Leadership Insights Blog by Peter Alkema

Adobe Community: Achieve Your Goals

Aug 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Do you want to learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Lightroom or InDesign? Join our Adobe community today. To achieve your creative goals, you’ll need the right teaching and support so boost your creative skills with Mike Lanesman in our new community. Mike’s background is in Photography and Digital Media. He is a …

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Sep 6 2016

Blockchain, bitcoin and banking; how does it work and why it will change everything.

The disruptive nature of Blockchain and its impact in financial services was recently presented at GIBS by Farzam Ehsani, leader of RMB’s Blockchain Initiative. He also helped establish The Foundery, RMB’s FinTech unit and believes that blockchain technology will become a new and necessary normal in our lives just like the internet. The way we store and exchange …

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Sep 1 2016

The role of IT in Public Private Partnerships

Citizens are the ultimate winners when big business and government work together. Each sector has immense assets that can be combined to create value for all parties. Supply chains, processes and skills across the state and corporate world are often complementary and it usually just takes a willingness to collaborate to find significant opportunities. Networks of relationships already …

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Aug 30 2016

IBM’s Watson; the future of personalised technology

Cognitive computing is copying humanity with machinery; scary fiction becoming fact or technology solving our greatest problems? The Terminator series of movies grabbed the world’s attention with the scary possibility that a network of armed machines could somehow self organise and destroy us. This destructive tipping point dramatises a worst case scenario in the field of Artificial Intelligence …

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Aug 28 2016

Reflections on a winning franchise; FNB voted Best Business Bank, 2016 Sunday Times Top Brands

FirstRand has created very successful financial services brands all of which benefit from its powerful owner-manager culture. FNB Business Banking is no exception and reflects on its fourth consecutive year of this achievement with a strong dose of humility. Matter of pride FNB Business Banking prides itself on a strategy of listening first and putting its …

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Aug 28 2016

University of Pretoria Guest Lecture: Agile in SA Organisations

I presented to the MIT850 students at UP about the state of Agile in South African organisations. The slides and video of the lecture are below as well as the overall outline of the presentation; IT Projects Today Sample Survey Results (these questions were provided before the lecture) Evolution of Agile Thinking (the 8 pre-read papers …

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Aug 25 2016

FNB Codefest: Agile culture matters, brilliance follows

The Agile Manifesto provides useful principles for improving software projects; the Codefest demonstrates some of these quite effectively. At the recent Africa DevOps Day hosted by Standard Bank I spoke about our journey in setting up an Agile-supportive culture. I shared seven lessons, three of which correlate strongly with the environment that emerges in the Codefest “play space”; …

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Aug 23 2016

FNB Going for Gold in Telco Banking Race

A strategic step from SIM card to device; the bank’s affordable smart phone offering extends its already successful mobile strategy Truly mobile banking The first bank in South Africa to run a mobile network now also offers its own branded smart phones to low end consumers for whom “every cent counts”. Easy access to its powerful …

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Aug 23 2016

FNB Codefest: Masterclasses

This year we added a “Learn” component to Codefest; even ninjas need to upgrade their mastery. Ernst and Young highlights talent as one of five strategic imperatives in their latest report “Leading through innovation; The future of banking in emerging markets”. High quality IT talent is particularly scarce in banking and industry winners will be able to attract …

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Aug 18 2016

WeThinkCode and the Cape Town startup tour

FNB recently hosted a trip for 2 hackathon-winning students from Africa’s first peer to peer coding education academy. Stephen Asiedu and Sizwe Mamba come from very different backgrounds but they have two things in common. Firstly; as WeThinkCode students they beat 30,000 other hopefuls to make it through the rigorous assessments and secure a place in the first ever …

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Aug 4 2016

Techpreneurs are flourishing in SA economy

Technology continues to drive job creation in South Africa.  Eight of the eleven finalists in this year’s FNB Business Innovation Awards make direct use of innovative IT in their products and services. From NicheStreem’s digital streaming platform to Guidepost’s software platform for disease management, software offers the game-changing industry disruption that all of these techpreneurs have …

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Jul 21 2016

FNB Codefest: “Reminds us why we do what we do”

Anthony Hugo, a software programmer from RMB made this comment at last year’s event; it shows why the new models of motivation really work. Autonomy, mastery and purpose; these are the intrinsic factors of true motivation that Daniel Pink proposes in his excellent book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”. He also argues …

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Jul 4 2016

FNB Codefest: The Moonshot Factory

Technical craftsmanship must be co-located, showcased and rewarded to achieve real breakthroughs; spaceflight and banking are no different. NASA employs the brightest people on this planet so we can learn about other planets and even land on them. Elon Musk personally phones the top grads from Harvard, Yale and MIT to lure them into his …

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