RAG and the Year of the Fire Rooster

According to Chinese astrology, the Year of the Fire Rooster is a call to action.  It’s a chance to energise and take control.  It’s a chance to make a change for the better.  It’s about passionate productivity.  That is what RAG is also about!  Our plans for the year ahead are truly ambitious, and we’re embracing the challenge set out before us – so be sure to watch closely as we announce more details of all four big free conferences we have planned for Europe, Africa and AsiaPac.

Our first RAG conference of the exciting 2017 schedule will be held on March 15th and 16th in London, and is only a month away. We’re set to hit the ground running for the biggest event, and the biggest year, in RAG’s history.

Who’s attending RAG London?

We have excellent representation across the industry at both days of the London conference. The attendees include: Vodafone, O2, Colt, First Utilities, Spotify, Three, Level 3, Orange, Tesco Mobile, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, and our hosts, BT. But we also have visitors from farther afield joining us, such as T-Mobile Czech Republic, Tele2, Zain, Saudi Telecom, Orange SK, NOS, Jersey Telecom and MTN.  The list continues to grow and our coverage expands.

Our gracious hosts, BT, have allowed us to use the fantastic 170-seat capacity BT Auditorium at the BT Centre in St Paul’s.  We’re well on track to fill those 170 seats, so don’t miss out – register now.

What are we learning?

The two days are going to be packed with insights, lessons, new approaches and improvements from operators and solution providers alike, in a safe and sales-free environment.  Day 1, March 15th, focuses on business assurance, risk management and analytics, whilst Day 2, March 16th, concentrates more on fraud and security. If you can only spare one day from the office, then pick the day which suits you most, but we believe that both days will give all participants important insights that will help them to broaden their range of expertise and deliver increased value for their employers.

We have a packed agenda for both days with 30 confirmed expert speakers and panellists and more still to be added. But RAG audiences do not just sit and listen. Our innovative approach to interaction means everybody has the chance to join the conversation and ask questions about the topics that matter to you.

We will, of course, be providing you free food and refreshments during both days. And in the evenings there will also be a buffet and drinks, giving you the chance to socialise and network with peers.

RAG is run by experts, for experts, so we know how demanding your professional lives are and the challenges you all face.  That’s why, on top of the industry leading speakers and topics, we also offer all of this to you for free.  We get to do this through the generosity and foresight of our sponsors who see the value in a free, collaborative and no-pressure platform for risk, assurance, fraud and technology professionals like you.

Are you offering complementary risk training?

Yes.  Yes we are.  For a lucky few, Alan Blaney of Focus Training will provide an afternoon of complementary risk training to operators who are attending the conference. This will be held on the afternoon of March 14th.  Whilst this won’t cost you anything to partake, please note that this offer is restricted to operator attendees of the conference only, and places are limited.  When registering for the conference, make sure you tick the option to show your interest in the training if you want to be added to the shortlist.

Why should you be a part of it?

No other group offers you what RAG gives you for nothing.

If you or your colleagues are looking for ways to increase your professional knowledge then RAG is the place to be. We’re not repeating the same slides you’ve seen at the last three conferences you attended. We’re at the leading edge, talking about how to make our profession better, stronger, bolder and more advanced than ever before. We talk about what’s new and how to do things differently. And most of all, we talk! Our conferences are always buzzing with conversation, because we present challenging agendas with fresh ideas and then make it easy for the audience to respond. If you’re already registered to join us in March, then why not get a colleague to sign-up too?  It won’t cost them or your organisation anything to be there and join in!

We still have some places left, though they are going quickly so don’t delay.

If you can’t join us in London this March then don’t despair!  You can sign-up to become a member at no cost to you, and we’ll keep you up-to-date about the latest news and happenings, and you’ll be the first to know the dates and venues for the three other big conferences we will run this year, as we take RAG around the world!

2017 will be bigger for RAG than ever before.  Don’t miss out – join us now.

Rob Chapman
Rob Chapman
Rob is a consultant working for Cartesian in the UK, specializing in business assurance. He previously worked at Three, Cable & Wireless, Verizon Business and TalkTalk.

Rob is also Chairman of the UK's Risk & Assurance Group. The RAG is the oldest regular gathering of RA professionals anywhere in the world, having first met in 2004.