On Friday 15th February APMG launched its South African operations, with an event for our accredited organizations working in the region. We were hosted by the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. Delegates were genuinely shocked about the case of Oscar Pistorius – nobody could quite believe the turn of events. A double amputee who competed in the Olympics against able bodied athletes, Pistorius is a global phenomenon. It seems the whole of South Africa is on tenterhooks as his trial unfolds.
We managed to take delegates’ minds off the news for a few hours as we celebrated the launch of our office and the appointment of Nigel Mercer, our Business Development Manager. We hosted over forty delegates, representing training and consulting organizations. itSMF SA and the local ISACA chapter also came along to support the event.
Nigel opened the day by informing the assembled party that APMG was committed to providing excellent customer service to the accredited organisations working in the region. He said that APMG wants to encourage growth in the use of Best Practice in Southern Africa.
Nick Houlton our Operations and Marketing Director then thanked everyone for their continued commitment to quality training/consulting and to growing the market. He said that Southern Africa is a key growth region for all APMG examinations. He explained that APMG acts as a link between Intellectual Property creators and the people who want to engage with new knowledge. He described APMG as “the App Store for Humans.” He said APMG provides confidence to both the IP owners and to consumers as we will only work with reliable and worthwhile methods that add value to people and organizations.
Gary Hardy, one of the lead authors for COBIT 5, then spoke to delegates about how COBIT 5 adds value to the enterprise. He said that IT must be used properly in order to get value out of it, but success doesn’t happen by chance. “A good practice is only as good as the person using it,” he said. “The problems of IT are not to do with the IT, they are to do with the management of IT.” He encouraged everyone to promote the fact that skills development is a key enabler in organizations and the investment is very worthwhile.
After the main presentations we gathered with our accredited organizations to discuss how we will develop the market going forward. There was a commitment to work collaboratively to help inform a growing professional body about the benefits of accreditation and certification. In the evening we had a delicious meal and the day ended with a very positive outlook. I hope it won’t be too long before I can go back.
You can contact our South Africa office here.