Technology is a Weapon, not a Cost Centre

At the end of November, Six Degrees Group hosted its ‘Technology is a Weapon, not a Cost Centre’ seminar. The aim was to educate and inform mid sized businesses on how to turn their technology into a business asset.

Held at the Tate Modern on the Southbank. The event attracted over 100 attendees from a number of sectors including digital media, manufacturing, financial technology and public sector, all looking to understand how the cloud and other related technologies can improve their businesses voice and data communications.

Speakers included Joe Baguley, chief architect EMEA at VMware, Nigel Moulton, EMEA CTO of Avaya, Alastair Mills, CEO and Campbell Williams, group strategy and marketing director both at Six Degrees Group. Each presented their thoughts on the rapidly evolving IT landscape.

Baguley set the scene, focusing on all the possibilities the cloud offers. He illustrated the central role it plays in a customer centric business model, and used examples of the many consumer and business services the cloud can support. Moulton’s presentation then went on to look at how companies are aligning the knowledge they have learnt when using the public cloud with their own private clouds and how this is impacting their interactions with their customers. Williams divulged the different reasons for moving to the cloud, and that one size definitely doesn’t fit all, flexibility in the cloud is the key.

The day ended with a discussion on how important it was to utilise all the newest IT trends, particularly the technology and services offered by the cloud. Alastair Mills, CEO of Six Degrees Group explained that it was important to align IT with a business’ needs and goals. Mills concluded that Six Degrees Group is in a unique position because it offers converged solutions covering data, hosting and voice, all on their own network and powered by their own assets, delivered as end-to-end managed services.

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