The 2019 Cisco Connect conference which took place in Sun City was attended by IT professionals on the continent and presented delegates with insights into cutting edge innovations, discussions with Cisco leadership and the latest IT industry trends.
Under the theme, “Say hello to the future”, the conference looked at how technology is disrupting businesses in every industry by breaking down barriers between people, businesses and things.
“In the future, we are going to be able to solve the grand challenges using technology. The future is going to be powered by technology and enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning,” Osama Al-Zoubi, Chief Technology Officer, Middle East and Africa said.
According to Gartner, by 2020 AI will eliminate 1.8 million jobs but 2.3 million jobs will be created. Gartner predicts that jobs in healthcare, the public sector and education will be in demand while the manufacturing industry will be affected.
“Robots are going to augment our capabilities. Every aspect of our life is going to change. “We believe that in 2050, technology is going to change the way we work. Healthcare and education will be completely different from what we know it now, said Al-Zoubi.
“In the next years, we are expecting between 1 billion to 1.5 billion additional humans to be connected to the internet,” he said.
Cisco believes that Blockchain is going to be the next networking protocol. “Cloud and the digital twin as well as quantum computing, are mega forces that have disrupted many industries as we know and they will continue to do so. All this disruption is placing tremendous pressure on every business, from retail to banking to hospitality oil and gas utilities, healthcare and education,” said Al-Zoubi.
The IDC predicts that by the year 2020, 80 per cent of CIO’s will be paid based on the business outcome. “Business leaders and decision-makers, whether they know technology or not, know that technology will be the enabler that will allow them to ride the wave and accelerated their curation or could potentially destroy them,” said Al-Zoubi.
“To us, digital transformation is not only about connectivity, but it is also about bringing people, processes, data and things to enable business outcomes. It is about allowing users from any device on any network to securely connect to any application and access any data. We at Cisco have transformed, we reinvented every aspect of the solutions that we bring to our customers and partners,” he said.
Here are some pictures from the event: