UC EXPO 2016 – What to expect?


UC EXPO, taking place 19-20 April at London’s Olympia, is Europe’s largest unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) event. UC EXPO is designed for enterprise and public sector ICT professionals. The event showcases brand new industry content and senior level insights, tailored for those looking to utilise UC technologies to drive and support their business.

This year’s theme will be the speed at which the modern workplace is changing. With ever-evolving technologies altering how we work, coupled with significant political and economic factors, there has never been a more important time for businesses to look at how they communicate and collaborate with each other – particularly with current political questions on the UK’s EU membership and the effect of withdrawal on the UK workplace. By 2020, 70 per cent of companies will be digital, according to Cisco. Similarly, recent research conducted by UC EXPO has shown that UK office workers are working more flexibly and remotely in 2016 than they ever have before. In fact, two thirds of employees claim that flexible working is the most attractive perk a business can offer, more so than free breakfast or season ticket loan.

More than 1000 professionals across all levels and functions of the UK’s IT and technology industries will attend the event over the two days, which will see around 100 specialist suppliers showcasing the latest in UC technologies – from communication giants like Cisco and Avaya to disruptive new offerings across cloud communications, Web RTC and PBX. UC EXPO will also play host to over 100 free-to-attend seminars on key topics surrounding UC technologies, including collaboration, security, mobile, video and networks.

The opening keynote will come from Marianne Calder, Managing Director of Collaboration Architecture Sales for EMEA at Cisco. Calder will open the event by discussing collaboration in the age of digital transformation, sharing insight into how the way we work has completely transformed in recent years, and how companies with successful digital transformations are driving workforce efficiency, focusing on securing consumer loyalty and optimising operations.

Other speakers will include Andrew Sinclair from Skype for Business, who will be exploring the modern workplace, and Julien Codorniou, Facebook at Work’s Director of Platform and Partnerships, who will look into the needs of the ‘always-mobile’ modern worker. Google for Work’s EMEA Director, Thomas Davies, will also discuss the hot topic of artificial intelligence in the workplace and how it can enhance, rather than hinder, the work of physical staff.

In addition to attending seminars from some of the world’s most well-known UC providers, visitors will also be able to take part in a live hack highlighting the dangers of VOIP vulnerability. For those looking to wind down after a busy first day, selected exhibitors will be offering ‘Happy Hour’ at their stands, with free drinks and snacks.

UC EXPO is supported by Unified Communications Insight (www.ucinsight.com) and the world’s largest UC&C LinkedIn group, and is consistently delivering insight and knowledge throughout the year, in the run up to the event.

UC EXPO 2016 will take place on 19-20 April 2016, at Olympia London. For full details of the event, or to register for free, visit www.ucexpo.co.uk or follow UC EXPO on Twitter using the hashtag #UCEXPO.

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