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Telkom & Hitachi Data Systems confirmed as sponsors of Financial Innovation Summit

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Financial Innovation SummitAfrica’s technology news leader IT News Africa, today named Telkom and Hitachi Data Systems as Gold sponsors of the upcoming Financial Innovation Summit.

On the 28th of October 2015, financial and technology leaders will convene at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg for the upcoming summit, under the theme – “Advancing Financial Services Through Technology.”

Telkom has a proud heritage of connecting people. Telkom is one of Africa’s largest telecommunication companies providing integrated communication solutions to both enterprise and consumer customers. They are a Forbes Top 2000 company with the country’s largest fibre network. Telkom offers business, residential and mobile customers a wide range of voice, data and technology services.

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., builds information management and Social Innovation solutions that help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. The company focuses on big data that offers real value. Hitachi Data Systems’ IT infrastructure, analytics, content and cloud solutions and services drive strategic management and analysis of the world’s data. Only Hitachi Data Systems integrates the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies to deliver the exceptional insight that business and society need to transform and thrive.

Topics will include:
– Technology trends shaping the next era in Financial Services.
– Regulator reality – minimizing the impact on innovation and business.
– Leveraging analytics in today’s multi-channel customer strategy.
– Data Analytics.
– The new Mobile customer.
– Compliance and credibility: Assessing your data governance strategy.
– Assessing and responding to the challenges of the current regulatory landscape.

Who should attend?
– Executives of state owned financial enterprises.
– Financial Services Regulators.
– NGOs in the financial inclusion sphere.
– Financial Services Executives responsible for innovation.
– Financial Services CIOs.

The State of Financial Services in Africa:
The second most populous continent in the world and with abundant natural resources, Africa continues to grow as the world’s economy currently stands on shaky ground. However, steady GDP gains are sometimes obscured by the continent’s economic, political and social problems. As Africa grows and becomes more tightly integrated with the global economy, its citizens and businesses increasingly need access to financial services tools that will allow them to compete. ICT is one avenue for increasing that access as technology allows for greater financial inclusion.

Purpose of this Round Table:
Innovation has already transformed the financial services industry. A decade ago, who expected the massive growth of e-banking and e-brokerage? Who envisioned the entry of new players such as retailers and telecommunications providers into the financial services arena thanks to their ability to harness the power of innovative technology? Who predicted that technology would enable outsourcing and offshore contracting of core financial processes in low-cost countries such as India? The business environment continues to change today, and the financial services sector needs to confront many issues to remain competitive. In particular, technology and innovation are board-level issues; they create opportunities and pose threats.

The African Innovator Roundtable on Tech Innovation in Finance is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together Finance executives, non-governmental organisations, tech experts, government functionaries, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the growth of the financial services sector on the continent.

Summit Information:
Date: 28 October 2015
Delegate Fee: R4 950
Early Bird Fee: R3 950 (Ending 01 September 2015)

Group Discounts:
Discounts for multiple delegates booked from the same company at the same time, are available as follows:
3 or more delegates – 5% discount per delegate
5 or more delegates – 10% discount per delegateThe conference registration fee includes entry into all round table sessions, networking sessions, all conference documents, delegate bags, corporate gifts and USB sticks, light lunch and refreshments

To Book:
[f] 0866 130 386 [t] +27 11 026 0981 [e]

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