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'Data Driven Cultural Transformation'
Mark Walton, Microsoft

As the world rapidly changes around them, most companies are transforming to stay relevant and get ahead.  They seek to be more nimble, more digital and more date driven.  As a data point, a well known research study by McKinsey states, 3 out of 4 organisations are transforming, however 70% fail, and 50% of those failures are because from managers to individual contributors – people naturally resist change. Find out how Microsoft is supporting organisations to help their employees understand how they spend their time, and then guiding them to better work habits and team outcomes that support the organisations transformation.   

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'Microsoft EM+S and Intune'
Liz Knight, Head of Mobile Security, 
Mobile Mentor

Mobile Mentor is THE organisation that deploys Microsoft 365 for mobile-first companies. This session will cover how Mobile Mentor’s Mobility 365 offering  compliments Microsoft 365 for companies with a mobile workforce. Learn how companies are using Microsoft EM+S to deliver their end point security requirements and how Microsoft PowerApps can be leveraged to deliver mobile workflows.

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'Leading Through Change'
Nicki Raistrick, Innovate and Transform

Nicki will present on strategies for winning support, maintaining engagement and driving adoption of new platforms.  Nicki is the Managing Director of Innovate & Transform, whose ambition is to help NZ companies rise to the challenges of a future which is disrupted, customer driven, digital & constantly changing by adopting a change in mindset and working practices.

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'Competing using the Cloud.  How to scale without breaking the business'
David Spratt, Total Utilities

David will present on the business drivers that led Total Utilities to become a “cloud only” consumer of IT services. He will then provide a detailed insight into how businesses can leverage cloud services while managing the technical, consumption and cost challenges that arise.

David is currently a Trustee for Counties Power Consumer Trust (assets over $250 million) and Shareholder Director at Total Utilities one of New Zealand’s leading utilities procurement, sustainability and analytics firms. David has a monthly column in Business Plus Magazine (EMA’s members’ magazine) and is a regular blogger on trends in technology and IT.  



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'Is Skype for Business right for you? – the past, present and future'
Paul Bloem, Lexel


With more than 25 year experience in numerous disciplines of Enterprise voice solutions I consider myself somewhat of a UC evangelist. I have continued my quest to change mind-sets and embrace the exciting technologies I surround myself with. I have a long list of certifications and accreditations accumulated over the years. My most valued though is being awarded the coveted Microsoft MVP award in 2014, an award I have managed to hold on to for 5 consecutive years.

 Skype for Business and of recent, Microsoft Teams, are where I spend most of my time. If its about collaboration, team work and customer service, come talk to me.

Anne Divoli

'Categorizing content in Office 365 with the help of AI'
Anne Divoli, Pingar

Good quality, consistent metadata enables smart management of content including findability and auto-appraisal. In this session, Anna Divoli, the head of research and development of Pingar will explain how a number of different AI algorithms are used for auto-categorizing content a typical organization owns. 

Anna Divoli is the Head of Research and Development at Pingar. She has been developing and evaluating algorithms and user interfaces for text mining systems since 2001. Her research has a wide range of applications including automatic database annotation, usability of search engines, knowledge acquisition, entity extraction and document clustering. She has an MSc in Biosystems and Informatics from the University of Liverpool, a PhD in Biomedical Text Mining from the University of Manchester and held postdoctoral research positions in the prestigious School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley and later the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

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