2018 tt100 conference addresses the effective Management of Technology, Innovation and People within a systemic context

Speakers at the TIPS Conference 2018 (#TIPS2018) which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, explored the benefits and challenges of effectively managing Technology, Innovation and People within a systemic context. The event involved executives from both the public and private sectors as well as speakers from organisations who previously won the tt100 awards.

During his keynote address, Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General at the Department of Science and Technology, provided insights into some of the initiativeTIPS Conference 2018s that the department is undertaking in South Africa. According to Dr Mjwara, the department is providing funding for the development of new sensors, including satellite sensors that measure atomic oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere to micro-seismic sensors in mining to give an early warning of potential rock falls. “This multitude of sensed data streams, combined in ways not possible before, allows us to discover new insights from the data and apply these insights through Technology, Innovation, with People and in Systems (“TIPS”)”, said Dr Mjwara.

“While it is important to digitise to remain competitive, increased digitalisation itself brings the potential for industries and companies to be disrupted through business model innovation”, said Dr Mjwara.

Dr Mjwara highlighted the dTIPS Conference 2018epartment’s support for the Da Vinci tt100 Business Innovation Awards programme.

Attendees at the conference were given the opportunity to explore ideas related to TIPS with industry peers and thought leaders, with a view to become more agile in the workplace.

Eileen Wilton, a technology thought leader and former CEO of Gijima, unpacked technology readiness and risk management. Wilton discussed the importance of digitalisation and the need for digital transformation within organisations. She said that the most successful companies today are run on technology platforms.
“One needs to think, consider and be ready for digital transformation and the key challenge is ICT leadership,” said Wilton.

TIPS Conference 2018Eric Stokes, Chief Information Officer at Pfortner spoke about how the effective management of technology could contribute to organisational success. Stokes looked into some of the factors necessary to enhance the effective management of technology.

He stressed that businesses need to develop a technology strategy in order to become more disruptive.

The TIPS Conference 2018 was organised by IT News Africa in partnership with tt100 and supported by The Da Vinci Institute and the Department of Science and Technology.
By Fundisiwe Maseko

Key Topics included:

  • Technology Readiness and Risk Management
  • A Leadership Perspective on Enabling Creativity and Innovation
  • Innovation as a Management Process
  • How leadership can successfully drive Innovation
  • Identifying and developing the next generation of leadership within the organisation
  • Navigating the roadblocks to Innovation
  • Systems thinking for contemporary challenges
  • Leading an organisation using a systemic thinking approach

Speakers included:

  • Oliver Naidu, Managing Director at Refined Leadership Consulting
  • Eileen Wilton, Technology Leader and Former CEO of Gijima
  • Themba Dlamini, Head of Auditing and Accounting at Dunamis Mangement services
  • Bruce Diale, CEO at Brucol Global Development
  • Darryl Pillay, Managing Director at Jungle Book Room, Wild Innovation
  • Edward Kieswetter, President at The Da Vinci Institute
  • Elan Sullivan, CTO at PFK Electronics
  • Shamila Singh, Head of HR Standards at SA Board For People Practices


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