OCG’s 2015 European Summit will cover topics that matter the most to businesses today. Given the pace of technological change – and users’ expectations for any time, anywhere and any device access, which has increased complexity – organisations are in danger of being left behind.

As well as looking at the latest technical innovations for identity management and cloud enablement, we want to elevate the debate. We’ve learned from experience that the biggest challenge for organisations when enabling a mobile workforce and embracing a move to the cloud is not the technology available, but people. Let us help you ‘connect the dots’ from the technologies that make it all possible to the business case for change within your organisation.

Where: Microsoft UK HQ, Reading

When: 14 & 15 October 2015

This is a complimentary event. We will also provide refreshments, meals and entertainment across both days.

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Alex Simons, Microsoft, Keynote speaker

We are excited to announce that Alex Simons will be a keynote speaker at this year’s European Summit.

Alex Simons is the Partner Director of Program Management for the Active Directory team in the Identity & Security Services Division at Microsoft.

Alex joined the Active Directory team in January of 2012 and, with his engineering partners, is responsible for guiding the team through the planning, implementation and delivery of Windows Server Active Directory and the new Microsoft Azure Active Directory cloud service.

This is an opportunity for attendees to gain an insight into the latest innovations on their way from Microsoft.

Learn more about the changing world of identity, and discover how major companies have successfully moved to the cloud.

Our 2015 speakers also include

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Gini Ekstein

Gini Ekstein

Business Psychologist, Microsoft

Gini Ekstein is a noted speaker on change and adoption. She has designed and delivered personal and cultural change programs that have positively altered the behavior of millions of people. You may be one yourself!

Using the way the human brain has been developed in reciprocity with evolution and our environment, Gini is able to reveal what has been hard and soft wired into your own brain so that change can be achieved.

In her own words, “As humans we have used technology to drive our own change, our own evolution. Unlocking those secrets can show you how to use IT to deliver huge impacts in cultural and business process change.”

Gini now works for Microsoft. The technology giant realises that it is how people adopt technology that is the real game changer for businesses.

Dave Guest

Dave Guest

Senior architect

Dave’s identity expertise is panoramic. He has experience designing and implementing a broad range of identity solutions, adopting Novell, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft technologies.

As well as designing elegant infrastructure solutions, Dave is a gifted communicator. At OCG, he’s a frequent presenter at events and webinars, whilst our customers appreciate how he delivers technical expertise and business insight in simple to understand terms.

Dave has a talent for truly understanding individual business requirements, whilst building strategies and roadmaps that take advantage of the latest technologies.

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Hugh Simpson-Wells

Hugh Simpson-Wells

CEO and founder

Hugh, who founded Oxford Computer Group in 1983, has lived and breathed IT for more than thirty years in technical, management and board level roles.

In 2002, Hugh decided to focus OCG’s activities entirely on identity and access management.

Hugh can communicate just as effectively in the classroom and conference hall, as he can in the boardroom or one-to-one. Hugh has been described as “a guy that everyone just wants to be around.” The loyalty of his staff and colleagues over three decades bears this out.

Nick Lamidey

Nick Lamidey

Sales and marketing director

Nick is one of OCG’s UK Directors. Since joining the company in 2010, Nick has been the driving force behind OCG’s external thinking. His consultative and partnership approach to doing business has enabled OCG to develop a sales engine where the customer’s needs take priority.

Nick has helped cultivate the team spirit of OCG’s corporate culture. He ensures everybody within the company feels valued, whilst offering the necessary support to ensure all our clients are treated with professionalism and understanding.

Nick has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Leicester. His high levels of market awareness and business acumen have resulted in senior roles internationally with companies including French identity management vendor Evidian and IT Security vendor SurfControl.

Marcus Idle

Marcus Idle

Service development manager

As service development manager at OCG, Marcus spends much of his time creating or learning about new technologies.  Combining that with a wealth of knowledge gained over 20 years in the IT industry, he is interested in bringing the most appropriate technology to bear on each customer’s problems.

Marcus started programming while at secondary school back in 1981 on the Sinclair ZX81. After university and a couple of years spent teaching in Argentina, his first programming job was with the original OCG back in 1996. At this time, he worked on projects such as Government Gateway in collaboration with Microsoft, and a mixture of CMS and CRM projects.

More recently Marcus has worked as a Technical Architect at Ciber UK, building transformative solutions for the public sector. Before that, he worked at Oxford Web, specifying systems and tools for retail, education and membership organisations.

Marcus has a talent for building bridges, both with people and software. He’s delighted to be back at OCG where he leads a team of intrepid consultants in the exciting world of Dynamics CRM.

Mat Richards

Mat Richards

Enterprise mobility service lead

Mathew Richards brings a wealth of experience of System Center and device management – and a real passion for technology. If there’s a new device, Mat will be wearing, testing or using it!

Mathew spent seven years with Microsoft as a consultant, providing support and consultancy services. His experience and capability has helped spearhead our successful move into mobility and device management. An evangelist and positive thinker, Mathew’s enthusiasm knows no bounds.

Mat has a BSc (hons) in Computer Science from the University of Glamorgan. He regularly presents webinars for OCG on subjects related to enterprise mobility management.

Simon Veale

Simon Veale

Senior architect

Simon fell into IT almost by accident in 1979. When he applied for his first role as a Computer Operator, he had no idea what a computer was! He’s gone on to hold a number of high-level technical positions with the likes of IBM and BT, and has been working with identity management technologies since 1986 (before the internet).

At OCG, Simon is highly valued for his ability to clearly communicate with stakeholders at all levels. He gains an intimate understanding of customer requirements which enables him to develop solutions that truly make a difference.

Before joining OCG, Simon was the pre-sales technical lead for identity management solutions at Microsoft UK.

About OCG's European Summit

OCG’s European Summit is now in its eleventh year. This annual event offers insights from industry thought leaders, business gurus and OCG’s brightest technical minds. Our attendees also get the opportunity to network with peers facing the same challenges as themselves – and take us on in a game of poker!

This year’s event is a ‘must’ for business leaders, IT professionals and anybody affected by significant IT change within their organisation.

You’ll learn how to realise the potential of industry leading technologies; you’ll discover how to stay secure whilst embracing a mobile workforce; but most importantly you’ll leave knowing how to improve your business.

Where: Microsoft UK HQ, Reading

When: 14 & 15 October 2015

This is a complimentary event. We will also provide refreshments, meals and entertainment across both days.

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Day 1 - The next era in Digital Identity

Day one will focus on the latest technical innovations and the shift to cloud-based identity.

OCG founder and CEO, Hugh Simpson-Wells, will reveal how you gain control of your identity and access information in the cloud during two morning sessions. There will also be practical demonstrations of leading Microsoft technology, including Azure Active Directory Premium, Azure RMS and Intune.

In the afternoon, we will consider the cloud identity challenges faced by a number of different organisations – and disclose how they were overcome – before finishing with a special session from Steve Plank. Microsoft’s ‘architect evangelist’ will provide a practical step-by-step guide to building an app.

Please note: This is just a selection of the events scheduled for day one of OCG’s European Summit 2015.

There will also be free refreshments and lunch provided on both days, as well as supper and evening entertainment on day one.

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Day 2 - Business transformation

The focus of two day is using the cloud to improve your business, and the psychology involved as your organisation evolves.

The morning kicks off with OCG’s leading architect, David Guest, making the business case for change. Here, one of our customers will explain the challenges they faced, what they needed, and how an enterprise mobility solution helped them to achieve significant results for their business.

Following sessions on device independence and managing relationships, the afternoon will consider the psychology of business change. Microsoft’s Gini Ekstein and Simon Walker will reveal how you can engage stakeholders and transform your business for the better.

Please note: This is just a selection of the events scheduled for day one of OCG’s European Summit 2015.

There will also be free refreshments and lunch provided on both days, as well as supper and evening entertainment on day one.

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“I’m really looking forward to OCG’s European summit. It gives us an awesome opportunity to learn from our customers and partners, and to share a preview of the key identity innovations coming from Microsoft over the next year.”

Alex SimonsMicrosoft

Venue details

OCG’s European Summit 2015 is being held at Microsoft UK Headquarters, Reading. All events will take place in Building 3, Chicago rooms 1 and 2. Advice for those travelling by road, rail, air or bus can be found on Microsoft’s website here.

Microsoft UK Headquarters
Thames Valley Park
West Berkshire
United Kingdom

The map below can be used to help with travel directions to our European Summit.

Hotels in Reading

Millennium Madejski Hotel 
Letcombe Street
Tel: 0871 527 8924

Premier Inn
25b Friar Street
Tel: 0118 952 2600

Novotel Reading Centre
Great Western House, 18-20 Station Road
Tel: 0118 956 2300

Malmaison Hotels – Malmaison
10-12 King Street
Tel: 0118 957 3445

Mercure George Hotel
26 The Forbury
Tel: 0118 952 7770

The Forbury Hotel
25 A. Friar Street
Tel: 0118 953 3500

Hilton Hotel
Drake Way

Don't just take our word for it

“OCG’s European summit is a highlight each year as Hugh and his team put on a great event. It’s an awesome opportunity to learn and preview the key identity innovations coming from Microsoft. This kind of opportunity only comes around once a year!”

Alex SimonsMicrosoft

10 Reasons to attend

There’s a number of reasons why hundreds of business and technical professionals attend our European Summit every year – and it’s not just because we are bad at poker!

Using attendee feedback from previous summits, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why you should bring yourself, bring a colleague and bring your boss this year (and every year).

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