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Two presentations by Graham Barker from Max Q:

January 21st, 2019

Optimising your Virtualised Data Center and…
Certification in the IT Industry

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 1800 – 1945
Networking Opportunity, Light Refreshments, Tea, Coffee, and Cash Bar from 1730
Sanderson Suite (downstairs), Claremont Hotel, 18 – 22 Loch Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2LX

1800     Introduction
1805     Technical insights   ̶̶̶   Optimising your Virtualised Data Centre to get the most out of operational and capital expenditure.
1835     Certification insights   ̶̶̶   Certification benefits and recommended paths from personal experience.
1845     Questions and answers, followed by offline discussions with the speaker, the committee, members and guests
1930     Event closes

Speaker: Graham Barker

Graham is a VMware User Moderator of the official VMTN forums with extensive expertise from the development of cloud based services, cloud adoption projects and related VMware solutions. He is a current vExpert and vExpert Cloud, a VMware Certified Implementation Expert, and heavily involved with the VMware communities. He now drafts questions in the official exams as a VMware Certification Subject Matter Expert. Twitter: @VirtualG_UK   Blog:

Additional lightning talk:

“Amazon, Microsoft and Google cloud infrastructure: Benefits and Drawbacks – a brief introduction”

Luke Campbell has worked for PokerStars, Adobe, BT and AmeriSource Bergen and has over 20 years of industry experience. Luke is currently Sports Product Manager for an Isle of Man based Online Gaming Company.



BCS Isle of Man is pleased to open this meeting to all, in the Public Interest and at No Charge. Please use this link to register via Eventbrite. Admission is limited by available seating, and, if we cannot admit everyone, those registered earliest via Eventbrite will be given priority.



Mark Shuttleworth presents to Manx students

April 20th, 2012

Mark Shuttleworth, creator of the Linux based Ubuntu operating system, gave a 1 hour presentation of his life to students at the Isle of Man College. It was a whistle stop tour of his life from the time he sold his first business to Verisign, to making reality his ambition to become a space tourist! Finally, he spoke about how he created and manages the Ubuntu project. This guy is a real motivator and we have been fortunate to have had the presentation recorded for future training needs.

For the open-source community there is also a lot to learn regarding his vision for the future of software developments, particularly his current project that will provide ‘easy to deploy’, open-source cloud solutions.

Many thanks to Mark for his motivational talk to our Manx students on the BSc Computer Science programme and to those students that’ll be taking the programme in following years. The presentation recording will be used for training and facilitating learning among our students for years to come; after all, it’s good to be motivated by someone who has done it their way, and for the right reasons (that is, open-source creativity). Mark’s passion for the open-source movement was strongly evident in his presentation, hopefully, it’ll be infectious among our learners also.

The event was organised by Roger Cowin, lecturer at the College and Young Professionals Group Liaison Officer, British Computer Society Isle of Man section . Could you be our next motivational speaker or know of someone who could be? Please contact me (

A special thanks to Manx TV (Paul Moulton) for recording the event. The follow-up interviews with Mark can be seen here and here.