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Eran Feinstein, founder of 3G Direct Pay Limited

East Africa: 2015 Predictions for Businesses

December 17, 2014 • East Africa, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

2015 looks to be a great year for growth and innovation within the East African business community. Along with significant increases in tourism and advances in technology (for example, more robust mobile and Internet connections), we are seeing a much higher consumer usage rate of credit cards, mobile money, cell phones, and eCommerce sites. These ...

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2014 The Year E-commerce Grew Up

December 12, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Online shopping hit the mainstream in South Africa during 2014, says e-commerce payment services provider PayGate  – and the growth is set to continue during 2015. “The number of merchants we serve doubled this year, and the vast majority of those...

IT Predictions 2015

2015 IT Trend Predictions

December 9, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (1)

In a few short weeks, 2015 will be upon is. Our technology future is bright and there’s much to look forward to in the New Year, including a desire for endpoint protection that goes above and beyond protection inside your organisation’s four walls, an...

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Big Data: Where do you start?

December 8, 2014 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

Big Data is currently a buzz word in the industry with many organisations pondering its value, virtues and implementing strategies to harness the benefits. Countless organisations’ understanding is that this data, when tapped into correctly, can provide a...

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Is Big Data making its way to the banking sector?

December 3, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

In the era of information, the bank with the most actionable insights is the winner. The age of “Big Data” has begun to slowly filter through into the banking environment, with banks being able to design customer-centric solutions using statistical models...

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Top IT predictions for 2015

December 1, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Network functions virtualization takes off, even without SDN. 2015 will see continued development of SDN technologies, and buyer confusion will not abate as the incumbent switch and router vendors jockey for position. But NFV, already being widely deployed...

a recent survey shows 48% of HP customers like advice from their peers via online forums specific to their software. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington)

How to turn mobile IT into business insight

December 1, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

As CIOs increase their strategic contribution, mobility provides a key entry point. Start with five critical moves. The bottom line What: Use mobile data to provide unprecedented business insight. Why: As IT moves from “cost center” to strategic...

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Should SMEs turn to the cloud to avoid data loss?

November 28, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cloud-based and hosted services are showing excellent growth in South Africa with small businesses and startups leading the move. IDC has predicted that the value of cloud services in South Africa will reach $230m by the end of 2014, and judging by our...

Airtel and Flexenclosure to deploy a next generation prefabricated data centre in Sierra Leone, for strengthened infrastructure and deployment of new and faster network services (David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. image credit: Flexenclosure)

Top 3 ICT trends to watch out for in 2015

November 26, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

2015 is only a few weeks away and it promises to be yet another exciting and eventful year for the telecoms industry. Here are the three most expected trends that could make an impact in 2015 as predicted by David King, CEO of leading data centre and power...

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The rise of online shopping in Africa

November 17, 2014 • Online, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Online transactions make up less than 1% of the overall retail market in South Africa according to Enst & Young. Although this is extremely low when compared with the UK where online shopping constitutes 14% of retail sector purchases, this number is...

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Spawning Africa’s digital dragons in the cloud

November 12, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Earlier this year, technology research house Gartner released a report entitled “Taming the Digital Dragon” as part of its 2014 CIO Agenda. In it, it suggests that if CIOs don’t respond quickly to a tsunami of digital opportunities, they will be washed...

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Security a top priority as Africa moves to LTE

November 11, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Securing the network is a top priority for telcos and carriers as LTE becomes increasingly mainstream across Africa, says Fortinet. Perry Hutton, regional director of Fortinet for Africa, says: “LTE is changing the playing field. The previous generation of...

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Botnet Malware: Robots you want to avoid

November 4, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Malware has been around in some form for over 40 years, but the use of malware to take control of a group of computers that are then organised into something called a botnet is more than a 21st century phenomenon, says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO of ESET...

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Africa’s emerging markets offer high growth for e-Commerce

October 30, 2014 • Online, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Africa offers enormous growth potential for e-retailers given that online shopping is in its infancy in the region. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who says the recently released ‘Shop the...

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The changing role of the CIO – driving innovation

October 28, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

Considering that IT touches almost every aspect of business operations, the CIO and his/her leadership team are in the unique position to identify innovation opportunities across the enterprise and develop rapid and aggressive ‘digitalisation’ strategies....

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Bridging the divide: The need for software & business analyst duality

October 27, 2014 • Opinion, SoftwareComments (0)

Today’s complex and competitive business landscape is calling for a shift in the role of the software developer as we currently understand it. Increasingly, businesses are looking towards a particular hybrid of software developer and business analyst –...