Mark Bridger

Mark Bridger
Mark Bridger is Vice President, UK, at OpenText.

Innovation: The Real Deal

Innovation

The subject of innovation is surrounded by worn out metaphors, which is why it’s so stimulating to find authentic instances of genuine innovation in practice. You know…real tangible examples, like human commercial space travel, that redefine humanity’s reach and potential. Identifying this type of authentic innovation has been our remit ever since we first started planning the OpenText™ 2017 Innovation Tour many months ago. Now we are just weeks away, I’m delighted to say that the speaker line-up for this year’s one-day event on 21st March doesn’t disappoint. Our keynote speaker is Stephen Attenborough, current Commercial Director, and former CEO, of Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial space travel business. Throughout the entire span of human history, only about 550 people have ever visited space. In fact, most of the seven billion of us on the planet have never even met anyone who has been there. And those few astronauts and cosmonauts that have, are hardly representative of our species as human beings. They’ve all tended to be of a similar age, gender, ethnicity, language or professional background. Stephen and his colleagues at Virgin Galactic are using their innovation, imagination and expertise to change all that. To date, around 700 people from 50 different countries, spanning from ages 10 to 90, from many different professions and speaking numerous languages, have signed up to become future Virgin Galactic astronauts. As Virgin Galactic’s first full time employee, Stephen had the unique challenge of laying the commercial foundations to make one of the world’s most ambitious business projects a reality. Except he wasn’t a ‘space nut’, but rather came from the financial services world. Sir Richard Branson is his boss. If ever there was a need for innovative thinking, it was here. He will be sharing with us the next exciting chapter in their journey. Closer back to earth, we’ve also got peer level presentations across seven different tracks, including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Energy & Utilities, Public Services, Retail, as well as Life Sciences.  There’s something for everyone. The likes of Thames Water, FinTech Circle, IDG, the NHS, as well as a former Sky, ITV and BBC presenter (to name just a few) are all coming together to share their respective expertise. And of course, our executive leadership team, including OpenText CEO and CTO Mark Barrenechea, OpenText President Steve Murphy and Executive VP of Engineering, Muhi Majzoub, will be sharing key insights to help with your own innovation plans. In addition, some of our strategic partners, such as SAP, Accenture, Capgemini and Deloitte, will also be providing high level viewpoints that could directly impact both your industry and your future projects – all of this is packed into a single day. If you’ve not yet registered, I’d strongly urge you to do so as we’re approaching capacity. I look forward to seeing you there, and who knows, you might want to book a ticket on the world’s first space airline.

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The Best Way To Enable Your Digital World

Innovation Tour London

The Innovation Tour, London, Returns In March For Another Successful Year As data continues to reinvent our economy, just about every organisation in every sector must transform to a Digital Enterprise if they are to remain competitive and relevant. My favourite conversations involve hearing how our customers are succeeding in navigating this digital change. While digitisation is having disruptive effects on people, companies and markets globally, it’s also full of opportunities; particularly here in the UK. I am always impressed at the level of innovation and collaboration our customers achieve; particularly the new ways they are benefitting from greater agility, better insights and the transformative effects of responding at digital speeds. That’s why I am looking forward to one of the highlights of our calendar year at the annual 2017 Digital Innovation Tour, London on 21 March. More than 350 people will be attending this year’s flagship event and I will be aiming to speak to as many of them as I can and I would encourage you to attend and do the same. If you attended last year, you will know the value that bringing so much collective insight, experience and expertise together for one just day delivers for the rest of the year and beyond. Our customers tell us that it’s the quality of the networking and face-to-face conversations that spark new ideas, facilitate first-hand insights on pertinent trends and deliver fresh thinking around common information management issues, that sets it apart from other industry events. It’s a reputation we’re rightly proud of and are committed to continue. It’s also a great opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s leading experts who know how to drive benefits for your business, as well as learn about all of the exciting new innovation from OpenText as we continue to deliver against our product roadmap and vision. Along with an agenda packed full of real life case studies, we will also be hosting solution-specific breakout sessions and demonstrations. Customers tell us how beneficial they find these, as they can see first-hand how others have transformed their Enterprise Information Systems (EIM) to truly become Digital Enterprises and ask practical questions about how they’ve addressed specific scenarios. It’s our intention to make the 2017 Innovation Tour even more valuable and engaging than last year’s event. That’s why we’ve decided to hold this year’s conference at County Hall in Westminster to accommodate the growing demand. Whether you have attended in previous years or are new to the Innovation Tour, we are looking forward to helping you deliver the best digital experiences for your company, your wider ecosystem partners, and of course your own customers. Our objective is to ensure your business is empowered to explore the boundless opportunities that EIM delivers, which makes an ideal format for our conference. I look forward to meeting you there.

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