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Gregg Petersen on what can we do about the expected increase in ransomware

What can we do about the expected increase in ransomware and cyber-extortion tools? By: Gregg Petersen, Regional Sales Vice President, MEA, Veeam Software Paying ransom fees to regain access to data in the vague hope that criminals will release files from hostage is a known phenomenon that continues to demand regular column inches. But currently, […]

Seven proven resilience best practices against ransomware

After becoming one of the main cybersecurity threats in 2016 and causing global chaos in May 2017, ransomware is currently keeping everyone in a state of constant security alert. Gregg Petersen, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa at Veeam Software, says there are seven proven best practices that financial institutions should adopt. Body Financial […]

Navigating the challenges and roadblocks of digital transformation

The digital revolution continues to gather pace and traditional business models are undergoing unprecedented levels of disruption. This has led to a wave of digital transformation initiatives across the African region. According to Andries Lombaard, country manager of International Data Corporation (IDC) South Africa, these initiatives require expert guidance to overcome the myriad of challenges […]

Why South African businesses should protect their data at all costs

It has long been said that ‘knowledge is power’ but never has that been more pertinent than it is for businesses today. Dragan Petkovic, Security Product Leader ECEMEA at Oracle, says what businesses know is a key differentiator. Data is an increasingly valuable asset and those businesses best set up to extract maximum value from […]

‘The customer has changed’, says Trackmatic CEO David Slotow

Intelligent technology, smart systems and effortless mobility are empowering drivers and transforming customer engagement, says David Slotow, CEO at Trackmatic. The customer has changed- ignore this at your peril! According to a recent Gallup poll, the biggest driver of business to business (B2B) success is meaningful customer impact and yet around 60% of customers are […]

Pure Storage expert: Improving patient outcomes with AI and Advanced Analytics

Across the globe, healthcare providers are facing the same three questions. How do we improve patient care? With growing populations, how can we help more people? Christian Putz, Director, Emerging, EMEA, Pure Storage, asks how this can be achieved especially with budgets under pressure. Finding a solution to these questions is increasingly reliant on technology. […]

Argility expert: Adopt AI and avoid the fate of the dodo

Marko Salic, CEO of the Argility Technology Group, one of South Africa’s leading technology development corporations, tells us about the impact artificial intelligence has on our everday lives. It can pose a small dilemma knowing where to begin a discussion around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and all it brings with it – but having thought about […]

Commvault expert: Generating value from your data

Enterprises around the world are preparing to comply with GDPR, one of the toughest data privacy regulations in the world, when it takes effect on May 25 2018. Businesses need to be aware that GDPR applies to companies worldwide, no matter where they are based, if they handle data concerning European citizens. The definition of […]

A10 Networks makes predictions for cloud computing in 2018

Just a few years ago, not many predicted cloud computing would reach the heights we’ve seen in recent years. A total of 79% of companies now run workloads in the cloud (split almost evenly between public and private clouds). With the cloud bar constantly being raised, Kamal Anand, VP of the A10 Networks Cloud Business […]

Wireless tech is an integral part of Africa’s telco development

While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams by service providers of all types is still a major issue that needs to be addressed. Comprehensive and well-intended rural rollout strategies still remain unaffordable […]

Five traits of the transformational Chief Information Officer

Article by Niral Patel, MD and Technology Leader, Oracle South Africa The transformational Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the talk of the town – a captain of innovation, charting a course toward digital transformation for your business. With a view that stretches beyond the IT department, the transformational CIO is instigating a seismic shift in […]

Public cloud: only part of the strategy for MEA organisations

Article by Yousuf Khan, CIO of Pure Storage For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive. Consumers can, in theory, embrace or reject the trend as they see fit. But a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors. The good news is that enterprises in the Middle East and […]

Kickstarting business growth with smart software development

Article by Gareth Hawkey, CEO of redPanda Software Choosing the right development approach is key to success in a fast-moving environment… In today’s digitally-driven business environment, it is critical that businesses are powered by enterprise software that is tailored to their specific needs. Indeed, every business – even if they sit within the same sector […]

Unpacking what the local data centre means for business in Africa

Article by Amr Kamel, General Manager, Microsoft West, East and Central Africa Cloud is revolutionising the way companies in Africa do business. The announcement that Microsoft is building two new data centres on the continent will further help businesses in Africa connect to opportunities across the globe while taking full advantage of the benefits cloud […]

Retailers turning to digital, smarter stores to woo customers

Article by Chantel Troskie, Customer Experience Senior Sales Manager at Oracle As the holiday shopping rush gets into full swing, South African retailers are increasingly looking to technology that they can use to improve their operations, better understand and engage with their customers – using both off- and online channels – and set themselves apart […]

Sophos 2017 malware trends and predictions for the year ahead

Article by Harish Chib, Vice President, Sophos, Middle East & Africa From online gaming to mobile apps and wearable tech, technology is used at almost every touch point in people’s day-to-day lives. However, the downside of living in this hyper-connected society means that people are also extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks. This year’s Malware Report from […]

Telcos must walk the digital transformation walk

Article by Santiago Madruga, Head of EMEA Telco & ICT at Red Hat Many companies are exploring how they can take advantage of disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile and big data analytics to drive a new wave of end user experiences. Communications service providers (CSPs) find themselves at the heart of the digital value […]

Looking at the availability landscape for the upcoming year

Article by Danny Allan, Vice President for Product Strategy, Veeam Cloud replication hits an up-turn Business continuity for digital services has been a significant focus for every executive over the past decade. Enterprises no longer just offer digital services, they ARE the digital services which they provide. Downtime is not acceptable. This recognition has led […]

Increasing regulations see a shift in data analytics

An increasingly complex regulatory environment is putting the spotlight on organisations to be compliant. Kelly Preston, Data Analytics Manager, and Angelique Strumpher, Administration Manager for Business Process Outsourcing at SilverBridge, explore how this impacts on the data analytic capabilities of a business. In South Africa, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) – promulgated on […]

Could planned downtime be costing you business?

Article by Mohamad Rizk, Manager System Engineers, Middle East at Veeam Software One of the rarely spoken about aspects of technology is the level of compromise it requires. Most articles tend to focus on benefits; how whatever the innovation is will make life easier, faster or smarter. Instead of the fact that users will have […]