BCS CMSG Conference & Exhibition - 21 & 22 June 2005
The World of Change, Configuration and Release Management
Papers and presentation are now online and are linked from the
Following on from the success of our 1st
Conference, the 2nd British Computer Society Configuration Management Specialist Group (BCS CMSG) Conference
and Exhibition was on 21 & 22 June, 2005, at Homerton College in
As business and technology changes rapidly we need to focus on the future
while coping with the present: how can we manage e-commerce applications;
web configurations and content; large complex configurations? Are there new
standards and tools that will help us leap forward? How do we sell the
processes and prove that best practice helps organisations achieve their
goals? How do we develop as professionals?
We welcomed both newcomers and old hands to the BCS CMSG sharing
experiences and lessons learnt. The event was planned to encourage a
high degree of peer-to-peer interaction and discussions in both formal and
informal situations. This was a chance to renew old acquaintances and
interact with those who have a lot of real experience in change,
configuration and release management. To this end we welcomed delegates on Monday night for drinks and dinner before the first
conference session on Tuesday morning.
We also warmly welcomed all our exhibitors.
What Delegates Learned
The conference themes included large-scale systems programmes and
projects, CM in software development in commercial environments and CM
across the lifecycle to including service management. Each track featured
both ‘how to’ case studies as well as the latest theories. Delegates found experienced change, configuration and release practitioners on the podium
and in the audience. Ample time was built-in for networking with other
delegates who are undertaking the same journey.
Sessions were organised across the following tracks:
- Track 1 - Leader, Neil White
Large Scale Systems Change, configuration and release management as
practised in large-scale systems integration programmes and projects.
- Track 2 - Leader, Shirley Lacy
Across The Lifecycle Configuration management across the lifecycle from
development to the live environment, including service management and
- Track 3 - Leader, Robert Cowham
Software Development Change, configuration and release management best
practices for software development in commercial environments e.g.
better, faster, cheaper. This includes the impact of agile systems
The Conference Brochure and timetable are linked on the left.
Secure Online registration is now possible.
Delegate comments from the previous conference included:
"The event has surpassed my expectations. I found the
presentations both relevant and interesting. It's wonderful to meet
people who appreciate the everyday problems and resistance encountered
to CM and to find answers to many questions."
Prospective exhibitors are invited to sponsor the event and
take a stand at
the accompanying exhibition.
The following companies
have sponsored the even and are exhibiting at the conference (click
on the logos for links to more information).