Chair - Digital Business, Wits Business School

Brian is currently Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. His focus here is on building a comprehensive knowledge base on Digital Business, and developing more scientifically rigorous models for core concepts in digitalisation. He consults widely to government and industry on these topics and is an acclaimed public speaker on digital transformation and its socio-economic impacts. He is the Secretary of the 4IRSA, the leading forum for dialogue on the 4th Industrial Revolution in South Africa.

Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, as Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Commercial Officer, and at BT as Vice President for Middle East and Africa. He also spent time in South African listed ICT services group AST (now Gijima), as Managing Director of AST Networks, and with South Africa’s CSIR, ultimately as the Director of the Division for Information and Communications Technology.

Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.

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Graham Beneke
ISPA Chairman
Graham is a strong proponent of reliable and resilient peering and interconnection. He chairs the INX-ZA management committee where he oversees policy and operations of the JINX, CINX and DINX Internet Exchange Points.
Adrian Tiplady
Head: Strategy & Business Systems at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Adrian currently holds the position of Head: Strategy & Business Systems at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, which is responsible for managing South Africa’s involvement in the international SKA Project as well as the construction and operation of the MeerKAT radio telescope.
Brian Armstrong
Chair - Digital Business, Wits Business School
Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30 years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.

Fourth Industrial Revolution - The Role of ISPs

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Abstract

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), decentralized consensus, fifth-generation wireless technologies (5G), additive manufacturing/3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles.

Brian Armstrong
Chair - Digital Business, Wits Business School
Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30 years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.