Services to the cloud – Meetings and Events.

29th Sept.: Cloud user group, inaugural meeting (Aberdeen, 12:00, Satrosphere, Aberdeen)

12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Ian Massingham, AWS Technical Evangelist
1:30 -2:00 Establishment of the User Group / Future Plans

Satrosphere, Aberdeen. Light lunch provided.

http://www.satrosphere.net/ Satrosphere Science Centre, The Tramsheds, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TU

This event has been set up at the request of a number of users / potential users of cloud services.

The purpose of this User Group is to provide a non-vendor user group for organisations either currently or intending to utilise cloud-based services. So if that applies to you and you are interested in forming an Aberdeen based group to discuss common issues or get input from different vendors you are invited to attend this event. To assist with catering registration is essential so please RSVP to s.a.mackay1@rgu.ac.uk

The group is being formed as an initiative between ScotlandIS, the local British Computer Society (BCS) branch, and the Universities of Robert Gordon and St Andrews.

ScotlandIS is the national trade body representing the IT industry. BCS – Chartered Institute for IT are the professional body for this sector across the UK. Robert Gordon University and St Andrews University has undertaken a project over the last 3 years assisting software organisations move their high-value software products to a cloud-based offering (http://www.servicestothecloud.com/.) This project is coming to an end. One element of this project is the formation of a long-term interest group.

This meeting will discuss the formation of a group and the appetite for maintaining such a group.

A number of the project partners were interested in finding out further details about the AWS Cloud Offering so we have invited Ian Massingham, AWS Technical Evangelist to present and take questions from users on this subject.

30th Sept – 1st Oct: Cloud Computing Workshop: Technology transition for business transformation (Central Edinburgh)

A cloud computing workshop jointly with the Digital Economy programme’s IT as a Utility Network in central Edinburgh on September 29th and October 1st.

The aim of the workshop is to bring people together to share their experiences of working with cloud computing, whether as a cloud provider, service provider or service user. It will cover a broad range of topics: privacy/security, scaling up in the cloud, using cloud in manufacturing, and several case studies (mostly from SMEs). Each session of three talks will have a 15 min Q&A/discussion session at the end, and there will be an open discussion/Q&A panel on the second day where one of the topics to be considered will be where cloud computing may be going next.

The workshop, starts at 10:30 on 30th, and ends mid-afternoon on 1st. Attendance is free (teas, coffees, lunches, buffet dinner on 30th, and one night’s accommodation).

Numbers are strictly limited to help facilitate discussions, so attendance is by invitation only. Please contact the project manager (gordon dot baxter at st-andrews dot ac dor uk) if you are interested in attending (and/or presenting).