East African enterprise ICT sector up in the clouds as industry gains insight


East African enterprise ICT sector up in the clouds (Microsoft Word)


The anticipated inaugural Cloud East Africa Summit will take place on 7 September 2012 in Nairobi; in the heart of Kenya’s esteemed capital city. The summit is hosted by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events in proud association with the Kenya ICT Board (KICTB) and the Kenya Information Technology and Outsourcing Services (KITOS).


South Africa, Republic of, Sep 7, 2012 – The Cloud East Africa Summit will host over 100 IT professionals, CIOs, Chief Information Security Officers and cloud computing experts from the top companies in East Africa, to share knowledge, experience and strategy in enterprise cloud computing. The summit aims to educate and inform attendees looking to position Kenya and East Africa as a giant in an ever developing mobile world. Attendees will discover the correct solution set and innovative strategies to effectively launch cloud within the economy.

Kevin Kinyanjui, Information Systems Director and CIO of Kenya Airways presented the first keynote of the day with a focus on strategising, designing and building a cloud environment for your enterprise with insight into the practicalities of creating the cloud.

The anticipated panel discussion focused on the most pressing issues facing the industry when deploying virtualisation and cloud computing, with a closer look at key issues to be considered including security, privacy, service levels, back-ups, technical issues and best practices for deployment. The panel will feature leading industry experts including Benson Kinoti, Chief ICT Officer of the Kenya Institute of Education.

Paul Kukubo, the CEO of the Kenya ICT Board is set to present a topical, industry focused and comprehensive keynote session at the summit this year, one that promises to be insightful, inspiring and intuitive.

Mardia van der Walt-Korsten, the SVP and Regional Head in Africa and the Middle East, and Chairman of the Board for T-Systems has prepared an interesting session focusing on T-Systems’ contribution to enabling change in Africa, introducing T-Systems as a global ICT Company that delivers world class services and solutions with local soul.

Industry focused workshop sessions will address effective solutions in successfully delivering IT projects and services with themes selected by attendees to demonstrate the value of cloud computing to the enterprise. Telkom SA will present a topical workshop focusing on establishing a converged solution across Africa to enable our individual economies to grow. Summit gold solution provider T-Systems is set to address the enterprise journey to the cloud environment.


Summit moderator and Director of ClearSpace Consulting SA, Derrick Plank will deliver a current keynote session focused on allowing attendees to discover the factors that are critical to the success of the private cloud initiatives based on the challenges encountered and the key competencies developed by top performing organisations.


George Makori, Senior Manager of Cloud and Managed Services for Safaricom Business discusses cloud initiatives for the enterprise in a must-attend keynote session focused on Africa’s enterprise industry.


Francis Gituru, the IT Director of Kenya Commercial Bank presents a cloud computing focused keynote sessions placing the spotlight on security in the cloud.

David Irungu Waggema, the IT Manager at the Nairobi Securities Exchange takes delegates on an insightful journey into transitioning to the cloud for the enterprise and looking at the steps involved in moving from basic Server Virtualisation, through optimisation to private cloud.

The Cloud East Africa Summit has proved to be a valuable contribution to the IT industry in Africa with attendees providing positive feedback to the producers.

The success of the summit is attributed to its professionalism, organisation and expert presentation. Event organisers; Kinetic Events would like to thank all sponsors, partners, participants and attendees for an outstanding event.

For more information, comment or photographs, visit www.cloud-eastafrica.com or contact Shaunei Meintjes on +27 21 555 0866 or shaunei@kineticevents.net. Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.


Contact information

Shaunei Meintjes

Marketing Specialist, Kinetic Events

+27 (0) 21 555 0866




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