November conferences

After another successful Event at Hotel Russell information was shared about pseict Public Sector Enterprise ICT, idm Identity Management and bda Big Data Analytics.

A wealth of knowledge was shared by our speakers, and some excellent Q&A sessions were held as well as a variety of seminars.


The conference was chaired by David Bicknell of Government Computing and focused on the need to combine and pooling resources between public sector organisations. Pseict links with IDM and BDA, but the focus was on the challenges and achievements through the use of the cloud and different networks and platforms. There were some fascinating examples of using ICT with in the public sector; one example was from Debbie Hillary, who shared how the Humberside Police used Location intelligence to monitor police officer visibility on the Yorkshire territory. Debbie shared some interesting facts and figures and clear examples of the advantages of this, also using geolocalised system for analysing system performances. Other public sectors demonstrated how collaborating and consolidating with Government ICT strategy providers was starting to create results. An example of this is Claritas solutions Ltd working in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Police to enable Victim support to benefit from West Yorkshire police’s IT facilities. Cohesion between organisations within the public sector has begun yet there is still a long way to go to give a smarter, more responsive customer-centric public Service.

debbie hilary


Steve Gold Chaired this conference again, it was good to see him back on the stage. Even since the IDM conference in the summer change is evident in a few months. Technology is advancing at an alarming rate and this is elaborating the need to secure data entry points and data assets within large enterprises and government on a daily basis. Globally the growth in Identity management and assurance is set to double by 2018. Hans Zandbelt gave a fascinating insight into the “internet of things” discussing a future of connected devices, how we need to manage secure identities in this world where devices will outnumber people. Mark Quinn from NHS Scotland shared the attempts to create a Single Sign On (SSO) as managing our personas within the internet and within industry, is not only challenging but poor management reduces security. SSO reduces time in the NHS for doctors and nurses to access client records, time is of the essence if they are working in A&E or a clinic; quick access to data and records is paramount.

Steve Gold


This BDA conference was opened and chaired by Julian Schwarzenbach, who enlightened us to the data management topics. Big Data holds the potential to change the way we live work and think. The way the global economy will be evaluated and actioned and managed. A key point raised by all speakers was the need to un-pick masses of stored data, prioritise data and then identify the benefits from the useable data. Analytic tools are a necessity, not an option. Dermot Finch from the Princes Trust and Mark Aryaeenia from Dun and Bradstreet shared the stage to explain how they have supported young people back into work by blending data; They demonstrated how a wide range of data from different sources ,combined, can add value to different organisations. The question that was the most challenging from all speakers was managing the data and using the right data to get results. When broken down the % of relevant data was about 0.5%, so emphasis was on the process of gathering and sorting data and the time element around this.

Technology is using our past to build and create our future, you can follow up on the movements in all these areas at our up and coming events at Whitehall Media.

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