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Siemens creates opportunities for digital skills development in Africa

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, […]


SANS finds unprotected devices and ransomware are top threats to industrial control systems

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SANS Institute’s annual survey of industrial control systems (ICS) has revealed that the introduction of unprotected devices into sensitive ICS networks and ransomware are now among the top threats that organisations face in securing critical infrastructure. In addition, 69% of respondents stated that the level of threats to control systems is now high or severely […]


Fully connected factories expected to rise dramatically over the next five years

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Zebra Technologies Corporation, the market leader in mobile computers, scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility solutions, has revealed the results of their 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analysing the emerging trends shaping the future of industrial manufacturing. The global study revealed manufacturers are adopting […]


The value of tech in engineering, construction and mining

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In 2015 Mail & Guardian reported that technology may very well save the mining industry. In engineering, construction and mining, this statement still rings true today. Gone are the days when spreadsheets were the optimum performance platform. Innovation drives growth, and falling behind means losing ground instead of breaking it. According to Timothy Morgan, Business […]


Industry 4.0 is gathering speed in Africa

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Industry experts from SAP, Orange Business Services and Delloite speak to Intelligent CIO Africa about the impact of the fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa. Industry 4.0 describes the digitisation and automation of traditional manufacturing and production methods and is an opportunity to streamline processes, enhance efficiency and improve safety. A 2016 study by Deloitte titled […]


IFS empowers service engineers with mixed reality using Microsoft HoloLens

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IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced the launch of a new proof of concept, developed by the company’s innovation think tank IFS Labs, to reinvent field service management. IFS Labs has developed an integration between the enterprise applications suite IFS Applications and Microsoft HoloLens that enables service engineers to visualise holographic IFS software […]


Industry 4.0 – how West African businesses can get ahead

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By Magnus Nmonwu, Regional Director for Sage West Africa The next Industrial Revolution has arrived in Africa and it will help make businesses of all sizes more efficient, productive and profitable. This fourth Industrial Revolution could help power West African companies to become major global players. However, the big question is – how will this […]


Securing IoT: know your network, protect your network

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Article by Jose Vasco, Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Do you think about the need to secure IoT? It could be a patient monitor, a security camera or a lighting system; every connection to the network is a potential route for attackers. This is quite a new concept to many, […]


Enterprise software mobility a prerequisite to digital transformation

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IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has released a primary research study that shows a strong relationship between mobile access to industrial companies’ enterprise software and their readiness for digital transformation. The study surveyed 200 industrial users of enterprise resource planning, field service management, enterprise asset management and other types of enterprise software. Key findings […]