Day One // 2016

10:00am – 11:30am

Registration - Ballroom

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Rolling Lunch – Strathaern

12:45pm - 13:05pm
Paul Cunningham
Comms Vision

Event Welcome and Platinum Introductions – Conference in Gleneagles Suite

13:05pm - 13:45pm
Opening Keynote
Jamie Anderson

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.

13:45pm - 14:15pm
Hans Peter Bech

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.

14:15pm - 14:45pm
James Hennah, Managing Director of Fixed and VP of Media and Broadcast, BT Wholesale


14:45pm - 15:15pm
Bob Falconer, CEO, Gamma


15:15pm - 15:30pm

Wrap Up

15:30pm - 18:00pm

Network session 1 Boardroom and 1-to1 Meetings


Dinner - Ballroom

Day Two // 2016

6:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast – Strathaern Restaurant

9:00am - 9:45am
Opening Keynote
Defy Convention – yes you can jump the building - Dave Alred MBE
9:45am - 10:30am
Insight Session - "Succeeding in the Age of the Platform"

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.

10:30am - 10:45am

Coffee - Ballroom

10:45am - 11:15am
Allister Frost
11:15am - 11:45am
8x8/Kevin Uphill, Avondale


11:45am - 12:15pm
Insight Session - "Meeting Opportunity at Speed"

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.

12:15pm - 13:15pm

Lunch – Strathearn Restaurant

13:30pm - 14:00pm
Henry Warren
14:00am - 14:30pm
Insight Session - "Does Culture beat Strategy?"

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.

14:30pm - 14:45pm

Closing remarks

14:45pm - 18:00pm

Network session 1 Boardroom and 1-to1 Meetings


Gala Dinner, Pre-dinner drinks – main bar


Gala Dinner (black tie) – Ballroom

Day 3


Sporting Networking attendee choice of: Golf or Shooting  



14:30pm - 16:00pm

Coaches back to Edinburgh Airport