The UK’s longest-running intranet and internal communications conference, hosted by Interact, will return once more to celebrate its 10th consecutive year in 2017.

To celebrate the iconic anniversary of the event, we are introducing an exclusive, additional event in London this Spring – ‘Exploring the Digital Workplace’, to be held on 10th May in the heart of Euston Square.

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Guest speakers set to take to the stage include Clearbox Consulting’s Sam Marshall, Angela Ashenden of MWD Advisors, Mike Ryan from Fusion Futures and Scott Fulton, who holds the position of head of Strategic Digital Services for a large public sector organization.

Exploring the digital workplace

The growing focus and investment into digital workplace practices is increasing at a rapid pace.

With the introduction of consumer technologies and trends into the corporate or business environment, we now have access to new, innovative and more effective ways of working than ever before. Globalization and shifting workforce expectations mean leading companies must continually evolve and adapt to shifting needs and priorities. Exploring the digital workplace opportunities available to organizations is essential to long-term business strategy.

For many business leaders, this means looking at the tools and technologies available to employees that will encourage and facilitate engagement, collaboration and productivity – across the boundaries of department, office location, or employee demographic.

Why is the digital workplace key to business success?

The digital workplace, as our speakers will explore, goes far beyond the realms of purchasing an internal communications or collaboration platform.

Now considered one of the leading strategic priorities for 2017, it means taking a broader look at the business landscape and global trends in technology, and considering how we can – and must – adapt accordingly. This includes investigating:

  • The growth and role of remote workers or telecommuting, and how to support those employees
  • Increasing globalization and the impact this has on technology demands for business
  • The employee experience, their demands and personal experiences of technology and how to meet those expectations for usability, connectivity and social collaboration
  • The rise of workplace mobility and multi-device working, catering to the app economy and smartphone or smart device users
  • The digital workplace as part of the employer brand and benefit offering, considering the role of technology in attracting and retaining top talent in a competitive recruitment market – including its role in driving employee engagement
  • The importance of connectivity and integration across the growing number of business applications utilized in the workplace to perform day-to-day roles

These are just some of the many considerations our speakers and attendees will be setting out to explore on 10th May, where the future of the digital workplace is put under scrutiny by experts and members of the business community.

Research conducted by the likes of Deloitte, Gartner and PwC all explore the broad range of benefits seen by organizations investing in digital workplace strategy. However, one key theme is seen throughout: the impact on employees, which subsequently delivers positive results on business performance indicators such as staff retention, customer service levels, productivity and bottom-line benefits including revenue and turnover.

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Exploring the topic for CMSWire, Interaction speaker Sam Marshall pointed the three fundamental elements that define the digital workplace:

  • People: the impact on employees
  • Technology: the advances in technology that are driving change
  • Management and design: developing the digital workplace and coordinating technology, processes and people

As such, C-suite engagement and the push for strategy, roadmaps and clarity of future direction are increasing. Driving digital transformation is no longer a consideration for the IT department, but a company-wide imperative.

Interaction: the event

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Hosted within conference and event center 30 Euston Square, Interact’s exclusive conference will combine talks from industry experts with a live Intranets on Tour exhibition, offering an unrivalled opportunity for attendees to gain unique access to a range of successful organizations as they showcase their own award-winning platforms.

This year’s exhibitors include leading UK children’s charity NSPCC, foreign exchange specialists Travelex and Stagecoach, one of the UK’s largest public travel operators. Attendees will not only have the chance to gain inspiration and motivation for their own projects, but will benefit from the networking opportunity to discuss challenges, trends and ideas with peers.

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“We are excited to return to London this spring to host this exclusive event and welcome a great line-up of speakers to lead the discussion,” says Interact CEO, Simon Dance.

“The challenges and opportunities for organizations operating in an increasingly digitalized marketplace are extensive. Unless we are continually pushing those boundaries and exploring possibilities, we risk being left behind – or simply becoming obsolete.

“By bringing together digital workplace experts and attendees to explore those trends, innovations and ideas, we hope to push the digital workplace agenda into the spotlight and seek out new ways of working in the digital age.”

Places at the conference are limited, but there are a small number of tickets still available from the event website: 

Why attend Interaction: Exploring the Digital Workplace?

Interaction is the UK’s longest running intranet and internal communications conference, with this event broadening reach to appeal to all professionals operating within the realms of internal communications, HR, digital strategy and transformation, IT or management.

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Attendees can explore current communications trends and developments, discuss their own business challenges and pose questions to impartial leaders from cross the industry. Faced with a period of political and economic uncertainty ahead of Brexit, it has never been more vital to futureproof our organizations and rise to the challenges of an ever-changing digital work environment.

The agenda for the day includes:

Sam Marshall, Clearbox Consulting
Employee experience and the digital workplace

Angela Ashenden, MWD Advisors
Driving adoption and employee engagement with digital technology

Nigel Williams, Interact
The state of the digital workplace 

Mike Ryan, Futurist
The future of work: adaptation of technology and society

Scott Fulton, Large Public Sector Organization
A digital workplace success story.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view intranet tours as part of the event Expo, with an afternoon panel for open discussion and debate followed by networking opportunities during the afternoon and evening.

For further information about the conference or any of Interact’s future events, please visit the Interaction Conference website or contact a member of the Interact Team.