Open Source, Cloud and your business

Date: 19/11/2014 14:00

Venue: Sussex County Cricket Club, BN3 3AN  |  City: Hove, United Kingdom



advice cloud - Getting into G-Cloud faster
Omnis Systems - Open Source based solutions


Catalyst IT Europe

Collax making Linux servers management easier

fastnet cloud provider

LibreOffice from Collabora

Securepass protecting your Cloud identity

synchromedia CRM and mass mailing

VirtualBridges VERDE the most cost effective VDI solution

Zarafa Communication Platform - A lot more than an Exchange alternative


LibreOffice the Open Source alternative to Microsoft Office

Brighton chambers of commerce

lighthouse logothe ODI Brighton Node
ODI Brighton Node

Open Source ConsortiumOpen Source Consortium

Sussex Enterprise
Sussex Innovation Centre

Transforming your business with Open Source & the Cloud

Many organisations (Private & Not for profit) are now starting to look seriously or are in part using “the Cloud” and Open Source technology. However doubt still remains as to the business benefits that can be realised by utilising these tools.

If you have doubts don't worry you are not the only one. Often even IT resellers and consultants find it difficult to understand if they are offering the best solutions to their customers as they have limited visibility on what is available apart from the offerings from their standard vendors.

So you may be asking yourself:

Is "the Cloud" the right choice for my business? Are there other options that may be better suited for my type of business?

Is our IT consultant just trying to sell us the latest marketing hype or he's giving us the best advice for our organisation?

Why it seems like the "Cloud" is made up of US corporations?

Can't we use applications and services that are located where we can see them and made or provided by people we can meet?

Is that Open stuff any good for a business?

Why should my business look at something that is not made by a major brand? Isn't it risky?

Internet of Things, smart cities and digital are just buzzwords that sell advertising or are there some real and useful applications?

In this seminar we take a look at what Cloud & Open source technology actually is, how public and private sector organisations are utilising it, the business opportunities presented, explore a few of the common myths that surround those technologies and get into some real life case studies on how you and your organisation can benefit.

OK, you talk the talk but can you walk the walk?

We know  that Cloud & Open Source are "just" technologies so we want you to get a real understanding of what those new (sometime recycled) buzzwords mean and how they may relate to your business or public sector organisation.

We want also to allow you to go back to the office and the next morning be able to test usable enterprise grade solutions straight away as talks are nice but it's much better to see things working and delivering results from day 1.

Who may find this event useful?

Almost anybody that is running a business of any size, IT resellers & consultants, software houses, ISPs & UK cloud providers and public sector organisations.

Invited participants will be mostly coming from Brighton and Sussex so it will be a good opportunity to meet with potential customers and business partners to exchange ideas.

The event is not made for technicians or developers even if some will be present to answer the most complex questions.

Why is it good for me:
  • CEO/CFO: you are spending money for tools that should help making your company grow. Knowing what's available will help you in choosing better.
  • IT resellers & consultants: you are providing advice to your customers. Are you sure that brand X is the best option you can offer?
  • Software houses: so you developed that wonderful software but what's the best way to deliver it to your customers. On premises, hosted, Cloud?
  • ISPs & UK Cloud providers: you are the backbone on UK data economy. Isn't it better if UK businesses use your services instead of looking elsewhere?
  • Public sector: as you are spending our money & managing sensitive information about us you should evaluate if UK businesses could be a better option for hosting the data and support you with Open Source & locally developed solutions

Schedule and agenda
Note: agenda is being updated constantly. Stay tuned!
Looking for the technical sessions? Click here.
09:00 / 09:30 Registration & event presentation  
09:30 / 10:00 Cloud, Open Source or both? Understanding what "Cloud" really is. The definition, the services, the good, the bad and the ugly. There are very useful aspects of the Cloud to consider but there are also some issues that have security, economical and ethical impacts you may have not considered. Paolo Vecchi
Omnis Systems
10:00 / 10:30 Why G-Cloud?

Getting your share of the £18bn Public Sector ICT spend opportunity
Chris Farthing
Advice Cloud
10:30 / 11:00

Using Open-source in Education and Government

Over the past three years there has been an explosion of on-line learning.  This talk will run over the benefits of using opensource tools for on-line training and discuss how to select the right tool.  It will also review successful government, corporate and higher education case studies.

Paul Stevens
Catalyst IT Europe
11:00 / 11:30 Coffee break & time for networking/questions  
11:30 / 12:00 Enterprise secure identity in the cloud with Single Sign-On and strong authentication

While Cloud has undoubtedly advantages, the security risks are quite known as well. Intranet still have the "power of control" over data. An efficient identity management with strong authentication through SecurePass can bring the same level of control used in Intranet across distributed cloud environments.
Giuseppe Paternò
12:00 / 12:30 There is a fundamental need to transform government and innovate in service delivery to meet the challenges of economic austerity. Fundamental and lasting change in government cannot be achieved without an acceleration in Open Systems across the sector.  John will be setting out the key catalysts to drive systemic change including an Open Systems Alliance to reshape the market and opportunity to crowdsource solutions through Open Source development. John Jackson
CIO Camden Council
12:30 / 13:30 Lunch break and networking  
13:30 / 14:00 Technology Choices for Business Strategy

Businesses compete fiercely in a market changing every faster. Public bodies too must deliver better for less. Their strategic response is to focus on users, iterate products, drive down costs, design for easy change, share knowledge and experience, and widen access to more kinds of suppliers and innovation. Find out how your technology choices can support business strategy.

Tariq Rashid, speaking in a personal capacity, previously led on Open Source for the Cabinet Office.
Tariq Rashid
14:00 / 14:30

Open what? Does Open Source matter to my business? It may matter as, like it or not, you are using a lot of it but your suppliers don't want to tell you.

We will also look at examples of how IT resellers let down their customers by selling them the wrong solutions for the job and how Councils spend (badly?) our money...

... and at a few tools, including Collax V-Cube & Business Server, that businesses can adopt to consolidate their IT infrastructure, simplify its management and reduce costs.

Paolo Vecchi
Omnis Systems
14:30 / 15:00

Zarafa Communication Platform a safer & cost effective way to communicate

Zarafa has always been the best drop-in replacement for Microsoft Exchange but now is taking its ambitions further. With the inclusion of telephony, video conferencing, file & document sharing and many other features Zarafa is now ready to take on Office365 and GoogleApps. What's the point? You can control your data & your privacy, integrate your applications and at the same time spend even less than by using general purpose Cloud applications.

Zarafa Communication Platform can be installed on Linux distributions like RedHat, Ubuntu and Debian. In this presentation it will be shown running on Univention Corporate Server which allows you to manage your Linux based infrastructure using a professionally designed web interface.

Marco Welter
15:00 / 15:30 LibreOffice-from-Collabora provides an enterprise hardened and supported build of the world's most popular Open Source 'Office' software LibreOffice. Large Corporate and Public Sector organisations now have a secure and long term supported alternative to proprietary Office software. Tim Eyles
15:30 / 16:00 Coffee break, networking, QA  
16:00 / 16:30 Virtual Bridges VERDE it's a complete desktop virtualisation platform that allows to virtualise both Windows and Linux desktops facilitating an easy migration to the latter. Chris McManus
Virtual Bridges
16:30 / 17:00 How Linux and Open Source platforms allow us manage millions of emails and contacts on our mailing and CRM solutions Andrew Mann
17:00 / 17:30 QA, networking, beers, wine.  

 Please note that the agenda, date and location are being modified constantly to fit with new speakers confirmations and  availability.

Technical sessions

These sessions are for CTO and sysadmins that want to know more about how to work and integrate the solutions presented. The sessions consist in brief a demonstration and technical QA. The sessions can be extended on request.

10:00 / 10:30 Replacing MS Exchange and Office365 with Zarafa. The demonstration includes also the presentation of the new video conferencing (WebRTC), on-line presence and email encryption. Marco Welter
14:00 / 14:30 Integrating SecurePass with your applications and devices. Giuseppe Paternò


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