SAP technology has a key role to play in developing Africa and combating the scourge that is corruption. So claims Valli Moosa, former South African Minister of Environment and Tourism, who delivered a keynote address at the opening of Saphila 2012, the largest biennial SAP African User Group conference.
Saphila2012, hosted by the African SAP User Group (AFSUG), started in South Africa’s North West province and featured a line-up of local and international keynote speakers, including Robert Enslin, SAP President of Sales and a member of the SAP Global Managing Board, Franck Cohen, President of SAP EMEA, as well as Oliver Bussmann, SAP Global CIO.
One of the sub-themes for the Saphila2012 is to help business run better and, in keeping to this theme, the event also attracted the participation of track athelete Olympian Oscar Pistorius.
Themed The Moment is Now, Saphila provides a forum for existing and potential SAP customers to collaborate with AFSUG, SAP and SAP-certified partners. Delegates from more than 20 countries in Africa, as well as from abroad, can interact with a powerful community of thought leaders, C-level executives and experts from around the world.
“Corruption is a scourge that needs to be fought on every front… it takes food off the tables of poor people. It is the poor that suffer the most. The kind of services and technologies and software that SAP supplies can palye a crucial role in combating corruption, because often corruption thrives where systems do not work. And you are the people that puts in place systems and processes that can ensure that anomalies are picked up and corrupt practices are those anomalies,” Moosa added.
Chris Tredger, Online Editor