On a wonderfully sunny Spring morning, a team of DCS staff and a group of exhibitors made their way through the streets of Headingley to the Emerald Headingley Stadium for this year’s annual Spring Conference. It was an incredibly proud moment to be the first business hosting an event there, following the spectacular £40m stadium redevelopment by Caddick Construction.
Exhibitors and customers alike could not help but be impressed by the fantastic new facilities of the Emerald Suite, offering panoramic views of both the rugby pitch and the cricket ground.
Opening the morning’s masterclasses was Becky Boyd of Google Digital Garage offering attendees an insight on how to get your business visible, which was really well received.
Closing the morning session, Jake Moore of ESET, gave a very thought provoking presentation on “How to hack a police station” showing just how easy it can be to gather personal information from social media and other sites. He had of course done this with approval from the head of the unit! There were lots of nods from people in the audience as he mentioned the names of some of the sites that people post personal information onto, detailing where they have been and how often.
This theme continued in the afternoon, when Shelton Newsham, Regional lead for Cyber protect, Cyber Prevent and Fraud Protect at the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit spoke about the many threats faced by companies and individuals on a daily basis. Indeed, one of the attendees said “I thought the content and the speakers were well-judged and, slightly to my surprise, I learned quite a lot. Just goes to show that old dogs can be taught new tricks. Well done DCS.”
As one of the North of England’s leading reseller of business, ERP and MRP software, there were presentations on both Cloud and on premise accounting solutions with masterclasses from Advanced Business Cloud Essentials for manufacturing; Intact iQ- next-generation ERP software designed for today’s digital economy and Iplicit – cloud-based Accounting software that is tailored for the frustrated on-premise legacy software user
Also on hand, in the exhibition area, was a host of IT experts showcasing a whole gamut of services and products that DCS can provide. These covered Cloud services and solutions; both Cloud and on-premise ERP and accounting software; data protection and security; document management; business intelligence software; warehousing; time and attendance; digital signage; BACS transactions; E-commerce and mobile sales and bespoke/custom programming.
It was really wonderful to see people being able to being able to compare multiple vendors all under one roof and to see groups of clients and exhibitors networking in the breakout area.