Cape Town Chapter – October 2017

Use Case Partners

Chapter Overview

Date: Thursday 26th of October 2017

Time: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Venue: Protea Hotels by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point

Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Overall Theme: Practicality and Digital Transformation

Areas of focus:

Benchmarking Strategy for Learning:

  • People
  • Process
  • Technology

This Alliance Chapter will focus on building a decision making and decision influencing community focused on impacting the ICT division of enterprises and upper mid-market organisations from the Western Cape province in South Africa.

  • 900


  • 930

    Welcome Remarks & House Keeping

    Session Title: Introduction to our Master of Ceremonies – Mike Saunders – Founder & CEO – DigitLab

  • 945

    Session 1 - Vodacom

    Session Leader: 

    Grant Tate – Executive Head of Department, Cloud managed Services – Vodacom

    Session Title: 

    Journeys to the Cloud


    Vodacom is a complete telecommunications provider that utilizes its own assets, skills and experience to serve both internal business requirements and customers. All of Vodacom’s products are IT dependent from the Voice & Data network to IOT and Cloud solutions. Coupled to the products we sell are multiple business solutions to cater for consumption recording and billing to the end customer.

    A Cloud first strategy is becoming a central focus point within the organization not only as an offering to our clients but strategically for self-consumption. Moving to the Cloud is a complex journey with multiple hurdles that need to be overcome.

    Key Takeaways:

    In order to realize the benefits of cloud a clear defined approach is required including

    • Maturity model assessments of the applications, the business and the organization
    • A clearly defined strategy and plan
    • New management processes to realize the strategic and financial benefits
  • 1030

    Session 2 - Open Forum

    Session Leader: 

    Ferdie Lochner – CIO Alliance Member

    Session Title: 

    The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO):   Why C-level titles should matter.


    The trajectory along which technology progresses increasingly leads to a scenario where technology can be seen to serve as the prime determinant of organisational strategies.  The same intrinsic quality is seen in good data, where organisations leading with proper data strategies now have constituted the backbone of a new economic epoch known as infonomics.  Given these forces, it is now time that the roles respectively of the CTO and the CIO be reconsidered, be clearly delineated and be allowed to follow pathways that give recognition to these new techno-economic realities.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Organisations have to better attend to their strategic capitals, with special reference to Manufactured capital (inclusive of technology) and Intellectual capital (inclusive of information assets):
    •         Combining with other capitals: Financial capital, Human capital, Social capital and Natural capital.
    •         Drawing upon the canvas of the future an integrated and holistic reality.
    • Creating a thorough understanding of C-level roles supporting these capitals.
    • The CIO directs information strategies, in comparison with the CTO who directs technology strategies.
    • The step dance performed by these roles towards mastering of a new techno-economic epoch assures sustainability for leading organisations.
    • Boardroom guidelines supporting re-organisation.
  • 1115

    Session 3 - Darktrace Limited

    Session Leader: 

    Francis Masuabi – Cyber Security Specialist – Darktrace Limited

    Session Title:

    The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next-Generation Cyber Defense


    From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. A fundamentally new approach to cyber defense is needed to detect and investigate these threats that are already inside the network – before they turn into a full-blown crisis.

    Based on unsupervised machine learning and probabilistic mathematics developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge, new ‘immune system’ technologies are capable of learning the ‘self’ of an organization. By analyzing every network, device, and user, and modeling them as they go about their day-to-day activity, the Enterprise Immune System can establish a highly accurate understanding of normal behavior. It can therefore spot abnormal activity as it emerges, and even take precise, measured actions to automatically curb the threat.

    Rules and signatures are not keeping pace with today’s rapidly evolving cyber attacks. The Enterprise Immune System represents a fundamental step-change in automated cyber defense, is relied upon by organizations around the world, and can cover up to millions of devices.

    Key Takeaways:

    • How new machine learning and mathematics are automating advanced cyber defense
    • Why 100% network visibility allows you to detect threats as they happen, or before they happen
    • How smart prioritization and visualization of threats allows for better resource allocation and lower risk
    • Real-world examples of unknown threats detected by ‘immune system’ technology

  • 1215


  • 1300

    Session 4 - Open Forum

    Session Leader: 

    Neelan Narasimulu – Head of IT – Sanlam Reality

     Session Title: 

    Data Driven Digital Transformation


    Businesses need to be cognisant of embracing insight from data to make business decisions which influence strategy, marketing, sales, communication, operations, technology investment and product development.  Data driven digital transformation needs to target customer experience and aim to achieve world class customer servicing.  Businesses need to leverage of data to gain insight to customer life stages, and engage in an individual personalised manner, thus enabling customer retention and further acquisition through service excellence.


    1. Tangible strategic actions to address the challenges that business are facing today.
    2. Shifting mindsets, toward developing exceptional teams and delivery value to customers
  • 1400

    Session 5 - Open Forum

    Session Leader: 

    Celeste Rogers – Group CIO – MTO Group

    Session Title:

    AI and IoT – Possibly so much more than just disruptors


    AI and IoT are viewed as symbiotic technologies enabing new digital value creation for enterprises.  In this interactive discussion, we will debate the core opportunities and challenges of AI.  These disruptive technologies can be seen as a blessing and/or a curse.  We will consider the impact of this on the future of humanity as well as the moral dilemmas posed by these technologies. We will address the relevance and timelines for Africa.  Finally, we will debate the future of work and jobs and how we position our enterprises to be ready for this.

  • 1445

    Networking Break

  • 1500

    Session 6 - NetApp

    Session Leader: 

    Morne Bekker – Country Manager South Africa – NetApp

    Session Title: 

    Changing the World with Data


    Digital transformation is high on every company’s agenda, but it can mean very different things for each individual organization. NetApp is supporting customers on their journey by providing a Data Fabric that allows to manage data wherever it’s needed: in the datacentre, in a private or public cloud, or at a hyperscaler. In this session, NetApp introduces you to Data Fabric, and presents a successful transformation based on a real-world example of a South African customer.

  • 1600

    Session 7 - Blockchain Academy

    Session Leader: 

    Fabian van der Merwe – Instructor – Blockchain Academy

    Session Title: 

    Blockchain Strategies for Business


    1. How is blockchain technology changing the way we transact and do business?
    2. Why is blockchain and  cryptocurrencies so important and what does it mean for the future of money?
    3. What are some of the use-cases for blockchain technology?