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Itec Southern Africa expert on the introduction of GDPR

After a prolonged period of two years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a wide-reaching new piece of European legislation, is coming into full force. Though this law may seem a world away from South Africa, Daniel Lötter, Head: Bids and Tenders at managed service provider Itec Southern Africa, says organisations should pay close attention […]


High cost of cybercrime in Africa cause for concern

Ken Munyi, Country Manager at IWayAfrica Kenya, says African businesses need to take more decisive steps to prioritise data protection and enhance enterprise security in order to mitigate the high cost of cyberattacks. The millions of cyberattacks that take place every year across the continent are cause for concern, particularly for Africa’s larger economies such […]


‘The connected, information-enabled utility of the future’

Joanne Shields, Managing Director at BT in Africa, asks if utility companies are ready for changes brought on by digital disruption? Utility companies currently operate in one of the most complex, high profile, regulated and politically charged sectors. But, and even by these standards, the next decade is set to be the most testing yet. […]


SAP Africa expert on what you need when adopting the public cloud

What strategies should organisations have in place when adopting the public cloud? By Akesh Lalla – SAP Africa Cloud Solutions Lead. Businesses are constantly challenged to improve their operations and transform their business to keep pace with the digital economy, whether by executing excessive growth strategies, usually through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), or continuous introduction of […]


The dangers of using spreadsheets for financial planning and analysis

The spreadsheet has become such a ubiquitous tool in finance that people hardly notice it anymore. But in a world where digital transformation requires different data approaches, Andries van der Berg, Business Manager: FP&A, Decision Inc, asks if reliance on this traditional solution pose a risk to business? Simply put, decades-old spreadsheets are not built […]


Vetting is key to managing cross-border business risks

World trade volumes increased by 0.9% in the first month of 2018, following a strong year of global trade in 2017, which demonstrates that globalisation is still on the rise. That is according to Francois van der Merwe Head of Global Screening at Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE). And as economies, markets and companies become increasingly […]


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 […]