ELITE event: Consumerisation of IT

Thursday 21 October 2010

Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds


  • Dale Vile
  • Jonathan Mitchener
  • Graham DeAth
  • Mike Short


BCS West Yorkshire Branch, the BCS ELITE Group and 4it Recruitment would like to welcome our regions IT leaders to our next Elite Group event in Leeds.

This Free of Charge event is an opportunity to join fellow IT leaders in an informed debate on all aspects of the ‘Consumerisation of IT’. The debate will be led by industry experts and will provide the opportunity for you to explore these issues with your peers and to consider solutions and best practice for your business.

2.00. Doors open
2.10. Introductions - Steve Brumby (Chair of BCS West Yorkshire branch) & John Seglias (BCS Elite GroupChair).
2:15. Jonathan Mitchener - Current and future device innovation and the changing employment and business landscape in the future.
3:00. Dale Vile - The consumerisation of end user computing – Balancing the interests of employees and the business.
3.45. Refreshments
4.15. Graham DeAth - 'Applications,…………anywhere…………anytime'.
5:00. Close

Numbers are limited due to the venue, please contact sam.devonshire@4itrecruitment.co.uk to request a place.

About the speakers:

Dale Vile
As an active industry analyst, Dale has extensive experience in both end-user and vendor environments.
In the first part of his career, he held positions as developer, architect and project manager within companies such as Glaxo and Heineken.

He later moved on to the vendor community and worked in various consulting, business development and management roles at Nortel Networks, SAP, JD Edwards and Sybase. Dale has worked as an industry analyst since the year 2000, initially with Bloor Research, and later with Quocirca, where he developed and ran the company’s core primary research business.

Jonathan Mitchener
Jonathan is a futurologist and gadget expert. A first class honours graduate in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 1988, and having undertaken a wide range of roles in more than twenty years with BT including research, systems deployment, and technology and management consultancy, he now operates freelance with different organisations to help them understand the impacts of future disruptive change on their businesses.

He travels widely to speak to, inspire and provoke a range of audiences on futures topics, and also writes for many journals and magazines and makes media contributions. He was invited to advise the BBC’s science magazine, ‘Focus’ as futures expert in 2008.

As is evident from his blog (www.jonathanuk.net), Jonathan covers the whole range of futures topics, but has special interests in device and gadget futures, and also robotics and nanotechnology. Although coming at futurology from a science and technology perspective, Jonathan is keen to stress that the future is about much more, and hence he also relates his material to economic, social and business contexts. He also uses his research background to help advise organisations on successful innovation.

Graham DeAth
Graham DeAth is the Senior Business Development Manager for the Public Sector within Telefónica O2 UK. He has a career in telecommunications stretching back some 33 years the last 25 of which have been in the mobile industry, in fact from almost the beginning of mobile.

For 15 years he was Head of Commercial at BT Mobile and then saw that organisation through all its changes to become O2 and most latterly Telefónica O2. During that period he led a team that worked with the largest UK and International companies to meet their aspirations to exploit the new emerging mobile technologies as they came to market.

An example being that he led the team that provided the first commercial service use of the Short Message System, SMS, to the Post Office in the mid 90’s. He was also involved in the early days of mobile data leading a project that saw the first SIM card used in a parking meter to enable communications between the meter and its operators back at base.

For the last three years he has been developing Telefónica O2’s sub-sector strategy for the Public Sector. This has been with the objective of developing specific capabilities which enable Telefónica O2 UK to assist the Public Sector meets its current challenges. Most recently his work has seen the launch of O2 Health.

A descrete business unit who is specifically focused on exploiting mobile technologies to meet the specific needs of the changing demands of the health market is placing on the public and private health industry sectors. Much of that is being delivered through the use of applications on mobile devices.

Mike Short (Note Mike Short had to cancel and Graham DeAth kindly presented)
Mike Short is the Vice President, O2 Group/Telefónica Europe and Honorary President MDA , having chaired MDA 1998-2008. Mike’s career spans 34 years in Electronics and Telecommunications, with the last 21 years in Mobile communications.

He was appointed Director of Cellnet in 1989 with multi-million dollar infra-structure investments and UK interconnect agreements. In 1993 the focus moved to establishing Cellnet’s GSM service and he was elected Chairman of the GSM Association for 1995/96 and served on the Executive Board for 5 years.

Mike’s focus today is on Public Sector use of Telecomms supported by O2/TE Group Research and Development in mobile. He also is a Board member of the UK Children’s Council for Internet Safety, and the IET. He has previously served as a Board Member of PhonepayPlus and the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board.

He was appointed VP Technology for O2 in 2000, as Visiting Professor during 2006-08 at the Universities of Surrey, De Montfort and Lancaster and Board Member University of Coventry in 2006.He holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of Stafforshire, is a Fellow of BCS/ RGS / CIPS/IET and a member of the Royal Television Society.