TOUR 2018


Hyatt Regency London
November 15 | London

Software AG UK Innovation Tour 2018

2018’s Innovation Tour was a far reaching journey touching places as far flung as Sydney and Singapore before touching down in London. And what an exciting stops that was! The day in London started with a Welcome from Bo Gyldenvang, VP of Sales for the UK and Nordics, who then introduced our new CEO Sanjay Brahmawar on the stage for the morning’s first Keynote. Sanjay shared his perspective on how data can drive digitisation, giving examples of several customers around the globe who are using Software AG technology to achieve their digital goals. Sanjay subsequently introduced two of our customers to share the stage with him: Col. Chopsey Cornell from the British Army and Dr. Fahad Aijaz from Vodafone IoT.

Both The British Army and Vodafone use a combination of our products to enable their digital businesses to drive more value, but in very different ways. The British Army have employed an API Gateway to provide access to regular troops, reservists, veterans and the injured service men and woman to their personnel information from their own device, while complying with the Ministry of Defence’s security protocol. This is changes the lives of the people who depend most on The Army, to ensure they are paid correctly. It also saves the tax-payer funded Army several millions of pounds per year. Vodafone have used ARIS to plan their digital business processes for several years now and are a true leader in their field.

Later on the main stage, we heard from Jennifer Thomson who’s a Research Director at IDC, focusing on DevOps. Jennifer shared her perspective on how an agile culture is important not only when developing technology, but also is the key to a business as a whole during a transformation process.

In the afternoon we had presentations from customers including Vodafone, Wales and West Utilities, The British Army and Metro Bank along with our partners Cognizant, Wipro and United Vanning. We then concluded the day with our customer and partner awards to celebrate the most innovative uses of Software AG technology employed in the UK today.

Overall, the event was a great success, with a revamped agenda focused on industry rather than product – putting the customer at the heart of the day. The feedback from both customers and partners of the new format was very good and we look forward to continuing the conversation with all those that joined us on the day.


08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Coffee in Partner Showcase
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and Introduction - Bo Gyldenvang, Software AG
09:15 - 10:30 CEO Keynote, featuring The British Army and Vodafone - Sanjay Brahmawar, Software AG
10:30 - 11:15 Coffee Break in Partner Showcase
11:15 - 12:00 The New Rules of Business Agility - Jennifer Thomson, IDC
12:00 - 12:30 Experiences Now, More Than Ever - Andrew Warren, Cognizant
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch in Partner Showcase
  Retail, Telco & Healthcare
Spencer Suite
Finance, Banking & Insurance
Blenheim Suite

Industrial, Utilities and Defence
Marlborough Suite

13:30 - 14:00 Industry Trends:
Innovation: What's getting in the way?
- Oliver Guy, Software AG
Industry Overview:
- Dr. Paul Fermor, Software AG
Industry Overview:
Connecting Supply Chains
- Sean Riley, Software AG
14:00 - 14:30 Customer Story :
EA Driven Enterprise Wide Digital Transformation
- Arsalan Rad and Stewart McQuillian, Wipro
Customer Presentation:
Removing Risk from Portfolio Management
- Sam Jeyakumar, Metrobank
IoT Spotlight:
Innovative tools
and equipment tracking

- Mikael Ahlstrom, United Vanning
14:30 - 15:00 Customer Presentation:
Using ARIS to Enable Vodafone's
Digital Journey

- Ralph Thompson, Vodafone
IoT Spotlight:
Connected Insurance
- Colville Wood, Cognizant
Customer Presentation:
How the British Army is Using
APIs to Improve their Effectiveness

- Lt. Col Dorian Seabrook, British Army
15:00 - 15:30 IoT Spotlight:
Tracing and anti counterfeiting
using fibre fingerprint
technology and blockchain.

- Mikael Ahlstrom, United Vanning
Product Spotlight:
Apama Eagle Eye
– Henry Lockwood, Software AG
Customer Presentation:
The Digital Utility: Improved
Safety Through Automation

- Bernard Murphy, Wales & West Utilities
15:30 - 16:15 Coffee Break in Partner Showcase
16:15 - 17:00 Customer and Partner Awards and Closing Remarks
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Drinks in Partner Showcase


Sanjay Brahmawar
Chief Executive Officer, Software AG

Sanjay Brahmawar is Chief Executive Officer of Software AG, a global technology innovator delivering the world’s first integrated digital business platform and unique in the industry for its extensive portfolio of platform-agnostic software brands. He leads the organization as it ushers in a new era for digitalization, connectivity, AI and Internet of Things-enabled technologies for the more than 70 countries it serves.

Brahmawar served as general manager for global revenue at IBM’s Watson IoT and managed the global business of data analytics and artificial intelligence software products in that capacity. He previously held GM, Vice President and Executive Partner roles within various IBM businesses.

Brahmawar brings hands-on IoT expertise, a wealth of international experience and technical know-how blended with an entrepreneurial vision to Software AG. Prior to IBM, he served at PwC, Fedex, DSM and Honda. He is a frequent guest speaker at industry events and conferences where he demonstrates the value of the connected IoT ecosystem and his obsession for customer-centric innovations that can deliver unprecedented organizational performance.

Brahmawar earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from University of Leeds. He is a citizen of the world, born in India, and having worked and lived in England, Finland, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. An avid cyclist and runner, Brahmawar currently resides in Darmstadt, Germany.

Jennifer Thomson
Research Director, European Services, IDC

Jen Thomson is an IDC research director with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Jen provides insights on the investment strategies and decisions of European enterprises around application development and deployment. Her research explores the new rules for apps dev and deploy in a digital economy; and how this impacts enterprise IT organisational structures, culture, processes, tools and skill sets. Additionally, her research looks to uncover end-user strategies, investment priorities and KPIs to enable cloud first, DevOps and agile solution delivery.

Andrew Warren
Vice President & Head of RCGTH, Cognizant UKI

In this role, Andrew drives the Cognizant UKI RCGTH growth mandate along with new business development. Ambitious, tenacious and sales-focused CEO with 20 years’ experience in both Corporate and Private Equity-backed businesses. Andrew’s expertise is in general management, strategy, business planning, sales and marketing, deal creation, client and account management and leadership. Andrew drives the transformation mandate with a passion that has led to several long-term strategic partnerships for Cognizant in the UKI. He has held various senior leadership positions in the past at board level, driving growth for leading businesses. Andrew also has the rare distinction of being the youngest Fusilier officer to attend the Staff and Command course for 25 years.


Sean Riley
Global Industry Director

Over the past six years, Sean Riley has been obsessively focused on enterprise digital transformation with a focus on leveraging technologies like IoT, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning and Intelligent Automation as applied to production, field services, supply chains, logistics and new product development. He also sits on the curriculum advisory committee for the DePaul Graduate Program for Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Oliver Guy
Global Industry Director

With more than 20 years focused in technology, Oliver has worked with major names in global retail helping them improve their business through the use of innovative technology.Oliver specialises in Digital Transformation and unified commerce technology strategy, advising retailers across the globe on their technology strategy and decisions.

Anthony Sayers
Anthony Sayers
Senior IoT expert

Anthony Sayers is accomplished in being able to translate the fast changing technology landscape within the digital transformation era and relating that to organisational impact. His vastly experienced career has included being elected for two consecutive terms on Dell’s President Council as a strategic advisor and a frequent keynote speaker at large Industry, IT and IoT events around the globe.

Dave Pemberton
Dave Pemberton
Integration and Process Automation Practice Manager

Dave has a breadth of experience in the areas of Service Oriented Architectures, Enterprise Architecture, Integration, and Business Process Management. Dave has worked across many industry verticals and technologies, architecting and delivering successful solutions for many of the UK largest government and blue-chip organisations from both a technology and methodology point of view. Dave will be available to answer your questions on our webMethods Product, including Cloud Migration, Microservices and Containers, Devops and Bi-Modal IT.

Neil Tindall
Neil Tindall
Business Process Analysis and IT Management Practice Manager

Neil leads a team of UK and regional consultants, delivering a portfolio of Business Process, Risk & Compliance and IT Transformation projects. He has over 10 years’ experience of assisting leading organisations to establish full life cycle Business Process Management and Governance Risk & Compliance Management capabilities. Neil will be available to answer your questions on our ARIS and Alfabet Products plus any specific questions around ARIS Aware, PPM and Upgrading to the latest versions of ARIS.

Henry Lockwood
Henry Lockwood
Senior Principal Consultant

Henry has worked on a range of topics from algorithm trading, through market surveillance, to supply chain & logistics, and smart living. His current focus is split between customer projects, pre-sales, and managing ongoing development of Eagle Eye – the successor product to the Market Surveillance & Monitoring solution. Henry will be available to answer your questions on our Apama Product, plus any specific questions around IoT, including the next steps your organisation should take, real-time analytics and Eagle Eye (formally known as Total Surveillance).


Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill


Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

30 Portman Square, Marylebone, London W1H 7BH