AFCEA London – September 2018- Brig Sara Sharkey

Thu 06 Sep 18 @ 18:00 – 21:00
MOD - Henry VIII Winecellar
London SW1A 2HB
Chris Yorke
AFCEA London - September 2018- Brig Sara Sharkey @ MOD - Henry VIII Winecellar | London | United Kingdom

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change.”   (Charles Darwin)

This is the first monthly meeting of the new 2018 / 2019 season and we are delighted that Brig Sara Sharkey – Head of Application Services & DevOps – ISS, has agreed to be our guest speaker.

Defence needs hybrid applications platforms and multi-grained services that can be exploited through standard interfaces (APIs), it needs a DevOps culture and Agile Delivery in order to be responsive to change.  Pockets of DevOps and Agile excellence exist around the Defence estate, but to be a truly information centric organisation, enabled by information services, significant changes are needed to succeed at an enterprise level.  Brig Sara will explore the ends, ways and means and provide a view on where Defence sits on an “Information as an Enabler Maturity model” today.

Brig Sara Sharkey has served in the British Army for 27 years.  A Royal Signals Communicator by background, she moved into the Applications layer initially as Commanding Officer 10 Signal Regiment and then moving to transform the Army’s Software House.

During her 4 year tenure in Army HQ, she led a revolution from waterfall, monolithic projects to stand up an Army Private Cloud, a Dev Ops engine room and an agile delivery regime that released over £30M of savings into one value stream alone.

Brig Sara is currently Head of Applications Services and DevOps at ISS, where she is charged with delivering Applications Hosting and associated DevOps & on-boarding capabilities as key components of Defence as a Platform (DaaP).  This will span best of breed in house capabilities and embrace Cloud services.

She is also charged with delivering uplifts in apps & data-based capability for Command & Control, Medical Information Services, Identity & Access Management and Training & Education IS (Defence Learning & Management), where the architectural approach is to create a loosely coupled eco system of micro services and COTS applications that share services and operate through the single information environment – all underpinned by SAFe and Agile Delivery methodologies.


London evening meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month – this entry will be updated as more information becomes available!