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How Artificial Intelligence Is Affecting The Business World

September 23, 2016 • Opinion, Sponsored, Top StoriesComments (0)

Artificial Intelligence Recent advancements in technology have resulted in the rise of artificial intelligence. Since it was started in 1950, great strides have been made by incorporating cognitive ability while building these machines. These machines are built with the ability to independently make decisions and operate in a way that enables them to attain...

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FinTech in Africa: Driving Much More Than Financial Inclusion

September 23, 2016 • Finance, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The rapid transition towards financial inclusion that Sub-Saharan Africa has been seeing in the last decade could not have happened without the successful adoption of mobile money. However, mobile money and financial technologies have brought Africa’s...

Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer at ShowMax

Mobile Services: How to Crack High Growth Markets

September 22, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Smartphone use in high growth markets like India and Africa differs from developed markets. This is because there are a very different set of constraints in operation, most of which stem from cost and infrastructure. If businesses want to deliver successful...

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How robots are changing the workplace

September 21, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Robots seem to be everywhere these days—on the big screen in popular science fiction movies, in books and in toy stores, and also in a real way improving our workplaces and other aspects of our daily lives. Primitive robots were machines designed to...

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Banks grapple while nimble players eat their lunch

September 20, 2016 • Finance, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Financial inclusion is a critical engine of economic development at both macro and micro levels. Technology – and access to mobile phones – could make financial services accessible and available to nearly 4 billion people who are ignored or underserved,...

Iniel Dreyer, Managing Director at Gabsten Technologies

Cloud backup – guarding against data loss from ransomware

September 20, 2016 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

More and more companies are falling prey to purveyors of ransomware, a virus that attacks computers and literally holds them to ransom – locking users out of their machines and demanding payment to unlock them. As large organisations are able to invest...

Nathan Nayagar, Managing Director for Lexmark - South Africa & English Speaking Africa

Why big data is the key to customer success

September 20, 2016 • Big Data, OpinionComments (0)

Big data is changing the way we do business. Its adoption is rising rapidly as organisations seek to unlock the value of data analytics. Yet large amounts of data have been available for decades. So what sets ‘big data’ apart? Primarily, it is the...

Gregg Petersen the regional director for the Middle East and Africa and the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation at Veeam

Data availability at the heart of health

September 19, 2016 • Healthcare, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Data is not only the lifeblood of the organisation, but it plays a critical role in healthcare. As a result of the growth of wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), the reliable availability of data has become more important than ever, says...

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What is the cost of keeping customers happy?

September 13, 2016 • OpinionComments Off on What is the cost of keeping customers happy?

Customer experience management has traditionally been about customers being able to rate a business based on their interaction, or a business gathering information to better understand what a customer is thinking to provide a better service. But according to...

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Micro Focus’s Acquisition of Hewlett Packard Software – What Lies Ahead?

September 9, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Micro Focus’s Acquisition of Hewlett Packard Software – What Lies Ahead?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced the sale of its software division to Micro Focus International. The deal, worth $8.8 billion, was announced by HPE yesterday afternoon alongside quarterly earnings figures. This comes shortly after the sale of HPE’s...

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Digital transformation enables Telcos to become customer centric

September 7, 2016 • OpinionComments Off on Digital transformation enables Telcos to become customer centric

Telcos are fast realising that their competitive edge is no longer in merely offering a communications product or service. With a host of players entering the traditional Telco space, it’s important that they explore other possibilities to remain...

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Is blockchain really a silver bullet?

September 7, 2016 • Finance, Opinion, StartupsComments Off on Is blockchain really a silver bullet?

Blockchain is being spoken of reverently – and irreverently – by business pundits, and backed by media and industry leaders as a potential cure for all financial threats/hurdles across the globe. A blockchain has been promoted extensively as the latest...

Michael Xie, founder, president and CTO of Fortinet

Great cybersecurity technologies need great people

September 2, 2016 • Opinion, SecurityComments Off on Great cybersecurity technologies need great people

As chief technology officer, my primary mandate is to develop technologies to help our enterprise customers improve their security postures. As we cross our 300-patent milestone after 16 years in the business, I am encouraged by the good progress we have...

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Connecting Cities in the Cloud

August 30, 2016 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Connecting Cities in the Cloud

While smart cities have held a great deal of promise for many years, they are only beginning to come to fruition now. This is due to the fact that we now have the network connectivity and the backend storage and compute infrastructure to unleash their full...

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Opinion piece: The natural progression from Backup as a Service to Disaster Recovery as a Service

August 30, 2016 • Opinion, SecurityComments Off on Opinion piece: The natural progression from Backup as a Service to Disaster Recovery as a Service

While some companies acknowledge that they need Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), many still think that Backup as a Service (BaaS) is sufficient to meet their data management needs. Those that are convinced that they need DRaaS may also be unsure of how...

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Can lean technology benefit the African business?

August 24, 2016 • Opinion, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Can lean technology benefit the African business?

Businesses will not survive, if they don’t start adopting a lean mindset (start small, fail fast if you will). Economic conditions, customer needs and a lack of financial resources are forcing businesses to operate more efficiently and to engage customers...