Newsletter: Processes and tech key at CFO Event | Agile teams crucial for CFOs | Blockchain will revolutionise business

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 25 February Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles People, processes and tech key at vibrant Get Smart in 2016 event People, processes and technology took centre stage during an incredibly well-attended CFO event on 23 February 2016 at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Thanks to the expert contribution of partners WNS, Oracle and KPMG, CFOs received updates on the latest and greatest in business process outsourcing and cloud computing, but also got to discuss the human side of it. Agile teams crucial for CFOs, says Discovery's Terrence Taylor "Being agile requires openness, the reservation of judgement and the ability to turn on a dime," says Terrence Taylor, General Manager: Talent, Analytics, Leadership and Learning at Discovery. Taylor will be giving a keynote address at the upcoming Get Smart event, which will be held on 23 February at Summer Place in Hyde Park. You need people with a cosmopolitan outlook, an open mindset and an eclectic set of experiences, he adds, and a leader who is comfortable sharing leadership and power. Blockchain will revolutionise business, says Bankymoon CEO Lorien G... "Blockchain is going to be a massive disruptive force. This is the next revolution, the next Internet, if you like. It is not an understatement to declare that a new technological revolution is upon us," says Lorien Gamaroff, founder and CEO of Bankymoon, a software company focusing on Blockchain technologies. Gamaroff will be one of the speakers at the much-anticipated FinTech Africa Blockchain Event, taking place on 25 February in Cape Town. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - The new public sector CFO: agile, empowered, customer-centric - How can finance contribute to agility? Standard Bank Investment Ban... - A tax hike would be good for SA,says Old Mutual's Johann Els - RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 – investors more discriminating - MTN expects full-year earnings to drop by 20% - Rand continues to strengthen against dollar - Moody's downgrades Anglo American to "junk" - Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp: no debt by end 2016 Joint the next CFO Event "Moving into Africa" Wednesday 16 March 17.00 - 20.00 - Standard Bank, Rosebank We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Moving into Africa - Fit to compete or last over the line? In 2016 your competitive advantage in Africa will be defined by whether you have clear and simple strategies for people and knowledge. Local know-how and insights are key and our CFO panel members have learned many fundamental lessons on their way to building successful businesses in Africa. Join CFOs and Africa specialists discussing what really works around talent development to accelerate your business’ potential. Hear how institutional knowledge is being backed up with smart platforms and local insights. Being fit enough is about having a plan and building incrementally - don’t get left behind! Program 17.00 Opening & Reception 17.30 Master Class - Fit to compete or last over the line? 17.40 Panel debate - Building from the ground up. 18.00 Executive hiring - trends in Africa. (Spencer Stuart) 18.10 Panel debate - Local know how is more important than institutional or corporate knowledge. 18.30 Combining talent and knowledge for business - what does the future hold? (Thomson Reuters) 18.45 Closing comments CFO Panel: Greg Davis (CFO Rest of Africa, Standard Bank) Mohammed Abdool-Samad (CFO, Illovo Sugar) Alexander Visser (CFO Philips Africa) 19.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. 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