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Gustav Piater, Sales & Marketing Director, AIGS.

BI Today – Powerful and Accessible, Backed by Control

March 24, 2017 • General, OpinionComments (0)

Over the years, business intelligence (BI) has helped tens of thousands of enterprises gain a better understanding of the gaps and opportunities in their markets and organisational make-up. Nevertheless, it has been slow to permeate throughout organisations. This is because few tools offer ease of use AND technology leadership. As such, BI remains strong...

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Before and after Robotic Process Automation

March 24, 2017 • Categories, General, OpinionComments (0)

We love “before and after” pictures. A house that’s fallen into disrepair can be renovated into a design showpiece. An abandoned, malnourished puppy can be nursed back to health. A closet or garage can be organised from a complete mess into a system...

Jed Hewson is the co-founder of 1Stream.

The cloud is broadening its horizons

March 23, 2017 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

Cloud technology is no longer the new kid on the block. It has slowly and steadily infiltrated almost all aspects of our lives, from personal device storage to large-scale enterprise management systems, bringing with it convenience, but more importantly for...

Darren Anstee, Chief Security Technologist at Arbor Networks.

New tech can transform your business, but pose new security risks

March 23, 2017 • Online & Social, Opinion, SponsoredComments (0)

Revolutionary technology trends are rising to the fore, and intertwining in powerful ways, to reshape businesses, industries and even entire social structures. Some of it sounds wonderful (the massive acceleration of smartphones in the developing world...

We have stopped thinking about AI as a domain for rocket scientists only.

What’s Next For Artificial Intelligence?

March 23, 2017 • General, Opinion, SoftwareComments (0)

Last year was a hugely significant year for artificial intelligence. It was a year of spectacular achievement. For the first time a system was created with the ability to defeat a human at the impossibly strategic game of Go (a feat that has been 20 years in...

Paul Williams, Country Manager SADC at Fortinet.

Securing your growing home network

March 22, 2017 • General, Opinion, Security, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The number of connected devices in South African homes are expected to increase exponentially. Smart TVs, connected appliances, online fitness devices, entertainment and gaming systems, smart cars, connected water and power meters, climate control systems and...

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...

The global oil and gas industry is undergoing a period of unprecedented change and disruption.

Industrial IoT set to shake up African oil & gas sector

March 22, 2017 • Internet of Things, Mining & Energy, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The global oil and gas industry is undergoing a period of unprecedented change and disruption. Falling crude oil prices have put immense strain on the entire oil value chain, while the increasing availability and affordability of renewable energy sources...

Gareth Hawkey, redPanda Software CEO.

Why practical skills training should be a strategic imperative for SA’s IT leaders

March 20, 2017 • Education, General, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

In a business environment that is now largely driven by innovative IT and software, there is massive demand for skilled and highly trained IT professionals. Sadly, as has been well documented, there is an increasingly dire shortage of these individuals in the...

Whenever you consider a business-wide system change, you should keep in mind how it will affect your staff. (image:Pexels)

Opinion: Execution key to digital success

March 20, 2017 • General, OpinionComments (0)

Many companies have enjoyed significant efficiencies from partial digitisation in recent years, but there’s still a lot of paper flying about many everyday offices. Most agree that achieving truly paperless processes would greatly impact business and...

USSD and its role in enabling banks and merchants to reach mobile consumers when they have limited data access.

Connecting Web-Based Services To People Without The Internet

March 20, 2017 • General, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, OpinionComments (0)

3.9 billion people globally do not have access to the internet, according to recent research from the United Nations telecommunications agency, International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The report reveals that 75% of Africans are offline; a startling...

AJ Hartenberg, Portfolio Manager: Data Centre Services at T-Systems South Africa.

Cloud Security: the 5 most important considerations

March 17, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Forewarned, as they say, is forearmed. And being well-armed for the barrage of emerging cyber threats is essential as you plot your journey to enterprise cloud services. T-Systems’ AJ Hartenberg looks at the 5 biggest cloud security considerations: 1....

Gerhard Oosthuizen,Entersekt CIO.

Four mega-trends shaping mobile payment platforms

March 17, 2017 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, OpinionComments (0)

With rapid smartphone penetration in South Africa boosting research and development, it is no surprise that local fintech players are turning their attention towards mobile payment innovation. Mobile payments could be very lucrative in the local market, as...

Even industries which, in the past, rarely relied on BI have had to start embracing it thanks to the Internet of Things.

Embracing a BI mind-set change, if you want BI success in the digital world

March 16, 2017 • General, OpinionComments (0)

Today, everybody is ‘talking’ digital. Any organisation not on the path of digital transformation will face the very real possibility of being ‘left behind’ in what can be considered a very volatile business market. While the past year has been less...

Johan Scheepers, Commvault Systems Engineering Director for MESAT.

How a cloud business continuity strategy can save your business

March 16, 2017 • Backup and Storage, Cloud Computing, General, OpinionComments (0)

Business continuity is imperative for the success of any organisation, especially in a market where customers demand constant availability and where certain IT applications and systems can be as critical as life and death. Downtime is simply unacceptable....

Angel Schaerer, Teacher Engagement Lead for Microsoft South Africa.

Creating a culture for digital civility by starting at the grassroots

March 16, 2017 • General, Online & Social, OpinionComments (0)

Like the humble spreadsheet before it, the Internet is one of the most transformative technologies in history. It functions as the platform through which any sized businesses can market and sell offerings throughout the world, people can communicate with...