Full steam ahead for our inaugural XPO North
Wendy Shearer, Public Sales Director
Wendy Shearer, Trustmarque’s Public Sector Sales Director, opened the day with a warm welcome to XPO North and the key topics we were bringing to the table, on subjects surrounding digital transformation. Wendy spoke to the audience about culture, collaboration and technology combining to drive better outcomes.
A breakfast briefing to whet the appetite
XPO North Breakfast Briefing Panel
The audience were then taken straight into a Breakfast Briefing with some of the key speakers XPO speakers to whet the appetite and set the scene for the day. Hosted by Trustmarque’s Chief Technology Officer, James Butler, the panel went full steam ahead with a lively debate about the digital revolution and where we are in the transition.
Dell Technologies’ Chief Customer Officer, Sean Horne talked about the need for democratisation of digital. He said that while the digital revolution is largely a “middle class revolution”, it is imperative that all users and communities are engaged to drive the transition forward.
“Democratisation gives everyone the opportunity to be creative; no matter what your background is. Our ambition is to enable people to be creative and develop the apps and solutions that will power the world,” he told the audience.
XPO North 2019 panel of experts
Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, Trustmarque’s data expert Paul Brady said there will be greater focus on predictive analytics through advances in AI. He said there are already “great examples of using the data of the past to predict the future” but that we must be mindful to interpret data for the current scenario, rather than simply relying on algorithms.
Concluding the briefing, James Butler was keen to get the panel’s thoughts on the need for a new value system for the digital era. Looking at the perspective of religion and how it has historically provided a code of ethics and simplified difficult questions for society, he raised debate about how we can learn from religion to help people make the right decisions and self-govern in an increasingly complex time.
XPO North vendors captured the imagination
XPO North Vendors
Attendees benefited from some fantastic presentations from our leading technology partners. Dell Technologies were back talking about ‘Digital Darwinism’ and their triangulated approach to digital transformation which considers: applications, infrastructure and operations. Meanwhile, their partners VMware spoke about how application needs are driving cloud strategies and the need for agile infrastructure.
We also had some interesting discussions in the Public Sector Stream where a mix of vendors, Trustmarque colleagues and thought leaders from the sector attempted to address some of the key challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
Ciaron Hoye, Deputy CIO at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, spoke about the need for a Digital Ethics Charter in healthcare. Barrachd’s session was also well received, discussing ways to deliver better outcomes through data-led decision making.
Microsoft’s Digital Inclusion vision captivated the audience
Helen Smith on Microsoft’s Accessibility and Inclusion Strategy
One of the stand-out presentations of the day came from Helen Smith, Partner Success Manager at Microsoft, who spoke passionately to a packed room about empowering people through Digital Inclusion.
Helen drew on examples from her personal life which she coupled with some shock statistics that highlighted the prevalence of disability in society and the workplace. For example, did you know that one in eight men in the UK is colour blind? Or that 70% of people with a disability do not tell their employer about their circumstance? She went on to reveal some nifty accessibility solutions from the Microsoft stack and beyond that could go along way to helping us all improve our accessibility and inclusion.
The audience was particularly impressed by PowerPoint tools like Designer and live caption and subtitle functionality, which can be used not only to support disability inclusion, but can engage audiences in multiple languages.
Watch out for the video interviews with our lead vendor sponsors coming soon.