Mobile 360 Africa: What to expect
Mobile360 Africa will take place for the second time on 16-18. July 2019 in the Kigali Convention Centre, near the Kimihurura Roundabout, Rwanda. After its successful launch last year, the second conference will focus on 'The Rise of the Digital Citizen.' The conference will explore key issues such as cyber security, media and connectivity, as well as Africa's position in the global tech race.
The event hosts industry leaders across the mobile services sector from sub-Saharan Africa. Last year there were 840 in attendance, over half of which were senior leaders from 56 countries.
Sponsors include MTN Rwanda, Mastercard, Channel VAS, Telepin and Visa, Safaricom and Telecom Egypt, and Ericsson, Facebook and TATA Communications.
John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd, said: “Technology is driving change in Africa and the telecom sector is set to thrive. With more than half a billion people across Africa now subscribed to a mobile network, connectivity is delivering access to a range of essential services such as digital identity, healthcare and financial services.
“We are excited to return to Rwanda for a second year. As technology and entrepreneurship gathers speed across the region, at the event we will be exploring the age of the digital citizen and the positive impact of mobile throughout this vibrant region.”
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Confirmed speakers include:
- Daddy Mukadi Bujitu, Chief Regulatory Officer, Airtel
- Amolo Ng’weno, CEO, Bankable Frontier Associates
- Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Bank of Industry of Nigeria
- Kate Wilson, CEO, Digital Impact Alliance
- Eunice Ntobedzi, CEO, EmPowered FinTech
- Princess Sikhanyiso, Dlamini, Minister of ICT, Eswatini
- Frehiwot Tamiru, CEO, Ethio Telecom
- Reine Mbang Essobmadje, Founder and CEO Evolving Consulting and Chair of Digital Economy Committee, GICAM
- Daisy Zhu, 5G Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei
- Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group
- Simon Karikari, Managing Director, Millicom (Tigo) Tanzania
- Tawanda Sibanda, Partner, McKinsey
- Bart Hofker, CEO, MTN Rwanda
- Victor Alagbe, Chief Operating Officer and Blockchain Strategist, OneWattSolar
- Olumide Ogunlana, Co-Founder, PrepClass
- Zac Cheah, CEO, Pundi X
- Patrick Nyirishema, Director General, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)
- Stephen Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom
- Debra Mallowah, Chief Development Officer, Safaricom
- Regina Honu, CEO, Soronko Academy
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”