Martin Deacon, Chief Technology Officer, Capita Networking Solutions
Since joining the telecommunications industry as a graduate engineer in the late 1980s, Martin has experienced the full range of technological innovation; the birth of the Internet, the launch of mobile phone networks, the emergence of email and the explosion of smart-phones, tapping an ever expanding cloud of content and services. At the turn of the century he saw MPLS displace Frame Relay to become the agile WAN protocol of choice and in the 90s seized an early opportunity to deploy business applications across offices in Asia Pacific using the then new Citrix MetaFrame thin client capability; it, just like the rise of server virtualisation, was a game-changer.
A realist as opposed to an evangelist, Martin aims to correctly balance the risk of ‘bleeding-edge’ vs. the benefits of ‘leading-edge’ to underpin solutions and services that face the future. Today, MPLS is being dubbed by some as ‘legacy’. It will likely remain strong within carrier core networks and the fabric of the Internet, but Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is presenting network service providers and organisations with a paradigm shift in how WANs can be deployed and operated. Another game-changer that Martin is embracing.
Prior to joining Capita Networking Solutions, Martin worked for BT in the UK, Australasia, Asia Pacific and United States. In addition to networking, Martin has experience in enterprise application development and IT platform infrastructure.
Mark Lewis, EVP Products and Development, Interoute
Mark is responsible for Interoute’s product portfolio, spanning enterprise connectivity, cloud and communications services. He drives Interoute’s Enterprise Digital Platform strategy, aiming to optimise, secure and and assure the delivery of applications – whether Interoute’s or SaaS, via the combination of Interoute’s SDN Cloud Fabric, Interoute Virtual Data Centres (VDCs) and the Interoute SD-WAN Edge connectivity portfolio.
Technical Pre-sales, product development and P&L Management fall into Mark’s remit, to which he brings more than a decade of industry experience. Mark has held roles in a variety of software industries, including 3D-modelling, content protection and CDNs, which drives his passion to make all of Interoute entirely software-driven by customers – truly code as infrastructure.
Simon Pamplin, Director of Technical Sales EMEA, Silver Peak
Simon Pamplin is the EMEA Technical Sales Director for Silver Peak and a regular speaker at events on topics ranging from the latest storage technologies and server virtualization to the current shift in Data Networking towards SD-WAN. With over 20 years’ experience in enterprise IT Simon has worked for IP, SAN and hyper-convergent companies and is driven by new technology and the business benefits it can bring.
Jack Richards, Public Sector Senior Solutions Architect, Exponential-e
Jack Richards is Public Sector Solutions Architect for Exponential-e’s Public Sector team. His role is focused on guiding customers to maximise benefits and realise successful outcomes through the design and deployment of cloud, network and unified communications technologies and solutions.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in driving Government technology initiatives at organisations including Cable and Wireless/Vodafone and 2e2. Jack led key transformations including 3 North London and South coast NHS outsources and disaggregation and integration of Acute and Mental Health Trusts.
Jack began his career at California based SCO Unix and was a contributing author of Matthew Marsh’s ‘Linux Networking Unleashed’ book.
Keith Smith, Public Sector Business Development Manager, Virgin Media Business
Public sector guru, part Business Development Manager, part techie, science fiction buff Keith focuses the bulk of his work on market place development. He does this by creating business opportunities that many, or indeed all sales and account managers, can utilise right across the sector. He also gets involved in the more complex customer specific opportunities, when he feels there is scope for wider business to be ‘unlocked’. Vying for the position of ‘World’s Busiest Man’ Keith also volunteers much of his free time to event management conventions with proceeds usually going to charity. Indeed, in 2014 he took on the role of Tech Director to help run the World Science Fiction Convention in London which attracted an eye-popping 11,000 attendees. A passion for film editing has also seen him produce videos used at public sector conferences where Virgin Media Business has presence. It seems hard to believe, but amongst such a packed schedule Keith still finds the time (just about) to pursue other interests such as motorsport, software development and politics.