I have the pleasure of releasing the preliminary schedule for my live broadcast at UC Day 2017. As previously announced (here), I will be broadcasting live throughout the day on Skype Broadcast Meetings with Live Transcription, Youtube Live, Facebook Live and Periscope.

Date: 9th October 2017

Broadcast Event: 10:00am to 16:00 UK GMT


Time: 10:00am – 10:30 am Title: Meet the UCDay Team

Meet the founder of UC Day Andrew Price (MVP) and some of his organisers and find out about the level of work that goes into creating this conference. Find out what is happening at UC Day this year from sponsor events to breakout sessions and also discover how UC Day is evolving in 2018.

Time: 10:30am – 11:15am Title: Pexip and Skype for Business Guest(s): Graham Walsh

Our first sponsor session of the day with Pexip, a cloud video interop solution certified for Skype for Business (Infinity Fusion). We speak to Graham Walsh from Pexip about what they can provide, how their cloud works and how to leverage those investments in legacy VTC in your Skype for Business meetings

Time: 11:15am– 12:00pm Title: Verba Call Recording Solutions Guest(s): TBC


Time: 12:00pm 12:30pm – Lunch Break

Time: 12:30pm – 13:00 Title: Microsoft Teams and Collaboration Guest(s): Graham Hosking

We are joined by Graham Hosking, Microsoft Technical Solutions Professional for Microsoft UK and we will be discussing the impact Microsoft Teams has had on productivity and collaboration within Microsoft and how it can help your business become more streamlined and efficient. We will also cover off all the main announcements from Microsoft Ignite and how that may impact your future decision making.

Time: 13:00 – 13:30 Title: Community Leadership and MVP Program Guest(s): Claire Smyth

If you are thinking of starting to contribute to the community, or perhaps you are a regular contributor already, did you know that Microsoft rewards top contributors like yourself? Watch this session with Claire Smyth, Microsoft MVP Regional Manager for the UK as we discuss how Microsoft reward and support your involvement through the MVP recognition program and other programs that are out there to support you.

Time: 13:30 – 13:45 Title: How CloudwayAS is Helping Businesses in Norway move to the Microsoft Cloud Guest(s): Stale Hansen & Alexander Holmeset

12 months ago Stale Hansen was made redundant from his previous employer. He decided to founder his own company CloudwayAS with fellow MVP and friend Jan Ketil Stanke. Stale’s vision was to create a cloud first company built from subject matter experts and fellow MVPs focussed on helping businesses transition services and workloads to the Microsoft Cloud. 12 month’s on, we speak to Stale and his latest recruit Alex about how Cloudway is helping Norwegian companies leverage the Microsoft Cloud.

Time: 13:45 – 14:15 Title: The Future of the IT Pro Guest(s): Andrew Price & Will Rowe

The future can be found at the end of your nose! As we move into a new era of cloud and commoditized services, what future does the IT Pro have? In this session we talk to Andrew Price and IT recruitment specialist Will Rowe about what they think lies ahead for us and how we can start future proofing ourselves now!

Time: 14:15– 14:45 Title: Equality in Technology Guest(s): Jen Stirrup

IT has traditionally been a male dominated industry. Did you know that women were behind some of the greatest technological innovations and events of our time? In this session we talk to equality leader Jen Stirrup who is embarking on a campaign to encourage neutrality within our sector, from Gender, Race or other disposition, hear about her equality charter and how everyone can take small, but yet significant steps to make everyone feel inclusive.

Time: 14:45 – 15:45 Title: Social Impacts of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Guest(s): Tom Morgan, Dee Chury, Shawn Harry

We are entering the largest, most significant industrial revolution the world has ever seen that will make Steam power seem prehistoric. The advancements in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are rapid and have huge implications on society. Can society keep up with innovation? Is disruption a good thing? What happens to humans when machines automate our jobs? What life will our children have to look forward to and what can we do now to ensure future stability? This is an interesting subject, one that has been floating around since the 1970’s but never more than a pipe dream or science fiction dramatised by motion pictures such as Terminator, Star Trek, Minority Report etc. However, today, it actually looks for the first time a real possibility that we may out create ourselves. Are you prepared for the change? In this session we cover the first industries likely to be affected, what the economy will look like and how we need to start preparing now for our children’s future. Join us for this interesting and often widely contested topic with views from the developer world (Tom Morgan), the new business world (Dee Chury) and general workforce (Shawn Harry).

Time: 15:45 – 16:00 Title: News from the Floor Guest(s): Martin Boam, Steve Harwood

With all the action taken place outside of the live broadcast we touch base with our floor reporters Martin Boam and Steve Harwood who have been busy speaking with MVPs, sponsors and attendees. We will find out what we have missed and the announcements from the days events.

Time: 16:00 – Close


Martin Boam – West UC

Martin Boam

So heres a little bit about me……. I studied at Stafford College and Stafford University and went on to be Voice Network Administrator at a Global car wiring harness manufacturer where I was Network Administrator and responsible for the network, telephony and migration from traditional analogue PBXs to Mitel VOIP across UK, Europe, Russia and Africa and where I started my Microsoft UC Journey back with OCS 2007. Once I started on the Microsoft UC Journey I was hooked. I decided that Microsoft UC is the future so I chose to join to risual to pursue my career solely in Microsoft UC and I never looked back!

Steve Harwood – Insight UK

Steven Harwood

A commercially aware, highly motivated and delivery focused Enterprise Architect/IT Strategist, with cross sector experience in helping organisations in delivering enterprise class solutions. With broad experience in delivering large scale IT transformations, I have a key focus on Microsoft technologies such as Azure, Office 365, System Center and EM+S. I have proven ability in ensuring architecture is a key component in aligning technology to business requirements to ensure solutions provide business benefits in line with the organisations existing standards and patterns.

Guest Profiles

Graham Walsh – Pexip

Graham is the Director of Solutions Architecture for the UK. He focuses on making meetings and collaboration simple, regardless of location or technology. Graham has been working in the IT and UC&C industries for nearly 20 years with special expertize in voice, video and collaboration technologies. As Graham has worked both as a user, reseller and with vendors of technologies, he is very familiar with the challenges many organizations face.

Claire Smyth – Microsoft

Claire Smyth

Claire is the CSS Community Program Manager for the UK and has been a Microsoft employee for 9 years. Claire and her team look after all the community leaders and MVPs across the U.K

Graham Hosking –  Microsoft

Graham Hosking

Combining a passion for technology and a strong desire to help people, my experience extends from delivering IT projects within local councils and charities to driving Unified Communications within UK Public Sector departments. Technology has always interested and influenced me to show how people can use it in cool and exciting ways – I love it!
Now working for one of the biggest technology companies in the world, at last, I feel I have the backing needed to reach even more people, bring my past experience with me and put to good use!
When I’m not working, as you can imagine, I love gadgets around the home to either beef up security or making the best home theater experience in 4K. I have a 2 Son’s which takes up most of my free time, so swimming, forest walks, and park-life are 3 key goals for the weekends.
An author of my own and the key contributor to our Microsoft Modern Workplace technology blog, I am passionate about communicating the benefits of technology in simple terms that anyone can understand. Which you can find here: http://aka.ms/modernblog
I am thrilled to be part of the public sector Microsoft UK family where it feels like home, such an amazing place to work and a real-life goal.

Ståle Hansen – CloudWayAS

Ståle Hansen photo

Ståle Hansen is the Founder and Principal Cloud Architect at CloudWay in Norway. He is an Office Servers and Services MVP with over a decade of experience with Skype for Business and Office 365. His core competence is to explain complex scenarios and make them understandable by combining technical insight and business value. He loves to share his understanding as blogger, highly rated trainer and as co-author of the book “Office 365 for IT Pros”. He is regularly invited to share his experience on international conferences such as TechEd, Microsoft Ignite, NIC and IT/Dev Connections

Alexander Holmeset – CloudWayAS

Alexander Holmeset is Cloud Consultant at CloudWay. He currently blogs at skype4bworld.wordpress.com. He is very passionate about unified communication and automation. He has an extensive background from customer care, and have an eye for understanding what the end user needs. Experienced with international spread videoconference systems, IP Telephony, end user training/support and advanced troubleshooting.  Alexander´s focus is everything Skype for Business, Office 365 and automation with PowerShell. He will strive to deliver stable and user friendly solutions that meets customer requirements and help them start taking use of the advantages in Office 365. Certified in ITIL Foundation framework. His motto is: If you are going to do something more than once, then automate it.

Andrew Price – Avanade

Andrew Price photo

My name is Andrew J. Price and I’m a Skype for Business MVP and Technical Consultant for Freedom Communications focusing on designing and delivering Skype for Business solutions to our customers. I have been working within the IT field now for 13 years and active within Skype for Business since 2012, in that time I have developed two of my own brands within the community Unified Communications Birmingham User Group and Unified Communications Day.

Also assist The UC Architects with content for the shows and editing of their Skype for Business, Exchange and Office 365 Podcast.

Will Rowe – MSEmploy

Will Rowe ☁️

Author of “Evolve or Die: The New Rules for Your IT Career” – available on Amazon
I am a Recruitment Sales Director who is deeply passionate about the Microsoft Unified Communications and Cloud world covering Skype for Business, Azure and O365 technologies with experience recruiting at all levels from Engineer to Architect and Head of Practice / Partner.

Jen Stirrup – PASS

Jen Stirrup

Jen is a data strategist and technologist, SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP), founder of Data Relish Ltd, SQLFamily and community advocate, public speaker and blogger, published author of Tableau Dashboard Cookbook and Teched Alumni speaker. Jen is also Director-At-Large (elect) for PASS, holding the Business Analytics Portfolio She is finishing her first term, and starts her second term in Jan 2016. On each election, she won the election outright with a distinct majority. Specialties: business intelligence, Microsoft SQL Server, Tableau, architecture, data, R, Hadoop, Hive. Jen is passionate about all things data and business intelligence, helping leaders derive value from data. Since 1997, Jen has worked in Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence consultancy, architecting, delivering and supporting complex enterprise solutions for customers all over the world.

Tom Morgan – Modality Systems

Tom Morgan

Microsoft Skype for Business MVP Blogs about Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync) Development at www.thoughtstuff.co.uk Shares code on GitHub: thoughtstuff.co.uk/code Experienced Software Engineer with 10 years development experience. Great team player, with proven leadership skills and a passion for producing quality software.

Dee Chury – Dell EMC

Dee Chury

A highly-regarded technology leader with a proven successful track record of delivering complex solutions to customers spanning finance, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, comms & hitech, defence, central/local government, and education sectors over the last 20+ years. Works with customers to understand desired outcomes, then define and sell commercially compelling solutions that deliver tangible business benefits. Beyond the envisaging; has developed and delivered solutions across a spectrum ranging from tactical solutions through to full workforce transformation programmes. Recognised within Dell EMC as a blue sky thinker, but with the practical abilities and a willingness to roll up his sleeves and lead from the front. Relied upon for thoughtful and considered opinion on technology trends and the development of consulting capabilities by other Dell EMC leaders. At his most effective when defining a transformation vision, then directing consultants organised within multiple workstreams to deliver practical solutions that realise successful outcomes in coordinated collaboration. Bold but realistic when it comes to recommending leading edge technology, a trait that has earned the status of trusted adviser to several customer CIOs.

Shawn Harry – As Shawn Harry

Shawn Harry

I’m an Independent Consultant, who specialises in Unified Communications and Collaboration technologies, with a primary focus on Skype for Business (Office 365, Azure and Amazon Web Services) and Microsoft Exchange.

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