Day Two at UC EXPO: World-class speakers and new technology revealed

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Thousands return for the closing day of Europe’s leading communications and collaboration event

20 April 2016, London: UC EXPO 2016, Europe’s largest Unified Communications and Collaboration event, drew to a close today with new technologies revealed and more than 35 seminar sessions, led by speakers from Skype for Business, Cisco, Polycom, Tata Communications, Vodafone, Avaya UK, and PGi. Held at London Olympia, the second day of the event brought together industry leaders and business decision-makers from across the nation to further discuss the challenges and benefits of unified communications and collaboration in the enterprise.

Commenting on the closing day of UC EXPO 2016, Bradley Maule-ffinch, Director of Strategy for UC EXPO, said: “We saw a fantastic delegate turnout, and once again welcomed guests who travelled from far and wide to hear from our line-up of speakers. A wealth of insights were shared, content that will be invaluable to business owners. UC EXPO 2016 has been a tremendous success and we would like to thank our speakers, exhibitors and guests for joining us.”

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Andrew Sinclair, General Manager, Skype and Skype for Business at Microsoft discussing the modern workplace on Day Two of UC EXPO 2016.

Highlights from Day Two at UC EXPO 2016 included:

  • An opening keynote speech from Andrew Sinclair, General Manager of Skype for Business Product Marketing at Microsoft, discussing the current trends and future predictions of the modern workplace
  • Delegates were further treated to the UK’s first public demonstration of Microsoft’s highly anticipated Skype for Business Mac Client. Additionally, Microsoft demonstrated Skype for Business Cloud PBX for the first time in the UK. Cloud PBX allows users to run full Skype for Business PSTN services in the Office 365 Cloud
  • Insights from David Spears, Director of UCC Product Manager at Tata Communications, on how business owners can maximise the return of investment in Skype for Business
  • A panel discussion on the future of video collaboration chaired by Rob Bamforth, Principal Analyst Business Communications at Quocirca Ltd; Anthony Blake, EMEAR Video Acceleration Lead at Cisco; Axel Albercht, Senior Solution Engineer EMEA at Blue Jeans Network; Mark Richer, Chairman of the Board at Starleaf; Mike O’Boyle, VIP Collaboration Solutions EMEA and APAC at PGi; and Tim Stone, VP of Marketing EMEA at Polycom
  • Insights from Paul Maddison, Product Owner for Circuit at Unify, on how business owners can incorporate and improve usability in their unified communications strategies
  • A panel discussion on the future of unified communications chaired by Donald McLaughlin, Director Collaboration UK & Ireland at Cisco; Peter Quinlan, Vice Predisent of Product Strategy & Management UCaaS Services at Tata Communications; Andrew Sinclair, General Manager of Skype for Business Product Manager at Skype; Steve Rafferty, Managing Director of Avaya UK

The Future of Work starts in 2017:
Imagine a business that did not have email, the Internet, social media, and access to other collaboration tools. That was hardly 20 years ago. Now imagine what the business world will work 20 years from today.

How will technology continue to change the management of teams, employee flexibility, and organisational culture? As Generation Z enters the workforce and makes their way up to the Boardroom, how will they enforce their values, and what will it mean for the way we work, job security, and ultimately the bottom line?

Next year, UC EXPO 2017 is proud to offer a new conference, The Future of Work. Planning and implementing technology to support employees and business resourcing is one of the most transformative decisions a business can make. At The Future of Work at UC EXPO 2017, we’ll take a holistic approach and address the changing needs of ‘office workers’ and the requirement for flexibility, mobility, global teams and online collaboration. The Future of is the ideal conference for HR Managers, Finance Directors, Heads of Marketing, and IT professionals to understand the future requirements of employee needs and enterprise communication.

For more information about UC EXPO, please visit www.UC EXPO.co.uk. Get involved on Twitter using the #UC EXPO hashtag, or download the UC EXPO app.

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