IT Strategy - New adventure in DevOps

Thursday 1 December 2016

1.00pm - 5.00pm

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


It's a fact: DevOps and cloud are joined at the hip and as such, it's easy to attribute the rise of DevOps directly to the rise of cloud computing. After all, cloud computing also assumes continuously updated applications and infrastructure. Thus, many enterprises are looking at DevOps as the path to their cloud strategy.

When it comes to implementing DevOps in concert with the cloud, there are many factors to consider.....

Leading consultancy Infinity Works will talk about this in more detail, whilst sharing some real life stories on the challenges of migrating to the Cloud and the new DevOps toolsets being used for delivery of products and services on the Cloud.

We are then pleased to welcome three case study presentations, starting with Graham Benson from Graham will tell us about the DevOps journey at and how in his experience, culture is the most important factor in making DevOps a success, above tech or the talent.

This will be followed by a presentation from Ann Ledwith from Sage, who will talk about how the speed and agility that CD and DevOps bring to an organisation are actually key to an effective security posture. Ann will talk about what they’ve done at Sage so far and outline their plans for the future.

The final presentation will be from Chris Northwood from the BBC. The world of broadcasting is changing rapidly and the BBC’s traditional IT platform was incapable of keeping up. Chris will explain how the BBC responded to this challenge by introducing new ways of working and changing the approach to running software, using continuous delivery, the cloud and DevOps.


  • 1.00pm - Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 1.30pm - Paul Henshaw from Infinity Works - “New adventures in DevOps”
  • 2.15pm - Graham Benson from - “Culture not process”
  • 3.00pm - Refreshments & Networking
  • 3.30pm - Ann Ledwith from Sage - “Secure Continuous Delivery and DevOps”
  • 4.15pm - Chris Northwood from the BBC - “How does the BBC deliver better software faster?”
  • 5:00pm - Close

About the speakers:

Paul is a director at Infinity Works consulting, who provide leading edge software and project delivery, with extensive experience within public and private sectors covering Finance, Telcos, Health and entertainment. Their achievements include ground-breaking agile delivery projects for NHS HSCIC, the Home Office, Sky Bet and Hitachi Capital.

Graham has been CIO/Director for 5 well-known internet pureplays and was placed in the CIO100 in 2014 & 2015 (#1 in pureplay eCommerce both years) and won the "Most Disruptive CIO" at the 2015 talent unleashed awards. Currently CIO at, he is also Chair of Manchester Digital, the Norths foremost trade body representing over 500 member organisations.

Ann is a Development Team Leader at Sage. Ann currently leads 2 cross functional teams, working on security-critical global services. Within Sage, Ann has delivered many Security awareness and training sessions and is now heading up a global initiative on Continuous Delivery and DevOps. Ann has spoken at a number of events, including most recently the AWS London Summit about Secure Continuous Delivery using Amazon Web Services.

Chris is a Senior Research Technologist working for BBC Research & Development. In his current role he is translating best practices from the IT sector to broadcasting and video production, developing prototypes and new ways of working and coaching colleagues in agile ways of working. Before this, Chris worked as a consultant helping setting up a devops platform for a digital transformation project at a major food retailer, and was lead developer on BBC iWonder Timelines, the first audience-facing product that adopted devops and continuous delivery.

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