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Richard Mullins, director at Acceleration Middle East & Africa.

Unlocking big data’s benefits with data visualisation

June 21, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments (0)

As every marketer knows, we have more data about our customers and how they interact with our brands at our fingertips than ever before. We have a deluge of real-time data flooding business, from a wide range of systems and sources—internal CRM databases, data managed by agencies, data from channels such as search, social, ad-servers [&hellip...

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Retailers need to start looking at CRM tools that also incorporates social media and other real-time behavioural data.

Social CRM works harder for retailers

June 21, 2017 • Big Data, Retail, Top StoriesComments (0)

Unless they can run smart, modern Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategies, traditional and online retailers will struggle to grow their customer base. New approaches are set to disrupt how marketers reach their target markets, and they need to be...

Claude Schuck, regional manager at Veeam Africa.

Managing the value of data

June 20, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

  The value of data is something that has progressed from a technology discussion into a business imperative. No organisation can survive in the always-on environment without having access to data. Fortunately, better business resilience is to be had by...

The banks will become the processing engine while the customer ownership sits with the start-up and the innovator.

Digital transformation, the centrepiece of growth

June 12, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud ComputingComments (0)

More than two-thirds of CEOs of the 2,000 largest global organisations have identified digital transformation as the centrepiece of their growth and profitability strategies (1) moving forward. To successfully transform, business leaders are recognising the...

Moving to the Cloud gives us the perfect opportunity to declutter our data.
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Automated data archiving: a crucial aspect of digital transformation

June 11, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

As more and more South African firms continue with their Cloud migration programmes, the importance of having an enterprise-wide data archiving strategy comes sharply into focus. If you are in the process of embracing the benefits of new Cloud and...

Mellanox 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapters: flexible I/O for the dynamic data centre.  (image source: file photo)

Mellanox network adapters: flexible I/O for the dynamic data centre

June 9, 2017 • Big Data, Sponsored, Top StoriesComments Off on Mellanox network adapters: flexible I/O for the dynamic data centre

Mellanox continues its leadership in providing high-performance networking technologies by delivering superior productivity and scaling in 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, enabling data centres to do more with less. These adaptors are now...

Kelly Preston, data analytics manager, SilverBridge.

Welcome to the era of smart data discovery

June 8, 2017 • Big Data, GeneralComments Off on Welcome to the era of smart data discovery

With effective data analysis being an essential part of the success of any insurer, companies are looking at increasingly innovative ways to extract meaningful insight. Kelly Preston, data analytics manager at SilverBridge, says smart data discovery is one...

Neil Cameron, Johnson Controls Area General Manager, Building Efficiency – Africa.

Analytics – unlocking the value of the data in your building

June 8, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, OpinionComments Off on Analytics – unlocking the value of the data in your building

Buildings have evolved, along with virtually everything else. The concept of the “smart building” is not a new one and, indeed, there are many examples of operational and successful smart buildings in use, today. However, as with all smart things,...

Johan Scheepers, Commvault Systems Engineering Director for MESAT

If it’s not your expertise, leave disaster recovery to the experts

June 5, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Opinion, SecurityComments Off on If it’s not your expertise, leave disaster recovery to the experts

With technological innovations on the rise and hardware and software becoming more complex as a result, the tasks associated with the upkeep of IT operations have become more time-consuming as well. Rather than giving their IT department more resources to...

VPN 10 questions to ask when selecting one.

Is It Still Possible to Protect One’s Online Privacy?

May 24, 2017 • Big Data, Lists, SecurityComments Off on Is It Still Possible to Protect One’s Online Privacy?

Data has become the most valuable commodity in the world, the same way as oil was a century ago, and concerns are similar: most of the world’s data is in the hands of a few giants, namely Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. As their reach keeps...

Saurabh Kumar, CEO of In2IT.

Data analytics enabling better decision making

May 18, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Data analytics enabling better decision making

Predicting future trends in order to cultivate continued growth and success is not a new practice. Many organisations conduct extensive research, often for years, using the knowledge to make informed business decisions. However, technologies such as the...

Simeon Tassev, Managing Director and QSA at Galix Networking

The four steps of cyber security

May 17, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, SecurityComments Off on The four steps of cyber security

The threat of cyberattacks is on the rise for restaurants and retailers across South Africa and a data breach that leaves millions of consumer credit cards at risk is a threat that no business operator ever wants to face. However, given the increased demand...

Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management.

Defeat data chaos in the ‘Age of the Connected Individual’

May 16, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Defeat data chaos in the ‘Age of the Connected Individual’

Currently, organisations have access to more data than ever before. However, this data cannot be used to its full advantage if it cannot be identified, located, and established if it can be trusted. An effective data catalogue and governance programme can...

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Westcon-Comstor’s SAP Platform to Benefit Vendors, Solution Providers

May 11, 2017 • Big Data, Software, SponsoredComments Off on Westcon-Comstor’s SAP Platform to Benefit Vendors, Solution Providers

  Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data centre solutions, today announced that its global SAP roll-out has been completed and the company is running live on the...

Gustav Piater, Sales & Marketing Director, AIGS.

BI on the fly – coping with dirty, ill-prepared data

May 3, 2017 • Big Data, General, OpinionComments Off on BI on the fly – coping with dirty, ill-prepared data

There’s a classic problem that almost every business intelligence (BI) project runs into at one stage or another: Either the data is in a bad way or it hasn’t been prepared for presentation at the BI layer. An integrator might be looking to do a proof of...

The importance of planning an effective protection strategy against a range of potential attacks – both internal and external.

10 Tips for a Hybrid Network Enabled Security

May 3, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Opinion, SecurityComments Off on 10 Tips for a Hybrid Network Enabled Security

The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is one of the main driving forces behind organisational competitiveness in the modern business environment. Modern businesses increasingly rely on network-supported technologies, such as cloud...