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Chief Marketing Officer: Ally or Rival?

May 24, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The position of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) has undergone tremendous scrutiny over the past few years. The role in and of itself – is it of value, should it be rebranded, what are its long term prospects and the relationship with the Chief Information Officer (CIO)? Both CMO and CIO have had their boundaries [&hellip...

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DIY or Buy? Weighing up Infrastructure Options for Big Data

May 24, 2016 • Enterprise, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Choosing how to implement your Big Data capabilities is critical; buying a complete solution could reap rewards. Building your own big data capabilities from scratch does seem tempting to many companies. They see it as a way to tailor the technology to their...

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Understanding the risk and cost of a DDoS attack

May 23, 2016 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Today, more and more companies are outsourcing their online operations, such as websites, e-commerce, e-mail and domain name system (DNS), to focus on core business activities and lower costs. As a result, hosting providers are experiencing double-digit...

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Connecting the always-mobile bank of the future in Africa

May 23, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

As a mobile-centric hub, Africa has the capability to approach banking in a whole new manner. In fact, today very few Africans have access to traditional banking accounts. The issue that arises is a lack of infrastructure to support the all-encompassing...

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Making smart tech purchases is key to growing your business

May 23, 2016 • Enterprise, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

In these digitally-centric yet tough economic times, there is a tendency by purchasing managers, to focus on price and budget as the main criteria, above all else when purchasing the tech products that have become essential to doing business. However, to...

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Economic downfall: The future of the IT landscape

May 20, 2016 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

There is very little hesitation in the minds of South Africans that our economy is under huge pressure. You just need to look at the news headlines to see it. With the rand weakening and interest rates on the rise, businesses around the country are being left...

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FinTech must identify the problem if disruption is to be successful

May 20, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Kevin Johnson Head of Innotribe Innovation Programmes at SWIFT, says Innotribe has learned from its work with the FinTech ecosystem.  “Always start with clearly identifying what problem you are trying to address. If you don’t, you end up with a solution...

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Is EFT making a comeback in Africa?

May 19, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) may be one of the older payment methods on the block, but thanks to fraud and crime they are experiencing a revival.  As technology platforms evolve to make EFTs more easily managed by users and merchants alike, they are...

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Will the Internet of Things impact banking?

May 19, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Discussions around the Internet of Things (IoT) are widespread in the technology industry right now, with many analysts suggesting that we are entering the second digital revolution. Gartner is even predicting that there will be 25 billion smartphones,...

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Addressing the threat of cyber-crime in the digital era

May 19, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Many researchers now estimate the scale of the global cybercrime business to be greater than that of drug trafficking. Kaspersky Labs’ recent survey revealed that 9 out of 10 companies have already been a target of cybercrime, in some shape or form. Many of...

T-Systems

Dynamic Unified Communications: Ensure your solution is fully integrated

May 18, 2016 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African companies in every industry are becoming enchanted by the possibilities of Cloud-based architecture and services. One area of the organisation that is perfectly primed for migration to the Cloud is that of Unified Communications and...

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Changing Always-On expectations in the public sector

May 17, 2016 • Company News, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The public sector has moved beyond a backup-only approach towards embracing true business continuity thereby enabling an Always-On environment. This is according to insights shared at the Veeam V-Club event held in Pretoria recently. Gregg Petersen, regional...

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Three ways for companies to unlearn the traditional workplace

May 17, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The notion of what defines a workplace is evolving with the new millennium. For example, on any given day, a company can have less than 50% office utilisation, as employees may be offsite attending a client meeting, travelling, on holiday, or simply working...

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M2M technology driving agriculture’s industrialisation

May 17, 2016 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The agriculture and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors are heading for a union that is being brought about by natural calamity, economic developments and changes in the ICT space. Natural disasters such as drought, coupled with farmers’...

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The need for Open source skills in Africa

May 16, 2016 • Opinion, Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

With many businesses transitioning from legacy systems to ones built on open source (OS) software, there is a need for skilled employees that can unlock the value this approach offers. Despite the fact that OS skills development is nothing new, the subtle...

Fintech

The rise of African fintech is changing the way Africans transact

May 16, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Fintech is disrupting the way ordinary Africans manage and use money. And these fintech players are standing up to traditional institutions as a force to be reckoned with. Accenture estimates that over one-third of mainstream financial services’ revenue is...

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