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Banking malwares Tinba, Gamarue inside Nigeria, Kenya

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Check Point Software Technologies published its latest Threat Index for May 2016, revealing that the number of active global malware families increased by 15% in May 2016. The May Threat Index presents a mixed view of Africa, with several countries making quite strong moves up and down the index – the higher their relative ranking […]


Location based services in Africa growing at CAGR 49%+, Technavio report

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Technavio analysts forecast the location based services market in Africa to grow at a CAGR of over 49% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the location based services market in Africa for 2016 to 2020. The leading vendors in this market […]


SES satellite broadcast received by 2.8 million homes in Nigeria

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SES, a global satellite operator, announced the results of its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, which provides insight on the important role SES plays in the growth of the satellite television reach in the country. The study highlights that SES reaches 2.81 million TV homes across the country, of which 1.69 million are […]


African healthcare IT to grow substantially says Frost & Sullivan

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The pharmaceutical industry, followed closely by healthcare information technology, in Africa is predicted to experience substantial growth in 2016. Increased investment in both the pharmaceutical and healthcare IT sectors will see local business flourish in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and other emerging economies. A host of factors are anticipated to have a positive effect on […]


40% EMEA banks indicate digital transformation front-office initiative

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A survey released by SAP shows that just one in four banks, 24% in EMEA has created and executed a holistic end-to-end digital transformation strategy to engage customers. The study also showed that while 96% of the banks polled had completed some kind of digital transformation initiative DX, room for improvement remains. Conducted by IDC […]


Impact of fourth industrial revolution on Africa

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The debate on industrialisation and how Africa can lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution was discussed during the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Addressing the opening plenary on Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution, President Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank reiterated the importance of energy. “Africa cannot industrialise, it cannot be competitive […]


Create Smart Africa debated at African Development Bank meeting

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During the 2016 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in the Zambian capital Lusaka, leaders discussed how to harness the ICT revolution to build a Smart Africa. Affordability of ICT technologies, it was heard, should be the focus of governments if benefits are to trickle down to ordinary Africans. There was no debate among high-level panellists […]


T-Systems recognised by Frost & Sullivan for healthcare managed services

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Based on its recent analysis of the managed services market in the healthcare industry, Frost & Sullivan presents T-Systems with the 2015 South African Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. The company’s price performance value and customer service provides a competitive edge in terms of providing solutions in the healthcare industry. “T-Systems solutions […]


Technology and infrastructure investment driving growth in East Africa

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At the World Economic Forum on Africa, IHS announced new analysis on bright spots for economic diversification in sub-Saharan Africa. “The commodity super cycle may have ended, but there are certainly bright spots for investors across Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Natznet Tesfay, Director of Sub-Saharan Africa analysis at IHS Economics and Country Risk. Economic diversification and […]


Forrester study shows Sage X3 ROI 177% over three years

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Sage, a vendor for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, announced the results of The Total Economic Impact of Sage X3, a January 2016 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Sage. The study examines the potential return on investment businesses may realise with Sage X3 business management solution. Based on interviews with […]


Research and Markets forecasts South Africa, Nigeria, video surveillance markets

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Research and Markets has announced addition of the South Africa Video Surveillance Market 2016 to 2022 report to their offering. The South Africa video surveillance market generated $72.3 million in 2015. Expected growth in construction market, rising crime rate, upcoming new hotels and shopping malls, coupled with increasing urbanisation rate are some of the factors […]


Asset heavy industries leading IoT adoption over service industries

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The Internet of Things will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many industries, according to the findings of a recent survey by Gartner. The online survey was conducted in November 2015 among Gartner Research Circle Members and included responses from 465 IT and business professionals spanning 18 business sectors in North America, EMEA, Asia […]


Skills, culture, leadership, limiting govt digital transformation

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Despite the disruptive impact that digital transformation is having on organisations globally, it is still at the embryonic stage of maturity in government, according to the 2016 CIO Agenda survey by Gartner. Analytics, infrastructure and cloud computing continue to be the top three technology priorities for government CIOs, but shortages of skilled workers and rigid […]


Cloud management, cloud security, fastest growing across MENA

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The public cloud services market in the Middle East and North Africa region is projected to grow 18.1% in 2016 to total $864.2 million, up from an estimated $731.6 million in 2015, according to Gartner. Business process as a service, the largest segment of the cloud services market by revenue in MENA, is expected to […]


Gartner revises worldwide IT spending downwards, projects -0.5% contraction

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Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5% over 2015 spending of $3.5 trillion, according to Gartner. This is a reduction from the last forecast of 0.5% growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations. “There is an undercurrent of economic uncertainty that is […]


African enterprise hardware spending dips by 5% in 2015 says IDC

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A new research report released by International Data Corporation shows that the Middle East and Africa enterprise hardware market comprising servers and external storage remained flat in 2015 when compared to the annual revenues seen in the previous year. Referencing its latest Quarterly Server and Disk Storage Systems Tracker, the research firm announced that enterprise […]


South Africa amongst top four mobile countries in META says IDC

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Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Africa, and UAE together accounted for approximately 38.7% of the entire mobility opportunity within the META region in 2015. Saudi Arabia is the single largest mobility market in META, followed by Turkey. However, the rest of the META region is expected to grow at faster CAGR of 5.1% over the 2014 […]


Why are PC shipments still declining

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Shipments of PC units into Africa have slumped to their lowest ever decline. In Q2 2015, Kenya experienced a decline of PC unit shipments at close to -55% YOY, followed by Ghana and Algeria at close to -41%. The outlook for PC shipments continues to call for eventual stabilisation as competition from other devices eases, […]


Oppo, Vivo smartphone vendors enter global marketplace, IDC

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The biggest recent change to the global smartphone market, was the addition of lesser known Chinese brands Oppo and Vivo, which pushed out previous fourth and fifth place players Lenovo and Xiaomi, respectively, according to International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. As the China market matures, the appetite for smartphones has slowed dramatically […]


PC shipments to decline further in 2016 says IDC

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As market sentiment remains low in 2016, IDC expects to see a delay in the recovery of PC demand. Overall, 2016 will experience a further decline on 2015, as growth is only expected to occur in the second half of the year. A slightly stronger recovery is expected during 2017, after which the region will […]