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Schneider Electric VP demonstrates importance of self-sustainability

According to Taru Madangombe, Vice President of Energy in Southern Africa for Schneider Electric, the energy supply industry in South Africa is experiencing a new dawn. “It offers digitisation, decentralisation, grid maintenance and management, energy efficiency and industrial applications, renewable energy systems, energy storage, demand management, communications and automation for infrastructure. “Schneider Electric strives to […]


Local IT market sees rise of ‘simplicity as a service’, says Itec expert

Opinion piece by Gavin Meyer, Executive Director at Itec South Africa.  Who’d want to be a CIO or CTO in 2018? They’re being bombarded by an avalanche of new technologies and business approaches that are demanding their attention. Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Digital Transformation, Disruption and Innovation. And while they’re busy trying to […]


Digital Transformation key to next generation healthcare in Africa

The benefits of the digital revolution to the healthcare sector in Africa are enormous, yet many angles must be considered if it is to prove successful. There are many people around the world who fall through the cracks in the healthcare field. They either lack the resources to see a doctor, or there is simply […]


Securing credit card transactional data is crucial, says Xperien expert

Ever wondered where every credit card transaction is recorded and stored and how secure that data is, especially after the hardware on which that data is stored reaches end-of-life? If this data is compromised and lands in the wrong hands, it could have catastrophic consequences for not only the company concerned, but for the banks […]


Fortinet Director on cyber hygiene practices that can go a long way

Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director at Fortinet in South Africa, provides the cyber hygiene practices that organisations can adopt to increase their online security. When on the job at a corporate office, a healthcare organisation, or an academic institution or government agency, or even when you are working from a local coffee shop, restaurant, or […]


Automation testing skills define the future, says Africonology CEO

In 2016, the global test automation market was valued at around US$16 billion. And, in a study done by Zion Market Research, the company predicted that this market will reach US55 billion by 2022 with a CAGR of just over 23% from 2017. Driven by Digital Transformation and measurable benefits to business and process, the […]


Smart Media expert Cecil Ungerer on the changing face of retail

Cecil Ungerer, Chief Sales Officer at in-store advertising innovators Smart Media, looks at how retail firms now have access to a number of digital tools to enhance the in-store experience. Despite challenging global economic conditions, retail sales in South Africa rose 1.3% year-on-year in July. Even though this is in line with expectations, it is […]


Westcon-Comstor expert on how to prepare for Blockchain technology

How can organisations investing in Blockchain solutions prepare their security team for the impact of the technology? By Andrew Potgieter, Director Security Solutions at Westcon-Comstor Although Blockchain technology has great promise, the technology today is still in infancy and very immature. The technology tends to be offered as a solution in search of a problem and […]


Syrex expert on the importance of thinking differently about cybersecurity

With data being likened to the oil of the digital age, decision-makers cannot afford to ignore evolving cyberthreats especially given recent examples of ransomware attacks targeting local companies. Ralph Berndt, Director of Sales at cyber resilience experts Syrex, examines the importance of thinking differently about cybersecurity. “International research shows that 54% of the global respondents […]


SAP Africa Managing Director on the future of work in a digital world

The future of work in a digital world By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa. The digital age and the new technologies it’s brought with it – Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. […]


Cloud shift starting to take place in SA financial service sector

Mounting pressure on financial service institutions has forced a change in strategy as disruptors redefine the competitive landscape.  Andrew Cruise, CEO, Routed, a vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that thanks to the cloud and a growing base of market disruptors, innovation and technology are becoming more critical to the survival of today’s financial institutions. […]


BitCo identifies five defence mechanisms to combat cyberattacks

With unprepared businesses ending up on the firing line, Michael Colin, Sales Director at telecommunications service provider BitCo, offers five ‘easy-to-implement’ defence mechanisms. Naivety and ignorance are no longer valid excuses and owners of small and medium-sized organisations in every sector are under even more pressure to comply with data protection requirements as well as […]


Disaster Recovery 2.0: Protecting your business from the unexpected

Whether it is fires, floods or other natural or man-made disasters, recent events have taught us that previous best practices for disaster recovery are not fit for purpose. Kate Mollett, Regional Manager for Africa South at Veeam, looks at how this paves the way for cloud and service provider technologies to provide the solution. Whether […]


Vend Chief Executive Officer on how AI is changing the retail industry

Vaughan Rowsell, CEO of Vend, looks at on how Artificial Intelligence in retail is changing the industry. When you think about Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact our daily life, what are the images you conjure up? Intelligent robot companions that clean and cook and keep you company? A disembodied voice that controls your […]


IDC expert on why security is vital to organisational success

Security is as vital to organisational success as technology and people, says Mark Walker, Associate Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa at International Data Corporation (IDC). Search for security on Google. The engine will autofill with – security is like oxygen and security is like an onion. Both are true. Security is the oxygen that keeps the […]


Cisco expert on building and securing 5G networks of tomorrow

While 5G brings the promise of new revenue opportunities for service providers, new infrastructure and use cases will create new risks. And according to Ali Amer, Managing Director, Global Service Provider Sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa, the security of the SP network infrastructure, their business, and their customers will require a holistic approach. Every new generation […]


Elingo expert looks at how instant messaging has overtaken emailing

Communication in the workplace has evolved beyond telephone calls and emails, with the digital business environment being all about real-time messaging to provide stakeholders with instantaneous responses to their queries. Paul McIntyre, Chief Sales Officer at Elingo, looks at the developments that have taken place in the workplace. Think of email as a more enhanced […]


‘Zero trust security approach is gaining acceptance’: Centrify expert

Organisations are coming to realise that merely a user a user name and password are not enough to secure their cyber existence. And as Kamel Heus, Regional Manager – MEA at Centrify explains, a ‘zero trust security approach’ is increasingly gaining acceptance. The concept of zero trust is as profound in cybersecurity as the sweeping […]


Wi-Fi hijacking is a threat to your security, says Trend Micro expert

Every device that is connected to the Internet is a potential access point for hackers, risking data and personal information. There are some inherent vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security protocols and hardware components, which can make the lives of hackers that much easier. These possible entry points could provide hackers with access to networks and to […]


What happens after all the devices are connected to the IoT?

Africonology CEO Mandla Mbonambi asks if anyone has thought about happens after all the devices are connected to the Internet of Things? Is your business driving change or being driven by it? This is the question that should be powering your business mindset in a digital world that’s swallowed by innovation and exponential change. Anything […]