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30 May 2014

Telkom Business Teams with Accenture to host CIO discussion on ICT Megatrend

Digitalisation and its impact on business to be the focus of discussion
On 4 June, South Africa’s top CIOs will attend a CIO Roundtable to discuss ICT’s latest megatrend and its impact on business solutions. The roundtable is being hosted at the Hilton in Durban by Telkom in collaboration with Accenture and will provide businesses and industry leaders with a one-of-a-kind forum in South Africa.
A number of ICT related topics will be covered, all under the banner of Digitilisation. As a leader in the ICT industry, Telkom is well positioned to convene this kind of forum and lead this discussion. Digitilisation is touted as a highly disruptive phenomenon and is expected to have significant impact on business strategies.
“It is important for businesses to recognise and acknowledge the business benefits of keeping up with this megatrend because it has far reaching effects on the way business is conducted,” says Mala Suriah, Executive of Strategic Marketing at Telkom Business. “Digitalisation is a business solution to a technical problem and provides a strong competitive advantage for companies. In fact, it will determine if a business is relevant in the future world or not.”
The roundtable gives attendees an environment to engage in discussions and uncover best practices in the market to make the best decisions for their businesses and identify whether or not they are deploying the right technology.
Among some of the top speakers leading the discussions at the roundtable will be Telkom COO, Brian Armstrong and Managing Director of Accenture Technology Strategy, Lee Naik.
Before joining Telkom in 2011, Dr. Armstrong was vice president of British Telecoms for the Middle East and Africa. He also has experience in numerous industries, including ICT research and development, telecommunications, technology management, networking services and outsourcing.
Naik is responsible for Accenture South Africa’s Technology Strategy business. He has been with Accenture for 16 years working across industries, helping governments and organisations across major industries navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies and transforming their businesses to be relevant in an ever changing and increasingly digital world. 
“Accenture is excited to be part of such a major forum in South Africa that brings together CIOs from various industries to deliberate on this market disruption,” said Naik. “The forum will enable CIOs to understand the opportunity presented by disruptive technologies and leverage it to drive increasing value for their organisations.”
Also speaking at the CIO roundtable will be Telkom GCEO Sipho Maseko. Participants in the planned panel discussion include senior representatives from Blake & Associates, Educor and Spar.
On the heels of the first CIO roundtable in Johannesburg earlier this year, the Durban instalment is yet another platform for the country’s top CIOs and IT managers to have an in-depth conversation around digitalisation. It is also an opportunity for them to share their insights on employing digitalisation within their respective organisations.
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