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IDC & IBM Automation Festival

Automation Is Everywhere – What’s Your Strategy?

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Over 50% of European organisations are using automation technology today, and increasingly they are applying automation across multiple aspects of both IT operations and business operations – to improve agility, cost, productivity, customer satisfaction and increasingly, sustainability. However with the popularity of concepts like AIOps, application observability, and CloudOps; and technologies like RPA, workflow automation, integration platforms, process mining and more, organisations are constantly at risk of pursuing fragmented and complex initiatives with “islands of automation” that are difficult to scale.

With almost a third (31%) of organisations struggling to build enough skilled resources to meet automation demand, and 59% of organisations seeking to consolidate and simplify their automation vendor relationships, building a strategic approach to automation has never been more important.

Come to the Automation Festival, hosted by IBM and IDC, to:
- Understand how automation is changing industries
- Get inspired about new possibilities
- See the value of a strategic approach to automation.


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Tuesday March 21, 2023

Registration/Teas and Coffees


Welcome and Agenda


Automation Is Everywhere – What’s Your Strategy?


IBM Automation: Empowering Teams and Transforming Business


The Mayflower Autonomous Ship Story Continues


The Power of Collaboration – Putting the how into the Innovation


Orientation for Next Sessions


Lunch and BP Expo


Tours and Demos - Innovation Studio Team


IT Automation Track (Parallel Sessions)


Business Automation Track (Parallel Sessions)




Fireside Chat


Panel Session - The Big Questions of the Day


Inspirational Speaker


Wrap Up and Thank You


Stephen Warwick

Vice President Automation and AI and Head of Research and Development, IBM UK Ltd.

Neil Ward-Dutton

VP, AI and Intelligent Process Automation European Practices, IDC United Kingdom and Ireland

Eileen Lowry

VP, Product Management, IBM Automation, IBM UK Ltd.

Andy Stanford-Clark

SPEED Programme Leader for EMEA. Distinguished Engineer. Master Inventor, Quantum Technical Ambassador, IBM UK Ltd.

Brett Phaneuf

Founder and Chief Executive, Submergence Group

Ebru Binboga

Director, Data & AI and Automation, IBM UK Ltd.

Mark Ketteman

Architect: Digital Business Automation & Hybrid Integration, IBM UK Ltd.

Jeremy Chaplin

Senior Cloud Solution Architect, Flexera

Daniel Salt

Senior Technical Specialist, IBM UK Ltd.

Andrew MacDonald

Senior Business Automation Technical Specialist, IBM UK Ltd.

Alec Kemp

EMEA Field CTO, Turbonomic

Dale Lane

Chief Architect, IBM Event Integration, IBM UK Ltd.

Angus Jamieson

Senior Service Management Architect, IBM UK Ltd.

Dan Crow

Client Solution Professionals - ECM, IBM UK Ltd.

Shivali Mistry

Technology Engineer - Client Engineering, Automation, IBM UK Ltd.

Nicola Woodward

Director, Technical Sales, DAA (Data, AI & Automation) UKI, IBM UK Ltd.

Alex Donohue

Head of Intelligent Process Automation, Jupiter Asset Management

Andrew Nolan

MIS Manager, Jupiter Asset Management

Bhav Mager

Head of Digital Intelligent Operations, BP

Sven Strassburg

Solution Architect Lead, Europe, IBM UK Ltd.

Mike Eager

Squadron Leader

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