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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 gives insurers the opportunity to re-imagine the very nature of insurance, add greater value to...

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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...

By Eckart Zollner, Group Business Development, Jasco

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...

"Africa cannot operate in isolation" says NetApp's Patrick Maphopha

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...

Relationship break-ups put personal privacy at risk

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...

Siemens to accelerate digitalization skills across Africa

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...

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: tick box exercise or catalyst for change?

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: Convenient and Controversial

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...

South Africa: GAP innovation competition open for new entries

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...