Putting “Big data” to use

Slides from the event are available below

Wednesday 17 June 2015

6.30pm - 9.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Map

£15 + vat BCS members; £25 +VAT for non-members


  • 6:30pm - 7:00pm - Registration with refreshments
  • 7:00pm - 7:10pm - Introduction
  • 7:10pm - 8:15pm - Presentations
  • 8:15pm - 9:15pm - Discussion with buffet/drinks reception
  • 9:30pm - Close


This event is intended to stimulate discussion about some of the wider issues when putting “Big data” to use. Exchanging ideas gives useful perspectives on the issues we face.

“Big data” enables us to gain insights by extracting useful information from a huge quantity of data and a wide range of sources. The insights and information have real value when it’s possible to take advantage of them before someone else does. Reliability, privacy and security are essential.

Pervasive use of personal systems to access information sources is transforming business and communication. The Internet of Things will make vast amounts of data accessible through the pervasive connectivity of all kinds of devices. Every business is affected in its own specific way. Organisations that fail to adapt will be left behind. National boundaries are becoming blurred and legislation is failing to keep up. There isn’t always time to think through the consequences and deal with the risks.

How does this "globalisation of data" and pervasive, even intrusive, access to information affect the way we conduct our personal, business and national affairs ?

How do we balance technology, costs, risks and opportunities ?

These are big questions that need to be asked when putting “Big data” to use. Come along and join in the discussion.

Speaker Bios:

Alan Green, FBCS, CEng, CITP: New Capabilities;
Alan is a former Technical Director and HR Director at GCHQ, and advisor to the Cabinet Office on cyber security;
Alan specialises in large scale organisational change and leadership in mission-critical environments.

Colin Butcher, FBCS, CEng, CITP: XDelta Limited;
Colin is a consulting engineer who specialises in leading the design and implementation of mission-critical and disaster-tolerant systems.

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