Please register for this Event via Eventbright

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

Raspberry PiThe BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you the Digi Makers

A series of community technology events aimed at children, parents and teachers. This is an introduction to 'making' in the digital word, to inspire the next generation of technical innovators and engineers. From programming software to hacking hardware, we want to show you more ways to have fun with technology.

DigiMakers; is a family event which aims to inspire the next generation of technology innovators. From programming software to hacking hardware our aim is to provide an introduction to 'making' in the digital word.

Using Agile in non-Agile organisations

30/01/2014 - 17:30
30/01/2014 - 21:00

Speaker: Jose Casal

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non-members.

5:30pm Refreshments, 6:00pm Main Talk

Jose will discuss how we can successfully use Agile principles and practices in non-Agile organisations, why and how Agile can help businesses significantly improve their results and what are some of the most surprising business performance metrics that we can improve using modern management methods.

IT at the Met Office

20/01/2014 - 19:00
20/01/2014 - 20:00

Speaker: Jim Galvin

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non-members.

7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

Even in the last few years there have been significant changes to the Met Office with an ever growing range of services available, produced from a wide range of models using their newly-installed IBM Power-7 mainframe. Many of us will have seen and even experienced some of the more recent unpredictable weather both in the UK and around the world. So this talk will be a fascinating and informative look at the inside of weather forecasting.

Autumn School: Testing, Marketing and Selling your Application

27/11/2013 - 18:30
27/11/2013 - 20:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speakers: Chris Brook & Jim Thomas

This is the last talk in the Mobile App Development Spring school. See the main article for the complete school program. Booking and payment is required.

How to market, sell and monetize your application

Chris will give an update on Bardowl progress to date. Share detailed information on the use of:

for getting people to install and then pay for your service within an application.

Testing Your App

Jim Thomas of Test and Verification Solutions will cover app testing in a mobile environment. How do you ensure your app, once developed, will run and perform as expected? He will address the important step of app testing in a mobile environment. He’ll cover:

Autumn School: Distinguishing your mobile application

20/11/2013 - 18:30
20/11/2013 - 20:00

Venue: University of Bristol lecture theatre 1.18 in the Queens building.

Speakers: Hannah Tempest and Nan Xu

This is the third talk in the Mobile App Development Spring school. See the main article for the complete school program. Booking and payment is required.

Continuing on from the development session but you will learn more about the types of features that you may want to use to distinguish your application e.g. GPS, actuator, compass, building an attractive GUI, etc.

User centred design:

Welcome to Bonjour on iOS:

Digi Makers (Formally 'Raspberry Pi Bootcamp')

16/11/2013 - 09:30
16/11/2013 - 16:00

Please register for this Event via Eventbright

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

Raspberry PiThe BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you the Digi Makers

A series of community technology events aimed at children, parents and teachers. This is an introduction to 'making' in the digital word, to inspire the next generation of technical innovators and engineers. From programming software to hacking hardware, we want to show you more ways to have fun with technology.

Once you have registered your interest here, we will contact you again by email to let ask you to sign-up for individual workshops. (This is likely to be two weeks before the event). Before signing up for a workshop please check you are able to bring along the equipment listed in the workshop description.

If you have any further questions about the event please contact: caroline.higgins@bristol.ac.uk

Next Digi Makers events:

Saturday 1st February 2014

Saturday 22nd March

Autumn School: Developing your Mobile App

13/11/2013 - 18:30
13/11/2013 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speakers: Scott Alexander-Bown and Kieran Gutteridge

This is the second talk in the Mobile App Development Spring school. See the main article for the complete school program. Booking and payment is required.

Everything you need to know about developing an app; operating systems, development languages, SDK's etc. And how to test your application.

Kick start your Android app

In this session Scott will help you get started in the fantastic world of Android development. We'll short cut some of the common mistakes and leverage the awesome work of the Android development community. We'll take a whistle stop tour of some of the best libraries to supe up your app, make it look great and most importantly save a stack of development time! I'll also share personal experiences of making apps and comparisons with iOS. They'll be something for everyone form beginner to expert.

Getting started with iOS

In this session Kieran will help you get started with iOS development. We'll take a look round some of the tools and third party libraries that make life easier and faster. We'll also take a look at whats involved and required to be accepted into the iTunes app store.

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