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What's holding you back from the cloud?

30 Mar 2017
Institute of Directors, London

Breakfast seminar with 8x8

You feel trapped by your legacy IT and communications systems. You know you’re not using your company’s data properly, none of your systems work together or talk to each other. But you’re not sure what to do next. What’s holding you back? Is cloud the answer? Do you really understand what the cloud can offer you and your business? Is your job on the line if you don’t embrace the cloud? Is your job on the line if you do?

Why you need to attend

Join leading comms experts 8x8 and understand the barriers to the cloud, what this means and how it can work for you and your organisation.

  • Learn how every function, right across your business can work together, from operations, marketing, support, sales and HR
  • Understand how to take control by using the cloud, allowing you a complete overview of your business’s data, analytics and reporting
  • Find out how you can work remotely and securely, with everyone talking to each other and working together on any device - whether just in the UK or overseas
Breakfast is also included at this event.

Key details

Date & time: 30 Mar 2017 08:00 - 11:00
Location: Institute of Directors, London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

25.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
30.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member rate

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8919


8.00am Registration and Breakfast
8.30am Welcome on behalf of the IoD, Alex Mitchell

Welcome from 8x8

Paul Holden, Director of Enterprise, 8x8


Meeting the needs of the new workforce

Dr. Lucy Green, Managing Director, Larato


Multiply the possibilities

Simon Dear, CEO, Tangent International


Coping with Chaos

Barnaby Voss, Head of Marketing for Google Cloud UK & Ireland


What’s holding back tech adoption in British business?

Paul Holden, Director of Enterprise, 8x8
Guatam Sahgal, COO, Perkbox
Frank Bennett, Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum and Director of the Federation Against Software Theft
Simon Dear, CEO, Tangent International

10.20am Closing remarks from Paul Holden, Director of Enterprise, 8x8
11.00am Refreshments and networking


Barnaby Voss, Head of Marketing, Google Cloud UK & Ireland

Barnaby has a broad background helping companies of all sizes innovate, encompassing entrepreneurship and operational roles in both small and large enterprises such as Green & Black’s, Coca Cola and the London 2012 Olympics. In 2010 he co-founded BlikBook, a VC backed education technology business that used machine learning to create predictive analytics for top universities around the world. After growing BlikBook to offices in 3 countries and presence in over 20 it was sold to Civitas Learning. Since then he has been with Google Cloud helping companies adopt cloud technologies to help them overcome the challenges they face both externally and internally. He is passionate about technology as an enabler which people can put first when decision making.

Paul Holden, UK Director of Enterprise Business, 8x8 Paul Holden 8x8

Paul has worked in the communications industry for over 25 years and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience within the IT and communications sectors. Having worked for large global organisations as well as start-up businesses, Paul has seen the industry from many different angles and this has given him a strong understanding of the market place. Paul is currently leading the enterprise sales team for global cloud communications leader 8x8. Paul is a self-proclaimed advocate of cloud based technology and knows first-hand the benefits it can bring to companies.

Lucy Green LaratoDr Lucy Green, Managing Director, Larato

Dr Lucy Green has proven expertise in finding and developing the hidden potential that lies within channels and businesses. Such opportunities are not always easy to spot, especially when juggling the many demands of today’s robust marketplaces. Lucy’s specialist insight has proved valuable to companies ranging from channel providers and resellers, ambitious start-ups and successful enterprises.

Lucy has a talent for unlocking a company’s hidden potential, enabling it to improve and flourish. Moreover, it is a talent that over the past two years has delivered business transformations worth over £300 million. Outside of Larato, Lucy is a popular industry speaker and an energetic advocate of women in science and technology.

Simon Dear, CEO, Tangent International Ltd

Tangent are a privately held Technology recruiter. They currently work with customers in over 100 countries and have regional centres in the UK, USA and Dubai, with hubs in Mexico, China and Australia. Simon runs all of the Tangent operations in both the UK and abroad. He is responsible for strategy and growth business wide, but still enjoys working with Tangents growing customer base. He has 20 years ICT recruitment experience, working on 5 continents, and maintains an ultra-keen interest in finding local solutions to international opportunities. Educated at Brighton College and Reading University – his first foray into recruitment was the mainstream IT recruiter, Parity. He was subsequently hired by Tangent to develop operations in Asia and then the USA.

Gautam Sahgal, Chief Operating Officer, Perkbox

Gautam Sahgal, former CEO at Thomson Local, has been Perkbox’s Chief Operating Officer since the beginning of 2016. At Perkbox, he draws upon his extensive operational and transactional experience to is help the team to create the infrastructure for increasingly strong growth in the UK, and one day around the world. Gautam speaks Italian and German and is passionate about having fun by creating and working with winning teams.

Frank Bennett, Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum and a Director of the Federation Against Software Theft

Frank Bennett is a Member of the IoD and Fellow Royal Society of Arts. Frank holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Professional Diploma and is an advisor to Boards on cyber security and data privacy. With more than 35 years’ industry experience he has been involved in every evolution of computing from mainframe to cloud computing and an early cloud pioneer with development of a SaaS application in 2004. He has authored books for Microsoft and Google.


8x8 LogoA leading provider of global Enterprise Communications as a Service (ECaaS) 8x8 offers innovative, secure and reliable cloud technology to over 47,000 businesses in more than 100 countries, across six continents. We are the only cloud based provider to offer world class business phone services, collaboration, virtual meetings and conferencing, as well as enterprise ready virtual contact centre solutions. Born in the cloud our products are designed to be used in any location, with our 12 top tier data centres strategically located across the globe.


Prices from

25.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
30.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member rate


  • Institute of Directors
  • Institute of Directors
  • 116 Pall Mall
  • London
  • SW1Y 5ED

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