What a day we had at the 2016 Summit with amazing presentations, exhibition stands & expert advice on offer to more than 100 inquisitive businesses.
The 2016 summit
What a day we had last week with amazing presentations, exhibition stands & expert advice on offer to more than 100 inquisitive businesses.
For the second year running the Buckinghamshire Digital Summit inspired, educated and enthused delegates and exhibitors to do more online and make the most of the tools and training available to help them grow, be more efficient and remain relevant and competitive in today's digital age.
With talks from Microsoft, Bosch, Clockwork City, The Snaffling Pig Co., Google, Hootsuite and TEEG Digital, businesses picked up top tips and met dozens of digital businesses who lined the foyer of the Waterside Theatre with their stands to network and, in one case, hand out delicious liquid nitrogen ice cream! Even an impromptu fire drill didn't put people off, it merely created a mass networking group outside the entrance of the theatre!
If you weren't able to make the event or need a refresher, take a look at the photos, video and social media from the event and check out the highlights below.
Lee Frater, Head of Strategic Influencer Partnerships, Microsoft
The highlights of Lee’s talk on the future of business via digital transformation included:
More access to data thanks to smarter, faster technologies, means that businesses can better understand their customers, competitors and themselves
Digital skills need to be top down, not bottom up – managers and executives need to be tech savvy too
How to ensure businesses are taking advantage of the proliferation of technology rather than shying away from it
Getting businesses to think about the one thing they could do that would make a significant difference to their business, whether that’s a new product, a new employee or A.N Other
Utilising virtual assistants and chat-bots to streamline work processes
The fact that 86% of CEOs consider digital their number one priority
Eman Martin-Vignerte, Director, Bosch
Eman spoke about smart cities, the internet of things and the digital economy and provided the following insights:
New technologies are disrupting business models across all sectors, not just digital and if companies aren't already harnessing the opportunities, they should be
Smart cities are the future and can benefit businesses, especially with smart parking measures that allow more people to shop in town and city centres, boosting small businesses
No one company can offer the whole solution so there needs to be cooperation
Younger generations are less concerned with ownership and more with sharing and connectivity
Bosch is using new techologies to help make their partners more efficient. For example, an estimated 40% of construction equipment goes missing, so Bosch has been working on security measures that help firms track stolen equipment and stop it being used by thieves through the use of low cost security tags.