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The IT Directors’ Forum has always been about interaction and the sharing of ideas. Through informal networking with peers, meetings with vendors, thought-leader presentations, and especially our discussion groups, we attempt to facilitate the sharing of the vast amount of experience and knowledge held by our attendees on board .

The discussion groups have never been as popular as they have been recently. In 2014, we have created more space to run the sessions and invited a larger number of moderators to increase the number and frequency of our discussion groups. This will ensure that , as an IT Director, if you are interested in being part of a conversation, we will have a place for you.

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140 delegates confirmed so far to attend Spring

Delegates are now completing their most pressing business and technical issues. The same business issues continue to be important, integration, strategic alignment, social media strategy and cost efficiency.
Early indications show the top spending areas delegates are considering or implementing over the next 18 months are:

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Richmond Events' Business Panel Report - Economic Outlook

The latest Richmond Events' business panel report on the economic outlook is now available. Please read on for headline findings and to download the free report.

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Fordway helps acute hospital trust consolidate data and prepare for a paperless future

IT infrastructure specialist Fordway has attended the ITDF for several years.  Fordway was founded 22 years ago on the principle of using mature, experienced staff to tackle the root cause of infrastructure problems, rather than just treat the symptoms with new hardware and software.  The company also provides a range of managed cloud services from its own equipment in two UK data centres.

What did Fordway do for University Hospitals Coventry & Warwick NHS Trust?

The company has just designed and installed a new scalable storage solution for University Hospitals Coventry & Warwick NHS Trust to consolidate storage from across the Trust, provide a platform for a new PACS implementation and support future growth.  It delivers better availability and resilience and provides a flexible platform for future developments, including the electronic storage and retrieval of all patient notes by 2016.

The Trust’s existing EMC SAN was due to reach the end of its maintenance life in 2014. “We didn’t want to tie our new PACS solution to our current SAN, which would then have to be replaced in a year’s time, especially with the high volume of data we’d have to transfer,” explains the Trust’s Associate Director of IT Charles Yeomanson.  “We also decided to use the opportunity to consolidate storage across the Trust in a single solution.”

Charles met a number of enterprise storage vendors to assess the products available before drawing up and publishing an open tender.  He had met Fordway’s managing director Richard Blanford at the ITDF in 2012 and, knowing the company’s experience in the healthcare sector, suggested that they should respond.

The Trust’s preferred storage solution was a NetApp storage array due to the SAN’s MetroCluster solution. Fordway is an established NetApp partner and offered UHCW a scalable solution which included a long term pricing guarantee and vendor partnership.

“Fordway’s experience in the healthcare sector enabled them to understand what we wanted to achieve and to work in partnership with us and NetApp to deliver the solution within a very short timescale,” says Charles. “They delivered the project on schedule and within budget so we could immediately begin migrating systems and transferring data to our new SAN.”


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2014 Spring Delegates

With over 140 delegate places already taken, ITDF Spring is already looking to be bigger and better than ever.  Held on board MV Aurora sailing from Southampton 14-17 May, this is a perfect business networking opportunity for IT decision makers.

Why do delegates attend?

• The event is free of charge to IT decision makers who have budgetary control.
• 50% of a delegate’s time on board is spent in a CPD accredited, cutting edge conference programme.  The conference topics are based on feedback from delegates.
• A unique opportunity to network with their peers.  Delegates can discuss problems and solutions in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the day to day distractions of office life.
• To meet a range of innovative supplier companies of their choice, to benchmark and discover new technologies on offer.  
• Delegates build their own personalised itinerary by choosing the elements of the conference programme, suppliers and networking that are most relevant to them.

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