IT Strategy: Buy vs Build?...

Wednesday 25 November 2015

2.00pm - 5.00pm

The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND


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 Graham Hill who is the Head of IT Strategy and Architecture at Wesleyan Assurance Society. Graham will talk about his first-hand experiences of buying ‘off the shelf’ and custom building, discussing when it worked, and (perhaps more interestingly) when it didn’t etc...

  • 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 Wesleyan Assurance Society Case Study: Graham Hill.
  • 5:00pm Close

Paul Henshaw and Matthew Barrow 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.

Graham Hill is currently the Head of IT Strategy and Architecture at Wesleyan Assurance Society. In the past Graham has worked across a variety of sectors in both the public and private sectors. Graham has been a Chartered Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT since 2010.

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