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Africa’s entry into Big Data and analytics

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The African market is witnessing a maturation of data analytics into an independent, intuitive technology. It is becoming integral to the way people work, moving away from the predominant use by only a select few, towards a tool that is utilised across the entire organisation. According to Jane Thomson, Managing Director at Softworx, in 2017, […]


Safaricom uses Nokia CEM on Demand to differentiate services in Kenya

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Customer demands are constantly evolving and will not slow down. To keep pace with this, operators have been managing digital transformation, seamless omni-channel experiences and embedding the voice of the customer into their operations. However, with technology evolving faster, growing competition and greater consumer standards, it is increasingly difficult to maintain pace with customers. This […]


Africa gears up for IoT transformation

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A recent global survey by HP Enterprise of 3,000+ IT and business decision makers at the end of 2016, found that the Internet of Things has hit an inflection point in their minds. IoT is moving from good to great. Expectations from IoT are sky-high, and those who have implemented IoT in the right way […]


Spammers cashed in on WannaCry epidemics to promote fraudulent protection services

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In Q2 2017, cybercriminals involved in spam distribution tried to capitalise on public fears when the WannaCry ransomware epidemic struck in May. Knowing that there are lots of people out there infected with this ransomware, and searching for ways to get their encrypted data back, fraudsters sent out spam and phishing emails, offering users different […]


ShadowPad: backdoor exposed in software used by hundreds of companies globally

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Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a backdoor planted in a server management software product used by hundreds of large businesses around the world. When activated, the backdoor allows attackers to download further malicious modules or steal data. Kaspersky Lab has alerted NetSarang, the vendor of the affected software, and it has promptly removed the malicious […]


POPI adds a new dimension to personal data protection in South Africa

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Whether one has totally embraced South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act or not – or truly understands the legal responsibilities it enforces upon businesses and organisations – there is no denying it has altered the scope of data protection, management and governance in South Africa. POPI is now a reality and the year […]


LinkedIn launches mobile web and Android app ‘LinkedIn Lite’ in Africa

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LinkedIn,  the world’s largest professional network, has announced the availability of its new LinkedIn Lite mobile web and Android app in more than 60 countries across the world including Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria. LinkedIn Lite is designed for markets where bandwidth is a challenge. LinkedIn Lite is a lighter, faster version of its […]


Data risks give no rewards, Kaspersky Lab warns

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Users are putting their precious and sensitive data in danger, by the way they share both their information, and their physical devices containing this information with others. Kaspersky Lab’s My Precious Data: Stranger Danger report lifts the lid on data sharing habits and reveals that people who share their data and devices, live digital lives […]


BYOD doesn’t have to be your biggest headache

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Article by: Manish Bhardwaj, Senior Marketing Manager, Middle East and Turkey at Aruba, Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Smartphones and other personal devices can now be found in most businesses as users are staying connected to the corporate network from anywhere, any time. It’s the stuff that keeps IT and security managers up at night – […]


Hacking is at an all-time high, it’s time to up the security game

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Two significant events happened recently. One positive, the other, cripplingly negative. First the good: The International Labour Organization recently recognised cybersecurity as a part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, as being hacked does not just put company’s assets or reputation at risk, but can also affects people’s health. Now, for the […]


Allied Mobile revamps supply chain with Epicor Analytics

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South Africa based Allied Mobile is a cellular product distributor and third-party logistics provider for the mobile telecommunications industry in Africa. Founded in 2003, the company’s total addressable market covers 38 countries across the continent and a population of over 700 million. This has been achieved with mobile vendors like Nokia, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, […]


Vodafone Egypt selects Ericsson SGSN-MME for network virtualisation

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Having selected Ericsson as its Network Function Virtualisation partner, Vodafone Egypt has gone live with the first commercial virtual network function in the Middle East. Since October 2016, Ericsson’s virtual Serving GPRS Support Node – Mobility Management Entity or SGSN-MME, has been serving and managing commercial mobile broadband traffic on the Vodafone Egypt network. The […]


45 million emails passed by incumbent email security systems, nearly 25% are ‘unsafe’

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Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the results of its third quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA), a report of the results of tests which measure the effectiveness of incumbent email security systems. This quarter’s assessment noted a continued challenge of securing organisations from malicious attachments, dangerous files types, impersonation […]


Digital connectivity is key to new era of sustainability

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Articles by Ziad Salameh, MD and GM, west region of Cisco Middle East Countries, regions and the world at large face a growing list of challenges. Food, water, job creation and widening gap between rich and poor appear insufficient, driving social and political instability. However, there appear to be solutions to tackle these insurmountable challenges. […]


Gartner says South African IT spending will grow 2.4% in 2017

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IT spending in South Africa is forecast to total R266 billion in 2017, a 2.4% increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. Software is predicted to be the best-performing segment, with a 13.2% increase year-on-year (see Table 1). “South Africa has traditionally underinvested in IT,” said John-David Lovelock, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. […]


SAP study reveals four key traits of a Digital Transformation Leader

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While 84% of global companies say that digital transformation is critical to their survival in the next five years, only 3% have completed company-wide transformation efforts, shows a new study from SAP SE. The study, supported by Oxford Economics, was released at SAP Leonardo Live, held 11–12 July in Frankfurt, Germany. Significantly, the results could […]


Industry 4.0 is gathering speed in Africa

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Industry experts from SAP, Orange Business Services and Delloite speak to Intelligent CIO Africa about the impact of the fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa. Industry 4.0 describes the digitisation and automation of traditional manufacturing and production methods and is an opportunity to streamline processes, enhance efficiency and improve safety. A 2016 study by Deloitte titled […]


Cisco South Africa launches Cybersecurity Experience Centre and Academy

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Globally, there were more than a million job openings in cybersecurity in 2016 and the demand for cybersecurity experts has grown three times faster than any other IT role. The shortage of cybersecurity professionals threatens both the private and public sectors in attempts to defend against the relentless evolution of cybercrime and shifting attack modes. […]


Death to passwords: identity management in the modern age

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By Deepak Narain, Regional Presales Manager – MENA, VMware, one of the world’s leading enablers of digital transformation. Who are you? And can you prove it? These are the two questions your technology asks you every morning. And we now have a variety of ways to answer them: from typing complex, though hopefully memorable, passwords, […]


The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership

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GIL 2017: Africa • Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017 • Venue: Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa Frost & Sullivan’s seventh consecutive Growth Innovation and Leadership (GIL) 2017: Africa summit reconvenes on 17 August, 2017 at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Visionary C-level executives from all over Africa will gather to […]