Day One // 2016
Registration - Ballroom
Rolling Lunch – Strathaern
Event Welcome and Platinum Introductions – Conference in Gleneagles Suite
Creative Thinking in a Transforming Digital World
A recent survey of more that 1,500 CEOs from around the world asked respondents which business skill they considered to be the most critical for success in the 21stcentury. The result saw creative thinking ranked at the top of the list, and in this session Professor Jamie Anderson will focus on creativity as a key skill for leaders in the communications sector.
The opening of the session will discuss the risks of linear thinking in an ICT environment that is undergoing profound transformation. We will then move on to the concept of non-linear thinking, and explore how many successful organizations leverage new approaches to achieve step-fold improvements in business performance. Participants will appreciate that for them to add value to their organizations they will need to have the courage to bring fresh new thinking. Simply continuing past practices and approaches will not be enough – people will need to discover new ways of doing things in a world of digital convergence.
The session will be highly interactive, and participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon their own creative potential, as well as receive practical guidelines on how to increase the level of creativity and innovation amongst their colleagues and business partners.
The Anatomy of the Software Industry
While the consumption of voice and data traffic is increasing dramatically all over the world the telco industry is experiencing commoditisation, competitive pressure, lower prices and declining margins.
Telecommunications is simply becoming an embedded and hidden facility of other services where the providers enjoy bargaining power vis-a-vis the telco providers and at the same time are capable of charging their customers a premium.
The software industry is the leading force when it comes to embedding telecommunications services in their offerings. The cloud and software-as-a-service delivery formats have captured the hearts of both consumers and businesses and shifts margin from the telco providers to the software companies.
Hans Peter Bech’s keynote at this years CommsVision conference reviews the anatomy of the software industry and illustrates what the players in the telco industry need to understand if they want to add software related services to their offerrings and pocket the fat margins enjoyed by the software industry.
While the software industry certainly offers new market opportunties on a daily basis, Hans Peter explains that the two industries have little in common and that becoming a successful software company requires a completely new strategic focus for any telco industry player.
Hans Peter Bech will deliver his keynote at the CommsVision 2016 Conference that will be held at the Gleneagles Hotel & Golf Resort In Scotland, 9 - 11 November. Attendance in by invitation only.
Network session 1 Boardroom and 1-to1 Meetings
Dinner - Ballroom
Day Two // 2016
Breakfast – Strathaern Restaurant
In a recent survey by on.Cisco and IMD of just under 1000 global CEOs, the respondents believed an average of roughly four of today’s top 10 incumbents (in terms of market share) in each of the 12 industries surveyed will be displaced by digital disruption in the next five years. Telecoms was top of the ‘Most likely to be disrupted’ index.
Why is this and how do we as a sector respond?
John Chapman will lead our sponsors and delegates in a discussion session.
Coffee - Ballroom
The current trend for disruption is driven by technological innovation across a very wide range of activities and products, but this doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) happen in a vacuum. Unless it is driven by and towards positive customer experiences, both at the individual and organisational level, its redundant effort.
As informed and connected buyers change their behaviour how can we find, impress and keep customers?
Paul Cunningham will lead our speaker, sponsors and delegates in a discussion.
Lunch – Strathearn Restaurant
Leadership, alliances, working practices, software tools and the physical characteristics of the workplace are all factors that contribute to the shaping and sustaining of an effective culture for essential business innovation.
The role of the business leader is particularly critical, along with the development of winning teams and the means by which culture is communicated inside and outside the organization.
Can an effective innovation culture be built (or acquired)? Or does it just grow organically? What organisational models and techniques are working and why?
Paul Cunningham will lead our sponsors and delegates in a discussion.
Network session 1 Boardroom and 1-to1 Meetings
Gala Dinner, Pre-dinner drinks – main bar
Gala Dinner (black tie) – Ballroom
Sporting Networking attendee choice of: Golf or Shooting
Coaches back to Edinburgh Airport