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Industry leaders discuss digital transformation at latest Innovation Dinner

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22 February 2017 Innovation Dinner.
22 February 2017 Innovation Dinner.

IT leaders converged on the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg for the latest Innovation Dinner, which was held on the 22nd of February 2017- and addressed the theme Developing a digital eco-system to drive efficiency and effectiveness.
The Innovation Dinner, which was sponsored by Oracle, addressed the hard realities of digital disruption that are starting to hit businesses, where industries are being up-ended almost overnight by the new business models made possible by the convergence of new realms of technology.
Headline speakers included:

  • Thabo Ndlela: Chief Information Officer- Tiger Brands
  • Cenk Kiral: VP of Business Analytics Solutions – Oracle EMEA
  • Breanda Niehaus: Group Chief Information Officer- Standard Bank
  • Hemant Bhoola: Technology Sales Consulting Director- Oracle
  • Mark Walker: Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa- IDC

Dinner topics included:

  • What is digital transformation
  • Unlocking digital value by leveraging technology and new business platforms
  • The rise of data capital – Leadership in digital transformation
  • Facilitating digital transformation: how companies rethink, retool and reboot


Testimonials on the dinner:
Maeson Maherry, Law Trust: “An interesting mix of insight, it was nice not to just have a banks insight but to get an industrial perspective across the speakers. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”

Elliot Sack, SFC Health Tech: “I found the speakers to be very informative and knowledgeable. For owners of SME’s like myself, the event helped give me an insight into the strategy of going digital and showed me that Africa is moving the right way. It was a very inspirational evening.”

Ray Kekwaletswe, University of Witwatersrand: “I never miss these events that IT News Africa puts on. Every time the event has a different topic, speakers and various industry perspectives who provide great insight. It is all about being current and that is exactly what IT News Africa provides with their Innovation Dinners.”


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