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Software AG Innovation Tour 2019

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Earlier this month, Software AG kicked off the South African leg of its much anticipated Innovation Tour 2019 at Langhams Executive Conferencing in Fourways. The event brought together thought leaders, visionaries, guest speakers, solution experts and a crowd of eager-to-learn attendees from all over the world.

VP & Country Managing Director of Software AG South Africa, Kholiwe Makhohliso started the day by promising that we’ll explore the limitless ways data can innovate and grow digital businesses, learn how to free data from silos and discover how to connect anything and every ‘thing’ to turn data into extraordinary value.

Kholiwe Makhohliso, VP & Country Managing Director of Software AG South Africa.

Shortly after, the day was filled with fascinating success stories from organisations taking digital transformation head-on, one-on-one meetings with technology experts for custom demos and technical deep dives and the latest scoop in API Management & Integration, IoT & Analytics and Business Transformation.

Trend Translator and Futurist, Bronwyn Williams took to the stage to address the second wave of disruption, as well as the skills and mindset required to not only adapt but to thrive.

Bronwyn Williams, Trend Translator and Futurist.

Key highlights of the event:

  • Luyanda Ntuane, CIO of MOTUC Car Rental shared his mandate to transform the IT function and to drive the Digital Transformation aspirations of the company. He believes that the foundation of successful modernisation programmes includes strong collaboration between business and IT leadership, embedding agility into IT services, and repositioning IT as a value creator within the business.
  • Tobias Hartenstein, Director of IoT Strategy at Software AG focussed on building a visionary IoT platform for consumers. He says consumers need e2e solutions that create value. This can be achieved thanks to 1. benefit realisation (e.g. new service and product offerings), 2. optimisation of resources (e.g. improving the OEE of machinery equipment) or 3. optimisation of risk (e.g. asset tracking).
  • Mike Steyn, Director at Trivector discussed the role of change in organisations thanks to digitalisation. He says that transforming takes more than simply creating a modernisation strategy – it takes fulfilment of consumers expectations, adaption to the industry, compliance with constantly evolving regulations and ensuring that every person has a clear understanding of the organisations vision.

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