Datacentrix Showcase 2017 focused on the journey towards singularity, with a view to equipping South African businesses with the information needed to survive the digital age.
The day opened with a breakfast session attended by over 110 C-level delegates, featuring a welcome note by Ahmed Mahomed, Datacentrix CEO and discussions by Linda Moreira, ABSA Head of Africa Datacentres and David Chalmers, HPE Chief Technologist for EMEA region.
Later on the day, a plenary session was held where speakers, including Mahomed, Jordaan, Chalmers and Rudie Raath, Datacentrix, Chief Digital Specialist discussed the future of technology and how it is becoming intertwined into all aspects of our everyday lives.
“Change is everywhere, everything is going digital, and by 2020, more than a trillion applications will be exchanging 58 zettabytes of digital data over 100 billion devices,” added Chalmers.
“The Singularity University in San Francisco introduced us to all the macro trends that are going to shape the future of the world. Much of it is driven by Moore’s law, which says that the capacity of technology doubles every 18-24 months. The world and the future is going to look very, very different across a range of fields from artificial intelligence to solar, to robotics, to nanotechnology. Those things can be amazing for consumers but very, very disruptive to some industries. I hope that you are ready for a change in future,” said Jordaan.
Said Garsen Naidu, regional sales manager: enterprise at Cisco South Africa: “For us, Datacentrix is a key strategic partner, and the success we enjoyed at Showcase 2016 meant that the 2017 event was one that we had to be involved with. Partners are a strategic asset to us and the way that we take our innovations to market, so this provided a great opportunity to showcase these.”
“Events like Showcase, which combine great minds and ideas, allow you to reflect and think about the different angles of running business and engaging with technologies. This kind of event is rare and valuable for both businesses and vendors,” stated Thibault Dousson, Lenovo Southern Africa General Manager.
“Symantec aims to educate the market within southern Africa, and specifically South Africa, and to create awareness not only around Symantec as a brand, but cyber security as a whole. In order to do this, we must ensure that we partner with the correct resellers and channel members, customers and so on, to get this message out. Datacentrix Showcase provides us with an opportunity to do exactly that,” added Jon Hamlet, country manager: South Africa at Symantec.