Cloud and Datacenter Roadshow 2017

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Cloud and Datacenter Roadshow 2017

Next-Gen Datacenters:Making Cloud a Reality

Johannesburg, November 16, 2017


The Middle East and Africa enterprise infrastructure market is gradually maturing as an increasing number of organizations embrace more efficient, consolidated, manageable, and cloud-enabled infrastructures. Sitting at the heart of this shift is the implementation of digital transformation initiatives and the adoption of 3rd Platform technologies like cloud, mobility, social business, and Big Data analytics. Such developments are reshaping the datacenter and driving organizations to reassess their associated architecture.

The modern datacenter continues to evolve in line with evolving business demands and advancements in technology. As such, IDC is seeing notable changes within key datacenter-related technology markets like servers, storage, and networking, as well as a gradual shift to newer consolidated systems. Ultimately, for cloud to become a reality, datacenters must evolve and become more agile, enabling organizations to embrace innovative solutions that are more scalable and manageable.

With all this in mind, join IDC and key industry players as we discuss the dynamics of the next-generation datacenter and examine the role that cloud and mobility will play in paving the way for enterprises to leverage IT as a genuine business enabler. Respected thought leaders will be on hand throughout the day to ensure you gain strategic insights into making your cloud and datacenters even more effective.






Time Event Speakers

Welcome Tea/Coffee & Networking


IDC Welcome Address

Jonathan Tullett
Research Manager, IT Services

Next-Gen Datacenters: Making Cloud a Reality

Jonathan Tullett
Research Manager, IT Services

The Africa datacenter landscape has swiftly matured over the past years. Adoption of 3rd platform technologies by enterprises has necessitated a more pro-active future outlook among the regions IT executives with efficiency and optimization within the datacenter becoming key. The datacenter has transformed from being a business support function to a business enabling function. Even amidst the tough economic and political climate in the region, datacenters today are transforming in order to make cloud a reality along with using innovative efficiency enhancements. This presentation covers some of the latest trends and market size dynamics indicating the transformation to datacenters of the future.


Line of Business Involvement in Datacenters and Cloud

Simon Carpenter
Chief Technology Advisor, SAP

The LOBs have increasing influence on the IT decisions with shadow IT becoming a reality among the regions enterprises. While the LOB have a direct influence on cloud usage, they may or may not be as involved in the datacenter transformation. This presentation assesses the influence the LOBs today have within datacenters and how much the influence cloud adoption.


Agility of Public Cloud Inside Your Four Walls

Dennis Naidoo
Senior Systems Engineer, Tintri

The shift to cloud is on. The challenge is to adopt the right mix of cloud models for your organisation. Public cloud is setting the pace with agility and scale ... and that has inspired a few myths (that we'll de-bunk). Can private cloud and the IT department keep pace?



Raffle Draw!!!


Infrastructure Management, automation and Provisioning

Thomas Nel
Sales Director - Sub-Saharan Africa, Enterprise Solutions, CommScope

There are a slew of management suites and solutions available today and the fact that so many vendors co-exist in this space points to the importance of the management function within datacenters and the cloud. Seamless management, automation, orchestration and provisioning of the IT architecture is very important for organizations to enable digital transformation initiatives and migrate to the cloud. This presentation explores the important management layer of datacenters.


Tea/Coffee & Networking


Raffle Draw!!!


Our Digital Future

Claude Schuck
Regional Manager for Africa, Veeam

The lightning-fast pace of technological innovation is forcing digital and physical worlds to collide — and it’s also transforming the way organizations operate in every industry. This digital transformation can either make or break your business. Because, in the digital world, customers expect 24.7.365 Availability.


Importance for Security within the Overall Datacenter Strategy

David Motlafi
Head of Department ERP, SAA

Panel Discussion - NextGen Datacenters: Making Cloud a Reality


Summary & Close


Mega Raffle Draw


Lunch & Networking

General Information


Thursday, 16th November 2017




  • FREE Attendance for all End Users
  • Standard Fee for Non-sponsoring ICT companies – 500 USD
  • Delegate fee is valid for vendors of IT products and solutions.
  • Attendance, conference materials, coffee breaks and lunch are included in the registration fee.

IDC  reserves the right to refuse attendance to any person not fitting the correct job descriptions, or from a vendor organisation.

Contact :

Eileen Gengan,

Tel: +27 11 5173240


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Why sponsor the Cloud and Datacenter Roadshow 2017?

  • Brand association with Senior IT Decision Makers and Influencers via the extensive promotional campaign pre- and post-event
  • Position your company as one of the leading technology players in the Region
  • Meet face-to-face and build connections with a targeted group of qualified end users and decision makers
  • Hold meaningful conversations with potential customers – generous time set aside for networking
  • Secure post show appointments by collecting leads & conducting surveys through the exhibition


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Conference Manager

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Michelle Meldau

Senior Sales Manager, Conferences and Events

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