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Russell Miles, Managing Director of Open Credo

 Russell  Miles

"Never a dull moment" describes Russ pretty well. While working as a full-time Technologist for a defence contractor Russ also completed writing 2 books ("AspectJ Cookbook", "Learning UML 2.0" for O'Reilly Media) and obtained a BSc and then an MSc in Software Engineering from Oxford University. This multi-tasking tendency (or "gift/curse", depending on how you look at it) has enabled Russ to gain a huge amount of experience working in a diverse collection of industry sectors.

Finally specialising in the "cloud-scale" enterprise systems domain, long before "cloud" was even mentioned, Russ has continually worked on in high-availability, high traffic web and internal event-based systems.

Russ took the decision in 2009 to take on the reins at OpenCredo as Managing Director and consultant. To ensure that he has as little spare time as possible, Russ is also a keen contributor to open source projects and an active track host and speaker or "noise maker" on large scale, enterprise systems integration both locally in London and internationally. He's also found the time to co-author a third book for O'Reilly titled "Head First Software Development".

Russ' latest project is working on a leading edge tool for business to make the most out of the burgeoning flexible IT commodity markets that are enabled by Cloud and related technologies. He's also in the process of turning all this first-hand experience into, yep you guessed it, another book.

Presentation: "Introduction: Cloud Solutions"

Time: Thursday 10:20 - 10:30

Location: Westminster Suite

Presentation: "Obscured by Clouds"

Time: Thursday 16:30 - 17:30

Location: Westminster Suite


Traditional approaches to measuring IT costs have focused on upfront capital expenditure and ongoing support costs. Cloud computing promises the ability to reduce costs by allowing dynamic IT expenditure in response to business demands that may change by the minute. While this sounds great in theory unless you have a clear understanding of your cloud utilisation and how that relates to business value you are unlikely to be able to fully capitalise on the potential of cloud computing. Effectively the IT expenditure becomes obscured by the cloud.

In this talk we will walk through from a cloud developer's perspective some of the practical approaches gained from real-world projects where evaluating the right data on cloud utilisation allows an increased understanding of how best to make use of the massive potential of the cloud.

Keywords: Cloud, Management and Monitoring, Expenditure, Self Identifying/Justifying Software, Utilisation.

Target audience: Developers targeting the cloud, IT Budget Holders.