Dell Technologies Forum 2019 at the Sandton ICC was another peek into the exciting world of Dell, with a lot of products and solutions on display.
A range of industry leaders and Dell executives offered valuable insights into the future of IT in Africa and around the world, and how to best implement the latest technologies into business.
Patricia Florissi, a foremost technology expert and Dell Technologies’ president and global CTO for Sales, was a keynote speaker at the event, discussing latest trends in the industry.
With a strong focus on SMEs, the Forum wasn’t just for the business elite. As a free event, the Forum aimed to provide smaller and medium businesses the chance to learn from the heavyweights.
To squeeze in as much as possible during the event, multiple speakers spoke at several stages (called ‘Tracks’) at the same time. To prevent a shouting match, attendees at each track were given a pair of headphones, with the speaker’s microphone simply linked to each headphone, a la silent disco.
The First Distribution Dell EMC stand was one of the most popular of the event, with attendees getting the chance for one-on-one discussions with the team and walking away with a free water bottle. Visitors to the FD stand also had the chance to win a Google Home Mini device. Each visitor to the stand got a ‘Passport’ they had to fill in by walking around the event in search of the FD-branded ‘flight attendants’, who gave each person who wanted to enter the competition a sticker to add to their ‘passport’. It was great fun and ensured everyone got a good view of everything on show at the event.
There was even time for some fun, including a look into the future of AI, the latest VR tech, and a particularly friendly robot called Pepper.
Pepper is one of only a handful of her type in South Africa, which aims to become the industry standard in customer-facing positions. She even had time to hand out a few hugs, with attendees simply asking: “Hi Pepper, Can I get a hug?” before she stretched out a pair of welcoming (if maybe a little cold) arms.
By providing a Forum that’s open to everyone, Dell created an exciting hub for ideas to be shared. We can’t wait to see you at next year’s event!