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Innovation Dinner: Big data, big ideas straight to the cloud

May 28, 2013 • Events, Top Stories

Africa’s foremost ICT publication ITNewsAfrica.com announces that Avanade South Africa and SAS Institute South Africa have confirmed their lead sponsorship of the next Innovation Dinner scheduled in June. The theme chosen for this event is “Big Data, Cloud and the African Enterprise.”

 

The next ITNewsAfrica Innovation Dinner is scheduled to take place in June and will cover Big Data, Cloud and the African Enterprise. (Image source: File)

The Innovation Dinner Series, an event that takes place every two months, provides a platform for networking amongstAfrica’s ICT professionals, entrepreneurs and business people.

Sponsors recognise the value proposition of this critical industry event, one that includes building relationships, accelerating sales, networking with visionary leaders and interaction with top talent within the IT industry.

The next event, scheduled for 04 June at the Michelangelo Hotel and Towers in Sandton, Johannesburg, will see delegates discuss what Big Data and Cloud means for the African enterprise and the impact of these game-changers going forward.

The big data phenomenon is in full swing, prompting more businesses worldwide to focus on ways to find value in information to enhance decision-making and improve other areas of their firms.

Although the use of big data analytics can result in many positives, doing so is easier said than done, given the scope of such resources. This has led some industry professionals to encourage organizations to implement cloud computing to handle these workloads.

The focus on both cloud computing and big data is expected to intensify in the near future as more executives realize the importance of taking advantage of corporate information for continued success.

In addition to having the best tools available to achieve such goals, it is also critical that organizations maintain workforces that have the proper training in big data and cloud.

This dinner will offer business executives and technology decision makers an opportunity to hear from leading experts on Big Data and cloud.

Speakers at the event include Magnus Mchunguzi, MD and Vice President at Ericsson; Dr Gaurav Pradhan, CIO, Time Tunnel Consulting; Craig Stephens, Principle Solutions Manager – Information Management Practice, SAS Institute South Africa; and Willem van Aswegen, Business Intelligence Service Line Lead at Avanade South Africa.

The event will also feature an interactive panel discussion focussing on What Big Data Means for Business.

ITNewsAfrica publisher and CEO, Abby Wakama says the Innovation Dinner is the ideal platform to facilitate a discussion about this increasingly relevant topic.

“The Innovation Dinner Series has grown exponentially since its inception and continues to attract support from leading technology organisations. We have successfully hosted the event in Nigeria and there are plans in place to take it to other key regions, including Kenya,” he says.

Previous sponsors of ITNewsAfrica’s Innovation Dinners include BlackBerry, IBM, Internet Solutions, HP, MTN, SAP, Ericsson, Huawei and Nedbank Capital.

To register for this event, click through to http://www.innovationdinner.co.za

Chris Tredger, Online Editor

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