IDC Internet of Things Conference 2018

A Practical Approach to IoT - Looking Beyond the Hype and Futuristic Solutions to Solve Real Business Problems Today

Johannesburg, July 25, 2018


Every organization is at a different stage of their IoT journey, and many firms get caught up in the hype of the futuristic things that IoT can potentially deliver. But the question remains: how can organizations truly harness the IT ecosystem to derive business value from IoT today?

If organizations are to derive concrete value from IoT, they need to move away from betting on futuristic and hypothetical solutions and focus on pragmatic use cases that can produce immediate results. Their focus should initially be on analyzing specific challenges, after which they can concentrate on designing solutions that overcome those problems. By focusing on a problem, rather than a use case, companies can create far greater opportunities for their businesses, moving beyond their traditional verticals and embracing new revenue streams.


Time Event & Speakers

Registration & Welcome Tea / Coffee


Early Bird Raffle Draw !!


IDC Welcome Address

Andries Lombaard

Country Manager, IDC South Africa

The IoT Journey - Where do You Actually Start?

George Kalebaila

Research Director, Telecoms and IoT
What should be your first step on the journey to IoT? Not every organisation needs to start from scratch. Many organisations have already been solving business challenges using technology - the key here is to determine how to better apply that technology to take advantage of IoT to solve real problems today.

Making IoT Practical- From Strategy to Execution

Patrick Shields

CTO, Software AG


Managing and Understanding Big Data

Claycia Johnson

Digital Marketing and BMW ConnectedDrive Manager, BMW

This presentation will how we as BMW get data and then how we use the data to gain insights to how we should be operating, our changing customer and the changing environment.


Mid-Morning Tea / Coffee Break & Networking


Raffle Draw!!


Data, from being a nightmare to becoming the new oil.

Loay Jaber

Regional Manager, Big Data Analytics, AI & IoT, Hitachi Vantara
This presentation will highlight the importance of properly managing any data in such a way that organizations can rely on it for all aspects of their business operations, from finding ways to generate new revenue to enhancing operational efficiency and offering better customer service. Join us to discover how business intelligence software can serve as the perfect companion for any organization's data-driven journey.

Testing of Things – Testing in the Era of the Internet of Things and Big Data

Mandla Mbonambi

Founding CEO, Africonology Solutions

The proliferation of IoT devices and software projects necessitates a sufficiently equipped testing specialist to address the emergence of new challenges around usability, integration, interoperability, performance, synchronization, connectivity, security, reliability, and compatibility. With the advanced capabilities of IoT comes the complexities of ensuring not only device functionality, but also connectivity to different protocols and compatibility with different environments. As such, a completely new approach is required, with automated testing becoming crucial to the planning, designing, and execution of IoT testing. This session will explain how IoT testing (aka the 'Testing of Things') requires versatile testing strategies that move beyond traditional technologies and encompass unusual device types such as home appliances, thermostats, and smart watches.



Raffle Draw!!


Big Data & Analytics

Jonathan Tullett

Research Manager, IT Services


Tea / Coffee Break & Networking / Attendees to re-group into Focus Group Sessions


Focus Group 2- IoT for Health - reaching all corners of the continent

Karien Bornheim

CEO / MD, Footprint Africa Business Solutions

Moderator: Jonathan Tullett, Research Manager - IT Services, Africa, IDC

Synopsis: Are you applying a design thinking approach to determine the value of IoT in your organisation before you apply the solutions at scale? We need to approach IoT with design thinking. Do you currently have the capability and resources to dedicate to this and are you willing to take the associated risk?  Do we have agile systems in place and are our suppliers to work along those lines?

Focus Group 1- The Economics of IoT

Riaan Wolvaardt

Head of ERP Consulting, Parity Software

Moderator: George Kalebaila, Research Director – Telecoms & Network, Africa, IDC

Synopsis: How do you identify and overcome them? We know these include security, budget, skills, heavy investment in traditional technologies. How are you, as the CIO, going to overcome those?



Lunch, Networking and BMW Car Display


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General Information

Date and Time

Wednesday, July 25, 2018



Registration Fee

  • Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT +consultant companies)
  • USD 500 Per Participant : For IT vendors, and IT consultant companies


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Conference Manager

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Senior Sales Manager, Conferences and Events

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