Smart data and smart cloud on CeBIT agenda

Monday, 12 March, 2018


Smart data and smart cloud solutions will be explored at CeBIT Australia in Sydney this May.

Local and international experts will share their insights into smart solutions for digital transformation, customer-centric applications and intelligence opportunities — and what they mean for the future of businesses and regulatory reforms during two data streams, ‘Big Data & Analytics’ and ‘Cloud’.

“With the convergence of new technologies, AI and IoT are playing major roles in automated decision systems on the cloud. The future challenge becomes how we create smart solutions that will adapt with new technology and remain agile and customer focused, while maximising the intelligence and adhering to security, privacy and regulation laws,” said Winston Chew, Director, Regional Information Security Officer at GSK Singapore, who will deliver the keynote address at the Cloud Conference.

“The question business and enterprise technology leaders will need to ask going forward is ‘how smart is my cloud and how is it turbocharging our digital transformation journey?’”

Recognising the need to balance risk and usability within cloud technology, Anthony Wong, immediate past president of ACS, and CEO, AGW Lawyers & Consultants, said lawmakers and policymakers need to mitigate the repercussions of these advanced technologies on the public including on the accountabilities and responsibilities of virtual and human actors.

“As our reliance on cloud technology continues to increase, we need to understand the potential dark side and ramifications. As AI-enabled IoT devices interact, communicate and facilitate transactions over the cloud, it is expected that decision points will move closer to data collection and the users — adding to the complexity of the legal compliance around privacy and liability,” said Wong.

“For example, the wider implications of these growing technologies call into question the very nature of our transactional economy — can cloud technology withstand the integrity of smart transactions between machine intelligence and humans? And what are the legal ramifications when a machine-learning device makes the wrong call on your behalf?”

A keynote panel within the Big Data and Analytics stream, ‘Building smart service through data, collaboration and IoT’ will see commercial and government leaders discuss how data and smart services are changing the urban environment to benefit communities. Panellists will include Dorte Ekelund, Principal Advisor – Smart Cities, SMEC; Prakash Kuttikatt, Head of Business Intelligence and Data, CBA; Gemma Van Halderen, First Assistant Secretary, Open Data Efficiencies – Data Sharing, Collection and Integration, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Ferhod Sarmed, Data and Analytics Director, Amaysim. The panel will be hosted by moderator Dr Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist and CEO, NSW Data Analytics Centre, NSW Treasury.

CeBIT Australia, the Asia Pacific’s largest business technology conference and exhibition, offers opportunities to hear from global thought leaders, interact first-hand with the latest innovations and meet over 300 exhibitors and 100 disruptive start-up innovators.

CeBIT Australia will take place 15–17 May 2018 at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour.

Image caption: CeBIT Australia 2017.

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