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Thabo Ndlela, non-executive Director, IFS South Africa

Enterprise Operational Intelligence enables accelerated decision-making

March 22, 2017 • Big Data, General, Internet of Things, Opinion, SoftwareComments (0)

Most organisations are coming under growing pressure to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, deliver more value to customers and other stakeholders, and respond quickly to a fast-changing business environment. The key to meeting these business goals lies in leveraging the wealth of data that today’s enterprise has at its disposal to understand enterprise...

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Dell EMC Forum 2017

6 Rules of Disruption- Dell EMC Forum

March 13, 2017 • Backup and Storage, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Events, Software, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

At the recent Dell EMC Forum hosted in Johannesburg on the 9th of March, keynote speaker Nigel Moulton, gave his address to the attentive audience on the 6 rules for disruption. Moulton, who is the CTO, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division at Dell EMC,...

Rob Godlonton Director at EOH.

Navigating a Successful Journey toward IoT and Big Data in the Cloud

March 10, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, OpinionComments (0)

It is predicted that by 2020, 25 billion devices will be connected to IoT and 600 zettabytes of information will be sitting in the cloud. The cloud is the big enabler if you want to leverage the new IoT economy in business. Cloud has created the capacity,...

Marco Pozzoni, EMEA & India Sales Director at NetApp.

Why Big Data Analytics is at the Heart of Digital Transformation

March 6, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Why Big Data Analytics is at the Heart of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is reshaping the way the channel does business across all industries. Already today, organisations are focusing on delivering new classes of applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality or Artificial Intelligence. All...

Jonathan Lewarne, Senior Director: Insurance Business Development at TransUnion.

Four Ways Big Data Will Reshape Insurance in South Africa

March 2, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Four Ways Big Data Will Reshape Insurance in South Africa

Of all the burgeoning ‘InsurTech’ domains, it’s in Big Data that the most immediate opportunities lie… For insurance players, Big Data isn’t merely about having a more detailed profile of the customer and sharpening risk their management models. It...

Kelly Preston, data analytics manager at SilverBridge.

Big Data transforming insurance

February 28, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Big Data transforming insurance

The growth of data has changed the way insurers use information. Today, they need to more effectively tap into new data sources to better price their risks and improve customer relationships. Kelly Preston, data analytics manager at SilverBridge, takes a...

Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at New Telco SA.

Telecoms trends for 2017 – the year IoT comes into its own

February 27, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Mobile and Telecoms, OpinionComments Off on Telecoms trends for 2017 – the year IoT comes into its own

2017 promises to be an exciting year in the field of IT and telecommunication as projects and technologies that have been unable to get out of the starting blocks for the last two to three years, take off. The big story for 2017 is going to be the push to get...

Daryn Mason, Oracle CX Evangelist.

Get your outcomes right and the metrics will follow

February 25, 2017 • Big Data, General, Online & Social, OpinionComments Off on Get your outcomes right and the metrics will follow

In order to measure campaigns successfully, organisations must make sure they choose the right set of outcomes Measuring the success of a marketing or sales campaign is notoriously tricky. The plethora of metrics that can be used to track progress means that...

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

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...

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

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 Off on Over 554 million records stolen in first half of 2016

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...