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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 09 August 2019, 9:00 am
Update from ITPNZ

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.

So now the full ITx Rutherford 2019 programme is out, sponsors are in place (more welcome!), registrations are open and we're counting down! You should definitely be at ITx Rutherford 2019 - it's NZ's tech event of the year. 

Also, the review into sub-degree computing and IT qualifications got underway this week.

ITx Rutherford Registrations Open 

Registrations are now open for ITx Rutherford 2019, and tickets are going fast! Most of the keynotes and programme details have now been released.

Check out the programme

ITx Rutherford 2019 is a national conference and will be held in Nelson on 9-11 October (main conference on 10-11th). Registration costs are far lower than other tech conferences and we'd absolutely love to see you there. More

Over the next few weeks we're going to profile one of the keynotes in each Newsline, starting with Timothy Kasbe this week.

 

ITx Rutherford Keynote: Timothy Kasbe

Managing Director of Zoho Corporation, A/NZ and Global Large Enterprise

Timothy KasbeTimothy Kasbe is the Managing Director of Zoho Corporation, A/NZ and Global Large Enterprise. In this role, Timothy has responsibility for all aspects of the business in A/NZ and large enterprises globally.

Prior to joining Zoho, Timothy was Chief Information and Digital Officer at several Fortune 50 companies in four continents of the world. He led technology transformation and retail startup for Reliance Industries Ltd., (BSE: RIL). Reliance is the largest retailer in India today with over 10,000 stores in all states with a strong online ecommerce marketplace.

As CIO, he also helped Sears Kmart (NYSE: SHLD) transform from bricks and mortar to online digital business, establishing one of the largest marketplaces and loyalty programs in the world. Timothy also helped build first of a kind supply chains for development and production of synthetic DNA for Intrexon (NYSE: XON), a company focused on designing and engineering living systems to address the world's greatest challenges in health, energy, food, and environmental sustainability.

Timothy has led Russia's latest fashion apparel company, Gloria Jeans, as their Chief Operating Officer and similar role at New Zealand's retailer called the Warehouse Group (NZX: TWL). Prior to CIO/ COO career of the past decade, Timothy served on leadership team at IBM, Armonk, NY, USA (NYSE: IBM). He is on the board of tech companies and has been an advisor to Cerberus Capital Management Company in New York, NY since 2011.

Timothy has studied theology, technology and business. As a life-long learner he is currently doing his doctoral studies in ethics of artificial super-intelligence at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA and has served as a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University in California. Timothy is an avid golfer, bike rider, HIT trainer and an yogi.

Why Digital Transformations Fail - Insider's view

Timothy Kasbe has an incredible background leading digital transformation for Fortune 50 companies and has the war stories to boot.

In this talk, Timothy will talk about why Digital Transformations fail drawing on a wealth of experience around the world.

During Timothy's career he has:

  • Led technology transformation and retail startup for Reliance Industries Ltd, the largest retailer in India today with over 10,000 stores in all states with a strong online ecommerce marketplace, 
  • Helped Sears Kmart transform from bricks and mortar to online digital business, establishing one of the largest marketplaces and loyalty programs in the world. 
  • Helped build first of a kind supply chains for development and production of synthetic DNA for Intrexon, a company focused on designing and engineering living systems to address the world's greatest challenges in health, energy, food, and environmental sustainability.
  • Led Russia's latest fashion apparel company, Gloria Jeans, as their Chief Operating Officer.
  • Served as Chief Operating Officer for The Warehouse Group.

Timothy is bringing this experience into his current role as Managing Director of Zoho Corporation, A/NZ and Global Large Enterprise.

Find out more about ITx here 

 

Qualifications Review gets underway

The scheduled review of sub-degree Computing and IT Qualifications has kicked off, with the new Steering Group meeting to set the strategic priorities and focus areas this week and working groups meeting from next week. 

I chair the review Steering Group, and we have great representatives from both industry and education providers onboard. The industry reps were appointed by ITP, NZTech and NZRise to ensure a broad range of perspectives. 

The review, co-led by ITP and the NZ Qualifications Authority, will look at the suite of 14 qualifications listed in May 2015. The qualifications have had over 10,000 enrolments between 2016 and 2018, with numbers increasing at a fairly rapid pace as providers transition from older qualifications and adopt the new quals.

2015 doesn't seem that long ago, but it's fascinating how much things have changed over this time. Technologies that were still often considered "emerging" then, such as Cloud Computing and Big Data, is "just how we do things" now. And these qualifications need to be regularly updated to ensure they're keeping up with the next developments as well. 

Keep an eye out for more opportunities to have your say about the direction of these qualifications - we're envisioning consultation on the main proposed changes in September.


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