BCS futureELITE – Architects Event
A forum for inspirational leaders in IT to share the story of their career to date and offer advice and guidance to ambitious professionals in the world of technology.
|Neil Walker: “Start with Why? – The difference between Innovation and Invention”|
|Jason Wroot: “Architecting your own career – a history lesson”|
|Q&A Panel Discussion|
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
A charity with a royal charter and an agenda to support the people who work in IT and to lead the industry through its ethical challenges.
The British Computer Society exists to promote and advance the education and practice of computing for the benefit of the public.
ELITE, the Computing Leadership Forum, is a member group within BCS for those who make distinguished and influential contributions to computing leadership in and across communities. BCS ELITE is recognised as the National Body for representing the views of CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors and other IT leaders at EuroCIO, the European CIO Association. ELITE is open to BCS members and non-members alike; any computing leader who meets the ELITE membership criteria can apply to join.
BCS Young Professionals Group (YPG) has over 20,000 members, the largest membership group within BCS and is dedicated to supporting and representing those in the foundation years of their technology and computing career.
futureELITE is a collaboration between the BCS Computing Leadership Forum ELITE and BCS Young Professionals Group to share the professional journeys of inspirational leaders in IT with those furthering their careers in IT.
Enterprise / Infrastructure Architect at Burberry
I started my career 32 years ago carrying out data entry into a bespoke RPGII database running on a Novell 2.x network (I can imagine some googling going on right now). This led to work as a junior programmer for a small VAR, and then onto an IBM reseller, supporting AS400 mainframes.
The inception of the PC meant I transitioned from Software Development into PC Engineering with the next 15 years spent working in the VAR channel on PC architecture platforms during the rise of Microsoft and demise of IBM, followed by a move from 2nd and 3rd line field engineering into pre sales technical consultancy.
I’ve worked in various sectors including Financial, Retail and Utilities, where I took on my first Architecture role. With my career background, Infrastructure Architecture has always been close to my core skills, with the definition of Infrastructure expanding to include Cloud & Enterprise Architecture.
Head of Architechture at Covea Insurance
‘I have worked in IT for 25 years progressing from Junior Developer to Head of Architecture.
My experience includes delivering applications with diverse technologies applying Enterprise and Solution Architecture, Consulting and system design experience.
I have defined and shaped strategy for Enterprise Architecture, Service orientation and Cloud, including transformation approaches and innovations to establish next generation platform solutions.
I have specialised in a number of IT areas, with Distributed computing being one of my areas over 15 years. I am a highly adaptable individual, who believes in innovative and creative thinking’.