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Get to Know Ziaad Suleman, Chief Operating Officer at IBM South Africa

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick… Get to Know: Ziaad Suleman, Chief Operating Officer at IBM South Africa   What would you describe as your most memorable achievement/s? Representing IBM as the managing and lead lawyer for Sub-Saharan Africa looking after 24 countries. I was involved in […]


DigiBlu CEO on the increase in Software-as-a-Service solutions

The Software-as-a-Service market is certainly on the rise and is expected to reach US$185.8 billion by 2024. Intelligent CIO explores why many industries are adopting it and how it is being implemented in Africa. SaaS is a model in which software and other associated data is hosted centrally and accessed with the help of a […]


Vox expert on how to prevent your digital identity being stolen

Editor’s Question: What steps should you take to prevent your digital identity being stolen? Submission by Mayleen Bywater, Senior Product Manager at Vox. Our cyber footprint is increasing daily as technology improves and evolves. This statement seems to strike fear in to our minds. So, how do we protect our identity and the data that […]


Vox and Oracle experts talk about the CIO’s priority for 2019

With the year drawing to a close, two industry experts tell Intelligent CIO what the CIO’s priority is for 2019. Submission from Craig Freer, Executive Head: Cloud at Vox. Despite prevalent economic challenges, the IDC says that IT spending by organisations in South Africa has grown at a faster rate than GDP over the past year, with […]


J2 Software Managing Director on how to keep your digital identity safe

Editor’s Question: What steps should you take to prevent your digital identity being stolen? Submission by John McLoughlin, Managing Director, J2 Software.   As we live in a globally connected world, almost all our personal information – a virtual expose of our lives – exists online and we need to ensure that our digital identities are […]


Fast-forward banking: Trusted digital identity becomes crucial

Intelligent CIO asks: What steps should you take to prevent your digital identity being stolen? Contribution from Marius Coetzee, CEO of biometric experts Ideco. Banking as we knew it is on its way out, with a bold new world of seamless, cardless, cashless financial systems set to change the way people live and transact forever. But this […]


Get to Know: Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director, Fortinet SA

On the lighter side of things, we ask Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director at Fortinet in South Africa, what makes him tick… What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? Starting my own IT security distribution company from scratch. My company represented many of the top security vendors and I eventually sold it to one of […]


Cutting-edge technology and AI combating poaching in Southern Africa

South Africa has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an important country for rhino conservation. However, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed last year as a result of poaching, with gangs now moving to neighbouring countries. Intelligent CIO hears from one woman who is trying to combat poaching thanks to […]


BT in Africa expert on adopting Artificial Intelligence in the workplace

What are the benefits of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace? By Rob Hudson, Chief Technology Officer, BT in Africa Adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be a bigger revolution than the Internet. Current research shows that the global AI market is expected to grow by around 150% from 2016 and by 2018, this market is expected […]


Get to Know: Waleed Badr, Regional Director, Nuage Networks from Nokia

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I have been in the industry for 15 years with various technology providers, so while I have seen many achievements, it is difficult to pinpoint one. Personally, the biggest achievement would […]


ServiceNow expert on benefits of IT Service Management Systems

Having an effective IT Service Management System (ITSM) enables organisations to deliver and control the services they offer to customers. Intelligent CIO spoke to Mark Ackerman, Regional Director, MESAT and EE, ServiceNow, to discuss the policies that should be implemented.  1) What ITSM practices do you think organisations should adopt? Based on our real-world experience helping […]


Westcon-Comstor expert on how to prepare for Blockchain technology

How can organisations investing in Blockchain solutions prepare their security team for the impact of the technology? By Andrew Potgieter, Director Security Solutions at Westcon-Comstor Although Blockchain technology has great promise, the technology today is still in infancy and very immature. The technology tends to be offered as a solution in search of a problem and […]


Fortinet expert on how security teams can prepare for Blockchain technology

How can organisations investing in Blockchain solutions prepare their security team for the impact of the technology? By Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director (Southern Africa) at security specialist Fortinet As organisations like the FBI and Interpol work harder to track and arrest cyberattackers, criminals are being forced to look for new ways to avoid detection, […]


Telecoms giant Nokia continues to invest in Algerian market

Since its independence, Algeria has made major strides in Information Technology, with telecommunications operators investing significantly in modernising their networks to allow for the adoption of new technologies. We spoke to Pierre Chaume, Market Unit Head for Nokia Africa, to ask him his thoughts about how technology is on the rise in the North African […]


Oracle expert on how to prepare for Blockchain technology

How can organisations investing in Blockchain solutions prepare their security team for the impact of the technology? Craig Nel, Mobile and Cognitive Experience (MCX) Leader at Oracle Middle East, Africa and Turkey. While Blockchain is widely seen as one of today’s most disruptive emerging technologies, there is still a limited understanding about it, with business […]


Get to Know: Grant Bennett, Country Manager, SUSE South Africa

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick… Grant Bennett, Country Manager for SUSE South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I remember this as if it was just yesterday – at a former company, I was the first executive to […]


Young coders lead the way in Tunisia thanks to academy programme

While on an exchange programme in the USA, a Tunisian software engineer became inspired to build something that would make a real difference in her home country. Faten Ghriss subsequently set up the Young Tunisian Coders Academy and her passion prompted recognition by the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme. Intelligent CIO spoke to her about […]


Vox expert on what companies should do to minimise phishing attacks

What procedures should companies have in place to minimise phishing attacks? By Mayleen Bywater, Senior Product Manager, Cloud Security Solutions, Vox. Cybersecurity as a landscape and as a priority is changing constantly from little focus to being in the limelight and being rated as a key strategy for most CIOs. The various attacks on several […]


Forcepoint Regional Manager on when cybercriminals go to work

What procedures should companies have in place to minimise phishing attacks? Christo van Staden, Forcepoint Regional Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa Phishing, spear phishing and ransomware represent serious threats to any organisation. They can be used to steal money, extort ransom payments, exfiltrate intellectual property, disrupt business operations and, in extreme cases, actually put a company out […]


Networks Unlimited Africa MD on how to prevent phishing attacks

Employees have become key role players in the defence against phishing, and organisations can no longer rely only on IT support and technology applications only. That is according to Anton Jacobsz, MD of Networks Unlimited Africa. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending e-mails, supposedly from a trustworthy source, to entice individuals to reveal personal and […]