Lee Naik, CEO, TransUnion Africa
FinTech is one of the new buzz words! It's here to stay and here to disrupt. Lee's talk will focus on the rise of FinTechs and the implications for businesses. He will also share some practical strategies on how to leverage FinTechs to drive business success.
Brett St Clair, professional international speaker and keynote speaker
Digital is not just a Web site or an app, it is a complete transformation of your business, becoming customer-centric and data-driven, rebuilding your corporate structures and way of working to take advantage of the power of scale, leveraging platforms like cloud computing, artificial intelligence and IOT to build delightful customer experiences. Digital products are all about reducing margins and scaling the size of your marketplace massively.
Mojapela Makau, executive strategic projects, Tracker
The digital revolution has changed customer expectations and levels of empowerment irreversibly. Mobile technologies, social media and online interactions have enabled customers to receive continuous information updates about products and brands. Digitalisation has also changed customers perception of expectation, in that digital services (and interactions) must be fast, hassle free, intuitive, streamlined and easy to use. Therefore, much of the technology that customers use every day is exceptionally well-designed, streamlined, and easy to manage and they expect a similar technological experience from each business they interact with.
David Prosser, CEO, ComUnity
David will deliver a case study provide two case studies to demonstrate how technology platforms can quickly digitise organisations and solve major problems:
Jason Suttie, head of engineering, The Foundery: RMB's Disruption & Innovation Unit
The world is in the exponential age. We are experiencing exponentials in many aspects of our lives from energy, deep learning, robotics, virtual reality, biology and almost everything in between. With these exponentials come the disruptors, the technology companies that are disrupting the business models of today with technology solutions that shift the paradigm of our business and personal lives forward to places we are yet to imagine.
As a large organisation the choices are simple, do nothing and wait to be disrupted or disrupt yourself. On the surface neither seem like great options. It's hard to imagine who the disruptor will be and what form the disruption will take if one plays the waiting game, by that time it will inevitably be too late. Alternatively there is the option of disrupting yourself, just like what RMB did. In this talk I will share with you the story of RMB FOUNDeRY.
Reshaad Sha, CEO, SqwidNet
Countries, industries, and businesses around the globe are becoming digital to capitalise on the unprecedented opportunity brought about by the next wave of technology – big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). South African business stands at the doorstep of this digital transformation, but needs an approach that prioritises change and partnership to open the country up to digital inclusion and opportunity. Strategies towards digital transformation should a be part of every business discussion, owing to the fact that big data analytics, AI, and IoT can drive operational efficiency, increase employee productivity, and create new revenue streams. To fully embrace this digital era, organisations need to transform their business strategy and IT, connect everything, embrace analytics, and secure their technology and operations.
Morne Bekker, South African country manager and district manager, SADC region, NetApp
In a world where every industry and interaction is being digitised and where technology is changing our everyday lives, digital transformation tops the strategic agenda in most organisations. To successfully transform, data must become the lifeblood of an organisation, seamlessly flowing through it in order to optimise operations, create innovative business opportunities, and enable new customer touchpoints through technology.
By using a live case study Bekker will explain how NetApp Data Fabric allows users to access and analyse data no matter its size, form or location to provide companies the benefit of having true impact, the satisfaction of solving the world’s toughest problems and making people’s lives better, and the chance to expand human capacity.
Within this talk, Morne Bekker will look into:
Geoff Nell, director: digital transformation consulting, MetraTrans Business Services
Digital transformation is everywhere but what is all the hype about really? Is it just another fad? I will unpack this as "Digital Business Transformation" and explain how you can go about transforming the enterprise from top to bottom - culture, leadership, processes and people. And how by doing this you will be able to meet (and preferably even exceed) the demands of your customers. You may think you have all you bases covered, that you have a digital strategy but do you really or is it just a 'quick fix' outlook?
Gareth Whitaker, pre sales director, Software AG
Too often we hear digitalisation and think of business - only more online, more mobile, more systems. But digitalisation is so much more than that- it's about giving customers what they want, as fast as they want it, in the way that they want it, to keep them delighted and to ultimately grow your business. Digitalisation isn't the end goal, it's the means to be able to achieve what customers and businesses want now and in the future. To be able to move so quickly and change so adeptly, organisations will need to be as adaptable and efficient as possible and digitalisation will go a long way toward facilitating this.
Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, Barloworld Logistics
Dr Alex Rummel, CEO, Digital Pathways and Commercial Director Slipstream Data
Digital disruption is cutting through most industries, business models and underlying processes. It reduces the barrier to entry and the cost of doing business for new entrants, making it hard for traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses to compete. Digital age businesses bet on mobility, agility and loosely coupled layers to reduce complexity, add more control and focus on what matters most, being strong ties between the business and its customers, done by leveraging data as the core ingredient, to create visibility and make better decisions.
Data is the life blood that connects all business cogs and flows through the business to manage supply and demand, discover change and make timely adjustment. To address the digital competition, many corporates have embarked on large-scale digital transformation initiatives to create data platforms. However, the challenges are the late start, lack of focus on quick-wins and the heaviness of many of the projects in consuming resources, large budgets and time in an attempt to ring-fence the complete business space.
The presentation will focus on how digital disrupts through data with key take-outs being:
Koen Matthijssen, founder, Enable-U Africa
Digital Disruption, application economy and smart cities are some of the hot buzz words. They all however revolve around the idea that solutions enable companies and governments deliver new value and improved customer experience to their customers or citizens. Companies are normally under pressure and scrutiny to adopt new methods of doing things to make themselves more competitive. Governments on the other hand, are normally late adopters of technology and change. However, with the move towards customer centricity, and the growing application economy, they cannot, and should not be left behind.
Paige Dos Santos, senior specialist: digital transformation and innovation, EMEA South, SAP Africa
Global trends are seeing the millennial generation hankering after the commonplace of yesteryear. Old fashioned values are very much cherished today, despite the constant hype around the new. They don't just apply in hipster social settings, but in the boardrooms and meeting rooms of successful companies now and into the future. As technology increasingly stretches the boundaries of what we can do, it's vitally important to keep the vision of what we should do clear in our minds. Join us to discover why you should make old-fashioned values central to your business and how small changes can make a big difference.
ComUnity revolutionises the way organisations succeed in a digital world. Our low-code platform reduces the cost and complexity of digital transformation by connecting data, choreographing digital operations, and creating contextualised customer experiences that run everywhere.
NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation and optimize their operations
See more at: www.netapp.com.
Click here to download ‘The old will meet the new: A tale of two data worlds’ white paper
The CIO Council of South Africa, of which Microsoft is a founding member, was established in May 2009 as platform for CIOs to discuss common challenges, share knowledge and learn from each other.
It has been formed as an independent Council, governed by a Board of Directors, (lead by Len de Villiers Group CIO at Telkom) who amongst other things determine the themes and topics for discussion during the quarterly meetings. Microsoft, as the sole sponsor, supports the CIO Council with the logistics around the event. Over the years, the CIO Council’s quarterly meetings have gone from strength to strength, and are now attracting between 100 to 120 of South Africa’s leading CIOs.
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The IITPSA has a proudly South African heritage of more than half a century of serving the South African body of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and professionals. Established in 1957 by a few like-minded 'computer professionals', registered in 1958 as a limited company (then converted to a Section 21 company, now Not-for-Profit Company (NPC)), the IITPSA has grown into a body that is reinventing itself in the twenty first century.
See more at: www.iitpsa.org.za.