The Drowning Director

Joint event of the BCS Consultancy Group and other Groups

Wednesday 12th May 2010, 6.00pm for 6.15pm start. Ends 9.30pm

BCS, Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

Part 1

Title: Out with the Old - In with the New
Geoff Codd


Geoff’s talk is based on his book ‘The Drowning Director’ where he reviews IT exploitation management and organisation practices over the years. More importantly, he challenges the established 'wisdom' that has largely failed to deal with huge project management issues. Geoff then proposes a way forward that creates a much needed unity of purpose between business people and their technology professionals. Such change opens up new horizons of opportunity based on business reality, rather than on technology innovation that is insufficiently close to that reality.

With the advent of the 'Cloud' we see history repeating itself once again. Many fail to realise that the whole 'Cloud' concept has three important component parts; the technology issues (which are at least partly understood), the process issues (which are little understood), and the cultural issues (which are not properly understood at all). Geoff focuses heavily on those cultural issues, and on how the business/IT culture gap that is undoubtedly present in most organisations can be eliminated.

Some of the most important management process improvements that are needed involve a change in the business mind set, as well as in the IT exploitation process, and such all-embracing change can only be carried through by the CEO. Geoff’s book was therefore primarily directed at top business leaders rather than CIOs, although it is clearly essential reading for the change professionals.

Bio: Over forty years ago Geoff Codd became involved with information technology at Rolls-Royce Aero Engine Division. Since that very early beginning he has faced almost every conceivable challenge in business IT exploitation, within a wide range of business cultures and management styles in both the Private and the Public Sectors, latterly at board level. This has provided him with a unique insight into the many major inadequacies that arise in business IT exploitation, both from a business management as well as a technology perspective.

Part 2

Title: The Future of the IT Service Firm

Speaker: Ian Burgess FIBC - CTO Symetriq


The advent of cloud is nothing more than the natural evolution of technology, what it possibly represents is that technology may now allow business to make the next shift in their business and encourage flexibility and adaptability within an organisation. The commercial advantages and growth of cloud aside, it is perhaps the potential changes that it will create in the IT world that are most interesting.

The potential effect on the IT job market and the development of IP around existing offerings will have a massive effect on the structure and companies in the IT market in the future.

Ian BurgessBio: Ian has been involved in technology and outsourcing for over 10 years in a consulting capacity.  In the last year he has been involved in the first purchase of a public cloud in the UK and worked with the team to gain clients which include a well known online gambling provider, a Premier league football club and national infrastructure for a legal software provider.

After the presentations there will be a Q&A Session with the opportunity to share your skills and experiences with us; and we shall end with informal discussions and networking over buffet and drinks. So join us for an informative and enjoyable evening and why not bring some of your colleagues who may also benefit.

All are welcome. Cost including Buffet and Vat: £11.75 for Full time Students, BCS & JCF Institution members: Non-members £17.63. Pre-registration required. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Presentation - Geoff Codd (PDF)
Presentation - Ian Burgess (PDF)