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IT cannot be developed in silos: NITDA at GITEX 2017

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At GITEX 2017, Intelligent CIO Africa caught up with NITDA’s Director General/CEO, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, to discuss the importance of Nigeria’s participation at the event and the current forecast for Nigeria’s tech development. Q: Tell us a bit about NITDA. A: NITDA is an acronym of National Information Technology Development Agency. It is the […]


Virtual teaching becomes a reality through new education technology

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Vodacom and the Eastern Cape Department of Education have taken the digitalisation of education in the province a step further through the launch of the ‘Virtual Teacher’ platform in East London today. The move follows Vodacom’s Programme for Mobile Devices introduced in the province earlier this year to promote the use of digital technology in […]


Africa’s entry into Big Data and analytics

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The African market is witnessing a maturation of data analytics into an independent, intuitive technology. It is becoming integral to the way people work, moving away from the predominant use by only a select few, towards a tool that is utilised across the entire organisation. According to Jane Thomson, Managing Director at Softworx, in 2017, […]


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 […]


Death to passwords: identity management in the modern age

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By Deepak Narain, Regional Presales Manager – MENA, VMware, one of the world’s leading enablers of digital transformation. Who are you? And can you prove it? These are the two questions your technology asks you every morning. And we now have a variety of ways to answer them: from typing complex, though hopefully memorable, passwords, […]


Petya-like malware: the who, how and why, by Digital Shadows

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Expert article by Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows: Late on 27 June, the New York Times reported that a number of Ukrainian banks and Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian state power distributor, had been affected by unidentified malware which caused significant operational disruption. Multiple security vendors and independent researchers subsequently identified the malware as a […]


Veeam drives transformation at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation

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In 1940, the South African Parliament established the Industrial Development Corporation to advance industrial policy and ease the disruption of trade between Europe and South Africa during the Second World War. Today Industrial Development Corporation essentially drives progress by financing development projects, promoting national and international partnerships across industries, and supporting regional economic growth. Fully […]


Simplifying disaster recovery through cloud

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The global landscape is characterised by two contra-acting forces. On one side we have increased environmental, geopolitical, economic, and sociological upheavals building up in almost every region. This is increasing the awareness of nations and businesses to build resilience and disaster recovery solutions into their day to day fabrics of operation. On the other hand, […]


Why practical skills training should be a strategic imperative for SA’s IT leaders

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Article by Gareth Hawkey, CEO of redPanda Software. In a business environment that is now largely driven by innovative IT and software, there is massive demand for skilled and highly trained IT professionals. Sadly, as has been well documented, there is an increasingly dire shortage of these individuals in the local sphere. This lack in […]


Frost & Sullivan recognises TerraPay for innovation in sub-Saharan Africa

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TerraPay, the world’s first mobile payments switch, announced today that it has received the Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Leadership Award for international remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa. The remittances market is relatively underdeveloped in Africa due to the high transaction fees and the limited presence of mainstream money transfer service providers in rural areas. Integrating […]


South African health insurer Discovery reaches 100,000 daily transactions with FICO

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Silicon Valley analytics software company FICO announced that Discovery Health in South Africa is using the FICO Decision Management Suite to process as many as 100,000 transactions a day. As South Africa’s largest administrator of medical schemes with more than 3.2 million beneficiaries, Discovery Health uses FICO Blaze Advisor decision rules management system to assist […]


Internet Solutions Kenya begins migration to SDN environment

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Internet Solutions Kenya has started the upgrade of its networking infrastructure towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The upgrade project is supported by Telco Systems and is expected to take 12 to 24 months. Telco Systems will provide Internet Solutions Kenya with a fully automated software-defined network with the capacity to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The networking […]


South Africa’s Perago to implement real time settlement for Central Bank of Iceland

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The Central Bank of Iceland has chosen SIA, a European vendor in payment infrastructures and services, to implement and support the new real-time gross settlement system RTGS and the new instant payment platform. SIA will use its wholly-owned subsidiary Perago, based in Pretoria South Africa, specialised in central bank solutions. Perago is a global vendor […]


Cisco CSO: Africa is ripe with opportunity and innovation

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According to Hilton Romanski, Cisco’s Chief Strategy Officer: “Technology is an enabler of freedom and presents unimaginable opportunities for Africa.” Speaking at Cisco Connect South Africa (sponsored by Intel), he addressed some of the top leaders in Africa’s ICT industry. His remarks reinforced the company’s commitment to the continent, emphasising that it has all the […]


Planning your digital signage strategy

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Digital content is omnipresent in our daily lives. So much so that airports, train stations, supermarkets and malls without any form of digital signage would be almost unthinkable today. As a result, a major challenge companies face is how to draw attention to their content amidst so much digital information being shown to consumers. Visibility […]


Satellites driving Internet access into rural Africa

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Africa is the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market, yet over 300 million of the continent’s 1.13 billion residents still lack access to cell phones and the Internet. The rapid expansion of the mobile market, where the number of people with smartphones has nearly doubled in the past two years to 226 million, is changing […]


Kenya Airways ties up globally for SITA Connect and AirportHub

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SITA, the global air transport communications provider, is to roll out faster, new-generation connectivity across Kenya Airways’ global network, a vital investment in infrastructure needed to support the airline’s renewed focus on cost optimization and airline modernization. Among Africa’s top three airlines, Kenya Airways is seeking to leverage SITA’s latest communication technology to drive new […]


WISeKey to set up Blockchain-IoT centre of excellence in Rwanda

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WISeKey International, a Swiss based cybersecurity company, announced during its participation at the Rwanda Investment Board Blockchain event, the intention to establish a Blockchain-IoT Centre of Excellence in Rwanda. The Centre will deploy a Trusted Blockchain as a Service platform to enable the creation of a Blockchain Ecosystem in Rwanda. The project is part of […]


Chad based Presta Bist gets high-speed broadband through O3b Networks

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O3b Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, announced that its customer, Presta Bist Telecoms, has signed an agreement to significantly increase its contracted capacity in response to rising demand for reliable, high-speed broadband in the Republic of Chad. This upgrade is a 66% increase in capacity over the initial contract, enabling Presta Bist to […]


Samsung to continue investing in education centres across Africa  

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In keeping with Samsung’s goal to enrich and transform lives through digital technology, the electronics giant reiterated its commitment to advancing access to technology in education across Africa. To date, Samsung has launched 10 Digital Villages, 33 Solar-Powered Internet Schools, 27 eLearning Centres, 22 Smart Schools, 12 Engineering Academies and 8 Digital Libraries across Africa […]