Andrew Grill, Practical Futurist

An experienced corporate leader, Andrew has launched and run technology companies in Europe and Australia and worked with some of the world’s leading companies and organisations, including including Vodafone, Nestle, BBC, American Express, John Lewis, and Unilever.

The Practical Futurist and Former Global Managing Partner at IBM tackles issues around digital disruption, workplace of the future and digital eminence. 100% digital, Andrew believes that to “get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynote, Building a Digital-Proof Business,  he provided actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.

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Apay Obang-Oyway, Director – Cloud UK & I, Ingram Micro

Apay Obang-Oyway has for over 10 years worked in the IT industry, within the channel and large corporate enterprise resellers. Today, Apay is Director – Cloud & Software at Ingram Micro UK. Over the past two years Apay, has been instrumental in developing the UK Cloud strategy for Ingram Micro and building the value business strategy across software, telecommunications and Cloud. In his gripping keynote, Embrace the Intelligent Future of Cloud, Apay demonstrates the growing force that is Cloud and lays out the road map to achieve a competitive advantage.

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Alex Hilton, Chief Executive, Cloud Industry Forum

With 25 years of business experience in the IT industry, Alex has developed diverse knowledge and skills in several commercial roles. After completing ICL’s graduate training he joined Microsoft, spending 12 years in roles varying from managing public and private sector enterprise customers, channel leadership roles and finally running the UK compliance business. In 2010 Alex joined Rise (part of 1&1) as Managing Director building their Cloud services IaaS proposition. He developed Rise in to a profitable Cloud business and in 2011 they were awarded the accolade of Microsoft’s world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year.

In February 2013 Alex joined the Cloud Industry Forum as CEO responsible for strategy and day to day operations. He had been serving as non-Executive Director since 2008.

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Alex Montgomery, UK Business Lead- Azure Application Innovation, Microsoft

Monty has spent 18 years in the technology industry, the last 8 of which have been at Microsoft in a number of product, sales, partner and strategy roles. In his current role, Monty leads the Azure Application Innovation business for Microsoft in the UK. In his key note he details how a transformative business line helps customers and partners leverage the broad scope of Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) workloads, mobile app development services and Microsoft AI capabilities to modernize existing customer-facing and line of business applications and to build modern intelligent applications of the future.

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Jan-Jaap Jager, Chief Revenue Officer at Acronis

JJ has more than 14 years of experience in the IT industry. He has been working for Acronis for more than 3 years now, but has been close with Acronis over a longer period. As CEO of the Intergenia Group, JJ was responsible for managing companies like Datadock, Server4you, Serverloft, unmetered.com, Plusserver, Internet24 and the event business Worldhostingdays (WHD) which is currently the largest pure cloud service provider event in the world. Besides the 40,000 servers and more than 2 million domains that he had under his management, he also hosted the cloud backup solution for Acronis in Intergenia’s Strasbourg and St. Louis datacenters. His presentation goes through the evolution of Cloud data protection and how they are taking new steps with Cloud and AI to strengthen our cyber security.

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Simon Aldous, Head of Channels – EMEA

Simon has a wealth of experience building channel businesses, since he began his career at Ingram Micro 25 years ago. Since then he’s set up channel distribution networks for Toshiba and Polycom and spent eight years at Microsoft. In this role he was responsible for growing the SMB audience through Distributor, VAR and Breadth reseller channels, as well as growing Microsoft’s Hosting business alongside partners who provided Microsoft’s Infrastructure, Platform and SaaS products. He also was part of the original team that worked on bringing Office 365 to market through the syndication model with large telco’s such as BT & Vodafone. His keynote explains how Dropbox can make your business more efficient, more secure and more enduring.

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James Marshall, Partner Technology Strategist

James Marshall a Technology Strategist at Microsoft in the UK, an unashamed geek, and frequent speaker at industry events. James has been on the front line managing IT in the public sector, but since 2010 has been partnering with businesses large and small on digital transformation, particularly with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. A firm believer that IT should not get in the way of productivity but that it should instead enhance it, James’ goal is to enable people to realise Microsoft’s mission: to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

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