IT Strategy: Buy vs Build?...

Thursday 19 November 2015

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Park Plaza Hotel, Boar Lane, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS


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 David Turner & Richard Blown from Hermes who will share their experience of the subject and the reasons behind the Architectural principle they adopt of “Reuse, Buy and then Build”.

  • 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 Hermes Case Study - David Turner & Richard Blown - “Reuse, Buy and then Build”
  • 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.

Award winning Hermes is the largest UK courier delivery service handling more than 240million collections/deliveries every year. Hermes employs over 2,000 people, have over 12,000 self-employed couriers and deliver parcels to over 190 countries. Clients include catalogue and online retailers in the UK such as Next Directory, ASOS, QVC, Tesco, John Lewis, Debenhams, Arcadia Group and JD Williams.

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