Dr Nkosi Kumalo, managing executive of sales at BCX.

Dr Nkosi Kumalo, managing executive of sales at BCX.

Local ICT giant BCX has come on board as the Platinum Sponsor of the ITWeb Cloud Summit 2019, to be held on 12 February at The Forum, in Bryanston.

"The ITWeb Cloud Summit is an important milestone for IT transformation for both BCX and its customers, and partnership with ITWeb on this event creates a perfect platform to demonstrate our capability in this area," says Nkosi Kumalo, managing executive of sales at BCX, who will be presenting on: ‘The role of cloud computing in addressing SME challenges in South Africa' at the event.

"IDC's Cloudview 2018 report found private cloud and hosted/outsourced cloud represent 53% of the overall IT budget, which emphasises the importance of cloud to our customers," Kumalo says.

"In addition, extensive investment in platform and infrastructure as a service products, hosted in our rich datacentre footprint across SA to assist clients on their journey to the cloud, is the fundamental reason behind BCX deciding to partner ITWeb to make Cloud Summit 2019 a success."

According to Kumalo, South African economic growth has slowed down in the past few years and IT has a critical role to play in driving the economic transformation agenda. "Events like these are valuable in helping both public and private sector companies to find innovative and cost-effective ways to execute their business strategies by leveraging on technology.

"ITWeb Cloud Summit 2019 provides a good opportunity to network with experts and industry colleagues to share experiences on how best to navigate the business and technology challenges that one company may be facing in its environment," he says.

Kumalo believes delegates will be exposed to well-researched business challenges from cloud experts, as well as how technology can be used to address them by leveraging off the power of cloud computing.

"Over and above the general presentation sessions, there will be an opportunity to engage in smaller, intimate sessions where delegates can have deeper discussions unique to their businesses. After attending the event, BCX believes that delegates will be empowered to make the right decisions on the relevant cloud solutions and, most importantly, with the right partner that can offer a one-stop solution for all their IT requirements."

Angela Mace, CRM and events director of ITWeb, says as a leader in the SA ICT space, BCX is in the ideal position to advise businesses on the different cloud solutions, as well as how they can benefit their businesses. "Cloud is evolving rapidly, particularly in light of digital transformation, and businesses need a partner with extensive knowledge and expertise in the cloud sector to help them along their cloud journeys."

She says attendees of the summit will have the chance to network with over 200 qualified, high-level business decision-makers, and will enjoy a range of highly topical presentations, as well as insights from a variety of vendors and end-users.