Agenda

Date and TimeTitle
Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
10:00am - 10:15am
Welcome Address

Welcome by Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen - Chief Marketing Officer BCX

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
10:15am - 11:00am
Keynote address: The Upside of Down – Upside Express

The Upside of Down – Upside Express

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
11:00am - 11:45am
Panel Discussion: Future of Work Reinvented

In a post pandemic digital world, Enterprises are intentionally reinventing the way work is done. Rethinking workplace strategies is not simple. One thing is clear though, to ensure their future success, organisations must adopt a human centric approach that adds value to both the employee and the organisation and address the new reality. However, current virtualised remote work is exhausting employees, and the All-Return-to-Site option will affect performance, engagement and productivity. So, what can organisations do to reinvent work and what needs to be done in order to ensure success?

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
11:45am - 12:15pm
Connectivity Re-Invented by Cisco – Connect globally in a world with increasingly complex business processes and threats!

With billions of devices connected to the Internet, and tens of billions more coming down the pike, the pressures on infrastructure are heading for a peak and pushing the industry to solve for some fundamental growing pains. Numerous challenges have emerged as Cisco have been operating in a landscape of multiple carrier and access networks (wired, wireless, mobile), increasingly complex business processes with global reach, and sophisticated threats from new breeds of amateur, professional, and state-sponsored hackers. To handle all of these pressures gracefully, Cisco need to refactor, and in some cases reinvent, some of the technologies, systems, and processes that we once considered fundamental to our Internet infrastructure.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
11:45am - 12:15pm
Cloud Platforms by Citrix - Secure distributed work made possible with Citrix

Find out how you can create your Zero Trust strategy with Citrix Secure Workspace, accelerate your organization’s journey to SASE and protect Apps and APIs.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
11:45am - 12:15pm
Progressive Innovation by Veritas - Veritas Enterprise Data Services for the Modern Multi-Cloud Enterprise

How progressive innovation has helped our customers?  The world is not static, the only certainty is change. With recent events over the past 12 months, customers had to innovate progressively and aggressively to meet rapid changing needs while under pressure to reduce costs and operate with limited budgets. Some extreme examples like one customer of ours who needed to innovate in condensing a planned 3-year migration into 3 months. How did they to this? Many organisations needed to embrace such rapid change just to survive a world turned on its head due to COVID-19.  This session will highlight how Veritas progressively innovated to help these customers in the covid induced hybrid working world of multi-cloud. How has your world changed over the past year and how have you innovated in making the change?

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Progressive Innovation by Dell - APEX - Transform how the world consumes technology

Together with BCX, APEX is Dell Technologies’ breakthrough portfolio of as-a-Service offerings that simplify digital transformation by increasing IT agility and control Simplicity for Increased Predictability organisations are continually being asked to do more with less. Being able to spread technology costs over time in a foreseeable way, even when workloads are variable can be a valuable strategy to maximize cashflow. APEX custom solutions allow for simplified and predictable budgeting, billing, and technology lifecycle management for IT infrastructure. Agility for enhanced Flexibility With APEX Custom solutions, there is flexibility to select both the technology and the terms that work best for you. These solutions can be customized to your specific requirements so that you can maximize and optimize your IT spend. Our solutions are available across the entire Dell Technologies infrastructure product portfolio and can be structured to accommodate the needs of stable and growing organizations. Control to have more choice Because we know one size does not fit all, and many customers want and need to customize every aspect of their infrastructure, APEX Custom solutions allow you to control costs and align your budget with your business needs and workloads with the option to pay over time while only paying for what you use.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Redefining Workspaces by Microsoft - The role of technology in reversing the social impact of the pandemic

“As the world slowly recovers, African countries that were living on the verge of poverty and high inequality prior to COVID19, have begun to see a silver lining as it emerges in the form of technology which brings a promise of more inclusion, mobility and connectivity to services that were once far and removed. The advancement of technological solutions along with high adoption rates from Government, Telcos and Retailers will leave irreversible infrastructure gains to society’s benefit. For many years banks have spoken about going branchless by investing less in physical infrastructure and more in digital technologies to service their vast customer base.

However, these banks were met with hesitance from a consumer base that still insisted on face time with the service provider. What the pandemic has assisted organisations in achieving is adoption that transcends internal processes, but has breaded a tech savvy customer base, which now more than ever, is ready to be served through digital platforms. What this means for society is equitable distribution of services that will not discriminate due to peoples socio-economic background, but equal opportunity to participate and be served equally by service providers. As the back bone of most economies, Small to Medium Sized Businesses can now compete head to head with established businesses due to the playing field having been levelled by technological advancements in the last 18 months, leaving society in a better footing than it was before the pandemic.”

Doby Malubane

Executive: Microsoft and Oracle CoE’s

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Cloud platforms by Veeam - Cloud & Container Data Management

The backup market continues to evolve, and new workloads and constraints challenge next-gen backup systems. Find out the current 2021 state of the backup market and learn what you should be thinking of in 2022 and beyond to improve your data protection practice for on prem, cloud and Kubernetes Containers.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
12:45pm - 1:05pm
Break, Networking and Exhibition Booth Visits

Partner networking to commence / Exhibition booths open

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
1:05pm - 1:50pm
Panel Discussion: Digital Resiliency for Future Success

Digital resiliency is the ability of an organization, enabled by digital technologies, to not only adapt to significant change but also thrive by capitalizing on the changed conditions. It is a goal of any Digitally Fit Enterprise. to assess themselves against their leadership, workforce, brand and reputation, customers and ecosystems, financials, and operations. Currently organisations are focusing on operational resiliency to ensure that they are ready for growth again in the future. Given the above, there are a few critical questions that organisations will need to answer such as what do organisations need to do to ensure their successful existence in the next 3-5 years?

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
1:50pm - 2:20pm
360 Degree Security by Trend Micro - A view to the future of cybersecurity and the role of cloud platforms

With an exploding set of cloud infrastructure services and an increasing number of stakeholders involved in infrastructure and security decisions, the cloud has formed the perfect storm for security. In order to gain the benefits of the cloud and meet business objectives, cloud security needs to be made less complex. Business requirements and DevOps processes demand faster application delivery, however, if you increase the speed of delivery, everything else must follow suit. For example, compliance, which changes based on industry, geography, and infrastructure, as well as protecting against evolving and increasingly sophisticated threat vectors. Join Christo Esterhuizen, Technical Sales Engineer for Trend Micro, South Africa as he unpacks Trend Micro’s Cloud One offering. Trend Micro Cloud One is a security services platform for cloud builders, offering the broadest and deepest cloud security offering in one solution, enabling you to secure your cloud infrastructure with clarity and simplicity. By considering your cloud projects and objectives holistically, Trend Micro Cloud One is able to provide powerful security, while you leverage all of the benefits and efficiencies the cloud offers your business. Comprised of multiple services designed to meet specific cloud security needs, Trend Micro Cloud One gives you the flexibility to solve your challenges today, and the innovation to evolve with your cloud services in the future.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
1:50pm - 2:20pm
Cloud Platforms - IBM Data Fabric delivered by Cloud Pak for Data

IBM launched the AI ladder in 2018, and organisations worldwide have been using it in their strategy and architectures since then. We see it show up in other software providers documentation and materials, and it holds true to doing what it was intended to do, delivering a prescriptive approach to accelerating the journey to AI. Available data is increasing rapidly but the knowledge, or usable data is roughly staying the same. This creates a massive gap of unusable data. The IBM Data Fabric intends to close that gap. Companies look to deliver on strategic initiatives but because of the data gap, they are unable to deliver on these initiatives that require intelligent decisions. These companies have a lack of a view into their data sources, types and domains. Ultimately rendering them ineffective at “seeing the whole picture” when it comes to driving the outcomes that their clients want. Seeing the whole picture is challenging because they’ve built up architectures of best of breed/point products for years or even decades. This leaves them with an architecture that is difficult to maintain, hard to use, and ultimately not used at all by the personas that would benefit most from data. The complexity leads to 60-73% of data going unused. Implementing an AI Ladder strategy puts the client in a position where they have a strong foundation of being able to collect and organize the data, so that when they analyze and infuse, they drive better outcomes that are based on 100% of data, instead of 20-30% of data. This results in 30% reduction in time for integration, 30% reduction in application deployment time, and 70% less maintenance. The data fabric is the material that holds the ladder together, and makes it all usable for end users in the organization.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
1:50pm - 2:20pm
Redefining Workspaces by MicroStrategy - Managing Uncertainties with Insights-Driven Capabilities

The unexpected global pandemic is yet another confirmation of how change is the only constant in the modern world. If your organization's operating model is not agile (ready to adapt and pivot on a moment's notice), your enterprise’s very survival may be at stake. In this talk, we will review the role of insights-driven business capabilities in the agile business operating model. You’ll learn: · How organisations leverage data and analytics for management and operations during the global pandemic · Top benefits realized by insights-driven organizations · The difference between being data-driven and insights-driven · Key people, process, data, and technology components of a successful, agile, insights-driven organisation

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
2:20pm - 2:50pm
360 Degree Security by Infinidat - Data Protection - How to keep your organization from becoming the next headline!

This session will cover: - The evolution of data protection - Data protection today - lessons learned, the right technologies, best practices - Infinidat solutions to keep your organization safe against any and all nastiness

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
2:20pm - 2:50pm
Cloud Platforms by Huawei - Achieve success with HUAWEI Cloud

Cloud is now on the c-suite agenda as a way to cut costs and drive operational efficiencies, many businesses have migrated to cloud already, some successfully, but some have failed. In the failed case the true value was not seen, cost savings and operational efficiencies did not happen, why? The reason is, the benefits of cloud services cannot only be realized through powerful, new or smart cloud technologies alone! It needs a real partnership model between cloud providers, the partners and the customers, that brings real transparent value to all parties for long term sustainable cooperation. Huawei Cloud with our partners, create and deliver services and solutions that are tailored to our customer needs. Listening and communicating with our partners effectively, allows us to realize shared goals and strengthen trust, between Huawei, our partners and our end customers.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
2:20pm - 2:50pm
Progressive Innovation by BMC - The "Next and New" for every Autonomous Digital Enterprise: Making Better Decisions Faster with BMC Helix

As the role of technology continues to grow in importance in the management and operations of every company, staying ahead of the competition requires using every advantage available as you continue your digital transformation journey. Becoming an Autonomous Digital Enterprise (ADE) brings with it the advantages of being agile and customer centric, and making the right bets based on actionable insights. Joseph George, vice president product management at BMC Software, explains how to work smarter, be more productive and make better decisions faster with intelligent service and operations management, so you can take care of today, and take tomorrow to the next level.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
2:50pm - 3:20pm
360 Degree Security by Cybereason - Don't fear RANSOMWARE - end it!

They're coming for it. Your personal data, your intellectual property, your financial assets...your business. Attackers are working to take what belongs to you and attempting to hold you to ransom. Defenders don’t fear ransomware, they end it. With the Cybereason Defense Platform behind them, they can be confident that ransomware can’t hold their critical information hostage. Cybereason detects and ends ransomware attacks that others miss - every time. A promise backed by a $1M breach warranty. Join the Defenders -- and never be held to ransom.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
2:50pm - 3:20pm
360 Degree Security by F5 - Lessons Learned from Breaches During the Pandemic

The recent 2021 Application Protection Report from F5 Labs delves in to the root causes of cyber-attacks from the past year to uncover how the majority of data breaches are occurring. By analysing thousands of breach reports and cross referencing frameworks such as MITRE ATT&CK we present the methods and tactics cyber criminals are using to successfully monetize their attacks. We show the trends in cyber-crime and explain how attackers are modifying attacks to stay ahead of application defenders and. We also suggest a novel method of analysing the effectiveness of different security controls to protect against these common attack methods.

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
3:20pm - 4:30pm
Session Wrap-up - Partner Networking and Exhibition Booth Visits

Partner networking to commence and Exhibition booths open

Aug 25, 2021 (Johannesburg)
4:30pm - 4:45pm
Prize-giving and Close

Prize-giving and Close