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IT Strategy Briefing 2016 North

Driving Success in a Changing Digital World

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  • When: Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Where: Concorde Conference Centre at Manchester Airport

People are more connected to technology than ever before and as a consequence our expectations around when and how we access information and services has shifted. In such a dynamic environment how do we make sense of the tools on offer and focus on future-proofing our organisations? How do we challenge ourselves to focus on the end user as human beings at work rather than the corporate perspective of devices, platforms, mediums and controls?

At our fourth annual IT Strategy Briefing (ITSB16), to be held once again at the Concorde Conference Centre underneath the wings of the iconic aircraft, we’ll be mixing thought leadership with practical application; showcasing innovative uses of technology and talking through the emerging trends and opportunities relevant to all organisations.

The event aims to provide a platform for passionate leaders and technologists to find inspiration and a chance to network with their peers.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to see a number of market-leading IT vendors, including Microsoft, Dell and Okta, showcase latest technologies at the ITSB16 Expo.

View the IT Strategy Briefing 2016 Brochure

Keynote speakers

Mike Bracken
ITSBSpeaker-MikeBrackenChief Digital Officer for The Co-operative Group

Mike is Chief Digital Officer for The Co-operative Group, a Manchester based £10bn mutual commercial institution, where he has overall responsibility for devising and delivering their digital strategy.

Previously from July 2011 to September 2015 Mike was Executive Director of Government Digital Service, responsible for the transformation of Government’s digital delivery of public services.

James Akrigg
ITSBSpeaker-JamesAkriggHead of Technology for Partners at Microsoft

James has worked in and around the IT industry for over 29 years, which includes the last 14 years at Microsoft in the UK.

His passion for technology and what it can do to deliver real value and benefit to organisations of all sizes and to individuals is clear to see when he presents. James is able to simplify how to use a mix of technologies to deliver solutions in today’s challenging commercial environments.

Lucie Glenday
ITSBSpeaker-LucieGlendayLeading Insights and Innovation at IT Lab

Lucie joined IT Lab in January 2016 to lead the Insights and Innovation Consultancy service.

Prior to joining IT Lab she was Chief Digital Officer at Surrey County Council; responsible for creating join up across local public services, and Head of Business Transformation at Government Digital Service working with large central government departments and agencies.

Michael Bateman
ITSBSpeaker-MichaelBatemanPrincipal Consultant at IT Lab

Michael is an experienced management consultant, with a background in a range of sectors and disciplines.

The development of strategies and operating models for a wide variety of organisations is something in which Michael has extensive experience.


Expo exhibitors include:


Event agenda

8:30am – Arrival, refreshments and Expo

9:30am – Event Welcome with Mike Bentley – IT Lab

9:40am – The Changing Digital World with Michael Bateman – IT Lab

10:10am – Digital Transformation and the User with Mike Bracken – The Co-operative Group

10:50am – Refreshments and Expo

11:30am – Insights and Innovation with Lucie Glenday – IT Lab

12:15pm - The Modern Workplace with James Akrigg – Microsoft

13:00pm – Summary and Close with Mark Summers – IT Lab

13:15pm – Lunch, Expo and Concorde tours


Click to see highlights of last year’s IT Strategy Briefing and be sure to watch the video below:

Venue details

Concorde Conference Centre
at Manchester Airport
The Runway Visitor Park
Sunbank Lane
WA15 8XQ

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