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The who, what and where of the IP EXPO 2015

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Many of the 60 exhibitors at the event were technology vendors at major manufacturers within the UK. The cloud storage and cyber security stands were invaluable to provide insight on what developing technology can do to drive business forward. We weren’t here to buy though, we were here to learn and do a different kind of networking.

Seminars

The IP EXPO is unique in that it offered more than 65 free seminars for event attendees and exhibitors. Each seminar was designed to help businesses learn from those who have already had success using new technology.

Some of the key speakers were industry leaders such as Professor Steve Furber, Professor of Computing at the University of Manchester, Mandi Walls, the Director of Consulting at EMEA and James Akrigg, who is a technology partner for Microsoft.

Unfortunately it was not possible to go to every seminar, but one talk that stood out covered Varonis. This seminar went into detail about cyber security and data governance, a central issue in business today. By using specific data management software and learning more about data access and how this is tracked, businesses can avoid any danger with online compliance and legislation.

The NetApp conference seminar was also insightful as it covered storage software and changes in cloud storage in more depth. By talking through these programmes, the speaker conveyed how important it is to implement these services as best practice.

In addition to getting a look at the latest technological products and seeing how they would work, the IP EXPO was a fantastic networking opportunity because it brought together a lot of people in the field of IT and business. We also enjoyed seeing some of our clients there, including Veeam, Interoute, Cetus and Alternative Networks.

Overall the exposition was a great experience because it gave us a really in-depth insight into how new technology can work for current industries and how we will need to recruit for these changes going forward. A big thank you to the IP EXPO for having us, we’re already looking forward to the next one.

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