11 Mar 2022

IDC Prepares to Host Virtual Edition of 'Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow 2022' for Sub-Saharan Africa

Johannesburg – Sub-Saharan Africa's foremost IT decision makers will gather online next week for the latest installment of the annual IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow. Hosted on IDC's fully immersive and interactive virtual platform, the event will take place on Thursday, March 17 and explore how organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa can capture the inherent value of cloud by reimagining the IT infrastructure that underpins the cloud operating model.

"The transition to cloud is becoming a strategic priority across the region," says Mark Walker, IDC's associate vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa. "Cloud deployments will undoubtedly help organizations to improve their operational efficiency over the long term, particularly those that have not yet fully optimized their technology environments. Indeed, organizations that are further down the transformation road are already realizing multiple benefits, including faster time to market, simplified innovation, easier scalability, and reduced risk. Those that get their operating models right can expect to see dramatic improvements in terms of target-state economics and transition costs."

The IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow 2022 for Sub-Saharan Africa will present essential guidance from respected industry thought leaders on overcoming emerging multicloud networking challenges, optimizing datacenter performance to deliver maximum business efficiency, and building the infrastructure required to unleash an organization's true innovation potential. IDC's research director for cloud to edge datacenter strategies, Edward Ferrara, will also be on hand to present the event's keynote address, 'Delivering Enterprise-Level Agility in the Cloud Era'.

The agenda will incorporate three individually themed track sessions that will present expert insights on managing hybrid cloud infrastructure, ensuring the security of cloud services, and maximizing agility and minimizing risk in the cloud deployment and migration process. Delegates will also be able to explore IDC's exclusive CIO Masterclass Arena throughout the course of the event. This section of the virtual platform will showcase a series of pre-recorded best-practice case studies, fireside chats, and panel discussions featuring regional cloud pioneers such as:

Dr. Sizwe Gwala, Head of Data Governance, Absa Group (South Africa)

Dr. Pieter van der Walt, Group Information Governance & Privacy Officer, Discovery (South Africa)

Vukosi Sambo, Head of Data Solutions, Medscheme (South Africa)    

Simon Nare, Senior Technology Security Manager, MTN (South Africa)

Munyaradzi Chikwanda, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Standard Bank (South Africa)

Thobakgale Victor, Executive Technology Operations Lead, African Rainbow Minerals (South Africa)    

Sudheer Prabhu, Group Chief Technology Officer, Cim Finance (Nigeria)

Ademola Adesalu, General Manager, Operations & Technology, CRC Credit Bureau (Nigeria)

Prasanna Burri, Group CIO, Dangoe Group (Nigeria)    

Ramakrishna Potluri, Head of IT & Business Applications, Dangote Projects (Nigeria)    

Jonathan Valentin, Head of IT, Evaco Group (Mauritius)        

Jackson Ikiebe, Head of IT, FBN Insurance (Nigeria)        

Cephas O. Okal, Infrastructure & Datacenter Manager, Madison Group (Kenya)        

Sidney Louis Shilako, Chief Manager, ICT & Operations, Stima Sacco Society (Kenya)    

Michael Michie, CIO, TripleOK Law (Kenya)        

Hartnell Ndungi, Chief Data Officer, Absa Bank (Kenya)        

Julius Orayo, Head of Digital & Innovations, Jubilee Holdings (Kenya)        

To learn more. please visit www.idc.com/mea/events/69605-idc-cloud-and-datacenter-roadshow  or contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com    / +971 4 446 3154.

The IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow 2022 by a number of leading companies from across the region, including: Platinum Partners: F5, VMware / First Distribution; Gold Partners: Commvault, Red Hat, Dell Technologies / Redington, Dartktrace, KnowBe4, Fortinet, and Check Point; and Silver Partners: ServiceNow and Comstor.

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