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3 – 7 October 2016

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    Peter is the CIO of Business Banking at FNB which is part of the FirstRand Group, a financial services provider in South Africa. He has spent 15 years in IT both in consulting and banking where he has led large IT implementations and operational teams. He has spoken at industry conferences in Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Peter is busy with his PhD at Wits University researching the impact of senior leadership on Agile software development teams. He is married with 5 children and lives in Johannesburg where he received his Masters in Engineering from Wits University in 2000. He has hiked all over South Africa, worked as a youth television presenter, learnt to parachute and wrote his first book in 2014. Read Peter’s Blog; IT Leadership Insights at http://www.peteralkema.com

    In an era of rapid emergence of new technologies coupled with innovative business models, customer’s preferences are deeply interlocked with the use of new digital innovations. The banking industry is perhaps the start of what can be described as a digital disruptive tornado and this fascinating time presents various opportunities for institutions in South Africa.  […]

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    Peter is the CIO of Business Banking at FNB which is part of the FirstRand Group, a financial services provider in South Africa. He has spent 15 years in IT both in consulting and banking where he has led large IT implementations and operational teams. He has spoken at industry conferences in Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Peter is busy with his PhD at Wits University researching the impact of senior leadership on Agile software development teams. He is married with 5 children and lives in Johannesburg where he received his Masters in Engineering from Wits University in 2000. He has hiked all over South Africa, worked as a youth television presenter, learnt to parachute and wrote his first book in 2014. Read Peter’s Blog; IT Leadership Insights at http://www.peteralkema.com

    Loads of “cool stuff” outcomes in September and October 2016 helped drive collaboration, skills and awareness. Over 2000 people were involved with Wethinkcode, FNB Codefest, Africa DevOps Day, Ideation Day, Leadership Conference, Masterclasses and Xfest. [WATCH: Aki Anastasiou on CNBC Africa talks to FNB about “tech month” including Codefest, DevOps Day, Xfest and much more] […]

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    Peter is the CIO of Business Banking at FNB which is part of the FirstRand Group, a financial services provider in South Africa. He has spent 15 years in IT both in consulting and banking where he has led large IT implementations and operational teams. He has spoken at industry conferences in Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Peter is busy with his PhD at Wits University researching the impact of senior leadership on Agile software development teams. He is married with 5 children and lives in Johannesburg where he received his Masters in Engineering from Wits University in 2000. He has hiked all over South Africa, worked as a youth television presenter, learnt to parachute and wrote his first book in 2014. Read Peter’s Blog; IT Leadership Insights at http://www.peteralkema.com

    Spring Day (and a solar eclipse!), ideation and Fintech were key themes of the full day session where innovators from across FirstRand talked about how they are disrupting their businesses. [Watch further below: Our kick off for Day 0 Ideation was recorded in 360 degrees of three dimensional Virtual Reality – watch the video and […]

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    Peter is the CIO of Business Banking at FNB which is part of the FirstRand Group, a financial services provider in South Africa. He has spent 15 years in IT both in consulting and banking where he has led large IT implementations and operational teams. He has spoken at industry conferences in Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Peter is busy with his PhD at Wits University researching the impact of senior leadership on Agile software development teams. He is married with 5 children and lives in Johannesburg where he received his Masters in Engineering from Wits University in 2000. He has hiked all over South Africa, worked as a youth television presenter, learnt to parachute and wrote his first book in 2014. Read Peter’s Blog; IT Leadership Insights at http://www.peteralkema.com

    “FNB Codefest reminds us why we do what we do. ” A coding ninja made this comment at last year’s event; it shows why the new models of motivation really work. Autonomy, mastery and purpose; these are the intrinsic factors of true motivation that Daniel Pink proposes in his excellent book “Drive: The Surprising Truth […]

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    Peter is the CIO of Business Banking at FNB which is part of the FirstRand Group, a financial services provider in South Africa. He has spent 15 years in IT both in consulting and banking where he has led large IT implementations and operational teams. He has spoken at industry conferences in Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Peter is busy with his PhD at Wits University researching the impact of senior leadership on Agile software development teams. He is married with 5 children and lives in Johannesburg where he received his Masters in Engineering from Wits University in 2000. He has hiked all over South Africa, worked as a youth television presenter, learnt to parachute and wrote his first book in 2014. Read Peter’s Blog; IT Leadership Insights at http://www.peteralkema.com

    The Agile Manifesto provides useful principles for improving software projects; Codefests demonstrate some of these quite effectively. At the recent Africa DevOps Day hosted by Standard Bank I spoke about our journey in setting up an Agile-supportive culture. I shared seven lessons, three of which correlate strongly with the environment that emerges in the codeFest […]

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