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CIO Alliances

Johannesburg Chapter, February 2018




Date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018

 Venue: Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch

 Location: Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa




 Time: 8:00 - 8:30

Welcome Remarks & House Keeping

 Time: 8:30 - 8:45

 Session Leader: Len de Villiers - Master of Ceremonies

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Session 1 - Open Forum

 Time: 8:45 - 9:30

 Session Leader: Grace Sikapokoo - Chief Customer Officer South Africa - AIG

 Session Title: Influencing your Firms Customer Experience with IT


  • Disparate Interfaces onto a Common Platform
  • Changes to Simplify, Intuitive, Omni-Channel Solutions for Customers

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Session 2 - Open Forum

 Time: 9:30 - 10:15

 Session Leader: Ian Keller - Head: IT Security - SBV

 Session Title: Cyber Security Issues and Plans


  • Cyber Threat Management - Pros and Cons of Outsourcing (Highlighting the Talent and Skills Gap)
  • Information Security Roadmap Implementation
  • What are your top 10 Desktop, Server & Network Quick Fixes for Dramatically Increasing Security Across an Organisation?

Networking Break

Time: 10:15 - 10:30

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Session 3

 Time: 10:35 - 11:20

 Session Leader: Morne Bekker - Country Manager SA - NetApp

 Session Title: Accelerate you transition to the Cloud with NetApp Solutions and Technologies


Data Management is more than a technology choice today—it provide a framework how companies will do business in the future. Companies are seeking ways to accelerate innovation by taking advantage of technology trends such as cloud, object storage, open source, converged infrastructures, virtualization, flash, containers, and software-defined storage.

Hybrid cloud deployment models, a combinations of private and public cloud resources, are becoming the new normal for enterprise IT organizations. This will require companies to have a “Data Management Strategy for Hybrid Cloud” adoption. The hybrid cloud model is expected to dominate data management for the foreseeable future. NetApp answer to Hybrid Cloud adoption is Data Fabric.

Data Fabric framework is NetApp’s vision for the future of data management. It enables customers to respond and innovate more quickly because data is free to be accessed where it is needed most. It gives organization’s IT the flexibility to choose the right set of resources to meet the needs of their applications and the freedom to change them whenever they want. This helps Organizations to realize the full potential of your hybrid cloud and make the best decisions for the business. NetApp will be discussing a case study on the benefits of Data Fabric framework for Hybrid Cloud.

Key Takeaways

  • Data Fabric Strategy for Hybrid Cloud
  • NetApp integration Services for Hyperscalers – MS Azure, AWS, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud,etc
  • Cloud ONTAP for Hyperscalers – MS Azure, AWS, IBM Cloud, etc.
  • Cloud Control for Office 365 for Data Recovery
  • Cloud Backup  Hybrid Cloud (AltaVault to S3 StorageGrid)
  • NPS - NetApp Private Storage for Compliance Regulations, Security
  • NFSaaS for MS Azure, Cloud Sync

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Session 4 - Open Forum

 Time: 11:25 - 12:10

 Session Leaders: Kenneth Kayser - Vice President Open Innovation - Barclays Africa Group Limited

 Session Title: Aligning IT and Business - Justifying Innovation - Proof, Examples and Successful Processes


  • Successful examples of how to identify Business challenges through Data and Analytics
    • Then innovating to overcome
  • Where is this happening in your business?
  • Who is leading this?
  • What are the business objectives that ICT should be strategizing to overcome?

Networking Lunch

Time: 12:10 - 13:00

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Session 5

 Time: 13:00 - 13:45

 Session Leader: 

Eleanor Weaver - Commercial Director MEA - Darktrace Limited

Francis Masuabi - Cyber Technology Specialist - Darktrace Limited

 Session Title: A New Era of Cyber Threats: The Shift to Self Learning, Self Defending Networks


From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. A fundamentally new approach to cyber defense is needed to detect and investigate these threats that are already inside the network - before they turn into a full-blown crisis. 

Based on unsupervised machine learning and probabilistic mathematics developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge, new ‘immune system’ technologies are capable of learning the ‘self’ of an organization. By analyzing every network, device, and user, and modeling them as they go about their day-to-day activity, the Enterprise Immune System can establish a highly accurate understanding of normal behavior. It can therefore spot abnormal activity as it emerges, and even take precise, measured actions to automatically curb the threat. 

Rules and signatures are not keeping pace with today’s rapidly evolving cyber attacks. The Enterprise Immune System represents a fundamental step-change in automated cyber defense, is relied upon by organizations around the world, and can cover up to millions of devices.

Key Takeaways

· Leveraging machine learning and AI algorithms to defend against advanced, never-seen-before, cyber-threats 
· How new immune system technologies enable you to pre-empt emerging threats and reduce incident response time 
· How to achieve 100% visibility of your entire business including cloud, network and IoT environments 
· Why automation and autonomous response is enabling security teams to neutralize in-progress attacks, prioritise resources, and tangibly lower risk 
· Real-world examples of subtle, unknown threats that routinely bypass traditional controls

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Session 6 - Open Forum

 Time: 13:45 - 14:30

 Session Leader: Len de Villiers - Group CIO - Telkom SA

 Session Title: Project Delivery - Where is it all Going Wrong?


  • 70%  of projects worldwide are either late or over budget
  • Project Managers overpromise on deadlines to please their masters
  • SDLC works for very large complex Projects
  • RAD/JAD delivers for speed but does not negate change management
  • Project Structures must be filled form the start
  • Daily scrums are a necessity with the Project Director
  • A project War Room for all project members is a CSF
  • Weekly project updates with the entire company is a must
  • Celebration on key milestones delivers momentum. 

Networking Break

Time: 14:30 - 14:45

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Session 7 - Open Forum

 Time: 14:45 - 15:30

 Session Leader: Brian Armstrong - Chair of Digital Business - Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

 Session Title: Digital Transformation: Is there real business value and where does it lie?


- The relationship between digital readiness and business outcomes
- Is the value at the customer interface layer, core business processes and systems; or back-office and supporting systems
- The link to the profit equation
- A discussion of digital readiness measures and their relevance

Closing Remarks & the Next Steps

 Session Leader: Leigh Thomas - Founder & Director - CIO Alliances

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