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Digital transformation in Africa’s Maghreb

As we move from the information era to the digital era, the network continues to grow in relevance. It connects all things digital and is the lifeblood of digital business. If the network foundation crumbles, the business will be crippled. Digital transformation, the connection of people, businesses and things through technology has become very critical […]


Nigeria’s financial sector under cybersecurity threat

Cybersecurity awareness month has highlighted that African countries need to urgently scale up efforts to combat cybercrimes through a multi-stakeholder approach involving government, industry, private and civil society organisations. Cisco’s Virtual Networking Index predicts that Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa in 2020 will be equivalent to 527x the volume of the entire […]


5G networks road to progress for African nations

Do not get me wrong. I am looking forward to faster mobile internet as much as the next person. But the significance of 5G goes much further than that, particularly for mobile network providers. Last September, the United Nations information and communication technologies agency ITU shared its vision of a 5G mobile broadband connected society […]


How the CIOs role will change in Saas world

The ease of adoption of cloud software as a service is increasingly leading business-unit managers to make cloud buying decisions independently of one another and independently of any central authority. According to Janelle Hill, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, this approach reflects greater freedom of choice for these business units and may improve […]


Three reasons why CIOs still need a cloud strategy

After a decade of cloud it may come as a surprise that the issue of cloud computing is still perplexing to many CIOs. While cloud computing is a foundation for digital business, Gartner estimates that less than one-third of enterprises have a documented cloud strategy. “Cloud computing will become the dominant design style for new […]


Stepwise approach to leverage IoT for marketing

Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover partnered with a manufacturer of small Bluetooth trackers to deploy an Internet of Things programme to enable car owners to integrate tracked objects such as keys, wallets and bags into Jaguar’s InControl app. The app syncs with the in-car entertainment system and notifies the driver does not leave behind important […]


How to trim that rising datacenter power bill

Optimising use of power in datacentres is a high priority for datacentre managers, but they continue to face challenges as power becomes a larger percentage of ongoing datacentre costs. In fact, Gartner estimates that ongoing power costs are increasing at least 10% per year due to cost per kilowatt-hour increases and underlying demand, especially for […]


Six great things crossing the Atlantic teaches you

Crossing the Atlantic takes careful preparation, stamina, focus and, most of all, courage. When my family and I set sail late last year as part of the Atlantic Odyssey, a rally that sees 40 yachts cross from the Canary Islands to Martinique, I knew that as the captain of the vessel I had an important […]


Why the CIO cannot be an ERP project champion

A group of government agencies began an enterprise resource planning initiative to standardise processes, as part of a shared services initiative, with the aim of gaining greater financial visibility across agencies. The CIO perceived this project as career making and argued his case for becoming the project sponsor. Fourteen months into the project, with $16 […]


What smart cities really mean for Africa

The smart city concept is increasingly becoming central to the prevailing public discourse around Africa’s urban future. However, as with many technological buzzwords, one has to wonder whether this trend is relevant to African realities. Certainly, if a smart city is seen as the implementation of high-tech urban innovation exclusively modelled on examples from developed […]


Next mega ICT spending linked to revamp of African economies

Of the many regions within Europe, Middle East and Africa, Africa holds the greatest longer-term promise, based on population and economic growth trends. According to various reports on worldwide population trends, by 2050 Africa’s population will more than double and will account for 1 in 5 people in the world; Nigeria will surpass the United States […]


McKinsey Institute researches what lies ahead for Africa

Many people are questioning whether Africa’s economic advances are running out of steam. Five years ago, growth was accelerating in almost all of the region’s diverse economies, but recently their paths have diverged. Some countries have continued to grow fast while others have experienced a marked slowdown as a result of lower resource prices and […]


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