South Coast Summit 2021

The Business Development Director here at Concept, Rob Taylor, attended The UK's Largest Microsoft 365 and Azure Community Conference on Saturday the 16th of October and found it a significant place to showcase talent and network with potential clients.

What is it?

The summit is a Microsoft Cloud Technology Community Conference, focusing on all areas within the Microsoft stack. A technology conference for Senior IT Directors/Managers, IT professionals, and developers interested in Microsoft 365 and Azure, focusing on all three pillars of the Microsoft platform: Business Applications, Modern Workplace, and Azure. If you are used to attending Microsoft events such as Microsoft Ignite or Future Decoded, this is the event for you! The South Coast Summit will follow a similar structure; a large exhibition hall, Microsoft partners and ISVs and sessions delivered by Microsoft UK, Microsoft MVPs and UK Gold Partners. The summit allows you to socialise with people of similar backgrounds and roles, and in turn, become involved with large tech companies and their connections.

On the day…

I jumped at the chance to attend the South Coast Summit on the 16th of October in Southampton. 

The opportunity to meet old and new friends, clients and candidates and to find out what the latest Microsoft offerings were was too good to miss! I attended 2-3 sessions with speakers from Microsoft and their most engaged and prominent partners.

As a Business Development Director at Concept, I work with a number of Microsoft partners and support the growth strategy from the senior management team. Data-driven tech, Cyber security offering and ML / AI seem to be high on the agenda for change, but the need for Cloud Engineers, M365 / D365 specialists and SharePoint are also sought after. I attended a SecOps session by Martin Coupland from Transparity, who talked about the four main pillars associated with this and the way and reasons why it has split in such a way. It was an interesting glimpse into an area that I have heard a lot about but never really fully understood– kudos to you, Martin.

I met several candidates I have placed and clients I had not seen for 18 months who were re-acquainting themselves with their network and the Microsoft partner ecosystem. I received a very warm greeting from the folks over at Law365 who were handing out a lovely swag bag and were very welcoming to all who popped in – a great advert for your business Kim Simmonds!

I am looking forward to 2022!

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28th October

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