TechUG Reading - the IT Pro Community for Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey
Millennium Madejski Hotel Reading
TechUG Reading Madejski Stadium Junction 11, Reading RG2 0FL


at our TechUG Reading IT Pro Community event today!
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    • 09:00 - 09:30 Registration Open @ Millennium Madejski Hotel Reading
    • 09:30 - 13:00 Presentations & Hands On Labs
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch & Vendor Marketplace
    • 14:00 - 16:30 Presentations & Hands On Labs
    • 16:30 Onwards - Geek Out @ The Bar - Sponsored by Reduxio


    Location: Millennium Madejski Hotel Reading
    Address: Madejski Stadium Junction 11,
    Reading RG2 0FL
    Special Instructions:
    [Click here for directions]

    why come?

    With increasing workloads and demands on our time, the cost of attending an event and taking a day out of the office can be a big challenge. As fellow end users, the team at TechUG totally understand the challenges you face at work. However, we believe there is a huge amount of value in fostering local community events which will help both you and your organisations.  Here are our top reasons why you should attend at least one user group event every year:
    • Experience an open forum for the local IT community to come together & share ideas
    • Come along to network, consolidating your skills and knowledge base within the group
    • Develop an understanding of use cases and the architecture behind new solutions.
    • Hear content which has been selected for its educational value by fellow end users and customers
    • Benefit from our independence which enables our events to provide impartial guidance based on the groups wisdom
    • De-risk your new technology investments and upgrades by utilising the community and their wider experience.
    • Get up to date information from technical engineers and architects.
    • Meet accredited expertsx
    • Events are free to attend, with complementary internet access, refreshments throughout the day and buffet lunch.
    • Come and “Geek out at the bar” at the end of the day and enjoy a few post event drinks with old and new friends.
    As an independant and vendor neutral group, we welcome the attendance anyone with an interest in Big Data, Data Centre, Leadership (IT), Networking, Open Source, Storage or Virtualisation but ask attendees to refrain from soliciting for business.


    For any enquiries regarding attending, speaking or sponsorship, contact Mike England - or 07515637905
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    An Introduction to TechUG
    09:30 - 09:45

    Community overview from Committee Members including:
    • Joining the Reading Committee
    • The TechUG App
    • Speaking
    • Sponsoring
    • National Committee
    • Developing the local community
    Mike EnglandPresented by Mike England

    The Amazing World of Higher Education IT in 2017
    09:45 - 10:00

    There are around 17,000 IT Professionals working in the UK Higher Education industry supporting  world-leading, cutting edge research and the development of the next generation of minds. They are also stewards of the (slightly less glamorous) systems for HR, payroll, email, printing and so on.
    Whilst much of this environment will be familiar to those employed in a more corporate setting, there are a number of striking differences to IT operations found elsewhere in both the public and private sectors which Higher Education straddles.
    • If you’re thinking of working in Higher Education IT, find out how varied  the tasks faced by our teams can be and about some of the awesome things we get to work with.
    • If you’re interested in tech, see how. modern technologies can be used to  solve some of our more unique challenges.
    • If you want to sell to Higher Education, find out how (not) to license your software for  the academic market.
    Chris BradshawPresented by Chris Bradshaw
    University of Surrey

    EU GDPR - an 8 step guide for preparing your organisation
    11:00 - 11:30

    Brendon, sends you away with an 8 step guide to prepare for EU GDPR - this session is followed by an open debate about the challenge of meeting the forthcoming legilsation with invited guests to give their insights
    Brendon HigginsPresented by Brendon Higgins
    Multinational Insurance Co.

    IO Control in the Cloud: the key to Cost Control in the Cloud
    11:30 - 12:00

    Spencer presents some new research showing how by getting your IO in the cloud under controlyou can make significant savings on your public cloud costs.
    Spencer AllinghamPresented by Spencer Allingham
    Condusiv Technologies

    Reading Research Cloud
    12:00 - 12:40

    Discussion around the use of Hyper Converged Infrastructure to provide a Research Cloud to Academics across the University allowing them to use a Self Service Portal and automation tools to provide the benefits of the public cloud on a centralised environment.
    • Benefits achieved by using Hyper Converged Infrastructure
    • Nutanix OS
    • Calm blueprints to automate deployment of workloads.
    Ryan KennedyPresented by Ryan Kennedy
    University of Reading
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    Brendon Higgins Multinational Insurance Co.
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    Jason Meers vExpert VMware
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    Ryan Kennedy University of Reading
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    Chris Bradshaw University of Surrey
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    Michael Stephenson MVP Connected Systems Consulting Ltd
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    Barry Coombs Computerworld Systems
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    Matt Ballantine Stamp London
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