IT Strategy: BYOD and the Reinvention of IT


Thursday 22 November 2012

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG

Free but only open to ELITE members or potential members.

Andrea Simmons, Global Head of Policy & Risk Governance, HP Enterprise Security Services
Rob Bamforth, Principal Analyst, Quocirca Ltd
Mario Devargas, Chief Information Officer, Greater Manchester Police


This BCS ELITE event is free but is only open to ELITE members or potential members. You must register to attend by emailing or call 0113 205 4033. BCS Manchester Branch and ELITE are grateful to 4itrecruitment for their support with this event.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is on the rise, as employees continue to use their own Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets for business purposes, whether sanctioned or unsanctioned.

Our industry expert speakers will look at the challenges BYOD creates and how in many respects, this is no longer BYOD, but BYOC as employees bring their own Contracts, Cloud, Content and Collaboration tools.

As adoption of these devices grows it starts to change working practices and the traditional relationship with IT and communications as a feature of the 'work station'. It might also bring into question why many employees have desks at all?...

We will also hear a case study presentation of how BYOD is affecting Greater Manchester Police and the benefits it can bring.


2.00pm - Doors open - Refreshments & Networking

2.30pm - Rob Bamforth - BYOD and the decline of the desk(top)

3.30pm - Refreshments & Networking

4.00pm - Mario Devargas - Greater Manchester Police Case Study

5.00pm - Close

About the Speakers

The meeting will be chaired by Andrea Simmons, Global Head of Policy & Risk Governance at HP Enterprise Security Services. Andrea is an experienced information compliance evangelist / business consultant and project manager with expertise in several disciplines: information security management (ISO27001 - ISMS, strategy and planning, policies and procedures development and implementation etc.); Information Rights Legislation/Regulation and Standards (including Data Protection and Freedom of Information) and Information and Records Management. She also blogs for BCS on security.

Rob Bamforth is a Principal Analyst working with Quocirca Ltd, focussing on business communications, with particular emphasis on mobile, social and unified communications. Rob is frequently quoted in both technology and mainstream business media and is a regular contributor of analytical content to, and techrepublic, and regularly blogs on Computing. He has written numerous articles and many reports encompassing the impact and management of mobile devices, the evolution of service providers, visual communications, VoIP and unified communications.

Mario Devargas has worked in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, with IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, National Computing Centre, BBVA, AT&T, American Multi-national Manufacturing Company (Aearo), Bolton Council and is now the Chief Information Officer for Greater Manchester Police. His career also includes a period of 'contracting', where he was involved in various Technical and Business Projects for various multi-national firms. As a Senior Manager he majors on building and leading high-performing IS teams.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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