Future of Connectedness: Collaborating in the New Reality

IDC Regional Webinar: Africa

June 10, 2020


True digital transformation depends on cross-functional collaboration to promote more agile and productive approaches to working. As new types of workers and job roles become increasingly diverse, organizations must enhance their provision of secure access to the very best collaboration and productivity tools if they are to stay competitive.

IDC predicts that, by 2021, the contribution of "digital coworkers" will increase by 35% as more tasks are automated and augmented by technology. By 2024, enterprises with intelligent and collaborative work environments will see 30% lower staff turnover, 30% higher productivity, and 30% higher revenue per employee than their peers.

Work transformation is critical for effectively scaling digital transformation initiatives and will serve to drive improvements in business agility, worker productivity, and operational efficiency. Most importantly, it will drive greater engagement and innovation among all employees (including employees), enabling your organization to establish competitive differentiation in a dynamic business environment.


Time Event & Speakers

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Welcome Address

Mark Walker

Associate Vice President, South Africa, IDC

The Future Enterprise: Priorities Driving Technology Decisions in Uncertain Times

Carrie MacGillivray

Group VP, Internet of Things, IDC
Enterprises around the globe entered 2020 with plans to continue investing in their digital transformation only to be stopped short due to rippled effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business and IT priorities changed almost immediately. Carrie MacGillivray will provide a glimpse into the technology spending priorities for enterprises as they navigate these unprecedented times using up to the minute survey data from CIO’s and line of decision makers.

Session 1: Future of Digital Infrastructure & Cloud


Hybrid Cloud-The Future of IT

Paul Ruinaard

Regional Director – Sub-Saharan Africa, Nutanix

Intelligent Transformation for the Cloud Era

Bevan Lock

Senior Sales Architect (Data Center Group: Southern Africa), Lenovo
Technology is changing at an unprecedented rate. With IoT, Blockchain and AI driving the digital transformation of core systems, it is hard to keep IT infrastructure ahead of the curve and agile enough to pivot with technology disruptions. With up to 20 billion connected “things” all creating data that needs to be collated, analyzed and stored, the landscape in any given datacenter will change dramatically in the next 18-24 months. To aid the adoption and the growth of data that is processed and generated at the edge, Lenovo is driving & enabling the Intelligent Transformation through technologies that make individuals’ lives better, move industries forward, and open up opportunities. This strategy reflects Lenovo’s unique business perspective on how to build end-to-end solutions with smart features that transform businesses and improve the user experience. Today, we’re focused on smarter IoT, infrastructure, and industry verticals to enable our vision of ‘Smarter technology for all.’


Resilient Infrastructure for Business Continuity

Wale Olokodana

Azure Business Group Director, MEA Emerging Markets, Microsoft

Session 2: Future of Security Operations


History of Hackers

David Jacoby

Security Evangelist & Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky
Over the past few decades, hackers have been able to cause disruption and make headlines across the world. Armed with an arsenal of powerful tools and adaptive strategies, they – individual or organized groups - have managed to break into the most secure networks and gain access to critical information. Join this session for a decade by decade journey from the 1980s onwards into the evolution of hackers, how their hacking techniques and targets changed, and what to expect moving forward.

Session 3: Future of Digital-First Infrastructure: Navigating the Future of Cloud


Accelerate App Modernisation with Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Solutions

Stephan Schoeman

Cloud Business Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Google Cloud
Existing monolithic systems are holding back business initiatives and business processes that rely on them. Join this session to learn more about modernising and transforming apps to realise immediate operational cost savings, reduce dependencies on high-cost proprietary software, and increase software delivery speed. Find out how you can meet those challenges by modernizing your existing apps with containerized microservices alongside VMs to innovate faster and deliver new experiences to your customers.

Session 4: Future of Intelligence


Get Real Results with the AI Driven Enterprise

Refat Al Karmi

Consulting Engineer, MIST, Juniper Networks
IT has never been more critical to business — nor has it been more complex. As the number of devices, operating systems, applications, and users continues to grow, how do you stay ahead? The answer is artificial intelligence. As a leader in AI for IT, we use AI-driven insight, automation, and actions to maximize the experience for your users. We bring unprecedented simplicity, reliability, and security to your enterprise network. In the AI-driven enterprise, there’s no more guessing about whether your users are having a good experience. We free you from hunting through dashboards and event logs to determine the right corrective action when problems arise. All of the insight, automation, and actions you need to optimize the user experience are finally at your fingertips.

Session 5: Future of Work


Modern Business run on Modern Applications

Ian Jansen van Rensburg

Lead Technologist and Senior Systems Engineering Manager, VMware

Parallel Track Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Future of Operations

13:05 - 13:10

Raffle Draw

Mark Walker

Associate Vice President, South Africa, IDC
13:10 - 13:35

Driving Efficiency in a Virtual World

Simon Dudley

Head of Business Strategy, Logitech

Mark Ackerman

Senior Director, Middle East and Africa, ServiceNow

Future of Trust

13:05 - 13:10

Raffle Draw

Jonathan Tullett

Senior Research Manager, IT Services
13:10 - 13:35

Removing Doubt in a Remote Ecosystem

Roger Sels

Vice President Solutions (EMEA), BlackBerry

Neil Cosser

Country Manager – CPL – Africa, Thales
Future of Operations
13:05 - 13:10

Raffle Draw

13:10 - 13:35

Driving Efficiency in a Virtual World

Future of Trust
13:05 - 13:10

Raffle Draw

13:10 - 13:35

Removing Doubt in a Remote Ecosystem


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