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Data: the fertiliser that will feed Africa's agricultural transformation

Data: the fertiliser that will feed Africa’s agricultural transformation

March 28, 2018 • Big Data, General, OpinionComments Off on Data: the fertiliser that will feed Africa’s agricultural transformation

Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. The exciting world of possibilities offered by blockchain, IoT, machine learning and the like has made companies, governments and policy-makers sit up and take notice of how such technologies can be applied to foster greater innovation, efficiency...

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The ultimate promise of 5G technologies lies in its ability to deliver new essential services which go well beyond “instant gratification” for the Netflix and Hulu aficionados, says Sagi Subocki, Vice-President Products and Marketing at Softil

Unlocking 5G’s revenue potential: A roadmap for operators

March 15, 2018 • Big DataComments Off on Unlocking 5G’s revenue potential: A roadmap for operators

The industries’ focus on 5G has shifted from viewing it as a disruptive technology to now embracing it as a central part of their strategy. In its latest 5G-IoT report, unveiled at Mobile World Congress today, Ericsson lays out a roadmap for operators to...

Big data and advanced analytics: how the banking sector is keeping up

Big data and advanced analytics: How the banking sector is keeping up

March 14, 2018 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Big data and advanced analytics: How the banking sector is keeping up

Big data and advanced analytics are at the center of how financial services institutions are equipping themselves to deliver better value to their customers, while decreasing operating costs and mitigating credit, market, and operational risks. Big data is a...

Why South African businesses should protect their data

Why South African businesses should protect their data

March 8, 2018 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Why South African businesses should protect their data

It has long been said that ‘knowledge is power’ but never has that been more pertinent than it is for businesses today. What businesses know is a key differentiator as they seek to get closer to their customers and improve their own business processes...

How data analytics is transforming governance on the continent

How data analytics is transforming governance on the continent

March 6, 2018 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on How data analytics is transforming governance on the continent

Data has officially overtaken crude oil as the most valuable resource in the world. Insights gained from data analysis are increasingly used to guide better decision-making for governments and businesses. In Africa, the potential of data to improve governance...

South Africa sees shortage of cybersecurity skills

Encryption – The good and the bad

February 20, 2018 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Encryption – The good and the bad

Encryption exists to protect data from unauthorised access by translating it into a format that is unreadable without a decryption or secret key. However, the very method used to keep data safe is also being used to compromise it. The likes of Ransomware is...

Focusing on the importance of data compliance

Focusing on the importance of data compliance

February 19, 2018 • Big Data, Top StoriesComments Off on Focusing on the importance of data compliance

Data compliance is an important facet of any business today. For insurers who rely on customer data for product distribution and innovative development of better solutions, meeting the requirements of this regulation is critical. Angelique Strumpher,...

How to leverage your number one asset: Data

How to leverage your number one asset: Data

February 12, 2018 • Big DataComments Off on How to leverage your number one asset: Data

You pull up to the curb at the airport and as you exit your car, your mobile immediately directs you to the right check-in desk and then on to the relevant security gate. After clearing the gate, you’re alerted to the fact that your favourite coffee from...

key considerations for business analytics in 2018

Key considerations for business analytics in 2018

February 8, 2018 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Key considerations for business analytics in 2018

In a time when data has been labelled ‘the new oil’, businesses are scrambling to implement effective forward-thinking data management strategies that can deliver real-time insights and business value to decision-makers to drive business strategy,...

How big data and machine learning impacts IT Service Management

How big data and machine learning impacts IT Service Management

January 25, 2018 • Big Data, Top StoriesComments Off on How big data and machine learning impacts IT Service Management

A Gartner study poses that, “By 2019, IT service desks utilising machine learning enhanced technologies will free up to 30% of support capacity.” In addition, Edward Carbutt, Executive Director at Marval Africa, believes the features that machine learning...

Unlock opportunities with data-driven services

Unlock opportunities with data-driven service

January 18, 2018 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Unlock opportunities with data-driven service

While data is an indispensable part of the business environment, many organisations are still not harnessing its potential. Kelly Preston, Data Analytics Manager at SilverBridge, believes that data-driven services will empower insurers to do so, thereby...

The General Data Protection Regulation legislation is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.

Data takes the crown as a top 2018 digital trend

January 11, 2018 • Big Data, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Data takes the crown as a top 2018 digital trend

As we embark on a New Year, Pilira Mwambala, Ad Operations Director at Mark1 – a digital media execution business shares the top digital trends for 2018 and beyond. According to Mwambala there has been an upsurge in disruptive digital technology and...

Evolving the game with the management of data

Top 5 Chief Technology Officer predictions for 2018

January 9, 2018 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Top 5 Chief Technology Officer predictions for 2018

Today, we have processes that act on data and determine how it’s moved, managed and protected. But what if the data defined itself instead? As data becomes self-aware and even more diverse than it is today, the metadata will make it possible for the data to...

Data: The business risk of the future

True digital enlightenment lies in data

December 27, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on True digital enlightenment lies in data

The start of a year inevitably brings discussions around upcoming trends – with people debating what businesses should be taking on board to remain relevant. This is especially true within the technology space, as businesses continue to move towards...

Insurance industry gears up for PoPI.

POPI regulation to change the face of data analytics

December 12, 2017 • Backup and Storage, Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on POPI regulation to change the face of data analytics

In South Africa, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) – promulgated on 23 November 2013; will come into effect next year. While in Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered law in May. The grace period for POPI is expected...

The role of data and analytics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Teraco completes Hyperscale data centre

December 11, 2017 • Backup and Storage, Big Data, Top StoriesComments Off on Teraco completes Hyperscale data centre

Teraco, a provider of cloud and vendor-neutral data environments has announced the completion of their Hyperscale data centre, JB2-Bredell. The Bredell Hyperscale Data Centre Facility located in Bredell, South Africa features over 24 MW of power and 6000m²...