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Accelerating transformation of Britain’s public services: Strategy and tactics, legacy and complexity.

27th November 2019, London

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Location: Church House


Political uncertainty, budget scrutiny, increased demand for digitized services: there has never been more pressure to speed up the migration of public sector services to the public cloud.

Yet public sector transformation has slowed down – with only 26% of public sector leaders saying they haven’t seen any benefit from digital transformation. Why? And what can we do about it?

The government has addressed about 30% of the transformation required, completing lower-risk, lower-cost cloud migration projects that are quick and easy wins. Coming over the hill are monsters – the more challenging cloud transitions for complex legacy applications – and they’re raising big concerns:

  • High levels of complexity (and therefore risk) due to legacy systems and processes
  • ‘Residual legacy’ applications that appear impossible to migrate
  • Lack of skills and expertise
  • Trust issues around data

The complexity of legacy systems is slowing down migration and/or stalling the decision to migrate at all. How do we unpick the layers of complexity that lie in legacy, in order to complete transformation?

We’re dedicating one unique evening to finding out.

Join Fujitsu and select group of public sector leaders for one unique, interactive, educational evening of peer-to-peer learning inspired by proven, relevant case studies and focused on how to tackle complexity, transform legacy at pace, and safely deliver cloud-first government.


6:00 – 6:35 pm – Welcome Reception & Drinks
6:35 – 6:45 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:45 – 7:15 pm – Keynote Speakers
7:15 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up from table champions and closing remarks from Fujitsu & AWS

Discussion Topics

  • The big debate: how do we safely migrate complex, critical legacy applications to AWS?
  • Continuity is critical: providing seamless services during the transition period (and what happens when things are too complex to migrate?)
  • Beyond quick wins: how do you manage through complexity to unlock strategic digital?

Keynote Speaker


Patrick Stephenson, Client Managing Director: Central & Devolved Government at Fujitsu

Patrick Stephenson leads the Central Government team at Fujitsu UK. Patrick is passionate about the ways in which digital technology can transform the citizen experience, improving both top and bottom line performance and driving social and economic value. Patrick is recognised as a digital innovator and trusted advisor to the public sector in digital transformation.

Patrick has over 20 years’ experience of transforming public services working for organisations such as Steria, BT, HPE and more recently Fujitsu. His experience of working across both technical and business disciplines within the public sector has enabled him to deliver a number of successful new start-up enterprises, innovative partnerships and sustainable growth.

Patrick lives in Worcestershire and is a keen triathlete. He likes nothing more than to explore the Malvern Hills with his three young children.

Keynote Speaker


Phil Le-Brun, Enterprise Strategist at AWS

Phil joined AWS as an Enterprise Strategist and Evangelist in September 2019.  In this role, Phil works with enterprise executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their time to their customers.

Prior to joining AWS, Phil held senior technology positions in McDonald’s Corporation including VP for Global Technology Development and International Chief Information Officer.  In these and prior roles Phil led and co-lead multiple large scale initiatives to transform McDonald’s into a modern technology-enabled company.  These included the development and deployment of the in-restaurant technology platform to over 37,000 restaurants to process 70 million transactions daily, one of the fastest retail deployments of eCommerce, the technology implementation for a multi-billion dollar delivery business, and the development and deployment of a contemporary customer experience platform.  Many of these initiatives run on the AWS platform.  Phil’s experience and tenure in McDonald’s spanned a number of domains including architecture, development, deployment, support, data, supply chain, digital commerce and CRM, innovation including AI and IoT, and organisational development.

Phil has previously been recognised as one of the top 100 UK-based CIOs.  He also holds a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, an Executive MBA, and an MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice.  He is a Chartered Manager, Chartered Member of the British Computer Society, and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Directors.


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