Africa needs enterprising minds

October 7, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms

The BlackBerry Innovation Forum, themed “Enterprising Minds” was held today, 6 October 2011 in Bryanston, South Africa, in order to highlight key trends in enterprise mobility and consumerisation.

Rory O'Neill, RIM VP Marketing in EMEA (image source: eWeekEurope)

The BlackBerry Innovation Forum is a series of events taking place throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that brings together business leaders and mobile innovators who all have one thing in common – they want to empower enterprising minds to deliver genuine customer value.

“Business Leaders in Africa and throughout the world are fixated on one point – having the right people, in the right places and at the right time in front of their customers, says Robyn Milham, Head of Enterprise Sales for Africa at Research In Motion (RIM).

Rory O’Neill, RIM VP Marketing in EMEA says the BlackBerry Innovation Forum series is designed for business technology leaders who wish to network, share best practices and discover new ideas.

“The purpose of the forum is to connect business leaders with mobile innovators to fundamentally transform how business is done in Africa,” says O’Neill.

Business turnaround strategy

“Its people in your organisation and its people within your businesses that differentiate your business,” says O’Neill.

“Every single second of time they can spend with their customers will make your business stronger and will make your business better.”

“The challenge for every one of us, every business leader and technology leader is to make sure we have a culture that empowers these enterprising minds to make brilliant decisions inside their organisations on behalf of their customers.

The future of mobile

“What is happening in mobile now is arguably the future of the Internet; Facebook by 2013 will have more mobile users than desktop users, the Internet experience in Africa is mobile first and desktop second, and the Internet has already revolutionised business,” concludes O’Neill.

Bontle Moeng – ITNewsAfrica Online Editor



One Response to Africa needs enterprising minds

  1. Samuel says:

    we have them but what is lacking is a fair and level playing field to develop these minds. It is very difficult to breakthrough in Africa when you have no connection with the outside world and remember one has to maintain his focus in order to see the sunshine of day in Africa.

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