Structuring infrastructure

Mat Flower, ucisa infrastructure group chair, sets the tone for this autumn's conference

This year’s ucisa Infrastructure Group annual conference is taking place from 3-4 October in Leeds. The venue is one of Leeds’ most famous and impressive landmarks, the stylish and elegant Art Deco Queens Hotel. Overlooking Leeds City Square, with its own private entrance from the adjacent train station, and restaurants, bars and shops all within easy reach, the Queens will be a fantastic venue for IG19.

IG19 Infrastructure Anywhere, Infrastructure Everywhere

On-premises, in the cloud, co-located, or a combination of all three? Our IT infrastructures are now more disparate than ever and yet the goal remains the same, managing them as single entities. Factoring in infrastructure of varying ages, vendors, alongside shadow IT lurking in the dark recesses of our institutions, this becomes ever more challenging.

Reports of the death of the on-premises data centre may have been greatly exaggerated, but the proliferation of different types of infrastructure in likely disparate geographical locations is very real. As a result, our own infrastructure teams now need to work in more agile and mobile ways, with dev-ops and infrastructure-as-code being the new norm. How can we manage it all effectively, ensuring that we can support the digital services our own institutions rely on? Can we achieve the panacea of a single management interface? What about the challenges our infrastructure teams face in developing, implementing and managing these technologies?

We want our delegates to come to IG19 – Infrastructure Anywhere, Infrastructure Everywhere – with plenty of questions. With a programme combining technical insight and strategic foresight, IG19 aims to help answer these and many other questions, both in terms of infrastructure today as well as the infrastructure of tomorrow.

This year’s conference is aimed at both technology practitioners as well as technology leaders, and features a great mix of sector-led presentations, interactive sessions, business showcases and insightful keynotes. As ever, IG19 will offer excellent peer networking opportunities, something that we know is very much valued by our delegates.

Now very much an established event on the ucisa calendar, IG19 promises to be a valuable, worthwhile and enjoyable conference. And don’t forget, you can join the conversation using the conference hashtag #igconf19.

We look forward to welcoming you to IG19!

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