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Acumatica cloud ERP ranked highest for usability by Nucleus Research

Nucleus Research has ranked Acumatica Cloud ERP highest for usability in its ERP Technology Value Matrix 2017. Acumatica, the world’s fastest-growing cloud ERP company, has announced multiple enhancements to its latest product release as the disruptive company continues expanding into markets underserved by larger, less innovative competitors. One Channel, Africa’s leading cloud ERP solutions provider […]


Zaydtex chooses SAP Business One to enable future growth

The curtain textile business is responsible for manufacturing right from the yarn stage through to the ready-made article, complete with packaging and supplying to national chain stores and independent suppliers with curtains and material by the meter. From a positive start in 1997, Zaydtex has captured a large market share over the last 20 years […]


Opinion: The Industrial Internet of Things is reinventing manufacturing

Machine-to-machine integration and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) are reinventing manufacturing as we know it, giving birth to the Smart Factory. Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice-President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software, says manufacturers can gain plenty from being more in tune with machines. While manufacturers have been collecting information from across the manufacturing floor […]


Decision Inc. migrates Khumani Iron Ore Mine to SharePoint

Complete migration to Microsoft SharePoint has enabled Khumani Iron Ore Mine to significantly streamline processes and improve efficiencies. Khumani Iron Ore Mine has appointed Decision Inc. to assist it with implementing Microsoft SharePoint to replace ageing technology and help the organisation meet its growth demands for the future. Khumani Iron Ore Mine is situated approximately […]


IT is changing the way manufacturing companies work, according to Epicor

Global businesses are assigning a high priority to IT investment. Terri Hiskey, vice-president for product marketing manufacturing at Epicor, says that there is no doubt that Industry 4.0 soon have an impact on workplaces, if it hasn’t already done so. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Smart manufacturing. Digital transformation. Industry 4.0. Call it what you will, […]


Whirlpool Corporation launches IoT functionality for home devices

Consumers in the Africa will soon be able to communicate with their home appliances through their Apple Watch. Whirlpool Corporation, which operates in Africa, is connecting its appliances to allow consumers to remotely communicate with ovens, washers and dryers via Apple Watch. The collaboration marks the first time an appliance maker has connected its products […]


Gartner says by 2020 AI will create more jobs than it eliminates

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator. The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the […]


GE Nigeria releases latest report in ‘Future of Work’ series

General Electric (GE) Nigeria, has released a White Paper titled The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the Skills Gap: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Inherent Potential as part of the company’s global ‘The Future of Work’ series to highlight the need for investment in sustainable skills development. In this 2017 issue, GE commissioned a […]


Siemens creates opportunities for digital skills development in Africa

The fourth Industrial Revolution is having a disruptive effect on economies and the development of digital skills is vital. There is an opportunity, especially in Africa, to embrace new and exponential technologies combined with human talent to accelerate industrialisation and drive economic growth. With this in mind, Siemens is handing over equipment specifically related to […]


SONATRACH and BHGE collaborate to meet manufacturing demand

In a signing ceremony hosted by SONATRACH in Algiers, and in the presence of the Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni, SONATRACH and Baker Hughes, a GE company, have announced the creation of a 20,000 Sq m manufacturing facility in Arzew Industrial Zone. The facility aims to strengthen Algeria’s position in the upstream oil and gas […]


Argility announces plans for the formation of an innovative tech group

Argility – a leading innovator of enterprise retail software solutions – has announced the formation of the Argility Technology Group and its acquisition of Cquential Solutions(Pty) Ltd. and Fleet Domain, from Capital Eye Investments, effective 1 October 2017. Argility CEO, Marko Salic, reveals that the acquisitions form part of the execution of a broader strategy […]


ArcelorMittal SA migrates to Dimension Data Cloud for SAP

ArcelorMittal South Africa has successfully migrated to Dimension Data’s Cloud for SAP, a Gold partner with a deep understanding of the impact and value that powerful cloud-based solutions such as these offer customers. ArcelorMittal South Africa is the largest steel producer in Africa, with a production capacity of 6.1 million tonnes of liquid steel per […]


Gartner reveals top predictions for IT organisations and users in 2018

Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for 2018 and beyond. Gartner’s top predictions will enable organisations to move beyond thinking about mere notions of technology adoption to focus on the issues that surround what it really means to be human in the digital world. “Technology-based innovation is arriving faster than most organisations can keep […]


Orange Business and Microsoft to boost industrial performance with IoT

Orange Business Services and Microsoft are collaborating to deliver large-scale, end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that boost the digital processes of companies in the manufacturing sector. Enterprises can use the Orange modular IoT solution, Datavenue, strengthened by Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, to transition to Industry 4.0 and optimise the entire manufacturing value chain. Through […]


Zebra Technologies presents the ‘Intelligent Enterprise’ at GITEX 2017

Zebra Technologies Corporation, the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real time enterprise visibility, will be showcasing its wider portfolio for the retail, transport, manufacturing and healthcare industries at GITEX on 8-12 October (booth A5-6). Zebra’s cutting-edge solutions allow businesses to capitalise on […]


A tailored ERP approach can make all the difference

A strategically integrated ERP solution, brought in at a reasonable cost and level of complexity suitable to business needs, will add value to any business, across any industry. This is according to executive leadership at dormakaba, a leading global manufacturer of products for security, time and attendance, access control and enterprise data collection. ERP covers […]


Africa gears up for IoT transformation

A recent global survey by HP Enterprise of 3,000+ IT and business decision makers at the end of 2016, found that the Internet of Things has hit an inflection point in their minds. IoT is moving from good to great. Expectations from IoT are sky-high, and those who have implemented IoT in the right way […]


One Channel upbeat about cloud prospects in Africa

Local cloud specialist One Channel is upbeat about the prospects of cloud computing in Africa, with cloud platforms enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks. Cloud computing spending is growing at nearly five times the rate of IT spending and is expected to grow even more in the future. IDC predicts […]


USTDA introduces US carbon capture and recycling technology to South Africa

Today, the US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Swayana (Pty) Ltd, a Pretoria-based energy project developer, for a feasibility study that will use innovative US technologies to convert waste gas – also known as off-gas – into a valuable commodity at a plant in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The project will use […]


Managing turbulent times in manufacturing through technology

Last month, Trading Economics reported that South African manufacturing production had declined 0.8% year-on-year, following an upwardly revised 4.2% drop in April, which was the highest since July 2014. According to the report: “Production of petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products went down 8.4% and made the largest downward contribution. On a monthly basis, […]