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200 IT & Digital Leaders expected at Scot-Cloud 2017

Pete Swift

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DIGIT will be staging the 4th Annual Scot-Cloud Conference 20th June – Edinburgh. As with the past three years over 200 delegates from all industries are expected to descend on the capital.

Cloud has proved to be one of the most transformative technologies of the modern age; signalling a fundamental shift from large on-site IT estates to Cloud-based solutions which deliver greater agility, elasticity and predictability. Cloud has also served as an important enabler of many of the core emerging technological trends, including: Big Data, IoT and Mobile Applications.

For many businesses this shift has given rise to a profound cultural revolution within the organisation, driving a significant change in the very nature of IT as a discipline. In this regard, IT has evolved from a background technical role and become much more central, business-focussed and service orientated.

At a market level, Cloud has also enabled the facilitation of rapid development and scalability of high growth businesses: many start-ups simply would not have been able to grow at the same pace if it had not been for Cloud technology. The elasticity of the Cloud has served as a springboard to rapid testing and the fail-fast culture, which have proved to be a crucial element of recent market disruptions.

Whilst Cloud technology has brought forth a host of valuable attributes to the table, Cloud services come with an array of contractual complications and distinctions. IT leaders must navigate an increasing range of options, balancing the benefits of public, private and hybrid systems, while factoring overarching culpability for accessibility, data security and regulatory compliance.

ScotCloud 2017 will bring senior technologists together to discuss the business impact of Cloud, providing an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and cross-pollination. The programme will contextualise the evolution of Cloud technology, with presentations spanning trends, regulations, research, solutions, challenges and practical use cases.

The conference is organised by DIGIT with support from ScotlandIS and will be free for IT Leaders to attend.

Speakers Include:

  • Chris Swan, CTO and Cloud Commentator
  • Mark Evans, Head of IT, RLB
  • Alastair Dutton, Head of Technology, SCVO
  • Christian Blunden, Technical Lead, uSwitch
  • James Kwaan, Research Director, ISACA
  • Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
  • Sue Daley, Head of Cloud Programme, Tech UK

Interested parties can register at www.scot-cloud.com. Please note there is a criteria for free attendance.

Pete Swift

DIGIT Managing Editor and Head of Research

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