Day 1 Headliner: Alex Simons

Our keynote speaker for day one will be Alex Simons – Corporate Vice President of Program Management in Microsoft’s Identity Division.

Alex is responsible for the vision, priorities and feature sets for Azure Active Directory, Windows Server Active Directory, the Microsoft account service and Microsoft Identity Manager.

A long-time Microsoftee, Alex joined the company as an intern in 1992. He has worked as a Program Manager in a wide variety of enterprise and consumer businesses, including starting and launching the Microsoft Dynamics CRM business and shipping Windows 7.

Alex joined the Identity Division in January of 2012 and is responsible for driving Microsoft’s business and consumer identity strategy and product plans. He also spearheaded Microsoft’s rapid shift to building cloud-based identity and security services, including creating the vision and direction for Azure AD Premium.

Alex is a vocal champion inside and outside Microsoft for supporting open standards and 3rd party platforms.

Profile picture of Microsoft's Identity Chief Alex Simons stood in front of a lake.

Other guest speakers

Tom Davison – Lookout

Senior SE Manager EMEA

Tom has over 20 years’ experience in IT and over 10 years specialising in the area of IT security.

Prior to joining Lookout, Tom held multiple technical positions with security and mobility vendors such as Symantec and Check Point. Tom also has 3 years of dedicated Mobile Security expertise and has helped multiple customers with their mobility strategies and needs.

Steve Newby – Microsoft

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection – Global Black Belt

Steve has worked in the IT industry for 25 years in a variety of roles, starting as a customer support engineer and then moving in and out of pre- and post-sales consultancy roles.

Having worked with Microsoft infrastructure for most of his career, it was a natural progression for Steve to move to Microsoft. In October 2011, he joined the Windows Client team, utilising an ability to pick up skills in a rapidly changing area of technology, in particular that of security which is a key focus in Windows 10.

Last year, Steve moved into the role of Windows Defender ATP lead covering the UK, Ireland and Nordics. His focus is on driving adoption of this post-breach technology to ensure customers have the right technology in place to address the ever-changing threat landscape.

Damon Rands

Damon Rands is an experienced cyber security expert, with over 25 years working in the information technology industry.

Having worked in development, support and management, Damon has helped companies across the United Kingdom build secure systems and implement best practices in order to protect their intellectual property and private information.

He is a prominent figure in the Welsh cyber security ecosystem, working to improve closer ties between industry, education, government and law enforcement through his work as co-founder of the South Wales Cyber Security cluster and as organiser of Digital Leaders Wales.

OCG's identity and security experts

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Dave Guest

Dave Guest

Technology Evangelist and Solution 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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Mat Richards

Mat Richards

Head of Mobility and Security Solutions

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.

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Marcus Idle

Marcus Idle

Head of Customer Identity and Access Management

As a Practice Lead 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 taught Computer Studies and Mathematicss in Argentina before his first industry job back in the UK in the mid-90s, building CRM and CMS systems. He went on to build e-commerce websites and work on larger scale Identity projects such as Government Gateway and other public sector initiatives.

Marcus has a talent for building bridges, both with people and software. At OCG, he leads a team of consultants and developers within the fast-growing world of Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM).

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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.

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Ian Bassi

Ian Bassi

Senior consultant

Ian has been working in IT since August 2008. He started off fixing computers on the council’s service desk before moving into web development, SharePoint administration, and identity management. He has been working at Oxford Computer Group for five years and is focused on delivering identity management solutions using FIM and MIM.

A big fan of implementing test-driven development, Ian is keen to improve regression testing to maximise the quality of MIM environments. He is also dedicated to using the latest version of the product and is currently engaged with a customer who shares this vision.

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Jamie Vaughan

Jamie Vaughan

Senior consultant

Jamie is a senior consultant at OCG specialising in CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management).

He has an extensive background in the identity field and has with many years’ experience analysing requirements and developing IAM solutions using Microsoft technologies.

Tom Waller

Tom Waller

Architect - Mobility & Security Solutions

Tom has been designing and implementing Microsoft solutions for over 10 years and is passionate about enterprise mobility and security and helping customers realise the potential of technology. His strengths are with helping customers identify and understand their requirements and translating them into technical solutions.

Tom also has a background in many business sectors, including Defence, Government, Retail and Insurance, which has offered valuable insight into how different organisations function.

Tom is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Private Cloud.

John Hur

John Hur

Senior Consultant

John is an experienced cloud solutions architect, specialising in the designing, planning and deployment of large-scale enterprise architecture, with a specific focus on modern productivity and security as part of the Microsoft cloud technology stack. His core skill set focuses on Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, Microsoft Azure and Windows 10.

John is also a P-TSP (Partner Technical Solutions Professional) in both Microsoft Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

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