The demand for information management specialists has been one of the fastest growing occupations in the world in recent times. Software corporations such as Software AG, Oracle, IBM,Microsoft, SAP, EMC, HP and Dell have spent more than $15 billion on software firms and jobs; thanks to the exabytes of data that might have lain idle had somebody not paused to take a second look and ventured into the process of analysing how all this information could beneficial to organisations. The challenge of big data has been with us for as long as man started collecting information. As data accumulated – whether in physical or digital form – questions soon arose as to the storage, analysis, curation, search, sharing, transfer, visualization, querying, updating and privacy.
Corporations, government organisations, media organisations;among several institutions; possess large amounts of information on the people and other organisations they conduct business with. The internet and mobile phone boom has ushered in the Information Age, where organisations have found themselves saddled with humongous amounts of data, which a few years ago they would have no idea what to do with. But by the turn of the millennium, software – Hadoop, Spark, Pig and Hive among the popular ones – was engineered which could simplify the data into meaningful text that could be manipulated to influence policy formulation in organisations. Businesses realised that they could analyse the data they had gathered over the years to determine client behaviour and hence make business decisions that were in line with their clients’ desires.
That is because the importance of big data doesn’t revolve around how much data an organisation has, but what it does with it. Data can be analysed to find answers that enable cost and time reductions, new product development and optimised offerings, and smart decision making. Besides, when big data is combined with high-powered analytics, organisations can accomplish
business-related tasks such as:
- Determining root causes of failures, issues and defects in near-real time.
- Generating coupons at the point of sale based on the customer’s buying habits.
- Recalculating entire risk portfolios in minutes.
- Detecting fraudulent behaviour before it affects organisations.
First world nations like the USA have set up government departments to look at big data because they value how the information gleaned would help them better serve their citizens in spheres of life that include health, social security, demographics,finance, education and general service delivery. It would be prudent for our own South African local government, corporates and business organisations to take advantage of the data sets they have at the disposal to serve the people better.
Equipping the data analytics personnel with the right skills would be paramount in achieving this goal.
It was for this cause that the Big Data Analytics Conference was organised. Set for the 3rd and 4th of August 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the conference seeks to pool together data experts, decision makers, data scientists, data engineers and policy makers; to discuss trends in data mining, analysis and processing for the benefit of a business.
At the conference, attendees will undergo a hands-on experience on the approaches to data capture, analysis and processing and conversion into information that would help organisations make informed decisions about policy, future direction and product development.
The conference will run under the theme, Transforming the World through intelligent, Data-driven Operations.
- Chief Information Officers
- Chief Data Officers
- Data Architects
- Data Analysts
- Data Scientists
- Data Steward
- Database Administrators
- Information Architects
- Metadata Modeler
- Chief Data Officer
- Data Modelers
- Researchers and Students
- Information Security Specialists
- IT Directors and Managers
- Database Administrators
- Cloud Technology Experts
- Application Developers
- Software Engineers
- Technology Specialists
- Project Managers
- Business Directors and Managers
- Software developers
- Business Development Executives
- Business Intelligence Professionals
- Advertising executives
- Health Practitioners
- Education professionals
- Media Practitioners
- Retail professionals
- Telecommunications Specialists
- Real Estate Managers
- Banking and Finance Executives
- Data Governance Managers
- Key Account Managers
- Account Managers
- Government Organisations
- Finance and Banking
- Telecommunications and Media
- Information Technology
- Transport and Logistics
- Advertising and Marketing
- Non-Government Organisations
- Wholesale and Retail
- Health and Medicine
SAPPMA is extremely excited and privileged to present PIPES XI in conjunction with the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) on 4 & 5 September 2017. As you may know, PPCA hosts the biggest international pipe conference every second year in either
Europe or the USA. Their spin-off conference, which is organised every alternate year, is coming to South Africa this year! The South African edition of the conference will this year include at least 10 of the best papers from PIPES XVIII, which was held in Berlin in2016.
This is in addition to our usual line-up of national and international speakers. The conference will take place over two days to provide for an outstanding offering to our industry. Over 35 speakers will present their papers at this two day event. This is an event you cannot afford to miss.
Vehicular telematics – the integrated use of telecommunications and information processing, such as the invention of the emergency warning system for vehicles, GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cell phones, wireless safety communications and automatic driving assistance systems – is now entering an exciting phase where the internet of things has revolutionised the fields of fleet management, vehicle security and manpower behavior on the roads.
At its well-attended conference last year, Vukani Communications had telematics experts shedding light on the overall scope of telematics insofar as it related to vehicle security, the regulatory framework, recovery and rescue situations, driver behavior; among others. This year, discussions will go further into the in-depth analysis of big data and how it can be processed and packaged into information that can be useful to fleet managers and decision makers in fleet management organisations. And since companies are big on saving costs, there will be presentations on how telematics technology can help on fuel saving and route optimisation. Discussions will also venture into how disruptive technologies have affected the commercial vehicle and telematics sector, as well as trends and the future of telematics technology.
The 2017 Commercial Vehicle Telematics Conference is scheduled for the 22 nd until the 23 rd of August 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and its running theme will be Unpacking the Value of Telematics Data in the Commercial Vehicle Industry. As usual there will be refreshing insights from experts in the commercial vehicle, vehicle security and telematics industry, on the challenges and opportunities that abound in the industry.
- Explore how big data analytics is impacting the telematics industry
- Analyse the importance of tracking devices in telematics
- Explore the world of the Internet of Things and the connected car
- Discuss the emergence of disruptive technologies and their relationship with conventional telematics implements
- Examine the effects of regulatory frameworks on telematics
Occupational Health and Safety in Mining Conference – 9 & 10 March 2017.
Battery Technologies Conference
Venue:Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Project Management for Non-Project Managers Workshop – 14-17 March 2017
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Infectious Disease Outbreak Control and Disaster Risk Management
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Waste management Indaba- 20 & 21 April 2017
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre
After a successful 2016 edition of the Cybercrime and Insurance Conference, we are back again this year with a platform where organisations will get to know more on cyber security strategies, how to adapt to the technological innovations and how to make businesses safe.
THERE is no doubt that cybercrime continues to be a serious challenge that companies and individuals are grappling with the world over. Businesses all over the world are battling to close the cybercrime security gap given the continuous growth in cloud computing, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). This can be attributed to the advancement of technology and the ability to use the innovative new business models and this has changed the way business is being conducted.
This means that the risks of potential cyber-attacks also increase with the advancement of technology. As such, it has become very complicated and costly for businesses to keep on top of the game to avert these attacks. Although various security measures are being put in place, Cyber security alone is not adequate as cyber criminals are often protected by the layers of high-tech encryption and technology. It is therefore important that organisations move with times in terms of technology and when it comes to managing cyber threats.
With over $500-billion plus said to be lost to cybercrime annually, South Africa alone ranks third in the world for the number of hacked devices. The insurance industry has not been exempt from this disruption that is coming with these technologies.
Cyber-attacks can disrupt the smooth functioning of an organisation due to the extent of financial, income loss and reputational damages that it is capable of. A comprehensive cyber-attack insurance cover continues to be a pertinent part of any company as none is immune to a cyber- attack.
Insurance companies continue to face this challenge as the attacks are not specific to any sector or organisation. Cyber criminals are adaptable and are not motivated by money alone. Cyber criminals now look for innovations, blueprints, digital certificates and physical access codes amongst other motivations. Traditionally, insurance organisations have had the responsibility to managing risks, but due to the nature of cybercrime and its devastating results, a holistic and measured approach is required to combat cybercrime.
In the face of insurers facing an all-time low retention rate, backed by growing customer demand and rising concerns about cybercrime, it is high time that organisations adapt their systems accordingly in the fight against cybercrime.
This two-day conference is geared towards examining how technology such as use of Big Data and analytics, mobile, internet of things can be adopted by companies to address the cybercrime threats. The increasing demand for cyber insurance, various cyber incidents, crisis management and the measures to mitigate cybercrime will be discussed at the conference amongst other topics.
B2B (Business-to-Business) is a situation where businesses do business with each other, as opposed to businesses doing business with the final consumer. Worldwide, the growth of B2B has been tremendous – research and advisory firm Frost & Sullivan projects B2B and retail e-commerce will hit $12 trillion worldwide by 2020 – up from m$5.5 trillion in 2012 – and says it was tops among up-and-coming industries in innovation and market attractiveness.
If the march toward a digital future for B2B is a given, it is also true that the march is slow, unsteady and stumbling at times. Especially in South Africa, where the technology has many times been found wanting in delivering a seamless experience up and down the supply chain. Adoption of the B2B principles of operation has been a slow burning process in South Africa; and this plodding along can lead to loss of actual and potential revenues. Millions in sales can be lost due to systems that are less than optimal for the customer experience.