Quote of the day. “Counterfeiting is an insidious problem in life sciences, our network tenant cloud can help stop it” – Shabbir Dahod – TraceLink, Inc
As EnterConf entered its second day, I continually saw the benefit of having more detailed discussions with people in the Enterprise sector. Even during the night events (the speaker dinner in the Harbour Commissioners Office, great venue, followed by a few sociables in the Dirty Onion Bar), I kept monitored the dynamics taking place. The networking normally began with two people, but the circles were growing, joining to form what I like to call “RoundStandUps”. These were normally not short conversations, and collaboration was inherent in the voices and chatter. There also was a deep and satisfying undertone, which was an energy to keep “building great” in Ireland.
Check out the Half Pipe! Hope its at Web Summit! 🙂
Kicking us off on Centre Stage was none other than the inspirational futurist Nell Watson from Singularity University, who is also the CEO of Poikos, the smartphone 3D body measurement company. She talked about virtual employees, how we will replicate the human mind through AI in 20 years (and run business through AI). I liked how Nell bridged the machine and human inter-dependencies. It was an insightful talk, and having spent the past year looking at machine intelligence (from both a hardware and software implementation perspective), I am seeing more and more futurists thinking like this.
A few talks focused on our evolving workplace. David Hale, from Gigwalk spoke on the Insight stage on “Deploying Technology to Power Mobile Field Teams and Maximise Work Efficiency”. David spoke on how mobile tools for consumer brands and retailers are being used to more effectively manage field teams, gather in-store data and direct resources to improve retail execution ROI. David also spoke about how our employees are changing, and how companies have to empower the “Millennial Employee”, whose requirements include flexibility, and having a social and online mindset.
Shabbir Dahod – TraceLink, Inc, spoke on the Centre stage, his topic – “Delivering the Internet of Things (IoT) to the Enterprise”, and it was one of the highlight talks of the summit I found. Shabbir spoke about how Tracelink were the world’s largest track and trace network for connecting the Life Sciences supply chain and eliminating counterfeit drugs from the global marketplace, by using their Life Sciences Cloud, configured in a network tenant architecture.
Thomas Davies, Head of Enterprise for Google drew a huge level of engagement from the crowd with his talk on the next stage of collaboration. Thomas mentioned the evolution of how we collaborate, but even since the early 1980’s the structures were quite rigid and have not changed that much up to a few years ago. But now, customer and employee expectations have changed. They are fast, 24/7, global and personalised. He discussed how employees and organisations are more efficient when they collaborate. “We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us” – Marshall McLuan.
One last talk Ill cover is a topic that is somewhat under the covers of Enterprise IT, and I am glad that Engin Akyol of Distil Networks talked on “Dark Cloud: Cloud Providers as a Platform for Bot Attacks”. Engin first spoke about good bots, which do serve a purpose for major cloud providers. But this talk was focusing on bad bots, which slow down application performance and skew analytics. As the volume of cloud platforms continues to scale, this leads to ease in setting up bot networks which can pilfer content from websites, or launch other malicious attacks.
So, ill sign off from EnterConf 2015, and onto Web Summit in November, with many events, collaborations and new experiences in between. As a two day conference, perhaps I built less contacts than I expected to. But the ones I did are more meaningful contacts, and EnterConf allows their attendees an environment to do that. I also sat in on round-tables on big data and security, which gave yet another dynamic. It really is a conference experience I will be returning to. Special mention to all the organisers, volunteers and the inspiring venue. Goodbye Belfast, hello Dublin!