10th November 2020, 10:00AM - 12:00PM GMT
About this event:
Unless you have been hiding under a rock since March, it has been fairly obvious that the world has changed significantly thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is also a time when technology has come into its own. It has literally saved lives and livelihoods. Almost overnight, millions of employees were suddenly forced to work from home, and their employers had to implement sweeping changes to their working methods to make remote working a viable option for their business.
Component producing factories in China closed, causing massive shortages, and the industry fought valiantly to keep up with demand, with many channel companies working day and night to ensure their clients could keep up and running.
Technology was crucial in the fight against Coronavirus itself, whether this was tablets used for relatives to say goodbye to loved ones, or communicate with friends and family, or for medical teams around the world to share data and treatment updates with their colleagues as they battled to beat the virus.
The pandemic has sped up the digital transformation process more than anyone could have predicted, and it has left many channel firms needing to catch up in terms of supporting more system integration, analytics and automation, particularly now the dust is starting to settle.
Future supply chains will also be under greater scrutiny in terms of sustainability and lifecycle management as more vendors build circular economy teams to tackle environmental responsibility and CSR.
So as we start to lift our heads above the parapet once more, where do we go from here? What are customers expecting from technology, and those that supply it, in this ‘new normal’? What will post-Covid workplaces look like? Where are customers in verticals such as public sector, education, retail and others placing their bets and what should the channel be doing to help them get the best results from their technology investments? And what is the channel’s role in all of this?
These topics and more will be the focus for this year’s CRN On series in association with Agilitas.
Chief Executive Officer, SapphireView Bio
Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire in 2015, with a career spanning over 21 years in the cyber security industry, Annabel has been recognised by CRN as one of the most influential women in the UK IT channel and included in their A-List for 2018 and 2019. Excelling in leadership, the development and implementation of new strategies and identifying emerging technologies, Annabel also takes an active involvement in encouraging more women into the cyber security industry. She is also proud to be a Leadership Fellow at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle.
Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, World Wide TechnologyView Bio
As vice president of Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Bob Olwig has company-wide responsibility for driving World Wide Technology’s strategic initiatives, global marketing, business development and global alliances. Bob joined WWT in 1996, and from 1999 to 2002 Bob served as CTO for Telcobuy.com. Bob has more than 35 years of experience in the information technology industry, including various technical, marketing, sales and sales management responsibilities at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Novell. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Saint Louis University. Bob serves as Board President of St. Patrick Center, an organization driving to eliminate homelessness in St. Louis, MO.
Head of IT and Infrastructure, UNiDAYSView Bio
Gareth Davies is the Head of IT & Infrastructure at UNiDAYS. He has been working in technology for the last nine years in a variety of technical and management roles, including IT helpdesk positions and technical support within the live events industry, global systems administration and management. He currently leads teams to provide cloud-first, people-centric solutions for internal business and public-facing infrastructure platforms.
He is most likely to be found talking endlessly about why everyone needs to dedicate more time to utilising checklists, assisting people as a Mental Health First Aider, and trying to automate himself out of his job.
Chief Revenue Officer, boxxeView Bio
Joel Berwitz responsible for the revenue generation strategy at boxxe, bringing together sales, marketing, technology, innovation and partner teams to provide our leading solutions and services to customers in the public and private sector.
Chief Technology Officer, GraniteSharesView Bio
Manuj Sarpal is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for GraniteShares, which is a global Asset management with more than $1.5 billion in AUM. He has worked on numerous technology implementations for Asset management and Financial services from inception, development, listings, distribution and operations of Exchange Traded Products globally. Manuj has acquired an MBA from the Cass Business School, London and also pursuing Certificate in Quantitative finance. He has more than 20 years of professional experience, which spans from consulting, software development and technology leadership. In past, he has worked for ETF Securities and Barclays to implement complex and large scale successful IT Transformation projects. He has keen interest in the role of technology especially in Cloud, Machine Learning and AI.
CEO, boxxeView Bio
Having sold Kelway to CDW in 2015, Phil Doye returned to the industry last year when he acquired SBL (which was renamed ‘boxxe’ on 1 September).
He is CEO of the York-based Microsoft partner, which counts the MoD and broader public sector among its key vertical markets.
Consulting Editor, CRN and Channel Partner InsightView Bio
Sara Yirrell left Incisive Media in December 2016 to become a freelance journalist and content consultant specialising in all things IT channel.
Before that she had worked at Incisive-owned CRN since August 2000, holding the title of Editorial Director since October 2014. She was the editorial driving force behind the brand since becoming Editor in 2007, and oversaw the expansion to incorporate channelnomics.eu and channelnomics.com, which created the first true global channel network, and was recently rebranded as Channel Partner Insight.
Before joining CRN, Sara worked on local daily newspaper The Northampton Chronicle & Echo for three years covering areas such as crime, local politics, education, business and transport.
CEO, AgilitasView Bio
Shaun led a successful MBO to set up Agilitas back in 2014 from the previous business ACAL plc. As CEO of Agilitas, Shaun is responsible for the strategic vision of the business and commits a large proportion of his time working with clients to identify what is core to them and their customers and what is context to ensure the Agilitas strategy is aligned to the needs of the market. As one of the leading figures in the channel, Shaun has delivered success in a number of senior roles at global technology companies including IBM, Sun Microsystems and Oracle serving some of the world’s leading businesses including Cable & Wireless, NTL, JPMC, Defra, ABN Amro and Astra Zenecca.