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In association with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Maidstone TV Studios, Kent Thursday 27th September 2018 | 8:30am – 12.00pm
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The South East's sales-free, information sharing forum for IT professionals

Our aim was to always provide a forum in the South East for senior IT professionals to purely information share in a sales-free environment. Over the past year, we have delivered that in our first two Talking Tech events at the Maidstone TV studios in Kent. More than 70 tech leaders have discussed, debated and dissected topics including cyber security, talent and GDPR in round table discussion. No vendors, no sales agenda, just everything you'd want from a tech event with your fellow peers.

Our third instalment will take place in September 2018. This time around, we focus on Automation and Hybrid Cloud Computing. Come down, enjoy a free breakfast with your industry peers and enjoy some world-class speakers in a truly sales-free environment.

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Watch our 2017 Talking Tech video

Thursday 19th October 2017

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Thursday 27th April 2018

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8:30amBreakfast & Registration
9:00amIntroduction by event compère, Simon Wood
9.10amThe culture of Automation and why it doesn't have to cost the earth by Marc Turner, Infor X
9:30amAutomation Panel Q&A with Advanced and
10.10amBreak & Refreshments
10.30amHybrid Cloud: What, Why, How and When? by Mark Barrett, PSTG
10.50amHybrid Cloud Panel Q&A with Oracle, Holiday Extras and Virtual Tin
11.30amEvent Conclusions
11.45amNetworking & Refreshments
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Next Event Speakers
Marc Turner
Director Infor X
Topic: Automation

The culture of automation and why it doesn't have to cost the earth

Talk description: Contrary to popular belief, People are the most important factor in successfully automating processes and you probably already have all the tools you need. Marc shares his experience of creating a culture of automation within his IT department by encouraging laziness. freeing up time for the team to deliver value to the business opposed to performing repetitive IT tasks.

About Marc: Marc was Head of IT for a listed IT and telecoms service provider. During his tenure he lead several IT transformation programmes which supported the business in its substantial growth, several successful acquisition's and then ultimately its sale. Marc has always remained hands on technical and has a passion for automation, high availability and scalability.

Mark Barrett
Director PSTG
Topic: Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Cloud: What, Why, How and When?

Talk description: Cloud has evolved rapidly in recent years moving rapidly from a dark art riddled with security concerns to the default strategy for many organisations, that has enabled new and innovative business models. Cloud is not a one size fits all solution though, with the big cloud providers offering product lists and options that run into the hundreds of items. In this fast changing Read More... and evolving environment, Hybrid Cloud is offering a realistic entry into achieving the many perceived benefits of Cloud, such as business agility, innovation and reduced expenditure. But what are the first steps in building a Hybrid Cloud, why should we be using Hybrid Cloud, how do we do this and when is the best time, are just some of the questions that need to be answered in developing an effective strategy. This session looks to help with these questions by providing information on the market, the journey and a framework to work from. Read Less

About Mark: Mark is currently Commercial Director for PSTG, helping companies deploy hybrid cloud solutions. He has many years experience in cloud, previously consulting for Hewlett-Packard Company, building and establishing. strong B2B alliances. Mark began his career as a "techy", before moving into strategy, planning and more leadership roles.

Next event: 27th September 2018 @Maidstone TV Studios, Kent

This event is exclusive to senior IT professionals only and will remain so moving forward. This event is completely sales-free and we have total discretion on who attends. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.