Previous Events

Quality Management and TickIT

15/01/2013 - 19:00
15/01/2013 - 21:00

Speaker: Graham Gee

Please register for this event here.

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

Room 0.5 East Building, University of Bath

TickITplus provides a detailed but pragmatic set of business–oriented requirements for companies already holding or seeking certification to international standards. The scheme currently covers ISO 9001:2008 (for Quality Management) and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 (Service Management), but will shortly expand to include ISO/IEC 27001:2005 (Information Security Management). Having the certification demonstrates an organisation's commitment to quality, process improvement and its ability to deliver.

TickITplus has replaced TickIT, which was introduced in the early 1990s, and is required by many organisations when procuring software, including the Ministry of Defence. All TickIT–certified companies will need to migrate to TickITplus by December 2014 or lose their TickIT registration.

The key enhancement offered by TickITplus over TickIT is that it adds a capability/maturity dimension, meaning that rather than being a simple ‘tick in a box’, it offers five levels of capability that organisations can adopt as a business performance improvement framework. This makes TickITplus a comparable alternative to the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMi).

BCS Bristol Raspberry Pi Xmas event at @Bristol

06/12/2012 - 18:00
06/12/2012 - 21:00

BCS Bristols Xmas event at @Bristol

Please register for this Event via Eventbright

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

Raspberry PiCome along to hear Rob Bishop from the Raspberry Pi Foundation talk about the joy of making using the Raspberry Pi. Rob will discuss how he got involved in the project as an intern at Broadcom and why a career in engineering or computer science is awesome. There will also be a chance to get hands-on with a Raspberry Pi and to ask him any technical or non-technical questions you might have about engineering, computer science and the Raspberry Pi.

The talk will be followed by an opportunity for a technical Q&A alongside some demonstrations of how the Raspberry Pi can be used.
 
 
Infineon We would like to thank Infineon for their sponsorship of this event.
 
 

NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Bristol BRANCH

06/11/2012 - 19:00
06/11/2012 - 19:10

I have pleasure in inviting you to the Annual General Meeting of the Bristol Branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, which will be held on 6th Nov 2012 from 7 p.m. at the City of Bristol College, St George's Road, Bristol (near College Green), followed by ‘Let’s Go Gaming’ talk.

I would be grateful if you could make every effort to attend this important event in our calendar. The agenda will be as follows.

AGENDA
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 26th Oct 2011
3. Chair’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Committee
6. Any Other Business – including presentation of special volunteer awards.

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Stakeholder Management, is it the key to successful project delivery?

08/10/2012 - 19:00
08/10/2012 - 21:00

Speaker: John Wisker

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

John Wisker is an MBA, MSP and PRINCE2 qualified professional. His start in IT was a baptism of fire, when with little IT knowledge he worked with a proscriptive vendor to implement the first computerised Point of Sale system in the photographic industry.

He rapidly acquired more IT expertise, and continued developing in a number of technical roles, progressing into IT project management. He managed several large complex outsourcing contracts and projects, before joining the NHS in 2008 to project manage effective delivery of informatics in a health care setting.

John passionately believes in the NHS, and that a step change in the way the health service exploits IT is a vital part of ensuring a sustainable health service for the future.

Because the Autumn school has been cancelled this is now a regular free branch meeting.

Experiences of Testing in an Agile Environment

20/09/2012 - 19:00
20/09/2012 - 21:00

Speakers: Sean Robbins, Brindusa Gabur, Adam Knight

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

4 speakers give their experiences of software testing developed in an agile development environment. Followed by a panel session for more detailed questioning of the 4 speakers. Plus the chance to discuss and network over free refreshments.

Brindusa Gabur is a passionate and energetic agile practitioner, who helps ambitious companies across Europe to boost the quality of their product and processes.

Her software development journey started in 2006, whilst studying Computer Science in Bucharest. Since then she has lived, worked in and led agile teams across Romania, Greece, Germany, Spain and the UK. She is currently working as a Agile Consultant for TCL, where she continues to support companies agile adoption.

Sean Robbins Quality Analyst at Brightpearl

Adam Knight is currently Director of QA and Support at UK Big Data storage vendor RainStor. He has been successfully working in an agile organisation for 6 years and his work at RainStor was used as a case study for successful agile acceptance testing and automation in Gojko Adzic's 2011 book "Specification by Example". As a passionate tester and member of the UK testing community Adam maintains an active blog at www.a-sisyphean-task.com and has spoken at various testing events including UKTMF and STC Meetups, TestBash and EUROstar.

Technology Strategy Board event

12/09/2012 - 18:30
12/09/2012 - 19:30

Speaker: Myrddin Jones
Lead Technologist; Electronics, Photonics & Electrical Systems
Technology Strategy Board

Venue: The Watershed, Room: Waterside three map

This is a Joint event with BEN

Please note that Registration is required.

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK's innovation agency. Our aim is simple - to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

How? By being a catalyst; by highlighting opportunities; by connecting partners and networks and by funding - helping businesses of every size to transform great ideas into the growth products and services of tomorrow.

This meeting will provide an overview of the tools and programmes available from the Technology Strategy Board with a focus on SME support.

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Cloud computing - HP Labs visit

02/04/2012 - 18:30
02/04/2012 - 19:00

Venue: HP Bristol Long Down Avenue, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8QZ map

Speakers: TBA

Booking is required for this event, but attendance is free. Please go to https://events.bcs.org/book/245/ to book your place.

The cloud and security research lab have created a G-Cloud demonstrator to articulate HP's vision of the future of cloud services. Our aim is to address the security and management challenges for operating next generation cloud services in large organisations, including government and defence.

The demonstrator transports the visitor to our vision of the world of IT services management in 2015, a world where an open ecosystem of cloud services is well established, and where dealing with security threats is even more critical than today. Governments and enterprise want to benefit from all of the flexibility and efficiency offered by the cloud model, but at the same time be assured that their services are protected against the future highly sophisticated, targeted and fast moving attacks.

Our futuristic concept demonstrator integrates HP Labs technology prototypes, showing the capability to deploy services up and down in a secure private or community cloud, and to deal with attacks.