“Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world” - Lauren Bacall

The return to some sense of normality is coming. In the long term, designing your work policies and governance will be critical to keeping your staff motivated and productive.

Technology underpins all of this. This year alone we have seen the critical importance of having strong foundations in the cloud, UC&C systems and your networks to keep people working. Alongside this, designing the right work and culture policies in conjunction with other teams is vital to turning your company into the organisation of the future, while protecting employee health and wellbeing.

People and how they interact with technology has never been more vital to success. But how can tech teams manage this as employees go back to the office? What should your future of work policies be for the multi-modal worker?

BONUS! By signing up to UCX: NOW you will also have access to DTX: NOW, the digital transformation track of our event...

The Challenges


The return is the time for CTOs, IT Directors, Architects, and Heads of Collaboration to shine and to lead the business into the future of work. 
In this summit, we want to cover some of the biggest challenges still facing IT leaders - topics for debate include:


  • Overcoming employee angst: How to inspire them from day one
  • Managing multi-modal: Effective collaboration between remote and in office teams
  • Robust UC&C in the cloud: Monitoring service quality effectively • Automating your contact centre and preparing for the future
  • Effective data capture: What can insights tell you about your organisation?
  • Designing meeting rooms and offices for your future workforce



Benefits of Attending

Fine tune your return to work plan by taking part and listening to our expert speakers

Understand what technology challenges you might face and how to overcome them

Design your meeting room strategy for the office of 2022

Examine how to make your contact centre more productive in the world of multi-modal work

Agenda

 

SPEAKERS CONFIRMED SO FAR!

CTO
Lane, Clark & Peacock
Head of Unified Communications
Dentsu
Senior Product Manager, UC
Department of Work and Pensions

With over 25 years in the Public Sector, I've always had a passion for Technology and delivery based on user needs. With a great deal of experience of Corporate Communications, Digital Delivery and Product Management. I’m currently the Senior Product Owner in Unified Comms, delivering Room Collaboration and MS Teams experiences across thousands of rooms on the DWP estate, using technology to deliver a realistic, easy to use remote working environment to connect people.

Business Development Manager - Business Communications
Sennheiser

With 20 years experience within AV, Inesh has held technical sales roles engaging corporate, HE, visitor attractions, HoW, hire and event sectors. Inesh joined Sennheiser in 2017 and currently works as a Business Development Manager for UK&IE providing his experience to end-users in the Corporate and Higher Education sectors.

Country Manager, UK and Ireland
RingCentral
Co-Founder and Lead Strategist
EnableUC

Kevin is a globally recognized Unified Communications and Collaboration thought-leader, strategist, implementation leader and software developer. He is a member of the elite Business Communications Strategies Expert group (bcstrategies.com) and the No Jitter (nojitter.com) technical analyst team where he writes the regular “Taming Teams”, "Success with Skype" and “Sophisticated Skype” columns, hosts the annual Microsoft UC&C session at Enterprise Connect and keynotes other events and webinars.

Kevin has facilitated Visioning and led the development of UC strategies for many medium and large organizations, served for several years as Bell Canada's lead UC strategist, helped Softchoice.com define, develop and bring to market several professional service offerings, and has filled leadership roles in some of the largest Microsoft UC deployments.

Comfortable interfacing at both the most senior (CxO) levels and leading technical teams, Kevin has led a team that has migrated hundreds of offices to full Microsoft voice and UC. He is currently providing program management and analytics expertise for global Skype for Business deployments representing hundreds of thousands of users in 40+ countries.

Kevin has conceived, designed and overseen the development of software products and hosted services in the business, educational and recreational areas which have been used by millions of people worldwide. A long time ago he created the award winning game Jack Attack for the Commodore 64 and ever since has been committed to doing new, interesting and beneficial things with technology.

Managing Director

Owen’s career in AV started in 1984 and he has worked in a variety of roles from live events through project delivery at systems integrators that include Metro Group & Electrosonic. He also served for 17 years as a corporate enterprise end user at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank. He transitioned to a full-time role running the AV User Group in December 2017.

Owen became a member of the AV User Group in London in 2004 and was asked to serve as Chairman at the end of 2009. During Owen's time as Chairman he has extended the Groups reach into New York, San Jose (Silicon Valley) and Hong Kong.

Publisher
UC Today

Rob Scott is owner and publisher of UC Today - Unified Communications, Collaboration & CX Technology News - UCToday.com.

Rob resides in the North of England and has over two decades experience in the industry. As well as publishing news, he spends his spare time attending conferences, judging awards, speaking at events and hosting panel discussions.

Head of Digital Innovation Strategy
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Head of Collaboration Platforms

Sumit has over 15 years of experience in IT. Prior to working with EF, he worked for Convergys India Services and Akamai India. Throughout my career, Sumit has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of project management, service delivery, IT and business management, risk assessment & mitigation and digital transformation. He has established a track record for delivering complex tasks and projects in collaborative style leadership.

Head of Workplace Technology
TSB
CIO Advisor
Zoom

Magnus has had a 30 year career using technology to help businesses innovate. He has led, advised and been a non-executive in the Financial Services, Government and Technology sectors.

A mining engineer by training, he graduated with a first class honours from Imperial College and has mined gold, diamonds and coal.

Following a short service commission in the British Army, he enhanced his technology delivery skills at Accenture, coding, designing, testing and project managing.

Having delivered numerous projects for Credit Suisse with Accenture, he finally joined the firm and built the Investment Bank’s first Project Services function, delivering the ability for rapid change, core to Credit Suisse’s growth in the banking’s “premier division”.

Moving into technology management in 2000, he held numerous leadership positions as Head of IT, COO for IT and CIO as technology became yet more important in the Bank.

Subsequently, he joined the UK Government as a CTO in the Government Digital Service, building options to make delivery easier for hundreds of Government CIO’s. Following this, he joined the UK Financial Conduct Authority as their first senior advisor with a technology background, focussing on improving outcomes through the use of technology.

Magnus has sat on the board of a bank and a data centre company. He continues to be a non-executive at the UK Serious Fraud Office.

Principal Solutions Architect

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems. Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his TomTalks.blog, Microsoft Teams Monthly Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

Principal
J Arnold and Associates

As Principal of J Arnold & Associates, Jon is an independent research analyst providing thought leadership and go-to-market counsel with a focus on the business-level impact of disruptive communications technologies. JAA works primarily with vendors and service providers to educate their customers on the value of these technologies and to accelerate the adoption of their offerings. Jon has been consulting since 2001, and his independent practice was founded in 2005. Core areas of expertise include unified communications, collaboration, team messaging, cloud services (UCaaS/CPaaS/CCaaS), AI, automatic speech recognition (ASR), future of work, contact centers, customer experience, video, VoIP, and social media.

JAA is based in Toronto, Ontario, and serves clients across North America as well as in Europe. A current roster of clients can be viewed here on the website.

Jon’s thought leadership can be followed on his widely-read JAA’s Analyst Blog, along with daily commentary on Twitter and LinkedIn. In addition, Jon produces a monthly podcast - Watch This Space – which is a regular feature in his monthly newsletter, JAA’s Communications and Collaboration Review. His thought leadership is also regularly published across the communications industry, including BCStrategies, No Jitter, Ziff Davis/Toolbox.com, TechTarget and Internet Telephony Magazine.

In 2019, he has served as a judge both the Voice Summit 2019 Awards, and has been a Best in Biz Awards International judge since 2016. Also in 2019, Jon was named a “Top 50 Unified Comms Influencer”, and a “Top 30 Contact Center Influencer”.

During 2018, Jon was included in a listing of “Top 10 Telecoms Influencers”, and “TOP VoIP Bloggers to Follow”. Previously, in both March 2017 and January 2016, Jon was cited among the Top Analysts Covering the Contact Center Industry. Also in 2017, Jon was been cited as a Top 10 Telecom Expert, and Six Business Communications Thought Leaders to Follow. For JAA’s blog, it was recognized as a Top Tech Blog in 2016 and 2015, and has had other similar accolades going back to 2008.

Additionally, Jon is a BC Expert with BCStrategies, a long-serving Council Member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, speaks regularly at industry events and accepts public speaking invitations. He is frequently cited in both the trade press and mainstream business press, serves as an Advisor to emerging technology/telecom companies, and is a member of the U.S.-based SCTC, which recently absorbed the Canadian-based CTCA, of which Jon was also a member.

Prior to branching out as an independent analyst in 2005, Jon was the VoIP Program Leader for four years at industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. While there, he was responsible for managing their subscription service for Global VoIP Equipment Markets, and through his active participation in the industry, he created a strong presence for the firm and an unprecedented profile in the media.

Before Frost & Sullivan, Jon founded Research Solutions, an independent marketing research consultancy that operated for 15 years. During that time, Research Solutions conducted both qualitative and quantitative research projects for clients across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, software, electronics, financial services, diagnostic equipment, transportation, energy, management training, trade publishing and professional associations.

Enterprise Architect & Organizational Change Manager
NTT Cloud Communications

Nikki works as an Enterprise Architect and Organizational Change Manager for NTT Cloud Communications division of NTT with over 25 years’ experience in business transformation, she has been able to work with organizations across all industries, nationalities and sizes, providing strategic guidance and consultancy to achieve our customers’ long-term goals for Cloud-Based collaboration & communication. She is an expert in Microsoft 365 and Teams, specializing in Microsoft 365 security, compliance and adoption. Nikki holds several Microsoft industry-recognized certifications including Microsoft 365 certified Enterprise Administrator Expert, TOGAF certified Enterprise Architect & PROSCI Change Manager.

Head of Research

Dominic is Head of Research at Cavell Group and is responsible for Cavell’s research output, which is focused on the cloud communications market, both from an enterprise, channel, service provider and vendor perspective. Dominic works across EMEA and North America delivering bespoke research and consulting projects for telecoms companies on their M&A strategy, product roadmaps, international expansion, vendor selection and go to market strategy as well as speaking at many industry events.

CMO/VP Webex Marketing
Cisco Webex

Aruna Ravichandran is the global Chief Marketing Officer for Cisco Webex, responsible for leading the transformation of the world’s leading video, meeting, calling, and messaging platform used by Fortune 500 companies, governments, universities, public sector, and more.

A passionate advocate for customers with 20+ years of technology industry experience, Aruna leads brand experience, product marketing, digital marketing, demand generation, events, and field marketing for Cisco Webex.

Prior to Cisco, Aruna was Vice President of Marketing for DevOps at CA Technologies (acquired by Broadcom). Earlier experience includes Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for the Software Solutions Division at Juniper Networks, and escalating leadership roles in both marketing and engineering at Hewlett-Packard.

Aruna serves on the Advisory Board for Graphics Communications at California Polytechnic State University. She has published two books on DevOps and is a contributing blogger for the Forbes Technology Council.

Aruna holds an MBA and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bangalore University. She is a 2019 cohort of the Northwestern University's Kellogg Executive CMO program.

Global Unified Communication and Collaboration Service Owner
Clifford Chance

Chris Styczynski is a Unified Communication and Collaboration Service Owner at Clifford Chance LLP. As a product owner, he is responsible for delivering operational support, technical leadership and strategic vision of all elements of the UCC portfolio for Clifford Chance globally.

Previously, he worked as a technical consultant for Cable and Wireless Worldwide (now part of Vodafone) and KDDI Europe. On their behalf, he delivered UC projects for NHS Direct, Aviva, Mitsubishi Corporation, to mention a few.

He has a BSc in Computing & IT and Design and is also a CCIE in Collaboration. He is currently studying towards an MBA, focusing on IT as a competitive advantage. Chris is a strong advocate of digital transformation and cloud. He also believes that the organisations which currently underinvest in IT will cease to exist within the next 10 years.

In his spare time, Chris likes making his home smarter using sensors and automation scripts. He also enjoys reading about IoT and AI and exploring these two technologies further.

Director/Managing Consultant
4C Strategies

Paul is an enthusiastic technologist with extensive experience in all aspects of Unified Communications, Wired and Wireless data networking, ICT Infrastructure and Cloud solutions. Paul has assisted many clients, to develop ICT Infrastructure strategies, promoting agile working practices, procure solutions and implement their new infrastructures.

Head of IT
Faststream Recruitment
Director, Security Consulting
NTT Security

Shakeel works as Director, Security Consulting for NTT Security. With over 23 years of experience within the start-up and the corporate space, Shakeel brings a wide and varied skillset spanning multiple IT domains and organizations within varied industries across multiple continents. Shakeel’s focus in his current role is to lead the NTT consultancy team with the aim to provide strategic guidance and consultancy to achieve long-term security goals for NTT customers. Shakeel holds several recognized IT and security certifications including CISSP, CBAP, PMP and CISA in addition to a BSc (Hons) and an MBA.

Commercial Director
Ascentae, representing MAXHUB
CTO
Exactive (Gamma)
CEO
Team DSM

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