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Sbu Shabalala: Leading the charge

Sbu Shabalala has won the IITPSA's 2016 IT Personality of the Year Award.
By Lesley Stones
Johannesburg, 24 Nov 2016

Sbu Shabalala

The IT Personality of the Year 2016 winner Sbu Shabalala believes in delegating to capable people. He's someone who thinks about every angle, stays out of the limelight and quietly gets things done.

Shabalala founded Adapt IT 13 years ago, as one of the earliest black-owned, black- run IT organisations.

"It's been a very rewarding journey," he says. His goal was to use South African skills to form a software development house to create products that could be sold internationally. That international reach is still in its infancy, with 73% of the revenue generated within South Africa. But Shabalala believes a big growth spurt is imminent now that Adapt IT is well established, and its JSE listing confirms it meets global levels of corporate governance and transparency.

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Peter Alkema: Creating connections

Peter Alkema was the top 10 finalist for the IITPSA's 2016 Visionary CIO Award.
By Lesley Stones
Johannesburg, 24 Nov 2016

Peter Alkema

There are three key components to being the CIO at FNB Business, Peter Alkema believes: running the IT systems, continually innovating to improve those systems, then telling the industry and potential customers about those innovative changes.

That's why Alkema often addresses local and international conferences, writes thought leadership papers, and organises a coding event involving outsiders who can contribute to the bank's internal innovations.

It's also why Alkema is the winner of this year's Visionary CIO award, presented by the IITPSA in partnership with ITWeb, Gartner Africa and GIBS.

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READ ABOUT THE OTHER FINALISTS

ASHLEY VEASEY

ASHLEY VEASEY

BRENDA NIEHAUS

BRENDA NIEHAUS

JAMIE WHITTAKER

JAMIE WHITTAKER

LEN DE VILLIERS

LEN DE VILLIERS

LIBISI MAPHANGA

LIBISI MAPHANGA

RIDWAAN BARDIEN

RIDWAAN BARDIEN

SEAN MARITZ

SEAN MARITZ

THAGARAN GOVENDER

THAGARAN GOVENDER

TRAVIS DEWING

TRAVIS DEWING

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Institute of Information Technology Professionals

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