Live Event - 04 October 2023

ISV Partner Day 2023

ISV Partner Day is the only Microsoft-focused tech event in the UK dedicated to ISVs, SaaS providers, and application builders. We were delighted to meet you all in person for our sixth installment at Reading Football Club.

We had an action-packed agenda hosted by Microsoft speakers, experts from the Grey Matter team, and representatives from some of our most in-demand partners. ISV Partner Day is known for its community feel and it was amazing to again share that with you all and soak up the atmosphere.

This year we had sessions, across three tracks - Data, Developer and Infrastructure, covering Azure OpenAI Service, Infrastructure Modernisation, DevSecOps with GitHub and Azure, Azure Security and much more.


Developer Track


Time Session Speaker
9:30 10:00   Keynote Matthew Whitton, COO at Grey Matter and James Chadwick, ISV Ecosystem Lead at Microsoft
10:15 – 11:00   Software Composition Analysis and Compliance Management in a Security Focused  Landscape

Software Composition Analysis has become an increasingly important part of the software development lifecycle. Especially with the introduction of legal regulations such as the US Cyber Executive Order 14028 and the EU Cyber Resilience Act which mandates that software produces provide Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs). In this session you'll hear about the latest regulations, standards, and how to implement a SBOM strategy. 

Martin Callinan, Director at Source Code Control
11:15 – 12:00  Real-time hacking demo! Unmasking common malware tactics and how you can better defend against them   

Join us for an eye-opening demo as we unveil some of the hidden vulnerabilities lurking in the digital realm, and expose the tactics often used by cyber criminals. By attending this session you’ll gain practical advice to understand how our security experts would deal with such situations, as well as top tips to identify gaps in your defensive security posture and in developing your own roadmap.  

Tom Fawcus Gibbs, VP of Technology and Michael Pantridge, Senior Security Consultant at Secure Impact
12:00 – 13:00                                  Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Leveraging Azure Cloud and AI in your developer tooling

In this session, discover the latest innovations in developer tooling designed to expedite the onboarding of new team members and provide them with the essential resources for coding efficiently and enhancing productivity. Explore the utilization of Dev Box and Deployment Environments, in conjunction with Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and GitHub Copilot, to significantly boost your productivity.

Michelle Azzopardi, Digital & App Innovation Lead at Microsoft
14:00 – 14:45 DevSecOps with GitHub & Azure

DevSecOps using GitHub and Azure is a way of developing and deploying secure applications on the cloud. It involves shifting security to the left, meaning integrating security practices early in the development cycle. It also leverages GitHub and Azure products and services to automate security scanning, testing, and monitoring of the code.

Poorna Bavapalli, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft
15:00 – 15:45 Microsoft ISV Partnership

Investing in the right solutions for your business and being able to rely on quick and accurate support from a service provider can really set you above the competition. In this session, we'll cover how Microsoft empowers ISVs to build and publish apps faster, reach more customers, and accelerate innovation on a trusted and comprehensive cloud platform.

Chris Chandler, Microsoft Alliance Manager at Grey Matter 
Data Track


Time Session Speaker
9:30 – 10:00   Keynote Matthew Whitton and James Chadwick
10:15 –Microsoft Microsoft Fabric

In this session, we'll cover using Microsoft Fabric to deliver lakehouse driven architectures as a SaaS experience.

Brett Cooper, Senior Technical Specialist at Microsoft
11:15 – 12:00 Unlocking the Power of AI with Gen AI          

In this session, we'll discover how Gen AI can be employed to its full potential and the possibilities it offers for various applications and industries.

Atul Kaila, Data & AI Technical Architect at Microsoft
12:00 – 13:00                 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Data Warehousing

Alongside how to monetise your data and obtain business buy-in.“The Future is Here, just not equally distributed”. In this session we'll discuss why data lake and data warehousing are the key to Data and AI projects creating an ROI.

Richard Gardner, CTO at Lumilinks
14:00 – 14:45 Unlocking Real-Time Fleet Tracking: A Comprehensive Guide to Displaying Live IoT Data on a Map Clemens Schotte, Microsoft Maps & Geospatial Senior Program Manager at Microsoft 
15:00 – 15:45 Microsoft Purview Isabel Arevalo, Data & AI Senior Technical Specialist at Microsoft 
Infrastructure Track


Time Session Speaker
9:30 – 10:00   Keynote Matthew Whitton and James Chadwick
10:15 – 11:00   Azure IoT Connected Worlds

In this session, we'll cover everything you need to get your IoT project up and running in Azure, from device selection to using IoT Central and IoT Hub. You'll leave with an understanding of how Azure's services can product insights from real-world data. 

Stuart Jenkins, Azure IoT Architect at Climb Global Services
11:15 – 12:00 App Modernisation with Microsoft Azure  

In this session, we'll take a look at how to harness Microsoft Azure to enable you to decrease your time to market and increase deployment velocity. While reducing the costs associated with maintenance and, importantly, increasing your application's reliability and security.  We'll cover key technologies such as Azure Migrate, Azure SQL, Private Endpoints, Azure App Services and Azure Front Door.

Elijah Wright, Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions Engineer at Climb Global Services
12:00 – 13:00                 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Reliable High Availability for Essential Applications

This session will shed light on the significance of Availability SLAs within the context of clustering software, emphasising the importance of application uptime, unmatched scalability, and enterprise-class reliability in today's cloud-driven landscape. Participants will gain valuable insights into how high availability and disaster recovery capabilities can transform their organisation's efficiency, productivity, and overall peace of mind in the cloud and on-premises environments.

Harry Aujla, EMEA Partner Alliances Director at SIOS Technology Corp
14:00 – 14:45 Infrastructure Modernisation Nidhi Gupta, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft
15:00 – 15:45 Microsoft Co-pilot & Automation

In this session we'll discuss the exciting developments that are expected to be released for co-pilot in the coming months. We'll also take a look at how Power Automate can be leveraged to support your projects.

Adam Blackwell, M365 Solution Specialist at Grey Matter

Thank you to our sponsors


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SolarWinds is a leading provider of simple, powerful, secure observability and IT management software built to enable customers to accelerate their digital transformation. Our solutions provide a comprehensive and unified view of today’s modern, distributed, and hybrid network environments.

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Secure Impact (SI) offers world-class penetration testing & security assessment services geared towards your security objectives and bespoke risk profile, and detailed, accessible reports that allow you to make immediate actionable changes to improve your security posture. 

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Lumilinks is a Cambridge-based Data & Science business. They are a deep Data and Statistics specialist, aligning People, Technology and Data to help businesses achieve MORE. More customers More sales. More growth. More asset value. More than you can envision. Lumilinks enable businesses to grow faster than they could ever envision with data.