The ninth Annual IT Leaders Africa Summit (#ITLA18), which is taking place from 9-10 May 2018 in Cape Town, will zoom in on the evolution of the African CIO.
Described as Africa's largest CIO gathering, the summit offers a platform to engage with industry leaders and practitioners on the latest trends and technology developments forever altering the strategic function of the IT division.
The 2018 edition of the event will host a diverse audience of industry experts and business technology leaders, as well as top IT solution providers who will be presenting educational workshops which are reflective of contemporary trends that affect the evolving role of IT executives in Africa.
A recent PwC CEO survey recognised that "the rate of technological change and changing consumer behaviour are the two biggest concerns for the c-suite...increasingly, CIOs will hold the key to unlocking competitive advantage, business benefits and relevant customer engagement, and with this shift comes growing pressure on, and higher expectations of the IT function".
The summit features over 40 speakers who will present keynotes, panel discussions which engage the audience on next-generation solutions to current risk and exposure, as well as numerous educational workshop sessions.
This year's agenda features insights from seasoned experts in the IT industry such as Brett St Clair, CEO at Siatik (Google's leading cloud partner in Africa) and Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion Africa, among others. St Clair's keynote will focus on how to build 'exponential growth' businesses and helping small and large companies through their digital transformation journey.
Next-generation businesses will be those that are able to recognise and understand change; whilst adapting their operating models to respond appropriately. It is imperative that IT departments reconfigure to allow new ways of working that enable agility and flexibility of IT platforms and swift responses to an increasingly digital world.
The forward-thinking CIO needs to look at redefining their role to be aligned with the core organisational strategy and respond effectively to the demands of the market in order to remain competitive and ensure that an alignment exists between IT and digital transformation.
Topics that will be delved into extensively include, 'IT leadership in the new world', 'How digital disruption affects the CIO', 'Leveraging new markets', 'Facing escalating cyber security threats', 'Engaging IT across the organisation', 'Understanding the organisation's core business strategy', 'Monetising data', 'C-suite integration' and how to effectively grow the IT team.