As mentioned a few weeks ago, Huddle will be launching its first government cloud event, in partnership with FutureGov, on 12 October. Read on to find out more and register now!

The event will bring together CIOs, technology directors, programme managers and thought leaders in central and local government, independent analysts and journalists to discuss key issues relating to the cloud.

Today, I’m pleased to unveil some of the event’s all-star presenters and an overview of the topics they’ll be covering during the day.

Watch this space for more information!

Steve O’Connor, Director of Technology, Parliamentary ICT (PICT)

Steve O’Connor is the Director of Technology at PICT, which provides ICT services for the members of both Houses of Parliament and their staff as well as the administration staff of both Houses. Steve is leading Parliament work on developing a cloud strategy.

In his presentation The Consumerisation of the Cloud, Steve will be covering the topics outlined below:

Users are driving the requirements to move to cloud services yet they often have a wide perception of what the cloud means. Many are aware of the services provided by Amazon, while others associate the term with the ability to work remotely. Internal IT departments need to provide clearer guidance on how they are supporting the change in users’ requirements through the use of cloud technologies, how they will change the way employees work in the future and where an ICT department fits in this future. Steve is at the forefront of thinking in this area as the members of both Houses of Parliament demand the flexibility and agility the cloud can provide.

Stuart Lauchlan, Head of Editorial, Sift Media

Stuart heads up the editorial team for Sift’s own publishing titles. As well as being responsible for the direction of all Sift Media’s online publications, including PublicTechnology.net, Stuart proposed and co-developed Sift’s Cloud Computing website BusinessCloud9.com and the Business Cloud Summit, now in its third successful year. In his time, Stuart has met with, interviewed and irritated most of the leading Cloud Computing thought-leaders in the UK and US.

His previous experience includes being news editor of Computing; editorial manager for Computing Intelligence; launch editor for the VNU pan-European newswire in San Francisco and editorial development manager for CMP. His past freelance editorial work has included features and news for: Computer Business Review; the FT; Internet World; MIS; CIO; The Sunday Times; The Times; Information Age and Information Week (US), and Computer Reseller News (US).

In his presentation ‘Cloud on a Promise’, Stuart will be focusing on the long awaited UK government cloud computing strategy. He will cover how it compares to the strategies set out by European and US government, what has been included, what should have been included and why.

James Smith, ICT Strategy Team Manager, Warwickshire County Council

James is ICT Strategy Team Manager at Warwickshire County Council and is leading the E-mail Foundation Project for the Government’s G-Cloud Programme. He has been working within Local Government for 12 years as a technical consultant and project manager.  James now focuses on the development and implementation of Warwickshire’s ICT Strategy and architecture while also leading any critical strategic projects within his Group.

In his presentation, James will discuss how Warwickshire approached the e-mail project, including the types of cloud based e-mail solutions investigated, the approach taken for selection and the outcomes at each stage.  In addition, James will cover how central government’s G-Cloud Programme has enabled Warwickshire to achieve this work and how it will continue to facilitate the design and implementation stages.

Pauline Yau


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