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Analytics, AI & Cloud Conference

Data-Driven Futures: Navigating the Analytics, AI & Cloud Landscape

28th September 2023 | The Dilly London | 8:30am - 3:00pm BST

Event Overview

This months edition of our DataTech Series "DataTech: Analytics, AI & Cloud Conference" is a premier gathering for Data and IT executives seeking to harness the power of data and leverage information technology to drive organisational success. This event offers a unique platform for attendees to explore the strategic alignment between data management and IT infrastructure, enabling them to unlock the transformative potential of their organisations.

Executives will gain insights into the latest trends, best practices, and emerging technologies at the intersection of Data and IT. The sessions and workshops will delve into critical topics such as data governance, data analytics, cloud computing, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and other relevant emerging technologies. Executives will learn how to effectively collaborate and align data and IT strategies to enhance decision-making, drive innovation, optimise processes, and gain a competitive edge in the digital landscape.

Keynote speeches from industry leaders will inspire and provide visionary perspectives on the data and IT convergence. Expert-led sessions will deliver practical knowledge, sharing success stories, and lessons learned in data-driven transformations. Interactive workshops will enable you to gain hands-on experience and develop actionable strategies to implement within your organisations.

This months DataTech Conference will also facilitate networking opportunities, encouraging data and IT executives to connect, share insights, and build valuable relationships. You will have the chance to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, exchange ideas, and establish potential collaborations.

Whether you are a data executive seeking to optimise data management practices or an IT leader exploring innovative technologies, DCMG's DataTech Series offers a dynamic platform to expand your knowledge, network with industry peers, and unlock the transformative potential of data and IT within your organisation.

Join us at this months DataTech: Analytics, AI & Cloud Conference to empower your journey towards data-driven success, discover new opportunities, and foster meaningful connections within the vibrant community of data and IT executives.

Trusted by senior executives from leading organisations across the globe.

Attendees From:

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8:30am - 9:10am


Registration & welcome coffee

9:10am - 9:15am


Welcome address & introduction

9:15am - 9:40am


AI Pitfalls and how to Avoid them

If Artificial Intelligence is mainstream and the cornerstone of digital transformation, why do so many projects fail? Proper foundations help avoid common pitfalls and get AI into production in a way that creates market differentiation.  Come along and find out how to avoid many of the common challenges with getting AI initiatives out of the lab and into production at scale.


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Matt Armstrong-Barnes

Chief Technology Officer - Artificial Intelligence


9:40am - 10:05am


 AI in motion: Stop talking, start doing

It’s time to start turning conversations into AI success

Business leaders in every industry are talking about the transformative capabilities of AI. What can it do? How can we use it? What will it take to implement it? While these conversations are critical for fostering awareness and understanding, the failure to shift from rhetoric to action is what ultimately prevents organisations from gaining the competitive edge AI promises, leaving them at risk of falling behind the competition. Join us as we explore the importance of ideation, incubation and effective industrialisation to realise the full potential of Generative AI and how organisations are taking the necessary steps to harness that potential.


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Mahesh Desai 

Head of Public Cloud - EMEA

Rackspace Technology

Alfonso Ciappa Petrescu

UK Partner Solution Strategy Lead – Azure Data & AI


10:05am - 10:30am


The current and future state of AI, Data Science and LLMs in the data world

Generative AI and Large Language Models (LLMs) have captured the imagination of society at large. With such technologies comes both disruption and productivity.

As AI continues to drive a fundamental shift in how products are built, delivered, and consumed, what needs to be considered today to make sure your organisation is positioned to capture the productivity and cost-efficiency gains of AI?


Join this session to understand how to optimise your data strategy today so that you can capture the upside value of the AI revolution before your competition does.




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Varun Khandelwal

Senior Sales Engineer


10:30am - 11:00am


Morning Tea

11:00am - 11:25am


Unlocking the Power of Data Integration:  Modern Strategies Unveiled

In this session we delve into the world of Data Mesh, Data Fabric and Data Democratization, exploring their pivotal role in shaping data management and integration strategies.  Uncover the challenges, options and latest trends that dominate the market, and the potential ROI and impactful use cases of these cutting-edge models.

Discover how to make informed decisions tailored to your organization’s unique challenges and toolsets.   Learn what strategy suits your business best and gain insights into crafting a seamless agile, governed, secure and real-time data delivery model.

Join us to unlock the power of data integration and set your organization on the path to success in this data-driven era.




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Stuart Simmons

Director, Banking & Finance


11:25am - 11:50am


How Smart Are Our Smart Sities?

In the era of smart cities, data has emerged as the lifeblood driving urban innovation and efficiency. Cities are harnessing an array of sensors, IoT devices, and advanced analytics to collect, process, and interpret data on everything from traffic patterns to energy consumption. This data-driven approach empowers urban planners to optimize transportation networks, reduce pollution, and enhance public services. Furthermore, it enables citizens to access real-time information, fostering a more connected and informed urban community. However, with great potential comes significant responsibility; addressing privacy, security, and ethical concerns is paramount. Smart cities are poised to transform urban living, but being human centric is key to their success.


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Andreas Galatoulas

Data, Analytics & AI Director



11:50am - 12:15pm

Data Governance:​ The key to de-risking ​your data​

Every facet of business relies on data to function and drive value, increasing data sprawl and attack surface. More threats are targeted at this attack surface, increasing financial and reputational risks for the business. With so much data flowing into and across business systems, communication tools, and devices, balancing data security and data privacy concerns can prove to be a challenge. Organizations who automate and orchestrate data governance can gain visibility into their data (what it is, where it lives, who's accessing it) as well as satisfy regulatory requirements (and there are plenty to account for!) and reduce data sprawl and breach risk.​


Join this talk where we will discuss:​

  • the challenges with trying to tackle this data governance problem manually.​

  • how to help infosec teams gain visibility into risky data and minimize the organization’s sensitive data footprint.​

  • best practices for how to discover, classify, and de-risk sensitive data.​





Harry Clements

Privacy Consultant


12:15pm - 1:15pm


Lunch & Networking Break

1:15pm - 2:00pm


Strategies for Building Data-Driven Cultures in the Age of Analytics, AI, and Cloud

This panel discussion will delve into the critical role of cultivating data-driven cultures within organisations as they navigate the ever-evolving landscape of analytics, AI, and cloud technologies. The panelists, each bringing unique insights from their leadership roles, will explore strategies, challenges, and best practices for fostering a culture where data is not just an asset but a driving force for innovation, informed decision-making, and sustainable growth. Topics of discussion may include aligning leadership, technology, and workforce development to ensure that data-driven initiatives thrive, and how organisations can leverage analytics, AI, and cloud solutions to propel their data-driven transformations. The panelists will share real-world experiences, lessons learned, and actionable advice for attendees seeking to chart a successful course into a data-driven future.


Key Talking Points:

  1. The Importance of Leadership and Vision

  2. Aligning Technology and Data Infrastructure

  3. Nurturing Data Literacy and Talent

  4. Measuring and Scaling Data-Driven Success



Mahesh Desai 

Head of Public Cloud - EMEA

Rackspace Technology


Sandy Ghuman

Managing Director

SandyG Consulting Ltd

Ex Sky, Silverbullet, Experian & Yell


Dara L. Sosulski

Head of Artificial Intelligence and Model Management, Markets and Securities Services


2:00pm - 3:00pm


Cocktail & Networking Hour




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