IRMS to Host Inaugural IM Tech Summit Europe 2024 in Brighton

One-Day Event to Focus on Information Governance and Risk Management in Microsoft 365

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) today announced the inaugural IM Tech Summit Europe 2024 is a new one-day event focused on information governance and risk management in Microsoft 365. Leading experts in the field of records management, privacy and artificial intelligence (AI) in Microsoft 365 will discuss best practices and demonstrate the latest capabilities of the cloud-powered productivity platform. The IM Tech Summit Europe 2024 takes place on 15th May at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Brighton Metropole in Brighton.

The IRMS runs the Microsoft 365 Customer Advisory Board, which it launched with Microsoft in 2020, to create a direct relationship between the records management community and the Microsoft 365 development and leadership teams, in order to influence the future direction of the platform.

The event will be opened by Bernd Vellguth, Specialist for Risk Management and Compliance, Microsoft EMEA. He will be joined at the event by wealth of experts from Microsoft including Joanne C Klein, Microsoft 365 Advanced Security and Compliance Specialist, who will explore the interplay between skilled personnel, streamlined business processes, and advanced Microsoft technologies and the vital role each plays in safeguarding records, strengthening resilience against security threats, and ensuring compliance. Rakhi Sachdeva, Microsoft 365 Senior Specialist, Microsoft UK, will explain how the AI assistant, Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, can free individuals and teams to concentrate on high-value tasks by optimising productivity and efficiency. Finally, Ryan John Murphy, Senior Compliance Specialist, Microsoft will present the impact of an eDiscovery optimisation program using Microsoft tools.

Chair of the IRMS, Jaana Pinnick, states: “The IM Tech Summit will provide unparalleled access to Microsoft 365 specialists who will be ready to help people new to the platform and want to understand the breadth of governance tools now at their disposal, through to deep dive sessions regarding issues of governance, retention policies and disposition workflows.”

Other expert speakers joining the programme include Alex Smith, Head of Data Security, Central Digital & Data Office, Cabinet Office, who will outline the ten principles for using generative AI in government. The AI conversation will continue with James Lappin, Doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University, who will be discussing how records management needs to adapt to AI and vice versa.

The IM Tech Summit Europe is hosted by the IRMS alongside event partner Infotechtion and is sponsored by Elantis Solutions Inc., Provision Point, DM Magazine, Preservica, Oyster IMS and Encodian.

Registration is open now for IRMS members and non-member with prices starting from £199. To book visit:


About the IRMS

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) is the foremost association for information professionals and students, supporting and bringing together all those working in information governance, records management, data protection, information security and more, across all industry sectors, in the UK and beyond.

As well as an annual conference attracting more than 350 delegates, the IRMS offers professional accreditation available to all, produces a high-quality bimonthly industry magazine, and operates a network of geographic and special interest groups across the UK and Ireland. Visit to find out more.

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