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SPEAKERS Because business doesn’t have a pause button

Ormonde Bell, senior systems engineer, EMC Southern Africa
David Bollaert, senior BCM consultant, Continuity SA
Wayne Botha, IT Manager, Mediswitch
James Grcic, managing director, Computer Storage Services (CSSI)
Riaan Hamman, member of the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council
Lucky Krilic, managing director: Newlog Systems Management and Engineering; and director, advisory board member and development committee chairperson at the Institute of Business Continuity Management, IBCM
Carl Kruger, manager: Deloitte Risk Advisory: IT Governance, IT Risk & IT Service Management; Lead: IT Governance Centre of Excellence (Private Sector)
Werner Lindemann, managing director: Technology Solutions Division, Datacentrix
Danie Loots, Oracle hardware specialist, EPI-USE Africa
Tshepo Masigo, business development executive: SmartCloud Resilience, IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, Middle East and Africa
Ormonde Bell, senior systems engineer, EMC Southern Africa
Business continuity in the cloud: challenges and opportunities for SA companies
Ormonde Bell
Ormonde is an enterprise storage division specialist at EMC. He has been at the company since 1999 and has filled various roles, predominately with a pre-sales focus. Ormonde’s role is to provide the link between EMC engineering and the local EMC and partner sales and technical teams. As an ESD specialist his prime responsibility is to evangelise the value of the EMC enterprise products including VMAX, Vplex and Recoverpoint. Prior to EMC, Ormonde was with one of EMC’s current partners BCX, where he performed roles which included project management for large corporate customers of BCX. Prior to this, he developed a deep appreciation of computer performance considerations while conducting performance analysis and capacity planning in the mainframe arena.

His extensive experience in IT and strong technical background enable him to lead others in the successful configuration and implementation of technology solutions. The ability to communicate at all levels, from technical specialist to C - level, makes him an invaluable asset on any team. His more than 35 years’ experience gives him an appreciation of the interdependencies of the entire IT ecosystem and a unique insight into complex solutions.

Away from the office, Ormonde is a family man with two children. Ormonde is an avid nature lover and would not turn up an opportunity to spend time in the bush.

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David Bollaert, senior BCM consultant, Continuity SA
Social media and business continuity
David Bollaert
David has been involved in business continuity management (BCM) and ICT continuity (IT DR) since 2006. He holds a bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc), and an honours degree in Business Strategy and Information Systems from the University of Cape Town. David is a certified BCM practitioner and Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) based in London. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) through ISACA. He joined ContinuitySA in April 2013 as a senior BCM consultant attending to the delivery of BCM advisory projects to clients across various sectors.

He was previously employed as the head of BCM services with KPMG from 2011 to 2013, managing the BCM team and projects for all clients across South Africa (including other projects across Africa). Prior to this he acquired considerable operational BCM experience while working within risk management at Vodacom, and further BCM and process improvement consulting experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Wayne Botha, IT manager, Mediswitch
MediSwitch: Ensuring optimal uptime in a high demand environment – Case study
Wayne is currently the IT manager at Mediswitch, a position he has held since March 2008. Here he heads up the IT department’s team of 30 staff members across three functional areas; software development / testing, infrastructure and operations. Prior to this he was IT development manager at Digital Healthcare Solutions.

Wayne’s strong leadership and excellent people skills enable him to lead others in the successful implementation of technology solutions. The ability to communicate at all levels, from technical specialist to CEO, makes him an invaluable asset on any team. His more than 18 years experience in networking and data communication make him a specialist in integrations solutions.

Away from the office, Wayne is a keen mountain bike cyclist and rides to raise funds and awareness for various charities.

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James Grcic, managing director, Computer Storage Services (CSSI)
TBA
James Grcic
James is a prominent, creative visionary and on-the-go entrepreneur with success in business, IT, property and aviation. He graduated from America-Campbell University (USA, NC) with a BBA, MIT (hons) Degree. CSSI was founded by James in 2000 and launched several successful new businesses. He acquired SkyClass Aviation in 2010 which caters for VIP air charters and comprises several aircraft in his fleet. He enjoys travel and supporting new enterprises.

Today, his expertise allows him to consult and advise entities across the world. His approach has led to successful implementations of every project to date and strong returns on investments. CSSI has been named in the top 300 SA businesses four times in the past five years.

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Riaan Hamman, member of the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Disaster recovery – How prepared are you?
Riaan Hamman
Riaan Hamman, CTO at Puleng Technologies, was recently appointed as a member of the Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council. The council is an independent research organisation engaged in IT disaster recovery management, research, and benchmarking, and was formed to provide practical guidance to IT and risk management professionals on how they can improve business continuity and disaster recovery.

Riaan holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Pretoria. Prior to being appointed as CTO, he was the senior solutions architect for backup, storage and replication technologies. Riaan has more than 10 years of experience in the DR and high availability space and has implemented and architected solutions for various organisations.

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Lucky Krilic, managing director: Newlog Systems Management and Engineering; and director, advisory board member and development committee chairperson at the Institute of Business Continuity Management, IBCM
Chairperson
Lucky Krilic
Lucky is one of the directors, an advisory board member and a development committee chairperson at the Institute of Business Continuity Management (IBCM). He is a holder of a number of degrees in aeronautics, electronics and telecommunications fields and is also a Fellow at the Institute of Business Continuity Management (FIBCM).

With over 25 years' international experience ranging from research and development, design, systems engineering and training to management consulting, he specialises in project management, and business continuity management. He has managed and taken direct responsibility for various multimillion programmes both locally and internationally across a number of vertical industries.

As an entrepreneur, Lucky serves as a member of the executive board with a few companies and has various business interests. Despite his work-related pressures he finds time to participate at international and local conferences and workshops, and has published and presented a couple of papers mainly related to project management and logistics. He has lectured internationally at the Project Management University in Athens, and the Project Management College in Malta, as well as in Serbia and Bosnia. He was a mentor and thesis controller in project management for MBA students at De Montfort University RSA.

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Carl Kruger, manager: Deloitte Risk Advisory: IT Governance, IT Risk & IT Service Management; Lead: IT Governance Centre of Excellence (Private Sector)
IT governance in business continuity: Strategy, Commitment and Culture
As a manager at Deloitte Risk Advisory, Carl has a leadership role within the Deloitte IT Governance Centre of Excellence, specifically focusing on clients in the private sector.

 Carl’s knowledge base is supported by diverse experience across many corporate and vertical markets, and includes studies and experience in information technology relating to telecommunication, mining, petro-chemical, medical, financial, manufacturing and retail, broadcasting and media, aviation and IT technology outsource companies.

Prior to his role at Deloitte, Carl was an independent advisor and business analyst at a major South African ICT outsource company, where in his role as principal consultant, was to drive continual business Improvement of IT services and processes, as these were delivered to various clients.

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Werner Lindemann, managing director: Technology Solutions Division, Datacentrix
BYOD and mobility as an enabler of business resilience
Werner Lindemann
A creative, dynamic and a strategic sales leader and business executive, Werner has extensive experience in various international markets. He combines a proven ability to create and seize business opportunities along with the skills to achieve sustainable revenue growth. He has a strong record of accomplishment in driving a business in high-potential markets, building multi-channel organisations and creating diverse business teams.

Werner has over 10 years of experience in industry solutions, both in South and Central Africa, West and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East territories. He joined IBM as part of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting acquisition in October 2002. He worked in general management, consulting, product sales and solution sales positions at IBM, and was promoted to vice president in January 2009. He joined Datacentrix earlier this year.
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Danie Loots, Oracle hardware specialist, EPI-USE Africa
Business continuity war stories: who failed, who succeeded and the lessons learnt in DR and high availability implementations
Werner Lindemann
Danie holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Computer Science and a Higher Education Diploma. His 19 years of experience in the ICT sector includes positions as a teacher, trainer, programmer, system administrator and architect in the government, mining, banking and telecoms industries.

More recently he worked as a professional services engineer responsible for the implementation of high availability and disaster recovery solutions in various countries in the Middle East and Africa for six years. He then got more involved in longer term contracts at government and telco clients in Nigeria and South Africa. For the last four years he has been responsible for design, implementation and support of Oracle hardware at MTN South Africa as hardware and OS specialist, which includes design and implementation of private clouds and server virtualisation.
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Tshepo Masigo, business development executive: SmartCloud Resilience, IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, Middle East and Africa
Developing and maintaining an enterprise-wide resilience strategy in the SA context
Tshepo Masigo
Tshepo received his BSc degree in Information Systems from Midrand Graduate Institute, earned his Management Advancement Programme qualification from Wits Business School, and holds an Advanced Diploma in Project Management from the Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management.

After his twelve-year career as an IT technical specialist, he decided it was time for a change in career and moved into commercial aspect of IT, where he is in involved in business development. In addition, he is an experienced product manager who specialises in consultative, solution-based selling, systems architecture and design. Tshepo’s key skills are in data centre, IT infrastructure and value added services which include cloud computing.


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