The Ordnance Survey Digital Transformation

Monday 23 May 2016

6.00pm for 6.30pm start - 8.00pm

RM 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Buliding, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0YN | Directions and map | Campus map

Free and open to all

Joint meeting with BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Quality SG, BCS Business Change SG and Southampton Solent University.


Andrew Radcliffe, Head of Digital Engineering, Ordnance Survey

Event details:

This presentation will discuss the digital transformation currently taking place at Britain's national mapping agency. A geospatial world leader that is upgrading its business for the digital era through the use of bleeding-edge Software Engineering practices and customer driven development whilst powering the geospatial industry through location based data.

Undertaking the Digital Transformation using a lean customer development approach, Agile Software Engineering has played a key role in enabling a significant cultural change. Collaboration and customer data is now valued above process. Productivity in the development team has increased resulting in faster customer delivery, lower engineering and customer costs, better customer prioritisation and higher product and service quality across B2C, B2B and B2G markets.

Within the engineering teams, the use of modern architectures and patterns is paying dividends. Micro-services, containerisation and self-healing capability have been instrumental in achieving a fast and flexible delivery architecture. Automation through continuous integration and continuous delivery has improved software quality and speed into production. Working with IT operations through a collaborative DevOps approach has proven to break down old working barriers within the IT department; and Developers are happy that they have an integrated developer experience and infrastructure is provisioned now faster than ever before through code. Developer tool workflow has been modernised, resulting in an efficient and accelerated software development process suitable for the digital era where speed to market is so important.

To meet business demands, and provide a competitive proposition back to the business, engineering capacity has been increased through strategic relationships with external software development companies to enable resource flex. Not a traditional outsourced customer-supplier relationship, rather, partner relationships where Agile Software Engineering is being practiced at distance using virtually co-located remote teams with some outstanding results!

The digital transformation is now being embraced outside of engineering where Agile approaches are scaling into non-IT business areas. Through a collaborative companywide approach and common tooling, customer thinking and innovation are prevalent across the whole business. New skill sets have been adopted such as in digital marketing, user experience, data science, big-data specialists, security and next generation information architecture. The talent of our people is critically important and their growth is instrumental in our success. Accordingly, structured learning, development and mentoring opportunities are available supported by job role and skill set communities; which have proven extremely popular.

About the speaker: - Andrew Radcliffe, Head of Digital Engineering, Ordnance Survey

Andrew RadcliffeRadcliffe, Head of Digital Engineering, Andrew is a hands-on, technology focussed, IT leader with extensive experience in building digital capability. Andrew leads the delivery of major software development projects using Agile approaches and has delivered into numerous markets internationally. Andrew's passion is to build amazing digital products, capability in technical people and to achieve efficiency in the software development process.

Andrew is FBCS CITP and a Visiting Fellow of Bournemouth University.