Open Source Software (OSS) in the United Kingdom - An Opportunity not to be missed

Wednesday 23 March 2016, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Leeds University Business School Lecture Theatre (G.02), Leeds, LS2 9JT | Directions
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Free of charge, but, please book your place via the BCS online booking system.

Andrew G Morris


This presentation will discuss the what Open Source Software is, how it is used in the UK and what opportunities there are for the country by adopting it more widely. We will look at Operating Systems, LAMP, the impact of OSS global and within the UK and investigate the barriers for it's more widespread adoption.


This event will run from 6.00pm - 7:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available from 5.30pm. 

The keynote speaker, Andrew G. Morris, will speak for 45 mins after which there will be a Q&A session and finally a chance for delegates to network and chat.

About the speaker:

Andrew G Morris started Essington Computer Consultancy Ltd. in May 2008 having spent six and half years working at the JISC’s Regional Support Centre in the West Midlands. He started his journey when local area networking was the domain of Novell. His job was to connect Apple Macintoshes with PC’s.

Following this, he worked for Dudley MBC and broadened his skills into UNIX, Microsoft NT and mainframe connectivity. An opportunity to work for the Worcestershire NHS gave him the opportunity to design and implement a brand new NT network across 45 clinics and hospitals throughout the county. It also introduced him to Wide Area networking and also to recruit his own team of support staff which eventually comprised of seven staff providing full services.

In 2001 an opportunity arose to be part of the Governments plans to encourage FE Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and work-based learning providers to use e-learning as delivery method which involved these organisations connecting to the JANET network. Following this, he acted in a consultancy capacity to help colleges with their LAN, security and their use of e-learning from a technical standpoint. This involved liaison with government bodies, partner organisations such as UCISA, Universities in the West Midlands. During this time, he developed an interest in Linux and Open Source Computing following the work of Oxford University-based OSSWATCH. He also helped to lead the RSC’s into ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certification.

Since starting Essington Computer Consultancy Ltd. he has been able to help some important clients such as the RAF, Sandhurst Military Academy and recently, The Defence Medical Services at Lichfield. This has seen not only costs benefits being passed on, but also the knowledge of these national organisations. Always willing though to help his neighbours, he maintains an interest locally in helping local businesses in Staffordshire and the Black Country - and of course Essington!


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