2017 Agenda

The day is full of insight, education and engagement to ensure you come away with answers to the collaborative challenges you wish to solve. It’s also a great opportunity to hear from real-world case studies, industry leaders and network with your peers.

Some of the key themes of our 2017 event include:

  • Digital transformation

  • Office of the future

  • Flexible working

  • Collaborative efficiencies

  • Pitfalls to avoid


We’re pleased to reveal our agenda for the day. We’ve got a great line-up of speakers and some not-to-be-missed sessions, in addition to networking and Q&A opportunities.


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9.00 – 9.25 am

Arrival, registration and breakfast

Time to get your badges and a bite to eat before the main event.

9.25 – 9.30 am

Welcome and introduction to the day

Paul Franklin, publisher of Dennis’ B2B sites (Channel Pro, Cloud Pro & IT Pro) will set the scene for the day ahead.


9.30 – 9.50 am

Collaboration State of the market: The analyst’s take

Bola Rotibi, research director at Creative Intellect Consulting, will share her thoughts about how we are collaborating now and how that may change and why.


9.50 – 10.20 am

Keynote: UEFA

Daniel Marion, chief of ICT at the European football administrative body, will take you on a collaborative journey that marries the worlds of sport and technology. In sharing UEFA’s story, Marion will be as honest about the challenges and pitfalls as he will be about the benefits – this keynote session offers a unique insight into how UEFA is using technology to enhance collaboration whilst still ensuring the relevant governance and management frameworks are in place.


10.20 – 10.40 am

Dennis and collaborate – our story so far

Our parent company Dennis moved into its new office in May 2017. But it wasn’t just a physical move from the old to the new. In moving buildings, we also adopted a more agile working environment and had to rethink the way we collaborate, connect and communicate. Maggie Holland, deputy editor of our B2B sites will interview our CEO James Tye about the journey so far and what’s next.


10:40 - 11:00 am

Cloud and collaboration – the perfect union?

James Knowles, product manager unified communications at Interoute, will detail how cloud computing has changed the art of the possible when it comes to communicating and collaborating.


11:00 - 11:20 am

Gocompare: collaboration in action

We’ve all seen the adverts and can remember the jingle, but behind both of those things is a powerful story about collaboration and innovation. Paul Lomax, CTO of Dennis, will be joined on stage by Gocompare CTO Jackson Hull to hear their story.


11:20 - 11.35am


Time to stretch your legs, network with your peers and grab a coffee.


11:35 - 12:20 pm

Panel session: Keeping the lights on while keeping pace with innovation and industry change

Maggie Holland, editorial director of Dennis’ B2B sites will moderate this engaging and interactive session that will look at how organisation can balance the needs of now with the needs of tomorrow.

Panellists: Bola Rotibi, Daniel Marion, Jackson Hull, James Tye, Paul Lomax


12:20 - 12:40 am


In this digital era, market leadership is determined by a company’s ability to recognise shifts in the market landscape and adapt to these trends faster than their competition.

As the workforce becomes more distributed and organisations go global, they need to move with speed to meet the demands of competitive pressures.  Alas, most companies have yet to realise the full potential of collaboration because communication and collaboration solutions are disparate; this creates inefficiencies and frustration for the users and for IT staff that needs to secure and manage them.

In his presentation, Curtis Peterson from RingCentral will talk about why Unified Communications and collaboration matters for delivering collaboration in today’s dynamic and distributed workplace with a multi-generational workforce.


12:40 - 1:25 pm

Panel session: Tech vs the people

Joe Curtis, deputy editor of Dennis’ B2B sites will be joined by some of our great speakers from Cisco, RingCentral, Interoute and Accenture to look at collaborative success and debate how much of it is down to tech and tools vs culture, mindset and people.

Panelists: Curtis Peterson, James Knowles, Snorre Kjesbu, Rick Royston


1:25 - 1:35 pm

Summing up and key takeaways

With a jam-packed agenda full of exciting information and insight, we’ll take stock and provide some key takeaways from the day.


1:35 - 3:00 pm

Lunch, networking and drinks

The collaboration doesn’t stop with the speaker line-up. Indeed, we’ll have experts on hand and tech demos to help you put what you’ve learned into context. There will also be ample time to ask more questions, network and – importantly – grab a bite to eat for lunch and a drink at the bar kindly sponsored by Interoute.



* Subject to changes