08:00 – 09:00

Delegate Registration


09:00 – 10:30



10:30 – 11:00

Refreshment Break & Exhibition


11:00 – 11:45

Breakout Session 1


12:00 – 12:45

Breakout Session 2 or Lunch 1


13:00 – 13:45

Breakout Session 3 or Lunch 2


14:00 – 14:45

Breakout Session 4


15:00 – 15:45

Breakout Session 5


16:00 – 16.45

Breakout Session 6


16:45 – 17.30



17:30 – 17:45

Closing Speech & Prize Draw


17:45 – 18:30

After Event Drinks





The below Exhibitors are from 2016. More details on our exhibitors for 2017 coming soon.


Citrix is leading the transition to software-defining the workplace, uniting virtualisation, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions to enable new ways for businesses and people to work better. Citrix solutions power business mobility through secure, mobile workspaces that provide people with instant access to apps, desktops, data and communications on any device, over any network and cloud. With annual revenue in 2015 of $3.28 billion, Citrix solutions are in use at more than 400,000 organisations and by over 100 million users globally.


At Cireson our mission is simple: to be the foremost authority on Microsoft System Center. From expert-class Asset and Service Management apps in the Cireson Store, to ongoing education and community engagement, everything we do is designed to push the platform forward and deliver a System Center experience that is unparalleled.


When you choose EACS, you will receive practical, innovative and cost-effective IT products, solutions and services to help you achieve your business goals – benefits which have made us an award winning IT advisor and provider to a wide range of UK companies.On the EACS stands you will be able to talk to our consultants about End User Computing, Infrastructure, Systems Management, Cloud Backup, Services and Support.


The aim of Harvard Training is to work in partnership with your organisation to provide advice and guidance on all your IT related training needs. In addition to providing our own courses on Microsoft technologies, the range of training we offer is unlimited. As an independent supplier we source all types of courses from various partners giving you more choice and flexibility. We provide a complementary service to your own HR department, working together, to provide the right training solution.


HEAT Software is a powerful combination of industry market leaders: FrontRange, the industry’s sole provider of Hybrid Service Management and Unified Endpoint Management; and Lumension, the industry’s leading Endpoint Security provider. We empower enterprise functions to simplify and automate their business processes to improve service quality, while managing and securing endpoints to proactively detect and protect against threats to business continuity.


IGEL Technology is a market leading innovative thin client vendor, producing thin client hardware and software, providing customers access to almost any form of server-based infrastructure and applications, giving customers access to almost any form of server-based infrastructure and applications.


Mimecast makes business email and data safer for more than 15,000 customers and millions of employees worldwide. Founded in 2003, the Company’s next-generation cloud-based security, archiving and continuity services protect email and deliver comprehensive email risk management.


NetApp’s vision for a Data Fabric seamlessly connects different management environments and clouds and is what guides their innovation. Global enterprises, local businesses and Government organisations look to NetApp and their ecosystem of Partners to help maximise the business value of their IT investments. They count on NetApp for best in class software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value NetApp’s teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed with NetApp’s knowledge and skills supporting them to envision, deploy and evolve their IT environments today, tomorrow and into the future.


Sophos helps organisations keep data safe and blocks the growing number of complex threats. We protect everywhere and offer complete security with our full range of endpoint, encryption, email, mobile, web, network security and UTM products.


Toshiba’s commitment to excellence means that whether you’re in the office or on-the-go, you can count on Toshiba to provide a high-quality mobile computing experience. We place our customers at the centre of everything we do. Your feedback influences our products and helps us achieve our goals of providing industry-leading computing experiences – based around the four elements of quality, design, ease of use, and eco-friendliness. This approach results in environmentally-responsible products that excel in reliability, intuitiveness and design, and suit every business need.


Veeam® recognises the new challenges companies across the globe face in enabling the Always-On Enterprise™, a business that must operate 24/7/365. To address this, Veeam has pioneered a new market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by helping organisations meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data, through a fundamentally new kind of solution that delivers high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data and complete visibility. Veeam Availability Suite™, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication™, leverages virtualisation, storage, and cloud technologies that enable the modern data centre to help organisations save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs, while always supporting the current and future business goals of Veeam customers.




The below Breakouts are from 2016. More details on our breakouts for 2017 coming soon.

Self-Service Automation Deep Dive: Improve User Experience and IT efficiency with Self-service Automation using Cireson & System Center.


Want to deliver a world-class user experience? Want to maximise your System Center investment and reduce cost and risk with automation? Learn how Cireson is changing how System Center customers maximise user efficiency with self-service and automation. Hear how leading multi-nationals (including Microsoft) to small companies are using Cireson to maximise IT efficiency and transform the end user IT experience. This is a deep dive session on self-service automation covering service management and asset management disciplines.

Explore Microsoft & Citrix Technologies for Hybrid Cloud Virtualisation with  Secure Access


Citrix XenDesktop enables IT to mobilise the business, while reducing costs by centralising control and security. Incorporating the full power of Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop can deliver full desktops or just apps to any device securely fronted by NetScaler with granular policy controls. Explore how Citrix can help you migrate to Windows 10, Citrix and Microsoft Unveil “v2” Solution for Skype for Business, Windows Server 2016 support, XenApp in Azure and finally deploying Citrix workloads in Hybrid cloud scenario.

Secure App & Data Delivery for the Software-defined Mobile Workspace.


Citrix Workspace Suite meets changing security requirements with the industry’s leading mobile workspace solution that is “secure by design”, enabling IT to securely deliver all apps—Windows or Linux, web, SaaS and mobile including sharing of enterprise files anywhere securely with IT control & reporting. Users can access secure apps & data (synced, encrypted) on any device, over any network, to empower people to work their way. Finally NetScaler provides high availability of centralised services and between data centers and branch offices with a SD-WAN while NetScaler also provides seamless and secure granular controlled access to apps & data.

Asset Management and Microsoft Software and Procurement Update


With the ever changing landscape in the world of Microsoft procurement and licensing this session will include: How do customers buy Microsoft Azure. What is the new Enterprise Cloud Suite vs the outgoing Professional Desktop suite. Office 365 plan E5 procurement advice, Power Bi and PSTN Calling. New entry level threshold for a Microsoft Enterprise agreement, what is MPSA and how this replaces Select & Select Plus contracts. Windows Server & System Center 2016 license changes. What is the Operations Management Suite and what part does this play with managing on premise/cloud infrastructure. Cloud license mobility, Software Assurance update. The presenter will also outline the management processes to comply and provision online services from Microsoft and the benefits of effective license management.

Azure Basics – Behind the Cloud.


Most people will now be familiar with the concept of Microsoft’s Azure public cloud. But how much do you really know? Do you know the difference between blob storage and queue storage? Do you understand how Azure Active Directory relates to your existing Active Directory? Attend this session for a whistle-stop tour of some of the key features of Azure, whilst also gaining insight into the scale of both the cloud platform and its security features, so you can learn how to benefit from the economies of scale while still ensuring your data remains just that – yours.

Are you ready for Windows 10?


Thinking about how to migrate to Windows 10? Do you know if your existing applications are compatible with Windows 10?  By planning ahead and using discovery and assessment services, you can be better informed on how successful a desktop migration will be. In this session, EACS will show you how your applications can be tested and verified (or not) as Windows 10 compatible as well as alternatives for “non-compliant” applications.

Strategic Bridges – Vision, Planning, Focus & Tracking for IT Strategy.


IT leaders must create a strong strategy for IT to deliver benefits to business. Clear vision and plans also help to communicate goals to staff. They promote focus on work that improves infrastructure, capabilities and the business. Discover a simple, effective, visual approach to top-down IT strategy: Strategic Bridges.

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Practical Business Continuity


In this breakout we will discuss Microsoft ASR and how it can provide enterprise class Business Continuity of your IT servers. ASR allows automated protection of traditional IT workloads with policies controlled by you and can match your BC/DR strategy. It can protect Physical Servers, Hyper V and VMWare to Microsoft Azure, or alternatively to your secondary datacentre.

Journey to the Cloud


Cloud is obviously high on the agenda for many organisations. Although there are some clear benefits, there are also risks to be considered and mitigated before these benefits can be realised. Public Cloud may not be appropriate for every workload or use case and in some cases traditional IT may be a better option. In this session we will consider the various approaches available and the EACS cloud readiness services which will help you make an informed decision about the most appropriate direction for your business.

Office 365 – A New World of Productivity


Find out how to get the most from Office 365 and how it continues to evolve. Learn about some of the newest features and tools, such as Delve, a new way to search and discover content across Office 365.

IT Service Management with System Center


Find out why “off the shelf” Service Management technologies only deliver part of the solution and learn how System Center delivers ITSM which provides the information your business really needs, saving you money and speeding up resolutions. ITSM with System Center offers full asset management, complete client and server management, contract management and process management. In this session you will also look at an example of how a local government organisation, which was already licensed for System Centre, has achieved an ITIL aligned ITSM solution.

A Beginner’s Guide to Systems Management


Learn about EACS’ views on how to manage your IT estate with Microsoft technologies; covering both client management and infrastructure management. This session will de-mystify the benefits and limitations of cloud solutions versus local solutions versus hybrid solutions, by looking at Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), Operations Management Suite (OMS) and System Center. It will also include a section on “how to upgrade your clients to Windows 10”.

Application and Infrastructure Monitoring


Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacentre and cloud; both private and public. Functionality can be further extended with the use of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) which provides cloud-based visibility and control of all IT systems anywhere; whether in Azure or AWS, Windows Server or Linux, VMware or OpenStack.

Do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got – Modernising IT Operations


A business that can enable its users to be more productive through the modern use of IT will gain competitive advantage. But how can IT do this when business as usual gets in the way of modernisation and transformation? Budgets are not rising and time is a precious commodity that can only be consumed once. IT needs to find new ways of doing the basics brilliantly allowing time to invest in the skills and technology that will drive the business forward. This session will show you how building long term strategic partnerships can be a key component in the successful delivery of Modern IT Operations. You will also hear from an EACS customer that is yielding the benefits that these partnerships can bring.

Moving beyond Management Information (MI) Reporting


During this session, we will look at new thinking around how organisations are moving beyond traditional Management Information when it comes to analytics. Businesses now focus on how data can transform other areas within their company. This includes integrating analytics into marketing, customer management and risk management departments. This session will provide you with examples of how other companies are using analytics. For example, to better predict staff resourcing during peak periods, or to calculate risk when taking on new business opportunities. This will enable you to present potential options back to your business.

Patch Management – Your First Defence Against Cyber Threats

Heat Software

Good patch management is one of the most important ways that an organisation can reduce its exposure to attack. Almost 90% of attacks exploit known security ?aws for which a remediation is available. Patching sounds simple enough. But organisations may have software from hundreds of different vendors running, all with different patching mechanisms and timetables, so it’s important to choose a platform which provides visibility into them all. In this session we take you through good practice in terms of patching and how having this in place will protect your organisation from cyber attacks.

The New IGEL Managed Workspace


This session covers the current challenges of balancing the energy efficiency and extended lifetime of Thin Client devices, with the increasing complexity of user expectations. IGEL will also be discussing their new Management technologies which provide an ever increasing Managed Workspace within the Enterprise.

Architecting a Company in Azure


Have you ever wondered whether Azure was ready and capable of running a whole company? Attend this session to see an example of a company running in Azure. Covering Azure AD, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Storage, Web Presence, Virtual Networks and Connectivity. This session will introduce best practice for Azure deployments.

What’s new in Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security Story?


This session will highlight the fundamental principles of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security vision, whilst focusing on some of the newer additions to the stack, such as the new identity-driven security features in Azure AD, the new and improved Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security. Find out how to enhance your users’ mobile productivity and maintain IT security and compliance within your organisation.

Email is Under Attack. Are you Confident in your Cyber Security?


Mimecast recently released the results of our new global research study of 600 IT security professionals. The report shows that while 64 percent regard email as a major cyber-security threat to their business, 65 percent don’t feel fully equipped or up to date to reasonably defend against email-based attacks. One-third of respondents also believe their email is more vulnerable today than it was five years ago. You only need open the paper to see evidence of organizations who weren’t prepared for the evolving malicious attacks, 91% of which are email-borne. Learn how Mimecast’s unified security approach helps defeat targeted attacks and data leaks while enabling you to reduce security risks, cost and complexity by using multiple integrated best-of-breed services delivered from the Mimecast Cloud Platform.

Modernise your Datacentre and Unleash the Power of the Hybrid Cloud


The journey to leveraging the cloud is a defining time for all businesses. Azure, AWS or Openstack, to speed up business process, leverage the flexibility of cloud, reduce cost and drive competitive advantage are all key objectives.NetApp’s vision is enabling the Data Fabric. To move data where it is needed, when it is needed, retain sovereignty but enable cloud flexibility, development in the cloud on the same OS Platform, to create your Data Fabric.

Integrated Security for Industry Leading Protection


The IT Security challenge consists of an ever expanding threatscape now includes malware which can bypass traditional security such as firewalls and anti-virus which creates a ‘perfect storm’ to be capitalised by cybercriminals. Cryptolocker is a great example of how advanced encryption technologies have been reverse-engineered to be used in a malicious manner. It has long been agreed that ‘defence-in-depth’ is the ultimate goal; Sophos has a unique balance between endpoint and network security solutions which are synchronised by their Security Heartbeat™ technology to deliver the next generation of threat protection.

Veeam Availability Suite – Version 9.5 – What’s new – Availability for the Always on Enterprise


Join this session for an update of the new features added in Veeam Availability Suite v9.5. We’ll discuss each new feature designed to save you time, help mitigate risk and reduce costs. Including: Nimble, EMC VNX and VNXe hybrid storage array integration, Veeam Cloud Connect DRaaS, Full Windows 2016 Datacenter feature support, Restore to Azure, plus much more!




The below keynotes are from 2016. More details on our keynotes for 2017 coming soon.


What’s stopping you being the next big data breach?

Simon Edwards, Technical Channel Manager, Mimecast

Hacking big (and small) companies for their data is the new black; at the heart of each and every new hack is usually an innocent looking email which turns out to be a targeted spear-phishing attack. Companies, or their users that fall for these sophisticated, advanced and convincing emails are finding their databases and corporate data are easily stolen and irreparable damage is caused.

Join this presentation to hear how organisations like yours are being targeted by cyber criminals, hackers and even state sponsored threat actors; and learn how email is at the heart of this new threat. Find out how best to protect your organisation with a combination of technology, human awareness, voodoo and just plain good fortune

What you will take away from this session:

  • The tactics hackers are using to exploit your users
  • The current threat landscape for attacks in email
  • How social engineering has become malware-less
  • How to help your users understand good email from bad email


IT Simplified – Optimise, Change & New Opportunities

James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners, Microsoft

In this session you will hear an overview of Microsoft’s digital transformation vision, to bring you up to speed with the latest developments. This will include examples of some of the things you can achieve with Microsoft’s technology.


Speakers The below speakers are from 2016. More details on our speakers for 2017 coming soon.


Simon Edwards, Technical Channel Manager, Mimecast


Simon joined Mimecast in early 2016 to drive the technical capabilities within their Global Partner Community.

An engineer at heart, he has worked within large enterprise environments for the last 15 years helping them solve the ever growing threat that email poses.

Simon is the voice of their channel and speaks at many events, and is an avid supporter of the growing Mimecaster Community.


James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners, 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 James-Akriggbenefit to businesses of all sizes and to individuals is clear to see when he presents and meets with Microsoft partners and customers.

James is able to simplify how to use a mix of technologies to deliver solutions in today’s challenging business environments.

Who Visits

Who Visits


At Optimise IT you will be able to meet and network with senior business and IT decision makers, including: CIOs, Managing Directors, Financial Directors, IT Directors, IT Managers, Head of ICT, Technical Support Managers, IT Infrastructure Managers, IT Team Leaders, etc.

There are opportunities to ask questions and share ideas after each breakout session, as well as during lunch.




Locations are updated as and when new locations are announced later in the year.

Find below information on directions to Duxford, our upcoming event.

Directions to Duxford

If you are interested in exhibiting at Optimise IT, please contact us

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