Exploring the Future of Work at Leeds Digital Festival

Posted: 29 Apr 2019

On 25th April, during the largest digital festival in the North, Leeds Digital Festival, we were proud to host an afternoon of knowledge, innovation and networking on the topic of modernising and transforming workflows. In attendance were guests from a variety of businesses across the country, all interested in how cloud technology is revolutionising workplaces and how to implement these changes.

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Ben Trood, our Head of Business Development, kicked off the afternoon of speakers with an introduction to Netpremacy and how we are reimagining how businesses work, following three rules; ‘make it fast, make it smart and make it together.’ This criteria works in synchronicity to meet Netpremacy’s mission statement across every project and every client: ‘solving complex business problems with innovative technologies.’

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The first guest speaker was Sam Zeyd, Territory Manager at G Suite, one of Netpremacy’s leading collaborators for cloud innovation and collaboration. Sam explained how Google Cloud is constantly helping businesses to become more productive, mentioning that “Companies are currently losing 8 hours a week searching and consolidating data, and losing 11 hours a week reading and responding to emails.” So how can we improve on this and use our time more effectively? Sam went on to explain how Google Cloud is “building bridges across organisations”, creating a culture of collaboration and allowing organisations to “work better together and maintain a shared purpose.” “G Suite is not just a productivity suite, it is a living, breathing organism with behavioural patterns, learned from you.”

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Next to give their insights into the future of working was Richard Tucker, Senior EnterpriseTechnology Manager at Ovo Energy. Richard provided valuable insights on how G Suite has facilitated the rapid growth of their business, improved the user experience for their 2,000 employees, and made mobile working a lot easier for their technicians. When asked how Ovo Energy managed the cultural shift of implementing G Suite, Richard replied “We used Netpremacy. You need a partner to win the hearts and minds of your organisation and achieve full integration to grow your business.”

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Finally, Google Chrome Enterprise Specialist, Anthony Wicks, spoke about the advancements of Google Chrome and the success of their Grab and Go scheme. A self-service laptop pick-up and drop-off system, Grab and Go was developed with busy Googlers in mind, as a response to many employees experiencing costly downtime due to technology repairs. The impact of this initiative at Google has been visible already, when amazingly it paid for itself after just 50 days, with 33% of employees now using the service every year. Anthony expressed that at its core, Google is “about making it simple and easy for the end user, because at the end of the day they just want to get their job done” highlighting that, although 15mins of updates may not seem like a long time, multiplying this across a business with 2,000 devises results in 500hrs of downtime and loss of productivity.

Following the presentations, the conversation continued with a networking reception. Guests and speakers discussed the benefits of adapting to a working practice that allows for more collaboration and reduced downtime to ensure productivity continues to grow. The future of working is changing and collaboration is key.

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Thank you to all attendees and speakers at the Leeds Digital Festival ‘Future of Working’ event. If you would like to continue the conversation about how Google Cloud could transform your business for the future of work, please get in touch here.

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