DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA- INFORMATION and Communications Technology (ICT) executives in Durban welcomed the ICT Business Breakfast that leading industry publisher, IT News Africa organised in the city on Wednesday.
The SoftwareAG sponsored event attracted business leaders from diverse industries, who thronged the Hilton Hotel in the coastal city to participate at the event themed- “The Intelligent Enterprise- Delivering meaningful information to drive operational excellence”
The speaker line-up included Will Govender, Director of Link Africa, Steve Gardner, Chief Technology Officer of Digitlab, and Riaaz Jeena, Sales Director:Corporate Sector at Software AG.
Guests were pleased to get a chance to interact with the award winning Govender who also originates from Durban and has about 30 years experience in technology related sectors.
Govender focussed on The Evolution of Big Data and how managing it properly could improve business operations.
“My presentation focused on Big Data and the philosophy that it is only for big companies. The reason I chose this topic is simply because I have been involved in collecting a lot of data over the past 30 years.
“The biggest problem is how we use it in two dimensional spaces. First is structured data such as spreadsheets, CRM, legacy which we know how to organise through learning.
“On the other hand we have unstructured data which are documents, photographs, video, sound and many more. The unstructured are difficult to manage,” said Govender.
Gardner, well known as “Mr Digital Expert” also tackled Big Data mainly focusing on finding success with mobile.
“It is great to see that the people in the industry are realising that the value of data goes beyond the size but to what insight it can provide and how that can enable businesses to grow.
“Currently you can’t discuss data and leave out mobile. Mobile is currently one of the areas which we use to collect large percentages of our data. Finding success in data largely relies on finding success in mobile,” said Gardner.
Jeena who looked at Intelligent Business Operations encouraged the attendees to start doing things differently.
“Part of this journey is making right decisions at the right time. Things are starting to change drastically. There are new types of information and they need to know how to get and manage it.
“Companies need to plan ahead, how they plan to prepare for the customers of tomorrow,” advised Jeena.
Welcoming the respected guests, IT News Africa, Business Development Director, Vardis Banga, was confident of long-lasting relations between his company and Durban IT executives.
The company had special prizes including ten Digital Enterprise books and an I-Pad tablet for one lucky winner.
“We are excited about being in Durban for the first time. We hope that this is a beginning of a long-lasting relationship,” Banga said.
It was the first time that the Business Breakfast was held outside Johannesburg, Nairobi (Kenya) and Lagos (Nigeria).
IT News Africa Events Producer, Philani Moyo, said that their next stop will be Cape Town at the Radisson Blu Hotel, South Africa on October 22.
By S’MANGELE ZUMA