Europe’s largest unified communications and collaboration event sees record highs in its 11th year
26 April 2016, London: UC EXPO 2016, which ran on the 19th-20th April at the London Olympia has once again confirmed its place as Europe’s leading communications and collaboration event with a record number of attendees over the two days. This year, the event attracted 5,496 visitors, a 16% increase year-over-year and 45% increase from UC EXPO 2014.
Unified communications and collaboration is high on the agenda for many businesses, shifting from the domain of IT departments to wider business stakeholders and becoming an increasingly important way to optimise business efficiency, attract and retain talent, and contribute to the bottom line.
Businesses are also addressing their security and cloud strategies, looking at their unified communications system holistically to make this transformation a success and keep a competitive advantage.
The event saw over 80 seminars take place with key speakers, including Marianne Calder, Managing Director of Collaboration Architecture at Cisco, who opened the keynote programme to a packed audience, sharing insights on how the way we work is transforming business and how unified communications and collaboration facilitates that change.
The selection of high-profile seminars included Thomas Davies, Director of Google for Work in EMEA, who discussed the place of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace; a session that explored The Future of Work from Peter Terry Brown, Head of Product Management at Vodafone; and a talk from Julien Cordorniou, Director of Platform Partnerships at Facebook at Work, which shared insights on connecting the workplace and mobile-first technologies.
On Day Two, delegates were further treated to the UK’s first public demonstration of Microsoft’s highly anticipated Skype for Business Mac Client. Additionally, Microsoft exclusively 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.
Commenting on the success of UC EXPO 2016, Bradley Maule-ffinch, Director of Strategy for UC EXPO, said: “We are extremely pleased with the success of UC EXPO this year. The high turnout of delegates, which we have seen increase year on year, shows the value that UC EXPO brings to the field of unified communications and collaboration. We’re planning to continue that enthusiasm and growth at UC EXPO 2017.”
Next year, UC EXPO will run from the 17th – 18th May and, due to its continuing growth, will move to the London ExCeL in 2017 and confirm its position as Europe’s largest unified communications and collaboration event.
The 2017 event will continue the technology themes that include cloud, mobile, security, video, networks and collaboration, as well as introduce a new co-located 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. The Future of Work at UC EXPO 2017 will 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 Work is the ideal conference for HR Managers, Finance Directors, Heads of Marketing, and IT professionals to understand the future requirements.