Audience: IT Administrators; IT Managers; Project Managers; C-Level

Venue Information:

20th June 2017 - London

Venue: Glaziers Hall, London

Glaziers Hall
9 Montague Close
London Bridge

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Digital Technologies, like SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, and more are revolutionizing the way we work.  As employees become more digitally savvy, ICT Teams within organizations have an opportunity to raise employee collaboration, automate business processes and drive agility by creating a digital workplace.

There are some common challenges and concerns associated with achieving this. Join us at this exclusive seminar where we will be discussing how to best overcome  these challenges.

During this event, you will learn about:

  • Change management strategies and approaches for ICT Management launching new intranets, social and collaboration platforms, or digital workplace initiatives. Change can greatly impact any organisation and it is important to be prepared to handle it before, during and after it occurs.

  • Mastering the migration of data from disparate legacy systems to your new collaboration platform.

  • How to ensure return on investment when getting your digital workplace up and running: learn some tips and tricks indriving high SharePoint and/or Office 365 user adoption.

  • How to create a self-service digital workplace with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 for your employees, customers or partners. Start to automate routine IT support tasks and build-in automated governance policies to the areas in which your users collaborate. Reward the IT team sufficient time to work on more high-level business projects




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09.00am - 09.30am Breakfast and Registration
09.30am - 09.35am


Part 1: Destination
Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint 2016 or Hybrid Cloud. We will discuss best practices and considerations to get you there and showcase some company success stories.

09.35am - 10.20am Keynote – Transformational Change
Kirsten Watson, WAT Solution Factory
10.20am - 10.50am Moving to a Hybrid Cloud Environment
Richard Barrett, AvePoint UK
10.50am -  11.10am Coffee Break
11.10am – 11.40am

Customer Case Study: Transitioning UK Ministry of Defence to a cloud based digital workplace for
200,000 users
Andy Ginn, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

11.40am – 12.30pm

Customer Case Study: From Google to Microsoft - The Pladis Office 365 Adoption Story
Barry Kelly, Visda Scott & Paula Stuart, Pladis

12.30pm - 1.15pm Lunch  &  Networking time

Part 2: Adoption
Ensuring your users adopt your newly deployed digital workplace

1.15pm - 1.45pm Customer Case Study: Mundipharma – SharePoint Adoption Story
Maria Weglowski, MITS
1.45pm - 2.30pm Driving Records and Information Management Transformation: Enabling User Adoption
Maria Concesa Lim, Technical Consultant, HPE Pointnext  & Richard Barrett, Senior Technical Solutions Professional, AvePoint
2.30pm - 3.00pm Coffee Break

Part 3: Productivity
Navigating the Office 365 options to drive productivity in the workplace

3.00pm - 3.45pm SharePoint and Office 365 – The Right Tools for the Right People
Rob Pratt, Combined Knowledge
3.45pm - 4.15pm

Managing Your Digital Workplace
Richard Barrett, AvePoint UK

4.15pm - 4.30pm Closing Q&A
4.30pm - 6.30pm SharePint: The Mug House, 1-3 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2PF


Session Abstracts

Keynote - Transformational Change

Speaker: Kirsten Watson, WAT Solutions Factory.

Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way we work but does your organization have the right culture to maximize the ROI of that new technology?

Successfully changing the way work is done requires a diagnosis not only of what needs to change in terms of systems or structures but also in the way people do things in the organization and why.

At a time when many companies are struggling with legacy IT tools and systems from another age, organizations must design effective change interventions that they can implement and embed successfully.

This session presents the opportunity to reflect on the extent to which ‘the way we do things round here’ can make us all part of the problem and the solution.  It will ask what else, beyond the new system, do you need to be thinking about and what role do leaders need to play in driving the process.



Moving to a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Speaker: Richard Barrett, Technical Solutions Professional, AvePoint UK Ltd

With all the buzz around the Microsoft Cloud and Office 365, SharePoint 2016, and hybrid innovation, you’re most likely facing a major migration decision. If you’re planning a migration to a hybrid environment that combines Office 365 – SharePoint Online with on-premises SharePoint, you can count on AvePoint’s expertise to help.

In this session, we’ll explain a four-step process to moving to a hybrid cloud environment:

Discover: Understand the customisations, workflows, information architecture, and amount of content your source environment contains to ensure your migration project goals are achievable.

Assess & Classify: Get a handle on unstructured data in legacy systems and file shares to make more informed decisions regarding what data to keep on premises, what is cloud-ready, and what can be easily removed or archived.

Plan & Design: Identify the people, processes, and technology required to support your hybrid cloud migration. Break the migration down into a series of phases to understand the business implications every step of the way.

Migrate: Utilize industry-leading best practices to complete a successful hybrid cloud migration while ensuring minimal business disruption.



Customer Case Study: Transitioning UK Ministry of Defence to a cloud based digital workplace for 200,000 users

Speaker: Andy Ginn, HPE

Migrating the MOD users and corpus of information includes a laundry list of considerations -- from costs, tools, security, governance and talent, among other considerations.

Join Andy Ginn from HPE who will discuss how they are currently migrating the MOD from their legacy Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) to Office 365 hosted in the UK, enabling 200,000 users to securely access information tailored to their mission, location and role, at the right time, through a choice of devices, over a cost-effective, modern and adaptable infrastructure. Andy will discuss:

  • The scale of MOD’s transition – from on-premises legacy and file systems to a fully agile cloud based workplace

  • What is going well….what are the challenges that have been encountered



Customer Case Study: From Google to Microsoft - The Pladis Office 365 Adoption Story

Speakers: Barry Kelly, Visda Scott & Paula Stuart, Pladis
User adoption matters, regardless of what productivity suite you are using and ensuring you have the right plan for adoption and support during and after transition is critical to success. Join the team from Pladis as they walk you through their G Suite to Office 365 story. Barry, Visda and Paula will discuss:

  • Their landscape of change and transformation

  • The challenges associated with moving from Google to Microsoft Office 365

  • Accessing the right tools and funding to drive the adoption story

  • Successes and the key strategies they deployed to ensure user adoption of Office 365 was achieved in style



Customer Case Study: Mundipharma – SharePoint Adoption Story

Speakers: Maria Weglowski, MITS & Rob Pratt, Combined Knowledge
It’s not just the technology that makes a data/document management system successful. 

In this Use Case you will learn how the team at Mundipharma ensured that past mistakes were not repeated when implementing SharePoint 2013 and what they are doing to ensure successful user adoption now and in the future



Driving Records and Information Management Transformation: Enabling User Adoption

Speakers: Maria Concesa Lim, Technical Consultant, HPE Pointnext  & Richard Barrett, Senior Technical Solutions Professional, AvePoint
Failure in user adoption has consistently been cited as one of the main reasons why Information and Records Management projects are unsuccessful in delivering expected results. Join Maria as she talks through her experiences to simply the user experience during the information and records lifecycle management.

Demonstration :  How to automate records classification by embracing vendors' emerging technologies



SharePoint and Office 365 – The Right Tools for the Right People

Speaker: Rob Pratt, SharePoint and Office 365 Trainer, Combined Knowledge Ltd

Today we have more choices about how to create and share information within an organisation than ever before.
This session will be a holistic tour of the many choices now available from OneDrives to Teams.
We will also describe how to motivate adoption of new features within an organisation.



Managing Your Digital workplace

Speaker: Richard Barrett, Technical Solutions Professional, AvePoint UK Ltd
Let us quickly recap some of the differences between Office 365 groups vs distribution lists, SharePoint vs Groups, Groups vs Yammer, and even Microsoft Teams vs Groups. 

We will also discuss AvePoint's guidance on when to use which tool when.
Once you have decided which tools to use, as an IT administrator managing all these tools with only native processes, you could face three challenges:
Preventing a sprawl, enforcing permissions and privacy policies.

Join Richard as he will demonstrate  a solution that allows you to stay in control  



Who's Speaking?

Rob Pratt

SharePoint and Office 365 Trainer
Combined Knowledge Ltd

Rob Pratt has over 13 years of training/consultancy experience in helping companies to make the most of their IT systems.

His training experience has included delivery of Technical sessions in products such as; Windows Server, Active Directory and Exchange, Web and Database design, VB, VBA, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator, the Microsoft Office suite, SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 and Office 365.

Richard Barrett

Technical Solutions Professional
AvePoint UK Ltd

Working with SharePoint for the past ten years, Richard has worked with numerous public sector organisations to help them plan, build, and launch successful SharePoint deployments.

Day to day, Richard works alongside Public Sector organisations, advising them how to successfully transition to the cloud whilst ensuring that data classification and security is respected at all times.

Kirsten Watson

WAT Solutions Factory

Kirsten has worked with leading international companies to implement and lead transformational change projects in Europe and Asia.


Andy Ginn


Andy is an accomplished senior IT professional with a wide range of experience scoping and delivering diverse and ambitious solutions.

In the past few years these have centred on Enterprise Collaboration and SharePoint solutions from both an architectural design and a hands on perspective.

SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Education and Adoption Specialists

Combined Knowledge has specialised in the development and delivery of SharePoint Education and Support since 2003. Today we provide Education and Support in a wide range of formats including public and private courses, workshops and self-support user based products on a global basis for SharePoint and Office 365.

Our key aim is not only to deliver the best training classes available but also to provide organisations with a complete, end to end solution for their SharePoint or Office 365 deployment. This is achieved by providing training for all steps of deployment, facilitating product installation, development and use, through to ensuring complete user adoption through the use of on-demand support and helpdesk software for all users from one central source.


AvePoint is a global technology company and proven software leader. Since its founding in 2001, AvePoint has become the world’s largest provider of enterprise-class governance and infrastructure management solutions for Microsoft SharePoint. Propelled by the world’s largest SharePoint-exclusive research & development team, AvePoint helps more than 10,000 customers – including many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies – meet their specific business objectives utilizing the SharePoint platform.

AvePoint, Inc. is headquartered and maintains its principal operational center in Jersey City, NJ, with wholly owned operational centers in the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, and China. AvePoint is a Depth Managed Microsoft Gold Certified Portals and Collaboration Partner and Gold Certified ISV Partner as well as a US Government GSA provider via strategic partnerships. 


Often businesses look to change systems or processes and neglect to address the impact organisational culture can have on achieving a successful outcome.

WAT Solutions Factory AG is a leading provider of change management, training and coaching consultancy.

Based in Switzerland, we support businesses to be more effective by providing holistic solutions that focus on outcomes. We know that change can be disruptive to the business and may not achieve the desired result. That’s why we tailor each solution to address not only a system or process change but also what needs to change in the mindset and ways of working of the people in the organization. By taking this approach we help businesses to implement the change and make it stick so they achieve the result they need.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry-leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster.

With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.





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