News, Seminars and Events
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Thursday 11th July 2013 from 19:00 to 21:30 - a joint BCS and IoC seminar, London, UK.
All businesses, not just consultants, rely on technology. People frequently fail to pay proper attention to it until it's too late. Systems failures will disrupt your business. Restoring your data and rebuilding your systems is stressful and consumes precious time, effort and cost. Failures can also damage your reputation. In the worst case, your business can cease to exist.
The computer industry is frequently poor at providing information and advice for non-specialists to help people choose what is appropriate for their needs. This talk is intended to explain some of the underlying principles and the background about how and why things work as they do.
All businesses need technology that they can rely on. Why not take large scale systems thinking and apply it successfully to your own business? By having a better understanding, you should be able to make better decisions when it comes to spending money on technology for your business.
During this session Colin will discuss how one can implement cost effective and reliable systems for businesses by applying large-scale systems thinking on a smaller scale.
Tuesday 16th April 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 - BCS seminar, Cheltenham, UK.
This talk covered the principles behind the design and implementation of data and storage network infrastructures and how systems connect to them.
Networking is often regarded as one of the "dark arts" of the I.T. industry - this is an opportunity to improve your defences!
The fundamental principles of data transmission, reliability and performance apply across networks ranging from a few computers in an office at home to a large data centre. Understanding the principles and techniques allow you to plan ahead when designing and implementing networks, thus allowing you to minimise the need for wide ranging changes as your network infrastructure requirements evolve.
Please see the BCS Cheltenham & Gloucester branch web pages for further information, including the video recording.
The slide set from Colin's talk on "Network infrastructure design and implementation" is available for download here.
Tuesday 16th April 2013 from 09:00 to 13:00 - IoD South West (Gloucestershire) seminar, GLIC, Gloucester, UK.
Seminar - "Mission-critical I.T. for business"
A similar talk will be given for the BCS Consultancy SIG on 11th July at the BCS office in London. See here for details.
5th - 20th November 2012 - Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Austria
HP OpenVMS Technical Updates (Europe) 2012 - OpenVMS on big blades
Country specific details are available at:
- Sweden (Stockholm) - 5th & 6th November 2012
- Germany (Bad Homburg) - 8th & 9th November 2012
- The Netherlands (Amstelveen) - 12th & 13th November 2012
- France (Paris) - 15th & 16th November 2012
- Austria (Vienna) - 19th & 20th November 2012
Colin gave a session about OpenVMS on large Integrity Blade Servers in Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands and Austria.
The talk for Vienna was delivered as a webinar recording.
Webinar - "Running a Freelance Business"
Colin gave a webinar interview about "Running a Freelance Business".
Interview and production by Tim Bradburn
August 2011 - XDelta Limited - The Mission Critical Architects
News - XDelta expands to provide design, implementation and operational support of mission critical systems.
The core team consists of:
- Colin Butcher CEng FBCS, who has built an international reputation as one of the leading systems architects for mission-critical systems.
- John Foster, who specialises in commercial management and sales in complex IT environments.
- Derek Webb MBE MAPM MBCI, former Lt. Col. in the Royal Engineers, who specialises in programme delivery and project leadership.
- Euan Barker, who has built an international reputation as one of the best video, voice and data network architects.
XDelta also brings in additional trusted expertise as required to assist with the design, delivery and support of projects, thus providing a single point of contact for the design and implementation of mission-critical systems.
Tuesday 19th July 2011 from 18:00 to 21:00 - BCS seminar, Birmingham, UK.
Seminar - "Delivering mission-critical systems"
The design and implementation of highly available disaster-tolerant systems requires a more disciplined approach to systems engineering than is common in the IT industry. It is important to have a sound understanding of the technology as well as the ability to lead and communicate effectively in order to see the project through to successful completion.
Please see the BCS Birmingham branch web pages for further information.
The slide set from Colin's talk on "Delivering mission critical systems" is available for download here.
23rd September 2009 - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
NHS Blood and Transplant "Pulse renewal" project gains an "Honourable Mention" in the 2009 Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards.
The project was a collaborative effort between the following organisations:
- NHSBT - the end customer
- Savant - Pulse application provider and maintainer
- Mimer - Mimer-SQL database provider
- OCSL - HP reseller and hardware installer
- XDelta - disaster-tolerant system platform design and implementation
- HP - consulting & integration and HP OpenVMS Engineering
Video production by ArtGal Media