Despite a school aptitude test predicting he would be best suited to the world of IT, Pallikarides studied his LLB at UNISA and started his articles before finally embarking on his career in IT.
He began his IT career 15 years ago at the IT ‘coalface’ – working at the IT helpdesk of Lancet Laboratories. He then focused on sales and business development, working at Med-e-Mass and a technology reseller.
As business development manager in the IBM Software Business Unit at AxizWorkgroup, Pallikarides gained valuable experience helping clients to design solutions that rested heavily on security and data management; at the same time honing his business development, sales management and strategic business skills.
Having gained experienced in solution development across diverse fields, including healthcare, banking, finance and retail, he was appointed as GM of ITBusiness in 2019.
Tasked with growing the firm into the next-generation solutions space, Pallikarides draws on his legal background and expertise in data and solution design to take ITBusiness into its next phase of growth.
Amid the debate on which approach is better suited to meet the evolving demands of the data-driven landscape, there may be no clear winner.
Creating a data-driven culture in an organisation is a journey that requires dedication, investment and a shift in mindset.
Moving to derive true business value from data requires a cultural change as much as it requires a technological adjustment.
With a carefully-planned strategy, analytics in a hybrid cloud environment can deliver significant value and faster ROI.
With greater volumes of data and the accelerated speed of business, data governance requires more focus and wider responsibility.
Even with governance more important than ever before, it’s not an easy task to ensure good, clean, quality data is available for accurate BI reporting.
Most companies are stuck in reactive mode, battling to keep up with ever-changing cyber attack modes. However, for the sake of business resilience, they must stay ahead of threats.
Many companies still labour under misconceptions about the nature of cyber attackers, not realising how sophisticated, large and organised these crime syndicates are.
Newly dispersed workforces, rapid transitions to cloud and hurried digital transformation could leave a great deal of sensitive data at risk.
Advanced tech will play an increasingly important role, not only in protecting against attacks, but also in helping cyber criminals engineer increasingly sophisticated attacks.