What to Expect from the Africa Tech Summit 2019
The Africa Tech Summit is under a week away, here is what to expect from the event:
As a part of the London Tech week, the Africa Tech summit will take place June 11. 2019. The event is the fourth of its kind, and will provide the opportunity to speak to and hear from African business leaders, as well as networking opportunities with international tech leaders and investors to drive growth in Africa.
Over 250 key stakeholders from across the country will be in attendance at the 5 Star Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s, situated next to St Paul's Cathedral.
The conference will host over 50 expert speakers, including Erick Yong of GreenTec Capital, Chijioke Dozie of OneFi & Caron, Tunde Kehinde of Lidya, and Tomy Davies of Lagos Angel Network (LAN).
The morning will begin with Blockchain and Crypto for Africa, featuring talks from Edward George, CNO of Kleos; Ted Lin, Chief Growth Officer of Binance; Elizabeth Rosiello, CEO and Founder of BitPesa, amongst many others.
Pitch Live will take place mid morning, allowing ventures to showcase their services, as well as seeking new partners or funding.
The African Fintech Landscape boasts an impressive range of speakers such as: Selma Ribica, Venture Partner of AfricInvest; Omosalewa “O” Adeyemi, responsible for Global Partnerships at Flutterwave; Simeon Ononobi, CEO of ThankUCash; Saad Sheikh, Principal TLG Capital; and Richard Woodhull, the Director of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
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Other sessions include Tech for Good, Women in Tech, Venture Capital, and several networking opportunities throughout the day.
The event was first launched in 2016 with the goal of connecting European and African markets together to share ideas and drive respective economies. Previous speakers include: FC, EcoBank, Savannah Fund, Etisalat Nigeria, Draper Dark Flow, Safaricom, Atlas Mara, FNB, Standard Bank, Opera Software, BRCK, BBOXX, CcHUb Nigeria, Orange Digital Ventures, Leapfrog Investments, Barclays, ABAN, TechStars, MEST, Standard Chartered, Worldreader, Linklaters, Mobi Hunter, Singularity Investments and BitPesa.
The flagship event in Africa, the Africa Tech Summit Kigali, takes place in February 14-15. 2020.
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.”