AgendaThursday 12 February 2019

Arrival and registration


Welcome and scene-setting

Chair: Arthur GoldstuckArthur Goldstuck, South African journalist, media analyst and commentator on Information and Communications Technology, Internet and mobile communications and technologies.

Connected clouds – public, private and hybrid: the ongoing evolution of cloud adoption

Dave FunnellDave Funnell, manager: Cloud Provider at VMware

In order to innovate and react to the changing demands of the mobile cloud era, IT has to become agile, flexible and scalable as it supports and aligns with business objectives. A hybrid multi-cloud strategy drives that digital business transformation, but how does IT harness the power of cloud, making it ready for enterprise use cases and extending the capabilities of its private cloud technology investments. Learn how IT can run, manage, connect and secure business applications across multiple private and public clouds and devices, including apps running natively on the leading public clouds.

  • Application requirements driving Cloud adoption
  • Why Hybrid Multi-Cloud
  • Pitfalls to avoid in Cloud decisions
  • How to leverage Cloud to the maximum benefit of the Business
  • Provide freedom & choice through Control
The role of cloud computing in addressing SME challenges in SA

Nkosi KumaloNkosi Kumalo, managing executive: Commerce, Health and Technology Division, BCX

Many small businesses within SA do not make it past the second year of trading. Six factors that inhibit the growth of SMEs in SA have been identified as government red tape, lack of skills, labour regulations, lack of innovation, crime, and access to funding. Cloud computing is an area that could address most, if not all, of these challenges as it provides IT resources that are scalable, on demand, purchased on a pay-per-use basis, convenient, independent of location and cost-effective. So, how can IT, in the form of cloud computing, be used to address the challenges faced by SMEs in SA?

  • What are SME business challenges?
  • What are SME cloud technology inhibitors?
  • How should cloud technology be used to meet IT challenges of the SME market?
  • To what extent can cloud technology be used to address SME challenges?
  • What are technology gaps in addressing SME business challenges?
Refreshments and networking
Dealing with the more complex and dynamic multi-cloud environments in 2019
  • Who should manage a company's multi-cloud provision and strategy?
  • How to integrate multi-cloud solutions
  • Cloud planning and deployment: moving workloads across multi-cloud environments
  • Effective approaches for organisations to manage multiple vendor partnerships
  • How a multi-cloud approach impacts security and compliance
  • Points of failure to avoid
The future of cloud is clear

Jai MenonJai Menon, chief scientist at Cloudistics

This session will explore the adoption of cloud services and how the initial predictions of mass migration of workloads to public cloud, AWS in particular, are proving to be overblown. As cloud services mature and a new generation of highly capable and easy-to-use private clouds emerge, we are seeing informed customers that are expecting to consume services from both private clouds as well as multiple public clouds. Every public cloud vendor, including AWS, has been forced to react to this new customer reality. We close the session with an intriguing set of predictions on the evolution of cloud over the next few years.

  • The evolution of cloud over the next few years.
  • How public cloud vendors are reacting to the new customer reality.
Panel discussion: The impact of hyper-scale cloud on the local market

Brett St ClairBrett St Clair, CEO of Siatik;
Ky Ox, principle solution specialist: Azure Apps and Infrastructure at Microsoft;
Michael Shapiro, MD of Synthesis

  • How has the arrival of cloud mega providers – international hyper-scale offerings – impacted the local cloud market?
  • How are local players adapting their strategies in order to compete?
  • How will the market evolve in the coming years?
Lunch and networking

Track One - Strategic

Digital transformation and new business requirements are driving change in today's organisations, forcing them to rethink service delivery to users and customers alike. The question is: how does business support these requirements while getting to grips with the new technologies, and find the balance between risk and benefit? This track will look at these trends and challenges, and find ways to harness or meet them.

Updating and refining cloud strategy in light of digital transformation
  • The new organisational models required by a digital world
  • Creating a culture of collaboration
  • Assessing an organisation's digital readiness
  • Developing a 'platform-based strategy' that supports continuous change
  • Closing the talent gap
Powering the first government cloud

Dr Setumo Mohapi, CEO, SITA

  • Consolidating all ICT infrastructure to a unified platform.
  • Migrating legacy applications to the cloud.
  • Achieving a smart government through data integration.
Refreshments and networking
Securing workloads in the cloud: From crafting a strategy to engineering

Danie MaraisJared Naude, software engineer, Synthesis

Businesses are undergoing a major digital transformation in order to modernise their organisations to respond to the changing needs of their customers. Part of this transformation is the migration of workloads to public cloud to increase agility and reduce operational costs. Securing these cloud workloads and associated data in IaaS, PaaS and SaaS is a top priority for organisations. As organisations embrace multi-cloud strategies, serverless and containers, they are struggling to operationalise and secure their environments.

This talk will explore crafting a cloud security strategy that embraces native cloud services, automation, DevOps and third-party tooling. Naude will discuss best practices, frameworks, data protection, scaled learning and operationalisation challenges that organisations face in the cloud. Lastly, he will discuss the shared responsibility model that cloud vendors can use in a cloud business case to reduce the operational overheads typically associated with data centres.

  • Crafting a cloud security strategy that embraces multi-cloud and cloud native services.
  • The mindset and culture change required to have a successful cloud migration journey.
  • How using automation and DevOps can lead to increased security inside your organisation.
Case Study: eThekwini Municipality - Ensuring the taps don't run dry

Lawrance ReddyLawrance Reddy, technical director of CloudLogic SA

Access to clean running water is essential to daily life, from basic hygiene to food preparation. Interruptions in water supply can affect entire communities and have a devastating effect on quality of life. Although factors such as droughts are beyond human control, there are several crucial components of water management systems that can be enhanced through technology. Cloudlogic was appointed to solve this challenge for the eThekwini Municipality.

  • Cloud strategies should be driven by need rather than destiny.
  • Cloud benefits should be tangible and immediate, not vague and fuzzy
  • Cloud disciples you should consider and never forget
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Track Two - Technical

Today's IT infrastructures are unrecognisable from those of a few years ago. Edge computing, IOT and big data have all changed the game, and IT leaders need to prepare for the 'as a service' world, where applications, workloads and infrastructure must be accessible wherever they are needed. This track will look at these trends in delivery models, and what is needed to support and deploy them.

Edge computing: is it killing the cloud, or is it the next step in the cloud evolution?
  • Will edge computing replace traditional cloud architecture?
  • Can edge computing and cloud computing work together?
  • Lowering costs and bandwidth consumption with edge computing
  • Best use cases for edge computing
Integration in the multi-cloud world
  • The challenges of moving from a traditional data centre to multiple cloud environments
  • Integrating multiple services into a seamless ecosystem
  • How to effectively manage multiple SaaS providers and integrate all sources of application data: in-house or cloud, behind or outside the firewall.
Refreshments and networking
Data management for an on-demand world

Danie MaraisDanie Marais, Director of Product Management, Redstor

Data is growing exponentially, with 90% of the world's data having been generated in the last two years. Businesses are struggling to keep track of what data they have, where it's stored and who has access to it across multiple devices, applications and platforms. During this session, Marais will look at what an on-demand world for data management looks like in the future and discuss how businesses will need to adapt to keep up. The future may be closer than you think.

  • How technology is changing the world of data management
  • The practical solutions that are available
  • Understanding the implications of cloud computing on data analytics
  • Big data in the cloud: having speed of access across distances
  • Using analytics to get faster insights with the cloud
  • Big data governance and the cloud
Leveraging cloud computing for IOT
  • IOT cloud services: pros and cons
  • Looking at the convergence of IOT and cloud computing and how it is creating a data-driven world
  • Assessing how these two technologies can stimulate innovation, and exploring 'everything as a service'
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