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  • A Process for Running Robust and Empowered DevOps at Scale
    A Process for Running Robust and Empowered DevOps at Scale
    Mark Debney, DevOps Director at 6point6 Recorded: Jun 18 2019 36 mins
    The first step in DevOps implementation at scale involves building a solid foundation of tooling, automation, architecture and testing to provide a standardised level of consistency for development teams to build upon. But where to from here?

    How do we move from dedicated DevOps engineering teams to a robust DevOps capability ingrained within multi-disciplinary teams?

    What steps can we put in place to ensure DevOps works effectively at scale?

    When we acknowledge that scaling DevOps is really about strengthening DevOps capabilities within development teams, we can identify which capabilities are core to our delivery process, how we can strengthen and share these effectively across the wider development practice and which capabilities, if any, are better suited to sit outside of a development team when running at scale.

    Join the 6point6 DevOps Director, Mark Debney, as he sets out the process for running robust and empowered DevOps at scale.

    About the speaker:
    Mark Debney, DevOps Director at 6point6

    Mark is an IT infrastructure specialist with over 20 years’ experience in technology and computer systems. His expertise lies in systems architecture and he has built a number of large-scale high transactional platforms using agile and DevOps methodologies.

    Mark is the Director for DevOps at 6point6, a leading technology consultancy, and helps to shape their DevOps offering with a focus on deploying DevOps at scale for Enterprise solutions.

    Prior to joining 6point6 Mark spent eight years at BSkyB where he was a Principal Engineer and led the Platform as a Service team, assessing emerging technologies and implementing solutions across the wider DevOps group. Before BSkyB Mark held System Administrator roles at The Prytania Group, Reading Room, AM International and was an Electronics Technician in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Architecting and delivering the operationally resilient bank
    Architecting and delivering the operationally resilient bank
    Gary Richardson, MD, Emerging Technology, 6point6 ; Aaron Regis, Solutions Engineer, DataStax Recorded: May 28 2019 30 mins
    Building on the FCA/PRA discussion paper of July 2018, operational resiliency is now one of the 5 key priorities for the UK regulators for 2019/2020 as published in their annual business plans on 17 April 2019.

    "Technology is integral to the delivery of financial products and services. It is evolving more rapidly than ever before, bringing significant benefits for consumers, market participants and the wider economy. The disruption from technology outages and cyber-attacks is an ongoing challenge and cyber-enabled fraud is a focus of the Government’s economic crime reform agenda. The potential for harm is increased by complex and ageing IT systems, increasing use of third-party service providers and complexity of changes to systems and processes. " - FCA Business Plan 2019/2020

    Join 6point6 and DataStax as we explore how architecting and delivering the operationally resilient bank can be achieved by focusing on architecting and designing for failure, legacy workload offloading onto modern resilient data fabrics and adopting a multi cloud hybrid approach delivers value for the bank and ultimately benefits customers.

    Presenters:

    Gary Richardson, MD, Emerging Technology, 6point6
    With over 17 years’ of consulting experience, Gary leads a team of data scientists and data engineers in the agile development of Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning solutions. The focus of the team is bringing a collaborative approach to analytics, underpinned by machine learning and data engineering. He believes mainstream business adoption of AI solutions are the key to accelerating innovation enabling businesses to compete, reduce cost and ensure compliance.

    Aaron Regis, Solution Architect, DataStax
    Aaron previously worked as a Solutions Engineer in the Cyber Threat Analytics space and as a Technical Consultant implementing Financial Crime Detection software in the Financial Services sector. He is passionate about technology particularly Database technology.
  • Zero Trust & Securing Multicloud Environments
    Zero Trust & Securing Multicloud Environments
    Neil Briscoe - CTO Cloud Gateway Recorded: May 28 2019 35 mins
    As the evolution of cloud technologies and providers jostle for position in their respective USPs, many enterprises are opening their eyes to multicloud to leverage the best-of-breed to cover all aspects of their business and IT needs. Along with this, we tend to create a trust boundary between either (a) the cloud and the user on the internet (b) the cloud and users on the enterprise network in hybrid architectures. But what about the inter-cloud security considerations, potential threats, disparate support teams and governance? In this session, we discuss some real-life scenarios, potential issues and solutions.
  • Busting Data Lake Myths and Dragons
    Busting Data Lake Myths and Dragons
    Gary Richardson, MD, Emerging Technology, 6point6 Recorded: Apr 17 2019 35 mins
    Leveraging data lakes is no longer a technical challenge, AWS, Azure and GCP make it easy to provision and harness the technical infrastructure needed in order to leverage your data. The issues that prevent data exploitation are all of the non technical drivers that we have been talking about for years. In this talk we will run through the following provocations:

    1. We don't need governance, we have a data lake.
    2. We have all our data in one place so we know what data we have.
    3. We have a data lake so we now have a data strategy.
    4. We have new shiny tools we don't need to think about data engineers.
    5. We do agile so we will get results.

    Register for our webinar and get the inside track on how to leverage cloud data lakes.


    Speaker Bio-
    Gary Richardson, MD, Emerging Technology

    Gary is the Managing Director for Emerging Technology at 6point6. With over 17 years’ of consulting experience, Gary leads a team of data scientists and data engineers in the agile development of Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning solutions. The focus of the team is bringing a collaborative approach to analytics, underpinned by machine learning and data engineering. He believes mainstream business adoption of AI solutions are the key to accelerating innovation enabling businesses to compete, reduce cost and ensure compliance.

    Prior to joining 6point6, Gary was the Head of Data Engineering at a Big 4 consulting firm, focussing on blockchain and bringing sound data engineering to the world of AI.
  • Redefining Networking in a Hybrid Cloud World
    Redefining Networking in a Hybrid Cloud World
    Simon Ratcliffe, Cloud Industry Forum | Justin Day, CloudGateway | David Luke, NGINX Recorded: Mar 12 2019 43 mins
    As the cloud becomes supercharged in 2019 and beyond, so too will your networks. Tune in to hear from leading industry experts for a live discussion on the future of cloud networking in a hybrid world.

    Topics to be covered include:
    - Securing cloud-managed networks
    - Understanding the ins and outs of public, private and hybrid cloud architectures
    - Where WAN fits into your hybrid IT strategy

    This live panel will be streamed directly from London. Join us from the comfort of your desk and get all your cloud questions answered!

    Moderated by: Simon Ratcliffe, Cloud Industry Forum
    Justin Day, CEO, Cloud Gateway
    David Luke, Enterprise Solutions Architect, NGINX
    Panelist to be announced
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship: Finding the support system for your career
    Mentorship and Sponsorship: Finding the support system for your career
    Valentina Kristensen, Elsa Zekeng, Christine Ng, Isha Chander, Dr. Natoshia Anderson Recorded: Mar 6 2019 60 mins
    Having a good mentor or sponsor in your career is invaluable. They can help progress your career, provide support during tough times, and be the sounding board you need.

    The panel will cover tips on:
    -The difference between mentorship and sponsorship
    -How to find the right mentors / sponsors?
    -The importance of having mentors from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages, genders, etc.
    -Do you ask someone to be a mentor or do they just become one?
    -How do you know if someone’s a mentor if you’ve never officially “had the conversation”?

    Valentina Kristensen (OakNorth Bank)
    Elsa Zekeng (Jobseekrs)
    Christine Ng (FT)
    Isha Chander (6point6)
    Dr. Natoshia Anderson (Girl Scouts of America)
  • How to Keep Real Life Artificial Intelligence Fit
    How to Keep Real Life Artificial Intelligence Fit
    Gary Richardson, MD, Emerging Technology, 6point6 Recorded: Feb 12 2019 32 mins
    AI, machine and deep learning are making strides in organisations. However, the results of the projects will start to lose their effectiveness as the business environment evolves over time. In order to keep the AI fit and effective you need to rapidly evolve into Model Operations or ModelOps.

    This talk will cover how ModelOps will keep AI fit and consistently deliver business value by:
    - Keeping an eye on model performance
    - Capturing and retraining models whilst constantly engineering features
    - Providing model explainability so all stakeholders can interpret the results
    - Generating the decision vault to capture the inputs, model and outputs
    - Confirming the decision by enabling parallel consideration

    Rather than provide you real world examples of AI in action we will give you a peak behind the machine of how you keep AI working in the real world.

    About the speaker:
    Gary Richardson, MD, Emerging Technology

    Gary is the Managing Director for Emerging Technology at 6point6. With over 17 years’ of consulting experience, Gary leads a team of data scientists and data engineers in the agile development of Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning solutions. The focus of the team is bringing a collaborative approach to analytics, underpinned by machine learning and data engineering. He believes mainstream business adoption of AI solutions are the key to accelerating innovation enabling businesses to compete, reduce cost and ensure compliance.

    Prior to joining 6point6, Gary was the Head of Data Engineering at KPMG focussing on blockchain and bringing sound data engineering to the world of AI.
  • How to Build a Cloud-First Policy in Hybrid & Edge Computing Environments
    How to Build a Cloud-First Policy in Hybrid & Edge Computing Environments
    Mike Openshaw, Senior Enterprise Architect, 6point6 Recorded: Jan 23 2019 38 mins
    Cloud computing has become synonymous with the digital agenda. Looking across the 2018 IT estate, cloud is no longer conspicuous by its presence but by its absence. Gartner projects the market size and growth of the cloud service industry at nearly three times the growth of the overall IT services industry through 2022. Cloud is agnostic of industry sector, having already established a material foothold in banks, schools, governments and healthcare.

    In this webinar, we will explore what a cloud-first policy means for you no matter where you are on your cloud journey, with a focus on both where your remaining on-premise IT estate sits and how this fits into a cloud-first world.

    About the speaker:
    Mike is a TOGAF and SAFe certified architect specialising in the strategic enterprise and solutions architecture space, with a solid background in integration, application, infrastructure and data architecture.

    He has a proven track record of delivering strategic business goals through business transformation programmes (up to £30M+) with complex interdependencies across the enterprise. Mike has extensive sector experience having worked in financial services, retail banking, digital eCommerce, not for profit, utilities and FMCG organisations.

    He has a comprehensive background of technology leadership and transformation, business process re-engineering and systems integration over a wide range of heterogeneous technology environments, from hybrid cloud solutions to physical on-premise estates.
  • Tackling Your Biggest Threat for Free: One Active Directory Policy
    Tackling Your Biggest Threat for Free: One Active Directory Policy
    Helen Oswell, Cyber Security Engineer Recorded: Jan 17 2019 32 mins
    The biggest threat to any organization is it’s own people, particularly when they have access to its most sensitive data. This talk is about limiting the internal threat through RBAC and segregation of duties, and how to implement these using Active Directory.

    Helen has a masters in electronic engineering, specializing in machine learning. She moved into Cyber Security at 10x Future Technologies, a fintech start up founded by the ex-CEO of Barclays Anthony Jenkins. She is now working with 6point6 to provide SME services to HM Government, designing and building a number of Cyber Security tools.
  • Empowering Businesses and Users With Self-Service Analytics
    Empowering Businesses and Users With Self-Service Analytics
    Pete Hannam, 6point6 | Tom Mack, Qubole | Raghu Ramakrishnan | Microsoft | Tim Carmichael, Ensifera Recorded: Nov 13 2018 44 mins
    As data analytics becomes an engrained feature of many successful businesses, it's important to ensure that data-driven insights are made accessible to decision makers throughout the organization.

    Deep-dive into the topic of how self-service analytics tools are democratizing data and bringing business users deeper into the equation with subject matter expert panelists.

    You'll Learn:
    - The landscape of self-service analytics tools available
    - Techniques and strategies to ensure your self-service analytics solution is working for your business
    - How self-service analytics is enabling business users and all members of an organization to make data-driven decisions
    - and more!

    Panelists:
    Pete Hannam, Head of Data Engineering, 6point6
    Tom Mack, VP EMEA, Qubole
    Raghu Ramakrishnan, CTO for Data, Microsoft

    Panel moderator:
    Tim Carmichael, Director & Chief Data Officer, Ensifera Limited

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