CloudSmiths has had a productive – and changing lives – year. The Dynamic Technologies group company hit the ground running after kicking off their financial new year. They launched a series of free Generative AI workshops and partnered with Google Cloud to bring the first Generative AI Live + Labs to South Africa; attended Salesforce’s flagship conference, Dreamforce, with a delegation of some of their brightest and most innovative minds; opened new offices globally; and attended, hosted, and sponsored a raft of industry events throughout the year. In the midst of this networking and industry growth, they also spent time focusing on their employees, clients, and partners, building relationships and cementing connections.
03 March CloudSmiths celebrated the start of the new financial year at Cracker Zacs in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Delicious food, great company, lots of fun and games, and some serious team building, were the perfect way to kick things off with a bang!
28 March CloudSmiths collaborated with long-time partner Salesforce to host a ‘Competing for Attention and Subscribers’ event for media and entertainment industry professionals. Held at the Wanderers, this hugely informative and exciting event was closed by watching SA take on the West Indies in T20.
30 March The CloudSmiths team took part in the prestigious FP Morgan Chase & Co race. Placed 10th overall, the team proved that their dedication, determination, and mental strength were more than up to the task!
20 April The relationships that CloudSmiths builds with their clients are vital to the success of the business. The Customer Appreciation Cocktails at Mama Samba was just one of the ways the team showed how deeply they value these relationships.
18 May CloudSmiths was a proud Gold Sponsor of Salesforce World Tour Essentials Dubai. World Tour Essentials events are held in high regard across the industry – CloudSmiths’ participation in these events is always a rewarding experience.
25 May CloudSmiths co-hosted the ‘Africa: Generative AI and the Future of Work’ event with Google. An informative morning was spent in lively discussion with industry experts as they unpacked the latest strategies for leveraging Generative AI to drive business intelligence and add value.
14 June Salesforce World Tour Essentials is a one-day event hosted in major global cities to provide a taste of Salesforce’s offerings in a compact format. In June this year, CloudSmiths was a proud Emerald Sponsor for the World Tour Essentials event held in Johannesburg. It was a resounding success and Salesforce announced that they are looking to generate R92.1 billion ($5.1 billion dollars) in new business revenue in South Africa by 2026, and to generate 31 800 new jobs as well.
17 August CloudSmiths held a Devs Master Class on The Future of Analytics Reporting in a World of GenAI. These webinars provide thought leadership and explore emerging technologies.
29 August Google Cloud Next ’23 was an insightful event that CloudSmiths participated in online. It reaffirmed Google’s commitment to innovation and advancing the realm of data analysis, especially in the sphere of unstructured data. Their advances in integrating BigQuery with Vertext AI foundation models are masterful technical feats that represent a future where data, irrespective of its format, becomes a comprehensible and actionable asset for businesses. The observations from experts at CloudSmiths underscored the transformative nature of these advancements.
2 September The CloudSmiths annual Family Day was filled with live music, fun for the kids, good food, and a great family vibe. These types of events are food for the CloudSmiths family soul.
12 – 14 September Dreamforce is the premier Salesforce event. A three-day conference held in San Francisco that attracts over 170 000 attendees, Dreamforce is about innovation, education, network building, collaboration, and celebrating the most exciting and impactful developments in the industry. As always, CloudSmiths attendees were blown away by this life-changing event.
17 September What a day to spend in the CloudSmiths box at Wanderers Stadium! With SA vs Australia, Formula 1, and the Rugby World Cup to enjoy, the day was a perfect blend of sports excitement and camaraderie.
3 October CloudSmiths attended the SA Partner Forum for a significant event focusing on the future of Google Cloud in SA. The forum provided a valuable exploration the upcoming launch of Google’s new data centre, which is expected to revolutionise the African continent, as well as updates on Google Cloud products and services channel programmes.
17 October The Data Pioneers Roundtable was held at Caesars Palace Dubai. CloudSmiths, in partnership with Dalebrook Media, hosted this premier gathering of industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts committed to shaping the future of data. World-renowned authors, Zhamak Dehghani and Joe Reis, facilitated the exclusive event.
18 October CloudSmiths partnered with Google Cloud to bring the first Google Cloud Generative AI Live + Labs to South Africa. This presented a great opportunity for attendees to learn from Google Cloud experts about the latest trends and best practices in Generative AI and get hands-on experience with our cutting-edge tools and technologies.
30 November CloudSmiths, in collaboration with Grafana Labs, presented an exclusive breakfast event aimed at exploring the transformative world of observability. This provided attendees with the opportunity to experience the latest from Grafana’s Observability Platform, to learn about the critical role of metrics, logs, and traces, and understand how Grafana’s latest features can supercharge system insights. The event was co-hosted by CloudSmiths CTO Thomas Fowler and Grafana Lab’s Principal Engineer Willie Engelbrecht.