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Technology offers retailers respite in shrinking economy

As business confidence in South Africa plummeted six points in June on the back of disappointing gross domestic product figures for the first quarter, Gerhard Nortje, Business Development Manager at redPanda Software, says that ‘business process monitoring offers firms an affordable and effective way to be proactive and manage their businesses, cutting the leakage off […]


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 […]


HomeFixer announces innovative collaboration with Hirsch’s

South Africa’s recently launched home improvement app, HomeFixer, has announced a partnership with Hirsch’s, one of the country’s most well-known independent home appliances and furniture store. “We are proud to be partnering with Hirsch’s not only because of our shared values of customer care and satisfaction, but also to explore new and innovative ways of […]


Payment24 growing across pan-Africa and into the USA

South African fuel management and payment system innovator Payment24, now a multi-million rand company signing up blue chip international clients, is aggressively growing across pan-Africa and into the U.S. But achieving international success, the goal of many born-in-SA companies, is not a simple matter, according to Payment24’s joint CEOs, Shadab Rahil and Nolan Daniel. “Our […]


Supply chain is about service first, says Strato IT Group expert

It has been four decades since South Africa hosted its first supply chain conference, SAPICS. Since then, there has been significant innovation, leading to evolutionary trends and a change in approach. Cassie Lessing, MD, Strato IT Group, a mobile business solutions provider, says that the majority of today’s industries are driven not just by technology […]


Oracle expert on shaping the economy with service

Adnan Theba, CX Sales Consulting Lead, Oracle South Africa, says that, as a small ripple can create a wave, so can a company culture focused on service delivery transform an economy. The past few years have been categorised by significant changes in the technology landscape across the globe. From emerging technologies to the refinement of entrenched […]


Trackmatic simplifies inbound yard execution management

Trackmatic, innovative provider of disruptive tech solutions to the supply chain and logistics industry, is presenting its market-leading inbound yard execution management solution at the 40th Annual SAPICS conference, to be held in Cape Town from June 10 to 13. The solution, Link, is designed to enable simple and efficient inbound logistics. It is both […]


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 […]


Furnmart set for enhanced profits with Argility Solution

Argility’s 15-year partnership with Furnmart continues with a full implementation of a new Java-based retail management and merchandising system. The new system provides enhanced functionality to enable the group to continue competing successfully into the future. Body In 2003, Argility entered into one of its longest running client relationships when it helped Furnmart implement the […]


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 […]


Paper to be presented about requirement of PoPI Act and GDPR

A member of the Information Regulator will be presenting a paper to help shed light on the requirement of Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (PoPI) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze will help business owners understand how European law will affect South African companies and it will also enable them […]


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 […]


Obama Foundation selects Tshimologong’s CEO Lesley Williams

Johannesburg’s leading digital innovation hub, Tshimologong Precinct, has announced that its CEO, Lesley Williams, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme. “Through Tshimologong Precinct and other initiatives, South Africa has made impressive progress to not only improve our country, but to build much needed skills,” […]


Secure access control to be demonstrated by dormakaba at trade show

Smart and secure access solutions partner dormakaba South Africa has confirmed it will participate in the next Hotel Show Africa trade show at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from June 24 to 26. Hotel Show Africa is an opportunity for dormakaba to display its best-of-breed smart access and workforce management solutions. The company has established […]


Five key areas where AI and automation could impact your business

Niral Patel, Managing Director Oracle South Africa, looks at how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finding a place at the heart of the enterprise. Enabling better-informed decisions by augmenting human intelligence with powerful computing and precise data analysis and then automating the tasks that follow, AI and automation – like an AA battery – have the power […]


Digitalisation: The unavoidable key to unlocking future opportunities

With local businesses facing a ‘perfect storm’ of data sources, manipulations and stores, Juane Peacock, Managing Director: Coastal Region and Enterprise Information Management at Datacentrix, says there is a growing imperative to act now. The combined forces of the Internet of Things (IoT), which brings vast and untapped data sources, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-to-machine […]


Hollard Namibia embraces real-time data analytics with SilverBridge

Hollard Namibia, the largest privately-owned insurance group in the country, has contracted SilverBridge Holdings to implement a Microsoft-based business intelligence (BI) solution and enable it to extract meaningful insights from its data to help drive business strategy. “Previously, Hollard did not have access to dynamic information despite the wealth of data at its disposal,” said […]


Epicor payroll MEA solution launched to meet employment regulations

Epicor has launched a flexible and responsive payroll solution that has been custom built to meet the country-specific employment regulations and business needs of HR departments across the MEA region. Built on the Epicor ERP platform, and recommended for any organisation using Epicor ERP version 10 or above, Epicor Payroll MEA helps improve employee experience […]


‘Network-in-a-Box’ enables businesses to instantly open new branches

T-Systems South Africa has launched a ‘Network-in-a-Box’ solution so that businesses expanding operations in new locations, franchise sites, pop-up stores or short-term leases can now instantly connect to their broader corporate infrastructure. “We’re dramatically simplifying and accelerating the process of setting up shop in a new location,” said Louis Kirstein, Portfolio Manager for Connectivity and […]