Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:52

Digital transformation a key focus at CeBIT 2018


Global digital trends and industry developments will take centre stage at CeBIT 2018 Australia to be staged in Sydney over three days in May.

CeBIT Australia — to be staged from 15 to 17 May at the International Convention Centre Sydney — has just released the conference programme and expects 300 leading technology suppliers to be on the exhibition floor, while the conference programme features more than 50 expert speakers across four dedicated streams.

Five international thought leaders, including Tom Read, chief digital and information officer at the Ministry of Justice, UK; Johnson Poh, head of Data Science at DBS Bank; Winston Chew, director, regional information security officer at GSK Singapore; Binoo Joseph, head of Technology at Tesco PLC, and keynote speaker Greg Clark, chief executive, Symantec, are slated to speak. Clark will also speak during a dedicated cyber security presentation.

Commenting ahead of his eGovernment presentation on how digital transformation is a vital part of government services in 2018, Read said, “In many ways, government is no different from any other industry. We are facing digital disruption as users start to demand online channels to interact with government, budget cuts force us to look at our processes, and new technologies like machine learning start to mature.

“How we differ though is our users can’t choose not to use our services. For governments to deliver truly effective technology, the user’s needs must be considered and delivered first and foremost. Digital is becoming the golden thread between ministers, policy officials, and operational front-line agencies.

“I look forward to sharing at CeBIT Australia how the UK Ministry of Justice is transforming an 800-year-old justice system, bringing agile digital service delivery to prisons, courts and tribunals, while questioning how this changes the very nature of justice.”

Niall Blair, NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, said CeBIT Australia and its conference programme would provide an opportunity to learn from the latest business technology trends and study some of the best global examples of innovation.

"Digital technology continues to grow in importance and the NSW Government is committed to supporting a prosperous, dynamic and agile digital economy that can grow our role as Australia’s ICT capital and create new businesses and jobs," Blair said.

"I'm very pleased to welcome some of the world's leading technology minds and case studies to Sydney to take part in CeBIT Australia. The 2018 conference programme promises to deliver a keen focus on the fast-evolving areas of data and analytics, cloud, cyber security and eGovernment to help take our technology sector forward."

The full line-up of international keynote speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

But, already confirmed to speak alongside Clark, are Rob Wainwright, executive director, Europol; Tamara McCleary, founder and chief executive, Thulium; Hiroshi Saijou, chief executive and managing director, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, Silicon Valley; and Liesl Yearsley, chief executive, Akin.

Other conference speakers include Jacqui McNamara, head of Security Services, Telstra; Maria Milosavljevic, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation; Joe Franzi, first assistant secretary, Intelligence and Capability Group, Identity and Biometrics Division, Department of Immigration and Border Protection; Alastair MacGibbon, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security and Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and Kshira Saagar, head of Data Science and Analytics, The Iconic.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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