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‘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 […]

Siemon enhances the Digital Lighting Partner programme

Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has continued its commitment to adding value to its global network of installers and contractors by developing and enhancing the Digital Lighting Partner (DLP) programme. It is uniquely designed to deliver business opportunities to a network of Siemon installers by leveraging key industry partnerships and growth in the […]

Fortinet announces expansion of Fabric-Ready Partner Program

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced its new Fabric Connectors, which automate operational capabilities in multi-vendor environments through open API (Application Programming Interfaces) integration with Fabric-Ready alliance partner technologies. Fabric Connectors provide one-click connectivity of Fortinet Security Fabric solutions with customers’ existing security ecosystem and provide automation of […]

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 to accelerate infrastructure deployments

SUSE has unveiled SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8, its latest enterprise-ready OpenStack Cloud platform. Based on OpenStack Pike, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 is the first release to integrate the best of SUSE OpenStack Cloud and HPE OpenStack technology, which was acquired by SUSE last year. In addition to accelerating the deployment of software-defined infrastructure, it delivers […]

Vox looks to the channel to capitalise on virtual data centre demand

Integrated ICT and telecommunications provider Vox is looking to extend its Virtual Data Centre (VDC) offering by making it available to its channel partners. “We believe there is a good revenue opportunity, especially for managed services providers that cannot afford to purchase the full cloud infrastructure,” said Craig Freer, Executive Head of Cloud and Managed […]

SearchInform holds road show in South Africa

Information security experts as well as top managers and executives were among those to attend SearchInform’s road show, themed Money Loss Prevention: futuristic security, in South Africa. The company entered the South African market in March 2018 and has immediately engaged businesses to showcase its solutions. The company offers a fresh perspective on cybersecurity, replacing a […]

Increase in ransomware attacks targeting supply chain

Cybercriminals are turning their attention to the supply chain as a new means to exploit business data. This is according to Dimension Data’s newly published Executive Guide to the NTT Security 2018 Global Threat Intelligence Report, which has revealed there was a worrying increase in ransomware and other cyberattacks targeting the supply chain in 2017. […]

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, […]

Paratus Botswana now offers quality Molex cabling solutions

Paratus Botswana has launched a new initiative that is aimed at equipping employees with the skills needed to meet the challenges of the fast-evolving technological world. The intensive training course is for staff to futureproof customers’ networking infrastructure. As a talent-led organisation, Paratus aims to develop the critical skills needed to make market-relevant interventions and […]

AppCentrix announces expansion into Middle East

AppCentrix, a leading South Africa-based managed ICT services company, has announced its expansion into the Middle East and the signing of a distribution agreement with ExtraHop, a leader in real-time IT analytics for network performance management and security. The company intends to capitalise on the region’s growing need for robust and competitively priced cybersecurity solutions […]

Leading data management firm Veeam unveils DataLabs component

Veeam® Software, a leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise, has unveiled a new, key component of Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform – Veeam DataLabs™. A form of copy data management, Veeam DataLabs allows organisations to easily create new instances of their production environments on demand. This capability enables use cases beyond typical data protection […]

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 […]

HomeFixer app launched to ease home renovations and maintenance

An app to held fix any household related issue at the push of a button has been launched. HomeFixer was recently launched by 2018 Namibian rugby captain Renaldo Bothma, who is now playing in the UK for Harlequins. It is a free mobile app that puts users in touch with tradesmen, service providers and companies […]

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 […]

‘Protecting the Human Point’ paper to be presented at summit

Today, the traditional security perimeter has dissolved, primarily because of two changes within the enterprise – the rise of the mobile employee and the wide scale adoption of cloud services. This means that security professionals can no longer take a threat-centric approach, but must be prepared to respond to and manage threats which could already […]

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 […]

Developer walks away with SilverBridge Awesome Projects award

SilverBridge developer Tsundzukani Davi Mhlongo has walked away with the first prize in the customer category award of the annual SilverBridge Awesome Projects campaign. His SmartGrid solution simplifies the way Exergy users resolve validation errors. “Tsundzukani joined SilverBridge as an intern in 2016 following which he was appointed as a permanent staff member. This illustrates […]