Avi Rose

Understanding the legal side of E-signatures in South Africa

July 6, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The world is moving toward greater levels of digitisation, and organisations are increasingly implementing electronic and automated solutions in an effort to reduce paper-based processes. The signatory process is one of the last barriers toward the implementation of end-to-end digital systems, and as such is a significant contributor toward reduced...

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calculating the cost of IT

Calculating the real cost of IT

July 2, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The initial cost of a company laptop represents less than 30 percent of the total cost of owning and using it. The remaining 70 percent is often ignored by companies because these costs form part of the ‘background’ cost of IT. This is according to...

Lenovo Africa

The era of multiple devices is here to stay

June 24, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

There is a school of thought that the future will see us using only one digital device to meet all our needs. However, this is counterintuitive given the ubiquity of these devices and the many and varied roles they play. Digital devices are an increasingly...

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Is Augmented Reality the key to a new digital future?

June 24, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The concept of Augmented Reality (AR) has existed for many years now – and commentators have remained rigidly sceptical about whether it will truly materialise in our everyday lives. However, exponential advances in the processing power of smartphones, and...

mbarish Gupta, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Knowlarity.

Top 5 technology hurdles that hinder African startups

June 22, 2015 • Opinion, StartupsComments (0)

The National Development Plan (NDP) sets some aggressive goals for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, including a target for the sector to create 90% of employment opportunities by 2030. One of the major financial challenges facing startups...

Raja Ukil (2)

Organisations need to support the BYOD trend

June 22, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Organisations in Africa and globally are faced with the challenge of dealing with a highly mobile, tech-savvy workforce that demands to use devices of their choice. While this can potentially help organisations to improve productivity significantly by...


Can IoT create new, generative business value?

June 18, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Advanced sensor technology connected to the so-called ‘Internet of Everything’ (IoE) is forging unusual business relationships between companies, and generating entirely new forms of value. Mihail Botez, IoT Strategic Product Sales Specialist at Cisco and...

Financial Services Industry

Top Technology trends shaking up the financial services industry

June 17, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The financial services industry has to consider the adoption of new technology trends such as cloud computing to augment their capabilities and social media to test market appetite for new products and services. The industry has historically been at the...

CommVault - Bryan Balfe

Driving the forces behind cloud computing

June 17, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

As we reflect on the lessons learned through the big-data boom, of how organisations securely capture, store and retrieve data and how they can derive value from these huge data sets, we must begin to prepare for a yet another new wave of data. This data will...

AJ Hartenberg 1

Dynamic, flexible IT architecture is essential for online retail

June 11, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

In the retail market, competitiveness has always revolved around differentiation, be this of product, price or service. However, as the world has become more digital and traditional retailers have joined the online retail market in the ecommerce space,...

Warren Olivier, Veeam Software Regional Manager for Southern Africa (image: Veeam)

Is scheduled downtime ever acceptable?

June 9, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

In the age of the always-on business, downtime is increasingly unacceptable – even when it’s planned and announced in advance, says Veeam Regional Manager for Southern African Warren Olivier. “In 2015 any business that has any kind of online...


Can data protection unlock the full potential of virtualisation?

June 8, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Server virtualisation is a darling of IT administrators for a number of reasons such as delivering more efficiency and cost control than adding physical servers to accommodate the data explosion. It also offers savings due to server consolidation, at the same...

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Brand VS Price: What to consider when buying a Tablet

June 3, 2015 • Hardware, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobility and always-on connectivity have become a big part of our everyday lives and as such, tablets are now regarded as essential, not only within the consumer space, but also in the business market. Tablets are small, convenient and connected, and allow...


A “mobile-first” ethos: the catalyst for business transformation

May 28, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Organisations in every sector and every country are currently grappling with the concepts of ‘digitalisation’ and ‘digital transformation’. While these terms have slightly different connotations for different people, the catalyst for transforming the...

Deon Scheepers

Top execs weigh in on challenges faced by African contact centres

May 19, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

As customer experience becomes the primary competitive advantage in business, the role of the contact centre is changing significantly. But whether it becomes the heart of the business or a component of the bigger machine depends on the business, say African...

AJ Hartenberg 1

Data Centre trends driven by cost pressure & security concerns

May 18, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The data centre has become one of the most critical infrastructure elements in the modern business. As requirements and technology have evolved, so too has the data centre, and a number of trends are currently evident around this business-critical solution....