Building the Modern Workplace...Dare to be digital?

Thursday 14 July 2016

2.00pm - 5.00pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG


Modern workers have grown up immersed in digital technology. As they join the workforce, they bring digital expectations. They demand the ability to work with smartphones, cloud computing, big data analytics and social media - in effect, a consumerised experience with enterprise information.

By integrating the technologies that modern workers use (from e-mail, instant messaging and enterprise social media tools to HR applications and virtual meeting tools), we can build a modern, digital workplace, one in which workers can easily get the information they need to perform their jobs with speed, efficiency and effectiveness, regardless of the information’s location, format or underlying technology.

Richard Edwards from Ovum will explore these issues in detail and will compare today’s end-user computing environments (and how we got here), with the end-user computing environment of the future.

We are then pleased to welcome a case study presentation from Russell Warman who is the Head of Infrastructure at Auto Trader. Russell will talk through how they brought the teams together in Manchester to enable collaboration, increased productivity and employee engagement, and the challenges they face in becoming the UK's most admired digital business.

  • 2.00pm Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 2.30pm Richard Edwards from Ovum - Coming to a device near you: The enterprise digital workplace
  • 3.30pm Refreshments & Networking 4.00 Russell Warman from Auto Trader: How we enable the UK's largest digital automotive marketplace.
  • 5:00pm Close

About the speakers:

Richard Edwards is the principal research analyst at Ovum focusing on enterprise productivity, employee engagement, and the future of work. His mission is to make worklife better by helping people get things done more efficiently and effectively through the use of information and communication technologies. Richard has 30 years’ experience of the IT industry and as an IT research analyst, Richard has authored numerous in-depth reports and papers covering Employee productivity, Enterprise collaboration, Workforce engagement, Knowledge and information management, Online meetings and real-time communications, Information security management, Business intelligence, Content management, Document & records management and Social media. 

Russell Warman is Head of Infrastructure at Auto Trader. Russell leads the infrastructure team charged with the capacity and performance of one the UK’s busiest websites, which sits at the heart of the UK's vehicle buying process. During his 18 years within the company, Russell has been heavily involved in the transformation from a traditional magazine publisher to a highly successful digital business. He was instrumental in the office consolidation project that saw Auto Trader consolidate from five North West locations in to one central Manchester office and from two southern locations to one London office.  

To reserve your place, please email or call 0113 205 4033