Africa’s IT leaders converge in Johannesburg
The 4th IT Leaders Africa Summit took place in Johannesburg recently and attracted numerous African business leaders from various sectors that make up the continent’s growing ICT industry.
The two-day event included display area with the likes of Lexmark, Polycom, Huawei, Dell, Intel, Informatica and MTN all participating, as well as networking and workshop sessions covering critical issues that impact the ICT such as BYOD, IT & Cloud services, data integration, the datacentre and Machine-to-Machine.
The lineup of keynote presenters included Shawn Fisher, Head of Information Management, Anglo Platinum, Alpesh Patel, CIO, Absa and Barclays Africa, and Michael Greer, Group CIO, Chubb Security.
The role of the CIO was a main topic at the event. Greer spoke of the CIO as the chief innovation officer for the business, while Fisher expanded on three key disciplines that the CIO has to perfect including cost reduction, service enhancement and value creation.
There were several panel discussions that took place, covering topics of significant debate in the ICT industry.
These included legislation, protection of information and complaint ICT governance, upskilling in IT, BYOD, sustainable IT and SME’s.