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Sekete Patrick Maphopha, SE manager for Africa at NetApp.

Data is the most valuable asset for dot.com’s rising stars

February 23, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments (0)

Nowadays, if you watch Dragon’s Den or The Apprentice, the majority of the proposed business ideas – not necessarily that receive investment – are online-based businesses or apps. In the very least, budding entrepreneurs are advised to ditch the traditional retail store. Therefore, it’s no wonder that companies such as Amazon.com, Uber and AirBnB,...

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Data security should also be considered by dating sites.

The data behind dating: can data ever really replace chemistry?

February 14, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

There are an estimated 1 000 dating sites currently operating in South Africa – some of them stating membership numbers of up to several million. There is no doubt that the modern world and social norms have shifted, such that online and in-app...

Amr Kamel, Microsoft GM in the West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands.

Over 554 million records stolen in first half of 2016

February 10, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

More than 554 million data records were stolen during the first half of 2016, a 31% increase from the previous six months – and that was just from the enterprises that reported their breaches. Unfortunately, many organisations that experienced a breach...

The initiative provides a cloud based learning platform for IT skills development. (IBM)

IBM invests $70 million to bring digital skills for African youth

February 9, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Education, Top StoriesComments Off on IBM invests $70 million to bring digital skills for African youth

IBM is investing $70 million in building digital, cloud and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital – Nation Africa,”  aims to equip 25 million people with IT skills over the next...

Martin Walshaw, Senior Engineer at F5 Networks.

Protect yourself from cybercriminals this Valentine’s day

February 8, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Opinion, SecurityComments (2)

According to romantic legend, St. Valentine was quite the match-maker, marrying young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II and literally losing his head into the bargain. It is a good yarn but, in truth, nobody knows who he really was. In...

Bilal Vallee, IT Audit Manager at Mazars.

A new skills gap forming in the audit industry

February 6, 2017 • Backup and Storage, Big Data, OpinionComments Off on A new skills gap forming in the audit industry

As businesses increasingly focus on big data and more complex systems, the pressure is mounting on the auditing industry to produce the necessary skills and rethink its standards, says Bilal Vallee, IT Audit Manager at Mazars. The capability of businesses to...

Gavin Holme, Business Head - Africa, Wipro Limited

The role of applications in the digital transformation journey

January 30, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, OpinionComments Off on The role of applications in the digital transformation journey

In a world driven by big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud connectivity, applications have become the system we use to record everything, as well as the platform we use to interact with customers, suppliers, each other and – yes – things. Smart...

Andrew Baker, Chief Information Officer: Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays Africa.

Bringing crowdsourcing into banks’ tech development teams

January 24, 2017 • Big Data, Finance, Opinion, SoftwareComments Off on Bringing crowdsourcing into banks’ tech development teams

Within today’s challenging business environment, companies need to utilise technology to make their business processes more flexible, adaptable, and responsive to market changes, disruption, and ever-evolving customer expectations. In the local software...

Mark Bregman, SVP and CTO at NetApp (Source: NetApp)

Six IT and storage technology trends for 2017

January 24, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Lists, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Six IT and storage technology trends for 2017

The explosion of data in today’s digital economy has resulted in a fundamental shift from using data to run the business to recognising that data is the business. In an era where data is king, superior data management and storage in the hybrid cloud become...

Johan Scheepers, Commvault Systems Engineering Director for MESAT.

Five key considerations for effective Big Data protection

December 14, 2016 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Five key considerations for effective Big Data protection

In the past few years there has been much hype around Big Data and why organisations need to harness and analyse it in order to deliver business value and overall success. Big Data initiatives are on the rise as enterprises strive to increase efficiency,...

Big data is becoming ever more important for decision-makers.

How big data and storage trends will drive business in 2017

December 14, 2016 • Big Data, General, SoftwareComments Off on How big data and storage trends will drive business in 2017

One of the biggest technological shifts that happened in South Africa over the past 12 months has been the growing awareness of the importance that data and storage have within a business. Several experts weigh in their views on the trends to watch, in the...

Digital Business

Business tech trends for 2017

November 21, 2016 • Big Data, General, Top StoriesComments Off on Business tech trends for 2017

The world is in a constant state of digital evolution. New business trends quickly and dramatically determine how people work, shop and communicate. Here are the most important digital business trends to expect in 2017: On-demand economy Consumers want things...

Huawei partners with Walkbase to introduce venue crowd solutions and marketing solutions.

Huawei, Walkbase launch crowd analytics solution

November 2, 2016 • Big Data, Software, Top StoriesComments Off on Huawei, Walkbase launch crowd analytics solution

Huawei and Walkbase have joined forces to launch a venue crowd analytics and marketing solution, which allows venue owners across districts, malls, airports and other industries to optimize customer experiences. The platform anonymously analyses customer...

Rudraksh Bhawalkar, Practice Manager, Analytics, Africa, Wipro Limited and Dean Terry - General Manager, Analytics, Wipro Limited.

Analytics-as-a-Service – a remedy to overcome ‘analytics inertia’

October 31, 2016 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Analytics-as-a-Service – a remedy to overcome ‘analytics inertia’

A company’s data is now firmly acknowledged as one of its most vital assets. With a better understanding of one’s data, organisations can move closer to their customers, decide how best to evolve and transform their operations, and enhance their...

Telkom and CiTi recently launched a 300Mbps, uncontended, low latency fibre connection at the opening of The Basement co-working space and innovation lab.  (Image source: File)

Telkom, Citi launch uncontended fibre connection

October 27, 2016 • Big Data, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom, Citi launch uncontended fibre connection

The launch of a 300 Mbps, uncontended, low latency fibre connection may bring joy to Big data analysts and online gamers. They can now go on about their business without having to worry about connectivity. The fibre link is powered by Telkom, in partnership...

Sridhar Iyengar, Vice President, ManageEngine.

85% users believe ITSM analytics enhances IT services-ManageEngine

October 26, 2016 • Big Data, Enterprise, GeneralComments Off on 85% users believe ITSM analytics enhances IT services-ManageEngine

The results of a recent survey done by ManageEngine has revealed that 85 percent of users believe ITSM analytics will enhance IT service delivery, a further 36 percent believe that analytics would improve service desk efficiency and 30 percent believe it...