Our second Huddle “Government in the Cloud” conference on 16 January is rapidly approaching, so reserve your spot now.

You’ll be in excellent company with CIOs, technology directors, programme managers and thought leaders in central and local government, independent analysts and journalists coming together to discuss:

  • How UK government’s cloud strategy has progressed over the last 12 months
  • How cloud adoption transforms the role of IT in public sector organisations
  • European attitudes to cloud and how European cloud strategy might impact UK cloud procurement and regulation
  • The success of cloud deployments within local and central government and how they are driving efficiency and productivity
  • Public vs private clouds: which clouds should the public sector use and when?

The all-star cast of presenters continues to grow, with the following additional speakers now confirmed:

David Ogden, project director, Education Funding Agency

David is a very experienced and highly skilled Project Director. He has an enviable track record and has demonstrated his ability to deliver projects across a variety of business sectors. Of particular note is David’s proven ability to manage and co-ordinate complex projects with a large number of stake-holders and critical delivery dates. David’s current role is that of a Project Director within the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) leading on the delivery of both Capitally Funded and Private Finance batched school projects. Prior to this David was responsible for guiding Local Authorities through the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, including the procurement of a private sector partner to deliver schools through a Local Education Partnership (LEP). His extensive knowledge on procurement, couple with a desire to manage the process more efficiently and move away from paper based submissions, has led him to procure Huddle to aid manage this £2.7bn programme.

Stuart Lauchlan, head of editorial and editor of BusinessCloud9, Sift Media

Stuart heads up the editorial team for Sift’s own publishing titles. Stuart’s expertise in all aspects of enterprise and public sector IT, cloud computing, CIO strategies, software as a service (SaaS), CRM, outsourcing and other areas is second to none; and has made him one of the country’s most in-demand business journalists and industry commentators. Stuart also chairs Sift’s Software Satisfaction Awards and he proposed and co-developed Sift’s cloud computing website BusinessCloud9.com and the Business Cloud Summit first held in December 2009.

Stuart’s rigorous, incisive and hard-hitting journalism, as well as his extensive knowledge make him the business journalist that CEOs fear, but also feel they should speak to. As a result, he has access to the boardrooms of most of the big players.

His previous experience has included 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; The Daily Telegraph; Sydney Morning Herald; San Francisco Chronicle; Connexion; Network News; IT Week; Software Futures; Business IT; Information Age; Information Week (US), and Computer Reseller News (US). Stuart started writing for Sift in 2005, before taking on the Head of Editorial role in November 2009.


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