IT Strategy: Buy vs Build?...

Thursday 12 November 2015

2.00pm - 5.00pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG


The eternal dilemma facing IT leaders is whether to build a business solution from scratch or shape an ‘off-the-shelf’ application to needs of the enterprise.

While it may seem simple, determining the right solutions approach is a complex process. IT leaders first need to understand specific business processes and take into account strategic goals, external partners, and required systems support, all of which deserve thorough investigation. They also need to evaluate common business factors such as project and business validation before choosing the right solution approach.

Infinity Works will open the event by giving a market overview of the subject, focussing on both the technical and cultural challenges of moving from service and operations management using third parties to in-house delivery and operations. They will also discuss the challenges they’ve faced, the achievements they’ve contributed to, and the lessons learned along the way during the transition to live service of huge national systems now being delivered by their clients.

We are then pleased to welcome a Case study presentation from Matt Stephenson who is the IT Director at Manheim Retail Services. When considering whether to Buy or Build, there are many factors that dictate what is an appropriate strategy for technology selection in your organisation. Matt’s presentation will explore what some of those factors might be, and what they might mean for the architectural principles you adopt.

  • 2.00pm Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 2:30pm Infinity Works: Buy vs Build - Transforming an organisation to support in-house delivery.
  • 3.30pm Refreshments & Networking
  • 4.00pm Manheim - Matt Stephenson: “Buy vs Build, is it really a binary decision?”
  • 5:00pm Close

Paul Henshaw and Matt Gaffney are Directors at Infinity Works Consulting, a well-established organisation providing leading edge software and project delivery, with extensive experience covering Finance, Telcos, Health and entertainment. Their achievements include ground-breaking agile delivery projects for NHS HSCIC, the Home Office and Hitachi Capital, having previously worked on agile transformation for organisations such as Sky Bet.

Matt Stephenson is the IT Director for Manheim Retail Services. He has worked in senior Technology and Commercial positions across a range of B2B, B2C, online and infrastructure businesses. Matt has extensive experience of buying and building technology solutions and believes that one size does not fit all when it comes to the principles that determine which approach is “best”.

To reserve your place, please email or call 0113 205 4033