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Prioritise keeping your bitcoin safe, secure and available

South African cryptocurrency exchanges are on the increase promising favourable rates and other value-added services to those looking to venture into these digital assets. Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam, says we need to carefully consider the impact that cryptocurrencies will have on availability strategies. When I was a child, the prospect of […]

Businesses need to be more proactive to prevent cyberattacks

What happens when corporate IT infrastructure is compromised by a cyberattack? In an age where the cyber security landscape is evolving with sophisticated malware and almost every employee is connected to the organisation’s server and the Internet, Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager at Kaspersky Lab, says that reputation damage is a real risk. As the growth […]

The importance of availability for universities in 2018

The cost and importance of higher education mean this sector is always open to scrutiny. Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam, says application and data availability are crucial to both the smooth running of a university and ensuring it the headlines for the right reasons. The unfortunate upshot is that technology and availability […]

Wireless tech is an integral part of Africa’s telco development

While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams by service providers of all types is still a major issue that needs to be addressed. Comprehensive and well-intended rural rollout strategies still remain unaffordable […]

Five traits of the transformational Chief Information Officer

Article by Niral Patel, MD and Technology Leader, Oracle South Africa The transformational Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the talk of the town – a captain of innovation, charting a course toward digital transformation for your business. With a view that stretches beyond the IT department, the transformational CIO is instigating a seismic shift in […]

Public cloud: only part of the strategy for MEA organisations

Article by Yousuf Khan, CIO of Pure Storage For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive. Consumers can, in theory, embrace or reject the trend as they see fit. But a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors. The good news is that enterprises in the Middle East and […]

Kickstarting business growth with smart software development

Article by Gareth Hawkey, CEO of redPanda Software Choosing the right development approach is key to success in a fast-moving environment… In today’s digitally-driven business environment, it is critical that businesses are powered by enterprise software that is tailored to their specific needs. Indeed, every business – even if they sit within the same sector […]

Unpacking what the local data centre means for business in Africa

Article by Amr Kamel, General Manager, Microsoft West, East and Central Africa Cloud is revolutionising the way companies in Africa do business. The announcement that Microsoft is building two new data centres on the continent will further help businesses in Africa connect to opportunities across the globe while taking full advantage of the benefits cloud […]

Retailers turning to digital, smarter stores to woo customers

Article by Chantel Troskie, Customer Experience Senior Sales Manager at Oracle As the holiday shopping rush gets into full swing, South African retailers are increasingly looking to technology that they can use to improve their operations, better understand and engage with their customers – using both off- and online channels – and set themselves apart […]

Control Risks reveal the top five business risks for southern Africa

Political uncertainty through transitions and instability are among the key risks for businesses in southern Africa in 2018, says specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks in its annual political and security risk forecast RiskMap. Control Risks’ Senior Partner for southern Africa George Nicholls comments: “2018 will see continued uncertainty around political leadership in our southern […]

Gartner says by 2020 AI will create more jobs than it eliminates

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator. The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the […]

Africa’s telcos should invest in tech to counter stalled revenue growth

Although Africa’s largest telco operators are generally showing growth in their customer bases, revenue growth has somewhat stalled to as little as 1% year-on-year, says Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa. This means that despite attracting an increased number of customers, the amount each of these customers spend is decreasing. “In the wake […]

Sophos 2017 malware trends and predictions for the year ahead

Article by Harish Chib, Vice President, Sophos, Middle East & Africa From online gaming to mobile apps and wearable tech, technology is used at almost every touch point in people’s day-to-day lives. However, the downside of living in this hyper-connected society means that people are also extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks. This year’s Malware Report from […]

Looking at the availability landscape for the upcoming year

Article by Danny Allan, Vice President for Product Strategy, Veeam Cloud replication hits an up-turn Business continuity for digital services has been a significant focus for every executive over the past decade. Enterprises no longer just offer digital services, they ARE the digital services which they provide. Downtime is not acceptable. This recognition has led […]

Increasing regulations see a shift in data analytics

An increasingly complex regulatory environment is putting the spotlight on organisations to be compliant. Kelly Preston, Data Analytics Manager, and Angelique Strumpher, Administration Manager for Business Process Outsourcing at SilverBridge, explore how this impacts on the data analytic capabilities of a business. In South Africa, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) – promulgated on […]

IDC analyses its 2017 ICT predictions for South Africa

South Africa’s economy continues to feel the pressure of recent credit rating downgrades and further potential downgrades looming in the future. “We spoke about how tough this year was going to be at the 2017 IDC Predictions event we hosted at the end of 2016, looking back this has definitely become a reality for South […]

Could planned downtime be costing you business?

Article by Mohamad Rizk, Manager System Engineers, Middle East at Veeam Software One of the rarely spoken about aspects of technology is the level of compromise it requires. Most articles tend to focus on benefits; how whatever the innovation is will make life easier, faster or smarter. Instead of the fact that users will have […]

Securing your enterprise network with artificial intelligence

Article by: Morten Illum, VP EMEA, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Artificial intelligence (AI), often throws up visions of a futuristic earth, where self-aware robots are programmed to be ethical in their behaviour and protect human lives at all costs. It’s clear that an AI future is already here, with chat bots and home […]

You’ve been digitally transforming for longer than you think

Article by Heath Huxtable, Consulting and Integration at Vox Digital transformation as a concept is something we liken to the Y2K phenomenon, brought about by the IT industry as a way of creating and driving new business opportunities, but it isn’t actually something new. The reality is that businesses like ours, that deliver ERP solutions […]

Gartner finds Chief Data Officers are enabling digital transformation

As the role of chief data officer (CDO) continues to gain traction within organisations, a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. found that these data and analytics leaders are proving to be a linchpin of digital business transformation. The third annual Gartner Chief Data Officer survey was conducted July through September 2017 with 287 CDOs, chief […]