First ever illustrious virtual gathering

2020 is a year we’ll not forget in a hurry. Many things have changed, we’ve learnt new things and are considering what we need to keep and get rid of from pre-Covid-19. But of course, business has to continue. One of the highlights for technologists has been that the case for remote working has not only been proven, but shown to be a productivity success and adopted at scale. The phrases ‘can you see my screen?’ and ‘you’re still on mute’ are now everyday utterances. ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Banquet is in its seventh year, to adapt to the situation, this was our first ever virtual version of the event.

The results of SA’s only CIO survey were released at this illustrious virtual gathering of the Who’s who in ICT,
the annual ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Banquet.

This event is firmly established in the diary of many of SA’s leading C-Suite decision makers. Now in its seventh year, this prestigious gathering provides unique insights into the priorities of the country’s top IT executives. The survey examines the role of the CIO in mitigating the impact of COVID-19, as well as IT investment priorities and relationships with business leaders and IT service providers.

The comparative data from previous years enables the tracking of technology investment trends, while an impressive sample of over 100 local CIOs from across industry allows for deep vertical sector analyses.

The banquet is run by ITWeb Brainstorm, in conjunction with MTN Business.

Attendees gained access to this ground-breaking research, and networked virtually with the South African CIOs who participated in the survey.

ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Banquet experience

ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Survey

Providing insight into the priorities and concerns of SA's top public and private sector CIOs

ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Survey 2020

The survey captures input from CIOs, or equivalent C-level execs, and results in an exclusive research report that provides unique insights into technology strategies of SA's top private and public sector organisations.

The comparative data from previous years enables ITWeb Brainstorm to track shifting priorities and investment trends, and allows for deep vertical sector analyses.

The key findings of the 2020 survey will be revealed at the annual Brainstorm CIO Banquet, which will take place for the first time, virtually on 26 November 2020.

The full research report will be published on ITWeb and Brainstorm online in early 2021. The report is available free of charge to all valid survey respondents

ITWeb Brainstorm 2019 CIO Survey results

2020 Highlights

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CIO Banquet 2020 videos

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Event Sponsor

MTN Business

MTN Business, the Enterprise Business Unit (EBU) of MTN, whose global footprint spans 22 countries in the Middle East and Africa, is leading emerging markets into this bold, new digital world. The business enabler of choice in Africa, MTN Business realises that continuous investment is paramount to guarantee clients receive business solutions aligned to their current and future needs. MTN Business leverages its African footprint providing fully converged, one-stop, 360-degree ICT services with the largest range of mobile and internet-based communications solutions. MTN Business empowers you to move into the new world of business and reach out into a universe of unlimited potential. Explore the company’s new world business technologies and see how they can help your company to unlock its true potential. Our core solutions are: Managed Networks, Datacentre hosting and cloud, Unified communication-as-a-Service, Mobile Solutions, Internet of Things & Security.

Table Sponsors


Aruba is a leading provider of next generation networking solutions for enterprises to capitalize on business opportunities at the Edge. By architecting an Edge infrastructure with security, connectivity, insight, and automation, Aruba can help our customers improve business agility, build new revenue streams, and create compelling experiences that delight their customers.


At BCX, we pride ourselves on being one of the leading South African end-to-end digital partners for corporates and enterprises across the African continent. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Telkom Group, we were established through the strategic alliance of one of South Africa’s ICT experts and a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure, merging to create the number 1 digital partner of choice for clients within our chosen markets. BCX drives business results by helping our clients place their customer at the heart of their organisations. Enabled by our technological capabilities such as converged communications, cloud services, industry solutions, cyber security and digital edge, BCX will innovate solutions to deliver exceptional value through better experiences along the value chain. To do this we combine local market understanding and deep industry expertise with some of the world’s most advanced Information and Communication Technology, together with a tireless commitment to make your unique digital journey as seamless as possible. In our endeavour to maintain our position as a digital market leader in Financial Services, Mining, Retail, Healthcare and Public Sector, we continue to leverage and invest in ecosystem for scale, access, and innovation. Headquartered in Centurion, Pretoria, BCX permanently employs circa 5000 people, with an ongoing commitment to attracting and building talent for the future. Operating where our clients operate, our global footprint spans over South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, UAE, UK and Zambia.


Our story began with two technology companies and one shared vision: to provide greater access to technology for people around the world. Dell Technologies is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over, fuelled by the desire to drive human progress through technology. Our story began with two technology companies and one shared vision: to provide greater access to technology for people around the world. Dell Technologies is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over, fuelled by the desire to drive human progress through technology. The Digital Future is where human progress is transformed by technology. As a powerhouse of seven technology leaders, Dell Technologies is committed to transforming businesses, shaping the future of innovation and developing technologies to drive human progress.


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Mustek Limited

Mustek Limited is one of the largest assembler and distributors of personal computers and complementary ICT products in South Africa. The Mustek Limited Group was established in 1987 and also includes Rectron. Mustek Limited combines the best of local assembly capabilities through its Mecer brand, with a multi-national product portfolio via a broad range of top tier brands, including: Acer, ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, Brother, Microsoft Volume Licensing, Brand-Rex, Huawei, miniflex, Mustek Security Technologies and Mustek Energy, to name a few. Through its broad-based distribution strategy, Mustek Limited is focused on being the country's ICT supplier of choice. Due to its nation-wide footprint and competitive pricing, Mustek Limited prides itself on its service offering capabilities for a wide range of technology and end-user needs.


Nexio is a trusted partner for your digital future. Nexio focuses on driving an exceptional end-user experience through world class services to unlock technological advancements to drive business value.

Software AG

Software AG helps you turn your data into value. We reimagine integration, spark business transformation and enable fast innovation on the Internet of Things so you can pioneer differentiating business models. We give you the freedom to connect and integrate any technology—from app to edge. We help you free data from silos so it’s shareable, usable and powerful—enabling you to make the best decisions and unlock entirely new possibilities for growth.


We are a niche cloud-based technology company, specialising in software defined architecture and tooling, technology transformations, and consulting services for large enterprises. Vaxowave is an Advanced AWS Partner, a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Partner and is a majority black woman-owned level 1 B-BBEE contributor. Vaxowave is at the forefront of businesses’ transition to digital. If you’d like to take the leap, let us lead you into the future.


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