Brownfield Development

Chris WinterDate/Time:
Thursday 8 December 2011, 6.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Chris Winter FBCS FIEE CITP CEng, IBM Fellow Emeritus

Brownfield development is a term used in the IT industry to describe problem spaces needing the development and deployment of new software systems in the immediate presence of existing (legacy) software applications / systems, infrastructure and data. This implies that any new architecture must take into account and coexist with live software, infrastructure and data already in situ. It is similar in usage to that in contemporary civil engineering, where new buildings may need to be designed and erected for use in the locale of structures and services already in place. 

Brownfield development adds a number of improvements to conventional software engineering practices. These traditionally assume a "clean sheet of paper" or "green field" target environment throughout the design and implementation phases of software development. Brownfield extends such traditions by insisting that the context (local landscape) of the system being created be factored into any development exercise. This requires a detailed knowledge of the systems, infrastructure and data in the immediate vicinity of the solution under construction.

Visit of BCS President
Jim Norton - BCS PresidentWe will be privileged to have the BCS President, Prof. Jim Norton, in attendance at this meeting. He has also agreed to give a short address and answer questions. The meeting will be followed by a buffet reception, allowing time to continue discussions. Please make sure you don't miss this unique opportunity! 

About the speaker:
Chris is an IBM Fellow Emeritus, having taken semi retirement from IBM in 2009 following a forty year career in the IT Industry. During his career Chris was responsible for the architecture and design of a number of large and successful application development and systems integration projects.

In the late 90s Chris invented IBM’s Performance Engineering Method, deploying it globally throughout the IBM Company. He brought engineering disciplines to this subject area and his method is in use across the global IBM Corporation.

Chris was the creator and driving force behind the ‘streamlined membership’ scheme that exists between IBM and The British Computer Society (BCS) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This scheme accredits the global IBM professions, easing entry for IBM professionals who wish join The IET. A similar scheme based on this model exists between IBM and The Open Group.

He continues to undertake research on the subject of Brownfield Engineering, which he considers to be one of the greatest challenges facing the IT Industry at the start of the 21st century.

Free, but to gain admission please email your name to our Membership Secretary, Dr Frank Martin, at


View the slides for this event (PDF)
Brownfield Development (mp3 - 10Mb)
Presidents Address (mp3 - 2Mb)