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Opencast hosts open forum on consultancy

ByRob Lawson

Jun 26, 2022

TYNESIDE technology business Opencast this month hosts a panel discussion of experts focusing on the ‘C’ word – consultancy.

An in-house Opencast panel will explain the value that forward-thinking consultants bring and the real difference they can make to the organisations they work with.

The C Word’, happening on Wednesday 15 June, is the latest in Opencast’s regular OpenForum discussion series. Aimed at all interested in the work of Opencast, the event takes place before a live audience at the company’s Newcastle HQ, and will also be live streamed online.

The forum, chaired by respected former BBC journalist Charlie Charlton (pictured), will:

  • set out what it’s like working at a tech consultancy
  • explain ‘the OC Way’ of doing consultancy
  • discuss the experience of moving from work in-house to outside consultancy
  • help those considering a career in tech consultancy
  • bust myths about the culture and day-to-day work of a consultant.

Charlie will chair a panel of in-house Opencast consultants including:

Emily Allinson – head of user-centred design

Pete Smith – senior IT consultant

Juan Rodriguez – lead developer

Blessing Oziegbe – business analyst.

‘The C Word’ OpenForum event takes place on Wednesday 15 June from 5.15-6.15pm. There is still time to register free for in-person or virtual tickets at: opencastsoftware.com/insights/events/openforum-the-c-word

Welcoming the event, Emily said: “The C Word event is set to be our best OpenForum yet, with an exciting panel and important discussions about demystifying consultancy. Consultancies can improve digital infrastructure, processes and, ultimately, the service offered to users by the organisations we work with. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences with anyone interested in working for a tech consultancy.

“We’ll explain what it means in practice to be a consultant, and how we use our knowledge and expertise to help the organisations we work with embrace modern digital processes and thinking. And what makes consultancy at Opencast different as it’s become a leader in the UK tech sector.”

Now in its 10th year, Opencast employs more than 250 full-time consultants right across the UK, and in 2022 plans to more than double the number of people working for the business. As well as moving into a future-facing hybrid HQ in Newcastle (see photo above), this spring the business opened new hubs in London and Leeds, and in July opens a third hub in Edinburgh.

Opencast specialises in developing end-to-end enterprise solutions for government, health and social care providers and global financial services, as well as for renewable energy and regional enterprises.

It provides services in digital architecture, user-centred design, software, digital & technical delivery, DevOps, cloud & platform engineering, and live services support.