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Scotland's must-attend cloud technology event
featuring live keynotes, panels and exhibitions. 

Thursday 15 June 2023
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
08:30 - 4.30pm

Free to attend (T&Cs apply)

The Summit


For most organisations the shift to Cloud is a core part of their digital transformation strategy; moving from traditional on-premise IT to a service-based model which supports greater agility, elasticity and predictability, whilst reducing technical debt and enabling faster innovation.

But whilst Cloud can drive a range of business benefits, it also presents new challenges and complexities - from security and governance, to procurement and cost-control. Tech leaders must now navigate an increasing array of options, weighing the benefits of public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud systems, and deciding which service delivers the best value outcomes for their organisation.

The Summit will contextualise the evolution of the Cloud-first approach, looking at key trends, advancements, and use-cases, and discussing how to maximise the impact of Cloud services within the business.


The conference is geared for IT, Digital + Engineering practitioners and C-level personnel, and designed as a forum for shared learning, discussion and networking.

The Summit 


2023 Speakers

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2023 Conference Agenda

08:30     Registration Opens

SESSION 1 Re-Watch on YouTube

The opening session will look at optimising the organisational impact from Cloud transformation: exploring how development and release cycles can be accelerated through effective DevOps; how efficiency and forecasting can be improved with FinOps, and how we can cater for the increasing compute required by emerging AI technologies. 

09:15     Welcome from the Conference Chair

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

09:25     Real Life DevOps


April Edwards, Senior Developer Advocate, DevOps Practice Lead, Github

09:45      FinOps and Forecasting: How it Can Support Your Cloud Strategy


Alison McIntyre, UK Ambassador, FinOps Foundation


10:05       Cloud Economics: Catering for the Future of AI Capability

Shauna O'Flaherty, COO & Co-Founder, Sushi.Cloud

10:25     Combined Q&A

10:55     Networking and Refreshments

SESSION 2 Re-Watch on YouTube

Session 2 will explore a variety of key topics in a smaller breakout setting. The breakouts will be run in longer 30-minute slots across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post event.

11:30    First Breakout Option (A-C)


A.    Moving the Back Office of Government to Cloud


Patrick Haston, Head of Cloud Transformation, Cabinet Office


B.    The Cloud and Data Protection Laws


Laura Irvine, Partner & Head of Regulatory Law, Davidson Chalmers Stewart

C.    Controlling Cloud Costs: Strategies for Keeping on Top of Your Cloud Spend

John Walker, Head of Architecture, CirrusHQ

12:00    Transition

12:10    Second Breakout Option (D-F)

D.   Look Before You Lock-In: Cloud Storage Pitfalls to Avoid


Kevin Dunn, Country Manager UKI & Nordics, Wasabi

E.    BJSS Landing Zone - Accelerating Your Cloud Journey

Leigh Rankin, Regional Capability Lead, BJSS Scotland

Ruairi Lukins, Platform Engineer, BJSS

F.    Developing Your CloudOps Model

Rick Boyce, MD Cloud Engineering, AND Digital

12:40    Lunch & Networking

SESSION 3 Re-Watch on YouTube

Against a backdrop of increasing choice and complexity, we will look at how Cloud management is maturing. We will look at the role of the Cloud Center of Excellence and how it can help improve visibility and alignment; explore how containers and cluster management is evolving, and consider how Event-driven Architecture can be leveraged to increase agility and accelerate innovation.

13:30     Why You Need A Cloud Center of Excellence


Alex Radu, VP Product Adoption Lead, Cloud CoE, JP Morgan Chase & Co


13:50     The Evolution of Containers and Cluster Management  


Guy Templeton, Principal Software Engineer, Skyscanner


14:10     ​ Accelerating Innovation with Serverless, Event-Driven Architectures


Emily Shea, Head of Application Integration GTM, AWS


14:35     Combined Q&A

15:05     Closing Remarks



15:10     Networking Drinks Reception

16:30     Close of Conference

*The Conference Agenda is provisional and subject to change

Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

 The Venue 

The conference will be held live and in-person at the iconic Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, a professional event space offering panoramic views of the city and Arthur's Seat.


The venue is centrally located in the old town, just 15 minutes walk from Waverley train station, making it easily accessible via public transport. We also offer free WiFi, discounted on-site parking and provide food and drinks to attendees throughout the day. 



DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of conferences focused on core areas of emerging Technology and Digital innovation. We also run Scotland's leading Technology News Platform with over 50,000 page views per month.

The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange and discussion, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business impact. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.

2023 Sponsors and Exhibitors
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Interested in speaking or exhibiting at Cloud First Summit 2023?

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