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The Internet of Things can transform business, says FABS expert

Peter Shaw, Engineer at Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS), says the Internet of Things can transform business and create innovative new revenue streams. While the demand for IoT is certainly growing, most providers are still far too focused on the technology and not communicating the business value proposition to their clients. This means that they […]


Digital transformation ‘needs a business-focused approach’

Desmond Struwig, executive head of digital at Decision Inc, says discussions around digital transformation in South Africa are putting companies across industry sectors under pressure to embrace it. Discussions around digital transformation in South Africa are putting companies across industry sectors under pressure to embrace it or risk losing relevancy to competitors. But despite all […]


TMA-SA expert on rescuing the business profession

Alastair Macduff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Turnaround Management Association – Southern Africa (TMA-SA), says managing a business in today’s uncertain socio-economic conditions is not without its challenges. The emergence of more agile competitors, increasingly fickle customers and global pressures mean decision-makers must keep innovating while still delivering stakeholder value. Some have turned […]


Why African businesses need to move to intelligent data management

Kate Mollett, the new Regional Manager for South Africa at Veeam, says changing regulatory requirements necessitate a more considered approach to ensure data is securely maintained, stored and accessed in an increasingly connected environment. In May this year, we unveiled our vision for the hyper-available enterprise and our strategy to guide enterprise customers on their […]


AppCentrix expert on importance of safeguarding your data

What procedures should companies have in place to safeguard their data? By Omar Sati, Executive Board Member at AppCentrix International When thinking about their data, organisations primarily concern themselves with data management and processing, but the scope extends well beyond this and should now include specific requirements such as data security and transparency. Especially considering […]


Adaptability and awareness are key to preventing cyber-attacks in 2018

Cybersecurity was a massive concern for most organisations in 2017 and, according to Paul Jolliffe, Lead DSM: Security at T-Systems South Africa, it looks to continue to be a headache for CIOs during this year. Symantec recently released their cybersecurity predictions for 2018, listing the many concerns that CIOs and InfoSec specialists may have in […]


COMMENT: Business continuity and disaster-recovery-as-a-service

Kevin Krige, Head of Datacentre and Cloud Service, BT in Africa, says the list of potential threats to businesses continues to grow. Today’s integrated digital networked economy – and as business operations increasingly depend heavily on IT and digital infrastructure – even a few hours of service disruption can have a devastating impact for most […]


J2 Software cautious about free and easy access to IP

The growth in cyberattacks is all too familiar.  Hackers use their devious skills to acquire financial and personal information with the unwitting victim’s data either being sold or used to commit fraud or make purchases. John McLoughlin, MD, J2 Software, says that the growth in rewards programme’s fraud has provided a new method for criminals […]


Service providers need the ability to future-proof their networks

Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks, says service providers need to future-proof their networks embracing architectures and solutions that give them the ability to utilise different deployment options. For a service provider to succeed, their technology needs to work for them, not vice versa. And it certainly can’t work against them. Service Providers need choice. […]


How disruptive technologies are reshaping traditional business models

Datacentrix is fostering discussions on the possibilities that the digital age brings to South Africa and how disruptive technologies are reshaping traditional business models. Dr. Dennis Mwansa, an expert with both local and international experience in the field of stock traders and their related technologies, has contributed to the theme, ‘trading billions in nanoseconds – […]


Rethinking data security with a risk adaptive approach

Christo van Staden, Forcepoint Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, says the two megatrends of cloud-based applications and mobile devices have been a boon for company productivity, agility, and innovation. The mobile-cloud combo empowers employees to work and be productive literally anywhere. However, the mobile-cloud era has created a conundrum for cybersecurity teams. If we look […]


Itec Southern Africa expert on the introduction of GDPR

After a prolonged period of two years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a wide-reaching new piece of European legislation, is coming into full force. Though this law may seem a world away from South Africa, Daniel Lötter, Head: Bids and Tenders at managed service provider Itec Southern Africa, says organisations should pay close attention […]


High cost of cybercrime in Africa cause for concern

Ken Munyi, Country Manager at IWayAfrica Kenya, says African businesses need to take more decisive steps to prioritise data protection and enhance enterprise security in order to mitigate the high cost of cyberattacks. The millions of cyberattacks that take place every year across the continent are cause for concern, particularly for Africa’s larger economies such […]


‘The connected, information-enabled utility of the future’

Joanne Shields, Managing Director at BT in Africa, asks if utility companies are ready for changes brought on by digital disruption? Utility companies currently operate in one of the most complex, high profile, regulated and politically charged sectors. But, and even by these standards, the next decade is set to be the most testing yet. […]


SilverBridge expert on managing predictive behaviour in insurance

Predictive and behavioural analytics enable better risk mitigation, fraud detection and customer insight for insurers. Kelly Preston, data analytics manager at SilverBridge, believes this provides organisations with a better understanding of not only how to approach solution development but also customer management. “Being able to use these advanced analytical tools allows insurers to optimise business […]


SAP Africa expert on what you need when adopting the public cloud

What strategies should organisations have in place when adopting the public cloud? By Akesh Lalla – SAP Africa Cloud Solutions Lead. Businesses are constantly challenged to improve their operations and transform their business to keep pace with the digital economy, whether by executing excessive growth strategies, usually through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), or continuous introduction of […]


The dangers of using spreadsheets for financial planning and analysis

The spreadsheet has become such a ubiquitous tool in finance that people hardly notice it anymore. But in a world where digital transformation requires different data approaches, Andries van der Berg, Business Manager: FP&A, Decision Inc, asks if reliance on this traditional solution pose a risk to business? Simply put, decades-old spreadsheets are not built […]


Vetting is key to managing cross-border business risks

World trade volumes increased by 0.9% in the first month of 2018, following a strong year of global trade in 2017, which demonstrates that globalisation is still on the rise. That is according to Francois van der Merwe Head of Global Screening at Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE). And as economies, markets and companies become increasingly […]


‘Casting shadows in the cloud’. Opinion piece by T-Systems SA expert

Sonja Weber, Lead Delivery Solution Manager at T-Systems SA, says that, with the right cloud partner, firms can establish sound governance and unify their cloud strategies to derive maximum value. The ease and speed with which businesses can adopt new cloud-based infrastructure, applications and services has been a tremendous boon in the drive to digitise […]


Digital Identity: Defining ourselves in a virtual world

SAP Africa’s Head of Innovation and South Africa’s Mars One candidate, Dr Adriana Marais, talks about taking back ownership of our identities in the digital world, through the compelling application of blockchain. Body We’re bringing information and devices online at an unprecedented rate, raising one of the fundamental questions of our time – how do […]