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Past Events - 2012

Christmas Networking

Mon 17th Dec, 5:00 for 5:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Room PG10 (Poole House)

Dorset BCSWomen warmly invite you to join us for a mince pie between 5 and 7pm on Monday 17th December, room PG10 at Bournemouth University Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB.

This is an informal event to allow you to chat about professional certifications, such as ISEB, ITIL, PRINCE2, CISSP and adult education courses.

Everyone welcome, members and non-members.

For further information, or if you are interested but can't attend on this occasion, please Contact Us.

More information is available here.

IT at the Met Office; buffet included.

Wed 5th Dec, 7:00 for 7:30pm

RNLI Lifeboat College, Waterfront Suite

Jim Galvin from the UK Met Office returns with an update to the very popular and well received talk he gave to Dorset branch a few years ago about Weather Forecasting and IT.

Even in the last few years there have been significant changes to the Met Office with an ever growing range of services available, produced from a wide range of models using their newly-installed IBM Power-7 mainframe. Many of us will have seen and even experienced some of the more recent unpredictable weather both in the UK and around the world. So this talk will be a fascinating and informative look at the inside of weather forecasting.

More information is available here.

Systems Thinking: Seeing the Big Picture

Wed 14th Nov, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Barnes Lecture Theatre


Systems Thinking is seeing the Big Picture: seeing things as a system. It is a powerful means of avoiding silo or stovepipe thinking - which has so deeply plagued the effective use of IT in organisations. Agile/Lean development for example, now increasingly popular, responds to rapid and real business needs, but it also carries a risk of silo/stovepipe thinking.

The talk focuses on Ten Principles of Systems Thinking, based on research and consulting practise. The talk also reveals The JUMP Model, based on Systems Thinking, which makes IT-in-Organisations understandable...

More information is available here.

Raspberry Pi: Inspiring future generations with open hardware

Thu 18th Oct, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), K101, Kimmeridge House

A talk by Eben Upton, Founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

The BCS and IET will be holding a local event at Bournemouth University to watch a live webcast of this talk by Eben Upton.

More information is available here.

AGM followed by "Connecting, Collecting or Cashing In?" Talk

Wed 26th Sep, 7:00 for 7:30pm

RNLI Lifeboat College, Harbour View Suite

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since the 2011 AGM. It's also an excellent opportunity to help shape the direction of the branch for the coming year. There will be elections for the branch committee and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Note as with the rest of the evening it is open to both BCS members and non-members.

In our usual format, the evening will include a buffet and will end with a presentation from "The Linked In Man".

More information is available here.

Tour of Dorset Fire and Rescue Weymouth Community Fire Station

Tue 19th Jun, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Other location,

We are pleased to be able to have arranged a tour of the new Dorset Fire and Rescue Weymouth Community Fire Station. The tour of this modern high tech facility includes:

  • Tour of building
  • History of why Dorset Fire and Rescue are there
  • Plans for the future
  • Tour of the FireWise suite
  • Show how real fire reacts in certain situations and what to do
  • Show the devastating effects of fire

More information is available here.

What's New at Microsoft

Tue 8th May, 7:00 for 7:30pm

RNLI Lifeboat College, Waterfront Suite Sea Side Room


It's an challenging time to be a developer: the industry is changing, users demands are changing and the expectations placed on software are higher than they have ever previously been.

In this hour talk Martin will look at the trends in the software industry and explain what Microsoft are doing to ready themselves and help support the millions of software developers across the globe that use Microsoft technologies across Windows, the Web, the cloud and Mobile devices.

About the speaker

Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about...

More information is available here.

Business Analysis - enabling successful business change

Wed 25th Apr, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Cobham Lecture Theatre

Debra Paul will explore the evolving role of the business analyst and the rationale for business analysis within the broader context of the business change lifecycle. Debra will highlight some of the current issues with projects and business analysis practice. This presentation will also consider why effective business analysis is critical if organisations are to achieve the predicted benefits from business improvement projects.

More information is available here.

BarCamp Bournemouth 4

Sat 3rd Mar, 10:00 for 10:30am

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Thomas Hardy Suite

BCS Dorset is proud to be sponsoring BarCamp Bournemouth once again. BarCamp Bournemouth 4 is a free self-organising unconference for anyone interested in the digital and online world. It will take place on the weekend of 3rd - 4th March and the free tickets are going quickly so get them while you still can.


BarCamps (often referred to as an unconference) are inclusive, participatory based, user generated events.There are no set talks or keynotes, any attendee can contribute to the barcamp by giving a talk on the day, with no prior notice, on any topic that they wish. This means that barcamps have a diverse and exciting range of talks at every event, with something for everyone and if there isn't a talk that you wish to attend (which is unlikely) - you can put one on yourself, someone else is always interested!.

More information is available here.

IBM @ Wimbledon

Thu 16th Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Cobham Lecture Theatre

IBM has been the Official Information Technology Partner of the All England Club and the Wimbledon Championships since 1990. IBM helps to inform the science of tennis at Wimbledon, providing players, coaches, spectators and millions of people worldwide with a richer experience. As the game of tennis evolves, fans are constantly seeking exciting new ways to engage and interact with the tournament from wherever they are in the world. We start by providing the most basic piece of data: the score. From here, a vast sea of information - from schedules to player statistics, serve speeds and match insights - is captured, analysed and distributed to media, officials and fans, both in the arena and around the world, via TV, the web, smart phones and more. At this year's Championships, IBM launched 'PointStream' - an innovative online scoreboard which uses powerful analytics technology to analyse both historic and real-time match data to identify the top three "Keys to the Match" for each player. During play, live results and player performance are compared against the suggested keys allowing fans to see, in an instant, where players need to focus their game in order to compete more effectively.

More information is available here.

Discussion on Information Risk and Assurance - Hot Topics IT professionals should be aware of for 2012

Thu 26th Jan, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Barnes Lecture Theatre


After a brief introduction, Ian will be as interactive as possible discussing with you a wide range of whatever interests or concerns you from within his fields of expertise, including Information Privacy, ID assurance, Information Assurance, BC & DR, Enterprise Risk Management, Incident, Crisis & Disaster Management, The BCS and how it functions in these areas and BCS membership group issues.

The speaker will be open about what he does and does not know and hopes that you will learn from him and he will learn from you.

More information is available here.

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