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Date: 25 January 2010
Subject: Designing and implementing mission critical systems
Speaker: Colin Butcher, XDelta
Venue: St Paul’s Centre, St Helier

Event description

The BCS Jersey International Section invites you to a master class on ‘Designing and Implementing Mission-Critical Systems with our guest speaker Colin Butcher.

The design and implementation of highly available mission-critical systems requires a more disciplined approach than is common in the IT industry. It is important to have a sound understanding of the technology as well as the ability to communicate effectively and see the project through to successful completion.

The rapid pace of change and the wide range of available technologies make it increasingly important to have a good understanding of the underlying principles and a clear view of how to apply systems to solve business issues. System designers need to understand both the application and the behaviour of their target systems and surrounding infrastructure in order to create applications that are reliable, which have minimal performance impact and which scale well in a production environment.

The seminar will discuss the factors governing systems availability and performance, complemented by real-life examples of the design and implementation of all aspects of a system from hardware and infrastructure to application software.


Colin Butcher is an international consulting engineer who specializes in the design and implementation of mission-critical and disaster-tolerant systems. He has an engineering background, which gives him a thorough understanding of the importance of the usability and reliability aspects of computer systems and data networks. He specializes in leading major projects, providing authoritative technical advice and project direction based on a sound understanding of both business requirements and complex technical issues.

He has been responsible for the architectural design, implementation and management of several major projects, including satellite control, air traffic monitoring, finance data and healthcare infrastructures.

There will be plenty of time for questions and we expect this to be a popular and interactive event.


To reserve your place, please e-mail jersey.events@bcs.org. Note – this event was re-scheduled from its original date of 18 January 2010.

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