Johannesburg
12 June 2019

Johannesburg
12 June 2019

Join us at Think Summit 2019
12 June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa

 

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IBM Think Summit Johannesburg has come to a close for 2019.

We hosted more than 900 clients and 400 business partners at Kyalami Grand Prix  Circuit on 12 June to hear from some of our leading researchers, technologists and clients on what to expect from the journey to cloud and digital reinvention.

From stories of our involvement in preventing human trafficking with AI, to solving the problem of ocean plastic pollution and keeping communities connected in a natural disaster – we shared solutions to some of the most complex problems of our era underpinned by data-rich technologies at scale.

We have set the bar even higher heading into this next phase of digital reinvention but the job is not done yet, we’ve still got more to do. We're committed to showing up differently as we work with you to move the needle on your journey to the cloud; expect to see more flexibility and agility from us as we continue the momentum into 2020.

In the meantime, take a look at all the highlights in the video below and I look forward to welcoming you to Think Summit next year to celebrate just how far we’ve come.
Let's Put Smart to Work - Together.

Hamilton Ratshefola
Country General Manager, IBM Southern Africa

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Meet the experts

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Solomon Assefa

Solomon Assefa

Solomon Assefa
VP IBM Research Africa

Solomon Assefa is the Vice President | IBM Research : Africa & Emerging Market Solutions encompassing the South African and Kenyan labs. He leads by defining strategy, executing research-and-development projects, hiring top-notch scientists and fostering an innovation ecosystem. The lab aims to develop breakthrough technologies and advance science by gathering experts in decision analytics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, human-computer interaction and interactive design.

Previously, he was the director of research strategy and growth initiatives for Africa at IBM. In that role, he developed research strategies by identifying emerging trends, developing human capital and enabling the expansion of IBM Research in Africa. He has also served as a program manager in the office of science and technology, being responsible for evaluating science and technology roadmaps for IBM’s worldwide research laboratories.

As a research scientist, Dr Assefa has worked on IBM’s nanophotonics technology, with responsibilities spanning research, development and technology transfer to commercial foundries. His research contributions include high-speed optical detectors, nanostructured platforms for bio-sensing, and quantum information processing. He has co-written more than 50 scientific articles, has over 45 patents to his name, and has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous conferences worldwide.

Dr Assefa holds a BS in physics, a BS and MS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a PhD, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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John Granger

John Granger

John Granger
Senior Vice President, Cloud Application Innovation, IBM Global Business Services

John Granger is Senior Vice President Cloud Application Innovation, IBM Global Business Services.

John leads Cloud Application Innovation, helping clients transform their businesses at scale with quality, speed and consistency across end-to-end enterprise application implementations, cloud application migration and modernization, and application maintenance. He leads the GBS network of global delivery centers and has championed delivery transformation through automation, agile and DevOps methodologies. John is also responsible for operational discipline and profit performance across GBS, the consulting and professional services unit of IBM.

Previously, John was General Manager, GBS Europe, responsible for the strategy, execution and business results of the business consulting, systems integration and application management services business across Europe. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions in GBS Europe. He joined IBM in 2002 as part of IBM’s acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.

John holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern History from Lincoln College Oxford.

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Matt Candy

Matt Candy

Matt Candy
General Manager and Global Leader, IBM iX

Matt is the General Manager and Global Leader for IBM iX. With over 20 years of experience, Matt is an inspirational and dynamic leader who has worked for IBM his whole career, starting with PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting division prior to its acquisition in 2002. During this time he has focused on complex multi-channel business transformation engagements for clients across multiple industries around the world.

Matt leads a team of 16,000+ creators and makers, across a network of 42+ studios around the world, who blend strategy, technology and creativity to tackle every client challenge. Ambitious and fearless, everyone at IBM iX is an expert in pushing boundaries. This global multidisciplinary team applies IBM Design Thinking and puts emerging technology to work, helping clients with their biggest business challenge: Tomorrow.

In 2016, Matt was ranked No.1 and ‘Individual of the Year’ in The Drum's Digerati, an annual list celebrating the UK's most influential individuals within the digital industry. In 2017, Matt was also named in the BIMA 100 – their annual showcase of the digital industry's brightest stars, seeking to recognise the individuals who are shaping the future of Britain’s digital industry. Matt is a frequent public speaker and blogger on the impact of Design driving business reinvention, customer experience and digital transformation.

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Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher
Institute for Business Value MEA – Director

Ian was educated in the UK, graduating from Birmingham University, building a successful career in IBM Global Markets. With over 30 years’ experience in technology and business consulting services, Ian leads the IBM IBV C-Suite program for MEA and is a prominent key note speaker on future technologies and their impact on our world. Ian is an experienced senior client advisor on business transformation strategies and contributes to many thought leadership papers and reports.

More recently, Ian has completed his substantial research on the impact of change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution looking at the convergence of our physical, digital and biological worlds and its effect on the C-Suite. This research has also looked at the impact transformational technologies such Quantum and Neuromorphic computing, post quantum cryptography, DNA computing, data monetisation and many other transformational trends.

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Madhu Kochar

Madhu Kochar

Madhu Kochar
Vice President of Analytics Product Development in Hybrid Cloud

Madhu Kochar is the Vice President of Analytics Product Development in Hybrid Cloud division. She leads a large portfolio of products in the Unified Governance and Integration segment and the new offering IBM Cloud Private for Data.

Over the last few years, Madhu distinguished herself by successfully establishing a world-class service delivery and engineering team that transformed IBM analytics business on the IBM cloud. She has extensive experience in software development, devOps and in leading strategic technology areas in the information and data management field.

In 2012, Madhu was named one of the outstanding executive women from Silicon Valley and a recipient of the prestigious Tribute to Women (TWIN) award, a recognition of her role as a women executive and an inspiration for other women in technology fields.

Madhu has also represented IBM in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) summit panels and is on the IBM corporate Asian Council. She also leads the local IBM Women Charter whose goal is to grow the next generation of leaders. Madhu is based in San Jose, California.

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Hamilton Ratshefola

Hamilton Ratshefola

Hamilton Ratshefola
Country General Manager
IBM South Africa

Hamilton Ratshefola leads IBM South And Southern Africa as Country General Manager.

Hamilton joined IBM as a graduate and trainee System Engineer in 1990.

He worked as a mainframe Systems Engineer in the banking and retail environment before moving into Sales in 1993.
He was promoted to management in 1995 and later moved to lead the Industry Team in Travel & Transportation in 1997.
Hamilton was then included in IBM’s development assignment programme where he worked on assignment in the UK, Italy, Denmark and the US, to gain exposure to IBM client environments and global best case practice.
Following this, Hamilton returned to South Africa to lead the IBM Public Sector Business and worked with key government organizations, including SARS and Department of Home Affairs to solve their complex business problems.
In 2000 Hamilton co-founded Cornastone, a successful IBM Business Partner.

Hamilton rejoined IBM South Africa in June 2013 and was appointed as Country general Manager in 2015.

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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor
Head of Data-Driven Intelligence, Nedbank

Guy Taylor is a full-stack data scientist with a strong focus on contribution to business innovation and driving behavior change. Having established a substantial portfolio of accomplishments in start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, Guy has assumed the role of Executive Head of Data-Driven Intelligence in Nedbank as part of the Enterprise Data Services team. Guy has headed up and incubated data science teams in the FinTech and EdTech space.

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Andrew Quixley

Andrew Quixley

Andrew Quixley

Andrew Quixley is a business executive with 30+ years of experience, including 18 years in the IT industry. He has a deep background in marketing, sales, and delivery of business transformation solutions based on enterprise IT and consulting services. A former Managing Director and Global Marketing Director in previous affiliations, Andrew currently leads IBM's Data Science and AI business in South Africa and is a regular conference speaker and writer on technology and AI. Andrew earned his MBA from Cornell University in USA and a BSc (Honours) in Physics from The University of Nottingham in UK. He lives with his wife Vanessa and their three children in KZN, South Africa.

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Miguel Vega

Miguel Vega

Miguel Vega
Vice President, Systems
IBM Middle East and Africa

Miguel Vega is the Vice President for Systems at IBM Middle East and Africa, since 2016. He is responsible for delivering client success and business results across all IBM Infrastructure brands, for both Hardware and Software.

With over 20 years of experience working at IBM, Miguel has worked across several business units, industries and geographies. In each of his positions, he has been a trusted advisor for several clients and markets. He leads with success and focuses on achieving growth in market share. He has expertise in several areas including infrastructure, data, banking, public sector as well as Latin America, Middle East, and Africa territories. His expertise lies in providing comprehensive solutions that integrate Cloud, AI, Data and IBM Services.

Miguel has been based in Dubai since 2011, where he was first responsible for the Power brand before taking up the Mainframe franchise for Middle East and Africa in 2013.

Miguel holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela as well as a Post Graduate degree in Business Management from American Institute of Higher Business Management (IPADE), Mexico City.

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Sessions and experiences

Learn

Designed for you to learn based on emotional, outcomes-based stories in a variety of engaging formats; Key Notes; Think Tanks; Fish bowl debates and Workshops. Leading thinkers (both global and local) to share their views and experiences.

Experience

Designed to allow you to see technology in action, through key activations, demonstrations, meeting spaces and expert advisory areas. Focus on your interest with 4 campus areas (Smarter Business Showcase, Data and AI; Security and Resiliency; Cloud and Infrastructure and Infrastructure); business partner areas, and innovation hub with a dedicated developer zone.

Connect

With more than a 1000 delegates and dedicated areas throughout the venue, that will allow you to relax, network and reflect on the content. The opportunities to think are endless.

Think Campus:

A Campus is a space for you to explore specific topics and connect with your peers, business leaders, and technologists who understand your enterprise goals and challenges.

 

Experience:

Focus on the topics you care about most

Data & AI Campus

Unlock the value of your data and put smart to work with AI.

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Cloud & Infrastructure Campus

Optimize your infrastructure with faster, smarter platforms and services.

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Security & Resiliency Campus

Build trust and resiliency with the biggest advances in cybersecurity at work.

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Smarter Business Showcase

Put smart to work for your enterprise with guidance from top experts and industry-leading service solutions.

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Highlights reel

Overview

Presented with the support of our partners

Accenture

Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 477,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
Visit us on www.accenture.com

BCX

BCX

At BCX, we pride ourselves in being one of South Africa’s leading ICT and telecommunications infrastructure partners to organisations of all sizes. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Telkom Group, BCX was established through the fusion of Business Connexion, a company established 20 years ago, and Telkom Business, a division of Telkom, in November 2016. The company combines Telkom’s knowledge of infrastructure and Business Connexion’s experience in providing ICT solutions to help our 27 000 clients optimise their business and create opportunities that might seem impossible through a variety of scalable solutions that are insourced or outsourced.

We aim to help organisations, their employees and the country, digitally transform to become more reflective of the productivity, power and dynamism of the people who drive them forward. To do this we combine local market understanding, deep industry expertise, some of the world’s most advanced Information and Communications Technology with a tireless commitment to make our customer’s unique digital journeys as seamless as possible. That way they can focus on their goal – creating an organisation that will change the lives of its people, community and country.

Headquartered in Centurion, Pretoria, BCX permanently employs circa 7 500 people and our global footprint spans over South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, UAE, UK and Zambia.
Visit us on www.bcx.co.za

Datacentrix

Datacentrix

Datacentrix is an ICT solutions provider that uses leading technologies to deliver sustainable value to corporate and public sector organisations predominantly in South Africa. The Group has maintained its approach to strategically partner with its customers, equipping them with valuable insight and helping them to align their technology undertakings with their business strategy. 

Datacentrix has the expertise to assist customers in navigating the ever-changing IT landscape. It offers a holistic value proposition by delivering complex integrations between technologies that help safeguard customer relevance and competitiveness into the future. As an Alviva Holdings Group company, Datacentrix has access to an extended solution set, positioning the Group uniquely amongst its peers by eliminating the need to source alternative vendors or solutions in non-core areas. This move to becoming a more comprehensive technology solutions provider makes the Group more cohesive, more reliable and a stronger IT partner.

Datacentrix’ mature offerings; its national footprint; and proven execution capability reinforce its position as one of the top ICT players in the local market.

EOH

EOH

The EOH Group is the largest technology business in Africa, providing the technology, knowledge, skills and organisational ability critical to Africa’s development and growth. Following the Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing model, the EOH Group provides high-value, end-to-end solutions to its clients in all industry verticals. We provide the technology, knowledge, skills and organisational ability critical to the development and growth of the companies we serve. We are an ethical and relevant force for good and strive to play a positive role in society, beyond normal business practice. 
The Group employs more than 11 500 people, delivering technology solutions and knowledge services to over 5 000 large enterprise customers across all major industries. The EOH Group is present throughout South Africa and has a growing international footprint with 2 500 skilled resources in 30 countries on five continents. 
As a leader in driving and supporting digital innovation, the Group offers solutions along with a simple Design- Build-Operate engagement model through its two independent businesses, EOH and NEXTEC.

The Venue

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre
Allandale Rd & R55, Midrand

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