Multiplied Innovation: Scaling a Technology Revolution in South Africa

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Multiplied Innovation: Scaling a Technology Revolution in South Africa

Johannesburg, February 12, 2019


The global ICT industry has entered an era of multiplied innovation, where the emergence of new digital business models will see more than half of the global economy become digitalized by 2021.

Multiplied innovation represents the next chapter of the digital transformation journey, and the new imperative is to keep pace with the unprecedented rate of business change while increasing the speed of business operations, the speed at which changes are delivered, and the speed and scale of innovation. The forces of multiplied innovation are powering up, and we are seeing an explosion in digital innovation platforms and ecosystems to facilitate this transformation.

Developing an effective digital transformation platform that can sustain, advance, and scale business operations may be the most important task facing the region’s decision makers over the next few years. Many future applications will be developed by AIs without human supervision, and beyond that, augmented humanity – the fusion of digital technologies and humans – for improved mobility, sensing, and cognition will start to become routine.

As a result, the future workplace will become far more collaborative. However, while new technologies are transforming key aspects of the modern business, legacy systems are holding others back, limiting innovation, opportunity, and engagement. Indeed, end-user organizations from every sector are now facing up to the challenge of having to balance traditional systems and next-generation technologies.

To this end, IDC Directions 2019 provides an exclusive forum for senior executives from the region’s pre-eminent technology firms to engage with experienced local and global IDC analysts on their predictions for South Africa and evaluate the countries, industries, and technologies where opportunities for future growth lie.



Time Event & Speakers



Welcome Address

Andries Lombaard
Country Manager, IDC South Africa

Multiplied Innovation: Scaling a Technology Revolution

Mark Walker
Associate Vice President, South Africa, IDC

South African Overview

Mark Walker
Associate Vice President, South Africa, IDC

Enterprise ICT Outlook: Trends to Watch out for in the Datacenter, Cloud, Outsourcing and Security Markets in 2019 and Beyond

Jonathan Tullett
Research Manager, IT Services

Enterprise ICT, and enterprise spending habits, are set to change changing as customers develop new frameworks of hybrid IT, blending the advantages of multiple platforms without compromising on agility, management, or security. This session will discuss the underlying trends behind this hybrid theory, and the recommendations for customers and service providers looking to take an early lead and maintain their strategic advantage.



Innovation Update: Trends and Outlook for Telecoms & IoT in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sabelo Dlamini
Senior Research and Consulting Manager

Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how business is done by the unprecedented volume and variety of data it is generating. This is expected to be one of the next big battlegrounds for tech and telecoms companies, as it is deemed as one of the key revenue generators for the fourth industrial revolution.The telecoms industry stands at the crossroads of these new revenue streams and challenges brought by this revolution in connectivity requirements, and other spheres such as regulatory. As IoT use cases are growing and the new players are coming in - the question is what role can the tech and telecoms companies play in this transition? This presentation will provide an overview of the outlook and current trends in Telecoms & IoT in SSA, providing insight to how the tech and telecoms companies position themselves for this transition.


Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain: Emerging African Use Cases

Kieran Frost
Research Manager

Artificial intelligence and blockchain as innovation accelatores are two of the most hyped and least understood technologies in the broader discussion of digital transformation. In this session, each of the technologies will be unpacked in terms of the real use cases being implemented across the continent to show where end users are finding value in each of these technologies.


Panel Discussion


Summary and Close

Andries Lombaard
Country Manager, IDC South Africa, IDC

General Information

Date: Tuesday,February 12, 2019

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Photo Gallery


Situated in Sandton, one of Johannesburg’s most affluent suburbs The Country Club, Woodmead, is one of the finest golfing facilities on the African continent. Here more than 600 hectares have been devoted to the game of golf. Two championship golf courses, 180 species of bird, 14 dams, an abundance of fish and the finest grounds any golfer could ask for lay here in wait for you. And visitors are always welcome.Both courses here at The Country Club are in exquisite condition. Woodmead is the older (opened in 1968) and shorter course (200m shorter) and Rockland’s is the younger one (opened in 1993) and measures a monumental 7000m in length. The courses are said to complement each other and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone that’ll say either one is “the best.?


Andries Lombaard

Country Manager, IDC South Africa

+27 82 820 7702

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