Keynote Sessions

Capacity building through digitisation: Case of African National Congress of South Africa

Sidney Netshakhuma

Sidney Netshakhuma

Presenter: Sidney Netshakhuma - University of Mpumalanga, South Africa

When: Tuesday 4.20pm-5.00pm

Where: Plaza Auditorium

Stream: Keynotes

The purpose of the paper is to present empirical research finding regarding the level of skills of staff involved in the ANC digitisation project. The study used qualitative method which allowed the triangulation of data collection methods or enhanced reliability and validity of the research finding. Interview data was augmented through interviews, document analysis and observation. The key findings revealed that ANC archivists were not trained to use the digitised archives system none were trained specifically in managing the digitised liberation archives. The research finding indicated that even though digitisers had the archival educational background, they lacked experience in the use of ICT. The project team lacked the technical skills to process the archival materials. Furthermore, the finding revealed that the digitisation project relied on skills from the private sectors; the ANC archives was that there was a strong reliance on donor assistance for the purchase, maintenance and development of the digitisation infrastructure. ANC archives facilities were dependent on the donation of infrastructure from the Multichoice and Africa Media Online Company. The study concludes that archival institutions should collaborate and partner with other organisation on capacity building. Furthermore, there should be an exchange programme between institutions to ensure that archivists learn from other counterparts. This will contribute to the development of archives in South Africa and all over the world.

Facing the challenges of managing records in transactional systems

Shadrack Katuu

Shadrack Katuu

Presenter: Shadrack Katuu - International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria

When: Monday 9.30am-10.10am

Where: Plaza Auditorium

Stream: Keynotes

Records professionals have discussed the management of digital records for over two decades. Most of  the discussion has revolved around records generated in common Office Suite such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. However in a world that is increasingly preoccupied with the subject of big data, records professionals speak much less about potential records that may be generated in transactional systems outside Office Suite.  Many institutions have seen a proliferation of transactional systems developed on a variety of technology platforms. These transaction systems may be generating information assets that are evidence of business activities. How are these information assets identified and managed as records? In this presentation I share my experience with using IT portfolio and Enterprise Architecture principles to help identify such potential records. In addition I discuss the opportunities offered by integrating ERP and EDRM applications as a way of addressing the recordkeeping challenges in transactional systems.

Leading change: The Psychology of Creating Buy-In

Bram Lagrou

Bram Lagrou

Presenter: Bram Lagrou - Lagrou Partners, SA

When: Tuesday 9.00am-9.40am

Where: Plaza Auditorium

Stream: Keynotes

People often tell us how hard it can be to influence key stakeholders in the business. They want to implement proven methods to improve record and
information management systems, for example, but struggle to secure the necessary buy-in from superiors and/or IT.
Around the world, 60 to 70% of change projects fail because they fail to engage people in the process. In this keynote, you will learn 3 key concepts that will enable you to have more meaningful and engaging conversations with stakeholders, so that you can deepen trust and obtain support through genuine collaboration.  As soon as people align behind the same cause, everyone is automatically driven to achieve the desired outcome. Often though, people communicate in ways that make sense to them personally – but disenfranchise the other parties involved!
Knowing this: learn to convey your message in ways that others can relate to. Read people effectively, and it is so much easier to influence, persuade and win. Bram Lagrou will show you how.

RIM 2.0 - From Records to Information to Insights using the "Data Value Pyramid" framework

Jay Zaidi

Jay Zaidi

Presenter: Jay Zaidi - AlyData, USA

When: Monday 8.50am-9.30am

Where: Plaza Auditorium

Stream: Keynotes

We live in the “Age of Data” and organizations are experiencing data volume growth of 30% to 50% annually. The application of digitisation in just about every aspect of business can be a boon for organizations if they invest in people, process, technology, and data – to acquire, govern, integrate, secure, and analyse data for delivering tangible business value. 

The traditional RIM 1.0 model focuses on the acquisition, classification, and governance of records. In this talk, I shall propose a new RIM model – RIM 2.0 based on a proprietary “Data Value Pyramid” framework that I’ve developed. This new framework was built with the goal of maturing RIM capabilities to deliver tangible value to every organisation, regardless of its size or industry.

The “Data Value Pyramid” combines Capability Maturity Model Integration’s (CMMI) Data Maturity Model (DMM) with new analytics and data science capabilities required for generating deep insights from data. RIM practitioners that wish to gain business buy-in, must embrace RIM 2.0, acquire new skills, and can use the “Data Value Pyramid” to achieve success.

The Digital Champions: How RIM professionals can become indispensable to their organisations

Simon Waller

Simon Waller

Presenter: Simon Waller - VIC

When: Wednesday 12.00pm-12.40pm

Where: Plaza Auditorium

Stream: Keynotes

Work is increasingly driven by digital technology and the information we have access to. Sitting at the intersection of these two trends, RIM professionals are uniquely placed to be advising and supporting their organisations on digital challenges and opportunities. It is time for RIM professionals to building their reputation and business influence by positioning themselves as their organisations digital champions.

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