The Future is SD-WAN.

23rd February 2017 at Malmaison, Manchester.

The WAN revolution is happening!

You can now benefit from Wide Area Networking on your terms.

How can you learn more about SD-WAN?

On the 23rd February 2017 we were joined by guests at the Malmaison in Manchester. Our guests discovered how, thanks to Exponential-e and Nuage Networks, their business could implement WAN connectivity in weeks - not months.

Guests also heard from leading analyst Gary Barton of analyst house Global Data (formerly Current Analysis), who explored the current landscape of SD-WAN and what the future holds.

What’s more we all enjoyed a luxurious breakfast and lunch buffet at Manchester’s most stylish boutique hotel, whilst having the opportunity to network with our peers.


09:30 - 10:00 Arrival and Registrations.
10:00 - 10:15 An Introduction to Exponential-e:
Mark Kelly - Head of Corporate, Exponential-e.
10:15 - 10:40

How Cloud and Digital Power the Northern Powerhouse:
Steven Harrison - Director of Technology, NSD.

10:40 - 11:10 Global Trends and Future Gazing:
Gary Barton - Principal Analyst, Business Network and IT Services, Global Data (formerly Current Analysis).
11:10 - 11:30

Coffee Break.

11:30 - 12:00

The Exponential-e Model for Innovation and Automation using SDN and SD-WAN:
Chris Christou - Director of Engineering, Exponential-e.

12:00 - 12:20

Innovations in Cloud Technology:
Jonathan Bridges - Head of Cloud, Exponential-e.

12:20 - 12:40

QA and Open Discussion.

12:40 - 14:00

Buffet Lunch.


Guest Speaker

Steven Harrison - Director of Technology, NSD

Steven Harrison - Director of Technology, NSD

Steven is a 20-year veteran of the service provider and equipment maker side of the ICT industry across four continents. He’s most passionate about the need to deliver value through IT and to not stop at simply delivering profit or functionality.

An engineer by trade having earned more than 15 certifications across the full spectrum of information & communications technologies, he’s spent his more recent years working with service providers and vendors to improve their go-to-market strategies and make the most of the transition from buy-and-build to cloud and managed services.

Guest Speaker

Gary Barton - Principal Analyst, Business Network and IT Services

Gary Barton - Principal Analyst, Business Network and IT Services

As a Principal Analyst on the Current Analysis Business Network and IT Services team, Gary covers business telecoms services including data WAN and access services, unified communications, SME services and the UK public sector.

Gary leads Current Analysis' research for the UK B2B telecoms market and also contributes to coverage of the Europe B2B telecoms market and the UK wholesale market. Gary joined Current Analysis in 2007. Gary has previously been involved with the Enterprise VPN Users Association (EVUA), regularly attending their European conferences in an organisational/support role. Gary also has experience working with the airline co-operative Star Alliance, co-authoring and editing internal white papers.

Gary, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the UK, has a BA (Hons) in Classics and Ancient History and a Master's Degree (MA) in Ancient World Studies. Gary is also an elected Member of Cheshire East Borough Council.