Matt Brown, CEO, Digital Kungfu
We live in an era of risk and instability. Globalisation, new technologies, and greater transparency have combined to upend the business environment and give many business leaders a deep sense of unease. If your competitive reality is uncertain and rapidly changing, you need a dynamic and sustainable way to stay ahead. The key to growth – even survival – is to unlock a new competitive advantage.
Ben Shaw, CEO, HouseME
HouseME is a digital rental management platform that has taken the residential property market by storm since its launch in September 2016. The transparency and efficiencies realised through its technology platform allows expert, on-demand services to be available to landlords at a fraction of traditional fees. Find out about the damage that incremental change does to incumbent business, and why disruptive technologies remain a threat. And examine how technology start-ups challenge the status quo, and how they can best position their business to effectively ride the next wave.
Zachariah George, founder and MD, Cactus Advisors and co-MD, Startupbootcamp, and Angel Investor, HouseME
Startupbootcamp is the world's leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator programme. Startupbootcamp Cape Town is Startupbootcamp's first programme on the African continent, and is focused on high-growth startups in block-chain, connected devices, payment solutions, capital markets and asset management, integrated supply chain, e-commerce, retailtech, insurtech, alternative financing, identity management, digital connectivity, data and behavioural analytics and enabling technologies. Over the 3 month programme, 10 selected high potential startups from across the globe will accelerate their companies with the help of a team of top entrepreneurs, investors, and partners. In 3 months, the selected teams will achieve what normally would take 12-18 months, by leveraging direct access to key contacts in the industry, €15,000 in investment, €450,000+ in services, access to 100+ highly engaged mentors, free office space and facilities, and access to funding from a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms.
Anish Shivdasani, founder and CEO, Giraffe, interview by Rory Moore, innovation pioneer, Accenture
Johannesburg-based tech start-up, Giraffe, aims to address SA's high unemployment rate by linking job seekers with employment opportunities, and to help employers recruit the most suitable staff, quickly and at a low cost. Find out how it did this, what it has accomplished to date, and where to from here.
It made the news in 2015 first for the major uptake of nearly 10 000 job-seeker registrations for its recruitment services in just two months, followed by winning top South African start-up by Seedstars World 2015 – a global seed-stage start-up competition for emerging markets. Shiddasani has over 10 years' experience in strategy consulting and start-ups – working with teams across the UK, Africa and Asia.
Valter Adao, chief digital and innovation officer, Deloitte Africa
The digital era that we have entered was recently termed the fourth industrial revolution (2016 World Economic Forum in Davos). Having the benefit of hindsight, we know these industrial revolutions have previously had a dramatic and notable impact on all businesses and industries, resulting in the elimination of well-established industry stalwarts and the creation of new business giants. We have the opportunity to prepare our businesses to thrive in these tumultuous times.
Rory Moore, innovation pioneer, Accenture
Engage in conversation with Jason Levin, chief explorer, author, entrepreneur, intrapreneur and director at Elevation, who – from November 2016 to May 2017, interviewed role players which led to secondary research that supports this paper: 'Unicorns, gazelles and leapfrogs'.
Unwrap with some assistance, more about the 'leapfrogs' –
Anton Cabral, partner and managing executive, LRMG Performance Agency Digital
Digital Transformation is the hot topic on everyone's lips. But while many organisations are succumbing to corporate FOMO and chasing every digital fad to try and keep ahead of the pack, they're often forgetting the most essential factor in realising true digital maturity: their employees, and the Employee Experience (Ex) they deliver
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Andrew J Moodley, chief digital officer, Axiz
Axiz's digital transformational journey captures a trajectory of moving a business from being a pure traditional distributor of products (hardware and software) to a platform for trade facilitating a value driven ecosystem. This journey not only transcends technology but fundamentally entails redefining a new business identity in digital presence, redefining and investing in new core business competencies with value proposition to market while challenging, but leveraging, traditional business thinking.
The obvious complexities and challenges clearly eliminates the possibility of a "one size fits all" strategy to all business, "or does it?" Nonetheless the digital age demands unprecedented business designs to survive this unpredictable but inevitable wall. The "platform business" perhaps present a methodology to begin unravelling key business concepts in transforming a business.
David Ambler, people and organisation digital product development and manager, PwC
Discussions about innovation in a corporate context are typically framed around new technologies and the impact they will have on how business will be done. Focus is placed on how successfully these new tools and methods can be adopted and implemented in order to remain relevant to clients and deliver value to shareholders.
Little emphasis, however, is often placed on the impact these new technologies are having on people and the inherent disruption that this brings. This is especially true as the global workforce is getting younger and many of the new staff will have grown up in a completely different, and often foreign, world to the current business leaders.
The need to better understand the incoming generations at work and how to adopt them is becoming an issue as important to an organisation's sustainability, or perhaps more so, than being able to adopt the latest technology.
David will share and comment on some of these observable trends, what they mean in a business context and what a company like PwC is doing to try keep up.
Nicola Columbine, managing director, Integrative Consulting
As a new world of work emerges, technology is already playing an instrumental role in transforming traditional Human Resources functions to automate and augment business support processes. In the future, innovative technologies from AI to robotics will play a greater role in managing both routine HR tasks, as well as enabling greater workforce optimisation.
Find out how technology is transforming traditional HR functions and inviting opportunities to realise greater efficiencies in workforce management.
Ryan Smit, managing director, BMI-TechKnowlege and head of the measurement Council for the IAB SA
In the past few years many technology companies have been talking about “Big Data”, and the massive potential it has to help companies to transform their businesses in a digital world. However, how many real-world examples have you ever seen of big data in action, and of those how many are something that you can use today? We are going to have a conversation about how big data has completely revolutionised the way that digital media is bought and sold, and how your business is probably not capitalising on some of your greatest assets. What does this mean for the way you plan your products and services, and what impact could this have on your business model? Finally, we take a look at what impact this this have on the future consumer’s experiences, and what will the world look like in 10-15 years when this data explosion is fully integrated into our digitally augmented lives.
ComUnity revolutionises the way organisations succeed in a digital world. Our low-code platform reduces the cost and complexity of digital transformation by connecting data, choreographing digital operations, and creating contextualised customer experiences that run everywhere.
The CIO Council of South Africa, of which Microsoft is a founding member, was established in May 2009 as platform for CIOs to discuss common challenges, share knowledge and learn from each other.
It has been formed as an independent Council, governed by a Board of Directors, (lead by Len de Villiers Group CIO at Telkom) who amongst other things determine the themes and topics for discussion during the quarterly meetings. Microsoft, as the sole sponsor, supports the CIO Council with the logistics around the event. Over the years, the CIO Council’s quarterly meetings have gone from strength to strength, and are now attracting between 100 to 120 of South Africa’s leading CIOs.
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The IITPSA has a proudly South African heritage of more than half a century of serving the South African body of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and professionals. Established in 1957 by a few like-minded 'computer professionals', registered in 1958 as a limited company (then converted to a Section 21 company, now Not-for-Profit Company (NPC)), the IITPSA has grown into a body that is reinventing itself in the twenty first century.
See more at: www.iitpsa.org.za.