It’s a few weeks on from our big date of the year. Not the strictly come dancing movie week, but something way more exciting – and less controversial. Our Identity-driven Security Summit at Microsoft’s UK HQ, which was our biggest and most ambitious yet.
Two days with our customers, helping us understand how their world has changed – whilst giving us an opportunity to share our own evolution and development.
Not only was it packed, with interesting keynotes, technical demos and in-depth workshops, but it also saw the launch of market-leading partnerships, brand new OCG IP, and spotlights on our expert Cyber Security and Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) practices.
If I needed any reminder about the exciting times ahead for OCG, this was certainly it…
“Identity is the new control plane…” Alex Simons, Microsoft
With Alex Simons, Director of Program Management, delivering one of our highly-anticipated keynotes, it was clear to see that identity is still at the forefront of Microsoft’s DNA. His roadmap for the future revealed forward-thinking developments, which included over 100 improvements to the intelligent identity control plane.
The growing demand for Microsoft’s Azure AD B2B and B2C stack has also driven us to create a dedicated Customer Identity and Access Management practice – and this year’s two-day event saw the launch of our Access Centre solution. Coupled with our partnerships with cloud access governance specialists, Saviynt, and data security experts, STEALTHbits, there was plenty to get excited about in the identity space.
Digital transformation inspiring all-encompassing business change
It’s always encouraging to hear how the OCG-Microsoft partnership is creating real business value and the Summit is my opportunity to make new connections and to catch up with some familiar faces.
As we’re now working across more verticals and with more clients than ever before, it was interesting to hear about the challenges that different industries are facing.
Mark Brinsford from Companies House delivered an insightful presentation about the future of identity and security in the public sector, while the University of London showcased their IAM vision to universities from across the UK.
Digital transformation really is pervading every industry, and both identity and security are key to succeeding.
Enhance security: How we do cyber
Following the launch of our cyber security practice, this was our first Summit to have a cyber security-focused day.
With keynotes and demos from Microsoft’s Stuart Aston, Yossi Basha, Laura Hunter and Steve Newby, we were able to showcase the latest solutions, alongside specialist technologies from our leading partners MinerEye, Wolfsberry and Lookout.
Covering the classification of the databerg, the danger of digital footprints and the importance of threat detection, it was an innovative introduction to our expert cyber partners.
This year’s event also highlighted the real need for our enhanced security offerings, including GDPR assessments and awareness training.
Our core partnerships with Bob’s Business and Evolve North are putting us at the forefront of this holistic security revolution and are helping us to deliver on our four pillars of cyber – assess, protect, operate and educate.
It’s not the winning that counts….
As ever, there’s a downside to every event, and this year we had to accept that we’re not the best ping pong players in the west.
Our friends at OCG Learning/Worldwide aced the ping-pong tournament at Smash Bar Reading – and beat Microsoft’s Gil Ronen in a hotly contested final.
Something for us to work on for next year…