Simeon Tassev

Secure payment processes are essential for minimising credit card fraud

March 25, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

As the Internet of Things (IoT) connects more and more devices, the potential for hacking, theft of sensitive information and other cyber-crimes extends to an ever-increasing numbers of devices. The reality is that cyber-crime pays, and the individuals and syndicates involved in such activities are in it for the money. One area where fraud is ...

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Mark Perry

Fast restore key to high availability in the modern data centre

March 23, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The key to maintaining availability for the modern data centre is not whether you’ve protected your data by backing up – it’s how well you can recover. Everyone loses data, all the time. The MD unthinkingly deletes an important email, or a system...


Shifting perceptions: Why mobility no longer scares us

March 23, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Enterprise mobility strategies have dramatically changed during the last few years and as a result, the IT industry’s perception of mobility is significantly more positive. But what is behind this shift in perception? A driving factor is the continual...

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Gartner: CIOs must ensure that smart machines behave ethically

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

CIOs must start considering how to develop ethical programming for smart machines, this is according to Gartner. Realising the potential of smart machines — and ensuring successful outcomes for the businesses that rely on them — will hinge on how trusted...


OTT Debate: Challenging operators to remain relevant in the market

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

Over-the-Top (OTT) services delivered via the Internet have become part and parcel of the lives of consumers today. From converged multimedia services such as High Definition (HD) audio and video to social platforms, screen sharing and other...

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

IT firms need to develop “trusted advisor” status

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

IT service providers, systems integrators and partners need to up their game to become trusted advisors to their clients — or risk stagnating. As the world of information technology gets more complex, clients want trusted partners who can make it simple...


Nuclear Physicist takes a deeper look into SAP HANA

March 9, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Here’s a question: What is the universe made out of? Certainly not an easy one to answer, and a little daunting to think about. If you ask a chemist, he’ll say chemicals or atoms, while a nuclear physicist will tell you about protons, neutrons, and the...

By Dominic Riordan, Principal Business Consultant at BSG.

Top 5 steps to define an effective IT strategy

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

The business world is shrinking daily. Customers are increasingly more tech-savvy and the instant gratification generation demands change and innovation now. This, combined with the upsurge in cloud solutions and distributed workforces, makes IT strategy...

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Can technology in classrooms make every child smart?

March 5, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Over 500 educators, school leaders and government officials from 40 countries across the Middle East and Africa gathered at Dubai’s Grand Hyatt Hotel for two days to brainstorm on how technology can augment the quality of education in developing countries...

Top 5 2015 Cyber Security Threat Predictions

Top 5 myths surrounding DDoS protection

March 4, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Buying in to outdated beliefs and pure myth around DDoS protection is a gamble, says Arbor Networks. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have evolved to become a lot more sinister than they once were. Yet too many organisations are pinning their...


Will mobile apps help government connect with citizens?

March 2, 2015 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Smart cities are fast becoming a reality across the globe, driven by the interconnectedness of devices that communicate and provide information that leads to intelligent automation, decision and actions. However, smart cities without smart, engaged and...

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What could a mobile banking revolution mean for SA?

February 27, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

New mobile payment platforms can provide a foundation for financial inclusion in South Africa and beyond, says David Abbott of Fiserv; however, who will build the robust ecosystem required to fulfil their potential? The growing use of banking services in...


Is e-commerce challenging traditional business models in Africa?

February 27, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The rise of e-commerce on the African continent is changing the face of the traditional consumer, and brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant amongst consumers and avoid a drop in market share. African consumers...

Warren Oliver

Building the modern data centre: Plan for availability

February 25, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The always-on era is becoming a reality for every business: Globalisation is allowing companies to spread their operations across multiple time zones just as users are abandoning the old nine-to-five working day and want access to their email and data...

IDC 2015 ICT Predictions

Security should be a top priority for the CIO

February 25, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

For a country like South Africa that is visibly paranoid about security, the country’s information security landscape is seriously lagging in terms of awareness and practical, relevant application. Today’s chief information officer (CIO) needs to...

Ayanda Dlamini (7)

Advanced analytics & telecoms could make a powerful combination

February 25, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Advanced analytics, growing off a foundation of effective Business Intelligence (BI), presents unprecedented opportunities for business. Where traditional BI delivered an historical view or trends in customer behaviour, sales, products life-cycle or market...