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Creating lasting success for your technology initiatives

Article  by Mpumi Nhlapo, Sales & Service Management Head: Demand Management at T-Systems SA. A mere decade ago, the world’s biggest companies were the likes of General Electric, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and CitiGroup. Today, that list is dominated by technology players such as Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and China Mobile. Wowed by […]


J2 Software cautious about free and easy access to IP

The growth in cyberattacks is all too familiar.  Hackers use their devious skills to acquire financial and personal information with the unwitting victim’s data either being sold or used to commit fraud or make purchases. John McLoughlin, MD, J2 Software, says that the growth in rewards programme’s fraud has provided a new method for criminals […]


How disruptive technologies are reshaping traditional business models

Datacentrix is fostering discussions on the possibilities that the digital age brings to South Africa and how disruptive technologies are reshaping traditional business models. Dr. Dennis Mwansa, an expert with both local and international experience in the field of stock traders and their related technologies, has contributed to the theme, ‘trading billions in nanoseconds – […]


GDPR: What is the impact around the globe?

Article by: Marianne Calder, VP & MD EMEA, Puppet The countdown to the official implementation of the GDPR is now over. It took a while to get the message of its importance across but by now most, if not all, organisations are creating policies to maintain compliance and avoid the fines looming over those who […]


South Africa needs specialists to fully realise cloud technology

The race to the cloud continues as South Africa is slowly transforming into a digital economy. Andrew Cruise, CEO, Routed, a cloud infrastructure provider, says that South Africa’s cloud maturity levels are still lower than other countries, but the market looks promising. “From a data centre perspective, we have seen the market double in the […]


‘AI is redefining connectivity and a new cycle of economic growth’

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving a paradigm shift in how nations prepare for the digital economy and could almost double the value of the global digital economy to US$23 trillion by 2025 from $12.9 trillion in 2017 when it accounted for 17.1% of global GDP. However, a scarcity of AI talent worldwide threatens this growth, […]


Oracle expert on shaping the economy with service

Adnan Theba, CX Sales Consulting Lead, Oracle South Africa, says that, as a small ripple can create a wave, so can a company culture focused on service delivery transform an economy. The past few years have been categorised by significant changes in the technology landscape across the globe. From emerging technologies to the refinement of entrenched […]


Commscope expert on how the MEA can embrace the changing status quo

Ehab Kanary, Managing Director with Commscope, shares his insight on how the data centre industry can prepare for the future with constant change becoming the new status quo. In places like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the government is reimagining what transportation and education will look like in the future. They’ve appointed the world’s first […]


Building safer, smarter cities with artificial neutral networks

While a number of cities are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless connectivity and cloud computing to improve internal efficiency and service delivery to communities, Kameshwar Rao Sorda, Solutions Director at Huawei Enterprise Southern Africa, says the future lies in harnessing artificial neural networks to automate and continually improve many of these operations. […]


Critical infrastructure: Downtime is simply not an option

The draft Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill in South Africa, the successor to the National Key Points Act of 1980, has elicited heated debate from several quarters. However, Gregg Petersen, Regional Vice President at Veeam, says it remains focused on improving security measures in critical infrastructure organisations, safeguarding the welfare of essential services in the process. […]


Mimecast expert on tackling cyberattacks in Kenya

Brian Pinnock, Mimecast Africa and the Middle East, discusses how the country’s new cybercrime bill is a crucial move in Kenya’s cybercrime war, but argues that all organisations will need to play their part. Cyberattacks in Kenya are on the rise. There’s barely a day that goes by where you don’t hear about a major […]


Experts from Condyn and SearchInform discuss security risks of IoT

Experts from Condyn and SearchInform discuss the security risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). Jorina van Rensburg, Managing Director of Condyn, says that, with more than 75 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2025, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become an integral part of the digital world. “As we […]


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 […]