The Cloud Seminar

hosted by Codeworks Connect and Sunderland Software City

Newcastle University

Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 13:00

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    How 'the cloud' can help your IT operation

    Date: Wednesday 29 July
    Newcastle University
    Medical School

    Time: 1pm-5.30pm
    Cost: £10 (free to
    Codeworks Connect members )

    Cloud Computing has far-reaching implications for businesses. Don't get left behind – find out how to take advantage at 'CloudSeminar', an event featuring Microsoft , Sage and  Amazon Web Services on 29 July.

    In recent reports both The Economist and Business Week have commented how cloud computing – where software, data and services are hosted on the internet – will transform the business world.

    Make no mistake, 'the cloud' is going to be disruptive to IT. It offers significant threats to market incumbents but huge opportunities to new entrants and established companies that respond quickly.

    Just £10 to attend (or free if you are a member of Codeworks Connect), head to CloudSeminar on 29 July to discover how you can benefit. Book now.

    What will you learn?

    Delegates will leave the seminar with a clear view of the compelling reasons for using cloud computing – and how to do it.

    Session one | The Public Cloud: Microsoft and Amazon, two of the world's leading cloud providers, talk about the benefits of cloud computing. Discover who is using it and for what – and find out how you too can get started.

    Speakers: Professor Paul Watson (Newcastle University), Simon Davies (architect at Microsoft) and Simone Brunozzi from Amazon Web Services.

    Session two | The Private Cloud: A number of leading North East businesses (Sage, Rozmic and Arjuna Technologies) will talk about their practical experiences of using cloud technology.

    Speakers: Ian Clarke (UK R&D Director at Sage), Stuart Lynn (R&D Mid Market Division at Sage), Steve Caughey (CEO of Arjuna Technologies) and Ross Cooney (MD of Rozmic).

    Book your place today

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    Dear Delegate,

    Thank you for signing up to the CloudSeminar Event which is this Wednesday.

    Here is an itinerary for your information;

    Date: Wednesday 29 July
    Venue: Newcastle University Medical School

    Time : 1pm

    1.00pm Registration

    1.30pm Session 1: The Public Cloud

    1.30pm Introduction (Paul Watson, Newcastle University)

    1.40pm Amazon (Simone Bruzzoni)

    2.30pm Microsoft (Simon Davies)

    3.15pm Break (20m) Teas, Coffees, Water

    Session 2: The Private Cloud

    3.35pm Introduction (Paul Watson)

    3.45pm Sage UK (Ian Clarke and Stuart Lynn)

    4.20pm Rozmic/Arjuna (Ross Cooney and Steve Caughey)

    5.00pm Summary (Paul Watson)

    5.15pm End

    Get to know your speakers before you arrive ;

    Paul Watson (Newcastle University)

    Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science at Newcastle University, Director of the Informatics Research Institute, and Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre. He graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Computer Engineering from Manchester University, followed by a PhD in 1986. From 1990-5 he worked in industry for ICL as a system designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server, which was released as a product in 1994. He moved to Newcastle University in 1995 to work on data-intensive computing, and since then has been an investigator on research projects worth over £30 million.

    Simone Bruzzoni (Amazon)

    Simone Brunozzi is a technology enthusiast, involved in IT and computing since an early age.
    He joined in may 2008 in the role of Web Services Evangelist, traveling across Europe and vicinity to showcase the innovative new solutions by Amazon Web Services and help developers build businesses and applications. He is following the “Cloud Computing” paradigm shift since 2006, and believes that it is going to replace the traditional computing model in a few years.

    Simon Davies (Microsoft)

    Simon is a Solutions Architect in Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Group in the UK. He has developed software on PC Mainframe and UNIX platforms. For the last 12 years in Microsoft Simon has worked with many organisations to help them understand how to create applications that exploit new platforms and technology from Microsoft and for the past 12 months he has been working with early adopters of Microsoft’s Azure Services Platform.

    Ian Clarke (Sage UK)

    Sage Research and Development Director, accountable for the technology strategy and long term product direction for the UK and Ireland region.  Over  25 years experience in the software industry all of which has been spent in software development. Ian has held leadership positions at GEC, Thorn EMI as well as operating at board level in a number of UK based software houses. A passion for doing what’s right for the customer and ensuring technology is clearly focused on solving real world customer problems.

    Stuart Lynn (Sage UK)

    Stuart Lynn heads up the Research and Development department for Sage’s Mid Market Division in the UK. His teams design and build a portfolio of business software for medium to large enterprise businesses. Stuart has a passion for delivering high quality software, which is driven by the needs of, and to deliver benefits to, the end user. Over the past few years software usability has been a particularly focus for Stuart, having set up a UK wide body within Sage to improve the intuitiveness and accessibility of Sage software

    Ross Cooney (Rozmic)

    Ross Cooney is the Managing Director and was one of the founding members of   Rozmic , the developers of the   emailcloud email spam protection service . Ross has been at the forefront of spam and virus research for more than a decade. Working in partnership with some of the industry greats such as   Trend Micro ,   Command Antivirus ,   Sophos   and Beginfinite . Ross has particular expertise in Linux software development and Cloud Computing. He runs the Gateshead & Newcastle-upon-Tyne   Amazon Web Service user group   and helps to manage the SuperMon day s   events every month in Newcastle University.

    Steve Caughey (Arjuna)

    As CEO of Arjuna Technologies Ltd (ATL), Steve is responsible for strategy, corporate development and partnerships. Prior to founding ATL Steve worked as a software engineer and system's architect for a number of telecommunications companies before joining the influential Arjuna research team at Newcastle University in 1990.His research focused on large scale distribution, object migration and fault tolerance and he was instrumental in commercializing the prototype work of this group by co-founding Arjuna Solutions in 1998. Steve led this start-up company to acquisition, by Bluestone Software, within 12 months of creation. In 2001, following Bluestone's acquisition by HP, he formed the HP-Arjuna Labs in Newcastle which gained international acclaim as a Centre of Excellence in the complex domain of transactional and messaging software. In 2002, with the news that HP were disbanding their Middleware Division, Steve co-founded Arjuna Technologies as a vehicle to continue development of Arjuna's software products under license from HP. In 2005, he forged a partnership with JBoss that led to the distribution of Arjuna's Transaction Service as an open source component of the JBoss]Middleware stack. Arjuna Technologies is now focused on delivering 'Agility' ( ) a Federated Cloud Computing Platform.

    If you are joining us for the CloudCamp Event, at the end of CloudSeminar we will be transferring to the Beehive Research Facility . Please make sure you have signed up for this event in advance. ( )

    Closest Parking is Claremont Car Park or the RVI. Please see map for more details. The Venue will be sign posted.

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