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Fellow Sky Betting & Gaming ‘techies’ confirmed as ITBoss keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for the next ITBoss on 24 August 2017 from 6.00 – 8.30pm, have been announced as Simon Roberts, Principal Consultant at Infinity Works Consulting and Joe Ellis, Product Manager – Free To Play Games at Sky Betting & Gaming.

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Simon started his career working for British Telecom (BT) in Solution and Service Architect roles.  He progressed to Technical Lead at NHS Connecting for Health, followed by Solution Architect at BSkyB where he met fellow keynote speaker, Joe Ellis.  More recently, Simon worked as a Technical Architect at BJSS, before securing his current role at Infinity Works Consulting; an Agile software delivery consultancy.

Joe began his career on the Graduate Scheme for Betfred in Gibraltar as Poker Product Administrator, before moving to Betfred’s Warrington offices as Sportsbook Product Executive, followed by Sportsbook Product Development Manager.  Joe joined Sky Betting & Gaming in Leeds a year and a half ago as Product Manager for Free to Play Games.  When asked about his current role, Joe said:

“In online betting, the sporting calendar of events drives our product and marketing roadmaps . These fixed events leave little or no room for flexibility on a delivery date. Its not like we can convince the British Horse Racing Authority to push the Cheltenham Festival back so that Sky Bet can launch their brand new product in time for that pinnacle of the racing calendar. Nonetheless, in mid-January, I’d be dishonest if I said I hadn’t considered a “Dear sir/madam,” plea to the British Horse Racing Authority to persuade them otherwise!

“I’ll look to discuss how working in an Agile environment with fixed date deliverables in areas such as sport betting can still be successful, even if challenging!”

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ITBoss takes place on Thursday 24 August 2017 from 6.00 – 8.30pm in central Leeds.  The award-winning event boasts a wealth of information from experienced leaders within IT.  Click here to register your interest

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