Agenda - IDC IT Forum 2017 | Events | IDC CEMA

08:30 – 09:25

Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:25 – 09:30

Welcome Address

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

09:30 – 10:00

Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

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In today’s world, the phrases of innovation, disruption, and transformation are heavily interlinked and go hand in hand with each other. With the increased collaboration between IT and business functions, the objective to drive digital transformation (DX) is not to simply innovate and gain competitive advantage, but more importantly to disrupt the status quo in one’s favor. The motivation for DX has gone beyond the internal needs to impact the wider ecosystem. DX has emerged to be a stepping stone to meliorate customer experience, optimization of resources, drive innovation, and most importantly improving top and bottom line of businesses. The business organization always have a vision on what they would like to achieve; however, it is the IT organization that needs to step up and enable the business to accomplish that vision. IT is possibly the most critical pillar in this transformation, as well as to drive innovation by leveraging third platform technologies, i.e. cloud, mobility, big data, and social. The session provides a view on the role of DX in today’s market, trends, best practices, and strategies that IT leaders can adopt to sail on their organizations’ DX journey.

10:00 – 10:25

Building a Cyber Resilient Organization

Cobus Benade
Sales Engineer Middle East and Africa, Mimecast

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This presentation will talk about some of the elements of a Cyber Resilient organization, data behind why a resilience approach is required and a few of the steps organizations can take to become more resilient.

10:25 – 10:55

Tea/Coffee Break & Networking

10:55 – 11:10

Security for Digital Transformation

Imran Chaudhrey
Regional Account Manager - East Africa, Fortinet

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New technology strategies are eliminating traditional network perimeters. As a result, determined and enterprising cybercriminals are launching more sophisticated and frequent attacks in order to exploit this new attack surface. The security challenge with the distributed nature of these networks is that while they offer vast new business opportunities, they also reduce data and network visibility. To maintain essential data security during this digital transformation, IT teams must now learn to harness the complexity that has traditionally been used against them and make it into a security advantage. This can be done through increasing automation, segmentation, and virtualization to improve visibility, threat detection, and response.

11:10 – 11:40

Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

Stanley M. Chege
CIO, Madison Group Kenya

Duncan Eric Ogonji
Manager Enterprise Systems, Commercial Bank of Africa

Alkane Patel
CIO, Bidco Africa

11:40 – 12:10

Preparing for the Future

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

As we enter this new digitally driven hyper-connected era, and despite tight budget and spending, organizations who can rapidly scale their digital transformation will be the thrivers in the digital economy. This session outline key Technology and Leadership trends set to shape the 3 years ahead, and offer guidance on the key imperatives that will impact strategic decisions for IT Executives. In this session, Francis Hook will focus on a selection of key predictions and provide guidance to IT Executives for managing the implications these predictions harbor and the impact on their investment priorities and implementation strategies.

12:10 – 12:15

Summary & Close

12:15 – 12:20

Mega Raffle Draw !!

12:20 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking

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