Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 79 - Page 79

Darryn Botha , CIO , Ukheshe Technologies
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Darryn Botha , CIO , Ukheshe Technologies

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement ?

When I was a child , I played the piano and I was invited to attend an eisteddfod where I played in front of over 100 people and won a prize for playing the best piece .
What first made you think of a career in technology ?
My first job was an internship at a large life insurer as a business analyst , where I worked through all operational issues . I built my business knowledge here and learnt how important technology was for finding solutions .
What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position ?
I am responsible for setting goals for the team . I believe it is important to guide and monitor the team and give them the freedom to achieve these outcomes that are set in a flexible approach . I also think it is important to celebrate both the successes and failures and outline how to learn from these .
What do you think is the current hot technology talking point ?
Possibly not the most common technology at the moment , but one I find fascinating is digital livestock farming . It is all about digitising animal agriculture using biometrics to monitor an animal ’ s health in realtime . It helps by marrying the farmers with engineers and this feeds into Big Data analytics and statistical algorithms , which facilitates decision making and has changed farming as we know it . It is interesting how farmers then approach their stock as it incorporates Blockchain technology . This allows the farmer to trace
Possibly not the most common technology at the moment , but one I find fascinating is digital livestock farming . It is all about digitising animal agriculture using biometrics to monitor an animal ’ s health in real-time .
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