Cisco Connect South Africa 2014 to Showcase New Ideas and Insights into the Latest Technologies and Trends with an Emphasis on Local Market Opportunities

Cisco South African Research Uncovers Positive Perception to Fast Changing Technology Landscape in Workspace Device management, Business Class Video and Cloud computing.


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 06 August, 2014 – Cisco will showcase the latest technologies solutions and trends at its newly rebranded flagship event, Cisco Connect South Africa 2014, and explore how developments in information communications technology (ICT) are changing the way we work and live in South Africa today.

Cisco Connect South Africa 2014 – More than just a name change:

Previously known as Cisco Expo, the company's premier customer and partner event in South Africa, will take place from 2nd to 4th November 2014 in Sun City. The event aims bring together 1000+ information technology (IT) business decision makers, Cisco partners and industry influencers to discuss how technology will drive meaningful change both in public and private sector organisations as well as in the lives of South African citizens.

Themed 'Tomorrow Starts Here', Cisco Connect South Africa 2014 will unravel how the Internet of Everything (IoE), by bringing together people, process, data and things, is helping governments and businesses all over the world to save money, improve productivity, generate new revenue and enhance citizen and employee benefits.

Cisco Connect South Africa 2014 sponsors will include:

IoE Means Adapting to Change and Transition – Cisco Research Proves that South Africans are doing just this:

The increased value of the IoE will occur as "everything" joins the network. Several technology transitions – including the Internet of Things, increased mobility, the emergence of cloud computing, and the growing importance of big data, among others – are combining to enable IoE.

To set the scene and as a precursor to Cisco Connect 2014, Cisco conducted a study * amongst future business leaders in South Africa to understand employee attitudes, behaviours and trends towards three of the key transitions which are enabling the IoE in South Africa today – workspace device management, the growth of business class video and cloud computing.

According to the research findings:

  • Mobile device usage in South African enterprises is high:
    • Almost two-thirds (63%) of South African employees are allowed to use their own devices to access the company server or network.
    • One half of all employees (average 52%) bring at least one of their own devices to work.
  • Business-Class Video is already impacting organisation and career growth in South Africa:
    • About 7 in 10 respondents agree that business-class video will save travel costs and smooth out any issues related to telecommuting.
    • Majority felt that business-class video will foster and reinforce relationships with dispersed colleagues.
    • Respondents foresee many benefits as a result of business-class video, especially with respect to conferences/speeches.
  • Cloud Computing is seen as the next big step in the evolution of computing and the Internet in South Africa:
    • Over three-quarters of South African respondents are familiar with Cloud Computing.
    • Of these, the most are working in companies that adopted it (79%).
    • Slightly over one-half agree that companies are in the 'age of Cloud Computing'
    • Those familiar with Cloud Computing feel it is very important to the future of their organisations as well as organisations in general.
    • High perception the data stored in the Cloud is secure.

Executive Quote:

Alpheus Mangale, Managing Director for Cisco in South Africa
In this era of the Internet of Everything, South Africans are increasingly expecting to work, communicate and organise their lives from anywhere, using any device so those businesses that don't adapt risk losing competitiveness, talent and, ultimately, money. Our research demonstrates that the biggest challenge South African organisations face today is adapting to the fast pace of change that the technology transitions that are enabling the IoE, such as increased mobility, increased use of video and cloud, are bringing. Cisco Connect South Africa 2014 will provide the perfect platform to showcase new technology solutions and insights to help manage these challenges. Those who haven't registered will miss out.

Cisco Connect South Africa 2014 is a registration-only, not-to-be-missed event. Register now to secure your place.

*Note to editors:
Research Sample/Methodology of the Cisco Research in South Africa:

  • 150 interviews were conducted online, in English between late June and mid-July, 2014.
  • Respondents qualified if they met the following criteria:
    • Be between the ages of 19-35
    • Be employed full-time
    • Have at least 2 years' experience in current job
    • Be in an office environment at least 50% of their work day
    • Manage people
    • Be Involved in decision making
    • Have either tertiary education or had been on a management training course paid by their company

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