Gerard Dumont is IBM South Africa's Retail Solutions Industry Manager working with South Africa's leading retailers to develop and deliver innovative retail solutions that drive speed to value. Gerard has 15+ years of experience in the field of IT, primarily focused on Enterprise and IT Solution Architecture within the retail, telecommunications and financial industry sectors. He has broad experience that covers multiple facets of architecture including enterprise, governance, application, integration, performance, availability, data, security, network, and infrastructure architecture. With his business background and degree Gerard has the ability to successfully bridge the gap between business and technical stakeholders. Gerard has both local and international experience.