Agenda

TRACK ONE - STRATEGY, SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE

This track will expose participants to the current regulatory framework to which Cloud is subjected; it will also highlight the myriad business benefits associated with a move to the Cloud and how an effective migration strategy that includes all the relevant security aspects will result in successful migration for all parts of the business.

TRACK TWO - TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS

Everything you need to know about the latest trends and technology in play in the cloud. From big data to containerisation and the role IOT, AI and blockchain play in the cloud, and your reason behind migrating.

TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS

TRACK ONE - STRATEGY, SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE

Track one - arrival and registration
Welcome and scene setting

Andre Schoeman, head of product management, Liquid TelecomAndre Schoeman, head of product management, Liquid Telecom

GOVERNANCE, COMPLIANCE AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
Cloud Economics: how to build a strong business case?

Darren Bak, lead business analyst, Synthesis

Establishing an effective business case for the adoption of public cloud for your application workloads requires knowledge of how your organisation does things now. By understanding your existing on-premises or co-location environments as well as the associated ecosystems you will be able to lay the groundwork for an effective business case. Cloud economics takes into account not only the cost savings for cloud adoption through reduction in server, storage, network and facility costs but the value of how cloud can change the way you do business. Business agility, operational resilience, cost avoidance, workforce productivity and operational costs are all taken into account.

  • What are the financial and economic benefits for migrating to AWS versus doing nothing (business as usual with no capacity for growth)?
  • What is the cost of migrating applications to the cloud and how does refactoring applications impact your return on investment?
  • What is the potential cost savings for migrating off vendor licensed products?
  • How can you leverage off AWS migration acceleration programmes to limit your migration bubbled
GOVERNANCE, COMPLIANCE AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
We've moved beyond technology- the focus needs to be on enabling digital business

Louis Pienaar, GM enterprise product and product development, Liquid Telecom

GOVERNANCE, COMPLIANCE AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
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The how-to of vendor management, cloud contracts, business models and pricing, SLAs, lock-outs and more…

The majority of organisations work with outsource vendors to fulfil particular IT functions or tasks within their IT environment. These are typically managed via the negotiation of a service level agreements ("SLAs") with the respective vendors and the SLAs are intended to ensure that the organisation receives the services – and appropriate level of service – for which they are paying. Find out how best to manage this relationship and get the best out of your contracts.

Networking and refreshments
GOVERNANCE, COMPLIANCE AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
Big data analytics in the cloud

Charlene George, managing director & Dr Cathy Pickering, chief architect, Verve DigitalCharlene George, managing director & Dr Cathy Pickering, chief architect, Verve Digital

Discussion between a business executive and the head of IT. Scenario - someone in the business is keen to move big data analytics to the cloud but the business executive is sceptical. She contacts the head of IT to understand the pros and cons and to address her concerns.

  • Understanding the pros and cons of big data analytics in the cloud
  • Knowing what questions to ask when considering a move to the cloud for big data analytics
CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY
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Your migration strategy – how do you decide what is most suitable?

Rudi Strydom, Enterprise architect, Imperial LogisticsRudi Strydom, enterprise architect, Imperial Logistics

Data Centre’s and IT Infrastructure are utilities to host our data and applications, but they are also a dying breed. Many of the large digital companies such as Netflix and Uber and do not have Data Centre’s, in fact, Uber does not even own a single server. IT has become fluid with services in the Cloud and Applications on demand, many businesses in this fast paced economy is almost prescribing this move to a more agile and fast paced environment. If IT does not keep up, we will become irrelevant and will be bypassed.

  • This talk will take a look at past events and how they are likely to influence our immediate future. As well as some of the problems we are currently dealing with, and how these are currently being solved by cloud, and lastly about future problems we will face, and how these will also be solved with Cloud services.
Lunch and networking opportunity
CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY
Can critical infrastructure be moved to the cloud?

Maganathin Marcus Veeraragaloo, chief advisor information security, EskomMaganathin Marcus Veeraragaloo, chief advisor information security, Eskom

Will the promulgation of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act prevent state-owned enterprises and facilitators of critical infrastructure for SA from being allowed to move to the cloud? The popularity and increased adoption of cloud-based services, albeit at different degrees, will influence and shape the future of marketplaces and industries. The economics of computing is changing, as more organisations turn to cloud computing to save money. If real damage to the economy can be caused by disruption to cloud services, lawmakers might reassess their attitude toward regulations. With all this in mind, would it be wise for custodians of critical infrastructure within SA to adopt cloud.

  • Find out what cloud options are available for the custodians of critical infrastructure?
  • Who is accountable for guidance regarding this issue?
  • What options are available for these custodians – where is the Critical Infrastructure Council? What has transpired thus far?
CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY
What does the future IT department look like? What does the future role of the CIO look like?

Antony Hlungwane, IT director, Mr Price Group (MRPG)Antony Hlungwane, IT director, Mr Price Group (MRPG)

The role of the CIO and IT are changing radically as a result of consumer technology and marked advances in IT systems including cloud implementation. The CIO is being forced to adopt a radically different role in the organisations. Find out from someone who has been through this experience and fully comprehends the pros and cons surround the revamped IT department and future role of the CIO.

SECURITY
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Shadow-IT – what are you doing about the risks?

Shadow IT is on the rise. Find out what Shadow IT is and why it could be a great thing for your cloud strategy? Gain insight into the pros and cons of Shadow IT and why the cloud is playing such a big role.

Speed Networking

Take part in our speed networking session just after morning tea: spend two minutes with a selection of attendees in a total of just 20 minutes; swap business cards; and set up meetings. Engage with the presenters during the live interview sessions and enjoy time spent with our dynamic and informed emcee. You may even be asked to participate in an audience engagement exercise. The result: you will leave with a tangible take-home, a value-add that you can implement immediately in your workplace.

Networking and refreshments
SECURITY
You've handed over your data, what next?

Experts say there's simply no way to ever be completely sure your data will remain secure once you've moved it to the cloud. And when it comes to cloud services there are no black and white guidelines regarding what or who you can trust.
What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with storing your data in the cloud; how can you safely store things in the cloud; know how secure your service provider is – gain insight into the above questions and more.

SECURITY
How to manage, protect and audit users in a cloud centric world

Jeremy Matthews, Regional manager, Panda Security AfricaJeremy Matthews, regional manager, Panda Security Africa

The concept of a mobile workforce, powered by technology like Smartphones and Cloud sharing platforms, has come to be globally accepted. However, organisations are only beginning to grasp how great an impact this shift has had on their ability to secure and manage their network. Constant movement in and out of the organisations secure environment, data sharing across multiple devices and platforms, and unsecured WiFi networks, are just some of the factors that make managing IT security a major challenge in today's environment. Traditional on-premise AV is no longer enough to combat cyber-security threats, and nor are traditional device management techniques. Today's business environment calls for a new approach employing advanced cloud technologies.
A new paradigm of security must be adopted – going beyond the traditional perimeter and evaluating risk with total visibility.

  • Situational analysis: How BYOD and the mobile workforce effects organisational security and management
  • Changing mindset: Understanding the new paradigm of security and management
  • Embracing cloud technology: Using cloud technology to enable efficient management and security of the network
Networking cocktail function sponsored by Liquid Telecom

 

TRACK TWO - TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS

Track 2 - arrival and registration
Welcome and scene-setting

Prof Pete Janse van Vuuren, CEO, The Thinking CapProf Pete Janse van Vuuren (PhD) , CEO, The Thinking Cap

TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
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The big data exploration

Julian Thomas , principal consultant, PBT Group

Big data and business intelligence (BI) in the cloud are currently hot and very relevant topics within many organisations. These concepts are now well established in the hearts and minds of business, and most large organisations have started investing in big data platforms as a result. As with all new concepts, there is always the inevitable level of confusion and uncertainty regarding how to proceed. To demystify the topic, I believe we need to take things back to basics. We need to understand that big data in itself is a journey – an exploration into the unknown. Businesses need to know how to plan and prepare for the exploration and determine who their ‘travel companions’ should be. There are definitely challenges inherent in engaging on a big data journey. How well the business embraces the new paradigm, at all levels within the organisation, accepting the implications this has on "how things work here", will play an important role in determining the success of the journey. .

  • Big data exploration – getting started with big data and what factors to consider?
  • How can businesses prepare for the possible challenges that await them on this journey? How can they manage something inherently exploratory and evolutionary?
  • A checklist – looking at what to pack, who to bring, how to plan your journey and common mistakes to avoid.
TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Will the public cloud bring real savings to your enterprise, or is the answer hybrid, multi-cloud solutions?

Dr. Jai Menon, Chief Scientist, IBM Fellow Emeritus, CloudisticsDr. Jai Menon, Chief Scientist, IBM Fellow Emeritus, Cloudistics

This presentation will discuss the evolution of how enterprises have served applications to their constituents and the hardware trade-offs that shaped our industry to date. These limitations helped create the desire for a cloud-like experience to simplify the complexities of legacy infrastructure and have fuelled the rise of public cloud alternatives like AWS.

  • Explore the recent advancements in technology that have brought that cloud experience of flexibility, simplicity and application-centric support to a more performant on premise solution
  • Investigate the concept - most analysts agree that the future digital transformation will gravitate to hybrid, multi-cloud solutions

TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Business Case:For Government BIM cloud infrastructure in the built industry

Bheki Zwane, ICT project manager, National Department of Public WorksBheki Zwane, ICT project manager, National Department of Public Works

As government is beginning to embrace technology to drive its strategic objectives, cloud technology offers a platform to enable organisational efficiency through streamlining and digitising of business processes. A strong case is being presented for operationalising BIM cloud infrastructure to realise the benefits in the form of cost cutting and facilitating policy implementation in the built space.

  • Business benefits to be realise from the Government BIM Cloud
  • The conceptual model for Government BIM Cloud
  • Understand what is BIM's Common Data Environment (CDE)
  • Implementation road map
Networking and refreshments
TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Case study: An exploration of how state-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) successfully migrated their backup to the cloud

Jason Kotze, pre sales consultant, Redstor

The discussion will focus on how to develop an effective migration path from traditional backup systems to a Cloud based one. Attendees will learn how benefits such as reduced backup times and increased cost efficiencies can be achieved, as well as how to ensure a smooth transition to the cloud.

  • By using the TCTA implementation as a backdrop, Heidi will explore the complexities of changing an organisational mindset to one that is more open and adaptive to a digital environment as well as how the cloud can be an ally rather than an obstacle to governance and compliance.
TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Device management

Five reasons why you should choose cloud-based mobile device management will be unveiled during this insightful presentation. Nothing is ever as straightforward as it may seem delve into the implications of on-premise vs cloud based MDM and if there is a use case for a combination of the two.

Lunch and networking opportunity
TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Case study: Our journey from custom dev into the cloud and subsequent pivots

Adam Shapiro, director, Autopilot Workflow SolutionsAdam Shapiro, director Autopilot Workflow Solutions

In 2001 Adam Shapiro and Hannes Bantjes founded pilotfish digital which was (and still is) a successful development house. From 2011 a lot of the projects that they were asked to develop were workflow projects, so in 2013 the partners decided to sell 60% of pilotfish to two employees and build their own clouded based workflow system, Autopilot. This is a narrative of their initial journey into the cloud, and their subsequent movement from pure SaaS to consulting to a FICA product and finally the white labelling of their offering.

TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Cloud for the SME vs the large organisation

Prof Pete Janse van Vuuren, CEO, The Thinking CapProf Pete Janse van Vuuren (PhD) , CEO, The Thinking Cap

There are often debates on whether Cloud services are better for SME's or the incumbent. The simple answer is yes to both. The value driver just varies. SME's benefit from - low cost to entry, access to hosting, processing, applications and storage at a fraction of the cost as well as a host of services on IOT. The larger organisations benefit from the ability to smart source, create more flexibility and growth, network and share, minimise legacy and all the obvious XaaS services. The Cloud conversation has also changed over the past few year from should or shouldn't to when, how much and why not.

TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
Be mindful of the move: from cloud computing to the democratisation of technology

Jordan Seke, CRM specialist and ICT consultant, Wits UniversityJordan Seke, CRM specialist and ICT consultant, Wits University

Any organisation functioning in today's competitive, agile and challenging business environment needs to extend their technological capabilities and mobile application usage – they do this using cloud services. Cloud services are accessible to a large audience and I will address the benefit of empowering this audience by democratising cloud computing.

  • Why is the 'democratisation of technology' relevant to business?
Speed Networking

Take part in our speed networking session just after morning tea: spend two minutes with a selection of attendees in a total of just 20 minutes; swap business cards; and set up meetings. Engage with the presenters during the live interview sessions and enjoy time spent with our dynamic and informed emcee. You may even be asked to participate in an audience engagement exercise. The result: you will leave with a tangible take-home, a value-add that you can implement immediately in your workplace.

Networking and refreshments
TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
On-Demand Cloud computing models unwrapped

Jannie Pretorius, professional services manager, ElingoJannie Pretorius, Jannie Pretorius, professional services manager, Elingo

We all know about the Amazon use case, as the client required granular processing, storage, and other graphics capacity, the cloud makes this available at the click of a button. These services are then billed monthly on a pay per use model, based on how granular you would like your services to be. We all know cloud is based on an attempt to give you the ability to tailor your consumption model based on your needs.
When does this stop making sense ?

How do you choose a model that works for you?

  • Hybrid sometimes feels the worst of both worlds
  • Public is not always as secure as they tell
  • Private is simply that , private, so what’s the point, just use your own datacentre
  • The attendees will understand the different viewpoints of cloud consumption models
  • The need for proper integrations conversations, with a partner that understands how to integrate
  • Realise that cloud is no longer a decision people are thinking about, it’s more about understanding how cloud fits into their whole business environment, and to mitigate the perceived risks

TECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS
GRID network, services and applications

Everything you needed to know about the GRID will be unwrapped during this presentation - GRID theory, frameworks, methodologies, architecture, infrastructure and technologies; GRID protocols and networking; GRID services and applications; virtualisation, modelling; GRID resource management, scheduling, and scalability lessons learnt and so much more.

Networking cocktail function sponsored by Liquid Telecom

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