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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

WATCH #DellTechForum: ‘AI has potential to transform industries’ – Dell

AI, like the PC, the Internet and smartphones before it, will transform industries in how we live and work.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dell Technologies Michael Dell has highlighted that Technology is at the centre of all significant opportunities and innovation in every domain.

Dell was speaking in a recorded messages to attendees at the Dell Technologies Forum at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Thursday.

Hundreds of IT enthusiasts, executive business leaders and industry experts gathered at the event, which also featured three Springboks players – Makazole Mapimpi, Jesse Kriel and Malcolm Marx, with former player, John Smit, facilitating the session.

Watch Michael Dell address attendees at the Dell technologies Forum

Visitors experienced emerging trends, cutting-edge technologies and dynamic speakers while exploring technical sessions with Dell Technologies experts.

There were also hot laps driving in high-powered BMWs around the Kyalami circuit.

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Artificial Intelligence

Dell said as the amount of data exploded and application of artificial intelligence (AI) increased its value, this had the potential to transform industries.

“AI, like the PC, the Internet and smartphones before it, will transform industries in how we live and work and we are already working closely with partners like Nvidia to deliver accelerated generative AI ready infrastructure and services built for the enterprise.

“It is our greatest privilege to be part of your stories and it inspires us everyday to keep at it, keep realising your greatest opportunities to create, innovate and move the world forward,” Dell said.

Digital human

Marc’ O’ Regan, Chief technology officer of Dell Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said when the company looks at building technology that it hopes and believes will have an impact, it must have a wide range.

“It has to have an impact across a diverse communities both in industry and in society and we have to understand what those values, necessities and requirements are in different places around the world.”

During his keynote, O’ Regan also introduced Clara, a “digital human” which said: “Let’s change the world together.”


Doug Woolley, vice president and GM of Dell Southern Africa highlighted the key issues that must be addressed if organisations are to overcome barriers that impede innovation.

Woolley also introduced the findings of the Dell Technologies Innovation Index Research Report, based on input from 7 500 global CIOs, including 200 from South Africa.

Breakaway sessions during the Dell Tech Forum focused on trending topics such as Generative AI, Work from Anywhere, Multicloud and more.

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