Aspic: Office 365 – heeelp!

Microsoft Office 365 and A Great Digital Employee Experience (and how to stop drowning in a sea of Office 365 jargon)

 Thursday 1 February, 9- 11am. To book your place via Eventbrite, click here.

A fantastic digital employee experience with  easy-to-adopt collaborative technology is key to business success – that’s pretty much a given.

But what role does a ‘game changer’ like Microsoft Office 365 have in this brave new world. With more than 30 tools included as part of a package being adopted by an ever increasing number of corporates, it offers people the chance to connect, communicate and collaborate.

Global blue chips like Telefonica, Carlsberg, Three and many others have successfully adopted Office 365 but other companies are at earlier stages of this journey to digital transformation and for communicators, landed with this box of tricks by their IT team, it’s not always easy to know how to start and what success can look like.

Some of us are drowning in a sea of Office 365 jargon and opinions.

Which tools work best for you? What do they all do? How can they make communication better? And help employees to meet the business goals? Does Office 365 work with other solutions, such as Workplace by Facebook? What are the technical challenges involved?

All these questions, and more, will be answered at our next Aspic seminar on February 1 when a panel of Office 365 adopters – corporate communicators at different stages of the 0365 journey – will discuss the issues associated with SharePoint, Yammer et al.

Panel of speakers

Our first confirmed panellist is Steve Clarke, senior manager of communication channels at Virgin Atlantic, who will share his experience of rolling out Microsoft Office 365 at Virgin and some of the challenges along the way.

A communicator first and foremost, but with a good understanding of the technical application required to embed the 365 solution successfully, Steve is ideally placed to give a ‘warts and all’ description of Virgin’s journey.

Steve Clarke Senior Manager, Communication Channels, Virgin Atlantic

The second speaker to talk all things Office 365 is now confirmed and we’re delighted to welcome Mark Bickerdike from Costa Coffee to the panel.

Mark is the Senior Internal Communications and Planning Manager, UK&I at Costa Coffee. His team are at the start of their journey to use O365 to communicate and are developing a new comms portal to be deployed with the imminent roll out of O365.

With almost 20 years IC experience in UK and global roles in a variety of businesses, Mark is well equipped to talk about O365 from a communicators point of view and will share his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Mark Bickerdike – Senior Internal Communications and Planning Manager, UK&I,  Costa Coffee

Aspic’s third speaker is now confirmed. As a digital communication expert, Simon Steers is the Digital Channels and Content Manager at Legal&General. As an insight led, digital savvy internal communicator and Office 365 adopter, Simon led the rollout and adoption strategy for Yammer as the strategic group-wide ESN solution.

With a strong understanding of the digital workplace, Simon is leading the digital cultural change across Legal&General employees by focussing on a well-integrated O365 and the creation of an internal social TV channel to complement Yammer, packed with organic content and employee generated videos.

Simon is also an IC blogger and author of the as well as an official website columnist of the Liverpool Football Club.


Simon, joins Mark Bickerdike and Steve Clarke, from Costa Coffe and Virgin Atlantic respectively, on our panel. There will also be a ‘10in10’ ‘crash course’ short presentation on 10 tools in the 0365 suite and how they might best be used by internal communicators. Watch this space!

Follow @sequel_group for more details and in the meantime you can buy tickets – this will be a well subscribed event – via Eventbrite by clicking here.

The event takes place at The Gridiron, overlooking Kings Cross, on Thursday February 1 from 9-11am and tickets are priced at £25 + VAT each.

To book your place via Eventbrite, click here.