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Leverage analytics to unlock true value of IoT innovation

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Article by Neil Herbert, Director: Business Analytics at SAP Africa With analysts estimating that up to 80 billion devices and sensors will be in the market by 2020, the need for real time processing and analytics has escalated as companies work to realise the up to $8.9 trillion in additional revenue predicted to be unlocked […]


Preventing and mitigating ransomware with cyber situational awareness

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Article by Alastair Paterson, CEO and co-founder of Digital Shadows If you’re familiar with mafia movies then you’re familiar with extortion – the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. Extortion has been around for centuries – well before The Godfather or Goodfellas. Even cyber extortion, which extends this criminal activity into […]


Data governance regulations are an opportunity rather than a challenge for SA organisations

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Article by Dragan Petkovic, Security Product Leader ECEMEA Oracle South Africa When Tim Berners-Lee declared data to be the “new raw material of the 21st century” back in 2011, he was perfectly describing the direction many economies were heading in – from industry to insights and intelligence. But in the six years since, data has […]


South Africa climbs the cloud curve and leapfrogs to IaaS

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Andrew Cruise, Managing Director, Routed, a vendor-neutral cloud hosting platform provider, says that almost all South African businesses now have a cloud strategy. While the adoption curve remains at the beginning stages, especially for internal apps, he says that South Africa’s late adoption has led to a leapfrogging of sorts. “While websites have always been […]


Bringing more African countries into the digital economy

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Since 2009, the African telecoms industry has come a long way in connecting people and businesses to reliable, affordable and fast Internet services. The new submarine cables that started to land off the continent’s east and west coasts from 2009 onwards brought with them more affordable and plentiful international bandwidth. They now circle the continent, […]


How Africa is leading the innovation revolution

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Article by Saidah Nash-Carter, Head of Innovation at Thomson Reuters Africa With an estimated population of 1.2 billion people and 54 unique markets, Africa offers significant opportunities. More than just an investment destination, the continent is rapidly becoming a leader in innovation. Increasing connectivity, a young population and the impact of global trends that are […]


Expanding security beyond the virtual machine: security in the age of cloud and BYOD

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It’s no secret that organisations have been slow to warm up to the idea of cloud – and with good reason. Where digital data security was once as simple and straightforward as ring-fencing a network perimeter with a single physical gateway to control access, the cloud has changed everything. Businesses’ precious data is now very […]


Strategic partnerships can simplify a multi-cloud strategy

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Article by Rajan Padayachee, Head of Solutions, Design, Projects and Portfolio at T-Systems South Africa Cloud migration is happening, and millions of organisations across the globe are seeing the value of moving part – or all – of their systems, services and infrastructure to the cloud. However, in a world where fierce competition is driving […]


The network effect: ensuring effective healthcare in Africa

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Article by Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa Implementing effective healthcare in Africa will require multifarious stakeholders to collaborate in a more effective and efficient way to optimise the scarce resources available while maximising the potential of a growing population. I would argue that making healthcare work in Africa is inherently a network […]


When businesses get bit by bytes

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Whether it is due to a technical glitch, human error or, as in the recent Petya and WannaCry cases, a full-on cyberattack, as digitalisation transforms the industrial world there is a significant cyber risk for companies delivering products and services. Implementing proper risk management procedures should be top priority, including understanding the significant threat posed […]


Evolving digital skills for the always-on environment

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Article by Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam With availability driving much of the corporate agenda in the path towards digital transformation, it is becoming essential for African technology companies to invest in the ongoing skills development of employees. Given how the always-on environment requires more data-driven expertise, it has become a business […]


Digital transformation: what does it mean, why should you care?

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Digital transformation is more than a mere buzzword. Modern businesses must evolve as the digital age continues to overtake lives, both personally and professionally. To maintain the capability to leverage intricate market changes, businesses must undergo an in depth metamorphosis. This digital transformation must bring the business and its organisational activities in line with the […]


Infrastructure sharing and open access networks key to delivering Internet for All

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Article by Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development, The Jasco Group Access to the Internet is often seen as the last hurdle in bridging the ever-present digital divide. While technology itself has become ubiquitous and increasingly affordable, Internet access remains out of reach for an estimated four billion people worldwide, including some 22 million in […]


Service delivery in IT is paramount to organisational success

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Improving the efficiency and reliability of IT operations, enhancing security and compliance, a proactive approach to maintenance, return on investment and costs savings, and freeing up IT employees to work on strategic projects, are some of the top factors driving clients to service providers. This is according to the CompTIA 4th Annual Managed Services Trends […]


Equifax breach: The impact for enterprises and consumers

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Article by Rick Holland, VP Strategy, Digital Shadows What we know about the Equifax breach On 7th September, credit reporting agency Equifax announced “a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million US consumers”. To put this in context, at this time, this incident is almost seven times larger than the Office of Personnel Management breach […]


Adoption of business productivity solutions needs to grow across industries

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Article by Wilhelm Greeff, Business Manager for Business Productivity Solutions at Decision Inc. In the digital economy, business productivity solutions (BPS) have become essential to running an effective organisation. While various industries (like banking, supply chain, and FMCG) have readily embraced automation of their business processes, others (such as mining) are still very much pen […]


The role of the cloud in your digital transformation journey

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Article by Cameron Beveridge, Director: Cloud at SAP Africa Businesses acknowledge they are buried under mountains of inefficiencies and missed opportunities. CEOs understand that digital is either an opportunity or a threat. So, the question is not about awareness, but how to unleash the power of digital transformation while finding a balance between maintaining a […]


The future of ransomware

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Many businesses – and individuals – were affected by the various cyberattacks perpetrated in the past six months. Ransomware seems to have taken over the headlines this year, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Ransomware is most likely to be a topic that will remain highlighted in the years to come. The business world […]


Four guardians guiding enterprise software development success

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Article by Gareth Hawkey, CEO of redPanda Software Speed, efficiency and constant disruption are what characterise and define today’s business environment. For those that cannot innovate, adapt and respond quickly to the market, survival is dubious (at best). Within the realm of enterprise software development, it is critical to have a structure in place that […]


A three-step guide to cybersecurity

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Cybercrime is on the rise, and given the growing use of technology and the growing volumes of data organisations and individual users face, it is no surprise. Recently, British Airways was struck by an outage that left not one but two data centres dormant for several days. The knock-on effect of this lasted days, left […]