Bristol

What's different about 'cloud forensics'

26/03/2012 - 18:30
26/03/2012 - 21:00

Spring School - Cloud Computing

First Speaker: James Davenport
Second Speaker: TBD

Venue: City of Bristol College

6.30pm Refreshments
7.00pm 1st Talk
7.35pm 2nd Talk

Please see the main article for booking details

A great deal is being said about "cloud forensics", but one has to ask how this is different from "computer centre forensics", a subject which attracts no hype, and just happens. The speaker's thesis is that the fundamental difference is organisational and motivational, rather than technical. However, he will discuss technical approaches to solving this organisational challenge.

Agility and Risk : Challenges for your Agile QA Strategy

09/05/2012 - 19:00
09/05/2012 - 21:00

Speaker: David Evans, Agile Testing Coach, ThinkAlike Consulting

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

A recent report from Forrester states that agile methods have now become mainstream in the market, with over a third of all companies describing their development as Agile. But for those who have switched to Agile methods and for those still in the early stages of adoption there are still some important questions: What is the relationship between risk mitigation, quality and agility? How can we assure the quality of our agile projects? Will our traditional testing department cope with the transition? What are the most important principles of quality management in an agile context? I explore these and other questions in this tour through the key challenges for creating an agile quality strategy.

Mobile Applications - Saving time with cross platform development

17/04/2012 - 19:00
17/04/2012 - 21:00

Speaker: Kieron Gutteridge, Intohand Ltd.

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

An overview of how to save time when developing cross platform apps for iOS and Android by making use of HTML5, phonegap and other tools.

Kieron Gutteridge is Co-Founder of Intohand Ltd., a software company that develops tools, bespoke native applications and mobile web solutions for Android, iPhone and Java based small screen devices.

The most common legal and technical mistakes made in Cloud Computing

19/03/2012 - 18:30
19/03/2012 - 21:00

Spring School - Cloud Computing

Venue: City of Bristol College See Venues

Speakers: Jeremy Holt is the head of the Computer Law Group of Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors. Luke Marsden is CTO at Hybrid Logic

6.30pm Refreshments
7.00pm 1st Talk
7.35pm 2nd Talk

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Assuming that Cloud will reduce costs, increase scalability and make businesses more Agile, the talk will outline the most common mistakes (both legal and technical) that people make in relation to cloud computing and will suggest pragmatic and practical ways of avoiding those pitfalls.

Luke's talk will focus on common technical problems made when implementing cloud technologies: the mismatch between expectations and technical reality. He will cover the cloud as equated to scalability, failure tolerance, virtualisation and agility, discuss the complexities and challenges in each along with some solutions and a case study of how it can be achieved.

Running Applications in the Cloud

12/03/2012 - 18:30
12/03/2012 - 21:00

Spring School - Cloud Computing

Venue: City of Bristol College See Venues

First Speaker: Michael Corbett, Cloud Touch
Second Speaker: Ben Halstead, Brightpearl

6.30pm Refreshments
7.00pm 1st Talk
7.35pm 2nd Talk

Please see the main article for booking details

Developing Apps for Google Apps:
Google Apps is Google’s cloud based productivity suite which now has over 4 million customers and a userbase running into hundreds of millions. It consists of many services including email, intranets, document sharing etc - all of which have APIs. The apps written against those APIs also run in the cloud thereby allowing organisations to keep their terrestrial computing footprint to a minimum.

Michael’s talk will cover:

  • The Google Apps suite and its APIs
  • Using Google services as “user i/o”
  • Accessing external cloud services
  • The business context - what business problems can we solve with the above.

Designing, building and running a SaaS application:
Software as a Service (SaaS) applications have unique design challenges that are becoming easier to overcome thanks to cloud hosting and modern development practices such as Dev Ops. This talk will cover:

  • Key design goals and constraints of building a SaaS application
  • Release and version management
  • Small development teams and Dev Ops
  • Datacentre automation

An Introduction to the Cloud & The Future is in the clouds

05/03/2012 - 18:30
05/03/2012 - 21:00

Spring School - Cloud Computing

Venue: City of Bristol College See Venues

First Speaker: Ian Fish
Second Speaker: James Cook

6.30pm Refreshments
7.00pm 1st Talk
7.35pm 2nd Talk

Please see the main article for booking details

Ian Fish will give a brief overview of cloud computing and the business drivers for its adoption. He will then look at risk management considerations and finish up with an overview of the security considerations associated with cloud computing - in particular:

  • Availability of data and business functionality
  • Protecting data from unauthorised access
  • Handling security incidents

During his talk, James will be discussing the journey of the Cloud; where it began, and more importantly, where it is going.

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.

Using Business Stories to Test Requirements and Systems

05/12/2011 - 19:00
05/12/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Paul Gerard

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

In conjunction with the Software Testing Club.

The use of stories to communicate dates back 30,000 years to the time when cave paintings recorded daily experience of people living as hunter-gatherers. If a software team uses a whiteboard to capture and talk about user stories to scope the next phase of development, they are drawing on an instinctive need to use examples, to criticise, discuss and refine them to arrive at a shared understanding. Stories worked for cavemen, they work for agile teams, and they’ll work for you too because they are universal.

Stories derived from written requirements can be used to walk-through business scenarios and when users see the proposed system ‘in action', requirements anomalies stand out and trigger informed discussions of situations, variations and outcomes. A disciplined approach to story-writing and requirements testing can improve requirements and the target solution dramatically. ‘Business Stories’ can be shared as examples for developers to see what was intended to help their understanding, and of course, they also provide the basis for later acceptance tests.

Up-front requirements testing doesn't require extra effort - much of this analysis work would be done during acceptance test preparation anyway. This approach provides a step-up with business impact analysis, regression testing, and even test automation.

Branch Xmas Event - Future Technology - a younger perspective

12/12/2011 - 18:00
12/12/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Ian Hughes

Venue: @ Bristol

6:00pm Refreshments and @Bristol, 7:00pm Main Talk

The event is now full

If you think that playing games, understanding gadgets and keeping up with science and technology is great fun then you are coming to the right talk. If you don't then you need to come anyway and find out what you are missing!. If your parents ever say "stop playing video games" you can tell them that you are getting ready to the future. Ian plays a lot of games, works with a lot of gadgets and used to sit in an old fashioned office. You don't have to do that though as he can show you. Now he presents on the The Cool Stuff Collective TV show, invents new things, works with game developers, runs his own company and travels the world showing people the future. Everyday there is something new and interesting to learn about and if you know games and gadgets just a little bit you can not only have an awesome time but also change the world. Come and find out why.

Ian Hughes a.k.a epredator when online, is a Metaverse Evangelist and founder of Feeding Edge Ltd - Taking a bite out of technology so you don't have to. In 2006, whilst at IBM, he led thousands of colleagues into virtual worlds like Second Life with projects like Wimbledon. He has shown that leadership can be driven by the digital native and innovators can gather together regardless of geography or organization. Using creative expression online leads him to no longer be the programmer he grew up as. He presents an emerging technology slot on the ITV kids show The Cool Stuff Collective, third series to air late 2011. Ian is the chair of the BCS Animation and Games industry Group. If you discover anything else about Ian feel free to update him on wikipedia

Mobile Application Security and Privacy: State of the Disunion

23/11/2011 - 19:00
23/11/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Graham Lee

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

The new smartphone application platforms launched toward the end of the last decade brought new problems, but also a chance to break out of the backwards compatibility shackles imposed on desktop operating systems.

In fact existing issues were only partially addressed and failures-both ancient and modern-still remain. In this talk Graham Lee will summarise how the security and privacy landscape changed with the rapid adoption of smartphone apps, and what changes are still to come.

Graham Lee is the resident smartphone security boffin at Fuzzy Aliens Limited, an application security company based in Oxford. When he isn't making the app stores a safer place for everyone, he talks and writes for developers about mobile security issues. He is also a volunteer at the Museum of Computing.

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