GDS International Brings CIO 30 Oil and Gas Summit to South Africa's Shores

 GDS International Brings CIO 30 Oil and Gas Summit to South Africa's Shores

  PR Newswire

  CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 11, 2012

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

This week the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South Africa, will play host
to 30 of Africa's most influential oil and gas executives as they attend GDS
International's highly anticipated CIO 30 Oil and Gas Africa summit (CIO 30
O&G Africa).

The summits provide a highly productive environment for forward-thinking
executives to collaborate and assess emerging trends and strategies that are
proving critical to organisational effectiveness. Delegates engage in highly
interactive workshops and focused panel discussions that offer moderated,
peer-led evaluations of the major oil and gas issues in the African market,
whilst one-to-one meetings give delegates the chance to meet with business
analysts and solution providers to discuss strategies and solutions for the
year ahead.

With ten years' experience in the event hosting space, GDS International is
renowned for attracting the most senior executives to its summits. This year's
event will be no different, with Andrew Marks, CIO for Tullow Oil; Raymond
Hoffmann, CIO for Total South Africa; Colin Prince, CIO for PetroSA; Thomas
Sule, CIO for Oando; and Adel Eid Ali, CIO for Dana Gas, scheduled for
attendance. There will also be a dynamic range of sponsors at the event,
including: Orange Business Services, Vodacom, EMC, AST Modular, Aviat and

Bez Bezuidenhout, CIO for SASOL, was a previous CIO Africa attendee, and found
real value in the two-and-a-half-day event. In his own words: "The CIO Africa
summit is my first GDS International experience, and definitely not my last. I
have also attended several similar events internationally. The CIO Africa
Summit is on a par with the best in its class and exceeded my expectations.
The quality of the networking opportunities was excellent, and I particularly
liked the specific focus on CIO leadership topics. Well done!"

Ben Williams, CIO 30 Oil and Gas Africa Summit Director for GDS International
, the global events company behind CIO 30 O&G Africa , says: "Information has
always been critical to the oil industry - information about new fields, about
production levels, about potential risks and rewards. What has changed is the
sophistication of the data collection, monitoring and analysis tools available
to oil firms as they look to maximise returns from existing fields at the same
time as discovering and exploring new prospects. Information - and your
ability to use it well - has become a key differentiator as we enter the age
of the digital oilfield."

He continues: "It's why the role of the Chief Information Officer has become
increasingly important to oil and gas firms looking to drive greater
operational efficiencies on the one hand, and innovate in terms of unlocking
new opportunities on the other. Harnessing the power of emerging technologies
to address key challenges is crucial - data collection, storage and analysis,
communications and collaboration, and improved infrastructure management are
all areas in which the CIO can make a huge difference to oil firms'
productivity. The challenge lies in making the right decisions, both
technology-focused and strategy-oriented, to ensure you are an enabler of,
rather than a stumbling block to, business opportunity. This is where The
CIO30 comes in."

Already looking ahead, GDS International is planning the next CIO 30 Oil and
Gas Africa summit to be held again in Cape Town in October, 2013.

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About GDS International

GDS International is one of the most innovative events and media companies
worldwide - and a globally renowned producer of business-to-business summits,
conferences, online information and advisory group gatherings. Founded in
1993, GDS International specialises in meeting the B2B marketing needs of our
clients. Having a strong presence in mature industrial sectors but a finger on
the pulse of emerging markets - as well as up-and-coming B2B business
verticals - means we are perfectly placed to capitalise on the exciting
developments brought about by the advent of a globalised economy. Our value
proposition is simple: we deliver tangible business results from world-class

Contact: Kimberley Hogarth
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