All of our events are unbiased, research-based and content-driven. The conference content is carefully designed by us with advice from both our internal and external advisory teams to ensure the focus is on what businesses need to know in order to remain competitive.
Conference content is not based on the latest buzzword, specific product releases, the need to sell analyst reports, or a need to supplement an exhibit floor.
Our conferences are designed to foster interaction between all stakeholders. Because we are strictly neutral with regard to vendors, analysts, press, enterprises, and consultants, we have been able to maintain a constant dialogue with each group, all of whom are our customers, all of whom we have learned from, and all of whom we encourage to participate in our events as speakers, attendees and exhibitors.
Attendees come to ITWeb events expecting to get past the vendor hype and industry spin, and learn the untarnished truth, trends and industry comings and goings. Please be encouraged to offer submission ideas that are topical and relevant.
You will be required to send your final presentation to us by 15 August 2017. Please send this to Janine Harding via email@example.com.
Our speakers are active stakeholders in the industry. The biggest benefit in presenting at our conferences is to share experiences and network with your peers, and to interact with the most influential community of ICT-related experts in the industry. Because of the high quality of our speakers, we promote our speakers and their backgrounds on our Web site; often in editorials both pre- and post-event; and sometimes in press releases.
Most presentations will be part of a conference session covering the same topic. Times for presentations can range from 10-45 minutes, but the vast majority are 20-30 minutes followed by five to 10 minutes of Q&A.
If your presentation is supposed to be 20 minutes long, getting through 45 slides is almost impossible. Also remember that slides with lots of builds take more time than a slide with no builds. A good rule of thumb for most people is one slide for every three minutes of presentation. The best thing to do is time yourself in advance!
There are two Harvard Business Review posts that provide some of the best advice you can find anywhere on giving a great presentation or moderating an engaging panel. These are must-reads for anyone who cares about presentation or moderating skills, and strongly recommended for ITWeb speakers. Even if you are already a speaking pro, each post is likely to give you at least one new idea.See:
Case studies and practical real-life examples are key. We understand the need for maintaining confidentiality and a competitive edge, but we encourage an in-depth learning experience and look to reveal trends and industry best practices.
Moderating a session is a highly regarded (yet difficult to execute) role. It is the moderator’s job to ask questions, generate discussion, instigate a controversial argument, involve the audience, and tell a story through the interaction of all participants. The moderator also summarises the discussion, highlights key points of agreement and contention, identifies resources for further study, and ends the session in time to do Q&A with the audience. Before you ask for this role, be sure you have the intestinal fortitude to guide the discussion, panellists and audience. Ability to multitask in front of an audience is a must.
We generally steer away from hefty slide presentations, and instead encourage peer discussion on current topics. All presentations are typically made available for download post-conference.
Speaker substitutions are generally not allowed. Our speakers are chosen for their knowledge and communication capabilities, not because of who they work for. If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP, and provide replacement recommendations in case we do not already have a speaker on the waiting list for that particular topic.
Although most of our speakers are businesses presenting case studies, analysts providing market insight, or experienced consultants and authors providing “how-to” guidance, we welcome speakers from the vendor community to contribute non-marketing presentations. Vendor speakers often have the most detailed knowledge about new technologies and use-cases and are valuable contributors.
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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.