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Digital Identity: Defining ourselves in a virtual world

SAP Africa’s Head of Innovation and South Africa’s Mars One candidate, Dr Adriana Marais, talks about taking back ownership of our identities in the digital world, through the compelling application of blockchain. Body We’re bringing information and devices online at an unprecedented rate, raising one of the fundamental questions of our time – how do […]


BeyondTrust expert on how to have an effective incident response

Morey Haber, Chief Technology Officer at BeyondTrust, looks at what companies can have in place so they are fully prepared for any disasters. As a security professional, I have seen a wide variety of best practices for incident response. The methodologies vary greatly based on the sensitivity of the data and requirements to notify law […]


ZaiLab expert: ‘Measuring and analysing data is essential’

In light of the latest incidents of data sharing breaches, ZaiLab data analyst Sanneke Brok believes measuring and analysing data is essential for the success of any enterprise. Since the Cambridge Analytica story made headlines, many businesses have been questioning what constitutes an appropriate use of data within their business landscape. Certainly data should be […]


Oracle expert on what you should have when adopting the public cloud

What strategies should organisations have in place when adopting the public cloud? By Itayi WP Mandonga, Oracle PaaS Cloud Champion (South Africa) Cloud computing is now broadly accepted as an economical way to share a pool of configurable computing resources. No one solution works for every business. Flexibility is great, but with so many choices, […]


PBT Group expert: Security should underpin a cloud strategy

What strategies should organisations have in place when adopting the public cloud? By Yolanda Smit, Regional Director (Gauteng) at PBT Group. Cloud remains a topic, which is continually debated among business. While it can be complex to move or integrate completely into the cloud, the possibilities that the cloud can open for a business, means it […]


Building resilience against distributed threats at government level

Bryan Hamman, Arbor Networks’ territory manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, discusses where South Africa stands in terms of government awareness of DDoS threats, and activities that should be taken to protect business and enterprises from DDoS attacks. There’s no doubt that the United States is taking Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks seriously. In point of […]


ICT investment and partnership key to fuelling Africa’s digital growth

As the world marks World Telecommunications and Information Society Day today, Huawei Southern Africa Regional President Li Peng looks at why and how public and private partnership are necessary to get more Africans connected to the internet and move the digital economy forward. Rapid advancements in Information Communications Technologies (ICT) over the past 20 years has […]


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 […]


Mobile tools to unlock productivity of African utilities’ workforces

Colin Beaney, Global Industry Director for Asset-intensive and Energy and Utilities at IFS, says Africa’s abundant natural resources and urgent need for power mean that it is one of the most exciting and innovative energy markets. Power systems are evolving from centralised, top-down systems as interest in off-grid technology grows among African businesses and consumers. […]


Hybrid approach to security needed for maximum protection, expert says

Despite the popularity of SaaS security solutions, Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director Middle East and Africa at ‎Infoblox, argues that a hybrid approach is the best prevention against cyberattacks. Are Software-as-a-Solution (SaaS) security solutions truly the panacea they are publicised to be? The answer is, it depends on how the SaaS solution is architected. A majority […]


‘Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies’

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, Waldo Adams, Executive Director for Projects at Economic Development Solutions, says it’s time for companies to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the […]


SUSE expert on what strategies you need when adopting the public cloud

What strategies should organisations have in place when adopting the public cloud? By Matthew Lee, Regional Manager for Africa at SUSE African attitudes towards the cloud over the years have changed drastically with companies moving at least some of their processes to a hosted environment, the migration is bringing with it a realisation of business […]


Opinion: ‘Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities’

Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor, Utilities at SAP Africa, says the true empowerment of the energy utility lies with the interplay between consumers, utilities, connected devices and the software that links it all together in a cohesive whole. Sustainable energy consumption and ‘green’ energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today’s hyperconnected consumer expects […]


‘ICT outsourcing is not dead’ says T-Systems South Africa expert

As an increasing number of organisations become more ambitious with their cloud migration strategies, Sonja Weber, Lead Delivery Solution Manager at T-Systems South Africa, says that ICT outsourcing is certainly not dead, although technology players are being forced to add value in new ways. While hyperscale cloud OEMs provide many of the essential infrastructure and […]


Genetec expert on the expected increase in ransomware

What can we do about the expected increase in ransomware and cyberextortion tools? By Firas Jadalla, Regional Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Genetec Inc. Physical security systems and devices, including cameras and door controllers, are smarter and more powerful than ever before. As part of both public and private networks, they are increasingly interconnected […]


Oracle spokesman on why Egypt is one of the company’s top markets

The journey to cloud isn’t a one-way path – each company’s journey is unique. Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice President (Technology), Middle East and Africa, Oracle, explains why Egypt is one of the company’s top markets. “At Oracle, we have built a completely integrated cloud platform that spans all layers of the cloud and […]


ManageEngine expert: ‘Tools are vital for performance optimisation’

Sridhar Ivengar, Vice President of ManageEngine, says it is vital that companies have the tools in place when it comes to performance optimisation. ManageEngine, an operating division of Zoho Corporation, has more than 90 products and free tools that help cover everything that IT needs. This can be anything from network and device management to […]


The impact of digital transformation on economic growth in Africa

As African organisations undergo digital transformation, understanding this massive shift and how to harness it will be vital for organisations across the continent, according to Mandla Mbonambi, founding CEO of Africonology. Access to information, new ways of doing things and consumer consumption patterns will continue to force African organisation to digitise their products and service […]


Routed expert: South Africa continues to tippy-toe into the cloud

It’s almost been a decade since global markets considered a phased approach to cloud migration. Having an increased amount of trust in cloud technology, the enterprise sector is leapfrogging traditional cloud entry points and moving both critical production workloads as well as disaster recovery (DR), back-up and storage elements into the cloud. Christian Mahncke, Enterprise […]


‘Intelligence’ underpins a valuable cybersecurity approach

Expert opinion piece by Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab Africa. The continued hype centered towards the topic of cybercrime is no hype at all. It is a very real and growing issue that still needs tangible and immediate attention. In fact, Kaspersky Lab’s recently presented Cybersecurity Trends in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) […]