From Leeds Digital Festival to London’s International Cyber Expo, the Vapour team is certainly not one to shy away from an industry event.

But it’s not always about scoping out cutting-edge innovations and knowledge-sharing with leaders across the tech space. Sometimes, partners as generous as software giant Veeam come along, and invite you to a VIP get-together just to say ‘thanks’.

Their recent offering saw our business development manager, Mark Taylor, and business development exec, Holly Eyre, head to The Jam House in Birmingham – known for its intimate jazz, blues and rocks gigs.

Along with 90 hand-selected guests from across different realms of IT and tech, it was a privilege to be rewarded for the completion of certain targets, as well as continually driving innovation in the sector.

It wasn’t all fun and games though, as our dynamic duo still had plenty of wisdom to impart at Vapour HQ, upon their return. Here’s Holly’s round-up…

Think of a workload, and you can bet Veeam can protect it

We were reminded at the event that Veeam is not just available to support end-to-end data protection needs, but also has several standalone products to help tech teams sleep better at night. And these are perfect for small businesses reliant on a specific programme or public cloud, such as Salesforce – which is a must for any sales team.

At Vapour, we also regularly deploy backup solutions for Microsoft 365 and Teams – an essential strategy for schools in particular, where critical files are always at risk of loss, deletion, of malicious malware. Because the recovery process is completely granular and fast, there’s minimal downtime too.

The ultimate automation and control solution to safeguard operations

Speaking to various IT firms in attendance, we learnt the value of monitoring and analytics with Veeam ONE. Proactive alerting mitigates security threats before they turn into real issues, and real-time visibility offers complete control over data and infrastructure – for both physical and virtual environments!

Plus, with capacity planning and forecasting, you can remove the guesswork when strategising future tech needs and purchases.

Maintaining close partner connections is crucial for growth

There’s no denying that Veeam is making waves in the market right now, but the organisation wouldn’t be where it is without its partners. Creating and nurturing strong relationships with fellow industry leaders is a key part of building, marketing, and selling Veeam solutions and Veeam-powered services. And by maintaining close connections with account managers and constantly providing version release updates, Veeam ensures end users are always kept in the loop.

When disaster strikes, Veeam helps to maintain business as usual

Ok, so we knew this one already! But being in Veeam’s presence solidified exactly why we’re so proud to have it as part of the Vapour Cloud.

From natural disasters to cyber-attacks, it’s impossible to predict what lies around the corner. But secure cloud technology has the power to deliver that all-important resilience when it’s needed the most. Backups undoubtedly play a key role in this – protecting business-critical applications with an SLA-focused solution, which offers peace of mind for our customers. And there’s no-one we’d rather power our solutions than Veeam.

Our partner knows how to throw a great party!

It was a privilege to meet the Veeam team in person – especially senior manager, Pamela Napier, and senior cloud and commercial marketing manager, Clare Angood.

As if the free bar and food spread wasn’t generous enough, we were surprised with a raffle draw – where Mark managed to bag a Lego Millennium Falcon – and a private set from Comedian Jason Manford. Although, sitting front-row was probably foolish, in hindsight – as it was a very participatory performance!

Thanks once again to the very thoughtful, and endlessly innovative, Veeam, for hosting such a stellar event.

If you want to explore more about our Veeam-powered backup solutions, click here.

Forward thinkers and tech innovators will be descending upon The Chambers in Leeds this month, for what is sure to be an unmissable exploration into next generation digital transformation.

Following the tremendous success of Vapour’s innovation forum in January, a brand-new panel of thought leaders will take to the stage to bring us the latest information on cloud technology, client connectivity, and the future of 5G - diving into what’s next for the fast-evolving world of hybrid working.

The exclusively-selected clients in attendance will come away with a slew of fresh ideas on how to improve their organisations’ productivity, security and resilience. Keeping them ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing tech environment.

Presenting at the city centre venue, will be representatives from the award-winning telecoms and technology provider, Wavenet, providing insight into, and demos of, their TeamsLink offering. The lucky invitees will be able to see just how the technology works and observe the business applications of its hero features, such as Power BI and dynamics integration, plus call recording. Wavenet’s John Denny is eager to provide a clear picture of just how much is possible with their programs, and how they can work seamlessly with other platforms, like that of Puzzel.

Pioneers of the customer service platform, Puzzel, will also be in attendance, showcasing their omnichannel contact centre on when and how this can be layered with other systems. Turning the spotlight onto their infrastructure, the value it holds, and the potential benefits they see in an increasingly remote working world, the focus of this session will be how to ensure savvy tech works harder for modern organisations.

The event’s highly-anticipated keynote speaker - CEO of Robiquity Tom Davies will be sharing the latest advancements in robotic process automation, its real world applications, and just how they can be implemented to benefit every organisation. Robiquity is widely recognised as the market leader, and Tom is sure to wow attendees with his observations and foresight.

Of course, there will also be a presentation from Vapour’s very own CEO Tim Mercer, who will unveil the latest 5G market changes set to revolutionise private network connectivity, and the need for faster progress as BT’s 2025 copper switch off edges ever closer.

Commenting on the event, Tim said “Hot on the heels of Vapour’s first innovation forum in January, this will be an excellent opportunity for our customers, partners, and friends to gather intel from some of the most pioneering thought-leaders from the communications and cloud tech space, as well as build key connections.

“With the market constantly evolving, and following such a successful turn out earlier this year, there felt no better time to launch the second instalment of the innovation forum, and I look forward to seeing what our keynote and guest speakers bring to the table on the day.”

All speakers will then be united for a Q&A session giving guests the opportunity to put their own questions to the knowledgeable panel.

If you are interested in attending this, or future innovation forums please visit our registration page or call 0333 200 1142 for more information.

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