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Wisdom UK 2020: Our UK ITAM conference returns

  • 10th June & 11th June 2020
  • The Kia Oval, London

The ITAM Review returns with its fifth UK annual conference on 10th & 11th June 2020 at the iconic home of County Cricket, Kia Oval Stadium, London.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

About this event

The ITAM Review returns with its fifth UK annual conference on 10th & 11th June 2020 at the iconic home of County Cricket, Kia Oval Stadium, London.

Wisdom UK 2020

ITAM is an ever-growing, and ever changing, discipline. There is always a new challenge around the corner – be that: 

  • New technologies like SaaS, IaaS, Containers, Internet of Things and more 
  • Vendors with a new – or renewed – focus on software audits 
  • Evolving license models, metrics, and rules from various vendors 
  • Shifts in internal politics, focus and culture 

As an ITAM professional, there are 2 key things to be aware of: you can never know everything and keeping up to date is key. However, keeping current can be difficult for 3 main reasons: 

  • Where do you focus? 
  • Where do you find the information? 
  • Where do you find the time? 

And that’s where ITAM Review Wisdom aims to help.  

We talk with people all over the globe – software vendors, resellers, tool vendors, C-suite execs, SAM/HAM/ITAM professionals, consultants, analysts and more  as well as conduct our own extensive research, and this enables us to identify the critical areas for ITAM professionals. 

Each Wisdom conference is filled with carefully selected speakers whose topics and stories will help you grow and progress in your ITAM career – perhaps you’ll get that one piece of info you need to make a breakthrough, the knowledge to solve that tricky licensing problem, or the right way to engage your stakeholders – whatever it is, we help bring that information to you. 

While we can’t give you more time (if only we could!), we CAN ensure that your time spent with us at Wisdom will be as useful as possible. As well as the dozens of sessions, we make sure there’s plenty of time for networking with your peers, plus 1-1 conversations with speakers, sponsors, and ITAM Review analysts.  

Not only that, we also run 1-day licensing training sessions that are full to the brim with awesomeness AND you can get ITAM certified while you’re at the conference. With 6 to choose from, you can go back to the office with at least one industry recognised certification under your belt too! 

New for 2020 – get certified on-site at the ITAM Review Wisdom conference!

Our industry certifications in:
  • Practical ITAM
  • Microsoft licensing
  • Oracle licensing
  • IBM licensing
  • VMware licensing
  • Audit Defence
will be available to take during our already awesome, action-packed 2 day event.

Price

Super early bird rate (valid until 31st March 2020): £299 + VAT per person

Early bird rate (valid until 30th April 2020): £349 + VAT per person

Full price rate: £399 + VAT per person

Consultant & Partner rate: £699 +VAT per person (Limited availability)

More than 3 delegates? Contact us to discuss group booking discounts.

 


Training Courses

Why not attend a training course the day before the conference?

Conference & training course bundle tickets available for all courses at £499 + VAT per person. (Limited availability)

 

 

You can view our full events terms & conditions here.

Special Offers T&Cs: The special offers are available for a limited time only and apply to new bookings only. No refunds or transfers will be given against previous bookings made on this event.

 

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Who should attend

Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned pro, there’s something for you at Wisdom UK 2020.

  • Senior IT Decision Makers
  • IT Asset Managers
  • Software Asset Managers
  • Software Licensing Specialists
  • IT Procurement Professionals
  • FinOps/cloud cost analysts

Agenda

Full agenda to be confirmed shortly. 

Day 1

TIME

ACTIVITY

08:30 – 09:00 

Registration

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome to ‘Wisdom’:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

09:15 – 10:00

Meet your peers interactive session

10:00 – 10:30

Wellbeing in the Workplace:
Steve Carr, Mind Canyon

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshment break

SOLUTION SPOTLIGHT
(optional)
ASHES SUITE

PAKISTAN ROOM

AUSTRALIA ROOM

DEBENTURE LOUNGE

11:00 – 11:15

The Pros & Cons of Third Party IBM Software Support:
Brendan Walsh, Origina
Presentation TBC:
SHI
Presentation TBC:
Flexera

How to cut licensing costs with your existing assets:
Lennart Martens, PREO AG

11:20 – 11:35

The Pros & Cons of Third Party IBM Software Support:
Brendan Walsh, Origina
Presentation TBC:
SHI
Presentation TBC: Flexera

How to cut licensing costs with your existing assets:
Lennart Martens, PREO AG

11:40 – 11:55

The Pros & Cons of Third Party IBM Software Support:
Brendan Walsh, Origina
Presentation TBC:
SHI
Presentation TBC: Flexera

How to cut licensing costs with your existing assets:
Lennart Martens, PREO AG

WORKSHOP STREAMS

ASHES SUITE PAKISTAN ROOM

AUSTRALIA ROOM

12:00 – 13:00

From ITAM to IT Governance:
AJ Witt, The ITAM Review
A Nightmare on HAM Street:
David Foxen, SAM Beast Consulting

Modernizing Microsoft Licensing in the Cloud Era:
Aadil Nanji, Info-Tech Research Group

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Developing SAM Resources in Global teams:
Rachel Ryan, Danske Bank
Datacentre Tech and How it Impacts Your Licensing:
Barry Pilling, Cortex Consulting

Building your ITAM Stakeholder Map:
Julia Veall & Ashley Scammell, Vodafone

15:00 – 16:00 Microsoft changes over the last 18 months:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review
Concurrent licenses – What is value for money anyway?:
Paul Smith, Aerospace/ Manufacturing Sector

Presentation TBC:
James Crossland, Yorkshire Water

16:00 – 16:20

Refreshment Break

16.20 – 16.50

Workshop Recap/ Hot Topics Roundtable Session 

16.50 – 17.20

Industry Panel Session:
TBC

17.20 – 17.30

Day One Wrap-up:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

17.30 – 19:00

Networking Reception

 

Day 2

TIME

ACTIVITY

09.00 – 09.30

Registration

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome back:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

09.45 – 10.30

Presentation TBC:
Speaker TBC

10.30 – 11.00

Stories that shook the (ITAM) world:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

11.00 – 11.20

Refreshment Break

11.20 – 12:00

Presentation TBC:
Speaker TBC

WORKSHOP STREAMS

ASHES SUITE PAKISTAN ROOM

AUSTRALIA ROOM

12:00 – 13:00

Presentation TBC:
Speaker TBC
SaaS Management – What does good look like?: 
AJ Witt, The ITAM Review

Presentation TBC: Speaker TBC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

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Presentation TBC: Speaker TBC

15.00 – 15.45

Workshop Recap/ Hot Topics Roundtable Session

15:45 – 15:55

Closing Remarks and Prize Giving:
Rich Gibbons, The ITAM Review

16:00 – 17:00

ITAM Review User Group (Optional)

Speakers

Interested in speaking at this event? Click here to complete a speaker submission form.

 

Plenary speakers

  • Rich Gibbons

    Rich Gibbons

    Licensing Analyst, The ITAM Review

    Rich Gibbons

    Licensing Analyst, The ITAM Review

    Rich joined The ITAM Review in March 2017, having almost 15 years’ experience in the world of IT and software licensing, having been both a software sales manager for a VAR and a Microsoft licensing endorsed trainer.

    Day One Workshop: Microsoft changes over the last 18 months

    Session details TBC.

    Day Two Plenary: Stories that shook the (ITAM) world

    Join Rich for a look at some of the biggest, most interesting, and most relevant stories from this past year.This interactive session will cover licensing, audits, lawsuits, government investigations (and more) and feature vendors including Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP – all to help give you a view of what’s happening globally in our industry, and how it might impact you and your organisation.
  • Martin Thompson

    Martin Thompson

    Owner & Founder, The ITAM Review

    Martin Thompson

    Owner & Founder, The ITAM Review

    Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource and community for worldwide ITAM professionals. Martin is an independent ITAM consultant for organizations seeking independent guidance on ITAM strategy or ITAM tool selection. Martin also reviews tools, technology and services in the ITAM market. On a voluntary basis Martin is the Chief Agitator at the Campaign for Clear Licensing, a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the SAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770 and board member of Free ICT Europe which supports the ICT secondary market.

    Sessions TBC

  • Steve Carr

    Steve Carr

    Director & Founder, Mindcanyon

    Steve Carr

    Director & Founder, Mindcanyon

    Steve Carr is a wellbeing, mental health, mental health recovery and suicide first-aid tutor, author, pilot, inspirational speaker and former IPS Service Manager integrated within AWP NHS Mental Health Teams.

    He’s qualified in many areas of mental and physical health, including youth and adult mental health first aid, awareness of mental health problems, life coaching, counselling skills, level 4 Suicide First Aid, level 3 personal training and one of only a handful of Suicide First Aid tutors in the country.

    His dedication to helping others came after multiple childhood traumas and a turbulent adulthood wrecked by addictions and mental health problems, leading to numerous suicide attempts.

    He emerged a man with a mission to change the world of mental health to ensure no one has to face adversity or challenges alone.

    While in recovery, he has chosen to share his story of hope, healing and transformation through national television, radio, significant publications along with several nationally and internationally recognised businesses.

    He has met and shared stages with many famous and well know celebrities, including Dame Kelly Holmes, Kristy Gallacher, Russell Brand, Paul Martin, Jonny Benjamin MBE and Stephanie Cole OBE, as an inspirational speaker. He has written many articles, blogs and his work has been recognised by Facebook who credited him with the title of ‘Power Administrator’ for his online mental health peer support group. He has also co-authored a book on emerging proud after Suicide.

    One of his most significant achievements was walking from one end of Britain to the other with just £100 sleeping rough in a tent for 90 days after being diagnosed with several mental health conditions, raising awareness for both mental health and homelessness. He wrote a report on his finding and delivered it by hand by personal invitation to David Cameron at number 10 Downing Street.

    His insights and knowledge come from the lived experience of overcoming some of life’s biggest challenges, including several mental health issues.

    Education and understanding is the key to change.

    Helping People Change Their Lives.

Workshop speakers

  • Barry Pilling

    Barry Pilling

    Managing Partner Consultant, Cortex Consulting

    Barry Pilling

    Managing Partner Consultant, Cortex Consulting

    Barry has worked in the IT industry for 20 years, with a decade in IT Asset Management.  He is an expert SAM consultant who has worked with multiple clients across a huge range of industry sectors. He specialises in data centre and infrastructure licensing, audit defence and processes across all platforms, and is a firm believer in simplifying software asset management. He is a tech geek at heart and is always looking to learn, whilst trying to help others.

    Day One Workshop: Datacentre Tech and How it Impacts Your Licensing

    Despite the increase in use of cloud services and platforms, many organisations still host applications in their own or 3rd party managed datacentres.  This session will give you an overview on key technology concepts you need to understand as a licensee and the effect they have on the licences you manage.  We will be looking at:

    • Processors and cores – and how software vendors define them
    • What are the different virtualisation platforms and how do they impact licensing?
    • Why do we need to understand these as IT asset managers?
  • Aadil Nanji

    Aadil Nanji

    Research Director, Info-Tech Research Group

    Aadil Nanji

    Research Director, Info-Tech Research Group

    At Info-Tech, Aadil provides IT leaders with the guidance, analysis, and tools they need to ensure their technology contracts are thoroughly vetted, benchmarked, and optimized. Aadil is also focused on the development and delivery of research to assist our members with the various aspects of vendor management to help drive accountable partner relationships. He has experience reviewing top IT contracts across both the public and private sectors, and helps clients evaluate products, software licensing, and vendors when negotiating the optimal contract terms for their unique requirements. He also assists clients in developing their approach to software compliance defense actions, resulting in a defensible IT deployment environment.

    Aadil holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

    Day One Workshop Session: Modernizing Microsoft Licensing in the Cloud Era

    Microsoft has accomplished their goals for adoption of O365 / M365. The aim now is to limit and minimize discounting products and focus on driving conversations to the extensive value these products provide. Microsoft’s focus for the upcoming years will be the Azure platform, Teams as the replacement for Skype, growing Dynamics market share and profitability, as well as the new security suites.

  • AJ Witt

    AJ Witt

    ITAM Industry Analyst, The ITAM Review

    AJ Witt

    ITAM Industry Analyst, The ITAM Review

    AJ Witt is ITAM Industry Analyst at The ITAM Review. Previous to joining the ITAM Review team in April 2018, he was Software Asset Manager for Carnival UK, operators of the P&O & Cunard cruise lines. Coming from a background in IT Infrastructure technical operations IT Security & Compliance, AJ is well-placed to share his experience of how dynamic SAM teams can build mutually-beneficial stakeholder engagement. AJ lives close to the New Forest National Park and enjoys cycling when his son isn’t keeping him busy with music, astronomy, and art projects.

    Day One Workshop: From ITAM to IT Governance

    Organisations are increasingly building direct business value from their use of IT. The assets ITAM teams manage are deloyed closer than ever to customers – in everything from smart devices to AI-enabled customer service agents. ITAM Professionals have always advocated the importance of managing technical assets and this shift in the means of production and value creation gives us an opportunity to make ITAM a governance function seen as essential as Finance or Legal.

    This session will provide a framework for building a cross-functional IT Governance practice. It will explore the common governance needs for technology-first organisations, look at macroeconomic, societal, and geopolitical factors, and place ITAM within a team dedicated to maximising business value safely, securely, and ethically.

    Day Two Workshop: SaaS Management – What does good look like?

    Session details TBC.

  • David Foxen

    David Foxen

    Founder & Principal Consultant, SAM Beast Consulting

    David Foxen

    Founder & Principal Consultant, SAM Beast Consulting

    David is an award winning ITAM professional and currently the Principal Consultant for SAM Beast Consulting Ltd, helping customers implement and mature successful IT Asset Management functions.

    He has already implemented a successful IT Asset Management structure in a number of organisations. He has also saved millions of pounds via contract renegotiation, internal audits and optimising existing licenses. He has previously held a number of SAM roles including SAM Evangelist, ITAM Director, Global Software Asset Manager, Software Asset Manager and Software Asset Analyst.

    Whilst always looking to learn, he is very enthusiastic and passionate about software asset management, IT Asset Management, Mobile Asset Management and software licensing. If you want to get in touch with David then the best way to do so is at david.foxen@sambeast.co.uk.

    Day One Workshop: A Nightmare on HAM Street

    Organisations and third parties can get the management of their hardware assets so very wrong. From no procurement information, wrong models listed in the CMDB to not knowing where valuable assets are, this session will cover a real-life HAM nightmare and how we turned it into a pleasant dream!

  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    Software Asset Manager, Aerospace/Manufacturing Sector

    Paul Smith

    Software Asset Manager, Aerospace/Manufacturing Sector

    Paul Smith has worked in IT for the last 18 years, with the last 7 years covering Software Asset Management and the last 4 as a dedicated Software Asset Manager. Prior to that, Paul worked in engineering for 15 years.

    Day One Workshop: Concurrent Licenses – What is value for money anyway?

    This session will explore:

    • Measurement of concurrent licenses
    • What data you usually get & how you can process this data into something more meaningful
    • Engaging with users in order to understand the data
    • How to use your information to evaluate and drive value for money
  • Rachel Ryan

    Rachel Ryan

    Global Head of ITAM, Danske Bank

    Rachel Ryan

    Global Head of ITAM, Danske Bank

    With 20+ years working within IT covering Software Asset Managing and Software Licencing I have gained experience working in global organisation with complex environments. I specialise in building winning ITAM Functions and ITAM Programs to ensure organisations can optimise their Software Estate while minimising risk and maximising value. In my role at Danske Bank I work with teams in the UK, Copenhagen, Vilnius -Lithuania) and India.

    Day One Workshop: Developing SAM Resources in Global teams

    This session will cover:

    • Different roles ideal to progress to SAM Managers
    • Career paths and different levels of SAM Managers
    • What training and resources you can use to develop your team
    • Development plans, knowledge sharing, communication, mentoring and accreditations.

  • Julia Veall

    Julia Veall

    ITAM Manager, Vodafone

    Julia Veall

    ITAM Manager, Vodafone

    Julia has a 20+ year IT career with a history of creating successful teams where none previously existed. In her current role, Julia has built a Centre of Excellence for IT Asset Management in Vodafone UK which will now be used as the blueprint for a global implementation.

    Day One Workshop: Building your ITAM Stakeholder Map

    Session details TBC.

  • Ashley Scammell

    Ashley Scammell

    Asset Management Specialist, Vodafone

    Ashley Scammell

    Asset Management Specialist, Vodafone

    Ashley is an experienced IT Asset Management Specialist with a 20 year history of working in the Telecommunications, Education and Utilities industries.

    Day One Workshop: Building your ITAM Stakeholder Map

    Session details TBC.

Solution Spotlight

  • Brendan Walsh

    Brendan Walsh

    Chief Commercial Officer, Origina

    Brendan Walsh

    Chief Commercial Officer, Origina

    Brendan Walsh, Chief Commercial Officer at Origina, has over 20 years professional experience in the IT industry. Brendan leads the commercial team at Origina and is responsible for building their enduring customer relationships.

    Day One Solution Spotlight: The Pros & Cons of Third Party IBM Software Support

    Third Party IBM Software Support does not suit every organisation but if it does you can save significantly. This session details what companies should know when considering switch to a third party support provider.

  • Lennart Martens

    Lennart Martens

    Key Account Manager, PREO

    Lennart Martens

    Key Account Manager, PREO

    Lennart Martens is a passionate licensing expert with a knowledge of 10 years in various industries. For PREO, he is responsible for key (customers) account management all over Europe. He consults customers in licensing issues as well as in preparation for SAM-projects and audits and help them to optimise their IT-environment in order to find the best and efficient solution. Based on his broad knowledge of software-licensing, especially for Microsoft and Adobe, he is able to point out new opportunities for license optimisation and for an alternative approach into cloud-computing.

    Day One Solution Spotlight: How to cut licensing costs with your existing assets

Why you should attend

  • Hear from our expert speakers on topics such as:
    • Audit Defence & Licensing
    • The ‘Big Four’ (Microsoft, Oracle, IBM & SAP)
    • Microfocus & Quest
    • Managing public cloud (IaaS) like Azure or AWS
    • Choosing a cloud management tool
    • Working with stakeholders across the business
    • How Cyber Security and ITAM can work together
    • How ITAM can better work with finance to address SaaS and IaaS risk
    • Hardware Asset Management (HAM)
    • IT Asset Disposal (ITAD)
    • Should ITAM look after systems patching
    • Managing Open Source
    • FinOps
    • Procurement
  • Hear success stories from your peers to inspire you to deliver on new areas of improvement
  • Get the latest updates from tool and service providers
  • Get practical advice on tool selection and how to manage new asset types
  • Enjoy a streamlined conference experience via the app, enabling efficient meetings with sponsors, speakers and your peers
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from peers in person or via the conference app

 

Sponsors

To discuss sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact us.

 

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Directions

Kia Oval
Surrey County Cricket Club,
Harleyford St,
Kennington,
London SE11 5SS

By Rail

Take South West Trains to Vauxhall station which is a ten minute walk from the ground. The station is well served by trains throughout Surrey and Hampshire as well as from the Greater London area.

By Underground

Take the Northern Line to the Oval tube station. The main entrance to the ground is 100 metres on your left on leaving the station. The ground is also a ten minute walk from Vauxhall tube station which is on the Victoria line. For more information on the underground visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

By Car

The ground is situated on the A202, near the junction with the A3 and A24, just south of Vauxhall Bridge and 10 minutes from Victoria and Waterloo.
There is no parking available onsite, although there are local car parks nearby. Click here for details.

We advise all delegates to use public transport where possible.

Hotel Information

Please arrange your own accommodation, if required.

Below are some hotels within walking distance of the venue:

Travelodge Vauxhall
3 Bond Way, London, SW8 1SJ
3minutes by car or 10minutes walk from the venue

Staybridge Suites Vauxhall
100 Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London SE11 5EL
5minutes by car or 10minutes walk from the venue
Negotiated rates are available at the hotel, please use the Corporate ID: 9999999999 when booking and this will show you the best available rate. 

Park Plaza Riverbank
18 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TJ
5minutes by car or 15minutes walk from the venue

Crowne Plaza London Albert Embankment
10-11 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7SP
5minutes by car or 15minutes walk from the venue

Doubletree London Westminister
30 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD,United Kingdom
10minutes by car or 30minutes walk from the venue

Please note, no accommodation has been secured at the above hotels. Rooms are available on a first come first served basis at the best available rate provided by the hotel.

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Testimonials and reviews

Some previous conference delegate feedback:

‘This was by far the best event I’ve been to and I got so much out of going, more than I ever expected. I would recommend it to everyone in our industry. For me personally both my ITAM roles have been basically me left to my own devices to build ITAM functions from scratch so it was a great confidence boost to hear the experts talk about this and describe pretty much what I had done, sort of validating that I had done things the right way, and it was brilliant to meet a community of people who enjoy talking about ITAM and SAM as much as I do! Thanks again for putting on an amazing event’

‘Loved it, already looking forward to next year’

‘I really enjoyed this event. The speakers were knowledgeable and the content was great’

‘Good to hear that others we felt were a long way progressed are not as mature as expected’

‘Useful conference, good networking’

‘Great content, very topical. Appreciate the flexibility to accommodate questions from the floor in the Q&A session’

‘The panel was really useful’

‘Come back next year!’

‘Love the work The ITAM Review does’

‘Awesome event as per last year’

‘Fantastic event for first time’

‘Insightful and relevant topics. A worth while event’