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Scotland's Service Desk and IT Support Conference with keynotes, workshops and exhibition. 


 
Thursday 29 February 2024
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
08:30 - 4.30pm
Free to attend (T&Cs apply)

The Conference

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The Summit 

The Summit will contextualise the evolution of the service desk and the future of customer experience and IT support.

 

The programme will consider how the service function has advanced in the age of digital transformation, omni-channel engagement, and personalisation. And examine the increasing role of automation, analytics and AI, and the rise of Chatbots and self-service systems.

 

The conference will explore how tech leaders can maximise the business impact of their service function, with presentations looking at actionable ways to improve process, operations, observability, and customer experience.

The Summit is geared for professionals working in IT, Tech Support, Customer Service, UX, Digital Transformation and Leadership roles.

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Speakers

2024 Speakers

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About DIGIT

DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of conferences and events focused on core areas of emerging Technology, Digital and IT. We also run Scotland's leading IT & Digital News Platform www.digit.fyi with over 50,000 page views per month.

The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange and discussion, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking and engagement.

2024 Exhibitors & Sponsors

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Exhibitors

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2024 Agenda
 

SESSION 1 

Amid a landscape of change, the opening session will explore the key trends, challenges and opportunities that are currently facing tech leaders and service desk practitioners. We will consider how to improve and enhance service delivery against a backdrop of constant disruption; how to positively leverage new ways of working, and how to embrace the potential of AI without compromising user experience.


09:15    Welcome from the Conference Chair
 

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland


09:25    Sustaining and Enhancing Service Delivery Amid Change and Disruption

  • What change and disruption look like and the challenges they pose to service delivery

  • Don’t improve what shouldn’t be there

  • How do you continue to serve the organisation whilst you adapt

  • Risk & Audit – Make them your best friends!

  • Technology is there to accelerate, it is not the answer


Alex Kantor, Director of Technology, Modulr


09:45    Getting the Most from New Ways of Working

  • Why standard ways of working are becoming non-standard

  • Building an organisational structure with an inherent ethos of change

  • Prioritising culture and employee experience

  • Exploring the concept of remote working and holiday allowance

  • How improving the culture in the workplace improves service and customer satisfaction

Ollie King, Senior Account Executive, HaloITSM


10:05    The Future of Service Design in the Age of AI

  • Contextualising the impact of AI on service, design, and user interaction

  • What do organisations need to know, what should we be looking at and planning for

  • How can we begin to leverage the benefits of AI for users and the business

  • How can we do this whilst ensuring we retain trust, humanity, UX, regulatory compliance

  • How is AI likely to reshape the way we build & design user journeys and services going forward

 

Kate McKay, Senior Service Designer, M&G plc


10:25    Combined Q&A

  • Alex Kantor, Director of Technology, Modulr

  • Ollie King, Senior Account Executive, HaloITSM

  • Kate McKay, Senior Service Designer, M&G plc

  • Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

10:55    Networking & Refreshments


SESSION 2 

Session 2 will explore a series of key topics in a longer presentation format. The session will be run in a breakout format across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post-event.

11:30    First Breakout Option (A-C)

 

A: Creating Customer Centricity in Practice
 

  • An intro to Customer Centricity at The Craneware Group  

  • What does the future hold?

  • What do customers want? 

  • How do you create customer centricity in practice?  

Amanda Allan, Head of Software Support Services, The Craneware Group

 

B: IT Enterprise Service Management: ITSM Practices and Platform Beyond IT
 

  • Why should your staff / customers need to know how your organisation is structured to request services?

  • Utilising a unified Knowledgebase and Service Catalogue with audience-specific content

  • Provide your end users with a single point of contact/truth, and empower staff from other disciplines

  • Our University of Glasgow's Enterprise Service Management journey to date

  • Shift-Left and Service Desk empowerment delivered > £150,000 worth of savings for <£100 of Dev time.

 

Mark Temple, Assistant Director: Service Management, University of Glasgow

C: Maximising Business Outcomes with Remote Support: Insights on Security, Integration & Productivity
 

  • How do remote support tools impact overall business productivity and efficiency? 

  • Which KPIs should businesses focus on to measure support success? 

  • What are the primary security concerns to support employees or customers remotely, and how can organisations effectively mitigate risk? 

  • How is the concept of zero trust implemented in remote support operations? 

  • How does remote support fit into an organisation’s overall support Tech stack? 

  • How have successful integrations positively influenced business impact? 

Darren Bayney, Business Service Enablement Consultant, BT

Kelvin Wetherill, CEO and Founder, Supportwave

Csaba Jaromi, Director, Solutions Consulting, GoTo (formerly LogMeIn) 

Moderated by Jen Brown, Senior Director, International Marketing, GoTo (formerly LogMeIn) 

12:05   Transition

12:15    Second breakout Option (D-G)

D: 5 Things You Need to Know Right Now!
 

  • Discover New and Emerging Trends: Stay ahead of the curve by understanding the latest shifts and innovations in the ITSM and Service Desk landscape.

  • Understand What's Crucial to IT Professionals Right Now: Gain a clear perspective on the current priorities and concerns of IT experts globally.

  • Redefining Service Strategies: Learn how traditional service strategies are being reshaped to meet the demands of today's digital business environment.

 

David Wright, Chief Value & Innovation Officer, SDI

E: Enhancing employee experience and operational efficiency with self service and asset management

  • What do employees want in the digital age

  • Importance of meeting the needs of the employees and simultaneously enhancing operational efficiency in the organization

  • AssetSonar’s Service catalog - its core value proposition and users

  • AssetSonar’s overall vision of the roadmap - to be a single source of truth for organizations.

 

Asim Jalil, Sales Manager, EZO

F: The future of the IT Service Desk. Hint, it's automation and AI…

  • Liberating your service desk from mundane problems, using automation and AI to manage low-level tasks.

  • Free up your service desk, empowering your team to deliver personalised and focussed customer service.

  • Seamlessly streamline customer service, ensuring efficiency without sacrificing that human touch.

  • Use Case: Using Copilot as an example of real-life, tangible improvements you can make

 

Paul McFarlane, Head of Managed Service Operations, Quorum

G: Future-proofing the digital enterprise with a security-first service management framework

  • The outlook required to pivot traditional ITSM framework to a security-first service management framework

  • Seven key pillars for to build a resilient service management framework with use cases

  • The foundational steps for a security-first approach for ITSM

 

Kumaravel Ramakrishnan, Director of Marketing, ManageEngine

12:45    Lunch and Networking

SESSION 3 

AI has dominated the headlines over the last year, and the launch of ChatGPT has captured public attention in a way that it’s never done before. But what does the new wave of AI and LLM mean for tech leaders and service teams? The closing session will examine how AI is revolutionising different functions of the business, focussing on IT Support, Customer Service, and Development.

Parallel Session: Breakout Options

13:35    Revolutionizing IT Support with Artificial Intelligence and LLMs

  • The transformative impact of AI and LLMs on IT support and service desk operations

  • How LLMs can be integrated into existing IT systems

  • How LLMs can enhance problem-solving, improve response times, and ensure data security

  • Navigating the ethical considerations of AI in IT

Patty O’Callaghan, Technical Lead, Charles River Laboratories


13:35    Revolutionizing Customer Experience: The Transformative Impact of ML & AI

  • Key Trends in CX

  • Real-world Case Studies

  • Challenges and Solutions

  • Future Outlook

  • Recommendations for Businesses

 

Shalini Goyal, Software Engineering Manager, Amazon

14:05    Transition


14:10    Level Up: How AI is Revolutionizing Software Development

  • How can you make your teams more productive and increase efficiency?

  • The potential of AI like GitHub Copilot to transform the way we build

  • How AI can help us write cleaner code, reduce errors and bugs, and accelerate dev cycles

  • Some of the challenges and opportunities of integrating AI into our workflows

  • The need to balance automation with human oversight and creativity


April Edwards, DevOps Practice Lead, Github


14:35    Combined Q&A

  • Patty O’Callaghan, Technical Lead, Charles River Laboratories

  • Shalini Goyal, Software Engineering Manager, Amazon

  • April Edwards, DevOps Practice Lead, Github

  • Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

15:10    Closing Remarks 
15:15    Networking Drinks Reception

16:30   End of Summit

 

*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to change
 

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 The Venue 

The conference will be held live and in-person at the iconic Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, a professional event space offering panoramic views of the city and Arthur's Seat.

 

The venue is centrally located in the old town, just 15 minutes walk from Waverley train station, making it easily accessible via public transport. We also offer discounted on-site parking to attendees if you wish to drive and provide light refreshments throughout the day. 

 

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