On the 10th of March 2016, HPE held a 3-day event entitled “Emerging Markets Partners@Work 2016” at the Westin Cape Town Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.
Interdist was the event sponsor, and the attendees comprised all HPE Partners in the Levant Region, the English Gulf, and French Africa.
The theme was “Awakening Experience” for 2016 in Africa, and a well-deserved thank you speech was addressed to all participating partners.
The following key messages were delivered:
-IT consumption is changing with major impact on the business.
-Cloud is fast-growing but Traditional IT is still big.
The headlines were: “Position Right”, “Configure to Win”, “Hyper”, “Converged”, “Composable”, and “Differentiate to Win”.
There was also a session about Positive Thinking and Mind Power, where the author Mr. Robin Banks explained that “The power to move the world is in your subconscious mind”.
Attendees were then transported to the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel, where the Awards Announcement Ceremony took place.
CIS Group won the most awards among all HPE Partners; and the winners in terms of growth and revenue were:
-CIS West Central Africa
-Hiperdist Levant and Africa
The winners were offered a limousine ride that day, and then were taken on a helicopter ride overseeing Cape Town’s beautiful scenery, from Table Mountain to the Waterfront, as a reward on the final day.
Following the HPE Partners@Work2016 Event, CIS Team went to discover the cultural and human side of Cape Town.
The journey began with visiting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was jailed. The team was given a tour by one of the inmates who showed them how Mandela lived at the confinement.
After the tour, the team visited the public pre-school “Dalukhanyo” where they saw the children learning, singing, and dancing. The teachers at the school are all volunteers, and the school expenses are covered by the government and private donations given by visitors.
This was truly an awakening experience, since CIS Team saw the poverty-stricken area of Cape Town and witnessed the everyday lives of the people there.