Cisco sponsors GovTech for second year

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As a longstanding sponsor of GovTech, Cisco will provide the core network infrastructure throughout the CTICC in support of the event, including routers, switches, wireless access points as well as Identity and Management Services. Cisco’s engineering team will also work closely with the organising committee to ensure all attendees remain connected throughout the event.

This announcement comes as Cisco’s recently re-affirmed its the role in supporting the South African government’s five key challenges including education, health, creating decent work, the fight against crime and rural development with the announcement of the appointment of David Mphelo as Cisco South Africa Executive Director, Public Sector Business, responsible for setting the company’s public sector strategy and driving its implementation.

Mphelo will ensure that Cisco has an in-depth understanding of government’s needs and that the company is aligned with South Africa’s key priority areas. He believes by enhancing this understanding the company can help government achieve its long-term objectives and make a fundamental positive impact in the lives of all citizens. For example, government has set itself a target of making broadband available to all citizens by 2020 which is an area where Cisco can make a significant contribution.

Mphelo believes that the GovTech 2013 theme ‘Technology for the 21st Century’ is perfectly aligned with Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) vision for South Africa.

“Cisco’s goal is to strategically collaborate with the South African government to support the adoption of information technology (IT) to achieve its development goals and prepare future generations to meet contemporary challenges that this new Internet era will bring,” he commented.

“The phenomenal opportunities that are expected to be created for businesses and individuals by the Internet of Everything (IoE) will bring together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before—turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity across all market sectors,” he concluded.

Cisco is already working with government to deploy data centre and virtualisation solutions that will simplify operations and lead to quicker responses to citizens. At the same time, the company is assisting government to improve efficiencies by leveraging the benefits of cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service.

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