IT Project Success and the Role of BCS

We are pleased to invite Ray Long to talk to us about IT Project Success and the Role of BCS. Ray says that it is a mixture of presentation and discussion and promises to be an interesting session. Ray is joining us fresh from his year as President for BCS.

Abstract
Drawing on his own IT career and history with the BCS, Immediate Past-President Ray Long will lead a discussion on the theme for his Presidential year of driving up the success rate of IT projects and what BCS can do to support this, considering where the Institute has come from, how it is currently positioning itself to take the lead in making IT good for society, and how it should develop during the years ahead. Ray will consider our current strategy, challenges and areas of interest – as the BCS celebrates its 60th anniversary, please come prepared not just to listen, but also to make your views known, as we debate the issues which will determine the success of our next 60 years and beyond in contributing to IT project success as well as other areas.

The session is open to everyone and it is free.

We hope you are able to join us at 6pm on Monday 8th May, with refreshments available from 5.30pm in the Physical Sciences foyer at Aberystwyth University. For location, please see https://osm.org/go/euZC2qL8G–?m=

Speaker Profile: Ray Long joined the UK Senior Civil Service when moving to the Department of Health in 1977, before his appointment as IT Director at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1999. He became CEO of the Northern Ireland Business Development Service in 2004 before serving as Programme Director for the nationwide NHS Choose and Book service and Major Projects Director in the Cabinet Office. He joined HMRC as Director of Business Tax Change in 2011, before becoming Director of Corporate Services Change in 2013. In 2014 he joined the Department for Work and Pensions, initially with responsibility for that Department’s Infrastructure Modernisation Programme, more recently as Director of Technology Platforms, and now as CEO of Benefits and Pensions Digital Technology Services Ltd, the Government-owned company established to insource IT applications development, maintenance and support services. Ray has also been an Associate Lecturer with The Open University since 1993, delivering programmes of leadership and strategy in the UK and internationally. A Chartered Director, Engineer and IT Professional, he is a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy and a Warden of the IT City Livery Company.