Event Agenda

Day 1
Your Digital Potential Today:
Learn how to get to the leading edge of AI-amplified digital transformation with practical steps shared by Microsoft customers and partners.
08:00 - 08:30
Registration opens
08:30 - 09:30
Registration and Expo
09:30 - 11:00
Day 1 Morning keynote
Industry leaders and top speakers in digital transformation will reveal the shape of things to come.
ChrisBishop (Microsoft Research Cambridge)CindyRose (Microsoft UK)MichaelWignall (Microsoft UK)JasonZander (Microsoft)
09:30 - 11:00
Morning Keynote
ChrisBishop (Microsoft Research Cambridge)CindyRose (Microsoft UK)MichaelWignall (Microsoft UK)JasonZander (Microsoft)
11:00 - 11:30
Break and Expo
11:30 - 12:00
25 million student records in SAP on Azure
City & Guilds will be joining Sean Roberts, General Manager of Public Cloud at Ensono for a warts and all account of one of the largest SAP on Azure projects in the world! Why Azure for SAP? How has this underpinned City & Guilds global growth, revolutionising thier business from UK certification provider to a leading light in the global learning industry.
SeanRoberts (Ensono)TrevorScarlett (City & Guillds Group)
11:30 - 12:30
An ethical approach to AI
Artificial Intelligence has been touted as the 4th Industrial Revolution. As we ride the wave into this new era, more and more people are talking about the importance of adopting ethical approaches to developing and using this game-changing technology. Find out what are the key considerations you should be familiar with when dealing with AI-enabled solutions. Use this knowledge so you can challenge yourselves and your technology providers to ensure the right thing is being done for your customers. Join our panel session of experts who, via lively debate, will help you understand how to commit to the creation of ethical AI-amplified solutions which safeguards users, builds reputation and drives opportunities. 
ChrisBishop (Microsoft Research Cambridge)LordClement-Jones CBE (House of Lords)TabithaGoldstaub (CognitionX)ViscountRidley DL (House of Lords)CindyRose (Microsoft UK)RogerTaylor (Ofqual)
11:30 - 12:00
Are you delivering true cloud-centric security?
You’re facing an expanded attack surface, compounded by additional factors such as IoT, smart cities & connected cars. Control is limited and so working in this environment is a huge challenge for your security team. Sharing responsibility with cloud service providers (CSPs) is one part of the solution. Although an important step for your business, native CSP features will only help from a compliance and security-layer perspective, and don’t guarantee full-cloud visibility. Security in the cloud (workloads, data protection, applications) remains with you. I believe cloud security requires a shared responsibility model - I’ll use this session to define those boundaries and show why outsourcing doesn't have to mean ‘outsource to the CSP’.
DanielO’Neill (Rackspace)
11:30 - 12:30
Breakout sessions and Expo theatre sessions
11:30 - 12:30
Building trust in the cloud: operating in a regulated industry
Regulated industries such as Financial Services are increasingly moving critical workloads to the cloud, to realise value in data analytics, AI, digital transformation and high performance computing. Hear from our panel including Andrew Brockway, CTO of Confused.com, and Bernhard Kainz, CIO of NewDay, both of whom have successfully built or migrated their operations into the cloud, and understand how they addressed concerns regarding security, compliance, intellectual property and trust. The panel will also include Dan Crisp, Director of Digital and Technology from UK Finance, providing a view across the whole of the Financial Services industry, the Head of Microsoft’s Enterprise Legal team, Vijayalaxmi Aithani with perspectives on the compliance and legal considerations of cloud and Neil Sparkes, Director in the Microsoft UK Customer Success Unit, which helps customers implement secure Azure environments.
VijayalaxmiAithani (Microsoft)AndrewBrockway (Confused.com)BernhardKainz (Newday Cards Ltd)
11:30 - 12:30
Delivering the future of work: how to modernise management and deployment of the tools your employees need
In the modern business environment, successful companies need to rely on speed, agility and consistency in order to thrive. This includes simplifying device provisioning, onboarding new IT resources and continually providing secure desktop and mobile experiences. In this session we will learn how companies are taking advantage of Microsoft Cloud Technologies like Microsoft Intune, Azure Active Directory and Windows Autopilot in order to modernise the management of their resources, reducing the complexities of the past and ensuring employees are empowered to maximise productivity and creativity.
JamesLloyd (Kingfisher)SteveNesbitt (Microsoft )AlexPopham (Microsoft)
11:30 - 12:30
Discover practical ways AI can ensure consistent, fast, intelligent and first-class customer experience; every single time
Discover how AI (such as Bots, Machine Learning, Cognitive Services and Personalisation) has helped businesses get closer to their customers and deliver more superior customer service. In less than 10 years, AI is set to power 95% of all customer interactions. Awesome customer experiences are within reach right now with Microsoft AI solutions. Get ahead of the curve and discover ways you can ensure a consistent, fast, first-class experience every single time and set your business apart from the rest. 
CraigWellman (Microsoft)
11:30 - 12:00
Expo theatre: Intelligence in Dynamics 365 for customer service - driving compelling customer and advisor experiences.
In this session expect to see how Microsoft AI capabilities infused in Dynamics 365 can deliver fast, personalised and omnichannel customer service experiences for customers and advisors, and how the channel integration framework is foundational for the future of omnichannel customer service. Also understand how customer service leaders can get actionable insights into critical performance metrics and emerging trends, and use virtual agents to quickly resolve support issues.
SaurabhParashar (Microsoft)DavidReid (Microsoft)
11:30 - 12:00
Guarantee Your CashFlow with AI
Find out how Microsoft accelerator company, Rimilia, has been leading the world in finance solutions, using AI to enable large organisations to make significant savings and drive revenue from data intelligence. Aimed at Finance Professionals, Support Services Leaders, CIOs, Transformation professionals, MS Partners and would be heroes!
BrianMorgan (Rimilia)
11:30 - 12:00
Heading into the Future Without Forgetting The Past – Parliamentary Digital Service Case Study
Presented by Alex Smith, Programme Manager at Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) The Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) is a Parliamentary department that works with both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, developing and providing strategic direction for Parliament’s digital technology services. To ensure that both their Cloud-first approach and key strategy of “winning hearts and minds through key stakeholder engagement” were being delivered, PDS wanted to transition from their old, inflexible legacy telephony systems and modernise their methods of communication. Alex Smith, Programme Manager at PDS, shares how they embarked on a journey of digital transformation by enabling Skype for Business as a highly-flexible, best-of-breed Unified Communications solution that would modernise PDS’ and the wider Houses of Parliament’s IT and telephony, with GCI’s technical experts working very closely with the PDS staff to effectively deliver the solution.
AlexSmith (Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS))
11:30 - 12:00
Leveraging Microsoft Managed Desktop to deliver a User Centric Modern Workplace
Within this session we will explain what Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) is and what it means. How does it help enable users, make the IT department more effective and deliver benefits to businesses. We’ll also extend beyond MMD to demonstrate how this aligns to our wider Digital Me solutions related to Platforms, Collaboration, Information and Engagement to deliver a comprehensive Digital Workplace strategy that empowers your employees and powers your business.
PaulBray (Computacenter)
11:30 - 12:00
Migration at Scale – Best Practice from the Field
Migration to Office 365 at scale presents a complex set of challenges that must be identified and addressed if the programme is to be a success – whether “success” is measured by information identified and moved, user adoption, timescales, cost, or a combination of all of these. In this presentation, Andy will discuss some of the learning HPE Pointnext has garnered during the many complex client migrations we have undertaken across industries, such as the move of the UK Ministry of Defence onto SharePoint Online and Office 365, or HSBC from Lotus onto Microsoft Exchange. Find out more at: HPE.com/UK/FearNoCloud
AndyGinn (HPE)
11:30 - 12:30
OK, we have moved to the cloud, now what? Hear why change management is key to successful adoption.
Coming to the end of a complex Office 365 deployment is actually just the beginning of the journey to start transforming a business. Join this session to hear Devon County Council’s (named in the Top 100 Digital Leaders UK list for 2018) great experience of working with Microsoft’s expert Adoption and Change Management practise to learn the ‘secrets’ of driving rapid adoption and increasing usage of Teams and One Drive for Business
SarahElliott (Devon County Council)BethHughes (Microsoft)BarryParsons (Devon County Council)
11:30 - 12:30
Real-life Technical Decision Points in Using Cloud and Container Technology: Modernising the NHS
This session will walk through modernising a real world enterprise application into Azure. This will detail the technical decisions that were taken and explore the following technologies : - Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Container Service, Service Fabric Mesh. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each solution, technology choices, migration approach and scenarios that best fit the Azure Services. There will be an in-depth discussion about the Windows/Linux container story and we aim to educate the attendees on the current and future landscape. Demos will bring to life the Azure container story and help to demystify what can often be seen as a daunting prospect for those looking to modernise their workloads https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/guide/technology-choices/compute-decision-tree
SimonBoichat (Civica)BenColeman (Microsoft)RossSmith (Microsoft)
11:30 - 12:30
Role modelling change for women in technology
The UK Gender Pay gap has highlighted the lack of female talent across the technology sector. All organisations have a responsibility to drive equality and equity across our industry and society, creating pathways for the next generation of diverse talent, as well as creating high performing inclusive cultures, that will enable the innovation, agility and transformation requirements of a digital world. This interactive session will share experiences of leaders of how they are enabling change and the challenges they are facing. This will be followed by a networking lunch, enabling further collaboration and information sharing amongst participants.
ClareBarclay (Microsoft UK)DebbieForster MBC (Tech Talent Charter)SimonGillespie (British Heart Foundation)JulieSimpson (ResourceiT Consulting Ltd)RolandWhite (Microsoft)
11:30 - 12:00
So we moved to Office 365! Hear how Office 365 and data governance are a winning combo for user adoption at Ofsted
For a distributed, fast-moving workforce at Ofsted, staying connected is a challenge. Ofsted realised collaboration and work productivity was being hampered by strict data sharing protocols and legacy systems. As a result, a decision was made to move to Office 365 with the aim to put SHARE back into SharePoint and create a flexible working culture. Of course given the nature of the data Ofsted collects, governance is still a must. Ofsted will reveal how they were able to make data governance happen in Ofsted’s new cloud collaborative space while ensuring employees could still collaborate and communicate.
AnandJaju (AvePoint)DarrenWilson (Ofsted)
11:30 - 12:30
Struggling to make use of your data?  How to create high productivity data science to transform your organisation
AI has the potential to empower us all to accomplish more and drive better business outcomes, to enable business transformation and drive better customer experiences. Becoming a data driven organisation that empowers every employee with data insights isn’t accomplished by building a data warehouse in the cloud or using Azure Data Lake Services and PBI. Join us to learn how ASOS created a path to high productivity, high impact data science: highly discoverable and available data staged for consumption at scale, demystified and collaborative data science processes, aligned to a well understood data strategy.
BobStrudwick (ASOS)
11:30 - 12:00
Surface in the LTE World
Attend this session to learn how the latest Surface devices provide a best in class experience in the world of LTE mobility and productivity.  The session will provide you with a deep dive, behind the scenes, engineering view of LTE product design.  You will learn how the product has been brought to life through a series of customer stories and the differentiated experiences the product delivers through innovations like eSIM.  You will leave with a firm understanding of where LTE fits in your enterprise and why Surface is the right solution.
11:30 - 12:00
Unlocking Digital Transformation in Microsoft Azure
Going digital unlocks significant business value. Leveraging platform benefits is the first step to winning in the digital era —digitize and automate business processes with the next generation of enterprise applications and cloud platforms - unlock the hybrid potential of your business through experts, methodologies, tools and partnerships with an actionable strategic plan.
RogerWilliams (DXC Technology)
11:30 - 12:30
What’s new in the Bot Framework?
In this session we’ll reference some recent case studies of Microsoft Bot Framework chatbots using Microsoft Cognitive Services, starting with how Newcastle City Council have adopted a new family of bots. Then we will go deeper into the newly released V4 Bot Framework SDK, covering the new design and what that means to bot developers. We’ll look at the new templates, tooling and SDK features, making it easier than ever to build your own AI driven chatbot, highlighting recommended best practices along the way.
JamieDalton (Microsoft)StephenHext (Newcastle City Council)GaryPretty (Mando)
12:00 - 12:30
Changing the World: How Freelancing is Here to Stay
The session will take a look at the infrastructural changes freelancing has already brought to the way people bank, work and live - and what changes we could and should see coming next.
12:00 - 12:30
Citrix SD-WAN and Microsoft Virtual WAN – A winning combination to optimise branch network deployment, interconnectivity and performance
Built upon our long-standing partnership with Microsoft, Citrix SD-WAN is designed to integrate with the cloud to optimise bandwidth utilisation and intelligently steer traffic for the best application user experience. Coupled with strong integrated security, Microsoft Azure subscribers can count on protection from ever-increasing cyber threats. Leveraging Microsoft Virtual WAN, together we deliver: - Simplified and automated large-scale branch connectivity - Unified network and security policy management - Optimized routing using Microsoft’s global network
MarcDavis (Citrix)
12:00 - 12:30
Expo Theatre: Learning Azure as an AWS expert -my experience
If you're already familiar with one public cloud provider, how do you go about learning another, such as Azure? Dean was in your shoes just over a year ago. Already experienced in AWS, he was about to embark on a journey to learn Azure. In this session Dean hopes to expedite your learning experience by sharing his journey with you - firstly by explaining and demonstrating some of the fundamental technical differences that will get you off to a good start, and then by sharing some tips for approaching such a large learning objective.
DeanBryen (Microsoft)
12:00 - 12:30
Is This the End of Email?: The Rise of Intelligent Collaboration
On average we spend between 2.5 to 4.5 hours a day, simply processing and responding to email. So, is this productivity or just a distraction from completing our primary work tasks? Intelligent collaboration offers the biggest opportunity for productivity gains and email reductions. This is where Microsoft Teams will revolutionize the way we work. Teams creates a workspace where employees can converse as large groups or smaller, private groups. Through group discussion, personalized news feed, voice and video calling, productivity applications, and the integration of information from disparate applications, people can work together to get work done faster and more efficiently. But technologies, like Teams, is only the enabler of less email, the biggest hurdle we must overcome is the cultural change that must take place. In this session we will discuss strategies to help the enterprise move away from email and toward optimal tools for sharing information.
KeithHudgell (DXC)
12:00 - 12:30
Lenovo - Improving Data Centre Efficiency
Microsoft and Lenovo bring hybrid cloud and certified hyper converged infrastructure to your data centre Hear from Darren Small (Microsoft UKI Azure Stack technical lead) and Mark Edwards (Lenovo, Microsoft solutions) on; Microsoft and Lenovo discuss certified Storage Spaces Direct solutions supporting Microsoft AzureStack; a joint hybrid cloud solution bring a subset of Azure cloud services to your Data Centre. The Lenovo Certified Node series is engineered to simplify adoption of Microsoft WSSD Solutions for Storage Spaces Direct delivering hyper converged infrastructure (HCI), whether for ROBO or Enterprise deploy with confidence. Microsoft Azure Stack a hybrid cloud solution from Lenovo comes with all hardware factory-configured, pretested, pre-installed in a rack, and ready to go. With Lenovo professional services to setup, configure and install all the software you can be ready to deploy services and, because Lenovo supports all parts of the solution, you don’t have to run back and forth between vendors because of interoperability and compatibility problems.
MarkEdwards (Lenovo)
12:00 - 12:30
Microsoft Presents Taking the Direct Route to Microsoft Teams
Presented by Karl Kocar, Technical Architect at Microsoft In June came a longed-for announcement from Microsoft: the general availability of Direct Routing, allowing customers to choose a Telecom provider to enable their end users to make and receive SIP and PSTN calls in Microsoft Teams. In this session, Microsoft Technical Architect Karl Kocar explains how Teams and Direct Routing fit together when enabling voice. He’ll also deliberate how Direct Routing compares and contrasts with Microsoft's native Calling Plan licensing, its positioning and the supported deployment models, and how you can use it to enhance your Teams experience.
KarlKocar (Microsoft )
12:00 - 12:30
Microsoft Teams: Collaboration made simple with Plantronics and Polycom
Before you create your Microsoft Teams strategy, make sure to deeply understand your users, as no two users are exactly alike—and neither are their work spaces. From personal spaces to conference rooms to home offices, having the right integrated solutions will make or break your communication and collaboration experiences. An increasingly mobile and collaborative workforce requires flexible, dynamic solutions to power the most human-to-human experiences. In this session Charlie James and Declan Doyle will share a proven framework to help you identify what’s possible for ALL or your users.
DeclanDoyle (Plantronics and Polycom)CharlieJames (Plantronics and Polycom)
12:00 - 12:30
Red Hat & Microsoft - Embracing Open Source Together to Drive Enterprise Excellence
Learn about the partnership between Red Hat and Microsoft and the areas where the two companies are collaborating to jointly drive digital transformation across their customer base. We will cover topics such as Open Source and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure, plus SQL Server and SAP HANA on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
JamesRead (Red Hat)
12:00 - 12:30
Supercharge your business with Microsoft for Startups
Microsoft works with startups and partners of all sizes at all stages in their growth. Microsoft for Startups provides product, technical, and go-to-market benefits to help accelerate the growth of startups Join Warwick Hill, MD Microsoft for Startups Europe to learn more about how we can support your business and supercharge you for success.
12:00 - 12:30
Tips and tricks for migrating to Cloud
Over the last few years, we’ve seen the landscape evolve from organisations simply thinking about doing Cloud, to actively adopting it. Certainly, in the last 6-9 months, we’re hearing more and more organisations say, ‘If I don’t start to use cloud quickly, my competitors will’. But migrating applications to the Cloud is a complex process that requires both careful planning and deliberation. In this presentation, Andy will share some of the experiences ANS group has gathered during engagements with clients as well as sharing best practice advice to explain how organisations can reduce risk and achieve continuous efficiency in the cloud with Azure. Find out more at: www.ans.co.uk
AndyBarrow (ANS Group)
12:30 - 13:30
Break and Expo
12:45 - 13:15
Best practices for successful video and voice deployments on Microsoft Teams
Hear key insights about successful video and voice deployments on Microsoft Teams from Steve Blackman and Declan Doyle. You’ll learn how to set priorities and develop a clear action plan to achieve the best voice, video and cloud video interoperability experiences for Microsoft Teams. Additionally, find out how to seamlessly transition your existing Skype for Business devices into your Microsoft Teams environment for optimal results.
SteveBlackman (Plantronics and Polycom)DeclanDoyle (Plantronics and Polycom)
12:45 - 13:15
Expo Theatre: test and learn (with humans)
What will quantum computing, multi-reality, blockchain and AI mean for your customers and will people trust all of this new technology? At Fluxx we run experiments with real customers to reveal problems before they are baked into a product. It is an idea that we learned from startups - someone bootstrapping an idea from their kitchen table can’t afford to waste time or money on ideas that are unlikely to succeed. We have used this approach to re-invent retailers, test ‘banking bots’ in Dubai and even turn an insurance business into an ‘all you need for your dog’ business. For instance, working on an intelligent mobility project, we needed to learn how Cambridge commuters would use a high-tech transport system that hadn’t been built. So minicabs stood in for autonomous taxis and buses and staff with bundles of tickets stood in for unified billing systems. We took customers on 118 trips and gained unique insights into their expectations and reactions. In this session Tricky will reveal how experiments can be used to understand people's reactions to technology and why the results won’t always be what you expect.
Richard 'Tricky'Bassett (Fluxx)
12:45 - 13:15
Expo theatre sessions
12:45 - 13:15
Intelligent Accessibility for the Inclusive Modern Workplace
Join us as we discuss the innovating stance Microsoft and Transparity are taking towards assistive technology in Windows 10 and Office 365. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and the Microsoft Cloud, accessibility features are more impressive and more advanced than ever before - positively impacting the lives of people around the world by ensuring that the creation, communication, and collaboration benefits delivered by Microsoft can be experienced by everyone.
12:45 - 13:15
Microsoft modern management – the death of active directory
Presented by Tom Cox, Cloud Technologist at GCI Many organisations are moving towards Cloud for their productivity applications and platform solutions. By moving identity workloads to the Cloud, traditional Active Directory functions are being replaced with Cloud SSO, and with this a move to a modern desktop like Windows 10 is also common. GCI’s Tom Cox will discuss how you can provision devices seamlessly without maintaining on-premise infrastructure by utilising Cloud-based management tools. He will also explain how you can ensure employees can only access what they need by deploying apps from the Cloud, as well as checking and maintaining device compliance. Tom will also cover how Cloud identities mean that users are no longer restricted to networking and office location, offering businesses the chance to truly enable secure working from anywhere.
TomCox (GCI)
12:45 - 13:15
Office 365 and Project Online in retail: Arcadia case study
In the competitive retail landscape, costs control, efficient processes and excellent customer service are all important. Find out how retail organizations make best use of Microsoft Office 365 to support these goals. Part of this session will be a conversation with Arcadia’s head of IT PMO, discussing the benefit of Office 365 for their business – in particular, the rapid implementation of Project Online which has driven significant efficiency improvements for their IT teams.
JamesButler (Consortium)MathewThomas (Arcadia Group)Tim Wallis (Consortium)
12:45 - 13:15
Platform Equinix drives Azure Consumption
In this session we look at Interconnection, the ability to connect in many ways to the many partners, customers, employees and geographies today's enterprises need to accelerate business performance and create new opportunities. We will also explore how enterprises continue to adopt hybrid and multicloud and how Platform Equinix is the home of the hybrid multicloud.
DavidAnderson (Equinix)
12:45 - 13:15
The impact of GDPR – the calm before the storm
With the hype that surrounded the run up to the EU GDPR the majority of organisations felt the pressure to comply as well as the impending doom that would follow post May 2018. Nearly six months on, with little legislative impact and no high profile fines, it would be easy to assume that we all over estimated the true impact of these changes to data protection laws. Join Egress’ Tony Pepper as he explores the real impact of GDPR, highlighting the warning signs that suggest this really is ‘the calm before the storm’ and provides guidance on how organisations need to invest if they are to mitigate risk and meet compliance.
TonyPepper (Egress)
12:45 - 13:15
Tips and tricks to make your Surface device a productivity Rockstar
Come to this fast paced session where you'll learn what makes Surface the productivity monster your customers are demanding. Whether you're deploying a Surface on a mountain top via AutoPilot and LTE or advancing slides with the click on your Surface Pen, you'll want to know everything that makes Surface unique to IT Pros and the customers who use them.  We'll show you all the tricks.
12:45 - 13:15
What can a modern data architecture do for you?
Do you want to understand how best to leverage the latest Data Architecture to fulfil your business needs?  Join us as we discuss how a modern data architecture, and data automation can transform your analytics activities.
CallumGreen (DXC)PaulSaxton (DXC)
12:45 - 13:15
Why it’s good to be the disruptor in your business
Are you the chief change management officer in your business? Are you the mover and shaker? The change maker? Then join us for this session. The business landscape is constantly evolving. Blink once and you may get left behind. Blink twice and you may be too far behind to catch up. Change is happening quickly, and businesses need to embrace disruptive change if they are going to remain relevant. Will Rowley and Matt Notuctt discuss the positive impact of encouraging a disruptive culture and how to use it to engineer growth.
MatthewNotcutt (Cloud Direct)WillRowley (Cloud Direct)
13:30 - 14:30
A tale of data – protecting your crown jewels in practice
Information protection is a top priority for any business. As the world becomes more connected and information moves freely, companies of all sizes are having to embrace new technologies to ensure that their assets remain protected. Join us in this technical session as we investigate tools such as Azure Active Directory and Information Protection to control and monitor sensitive resources.
IvanCastro Gayoso (Microsoft)AlexHawley (Barclays)GrahamHosking (Microsoft)
13:30 - 14:30
Azure Databricks: Analysing aerial imagery with deep learning at scale
Join this session for a technical deep dive on how Databricks and Microsoft are working on a Smart City strategic partnership with an aim to analyse London. Find out how to build, scale-up and maintain deep learning projects using Azure Databricks
RaelaWang (Databricks)
13:30 - 14:30
Breakout sessions and Expo theatre sessions
13:30 - 14:30
Cognitive Services Demofest
Cognitive Services are a set of artificial intelligence services built by Microsoft for any developer to use in any application; it is like the artificial intelligence version of paint-by-numbers! There are over 35 services and in this session we’ll show as many of the newest, most interesting ones as possible. This will be a demo fest of all the latest features and how they have been used in real world applications. After this session you should feel inspired and motivated to try Cognitive Services out for yourself.
MartinKearn (Microsoft)
13:30 - 14:30
Delivering operational transformation through effective line of business applications and operational insights
Increasing competition and delivering exceptional customer experiences drives organisations to transform how they deliver their products and services in a way that is both cost effective and differentiated. In this session you’ll hear from your peers how Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform are enabling organisations to revolutionise the way their businesses operate. Whether the execution of core business operations, gaining operational data-fuelled insights or building new line of business applications, Microsoft Dynamics 365 plays a key role in optimising business operations.
MushtaqueAhmed (JJ FoodService Limited)DaveHirst (Microsoft UK)ChrisHolland (TCL Group)KeithWhatling (Arriva London)
13:30 - 14:00
Dynamics 365 for Talent – Hire, Develop and Retain the top Employees
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent delivers a feature rich human resources solution, with tight integration to Office 365 and LinkedIn. Talent allows HR professionals to strategically attract, engage and optimise individuals throughout the entire employee lifecycle.
JeremyPike (DXC technology)
13:30 - 14:30
Empowering your business, customers and staff with Future ready skills and 21st century learning
We are at the start of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with a fast paced digital society that is demanding new skills, a skilled up workforce and customers with a passion for learning. We know that 82% of UK CEO’s believe a lack of technical skills will inhibit their future growth (IoD) and that AI will bring about a fundamental reset of the jobs and skills market - creating millions more news jobs while displacing others. This expert panel of industry leaders will share their views of the current and future skills landscape, the changing world of work and how new approaches to learning will transform the way you work and your customers skills. Hear how you can tackle the digital skills gap through innovative approaches to apprenticeships, engaging with more diverse groups and using new platforms and certification for learning from Microsoft, LinkedIn and our partners. Join us to look into the future of skills, work and learning and get practical ideas about how you can empower your business, employees and yourself to achieve more!
JuneAngelides (Mums in Technology)IanFordham (Microsoft UK)MordyGolding (LinkedIn Learning)LisaHarrington (QA Ltd)
13:30 - 14:00
Expo Theatre: Embracing inclusion to generate impact: lessons from those who do it
This will be a combination of two great talks: First Talk: Applied agile digital transformation principles: what can financial inclusion within at-risk communities teach? Kubair Shirazee, Agile Coach at AgiliTea, will share how he and his team have alleviated 5000 individuals out of poverty, created social mobility, nurtured financial inclusion and transformed the mindset of radicalised individuals and communities – all through the familiar principles of an agile digital transformation. Join Kubair’s session to hear how to apply the same principles to commercial organisations to tackle marginalised audiences and drive benefits to the business. Second Talk: Saving lives with data: child brain tumour rehabilitation in an adult world Dr Amos Burke is a Consultant Paediatric Oncologist and clinical lead for Brainbow, the UK’s first rehabilitation service for children with brain tumours based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke’s Hospital. In his talk, Dr Burke will share with us the work that is going on at Brainbow and how data and computational power are saving lives. Learn how to think about technology in an inclusive way, and how to apply this approach to opportunities that may not have been considered before.
AmosBurke (Cambridge University Hospitals)KubairShirazee (AgiliTea Ltd)
13:30 - 14:00
Facilitating DevOps practices in the cloud with effective tooling
DevOps is all about people, but skilled people need great tools to be effective. In this session we will summarise how to utilise the range of Microsoft tools to help you create, deliver, test, monitor and manage your applications running in Azure and elsewhere.
RikHepworth (Black Marble Ltd)
13:30 - 14:30
How is security driving business transformation in a cloud enabled world - a security panel discussion with Siân John MBE
In this panel discussion Microsoft's Chief Security Advisor Siân John MBE discusses the role that security and security leaders now have in helping to transform their businesses once in the cloud. Sian discusses with senior security professionals what businesses really need to be thinking about when they move to the cloud and what all businesses need to be doing to stay safe in the future. This session will offer unique insight to how some of the UK's leading organisations are not only becoming more secure in the cloud but how they are then using that as a platform to increase their productivity. There will also be an opportunity for an open Q&A at the end of the session.
StuartAston (Microsoft)PaulDorey (CSO Confidential)PaulHopkins (Vodafone)SiânJohn MBE (Microsoft)
13:30 - 14:00
How to escape the PoC lab, and make innovation a reality
Innovation is dynamic, fast moving and a great way to establish a vision with stakeholders; but it’s very easy to get stuck in permanent cycles of proof of concept projects without implementing any results. In this talk, Andy Baker discusses how to turn innovation into reality and deliver the art of the possible.
13:30 - 14:00
Linux Containers on Azure 101. An OpenShift story
Come and learn about Containers and Kubernetes. What they are, what they provide, how they work and what's happening in the Microsoft Azure world. We are going to assume you have heard about Containers but do not necessarily have full details. We will cover comparisons to existing technologies, security, standards, management, run-time and everything needed to turn a container project into a reality
SamMarland (Red Hat)
13:30 - 14:00
Preparing your organisation for Data Centre Modernisation
The era of cloud migration is here. Increasingly more organisations are recognising that migrating data and services to the cloud can be a huge enabler of digital transformation and business growth. However, migrating to the cloud is a journey that has a cross-organisational impact. Join this KCOM session and learn about the perils and possibilities of cloud migration. At this session you will hear: • How to prepare your organisation for cloud migration; • The areas of the business that you need to take on the migration journey with you; • Insight and best practice to manage risk and compliance concerns during and after the shift.
GrahamMasterson (KCOM)
13:30 - 14:30
Running operations at planet scale with Azure Cosmos DB
In order to run global operations 24x7 in a consistent manner, you need a very special type of architecture. At its core, such architecture needs to be supported by an underling data store to run scalable applications. Azure Cosmos DB is a cloud native service that is built from the ground up for scalable applications, and provides industry-leading enterprise-grade SLAs, low latency transactions, it’s multi-model + multi-API and is globally distributed. We will take a deep dive on some of the common uses cases of Cosmos DB, with a focus on globally distributed mission-critical applications in retail and e-commerce. We will look at how a global supply chain customer optimised their global operations to achieve operational excellence on Azure and with Cosmos DB running at the very heart of it. In addition to Cosmos DB, we will also cover other services such as Azure Functions, Azure Databricks, Power BI etc, and features such as “Cosmos DB Change Feed”. You will come out of the sessions with a deep insight of building business-critical applications to optimise global operations.
PratimDas (Microsoft)SuhranMiranbeg (Crossrail)IanMoores (Jato)Theovan Kraay (Microsoft)MarkoVasiljevski (Jato)
13:30 - 14:00
The Connectivity Revolution: Should you Pay for your Employees' Broadband?
Presented by Simon Leather, Head of Connectivity Portfolio at TalkTalk The demand for faster broadband speeds and “all you can eat” bandwidth shows no sign of slowing down. And why would it, with a record-breaking 4,110,000,000 of data users worldwide? The future of the workplace is underpinned by the right connectivity; the uptake in flexible working environments means that more people are connecting from their bedrooms, to their garage and even when abroad, so it’s imperative that we provide our customers with the bandwidth they need. Join Simon Leather from TalkTalk Business as he discusses how they worked with GCI to enable better connectivity in terms of faster SoHo access, Wi-Fi, LAN and Application Quality Monitoring. He’ll also discuss flexible working, how AI is increasing our dependency, and how technology can help eliminate the 9-5 working culture.
SimonLeather (TalkTalk)
13:30 - 14:00
The Next Generation, Now (RPA v AI)
Discover why Artificial Intelligence is already making the RPA play, so last year!. See AI solutions for Finance in action and brought to life using Rimilia products to show how large organisations can quickly benefit from their implementation. Aimed at Transformation professionals, CIOs, Data analysts, Finance professionals and would be heroes!
13:30 - 14:30
The future workplace: what it looks like, how you deliver it, and how to ensure people love it
For the first time ever, there’s 5 generations collaborating in the workforce, and over 70% of us will work remotely by 2020: we need new tools, new ways of working and new culture to meet the challenges because right now half of all transformations are failing to have their planned impact. In this session we’ll look at people, processes and technology and how to improve employee engagement, foster creativity & drive productivity. We’ll explore how to give people the right tools for the job, how to manage those tools and how to enable people to get the best out of their time. It’s an envisaging journey of the Modern Desktop in an evergreen infrastructure. From Windows as a Service to Desktop Analytics, through to insights on the people and their personal impact with Workplace Analytics.
AinizeCidoncha (Microsoft UK)ChrisHardess (Microsoft UK)EdShepley (Microsoft UK)
13:30 - 14:00
The holy grail... Unlocked user experience with Windows 10 and Citrix Cloud
Mazars join Ensono on stage to uncover how they revolutionized end user experience by moving to a Windows 10 and Citrix Cloud experience
DavidBennett (Mazars)SeanRoberts (Ensono)
13:30 - 14:30
Understanding the impact of technology trends today ​
There are a lot of buzz words and jargon in any industry. You may already have knowledge of Blockchain, Mixed Reality and Quantum Computing. You will definitely have heard of Artificial Intelligence and how it’s already making incredible solutions possible in areas such as healthcare. However, putting all this in context of your own business and goals can be difficult when the technologies are still being shaped and refined. Microsoft UK’s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Wignall, will walk you through the top technology trends gaining traction today and what each could mean to you. In the first part of the session, Michael will explain each key trend, discuss its applicability and adoption, and provide clear examples of why Microsoft thinks your planning should be aligned with these developments. Come away with a clear view of what is most important technologically today and what you should be doing about it.
MichaelWignall (Microsoft UK)
13:30 - 14:00
Worker 4.0 – Connected. Empowered. Safe. Healthy.
We will present how WearHealth and Microsoft are improving safety, health and productivity of the industrial worker with AI and of-the-shelf Wearables and IoT devices. We will show current industry cases and where the journey is heading for the worker 4.0.
14:00 - 14:30
2001: A Citrix Workspace Odyssey
The future of work, as it was then, to where we are now. 18 years of innovation, is the future how we predicted in 2001?
JohnMoody (Citrix)KatPiotrowski (Citrix)
14:00 - 14:30
Data security vs the Business - using security as a business enabler’
The way organisations manage, and share data has changed dramatically over the last five years with the rapid adoption of cloud-based services and digital transformation. The ability for users to share unstructured data in the form of emails, large files and media via multiple applications and across previously defined network boundaries has become the lifeblood of any organisation. Yet the data security solutions put in place to protect this shared information often add complexity and barriers to adoption, limiting efficiency and increasing cost. Join Egress’ Tony Pepper as he explains how data security can be used as a business enabler, helping organisations streamline processes, demonstrate ROI and empower users to maximise productivity.
TonyPepper (Egress)
14:00 - 14:30
Delivering the benefits of digital change in the Public Sector
What does digital change really mean in the public sector? Set against a backdrop of local authorities and public bodies wrestling with the challenges of delivering smarter, accessible and cost-efficient services to the public, we will use this session to explore what ‘digital’ change looks like in the public sector. Calling upon our collective experiences and real customer examples from those organisations who have already embarked on a journey of change or modernisation using Microsoft technologies, we will share insight and best practices from within the sector.
PaulMorgan (Modality Systems Ltd)DanMorrison (Consortium - Ensono)
14:00 - 14:30
Demystifying operations for Public Cloud
Many organisations are now looking to leverage cloud services and modern technologies to transform their business, whether looking at specific capabilities such as Big data and artificial intelligence or large scale operational transformation for your IT function. In this presentation, Joe will focus on how to approach a project with a focus on the skills, processes and tooling required to successfully adopt Microsoft Azure from an operational perspective. Find out more at: www.ans.co.uk
JoeWolski (ANS Group)
14:00 - 14:30
Expo Theatre: Enable rapid business transformation in your organisation with the power of Azure Integration Services
Business today changes and moves fast, and keeping IT moving at the same speed is a challenge. Azure Integration Services is a suite of related services in Azure: Logic Apps for workflow, Service Bus for messaging, Event Grid for reactive processing and API Management to publish and consume APIs. Alone these capabilities are all useful, but together they act as a agent for change and modernisation to quickly and easily automate and integrate applications, data and SaaS. Even on-premises systems such as SAP, SharePoint Server and IBM systems are easily integrated using our rich connector capabilities, as well as data sources, Office, Dynamics and services such as SalesForce. In this session, leave with an understanding of the capabilities and how you can get started today to drive amazing results in your organisation.
JonFancey (Microsoft)
14:00 - 14:30
Implementing a Foundational Cloud Environment
Whacking a credit card and starting to use a pay as a go cloud platform sounds ideal but presents a plethora of challenges when adopting at enterprise scale. Come and find out how our foundational build automates & provides the engineering for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS computing; enabling solutions in Public Clouds such as Azure and develops a hybrid architecture with Azure Stack or VMware Cloud Foundation on-premise. Find out more at: HPE.com/UK/FearNoCloud
OllieGayton (HPE)
14:00 - 14:30
Understanding Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations in 30 minutes
Join us to get a 30 minute introduction to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. We will explore Order to Cash, Purchase to pay and cover common system features such as the mobile platform, integration with PowerBI and Business Process Management.
CarlJohnson (DXC)
14:00 - 14:30
What do customers really want? The era of the informed customer
Presented by Jeremy Payne, VP Marketing at Enghouse Interactive Research by Oracle shows that 86% of buyers will pay more for a better brand experience, but only 1% feel that organisations consistently meet expectations. The bottom line is customer experience satisfaction is always key for any business, but what experiences do customers really want? Join Enghouse Interactive’s Jeremy Payne as he looks at what’s driving customer behaviour in a world of digitisation and explores what the right balance between man and machine will be. He will also cover several key steps and tips on how to best optimise and set up the customer journey to ultimately drive higher levels of customer satisfaction without increasing costs.
JeremyPayne (Enghouse Interactive)
14:30 - 15:00
Break and Expo
15:00 - 16:00
Understanding the Impact of technology trends today (Repeat session)
There are a lot of buzz words and jargon in any industry. You may already have knowledge of Blockchain, Mixed Reality and Quantum Computing. You will definitely have heard of Artificial Intelligence and how it’s already making incredible solutions possible in areas such as healthcare. However, putting all this in context of your own business and goals can be difficult when the technologies are still being shaped and refined. Microsoft UK’s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Wignall, will walk you through the top technology trends gaining traction today and what each could mean to you. In the first part of the session, Michael will explain each key trend, discuss its applicability and adoption, and provide clear examples of why Microsoft thinks your planning should be aligned with these developments. Come away with a clear view of what is most important technologically today, and what you should be doing about it.
MichaelWignall (Microsoft UK)
15:00 - 16:00
Blockchain in the Real World: Business and Government solutions
Learn how Microsoft and partner Wallet.Services are applying blockchain to secure and streamline collaboration across organisations. This session will include an overview of blockchain, a demo of Wallet.Services’ SICCAR blockchain platform and real life use cases of its application. We will also look to the future to discuss significant developments on the horizon.
PeterFerry (Wallet.Services)StuartFraser (Wallet.Services )MikeOrmond (Microsoft)
15:00 - 16:00
Breakout sessions and Expo theatre sessions
15:00 - 16:00
Building deployable and updateable deep-learning: the Confused.com journey
This is a story of two worlds, the data science world and the software engineering world. Machine learning is becoming a form of software engineering and machine learning models are becoming so ubiquitous that they are already embedded in most software and services. This is why software engineering practices need to be adopted by data scientists. We’ve seen AI models perform amazing feats in isolation, but how does an established company become data-driven, build a data science practice and harness AI to develop innovative new products and services? Over the course of just two and a half weeks, a traditional business intelligence workflow was transformed into a productionised deep-learning pipeline. In this session we describe how we built and productionised a deep- learning model to make it easier for customers to get the best price for their car insurance, empowering a company to unlock its full potential.
TimScarfe (Microsoft)Tempestvan Schaik (Microsoft)
15:00 - 15:30
Building the future of fashion
The Drop is building the future of fashion on Microsoft Azure - changing the way that clothing is made, discovered and bought by making it on-demand, exactly as you want it and in the perfect fit.
15:00 - 15:30
Common challenges in analytics
Some of the key challenges on analytics projects often have little to do with analytics itself. In this session, Tian would like to step back and review some the common difficulties observed across different sectors, their typical impacts, root causes and possible approaches to mitigate.
TianZhang (DXC)
15:00 - 15:30
Enabling Global Connectivity - a GCI Customer case study
Presented by Nathan Hayes, IT Director and Guy Treloar, at Osborne Clarke One law firm is leading the way with its global communications, looking to GCI to replace their ageing telephony infrastructure with a new, more flexible UC solution. With the need to increase agility, improve fee earners’ experience and reduce costs - as well as easily communicate with other offices and customers from all over the world – multi-award-winning law firm Osborne Clarke turned to GCI. Join Nathan Hayes and Guy Treloar from Osborne Clarke as they explain how GCI’s phased project approach enabled the company’s teams globally to work remotely and become more agile whilst improving working relationships.
NathanHayes (Osborne Clarke)GuyTreloar (Osborne Clarke)
15:00 - 15:30
Expo Theatre: Representing your business in a diverse and inclusive society
Martin Shave, Microsoft’s Global Technical Solutions Manager of the year, will look at how a new lens on diversity and inclusion should lead organisations to thinking about how they are represented in our society. Martin will use his own experience as a manager to explore inclusive behaviours and how the world of technology can evolve the way we look at this critical issue in the modern world. Use Martin’s shared wisdom to start or enhance your own organisation’s journey to diversity & inclusion.
MartinShave (Microsoft)
15:00 - 16:00
Fusing physical and digital: Smart Spaces powered by cloud, AI, and IoT
With changing workplace trends, new lease accounting rules, and increased pressure to lower costs and operate sustainably, companies want to transform their spaces with the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).  IoT and AI can help building owners, operators, and occupants efficiently manage and live in buildings—saving costs and energy, as well as organizing space to fit their culture and goals.  Hospitals, stadiums, and factories can all be smarter, and the same applies to the electrical grids that connect them and the cities that contain them.  In this session, we will explore scenarios for building owners, operators, and occupants and show what Microsoft is building to help partners create smart space solutions at scale and help organization increase productivity and drive business value, and also hear from a customer who will share how cloud, AI and IoT has transformed their smart building.
HarryBadham (AXA IM)ChrisBrown (Microsoft )MileshPatel (ICONICS)
15:00 - 15:30
How Equinix drives Hybrid Cloud deployments
In this session we will cover how enterprises can leverage Platform Equinix to scale their digital infrastructure and use it as the basis for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.
DavidAnderson (Equinix)
15:00 - 16:00
It’s not what computers can do, but what they should do: How to introduce AI to your organisation
How businesses, and the people that work within them, adapt to AI will become one of the most significant undertakings of this generation and the next. While recent advances in AI technology have demonstrated the incredible potential to enhance what people are capable of, introducing it into the workforce raises a plethora of questions that business and technology leaders must address if they are to reap the positive benefits AI has to offer. In this session, Dr Chris Brauer, Goldsmiths, University of London, will present three key considerations for introducing AI into your workforce. It will include practical insights and lessons from real-world case studies that you can apply as you begin to develop an AI strategy for your organisation.
Dr ChrisBrauer (Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths University)
15:00 - 16:00
Learn how designing and introducing a Cloud Operating Model into your organisation can serve as an enabler for business and IT
The cloud enables new capabilities and opportunities, but how can you leverage these to respond to business requirements? Hear from one of your peers about their learnings when they adopted an all-cloud strategy and how the relationship with their cloud vendors unlocks new capabilities right across their organisation. Microsoft Services will also share how IT can act as a strategic enabler to accelerate your business strategy and how deeper, closer and richer relationships with your cloud vendor go beyond the remit of your IT department.
StevenJeffrey (GSK)StephenPrior (Microsoft)DanScarfe (New Signature )
15:00 - 15:30
Lenovo - New Ways of Working; The Future of the Workplace
The Future of the Workplace. New Ways of Working from Lenovo. Lenovo commissioned Cebr to survey over 2,000 UK workers on how they work, both on-site and remotely and the subsequent whitepaper is packed with surprising findings. The report quantifies the potential gains from remote working and looks at: • What attributes do people at the start of their careers look for in an employer • Will there be a continued shift towards remote working • How much importance do people place on flexible working hours Graham Thomas (Senior Lenovo Technologist) will be presenting the key findings of the whitepaper, focusing on workplace trends and the economic impact and benefits of remote working.
GrahamThomas (Lenovo)
15:00 - 16:00
Mind the skills gap: attracting and retaining the critical skills to support your transformation 
To attract, engage and grow your workforce requires a compelling recruitment experience that accelerates the candidate pipeline, anticipates workforce requirements and shortens the time to fill roles. Technology is key to achieving these goals. In this session learn how technology can enhance your talent experience and provide improvements for your teams.​ ​ In the second half of this session you will learn from one of our partners; Kainos, how their focus on culture; attracting, retaining and nurturing talent has delivered real transformation, not only in their own organisation but also in their customers organisations.
AdamDonnelly (Kainos )RoryHanratty (Kainos )DaveHirst (Microsoft UK)JeremyPike (DXC technology)ClairePurdue (Microsoft UK )
15:00 - 15:30
Modernising Enterprise Information Architecture
The Cloud gives organisations the freedom to innovate, with an aging or heritage estate of applications and data. Find out how the cloud can be used both to transform and innovate in your organisation. This session is aimed at exploring the various ways that data and information can be brought back to life and generate real business value with the cloud. Learn from Black Marble experts in Data Modernisation (Integration, Business Process, Data at Scale, and Reporting), Enterprise Intelligence (Use of data, Bots, and AI Classification) and App Modernisation (Web and Desktop). Come join us to find out more about revitalising the data and applications in your business.
RobertHogg (Black Marble Ltd)
15:00 - 16:00
Power Platform (Power Apps, Flow & CDS) decoded – designing powerful frontline worker and line of business solutions on the Power Platform
The Power Platform has grown up: we’ll rapidly take you through designing and building a modern solution from a canvas driven Field Worker App to a line of business solution. We will detail how these new products improve on the ones you are working to replace (such as Access and InfoPath) and how these new tools are built on a modern data platform (The Common Data Service) which leverages the full Microsoft stack ( O365, Business Apps, PowerBI & Azure integration). We’ll do this while weaving in some customer stories related to these scenarios and ensure we leave you with some great resources to take your PowerApps to the next level.
SteveEde (Microsoft)
15:00 - 15:30
Turning One week into one second with AI
The rise of artificial intelligence is now here and part of our every day lives and processes. Find out how Rimilia is able to use AI to manage huge tranches of financial data and create insight into customer behaviours and use this to grow sales, reduce risk and processing costs. Aimed at CIOs, CFOs, C suite management, Transformation professionals.
BrianMorgan (Rimilia)
15:00 - 15:30
Utilise, Optimise, Maximise: How to secure your future in the cloud
Cloud Direct’s Guy Partridge and Paul Sells will show you how to utilise the Microsoft tools available to secure your Office 365 and increase ROI. We’ll show you how to unify reports from across your Microsoft cloud services to get real-time security information and better protect your users.
GuyPartridge (Cloud Direct)PaulSells (Cloud Direct)
15:30 - 16:00
Applying human intelligence to architect how Artificial Intelligence can operate
AI is everywhere. It is the future. The birth of the machine taking over what the human operator traditionally does is the by-line. In this session CC will explore how the Enterprise Market are exploring the use of technologies such as RPA, ML and AI to deliver successful outcomes while still considering the use of human beings. Understand the ethical conundrum of ‘computer outsourcing’ and where it can be successful and how to deliver for the future workplace.
IainMobberley (Computacenter)
15:30 - 16:00
Combining encryption and machine learning to defeat the insider threat’
The data doesn’t lie. Organisations are failing to overcome the significant risks their own staff pose to sensitive information. In 2017 86% of records breached were as a direct result of human error or employee negligence. Join Egress’ Tony Pepper as he explores how by combining machine learning and encryption, organisations can eradicate the insider threat, with delegates leaving with a better understanding of how and where to prioritise if they are to stem the increase of these costly data breaches.
TonyPepper (Egress)
15:30 - 16:00
Save the trees! Empowering your mobile workforce with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement
Use Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement to enable your field technicians, sales people and customer service officers to ask the right questions at the right time with a questionnaire builder that can handle conditional for dynamic questions displayed to the user, guiding them through a process. Read and write data to Dynamics and produce a Questionnaire/Survey report on completion for issue to a customer. Solution can run within Dynamics for customer services officers and in offline and online mode on the Field Service Mobile client.
TashQuinn (DXC)
15:30 - 16:00
Simple Security - Securing the Modern Workplace
Presented by Robert Blount, Pre-Sales Technical Consultant A shocking 50% of organisations do not invest in their security technology until a breach has occurred. On average, an attacker has 7 days’ access to your systems before an attack is detected, often resulting in a loss of data or financial implications. Robert Blount, Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at GCI, will demonstrate how you can detect an imminent attack in real-time with GCI’s fully-integrated, automated security tool – industry-leading software from AlienVault. He’ll cover how this works with ServiceNow - GCI’s Service Management platform – as well as explain key features and how AlienVault can intelligently highlight your security issues.
RobBlount (GCI)
15:30 - 16:00
The five pillars of Azure Best Practice
With the vast majority of UK organisations adopting a cloud-based strategy it’s important to ensure you’re getting the most from your cloud. An optimised Azure environment has the power to increase security and reliability, improve team efficiencies and enhance customer experiences. All this, while reducing your running costs Join this KCOM session to find out how to build and improve the quality of your applications using Azure best practices. At this session you will hear: • The design principles you need in place for optimised business applications • How to build applications that are scalable, secure, resilient, and optimised. • How to continually improve your applications and align them to your business needs
PiyushGupta (KCOM)PaulTouzel (KCOM)
15:30 - 16:00
The rollercoaster journey of building a global media business with a group of your best friends: the millennial mindset
The session will delve into some of the viral marketing campaigns that has enabled the Social Chain Group to work with some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Apple, Boohoo, Superdry etc, grow into 3 global markets with over 250 employees in 3 years, whilst retaining a culture that attracts and retains some of the smartest, ambitious young talent in each country.
15:30 - 16:00
When Software Engineering met Cloud: A Love Story
Software didn't need to eat the World of Cloud technology - it was already software-defined from the beginning. Iskandar will talk about practical ways to leverage software engineering principles and improve strategy, delivery, and organisational performance. A little bit DevOps, a little bit SRE, a little bit Rock 'n' Roll.
IskandarNajmuddin (Rackspace)
16:00 - 16:30
Break and Expo
16:30 - 17:30
Afternoon Keynote
ClareBarclay (Microsoft UK)Sir MichaelCaine CBE
16:30 - 17:30
Day 1 Afternoon keynote
Industry leaders and top speakers in digital transformation will reveal the shape of things to come.
ClareBarclay (Microsoft UK)Sir MichaelCaine CBE
17:30 - 19:00
Drinks reception in Expo