HUAWEI CLOUD Summit to map 4IR opportunities for Africa


HUAWEI CLOUD Summit to map 4IR opportunities for Africa
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei logo is pictured during the media day for the Shanghai auto show in Shanghai, China April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Business leaders and ICT experts from across Africa will convene on July 27 for the HUAWEI CLOUD Summit Africa 2020, an online event to unpack the opportunities of cloud computing for African business and how cloud will transform industries during the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The event will feature a dozen industry leaders addressing the theme, “Building an intelligent Africa”.

It will investigate how cloud will fundamentally revolutionise sectors such as finance, energy, manufacturing, mining and others. The HUAWEI CLOUD offering will be a central part of this transformation, driving rapid industry progress with local partners.

“We look forward to mapping Africa’s cloud-enabled future with leading players across critical sectors,” said Ray Rui, President of HUAWEI CLOUD, Africa Region. “The Summit will feature innovators and Huawei partners in the AI, fintech, SME and e-commerce arenas, and offer great insights into how cloud will enable progress and rapid tech evolution.”

The HUAWEI CLOUD Summit Africa 2020 online event on 27 July will feature 12 speakers in a compact two-hour programme.

Speakers will include Kabelo Makwane, Managing Executive of Cloud, Hosting and Security – Vodacom Business; Bosco Ho, Regional Sales Development Manager, Intel Corporation; Jannie Engelbrecht, Cloud Business Unit Manager of Pinnacle; Ray Rui, President of HUAWEI CLOUD, Africa Region, and Michael Langeveld, VP of HUAWEI CLOUD Africa Region, etc..

The 4IR transformation will be characterised by massive, large-scale communication via the Internet of Things, with cloud as the foundation of these mass communication capabilities.

Africa still has great potential in terms of cloud, and is showing significant progress, with data-centre capacity doubling in the past three years. However, Africa’s cloud capacity still accounts for less than one percent of global availability.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown have driven up data demand as remote work and e-commerce become the norm. In this context, cloud computing, with its instant availability of IT resources, has also been a fundamental support system for African organisations.

Globally, many enterprises have adopted cloud-first strategies, and the trend is likely to find broad application in Africa too.

The HUAWEI CLOUD Summit Africa 2020 takes place on Monday July 27, from 10am – 12noon. Attendees can register for the free summit at https://activity.huaweicloud.com/intl/en-s/summit_johannesburg_2020/index.html .

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