Oracle will sponsor this year’s SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain and operations management professionals. Widely regarded as the industry’s leading educational and networking event, the SAPICS Conference takes place at Sun City from 29 June to 2 July.
This year’s SAPICS Conference has special significance for Oracle because it marks a shared milestone for SAPICS and the IT vendor. It is the 30th Annual SAPICS Conference, and Oracle this year celebrates its 30th birthday.
“This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever,” says SAPICS president Ken Titmuss. “In consultation with delegates, we’ve made a number of changes. For 2008, we have moved the workshops to Sunday afternoon.
"These have traditionally taken place on the Wednesday of the conference, but we have made this change mainly so that everyone can relax and enjoy the gala dinner knowing that the working part of the conference is finished. There are also more interactive workshops than ever before, and we have attracted an exceptional line-up of local and international speakers.”
Other new elements of this year’s conference include the “Executive Track” on the Monday, whereby senior executives will be able to fly to Sun City to participate in the morning sessions, followed by a special lunch and networking opportunity with the presenters.
The first SAPICS Conference took place in Rustenburg, with just 35 delegates. Today, it attracts 1 000 attendees, more than 50 exhibitors who showcase the industry’s latest products and technologies, and it features sought-after local and international speakers. The theme for this year’s conference is “Capabilities for Growth”.
“With ongoing skills shortages hampering South Africa’s economic growth, Oracle is proud to be able to contribute to providing skills to the supply chain and greater South African business community through its principal sponsorship of the 2008 SAPICS Conference,” comments Mohamed Cassoojee, director: communication, media and utilities at Oracle South Africa.