2008 - The Way Ahead

Thursday, 13 Mar 2008, 09:00


Conference Sponsors:

Sayer Vincent Touchstone

Media Sponsor:

Charity Times

Catch up with new trends in technology with the 2008 CFDG IT Conference. This year’s conference follows up on the feedback we received last year by focusing on charity case-studies and strategic IT issues.

The event is not only aimed at Finance and IT Directors who have direct responsibility for IT. It also raises generic strategic questions any charity should look at with regard to their technical infrastructure and management information systems. On the strategic side we will look at outsourcing, risk and total cost of ownership.

On the more technical side, we want to help you to look forward, to ascertain trends and how they might impact on your charity. What’s on the horizon? We will be looking at how several charities have implemented different new technologies. Many people say charities cannot live without embracing new technologies, but what really makes sense and do you want to risk jumping on the latest bandwagon before it is tried and tested.

We are sure the combination of technological trends and strategic focus will offer food for thought and help you to understand the possible impact and implications of IT on your organisation.

Why you need to attend
Get your complete update on all IT issues you should be aware of in 2008 in just one day.
Meet colleagues and discuss other organisations’ experiences.
Hear high-level speakers from the corporate and charity world.

Who should attend?
Finance Directors, Directors of Resources, IT Directors, IT Managers, Chief Executives, Trustees with an interest in IT.

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The Reception


Delegates attending the conference are invited to a reception immediately following the end of the programme.

The reception provides the ideal opportunity to network with speakers and delegates at the end of the day.

The Exhibition

There will be an exhibition alongside the conference programme. Exhibitors working in a range of service areas will be available for delegates to meet, ask questions and share information.

The informal setting is an excellent opportunity to find products and service suppliers who can assist in tackling your charities' problems and who can help to make the management of your charity more efficient.

The conference timetable allows delegates plenty of opportunity to browse the exhibition and network during breaks.

The following companies are exhibiting at the IT Conference 2008:

COA Solutions - www.coasolutions.com
CODA GB Ltd - www.coda.com
Co-Operative Systems - www.coopsys.net
Newton IT Solutions - www.newtonit.co.uk
Premier IT Group - www.premierit.com
RescueIT Ltd - www.rescueit.co.uk
Sapphire Systems PLC - www.sapphiresystems.co.uk


Presentations available below.  Click the session titles to download the PDFs

  5.75hrs CPD

9.00-9.45    REGISTRATION

9.45-10.00    CHAIR'S WELCOME

10.00-11.00    OPENING PLENARY

Accounting is already a virtual world – do we now need it in 3D? pdf icon

There has been a huge growth in interest and in controversy about 3D virtual worlds such as Second Life. However, it is usually overlooked that all computer systems are already 2D virtual worlds. So too are even paper-based accounting systems. This challenging presentation examines the limitations and potential for accountants of both 2D and 3D virtual worlds.
Prof Clive Holtham, Professor of Information Management, Cass Business School

11.00-11.30    BREAK

11.30-12.20    SESSION 1

1A: Turn the Bleeding Edge to the Leading Edge - How to manage the risks of emerging technologies pdf icon

Many charities need to consider emerging technologies to entend the reach of their communications while restricting their IT costs. Newton will describe an approach that helps to manage the risks in balancing these competing pressures.
Kieran McDonagh, Newton IT

1B: Sharepoint case study - Christian Aid’s Collaborative Intranet

In 2005 Christian Aid put in a truly collaborative Intranet based on Sharepoint 2003. Hear CA tell the story of its successes and challenges.
Sarah Roberts, Christian Aid

12.20-13.10    SESSION 2

2A: Navigating the Sourcing Jungle pdf icon

With so many sourcing options in today’s complex ICT environment it easy to get lost.  This practical session will help you determine your most advantageous route through the sourcing jungle.
Bob Darby, Director of Information Services,  Barnardos

2B: Selection and implementation of a new finance system pdf icon

RSPB recently implemented a new finance system across all their offices. Tim and Russell will be giving a case study of this roller-coaster experience.
Tim Pons, Financial Controller and Russell Holinshead, Strategic Business Support Manager, RSPB

13.10-14.20    LUNCH

14.20-15.10    SESSION 3

3A: IT Risk and the art of mitigation pdf icon

Most organisations dependance on IT to operate, means that any IT change brings with it risk. Whether it is infrastructure , application project , or supplier change,  how do you take appropriate steps to mitigate the risks?
Simon Jennings, Head of IS and Purchasing Strategy, Oxfam

3B: Case Study: New Media and Web 2.0 pdf icon

The New Media department at Breast Cancer Care operates like an in-house digital agency. Bertie will show how his team operates and how Breast Cancer Care are using web 2.0 to improve support for people affected by breast cancer and increase awareness.
Bertie Bosrédon, Head of New Media, Breastcancer Care

15.10-16.00    SESSION 4

4A: Total cost of ownership/valuing IT pdf icon

Originally, IT automated clerical tasks. Today, IT is about doing business differently. Which management methods now maximise what we achieve from our limited funds? How does value arise from IT?
Chris Tiernan, Managing Partner, Grosvenor Consulting Services

4B: Future of communications: A case-study of  Video conferencing at Medecins sans Frontiers UK pdf icon

A non-technical presentation on  the benefits and difficulties associated with implementing this communication technology in a diverse, multi-national office and field environment.
William Jones, Networks & IT Officer

16.00-16.30    BREAK

16.30-17.15    CLOSING PLENARY

How will climate change policy impact IT pdf icon

IT in various forms consumes at least 2% of UK generating output and it could be double that. Very few IT systems have been designed around energy efficiency and are therefore very well placed to help organisations meet the climate change challenge.  Energy cost and legislation will have major impacts on IT operating costs over the next ten years.
Francis Rottenburg, Carbon Management Team, Carbon Trust

17.15-17.30    CHAIR'S CLOSE


Venue Details


The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE

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Bookings & Prices


Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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