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ERP in cloud and big data to create US$1.1bn to tech market in SA

Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis, South African ICT Outlook 2018, finds emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), Fintech and the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are disrupting the ICT industry in South Africa. As a result, telecommunications providers will use innovation as the springboard to offer mobile application-based services such as mCommerce, mAgriculture, connected services, mLearning, mHealth and […]


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 […]


More than 2.5 billion records stolen or compromised globally in 2017

Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, has released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, revealing that 2.6 billion records were stolen, lost or exposed worldwide in 2017, an 88% increase from 2016. While data breach incidents decreased by 11%, 2017 was the first year publicly disclosed breaches surpassed more than two billion […]


Study reveals one-in-four firms using public cloud has had data stolen

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, has announced its third annual cloud adoption and security report, Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security. The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications and the evolving impact of Shadow IT for […]


Africa’s smartphone market experiences a quarter-on-quarter decline

Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 6.4% during Q4 2017, according to the latest insights announced by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments were down to 20.3 million units for the quarter. Year on year (YoY), this represents an 18% […]


IDC expert: Is digital transformation real or just science fiction?

While digital transformation has emerged as a top priority for most organisations, there are concerns that it is being oversimplified. George Kalebaila, Research Director at International Data Corporation (IDC), says many organisations haven’t seen how their businesses might be impacted. Many companies are purely paying lip service to the real impact of embarking on a […]


Opinion: SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018

Software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections. However, […]


Putting Ghana on the map: Subah CEO on project being undertaken

Like many African countries, Ghana has grown rapidly in recent years, with new buildings almost appearing overnight. Birendra Sasmal, CEO of Subah, explains how technology has been used to carry out the largest mass household data collection and building mapping exercise in African history. Understanding and documenting the new world is a huge challenge for […]


IT Integration: Cquential helps Cipla save lives with intelligent warehouse system

Global pharmaceutical company Cipla manufactures more than 1,500 products, with its South African subsidiary one of the country’s market leaders in terms of value and volume. To ensure the efficient delivery of its medicines to clients around the country, it moved to a new state-of-the-art warehouse in Bellville, with long-time partner Cquential providing the intelligent […]


Diversity one of four top trends shaping recruitment across MENA, latest LinkedIn data reveals

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has released its annual ‘Global Recruiting Trends 2018’ report, to help hiring managers and recruiting teams prepare for a new year. The report has unveiled four top trends globally as well as in the MENA region which are expect ed to have an impact on the way we find […]


Fortinet Report reveals cybercriminals are using common exploits and ‘Swarm’ Technology

Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity, has announced the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals high botnet reoccurrence rates and an increase of automated malware demonstrate cybercriminals are leveraging common exploits combined with automated attack methods at an unprecedented scale. “Whether it’s WannaCry in May or Apache Struts in September, long-known […]


Cisco survey reveals divide between IoT value and trust

Cisco has announced the findings of its first IoT Value/Trust Paradox report, based on a survey of 3,000 consumers, designed to provide businesses with actionable insights on how to increase consumer confidence in and adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) services. The survey results show that, while most consumers believe IoT services deliver significant value […]


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 […]


Africa’s smartphone market enters early stages of recovery

Africa’s smartphone market bounced back from two consecutive declines to post quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth of 4.4% in Q3 2017, according to the latest insights released by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments for the quarter reached 21.7 million units, spurred by ongoing economic […]


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 […]


2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey calls for more rapid transformation

In its eight consecutive year, the 2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) says economic pressure, a delay in policy implementation and lack of improvement in South Africa’s basic education are key concerns. The report says the situation is further plagued by a lack of current, coordinated data […]


Cybercriminals bypass email security systems with impersonation attacks

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the availability of its most recent Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA) test results. The ESRA testing programme measures the effectiveness of existing email security systems in regular use by tens-of-thousands of organisations globally. The latest results highlight the continued challenge of securing organisations from […]


Gartner finds Chief Data Officers are enabling digital transformation

As the role of chief data officer (CDO) continues to gain traction within organisations, a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. found that these data and analytics leaders are proving to be a linchpin of digital business transformation. The third annual Gartner Chief Data Officer survey was conducted July through September 2017 with 287 CDOs, chief […]


Exchanging threat intelligence strengthens security posture

In a world of increasingly stealthy and sophisticated cybercriminals, it is difficult, costly and ineffective for companies to defend themselves against these threats alone. As revealed in The Third Annual Study on Exchanging Cyber Threat Intelligence: There Has to Be a Better Way, more companies are reaching out to their peers and other sources for […]


Middle East and Africa TV market to reach over $15 billion by 2021

The TV market outlook for Africa and the Middle East, published by IDATE Digiworld, has forecast that the television market in Africa and the Middle East is set to grow by 30% from 2016 to 2021. This is an increase of almost US$3.5 billion, making the MEA region one of the fastest growing global markets. […]