IDC Cloud The Future of Digital Infrastructure is Cloud!

Digital Event | October 27, 2021



We are now entering the next phase of cloud adoption where enterprise applications are moving to the cloud and IT organizations need to handle multilayer applications in complex Multi-Cloud operations as well as well as dynamic cloud native applications on the same platform. Typical challenges that arise include deciding which workload should be placed in which cloud, what the criteria are for deciding workload placement, how to govern cloud usage and ensure regulatory compliance, how to gain visibility into the performance of cloud services, how to secure enterprise applications and cloud native applications, and how to enable cloud based innovation from edge to core to cloud and drive the right level of connectivity.

To deal with these challenges successfully, IT Organisations should look not only at the technology evolution and select the right cloud providers, cloud operating model, and target architecture, but also at the development of skills and the cultural change that follow the change in technology platform.

The Africa edition of IDC's Cloud Roadshow will review industry trends and provide you with an opportunity to look at the ways companies can move from islands of innovation to cloud-based operating models at scale and drive a cultural evolution to speed up innovation and business transformation.


Time Event & Speakers

Networking & Platform Familiarization


Welcome Address

Mark Walker

Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC

IDC Keynote: The Path Ahead for Cloud: Digital Infrastructure Delivers Innovation in a Digital-First World

Richard Villars

Group Vice President, Worldwide Research

In our increasingly digital-first world, emerging technologies continue to disrupt the way business is done, and enterprises looking to compete in today’s marketplace are fast realizing that cloud is the platform that enables the fastest access to these innovative technologies. This session will showcase why a dynamic, scalable, and resilient cloud-based digital infrastructure that is deployable anywhere will be the digital foundation that drives the Future of Work, data management, customer experience, and digital innovation.



The Cloud Conundrum

Rowen Grierson

Regional Sales Director Sub-Saharan Africa, Nutanix

We have all heard that cloud comes in different shapes and forms, including public, private and multi or hybrid cloud. We also know that there are different adoption strategies such as 'cloud first.' But what has worked, and what has not? What do we know about the successes, failures, or experiences organizations have had on their cloud journeys? The session will examine the answers to these questions and highlight how the agility and flexibility of the infrastructure that supports organizations can be safeguarded. It will also showcase how organizations can adapt to any changes.

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Accelerating the Enterprise of the Future

Aarti Mohan

Director Business Development ERP - ECEMEA, Oracle

More than ever, datacenters must evolve to provide the agility and efficiency that accelerate business growth. Powerful technologies already exist to facilitate rapid service delivery such as cloud, high-performance computing, and big data analytics. These technologies provide huge opportunities for organizations, helping them transform their data center infrastructure to meet the requirements of today’s business while laying the groundwork for a next-generation data center that supports even greater business innovation and efficiency


Cloud Experience: The Future of Networks, Clouds, and Applications

Tjerk Bijlsma

CTO Cloud & Architecture Team, EMEAR, Cisco

Enterprise cloud architects will soon recognize that operational complexity is reaching a breaking point. ITOps, DevOps, and CloudOps teams will struggle to maintain service levels, manage costs, and ensure security and compliance across loosely coupled hybrid architectures spanning private, public, and hosted clouds as well as traditional datacenters and edge systems. This session will showcase how organizations can accelerate their cloud operating models and application development approaches, ensure application experience, connect multiple clouds, deliver zero-trust security, and support tomorrow’s workplace and workforce.

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Networking & Gamification


Session A: Managing Hybrid Infrastructure

Jonathan Tullett

Senior Research Manager, IT Services

Advance Your Cloud Strategy – With Visibility, Accelerated App performance & Enhanced User experience

André van Rensburg

Territory Sales Manager, South Africa & Sub Sahara Africa, Riverbed Technology

Migrate to the cloud with confidence by gaining full visibility across your hybrid IT estate, accelerating delivery of critical apps, and monitoring end-user experiences, regardless of where applications are hosted or where end users reside. This session will explore how organizations can advance their cloud strategies

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Next-Generation Enterprise IT – Managing a Hybrid-Cloud Environment

Tshepo Masigo

Cloud & MSP Partner Executive, SUSE





Session B: Maximizing Agility & Minimizing Risk in Deployment and Migration

Oluwole Babatope

Senior Research Analyst, Telecoms & Networking

Impact of Cloud Delivery Models and Applications

Lee Syse

Cloud Technology Lead, VMware

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Securing the Cloud Today for Tomorrow

Paul Williams

Country Manager- SADC and Indian Ocean Islands, Fortinet

Businesses that are moving critical application data closer to the user and the network edge are driving demand for user applications and ecommerce systems. In this context, this session will highlight why cloud infrastructure cybersecurity is now a necessity for all types of business today.

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Networking & Gamification


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General Information



Digital Event

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

11:00 AM (GMT + 2 hours)



Registration Fee

Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT + Consultant companies)


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