Last Thursday saw our Business Development team venture south to Cardiff for the CIPFA Wales Annual Conference. The conference was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in the city centre and welcomed speakers and delegates from across the country in both the public and private sectors.
The conference was opened by Iolo Llewelyn, the President of CIPFA Wales and, with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement still fresh in everyone’s mind, Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics also took to the stage to discuss how local governments need to aim high to achieve their collective goals.
The breakout areas were awash with delegates and the ERPaaS stand received plenty of footfall from enthusiastic visitors, primarily to talk about what we have to offer, but the chocolates certainly helped to draw them in!
Our MD Simon Robinson ran his workshop “Empower Your Staff or Close Down Services”, which drew the usual healthy crowd of eager delegates. The talk touched on how modern technology that is commonly used at home isn’t the same as the technology used in the workplace, highlighting how organisations are actually lagging behind their workforce in terms of technology. He spoke about the importance of determining how you, as a business leader, can implement technology and services that will benefit your staff and organisation and leave a lasting legacy.
Following on from the workshop, which will be available to watch in the near future, Simon was invited to sit on the guest panel for the closing discussion of the conference, a Question Time style session discussing some of the decisions set out in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and how they will affect both the public and private sectors.
During the event, Simon spoke about the “elephant in the room” for public services – moving resources out of non-productive areas and into front-line services where they’ll actually make a difference. There was also some very interesting discussion surrounding methods of overcoming political and legal barriers to innovation, especially surrounding data protection, as well as the current economic climate and its effect on the public and private sectors. It turned out to be a very enlightening experience and, for anyone who’s interested, we’ll be posting the video of this event very shortly.
Panellists, from left to right: Brian Roberts, CIPFA President and Director of Corporate Resources; Alan Birmingham, Policy and Technical Manager at CIPFA; Simon Robinson, Managing Director of ERPaaS; and Chris Tidwell, Head of CIPFA Wales.
The video below is a light-hearted summary of our time at the conference – if you missed out on attending or if you want to relive some of your conference memories, feel free to watch it and let us know what you think! As mentioned above, we’ll also be posting a video of Simon’s workshop, so make sure to subscribe to our blog or follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you don’t miss out.
If you have any thoughts or questions about the conference or about ERPaaS in general, feel free to leave a comment below or send us a tweet at @erpaas.
We’d like to wish a huge thank you to CIPFA Wales and the staff, speakers and delegates of the conference that made the event a huge success. We’ll hopefully see you all again at CIPFA Scotland in 2017!