CMSG AGM followed by Configuration Management - What has it ever done for us?!

Date:
Tuesday 16 October 2012

Time:
6.15pm - 9.00pm

Venue:
BCS, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Cost:

Free to attend for both BCS members and non-members

Synopsis:

This is an interactive session intended to generate debate and gather views from CMSG members. Committee members will lead off both with 'for' and 'against' views, and we invite audience participation!

Themes addressed may include:

  • Management understands and appreciates what Configuration Management does and how it benefits the organisation and its reputation vs. public examples such as a well publicised service outage of a major bank that may have been attributable to poor configuration management
  • Current issues for practitioners:
    • ITIL has been a great boon to standardising terminology across industry, and for raising the profile of Configuration Management as a fundamental process vs. many application development teams are only peripherally aware of what ITIL is about, if that - they don’t see it as relevant to their daily jobs - 'we have been successfully doing software configuration management for years thank you very much'.
    • The concept of the CMDB was huge step forward for industry vs. hardly anyone knows how to successfully implement a CMDB

The format of the evening will be 5-10 minute opinion slots with plenty of time for discussion. We plan to record the audio and publish the transcript together with other materials to promote online discussion.

We look forward to a stimulating and educational evening - whichever side of the fence you are on, come along and make your views heard - with the calibre of people taking part in the discussion you will pick up some useful ideas in any case, as well as being able to network with your peers and colleagues.

Programme:

6.15pm - 6.45pm - AGM
6.45pm - 7.45pm - Presentation / Workshop
7.45pm - 9.00pm - Buffet / Drinks / Networking