Blockchain is a great way to get companies to rethink and reimagine how a business or industry operates, says Lucy Channing, SAP Africa’s marketing manager for strategic industries, explaining why SAP wll be an official sponsor of the Blockchain Africa Conference 2017.
The event, organized by Bitcoin Events, will be held in Johannesburg from 1 to 3 March 2017.
SAP is working with various blockchain technologies, including Ethereum and Bitcoin. Its Hana Cloud Platform allows its customers to connect blockchains to the platform, providing an online database where its customers can add new functions to their SAP systems.
“We see the Blockchain Africa Conference 2017 as an opportunity to collaborate and network with like-minded business people on a topic that is at the forefront of today’s technology changes,” says Channing. “We want to help businesses and our customers to re-envision their business operating model and the potential impact of Blockchain. This means we need to think broadly about change.”
Darrel Orsmond, industry head for financial services at SAP Africa, will discuss how, though blockchain technology may only just be emerging, the potential is unlimited for reimagining business and industries.
The conference will be showcasing many blockchain and digital currency opportunities and use cases, from identity, payments, and remittances to smart contracts, Blockchain-as-a-Service, and settlement and clearing. In addition to the opportunities that exist, industry experts will discuss the challenges, such as regulation, security, scalability and tax compliance.
A diverse range of local and international speakers from various industries will attend the conference. They include Tanya Knowles, executive director of Fractal Solutions, a division of Strate, a central security depository company doing the settlement and clearing for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange; Farzam Ehsani, leader of Rand Merchant Bank’s Blockchain Initiative; Llew Claasen, executive director of the US Bitcoin Foundation; and John Karanja, founder of BitHub Africa, a blockchain accelerator in Kenya that provides consultancy and incubation services for individuals and firms interested in Bitcoin and blockchain technology.
Bitcoin Events will also hosting a Blockchain workshop on 1 March 2017, focusing on giving delegates a good understanding of digital currencies such as bitcoin, its underlying technology and why this technology is being referred to as the next industrial revolution. The workshop will cover smart contracts, smart property, side chains, decentralised services, world computers, and other innovative services and opportunities being used around the world. It will also look at current regulation and compliance globally and in South Africa.
Gadget will be a media partner of the Blockchain Africa 2017 conference.